Monthly Archives: September 2014

For the People

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I don’t often turn in a political post but as Election Day grows closer and all sides turn up the heat on their rhetoric, the histrionics I’m hearing are taking their toll trying to erode my usual patient temperament … and it’s still early!

I’m not going to discuss conservative or liberal, republican or democrat, because I believe that this year (and in 2016), parties aren’t going to be as important as the actual people running for particular seats.

What brought this on?  The latest noise came from the Dems as they blasted social media with screaming headlines about how the GOP voted against and doesn’t want equality in pay.  This inflammatory press passed across my FB feed from several friends all with some statement about how “this” was why they couldn’t vote for republicans.

What disturbed me most was that the headline and story was complete BS and yet seemingly intelligent people jumped right on the band wagon and took it for truth.

Listen, technically neither the GOP nor the Dems nor the Indys nor the Green Party nor whoever else I’ve missed can vote against equality in pay. The Equal Pay Act was enacted in 1963 and has been a law for the last 50 years.  What we really need is someone who can figure out a way to enforce it.  It doesn’t matter if you’re Republican or Democrat – no one seems to be able to get it done.

I’m afraid we’re going to see more of these smear campaign tactics than we’ve ever seen before as we move into this very tight election season and again in 2016.   It’s time we got smart about our government and the choices we make.

Some of my favorite words ever come from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and as he said then, “this nation shall have a new birth of freedom” and “a government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”  The government’s main responsibility is to keep us, as a nation, safe.  Currently we have a government that is all about telling us what to do on any number of issues and no one is listening to what we (the people) want.  If we (the people) enact laws at the ballot box, renegade state judges are now deciding that we (the people) are wrong and literally changing our votes … one person changing the votes of the majority … and getting away with it!

How can we stand for it any longer?

I sometimes have the feeling that the media is laughing at us as we spin our wheels on the foolish drivel they feed us.  If we don’t change the way we read these messages, we’re never going to end this cycle.  We need to be smart.  We need to do our research on the candidates.  Most of all we need to pray for guidance from God and vote according to His principles.

I submit that this year (and in the future) we vote according to the person and not by party lines. Sometimes the right person for the job will be connected to the Democrat party and in some instances the best person for the job will be in the Republican camp and who knows – a few may even be Independent, Libertarian, or Green.  It’s going to take work on our part, but how will we be able to look ourselves in the mirror if we’re still in the same boat, or yet worse off, 2 or 4 years from now?  It’s essential that we vote for who is qualified, who has good ideas, who has not let us down in the past, and who will get the job done regardless of whatever party they’re affiliated with.

Finally, we need to get out and VOTE.  If we throw our hands in the air and think we’re in the minority so our votes don’t count our self-defeating attitude will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Rock the Vote my friends, and be smart!

Felecia

Sticks and Stones

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“You’re so stupid.”sticks and stones

“You’re such an idiot.”

Have you ever said that to yourself?  Or perhaps you try not to call yourself names and say instead, “That was a stupid thing to say” or “That was a stupid thing to do.”

Honestly, you’re still putting yourself down.

Do you think the Holy Spirit is saying that to you?

No. It’s the father of lies.  Damning you into slicing and dicing your own psyche … your soul.

Sheesh, he barely needs to work up a sweat.  We can easily do his dirty work for him.

Perhaps there are other words in your vocabulary?

Ding Bat!  Ditz!  Jerk!  Clumsy!  Dolt!  Dunce!  No good!  Worthless!  Scum!

We are not those things.  Ever.

As children of the One True King, we cannot be labeled and we shouldn’t allow it to happen.  Not at the hands of others and not at the hands of ourselves.

So how is it that we so easily come to tell ourselves these vile untruths?

Sticks and stones will break your bones but words will never hurt you.

Yeah, sure.

You may remember that familiar refrain from childhood.  My mother used it on my brother and me when we came crying to her because someone called us a name at school.  Kids are brutal.  Fat.  Dummy.  Weirdo.  Four eyes.  Stupe.  Retard.  Sissy.  Fraidy Cat.

For my mom it was a way to toughen us up against the world and to me it made perfect sense to my child mind.  Of course sticks and stones would hurt me, they were hard, solid items that could inflict real pain and cause real damage, right?  Words on the other hand …

Not hard + not solid = no pain and no injury.

But is it true?

Nope.

Women sit on my counseling couch and pour out a life that has been harmed by words.

Instead of being told the truth about words, we let them fester inside us.  We wear the words like a horrific badge that we take out of our pockets and polish until it gleams and we can see ourselves in the reflection.

We own the words.

Even when they hurt us.

Jesus wants us to wear only one badge.

His love.

Jesus wants us to hear only one set of words.

That He loves us and in Him, we are made perfect.

… to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect …     Hebrews 12:23

He loves you, child.  Just as you are.

No label can define us, for we are defined by Him.  By His love.

To come to Him and not allow Him to free us from the names … the labels?

To wrap our grubby little hands around our badge so tightly it cuts into our palms, weakens Jesus in our hearts.  It tells the evil one that we cannot truly accept His grace.  That we stomp on His mercy.  That we turn our back on His love because we’d rather hold on to a word.  A label.  A badge that we or someone else has given us.

It tells the evil one that, for our soul, he has won.

Don’t let him win.

Jesus is greater than that label.

He is greater than that badge.

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves …     ~ Colossians 1:13

Walk this week in the truth that Jesus loves you so much He aches with pain when you allow yourself to be beaten by a word.

Feel the power of His Holy Spirit manifest inside you.  HIS power.  To dismiss the lies of the devil.

What label should we wear?

Jesus’ love.

That is all.

~ Felecia

PS:  Thanks for being patient with me while I’m writing on the BIG project and thanks too for Michelle for kicking me in the pants for a post!  XO