Thursday, December 02, 2010
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama announced a two-year pay freeze for federal employees Monday, and warned the American public that the move is the first of many difficult decisions that must be made to reduce the nation's mounting deficits.
"The hard truth is that getting this deficit under control is going to require some broad sacrifice, and that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal government," Obama said.
The freeze would apply to all civilian federal employees, including those working at the Department of Defense, but would not affect military personnel. The freeze is expected to save more than $5 billion in savings over two years, $28 billion over five years and more than $60 billion over 10 years, White House officials said.
Congress is not covered by Obama's executive branch order. But lawmakers voted last April to freeze their pay, with the House and Senate opting to forgo an automatic $1,600 annual cost-of-living increase.
While Obama said the federal employee salary freeze was necessary to put the nation on sound fiscal footing, he also said that he didn't reach the decision lightly.
"This is not just a line item on a federal ledger," he said. "These are people's lives."
The savings from the pay freeze make only a small dent in the nation's $1 trillion-plus budget deficit. But with voters voicing their anger over Washington's spending during the midterm elections, even a symbolic gesture would show the White House got the message.
This is an email I received at work the other day. Now let me tell you what I think about this! If I go into a store with a credit card and use it to pay for what I am shopping for, then go to another store and do the same thing over and over, eventually, I reach a limit, right? Then I can’t charge anymore unless I have an extension put on it for the last item. Then I have to pay it down before I can use it, right?
Why hasn’t the government done this? They spend, spend, spend because they won’t be here “tomorrow”. Congress spends all this money, creating a national debt. No! It’s a Congressional debt. Would a Congressman pay my bill if I couldn’t pay it? I think not! So, if they create a bill, why should we have to pay it? It really angers me that I have to work with a disability while they sit in Washington thinking of …well, what were they thinking?...and now because of their spending overload, they expect me to pay their bill. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
IMO, Congress should put a ceiling on spending just like the credit card companies do. And they should be made to pay all their own charges. They’d have that deficit paid in no time if this was made mandatory!
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
"He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake."
Things in this life get broken. So it is with people. Some just don't let it show, but the brokenness is there, nonetheless. War, family fighting, criticism, abuse--physical or emotional-- loss, abandonment, betrayal make our souls like fine glass as life slams us its brutality. We get broken inside. People will carry around pain and sadness they suffered even from childhood because they allow scars to cover their pain instead of dealing with it and letting it heal. Some allow it to fester until its bitterness is all they know. And these are the very things that perpetuate themselves to the next generation.
Jesus came to restore our soul. Soul is another word for life force, mind, spirit, breath, the seat of innermost emotions. Yes, that's why Jesus came and died. Because these are the things that, left unresolved, cause us to sin. He desires to restore us, heal us, free us from the effects of our brokenness and lead us to a life that reflects His goodness and righteousness.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
I found a secret belly fat blaster that actually works. I've tried several of those "diet" fads but all you lose is your money. This is a combo of Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin D.
According to recent research as reported in "First for Women", which I suggest you read for yourself because it's very informative regarding BMI, hormone levels, liver function and fat cells and a lot of stuff I can't explain! Anyway, it explains how these 3 work together to melt belly fat. You know how some things just don't work for you but work for others? Well I found something that works for me.
Vitamin D is a very important vitamin. If you don't get outside much, it's almost critical to get it in for way, shape, or form. According to this article, it promotes fat metabolism, drains fat cells, aids in decreasing appetite and increases muscle strength. (Everything you've always wanted but didn't know where to find, right?!)
Stress can actually cause belly fat to accumulate, but by taking 1,000 mg of Calcium, 500 mg of Magnesium, and up to 10,000 IU of Vitamin D (It's suggested to split these doses into two so you don't get more calcium than you can absorb at one time. When I read this article, I increased what I had been taking and added magnesium. I had been stuck on the scale at between 173-171. I started this over the last weekend and I'm down to 168. Now don't forget to exercise and track your food because a pill alone just won't work no matter what you take.
I finally found something to help me past the plateau plus I increased the weight of my Kettlebell or if I use the smaller one, I get in an extra workout per week. WORKS FOR ME!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Eph 4: 27 " and give no place to the devil."
Giving place to something means space or occupancy, opportunity, or room; it's giving something your attention. It also means a spot, as in a space or location, a position, home, or condition or a title. Not giving place means you don't recognize it, pay attention to it, or follow in its way or path. I like to picture it as (in this case) the devil knocking on my door, wanting a place, and I just don't answer the door. I don't do what the neighbors do at halloween.
There is a Jokes-R-Wild store up the road from where I live and every year about the beginning of October the business picks up. The parking lot gets so full people park all along the road just to get their halloween things. If only they realized what they were doing, maybe some of them would stop.
If your priest asks for people to pray for who are dead tell him to stop. He is practicing a pagan ritual. Please read on and you'll see why you shouldn't pray for dead souls. If you don't believe this, please go and read Luke 16: 19-31. And note that Jesus didn't say it was a parable. It was a real experience He spoke of.
Halloween is a celebration of satan. Millions of children will unknowingly "give place to the devil" on Oct 31st. Thousands of churches will sponsor parties replete with cutouts of witches and other symbols of the occult, or they will offer something different to disguise it and say it's Christian. It's still giving place!
Halloween symbols appeared in the United States during the late 1800's. Among these were figures of witches, black cats, a death's head cut from a pumpkin, candles, bobbing apples, masks, parties, and pranks.
The celebration of Halloween has been traced to the Roman Festival of Druids--Roman pagans praying for the dead. History tells us that a Druid god, Samhain, lord of the dead, was honored at Halloween in Britain, France, Germany, and the Celtic countries. Samhain called together all wicked souls who died within the past year that were destined to inhabit animals. The Druids believed that on this particular night the souls of the dead returned to their former homes to be entertained by the living. Bonfires were built on hilltops to light the way for the dead. Suitable food and shelter had to be provided for these spirits or they would cast spells, steal infants, destroy crops, kill farm animals and create terror as they haunted the living. These spirits demanded to be worshiped.
The festival included the use of nuts, apples, skeletons, witches, and black cats. divination auguries, and magic were practiced, seeking knowledge of future events. Black cats were regarded as reincarnated beings able to divine the future. Supernatural beings terrified the people. Practitioners of witchcraft still declare October 31 is the best day to practice their black arts.
The Christian Church tried to eliminate the Druid celebration by changing the name of Halloween to All Saint's Day. The church also attempted, unsuccessfully, to replace the pagan cult worship of Apollo, Diana, and Ymir. The outward forms of such worship disappeared, but the belief in the deities did not. These deistic cults held periodic meetings know as witches Sabbaths, the most important one being October 31.
Pranks and mischief represented the mischievous behavior attributes of witches and fairies. The "trick or treat" came from ancient Druid practice.
One of the basic tenets of witchcraft is the the practicing in which to gain control, by force if necessary, over the behavior of others. When one threatens another, even in jest, they will bear a consequence if a treat isn't given, it is complying with an occult practice that is opposed to Scripture. We are to have no part in the deeds of darkness. Deuteronomy 18: 10-12 forbids us to participate in anything of the occult; it is an abomination to God. "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer or on who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord: and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God."
Christians, I ask you--are you allowing your children to go out "trick or treating?" Now that you know the truth about this, will you still allow them to go get candy? "O, it's just innocent fun, a chance for the kids to dress up, look cute and get candy" you may say. No, it isn't innocent. It's puts a curse on you and your children and you wonder why kids are the way they are today! Look at what they are being taught--or not being taught. If your kid insists on candy, then buy them a candy bar, but leave the devil out of it. What kind of example are you going to be to your children? And what kind of example will they follow and teach their children?
How can practicing the things of Halloween NOT be giving place or room or attention to the devil? Who do you identify with?
Halloween is to satan what Christmas is to Christ.
Who will you glorify?
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