Book Review: Indigo’s Struggle by Krista Wagner

Indigo’s Struggle by Krista Wagner is an eye-opener!34813562

I rate this book with 5 stars!

As a teen we are easily led by our emotions. We struggle with feeling accepted, who Mr. Right might be, and friendship loyalties. We fall into what feels right rather than choosing what we understand and know is right. We become mentally unbalanced. I too, struggled as Indigo did (the main character). Krista wrote from understanding and it show’s in her literary work. I highly recommend this book, especially for teens in today’s world. Find courage to be who you’re meant to be- stand out and be strong in your singular identity. Know that there is purpose for your life. Everyone around you can benefit and be inspired by you, If you so choose.

Quick link to order on Amazon- Indigo’s Struggle

Sharing Testimonies- “The best things happen on the other side of fear!”

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I pray all my testimonies will bring inspiration to further the Kingdom Of God.

I was going to just post this on my Facebook page but I guess I have quite a lot to say on this subject so I decided to post it to my blog. Sharing my testimony (My first book Discovering True Love) has been a real struggle for me. I had to jump over so many hurdles and walk past so many fears. I just watched a video of Will Smith talking about fear and one of my favorite quotes that came from him is, “God placed the best things of life on the other side of terror!”

Will Smith’s experience of jumping out of a plane is the exact same for me with sharing my testimony. I jumped into the unknown! Why fear? God knows who I am and I know who I am, yet I still struggle with moving past fear. I don’t struggle from just one type of fear but many different fears- the fear of rejection, judgment, being hated, and more. I now ask myself, “why do I need to fear these when I know that an ever loving and righteous God accepts me for who I am? His grace and mercy are there to sustain me.”

My relationship with Jesus grows every day. I cannot live without Him. I go to Him over everything. He is my best friend. This is where salvation is.

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Party Time with my Best Friends

“I decided to throw a party so I sent out my invitations. I wanted all my close friends to come. I sent them out to Judas, Hagar, and Saul. We always have the best time, we are closer than family. While I wrote my invitations I didn’t realize my sub-conscience was on overload on why I didn’t even think to send an invitation to any of my acquaintances- like Jesus or Paul. I don’t even know them well. They’re really not a part of who I am. They don’t belong in my group and I really don’t belong in theirs. I can be who I want to be within my small group of close friends, I don’t have to worry about showing my true colors to outsiders. I can choose to be fake around those who don’t know me well. In my narrow way of thinking I didn’t realize that the outsiders can discern who I really am. I didn’t realize that I’m hurting myself by not inviting them, they could’ve turned out to be the best of friends who would’ve helped me see and grow. I may have known that they existed but they were just not a part of my world. My party was a blast as usual, we had so much fun! However, I heard that Jesus decided to throw a party as well but I was not invited.”

One cannot be saved by believing there is a God or just by being good. Satan knows there’s a God and he’s still going to hell, and even the good people sin. Life in salvation is about being true and real through Christ with God, yourself, and others.

Life is not about feeding our flesh death and destruction (There is so much of it in the media today and no, I don’t mean physical death- but the negativity that drags us down emotionally or feeds our flesh with ungodly desires). Life is about seeking to feed our soul the light of truth which brings healing. Testimonies resurrect the dead things in us and in others. Sharing our stories bring ourselves and others closer to God.

Revelation 12:11 – And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

What is a testimony? Titus chapter 3 says-For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Psalms 66:16- Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.

A testimony is sharing the truth of yourself and how you overcame by the grace of Jesus Christ- It is baring your naked soul for all to see- It is confessing sins of being lost and how you were found unto salvation- It is proclaiming Jesus Christ to the world and furthering the kingdom of God.

In sharing our testimony we will be judged and we will be hated. Matthew 10:22 says, “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

All of us who have had a life changing experience are called to share our testimonies. Our testimonies differ from the where to the how, but that is the beauty of our individual relationship in Christ.

Things we need to know about sharing testimonies;

  1. We will feel fear- “Fear is not of God, it is one of the greatest tools of the enemy. Satan does not want us to share our testimonies to inspire others for the glory of the kingdom of God.”
  2. We need to let go of our past and forgive all, including ourselves- “Hanging on to the past will keep us bound and will most likely prevent us from moving forward in our testimonial journey.”
  3. We need to fear God more than men- “This type of fear is completely different than the tool of the enemy, it is out of love and respect, it is placing God above all others by caring what He thinks over what people think. We need to place God’s judgment over the judgment of men. God judges righteously while the judgment of men comes from hate, envy, bitterness, and jealousy. Remember God holds our soul in his hands, men do not.”
  4. We need to speak from truth- “Share from our personal truth, the truth of how we viewed things, truth of how our emotions made us feel, and the truth of our inner struggle in comparison to the truth of the word of God. Other’s (family and friends) my feel differently because each individual has their own way of thinking and viewing things. They may remember things differently. Their testimony may differ but that is their personal truth and their journey.”
  5. Don’t let opinions sway your testimony. “God knows your heart, He knows where you’re speaking from, stand in its complete truth. If you become unsure about something then ask and seek, God will provide the answer if you are wrong, and He will confirm if you’re right. Never be afraid to be wrong, grow from it.”

God Bless and Much Love,

HE Olsen

 

Style Studio in Rathdrum Idaho, A Friendly Hair Salon

17918898_10158621586610311_1974987062_nIn Rathdrum Idaho, there is a cute little hair salon called Style Studio right off of highway 41. The owner, Beth Davis, is a stylist and nail specialist. She is very friendly and her place 17918575_1954773821419300_2045569283_ngives a feel of comfort and welcome. I found her charm to be refreshing and her joking-side amusing, plus- I love my new haircut. Beth also offers her clients’ drinks (including wine and beer) and she also offers snacks. Her prices are really reasonable. I will return!

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I’m writing this article because I believe in supporting all good small businesses, plus I found out it was her Birthday- “Happy Birthday Beth!”

If you’re in the area look Style Studio up! I was not disappointed- I don’t think you will be either. 😉

Beth is looking to hire a licensed cosmetologist full or part time- your preference. It is in a busy location and it includes towels, laundry, and backbar.

Contact Beth at Style Studio’s website or call (208)641-9043

HE Olsen 🙂

4/11/2017

ANCESTOR OF THE DAY: King of Scythia, Bathath Farssaidh

The ancestor of the day doesn’t have much information about his life other than that he was the king of the Scythians. If we choose to write a book on him it will have to be total fiction. If we do write about him I would like to gather information before and after his time, also what else we can dig up that went on around his time. This would give me an idea of Bathath and who he might have been. My cousin A.A. Kelly is doing a great job with her research.

 

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ANCESTOR OF THE DAY: King of Scythia, Bathath Farssaidh

There is a surprising lack of information on this guy. I looked at many web sites and there was barely a snippet about him anywhere, although most websites went on to talk about the origins and culture of Scythia which is interesting. As I work through our Scythian King ancestors, I am going to insert a small piece of history about the Scythian land and history.

Bathath Farssaidh, King of Scythia is the 1st son of Magog and the one that our line descends from (supposedly). Understand I assert all this information loosely as it cannot be proved scientifically. Anyways he was born circa -2500 and died in Scythia. As I stated yesterday, according to the 11th century “Lebor Gabala Erenn” (Book of the Invasions of Ireland) and the 17th century “Annals of the Four Masters”, Bathath and his 3 brothers were the ancestors of the Irish kings. From “The origin and stem of the Irish Nation” by John O’Hart, it states, “Boath, (Bathath), one of the sons of Magog; to whom Scythia came as his lot, upon the division of the Earth by Noah amongst his sons, and by Japhet of his part thereof amongst his sons.”

From Wikipedia: “Scythia was a region of Central Eurasia in classical antiquity, occupied by the Eastern Iranian Scythians, encompassing parts of Eastern Europe east of the Vistula River and Central Asia, with the eastern edges of the region vaguely defined by the Greeks. The Ancient Greeks gave the name Scythia (or Great Scythia) to all the lands north-east of Europe and the northern coast of the Black Sea. “

Hope you are enjoying your trip through Scythia!

Researched and Authored by A.A. Kelly

Thank you for being interested in my family history,

H.E. Olsen

Magog- Ancestor of the Day…

How many people can say that they can trace their ancestors all the way back to Noah of the bible? Well, My Cousin has accomplished this. I have found complete amazement by what my Cousin has been digging up that I have asked if I can share. We are also going to co-author a series of fictional books based off the ancestors from our direct line. My Cousin enjoys the research and I enjoy writing books. This will be fun!

I know that many could trace back to this ancestor, we all are branches off of Noah- this is my belief. However, I love seeing and comparing other beliefs and finding similarities. Since my lineage is of Irish, Scottish, and Norwegian decent, my Cousin and I will share what is found by their stories and beliefs as well.

Enjoy the ancestor of the day, a very good candidate for our first book in the series!

ANCESTOR OF THE DAY: Magog (Irish Version- researched by my cousin);

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By Johannes Magnus (1488-1544) – Gothorum Suenorumque historia, Public Domain, 

There are many legends of Magog, although the Hebrew and Irish legends seem to be the most well known. Our family traces back to the Irish version of Magog. In Wikipedia it states that in the Hebrew Bible Magog may be individuals, peoples, or lands.

Irish legend and mythology references an ancient Irish text called “Lebor Gabala Erenn” (The Book of Invasions) and explains Magog as the son of Japheth, son of biblical Noah of the flood. Folklore states that he is the father of the Irish race and the progenitor of the Scythians, as well as numerous other races across Europe and Central Asia.

According to the book, “Irish Orientalism: A Literary and Intellectual History”, before the 18th century, the Irish were rarely seen as Celts. In the Nineteenth century, many writers began to recognize and affirm the Celtic traditions of Ireland. The scholars of Europe had long understood that the ancient celts were descended from Scythia, therefore the connection was drawn that they were descendants of Magog, son of Japheth (one of the three sons of Noah), and related to the Gauls, descendants of another of is sons, Gomer (the eldest son of Japheth). Although many references state that this information is based on folklore and was an attempt for the Irish/Gaelic people to fit their origins into biblical ties.

Scythia Minor in ancient times was the region surrounded by the north and west side of the Danube and the east side of the Black Sea. It is today the land of Dobrogea, with some land in Romania and part in Bulgaria.

So anyways, that is just some background history. According to the GENI program, for our purposes, Magog is the legendary ancestor of the Irish kings. According to the Bible, one of Noah’s grandsons was Magog. Biblical scholars generally believe that Magog was intended to be the ancestor of the Scythians, north of the Black Sea. Magog has biblical sons, but Irish legend gives him 4 other sons with different names (although there are similarities to the biblical names). Their names were Bathath, Faithechta, Jobbath and Emoth. According to the 11th century “Lebor Gabala Erenn”, and the 17th Century “Annals of the Four Masters”, these sons were the ancestors of the Irish kings.

These lines from the Irish kings back to Adam and Eve entered the genealogical mainstream in the works of John O’Hart (1824-1902). They now appear in thousands of Internet genealogies, but cannot be considered an authentic tradition which means, that it is considered to be the stuff of legend and folklore.

Magog was born in -2761 and died in -2675 which would have made him 86 years old. (There are many tidbits about Magog on the internet if anyone wants to explore more)

…I will post more ancestors as I find time…

H.E.Olsen

2017: A Limitless Life (HappyNewYear)

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It’s human nature to set limitations, to put limits in our relationships, throughout our emotions, and in or around everything that touches our lives.

I have lived in a world of limitations. I now sit at the center watching it destroy lives around me. I, myself, through past hurt, pain, fear, and out of frustrations have set limitations. Through the boundaries I created from these limitations I realized that this is all just another form of control. We try to control our world by placing limitations on people and emotions around us. We set boundaries to try to protect ourselves from the hurt and pain around us. The biggest limitation creator is fear. I have been so afraid to move forward out of the fear of what others may think, fear of the unknown, and the fear of creating and sub-coming to hurt and pain. Fear is hard to…

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Beyond the Birth of Jesus

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The Nativity story is found in Matthew chapters 1-2

(I researched some of this info on google and also found this picture there :)…I had to use it!)

Joseph, a man of God, was tossing and turning stressing over the condition of his betrothed Mary, in their world of strict traditions- to be pregnant without a husband brought shame to one’s home and a reason to cancel the commitment of marriage. Joseph felt deep inside that Mary was no longer a virgin.

To be a virgin is to be pure, to have no blemish. Demons use the act of sex to create havoc spiritually and mentally which can affect us physically. When our acts of sex are not done in love, true love, it allows strongholds for demons to grasp on to. Mary, a virgin who was with child, was pure.

Joseph Loved Mary. He didn’t want to lose her. Besides the blood line of David I believe God saw this love and knew that they could handle the situation and circumstances that would be placed on them by Mary’s pregnancy. He saw their love for Him and the Love for each other. Theirs is a true love story.

God saw Joseph’s restlessness and confusion. He sent an angel to comfort him. Joseph finally drifted to sleep. In his sleep he entered the world of dreams- a place where the spiritual realm can communicate to our physical forms. This angel appeared with the glory of heaven behind him and before him.

The Angel gently spoke, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

The name Jesus stands for ‘the messiah’, and ‘the Christ’ which refers to the anointed one, the central being of Christianity. Jesus is the center of the trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) and he was a little infant inside a woman that was pure.

Joseph woke from his dream with new revelation and a desire for the will of God. He took Mary as wife then left for Bethlehem for the census. Even though Mary was his wife Joseph did not know her intimately until the child was born (Even in a marriage of true love the act of sex can be smeared with feelings and emotions not made out of true love giving the demonic an opening to work). Mary’s womb stayed pure.

The worldly view of a prince being born would be in a castle surrounded by royalty and servants, not Jesus. Jesus, the prince of peace, was born in a barn, laid in a manger with hay, animals, dust, and manure.

Here is a precious baby with no generational curse attached to Him. An infant wrapped in swaddling clothes that held an innocence of heavenly divinity. God had a reason for this lowly birth. He wanted to show the world that our clothing and circumstances do not matter. What we hold inside us are of true richness and treasury. Inside each one of us there is a light that can shine brighter than the gems in the night sky.

At the birth of this Good Shepherd an Angel appeared before shepherds living in the same country who kept watch over their flock out in the fields.

The Angel joyfully said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2)

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

The shepherds, in awe, excitedly go in search for this precious baby.

I’m now seeing that being born in a manger also allows one comfort to come unto the lord. This humble birth gives place to acceptance. If Jesus were born in a castle surrounded by guards and slaves this would not have brought acceptation but division.

While Joseph and Mary enjoyed the antics of this infant son- (Who isn’t going to coo and caw over a baby?) God had a plan to set into place gifts, physical gifts to represent the spiritual. Three wise men came to bring gifts to the baby Jesus. These gifts though in physical form, were rich gifts. They also represented the richness of His spiritual gifts. One wise man brought gold- gold is associated with illumination, love, compassion, courage, passion, miracles, and wisdom. Gold is a precious metal that is associated with wealth, grandeur, and prosperity. (Remember this applies to our spiritual gifts not our physical forms of circumstances, finances, and popularity- though the physical side will definitely be blessed by the spiritual side.) The second wise man brought frankincense. Frankincense (the best is pure white but some can have the color of yellow) represents an emblem of prayer, whiteness, cleanliness personified, the ultimate in purity, light, goodness, innocence, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection. White means safety. White has a positive connotation- righteousness, holy power, Spirit of the Lord, and angels. Yellow represents positive-hope, faith, strength, and gifts from God. The third wise man brought myrrh. Myrrh is the first mentioned ingredient in the holy anointing oil. Myrrh is part of the custom of the Jews to give those who were condemned to death by crucifixion (Mark 15:23) It is rich brown or reddish-yellow, brown represents Humility, compassion, pastoral color. Red represents Blood atonement, sacrifice, power, anointing, and wisdom for battle. Yellow again represents positive-hope, faith, strength, and gifts from God. The fragrant resin is obtained from some species of the “rock rose”, the usual varieties being with pink petals, and white petals. Pink represents Positive- Child-like love, or faith. White again represents purity, righteousness, holy power, Spirit of the Lord, angels and the garments of Heaven.

These three wise men show up as Joseph and Mary held the infant and most likely were listening to the story the Shepherds were probably telling about the miraculous happenings they experienced.

I often have always pictured a somber atmosphere surrounding the baby Jesus, one where everyone is quiet and constantly bowing. Getting to know human nature through psychology I’m now sure that was not the case, maybe the wise men, but defiantly not the shepherds. I like the picture of maybe a wise man or two having a bit of humor.

The scene at the manger was probably one of storytelling and rejoicing. With each telling of their stories there were most likely tingles running up and down the spine giving off excitement where each individual reacted in their own way of praise, worship, and rejoicing. I now see a happy and festive atmosphere surrounding Jesus’ birth.

“The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they will call him Emmanuel, meaning God With Us.”

Jesus came to change the world, to cross the lines of tradition and make believe. He came to give life, hope, love, peace, and joy. He was not poor- he had riches (wealth, family, and friends) but He left them behind to be the Good Shepherd yearning to find the lost sheep.

His birth put into motion the conditions of our rebirth. To become born again through the salvation of Christ Jesus our Lord means we accept and partake of all His gifts. When we choose the Will of God over our fleshly will we walk in the comfort and protection of the Holy Spirit.

Every word that is written in the Bible- the physical and supernatural has a deeper spiritual meaning- from the Old Testament to after the birth of Jesus. We need to see beyond the words. So, when you think about the birth of Jesus this Christmas, look beyond His birth into the deeper meaning it resembles for your spirituality.

Give thanks and praise for the gifts the baby Lord Jesus has bestowed upon you from His birth alone.

H.E. Olsen

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: The Gift is in the Giving by Bill Arienti (A great holiday read)

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“If you need help getting into the Christmas spirit this book will do it!”

This Fireman needs a standing ovation. While I read this book I became amazed by the circumstances and the outcomes. The gifts in this book are miraculous. Who needs superheroes when you have a fireman like the fireman in this book! This is what Christmas is all about.  The fireman in The Gift is in the Giving sees so much loss and destruction. He does what he can to bring hope and inspiration. This fireman is a hero. This book is a MUST READ!

This book tares the heart for the victims but then brings a smile to the face and a glow of warmth with the giving of each gift. It makes me want to get out there and drop presents on doorsteps of those in need, knock, and then run- lol!

This book is the perfect book to read cuddled up in a blanket, sitting by the fire, and maybe some cocoa on Christmas Eve- A great book to read aloud to the family.

~H.E. Olsen


Quick links to- The Gift is in the Giving

Amazon

Kharis Publishing

Barnes & Noble (Ebook)


 

Book Review: Where the Water Rages by Jacquelyn Sill

32468748I just finished Where the Water Rages by Jacquelyn Sill. What an amazing story! Jacquelyn Sill did a great job portraying, not just physical struggle, but our inner struggle as well- oh, how our emotional waters can rage.

Jacquelyn also did an amazing job bringing to light sex trafficking and how it affects the child. Jacquelyn wrote on this subject very delicately. Her book is a must read! Also, don’t forget the tissue near the end.

~Author H.E. Olsen

 

 

 


Links to Where the Water Rages-

Goodreads

Kharis Publishing

Amazon


A Nation United or Divided

I know many are so tired of all the posts going on but I want to take this time to write as a third party, stepping out, viewing two boxed-in worlds. I will be viewing these two worlds as a Christian, a mother, and with love.

I’ve been reading and watching many political posts on facebook for the last couple of days. My heart has become broken for our nation. I’m not going to share who I voted for because of the division it creates from differing views. I love my family and friends regardless of who they voted for. My relationship to family and friends are above my emotions and thoughts on who they chose. I respect them enough to respect their choice.

I have not been one who has talked much of politics. I have, however, addressed fear, hate, and hurt. These three issues seem to be flying extremely high. I shake my head, Sitting at my table, scrolling facebook with my laptop. I almost want to turn it all off and not come back for a long while. I then happen onto a young woman’s post. A person I remember as a child- who I babysat in my early 20’s.  Her post touched me deeply.

 

Rachel Matlock wrote,

“I have to say that I feel like we have lost something by not being able to disagree with our friends and family. I’ve seen a lot of post saying things along the lines of, “If you voted for this person I hate you!” or “If you voted for this person you’re not a Christian!” and “If you voted for this person please unfriend me and stop following my page!”- The truth of the matter is we have lost both maturity and intellectual capacity if we have come to a point where our political views can condemn our friendships. If we are consistently around people who continually agree with our point of view how do we grow? How do we learn to reason, empathize, utilize common sense, research, and exercise our intellects with the gaining of knowledge and application thereof? More than the state of our minds what does it say about our hearts? Are we so selfish as a people group that we can’t choose to love someone and empathize with them while still respectfully disagreeing? I think we can. There are many things I think are disgusting, for instance modern comedy. But I can still appreciate that my sister and father and friends like to watch comedies and I am grateful that they sometimes accommodate me by not watching a comedy when I watch television with them, but when they want to watch a comedy and I don’t the option is for me to suck it up and join in or leave. I still love them and every once in a while they watch a comedy that I actually enjoy and we come to a common understanding even if in general I disagree with them about what is comical. It breaks my heart that we have given up the ability as a people to reasonably disagree with one another while maintaining love for one another and respect for people’s opinions. It boggles my mind to think that people are so petty as to destroy valuable friendships and other relationships because they disagree about something. I understand that Politics are a huge controversy because they direct the course our nation will take not just for the next four years but for the next generation, and the generations following. However, I have not once seen a dispute or debate about politics in which people did not speak over one another or feel the need to use raised voices, or humiliate, disrespect, and ignore the other people involved. I think it’s selfish. I think Americans have spent way too much time trying to figure out how to love themselves and not enough time learning how to show love for their neighbors. Maybe if we had- things would be a whole lot different. What I know is that I will be the change I want to see, and I will pray because I trust a God who is bigger than anything this world has to say”.

Bravo Rachel! Her heart beats in the right place. Reading here post brings my mind to think on the word ‘Christian.’ What is the meaning of the name Christian? It stands for being Christ like. It’s about having a relationship and growing in Christ. That’s it! Who is Christ? He is the Son of God who came to serve and die for us all- friend or foe. He even healed the ear of an enemy. He came to bring comfort, healing, and love- to light the world with life. This means that both presidential candidates can have legit Christians. Being a Christian has nothing to do with who we vote for; this has to do with what we chose to believe about each candidate and what views we have accepted. Humans complicate Christianity through religion and expectations. Humans then become frustrated and let down from their own sense of right and wrong developed by one’s own beliefs. I will be the first to admit that I have had a closed mind from my own beliefs. This type of closed mindedness almost destroyed me. I have since grown to a maturity that allows me to step out and step back and view things on a grander scale. While I study Psychology and mental illness I’m becoming more and more aware of how lost people can become. How our emotions can blind us when we think and react from emotion alone. While all this was going through my head I came across a post that brought me to think how our actions cause reactions. I can see why republicans or other decided to take a stand.

 

“We did it with ballots, not bullets”

Dear Democrats and Liberals,
I’m noticing that a lot of you aren’t graciously accepting the fact that your candidate lost. In fact you seem to be posting even more hateful things about those of us who voted for Trump. Some of you are apparently “triggered”. Because you are posting how “sick” you feel about the results…
How did this happen you ask.

How did this happen you ask?

You created “us” when you attacked our freedom of speech.

You created “us” when you attacked our right to bear arms.

You created “us” when you attacked our Christian beliefs.

You created “us” when you constantly referred to us as racists.

You created “us” when you constantly called us xenophobic.

You created “us” when you told us to get on board or get out of the way.

You created “us” when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating.

You created “us” when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country.

You created “us” when you attacked our flag.

You created “us” when you confused women’s rights with feminism.

You created “us” when you began to emasculate men.

You created “us” when you decided to make our children soft.

You created “us” when you decided to vote for progressive ideals.

You created “us” when you attacked our way of life.

You created “us” when you decided to let our government get out of control.

“You” created “us” the silent majority. And we became fed up and we pushed back and spoke up. And we did it with ballots, not bullets.

PLEASE COPY & SHARE EVERYWHERE ~ Cliff Mansfield

On this post, I have to say, the majority looks to be republican. But, I’m not so sure because I know of a few democrats or liberals who voted republican because they were not impressed with the direction our country has taken in the last decade. Many want drastic change. Media tries to say that it’s the college uneducated white male that made up the majority. What is the meaning of college? College is a place of learning where a group of individuals study and learn for a special purpose. This just means that one goes to school to further study their choice of career. This does not make them smarter. They only become knowledgeable of their career choice. I once met a city couple who went to college and they didn’t even know that an egg came from a chicken. You can imagine the fun I had as I explained how chicken’s poop out the egg. I’m not sure if they’ll eat eggs again but this goes to show that one will not know all- college educated or not. Ranchers and farmers who were raised in that life style do not need to further seek an education after high school unless they want to further their learning in a specific area. There are jobs and careers that don’t call for college learning skills. This doesn’t make them any more or less educated than anyone else. Every person excels in some areas while they lack in others. THIS, nation, is why we all need each other. We, the people- no matter what we believe, are family. America is our home. A house divided will not stand and neither will a nation. I also see that the word ‘white’ is brought up. I want to say, “Um, But- excuse me, I see people of many color on both sides. That doesn’t really stick!” It’s amazing how warped things can become.

I move on and continue scrolling facebook. I continue to see a lot of hateful outbursts from both sides. I see unhappy posts but respectful from few friends. I see joyous yet humble from a few others. I see many people from both sides complaining about the hateful posts, videos, and actions, coming from both sides. I soon happened onto a post from a long ago friend.

Lester Crutcher wrote,

“My take-away from this election- Uncertainty breeds anxiety and fear. Fear cripples, divides and creates extremes. I’m certain what makes America great is We-the-People. If you, me, and we actively listen to one another common ground will be found. Lady Liberty’s foundation will remain strong and her light will kindle bright in the hearts and minds of the people. My hope is in its people from the founding fathers (our constitution, bill of rights, etc.) and to the millennials (our future). If the young listen to the wisdom of the old and the old listen to the new ideas of the young we will have the makings of a bright future. Peace is made by listening to opposing views and finding common ground. Everyone wants to be respected and listening is the key to respecting our fellow Americans. I will do my little part to give respect to those I believe to be wrong and or whom I don’t understand by actively listening to hear where they are coming from. Side note: when people know you care then they may hear. Give respect to get respect through a simple daily exercise of listening to let people know you care enough to hear them. We all have bias to some degree or another therefore listening has the power to shrink the gap that divides. The profound power of the tongue that divides can be harnessed by the quite power of the ear. I’ll be the first to admit I have a lot of listening and learning to do.”

FEAR is right! Fear creates a lot of negativity. Fear is a powerful emotion that allows little room but to react in a negative way. Fear is a controlling factor. One can be controlled by fear and one can control by using fear. This is not done out of love and it doesn’t allow choice. People won’t change if they don’t want to change. We can’t force people to behave. Also, those who choose to miss-behave have no one to blame but themselves for the consequences caused by their choice. I can, however, love and show respect. I can have integrity for one and all. I can listen to both sides. I can pray and hope. I can do these things no matter who is president.

God Bless,

H.E. Olsen