The people of America are like Israel of old. What do I mean? In the book of Exodus, The Hebrews were under slavery bondage and hardship. For 439 years, socialism ruled their lives.
Then Moses came along and demanded that Pharaoh let his people go. Moses didn't come in his own power. He didn't want to go before Pharaoh, but God sent Moses brother Aaron to help him.
Could you imagine what the people of Israel thought? Their life was hard enough as it was, but Moses made it harder when Moses first asked Pharaoh to let his people go.
They have seen all the miracles/judgments of God that the day Moses instructed them to make bread without yeast and to mark their doorposts with blood of animal, could they truly be thinking, this is it? Pharaoh will let us go?
As they departed, they acquired much wealth from the Egyptians. They were on their way until they hit the red sea. Then the complaining began.
America is the same way. For 4 years, Donald J Trump had saved us from socialism and people started to put their trust in a man instead of God. God raised up Donald Trump not man. God extended his mercy to us Americans by providing an outsider to politics who cares about America, babies and us Christians. He had just become one himself. The problem was people disliked him. They hated his attitude and his tweets. The left called him many names. Some republicans didn't put their support in Donald Trump. Would they prefer Hilary instead? 😮
Truth is God answered our prayers by giving us Donald Trump--our modern day Cyrus. And after seeing what he had done for us, we voted for him again, but the deep state cheated and stole the presidency so America became like Israel. They listened to their prophets put their hopes in certain dates and just like the Israelites their hopes were dashed when their deliverance never happened. They came to the red sea and saw the Egyptians ganging up them. Our current so called administration ganged up on us. They tried to put certain laws in effect and every time the prophets says something (even though they didn't give dates--the true ones), the people of America did. They thought it would change on January 6, the day of the inauguration, the day of Pentecost and so forth yet God never seta date. God wanted people to trust him with the timing. After all, with God, his timing his right on time not whenever people wants us.
Look back over the book of Exodus. The forefathers knew of the promises of God. They knew of the Covenant God had made with them yet when a new administration of Egypt arose, they put them in bondage. They might have thought God had given up on them just as people today thought that when God never came through on certain dates. After 430 years, would anyone dare to believe?
Yet God did deliver them. And He will deliver us. We must never draw back when it doesn't look like anything will happen. Let God prove true and every man a liar. Even though things look bleak, we must hold fast to our faith and never lose sight of God's promises.
One further thought. God had a reason to keep his people in Egypt. It was the only place that he could increase his people. He promised Abraham that his descendants would be like the stars in the sky--too numerous to count. If they were in the promise land already, they would scattered. The time of fruition had come 430 years later. And they have lost hope of that promise right at the red sea. The same for us. More and more had turned to Christ through the ministry of one man--Mario Murillo. Countless of people getting saved. Not only that but because God had exposed and is exposing the corruption of the current administration that many who were on the left are now on the right.
I believe the landslide had begun and red sea are the many Americans no longer democrats.
We still be under the current administration, but hold onto your faith. God is still working on our behalf. His ways are not ways so don't lose hope when it doesn't happen when you want to.
As an author and graphic designer, I depend on using a computer. And so do most people. Whether you are an accountant, work with ads, or wanting to keep up to date with your friends through social media, we all need some kind of device to be connected or work with. But what brand should we get?
Since my father's passing, we started with Dell. They were good computers, but for some reason, I switched to HP. Both were great computers, but what I hated about HP was their support system: they had bots or virtual assistant. It was hard to find an answer to particular problems. These VAs don't understand questions at times and it got frustrating, but with Dell, you can actually contact them, even talk to them on the phone. So, yes they are worth it, but not if you need a repair.
Their Repair Depot makes it not worth it.
Last year, I bought a pc from a seller on Ebay. I had thought the laptop was new. It was an open box. Most dealers have pcs on display and when they don't anymore they sell them. I thought I was getting one of those, but I found out that the seller was an individual who had used this computer for six months. She had to sell it to pay the bills because the shutdown had put her out of business. I'm glad to help her and it was nice laptop. However, recently, I accidentally spilled water on the keyboards and some of the keys malfunctioned. I sent it into Dell for repairs. I knew if they find liquid damaged keys, they would charge me, but what they did was repair and told me the battery needed replacing. They found nothing wrong with the keyboards. Yeah right. If the keyboard didn't need repair then why did some keys malfunctioned? I doubt the battery was the problem. They even told me they repaired the keyboard yet they lied on the phone. And they sent me an email too in which I replied keep it because I wasn't going to pay them. If the battery was low it was because they caused the battery to become low, not me. They did not keep it. And I didn't not accept it back.
They refused to leave me alone
After sometime, they have tried to call me. It seems they have not got the message that I did not accept the computer back. They wanted to know if the problem was resolved. Haven't I told them that I was not going to pay them nor received the "unrepaired" computer back? I know it's not their fault that they sold me an used computer. I should have sent it back to the seller who sold it to me, but Dell could have recycled it. They could have saved postage. They didn't resolve any problems and I said no. Still they bugged me. They called and I blocked their number. Then they sent me a customer experience survey. If I filled it out, it would have been 1's. Not worth my time.
It's a matter of opinion.
This is my personal opinion. If you have a Dell computer and you are happy with it, then by all means keep it. I'm sharing my experience. Just this one advice for anyone looking for a pc: don't buy used or open box computer from anyone on Ebay. When they sent me the box to put the pc in, it was addressed to the original owner because it was still in her name. I should have just recycled the pc myself instead of wasting time with them, but this is a lesson learned. At least I know they aren't all together truthful. To be honest, as much as people depending on electronic devices, they are all made in China and all the reps seem to have an accent.
I now have a Lenovo. Acer is not as good as the other brands and Samsung is a little more expensive. I had a Lenovo Chromebook so why not?
"Do not say why were the former days better than these? For you don't inquire wisely concerning this." Eccles 7:19 NKJV
I don't know about you, but it seems we should know why. My question is do you long for the old days? Do you wish everything would turn back to the way it was? We shouldn't. We don't even know if tomorrow would be worst than today. Many of us have found ourselves wishing this since the pandemic it. Some of us accepted it as the new norm. A preacher even embraced it as a new norm. Let's go back to the days of spiritual patriarch. God had a plan to multiply his people, but he had to keep them in one place. However, a new pharaoh arose and he cared nothing about God and his people. He turned them into slaves and inundated the Hebrews with worship of Egyptian gods. For 400 years or so! It would have been no wonder that they have forgotten about God for it seems He has forgotten about them, He didn't.
But soon after the judgement and miracles in Egypt and after they went through the red sea, God tested them. They could have gone through the wilderness in a short time instead of 40 years, but they complained. It prolonged their journey. What was their complaint? They more or less longed for the former days where they were slaves. God gave them bread and water and later, but the rabble (those who went with them to stir things up and get discouraged.) convinced them that the food in Egypt was much better and they agreed. (We should never agree with the enemy.) God had a wonderful plan for them, but they thought about their flesh. They craved for the food of Egypt. In spite of the way the Egyptians treated them, they wanted to go back.
Many of us today, find ourselves in the same situation. The harsh season has caused some of us to crave for the days of old, but they have forgotten about all the corruption that had happened over the years. If we just accept this so called new administration, we are embracing socialism. Egypt of old embraced socialism too and God's people wanted to go back to that. God has a plan of us, but some people have either given up on God (like the people of Israel had) or expected God to come through on their terms and not His. He still has a plan for us. The good news is it won't take 400 plus years to free us from socialism. God will accelerate it for our sake. God cares for us Americans just as he cared for His people in Israel. It may not seem like it because people still listen to mainstream media as the gospel truth or they look at their circumstances and think that God had forgotten us. And don't blame the prophets. They represent God. They don't speak on their terms. They speak God's words to us. Just as Moses said and did what God instructed Moses to do and say.
I want to encourage you, that it will get better. Have and keep the faith. Jesus asked, "When I return, will I find faith on earth?" There are Christians who just wants to go home. They had enough of the corruption. Egypt was full of corruption. It's so funny because the people complained, "Was there because there are no graves in Egypt that you sent us out here to die?" Were they thinking that death was better than what they were going through? We know that life with Jesus in heaven is so much better than on earth, but it is needful for us to continue to serve God on earth until his bride is pure and spotless. And we are not. There are still strife and division. Some denominations have departed from the Word or God, or compromised it. A sifting needs to be done.
Did you watch Trump's farewell speech? It really wasn't a goodbye. He had given a hint. He wasn't telling us that Biden's administration would be glorious. he was saying, to wait for something even better than the ones we had. I know some of us never liked him or the way he talked, but he became a Christian before he presided over the united states. He advocated for us Christians and for the children and unborn. He was not full of corruption has the deep stated led administration is.
We should all know why the former days are not better. Instead of asking why, why not ask, how can we make the best of each day. Worrying about tomorrow has enough problems as it is. Trusting God is the way to go.
Have you ever loss everything and everyone you know? Job did. He lost all but his contemptuous wife. Just curse God and die. Job was a man of integrity and he refused to blame God for his sickness and his sudden poverty. He said, Should we accept good from God and not bad? We all go through bad days, but its how we deal with them. God gives us grace and strength to make it through our trials.
Behind a story of a well known hymn is a man who had his share of his adversity. Horatio Spafford lost his family on a ship. You can read about it here: www.godupdates.com/story-behind-it-is-well-with-my-soul/ In my own life, I can say all is well. I lost both my parents, but the death of my father was a mixed blessing. Growing up, he had abused us all in different ways. I didn't realized it was abused at that time, but he had mistreated us all. He deprived of us many things and didn't help any of our dreams come true. He had no faith yet he called himself a Christian. Yet he could do things none of us knew how to do and because we were all women, he had some protection. After my father died, my mother's memory slowly deteriorated. She would go to the store and bring home the wrong milk. She would eat the cookies and denied she ate them. My sister and I would not eat them because we were trying to lose weight. My mother had the sweet tooth, not us. With the advice of a friend, we took her to see a neurologist. Sure enough, he confirmed what my sister and I suspected: dementia. We had watched our father's health deteriorate and now our mother's memory. The only person who believed in our abilities was slowly loosing her memory of us.
Would my hopes and dreams die too?
I not only lost parents, but cats too. I wanted to take Henry and Harry to Washington with me, and I even promised them I would, but Washington never happened. Satan also took away my beloved Harry and my heart broke to many pieces. I lost Harry before my dad's death and Henry after my mother's death. It seemed as if Life was not fair.
As we continued to take care of my mother, I still had hope to go to Washington but without cats until God gave me another dream: Montana. Washington was the hope for my trials while my parents live but now that they are gone, a new dream desire and emerge.
Yet after 3 years, my sister and I are still living in our parents house. My sister has a learning disability that keeps from soaring with good grades which hinders her from getting a job or a good gpa to get in the Master's program at an university. She is trying to prove she qualifies for ssi. And me? The wanna be teacher as decided she is too old to teach. Suddenly the desire to become a rancher's wife emerged in her heart. God had given her visions of her future twice and not once had he taken that desire from her.
My sister and I still have our share of hardships, but with all our trials and tribulations, I can say all is well. Why? Because we made it! I passed the teacher's test to become a substitute teacher Third time the charm and it was. God had given me a job so we can continue live in our parents' house without anything turned off, but how long will this job last? All I can say is as longa s God wants me there. It doesn't take us out of poverty but it keeps us off the street. As longas I have breath, God would still work out his good plans for us.
Gratitude and his Presence is the key for me. I think back on the times that he came through for us and gratitude filled my heart. Knowing that God is with us, fills me with such gratitude. I have never felt far away from God. Even in my darkest times, he was there and always will be there. I am thankful for a mom who raised us in the admonition of the Lord. So thankful that she instills us to have faith in the impossible because without it, you can't please God.
Our dreams and desires have not come to pass, but we know that God is working on our behalf. We just have to wait and see.
No matter the circumstances, if you have God in your heart, you can say all is well. If God is for us, who can be against us? He is bigger than than all your problem. Peter wrote that we should rejoice in our trials and that our suffering is producing in us precious faith. perhaps that is why I have great faith. If we haven't made it this far, than why have faith? People lose hope and end their life because they can't see that Light in their dark time. They need Jesus to be their light and He needs us to offer that light. If all is well for you, will you be that light to them? Has God brought you through something you never thought possible?
Were you there that September when the first plane struck the World Trade Center?
Were you there that September morning when the second plane struck the building?
Many lives loss. Some were inside and didn't make it to safety. Others lost their lives when the terrorist hijacked the plane and plummeted towards the buildings..
Did you walk on by when the skies filled with smoke and fire? Did you run and panic and called your love ones?
To you who lost a love one, my heart goes out to you. I pray that God will give you peace and comfort as each day passing you by..
When you heard the awful news whether by radio or on TV, did tears streak your face or unbelief filled your heart, saying, no it couldn't be? Did you pray hoping your loved one made it to safety?
Many of us have not experienced what you experienced, but we can only imagine.
The day terrorist took over the airlines in order for them to accomplished their goals. Some of them survived or never showed up for work. They were warned not to go and they listened. How do I know? Because the Lord told me through a prophet.
What were you doing that fateful day?
zMany people get vaccinated. There is nothing wrong with that, but as of lately, the truth has come out that the depopulists known as the elite are behind the current covid vaccination. Or don't you know?
Here are the facts:
1.The number of the beast is the patent, but it has zeros between the three number. thefreedomarticles.com/hr-6666-patent-060606-covid-response/
2. Bill Gates is a depopulationist I tried to post an article on Facebook (which the founder is an elitist) wouldn't let post because it's against their "community standards". All the article does is list people who are depopulationalists. So either he is defensive or he is one of them.
3. Although, they won't admit it, people have gotten sick or died from the vaccine. They are already trying to divide us just as they did when Trump was out acting president. They call us unsafe and superspreaders if we don't get vaccinated, trying to pit the vaccinated against us.
4. They use stem cells from aborted babies to develop the vaccine. Think of it this way. China's CCP leader is also an elitist. He is behind and helping the deep state destroy America and helping us become like them: a communist socialistic party. The virus is man made and created in the wuhan lab so it's natural to offer "hope" to those who give into fear of getting the virus in hopes that they could kill off those who didn't die from the virus.
The depopulists or depopualtionists don't want to save lives! Don't let their lies fool you! Remember who came up with the Vaccine. There is a drug out there that they don't want you to know about because it helps people recover from the virus. It's called Ivermectin. A drug used to treat infection from Parasites.
If you got the jab and you are a Christian, no worries. Plead the blood of Jesus over your body. Confess healing scriptures if you get sick. I am seeing posts from fellow Christians who are saying they are sick with Covid. Jesus heals all manners of sickness and he can heal you!
In the last few months, people have looked up to the prophets to give them hope, but they made one mistake: They went by dates. None of the prophets gave dates. They speak just as God would speak in his word, in the Bible. Nothing is plain. In fact, God said through David that he would speak in riddles. Even Jesus spoke in parables and riddles. One time, his disciples told Jesus they "now understand" because he spoke plainly.
People today put their hopes in dates and it reminded me of the two men who walked on the road to Emmaus. They were much like everyone else--they misread the scriptures about the Messiah. They all thought Jesus would free them from the Roman rule so when he died on the cross, it left them feeling hopeless and confused. Who is going to save us now?
Jesus had to explain to them about the scriptures and how he had to fulfill them and how it was written about them and after he left, their eyes opened and their hearts burned. I pray an opening of eyes for the people of America. Many thought the prophecies would come to pass on Election Day. When it didn't happened, they placed their hope on Inauguration day and that's when people like the two men lost hope. Although I don't know if they thought prophecy failed, Americans demanded an apology from God's spokesmen/women. Why should they apology for speaking God's words? Did God speak to them and told then what would happen and when?
God is at work. I know we all hope and even heard months and seasons, etc, but God is not on our timetable! The things that are happening is part of his plans. The tables are turning and God is about to flop flip everything around. If things happened when we wanted to, I doubt their would be an awakening. How many republicans are former democrats? They are seeing the true color of that party. Trump stepped aside so God could do his job. The day will come when their worst fears will come to pass.
Genesis 6:13, 14 (NKJV)}
. Noah lived in the time when there was no rain yet God told him to build an ark. Of course God revealed his pan too, but can you imagine what the wicked must thought of Noah building an ark? They might have sneered or laughed at him, calling him a crazy old preacher, but Noah obeyed God and he and his whole house was saved, including every pairs of animals while the rest of the world drowned in the flood.
God changed Abram (meaning father) to Abraham (Father of many nations) when he didn't have heir or son to call his own. Can you imagine what people thought when he went around calling himself the father of many nations?
When God speaks to us, he may ask us to do something that doesn't make sense in the natural and look foolish to the rest of the world. One of my favorite passages in the Bible is found in the book of Jeremiah. Jerusalem was under siege yet God spoke to Jeremiah and told him to purchase a deed from his cousin. "and I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle’s son, and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison." Interesting enough the word evidence is also found in Hebrews 11, It says, "Now Faith is the substance of things hope for and the EVIDENCE of things not seen,
This became my verse as God spoke to me and said, "Do not wait until everything is good for you to publish In Pursuit of a Cowboy. Your story is not only your seed, but your deed. " You see, I wanted to wait until I was in Montana, but God wanted me to act in Faith that would go there and He wanted me to use my story as a deed in bad times. This also means, I must find another editor because this story is special and close to my heart and I didn't want to share it with an editor who accepts secular ms submissions (one authors writes about spells and magic). I have already chosen who I want to edit and I can not wait to submit it to her.
Don' be surprise if God speaks and ask you to do something that doesn't make sense. Just look at the heroes of faith. All they needed was faith because without it, you can't please God. Don't worry what people think. Just have faith.
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Many professional graphic designers will tell you that using free images is a no-no, esp if you use a model from those places yet I have seen published books with a model from Pixabay. I agree that unless you don't have expressed permission, it's better not to use free images, but is it okay to make sample covers with them on it? I think so, but according to a group administrator, no.
Recently, I posted an album in a group, in one cover, I used a free image. I specified that it was not for sale and that it was sample work. The admin acted like I had downloaded a computer image and uploaded it to a group. I stopped using computer images long ago because it looks tacky with the logos on the cover and it doesn't look professional, yet according to the admin neither does free images. Whatever. They not only removed my album but they removed me. They extinguished the light in their dark group. Many designers in that group posts dark or very secular covers which is why I say the group is dark.
God is not limited to the groups. They would probably kick him out too. He would probably oppose to the kind of covers people posts. He could send me the clients as he wish. In the past, very few authors had hired me in those groups. Many who had hired me were author friends, or authors from groups I am in or they found my website. I would just cut my losses and press on.
So why do I use free images with people on it, if there are no model releases? First of all, I don't understand why photographers would upload them. I guess its like fonts. Just because a font is free doesn't mean it's free for commercial use. Although they do have fonts that are. Maybe photographers are in it for show only. I have to admit, many of the images are people who are not Americans, but some are great for fantasy. There are a few images of couples that I used for sample work.
Secondly, why make many more investments in paid images when authors still won't come to me? If people insist I use paid images, then my prices will go up. I started out with $50 covers. I wanted to keep my prices low, but it went up because I rent photoshop. If more clients come to me than my prices will go down. That's another thing about that group. I refuse to raise my prices just to stay in the group too. As I said, God is not limited to groups.
My starting price is $60 but that's because I use paid images, but sometimes I reduce it on a cover because I had the premade for so long. I offer discounts to seniors and I am having a sale this weekend! So check out my covers!
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