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."

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

U. S. Politics

It's been over a month since I've written. My thoughts are too jumbled to put them together coherently. I've been following the presidential campaign. I don't really like either of the front runners, but I dislike one much more than the other. I don't think it would do any good to vote for either of the "third party" candidates (third party and fourth party?), so I am planning to vote for the candidate I dislike least. Still praying about it, and for all the candidates.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

About peaceful protest


clip art courtesy of freepik.com

This is about Colin Kaepernick and the Miami Dolphin athletes who have chosen to refrain from standing for the national anthem and the U. S. flag in protest of the recent shootings of black men and boys by police officers. Many are very opposed to this demonstration. They say it shows a lack of respect for the United States, for our military and our veterans, and that it shows a lack of gratitude for all the rights and privileges that U. S. citizenship confers.
I see it as a peaceful protest in accordance with the right of free speech guaranteed by our Constitution. Decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the act of burning the U. S. flag as a demonstration of protest was a form of free speech. In my opinion, refusal to stand for the flag or the national anthem is also a form of free speech. I do not approve of their action, but I can see their point.

Here is another take on it:
Why Christian Parents Should Celebrate The Biblical Example of Colin Kaepernick

A very interesting, thought-provoking article, but I don't agree. I can see that there are similarities between the modern-day athletes' protest and the refusal of the young Jewish men in Babylonian captivity to worship the king's idol. However, nowhere have I read or heard that the protesting athletes were honoring their faith by their refusal to stand. That is the key point of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego's act of faith and courage.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Driving while black

This is a link to a speech by Senator Tim Scott, R-S.C., on the Senate floor. Please listen to all of it; it is very moving and thought-provoking. In one year, he has been pulled over by police while driving seven times. He has been refused admittance to an event to which he was invited as a Senator.

Senator Tim Scott

Do I benefit from white privilege? When I compare Sen. Scott's experience with mine, I must say, "Yes, I do." In fifty years of driving, I can remember being pulled over and/or ticketed four times, and all were with reason - driving too fast or running a stop sign or red light. Four times in fifty years vs. seven times in one year. Yes. I do.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Troubled America

It is with a heavy heart that I reflect on the tragic events of the last few days, the killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in the twin cities area of Minnesota, and the attack which killed five police officers in Dallas, Texas. It is getting worse, not better. I remember Rodney King's plea, "Why can't we all just get along?" Why indeed?

I am sharing the following, which was a Facebook post by the College and Career pastor at our church:

"When words fail because our own words aren't enough, look to God's words...

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
-Colossians 3:12-17"


Lord, forgive us for failing to love, respect, and honor all men and women, whom You created in Your image. Bring us back to You in repentance and humility, and bring us to each other in love, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Amen

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Donald Trump's conversion? (cross-posted from Facebook)

(I wrote this post on Facebook and am posting it here as well.)

Is Donald Trump a new believer in Christ? I have seen rumors here on Facebook and on news sites that James Dobson says he may be. Here it is straight from Dobson's website: http://http://www.drjamesdobson.org/resources/culture-watch?=hp-read

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"Only the Lord knows the condition of a person’s heart. I can only tell you what I’ve heard. First, Trump appears to be tender to things of the Spirit. I also hear that Paula White has known Trump for years and that she personally led him to Christ. Do I know that for sure? No. Do I know the details of that alleged conversion? I can’t say that I do. But there are many Christian leaders who are serving on a faith advisory committee for Trump in the future. I am among them. There are about 45 of us that include Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham, Ben Carson, James Robison, Jerry Johnson, and many others whom you would probably know. We’ve all agreed to serve. How will that play out if Trump becomes president? I don’t know. It is a good start, I would think.
If anything, this man is a baby Christian who doesn’t have a clue about how believers think, talk and act. All I can tell you is that we have only two choices, Hillary or Donald. Hillary scares me to death. And, if Christians stay home because he isn’t a better candidate, Hillary will run the world for perhaps eight years. The very thought of that haunts my nights and days. One thing is sure: we need to be in prayer for our nation at this time of crisis. "
By Dr. James Dobson (originally posted 6/27/16)
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What I can say is, it is not impossible. All things are possible with God. What we must do is wait and see. If it is true, we will see a change of heart, of attitude, of words and actions. There will be less ego and more concern for God and for people. I do hope that Dr. Dobson and other religious leaders aren't being swept up by politics. There are worse things than another Democrat in the White House for four or eight more years, and that is willingly choosing a false prophet. Matthew 7:17-20 1"7 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them." Look for the fruit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) I am praying for the United States of American and for this election, and for Donald Trump and for Hillary Clinton, and for discernment.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cataract surgery

I had my first eye "done" yesterday, and I woke up this morning able to see across the room, down the hall, and out the windows! Without glasses! It seems that my "new" eye dominates while walking about, and my "old" one takes over for reading and playing on my cell phone.

Here's how it went: to prep, I had to use antibiotic eye drops 4 times a day, and must continue for a week. Also, I'll have to use steroid eyedrops for a month. It was an outpatient procedure, and my husband had to be there to take me home. I'll probably be driving again by Wednesday. I was given a sedative to relax me but I stayed awake. Then several different eyedrops, some of which burned slightly. During the procedure, I saw bright lights and felt pressure but no pain. Then they told me I did well, and helped me get up and walk to the car. We went straight to breakfast - I was hungry! The effect of the sedative wore off gradually, and I was feeling better after eating. I had a slight headache, took Aleve and it disappeared. By afternoon, I could already see some improvement in my distance vision. The doctor put in a lens implant to correct my myopia. I've been wearing glasses since I was 4!

I'm really looking forward to having my second eye "done"!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

A good day on Facebook

Yesterday, I found two especially good articles in my Facebook news feed, links that friends have posted. One was very convicting for the Church, and for people who call themselves Christian - a pointed reminder to love people as Jesus loves them, without condemnation.

I Went to a Strip Club


and the other is a praise and a rejoice; a former scholarly atheist has come to faith in Christ! Luke 15:7, "7I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance." (World English Bible, public domain)

Atheist Professor Becomes a Christian

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cataract surgery ahead

Instead of "Thoughts of a Fancy Horse", this blog should be called "The Old Gray Mare, She Ain't What She Used To Be"! It seems to be one thing after another.

After a visit to the ophthalmologist, we learned that both of us are looking at cataract surgery in a few weeks or months. We'll have to plan it after husband's shoulder gets well enough for him to drive, and to schedule it so that we can take turns driving. From what I've heard, it's not a long, drawn-out procedure, usually. This doctor has a very good reputation in town, and we both liked him.

My pinkie finger on my right hand has been a little achy lately, and upon looking at it, I saw that it is slightly swollen and bent a little, compared to my other fingers. I suspect arthritis, the osteo kind, not rheumatoid. I haven't seen a doctor; it's not a major issue and isn't bothering me.

Husband sees the orthopedic surgeon later this week. He's hoping to get the sling off; he's really getting tired of it. I can understand.

My left shoulder, which has a partial tear, is not getting any worse, and I keep exercising it to keep it limber. So, that's the update for now.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Temporarily stalled

My husband had shoulder surgery two weeks ago, arthroscopic, outpatient. He fell in January and pretty much tore up his right shoulder, and he's right handed. He tore 3 out of 4 tendons completely, and the 4th one is barely hanging on. The surgeon did what he could, but said there is only a 50% chance that it will heal. He may need a shoulder replacement later. I don't know why he didn't just do the replacement then, but I didn't ask.
Anyway, husband is wearing a sling all the time, except when he is bathing, dressing, or exercising. He's not in much pain (taking strong painkillers for his back anyway.) We are both sleeping in the recliners in the den every night, him to keep his arm from moving in his sleep, and me to keep him company. I'm used to sleeping in the recliner anyway - I did it for several months after our car accident, and after both knee surgeries, and whenever I get a cold or cough, as it helps mitigate the effects of the congestion.

I haven't been going to the Y since his surgery. He can't cook, and he doesn't get up and moving early enough for me to cook his eggs and get there in time for class. I have been walking in the neighborhood and using my two-pound weight at home for arm exercises.
He's very bored, tired of doing nothing, and frustrated about all that needs to be done this time of year. I called a neighbor for the name of her yard workers.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Back at the Y again

I started again last week, and have been every day this week. I can tell a difference, too. I have lost a few pounds; my clothes are a little looser, and I feel a little fitter!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Temporary setback

I woke up Friday morning, New Year's Day, with a terrible sore throat and congestion in my head. No fever, but I didn't feel like going anywhere.

My throat was still sore Monday, so I went to the doctor. Not strep throat, no fever. She asked if I wanted an antibiotic; I said not now but write me a prescription so I can have it filled if necessary. I don't believe in taking antibiotics, or any other medication, unnecessarily. My throat wasn't sore Tuesday but I've started coughing, a lot.

Husband hasn't gotten it so far, and I hope he doesn't. I haven't gone to church or to the Y. I haven't felt like working out, and I don't want to spread my germs.

I haven't even been on the computer until now. I've done Facebook and Solitaire on my phone.