When you are considering giving up the vote

A call to hope and not giving up!

If ever we needed to humble ourselves and pray for our land, stand up and be counted, it is now…

Thank you, Lord, for our home of many blessings…

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“I’ve been hearing it everywhere,” the Pastor began Sunday. “People proclaiming they don’t like either candidate, have good reasons to feel that way, just want to give up and not vote.  But God– what is HE saying?  Believe me – I do understand this sentiment, but now is NOT the time to give up! God is warning us, we are on a precipice in time…”

Inwardly, I nodded assent.  Sat forward a little to hear.

“What we don’t realize is that God is holding us responsible for the gifts He has given us – especially the gift of voting. And we will reap what we neglect or empower…

“‘But Pastor,’ you argue, ‘how can I choose between hateful over another?’  And I feel His compelling to warn you.  God is impressing me more and more as I’ve prayed about his leading on shepherding this church — good people are responsible in His eyes for doing nothing.  Just as they are responsible and will take on the judgement that is applied to any they align themselves with, knowing the evil stand that one represents and just sloughing it off.”     

That scary thought makes it all the more intimidating,” I thought.  “What if we align ourselves with the wrong one?” Images of Bible heroes flit through my thoughts.  Of King David, man after God’s own heart, yet a murderer and philanderer, too.  And of all of us, trying to decide between murderers and philanderers.

His next words broke through with deep resonance.  “In this election that is unlike any we have ever known, it is coming down to so much more than individual candidates who are not faultless.  We will never find people who are perfect – but the Holy Spirit is calling us to looking to Him as our leader.

“To seeking out information on what each platform stands for, and to seeking God on which one aligns with His Word. 

“This election goes far beyond who will be President, but will determine the way of our judges, the government of our children’s lives for decades to come… and that above individual candidates, is the true question — 

“Which platform’s thoughts will we allow to ultimately govern us?”

Listening, I felt as though he were shining a light on a dark corner in a deeper way.  Putting words to my wordlessness when I come up against those who are telling me they probably just won’t vote.

More than for a person, the pastor explained, we are actually voting their platform.  “Whether we believe it or not, each one has aligned themselves with a separate party platform,” he said.  “We may shrug that they don’t really follow it, but they MUST!  Whoever is elected, we as God’s people are responsible to hold them to it.

“But – how many of us are trying instead to choose as if in a popularity contest instead of really taking time to knowing those platforms?”

Suddenly, it made sense.  I thought of all the on the street interviews I’d watched this weekend, so many uninformed people just talking as inanely as I like her face, I hate his hair.

O God, I prayed… wake us up to how vital this is!

His next words compelled me to share them here with you today,

because it is like a shaft of light from out of the clouds…

“If it helps – do not think so much of choosing between two candidates, but between the platforms they stand on.  It is vital that you sit down and investigate the platforms as they are written out – contracts with the people – and compare them to what the bible says.  Becoming informed is the armor God gives us and He makes us responsible for doing so! 

“I am not telling you whom to vote for,” he continued, “but I am going to open up these platforms before you each week from now to election, then share the bible’s viewpoint and ask you to prayerfully compare…”

He chose abortion as his first key to explore, while I sat gobsmacked as he simply read the stance of Democratic Platform vs. the Republican.  I know the party I align myself with, but hearing it in such blatant black and white strikes the heart at the crucial and momentousness of this coming vote!

Tears choked him as he read these platform contract with the people statements… they blurred and starred my own eyes as I listened.  And though I don’t really talk politics on here  (or really anywhere) … I think I heard God’s whisper to my own heart.  Share this on the blog!

For this is NOT about politics.  Or about telling you whom to vote for.  It is understanding God’s leading on a gift He has given us… that He has put us in a nation, free under Him, and given us the gift of electing…  Do we want to throw that away?  And if we do, what does God say about it? 

The pastor began on page 25 of the Democratic platform.  You can read that here:    DOWNLOAD THE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM

Then he read the Republican.  DOWNLOAD THE REPUBLICAN PLATFORM

Believe me… it is eye opening.

Then…  he compared to what God says in His Word, giving us several verses.  Reminding us to be careful before God on whom we align ourselves with – more than with a particular person  —  as far as their platform goes… 

Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV) —  This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

Psalm 139:13-16  (NIV)– For you created my inmost being;  you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body;  all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Isaiah 44:2 (NIV) —  This is what the Lord says—  he who made you, who formed you in the womb,  and who will help you: Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.

Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)  — “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Psalm 22:31 (NIV)  – They will proclaim his righteousness,  declaring to a people yet unborn:  He has done it!

Psalm 75:5-6 (NIV) — Do not lift your horns against heaven;  do not speak so defiantly.’” No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 (Amplified) — Just as you do not know the way and path of the wind or how the bones are formed in the womb of a pregnant woman, even so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.

1 Corinthians 3:17 (Amplified) –  If anyone destroys the temple of God [corrupting it with false doctrine], God will destroy the destroyer; for the temple of God is holy (sacred), and that is what you are.

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If you feel the impossibility between choosing candidates… Stop considering it a matter of personality and think of this first and foremost as an election of PLATFORM…

Do we have the right to give up the vote?  When I read these I know Heaven’s answer is a thunder-clapping, resounding, NEVER!

That’s why, I encourage us all to know the platform for which we vote!

And I would entreat those who are not in this nation – please keep us close in heart prayer as we go to this election, feel free to share this on Facebook…  for certainly, our vote has world effect.

Holy Spirit, give us Your Wisdom!  Help us not to give up…but to know and follow Your leading in all our ways!  To really understand the responsibility You gift us with… especially in bringing Your Light forward when confronted with what looks only darkness…

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©   Pam Depoyan

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In the Rain-Scrubbed Light of Day

French Country WindowPadding in to the living room, I pushed toile curtains aside on their rings, making my way window to window, throwing up cotton blinds to the morn.

Outside, the breath of a breeze, child of the gale that stormed all night, lightly whisked treetops about the circle gazebo.  But already the air held a heavy, breathless warmth, mixed with  thin sunshine and a white smudge of cloud overhead.

Robin’s egg sky peeking here, there, offered untrustworthy hope of full sun and less humidity, though casting a lozenge of warm light on the carpet at my feet…(reminding me out of the blue, of my old sheltie, and how she loved to find such a spot of a morn, circle round and round to lay down and bask in it)… and to my astonishment, the longtime-in-coming fresh flowering geraniums were kicking up red and white striped pantalets,  as if dancing in their pot on my porch, refreshed and spurred on by the night’s rain…

O Lord, you beautify, dignify and crown my life with loving-kindness and tender mercy…You redeem my life from the pit and corruption,” I murmured, letting those words escape aloud on the air afresh.   It was the Psalm 103 verse I’d been meditating now for the last week…in answer to the Holy Spirit’s nudge… whispering like a breeze through my open window, stirring the gauzy curtains round my heart, calling me to turn my mouth to words of light.  Calling things as He has promised they are, in place of speaking out only what I see.

Mm… beautifies.   He not only makes me more and more aware of beauty round me moment to moment, somehow… (Lord, show me how)… He longs to make beauty of my life…

Dignifies.  When I feel less than, don’t think I’m making any difference in my one life, am put down or rejected… He dignifies me.  Sets me on high.  Calls me His Royal daughter and heir.

Redeems my life from the pit and corruption…   such as sickness, hopelessness, negativity, loss, lies of the enemy…

It is funny how even when we are alone, we can tend to declare useless words to a still room.  Just giving voice to thoughts that are going nowhere.  Like saying to no one there, “I wonder what so and so meant when they said– ”

But gently, He reminded me…”I’ve made you speaking beings.  To bring life with your very words…” 

How  much life was I really bringing with my words? I began wondering.  While a thought edged round the corners, imploring me to begin being more purposeful in putting His words…aloud…in my mouth.  Words that come against otherwise negatives that could easily come forward, watering mind and spirit with joyful promise. Several times a day.  Round the house.  In the car.  Out walking the neighborhood.   (I’m a bit more self conscious about doing that last one, though others often stroll by talking openly to their phones!)

And here... on this blog!

I was thinking how many of us like to choose a “word” for our year as January rolls in.  And that the EVER-SPEAKING God who creates from words and endows us to do the same does not want us limited to that ONE WORD.

So…What if we were to choose a different few words of His word each week to meditate, murmur aloud, seek His voice in, and roll around as honey on our tongues throughout those seven days?  For those who journal, to maybe even write down some insights He brings to mind and heart and spirit… and share what we “hear?”

To actively do as Ephesians 5:19 enjoins us…    Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord…”

And so I’m initiating Speaking Psalms, Hymns and Song of the Spirit here.  (Though it will open at the beginning of each week, I will link up on other days as well so you can join in any time…)  I’ll offer a verse at the end of each post for us to ruminate and chew on…aloud… each day of that week.  Then return here the following Sunday for the next week’s word.  They will only be a starting point… feel free to choose your own meditation verse as He leads!  I look forward to hearing what He’s moving in you through this each week too!

Just as I completed these words here, my phone jangled.  A woman from a ministry I give to, asked if she could pray with me.  As she did, her words became as living water showering me…crowning me with His loving-kindness and tender mercies. “See that image of His Blood redeeming and cleansing and pouring over you, head to toe,” she encouraged…

Digital CameraStepping outside to capture a closing photo for this post, I leaned over my newly transplanted hydrangea plant.  It’s been a few weeks now and I’ve been uncertain as to it’s “taking” to the rocky new ground.  Brown crinkles leafy greens.  But this morn… I pushed aside the leaves in the same way I opened my curtains earlier.  In the rain-scrubbed light of day, almost hidden, jewels are beginning.

Jewels in a crown.

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Let’s share how His Words in our mouth changes our days!

Verse to Speak Aloud, Several Times a Day, Throughout This Week

(especially in those moments when circumstances are screaming the opposite!)

  • You satisfy my mouth with good so my youth is renewed. 
  • You make me like the eagle – strong, overcoming, soaring!

~ from Psalm 103: 5 (amplified)

To Ponder:

(No matter your age…) How do I see Him renewing my youth today?

In what ways is he making me strong, overcoming, soaring?

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©   Pam Depoyan

Hydrangea photo, mine.

Pen and Ink Drawing, “Morning Glory” … Mine.

Ask about prints of this piece!  :)  See more in my new French Country collection at https://pamdepoyanblog.wordpress.com (Picture It in Pen and Ink!)  (Please do not copy without permission. See my copyright info button on the sidebar.  :)  )

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One Bestselling Author Who is Making a Difference

“Lucy, Lucy, eats stinky food that puts us all in a big, bad mood!”  How can Ralph be so mean, Lucy wonders?  Lucy is one of a kind, and Ralph loves to point that out. Lucy’s defining moment comes when Ralph truly needs her help. Because she knows what she stands for, Lucy has the courage to make the right choice. This charming story empowers children to always do the right thing and to be proud of themselves even when they are faced with someone as challenging as Ralph.

 

Something fun landed in my email a month or so ago… a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators callout for a volunteer writer to interview bestselling picture book author Maria Dismondy.  Followed by – “Hi Pam, you were the first to respond, so the assignment is yours!”

I hadn’t heard of Ms. Dismondy at that point, but as someone who enjoys writing for children and has a few picture book story and art ideas stringing through her mind even this moment, I knew I’d love to talk stories and publication with another writer who is reaching hundreds of thousands with her witty and poignant books.

Then, wanting to get to know a bit about her before reaching out for the interview… I clicked on over to her website — and fell in love with her story!   A dynamic, young and former teacher/now writer who longs to instill compassion and empathy in her small students…creating books out of her own childhood days of being bullied.  Mm… How much she resonates with my own heart on this topic!

Says Dismondy, “In today’s society, it’s important to remind children that, although we are different on the outside, we are very much alike on the inside.”

Captivated by her bubbly, enthusiastic and engaging teaching style, I viewed many of the video links there — watched her in action as she in turn captivated young kids — and grew even more excited to write this piece of her story for the SCBWI.   Then, searching out at a local bookstore and reading this her first book (the charming Spaghetti) cinched it.

I’m happy to say she’s agreed to join me here soon for a bit more of her story and the message of her heart and books… and I can’t wait for us all to get to know her better when I post that continuing interview here!

In the meantime, I thought you’d all like to meet her today in the brief interview I wrote over at the SCBWI…  Won’t you join us there?  :)   Then do watch for more with Maria here soon!

http://scbwimithemitten.blogspot.com/2016/08/to-self-or-not-to-self-by-pam-depoyan.html

Maria Dismondy

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©   Pam Depoyan

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Invitation

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Recently, I was invited to participate as a writer in a lovely new online magazine…

Just wanted to point out the pink “contributor” button over to the right — in case you’d like to hop over for a bit of sunshine and inspiration for your day!  Simply click on that button to explore the several uplifting stories there – beautifully written by some other bloggers whose names you may recognize from linkups, as I do…

And while you are there, maybe check out the elegant presentation given to    http://blessedtransgressions.org/the-one-note-flute/ — one of my devotions you may recall here…

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©   Pam Depoyan

photo of flowers and plate, mine

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One of my favorite Christmas cozies coming to Hallmark!

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A merry e-letter pinged into my email today from author Robin Jones Gunn, enticing as the jingle jangle of bells on an opening tearoom door…

Announcing the fun news that Hallmark is making one of my favorite Christmas novellas –  her ‘Finding Father Christmas’ – into one of this upcoming season’s new movies!

Yay!

And …(Double grin)… with one of their best-loved movie leads!

“The delightful Erin Krakow from Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart TV series stars as a perfect Miranda,” enthuses Gunn. “Niall Matter made the character of Ian come alive and Wendie Malick plays a wonderfully convincing Margaret.”

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The whole journey took almost five years, the author continues, revealing. “There were so many times I wanted to share the many ups and downs of the whole process with you but I needed to wait,” she reveals now.

“You can imagine how it felt like a dream come true when my agent and I were invited to go on set for part of the filming. We loved getting to know the actors and spending time with the director and the producers, whom we adore.  I took a lot of photos and will be posting them on social media and on my blog between now and when Finding Father Christmas airs in December on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel so check in at www.robingunn.com often for behind the scene photos and stories.”

The script for the movie was created by combining Gunn’s first two Christmas novellas, Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas

And to add to the bell-ringing news,  Gunn also announced her brand new third novella in the Father Christmas Collection, Kissing Father Christmas, releases in October.

The series is now available for pre-sale in the Robin’s Nest BookShop.  Says Gunn, “The first 200 Beautiful Readers who purchase both books (one volume that combines the first two, along with the separate new novella)  will receive a special, autographed Father Christmas ornament.”

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Unfamiliar with this savory little book?

Read my BOOK REVIEW: Finding Father Christmas.    Mm.  As I describe the feel of this seasonal cozy there…  “Satisfying as a cup of hot cocoa.  Delicious as a fresh baked fairy cake.”

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©   Pam Depoyan

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Take a walk with me?

The other day, a friend and I spent a rarely stolen, leisurely summer afternoon browsing one of our most charming lakeside towns…

 

I’m sharing a bit of this summer breeze day and promenade over at my other blog today…

Would love for you to join me there for a bit of cup and saucer story… 🙂

Just a simple click on over to https://pamdepoyanblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/a-little-communique-spot-2/

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Photo:  Vintage teacup courtesy of

www.spiritedprophire.co.uk

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Have your pancake and eat it too!

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The way the light trips gaily through my kitchen window this Sunday morning – scampering in quick tiptoe across my purple petals –  paints joy on every surface it touches…including me.   A sort of celebratory mood.

“Pancakes!”  I suddenly crave, remembering the half-used buttermilk still in my fridge.  Not a staple I usually keep on hand.   And not a luxury menu I usually allow myself to indulge.

But…  

That 100% maple syrup I picked up a month ago is still sitting on the counter, wooing.

Mm… maybe there is a healthier version I might uncover online?

Googling “Buttermilk pancakes, healthy?,” I suddenly find myself staring into a plate of the most luscious and fluffy flapjacks, soft and pale the way I love them (never charred!) and amazingly purporting to be the ultimate in healthy.

Easy peasy directions.  Hardly any sugar or butter.  Yet the picture looks incredible.  Only one unique to pancake item I don’t have on hand – yogurt.  A quick run I needed to make anyway to Target and I could have these going within the hour.

As soon as I see the first bubbles, flip the starting cake, I simply splutter aloud… Wow.   The most delectable looking pancakes I’ve seen in a long time.  

And I know…  I am only going to be able to manage consuming two of these beauties for today (I hadn’t kept to the silver dollar size recommended in the recipe, but just regular medium rounds…still these treats are over the top gorgeous and filling!) – topped with a handful of fresh country blueberries and touch of that syrup…

Even in this once in a blue moon splurge, my heart sings of His beauty and delight.  Wells up a praise within for tiny, unexpected gifts that seem to say…just because, I love you.  (In particular to me, because I just can’t let myself have the sweets I used to enjoy any time… and asked Him for a way this day…)

And once more I marvel at this blogosphere where we can share and find the most unusual treasures at our fingertips…

The remaining batter is calling to me from the fridge this new morn…and I think, as I did flipping them yesterday… I want to share them with you.

In a flipping mood?

(I smile at those words echoing from a quirky and fun character in one of my favorite Christmas movies – Christmas in Connecticut…    :)  )

The Ultimate Healthy Buttermilk Pancakes -- so light & fluffy! These are WAY better than any pancakes I've ever had! They don't taste healthy at all!

Then you simply MUST hop on over to Amy’s and check these out!

http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2015/01/18/the-ultimate-healthy-buttermilk-pancakes/

Enjoy!

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P.S.  I think these would even be fabulous as a shortcake base for strawberries – a quick

and on the health side dessert!

  Perfect for a little afternoon tea! Especially for those of us trying to cut down on sugar and butter!  Yum!

I found the batter quite thick, so I did follow Amy’s tip for adding additional buttermilk…

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©   Pam Depoyan

Pancake photo, courtesy of Amy  at http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2015/01/18/the-ultimate-healthy-buttermilk-pancakes/

Purple bouquet – my photo

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