The Challenge of not being Pro-Trump in the South

InaugurationI have a confession to make. I did not vote for Donald Trump. Many of you already know this. I haven’t tried to hide it. I find myself surrounded by friends, family, church family and community who, for the most part, are very pro-Trump and very vocal about it.

The problem arises when it is assumed that I feel the same way.

Let me make this perfectly clear: I did not vote for Trump because not only do I believe he lacks the skill set necessary to be an effective leader, but he possesses none of the qualities scripture directs me to look for in a leader. I base this on his past and present words and actions. Some might consider me wrong for “judging” him, but when scripture tells us that we will know people by their fruits, isn’t it then insinuating that we are expected to judge. When it comes to leadership, we are given specific criteria on which to evaluate the leaders we choose.

I’m shocked Christians voted for him; dismayed Evangelical leaders endorsed him. Click To Tweet

Frankly, I’m shocked that so many Christians were able to vote for him, and dismayed that Evangelical leaders endorsed him.

Before I go much further, let me also say, I did not want Hillary Clinton in the White House, and didn’t vote for her either. Sadly, I feel they have more in common than most people realize. A brief review of Mr. Trump’s political past shows that he has been liberal, then conservative, then liberal, then conservative… His politics and “principles” seem to change whenever and however it is most beneficial for him.

Did I want a liberal judge appointed to the bench? No. We have strayed so far from the principles this country was founded on already. But, abortion shouldn’t be the only topic Christians use to evaluate a leader. There are other commandments – nine of them, in fact. I realize no one is perfect, but I would like to see a little distance from some of the more blatant acts of willful disobedience, and perhaps some remorse as well, from a Presidential candidate.

Our morals have been eroded, and Christians – who amazingly comprise 80% of the U.S. Population according to census records – are persecuted for practicing their spiritual beliefs in public; as if we could compartmentalize God to one day of the week, and one event. To have a relationship with God means that He is a part of every facet of your life. He is wherever you are, whenever you are there. Yet our society seems to think we should only worship in private so that we don’t “offend” people who hold different beliefs.

There is an overwhelming abundance of evidence that Mr. Trump lies, repeatedly and often. Click To Tweet

I understand Mr. Trump has promised to end persecution of Christians, and make sure preachers can teach what they believe from the pulpit. I hope he keeps his word. But there is an overwhelming abundance of evidence that Mr. Trump lies, repeatedly and often, when it helps his cause.

If you tell me he is a great businessman, and that gives him the ability to lead the country, I will remind you that some of his wealth came from Trump University, where many unsuspecting people were robbed of their money and their future to increase the size of his bank account. He retains some of his wealth by avoiding taxes because of business losses from numerous companies he ran that went bankrupt. I can only hope that he does not bankrupt our country and steal the finances and futures of the people he has now been elected to serve.

He still has not divested himself of his multiple businesses and, in fact, in his first official press conference, his Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, “plugged” the Trump Hotel – clearly a conflict of interests.

Parks Service Twitter deactivated for posting pictures of inauguration attendance. Click To Tweet

The National Parks Service Twitter account was deactivated by the Interior Department for posting pictures and numbers associated with inauguration attendance. It has been restored now, and they apologized for the “mistaken retweets” on the account. The problem is, the mistake appeared to be that they contradicted the president, not that the tweets were inaccurate. The pictures obviously paint a different picture than Mr. Trump would like us to believe. In fact, he and his Press Secretary both stated that attendance estimates were a lie, and produced figures of transit use, and talked about television viewers and in fact all viewers, being higher than any other inauguration period.

Trump boasts 11 million more viewers than Obama in 2013, but in 2009, there were 7 million more! Click To Tweet

The pictures tell a different story. The official transit records show much smaller numbers for this year than 4 years ago, and Nielson states that this year’s inauguration had the 5th largest viewing audience, not the largest. And although the 2017 inauguration had nearly 31 million viewers, the 2009 inauguration had nearly 38 million.

In Sean Spicer’s press conference/speech, he blasted the news media for reporting lies, and suggested what they should be covering instead, and even stated they would “hold the press accountable” – a reference to outcries about Mr. Trump saying what he pleases on his Twitter account, no matter how blatantly incorrect or inflammatory or self-aggrandizing it is.

Mr. Trump describes the news media as 'among the most dishonest human beings on earth.' Click To Tweet

At his CIA speech, Mr. Trump lied about the inaugural attendance, and blamed the news media for the fabricated bad relationship he had with the intelligence community. You may recall that during the election, Mr. Trump compared the intelligence community to Nazi Germany for investigating his ties with Russia. In the CIA speech Mr. Trump described the news media as “among the most dishonest human beings on earth” and “we caught them in a beauty” referring to the “lie” about inauguration attendance.

Kellyanne Conway defends Spicer's and Trump's lies as 'alternative facts'. Click To Tweet

This morning, Kellyanne Conway defended Spicer and Mr. Trump, saying he didn’t state a falsehood, but merely used “alternative facts”.

To start off the first full day in office with lies from the President, and his press secretary, and then to have them defended as “alternative facts” by his top Counselor is not just disturbing, it’s downright scary.

So, about the inauguration… I thought Melania Trump was lovely. Yes, I immediately saw the similarity to Jacquie Kennedy’s outfit, and thought it was a great choice on her part. I liked the fact that the entire first family participated in the parade. I thought our local Russellville High School Marching Band did a terrific job in the parade. But, please don’t ask me what I thought about Mr. Trump’s inaugural address. You probably don’t want to know.

Pray for our nation... we seem to be entering a very dark time indeed. Click To Tweet

No, I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. Yes, he is my president. And yes, I’m deeply concerned for this country that I love. I pray I’m wrong, and am just reading too much into everything… but most of all, I pray for our nation, because we seem to be entering a very dark time indeed.

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Difference Between Where You Are & Where You Want to Be

excuse differenceI’m enjoying some time away at a Minister’s Conference in Hot Springs this weekend. This is a quote from one of today’s speakers.

Think about your own life… where you are now… where you would like to be instead. Now ask yourself: “What is holding me back?”

Probably, what is holding you back is an excuse.

Maybe like Moses, you can’t speak well (so God told him to take Aaron along).

It’s actually ironic that illustration was the first to come to my mind. I have been battling this “speaker” label. I have spoken. And, I’m actually pretty good at speaking. People tell me I have a pleasant speaking voice. I’m very detail oriented, so if you give me a topic, I will do the research and have the facts to back up my point of view. I’m also a better than average writer.

I call myself a speaker, yet I’m just as apt to tell you that I’m not a speaker, depending on the circumstances.

I’ve come to the conclusion that it depends on the circumstances. And it also depends on what I tell myself.

I’ve already chosen my One Word for 2017 (faithful). If I hadn’t, I would chose the word BOLD or BOLDNESS. This word has been spoken many times during this conference, and it speaks to me personally.

It’s time to stop referring to myself as a “wall flower”. It’s time to be bold.

The truth is, I am a speaker… and I’m actually a pretty darn good speaker.

And, I know better than to use the words I AM in conjunction with something I don’t want to be true. Those are powerful words. They have an almost magic quality of coming true.

So, this year, I will be faithful in the words I speak AND I will also be bold. I will speak boldly, and act boldly and face the year and my circumstances unafraid. The future is bright with promise, and I won’t let any excuses stand in my way.

What are some of the excuses you are going to give up this year? No time? No money? No talent?

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Today’s Workout: CVX

cvxI’m a Certified Personal Trainer and also a Beachbody Coach. I don’t make a huge deal out of being a Beachbody Coach, mainly because anyone can be a coach. In fact, the reason I became a Beachbody Coach in the first place, was to get a discount on their products.

Although I have a gym membership with Planet Fitness, I prefer to work out at home. When I go to the gym, it’s usually for something I can’t do here at home because I don’t have the equipment. But for the most part, I use my bench and weights in the comfort and privacy of my living room. It helps me to be more faithful (my one word for 2017) because I have no excuse not to work out.

My favorite workouts are Body Beast with Sagi Kalev, and PiYo with Chalene Johnson. But, one of the beautiful things about Beachbody is the variety of programs available.

The first Beachbody workout I did was Focus T25 with Shaun T. The second workout I did was P90X3 with Tony Horton. I bought it as soon as it was released. I knew the original P90X had been a very popular program, and wanted to give P90X3 a try, because it was only 30 minutes a day. I have limited time available, so I prefer shorter workouts when they will get me the results I want.

I was also interested in P90X3 because Tony Horton and I are the same age. Sometimes during Focus T25, I just wanted to yell at the screen when Shaun T was talking about the “old” people in his video who were in their late 30’s or early 40’s… saying if they could do it, I could do it… Here I am thinking, I’ve got 10+ years on these guys!!!! I thought with Tony Horton, I’d have no excuses because we’re the same age.

Today was cardio day, and while there is a Body Beast cardio, I decided to go outside the Body Beast program and do this routine from P90X3. Cardio with weights… actually a single weight. I had forgotten what a great workout this is!  CVX combines resistance, variable speed intervals and endurance. It’s a great workout to get the heart pumping, burn off some major calories, and strengthen your core.

I do like the P90X workouts. In fact, I liked them so much I went on to become a certified P90X Live instructor. (I’m also a certified PiYo and Cize instructor.)

If you’re interested in any of the Beachbody workouts or other products, give me a holler. I can tell you they have honestly changed my life and allowed me to be consistent with my fitness program.  Just leave me a comment below, and I’ll get back to you.

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