"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me Phil 4 13. Show all posts
Showing posts with label I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me Phil 4 13. Show all posts

Friday, June 27, 2014

Older and

not much else.

To the world most of us hold many labels: wife, husband, father, son, daughter, etc.   We also are many other things to those who we meet in our lives.  We may be the dork, the cutie, the meanie, the hoarder, the low talker, the good tipper, the sweetie, the messy house person, the awful neighbor, or perhaps just the one that functions but in a way that allows for the past to stay there and the present to be a quiet simple place.

There is nothing much we can do to those around us to improve or change the perceptions others may have.  Seems like we humans love to analyze others and embrace that ever so thin concept that we are fine, because we are not like so and so. 

Truth is we are all messed up.   In God's terms, we are all sinners~ For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23

Some of us function well and enjoy our lives but have our quirks and so on.  Others flee home as the idea and needs of care of the home are nearly impossible and it shows in every measure from the children to the lack of cleanliness.  Others embrace the security that home affords sometimes for the first time in their lives and dive in head first to make it the way home should have been all of their lives.  Then some gently float on the notion that they are incredible simply because of material items.

But you see, none of this matters.   What matters is our walk with God.  

As I celebrated yet another birthday, I have been thinking deeply about this and smile knowing that I am comforted, I am strengthened, I am bold, and I am wonderfully made all because of my Creator.
This is how my mountain looked on my birthday.  Pretty amazing mural that is priceless and free at the same time!

Monday, April 1, 2013

From the Files...

I have been going through old photo files wondering what hasn't made it to the blog~ and thought I would share some.  

This is one of about 10 photos in this series. 
I found them on my camera a few years ago.
 
Will I ever know the entire story behind the murder by farmyard eggs?
Most likely not. 
Did I crack up when I saw the photos?  Absolutely!
I do know why kitty's coat is so shiny and plush!

I will say that my kids make me smile.

Here is Third.
I did not take this photo either, but discovered about 30 photos 
that Fourth and Third had taken with one on the ground
and the other on the roof.
 
Pretty neat.


 
This is my daughter and one of her friends.
I love the White Sands of New Mexico.

When we first got this kitty she would sleep in crazy places
and we would search and search for her.

We found her this time on top of  a freezer in a crock pot.

My mountains.
I thought I would share a photo of them in white as this winter
we did not really have a deep, cold winter and I missed this.



And here are my mountains being overtaken by a dust storm. 
Yes it was that massive.

I can't believe how time passes so quickly.  I am slow to post the garden plans, the spring cleaning projects, my sewing projects, as well as this, that and the other.  

As this is the year of gratitude on the farm, I would like to share that I have been spending a good deal of time in thought, prayer, and appreciation for those around me~especially my handsome Bill. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Before President Obama Part 2

Be sure to read Before President Obama Part 1 before reading part 2.

When times are hard it is understandable that one may resort to falling into an emotional depression. Or as a nation a period of bitterness and hate.  You know what I mean~where people who used to get along even though they believed differently now are at odds with each other.  It used to be that we could gather around the table with those that may be a democrat, a republican, or unaffiliated with any political party. Now we are so hateful, so spiteful, so bitter, that the divide between Americans seems to have never been greater.

In the case of my family following the accident, I am not going to lie. Times were hard. Emotions were raw, and we could see the writing on the wall and knew that our lives had changed forever. This was through nothing intentional. We knew we were on a clock and that we had to change things but we did not really know which way to go or what to do. Extended family that lived far away had no idea how much we were dealing with and how do you explain things to people?  No one wishes to be seen as a beggar, nor the truth of the matter was that no one was equipped to assist a family of six anyway.  Although we thought we leaned heavily on our faith, battled stress, worry, fear, and the unknown, as like many Christians we forgot Matthew 11:28-30

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

We tried to handle life's woes alone and it was difficult. About six months after Bill's accident we truly came back into focus and returned to Him.  I am not saying we turned from the Lord, I am saying we thought we could resolve the issues and forgot Him.  We continued to pray, attend church, read the Bible and such, but we were going through the motions in a fog of sorts.  That is how things are now as Americans.  We are thinking we can resolve our problems alone and that our nation poofed into existence as is without those that had a faith and belief in God.  We have looked away from the words that the Founding Fathers put down for all to read and thrive because of them.  They knew that the Constitution was a measure to work towards not what they had at that moment, as we all know about the slaves in the nation. But hope abounded in that document and still does~except some now say our nation is a terrible nation and that we never were a nation of anything.  These folks with this belief are not few, but many that are on the Left and some on the Right.

America did not become a nation without men and women that sacrificed all.  People left all they had to begin a life that was an extreme risk. They knew they would never have the life they had in the old world and ventured anyhow to the new world.  The new world was not a place that was exclusively owned by the inhabitants that were there at the time (we know refer to these inhabitants as Native Americans). No, like all over the world people migrated.  When people migrated a few things happened.  The natives were either killed, they left, or they assimilated. American history is being turned ugly calling White European settlers as the evil invaders. Let's be honest for a few moments here. White European settlers came, they did perhaps all of the scenarios I presented above as have people for thousands of years.  Remember the Bering Strait? The land bridge that people from Asia crossed to North America~these people are the ancestors of my husbands family...in fact, we see this in the shape of the eyes of my mother-in-law, a son of mine, and many others on Bill's side. So these Bering Strait travelers, I wonder, did they do the same as the White Europeans?  Well of course!

You know how I know? Because there is no new thing under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

As I share how my life before President Obama, and how Bill and I ended up on the farm, I do see how our nation is the way it is~ bitter and hateful. We actually seem a bit like Germany after WWI, as we are no longer looking for resolutions but hate to thrive so we can become strong.  This won't work for America anymore than it worked for Germany.  Hitler placed blame on the Jew and the nation thrived as hate is a good motivator. We see that now,  and anytime anyone mentions a truth about the President, the Left cries "racism."  We are not allowed to call President Obama the Food Stamp President, as this has been deemed racist, although he is as the largest number of people in American history are now on Food Stamps (SNAP). Hate breeds lies under every rug.  We can't mention anything or the Left shouts from the rooftops.   I say enough.

 For Bill and I, we accepted instead of hated anything.  We did not know where we would be today, yet, we did accept. We accepted accidents happen.  We accepted that departments choose what is best for themselves in spite of how damning that would be to a young family.  We accepted that we would have to move far away to a place that was bottom of the barrel~if we wanted to be able to survive.  But we did not accept defeat.  We accepted change and walked slowly until we learned more but we moved forward.  We did not and would not ever think another was to blame, or that our actions would lead to permanent failure. Instead we realized that all things can turn out fine...even before we knew where we were going.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, and are called according to his purpose. (By the way, John 3:16-18 make it clear who those are that are called according to his purpose)


Before President Obama and the economic crisis that is impending, my family experienced something every bit as damning to our future, our lives, our children's lives, and our marriage.  We could have chose a different path as America can do right now.  America can continue to choose to ignore truth in our government and continue on the path of teachers that strike when they make $76,000 and were offered an incredible bargain.  We can choose to ignore truth and determine that gay rights are more important than religious convictions-ps the truth of this is neither is more or less important. My rights stop where yours begin...and I am not a Constitutional attorney yet know this.  We choose to lie about candidates, instead of realizing that both President Obama and Mitt Romney are and have been for universal health care.  We choose to lie about the candidates when we allow one side to say that Romney has not released his tax forms...when we have never seen a college transcript for Barack Obama~stand for truth or cease is what I say to both sides.

America is at a crossroads.  I am not sure she will recover because hate and bitterness have been deeply rooted.  Our politicians are no longer of the people, but live more like a reigning class and cannot even understand middle America, yet we continue to vote year after year for more of the same.  We listen to the politicians call others the 1%ers yet  the truth is that our politicians are 1%er's.  They are stirring the waters of hate, bitterness, and contention because the more we focus on the squabble the less we will see how little they really do.

Things are not free in life.  On the farm we know this.  Our farm is still mostly in name only as it does not look like a farm of the east~but it is in character, content, and direction. We know where this will lead through our sweat, our tears, our perseverance. 

Many Americans have forgotten that things in life are not free.  We have so many going to college because the government will pay-and the debt grows. Medical treatment is not free, yet our ER's are filled with folks that pretty much could stay home, sleep, and recover but free care, means EVERY single sniffle needs a doctor-and the debt grows. Roads are built in the middle of nowhere-and the debt grows. Airports are built that see a few flights a day-and the debt grows.  Children are paid to attend school-and the debt grows.  Teachers are paid regardless of children passing minimum requirements-and the debt grows.  We have beer summits at the White House-and the debt grows. The First Lady tours the world-and the debt grows.  The Secretary of Defense commutes weekly to Washington DC from California-and the debt grows. I could go on and on, but I will stop.  Nothing is free. In fact, here is a very tough thing to type, but I need to type it...you deserve nothing in America.  What America offers is a place for you to pursue happiness. A place where freedoms exists and you can carve out your dream.  It owes nothing and we should appreciate that and weave that into our thought process.

America owes me nothing.  When we had our crisis, we did not put our hands out.  We rolled up the sleeves. I did not cry to our nation "You owe me, my dad was killed in Vietnam!"  No, I was humbled that my love, my partner in all survived.  I was humbled because I know what it was like for a child to grow up without a father, and praised God that my children did not have to know what this was like.

Now before President Obama my family had a crisis that has defined us to today.  And before President Obama and now, I owe America something as do all of us that are blessed to live and thrive upon her soil.  I owe her my word that I accept this to my core: 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  

 I owe America the gratitude that my family~once a middle class family rising on the ladder of success, can change mid stride and reinvent themselves all because we live in this great nation.  I am ever so thankful for this, and once again I thank God for January 1, 2005 as my family has become more than I could have ever imagined...all because of an accident that nearly took my sweet husband's life.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Prayers and More Needed

I believe in the power of prayer.


I also know that hardship, disease, trials, and tribulations are part of life.


I recently found a new blogity friend. She is smart, loves the Lord, and loves her husband ever so much. My blogity friend and her husband are in need of prayers. You see her husband has been told he has colon cancer.

He started a blog to let his precious wife know how much he loves her.


I have been blogging for a while, and truly try to use my blog to lift up, to encourage, and to share my faith. I am not perfect and fail often, but today, I am here~ using this blog to share with everyone about DebbieLynne and John. I pray you take the time to swing over to both their blogs. You will be encouraged in your visit, and strengthened by the strength they both share.

I ask that if you are a praying person that you pray for God's will to be done. I pray that if you have it in your heart, and are financially able, that you would consider assisting these people on this journey they are on.


Please visit them, get to know them, share with them that you, where ever you are, have heard about their story, their trials, and are with them in thought, prayer, and in kindness. In all I have done, I confess I try not to ask for anything, but in this post I ask that you take the time and visit them. I ask that maybe, if you can, you would consider sharing their story on your blog. Like I said, I believe in the power of prayer. I believe in this new world where we can connect, form friendships, and lasting relationships...all based on the Internet.

And John and DebbieLynne, thank you. Thank you for your posts as I always leave a better person after I have visited. I am praying for you...

Your New Mexico Friend,

Jennifer

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Our World

We live in a fallen world and there is evidence all around us that this is true. The atrocities in Norway are vile and of course bring out the worst in the rest of us. Is the shooter a Muslim? No, he is a Fundamental Christian!!

Here is the truth~he is evil.

I am certain we will hear of his mental health problems, and blah blah blah...but the truth is we live in times where the evil seems to be on the forefront. Around the world many people died today. They died of cancer, of old age, in car accidents, in childbirth, in despair and because. Tomorrow about the same amount of living breathing fellow humans will die.

And some day you and I will also. It may be today. It may be tomorrow or many years in the future, but we all will die.

The pain that Norway feels is the pain our nation felt on 9-11. The pain the parents of the murdered is the pain that Leiby Kletzky's parents feel.

What can we do?
Do we continue to live and be good for goodness sake? Or is there something else out there?

Well being good for goodness sake does not work. You know why? Because my goodness meter is far different than the man that murdered Leiby, as well as Adolph Hitler's as well as even a reader of the blog. We cannot be good without having a measure to compare our behavior to.

We cannot live in an evil world without hope or we ourselves fall into despair. Hope exists. Hope is real. Hope is the knowledge and plan that we have a Savior and He established why we should be "good." He also told us that we, as man, will never be good enough, which is why a beautiful toddler will gobble a cookie down then lie and say that he didn't eat it. We are born with sin and only through the covering of Jesus Christ do we then have Hope of eternal peace and freedom from tears, from pain and the suffering of the world.

Are you looking for peace? Are you looking for Hope in evil times? Well call out to Him. Ask Jesus Christ to guide the way. Do you need someone to talk to? Feel free to contact us at Mcbenningministries(at)yahoo(dot) com.