Why am I upset?

Esther's Petition

Here is why.

Voting is not just political; it’s spiritual.

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”   (Attributed to Dietrich Bonhoeffer.)

Your silence says it all. I don’t feel angry, I just feel sad and grief-stricken at Christians, and especially pastors and other church leaders, who refuse to answer when asked the question,  “Who did you vote for?”

Because it matters.

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14)

“Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey–whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16 NIV)

One candidate claims…

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The Last Day of Freedom?

Excellent idea.

The Portly Politico

Here we are, 19 January 2021—the last day of basking in liberty before Biden the Usurper assumes the throne.  For all his personal foibles and occasional missed opportunities (while acknowledging, of course, his many achievements), President Trump at least fought to ensure that Americans could enjoy freedom and opportunity.  Under progressive rule, no such guarantees exist.

But rather than look about gloomily at what is to come, I’d like to offer some words of exhortation.  Times will not be easy for conservatives and Christians over the next four years, but I’m trying to embrace this new progressive era with some cautious, small-scale optimism.

For one, I think the whole sordid election fraud, as well as the bipartisan effort to impeach President Trump for—if we’re honest about it—discouraging violence and encouraging peaceful protest—has confirmed for many of us that the elites of both parties are against…

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Citizen Tom

Augustus of Prima Porta, 1st century AD (from Cult of personality – Wikipedia)

Since he serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world, it is probably safe to say Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. (About – AlbertMohler.com) is smarter and wiser than I am. So, I listened quietly and respectfully when Mohler offered his opinion on the storming of the Capitol Building (see Thursday, January 7, 2021 – AlbertMohler.com for both the text and audio).

Did I agree with Mohler had to say? No. Did Mohler actually lie or say anything that is not true? No. He just began with some assumptions I think false.

  • The election was conducted fairly.
  • Trump’s followers, the people who showed up, are following a cult of personality.

One of the things…

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I agree with this Opinion piece.


From Red State website this morning:

Opinion: Just What Were You Expecting?

Yesterday, we saw a huge demonstration by the supporters of President Trump. It started with a rally speech by the President, thanking them for their continued support. The President then went on to state what anyone with an IQ two points over plant life could easily see…he actually won in an electoral landslide. The Democrats however, with some assistance from the media and some RINOs, openly and notoriously stole the election. AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

That’s not even debatable anymore.

The President then asked the crowd to go on down to the Capitol, where Congress was doing its constitutional duty of certifying state-selected Electors for the offices of President and Vice President. The crowd did just that, swarming the steps of the Capitol Building. Here is what I…

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Building Community

The Portly Politico

The outcome of the 2020 election is still up in the air, but whether we’re enduring President Biden (and then—Heaven help us—President Harris) in a couple of months or still partying under President Trump‘s second term, it’s important for conservatives and traditionalists to consider what comes nextAnother four years of Trump would be an extension of our current reprieve from progressives dominating the executive, but there’s no guarantees that a Republican will hold the White House after 2024.

As such, we need to begin planning and preparing for the worst immediately.  Indeed, many Americans have already done so, and I’ve spoken with many conservatives who believe the worst is yet to come.

Aside from stockpiling and gardening—and generally moving towards greater degrees of self-sufficiency—one important aspect to consider is community building.  By that I do not mean the kind of Leftist, Obama Era

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Pray for the details: 2020 election

Add these details to your prayers about the “vote counters,” please. Others will probably come to mind. Comments appreciated.

Esther's Petition

August 27, 2020

Father, I believe you are calling your intercessors worldwide to pray about the 2020 United States Presidential election.

I believe that you give those believers who will pray insight and revelation knowledge of what You desire that we pray, declare and decree before, during, and after the election.

“In addition to praying for the candidates, pray about
the daily details faced by those in charge of the entire voting process.”

Father, I ask that you supply everything needed by every voter registration office in the United States in order to plan, prepare for and conduct an efficient, orderly, honest and accurate election.

Give the people in charge of those critical offices all the assistance, information, knowledge and wisdom they need in order to plan and prepare well.

Keep them and those who assist them safe and healthy during this process.

Assign angel warriors around every area involved…

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It’s not who votes, it’s who counts the votes…


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In the 1960 John F. Kennedy vs. Richard Nixon presidential election, I volunteered to help count votes, by hand. At age 17 I was too young to vote but I wanted to help any way I could, so I signed up.

A large group of us met in the cafeteria at McKenzie Elementary School where the “adults in the room,” that is the regular poll workers, were in charge. Soon they began bringing in box after box of paper ballots, dumping them out on the long tables.

Each of us counters were handed tally sheets listing the names of the candidates for each office, and lead pencils. No ballpoint pens.

President wasn’t the only race that year of course, there were other names on the ballots, but Kennedy and Nixon were the political stars, the ones whose names stuck in your mind.

The poll worker assigned to our area of the cafeteria gave us a few basic instructions:

  • Only count the ballots where EVERY race has a vote marked. Lay aside in a little pile all the others. “We will come around and collect those at intervals,” the nice lady said. And of course they did, every few minutes.
  • If a ballot has any stray marks on it, don’t count it. “Lay it aside too, in that same little pile,” she added.

I had no idea if these instructions were the normal, legitimate way to handle paper ballots.

It really didn’t cross my mind that night, that perhaps later on some helpful poll worker “completed” those ballots where votes were absent. Or if those stray marks weren’t just erased, that perhaps certain votes may also have been erased and amended.

I do know from history that John F. Kennedy was elected by a small, small margin — only 0.17 percent.

I have participated in many elections since that day but I’ve never forgotten that one, and the important lesson I learned:

It’s not just who votes, it’s who COUNTS the votes, that matter.

TLP Op-Ed: July 28, 2018

Excellent article, excellently written!


I haven’t done a very good job of keeping up with this column over the last several weeks; it always seems to me that I’m about to write a piece that I’ve already written. Of course, that’s how the news seems these days. The names and faces may change a little bit, but it’s always the same old story: Someone says something, usually it’s Mr. Trump, and then everyone goes crazy with fake horror and phony outrage, and another manufactured crisis is underway, only to be forgotten in three days’ time when it’s replaced with the next one.

Yet this week, there was something that seemed to me to be unusually ominous that sprang up in this story from the New York Times:Mueller Examining Trump’s Tweets in Wide-Ranging Obstruction Inquiry”.

The gist is that Robert Mueller is now examining Mr. Trump’s Tweets to see if he can…

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Cats are good for comfort



Top: Friday, my buddy, orange tabby, aka Handsome Fellow with Gorgeous Tail; Bottom left to right: Baby, aka Soft Tummy; Smokie, aka Love Bug, and Twila, aka Fluffy Tummy. This is an old photo, those last two are now full grown, at least as big as Baby.

Cats for comfort… can’t beat them. This afternoon I decided to take a nap in my bed and not my recliner, actually on purpose. That is a rare decision because I almost never go to sleep in the daytime, unless I just eaten lunch, settled in my armchair with a book and an old TV show playing, and wake up thirty minutes later.

But I was cold. The house was at 73 degrees and I had on enough clothes, but I was cold. So I took a book to read and climbed under the covers, knowing that once I got warm and started reading, I’d no doubt doze off.

Very soon I had company… four cats, one on either side, close up tight beside me, one atop my knees, and one cozying up to my feet.

I must say, they were good kitties. Still, and quiet, and warm. You can’t beat cats for comfort. Until they wake up and think it’s time for me to wake up, too… nap time lasted about thirty minutes, but it did warm me up!


Ten years.


TimCoxPowersReunionThis is a re-post of a Thank You letter from 2006. It’s hard to believe it has been ten years since Tim died, on December 15, 2006. Sometimes it seems like yesterday.

December 28, 2006

Dear Friends,

There is so much I would like to say to everyone who has expressed their love and concern for Tim’s family and me. A thank-you note or card just isn’t sufficient to tell you how grateful we are for your friendship and caring for Tim, and for us. Several people have asked and yes, an audio CD was made of the funeral and I’ll be glad to send you one. Just give me a call. It was a special time of celebration of Tim’s faith and courage.

Tim’s death has left a huge hole in the lives of the many people he loved and who loved him. We depended on him for so many things, despite the challenges he faced. He made us laugh, made us grateful for his love, and made us grateful that we knew him. He was more than my husband, he was my dearest and best friend from the first day I met him. He was truly God’s gift to us all.

But today Tim can see, has both his legs, all his fingers and a strong heart, and I believe he is experiencing the greatest of joy with his Lord and with those who arrived in heaven before he did. Some have said he’s playing his French horn with the heavenly orchestra, others have said he’s probably water skiing or driving his 280Z (if there is a way to do that in heaven), dancing, playing tennis, telling funny stories and all those other things Tim loved to do at some time in his life on earth.  His daughter Angie said he’s probably already been elected President of some group, organizing ways to help somebody else! They may all be right.

When I think more about what he is doing now, first and foremost I think of praise and worship, face to face with Jesus, Tim’s Savior and Lord. Then organizing and arranging and meeting and greeting keep coming to my mind. Organizing transition activities, first for himself to get used to all his new abilities and tasks, and then helping do that for others. Arranging schedules for training and implementing those abilities. And meeting and greeting family and friends who went ahead of him, especially his grandmother and his dad, but many others who Tim loved.

I truly believe our assignments in eternity depend on how we fulfill the assignments God gives us here on earth. Tim’s spiritual gifts included helping a multitude of other people, and encouraging everyone he knew whether they were close friends or new acquaintances. I told someone that Tim could make a friend out of a wrong number, and that was true. He even put one lady who had dialed the wrong number on hold, then used our business line to get her the right number. Also, I believe he still had every friend he’d ever made and he stayed in touch with most of them throughout the years. He spent the last few weeks of his life calling everyone he knew to wish them a Merry Christmas and catch up on the news about their lives and families.

I am convinced that today Tim is busy helping and encouraging other arrivals in heaven, those who may not have had the godly parents, Bible teaching and spiritual guidance here on earth that Tim had. When I am tempted to feel sorry for myself, the Lord says to me in almost an audible voice, “Look forward, not back.” I am striving to do that, to look forward as I work on my own assignments, working to make the Lord – and Tim –  proud of the way I do those here.

Would you please keep in touch? Tim’s friends and family have become very much my own friends and family over the years. He loved and cared for people from his heart and it was contagious. Thank you again for your kindness.

Bette Cox

For more about Tim’s life, and his death, click on these links.