I wrote these words Wednesday morning, “An Open Letter to Both Sides of the Fence on this 7th Morning of 30 Days of Thankfulness.” More thoughts as the punditry continues: If parties, presidents, and politics could educate, legislate, and eradicate hate, poverty, and crime well-meaning moral men would’ve long done so. The only Man with the answer didn’t run for office because He’s already enthroned. ”And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me,” John 12:32 Steady My Heart by Kari Jobe Hugs, Shellie
To my fellow Americans A wise person once said that fences make good neighbors and surely there’s a lot of truth in the adage, but perhaps it’d be wiser if we remembered that gates make friends. I respectfully offer three thoughts for all of us that could build a few as we move forward. Please be gracious in victory. A divided nation needs it. I didn’t vote with you but I’ll look for every opportunity to unite with you. Don’t try to convince me why you were right, put your hand to the plow and prove it. Please be gracious in defeat. A divided nation needs it. I voted with you but I’m choosing joy, peace, and hope, instead of gloom and doom. Don’t try to convince your choir how bad this will be. Work, pray, and serve so it isn’t. “All things worth together for good to them that love God.” Romans 8:28 Hugs, Shellie P.S. We’re in the middle of a worthy cause around here. Please consider joining us.
Yes, I know “they” say you shouldn’t blog more than once a day and I’ve already blabbed blogged once today. The thing is, I thought y’all might need some humor relief right about now. Towards that end, here’s an excerpt from Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy! I hope you enjoy~ Hazed by the Electoral College One can only imagine why the subject of bribes and ludicrous spending would remind me of the way we go about electing a president in this country, but I’m glad it did. There’s something else that I think deserves another look. And while I have no desire to cause a stink with those outside our region, I’d like to register a legitimate complaint. On behalf of my fellow southerners, I’d like it to be known that “we the people” below the Mason Dixon have our lips run out about the whole presidential primary thing. It was THE topic of conversation at the recent holiday parties. Paulette said she was sick and tired of hearing ‘bout y’alls electoral college. And Bubba said he doesn’t know where your fancy smancy school is even located, but y’all haven’t ever been to a bowl game that he knows of, and besides if you’re not in the SEC you don’t matter no-how. Granted, some of us are much clearer on the details of the electoral system than others, but still, it’d be right nice of y’all to at least pretend that we matter. It’s bad enough when y’all start choosing your primary dates. Scheduling and rescheduling your parties to try and be the first one out of the blocks. Shame on you! Y’all remind me of a bunch of southern brides-to-be trying to grab the most coveted weekend of the spring bridal season. Please. I’ve seen better manners at a half-price sale. But it just flat out rubs salt in the wound when y’all start harping about how it’ll all be over after the first three or maybe four primaries, as if none of the other states exist. Excuse us! We do have a dog in the fight, too, you know. I’d like to propose a new system. I say the primaries should rotate and start in a different region every election cycle. Now, that would be much fairer. But should that not set well with y’all I have another idea (and this is sheer genius if I have to say so myself): we could play Spoons to decide who goes first. Oh, yeah, that’d be just as civil and a lot more fun. FYI for the uninitiated, Spoons is a regional card game we Southerners like to play. It’s similar to musical chairs only bloodier. Why, Mama won’t even let us, her immediate family, play Spoons on her dining room table since… well, never mind. Look here, y’all send a few of your delegates down here to play a few of our delegates and we’ll work out the details. Just don’t send any pansies. Bubba’s got his…
Writers and Readers Reach Out 2012 Backstory Here Who we are: A group of writers and readers endeavoring to live our gratitude out loud during these 30 Days of Thanksgiving by partnering with Make Way Partners, an organization rescuing widows and orphans from human traffickers and offering them hope through the love of Jesus. Make Way Partners offers ongoing medical care and education to those they’re able to set free and that’s where we come in. What we’re doing: Helping to build a high school for 600 orphans in a dangerous war-torn area on the border of Sudan and Darfur. Make Way Partners has built the lower grades from the ground up, adding one grade at a time as funds allowed. It’s now time to build a high school, giving these kids an education beyond that of the majority of leaders in their Parliament, and in doing so equip this next generation with tools that can change the direction of their country. Our Request: That our readers would catch this vision with us and use the Donate button to live their gratitude out loud, too. It’s linked directly to Make Way’s donation form. Your donation can be “attached” to a favorite author by filling in the field asking where you heard about Make Way. Example: WritersandReaders/AuthorJaneDoe Quick Facts: Make Way Partners was founded by Kimberly L. Smith and her husband. Kimberly’s blog Download a free chapter of Kimberly’s book Passport Through Darkness. If you prefer using a check or money order, you may address it to Make Way Partners, P.O. Box 26367 Birmingham , AL 35260 In addition to donating, everyone can be of incredible assistance by using the power of social media to spread the news of this drive. When twittering or pinning this drive please use hashtags #WritersandReaders2012 or #WR2012. (My twitter handle is @shelliet) Authors and Bloggers: It’s not too late to join us! If you’d like to participate comment below and contact email@example.com with your blog, Facebook, and/or website information you’ll be interacting with your readers. Feel free to copy and paste from my blog or Kimberly’s. Enlarging the Vision: As we were set to launch, one-fourth of our population was impacted by Super storm Sandy and many areas remain in distress. We’ve adjusted our sails to respond to the heartache in our own country as well. As you make your donation to Make Way Partners, please consider making a matching donation to relief efforts underway for our neighbors on the East Coast. We believe strongly our being mobilized to respond to the needs of our neighbors at this very moment is no coincidence. We’ve been given much, let us give much. Quick Links to Donate: World Vision Sandy Relief Red Cross Salvation Army Thirty days of thankfulness. It’s not a long time, but it’s a perfect time to join hands and do something grand, together. ~Shellie Rushing Tomlinson Please Share This Blog Post