Shame on Me

I did something really stupid yesterday.

I went and voted.

No. That wasn’t the stupid part. The stupid part was when I sat down to vote and realized I had NO IDEA who the people on the ballot even were.

I had never heard of them. But here I was, getting ready to vote them into office.

Shame on me!

I think I was so focused on voting for the stupid smoking ban – ON PRIVATE PROPERTY – that I failed to pay attention to the rest of the ballot.

After I voted, I went to my office. When I walked in and told Kevin that I had voted, he was surprised.

“What?? I had planned on talking to you about the people running for office. Have you looked at their websites? Do you even know where they stand on these issues?”

I blushed and shook my head.

And then I felt like a slug.

He had spent an hour looking at the candidates’ websites and when he told me that one dude explicitly claimed that he had “nothing to do with the Tea Party,” and that he was the one I voted for (because I liked his name – I KNOW, I’M SO PATHETIC!!!), I died a little inside.

Shame on me!

To me, when people distance themselves from the Tea Party, that means that they’re for more government and more spending. (Because the Tea Party is for less government and less spending, in case you didn’t know that).

And just so we’re clear? I am NOT FOR BIGGER GOVERNMENT ON ANY LEVEL.

Sorry to shout, but I feel strongly about this.

So yeah, I voted for the dude. *SIGH* Bad Karen.

Then Kevin pointed out another candidate who wouldn’t commit to any sort of opinion, in essence he said he would vote for whatever was popular. Which to ME says, “I’ll do whatever it takes to stay in office.”

My point is … I should have taken the time to look these candidates up before voting for them. I wonder how many people do the same thing? Go in to vote and have no idea who the people are? Who just pick a name out of the hat and vote for him/her.

I know better. I was ill-informed and lazy. If we ALL don’t take the time to research the people we’re voting into office and then things go to crap, we have no one to blame but ourselves because we put them there.

I’m lumping myself into this chastisement.

I’m embarrassed to admit that I voted people into office that if I had done my homework on, would NOT have gotten my vote.

Lesson learned.

A to Z Challenge

E is For Evanescence

Evanescence: : the process or fact of evanescing

Evanescing: to dissipate like vapor

(Sort of like our rights. Oh … DON’T get me started).

Love this word, and love this group.

This song makes me want to cry every. single. time. I. hear. it. So sad. So beautiful.

Lyrics to Evanescence – My Immortal

I’m so tired of being here
Suppressed by all my childish fears
And if you have to leave
I wish that you would just leave
‘Cause your presence still lingers here
And it won’t leave me alone

These wounds won’t seem to heal
This pain is just too real
There’s just too much that time cannot erase

When you cried I’d wipe away all of your tears
When you’d scream I’d fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have
All of me

You used to captivate me
By your resonating light
Now I’m bound by the life you left behind
Your face it haunts
My once pleasant dreams
Your voice it chased away
All the sanity in me

These wounds won’t seem to heal
This pain is just too real
There’s just too much that time cannot erase

I’ve tried so hard to tell myself that you’re gone
But though you’re still with me
I’ve been alone all along

I’m participating in the A to Z challenge. You can sign up for the challenge here. Just post something every day with the appropriate letter (except for Sundays), and then submit your link to one of the hosts and don’t forget to visit other participants! Also, you can find other A to Z participants on Twitter via the #atozchallenge hashtag. (Keep your posts short – not more than 500 words – to make it easy on visitors. I think there were about 1100 participants the last time I checked).

Abundant Life

Audio Teaching: Slave to Sin – No More! And Open Your Heart

by Kathy Lunardini / Travis Williams
Have you ever felt like you were the only one who struggles with sin? Well, you are not alone. In the first of this month’s double-barreled presentation, Kathy Lunardini reveals some of her personal struggles with sin and how she decided to no longer ignore it and thereby allow it to continue to have mastery over her. Kathy is very open and honest about her past denial of the sinful addictions in her life. This teaching is extremely practical and encouraging for anyone who no longer wants to be a “Slave to Sin.”

Then Travis Williams from the Home Office shares on “Opening Your Heart,” something he has had a great deal of difficulty doing since he lost his dear grandmother. Hear his heartfelt sharing on how he is overcoming the difficult situations life throws at us and what it takes to challenge ourselves to be all that the Lord has called us to be in this fallen world. Both of these teachings were recorded live at our West Coast conference on “Cultivating Wholeness.”

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