Friday, November 22, 2013

Ask Not...

On January 20, 1961 John F Kennedy was inaugurated as President of the United States of America.

**Now, before I go on, let me state for the record that I am not endorsing his politics. I honestly am not even sure that I KNOW what his politics were. So, I beg of you, please do not take this as any sort of POLITICAL statement.  Instead, read this as an AMERICAN view point.**

In his inaugural address JFK spoke the following words"

"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not 
what your country can do for you

—ask what you can do for your country."

This quote soon became an anthem for our nation.  An idea that, I believe, we could all benefit by turning back to. This notion of working together for the greater good of all involved. This belief that rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty for each other - and, thus, ourselves.  What a concept.

I see a growing complacency in this country that is very disturbing. It has become acceptable to rely on anyone but ourselves for our own survival. Too many people are sitting at home instead of taking jobs that they deem "beneath" themselves.  Too many people have decided that it is easier to collect government assistance than it would be to take a low paying job, thus establishing a work history which would, eventually, qualify them for a higher paying job. Too many people have forgotten that THAT is how it is supposed to work - you get a foot in the door, you qualify yourself, you gain experience and you work your way up.  Sadly, the "WORK" part of that equation is becoming a lost art.

When did working to make something of yourself become so foreign? It is almost a detestable notion, and that frightens me. This country was made great by the idea that, in America, anyone can become anything they dream of with a little hard work and ingenuity. How many great companies were founded by a few dollars, a good idea and a little hard work? It's what made this the "Land of Opportunity", after all.

My biggest concern over this trend is that the more complacent we, as citizens, are becoming, the more overbearing the administration is becoming as well. A nation founded on the idea of a government FOR the people and BY the people is rapidly becoming a people UNDER the government's rule. It stands to reason, does it not, that any entity upon which a person or persons becomes dependent, also becomes an entity which said person or persons becomes subservient to.  Anyone that we depend upon for food, housing, general welfare and standard of living also becomes an entity that we are forced to answer to.  If you are dependent upon a parent for these things, you follow their rules - we all learned this as children.  If you are dependent upon an employer for these things, you follow their guidelines for your paycheck - we learn this in our first jobs.  However, this is not a notion that was ever intended to apply to our government!   We were not intended to answer to THEM in how we live our lives (aside from obeying the laws, etc...), they were intended to listen to WE THE PEOPLE in the choices they make. Not the other way around!!!

I am not, in any way, opposed to government aid. I have used it. I have many loved ones who have used it. Many that I love use it today. But, for all intents and purposes, it was never meant to be more than a hand UP, not the hand OUT that so many are using it for today.  And, clearly, when used for the wrong purposes, it becomes harder to supply, therefore harder to receive and then, eventually, non existence.

The thing that frightens me the most is that the general rule of supply and demand dictates that we cannot go in this way.  To use the "classes" as a general idea, for purposes of demonstrating my point only, let's look at it this way:  If the "lower class" decides that it's easier to just stay home and wait for someone else to take care of them rather than take a job that they deem "beneath" them, there is a whole portion of the economic system out of place.  When no one is taking the entry level (or "lower class") jobs, it becomes more expensive to produce goods and services. When that becomes more expensive the "middle class" are the first to get downsized. Therefore, the "middle class" becomes the new "lower class" and now NO ONE is doing the work.  And, when no one is doing the work, the "upper class"are no longer selling their goods and services so they stop producing and, therefore, stop earning and now they are "middle class" on the fast track to "lower class" themselves. And, now, the only ones who ARE working are those in government and administration. And now they hold ALL the cards and can rule over the general public any way they see fit. Because they are providing for our needs .. until, because no one is working and therefore no one is getting payed or paying taxes, there is no money left for ANYONE'S provisions!!!

See how that works? The first step to becoming a dependent society is by throwing away the liberties that we take for granted. And a dependent society is nothing more than a dictatorship in which we will all be found standing in line for bread while we tell our children what it was like when America was free.

We need our work ethic back America. We need our resolve back.We need our pride back.  We need our NATION back. And we need to remember that this Freedom that we take for granted was never really free at all. It was fought for with the lives and the lifeblood of our forefathers and it needs to be protected as the sacred treasure that it is.  We owe them ... and each other ... at least that much.

So, let's teach our children - again - that hard work and ingenuity are the keys to success. Tell them that they can become what they want to be if they work hard for it and don't hurt anyone else along the way. Tell them that the only job that is "beneath" them is to have no job at all. And remind them that we are all in this together.  Because we are ya know.

So, ask not what your country (or government) can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country ... and your neighbor and your family and your friends and for this world in general.

And, I gotta say it - you know me!!! - GOD Bless America ... and America, can we please Bless God?!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

This Song...

So good.

The first time I heard it, I had to pull over. Cause I couldn't see the road through the tears.

So, so, so good.

"Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters, wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior"

All about letting Him lead you to a place where only your faith in Him can keep you above the waters.

It's one of the best ... and hardest ... my favorite places in the world to be.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Twoggin ... It's All The Rage ... In My Own Little Head

Twoggin ... it's like Bloggin, Twitter style.

Ya know, in 140 Characters or less.  And, it's fun!!!

Try it.

I declare it Twoggy Tuesday! Here we go...............

*Coffee ... Stat ... What? It's how I start EVERY day. COFFEE ... STAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Amazing how quiet the house gets as that big loud bus rolls away.

*Jocelyn - her super power is messy. Miss Mess. I imagine her with a big, messy, red M on her chest.

*I am fairly certain I just saw a mouse run across my back patio and under the stairs. Call the trucks. Time to move.

*My husband knows just when to text or email me through the day at just the right time.

*His super power is Romance. We will not discuss his outfit. ... ahem ... **blush**

*I've discovered yet another fine British television drama. Their super power is TV.  And it is good.

*I need pizza. And chocolate. And Mexican food.

*Hallmark Channel. Their super power is Christmas movies.

*I watch TV while I edit pictures. Could you tell?  Little bit of an addict. Not ashamed. Much.

*Is it bad that I had music playing - and I was singing along - so loudly that I woke the baby up? Oopsies. Praise music does that to me. Gotta love Hillsong!

*All of my life, in every season, You are still God, I have a reason to praise. I have a reason to worship!

*Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, where You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet would ever wander...

* ... and my faith would be made stronger in the presence of my Savior!!!

*Hattie just brought home a note that there is lice at school.  SWEAR WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*I checked both heads. So far, so good. Bring on the hair spray and braids.

*Sophie brought home very little homework today. I said how happy I was that there was no math. "I did it at school mommy. Cause I know you're allergic to math". Well played child!!!

*This dark by 5pm thing is getting old. Benjamin Franklin is NOT my favorite right now.

*It's a "yank it from the cabinet, throw it in a pan, mix it up and say a prayer" kinda dinner tonight. In other words, tomorrow is pay day. Yep. Super swell!

*Hubby may or may not have just walked in to find me in the throws of my own private dance party. But hey, when you're on God's Great Dance Floor, ya gotta dance!

*Hubby reading to two little girls while I finish dinner ... I find myself wondering why God chose to give these people to ME ... so unworthy. So very thankful. Grace is my favorite.

*My salsa bowl lickin, ketchup pack milkin, tomato soup drinkin child just declared tomatoes "YUCKY!"  I am so tempted to tell her, but then she may never eat veggies again!

*Teaching Hattie to wash her own hair is proving to be like ... like ... like ... well, like teach an autistic kid to wash her own hair. MAN it's a good thing she's cute.

*I still find it CRAZY that Sophie can read to me ... I mean, was she not just born last week???? Who told her it was ok to grow up? Sure wasn't me!!!

*My favorite sound in the world - listening to daddy tuck his girls in. They pray together and then they giggle together and then they I love you each other. My dreams come true.

Monday, November 18, 2013

I Miss Him

And I will miss him everyday, for the rest of my life.

I cannot wait for Heaven.