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The Day After. Day 7

It sounds like the title of a sci fi movie…The Day After.

The election is over. All the analysts are still trying to analyze. The people have spoken and there you have it.

I generally avoid discussing anything related to politics…ever. But on the day after, what I want to say is this: I am grateful to be an American and I love this country, but I do not put my faith and confidence in any man, Democrat or Republican.

People worry about the state that our country is in and what the next four years will now bring. People worry about how the president will deal now with the economy and jobs and taxes and abortion and war and foreign policy and gay marriage and a plethora of other issues.  These are legitimate concerns and I believe it is my responsibility to pray for our president as he leads this nation as it relates to these issues.

But I believe that there is another important issue at hand: the hearts of the people of this country. Personally, I think that the current state of our union has  a lot more to do with the state of our own hearts and less to do with who lives in the White House.

So, here is what I suggest:

Let’s pray for the hearts of the people of this country, including mine and yours and President Obama’s and all our elected officials. Let’s pray that people will seek God, that they will choose to do what is right, what is good and what is pleasing to God. Let’s stop being angry and blaming this thing or that person for the way things are. Let’s love one another, because so many people are really hurting out there!

I don’t care if you fall on the left or the right side of things. If we are going to be a great nation, then we have to stop being so angry and selfish and feeling so entitled and look out and look up.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

I am thankful that God is still in charge of things. After all, in Matthew 18, Jesus said that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him, so I don’t need to worry. I am also thankful that He is able to change the hearts of men and women, because we are all a hot mess. I am a big old hot mess, myself!

So whether or not your candidate was elected, our job now as the people of this nation, is what it has always been: To examine our own hearts. To pray. To love. To have hope. Yes, hope.

“As for me, I will always have hope…” Psalm 71:14 NIV

Let’s pull together and pray for our country. Pray for its leaders and pray for the hearts its people.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,  so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6 NIV

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV


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Election Day Musings. Day 6

I had a hot date with my hubby this morning.

At the polls.

Yeah, it was pretty awesome!

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I love election day!

For a lot of reasons.

It means that all those awful political commercials will be OVER!

<Can I get a collective WOOT WOOT??!>

Those are just the worst. All the ick and the mudslinging and the arguing. It is ridiculous. Debates are over. Angry partisan posts from either side of the aisle on Facebook should die down over the next few days, although there are the crazies who post that kind of stuff all the time. You know who you are! Yeah, yeah, free speech. Okay.

Thankfully, we got rid of the landline in our house a couple of years ago, so I haven’t been getting any of those “helpful” political phone calls many of you may have been getting.

Personally, I don’t need any people out there trying to help me make my decision about the candidates. I am perfectly capable of doing my homework, examining my personal convictions, and coming to an educated decision all by myself! Thank you very much! For that matter, you are capable of the same thing and I do not see why beating you over the head with my choice of candidate is going to benefit anyone. It just causes angsty-ness and nobody likes angsty-ness.

I also love election day because I get to go to my polling place and stand in line. Yes, you read that correctly: I don’t mind standing in line. What kind of crazy talk is that, you ask?

Well, today, it afforded me an entire hour and a half with my man. So that is a big SCORE!

It also gives me the opportunity to make a new friend.

I am the person who talks to strangers in the post office line. In the grocery store line. In the voting line. Wherever. Yes, I am that person. I’m weird like that…just ask my kids.

But think about it. You never know what those other people are going through. Your smile and friendly words might be just what they need! I mean, who doesn’t like it when someone smiles at them and says hello?? I don’t know, maybe it’s just the Southerner in me. Or maybe I got an extra helping of my daddy’s DNA. Whichever. It is how I roll.

I am thankful to be able to go spend time with my sweetie and make a new friend. But maybe even more than that, I am thankful to be an American.

I am thankful to be an American with the right to vote. I am thankful for freedom.

I am forever grateful to the men and women who have fought and who continue to fight for that right and for all the freedoms we all have as Americans.

NOT going to vote today would be like spitting in their faces and saying “Your sacrifices don’t matter.” At least, that is how I see it.

And I’m not about to do that.

What I am about to do is enjoy the rest of the day and then sit back this evening with my family and watch the results roll in. And then watch all those news people analyze it all to death.

Regardless of the outcome, I know that God is still God and He is in control! And I know that I will continue to pray for this country and for our President, whoever he may be come tomorrow.

So y’all get out there and vote.

And make a new friend while you wait.

But perhaps don’t take with you a very large travel mug of Vanilla Almond hot tea and drink the whole thing, because you might find yourself in a pickle. Just a suggestion. Not that I would  have any personal experience with that or anything.


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