If parties, presidents, and politics could educate, legislate, and eradicate…

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

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An Open Letter to Both Sides of the Fence on this 7th Morning of 30 Days of Thankfulness

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.

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Hazed by the Electoral College — Humor Relief for a Nail-biting Nation

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 Spoons game on.

Hugs,
Shellie

And now, a more serious note. Whichever way this election goes, you can find comfort in knowing that God will not be voted into or out of His throne!🙂 “You rule forever, Oh Lord. Your throne is from generation to generation.” Lam 5:19

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Cutting Through The Clutter

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 audreym@makewaypartners.org 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.

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

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Actor/Director Michael Norris, son of martial arts expert Chuck Norris to visit ATS LIVE!

“When you’re in Texas look behind you…for that’s where the Ranger’s gonna be…” Oh, yeah! I joined my husband and my kids in singing along to that TV theme song many a Saturday night, back in the day.

I’m excited about having Chuck Norris’ son with me on air today and not just because I’m a Chuck Norris fan (although I am) but Michael Norris’ newly released DVD is right up our alley here at All Things Southern. I Am Gabriel  is the moving and mysterious film about divine intervention in our daily lives. Join Michael and I today as we talk about the mystery of faith!

You know the details, but I’ll oblige to make it easier.

ATS LIVE airs from 5-6 PM, Central on KMLB TALK50. It can be heard locally and  in real-time through this streaming link so everyone can join the fun.  Show chat held on my All Things Southern Facebook wall.

In other news- it’s the 5th Day of our 30 Days of Thankfulness. Here’s the most recent update on the drive. I’ll have more to say on it later. If you haven’t lived your gratitude out loud, would you consider stopping to do that right now? THANKS!

See you this afternoon!

Hugs,
Shellie

Were you and yours Walker Texas Ranger fans?

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What I heard

And Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God? Believe also in me.”

And I hear:  We can not wrap our minds around God and our faith suffers for it unless we learn to wrap our reaching hearts around Jesus, the hope of glory!  Believing in God way up there doesn’t comfort the troubled heart. Believing He sent his only begotten Son out of His great love for us, to redeem us, to walk with us in this hard world and bring us home. This comforts. This encourages us. This strengthens us to press on. 

Jesus is the revealed concentration of our faith in God. Gaze at Jesus and see God! Know Jesus and know God. To be enamored of Jesus is not to slight God; it is to saturate ourselves in the One who is the very image of our invisible God. Christ consciousness strengthens weak faith and causes waning faith to burn with new zeal.

Hugs, Shellie

So, I just had to get that said this morning.🙂 Have a great day! Check back in a bit for more on 30 Days of Thankfulness and today’s radio show, ATS LIVE!

 

 

 

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30 Days of Thankfulness- Day Four! This Sonday, I’m feeling grateful for my church family!

30 Days of Thankfulness– Day Four!

Authors, it’s not to late to partner with us as we combine our platforms to raise awareness about human trafficking and raise funds towards their rescue through Kimberly L. Smith’s foundation, Make Way Partners.

Can we catch this vision together? I think so. In years past, I’ve asked you to donate a certain small dollar amount. This year, I’m respectfully asking you to consider the weight of the subject and the scope of the work being done by Make Way Partners and make your own personal decision about your contribution. What would we be willing to do or give if it were our children and grandchildren being bought and sold?

You can make your donation online using this donate button. It’s linked to Make Way Partners. In the field that asks where you learned about Make Way Partners, please copy and paste the following label: WritersandReaders,ShellieRushingTomlinson

If you prefer to send a check or money order that address is: Make Way Partners, P.O. Box 26367 Birmingham , AL 35260

And yet, even as we are set to launch, one-fourth of our population has been impacted by Super storm Sandy and many areas remain in distress. Far too many people have seen their homes destroyed and many others have suffered the painful loss of loved ones. The winds of Sandy have literally caused us to adjust our sails as we respond to the heartache in our own country. Writers and Readers Reach Out 2012 is enlarging the vision!

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 that 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:

World Vision Sandy Relief

Red Cross

Salvation Army

***End Update***

It’s that time, y’all! This Nov. 1st we will officially launch our 30 Days of Thankfulness here at All Things Southern. Longtime readers will recognize it as our annual humanitarian effort designed to coincide with the Thanksgiving season. So many of you have joined with me in past years to express our gratitude by reaching out to those in need. Remember when we worked with Life Today to drill a well in Southern Africa? Even as you read these words that well continues to supply fresh life-sustaining water to an entire village. For that, I thank you once again!

The recipient of this year’s efforts will be Make Way Partners, an organization that works with individuals, churches and other groups to help prevent and combat the evil of human trafficking and all forms of modern-day oppression. I was in the planning stages of our drive and deeply burdened by what I was learning about human trafficking when I read Passport through Darkness by Kimberly L. Smith.  I knew immediately that MWP, the organization founded by Kimberly and her husband, was where we needed to focus our attention this holiday season. (Download a free chapter of Passport Through Darkness.)

In addition, this will be our second year to partner in our drive with other authors and their respective communities. The goal of Writers and Readers Reach Out 2012 is to combine our individual platforms and thus multiply our efforts.  (Honestly, I’m hoping to start a tsunami of thankfulness and hope!)

I was in the planning stages of the drive and personally burdened by what I was learning about human trafficking when I read Passport through Darkness, by Kimberly L. Smith.  I knew immediately that Make Way Partners, the organization that Kimberly and her husbanded founded, should be the recipient of this year’s efforts. Make Way Partners works with individuals, churches, and organizations to help prevent and combat the evil of human trafficking and all forms of modern-day oppression.

If you’ll take the time to read just a few of the real-life stories on Kimberly’s blog of women and children who Make Way Partners has rescued from slavery, and for whom they provide long-term care, I believe you’ll want to participate in this beautiful journey of restoration.

Eight years ago, Kimberly began chartering small mission planes to fly her into the war zone of Sudan where U.S. sanctions and Islamic regimes rendered thousands of orphans unadoptable. Providing food and opening a first-grade school in a lawless land with no other educational systems, MWP partnered with an indigenous leader to rescue and care for these most vulnerable orphans. Year-by-year, they’ve added a new grade to their school. Now, graduating eighth grade, the orphans of MWP have more education than many current leaders of their nation.  It is time to build a high school, making it possible to raise up the next generation of educated Christian leaders who will stop the cycle of violence and slavery.

Read about a few of these amazing students and the complete high school proposal here: http://kimberlylsmithblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/battle-cry-by-guest-blogger-matt-mcgowen.html

I’m so excited about the opportunity for us to join this effort! To quote the late Hellen Keller, “It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.”  It feels so right to quote Ms. Keller to the tribes of writers and readers joining with us as it was the power of a word, written in the palm of her hand, that unlocked Ms. Keller’s heart and mind and subsequently impacted untold lives around the world!

As readers and writers, no one knows the value of education better than we. Let’s dream big and build a high school for the world’s most vulnerable orphans!

Can we catch this vision together? I think so. In years past, I’ve asked you to donate a certain small dollar amount. This year, I’m respectfully asking you to consider the weight of the subject and the scope of the work being done by Make Way Partners and make your own personal decision about your contribution. What would we be willing to do or give if it were our children and grandchildren being bought and sold?

You can make your donation online using this donate button. It’s linked to Make Way Partners. In the field that asks where you learned about Make Way Partners, please copy and paste the following label: WritersandReaders,ShellieRushingTomlinson

If you prefer to send a check or money order that address is: 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 this effort. If you’d like to participate please comment below and contact audreym@makewaypartners.org with your  blog site, Facebook page, website address, or any other acknowledgement you would like to use for your readers to track this opportunity.

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

As always, I love to hear from you.

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