There is an elephant in the room and a lot of people are not willing to talk about it. Worse yet, many others brush it off as a ‘conspiracy theory.
Really? Are you kidding? There was election fraud on a massive scale, and we owe it to ourselves and every other American citizen to talk about it and tell others! This is not a partisan issue, it is a civil liberty issue.
This video, which Social Media is either blocking or flagging as false, clearly shows how it occurred right in front of our nose during the primetime televised election coverage.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. I’ve personally listened to four States’ public hearings on election fraud, and the dozens of witnesses (who signed affidavits). The fraud was widespread, and our election process was compromised. We must fight for fair elections and our democracy.
I thought I had heard that our social media applications were doing something to balance our American right to ‘free speech’. However, this past week I had to accept that: “It is not so.”
After reading a New York Post article about some new information in the affairs that took place in Ukraine, I wanted to share it on FB. Well, while I was typing, I got a notification from another news agency that FB was taking steps to ‘slow down’ the spread of that news article until it could be ‘fact checked’. That seemed suspicious since so many other politically oriented articles had been circulating during this election.
Even more suspicious is that I never heard of any outcome of the ‘fact checking’ process. In other words, it was supressed, or should I say: “It was censored!”
The next day, my wife found FB posts of people complaining that a FB Group had been deleted because it didn’t meet policies. It was about keeping California open. There were over 70,000 group members. I guess we’re not supposed to wish to get back to some normalcy in these crazy times.
That got me pretty upset but I just put the phone down for a while until now when I got notification that a post I made on January 1st, 2019 had been removed from FB. I don’t even know what I posted that day! I’m not one to post anything that I would call unacceptable. Maybe I posted that I was praying to God for a better new year?
That was it for me, I decided to take a pause from FB; I didn’t delete it yet, just temporarily disabled FB until I cool off and see what happens. I mean, it seems that FB has gone in the wrong direction. To add to the situation, I recently ran into an article from Fox News that is dated January 2019 (over 20 months ago) that highlights how FB really doesn’t believe in ‘free speech’ but is rather clearly working its way toward censorship.
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First they played the telephone game – then they played the blame game. Just like what is happening right now in our world!
We can learn so much about the world today just by reading the first book in the Bible. “The Fall of Mankind”.
God tells Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or he will surely die. Satan then twists Gods words and tells Eve in an attempt to trick her. Eve then adds to what Satan said and they don’t know what is truth. They sin, we are out of right relationship with God, the world begins to deteriorate including the human body. And we need Jesus to resolve this.
First lesson: If you want the truth, you must get it directly from God’s word. Eve didn’t know the truth because she didn’t hear God’s word first hand and Satan is a liar and a thief. And he is alive and still at work today. The telephone game doesn’t work! Do not trust everyone else’s interpretations.
Second lesson: Pay attention and be on guard for how Satan works. Satan is deceitful and he is a liar. He first tempted Eve through her appetite, then with lust as she looked at how beautiful the fruit was, then followed with tempting her with pride of wisdom for selfish personal gain.
We’ve seen this approach of Satan’s also with Jesus. Satan tempted Jesus in the desert with his hunger for food, then he tempted him with emotional desire to influence God to save him from his upcoming suffering on the cross, and then again he tempted him with pride to rule the world without suffering on the cross. This would have foiled Gods plan for all humanity. Thank God that Jesus is perfect and defeated Satans tempting. Gods plan is perfect too, when we put our trust in him, what Jesus accomplished on that cross enables us to be in a right relationship with God once more – if we individually choose to repent of our sins and follow Jesus. That doesn’t mean that we won’t encounter Satan or sin, but the blood of Jesus covers all our sins – once and for all!
Next they played the blame game. Eve blamed Satan and Adam blamed Eve. I feel that this is what is going on in the world today. We are all drowning in a sea of lies and blaming everyone else for our current situations and circumstances. Right and Left. Satan twists the truth for some and then uses them to twist the truth to others using the same techniques as the Bible has already shown us.
Let’s stop the blame game and let’s stop arguing over what is truth and what is not!
Go the the Bible. The Holy Word of God to find God’s righteous truth. Our perception of truth doesn’t matter, you see — Gods standards are different than the worlds standards.
The Bible tell us that God raises Kings and brings Kings down. So let’s open up our Bibles, repent and seek forgiveness with a restored relationship with our creator God, pray for God’s wisdom through His word, and then go vote! And trust that God keeps His promises. He will sustain all his creation! Which includes the universe he created (the universe does not sustain itself nor does mother nature even exist!) and all life, mankind and women kind (as God specifically created both male and female), creatures, birds, everything that exists God created! God loves all His creation and we can trust that God will sustain it! Trust! Then relax, breathe, have peace, and watch in anticipation what God will do in keeping all his promises. God loves you and desires to be in relationship with you. Trust him and he will unveil your eyes to the truth and teach you in your daily walk with him!
I find it most unsettling as I gain visibility to the vast array of perceptions of reality, of what is truth, and just how far opposite the beliefs of my friends and family. Many are very firm in their convictions. Doesn’t this make you stop to think? What really is fueling this? How did we get here? How do we start working together instead of so much fighting, destruction, and killing?
I know that my friends and family have love in their hearts and the right intentions, yet such opposing beliefs. There is really only one choice regardless of all these positions: Light or darkness; Truth or deceit; Life or death.
Perhaps if we focus on Jesus and love as Jesus commanded. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind! This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbors as yourself.”
I ask God daily to show me the truth, remove any veil that is preventing me from seeing the truth. In the bible many times people behaved in ways and the bible says that they were veiled from the truth. Ask God to unveil the truth and make things clear. Pray for discernment. God hears our prayers. Even if you think you are RIGHT, ask God to show you. When we draw closer to the Lord, he draws nearer to us.
Remember that the bible tells us that even our hearts are deceitful and beyond cure, that they are desperately wicked. Think about that for a moment too.
If we all just act and speak in love to one another – we CAN change the world. Each one of us to take accountability for ourselves and trust that the Lord is the only one righteous and the only one to judge. Pray for the Lord’s will and healing for our leaders, our nation, and our world. Then feel the peace that will overflow – His peace – and watch in anticipation for what our God will do!
This photo represents that we are all drowning in a sea of deceit, darkness, evil, death, and destruction BUT we know the way to the light. Jesus says “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life”
Am I the only one that has gone through a large portion of my life and not realized the purpose in the provision of the psalms in the bible? Of course I have one or two psalms that I learned as a child that are special to me. For example, Psalm 23 which is so comforting and it is also one that I still have memorized to this day. I silently review it in my head on nights when I just can not sleep, though those nights are few.
I found that when I would make an effort to dig into more chapters to see what God has for me there, I would open my bible to the psalms and I would just get stuck every time! I sometimes would try to put myself into the particular psalm but I just didn’t fit and it didn’t resonate with me. I needed to resolve this issue, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to do that. No one has ever talked with me about the psalms…..perhaps no one has talked to you about the psalms either??
I decided to search the internet for opinions on how to delve into the psalms. I asked friends and colleagues. I precisely remember one friend telling me that she wouldn’t know what to do without the psalms. Yet when I reached out to her, I really didn’t get any useful advice to help me along. I did learn that initially it is not optimal to try to put yourself in the position of the psalmist. First, it is better to try to understand who wrote the psalm and why, what was going on in their world at the time, what particular event may have caused them to put their thoughts down. Then I ordered a book from Nancy Guthrie called “The Wisdom of God – Seeing Jesus in the Psalms & Wisdom Books” It was so helpful. After just a few chapters, I had a feeling that I have been missing out of the benefit and purpose of the psalms all my life. And then just today I felt like I wanted to, no I needed to, read a psalm. It was just a feeling that I had that things all around me seem to be in a state of chaos. All that is going on around us in the world. Politically, Religiously, Economically, Socially, and so on.
Let me share with you just a few things that I learned from my study that make the entire book make sense to me now. In a nutshell, God inspired men to write the entire bible. God provided Psalms to us from a man’s (human) perspective. This book is different than many books you will find in the Old Testament. A large portion of the psalms are written by King David and some also by King Solomon and then a few others. King Solomon ask one thing of God which was to have the wisdom of God, which he was provisioned. So we need to realize that we are reading some of the writings of the wisest man that ever lived and also a man after God’s own heart. All as inspired by God! That’s pretty powerful, I would say!
Now there are different types of psalms, some of praise, laments (complaints, confession, protests of innocence), thanksgiving, remembrance, songs of trust and royal kinship. When the psalmist is going through trials and tribulations, he writes out how he is feeling. There is no one that shows their honest feelings like the psalmists do. This can be an example to us, that we too can pour out our struggles and our deepest and honest emotions before God. But it doesn’t stop there, read on…
When we read the psalms, God’s Word can actually change our outlook, change our feelings. I believe that this is one of the purposes God had in giving us the psalms. As we read, they are impressed upon our minds as the psalmist negative thoughts and feelings always lead to positive thoughts and feelings. “Doubt leads to trust; anger toward God turns to admiration for God; sadness gives way to joy”. And we know that God does intend to change the way we feel through his inspired word. God intends not only to instruct us but to change us through changing our feelings. The power of God’s word renews our hearts and our minds and our thoughts, when we get into his Word! How amazing is that?!?
I discovered in my study that many of the psalms follow a certain pattern and are categorized as a “lament”. They go somewhat like this pattern:
Crying out and addressing God as the psalmist turns for help
The Complaint expressed with human feelings and emotions
Trusting in God to keep his promises to us to protect, to sustain, to love us, to draw near to us
Request for God’s deliverance or reason for God to act
Assurance that God will hear the request and deliver (this is based on faith from all that the psalmist already knows and has experienced of God)
Praise in the confidence and hope that God does and will deliver
This pattern takes us from our own feelings of despair, to fully vetting our complaint, to trusting in God for help, then as we remember who our God is as the Creator and Sustainer of all things, all powerful, all knowing, and that he lavishes his love on us, then our hearts turn to praise, and hope, and worship, and thanksgiving! We can learn from this example.
Regardless of where you are in the spectrum of alignment or misalignment in the happenings of the world today, I think this psalm will help to change your feelings. That you will know that we can trust in God to hear us and deliver us!
Psalm 3 “A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.
LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!” “Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”” “But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.” “I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain.” “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.” “I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.” “Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.” “From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.”
Then there are also psalms of trust and praise. This is what I was seeking today:
Psalm 37 “Of David.
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;” “for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.” “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:” “He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil.” “For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.” “A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.” “But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.” “The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;” “but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.” “The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.” “But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.” “Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;” “for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.” “The blameless spend their days under the LORD’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever.” “In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.” “But the wicked will perish: Though the LORD’s enemies are like the flowers of the field, they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.” “The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously;” “those the LORD blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be destroyed.” “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;” “though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.” “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” “They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.” “Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.” “For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed; the offspring of the wicked will perish.” “The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.” “The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.” “The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip.” “The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death;” “but the LORD will not leave them in the power of the wicked or let them be condemned when brought to trial.” “Hope in the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.” “I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,” “but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.” “Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.” “But all sinners will be destroyed; there will be no future for the wicked.” “The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.” “The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.”
My goal is to start seeking the psalms whenever I feel that I need God to help me change the way I am feeling. I highly recommend reading the book I mentioned above from Nancy Guthrie. She provides so much more details and knowledge about Psalms. I trust that with a little bit of understanding, you also will reach into God’s Word and into the Psalms for a renewal and refreshing reminder of who our God is and how much he loves you and wants to come along side you and sustain you. God Bless You!
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Arrange sweet potatoes so they are standing upright in concentric circles in a 2-qt. baking dish, packing tightly, and roast, brushing any accumulated harissa oil in dish onto sweet potatoes every 10–15 minutes, until soft and starting to brown on top, about 1 hour.
For the Dukkah
3 Tbsp. raw pistachios
2 tsp. sesame seeds
1 tsp. fennel seeds
Meanwhile, toss pistachios, sesame seeds, and fennel seeds on a small rimmed baking sheet. Toast alongside sweet potatoes until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to spice mill or mortar and pestle and coarsely grind. Set dukkah aside. (Note: Dukkah can be made 3 days ahead. Store in airtight at room temperature.)
Whisk remaining 2 Tbsp. oil, 2 Tbsp. harissa, and 1 Tbsp. vinegar in a small bowl. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and brush with oil mixture. Sprinkle with reserved dukkah.
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Oh my! What a wonderful way to enjoy fresh peaches while they are in season! We are blessed with an abundance of delicious fresh peaches. As I was taking inventory of my freezer and my garden, this idea came to mind. I do what I normally do and I search the internet for options that are “in the direction of” what I am envisioning and what I have on hand. Then I tweak, combine, and change up the recipes to make my own masterpiece. This one was a huge success.
I was able to incorporate a few of my favorite things in this combo! Included from our garden were the jalapeño and Padron peppers, cilantro and fresh greens, and of course the fabulous peaches! Then Pink Argentine Shrimp which is the absolute only shrimp we buy! It tastes fabulous!
For the Peach Salsa:
6 peaches, peeled pitted and diced (about 1½ cups)
1 medium sized red bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
1 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
¼ cup finely diced red onion
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1-2 limes, juiced
½ teaspoon salt
For the Shrimp:
12-16 ounces peeled and de-veined shrimp, tails removed (about 30 small shrimp)
¾ cup flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne (or you can even add a little harissa, turmeric, etc. for an additional kick and health benefits too)!
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 eggs, beaten
Olive oil for frying – just enough to cover the bottom of a large skillet
Cilantro for garnish
Mix peach salsa ingredients and set aside until ready to use.
Rinse the shrimp with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Mix the flour, salt, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne, and black pepper together in a bowl. In a second dish, place the beaten eggs. Then, have a 3rd surface prepared to temporarily place the coated shrimp prior to placing them in the hot skillet.
In a large skillet, heat oil (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan) over medium high heat.
Dredge the shrimp in the flour (shake excess), then the egg wash, then BACK into the flour and coat well. Gently shake the excess off and place on the clean tray. Repeat with remaining shrimp until all are coated with the flour.
Cook shrimp in 2-3 batches. The shrimp take roughly 1½ to 2 minutes per side.
To assemble: On each taco shell, 3 shrimp, peach salsa, sprinkle a little shredded lettuce and top with the goat cheese. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with fresh lime wedges to squeeze over the top.