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Trumps Weeds 

Read this and then come back…..  This article is of the phenomena of supporters of Donald Trump, especially those who are Christians.

Trumpsters are an enigma.  A great deal of them are what I label as wrestle mania people. People who watch WWF and think that it is real. The Joe Dirts of the world. These people  usually do not have an over abundance of money. They don’t usually have an education, beyond the basic, high school a little bit of college or tech school, not PHD types. They are smart and can figure most everything out, without that piece of paper.  Yet,  they equate themselves with Donald Trump. This is is the paradox . Trumpsters  are family people. Loyal to their country. They teach their kids manners, to say “yes sir” and “please” and “thank you”. These people will pull over and help change flat tire for you. Take you to the gas station. They will give you money in the checkout line if you are short a few dollars. And they support Trump, who is brass, classless, unrefined. He himself is not highly intelligent. He does not give anything away unless he can get double back. Family values mean nothing to him.   Trumpsters see all of his loudness and idiocy as bravery. All of his money making, and ‘investing’ as having business know how. Trumpsters just hear the words he yells and think he is saying something, because he says he is. Trumpsters don’t really  understand big government, socialism, or the constitution being for the people’s protection from the government. Trump doesn’t either. Trumpsters think he is speaking their language .  They don’t realize he is just a car salesman who has learned how to talk like them. To make the sale. They don’t know he wouldn’t spend 10 minutes in the same room with them because he deems himself much better than everyone else on this planet. That he is truly not a good person.

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Do You Know an Ars When You See One?

The emperors new clothes was written by Hans Christiaan Anderson in 1837, it is based on a a medieval spanish story written in 1335 . And that story was probably written before then. Not much has changed, under the sun.

The story is of a a king who really did not give a flip about being a ‘good’ king he just wanted to be a good looking king. Most of the people around him pretty much treated him like a king, floundering all over him, telling him he is awesome, totally kissing his royal ars.  No one ever condradicted nor stood for what they themselves believed in, or even had a belief beyond what the king told them to believe.  The awe of the king, his money, what he said he was was all they needed to worship him. They always hoped that if they kissed enough of his royal ars, he would bless them with less taxes, or hire them to work in the castle. They never really received anything from him, he was really just about himself. He was king. He had the power to do as he wished, and he convinced everyone around him that was all they needed, him and his wonderful self. Of course there were some who realized this king was useless. Many did not care for him at all, yet no one would ever stand up and say anything about the king or to the king when he was wrong, for fear of being ostracized by all the other people or worse, put in prison. Though there was no law stating you had to agree with the king always.  

Some tailors came to the kingdom and heard of the vanity and stupidity of this fool of a king and conspired to make some money.  They explained to the king they had magical clothe that was the rage of all the other kings. It was only visible to those who were highly intelligent. Stupid people could not see it.  The king could not see it. Not wanting to appear as stupid as he was he lied and said he did see it.  He then ordered the men to make him something extroidenary to wear.  They did ;).  

The king explained to all of his ministers and such of this magical cloth, so they too feigned intelligence and said it was a glorious outfit, as the king modeled.  Allowing them to see his royal ars in all of it’s glory, they kissed it all the more. The king of course saw himself as naked, as they did. Neither admitting they were not intelligent. 

The fool of a king, in all of his royal stupidity, decided he should take himself out into the kingdom and parade himself all about, in his new clothes. His vanity, and foolishness had taken all reason from him. He who thought he was better than everyone, because he was king and had lots of money, wanted to go out and show off his clothes, that only wise people could see, that even he himself could not see.  (Narcasist)

Of course none of those around him who are looking for handouts, and ratings, had the character to take the poor idiot aside and explain the truth. So a parade was made. 

In the parade, all the townsfolk play along, not wanting to appear stupid, for they each think the next guy must see something they don’t, as well as the king. For who would be so stupid as to walk around naked in the streets and make a fool of themselves? A child in the crowd, who had the courage and character to speak the truth for what it is, exclaimed.  “But he is naked, he has no clothes on”.   This bravery, to speak the truth takes hold and the crowd begins to proclaim the same as the child.  The emperor? He believes the child is probably correct, that he has been duped. He continues though to parade through the streets, lying to himself and allowing those who are too weak to admit they are following a fool, to kiss his royal ars.  

DonaldTrumphairnest_zpsd0879371Trump the son of multi millionaire real estate developer, business bankrupting, casino owning multi divorcee,billionaire,closet democrat, narcissist, fool..

Hillary Clinton. A Woman, wife of a philandering US president. Lawyer. Senator and Secretary of State. Stole $200,000 worth of Whitehouse furnishings and art.She manipulates the law, and lies and pleads the fifth on a regular basis. Involved in voter fraud, Benghazi attack…. 

 
Barack Hussein Obama- Mr. President. – Son of a true African American. His father is an African, from Africa. His mother a white chick from Kansas. Raised in Indonesia by his step father.  Anti white, anti American, anti gun, anti freedom, anti Isreal. Pro abortion, pro government control pro Muslim(brotherhood), communist. And he may be a bit gay

 
Don’t they look good? And that is what matters… LOOKING good.

And what if you stand up and point out the lies, the lunacy, the fools? Ted Cruz is one of those that stands up and speaks the truth. Willing to take the insults and abuse, if that is what it takes to get the rest of us to wake up. 

Cruz accused the president of being “openly desirous to destroy the Constitution and this Republic.

Ted Cruz called Obama “the world’s most powerful communist”

referred to Republicans as a “surrender caucus.

Cruz accused Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of telling “a flat-out lie”

Cruz “gloated” at the news and accused the speaker of making “a secret and insidious deal with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Cruz said: “If it is the case that the federal government is seizing millions of personal records about law-abiding citizens, and if it is the case that there are minimal restrictions on accessing or reviewing those records, then I think Mr. Snowden has done a considerable public service by bringing it to light.

Cruz promised to keep speaking until he was “no longer able to stand”

Cruz stated: “I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything I can, to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare.

Cruz said that “[t]here is a liberal fascism that is dedicated to going after believing Christians who follow the biblical teaching on marriage.”

Cruz, “Those who hate Israel hate America. Those who hate Jews hate Christians. If those in this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps. If you hate the Jewish people you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ. And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason”.

The Democrats the Republicas(GOP) the Media all don’t like Ted.They critisize him for speaking up, telling the truth. For not following the man made rules, the protocol. He bothers them because, he says ” The emporer has no clothes.” Making them, and the emporer look like fools they are.  

  
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man

Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,

Nor stands in the path of sinners,

Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

May I have the strength and courage and wisdom to speak the truth, know the truth, and live in truth. 

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What are You Sowing? Men of the World or God?

How soon we forget. Or is it we are totally clueless of what is happening to us, We THE People, over and over again.

In 1992 and again in 1996, a millionaire Ross Perot, decided to run for President of the US. He tickled the ears of all those conservatives, who know most of the Republicans are not any ‘better’ than the liberal democrats.  The yellow dog democrats would never leave their debased party, so no danger there. Ross Perot, a spoiler candidate, pulled votes from those who wanted to change, who wanted something better, who wanted less government control. He deceived many conservatives into voting for moral principles, the Republicans had abandoned, that he had no intention of ever delivering. By doing so, the majority of the electoral vote went to the liberal Billy Boy Clinton.

There is a definition for this,: Vote splitting is an electoral effect in which the distribution of votes among multiple similar candidates reduces the chance of winning for any of the similar candidates, and increases the chance of winning for a dissimilar candidate. 

In the United States vote splitting commonly occurs in primary elections.[1] The purpose of primary elections is to eliminate vote splitting among candidates in the same party. If primary elections or party nominations are not used to identify a single candidate from each party, the party that has more candidates is more likely to lose because of vote splitting among the candidates from the same party. Primary elections only occur within each party, so vote splitting can still occur between parties in the secondary election

In some cases, even though the spoiler candidate cannot win themselves, their influences upon the voters may enable the candidate to determine deliberately which of the more viable candidates wins the election — a situation known as a kingmaker scenario. With a first-past-the-post voting system, this is particularly feasible where a spoiler candidate recommends tactical voting or runs on a false manifesto to bolster the prospects of their secretly preferred winning candidate, which in some jurisdictions and circumstances can amount to electoral fraud.   (WIKI.) 

Is it strategic? Are the liberals ‘hiring’ the Ross Perots, and Donald Trumps? I doubt they have enough money to actually hire them. But they could still be ‘wooing’ them.  Or at least using them to their advantage. Maybe someone somewhere, the Donald’s and Ross’s, are wanting to deflate the Republican party. For their own jolly’s or out of pure pride and ignorance. It really does not matter why it happens. What matters is that WE THE PEOPLE are aware of what is happening.

The majority are NOT liberal in this nation. The majority are NOT gay. The majority are NOT pro abortion. The majority are NOT one welfare. The majority are NOT Muslim. The majority are not ILLEGAL immigrants. The majority are not transgender. The majority are not feminist.  The majority ARE NOT YELLOW DOG DEMOCRATS.  But the majority is not what the Republicans now stand for, either. This is how the libs are able to ‘win’ with the minority of people.

The other side of liberal Democrat has many labels: Republicans, Libertarians, Tea Party, Right Wing, Fundamentalist.  Some are as yellow as the Democrats. And some are independent, responsible, God fearing = Conservative.

It is the belief in our independence, our God given right to choose righteously  that has weakened the majority. Joshua 24:15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Being independent of our government we can succeed, we can reap what we sow, and receive monetary blessing from God, and become Perot’s and Trumps. Yet, to much of the majority, (and themselves), these men have become gods, idols. We THE People have forgotten what true values, character and morality are. It can not be bought, it must be graced upon us.

Thousands of years ago THE People of God looked at those without God and decided they wanted to be just like them. They told The Creator they did not want Him to lead them. They wanted a sinful fallen man, they wanted to be liberal worldly heathens. God gave them what they asked for: 1 Samuel 8: 7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. 9 Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.”………

1 Samuel 8:11 And he said, “This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: 

  • *He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots. 
  • *12 He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 
  • *13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers.
  • 14 And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants. 
  • *15 He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants. 
  • *16 And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men,[a] and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 
  • *17 He will take a tenth of your sheep. 
  • And you will be his servants. 
  • 18 And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.”

Government

They got what they wanted. BUT they also had more instruction, God did not leave them, He never does.  

1 Sam 3 “Now therefore, here is the king whom you have chosen and whom you have desired. And take note, the Lord has set a king over you. 14 If you fear the Lord and serve Him and obey His voice, and do not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then both you and the king who reigns over you will continue following the Lord your God. 15 However, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then the hand of the Lord will be against you, as it was against your fathers.

Saul did not turn out to be all he was to be, for the people, for God. He was too full of himself and all he could do for the people. HE took all the glory. Turns out he had no character, or integrity, he was half heartedly following God.  He compromised over and over again.  1 Samuel 15: 10 Now the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, 11 “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.”

God brought David onto the scene- The youngest of his family, a sheep herder. David had character, integrity, and a whole heart for God. Not perfect, but he always knew who his God was, and that God’s people should worship God and not the world.  

David did not let Goliath, his family, Saul’s attempting to murder him, turn him away from God’s calling him to be king of his people. To the day Saul died, the man who was trying to destroy him, David honored him. He did not compromise his integrity, or God’s character. 

The people were rewarded for keeping God’s commandments,obeying. For knowing the worldly ways would remove their blessings, and following a man of God. The people did not compromise. 

Donald Trumps was a liberals liberal. 

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Ted Cruz to Mitch McConnell: You Lied. 

Obama Criticizes Huckabee, trump Cruz and other republicans 

Obama on same sex marriage ruling:

Israel’s Sanhedrin Court charges Obama with crimes against the Jews 

Why Nuke Treaty Vital for Israel, Iran and the United States 

Why Ted Cruz Wants Republicans to Hate Him

13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.  John 17:13-15

We THE People will get what we ask for. We must look beyond the MAN.

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Don’t Be Part of the Herd

Hillary Clinton is running for president, again. Going about her pre campaign campaign. The media is following, to get a picture a glimpse, an interview on the side of the street, to get the scoop. The big news is NOT anything Hillery has said recently, it is the fact that she has given the media borders, they have to stay in a moving rope corral. Oh, the shame.  😉

Somewhat conservative, Fox news, has been making this news everyday. Speaking of the media being humiliated, and looking foolish behind the ropes, “anything for a story. “ Noting that Hillary is so rude to do such to the media, so unpopular, closed mouth, anti social to the public.

Those behind the ropes are not the only people being , led around by the nose, manipulated.

Why is the news about a bunch of paparazzi  behind a rope still getting a shot and not of  Hillary arming terrorist groups, including those who stormed Benghazi? Why does the conservative media present clips of Hillary’s rude comments to  patrons and owners of establishments on her trail, and not her excuses and lies over and over again of here lost, removed, hidden emails and texts?

Instead of making news of Hillary walking the streets and eating in diners and snubbing liberal media, why not remind the public of all of the lies and deceit she has lived in her life? Why not point out she has no political  experience, beyond her failure as Secretary of State for four years.

And WE the people,why oh why do we just gobble up everything ‘they’ feed us?  What ever they tell us we believe. If it is not the ‘big story’ we don’t hear it. If another big story comes up, like same sex marriage is legal, or the evils of a historical flag,  then we completely forget the lies and deceit and corruption.

We have social ADD.

News, even Fox, the fair and unbiased, spin stories to get you to turn on the same channel tomorrow. They play all fields, their ratings are their god. The internet is a buffet of information some is true, some is opinion and a bit of truth, and some is pure hogwash(liberal).  Look search, compare, read , PRAY (yes, involve GOD) Know that there is hidden agenda in most of what you read .

The truth is there. It can be found. But before we can find it, we have to know we are believing a lie.

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Back From Out There

I have been missing in action. Kind of.IMG_5162
Here in the blog world I have been.
In the outer limits, though, I have been most busy and active and goin and blown. That world where I have to walk around and have one on one conversation. Interact. Fix things. Pay bills. Pull weeds. Reprimand. Drive. Clean toilets. Say goodbye to loved ones. Mourn. Dance. Lose cats. Travel. Lose weight. Gain weight. Tutor. Fight city hall. Reveal. Buy coffee makers. Enjoy family. Swim. Birthday people. Cook meals. Watch mind numbing TV. Argue. Make up. Entertain. Get new cat. Replace pool plumbing. Watch from afar. Wonder where all the time goes and when I will ever get to working on the blog(s) again.

I have decided to change my website/blog- I am not longer JUST deletewheat.com. I have christypetty.com now. Where you are now reading.

My changing the world to gluten free one post at a time got jumbled up with my rants, raves, Bible studies, birthdays and other outer limit goings on I need to share.

I want to be more ‘professional’ on the delete wheat.com. It is serious business, changing the world to be gluten free. I want to step up my business, which is not much more than a good idea right now. I don’t think peoples will want me to coach them into a life of gluten freedom, or a restaurant will hire me to train their staff, based on my post my dogs or grandkids or my last rabbit chasing.

So now my fans have a choice of which to read first. The life and times, of I’m not so Petty, or getting the info they need to live gluten free with Delete Wheat.

I am making up for lost time by giving two venues for ME. Woo Hoo!!

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My 2013 Christmas Present

After much whining and begging and repeated searches on Craigslist Keith said I could replace my/not mine but my grandmothers piano that was given to mom for me, but my brother got when mom died ,piano. I like to plink a bit, t and find some kind of peace wasting time trying to play piano. AND I saw some really cool upright antiques on Pinterest that were painted and looked soooo cute and would go so well on that wall…. Keith though is too practical and in his universe he see’s no use for a big hunk of heaviness for a bit of plinking. So his giving in to my impractical desires, was/is huge!! 

 I thought this would be easy and cheap, it seems someone I know is always giving away or getting free pianos. Pianos are  in craigslist for free and under $100. Advertising they sounded good, might need a little tuning. Heck, the one I had was not tuned in over 50 years and it sounded amazing. In this piano shopping I have found that “need tuning’ means missing keys, the wires that exist are tied up to each other, and antique of course mean beat up piece of crap. 

Last week we woke up early on Saturday, , so we decided to drive to Lubbock (just over 100 miles away)to check out a couple of the ‘need’s tuning’ pianos there.  Bust. What keys played, damaged our hearing.  While in town we searched some more, realizing we may have to up the amount spent.  We found a gorgeous looking piano on Craigslist, but at this point knew looks were usually deceiving. We contacted the guy, turned out he was in Plano, not returning for a couple of days.  We decided to do a bit of Christmas shopping, head home and then come back in a week.  All this time in Lubbock we are hauling the flatbed trailer to ‘get’ our piano.  We hauled it back home empty. Did not even get to go to Costco, cause they close at 6 on Saturday- Bummer

We talk to the pretty piano guy during the week and are pretty sure this is the piano, it is gorgeous. He describes that it was last tuned about 15 years ago and he does not play, just has the piano for the furniture piece that it is.  My logic goes back to the lack of tuning my old piano had and it playing good. I KNOW it will be right. Keith has his doubts.

Thursday night, Lee, our oldest says he has heard it is to rain in Lubbock on Friday, and maybe we should borrow a covered trailer from friends. Weird, our forecast has just said we would be in the 50-60 and dry and sunny until after Christmas. We checked out the Uhaul rentals in Lubbock, the Uhaul center confirms having covered trailers available, I ask Keith if we should reserve, he said “No, they will have them tomorrow, besides we were not sure we would get the piano.” He might not be, but I am sure.

Friday morning we get up and get ready to run to the Christmas play of two of the grandkids, and check the forecast which says Midland and Lubbock both have 90% chance of rain.  I call my friend with the covered trailer, her house is right next to the school . Her son borrowed the trailer this week and has not brought it back, but we could pick it up at his house. Keith says ” The rain is not suppose to come till late, maybe tonight, we can rent a covered one in Lubbock, we still don’t know if we are buying”   We go to the play- The weather is cold, but it does not look like rain at all, it will be fine.

We discuss how ‘we’ will move it, the now owner said he would help a bit, but he sounded a bit iffy on his ability to actually be of help. Keith said ” With the dolly and straps he was pretty sure we could get it, as long as we had not big steps to maneuver . And he had contacted a guy that would come help us move it for $100, but we are not sure we are getting it, we will call him when we decide.

We get to Lubbock for an early lunch and go to our favorite Pei Wei and have our favorite Gluten free shrimp sdkfss. The weather is dry and cold.  We come out and Keith is grumping, because we should have brought our flat bed trailer.  We call the guy and tell him we are a bit early, he says come on over. When we get to his place we see that he is moving, not just going to be out of town beginning in two days. The piano is what we hoped for, Keith tries to get him to come down, just for the game of bartering, he won’t budge. We tell him we are going to go get a trailer, and explain why we did not bring ours, though it does not look like rain, just cold overcast. We will be back within the hour. It is a deal.

As we drive over to the UHaul center, that had the list of available covered trailers for 71$, Keith says he just realized he left the phone # of the guy to help move in his other jeans. And that piano IS heavy. This guy had an option to deliver to Midland, maybe that would be about the same, since we were looking at renting a trailer. Keith searches his cell and finds one of the few movers he had checked with, calls and asks the guy how much to Midland. $800. Nope, we will be doing the moving.

Inside UHaul, the personnel, 2 women and a man greet us across the store and ask us our need, Keith is getting off the phone from one of the boys and I start to describe the need for a covered trailer, then Keith picks it up.  A woman named La Crissy (yes we are in West Texas) asks when, we say  “Now”.  She says ” Not gonna happen, there are none available, we should have reserved.

I say ” The site says you have them available.”

LaCrissy ” That site ain’t right.”

Keith is now asking about lifts/dollies and such

The man asks what we are moving.

La Crissy is explaining Tech students are moving mid term.  ” There is nutting to rent, we should have reserved.”

“A Piano.”

I am getting miffed at the LaCrissy spouting unhelpful things.

The guy begins to explain we really would want a trailer with a ramp,  and the un covered short one may work.

We are talking to him and out loud about the weather and if it going to actually rain, and we have flatbed at home,….

La Crissy interrupts the guy trying to help us solve our delimma and says to him “Don’t talk to them, I am taking care of this.”

My head screams “SERIOUSLY??” I bite my tongue and growl instead of saying “what the F chick?” I turn around and mumble obscenities as I leave the store and Keith and start searching out other rental places in town.  I find another UHaul with the uncovered trailer, that has a fold down back/ramp and it still does not look like rain, we have a tarp just in case.  I text the guy and say it will be more like 3 before we can get things worked out. I go in and tell Keith I have found a trailer. He has just finished a second attempt with La Crissy, and been put on a list for them to find him one. Keith says he got a call from Lee, it is raining in Midland.  Lee found a covered trailer at U Haul in Levelland and Brownfield. Keith calls about door height, decides the piano won’t fit, with dolly underneath, per measurement he remembered that the piano dude told him. Keith grumps about getting a flat bed when we have one at home… It starts to sprinkle.

We drive across town,they have a covered like we just gave up, in the lot, already rented. The door is taller than me, the piano would fit. We try to convince them to rent the already rented one to us and we will bring it back before it is needed in AM.  No luck.  We hook up to trailer and pull out of lot. It starts to rain.

We stop at Sutherlands to buy another tarp. I text the piano dude, ‘ 3:10’.  We come out with tarp and bungie cords, it is raining more, and it has dropped about 20 degrees. It is now 35 degrees.  We arrive at the house, the piano dude asks ” Where is the help?”

“We’re it.”

We strap the piano onto the floor dollies we brought. The men tilt and I push under. I did not get it centered the first try- Keiths foot had been in the way. They push it out. I am told as they get to the door I get to lift on back as they lift on front across threshold and down little brick step off at walk. I took off my coat and throw it back in house- Once we get to trailer, the wheels and expanded metal don’t cooperate, then the metal floor ridges hamper more pushing. As we struggle one of the guys who are repairing the fence for the new buyer of the house runs over to help. He is Navajo,from Denver, he has been in Lubbock 2 weeks, he  reeks of alcohol. The 20$ Keith gave him probably helped him stay that way.

It is raining. We are wrap and strap the piano- It a steady soft rain.  I ask Keith if we should cancel our trip to the new Costco? He said he wanted to go and the piano was covered and running down road or sitting would not be any different.

Costco was great! Found giant loaves of Udi’s Gluten free bread, and lots more goodies. As we are inside we realize that noise is the pouring rain outside.  When we get out it is still pouring.  Keith said we are eating at West Crust, to have there gluten free pizza.  I am nervous about the piano being out in all this rain and cold. Keith says it is wrapped, nothing more can be done. Have faith.  The pizza was great.

We remember we needed to pick up tamales at Pedro’s for our Christmas eve dinner, so start heading out to catch them before they close.  It is now 7 pm raining raining raining and cold. We stop for gas and Keith sends me to Auto Zone next door for a tarp. Either 5×10 or 6×12– I tell the clerk that when he asks what I need. He hands me the tarp I pay and leave.  A guy standing in the rain between AZ and the gas station asks me for money. I tell him maybe but my hands are full now. I get to Keith is under the awning, he unwraps the tarp and throws it out, it is about 5×4. The guy pulled the wrong size, no wonder it was so cheap. We cover the front half of the trailer. We give the begging guy $7 as we drive out.

The right lane of the roads are running rivers, the rain is pouring, each car that passes throws water so we can’t see till the wipers swipe twice. This is in drought stricken West Texas, on the day we are hauling a 1900 sawn oak piano 115 miles. We start reasoning on the rain letting up once we start towards home, since it moved in from south, it won’t be raining there anymore.  We pick up the tamales on the way out.  It starts to rain harder. The short tarp is flapping, in the wind that has started to blow much stronger now that we are on the highway.

Just outside  Lamesa, our halfway point stop, the tarp is only held by one front corner and is flapping like a sail. Keith slows down from the below limit of 50 to way below of 40.  He does not want to stop in the rain, the piano is still wrapped in two tarps, the top one was just extra. We will drive on to a gas station with an awning.  At the station, 2 other vehicles are tying down their cargo. It reminds me of the Grinch and his over loaded sleigh.  It is about 35 degrees and the wind is blowing now. As I stand on the wheel well and catch the rope that Keith throws me from the other side, my legs start to shake, my butt cheeks too.

We are back on the road, it has taken us an hour and a half on what normally takes minutes to drive.  It is still pouring rain. Evan calls to say he is off work and is very excited because we are finally getting some more rain in Midland. Grrrrrr.

Another hour and a half and we are finally home. Our roads are soup from all the rain, the mud squashes over the top of my boots as I open the gate. I get my car out of the garage and we back the trailer into the garage. We can’t call the boys over to help us unload after 10 PM.  We take off the short tarp, which is now much shorter and shredded. Then unhook the next extra large tarp, the tarp wrapped piano underneath is completely dry.

We prayed on the way to Lubbock. Prayed in Pei Wei. Prayed on way to mans house. Prayed in parking lot of U Haul. Prayed as we left Costco. Prayed when we ate at West Crust. Prayed as we left Lubbock. I prayed silently every time I looked back at flapping tarps.

God is amazing. In the midst of our storm He kept the piano dry. Just as the Isrealites crossed the Red Sea bed without getting mud on their feet.

My Christmas present is a gorgeous piano, something Keith had sworn he would not have. My Christmas present is God  knowing my concerns, my wants  providing just what I needed.  He did not dry up the rain, nor the roads. He did not remove the obstacles. The La Crissy’s of the world. Yet the results are exactly what I needed. IMG_0084

God does not remove all the sins, all the obstacles of this world.  He did provide a way  for us, to prosper and not be ashamed. He provided a Salvation in the midst of a storm.   One way, Jesus Christ, His one and only Son, born as a babe laying in a manger.

 

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The Masterpiece

Yes He is THE Masterpiece. Don’t wait for better, there is no better. Don’t wait. There may be no tomorrow.

The Whole Armour Of God

The Masterpiece

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

There is a story about a wealthy man and his only son who travelled the world together collecting priceless paintings by Van Gogh, Monet and many other masters. Tragically, the son died at war while rescuing others. Distraught and lonely, the old man dreaded the upcoming Christmas day.

Christmas morning, a young soldier knocked on his door and said, “I’m a friend of your son. I’m one of the ones he rescued.” Then the soldier presented a picture he had painted of the son. Though the picture lacked genius, the brokenhearted father saw the features of his precious son and immediately valued this painting above all the masterpieces in his home. Every day, the father gazed at the portrait and told his housekeeper of his great love for it.

When the father died, the art world buzzed with excitement over the sale of his…

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