Why This Woman is Voting for Donald J. Trump

John and Chris at Trump Rally

I shared this with friends the other day.  In the meantime, I decided to just share it with the world.  I’m a woman.  I’m a Christian woman, and I’m voting for Donald J. Trump for President of the United States of America.  Want to know why?  Here’s my story. 

 

I wrote the words below a little while ago on a friend’s Facebook post. However, as the time goes on, I am thinking I should share this, my “specific-moment-in-time” testimony, here as well.

I add here above this “testimony” though, that whoever wins this election, the God I know and trust will forever be in control. I will trust HIM.

My Election 2016 Choice

Here is what is driving me in this election choice…

James 2:14-26 New King James Version (NKJV)

Faith Without Works Is Dead
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[a] works, and I will show you my faith by my[b] works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?[c] 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[d] And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Footnotes:

James 2:18 NU-Text omits your.
James 2:18 NU-Text omits my.
James 2:20 NU-Text reads useless.
James 2:23 Genesis the 15:6
New King James Version (NKJV)

I KNOW one major candidate will not work towards the policies and practices that I cling to as a Believer, as a Christ follower.

I know the other has advisers and others close who are Christian, and that one, while imperfect as a person, is in the process of setting up an administration, policies and plans, which honor the Lord God Almighty’s Wisdom and Words which the Lord God Almighty has given us throughout the years.

How does that Scripture above pertain to that?

It is NOT in my Christian vs. Anti-Christian view. It is what solidifies my Christian CHOICES.

I urge anyone reading this to consider what happens if you make a third choice because another fits your view of the living, perfect Christian over the one who is imperfect but who has the God-inspired principles and plans.

I believe that choosing the more-proper “Christian” so you can say you can stand before the Lord with a clear conscious, that you chose the “most Christian” one, is choosing to exhibit faith but is also forgotting that our lives should also provide an amount of something working which makes that faith come ALIVE for Christ in this world.

You DO have the right to vote just your faith, and if the Holy Spirit really guides you as such to make a decision even when it does not provide the principles of God’s Words and Wisdom for our daily living and to help our loved ones and neighbors, then you have done all you could.

However, I urge you to at least ask yourself if making a faith choice knowing NO “win” is evident, NO works for the Kingdom will come about (and in fact could possibly bring the works of Christ’s opposite to our people, non Christian and Christian alike for years to come), is that showing faith God deserves? Perhaps it shows faith, but does it show faith while forgetting about the works He needs from our lives and our decisions which then work for the good in this world He has given us to work in?

Yes dear Christian friends, vote your faith. Please however, also consider if your vote will or will not be your best choice (of what choices you have and to the best of your ability) to see the fruits of your choice be sweet in the Lord’s eyes or an abomination to His very Spirit.

I will vote as a Christian, my faith.

I also want the works of my hands to carry on what I know God honors and tells us to live for. For me, that means the one who can win and who also has been at least blessed with a Godly goal and principles in mind and who has Christian advisers to pray over him and keep him ever going in the right direction for us all.

Thank you for letting me share what is driving me. 

 

John and Chris at Trump Rally

Sincerely,

Chris Stevens @Padoozles

Donald Trump for President 2016

Women for Trump

#TrumpPence2016

Should Our Congress Keep Their Salaries During the Government Shutdown?

Government Shutdowns and Congressional Pay
Government Shutdowns and Congressional Pay

Should we pay Congress during a government shutdown?

I feel like saying this.

Personally, I think Congress should still get their pay even during a government shut down.  I know our country’s laws are set up for them to do so, to continue getting their salary even during a government shutdown, and they are getting their paychecks apparently, or will be, (unless they voluntarily don’t take it or give it to charity as Senator Ted Cruz says he will do), but there is a big push, lots of polling, etc, and even some Congressmen publicly ditching it for PR purposes, leading us towards a national call to take our Congressmen’s and Congresswomen’s salaries away during the government shut down.

After all, some say, if some government workers don’t get paid, why should our Senators and Representatives?

I say let’s remember this:

It’s not that we don’t want government at all, and to change things abruptly in the heat of any moment seems unwise.  Instead…  We want to cut out the WASTE of government.  Most ALL Americans, on whatever side they stand on, want to cut government waste, and many of us don’t want such a big nationally-sized, one-size-fits-all government, hoping we can move some of the large organization of a large federal government to other venues such as states or for some things, back to business and the private sector.

So whether we want a smaller government or just want one that is working well and without fraud and abuse, or both, in some form or fashion, we want the WASTE to be tossed out.  OK, perhaps some of you feel some of those Congressmen may fit that description, lol!

My point is that work SHOULD be compensated, and we should honor the hard work these men and women do in Congress too.  (Yea, even the ones we don’t agree with are working hard… If they weren’t, we would all have an easy time of it, right?)

And think about it.  How would you feel if you had to go to a hard job, do hard work, get lots of insults from everyone, those who don’t like you and those who even sometimes do, and be told your work isn’t even worthy of compensating anyway.

Yes, jobs should have compensation, and if and until we ever restructure our Congress’ jobs differently, they accepted the huge roles we gave them and are working in their current jobs as we told them they would be.  As honest citizens, we should strive to live up to a high standard of honor… whether or not we feel, or know, others do… or do not.  We gave them their current jobs with our good word, agreeing to pay them what we agreed to for their work.

But even more, we want our Constitution, our country’s framework, our history, and our country to survive.  All those things include the system we have that includes our United States Senators and our Representatives, the voice of the people.

So even if we don’t like our specific leaders now, I’m pretty sure we don’t want to get rid of the very government system our country’s framers set up for us.  To defund our own Constitutionally-given leaders on a whim seems almost as unwise as defunding our own military defense.

Oh, I understand.

We may not like each and every one of them.  Some of us may not like any of them at all.

But they are OUR Congress, one of the three branches of our government,  a foundational body that is part of what makes America what it is —  a free Republic; a system of freedom to vote in and freedom to vote out those who work out our vision and law; a representation of normal Americans who have a right to disagree, to speak, and to be heard; and a place where we would STILL rather be probably more than any other place on this earth.

Should that model be worth something?

So as long as they are working, I say pay Congress for their work.

It seems like continuing to pay for the work our Congress does for us is a way to honor our word and the land in which we live.

When it all boils down, they’ll get by with or without getting paid, but we may be hard pressed to ever find another system of government (other than Heaven’s design itself) that is as great as the one we now have.   So long as they are working for that government we are so blessed to have, and so long as there is money to still pay for their work, I say pay our Congressmen and Congresswomen.

Then change things for the better as and when you can if you still want.

At least then you can say you were true to your word and an honorable employer.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.   1 Timothy 2: 1-2

Was There Voter Fraud in the Latino Community in the 2012 Presidential Election?

Voter Fraud in the 2012 Presidential Election

Was There Voter Fraud in the Latino Community in the 2012 Presidential Election?

I think the question deserves to be at least asked before we, as a country or any specific party, decides what to do from this point on.

Voter Fraud in the 2012 Presidential Election

Where do we go from here?

I hope some wonder and investigate.

The Latino American voters supposedly came out in droves to be the deciding factor in getting Barack Obama elected in 2012, a surprise defeat for Mitt Romney in so many eyes and after so many predictions otherwise.

My question now is:  Did Hispanics come out in droves, or did the Obama campaign team know where to get fake votes in?   Could Obama Democrats have registered under Hispanic names that they were fairly confident in would not vote for anyone at all?

It is at least worth looking at those votes as we consider what happened to get these 2012 presidential election results.

I am suspicious.  Prince William County, VA went strongly for Obama.  Prince William County is FULL of Hispanics, probably one of the few places in Virginia that even has a Hispanic / Latino population other than a small part of Fairfax County which I believe went for Obama as well.  However, that Hispanic population in Prince William County consists of mostly illegal aliens, undocumented workers.  For the most part, without any illegal vote, Prince William County is pretty conservative as a whole.  I used to live there and still have many friends there.  NO ONE there, for the most part, expected anything but a Romney-Ryan victory.

By the way, aside from the secluded illegal Hispanic community in one large area of Prince William County, Virginia, this relatively-conservative county in what was a valued state prize in this election is also dominated by the military bases, military families, and the homes of educated and experienced military officers and non-commissioned enlisted officers, the conservative military vote.  Those kind of military families usually DON’T vote Democrat, EVER.  Oh, and those not military are FBI agents from Quantico, VA.  They’re a rather conservative bunch too.

We might look at a couple of things.

Did the Hispanic population in Texas, a state Barack Obama did not need, come out and vote in droves like the Latino  population supposedly did in battleground states like Virginia… or Colorado or Ohio?

Or… Did Latino voters ONLY come out in droves in battleground states, enough battlefield states to get enough votes for an Obama win just where needed and just over the line to win?

I don’t know if this happened, but here is a possible scenario and one that would be easily accomplished and would take President Obama over the top while being under the radar.

It would be an easy fix for Obama, an easy way to get just the votes in just the right places.

Some who want Obama in office could either register Latinos who wouldn’t vote anyway and have another Dem vote for them, or some individuals could register someone else, a white or black non-hispanic even, IN another’s Latino’s place and have another person vote for a non-voting Latino that way.  Many of the Latinos who live in Prince William County are illegals and undocumented voters.  Some are indeed legitimate voting citizens with a very conservative leaning.  Basically, the ones who are legally in the country and rightly vote are generally among the rest of the population and do not have immigration on their minds and hearts to the point where they could garnish so many out-of-the-ordinary votes.  The votes just don’t jive with me.

Here’s the deal.  Here’s the scenario some good journalists, pollsters, and at home researchers need to consider:

Could the Obama team have used some non-existent, non-voting, or even illegal Latino votes to cinch this presidential race?  All the Obama team needed to have done was to fake enough Latino votes in just the right areas that they would sway the states they needed to go just over the top for Obama.  That’s ALL they needed in a scenario like that.

And “why not?”, some liberals might think.  If these poor Latinos with no voice to vote WOULD vote, they commence, they would vote for their right to stay in America.  IF they WOULD vote. If they COULD vote.

“We’ll vote for them and be their voice for them” perhaps says one (or several) liberal white guys.

And we’ll win this election for Barack Obama along the way.  That’s a win-win for us.

Republicans, Romney Democrats and Independents, and even Hispanics from all political parties and persuasions need to look at where the Latino vote won this presidential election for Barack Obama and determine whether or not those Latino votes were from actual voting Latinos or were manipulated votes in their honor.

If they were real votes from legitimate Latino voters, then there is a real need to see where the GOP disconnect is there.  Latino voters and the GOP should have a lot in common when it comes to conservative values.

On the other side, if someone else unlawfully voted FOR a Latino, illegal, legal, or otherwise, then there has been a real travesty done to our election process, American Hispanic citizens, and the American people overall.

Thomas Aquinas is quoted as saying:

As a manner of honor, one man owes it to another to manifest the truth.

Let’s look and see what the truth really is here.

May God bless us, protect us, and come to our aid at this time.

-CS

Happy Election Day Results Dinner for a Conservative Family

Easy Shrimp Salad Recipe

We’re waiting for election results, and it’s so exciting!

While I may be biting my nails (OK Mom, I’ll stop that), I really hope we’re going to have a new American president from this 2012 presidential election, and that new president would be Mitt Romney.

OK, so it’s only 6:16 PM my time in Texas (that would be 7:15 PM in the east), so I don’t know for SURE, but just in case, and because I’m hoping we’ll see a Mitt Romney – Paul Ryan win tonight, my family is getting a GOP dinner!

All right, so I’m not paying too much attention to making dinner right now, or even eating it, but I thought ahead, a little anyway, and we’re having a Republican Red State Dinner that was simple to put together in advance.

It is an easy dinner, REAL easy, both to make and to eat, so we can all sit here and enjoy the election results.  But believe me, my thoughts on on the color “red” tonight.

Here’s my family’s Election Day dinner and the quick and easy recipes I used so we could be on a GOP watch tonight!

Oh, and hope you don’t mind, but since I’m watching the first bits of news coming in with the first of the polls closing, my recipes will be REAL short.

Pink Shrimp with Red Salsa with Muli-Grain Crackers

Easy Shrimp Salad Recipe

This easy shrimp salad recipe is just the thing for a busy night like tonight! 

Just grab a frozen 1-pound bag of pink shrimp and mix it with a couple cups of fresh salsa.

Add a couple teaspoons garlic power and a few shakes of red cayenne pepper, and stir.

Let thaw in refrigerator until ready to serve.

We’re using Cracked Pepper and Olive Oil Wheat Crackers, but any crackers would do just fine.

Republican Red Jello Salad With Tropical Fruit

Red Jello Salad Recipe

Combine the following in a bowl:

1-12 ounce container Cool Whip

1 small package red Jello, I used strawberry, (just the powder, don’t actually make the jello)

Add:

1 can drained crushed pineapple

1 can drained mandarin oranges

1 cup shredded coconut

2 cups miniature marshmallows

When all combined, store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

 

Popcorn While We Watch the Election Results

I know… I know…

Popcorn isn’t red.  However, I made it in my red popcorn popper!

Popcorn for election night

 

I think we’ll have some iced  green tea then too, but don’t think that means I’d put my money into Solendra.  It’s just that green tea is a healthy drink, that’s it.  🙂

OK, gotta get going so we can actually eat and watch the results roll in!

Before I go, i thought I would add that I am also kind of thinking we’ll be eating Ann Romney’s recipe for buttermilk pancakes tomorrow morning.   Yea, that sounds like a real good idea!

I wish you all a happy Election Day.  However, if your (or my) candidate is not the one to win, I pray the Good Lord will still bring us all together as we continue in life and work together for a better tomorrow.    No matter who wins, our Heavenly Father is really the One in control.

But as for me and my house tonight…  Go Mitt!

 

AFTER THE VOTER COUNT UPDATE:  

It’s 10:45 PM CST where I live, and many of the media outlets have called the election for President Barack Obama.  There are a lot of votes left still to be actually counted, so we’ll see.

I stand by what I said earlier though…  that regardless of who is President of The United States, the Lord God is in control.

Dear Father, Thank you for your wisdom which is far superior than ours could ever be.  You know what you need to happen for your perfect Will to be enacted.  You also know what we can handle, and you provide the strength we need when we are weak.  Protect America and your people; bless The United States of America, and bless each one of us, our families, our jobs, our children, our selves.

If there WERE any mistakes made, please make them fully evident, and may a correction be made.  If this was your Will, show us our way with the president that we will have, and please do not forget your faithful people.  And maybe more importantly, we need to not forget YOU, Heavenly Father.

For those of us who may not understand this election, keep these verses in your hearts:

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.  Deuteronomy 31:6

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.  Psalm 55:22

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.   Matthew 11:28-29

And I retire with this in my mind, knowing that we have already received the blessing we REALLY need:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3: 16

 

It’s hard to say this; it’s hard to think this is the best path, but those of you who are disappointed, perhaps concerned, go in peace knowing you STILL have an Almighty God that is with you.  You are not alone.  You are not alone.

Good night to all.

Our God Given Potential | A Lesson From the DNC Platform

democratic national convention 2012 god in platform

I’ve been writing a series of articles geared towards family finances and have two more articles to complete my series.  Did I want to finish that up before I went on?  You bet.

However, yesterday’s fight at the Democratic National Convention got me side tracked a little.

Or perhaps an Almighty God sidetracked me.

For all intents and purposes, whatever or Whoever sidetracked me did so for good reason because I learned something really important, and I felt led to share.

Here’s what I learned about God from the floor fight over His name at the Democratic National Convention 2012.

democratic national convention 2012 god in platform

The DNC doesn’t always look like this.
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Free image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Our God-Given Potential and the DNC Platform Fight

At first I thought the DNC platform fight was about God Himself; my concern being that the leaders of the Democratic Party right now did not even want God in their party at all.

With so many faiths involved in American politics and in this presidential election, I can at least empathize with any party who is trying to lead people of all faiths in a political system that includes many people of many different faiths.

But then I looked at the “God” wording that was left out of the DNC 2012 platform again this morning, and I saw it.

I don’t believe the delegates of the different faiths had a problem with the word “God” at all.  After all, even the previous platform described a very generic god.  Without mention of Christ Jesus and with only a reference to “God”, any delegate of any faith could have related to the earlier platform in that very specific sentence which said “… everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”

(See the entire wording at:  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/05/democrats-restore-references-to-god-jerusalem-in-platform/)

Now while an atheist may have been less likely to have related to a God given potential, most people of any faith at all could have related to this.  It sounded like we had a whole lot more than God-dissing dissenters there though.  There had to have been people of “faith” who objected.

But without a reason of religion for those people of faith to be so objectionable to the wording, what then could be the problem?

That’s when I saw something today.

The DNC 2012 platform wording concerning God that changed HAD read:

“… everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”

That specific wording changed to:

“… each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.”

Here is what I saw today…

I saw a different kind of fight and it was:

God’s  Potential for Us Verses Our Own Personal Drive

I think that’s where the problem really lies with many.

The feeling that we shouldn’t expect something from others; the assumption that maybe some people just don’t have any talent or skills at all; the philosophy that we shouldn’t make a person feel obligated to do as much as they are capable of; the idea that if someone doesn’t HAVE the drive, they shouldn’t be expected to do anything more than they feel like doing, are all foundational beliefs that could cause a person, even of a faith, to disregard the idea of having to work towards a God-given potential.

The thing is though, we ALL have some kind of God given potential!

Our Creator instilled in us something that is ours and ours alone to use on this earth.  No matter where we have come from, where we will be tomorrow, or what we have or do not have as far as earthly possessions, we all have something to offer… to contribute… something to give away… something to do.  Something to DO with what we have, regardless of our “drive”.

We have a Heavenly Father who has given each one of us something special just to our own selves, to our very own beings, be that some package of talent, skills, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, opportunities, friendships, relations, passion, personality, opportunities, or place in life.

When God gives you something, you better believe He expects us to do something with those things!   “Drive” should NOT be an issue.  “Drive” can keep us down if we don’t have it.

We need to look PAST drive and just do our driving!

Proverbs 12:24 says:

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; But the slothful shall be put under taskwork.

That’s from the American Standard Version since I felt it made the point so well.

If we work hard, things happen.  If we don’t have the drive and do little or worse, nothing much at all, we end up becoming slaves.

We may be slaves to something, lifetime laziness, inability to break free from a sin, inability to break free from bad feelings or thoughts, or government help.

We may be slaves to others and consequently end up with a lesser view of ourselves as human beings created for a purpose, an attitude which is less than what God intended for us and less than what we deserve as we are all special in God’s eyes.

We could even end up as slaves to ourselves, never being all that God intended of us with the removal of an obligation to do something with what God has given us, regardless of what is is that we have actually be given as our very own.

But if we rely our our own drive alone sometimes, we risk being a slave to someone or something else.

god given potential

Let me out of here, and you’ll see just what I can do!
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Free image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It’s not easy living up to our God-given potential.  It’s hard work doing that, and for some, a life work may be harder than for others.  That doesn’t give us a pass to do just what we feel like doing though.

In fact, living up to our God-given potential forces us to believe we can do something and to work hard for whatever it is that we have that possibility of doing!  We have to become responsible beings using every bit of our being!

That kind of sounds like conservative politics to me, and some may disregard the connection or disregard the entire idea.

But I’ll tell you what… If you believe in a God at all, and you believe He has a plan for you, I hope you know Him enough to believe He loves everyone enough to have a plan for them as well.

If you can do that, then just take it one more step to the realization that God never creates plans to just be thwarted by someone’s drive, or lack thereof.  God expects us to succeed in His plan for each of us, regardless of our “drive”.

I’m a Republican, a conservative GOPer, one of those #tcot people on Twitter.  But I have Democratic roots too.  The two people that brought me into this earth had two different political leanings, one Republican, one Democrat, and while I went the political path my mother took, I was my Democrat daddy’s little girl.

I am not trying to belittle what we saw yesterday with the DNC delegates.  I’m just trying to call out a reminder and a challenge to those who may not always best help the people of our country find that God-given potential that IS possible in their lives.

Give credit to a God who provides potential in ALL people.

Give honor to a God who expects all to work towards their potential.

Expect it all to be hard sometimes.

Give a hand when needed.. sure… but NEVER give an excuse to keep things as they are.

I’m guess I’m saying I think it is OK to encourage ALL people to have a drive – to find a passion and to have a drive, to expect people to DO something and not just stand back.  Perhaps this is where my conservative political leanings come in.

But I still feel there is a lesson to be learned here, both from the DNC platform and FOR the DNC- EVERYONE has something to offer.  EVERYONE has a God given potential.

Don’t take away the God-given potential of people away because you want to leave the drive out of the equation!

Can you step up now and expect us all to work at that God given potential even if it is hard to do or they don’t feel like doing it?

As I mentioned at the very beginning of this article, I was in the process of another task, a task which I had set for myself.

But I felt led to another task, a different potential goal than I had for myself.

I took the step I was given to do, regardless of my own drive at the time.  I’ll now trust the Lord to do what He can do with it.  At the very least, I believe taking on a God-given potential is better than just letting myself be a slave to my own desires and ambitions.

My own drive would never get me anywhere good at all.  No, never.

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