Mississippi proposition 26 defines personhood

Just asking for prayers concerning the upcoming election. Please pray Proposition 26 passes which defines personhood at conception.

There is a lot of misinformation floating around from Planned Parenthood trying to deceive people into voting against it. Here's a three minuted video that will set things straight.

Ignoring signals from God?

No one understands God's perfect ways or even why God acts in such a way for some and in another way for others. How do we even know for sure we are walking in His will?

We can't see the future. Our feelings are fickle. We can't control other people's decisions. So how do we walk down that specific path God has lighted for us?

We live in a very imperfect world and since we don't control other people, we can't be responsible for their choices. The only alternative we have, then, is to walk the closest we can to the Lord God Almighty and expect Him to turn us from the wrong direction.

We have His guidebook, His Word. We have the Holy Spirit. Combine this with our love for our Daddy and a deep desire to do His will and it is a fairly reliable recipe for following His will.

Photo courtesy of anankkml
It is only when we let our own desires get in the way that we veer off the path and stretch our leading strings. I fully believe that God allows us an exploratory romp or two down side paths because this is how we learn God's guiding hand on our reins. We learn the feel If we don't acknowledge the gentle tug to the left or right or signal to stop, then God will get more urgent and sometimes the bit will dig in and hurt. It isn't God that is causing the hurt, it is the stubborn ignoring of His guiding signals.

We can't walk in His ways unless we know Him. We can't know Him unless we study His Word. We can't study His word unless we take the time. We can't take the time unless we make it a priority. Therefore, priorities are crucial to knowing God's will.

Never allow consideration of doing something that is contradictory to His commands. That part is simple enough. But what do we do with that fleeting thought that flickers through the brain matter, toying with us to consider something that the Holy Spirit immediately flags as sin? When it does register that we've thought something like that, we need to fling it at God's feet. Frankly, that is not easier said than done. If we truly mean to bring God glory that decision must be made before that flickering thought appears. Otherwise we sit toying with an idea which is then a simple matter to follow through with a deed displeasing to God.

Once we've decided, it is easier to do.  Once we’ve decided, we are more aware of temptation, (and that, my siblings, is what Satan deplores). He wants us to waver on the cusp of the pit. But, who is stronger? When God is for us, who can stand against Him?

Psalm 37:4 says that when we delight in the Lord, He will grant us the desires of our hearts.

How precious that God gives us our desires when we delight in Him. That means those desires are not harmful. They are good for us and others. That means that our hearts are pure. What a joy to have a pure heart. That also means that our prayers are righteous and the prayers of the righteous avails much. We have a responsibility to dive into the middle of God's will and to delight in Him.

How precious it is to sit on His feet.

Shout out with praise

A psalm by Gina after reflection upon Salvation of the Lord from the sin in her life

Shout out with praise...
Shout out with praise
To the LORD on His Throne!
Sing with me all the earth,
For He set me Free.

He unlocked the shackles
He unwound the chains
I am Free.
He filled the darkness with Light
Fear fled, demons tremble.
I am Free!

He bent down to lift me up.
He put the chains and shackles on my foes.
But, I…I am Free!

It was I that caused His great pain, you see.
It was for me that He stuck to that tree.
It was I that raced down that path of ruin,
That pursued the pitiful gain.

Yet, His love swelled greater than oceans
His love reached past the universe
He counted the cost
and found it worthy
to set me Free yes, even me, to set me free.

The babies’ breath is on His cheek…
My tears have rolled down His fingers…
Yet the universe is too small for His shoulders.
He cared enough to set me Free.

Shout ye people of the earth.
Sing hosannas to reach the stars.
Sing with me and praise His name for
He paid the price to set us Free!

Occupation of Wall Street

Charging Bull, a bronze statue by Arturo Di Modica at Bowling Green, Manhattan, New York City, photo by David Prior
What is the message of Occupy Wall Street?

It's difficult to find a deep answer to this because the website states it is a protest of the 99% against the 1% who has all the money, so says Andrew Ross Sorkin of Dealb%k column.

That is really hard for me to absorb.

For more than two weeks people, without jobs obviously, have been peacefully standing around Wall Street with a sign or two decorated with a balled up fist, protesting that 1% of the people have all the money. I wonder how that 1% got all that money?

Donald Trump's story is fairly well known. He had nothing when he started, in fact, he was about $20 million in debt; and he convinced his debtors to invest more money with him. They did astoundingly, and they all made a mint of money. That is entrepreneurship at its best.

Dale Carnegie wrote a list of life ambitions when he was 18 years old. At the top of his list was his deep desire to earn millions of dollars the first half of his life, and the second half of his life he would give it all away. He certainly accomplished the first, but he'd made so much he couldn't give it all away.

When did working for your keep transform into entitlements? Spreading the wealth never worked no matter how hard Russia, Spain, Greece etc. tried. The few always ended up with most of the cash, but communism and socialism made it easier for the crooks to take the money.

Isn't it strange that a man who is almost the richest man in the world would use this kind of thinking to try to destroy America. George Soros has at his fingertips the wherewithal to do exactly that. I believe this peaceful protest of uninformed people is the beginning.

Why do I call them uninformed? Because they really do not know what they are protesting. Bank presidents and CEOs represent millions of stockholders, and account holders. I do think CEOs and corporate officers probably do get higher salaries than their job actually warrants. However, I'd not trade places with them for even twice what they make...I don't want the headaches, ulcers and stress they deal with.

It isn't a giant leap to connect Soros with this movement. The organization says it has no leadership, yet it has minutes of their meetings on the website. An organization shouts leadership because that's how it is organized. Duh. It says it has no leadership, and yet the protests have been ongoing for more than two weeks. How does something keep going without the rah-rah of leadership? Think: Scott Walker and the labor protest. The fundraising must be incredibly awesome to support people for two weeks, and for people to come from different points of the U.S. Soros is affiliated and a donor for so many groups from A-Y. The types of groups and his agenda is quite clear just from looking at the list from Discover the Networks.

No matter how hard this movement tries to make it look like a grassroots movement. It isn't. The propaganda and rhetoric sounds wonderful, but look at the foundation. There are webs of deception, and America will get tangled tight in its sticky cords.

An interesting article written by Eli Schmitt on n+1 gives a list of "demands" which will give you an inside look at what #occupywallstreet is all about.
To repeal the Citizens United Supreme Court decision (through a constitutional amendment)

To remove the bull sculpture from Wall Street (as suggested to us by a man who walked by dressed as a banker but wearing a noose instead of a tie)

Some form of debt cancellation (either for everyone or just for students)

Pay-as-you-go military intervention (so that wars could not be waged without Congress agreeing to finance them immediately)

Taxes on small financial transactions (one version of this is known as a Tobin tax)

Full employment

A social wage or guaranteed income (also described as a negative income tax)

Universal care centers (for children and the elderly)

Reinstating the Glass-Steagall act (a banking reform passed in 1933 and partially repealed in 1980)

Paid sick leave for all working Americans

Greater political transparency in general

Cleared up now?

Pakistan and IEDs

You know those pesky explosive devises that have ripped humans to shreds, demolished cars and except for mine fields, probably the most demonic weapons in war that has been devised. According to Navy Capt. Douglas Borrebach, deputy director for resources and requirements at the Pentagon's Joint IED Defeat Organization, 80% of these devises are made with ammonium calcium nitrate (fertilizer) produced in Pakistan.

Not only was Pakistan harboring Osama be Ladin, but now we find out the boarder between Pakistan and Afghanistan is practically non-existent. Of course we knew that, didn't we? The sad thing is the U.S. doesn't seem to care because $5 billion (yes, that's with a B) is still pouring into the country that has one hand out palm up and the other hand behind its back with fingers crossed (did I see a political cartoon like that?). It isn't funny.

I'm as incensed about that today as I was about our President speaking in Egypt back in 2009. Things haven't gotten any better. We still see this slight of hand trick, scrabbling around trying to keep the right hand knowing what the left hand is doing. The truly sad thing is, I'm beginning to think no one really cares what's good for the country, but only about their own agenda.

Not only did Pakistan harbor the most wanted man in the world, but their intelligence agency has been linked to various extremests throughout the countryside. Now, we sit on our thumbs wondering "What went wrong?" all the while India is shrugging, saying, "I told you so!" 

Although we have proven that we're going to do what we say we're going to do, hang the cost and double the ammunition, we're at a point where we need to be smart rather than a bully. Economic sanctions have proven effective in the past, the stability of that region is fragile to say the least. Cutting off the flow of U.S. dollars pouring in may or may not do what we want. However, reducing that flow will certainly make the Pakistanis reconsider, of course I'm no expert on the region. It's just that where greed abounds, money talks louder than any gun.

Personhood to be decided by Mississippi voters

(Editor's Note: This is very rare for me to post the same thing on my blog from LiveAsif.org at the same time, but this is so incredibly important.)

God created life. He gives life. Then who are we to take the life of the unborn? Extraordinary that the Supreme Court also decided that when it upheld the law passed by the 107th Congress during the Bush administration concerning partial birth abortion. Some of the key factors the lawmakers determined was that the unborn fetus “feels pain; that it undermines public perception of the appropriate role of a physician; and it perverts the process in which life is brought into this world.” That is from paragraph K.

The Mississippi Supreme Court decided in favor of letting the people decide to give the unborn the same rights as the newborn. Since truly the right to decide that is in God's hands, perhaps the people of Mississippi will pray for God's hand in this decision. Regardless, it is momentous at worst, and Roe v. Wade shattering at best.

Congress also found, as stated in paragraph I, that the fetus is killed outside the womb and that gives the fetus an autonomy which separates it from the right of women to choose treatments of her own body. This is superior and intelligent Congressional thinking. In paragraph J, Congress states that the partial-birth abortion confuses the medical, legal and ethical duties of physicians who are sworn to preserve and promote life. And this is why I find it so hard to understand why physicians would perform any type of abortions.
Congress calls this a process of "gruesome and inhumane nature", and it has "disturbing similarity to the killing of a newborn infant", and that the prohibition of partial-birth abortion is the only way to counter that disregard for human life.

The Supreme Court upheld the law, so partial birth abortion became illegal.
When Scott Peterson was convicted on two counts of murder, Laci Peterson was pregnant with their unborn child. That establishes the unborn as a living human with the right to live. It established a precedent. He was sentenced to death by Judge Alfred Delucchi in March of 2005.

When reading the law concerning partial birth abortion, one can’t help but understand this aptly applies to life from conception; and paragraph N tells us precisely why we should care so much about this kind of murder.

 (N) Implicitly approving such a brutal and inhumane procedure by choosing not to prohibit it will further coarsen society to the humanity of not only newborns, but all vulnerable and innocent human life, making it increasingly difficult to protect such life. Thus Congress has a compelling interest in acting --indeed it must act--to prohibit this inhumane procedure."

Please pray for Mississippi voters from now until the election. Please help us to define Personhood from the instant of conception.

The term personhood actually appeared more than 100 years ago in the Dred Scott v Sanford Supreme Court when African Americans were stripped of their personhood being touted as merely a fraction of a human being. Shocking for us to consider today because the Dred Scott case was never overturned, but there are no slaves now.

Dr. Dianne Irving states, "If you use the wrong science [or] words, it not only leads to a mis-definition of who is a person, it also leads to malformed consciences," Irving told an audience of pro-life youths and adults, while noting that science is on their side. "We need to get the language straight so our consciences can be well formed."

For Christians, the God’s word tells us exactly when life begins. God told Jeremiah, “"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."

While it may seem arrogant to vote on something that God has already decreed, we are autonomous concerning the laws of the land, therefore let us realign our law with God’s. We can only be blessed even more in doing so.