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As a kid, when it was raining while the sun was shining, my dad used to say: “Well, the devil’s whipping his wife.”

I used to consider it and think “how odd–why would the whole world be able to see that.”

That adage left me thinking that the “devil” was a mean old coot. After all, what man would whip his wife? No one could be that evil, except the bad boy himself.

I admit that I think the devil is evil and a mean old coot. But the whole rainy day and sunshine thing…well, that was just one of my dear ole’ dad’s tales. Nonetheless, it did not take long for me to realize that many, many men whip their wives, and vice-versa.

The innocence of childhood fantasy and ways of thinking, grew into the cruel images implanted in my mind, from watching the aftereffects of spousal abuse first hand.

Not so long ago, it was a hush hush kind of deal when abuse went on in a family. You did not speak of it; you quietly watched, bore and processed it any way you could. You feared, cried and felt ashamed–of what–was never really clear.

Today, things have changed. There are ways to report abuse safely where you can receive counsel and help. It is not something you have to live with, hide or harbor feeling of shame.

If you find yourself in a situation, or know someone who is you can call: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline site. The service is available 24/7.

SIGNS OF ABUSE:

  • Shameful or degrading put down’s
  • Actions or looks that are intimidating or cause fear
  • Control over who you see, talk to or visit
  • Keeps your money or allows you not to have money
  • Not allowing independent thinking, or input in decisions regarding your life’s situation
  • Threatening to hurt you or your children
  • Not acknowledging abuse exist or minimizing it
  • Trashing your things
  • Shoving, slapping, choking or hitting you
  • Threatening to commit suicide if you leave or file charges
  • Threatening to kill you

Looking out the window the other day, the sun was shining and it began to rain. A time in history flashed before me and I whispered to myself: “somewhere, a devil is whipping his wife.” Don’t let it be you–call today!

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America and the real Superpower

Life in America post 9/11 has brought about for most folks an acute awareness of real dangers lurking outside our doors. Before 9/11, living in America the “superpower” was, well – safe. Albeit headlines cried daily of slayings, dirty deeds and mayhem, it didn’t seem to touch us as much; mostly because it didn’t fall on our own front step. Events like the David Karesh tragedy, random milita killings, Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine, gang violence, missing/abducted children and other similar occurences shook us for a season, then, it was life back to normal.

When media  and other moguls were arrested and sentenced to prison for “white collar” crimes they became a hotbed of intrigue, and once released were often elevated to the same, if not a loftier place than they once held in our publics eye. Is it a wonder that we as a nation were caught unawares when one of the most devestating plots against humankind was being contrived under our very noses.

With all the normalcy surrounding our current state of affairs, our past denial or indifference to slavery, the Holocaust and other crimes against humankind, could it be we are now facing yet another statagem designed as a “wag the dog” scenerio to confuse the public at large and tie our hands while quieting our voices.

We seek peace, but cannot find it. It is promised by those who lead us, just after this war or that war. Just over the next hill, next financial breakdown, rally. Just after we get our strength back – our troops back – our finances back, just after…

The Bible tells us that men’s hearts will fail them for fear (Luke 21:26), when speaking about the coming of the Son of man – Jesus Christ, Lord of all, of whom we have also denied as a nation. He promises peace, and His peace no man can give.

 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27 (KJV)

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind isenmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  Romans 8:6-9 (KJV)

 We have allowed every theory and religion known to be taught and promoted in our schools, communities, government centers and halls, yet in order to be politically correct, we have forsaken the foundation this great nation was set on. We deny our very cornerstone, both in the natural and spiritual.

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Eph 2:20-22 (KJV)

There are dangers outside our doors – let us not be caught unawares denying the power of God – the true “Superpower”

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