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To my fellow Americans who are either over-enthusiastic, or devastated, over this recent presidential election.
As my 53rd birthday approached this year, I’ve been watching all the craziness surrounding the elections, and have been reflecting over my several years of voting and watching politics.
This is my 9th presidential election to go through (yes, I even voted in the Reagan years), and I have learned some very important things, personally (and homeschooling my kids helped me to learn more about our political system, than I EVER did in school).
First, is that the the pendulum seems to keep on swinging from one side to the other, on whoever gets elected. A lot of people get tired of the conservatives after awhile, so then they vote liberal. Then, later, vice versa.
Secondly, a large majority of people also have a tendency to vote by their emotions, and emotions are very fickle (also an important reason not to base your beliefs, religion, or spirituality on how, or what, you “feel”).
Also, there are a lot of checks and balances with our 3 branches of government, that things have to go through, before major laws can be changed on the books (Executive orders excepted, but those can also be taken away just about as quickly by the next president, 4 years later).
This country’s founders painstakingly set things up this way, so that it would be very difficult for any one person to become a tyrannical monarch of our country. I have learned not to lose too much sleep over it, one way or the other.
It is certainly ok to be concerned, and politically active, BUT it is definitely not worth harming your health (physically OR mentally) over it, nor your personal relationships.
I know that as long as I have breath, I will wake up the next day, and continue on with my life and responsibilities to my family, and others. I continue to love and care for my family. My church continues to pray for our national leaders on Sunday (no matter who is in the top offices of power), and that only those names (not the prayers themselves) will change after January 20th, 2017. I continue to keep on, keeping on, and try to fully enjoy the joyful little moments I have in this life, and look toward Christ, and the life to come.
I hope this can help someone out there to maintain a little bit of a level perspective, in light of the recent events in our country.
My prayers and thoughts are with those people in the South who are devastated by the recent tornadoes. I pray that those who are still trying to find their loved-ones will find them safe and sound, even if they are under rubble.
These precious people are dealing with so much, today, along with so many others, worldwide. Things seem to be accelerating at break-neck speed!
I really do believe that we are in the last, of the last days. I have never, in my life, seen the types of devastation and unrest, worldwide, as I have been seeing in just these last four months!
Please pray for the people involved in these many events and the many workers who are going in to extend a helping hand. Also, please give whatever you yourself can, to help (ie. time, money, supplies, prayers, etc.).
The following are two possibilities of organizations who help with these types of disasters:
I want to leave you with a prayer from Ephesians 3 (HCSB) ~
Prayer for Spiritual Power
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. 16 [I pray] that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, 17 and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. [I pray] that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth [of God’s love], 19 and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us- 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.