Had to share this video of Paul Harvey’s “If I was the devil”
Please pray for our nation, it is lost in it’s own darkness, and most have no idea there is a light that will change their lives.
We have all had those times in our lives when we are thinking “God I can’t do what you are placing in front of me”. After watching this video, I promise you will feel that God will give you whatever you need to make it through, whatever is in front of you.
A few months ago I was on the phone with my sister and I received a God nudge. If you have had one, you know what I am talking about. I had an idea to give out baskets to my Uncle’s mission Matthew’s House for Christmas. The great thing about God’s nudges is that if you obey He works out the rest.
My sister called my aunt in September and shared the idea and asked how many families to expect for the upcoming holiday. 40 families…40 baskets…and a bunch of stuff to fill them. As the months went on we picked up items and received donations through family and friends. Donations always seemed to come in when we feared this project was too big for us.
Instead of games, our family got together and made crafts to fill the baskets with love. One of my aunts knitted 13 hats. A woman at my Bible study, almost weekly, gave me baskets she bought at Salvation Army. Family arrived at our Christmas party early to drop off even more donations and help pack up 28 baskets.
My sister and I met up this past weekend to finish up the rest…we planned that there was 6 baskets to finish up, my sister found 12 more in her basement (don’t you love when God has a sense of humor). At the end we had exactly 40 baskets!!!
My Uncle said the baskets were a big hit at the Matthew’s House Christmas Party. I encourage you to act on those God nudges, because it is so fulfilling watching Him work through everyone around you. If you are looking to support a charity this year please consider Matthew’s house, Merry Christmas!!!
Comfort leads to complacency, and unfortunately complacency weakens the human spirit. Today’s society is filled with excuses. Reasons why it is not possible to reach your highest potential. These lies weaken the American spirit and society as a whole. There are generations of people that not only not know how to reach their highest potential, they don’t even know how to stand on their own two feet. There are hundreds of stories that show how these excuses in today’s society are lies.
Many excuses could have been made during World War II, but during this era we hear of ordinary heroes, men and women who risked their lives to save others.
My great-grandfather was a man who stood up and helped the Jewish underground in the Netherlands during World War II. My grandmother confesses she is still not aware of all of what he did. Hendrik deKort would help feed Jews that were hidden around town. My grandmother recounted how the Germans would knock on their door asking where Hendrik was, maybe my grandmother’s naiveté was for her own safety. My grandma’s family even took in a mother with a young girl who were displaced after the woman’s husband was taken to a concentration camp and later they took in a few men during the war.
I look to my family as role models. They did what was hard in order to help others. They stepped out of what little comfort they had to help aid to the comfort of their fellow men and women.
Watching the news it is easy to see the driver for today’s society is self-centeredness. I was reminded today, as our society crumbles around us, it’s because they lack the fruits of the spirit…Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control. To return to these virtues American’s need to find the source to the fruits of the Spirit. American’s need to repent and humble themselves before God and learn from the stronger generations that went before us. Americans need to rebuild themselves in Christ and the nation will follow.
Why do I constantly hear it is no longer possible for kids to buy themselves a car, or pay for college? Now, as parents, we are told to save up for their car and their college and to invest in their future. I love my child, but I do not think this is what will make him be successful. Kids will just start waiting for help and not try to do things themselves.
When I first planned to talk about this subject, I was going to talk about how I saved for a car and bought it myself, this car was the one that lasted me through college, that I had multiple jobs in college and graduated without paying any interest in student loans. But, it just became a bragging story.
I have a better to story to tell. One of a young man doing what I did 10 years ago. His parents had the money to buy him a car, and gave him everything he wanted. These parents pulled themselves up with their boot straps and wanted to teach their child how to work for what you have. He first earned money by going to his neighbors and detailed their cars. Then he got himself a job he could ride his bike to. Then, this young man worked there after school and homework, weekends, and holidays. He then was hired full-time through the summer. That is when I meet him at my father’s company.
His parents had him pay for the cost of their car insurance increase when he was put on it. Oh that was on an Audi, and a 16 year old on a car like that is not cheap. He pays for what he does on the weekends. He was still able to save and get himself a car.
When I meet this young man and heard his story it made me happy. To know that a kid can still buy a car, and can still save up for college. Only if the parents push them and do not tell them they cannot.
Jolene Vander Ploeg
As Detroit continues in the downward spiral, ordinary people step in to do the job that government has failed to do.
Although she is a libertarian, I like most of her videos Not convinced after watching the drug legalization video or anti-war video, however I respect her opinions (because this is America and we are aloud to have those).
Julie’s video are stuffed full of information expressing a libertarian viewpoint. Although I am not a libertarian, I do find myself leaning that way. Straight forward and animated, Julie stands firm in beliefs.
Julie Borowski is a Policy Analyst at FreedomWorks, an organization dedicated to lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. Her writings on economic policy have appeared in numerous newspapers and online outlets. She is on the Board of Advisors for the Coalition to Reduce Spending and she launched an independent YouTube channel called
Julie Borowski is a Policy Analyst at FreedomWorks, an organization dedicated to lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. Her writings on economic policy have appeared in numerous newspapers and online outlets. She is on the Board of Advisors for the Coalition to Reduce Spending and she launched an independent YouTube channel called TokenLibertarianGirl in June 2011.
She was previously selected to be a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow with the Institute for Humane Studies where she worked at the Center for Competitive Politics. Most recently, she was a government affairs associate at Americans for Tax Reform.
Julie has volunteered for political candidates in Kentucky and in her home state of Maryland. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Frostburg State University in May 2010 where she studied political science, economics and international studies. She is now located in Washington, D.C.
Stand strong truckers!!!
My family and I had a great time on Mackinac Island this weekend at the Republican Leadership Conference.
We attended many events with some of the most influential people in Michigan politics, including the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Speaker of the House, Senate Majority Leader, and many others.
I could post pictures of the conference of these individuals but, out of no disrespect to them, I am instead posting this one of my 16 year old son and me. He is serving as my assistant campaign manager and did a fantastic job of networking, handing out stickers, putting up signs, and passing out flyers, along with my husband and daughters.
They are the reason why I am doing what I am doing, not for the influential people in power and politics, but for my family, your family, and all of the Michiganders in the 80th District who want a conservative voice at the table representing them.
I pray that our leaders remember that serving as an elected official in America is about servant leadership and not about maintaining power, position, or a huge war chest.
STRONG Families are important to me and are vital to making MichiganSTRONG! I am looking forward to putting these values at the forefront with other leaders that I will be serving with as State Representative, and working hard for the families in my district!
Thanks for sharing Cindy Gamrat! If you are encouraged by Cindy’s commitment, please help support her campaign.
More on Cindy Gamrat…After years of focused political involvement in the TEA Party movement and the Republican Party, Cindy Gamrat will be putting her knowledge and experience to work on a run for State Representative.
“I have poured my heart and soul into doing everything possible to protect and promote the values that I hold dear, such as life, liberty, and family. I have spent hundreds of hours advocating for legislation, volunteering on campaigns, and engaging and educating citizens on our Constitutional freedoms and our nation’s exceptional heritage. It is now time to take that fight to Lansing to represent those values on behalf of my District”, stated Gamrat.
Gamrat is the founder of two TEA party groups, started Michigan 4 Conservative Senate (MI4CS), and was the Volunteer Coordinator for Gary Glenn for US Senate where she led the effort of an historical all volunteer nominating petition drive. Gamrat was most recently a running mate to Todd Courser as a candidate for Vice-Chair for the Michigan Republican Party.
Fulton Sheen, former State Representative, remarked, “Cindy is well informed and extremely articulate, but even more important she speaks from her heart. She knows what she believes and why she believes it; this is why she is able to communicate effectively and motivate people to take action.”
Gamrat is the wife of her high school sweetheart Joe and they have three children. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She is currently a stay at home mother, an active volunteer, and homeschools her children. Cindy Gamrat and her family attends Gracespring Bible Church.
“I love my country and I am concerned about the nation we are leaving behind for our children and grandchildren. I believe in the fortitude and resilience of the American Spirit and that together we can have an incredible and positive impact on the future of our state and nation.”
“I am running for State Representative in the 80th District to lead the way in working together with others in my county and around the state to strengthen Michigan. A healthy state is built upon free-market enterprise that unleashes the ingenuity and creativity of it’s people, and recognizes that everyone benefits when citizens are the ones who determine where to spend their money instead of the state or federal government. As a licensed Registered Nurse, I believe that patients and our health care delivery system would benefit from a free market approach to health care which would incentivize lower costs, greater choices, and higher quality of care.”