HACKING

The Russian email hacking story is getting more absurd by the day. It is like peeling back the layers of an onion and just finding more and more stink.

Should a country be allowed to influence our elections? No, they shouldn’t be allowed to do that. We are a sovereign nation. However, Russia and Edward Snowden are the only people on the face of the earth who are willing to risk consequences to expose the corruption within our government. For that I am grateful.

If the Democratic party and Hillary Clinton were honest and forthright they there would be nothing to expose. They need to clean up their act.

Furthermore, the media, celebrities and other forms of entertainment are so liberal it is sickening and they continue to hide their blatant corruption under the pretense of journalism.

Obama’s response to this is the wrong one. Instead of looking at the source of the problem; which is the deceit which constantly covers Hillary Clinton in a black cloak of evil. He is looking to punish a nation which has not been proven to have done anything wrong.

It is his Democratic party which was seeking to undermine Barry Sanders, not Russia. It is Hillary Clinton which has used the Clinton Foundation for her own frivolities, not Putin.

We finally have a President Elect who is willing to mend fences with Russia. For the first time since Kennedy we actually have picked a winner for President.

Instead of seeing the benefit of change, Obama has retreated into his narcissistic delusion that he was the greatest thing that ever happened to this country. He continues to undermine the transition to Donald Trump and in doing so may be putting our national security at risk.

The corruption within the political system of America is rampant. We should be thankful that someone is brazen enough to expose it. However it seems as if corruption is now a protected entity in the American political system and honesty is a crime. What a sad state we are in….


THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I had a terrific time with two of my three children. My other child could not make it back to Texas but I had fun sending all of his gifts to his home in Florida.

I enjoy the whole season of Christmas. All of the decorating, shopping and baking I do is fun but it is also a lot of work. This year on Thanksgiving I was exhausted and as I lay in bed on Christmas morning I was dreading the day. I knew I would work myself into a state of exhaustion.

As I was saying my morning prayers God must have sensed my apprehension about the day. I saw the essence of His Spirit transform the day into a miracle.

I always go all out when cooking for my family on holidays. I was planning to make two huge meals on this Christmas. I was planning a brunch and then also a Christmas dinner.

I don’t mind cooking. I actually love to cook but it is the cleaning up that I hate. My kitchen was still a mess from all of the baking I did for the neighbor gift bags I had just delivered the day before. Then after I made breakfast brunch there was just more added to it.

After we finished the brunch I lumbered into the kitchen to start cleaning up. My daughter and her boyfriend were close on my heels though. My daughter started washing the dishes, her boyfriend was helping. My daughter actually said, “You need to sit down and chill, Mom. Just relax. Put your feet up.”

My mouth dropped open as I realized I had no idea how to relax on Christmas. I scurried to my bedroom and started tidying up that room. Soon my kitchen was cleaned up and the children were ready to open the gifts. I went to the living room and plopped myself down in a lazy boy. My daughter was so sweet, she passed out all of the gifts.

We had a great time opening gifts and you know how the living room gets cluttered with paper and bows and boxes right? Well, not in my house, not this year. This year was different. My daughter, son and her boyfriend made sure that every scrap of gift wrap was thrown away and every box was stored.

My daughter even told me not to go all out on Christmas dinner. Her boyfriend and her were so kind to compliment me on the roasted potatoes. I had roasted both sweet and red potatoes and they said the dinner was much more organic than the potato casseroles I normally bake for holidays. My son wasn’t quite so thrilled but I told him if he came home for Easter he was sure to be able to partake in the sweet potato casserole I normally bake.

After the Christmas dinner my children were right back in the kitchen cleaning up again and at the end of the day I was tired but not exhausted.

My children, including my daughter’s boyfriend, made this Christmas one of the best ever. They gave me the most memorable and wonderful gift I have ever received. I hope I get this gift every Christmas from now one. The gift they gave me was “helping hands.” I am blessed beyond measure in every way.


SALT

I have spent quite a bit of time in my life wondering about the Bible. Most verses are pretty straight forward. If you know anything about God though, you will realize that He is pretty deep. He loves symbolism. I find the mystery of symbolism to be one of my favorite things about the Word of God. I was wondering the other day about the symbolism of salt. Why salt? There are certainly more exciting additives to food. Yet the Bible is specific in stating that we as Christians should be like salt.

Matthew 5:13-16 says, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

As I pondered the idea of salt some questions popped up in my mind. What is the main reaction of the body to ingesting salt? It is to become thirsty right? Then the Lord brought to my mind another verse. Matthew 5:6 “”Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

Could it be that we as Christians are supposed to be like salt to spur a thirst for righteousness in others?

It is so easy to point the finger of judgement at the sin of others. It is just as easy to cast a blind eye to our own sins. Yet, the Lord never assigns us the privilege of judging others. That is His right alone. We are to be examples, not judges.

I wonder how the world would react if Christians stopped judging others and strove to become salt, so as to entice someone else to pursue a life of righteousness?