Saturday, March 25, 2017

Read this blog post about loving a parent with dementia

A friend shared this on Facebook. It is beautiful, thoughtful, caring, and loving.

What I'll Say to my Children if I'm Diagnosed With Alzheimer's

My mother had dementia in the last few months of her life. It was very sad to see, but I was blessed to be with her, loving her to the end of her time on earth.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Week of February 6, 2017

So, the Christian Right got their conservative Supreme Court justice (pending Senate approval), Neil Gorsuch. I like what I have heard about him so far, but I wish that everyone would remember that it is best if judges, including Supreme Court justices, are not nominated in expectation of how they will vote. Individual jurists should be expected to make up their minds according to the facts of the particular cases before them.

That seems to be a major reason that many conservative Christians voted for Trump - their belief that he would nominate a person who holds conservative views to the Supreme Court to fill the late Justice Scalia's place.

Many conservative Christians, and many of my friends are strong and enthusiastic supporters of Trump, convinced that he is a Christian, or a baby Christian, or at least "God's man for the hour," saying that God often used seemingly ungodly men in Bible times. Jacob was a trickster and deceiver; Moses killed a man; David committed adultery and had the woman's husband killed; and so on. I am not convinced. Trump does not talk nor act like a Christian, a Christ follower. There are no signs of turning toward a Christian attitude of humility, love, peace - not even "baby steps." When I became a Christian at the age of 25, God's Holy Spirit gave me a hunger for His Word. He began taking away my selfish, sinful desires and replacing them with love for Him and a desire to please Him. I began changing the moment I asked Him into my heart; I started becoming a new person. He's still working on me.

I do pray for Donald Trump and for all our leaders in government. I pray that God will soften their hearts and give them wisdom to seek Him first, to love Him fully, and to love and serve the people, leading us in humility and righteousness.

Friday, January 6, 2017

New year

I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe year of our Lord 2017! I pray that the Holy Spirit will turn our hearts to follow the Master, our Savior, our Shepherd Jesus Christ. That He will give us a love for one another, kindness, humility, gentleness, and wisdom. In Jesus' name, Amen


“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
25 
the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
26 
the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26


"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8


"22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no Law.…" Galatians 5:22-23

Friday, November 18, 2016

After the election

No, I am not happy about the results, but the people have spoken. Mr. Trump is our President-Elect. In my previous post, I said that I will do my best to respect the new President-Elect, and refrain from insulting him or her, in words and online. That holds true. I will do my best.

I am watching, though, and paying attention. I will speak up respectfully. I am praying for my country and for its leaders.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Thoughts on the U. S. election

As a follower of Jesus Christ who tries to obey His teachings, and as an American citizen who believes in voting for the leaders of this country, I have been very prayerfully considering how I will vote this November 8. It is a tough choice.

I cannot in good conscience vote for a man whose lifestyle and words are the antithesis of Christ's teachings. This candidate is immoral and unethical and uses vile language. He encourages violence and hatred in his followers.
Many of my friends are concerned about the Supreme Court, and plan to vote Republican so that conservative jurists will be appointed in the likely event that vacancies will occur. However, that is not a given, not a foregone conclusion. Mr. Trump has been known to go back on his word before, and can do it again. Also, the Senate can and has held up nominations, and is doing so right now.
Isn't God in control? Can't He sort out the U. S. Supreme Court if it is His will so to do? Where is our faith?
I don't believe in my heart that He wants His children to elect unto ourselves such a man as this.

I know that Mrs. Clinton is not perfect. Her attachment to legalized abortion and to homosexual rights are abhorrent to many Christians, and unbiblical. However, in over 40 years the Republicans have not succeeded in abolishing abortion, even when they had majorities in both executive and legislative branches, and there are other values to consider. Caring for the widow and the orphan, the poor, the stranger (immigrants) all are commandments given to us by God in His Word.

Having said all this, please know that I will respect and honor each person's decision, whether to vote for one of the major candidates, a third party candidate, or to refrain from voting. I know that most of you haven't come to your decision lightly, just as I haven't.

After the election is over and the results are known, I will do my best to respect the new President-Elect, and refrain from insulting him or her, in words and online.

Galatians 5:19-25 "19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other."