Where Are Our Leaders?

You will rarely see political statements coming from me because, for one I am neither a right- nor left-wing person, and second, I refuse to get caught up in the vitriol of today’s political climate, but after sitting through the entire Presidential debate last night I came away with some dominating thoughts and feelings as I am sure you have.

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It took all night to drill down to the root of what I was feeling and this morning I realized, it was – grief.  Grief for our nation, grief for all citizens of our nation, grief for the future of our nation.  Clearly, things are changing. My heart hurts for this nation.

As I watched the debate I had the same thought that has recurred for the past six months or so, ‘With the millions of  natural born citizens who have called America home in the past 50 years, the fact that Trump and Biden have risen to the top as the cream, causes me to believe we are a nation under judgment.’  Where is our leader?

In recent past years I’ve listened to and watched people bash each other’s character, stances, ideas, etc. with the hatred and disrespect of a people whose love has waxed cold. I’ve followed random, diverse people’s, pages, blogs, etc. to read responses and comments; I feel it helps me to keep an objective perspective on emotional  temperatures. I truly sensed the heat and fire of today’s climate coming years ago and told a few people so. 

What strikes me as ironic is there is such hatred, disrespect and mockery for these two Presidential leaders that are now in debate, but what everyone seems to miss is that these two are a direct reflection of who we have become as a nation. America has birthed these leaders. When I hear how rude, loud/foul mouthed, disrespectful, crass, racist, ineffective or whatever I hear about the President and Presidential Candidate, I think to myself, they actually reflect the nation … America has birthed them. 

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I go back to my original question, where are our leaders? The ones who lead with dignity, vigor, strength, honesty, wisdom, and knowledge?  We are a nation that has dismissed or turned from a moral core; we no longer blush. Has this impacted our ability to discern who our leader(s) should be?  I can’t help but wonder also, why our options have boiled down to two men approaching 80 years old, we are a LARGE country! Where are the leaders? Has the person created for this time and space in history been derailed, distracted, or maybe … aborted??

I wish I could say this was a black/white, or religious/non-religious issue, I am a Christian but some of the worst disrespect and mockery I’ve seen has come from those who profess to be Christian … it leaves me speechless.  That is between them and their ‘god’ though.  I’m not here to question or debate any of that, I just believe this is  clearly a time of transition, and things are ramping up.  Brace yourself.

Now, specifically to my true Christian brothers and sisters, let’s not be swayed, distracted, disheartened, fearful and unaware of the times to come.  We have been warned of these times. You will see and hear many of the faith who are literally going ‘sideways’.  Be careful. Be discerning. Stay in prayer for these times, for the lives of you and your families, pray for discernment as you will need fo hear directly from the Holy Spirit as he leads you and guides you through what could become tumultuous days.  Keep building on your relationship with Jesus for strength. 

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I don’t know if God has given us a King Saul or King Cyrus or what, all I know is that the Bible tells us to pray for our leaders. [I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.” 1 Timothy 2, 1-6]

I don’t know where you are in the walk with the Lord but wherever that is it is time to strengthen it. The Lord will help. [“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him I will protect him, because he knows my name. 15 When he calls to me, I will answer him I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.” Psalm 91:14-15]

Well, here we are, nearing the end of 2020 and yet we have no true vision but I still have hope because I know who holds the future.

Stay well…. I’m praying for ya!

Love and hugs!😘🤗

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I’m Registered in Heaven. Are You?

Hi All…

When I started this blog, a couple of years ago, I primarily did so to share experiences during my personal journey to health and weight loss.  It was mostly about food; what I ate, tips, struggles, etc. After a few months I started sharing other various life events. More recently I decided I wanted to, in addition, share more about the side of life that, in reality, is the most important; that on which all other parts depend.

It’s already mid-January 2019, and honestly, it has not been the blast off that I’d hoped it would be. I actually wish I could get a restart, a trial month, or a do-over. I’ve just been feeling a bit ‘slumpish’, kind of discouraged, sometimes sad, wondering if I was getting depressed.. who knows why?  Just a series of little things pecking at my ‘stabilities’; you know relationship issues, life issues, day-to-day issues, just managing life.  There is just so much going on with so many people every day it seems – bad health diagnoses, sickness, financial crises, deaths, national/government situations, it just becomes overload sometimes. However, the magnitude of what others are going through makes my little bouts of ‘blue days’ seem not worth mentioning to anyone, so I tend not to.

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This is how I felt this Sunday morning. I’m gonna be real with you.

Getting up and going to church, literally less than a mile away, seemed it wasn’t going to happen.  I stayed in bed longer than usual and just thought about life, people, house repairs needed, friends, … you know, ‘thangs’ that keep you up in the night and in bed in the morning; processing all the good, bad and ugly news I’d processed in past days. Somehow, I managed to find the wherewithal to get up and get rolling.

I’m a Christian from the get-go; was a pew-baby and still ‘churching’ now. I love Jesus, I love church, I love the body of Christ. No shame in it for me, so that had nothing to do with my not wanting to go. 

Anyway, I get to my Connections class (a.k.a Sunday School for us oldies) as usual.  It’s a class called the Encouragers, with about 25 or so regular attendees who are mostly a generation older than I am, which is fine because I like the wisdom of people older that I am; especially in the things of God.  I have a buddy who sits near me each week now. His name is Solomon.  Solomon is 89 years ‘young’. He has dropped all sorts of wisdom tidbits in my ear for the past couple years; from concoctions to knock out cold symptoms to handling life problems.3df165b0-42be-4b24-a93a-5302636ba7be

I don’t know what your religious beliefs are, or how you feel about such but when you meet someone like Solomon, who has walked with the Lord for nearly 90 years, there is much wisdom to be gleaned.

Today, Solomon taught our class from the Bible in Psalm 1. It’s a short chapter, but powerful, direct, simple to grasp but listening to Solomon speak in his Jamaican accent about the wonders of God’s Word in this chapter transported me out of the ‘ gloomy space’ in my head by the end of class.  

I’m not planning to turn this blog into a straight up Bible study but I do plan to share how God’s Word is so relevant, timely and needed. Here is the New International Version of the chapter:

Psalm 1 (NIV)

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.

3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Solomon started by reading the Psalm.  Now, I have to stop and say,  whenever Solomon prays aloud in class, his choice of words, and phrases, along with his accent, often makes me think to myself, “He prays in King James Version”. 😍 I sometimes wish I could record it.

Anyway, in a nutshell, we discussed each of the verses. Fascinating!  In case you aren’t a Christian, or haven’t studied this before, here is my one-minute summary of what Solomon taught.

God blesses those believers who while being a light in a dark world do not make it a habit to intimately mingle with those whose heart is not towards living a Christian life; only because doing so will likely sway/seduce you away from the heart of God.

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For those who are delighted to tuck God’s work in their heart, who long for God’s word and who think on the things of God day and night.; they will be like a tree that is deep-rooted, well nourished, and well watered by a river.  They are full of sap and produce good fruit. I loved Solomon’s exposition on this part of the Psalm.  He referenced it to Psalm 92:12 (The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.) He then told of how there is a country (I don’t remember which one) where their entire economy is based on the Palm tree. All parts of the palm tree is used; the wood for homes, the leaves, for roofs, the seed for food, the oil for other things, etc.  I’m a visual person so I could so easily picture this, and how God can use his righteous ones.

But, for those who choose to do otherwise (keyword: choose) they are blown away like chaff in the wind; not able/allowed to stand before the righteous Judge in the end. Solomon explained how chaff is the trash that is left over after the winnowing process.

One of the things that stood out the most was in his closing he mentioned that those who have made the decision to live for Christ have been ‘Registered in Heaven’.

Those simple words seemed to stick in all the cracks, crevices, holes, and dents in my spirit today. They made me happy inside. All those things that were weighing on me could not stand against the thought, the reassurance that I am Registered in Heaven. Needless to say, much of the ‘blue and bleakness’ was lifted as I drove home, and the words ‘Registered in Heaven’ have rang in my ears all day today. I love that I, as a human being, was given this choice to be, and instructions on how to be, Registered in Heaven. This wasn’t a matter of not knowing this passage, but of the healing effect like balm on a wound, of God’s living Word on a soul.

I write all this not to preach and/or proselytize but rather to encourage and to give hope in Jesus.  Life is hard. You see and know that.  Things are getting more and more difficult each day. I was with a friend the other day whose father-in-law is 96 years old.  He was telling her how he’d gone out to buy a new tablecloth for his home; not only 1, but 3!  He said he’d use one but maybe the others could be used later :)…. he’s 96 people! Later??? What is ‘later’ to a 96 year old??

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That got me to thinking, you know what that is called… HOPE!  Even at 96 years old, he had hope that he might still be able to use those tablecloths one day.  That also got me to thinking about those who have no hope. Suicide is on the rise as we can see in our country; these are those who have lost all hope.  Even in the deepest, darkest days of life, it is HOPE, that clears a way to see vision for the future.

I have decided to cling to HOPE for the my future; to my Hope in Jesus. I will pray that if you are reading this blog, and you do not have HOPE, that the Lord of heaven will show and send his HOPE your way. It is real, is it stable, it sure, it is free, it is everlasting. 

May the peace of God reign in your hearts always! 😘

P.S. Let me know if you’d like to be Registered in Heaven. 🙏🏽

 

I love you with the love of Christ! ❤️

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