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“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” — Common Sense, Thomas Paine, 1776

On this day in July 2020, we have come to the point in The United States of America when we can no longer be a ‘summer soldier’ or a ‘sunshine patriot.” Daily, we are presented with confusion, disorder, and chaos, enhanced by a very dishonest media and the greed for power by the Democrat party that not only ignores the American values set out in our Constitution, but is stealthily attempting to annihilate those values.

Why?

Because there are some in power who are not satisfied with what they have. Some in power who live in such lifestyles that they must attempt to twist TRUTH into LIES to falsely make themselves seem virtuous. Some in power who are actually using the COVID19 virus in an attempt to control a whole population. Some in power who bitterly destroy livelihoods and lives by violence. Some in power who do NOT want a strong middle class at all, but only acquiescence by of all those they consider ‘beneath them.” And some people who want to destroy American history as well!

This is so hard to watch, and to live through! Today, we must not only fight against a virus begun in China–maybe even an intentional virus!–but at the same time, we are being viciously bombarded and bullied by Antifa, George Sorous, and the so-called Black Lives Matter movement, with its decidedly Marxist philosophy.

“Clearly, Marxism stands in diametric opposition to the Judeo-Christian foundation of America, which views each person as infused with a spirit unbounded by time and space, a manifestation of an omnipotent Creator. Human lives matter — all of them — a belief undermining the American founding in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” –https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jun/29/editorial-black-lives-matter-is-rooted-in-a-soulle/

Against all this, we can no longer be “summer soldiers,” or sunshine Patriots.” We must be soldiers and patriots who come from ALL races, ALL religions, and ALL walks of life–because ALL of us are truly in danger as a nation. This is the time to stand up. If we want our country back, we MUST act.

First of all, we must pray for our country and for ourselves, to personally get ourselves right with God. Then, we must vote in November AGAINST the many who masquerade as patriots. Or else those many enemies will finally, physically and spiritually, destroy America.

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You must have noticed. The United States of America is in the midst of a war, initiated by true greed, and real immorality. Under attack is everything that has made your country the best in the world. How much longer can you keep your head down or turn away from what’s happening to YOUR COUNTRY OF AMERICA. How much longer can you NOT become involved, even in the smallest of ways?

There is no question that Americans, young and old, are being killed for no reason, that their property is being razed. There is no denying that many cities and historic places in America are being demolished. And there is no genuine excuse for any of this. We must take our heads out of the sand and see the real dangers surrounding us. Pre-planned steps have been taken by gluttonous people who care only for themselves, not you, and not America. Don’t fall for it.

Where are the true Patriots?
Aren’t you one of them?
Isn’t it time to stand up for America?

We NEED a two party system in America–with both Republican and Democrat representatives who have America’s well-being at heart. Sadly, the present and very negative Democrat Party wears only the MASK of Patriotism without the POSITIVE HEART behind it. America is the most exemplary republic in human history; would you see it destroyed? Sincere Patriots, stand up FOR America, not AGAINST her. Cherish and protect the hard-earned rights and freedoms we have. JOIN THE TRUMP TRAIN in a 2020 LANDSLIDE.

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right…” Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

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I loved the world I grew up in. It wasn’t perfect, but there were anchors when needed: American values and Christian values. A child was held to those values. They were safety nets for anyone who knew herself to be an American or a Christian. Today, those safety nets could vanish right before our eyes, exchanged for an hypocrisy that defies belief.

TODAY in our beloved USA:

Hate is called love by twisting the meanings of both

Killing another human being is called a “right.”

Without shame, lies are spread as truth.

Science and human biology are explicitly denied.

Whiners massage and manipulate the ‘mob’ and somehow win over those who are afraid to stand on courage.

Our American cities are being demolished.

Our American History is being defamed.

Every other country seems to be labeled as more important than America.

“A free lunch” is a political goal, no matter the cost to those who’ll be forced to pay for it.

Out of jealousy, greed, and selfishness, our duly elected, and very successful President, was dragged through a counterfeit impeachment, and daily faces the lies of a disgustingly dishonest media.

Churches are being warned by law to “get in line” with new policy, even if it’s against church teaching.

Christianity, which is totally against Socialism, is framed as undesirable.

What was formerly evil is being touted as good. What is good is being touted as evil.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Number One: PAY ATTENTION.

Don’t get pulled into the double-speak rhetoric by listening to fools pushing deadly political systems such as Socialism who promise you anything free. NOTHING is free. If you want to eat, be prepared to WORK.

Every political office, big or small, makes a difference.  Vote to express American and Christian values.

American values were dearly paid for with the lives of many, and are expressed in The United States Constitution.  Read them again for yourselves and for your children.

Christian values were dearly paid for by the God who created each of us. It is important to remember the seven deadly sins: lust, greed, gluttony, envy, anger, pride, and sloth. Most other sins begin with one or two of the seven deadly sins. And once we let one of these sins take over our lives, the other six are only too happy to creep into our lives as well.

Try to concentrate on the seven virtues; the four cardinal virtues and the three theological virtues. Human beings achieve the four cardinal virtues, prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance, through intellect and free will, gifts from God. When human beings freely choose to act morally, the three theological virtues serve as the foundation and source of the cardinal virtues; faith, hope, and charity or love.

So, if you have begun to say good bye to the American world we loved–DON’T! Instead, fight for it!

Keeping America great begins with us. Each one of us has a role to play. And we need to begin TODAY.  Every wonderfully courageous American is being called. There’s no need to say goodbye.

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You must have noticed. The United States of America is in the midst of a war, initiated by true greed, and real immorality. Under attack is everything that has made your country the best in the world. How much longer can you keep your head down or turn away from what’s happening to YOUR COUNTRY OF AMERICA. How much longer can you NOT become involved, even in the smallest of ways?

There is no question that Americans are being killed for no reason, that their property is being razed. There is no denying that many cities and historic places in America are being demolished. And there is no genuine excuse for any of this–unless you take your head out of the sand and dare to consider the pre-planned steps that have been taken by gluttonous people who care only for themselves, not you, and not America.

Where are the true Patriots?
Are you one of them?
Isn’t it time to stand up for America?

As a rule, I am not a conspiracy theorist, but what is exposed in this fact-based video cannot be denied. We NEED a two party system in America–with both Republican and Democrat representatives who have America’s well-being at heart. Sadly, the present Democrat Party wears only the mask of Patriotism without the heart behind it. Sincere Patriots, for the sake of your country, remember and restore, with YOUR VOTE for AMERICA, the most exemplary republic in human history.

 

 

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 Every person we meet has what it takes to be a character in a novel.

 Every person we meet has a propensity to do certain things, and because of this, his/her intellect judges those things as good for them or not good for them, depending upon what their goal is.

 Every person, including ourselves, makes choices, knowing what we should do, or should not do; then we play out our choice through action that in some way, always involves another person.

  Oh yes, in real life, each of us has a story, too!  And that story–our own story–follows us to the end of our days on Earth, taking us to eternal life, or eternal damnation, depending upon the choices we make and the actions we take.

The main characters in novels must change, one way or the other, or there is no novel. Each of us on Earth has the same capability of change in order to achieve our highest end. But not every novel has a happy ending. Not every protagonist wins, same as in human life. However, a novel is based on an author’s chosen standard with which the characters are charged. The world’s greatest novels point to the higher standard, though the characters may never achieve it.

It is the same for us. As human beings, we are charged with certain standards. We are not meant to hate, but to love. We are not meant to lie, but to speak the truth. We are not meant to steal, but to share what we have. We are not meant to kill–not an innocent child in the womb, an enemy, or a neighbor.  We know within ourselves what is right and just, but sometimes we do the opposite. Why? Because we choose wrongly when we forget who we are. This is so obvious today.

In the words of one great novelist: If we Americans are to survive it will have to be because we choose and elect and defend to be first of all Americans; to present to the world one homogeneous and unbroken front, whether of white Americans or black ones or purple or blue or green… If we in America have reached that point in our desperate culture when we must murder children, no matter for what reason or what color, we don’t deserve to survive, and probably won’t.–  William Faulkner

In a novel, the actions of evil often shine out the good. Struggle or suffering by the protagonist often shows him or her a way to the good because he chooses to make his way through the struggle. Struggle is the way of all life; all of life struggles to be born, and then struggles to stay alive. And all of life yearns for love. We can certainly see this in animals, in our pets that want to be stroked or held. It is obvious that every human life needs love because we all aspire to it.

Each of our life stories has been given to us by the loving God who made us, by the Creator who designed us as innocent children, designed us in His likeness with free will, the ability to imagine, the ability to remember and act on those memories, the capability of loving and accepting love from others, and most of all, the capability of showing mercy, even to those who have hurt us.

A great novelist puts purpose into the words he/she writes. Characters have purpose, settings have purpose, everyday actions and words have purpose. Nothing is insignificant or unimportant to the ultimate novelist. Therefore, I see God as the most perfect and greatest novelist, giving each of His characters everything they need to achieve their end in this great scheme of life, but also the freedom to choose or not to choose HIM. We are all writing the novel of our lives, the only novel for which we alone will be responsible. If presently, it seems to be a novel we are not proud of, we still have time to change it into one that will be pleasing to ourselves, and to God.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be. –Psalm 139: 13-18

A sin may, at first, seem a small thing. It may even have a hint of conscience, until it becomes habitual and infectious to everyone around it. Love also begins small, becomes habitual, and infectious as well. Except love is honorable in the human person, while sin degrades his or her soul.

Of course, sin is all around us. It surely happens in politics since it is made up of many people with ambition, people who ignore goodness if it interferes with their political goals. A few examples of some politicians ignoring of goodness are these: the taking of a human life in the womb, the mistaken confusion that we can change our own gender, or the misrepresentation of what marriage truthfully is. These acts demean us as human beings created by God. And yet, each one of us can choose to agree, and even do, any of them.

This is why we use other human beings for our own ends, ignoring their God-given value.  This is why the truthful family, based upon the sacrament of marriage, is being negatively affected. This is why the deep responsibility to guide children who come from that marriage is being overlooked. This is why it is imperative to look upward to God for guidance, rather than looking around at the temporary world we live in. Except, genuine love isn’t easy, has never been easy, and will never be easy.

Taking the easy way out through wrong behaviors, decays not only ourselves, but also, spreads like a virus to others.

In my new Southern Gothic novel, ABSENCE, This is what happens to James Greene, a southern farmer who will do whatever he has to do, even if it is evil, to keep the farm he sees as his legacy from disappearing. This is also what happens to us when we forget who we really are, and who we come from. Just as James Greene, in the floods and droughts of life, we listen to false voices, swallow false precepts, and fall into corruption rather than goodness. We lose the ones we love, and find ourselves suffering, totally lost, and miserable. Can we recoup?  In our loneliness, are there people who can show us the way back? And could those people possibly be the ones we have hurt?

ABSENCE is foremost the story of love’s restoration between James Greene and his wife of many years, and between James’s son, William, and his new, second wife. In the mix, is Cecilia, the daughter and sister they maligned, who disappeared from their view, but will not let go of their minds. It is also the story of innocence in the persons of two children who strive to keep the entirety of their family in tact.

Here are some reviews:

High Caliber fiction. The characters are superbly drawn, though at times, I didn’t like some of them very much—just as it is in real life. And yet, I pulled for these characters, especially James Greene. It is a story about losing one’s soul, and finding it again. A great read.

Renewed love is a theme in this novel, along with the struggle between human nature and the nature of the world. Discord in a family of farmers, comes when floods and droughts drastically affect their livelihood. But when James Greene actually buys a baby to replace his still-born child, then presents it to his unknowing wife, Katy, as her own, he is caught in a web in which despicable havoc ensues.

Moves fast enough to keep your interest, but slow enough to savor the significance between the lines. The Greene family is beset with problems stemming from the heart of each character. The question is, will they solve those problems?

From Joseph Pearce, the author of numerous literary works.  Visit his website at jpearce.co. ~Those who have read Kaye Park Hinckley’s earlier novels will know that she is one of the most exciting and gifted writers of contemporary faith-inspired fiction. This latest offering does not disappoint. Absence will further establish Mrs. Hinckley’s hard-earned reputation as a teller of gritty and gripping stories infused with subtle hints of the redemptive power of grace.

From Dena Hunt, author of award-winning novels, Treason and The Lion’s Heart ~Hinckley does it again. Absence put me in mind of Faulkner as a generation-transcending saga set in the South. But unlike Faulkner, Hinckley does not leave the reader feeling burdened by the tragic consequences of the sins of the fathers visited upon their children. Instead, Hinckley enlightens, revealing the indissolubility of love and truth, and restoring love and life. A terrific read.

From Meggie Daly, author of Bead by Bead ~”Absence” is the sixth book by Kaye Park Hinckley that I have read and loved. “Absence” and the “Wind that Shakes the Corn” are my all-time favorites. While reading “Absence,” I forced myself to go slowly to savor her sentences like an excellent meal that I didn’t want to end. The author “paints” compelling personifications of good and evil as three generations of characters battle internal demons and nature. The plot in “Absence” is intricate, layered, and surprising up until the last page. Themes of longing, abandonment, forgiveness, callousness, regret, unconditional love, and mercy will stay with the reader long after finishing the book. I can’t recommend this book highly enough—a masterpiece!

If you would like to download, read and review ABSENCE FOR FREE on NetGalley, here is the link: https://www.netgalley.com/widget/250537/redeem/cd423971f343f9990557881eee3501d3980a4a7a225bd6165ff98e0498402d9d

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Because there is no novel with better themes of human sin, contrition, and love’s restoration than Victor Hugo’s Les Miserable, portrayed beautifully in the musical production.

 

 

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PSALM 55
1 Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea;
2 hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
3 because of what my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked; for they
bring down suffering on me and assail me in their anger.
4 My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me.
5 Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
7 I would flee far away and stay in the desert;
 
8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”
9 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words, for I see violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they prowl about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.
12 If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend,
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.
15 Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the realm of the dead, for evil finds lodging among them.
16 As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change— he will hear them and humble them, because they have no fear of God.
20 My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant.
21 His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.
22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.

 

Dark Nights ? ??

Posted: May 1, 2020 in World On The Edge
Dark Night

by greyerbaby, 2015, MorgueFile.com

In these trying times, many may be experiencing a “dark night of the soul”– deep depression, a spiritual crisis, the collapse of meaning and purpose in life, even the loss of something, or someone, who meant everything to us?

Years ago, I experienced something like that. And I can tell you that it is temporary. You will come out of it. And you may be a better person because of it. You may even be a totally different person than you thought you were.

So, hang on.

Trust in God.

Even if you feel completely alone. Even if you think no person and no thing can help you. Even if you’ve tried everything, but there’s nowhere to go, no one to turn to, and you feel helpless. And even if you think you’re defeated—hang on.

And in the luck of night
In secret places where no other spied
I went without my sight
Without a light to guide
Except the heart that lit me from inside.

It guided me and shone
Surer than noonday sunlight over me,
And lead me to the one
Whom only I could see
Deep in a place where only we could be.
………..two stanzas from Dark Night of the Soul, by Saint John of the Cross

No one else can actually see our very personal dark night. We can create an appearance that all is well, while inside our heart is breaking. At times, I even thought if I had a fatal disease, it would be better than what I was going through–at least it would be apparent to someone. But what I didn’t realize is that I wasn’t alone. Even if I couldn’t see where I was going myself, someone was seeing me along the way. I trusted I would be led. And I was.

Dark nights are temporary. I can’t stress that enough. On any day— within a minute, or second— what was so dark can take on light again.

You are so loved by God!

Don’t give up. Surrender to divine guidance. And Trust.

 

Enjoy. And please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Thank You !!


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