I wrote the post below one year ago on Facebook. It seems bizarre to me that we’re still living as though the pandemic first hit and masks are still worn almost daily. When I wrote this, I never would have thought that one year later, not much would have changed. Praying that soon Americans will become brave enough to live free once again.
When I began this post, I thought to myself, I need to say something profound to make people feel better about our current circumstances, they need to know that they are loved and cared for and what doesn’t make sense now will at some point in the future. But then I realized that making people feel better is a tall order and is certainly not easy. Nor is it a request easily fulfilled. So, instead I’ve decided to share a verse that I take solace in everyday.
Keep in mind, I don’t have a crystal ball or magic wand. I know what separation and isolation feels like too. But I’ve decided (yes, me) not to live in fear or worry. Why? Because my God is not worried, He has my life and my children’s lives in His hands and He knows exactly what we need.
I will not deny the feelings of concern that many of you feel, your worry is valid. But know this, when you have done everything you can do to prepare for the unknown and uncertainty, let your mind embrace that fact. You have done your best! That is all you can every ask of yourself.
Friends, you are loved, you are cared for, you are prayed for everyday! I invite you to choose love, joy and peace as we journey through the unknown together. ❤️
What if you were wrong? What if what the media has told you about the SARs-COV2 biologics is actually wrong? What if the people who told you not to get it, were right all along? How will you reconcile that? What if that one decision has altered your immune function, forever and that any virus or bacteria that comes along can overtake your immune system to the point of serious illness or worse… death?
Will it have been worth it? Is your faith that fragile?
This past year has been baffling to me in so many ways. The level of blind trust and willful obedience has been quite interesting to watch. In many ways heartbreaking. Some of the most outspoken people that I have ever known have crumbled under the weight of being “in this together,” instead of standing on what is actually true. They have forsaken their own sovereignty/ bodily autonomy for safety, because the government told them they had to do so to protect, that unicorn of the most vulnerable. Never asking for proof, but eerily compliant.
Until this plandemic hit the shores of our great nation, socialism/communism had only been something that I read about in textbooks and online. I never would have thought in my lifetime, that the land of the free would fall to such an evil ideology so easily. Many of my friends and family have knowingly or unknowingly accepted that complete adherence to government is the only way out. This thinking is counter to our very foundation as Americans. Our government was established around the idea of freedom from governmental tyranny and liberty for the individual. Yet, here we are. Whatever the government takes, will not be returned.
I have no idea, how this will come to a conclusion. I would have thought, in a so called, “mask-free” state that they would be gone by now. Sadly, that is not so, even here in Georgia. We are in many ways, almost where we were except for those that have gotten the biologics and feel a renewed sense of freedom to not mask up. Yet, they still fail to understand that they were already free, but their own ignorance and cowardice kept them locked behind a piece of cloth terrorized by an invisible enemy. An enemy that is best defeated by a strong and robust immune system.
This is my last post on this topic as there really is nothing left to be said. Fear is a stronger opponent than logic and reason in the minds of many and for my hearts sake, I am walking away. Not because I don’t care, but because I don’t know of anything else that I could add to get people to understand that God alone, is the only one we should ever entrust with our bodies.
I am at peace now. I am going to busy myself with what is next for me and my children and I will leave my light on for the wandering soul that still wants answers. I will be here for you.
It is almost hard to believe that a year has passed since this psychological warfare of SARS-COV-2, was unleashed on the world. In the beginning, I was like most Americans, concerned about what the virus would do to the population, but not scared. I never felt that I needed to cover my face or hide out in my home, because as a scientist by education and experience, I knew that none of those behaviors would decrease my risk of getting infected or sick. So, I just lived my life as though nothing had changed. Of course, all the while supporting my body with proper nutrition, rest, exercise and oxygen.
Today, I am still living my life just as I did before Covid 19, became baked into our vernacular. I have managed to remain alive in the midst of the pandemic without following any of the guidelines provided by the CDC or World Health Organization. Has my stance been challenging at times? Yes! But, I have I never felt endangered by my decision. Unlike, most people, I believe my health and wellness are my responsibility. I do not subscribe to the idea that the government knows more than me. If it did, we wouldn’t lead the world in chronic diseases.
So, why does the majority of the US population believe in these measures that aren’t rooted in logic or reason (the root of science); but can simultaneously spew that “you must trust the science?” How can I be expected to trust in a science that doesn’t acknowledge common sense? Or more importantly, the rights of the individual. That is the very foundation of our Declaration of Independence; the rights of the individual must not be infringed upon by the government. Yet, here we are. Many businesses are still closed or not at capacity, companies that have remained open are unable to hire due to crippling debt. And the churches, are still closed to the very people that need fellowship, restoration and renewal. But the real losers in this debacle are the children and the families. Our children are paying the price of ill conceived ideas forced upon them by ignorant adults. How will history remember this time period?
But the people who I have been most challenged by are not those in the world, but those that claim to be in the household of faith..Christians. From the sidelines, I have witnessed Christians fuel the propaganda and miseducation campaigns as though it is their highest duty. I have even watched them politicize race to coerce or guilt people into following this sham and even still virtual signaling their superiority over the ones that refuse to support or propagate the government agenda. Their behavior reminds me of the religious leaders during Jesus’ day. Where are the fruits of the spirit? Where is the compassion, grace or understanding? Where is the love? Shame!! Your behavior has made a mockery of the Lord’s church!!
Where in the Bible does it say that we will never get sick or experience heartache or despair? As if we can do anything in our own power to extend life. Yet, many will drive a million miles to point out how selfish those who have refused the propaganda are, but won’t take five minutes to offer assistance to friends and family who are suffering as a result of these draconian measures.
It is time for us to remember who we are and fight to preserve our ability to worship in spirit and in truth and to be one nation under God. Let us live set apart, sanctified lives proving to the world that we believe above all else the words of our Father in heaven.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13&14
It’s the twenty first century and almost everywhere I look, there is a magazine or blog or website devoted to the idea of homesteading. What is going on? Why is this lifestyle so appealing to so many? With a point and a click we have convenience at our fingertips… literally, yet there is a growing group of Americans seeking to create a life of early America.
So, I decided to do a little research of my own to find out why this lifestyle is making a comeback and to determine if perhaps this recently divorced mother of two, could handle the “simple life” too.
For anyone seriously considering, moving from urban or suburban to rural, take a look at this website before you head down to your local Tractor Supply store. Research and planning is important, but not to the point of paralysis. Make the plans and arrangements and then go for it!!https://homesteadersofamerica.com/why-homesteading-awesome-lifestyle/
If I could boil my research down to one theme or two, I’d say that connection and self reliance resonate across a broad swath of people. It’s quite apparent that more and more people want food security particularly after this past year. I can certainly appreciate that!
While I am not yet ready to dive full steam into homesteading, I am certainly ready to begin the preparations. I envision myself and the kids starting our day digging in the dirt followed by breakfast, Bible study and books ( we homeschool), I see so much joy, laughter, gathering of friends and family and overflowing peace. I can totally see our little farmhouse surrounded by flowers, dogs, cats, chickens and maybe a couple of goats, just because.
Just writing about homesteading makes me happy, perhaps it’s because of the memories of summers spent in the country, picking cucumbers, green beans and zucchini from my great aunt’s garden or perhaps it’s the memory of the fresh mint that grew alongside the path that led to my grandmother’s back door. Or just maybe, it’s the memory of my father coming home at the end of a long day of work, taking off his suit to go and spend an hour or so working in our backyard garden before coming in to eat dinner.
Whatever it is, I believe that it will be wonderful!
When Covid 19 first hit the United States, I played along because I knew that people were scared (not with a mask though) and I didn’t want to seem insensitive. But seeing how this is coming up on a year, I will not hold my tongue any longer. I just can’t, because I am truly concerned for our country. I am sincerely concerned that my children will have no concept of what freedom and liberty actually looks like. I have no secret or nefarious agenda, I just want to live the life that God placed me here to live and that does not include prolonged mask wearing, social distancing and staying in my home for extended periods of time.
So here is the deal, I have a brain, I know what is in the best interest of my own body. I know how medications work, I’ve spent the past 23 years of my life monitoring or managing clinical trials and I’m now in school training to become a Functional Nutrition Counselor, so that being said, until the Government can adequately address the following issues, I’ll take its health recommendations with a grain of salt.
-Why is the US ranked 46th in longevity? -Why is medical error the third leading cause of death in the US? Killing over 250,000 a year? -Why is child mortality in the US worse among the 20 wealthiest countries? -Why is the US ranked 68th in first day newborn deaths? -Why does America pop more pills than any other country? -Why have autoimmune disorders and neurological disorders skyrocketed in the last 30 years?
Last point, governments were instituted by men to protect the rights endowed to us by our Creator. If at anytime the government operates outside of those parameters, we are morally obligated not to comply. By the way, if you’ve never studied the atrocities of WWII, you might want to go and do a little research. The propaganda being used on the American people is eerily similar.
Why don’t you believe me when I tell you, you are fearfully and wonderfully made? Why don’t you believe me when I tell you that I know the plans that I have for you, to give you a hope and a future?
Why don’t believe me, when I was the one who sent my son to die on the cross for your sins? Why don’t you believe me when I told you to be anxious for nothing? I provide for the birds of the air and the flowers in the field, would I not do even greater things for you? Or what about when I’ve told you to seek my kingdom and my righteousness and everything you need will be given to you?
Even still, I have told you not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of your mind and to do what is according to my will. Are you even listening?
Those questions, play out in mind almost daily. They are what I imagine, God would ask me, if we were to have a conversation. I can see so very clearly, how easy it is to disregard God’s word when our minds are set on being a part of the world around us. I get it, it’s very similar to when the Israelites begged Samuel for a king. They wanted to be like everyone around them instead of what God wanted them to be, an example of God’s sovereignty in their lives. We are no different today. We want to be like everyone else and at the same time we expect God to bless us and when he doesn’t because of our own actions and choices, we blame him. Can I get an amen?
I have grieved so deeply this past year over what our country has become. The relationships destroyed by fear and lack of knowledge. The fear driven desire to have everyone conform to an agenda that is not rooted in truth, but instead, control. How as Christians do we reconcile, our behavior with John 10:10, when Jesus himself said, “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly?” How is cowering behind a mask, closing houses of worship and taking an experimental vaccine living abundantly?
I know that tomorrow isn’t promised and holding on to what we think this life should be, is not what God has called us to do. So as hard as it is to watch, many of my friends and family members living in fear and unable to reason, I will continue to follow Jesus and to the best of my ability provide a safe space for anyone who asks. I will release the burden of trying to save everyone from running into the burning building. I will release the pain that comes from watching it all happen. I believe God. I take him at his word. I can trust him. I will trust him. I will love you and I will pray for you, but only through Jesus Christ can you be saved.
The kitchen, is the heart of the home. It’s typically the gathering space that we associate with family, fellowship and food. It’s where decisions are made, homework is done, it’s where amazing meals are planned and cooked. It can also be the place of not so great, sometimes very messy meals that are ultimately tossed in the trash and replaced with takeout. Whatever it is to you, I suspect that at the center, is love.
Pretty much from the moment that I knew that I was going to have children, it became my priority to improve my cooking skills. It was the idea of life growing inside my body that made me want to challenge myself to create the most wholesome meals, I could imagine. In my mind, I channeled Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay when I made anything, salad, soup, salmon, whatever it was, it had to be just right. When my daughter started daycare at the age of one, her teacher would comment often on how she had the best meals in her class because they were homemade, not prepackaged or ready to eat. Those compliments meant the world to me, because although I worked full time, I still do by the way, my daughter had real food everyday. I continued that tradition when my son was born, because to me food nourishes and it restores.
In this season of coronavirus, where the dictates have been isolation and separation, I have often wondered if more time at home has given families the opportunity to return to the tradition of family meals together or to create new traditions where the kitchen has become the soul of the home once more. Perhaps, with the children learning to cook, spending time at the table discussing all the things. Maybe doing school and work side by side. Or maybe it has become the place to sit and talk and reconnect. It is my prayer that more connecting or reconnecting is happening in the room that is known for gathering.
Open up your homes. Invite your extended family, friends and neighbors over to eat, have a cup of coffee, laugh and fellowship. Our kitchens can and should be once again, the heart and soul of our homes and the place to remember that we are connected and that is a beautiful thing!
I started this blog, sort of as a way to make sense of my life following my divorce, but I think it has now become my place to write commentary on what is happening in the world, the United States in particular and how it relates to my Christian walk.
Writing about current events has never been my plan, but it seems it’s pretty much the only way I can express how utterly disappointed, I am in how easily and eagerly, the American people have begun to bow down to Baal.
Let’s be clear, this downward spiral, didn’t begin four years ago. It began much earlier. It began when the country decided to replace God with whatever idol suited them. Sure, I know we have freedom of religion in our country, but there used to be a set morals and values that we were all united under. We knew right from wrong. In 2021, righteousness is frowned upon. Clinging to identity and socio-economic status are everything.
Even Christians have fallen victim to being Social Justice Warriors.
Alas, fear has taken hold and time marches on. Small businesses have to alter how they do business or close, churches are afraid to resume services, friends are afraid to spend time together and god forbid that family’s should gather to celebrate the holiday season or just to visit. And for what, to slow the spread of a virus? Where is the science to prove that is even possible? We are only just beginning to see the long term implications of such draconian measures.
There is so much more that I could cover here, but that really isn’t the point of this post. At the core of this, it’s about finding peace in the midst of this terrible. This is about doing justly, loving kindness and walking humbly with God.
When we turn away from evil, and return to the will of God, our nation can be restored. It is possible! Remember, God is patient, not wanting anyone to perish but requires us to all come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9.
God is waiting on us to become His nation once more. Are you ready, are you willing to cast aside the idols that have pulled us to this place? It’s not too late.