Not a Great Start to a Great Day

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I feel like going back to bed. Or just sitting on a lily-pad all day.

My allergies have decided to drop in and kill me for a while, and my knee still isn’t right.

Democrats are bragging about how they’re gonna wipe out our republic, and nobody does anything about it. Attorney General Barr acts like he’s got all the time in the world to see to this. But we all know he’s almost out of time.

I pick up new followers every day; and yet every day my blog readership shrinks a little more. Or a lot more. The numbers are back where they were in 2016. This is disheartening. Work hard, be creative, try to give the readers what they want–none of it has any effect at all. If I were a business, I’d be going under.

The virus panic and *The Great Quarantine Of Healthy People* has gotten to me, I guess–and gotten, I don’t doubt, to hundreds of my readers. If I still have hundreds left. We feel so blaaaaah! And it doesn’t help our morale knowing that mail-in vote fraud is going to do to us what Hitler and Tojo couldn’t do. Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne and all his Hessian mercenaries couldn’t do what mail-in voter fraud can do. And once they’re back in power, they’ll make sure we can never vote them out. One way or another, they’ll make sure.

Did I mention that something or someone has removed all my Facebook shares going back years into the archives? I guess they’re really, really mad at me for not begging for a ticket on the transgender express. You’re not allowed to have that opinion anymore.

I want a nice soft lily-pad.

17 comments on “Not a Great Start to a Great Day

  1. I sometimes wonder if God doesn’t “intervene” in order to get our attention. Let’s face it, the Left was not all that powerful though they certainly were in academia but ordinary people couldn’t be bothered and they won small victory after small victory until they are not in a position to win the whole thing. They made no bones about what they intended. We cannot say we were “misled” or lied to. We KNEW what they intended, but we didn’t think it could ever happen and like the frog (see your picture) in tepid water slowly raised to boiling, we are in danger of being cooked by our own lack of action and response.

  2. Lee, I don’t know the mechanics of running a blog, but I do have to tell you that whatever the size of your readership, you’re doing a wonderful service for all of us and for God. This blog really has become a neighborhood for many of us, even a kind of domestic church. We support each other, encourage each other, and help each other in our walk with God. Even if we’re sometimes too rushed or tired to comment, we take heart in the comments of others, or just in the fact that our “neighborhood” is still here. God bless you for all you do.

    1. Thank you so much for saying that, Phoebe. It means a lot to me.
      It’s just hard to see my viewership shrinking every day. If this were a business, I’d be filing for Chapter 11.

    1. I’m thinking maybe I ought to have some of these comments framed… for days like this.
      But I did make it to Keyport for some nice seafood for our supper, so it wasn’t a totally bad day.

  3. I wish that I could come up with something really positive, but I’m not going to lie. These are strange times; tough times. There’s a lot going on that I don’t even begin to understand. Currently, I’m trying to do a fair piece of business which could involve many thousands in ongoing revenue, and I can’t even get most of these people to return a call. I see it worldwide.

    Whatever is happening, I think that there are incredibly huge forces at work. The COVID 19 restrictions are getting to people. The unrest if getting to people and the political soap opera is getting to people. I wouldn’t gauge this time by any other time, because we are in very strange times. I don’t claim to understand them, but I know that God is in charge. We can do our individual best, and that’s all.

    1. UnKnowable, I hope you don’t mind if I send on your words about this to a friend of mine from church. She’s having some really bad times, partly from a flare-up of her Lyme disease, and partly from some things that the ill-trained doctors can’t figure out, although one of them thinks there may be a B12 deficiency. Myself, I think some of it is what you describe. I myself find that I tire more easily than usual these days, and not just physically. The constant tension must wreak havoc on the metabolism … or something. Anyway, I think it will help my friend a bit if she can see that the times have been getting to other people as well. Putting a name to things helps us handle them better — can’t fix a bug until we identify it, right? — and knowing other people are dealing with the same thing helps us understand we aren’t some kind of freak. (Well, maybe we’re freaks anyway, but that’s a subject for another time.) 😉

    2. I’m finding it harder and harder to keep working. And to get things done around the house. This is the year the locust has eaten.

    3. Earlier this week, I was discouraged. It seemed like nothing was happening and I felt like my work was not going well. Then came Thursday, and a meeting that went very well. If that wasn’t good enough, Friday turned into a productive day for me and today is shaping up well. My role in life seems to be helping people in matters of communication and data security; that’s my talent.

      In many ways, I feel like Joseph, in that my life was at a very low point, decades ago, and it turned into a blessing. Without getting too specific, at the low point I had nothing and found myself in a place where it was hard to make a living. I feared that I would be forced to labor for low wages, in a locale where workers were treated poorly, and I ended up with an opportunity which built-up my skills and allowed me to have a good future. At 65, I have a wonderful job and even before the COVID lockdown, I could do most of my work from my recliner. I’m not rich, in the sense that I still have to work and live modestly, but I am richly blessed.

      Your talent, Lee, is in writing and more importantly, communicating. Bell Mountain is a positive message, and that one book, alone, has helped people. I found it compelling and realized that I was reading the words of someone that understood trust in God. A small community has gathered here, and that’s no small achievement. Perhaps that is your role. There may be ups and downs, in all areas of life, but your role is still valuable. I help people communicate, you provide a place where believers can interact and fellowship. Beyond that, you write a column for News With Views, and there’s no telling how many people learn from that.

      Winston Churchill said, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never in nothing, great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

      I didn’t type the paragraph above, I copied it from your March 12 News With Views article.

    4. P.S.–I think I’ve found a way to avoid getting downhearted by the incessant flow of bad nooze: Don’t cover it. At least not on weekends.
      I’ll have to think of other things to write about, hopefully that people will want to read.

    5. I certainly can understand what your friend is going through. I think it’s all but inevitable that the unending onslaught of bad news is going to get to people, in one way or another. Something comes to mind:

      There was a young man, sold into slavery, who was accused of a sex crime and imprisoned. He was the very definition of powerless. But God blesses everything he did and even in prison he was successful. He interpreted dreams of two other prisoners and one of these, as it turns out, was in the employ of the man that was probably the most powerful man on earth. When this ruler had a troubling dream, this young prisoner interpreted it and was raised to being the second most powerful man in the land. From that position, he was able to prepare for a coming famine that affected the entire earth and was able to provide for his family, even though his own brothers had betrayed him.

      Due to the depth of this famine, the entire earth was afflicted. Genesis 41:57 “The people of all the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the earth.” It may well be that Joseph saved, not only his family and the line of Abraham, but he also may have played a role in saving vast portions of the human race from starvation.

      The story of Joseph is not logical. Persons accused of rape and imprisoned do not rise to power like this of their own accord. Joseph was specially blessed and played a significant role in history. The story of Joseph is the story of God’s saving power. There is no verse in scripture which says that God can no longer work miracles. In my years, I have seen things happen which make no sense. I’ve seen a popular and powerful president lose his life. I’ve seen a nation degenerate into tumult and unrest. I’ve seen the economy all but collapse, then rebound into stunning growth that went on for decades. I’ve seen wars come and go, and sometimes the outcome made no sense.

      It would be possible to go on and on with examples of events where the outcome was unexpected. Some may have simply been happenstance, but somehow or another, God’s purposes march forward. This is a hostile world, and there are plenty of humans that will fight God’s will, tooth and nail, but God has gotten us this far and I don’t think that He will leave us or forget us at this point.

      I’m not Joseph and I don’t claim to be able to interpret dreams in the power of our God. I wish I knew just what was going to happen, but I don’t know any more than anyone else. My life has contained some harrowing events and somehow, I’ve always landed on my feet. I’m not the only person that has done well, either; I’ve seen some illogical things work out very well for people whom place their trust in God.

      While I may not know how events will play out in our day, I do know the words of David, as found at Psalm 37:25 “I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or his descendants begging bread.”

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