Small Town America

I really know very little about politics, but I know I’m sick of all the negative TV adds and the unsolicited phone calls regarding everyone from senators to the current presidential candidates.  Why can’t they just tell the truth.  For every new accusation against one person, the opposition has to make a corrective political add.  How can a normal everyday citizen know who to believe?  We don’t know these men and women personally and it seems impossible to sort through all the accusations to find the truth.

Why can’t we changed the system?  Make it mandatory to only speak the truth, that can be documented,  in these adds?  Stop digging up mistakes the candidates have made years ago.  We have all made poor choices during he course of our lives and we all make mistakes along the way.  The only perfect man that ever lived was Jesus, and He isn’t running for any office. HE LREADY IS THE KING OF KINGS!!

Does it really matter that Mr. xx got a ridiculous tattoo when he was sixteen?  Who cares if that a candidate has changed his position on any given topic over the years?  That is called growth and maturity.  We all should strive to learn new things every day and then put them into practice.  We all change our minds about a subject from time to time when we discover new truth about the matter.

I heard someone on TV last night actually ask Mitt Romney what he wore to bed?  That is not our business and how will that effect his ability to lead America?  Why is it that the whole nation hears about our president trying to stop smoking?  Many individuals take on that challenge daily and we hear nothing about it.

I just wish the candidates would tell the truth about both their successes and their mistakes.  Let them clearly state what they will do to make America a better place to live.  Talk to the public in normal language, not bureaucratic lingo that no one understands. the Bible  tells us to  respect, pray for, and honor those placed in leadership over our country.  That is very difficult to do if you can’t tell the truth from the lies.  God help America!  We need a big change to bring us back to the Christian nation we used to be.


Webster defines transition as a passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another.  We all make many transitions during our lifetime.  They are not always enjoyable, but they are necessary  to grow and live in to world day’s.  One of the most difficult transitions that we all face is that of moving from childhood to adulthood.  In truth some never successfully make this transition.

Children can get away with lots of stuff that adults can not.  A toddler can punch his friend in the nose and people just laugh.  If an adult does the same thing, he could go to jail for assault.  When a little one throws his supper on the floor or drops the TV remote in the toilet, it isn’t a big deal.  When a seventeen year old does the same thing, there are consequences to their actions.

Often there is a huge transition for a couple when they have just been married.; more transitions when the babies come.  Moving to a new state or neighborhood can be quite traumatic for whole families.  Transitions can be big issues (divorce, death, moving, a new job )or small ones (a new puppy, trying a new food, or even making new friend).

Transition come in the spiritual realm as well. I Peter 2:2 says we should desire the sincere milk of the Word that we may grow.  in Hebrews 5:12-14 speaks of one maturing to eat strong meat;  a place of maturity where one begins to bless others instead of always seeking their own blessing. A Christian who has been serving God for 20 years, should be ready to find a place of ministry themselves.

Nothing is sadder than to have someone leave the church, “because our needs aren’t being met anymore”.  We all can help minster  to someone. As soon as we recieve Jesus into our life we have something to offer.  Serving and blessing others doesn’t mean you have o teach or preach, although it can be that. A well placed, “Good morning, God loves you) can make all the difference to someone who is feelin sad or lonely.  Bringing a few cans of food to the church pantry can be ministry to someone’s hungry.

So let’s grow up and help each other though the difficult transitions of life.

Why does it seem the harder we try to please God, the more tribulations that follow us?  The Bible tells us that tribulations will come. Jesus tells us in John 16:33,”These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

But sometimes it seems everywhere we look we find more troubles.  We know that God holds us in the palm of His hand and that He counts the hairs of our heads.  He knows our comings and goings.  He sees our difficulties and trials.  His strength is made perfect in our weakness.  In II Corinthians 12:9 Jesus says, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”  Paul’s response is, “Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest on me.”

Yet, knowing all these truths, still we wonder why we must suffer so much in this life.  I know of preachers who have had many healed through their hands and prayers.  Then the preacher fights a long battle with cancer and loses. Why?  Several world famous television evangelists have seen healings and miracles throughout their ministries, yet they die from heart attacks and strokes.  Why?

In Romans we are told that we should, “…glory in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope.”  We certainly all need hope.  Hope is sometimes the only thing that keeps us going when in the midst of terrible circumstances.  We also see in II Corinthians 1:4, that what we learn through our tribulations will help us to encourage others facing the same battles.

I know this: we all will experience trials and setbacks in life.  We all will endure suffering and loss.  We all will face situations where there seems to be no reason or sense.  And I know this all part of God’s wonderful plan for us.  Each will face his own troubles, but we will never face them alone because Jesus has promised to be our comfort and our strength.  No matter how difficult things become, we must trust in our Loving  God to help us through and to bring sweet victory in the end.

We may never know all the hows and whys of our tribulations; but we walk in faith; believing that God is always watching over us and that He always wants good things for us.  He is our high tower and strength, our ever present help in time of trouble.  Thank you, Jesus.


Another thing we really enjoy at the county fair is the flower competition.  They have so many varieties; mums, dahlias, sunflowers, roses,.zinnias and some I’ve never seen before. I love most flowers, but some are just plain ugly.  I think snap dragons and the red velvet cones are at the top  of that list.

The Bible makes many references to flowers.  In Song of Solomon it calls Jesus the lily of the valley and the beautiful Rose of Sharon.  These are both lovely flowers and the lily of the valley will make the air around it smell wonderful.  Isaiah 35:1 tells us that when Israel is restored, even the wilderness and desert will rejoice and bloom as a rose.

In Matthew 6:28-34  Jesus is talking about the lilies of  the field.  This scripture tells us that we have no reason to worry about temporal things.  We can’t change things anyway and If God loves the lily of the field enough to care for it, surely He will provide for us.  Flowers do not toil or spin; they do not worry about food or drink or clothing. But, God cares for them.

If God cares that much about flowers, how much more does He care for us? He knows what we have need  of before we even ask.  He knows our pain and heart ache.  He knows our health conditions and family dynamics.  He knows our circumstances and how it will all play out in the end.  And, He loves us enough to make a way where there seems to be no way.

What a good God we serve!  Every minute of every day He is thinking of us, He is strengthening us.  He is encouraging us and bringing hope to our lives. Now, back to my question…

I think I choose to be a rose.  They are beautiful and fragrant.  They come in many styles and colors.  Each kind is unique in its own way, just like each of us are unique.  We all are humans because we belong to the human race, but we each are special and unique.  So, let’s enjoy our differences and take time to smell the roses; instead of hurrying through each day.