#AllLivesMatter

I am outraged over the murder of George Floyd and the events that have taken place afterward. I am so sick and tired of hearing about #BlackLivesMatter. It’s not just about blacks, whites, Hispanics, etc. It’s about EVERY SINGLE LIFE on this beautiful earth God put us on. Yes, I am sure that the police officer who murdered Floyd was influenced by his skin color, but honestly, at this point, what does it have to do with anything? We are all Americans and it’s about time we started acting like it.

Law enforcement have always held a special place in my heart, but only for the upstanding officers. Why bash all the LEOS, when not everyone is corrupt or has ulterior motives? All of those cops who participated in the murder should be prosecuted to the FULLEST extent. In the video Floyd was clearly detained. He wasn’t going anywhere so the excessive force was unnecessary. But seriously, paid leave for those cops???? How do the department and local government allow that?

I understand protesting, but straight up rioting is completely uncalled for. It’s a shame that there isn’t enough room to lock every one of you up for this nonsense because it makes you no worse than the cops who murdered Floyd.

“Racial Injustice.” I’m tired of everything being about race. Yes, hate crimes are awful and we should all love our brothers and sisters no matter the color, but why does it always have to circle back to blacks saying that basically everyone who is white hates them and wants them dead? Allie Beth Stucky says it best: “ Are we not allowed to care about this without being accused of being callous, privileged, or racist? Why can’t we mourn death, decry injustice and also be heartbroken over the devastation that’s occurring there- which will ruin people’s lives?” (Posted on her Instagram stories in reference to the riots that have resulted from Floyd’s killing.)

In the end, it will sadly continue. The media will always take a side and twist stories to put the country in unrest. Because the fact of the matter is, more black people are killed by black people than they are killed by white cops. Justice should be served for George Floyd and it should be swift, but the current reactions by the public are not the way. Use your first amendment to protest this the right way!

Matthew 22:39 “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Saying Goodbye: High School Edition

“What feels like the end is often the beginning.” -Unknown

With summer at an end and senior year baring its face, this last year of high school seems very scary and overwhelming. Deadlines for scholarships and college applications are rapidly approaching. Whether you know where you are going to college or not, the thought of college is a staggering realization. As the Class of 2020 we must put both feet forward. Don’t look back. Instead, look forward, to the path that you are forging.

The next 7 months will consist of many hellos and many goodbyes, tears shed and smiles given, but through it all none of us need to forget that this isn’t an ending to a long chapter, but rather a new beginning to an even longer chapter. Some of us try and stretch this time out, wishing it would never end. Others, can’t graduate fast enough. No matter where we are headed in life, our senior year in high school is part of what will define us for the rest of our lives. Whether we decide to go to college or to just jump right into adult life, we should all try and make the best of this final year of our childhood. “Tomorrow will be a new chapter in my life. This book is getting very interesting.” – Unknown

In the coming months, study hard for your tests, find a college that is right for you, look back on the good times, and make new memories. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and do things you wouldn’t normally do. This is the last year before you are out in the real world, whether that’s college, or straight to work, so don’t forget to be yourself and go out with a bang.

 

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

 

James 5:13-20

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

 

*New International Version

Into the Night

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.” ~Vincent Van Gogh

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”~Proverbs 3:24*

“Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.” ~Henry Rollins

*New International Version

James 5:7-12

“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.”

 

*New International Version

Sunny Words

Here are some quotes to brighten up your day.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ~John 8:12

“True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time.” ~Marie Williams Johnstone

“I want to be like a sunflower; so that even on the darkest days, I will stand tall and find the sunlight.” ~Unknown

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:16

 

 

James 5:1-6

“Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.”

 

*New International Version

James 3:13-18

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”

 

*New International Version

Beautiful Life

“The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” ~Thomas Jefferson

Abortion is a topic at the forefront on everyone’s mind lately. After New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act for New York, abortion has been the cause of many arguments between republicans and democrats. This bill is different than what abortion laws used to be. Now, an abortion can be done after 24 weeks, and non-doctors can administer abortions. Abortions in NY are not illegal any more.

As both a Christian and someone with common sense, I recognize abortion for what it is, MURDER. From the moment a child is conceived, it is a HUMAN BEING. Just because a baby has to rely on the mother while in the womb, doesn’t change that fact. That same concept also applies to infants, toddlers, and older children.

A fellow blogger wrote about this heated topic. His post “Life is Precious” discusses the relationship between God and an unborn human life. Here’s an excerpt:

“The Bible says, “In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being” (Job 12:10). God, the giver of life himself  commands us not to take the life of the innocent: “Do not shed innocent blood” (Jeremiah 7:6), and He warns us, “Cursed is the man who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person” (Deuteronomy 27:25). The Sixth Commandment, written in stone by the hand of God almighty, commands, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13).”

So those of you who agree with me, don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. It’s the only way to make it in this cruel world. And while I am a contender that all lives matter-not just black or white etc.- baby lives especially matter.

Also, to further support this movement, The Blaze is selling Baby Lives Matter t-shirts.