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What’s Going to Happen This Election?

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What’s going to happen this election 

 

 

 

 

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Hello, Emily Allison coming at you from my blog Good Stewards, a community of people dedicated to being Good Stewards of their health, lives, and world. Today I want to give a brief summary of my take on the election and what I think is going to happen here in a couple weeks.

 

First off, Who’s going to win?

 

IF we have a free and fair election, then Donald Trump is by far, without a shadow of a doubt, the clear winner. Alright look, the polls are rigged ok? I think last I saw they were only polling 16% republicans? I mean, that’s not a real poll! Ok? The polls are rigged, and as we saw in the last election, they are not an accurate reflection of the American people and how the people are going to vote. I have more people in my Bible study group than Joe Biden at his presidential political rallies. Ok, Joe Biden couldn’t sell out a high school cafeteria, while Trump is selling out stadiums. OK, there is real energy and excitement and support among the American people behind Donald Trump and his policies and platforms, while Joe Biden’s campaign is simply a facade. 

 

Rigged polls, fake elections via voter fraud, lying mainstream media, that’s how the democrats have held any power at all in recent years. Through lying, manipulation, and fraud. That is the platform of the democratic party, they don’t have solutions, they don’t policy stances that help and excite the American people that are actually backed up by legislation, they have talking points and lies that they wield as political tools to get them elected. Not to serve their people once they’re in office, just to get them elected so they have more power and more money to feed their own corrupt personal, political, and financial agendas.

 

If this is a fair election, then Donald Trump will win, and I think he will win handily. However, the key word there is IF. Given that there are dumpsters full of opened Trump ballots and rampant voter fraud already happening across our country, we can no longer claim free and fair elections in America. And that sobering reality should make us sick.. Because if we don’t have free, fair elections, then we don’t have a free country. Think about that.

 

Another reason that I am more than confident that Donald Trump has the support to win, is that I can’t imagine hardly anyone who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 changing their minds and voting for Biden in this election. I’m sure there are a few select people somewhere, but overall, that is going to be very rare. The people who voted for Trump voted for him because he wasn’t a career politician, they saw him as someone who couldn’t be bought and could go to Washington and do what no other politician has been able or willing to do for quite some time, which is actually shake things up and get things done. So they voted for him, and he went to Washington and he did exactly that. The country benefited from his policies, he delivered on his promises, and he exceeded his voters expectations. So I don’t see him losing much of his base, and that base was enough to get him elected before. Now the wrench that could get thrown into this scenario, is the matter of voter turnout. If people hated Donald trump enough after 4 years to show up in record numbers and vote him out, that could definitely change the demographics, BUT, he is a polarizing enough figure and last election was divisive enough where we already had record turnout numbers last election, and from what I’ve heard so far this election we already have record numbers from early voting, so, I don’t see a huge plot twist happening in this area.  

 

So, my prediction is: Either honest efforts of cracking down on voter fraud combined with God thwarting the plans of the wicked, pay off and Donald Trump wins the election in sweeping and overwhelming numbers, OR, The democrats pull off their clear attempt to rig the election. Joe Biden isn’t trying to get votes! They don’t care that he doesn’t have anyone at his rallies. They say “Oh, we’re campaigning differently.” That’s bull crap! You don’t campaign this way to win elections. 

 

You don’t not get voters excited, and not show your face to your people, and not let your people come show their support and generate momentum, that’s not how you win a campaign, ANY campaign, especially for President of the United States of America. When I was in college, I had a super small college republican club with like nobody who cared about politics on my campus, and when I had a state senator or a state representative running for office, I packed a room with more people than Joe Biden has at his gatherings. I’m serious. It’s unbelievable. 

 

So either the democrats are just delusional and thinking they have more support than they do, and just living in a dream world which very well could be the case, or, they know they aren’t going to win based on the actual votes of the American people, and they’re ok with it, because they’re planning to win another way. They are outright planning to rig this election. That’s what the push for mail in voting was all about. That’s probably something to do with what Covid has been all about. 

 

Since President trump was elected nearly 4 years ago, the democrats have forsaken the vital pillar of democracy in the free world which is the peaceful transfer of power, they have fought Donald trump’s election, rights as a president, and every move of his administration ever since..Their pathetically makeshift impeachment attempt based on nothing.. It’s disgusting. This has not been a peaceful transfer of power, this has not been respect for the president, but more importantly, it has not been respect for the American people, WHO ELECTED HIM. The democrats lost, once and for all, the ability to say they are in any way shape or form, the party of the people, because all they have done in the past 4 years, is stifle and obstruct and persecute the government administration that WE the people, have elected. 

 

The democrats know they won’t win, I don’t think they knew this last time around. When Hillary lost they were just scratching their heads and totally confused because they’re 100% detached from reality and what’s actually going on in this country, but I think we’re seeing something more seditious, more diabolical happening this time around. I don’t think they’re clueless anymore, I think they’re out for blood and they will get it at any cost, because for them, the end justifies the means and they don’t respect or care about the American people or about democracy. 

 

So, if they have tricks up their sleeves yet to play, then I don’t know, I don’t know what will happen post election. If we don’t get the results right away as we should, which I think the democrats will try to prolong that process, another clear assault on democracy with valuing the swift elections, then either rig the results or just continuously fight to try to undermine the results in the minds of their base, the useful idiots who ARE clueless and delusional. So by doing that, just perpetuate enough support to still have a party essentially at this point. 

 

I do think though that the American people are aware of what the democrats are up to, and if they don’t see a free and fair election, I don’t think they’ll accept it. If Donald Trump doesn’t win, I don’t think it will be accepted by the American people. I honestly don’t. So, I’m not sure what that will end up looking like, but the fact that we’re wondering about violence and civil war and more rioting and looting akin to what you see in 3rd world countries over elections that aren’t fair and are rigged and the people know it, that’s deeply troubling, and it should be unacceptable. But, the democrats have made it this way, and that is a podcast for another time. So, here are my election thoughts, I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

 

And as always, I always want you to feel empowered after listening to my podcast, so what can you do? VOTE. Vote in person for safer results as far as voter fraud goes, and VOTE. Research every candidate on your ballot, get out and exercise your civic duty and right as an American, and vote. And then of course, PRAY. Pray that God thwarts the plans of the wicked. God is the ultimate ruler, God is in control, God will triumph over evil, He does hold the victory, and pray that He will do what He promises to do, just pray that He does it now! Pray pray pray. 

 

And lastly, spread awareness! Please, share this podcast with your friends and family. Share it on social media, people need to wake up and understand what is going on, so please share this in any and every way that you can, thank you! Be blessed, be encouraged, and be a good steward of all God has given you. 

 

 

A New Voice: Satan’s Battle Over Your Mind

Encouragement for Chrisitians

Satan’s Battle Over Your Mind

 

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Hello, Emily Allison coming at you from my blog, Good Stewards a community of people dedicated to being good stewards of their health, life, and world. I think we can all say that 2020 has been quite a year- and I’m curious, how many of you, or maybe better yet, how many times have you stopped and asked yourself, “What the heck is going on?!”. Well I’ve certainly asked myself that question many times, and in this podcast, I’m going to answer it.

 

You see, when we’re walking with the Lord, we really shouldn’t be blindsided by the fact that Satan is always working, and we can see the results of his work in the sinful and fallen world around us. I’ve known the answer to the hatred, deception, violence, etc.  that we’ve seen this past year (or past several years) in our country and across and the world is a result of sin and ultimately the answer is Jesus, but recently I was reading a passage from 1 Peter that really clarified to me exactly what is going on and how we as Christians can protect ourselves from it, and not only that, but fight against the devil and his wicked schemes.

 

1 Peter 5: 6-9 says “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

 

Alright, look we as Christians have a lot going on in our culture that requires us to exercise discernment in how to live out our faith in a culture that is very anti-biblical. From the immoral content of just about every movie and tv show there is, to the one sided political agenda in the media, to the laws of the land like abortion and homosexuality that are completely opposite of what the Bible says is good and right in God’s sight, down to the events of recent months of Black Lives Matter, covid, and the most hateful, divided political culture probably that many of us have ever experienced.

 

What is this verse telling Christians about the world around us? First, In this verse, Peter tells us how to choose what God says over what our culture says. He tells us how to resist the pressure to bow to culture over kingdom, even when we are under persecution to do so. In verse 6 he gives us the answer: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s Mighty Hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” What is humility when you’re a christian? Humility is obedience. We see this in Philippians 2:8, talking about Jesus: “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” 

 

Jesus humbled himself to the point of leaving his place in paradise to become one of us and live with us, and eventually, die a horrible death in obedience to the father’s will. If Jesus can do that, we must be very careful to humble ourselves enough to obey God’s word and God’s way over culture pressure. Practical ways to do this is to ask ourselves: What is true? What does God command me to do according to His word? Are we willing to look unpopular, outdated, and foolish by the world? Are we willing to be persecuted and scorned and scoffed at for standing with what is right instead of what is accepted? Are we willing to trade in faithful service to God, which is of eternal value, in exchange for the pride and feel good acceptance that comes with jumping on the ever changing cultural bandwagon?

 

This is a hard thing to do, which is why he tells us to “Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you.” God is not far away. If you are a child of God, then God is with you in this battle. God is guiding you and protecting you. He loves you. When the pressures and persecution of this world begin to overwhelm us, we can cast our fears and burdens on Him, and He will sustain us and help us through it. We don’t know what the future will mean for us as christians, but we do know that we have a good, faithful God who is with us every step of the way. 

 

Next, it’s telling us the main cause of these issues and warning us how to protect ourselves. The reason for the brokenness around us is: Satan. Satan is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour- and Peter is telling christians point blank, that we’re on Satan’s hit list. You living out your faith in your life, your marriage, your children, your church- he wants to attack you and destroy you.  He WANTS to destroy you. And He is TRYING to destroy you. Right now, right where you are, Satan has already drawn the battle lines and is at this very moment, waging a war over your life. If you’re not aware of this, you need to wake up. And thankfully, as we’ll go over in our next point, Peter tells us how: 

 

Peter tells us, “be alert and of sober mind.” So he’s saying that Satan’s battle ground over your life is happening first and foremost in your MIND, ok, the MIND is the devils playground. That is where He is going to attack you before anything else. If you want to know what is in your heart, look at what types of things are in your mind: Those things will eventually make their way into your actions. The way to be on guard against the attacks from the devil, is by, being alert and aware of their existence and watching and discerning what types of things you are allowing to enter, influence, and sway your mind and therefore your actions, and by being sober minded, so not letting the distractions and influences of this world delude your spiritual and biblical senses and make your mind basically drunk and not fully operating in tune with God and where it should be. Alright, so, be on the alert that Satan is working in the events around you to try to wage attacks against your mind, and be focused on the important things: What the Bible says and how it should affect the way you think and act. 

 

Alright, so that’ step 1. And as always, I want to make these podcasts as practical and applicable to your life as possible, so let’s throw out some examples here: What are some practical applications for this step? I think the main one is, Pay attention. Pay attention to the message behind the TV shows and the movies you’re watching. Pay attention to the sources you’re getting your information from. Pay attention to the funding and the people that influence and control the sources you’re getting your information from. Pay attention to the headlines and actually research and think through a news report for yourself instead of just letting the headline and the packaged narrative do the thinking for you. Discern and ask yourself, not what is this party or this group’s stance on this issue, but what is God’s stance? What does the Bible say? 

 

This leads me to the next and final part of the passage: “Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” When we are aware of Satan’s schemes and attacks around us, we must resist him. We do this by standing firm in the faith. Faith that God is who He says He is, and faith in who we are in Him. You see, the devil is a liar. John 8:44 says “he was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Satan not only lies constantly through the world around us, but he lies to our minds by assaulting our identity in Christ, by questioning God’s words and what they really mean just as he questioned Eve in the garden “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”. By standing firm in our faith in who God says He is, that what He says is true, and who we are in Him, we can fend off the assaults of Satan. Just as Ephesians 6:16 when talking about the armor of God says, “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Satan doubts and questions and condemns, but by faith in God, we call him a liar and are free.

 

And lastly, we know we are not alone, “because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” All through the Bible and all through the world right now, others are taking up their cross and following Christ, Dying to themselves, so that they may live with Christ. We are not alone, and the hope we have as christians in this life and the life to come is worth far more than any comfort or acceptance this world has to offer. 

 

Matthew 16: 24-26 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”

 

Be blessed, be encouraged, and be a good steward of the gift of grace that is being saved, and being a disciple of Christ. 

 

Podcast: The Problem With Presidential Debates and How We Can Fix It

 

A New Voice: Finding Truth, Hope, and Peace in Today’s World

The Problem with Presidential Debates and How We Can Fix It

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Hello, Emily Allison coming at you from my blog, Good Stewards, a community of people dedicated to being good stewards of their health, lives, and world. Today I want to speak from my personal experience in the political field and talk about something extremely important and possibly completely unknown to anyone who doesn’t work directly in politics. 

 

As I’m recording this podcast, the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden is taking place. I don’t think I’ve missed a presidential debate since 4th grade, but today, for now, I couldn’t watch it. I couldn’t watch it because I know exactly what’s going to happen. I know there will be propaganda and lies from the left, infuriating political bias from the moderators, and ridiculous and nonsensical biased commentating from just about every news outlet on TV. No thank you. In short, I don’t see what I just described as a debate. I see it as just another mode of biased propaganda being shoved down the throats of the American people and standing in the way of truth and free thinking on behalf of the voters and justice and integrity for the American political system as a whole. 

 

When I was in college and beyond, I worked quite extensively in politics. I worked as a full time staffer on a high profile congressional campaign and learned from the best of Minnesota’s political campaign staff. I went on to manage several statewide campaigns that ended in victory, I’ve interned for some of the best in high profile races and worked for an assortment of candidates and policy makers in various aspects of the political field, from fundraising, to PR, to policy. Let’s just say, after all my hands on experience in the world of campaigning and politics I get how it works. And it’s important that you do as well.

 

Allow me to shed some light on what information is packaged and put in front of you and the why behind it. My hope is that you are able to use this insight to better understand the headlines and antics of American politics and in turn be able to think critically and make informed, educated decisions for the betterment of your life, your family, and our country. 

 

In a nutshell, people fall into three categories when it comes to politics. It doesn’t matter if they’re the candidate running for office, the journalist trying to make the front page, the campaign manager, the intern that stuffs envelopes, the news anchor you watch on TV, or your neighbor with the campaign signs outside their house, just about everyone can be placed in one of these three categories:

 

The first category: The Useful Idiots

 

This category could also be called “the Headliners”. It is reserved for anyone who listens to a soundbite, scans a news article, or see’s a headline on social media and is immediately swayed in that particular direction. The sad reality is, most people are not able to think for themselves. They think very little about a given topic until a headline shows up enough times on their TV or facebook news feed and then they let that headline do their thinking for them. Their beliefs are heavily reinforced by their facebook friends sharing the same headlines and carefully packaged talking points that social media and news places before them. These people have an insatiable desire to wave the banner of popular social causes that everyone else they know agrees with and supports, but they are painfully uneducated on that topic other than, again, the headlines that made them aware of it to begin with. They have little to no personal experience that gives them honest insight, they aren’t professionally educated on the topic, and any education or experience they do have they can only process the way the headlines have told them to. An easy tell tale sign of the useful idiots category, is whenever a topic arises, they can’t have honest debate about facts, but they turn to their favorite talking point of all: “well my…. Fill in the blank.” “My friend works at a hospital and she said x, y, z.” “My cousin married a black person and their experience is x, y, z.” They think simply because they got word from someone they know about that person’s most likely also uneducated stance, they are thoroughly informed. Now I’m not saying listening to others experiences can’t be helpful and isn’t important, but if we can’t think critically about facts and we don’t realize that the person who shares their experience with us is also most likely interpreting the events that happen around them through a biased and most likely clueless lens, then we probably aren’t in a position to truly say what is and what isn’t. They trust organizations simply because those organizations exist and do not research or understand the behind the scenes workings of organizations and political groups in society. An easy rhyme to remember this group by is this: They simply trust and obey whatever comes their way. This people group is extremely vulnerable to be manipulated and used by organizations and politicians in order to gain political clout, attention, and power. 

 

The second group is: The Liars.

This group is exactly as it sounds. Many people, especially in campaign positions, media, PR & marketing, and any position of power that can be taken away, will do and say anything to get the outcome they desire. Anyone in marketing knows how to influence the thoughts and emotions inside people that will in turn influence their outward actions. On a campaign, you know the demographics of the area you are running in. For example, You know if there is a rising demographic of soccer moms between the ages of 30 and 35. You know that you need their votes to win. So you conduct studies and find out what issues matter to them and what buzz words are going to resonate and appeal to them. You also say whatever you have to about your opponent that you know will turn your target demographic away from them. You may also know that there is a nursing home in your district. You find that there aren’t enough votes in the elderly population to sway anything so you weigh the votes you have vs the votes you don’t and you realize you don’t need the elderly vote. So you don’t worry about them. You don’t pay attention to their problems and you don’t fight for policies on their behalf. You do what will help you win, and that’s all that matters. It’s not about truth. It’s not about believing in the cause and getting others to join the fight with you. It’s about manipulating and using certain people groups to get what you want, and not wasting any time with anyone or anything that doesn’t benefit you. The end goal may be truly believing you know what’s best, or it may be a power hungry and corrupt individual who will stop at nothing to keep their position of power and influence. Either way, the desired outcome justifies whatever means necessary. You can see with this kind of thinking how lying, confiscating and throwing away ballots for your opponent, and twisting the facts to your advantage or your opponents demise are not so unthinkable afterall. This type of person or group is usually the ones creating political divide and promoting emotionally charged issues. Their followers often adapt extreme mob mentality, and they can easily manipulate the clueless category we discussed previously. 

 

The last category: This is one that although rare, I believe to be by far the most powerful, and therefore the most detrimental and threatening to the first two categories. So threatening that the power hungry and corrupt must unite and make calculated and flagrant assaults on the minds of the people in order to discredit anyone or anything that could come from this approach: The category is: The Truth. It sounds too simple, but it’s the most powerful thing in the world. What is true? Some politicians aren’t in politics for the power or money or their own personal pride. Some are truly there to be what politicians in the American framework of government are supposed to be: civil servants (this means they already have a career and job that they have built and they are taking a temporary break from it in order to serve the people in their communities, and they will resume their career once their political service has ended.) These people respect and honor the civilian led government that the founding fathers created and they are serving out of a genuine desire to improve issues in their communities. They are not in office to further their own political, financial, and career gain, but to represent the real needs and find real solutions for the people they serve. The people in these districts should see concrete, real change in problem areas. They should have a better life because of their political representative. 

 

The people in the truth category do not need to lie or twist facts. They believe the stances they are advocating for are right and that their solutions will help people. They don’t need to pretend to be or believe something they’re not. They only need to put out the true, honest facts in front of the american people, so that their voters can in turn make educated decisions. 

 

The only way to stop the truth is to stop the truth from getting out at all costs, to discredit the source of the truth (I.e the candidate or voters) in the eyes of the people so that if it does get out the people won’t believe it, and to demonize and viciously attack anyone who believes the truth so as to discourage others from being open minded to any narrative other than the one the liars want them to believe. In short, it is to manipulate, lie, and ultimately dismantle the American people’s ability to think for themselves. The Liars cannot risk laying out the facts and letting the American people come to any conclusion on their own. Votes must be controlled, which means so do the emotions and minds of the voters. 

 

But here’s what I believe from my experience with campaigns and voters:

The American people are not stupid. They want to be fiercely independent, they want to be positively involved in their country and their world, they want to be educated, and they have an inherent desire for just and noble causes. Unfortunately, I think the liars know this too. So they have become very skilled at manipulating these noble traits and have relentlessly used the American people for their own gain, and they have done it at great harm to our country and world.

 

So back to why I’m not watching the debate: Simply, I don’t respect what the political process in America has turned into. An educated debate is two honest people talking about real issues and real solutions based on facts. Not political rhetoric being thrown around to manipulate the minds of useful idiots. Everyone watching this debate has been, by the Mainstream media’s best collective efforts, conditioned to hate Donald Trump. Most Americans don’t know his policies, they don’t know what his administration has accomplished for human trafficking, healthcare, taxes, the economy, immigration, minorities, the list goes on and on and the debate is not set up to be a forum to effectively communicate facts and policy. It’s not an educated debate. It’s a game! It’s all a political game! And until the American people realize it, they’re controlled by it.

 

Each American needs to truly ask themselves what kind of a world they want to live in. Do you want to be manipulated and lied to and controlled for some corrupt politicians political gain? Seriously, do you? Do you want to see more hatred and divide? Do you want partisan politics to stand in the way of real reform on important issues? 

 

Or do you want an America where educated debate and freedom of information is valued and respected. Do you want to learn why others believe what they believe and discern what is true and right based on your faith and your values? Do you want to be able to have open, honest conversations about important issues? Do you want to not just fight for one talking point against another but actually learn about the issue being debated and walk away from social media or a personal conversation with more facts to consider and more elements to think about? Do you want to elect politicians and send them to our capitals and city councils just so they can fight one another and keep repeating whatever rhetoric they think will help them win their next re-election and aid in their future political career advances? Or do you want politicians to come together as a representation of this country- diverse people with various experiences, backgrounds, and needs that can find common ground on what they DO believe in and actually work together to improve their country and world?

 

So ask yourself these questions. Honestly ask yourself which category you fall into. How much do you really know about a given issue? At what point in the narrative do you decide your stance and give your opinion? Do you take a side immediately once you see the headlines or do wait to do research, pray, ask for wisdom, learn, and wait for the final facts and narrative to emerge? Are you truly trying to discover the truth or does cultural pressure and whatever is popular affect your decision making ability? Is your source a biased political headline or actual honest research and critical thinking based on facts? Do you research and learn about organizations and causes before you support them and advance their narrative? Are you actually open to learning the truth or do you cling to whatever you want and already believe to be true? Do you feel threatened and angry at anyone who disagrees or do you welcome information and expanding your knowledge? Do you have feelings of anger and bitterness towards people on the opposite side of politics from you? Do you believe the headlines without thinking and playing the devil’s advocate? Are quick to hear the other side, are you SLOW to speak, SLOW to anger or do you react with a knee jerk reaction based on emotion?

 

It’s not easy to take an honest look at ourselves and recognize and admit that we may be in error. But as Christians, we are commanded to be truth seekers. We are commanded to be sober minded and to think rightly about the world around us. As Christains, we should first and foremost be concerned with displaying Christ’s attributes, no matter what side of the issue we fall on. We are not to bow to culture over kingdom. We are to adapt Christ’s heart and mindset, not popular organizations, not our facebook friends, not anything else.  And we are commanded to be on guard against the schemes of the devil. The devil roams around like a lion looking for someone to devour. He IS attacking the church. He IS attacking you, and it starts with your mind. Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. He preys on your mental and emotional weaknesses in order to lure you away from God’s ways. He offers the truth with a twist, and we must be very careful with what we accept as true and make sure we are constantly walking and realigning our hearts and minds with the Lord’s.

 

We will have to stand before God someday and give an account for every careless word we have spoken and every single thing we have done. From the words spoken to the content shared in our social media feed. This fact should transform the way we view, process, and proceed with the information available to us. I’m talking to myself first and foremost here. I need to do better too.

 

It’s your government friend. It’s our government, for the people by the people. People don’t have power unless we give it to them. Our minds cannot be controlled unless we allow them to. We have been blessed beyond imagination to be in this country and to have the power and opportunities we have to make a difference and spread Christ’s light in our families, our social media platforms, our neighborhoods and communities, and our country and world. We cannot take this gift from God lightley. We should proceed with sober commitment to be faithful with what God has entrusted to us. It starts with a heart aligned with him, seeking after His ways over anything else.

 

So where does this leave us? What can we do?

 

First, We can raise the standards and change the narrative. Stop supporting news outlets that distort truth and play biased partisan politics. Vote out the liars and the useful idiots and vote in those who are honest and on the side of truth. Call for higher standards, less bias, better quality and freedom of information, and take the time and effort to accurately educate yourself before giving your opinion. Set an example to others of how to have respectful political discourse and how to talk to and about people you disagree with. 

 

And lastly, We can pray. Ask for God to give you grace so that you may have eyes to see and ears to hear His truth in this world. Ask for the holy spirit to guide you and help you discern truth from Satan’s lies. Ask for a heart that loves God above culture or personal preference. Ask for strength to be obedient and open to His plans to use you right where he has you for His purposes.

 

Be blessed, be encouraged, and be a good steward of all of these gifts. 

 

Podcast: A New Voice: Finding Peace in a Troubling World

Christian Encouragement

Finding Truth, Hope, and Peace in Today’s World

 

Hello, coming at you from my blog Good Stewards, a community of people dedicated to being a Good Stewards, their health, lives, and world, my name is Emily Allison and today I want to share something different than what you’re probably seeing all over the TV and social media right now: I’m going to share something true, something hopeful, and something encouraging that should transform the way you feel and the way you live your life. 

 

I think it’s safe to say that most of us ( and I’m going to put myself first in line here), have looked at the cultural and political circumstances and world events in recent months (and probably years) and have experienced feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, frustration, discouragement, maybe even hopelessness. As a christian, living in Minneapolis MN by the way, right now with all the race riots and looting and extreme political divide, I’ve been disheartened and angered by the way the world has responded to recent events, but I’ve been especially discouraged by the way I’ve seen Christians respond. I’ll save my political thoughts and critiques for another blog post, but for now, I want to share something for you no matter what side of the issues you find yourself on: if you’re a follower of Christ, and you genuinely are striving to live as His disciple and seek to obey, serve, and glorify Him with your life, then this is applicable to you.

 

For the Anxious, fearful, and discouraged person: Let me give you a truth to lean on:

 

God is at work. God is in control. And not only that, but God is working and controlling things to HIS advantage. God will make Satan a footstool under His feet. He WILL defeat sin and evil, He WILL have the final victory, and every knee WILL bow and EVERY tongue WILL confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. 

 

A little background about me, I’m a political communications and history major, and I worked quite extensively in politics for several years before becoming a mom. And I think it’s easy to fall into a way of thinking that the world is always getting worse and worse. That back then was the good old days, and since then people and culture have just taken an unsalvageable turn for the worse. Well, I want to encourage you today that I don’t believe that’s true.

 

If you take a look at world history and history in our country as well, there have been WAAAAY darker times. There have been horrific times that many of us can’t truly imagine or wrap our heads around. Humanity HAS come a long way. The fact that we are talking about the issues we are today, such as valuing human life, spreading awareness so people can make safe choices for their families health, and racial equality is a testament to that. There was a time when there was no discussion about these issues. The narrative was set, or so it seemed. 

 

Let me tell you something: The only narrative that is set is God’s narrative. He has already overcome the world, and He put you and me here on this earth to be His hands and feet. To be a light and let our light shine before our fellow humans so that they may see our good works and glorify God. If God didn’t think the world was capable of saving, he wouldn’t have sent Jesus. If the apostles didn’t think the evil and warped mind of both worldly and religious groups alike weren’t capable of seeing God and accepting the truth, then they wouldn’t have kept spreading the good news of the gospel. 

 

 We are HIS handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do GOOD works that He has prepared in advance for us to do. So do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. He is on the throne. He is in control. His ways are higher. His ways are good. And He will never leave us or forsake us. We don’t have to understand everything, there will be lots of unknowns in life. All we have to do is trust Him and Obey Him. 

 

Lastly, we are not helpless. Not just because we have the almighty all powerful God of the universe taking care of us and loving and watching over and guiding us moment by moment every day, and working all things together for our good, but also because guess what, we DO have the freedom to take actionable steps in our country and world to make it a better place. People have done it before in much more trying circumstances, and so can we. 

 

So if you’re wondering what you can do, here’s what you can do: First, You can be a truth seeker, not seeking out one side or another but seeking out God’s side. What does God think? What are the facts? What is the truth? Educate yourself and pray for wisdom and guidance and grace so that you can think biblically and truthfully about the various circumstances you encounter in this world. 

 

Be a light: Anyone can rant. Anyone can have an opinion. Anyone can argue. It takes real fruits of the spirit, love, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, self control, to be a witness for Christ in the midst of volatile and important topics. Wherever you are, before you try to represent one opinion over another, remember first that you are supposed to be representing God. Be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. Live out your faith in such a way that it is so radically different from everything else we see in our culture that people have no choice but to see God’s attributes on display through you. 

 

Next, Act. Get involved in honest, above reproach organizations that are making a positive impact in our country and world. Volunteer, give money, pray, vote, spread awareness, etc. We have more freedom as Americans than any other people in the history of the world. This is OUR government. A citizen led government, by the people, for the people. So don’t helpless worry about the people who are leading our government, and step up and lead yourself- lead your family, your community, your state, your country. If you know better and want things to be done better, then step up and actually contribute and help make it happen. 

 

Lastly, have joy. Our hope and joy is based on things far greater and better than anything this world has to offer. Let us live our life here faithfully and obediently to god, being good stewards of His many gifts and fulfilling His purposes for us, so that when His to do list for us is done, we can stand before Him and hear “well done good and faithful servant.” Find joy in the eternal hope we have in Christ. Find Joy in the forgiveness of sin. Find joy in having a loving heavenly father who cares about the most intimate aspects of your life and heart. What a good father we have, what amazing truths we can dwell on every moment of every day. What exciting and encouraging hope we have in this life and for all eternity. 

 

Be blessed, be encouraged, and go be a good steward of all these things. 

 

 

Good Stewards Magazine Fall Issue: Home Edition

Encouragement and Inspiration for Christian Moms

Encouragement and Inspiration for Christian Moms

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Good Stewards Magazine Fall Issue: Home Edition is here! It has all the cozy Fall feels along with the encouragement, refreshment and inspiration to build up every mom as they do the important work of raising their children in the faith. If you missed the previous issue: Freedom Edition, where we talk about freedom from fear in motherhood, freedom from un-forgiveness, physical health, body image, and more, you can grab your copy here!

 

Good Stewards Magazine Fall Issue: Home Edition

A Letter from Emily

What do you think of when you think of Fall? No doubt chilly evenings, scented candles, deep colors and steaming apple cider are somewhere on your list. For me, it’s the smell of Fall. The smell of the cool breeze and the afternoon sun on a  September day, sharing the last of its warmth with the fading wildflowers of summer. The smell of the troves of fallen leaves scattered on the damp floor of the woods lining the horse pasture growing up. The smell of snow in the air and frost covered branches; of furry horses growing their winter coats and the smell of entering the kitchen after evening chores to be greeted by the savory warmth of a home cooked pot roast.

 

The reason I love fall is because after a busy summer of outdoors, sunshine and late nights, Fall calls us home again- and not in a “ok, time’s up, fun’s over” kind of way. Fall steals the show with the promise of fresh adventure, new scenery, and a much needed change of pace. It beckons us slowly back into the walls of our home, which are now filled with festive decor, cozy blankets, and apple cinnamon treats. 

 

Encouragement, Inspiration, and Support for Christian Moms

Encouragement and Inspiration for Christian Moms

 

The reason I chose home for the theme of this Good Stewards Magazine is not only because of the homeyness of the season, but also because as moms, our home is of even more significance for us. In the last Good Stewards Magazine, the Freedom Edition, I wrote an article about Freedom from Fear in Motherhood. I talked about how we, as mothers, are the gatekeepers to our homes. Satan is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to destroy. He wants your children, your marriage, and your family: and he knows you are the most effective way to get to them.

The Significance of Your Home

I have a sign in my living room that says “The most important work you will ever do is within the walls of your home.” Mamas- it is within the walls of our homes that our children will be shaped into who they are going to be. Our home is a school, teaching our children their most important lessons, namely who God is and what an authentic life of following Him looks like. Our home is an intensive care unit, healing and rejuvenating them before they are sent back out into an unkind world. Our home is a training ground, preparing them for everything they will have to face in their futures. Our home is a secure place where they can be loved and built up so they have confidence in themselves, even when the world is tearing them down. Our home is a place of refuge, comfort, peace, and growth. And amidst it all, our home is a war zone, where the battles over the souls of its inhabitants are taking place.

 

Never underestimate the power of the words said or not said, the attitudes, the values, and the activities that take place within our homes. Never underestimate the value of YOU- the mother, teacher, nurturer, gatekeeper, and warrior. That’s what this magazine edition is all about. Lifting YOU up in the midst of such important life work. As you read through the pages, I pray you find rest, comfort, encouragement, and inspiration. I pray you are built up and even better equipped to continue your motherhood journey in faith and courage. I pray you close this magazine with a renewed sense of pride and devotion to your most amazing and important calling.

 

The legacy you will build through your family is more than you can ever imagine. Let’s start building it for the Lord together, and let this renewed commitment start right where you are at this very moment, reading this Good Stewards Magazine: Home Edition!