The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. has reached record highs, with an estimated increase of 4.5 million illegal entries under President Joe Biden since January 2021. (The government estimates an additional 600,000 migrants crossed the southern border without detection.) The current December surge at our Southern Border is showing record numbers of apprehensions, with over 12,600 encounters in 24 hours. The Biden administration is not trying to secure our border. They are working to assist and encourage illegal entry into the United States.
My mom passed away this past Monday. Peacefully. Without pain or suffering.
For this, our family is grateful. But she leaves behind a tremendous void.
How do I begin to capture the beauty and the force that was my mom, June Ellen Hurst Taylor, known to family and friends as “Mim”?
Two years ago, God began speaking to me and Tracy that our season in Amarillo was coming to an end. It was quite a shock as we had both envisioned remaining there in our “forever” home surrounded by a great community of lifelong friends. But we trust Him with EVERYTHING and so began the tedious task of packing up our lives and “stuff” from the past three, almost four, decades.
There is something awe-inspiring in the appearance of a rainbow after a storm and it is arguably one of the most photographed and well-known meteorological phenomena on the planet. But beyond the natural beauty, there are spiritual aspects of the rainbow that have major significance. Anyone who believes that God tolerates sin presumes upon His mercy and grace and ignores His holiness and righteousness. The rainbow is a beautiful, yet powerful, reminder that God is both merciful and holy. He keeps His promises. And every rainbow that appears in the sky is our constant reminder.
Those crying “my body, my choice” are seeking justice for women, defending it as a basic human right. But it is an unrighteous justice because it involves an injustice to the child who has no choice. An action that requires taking the life of another innocent human being cannot be fundamentally “just” or “righteous”.
Can you imagine the level of potential regret that the current young generation will face? Regretting that you had your breasts or genitals removed while you were a confused young child? Let’s each do our part to prevent healthy children from becoming slaves to Big Pharma for the rest of their lives. Voice your support for HB 1686. Let’s close the door to potential regrets for the next generation.
Do we consider it affirming care to instruct an individual dealing with depression on how to take their own lives? Do we consider it affirming care to instruct an individual dealing with anorexia to exercise compulsively, purge via vomiting and laxatives, and/or binge eat?
Why would we consider it affirming care to encourage a confused adolescent to trade a healthy body to one subject to increased health risks throughout their lifetime. For trans individuals, the quest to create the body that matches their perceptions is a life devoted to drugs and doctors. This is NOT compassionate nor affirming care.
This past week I had a dream that I believe revealed a strategy God has for families in 2023. A unified marriage in pursuit of God’s presence is one of the most powerful forces in His kingdom that has multigenerational impact. It is time to fortify ourselves and our children against a culture that encourages (or demands) us to live opposite of how God has instructed us to live.
Many Texans may be unaware of the current policy in Austin for the Speaker of the House to award committee chairmanships to both the majority and minority parties. Even though Republicans held the majority during the last legislative session, Democrats in Texas were put in charge of 40% of House committees. This is a policy that has been in place for numerous years, but this past year, 81% of Republican voters asked Republicans in the Texas Legislature to end this practice. The vote on this rule change will be happening in Austin this next Thursday, January 12.