“..the ancient paths…”

I pinched a nerve in my shoulder and I am cranky. The pain is ridiculous. I normally do no meds, so for me to regularly ingest Ibuprofen, you know it’s bad! I read up on it today and total rest is the sole cure, other than surgical intervention – and that is not even on the table. I am not a fan of doctors in general, and to cut on me in particular. So rest it is. Ointments and anti-inflammatories are the suggested cures, along with massage, once the pain is not as acute. We will see. I guess this is one of those “only time will tell” scenarios. Joy.

So apparently I am in need of patience these days. So very true. LOL. I am a digital presence and enjoy digging into theories and posits on the web. And I have stuck my neck out, metaphorically, for certain other seekers on the web. This weekend, several who I felt I had connected to, turned tail and ran. I try not to judge. Truly. Years and years ago my oldest son accused me of prejudging a gal he was dating because she looked what I thought of as “trampy.” He told me she was a nice person, etc. (Of course, years later he did admit I was right in my judgement. Trampy it was). But it caused me to stop looking at book covers, and trying to read the book. And I have found such joy in embracing all sorts of people. They have added to my life and enriched it. I am glad I have learned a lesson in allowing “you to be you” and not trying to stuff people into my own box. My box is neat and tidy and very conservative. LOL. Perhaps not as much as some, but definitely more than most. Back to this weekend and my shoulder!!

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matthew 7:21-23

Our world was rocked this week. And it is only the first week of August. Yesterday, last night, and today there are explosions around the world; there are fires in the USA and the Middle East; the FBI raided offices and made arrests yesterday, documents were released yesterday; Germany uncovered a huge pedophile ring involving thousands; states set up fines for not complying with mask rules; the 4,000th victim was rescued by the OUR (Operation Underground Railroad) organization; public lands and infrastructure was protected; the US Government set aside $34 million for victims of trafficking; congressional hearings were in full force….I am tired just typing all this stuff and it is not a complete list!

One of the horrific things yesterday was the blast in Beruit. We need to hold them all in our thoughts and prayers. Lebanon is an amazing country and I have friends from Lebanon. Their culture, their faith, their spirit are all intoxicating. They have been in financial turmoil and Covid issues have almost drained their economy, as well. Now this has left over 800,000 people with no place to live. If you have not prayed for these people, please do. We may not agree with their government but the people do not deserve to suffer and no prayers are ever wasted.

In amongst all these happenings, I feel like there is an immense lesson for us all, and for me, in particular. We must stop judging. But we must fight for the truth. Our world is in turmoil and much of it is man-made by those who revel in power and care nothing for each person. The people in power want to keep our cultures tied down. They want us to stop seeing the humanity behind the mask. They want us to stop gathering together, because when we do, we share information. And what those in power want most are agreeable sheep. The election in November will be world-changing. Because as America goes, so goes the world. This is so very important. And unfortunately, we are being lied to daily, by the media. There is no truth. You can superimpose every newscast, one on top of the other, and the words are almost identical. They want their message to cover us all with doubt and lies and separateness. People joining together for prayer and companionship and love is illegal. But gathering together to burn bibles and crosses is perfectly okay. Check out the latest in Portland if you don’t believe me.

This past Sunday, over 5,000 people gathered on the California beaches to pray and sing and worship together, despite what their governor mandated. It was glorious to see. Because in the end, God wins. Always. And when people use God to further their own agenda, that’s when my stomach turns and that darned pinched nerve go crazy. And that is what happened with me this past weekend. And what is the lesson from that? It is an old one, and it is pretty common sensical. We cannot place our hope in man. There is only one place our devotion should lay and that is with God. Period. We cannot look to a President to save us. We cannot assume our government will take care of us. No. That is all on us and our faith and personal determination, discretion, and discernment. I prefer everyone on the beaches, holding each other up by praying together. I prefer an open economy and not imposing dress code laws in the guise of protecting the health of others, as in mandatory mask regulations. I believe in a free America. I am an adult. My brain functions. I should be allowed to choose to wear a mask or not. Just like all those who want to murder their unborn child want me to allow them the freedom to do that. Their favorite slogan is, “My body, my choice.”  I am heartily pro-life, and do not see abortion as a solution for anyone at any time, so their choice for me, is one of murder. But to expect me to wear a mask, and possibly goggles, and in my own home or vehicle, is just insanity. And if I stay 6 feet away, we are not even communicating. It is the flu. But it is also an election year. And all hell is breaking loose.

So with betrayals all around us, with Bibles being burned, and crosses brought to the fires and thrown onto the flames, what does a Christian do? Well, aside from allowing it all to enflame your nerves so you are in constant pain from the stress of it, you find your rickety, old, knees, and you pray – and you pray hard. It has been suggested that in the next 90 or so days until this election, more and more horror will be seen. We call them “false flags.” They are there to distract us from what is really happening. Hillary Clinton will be testifying on Capital Hill in September. Did you even know? Ghislaine Maxwell will be testifying. Documents are being unsealed. Indictments are being unsealed. Child traffickers are being arrested and child trafficking rings around the country, and the world, are being taken down. Did you know? And one of the biggest things is that two former Presidents are being exposed – one as a child abuser and for crimes against humanity, and the other for TREASON. Have these made the news cycle? Nope. We are coming to a fork in the road, my friends. We have to choose which way we will go. Will we follow God or man? Good vs evil? Freedom vs slavery? I don’t want my grandchildren to ask me what it was like growing up in America when it was free, do you? I am not exaggerating any of this. This is what is wrong – the average person just does not see the bigger picture. Guess what? There are more fires and explosions today! France is afire in its forests. What is happening? More people were arrested. More testimony in Congressional hearings. I am out of napkins and onions and potatoes! The world is spinning and life is happening. But are we aware? Making grocery lists and listening to people lie before Congress. So incongruous. Please think about it seriously, because in amongst the mundane of daily life, evil is flourishing. Our future depends on all of us just saying no to what is happening. Just saying no to evil and yes to truth and freedom. Worldwide. November will be catastrophic if good people sit back and do nothing. We no longer have the luxury of being silent. It is time we were heard. It is time to take our country, and the world, back from evil and allow love and freedom and goodness to prevail – worldwide. Please take this seriously, because it is the most serious election in our history. Vote. Take part. Or explain to your grandchildren what freedom once was.