Dear Heavenly Father,We come before You today asking that you bestow Your wisdom and good judgment upon our local county officials.  May they exercise common sense in their decision-making and keep the people of their county in mind at every turn.  If there are those in office who do not know You as their personal Lord and Savior, we pray that they would come to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus, Your only begotten Son.  May America begin to turn back to You, starting with our county officials.  By name we pray for Your blessing on our County Commissioners:  Dave Unruh, Tim Norton, Karl Peterjohn, Richard Ranzau and Jim Howell.  We ask this in the Name of Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.


Dear Heavenly Father, We pray that You would guide and direct our Wichita City officials in their capacities as part of our local government.  We pray for Mayor Jeff Longwell and Council members Lavonta Williams, Pete Meitzer, James Clendenin, Jeff Blubaugh, Bryan Frye and Janet Miller.  May Your blessing be upon them as they discuss and vote on vital issues here in Wichita.  We lift USD 259’s Board of Education to You today and ask that You will guide the decisions made there.  We pray for each district member by name:  Betty Arnold, Joy Eakins, Barbara Fuller, Jeff Davis, Mike Rodee, Lynn Rogers and Sheril Logan.  Children are the future of our city, our state and our country.  Please help the BOE to make wise and common sense decisions regarding their education.  In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.


Dear Heavenly Father, We humbly ask that You keep Your mighty hand on our state government.  Bless the Kansas executive branch, led by the Kansas Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and the Kansas District Courts.  May their decisions reflect the values learned from Your Holy Word.  As they uphold the rights of individuals and businesses, leaning on the Kansas Constitution, may they also take into consideration Your will in every case.  We pray today for Governor Sam Brownback.  Lord please help him to see the best decisions to make are the ones that uplift the people of Kansas and not the ones that burden them down even more.  We pray for Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer as he performs his duties.  We pray You will guide Secretary of State Kris Kobach in doing his job.  Please be with Attorney General Derek Schmidt as he continues to work toward a gang-free Kansas.  Bless his efforts to keep our state safe.  We pray today for Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer and State Treasurer Ron Estes.  Father, please bless the economy of Kansas.  I pray that every person who needs a job will find one here in the great state of Kansas.  I pray for our educational system and that common core, which is not so common and makes no sense, will soon be a thing of the past that we can look back on and laugh.  Help all the people of Kansas to do their part to conserve resources so that the state as a whole can preserve our resources.  Father, what our leaders do, what they say, how they vote, it all matters and affects all of us.  Please lead them to do the best things for Kansas.  If any do not know You as their personal Lord and Savior, we pray that they come to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus.  Thank You for all the many blessings You have bestowed upon our state.  Our people trust in You and love You.  We ask all these things in the matchless Name of Christ Jesus, Amen.




TL 4-23 & 24 JUST PRAY NO! WORLDWIDE WEEKEND OF PRAYERPrayer:  A constant conversation between God and His people through God’s Son, Jesus Christ.  We humbly bow with particular needs on our hearts and minds concerning the United States of America.  We ask God to protect the unborn.  According to Hillary Clinton, the unborn have no RIGHTS under the constitution.  Aside from speaking to her moral fiber, or lack thereof, it begs the question, CAN the constitution ever be amended so that the unborn could have RIGHTS in America?  I don’t have the answer to that question.  I’m not a scholar or a constitutional expert by any means – I’m just a simple child of God who knows that murder is sin, and abortion is murder.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving me life.  I know that nothing destroys life more than abortion, yet I continue to rejoice in the fact that You have conquered death by the resurrection of Your Son, Christ Jesus.  I promise to do everything I can to end abortion and commit myself to speak up, write, and never be silent or passive on behalf of the unborn.  I will be active in the pro-life movement and never stop defending life.  Please lead America back to the values it once had, with You in the center of every decision made from the Whitehouse to the local courthouse.  We need to be a country that embraces liberty and justice – especially for our most innocent – the unborn!  May we speak up for them in good conscience because it pleases You.  Lord, through You may America make provision in the constitution that will protect the unborn so they will not be murdered anymore.  We thank You in advance for what You will do.  Help us to hang on to our faith because You perform all sorts of miracles every single day.

We pray this in the matchless name of Christ our Lord, Amen.

We pray for NO MORE HATE.  We pray for peace in our land, in our time.  We pray that God gives us everything we need to STAND UP TO THE WORLD.  While there is so much hate growing all around us, we keep praying and trusting that God will help us.STANDING UP TO THE WORLD

We know as the time gets closer for our Lord to return to earth for His own, things will get worse.  I know I sound very doom and gloom, and I don’t mean to be a downer.  Here’s the good news…  God’s children have a powerful ally in the Lord.  We have a tool called prayer, and it’s the best thing we can do for ourselves and for each other as we lean on Him to guide us down life’s winding narrow pathway.  🙂







Today is PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE DAY!!!  I’ve followed the latest story of attack against the Pledge of Allegiance.  High School student, Samantha Jones, with representation from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, is defending her right to say ONE NATION UNDER GOD.        

What a brave girl!  I wonder if I would have had that kind of backbone when I was in High School?  I know I would now, but back then, I’m not so sure.

The American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit earlier this year against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District to remove the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.  The AHA is representing a family who objects to the phrase being recited at one of the schools within the New Jersey school district.

Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God.  Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices.  – AHA lawyer David Niose

Samantha Jones goes to Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, New Jersey.  The Christian-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is defending she and the school district.  They say Samantha has the right to say “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

I’ve been reciting the pledge since preschool, and to me the phrase ‘one nation under God’ sums up the history and values that have made our country great.  I think it’s empowering to know that, no matter what happens, I have some rights the government can never take away. No student should be silenced just because some people disagree with timeless American values.  – Samantha Jones

The following quote was published in The Christian Post:

The judge seemed focused on the case, he had prepared well, and he was familiar with the arguments of each of the parties.  He asked tough questions of each side, and it is difficult to predict the outcome, but we are optimistic that he will agree with every other court to decide this issue and uphold the pledge.  – Diana Verm, a lawyer with the Becket Fund

On this day, may we raise up this important case to God in prayer.  May God richly bless Samantha and her family and give them strength and wisdom.

The attorney for the unidentified atheist family goes on and on about his client’s rights – that having the phrase in the Pledge offends them.  The thought of taking it out OFFENDS ME – WHAT ABOUT A CHRISTIAN’S RIGHT TO HAVE THE PHRASE STAY THERE???  I’m sick and tired of everyone else’s rights coming before Christian’s rights!  This country was founded on CHRISTIAN BELIEFS AND PRINCIPLES.  If you don’t like the phrase, you don’t have to say that part – but don’t take it out because there are many (including me) who will say it regardless!  It calms my spirit to know that the God of creation has this mess of a country in the palm of His hand.  There’s no better place it could possibly be!

They already took prayer out of schools – they booted God clear off campus – and wow – that’s really working out well for us, don’t you think?  We never had shootings at our schools – but our teachers taught us to respect our Country, our elders, and our Higher Power!  It’s my RIGHT to pray – it’s my RIGHT to say UNDER GOD when I recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  Anyone who is uncomfortable can make a choice to either not say the Pledge or not say the part that is offensive to them.  There are plenty of things that non-Christians do that I’m uncomfortable with – and you know what?  I don’t make them stop – I just don’t join in.

No matter what the official outcome is, the powers that be will never force me to leave out the words UNDER GOD from my Pledge of Allegiance.  Instead of having more of a separation between church and state, there needs to be a knitting together of the two.  I’m praying for this country – now more than ever.  And – by the way, I’m praying about the part of the Pledge that follows – INDIVISIBLE.  Uh-huh – yep – I’m praying about that part too.  ❤





And the verdict came in – here is an update – 2-5-15


We need more young people like Samantha.  Well done, sweetheart!  ❤

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Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.   – George Jean Nathan

Everyone in my realm of influence (it’s a small circle, believe me) seems to think their vote will not count, so they have decided not to go to the polls at all today.  All of these good people happen to be women.  Immediately I think, “So the women’s suffrage movement of the past were in vain?”


I, as a woman, will not take my right to vote in the United States for granted.  What if women had not gotten the right to vote?  No, it’s my right to vote – and I will continue to vote as long as I live.  I encourage you to do the same.

There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen.   – Author Unknown

Today’s post is not about Republican or Democrat – it’s about freedom and exercising your basic right to vote.  Sometimes we take the freedom we have for granted – we’ve all done it.  But today is the day to wake up and realize that the rights we have today could be taken away if we don’t exercise them.  It’s a lot like muscle mass – if we don’t use those free weights on a regular basis, we can become flabby and weak.

 People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people.  Of course, that is not true.  Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote – a very different thing.   – Walter H. Judd

Here in Kansas we have a very interesting Senate race and if for no other reason, show up to vote for our next Senator.  That one will be a real dandy!

You KNOW how I like cakewrecks.com and this one just cracked me up!


LOL…  sometimes SPELLING counst too!

I’m going to vote – and hope you do too!   Wink!   😉








I am quick to admit that I take the liberties given me by this document for granted! I was born and raised in the United States of America, so I have known freedom and liberty my whole life. Nowadays, all I hear about is how much our liberties under the Constitution are shrinking away and dwindling. It’s a scary thought to me. I like freedom of religion, freedom to bear arms and freedom of speech! I like that I can voice an opinion on my blog without fear of punishment by the government (well, so far, so good).

I’m thankful to God that I have freedom today and want to be assured of my freedom tomorrow.

As I often do, I turned to my group on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asecondhelpingofwellness) for advice. My friend, Valerie McKinney offered “The Constitution Quilt” analogy. I thought it was brilliant and asked if I could borrow the concept and use her quote because it really touched my heart. She was so gracious to give me permission, so please read this great quote:

It seems all the guidelines of the Constitution are becoming a tattered quilt, worn through and full of holes in which the bureaucrats pay no tailor to mend, but line their own pockets. The holes remain as the citizens of America fall far from the warmth of the comforts and care the Constitution provided its original inhabitants. Barely threads to cover a veteran who has fought to keep these principle freedoms pressed and blocked. They say times are different now. Things have changed now… and our Homeland is an unhappy lot. Then, does this not tell us something about mending the construction of the Constitution? Repair and replace the pattern of words that held our nation close knit and decorating our days with tried and trusted values and liberties. Protection against a cold cruel future that needs to wrap us in its security. Mend THE CONSTITUTIONAL QUILT. No holes should it have, but let it with pride sew its bright patterns for the future and set its seams straight. – Valerie McKinney

The Constitution of the United States has a purpose. It’s not just a piece of paper with meaningless words on it. We the people, in order to form a more PERFECT UNION… the first words explain why the document is necessary. A perfect union with all men seen as equal and the pursuit of happiness a right for all citizens of the United States.

When leaders choose to overlook the Constitution of the United States and there are no consequences for those actions, they will continue to walk all over it, causing more worn spots in the quilt. If we the people do not demand that our leaders follow the mandates in this document, we are the ones who will ultimately pay. Why do we not get that?

If we ignore the slow, but sure disintegration of this key document, we lose freedoms. My freedoms are precious to me. Aren’t your freedoms precious to you, too? Exercise your right to vote in the upcoming election and vote for FREEDOM. I know I will. 🙂


On this day in 1920 the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was formally adopted into the United States Constitution .  Its two sections read:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

I must say this is important to me as a Republican conservative woman.  I do not take my right to vote for granted.  Since I was old enough to vote, I’ve done so.

 Patriotism is easy to understand in America – it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.  – Calvin Coolidge

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I’m a conservative Christian American woman and I vote. Want some apple pie?

I do more than make a mean apple pie!  My ears are open and my mouth is shut.  I want to hear something good from the Republican party.  I want to hear someone say they have a plan – I’m tired of hearing that they don’t like the other side’s plan – duh – none of us do!  Give me substance in your thought process, not just empty rhetoric!  I’m tired of tippy-toeing around because I might offend someone.  If my faith offends you – oh well…   TOUGH TOENAILS!  P.C. is strangling us!  We are a diverse nation – that’s what makes us so great!  Let’s be different – yes!  Don’t be afraid to believe what you believe.  I need the same freedom.

America was founded on Christian principles and beliefs.  Taking God out of things will never take Him away from me.  Did it ever occur to you that this country is in such a mess because its people have turned their backs on God?

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  – 2 Chronicles 7:14

Well, we have another election in 2016.  I’ll be voting if I’m alive.  Until then, I’m listening to candidates and studying policies, but above all else, I’m praying that God will direct the right person to run for office and win the election.  I want God’s divine hand involved in America again.  We need His help whether we think we do or not.  🙂




I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Today is Flag Day. Aside from remembering Betsy Ross, who made the first American flag, it’s a day to honor and respect our country and what has made it great. As we quickly approach Independence Day, let’s begin to think about all the greatness that is America. Let’s be grateful that we are Americans.

If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him – it means just what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill meant; which was, in short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known – the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties. – Henry Ward Beecher

Let’s not take our American citizenship, freedoms and rights for granted. So many in the world are not as well off (and spoiled) as we are. Be thankful if you were born an American.

When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect. – Adlai Stevenson

Today is a good day to concentrate on the rights we can exercise to help our country stay strong and great. The right to vote and the right to free speech are two of the most important freedoms we have. Get out and vote and let your voice be heard.

Remember our troops today. Freedom is not free as we all know. From this blog writer, thank you to everyone who keeps this country free. I appreciate you!

May God bless America. May America bless God.