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Why Voting Matters

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On the 4th of July, when I was a little girl, I remember decorating my tricycle with streamers and riding down the middle of main street in a sea of red, white, and blue.

We ate cherries until our fingers were stained and didn’t notice the sun tanning our noses or shoulders as we spent hours running through the sprinklers, doing wheelbarrow races, and eating hot dogs and watermelon until our bellies were round.

Despite the exhaustion a normal day might have brought, we pressed on as we threw sweatshirts over our stuck-on swimsuits and headed to the river to take in the fireworks up and down the banks, getting twice the show as the bright bursts reflected on the water’s surface.

Finally, after the excitement came to an end, my dad would peel my sleepy body off his shoulder and tuck me into bed, for what had easily been an epic 18 hour day in the mind of a child.

The memories are wrapped up in all sorts of warm feelings, thick with nostalgia, happiness, and the carefree existence of a kid growing up in middle-class white America around the day this nation celebrates its independence from a world across an ocean where our ancestors either faced existences worth escaping or sought new lives worth living apart from oppressive monarchies.

However, this nostalgic remembrance is not the whole story of how I was born into a “free country,” where I have the right to vote and continue making it free for everyone. [Read more…]

INTENTIONAL PUPIL

God’s been having me write out some scriptures for myself to study and really chew on, if you will.  

For me, writing it down, or typing it, helps get it into my heart more and more.  


He’s really put it on my heart to be an intentional pupil of His Word, like basically back in college, getting a Major in God Studies 🙂  

(That’s the last page of the Bible…and across the page are Noah’s footprints from his last night on earth…)


Some of them are being spurred on from a Daniel study I’m doing by Beth Moore.  But He has put it on my heart to encourage others, as well, and for my own accountability.  Please don’t think I’m trying to re-write scripture.  I’m just stringing it together for the overall message, into one challenge to myself, for a complete thought.  I hope it encourages your hearts, too, on your own journeys.  

Love, Ade xoxox

It’s from The Message, Hebrews 12, John 11, 1 Peter 1 & 2.

“Do you see what this means – all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on?  It means we’d better get on with it.  Strip down, start running – and never quit!  No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins.  Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.  Study how he did it.  Because he never lost sight of where he was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God…when you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through.  That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!  God is educating you; that is why you must never drop out.  This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it training…it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.  Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall…Help each other out.  And run for it!  When Jesus got the message, He said, “This sickness is not fatal.  It will become an occasion to show God’s glory by glorifying God’s Son.”  So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives.  Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing.  You didn’t know any better then; you do nowlet yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness.  You call out to God for help and he helps – he’s a good Father that way.  But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.  Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God.  Even though it has only lately – at the end of the ages – become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you…drink deep of God’s pure kindness.  Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God.  Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, offering Christ-approved lives up to God.  To you who trust him, he’s a Stone to be proud of…for the untrusting, they trip and fall because they refuse to obey, just as predicted.  But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high-calling…God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you – from nothing to something..Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it.  Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul.  Live an exemplary life among the natives…then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives…good citizens…It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society…cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in.  I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime.  Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine.  When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.  The Day is coming when you’ll have it all – life healed and whole.”

CONTAGION

In the year 2006, the year Noah was admitted to the hospital, the Mayo Clinic put out a statement that said, 
“97% of all diseases are caused by a viral or bacterial infection in the body at some point.”  
Keep this in mind as you read this post…

Alright, that’s it!

I’ve seriously had it and don’t feel like staying silent any longer.

My disclaimer is I am not a scientist or biologist or biophysicist, so take it or leave it.

I have researched the world of viruses and bacteria now for almost 6 years.  When your kid dies of “unknown causes” but Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) antigens (Lyme’s Disease) were found in his blood and yours…not to mention dozens of mice died at the CDC as a result of being injected with your son’s stool,  well, let’s just say, your former life of caring about what’s going on in Hollywood is shadowed by your secret love of research and the world of biology.  Geeky, I know.  But I eat it up!

I’m not a conspiracy theorist like some out there who think the FDA and CDC are out to kill everyone, or make millions off “creating” or releasing diseases for which, they in turn, design a drug to kill it off, and make even more billions.  That’s not my gig.  Entertaining movies.  Whether it’s true or not, life’s too short to waste my time wondering if Big Brother is Satan or not.

And, I do not think everyone and their dog has Lyme’s disease, though a lot more people do than they realize.  But Bb, (a spirochete) or the spiral shaped organism inside of a tick, biting fly, spider or mosquito, (not just ticks, people) which passes to a victim, whether it be an animal or human being, is only ONE OF OVER 300 spirochetes researchers have discovered, each of them contributing conditions and symptoms which either present or mimic an already existing disease, thus, why we have a plethora of misdiagnoses in the world today.  (This will have to be a chapter in my book…)

This only scratches the surface of why I’m worked up today, but a friend posted this on Facebook.

One, this isn’t the 80’s.  It’s not “Forrest Gump,” people.  Everyone in Africa does not have AIDS just like everyone in Russia or Ireland is not an alcoholic.  Just like every Italian guy in America isn’t in the Mafia.  Just like everyone in Asia doesn’t have Bird Flu.  Just like every person south of America’s borders does not have Tuberculosis.  Just like every citizen of Connecticut does not have Lyme’s Disease.  Just like every person in San Francisco isn’t gay.  Just like every woman in Texas isn’t a “Good Christian Bitch.”  Just like everyone who attends church isn’t righteous.  Just like every homeless person isn’t unfit for society.  Just like all Right Wing Republicans aren’t crazy…just like all Left Wing Liberals aren’t crazy.  Just like…just like…

Just like every other ignorant stereotype that causes fear to rise up in people, often truly crippling people to the point of disease and disability, incapable of living this life to the fullest, because they are paranoid and gripped by fear.


Fear because of only knowing some of the truth, though believing they know it all.

We have friends who adopted twins from Uganda.  They were born HIV+.  They are flourishing now in the US because they have a loving family, balanced diet, and access to great medications.  And their numbers are undetectable.  If we lived in the same part of the country, you better bet your ass we’d have them over for barbecues and birthday parties and slumber parties, and I’d be devouring those sweet babies with smooches like crazy!

But guess what?!  They aren’t, “My friend’s kids with HIV.”  They are my friend’s kids.  They have names.  They are created by God just like you and I.  They aren’t even defined by being adopted.  They are my friend’s kids.  She doesn’t have “biological kids” and “adoptive kids” she has KIDS!

If Noah had lived outside the hospital in the state he was in when we removed him from life support, would he have been defined as “that kid on life support” or would he have been Noah?

To be UNinvited to a party because a person is HIV+ is probably a blessing because, though the bloggers heart is to love those people still, it’s more of a lesson in knowing who your true friends are.  And knowing who your true friends are in this life is one of the greatest gifts of all…

It’s also a lesson in the reality that some people get their facts from forwarded emails that have been forwarded and forwarded and forwarded without ever going to the source and learning for themselves.  Regurgitated puke.  Lovely.  Not facts.  Fear.

Here is how HIV is spread.  

UNinvitations are how hatred is spread.

Here is how LOVE is spread.

IT’S TIME TO CHOOSE YOUR CONTAGION…