Prayer About Healthcare Vote

On this National Day of Prayer, may we pray without ceasing, demand no more fleecing, and all inept leaders start releasing. On behalf of those of us who stand to be affected by the GOP repeal of healthcare, here’s an imprecatory prayer from Psalm 35:22-27: “O LORD, you have seen this; be not silent. Do not be far from [us], O LORD. Awake, and rise to [our] defense!
Contend for [us], my God and LORD. Vindicate [us] in your righteousness, O LORD our God; do not let them gloat over [us]. Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!” or say, “We have swallowed [them] up.” May all who gloat over [our] distress be put to shame and confusion; may all who exalt themselves over [us] be clothed with shame and disgrace. May those who delight in [our] vindication shout for joy and gladness, may they always say, “The LORD be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servants.”
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
Plainly stated, “Doing right brings honor to a nation, but sin brings disgrace.”

Please God, bless America, especially our seniors  who are receiving social security and paying higher Medicare expenses with zero increase in income.

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What’s Good About Good Friday?

Every day is good because it is a precious gift from God. But Good Friday is good because Jesus the Christ, the Son of the only true and living God, willingly gave his life for everybody’s past, present and future sins. He died like a slaughtered lamb knowing that 3 days later he would rise again.

 

Since the Jewish day begins at sundown, any part of a day is counted as one day. So when he died at 3:00 pm on Friday afternoon, wasn’t seen at all from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, and then arose from the tomb early Sunday morning before the women found the empty tomb, that means he arose on the third day just like he said he would. Jesus loves everybody in the world.

 

Since ALL have sinned, God sent us a Savior who is Jesus Christ. Easter/Resurrection Sunday is a great day to celebrate Jesus who lives forever and will come back again just as he promised. Whosoever believes in him shall not die but have eternal life beginning in this world and on to the next when we pass from earth to our eternal reward. There is life after death. Why settle for the Easter egg symbol for new life when you can have the real deal everyday of the year forever?

 

Jesus says in John 12:44-46: “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. And whoever sees Me sees the One who sent Me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should remain in darkness.” Believe in Jesus and experience the new life he gives. Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Have a blessed Good Friday!

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Educating Young Minds

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) has historically used the slogan: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” The words are quite profound since every mind in the world has the potential to propel an individual to do good or evil.

Kudos to leaders, volunteers, teachers, and donors who ensure that the minds of children in Mombasa’s Timbwani School for the poor and orphans from Likoni AIDS Orphanage are not wasted. The lack of school fees does not hinder the education of these inquiring minds. Their hunger and thirst for knowledge coincides with that for physical food and water.  The children have learned how to be content in whatever state they find themselves.

Orphans at Timbwani Baptist Church School

Visit to Likoni AIDS Orphanage

Three hundred poor children sit quietly on the floor in a school assembly.

On a trip to Mombasa, Kenya in East Africa I had the privilege of hearing the children rap about HIV/AIDS and other STDs. Why? Their lives have been gravely impacted by these diseases. While living in an orphanage and attending a school that exists by the mercies of God, the sacrificial love of volunteers and gifts from people who care, these young people exude gratitude and appreciation for education. What a joy to see workers giving of themselves for the sake of future generations who now live in abject poverty.

Investing in the progeny of victims of AIDS and poor parents meets the approval of Jesus Christ who came that ALL may have life, and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27 NIV). God has given each person a mind that must be developed. Our visit was to instill hope and positivity so their minds will not be wasted. Given that “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece” (Prov. 16:27 TLB), those who are better off should  not neglect to help the less fortunate. Surely we don’t want to allow these children to be idle and entertain evil thoughts and deeds.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3 KJV) is an appropriate word of encouragement for those who might feel abandoned or discouraged right now. It is my prayer that these children and school workers will keep their minds focused on the God of all flesh who is in control of all things, and trust him to  deliver them out of all their troubles.

Thank you for caring enough to read and pray for the school. May you share as the Lord leads you to help children who desperately need to be loved, supported and educated.

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A Birdie Showed Me

I saw an unfamiliar bird while on safari at Masai Mara in Kenya, East Africa. The tour guide called it a secretary bird (https://goo.gl/images/bJun9G). My close up view of birds and other animals roaming in the wild showed me how members of the animal kingdom can live together and share the same space, even though at times one might like to be alone.

Sometimes we humans need time alone with our thoughts and with our God. Oh, it’s good to know that others are around when we want or need company, but how nice it is to be free to wander here and there as we explore this great big planet on which we live.

I wish you the joy of being able to fly the coop if you desire but also being able to plant your feet firmly on the ground without fear of attack when you walk alone.

The brave secretary birdie reminded me of this promise: “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 NLT). Walk on by faith, knowing that you are not alone. 

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Bliss and Blisters in Love & Marriage

Prologue

I am delighted to share my story of love and loss during the Vietnam War era. Perhaps our marital relationship would have been quite different had the military draft not been a reality in our young adult experience. We’ll never know. Yet, on behalf of the 58,220 young men and women who lost their lives in combat and for other causes on foreign soil (per the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC), I felt compelled to share my personal war for peace at home in South Carolina.

As a pregnant spouse waiting for my husband to return from Vietnam, my desperate cries to God on his behalf and the other troops who had been deployed to a war zone intensified my prayer life. Out of the many young brides who lost their husbands and children who lost their fathers, God allowed me to see my husband return from Saigon, and our daughter to get to know her father. I did not say that he returned safely. But my gratitude for answered prayers outweighed the pain experienced in the tumultuous relationship that followed agonizing months of watching, waiting, praying and hoping for God’s favorable response.

Much has been said about Amerasians (children born to Vietnamese women and United States servicemen), so I share my story about how the war impacted American wives and children, including the unborn child, of troops deployed to Vietnam. With so many of our young men killed, maimed, or missing in action, I realized how population control is achieved through war by killing the males, separating spouses, and creating conflict between men and women. Spouses of returning war veterans have a story that is quite different from that of war widows and war babies. America has a class of overlooked war brides who are not Asian.

While writing Bliss and Blisters in Love & Marriage, I thought of the many young women who married during the Vietnam era (1965-1975) and later experienced trauma in their marriage to war veterans. They either divorced or remained in a marriage often described as “a living hell.” In my story, Vincent Henderson returned from Vietnam with PTSD and I had no idea what had happened to the man I married. Due to the shortage of eligible men in a desired age group, some war brides never remarried. Consequently, children born during the same period often grew up without their biological father or a male role model in the home.

I pray that my story will inspire you to show compassion for our military families at home and abroad during times of peace and war. The surviving family members of the estimated 22 veterans who commit suicide each day need our condolences and prayers. May God bless them, you and your family, and may God bless America.

Gloria Shell Mitchell

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Worthy Goals

A body that’s lean

Money that’s green

Surroundings that are serene

A house that’s pristine

A flexible schedule, not routine

Protection from the unforeseen

A loving companion who’s not mean

A person to answer the phone, not a machine

Genuineness in others, not a smokescreen

Help, when needed, to appear on the scene

Complete trust in the Lord to intervene

A heart that’s clean

A mind that’s keen

To believe in the Christ you have not seen…

Is this list long enough for you to get what I mean?

 Aim to enjoy each day of the year!

-Gloria Shell Mitchell

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Love Letters From My Heart

My sister-in-law Regina told her neighbor Bertha Nell that I wrote letters everyday to my husband Vincent who was stationed in Vietnam. Bertha Nell’s boyfriend was in the Marine Corps at Parris Island, South Carolina. She asked if I would agree to write love letters for Bertha Nell to send to him.

I was flattered that Regina admired my writing enough to recommend me to her friend. It seemed like fun to make up romantic stuff that would take my mind off the challenges of being the young bride of a man who had been deployed to a war zone.

I wrote a sample letter for Bertha Nell and gave it to her to read. Instead, she asked me to read it to her. I read it aloud and was quite pleased with my own creativity.

“It’s so beautiful,” she giggled. “Tony’ll love it.”

“Be sure you copy it in your own handwriting,” I said. “You don’t want him to find out later than you deceived him.”

“It’s fine just like it is.” She signed her name, put my draft in an envelope and licked the seal.

Tony loved it enough to ask her to write back again and again. She let me read his letters to her so I could reply to them. The man had fallen in love with my letters.

After almost six weeks of sending weekly love letters, Bertha Nell began picking them up, signing and mailing them.

“Don’t you want to know what I said to your boyfriend?” I said.

“Nope. I just know it’s beautiful and he’ll love it.”

“What will you do when Tony finds out you didn’t write them?”

“By then we’ll be married and it won’t matter.”

About a month later, Regina came over to tell me that Tony finished basic training and came home.

“Tony told me how much he loved those letters,” she said. “They went to the courthouse and got married before they sent him to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Bertha Nell won’t need you any more ‘cause she moved up there. You sure helped her snag a nice-looking guy.”

“I should have charged her for writing those love letters.”

“Too late now. They’re gone bye-bye. I don’t even think she could read.”

“What! Now I’ve got a guilty conscience. I enjoyed writing the letters and hearing her praises. But I don’t like the thought of having deceived a man I didn’t even know.”

“Well, there’s nothing you can do about it now. You’ll get over it. I will tell you, my brother says your letters keep him pumped up. He can’t wait to get back home to you.”

I giggled. Regina made me feel like I had done something right.

This is a true story. I never heard from Bertha Nell again, but I’ve always wondered how her husband felt when he learned that she didn’t write those love letters. What are your thoughts?

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