Overman Con

Our Hillsborough County Board of Comissioners meeting was held this morning and there was a great deception to behold; I will refer to this as the “Overman Con”

Vice Chair Kimberly Overman introduced the “right to wear a mask order”
which passed a vote and buried in the middle of all the words was part of a sentence upholding the mask mandate that our EPG passed. Our EPG is being sued by two lawyers, Anthony Sabatini and Patric Leduc.

This is significant because of the two lawsuits!

BIG DECEPTIONIN HILLSBOROUGH
MASK MANDATE CONTINUES

IN LOVING COLOR

In loving color,
That’s how God made us.
Make no mistake,
We’re meant to be.

In loving color,
There lies His footprint.
Helping each other,
It’s not black and white.

In loving color,
Many colors.
Beyond the rainbow,
Noah’s first rainbow.

Look at that rainbow,
Up at that rainbow,
God lifted it up,
To stay in the sky.

Lift up your neighbor,
Lift them up higher.
Higher than they,
Could be on their own.

In loving color,
That’s how God made us.
Make no mistake,
We’re meant to be.

Today’s Thoughts

https://www.godweb.org/godisable.htm

THIS: I was rereading this very inspiring sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King! Very appropriate for what we are going through today! Deb

“The God whom we worship is not a weak and incompetent God. God is able to beat back gigantic waves of opposition and to bring low prodigious mountains of evil. This ringing testimony of the Christian faith is that God is able.”

God’s got this! It’s not bigger than Him and as our brother -in-law states “He has not abdicated the throne!”

“The laboratory began to replace the church, and the scientist became a substitute for the prophet. Not a few joined Swinburne in singing a new anthem: “Glory to Man in the highest! For Man is the master of all things.”

Boy is this ever true!!! People are looking to a vaccine to cure us, testing, the virus came from a lab etc. Science will not save us!

Then he tackles the problem of evil in the world…

“Let us notice that God is able to subdue all the powers of evil. In affirming that God is able to conquer evil, we admit the reality of evil. Christianity has never dismissed evil as illusory, or an error of the mortal mind. It reckons with evil as a force that has objective reality. But Christianity contends that evil contains the seeds of its own destruction. History is the story of evil forces that advance with seemingly irresistible power only to be crushed by the battering rams of the forces of justice. There is a law in the moral world – a silent, invisible, imperative, akin to the laws in the physical world – which reminds us that life will work only in a certain way. The Hitlers and the Mussolinis have their day, and for a certain period they may wield great power, but soon they are cut down like the grass and wither as the green herb.”

I really like his imagery here, EVIL CONTAINS THE SEEDS OF IT’S OWN DESTRUCTION! Right now, it may seem like this virus is the biggest evil but challenging thought patterns here…tyranny is the biggest evil we are truly facing. Tyranny contains it’s own seeds of destruction. We have to take a stand, do our part and let God handle the rest because He TRULY IS ABLE!

He speaks of slavery and we all,regardless of color, face a reality of slavery, tyranny, the cure being worse than the cause
and we were born with an innate sense of freedom.

“Let us notice finally that God is able to give us interior resources to confront the trials and difficulties of life. Each of us faces circumstances in life which compel us to carry heavy burdens or sorrow. Adversity assails us with hurricane force. Glowing sunrises are transformed into darkest night. Our highest hopes are blasted and our noblest dreams are shattered.”

God has given us all of the inner strength we need to combat this dark period, can turn anything evil into good and make a way where there seems to be no way!

“When our days become dreary with low hovering clouds and our nights become even darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a great benign Power in the universe whose name is God, and God is able to make a way out of no way, and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. This is our hope for becoming better people. This is our mandate for seeking to make a better world.”

Transformation: dark into light…it’s happening, look for it, truths are being revealed because what is in the dark will come to light, can’t hide forever.

TAKEAWAY: BE ENCOURAGED. GOD IS STILL THE DRIVER AND HE’S GOT THIS, HE’S BIGGER THAN THIS AND ANYTHING YOU ARE FACING TODAY!

Yesterday the Movie

Hubby and I went to see Aladdin yesterday but a baby and a small toddler in front of us started being noisy and were playing with a toy that kept flashing a red light. Long story short… the mother refused to do anything to resolve her children’s behavior and didn’t even care. The manager gave us free passes for another day and we chose to watch Yesterday instead of Aladdin, yesterday.

We were kind of irritated and feeling like we had gotten a consolation prize but….we were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed this movie!!

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

We saw Christian themes and morals throughout the movie even though it was not promoted as such. In the same manner as two people can look at VanGogh’s Sunflower painting and one might say “Wow, look at how this painting reflects God’s beauty in nature and how God inspired VanGogh’s talent and guided his hands! A non-believer might gaze at it and think VanGogh, the guy who cut off his ear because of his depression. There is no God in this painting only a yellow flower.” But we both believe that the screenwriter intended to send some Godly messages in Yesterday.

We are both ENFJ’s and were in tears at the end of the movie. Jack, the main character, is a failing musician who finally decides to give up on his dream when he has a terrible accident which knocks out his front teeth and gives him a brain injury. From this point on things have changed in the world and people have never heard of the Beatles. He becomes famous then introducing their songs as his.

As fantastical as the premise is, my hubby made this great point to me saying our God loves us so much that he could alter history to help somebody achieve their dream…and then we got all teary eyed again😊

Indeed, our God loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to us , Jesus, who died for us and rose again, defying all norms and science! He is a God of miracles!

Now because Jack is in this new existence where the Beatles are not famous he finds himself in a moral dilemma. Should he present The Beatles songs as his own and take the fame that comes with it or as Kate McKinnon, his satirically played evil manager asks “Will you drink from the poison chalice”?

He says yes and now his lies can’t stop and he lives in fear, having recurring nightmares about being found out as a fraud.

We have a nonprofit called Character GPS and we are in the trenches teaching values, moral values to mostly youth and we often reiterate that telling a lie can often lead to another lie and another etc. until you can’t even remember who you told what. Then you’re trapped. You’re in your own prison. A spiritual prison so to speak although you could also end up in a physical prison if those lies are too big.

So in the movie when Jack is about to lose his mind because of this moral dilemma he is truly pleading for help when he frantically sings help from the rooftop of a hotel, this version of the Beatles song being faster, more frenzied and climatic!

Another value I love about this movie is racial equality, it’s blatant and subtle at the same time. Four white “dudes”, lol at one point people in the insustry were telling him to call Hey Jude Hey Dude, made it big with this catalog of songs and in the movie Jack, an unpretentious looking Indian man also makes it big with those same songs. The music is art itself and stands on it’s own merit.

At one point in the movie we have an dark-skinned marketing executive telling Jack that The White Album is too white, one of the funnier lines but kind of points out the racial factor blatantly.

The more subtle hint of racial equality is, if I am remembering correctly, there is a picture Martin Luther King on the wall of Jack’s Los Angeles-based Music Manager. One of my favorite lines of his is that he wants his children to someday be judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin.

In this movie it’s more like be judged by the quality of one’s music and not the color of one’s skin.

Also, the character of the Beatles as people left something to be desired ie: drugs, anti God etc. Not great role models. But in fact God uses us despite our flaws to accomplish great things. Doctor Martin Luther King was a flawed person, as I am, but he inspired a lot of and continue to inspire a lot of people. The Apostle Paul persecuted Christians and yet God used him for great things.

God can use us despite our flaws!

We Finally…

We finally dumped our health insurance, started a Health Savings Account with our bank!! Very exciting!

We are going to also join a faith based medical sharing peogram. Looking for recommendations….does anyone have Medishare or something similar and what has your experience been?

We have wasted enough time on the phone trying to get things paid and getting the run around over and over again and paying over 800 per month for that “privilege”.

What are your thoughts?