Election 2016 – heart reflections November 9

election-2016-sad-ps-40-pic-2016-11-09-at-6-15-25-amSad for the commentary this election makes on the hearts of the majority of the United States of America’s citizens . . .
embarrassed to be included as one who is now represented
by a man who openly spews hatred and fear and disgusting language and attitudes, a despot . . .
concerned for the halt to the acceptance of all people in a country founded by immigrants . . .

My belief system requires that I submit to the government in place knowing that God sets up all governments for His purposes, yes, even Hitler and, no, I can’t explain that—          ask God!

In 1 Samuel 8, the people demanded a king and God told Samuel to give the people what they asked for, that the people were rejecting God, not Samuel—I am inclined to feel that God gave the people what they thought they wanted in the 2016 election . . . an arrogant, uncouth, vulgar man who preached hatred and fear and drew followers in by appealing to the selfish aspect of mankind’s nature.

Those who were not blinded by this man’s strategies to deceive to gain for himself MUST walk forward according to the Truth in their hearts – protect those who are not on this man’s “acceptable” list – provide for the poor & needy – guard against the violence directed at those with different skin color, ethnic origin, sexual preference, religious affiliation . . . BECAUSE we cannot demand for ourselves what we are not willing to give to others, my rights are secure when I make sure others have those same rights whether I agree with their choices or not.

My belief system includes knowing that I am not wise, but I can hold up the “wisdom from above” as a standard for my choices:
“But the wisdom from above is first pure,
then peaceable,
gentle,
reasonable,
full of mercy
and good fruits,
unwavering, without hypocrisy.
(James 3:17)

My belief system means that I can:
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves”
(Philippians 2:3)

My belief system guides my behavior in this dark time;
To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and          humble in spirit;
not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead;                          for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.                             (1 Peter 3:8-9)

and I pray with the psalmist:
But let all who take refuge in You be glad,
Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them,
That those who love Your name may exult in You.
For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.
(Psalm 5:11-12)

About Jeanne

a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6. My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)! I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting! Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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