Friday, October 16, 2009

Is It Worth it?

Is It Worth It?


America is in a challenging time. A time, like few before, that will have a permanent impact on the direction of this country. Our nation is in the midst of deciding more freedom or less freedom, more self reliance or more government reliance, more of God or less of God, or maybe even none of God.

Some of you, who read my posts, know me personally, but many do not. For those of you, who don’t know me; let me give you some background. I love my country. I love my God and I am a follower of Jesus Christ. He has never let me down. For 20+ years I was a single mother of two children, a smart, funny, compassionate boy and a multi-talented extraordinary girl. Both are now married, serving the Lord and contributing to the good of society and I am now re-married. While raising my children, I worked in the mortgage industry and participated politically, although not as much as I have been lately. I thought, like many American’s, that voting and raising my voice on occasion, was all that was needed. That those elected to office were “looking out for us.” I see you snickering, but didn’t you?

I no longer believe that. I believe Washington has become obese with power and corruption and few even remember that they were sent there to represent. This realization has motivated me to be more vocal, more active and more aggressive in trying to inform others. I had become weary in well doing. I found myself wondering, what is the use? Is anyone listening? Is it worth it? I spent 30 years building a mortgage business to see it decimated by industry and government corruption. I moved on to the insurance and securities industry, which I’m afraid, may take the same route as the mortgage industry. And the corruption in Washington reigns on.

I have painted on the back window of my Mini-Van “I am 1 of the ‘Angry Mob’.” I have been considering removing it, feeling it was pointless, perhaps offending. Yesterday, as I was out trying to build yet another business, I had the radio on, tuned to conservative talk. A mother called in distraught with the conditions of the country. She said she was a 51 year old mother of a 6 year old. She was crying. She said she could no longer support this corrupt government and was not going to send them anymore tax dollars. The host encouraged her to reconsider, because her 6 year old needed her at home and not in jail. It was very emotional. At the same time a car pulled up next to me. It was an elderly man, perhaps in his late 70’s. He was connected to a portable oxygen tank. He turned his head slowly and looked me in the eye, raised his hand and gave me the thumbs up. Why? He had read my back window. I heard that still small voice say “Is It Worth It?” I cried the rest of the way home…and am still emotional as I write about it. I will never forget the look on that man’s face. I felt he was saying, “Thank You”.

So, for the 51 year old mother of a 6 yr old, for the elderly gentleman next to me on oxygen, and for you, I will keep on. I will shrug off this “weariness in well doing” and I will continue to fight for the inalienable rights endowed by our creator. I invite you to join me. You may not be able to do the same things I do, but you can do something. I urge you to stay informed, seek the truth, and communicate what you learn.

“The choice before us is plain. Christ or Chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration. I am rather tired of hearing about our rights and privileges as American citizens. The time is come, it now is, when we ought to hear about the duties and responsibilities of our citizenship. America’s future depends upon her accepting and demonstrating God’s government.” Peter Marshall, The Rebirth of America.


Regina Brown

Largo, Fl.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Stress, The Silent Killer

I don’t know about you, but what I see and hear going on in our country troubles me…it causes me “stress”. Stress is actually an engineering term. It describes the forces that try to tear a structure apart such as weight, wind, temperature and pressure. In humans it is much the same, certain pressures try to tear us apart. Sometimes these stresses come from inside of us; sometimes the pressures tearing us apart come from the outside. Where does stress begin? Stress is caused by change – any change. Change requires us to rearrange our priorities to meet new circumstances. Stress is the accumulation of all the things that pull us apart. The antidote to change is homeostasis. The Greek word “stasis” means to stand still or to stand equally. It describes a point where the tug-of-war balances out and motion ceases. Can you imagine that? Homeostasis is the ability to adjust our internal environments to create balance. We are created with it. Just imagine all of the stresses pulling you apart every day. What balances that tug-of-war? God’s Word tells us to STAND against the devil’s schemes. To STAND our ground, and after we have done everything, to STAND. STAND FIRM. Isn’t God awesome that he would create within us the ability to “stand still”, an antidote for the pressures pulling us apart? Our “homeostasis” is the Armor of God.

The Armor of God

Ephesians 10-20: "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should."

Have a homeostasis week!


Saturday, January 31, 2009

Faithful

I've been thinking about faithfulness lately. It is so easy to talk about faithfulness when everything in your life is going smooth. At those times we think back fondly on the days of uncertainty and remind each other that "God is certainly faithful." As the trials pass and we settle into the mundane we tend to forget that faithfulness is a two way street. I looked up "faithful" on the Webster online dictionary. There were several definitions, but what caught my attention was the definition that Webster labeled "Obsolete". It was the term "full of faith". The common and accepted definitions today are good; steadfast, true to the facts, given with strong adherence, but whatever happened to 'full of faith"? Faith; a (1): belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2): belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1): firm belief in something for which there is no proof . Is this the faith that has become obsolete?

So much is happening in our lives and our country today. Many of us are facing struggles we haven't faced in a long time, or maybe never. I propose we bring back the obsolete "full of faith". A belief and a trust in God that is unshakable. One that will strengthen those around us. One that is a two-way street with God, where He can call us faithful and not just one demanding his faithfulness to deliver us out of the trials.

Psalm 101:6
My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; those whose walk is blameless will minister to me.

Imagine that, we the faithful (full of faith), ministering to the Lord. Let's give it a try!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Don't Be Bamboozled!

President Obama met today with business leaders from across America. He said he wanted their input into what would stimulate our sick, irresponsible economy. After the meeting he spoke and state that the answer did not lie in the hands of Washington. He was in the hands of business. He stated "all Washington can do is create a favorable environment". I say, Well, Mr. President, welcome to the party, if that is what he really believes. Just 20 days ago he said that only government can fix this.

Do not be BAMBOOZLED by the president's fine rhetoric. Read the fine print. The 647 page bill is porkulous!

*The $825 billion bill would dump $10,520 of new debt per household into the laps of our children and grandchildren. The interest on this debt ($347 billion) will dump even more.
*The current "stimulus" bill will be the largest spending bill ever enacted by Congress, making the New Deal look small, accounting for inflation
*President Obama anticipates that spending over $800 billion will create 3.7 million new jobs. That means each job will cost more than $200,000, which is roughly equivalent to 5 times what the average American worker earns!
* 335 Million for education & prevention of sexually transmitted diseases
*21 Million for new sod on the national mall
*600 million for new cars for bureaucrats
*650 million dollars for digital TV converts

The bottom line is that TWELVE CENTS of every dollar is stimulus. Do you see a light at the end of the tunnel for your troubling business, now? Is hope surging?

Contact the Republican leadership in the House & Senate, and of course your own congressmen, and tell them to stand firm. Don't cave! It will still pass because they have the majority, but we need to let them own this. And we need to let the Republican leadership know that we mean business, we will no longer tolerate their "go along to get along" attitude

Monday, January 26, 2009

Change You Can Count On

Barak Obama campaigned on the message of change. He was inaugurated on Jan 20th, and as of today January 26th, he has certainly been true to his word. So far, he has implemented the following changes:

* Rescinded the "Mexico City" rule which President Bush imposed. Your tax
dollars are now paying for abortions all around the globe.
* He has stopped the trials on the 9/11 terrorists
* He has named a Secretary of State that receives millions of dollars from
foreign countries (Hillary Clinton)
* He has shut down any foreign prisons
* He has nominated an admited tax evader for Secretary of Treasury (Timothy
Geithner)
* He has eliminated Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on homosexuals
now allowing them to serve openly in the military
* He signed an executive order banning lobbyist from serving in his
administration, and them immediately turn around and appointed a lobbyist to
be deputy Secretary of Defense (William Lynn III)

For more "Change You Can Count On" please visit www.whitehouse.gov and click on the agenda link at the top of the page. The only link that is still "under construction" as of this writing is his "Ethics" agenda.

Now, you can continue down his road to change, or you can join thousands of others that are committed also to change, but change of another kind. Join my local Facebook group. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=59758848915