Thursday, December 26, 2013
My Facebook status I posted today:
It's the day after Christmas, but this is STILL true: "...unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." True tomorrow, too! Make everyday a CHRISTmas day!
There's nothing like TRUTH!
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Merry Christmas! I extend best wishes to you and yours as you celebrate and enjoy this day.
For many, Christmas involves great food and desserts, time with family, and a break from work. However, the true reason for the season is found in the name of the holiday itself. It is Christmas, the observance of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. In the midst of all the cheer, I pray that your greatest joy comes from knowing the Giver of joy and the Prince of Peace.
Governor Palin granted National Review Online an extensive email interview about her bestselling new book, Good Tidings and Great Joy, the "war on Christmas," and other topics central to culture and tradition, particularly as they pertain to faith.
Here's a portion:
KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: “People who reject Christianity, who turn their noses up at the religious origins of Christmas, are also rejecting the faith of many of the men and women who have made this world a better place: Martin Luther King, Jr., William Wilberforce, Mother Teresa.” Why do you find this important to point out? Non-Christians, too, make positive contributions to the world, after all.
SARAH PALIN: It’s amazing that people like Martin Luther King Jr., William Wilberforce, and Mother Teresa are universally loved while their faith is scorned. Has it not occurred to the secular elite that faith motivated these great heroes’ actions? In an age when Christianity is increasingly scorned, few people realize they live with and take for granted the benefits of Christian thought. Ending slavery, ending segregation, the great wave of concern for combating poverty — each of these movements has been motivated to a large degree by Christian faith. The fact that these movements also had non-Christian supporters does not diminish the truth of this point, and we are not dishonoring other religions when we honor Christianity.
LOPEZ: You dedicate your book to your mother and father, crediting them with giving you a “unique and inspiring upbringing.” What was unique and inspiring about it?
PALIN: The greatest gift they gave me was my upbringing in Alaska, where I gained respect for the work ethic and competition and a foundation of faith.
LOPEZ: Is there something about that sense of family that we’ve lost as a culture?
PALIN: Sometimes it seems that way. I sure appreciate having a big extended, diverse family. They’re my rock and I hope others have that same bedrock foundation in their lives. There’s no substitute for the multigenerational love, wisdom, and support of an extended family.
LOPEZ: How can Christmas help?
PALIN: Traditions matter, especially this tradition. There is tremendous value in gathering annually in a spirit of love, generosity, and festivity. Most importantly, we need to remember the “reason for the season,” that God sent His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. When we gather for Christmas, we enjoy each other and we honor Christ. What could be better for a family?
LOPEZ: Do you worry about gifts at Christmas? That they miss the point of the holiday? How can we redeem Christmas so it is about the Savior?
PALIN: Nope. I don’t worry about gifts — I love that part of the tradition! When people wring their hands about the presents, I get it, though. It costs money and sometimes people aren’t as thankful as you think they should be when you spend your time and money on them. But presents aren’t the problem. Our hearts — as ungrateful as they sometimes are — need a fresh application of the gospel at Christmas more than ever.
Read the entire interview here:
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
On Monday, Governor Palin went on Greta Van Susteren's On the Record. She and Greta talked about the remarks about homosexuality made by the Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, along with her new book, Good Tidings and Great Joy.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Breitbart's Tony Lee wrote a piece today detailing an interview Governor Palin did with Newsbusters about A&E and the Duck Dynasty controversy. In the interview, the Governor points out how the network would probably be opposed to A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters mentioned in an interview that the producer and lead animator for A Charlie Brown Christmas "were very concerned about mixing religion into the program" and even "met with Peanuts creator Charles Schulz to try to talk him into deleting that scene." When the lead animator told Schulz, "It’s very dangerous for us to start talking about religion now," Schulz replied by saying, “Bill, if we don’t, who will?”
Palin said she was "thankful for people who stick to their guns."
"We’ve seen just recently that traditional Biblical values are being forced out of the mainstream," she said. "Would A&E, which tried to silence Phil Robertson’s Biblical beliefs, tolerate a cartoon character reading the Bible? I doubt it."
In her blockbuster best-selling book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, Palin discusses the angry atheists who are waging war against Christmas, which she says is the tip of a spear in a broader battle against American exceptionalism.
To prove her point, atheists in Arkansas last November were upset that an elementary school planned to send second graders to see a stage production of A Charlie Brown Christmas at a church. The atheists filed a formal complaint with the school district.
Read the full article here.
Here are the Motivation Moment segments for the week of December 8th:
Friday, December 13, 2013
Here's a different kind of Motivation Moment: Some of my former students are at a sleepover birthday party at a former colleague/parent's house tonight. The girls just made this video for me, and my colleague texted it to me. Guess who feels motivated and inspired tonight: I do!!! I love and miss my girls!
You're just 15 seconds away from being inspired--and touched!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Today, Governor Palin penned this powerful piece of common sense, a Breitbart exclusive, which she also posted on Facebook. It warns the GOP against falling in line with the Ryan-Murray budget deal.
No one can argue with the fact that Paul Ryan’s compromise budget bill raises taxes and increases spending. Show me one Republican who got elected on that platform. Spare America the Orwellian word games. If the government is taking money out of your pocket to fund its growing Big Brother operations, it’s a tax. Whether money is taken from you via your phone bill, your airline ticket, or your income, it’s a tax. If politicians can’t be honest about this, it’s time to go home.
The TEA Party’s very acronym stands for “Taxed Enough Already.” We sent these politicians to Congress in an historic landslide election in 2010 with a mandate to stop the runaway spending train bankrupting our nation, not to wave to it from the station or – heaven forbid – increase its speed. And yet, here we are still pretending that there are no real world consequences to running up near trillion dollar deficits year after year with no end in sight.
So, where does this leave us? We can sit back and accept the increased spending "Compromised Plan" with increases in taxes and spending, or we can charge ahead to at least preserve the very modest Sequester cuts American workers already fought for. If we go with the first option, we simply kick the can down the road yet again and wait for the inevitable real world consequences of bankruptcy (see Detroit for an example of what’s in store). Or we can go with the second option and probably get clobbered by the media (so what's new?!).
The Political Establishment will no doubt tell us that a budget battle will distract us from the fight against Obamacare. But that excuse is just the latest variation in the Establishment’s old canard that they’re keeping their powder dry for the next big battle which never seems to materialize because they’re always too busy waving the white flag and following the path of least resistance until election day.
Enough is enough!
Finish reading her article here.
Some people never spend time with themselves. They don't even like themselves. I like myself, and I had to school somebody on that once!
You're less than 2 1/2 minutes away from being inspired.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Yesterday, we discussed that you better "Get Yourself Some White Friends" as a means to learn, grow, and enjoy life more fully. You can see that video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILB9lXVqncg.
In today's Motivation Moment, we continue to look at the importance of learning.
You're just two minutes away from being inspired!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Today's Motivation Moment title may have you shaking your head, but you'll soon get my point. Be inspired--and get yourself some white friends!
Monday, December 9, 2013
One group sees life as a series of random events. The other sees life as divine design. Success is living life as if it's a divine assignment--because it is. Here's today's Motivation Moment:
Sunday, December 8, 2013
The following article, discussing new occurrences in my life, was written to be published on C4P:
We experience seasons of change in our lives. I have taken to referring to them as new chapters. As I have experienced a few changes lately, I am well-acquainted with the combination of excitement and belly butterflies such chapters bring as they are being written. As some of you know, I recently made the life-changing decision to leave the only career I've ever had, the only state I've ever called home, and the only life that I've ever known. Time for a new chapter had finally come, and I was determined, nervousness and all, to cooperate. Today, I will briefly share the journey. I will also share details of my new chapter, which involves freelance writing, motivational speaking, and, most recent, a job with Breitbart News as an editor.
After years of praying, seeking, and waiting for an open door, I finally got the go-ahead in my spirit to not only leave teaching in Hudson, NY, where I taught for more than 17 years, but to leave the profession altogether. My last day employed by my district was October 23rd. I also felt compelled to leave the state and head out to Missouri, which had become a second home for me over the last few years. The crazy thing about it was I decided to leave my job without knowing what would be next. I only knew that I felt it was what God called me to do. Now, those who know me know I agonized over this decision. I have always known that God had a specific plan for my life that would lead me away from teaching in the public school some day, though I would always carry the calling to teach. I'd always be a teacher, whether employed as such or not, for it's an integral part of who I am. I would not, however, remain long enough to retire. I knew this even in the early days of my profession. That realization had nothing to do with the abundance of hours grading papers, the diminishing work ethic of students, or the growing lack of respect for educators. It had everything to do with simply knowing that God's plan would eventually take me down a different course. And even as Common Core, and all that comes with it, soured me on education "reform" (I call it Common CorPSe for a reason!), that did not drive me out of the profession, either. It just made it easier to leave once I knew, through much prayer and godly counsel, that the time had come. Anyone who has ever walked into my classroom can tell you that God gifted me with an ability to connect to students and engage them. That's not pride, by the way--just self-awareness and honesty. So no, nothing drove me to make this change, except another call.
I began my 18th year of teaching in September, having decided at the very end of the summer that I would answer the call, step out in faith, obey--and resign. New York requires 30 days' notice, however, and I gave slightly more than that. The superintendent did not want to see me leave or accept my resignation and was very gracious in her talk with me, but she told me later that she knew when I entered her office that there was no changing my mind. She could see in me that I felt confident that I was called to move on. So she refrained from trying too hard to dissuade me, which would have been an exercise in futility, she sensed.
My students were most affected, of course, and they let me know every day after I told them that they wished I would stay, replete with cards, notes, pleas, "I finally have a favorite teacher, and you're leaving," and the like. It was an emotional time, to say the least. And as I packed up years of memories, both at home and at work, I shed many a tear unearthing all kinds of reminders of my career, the students, and the community. Add to that the emotion of family and friends coming to grips with my moving 19 hours away, and it has been a very...well, deep season of my life.
With the exception of some students, who took to calling Missouri "Misery" since it was, in their minds, the evil thing driving a wedge between them and their English Language Arts teacher, I received much encouragement from people who exclaimed, "Wow! How exciting! I wish I had the nerve to do what you're doing!" And what was I doing? Among other things, I was leaving my profession, tenure, medical insurance, health insurance, a good salary, a growing retirement fund, snow days, summers off, and, let's be honest, a lot of headaches, too! Add to that the fact that I was leaving my family, including my church family, friends, and familiarity, and either people lauded me or declared me temporarily insane. The hardest part for me was when people thought I was being evasive when they asked what the next chapter entailed and I responded that I really did not know. I was not being evasive. I really did not know! When I maintained this to be true, more than a few looked at me like I had ten heads--some out of admiration, others out of sheer shock, I'm sure.
The truth is I am one of the most cautious people one will ever meet. I do nothing without much contemplation and reflection, and I am a firm believer that it is foolish to make decisions when emotions are out of control, so I do not. The most important thing to me is being in God's will, and because I know He has a specific plan for my life, the last thing I ever want to do is be out of His will. I also subscribe to the common sense dictum that one never leaves a job unless she or he has another one. I still believe that...unless--and that's where I come in--unless one is called to do so. I was, so I did. I'm not sure why the step of faith was required before the new job came, since I would have taken it anyway. All I know is it was. I didn't like it that way. I would have preferred the open door first. Wouldn't you?
So I embarked on another chapter of my life. I knew deep down it would all work out because I knew I had heard in my spirit this was what I was to do, but that did not designate it a belly butterfly-free zone.
So here I am--a new Missouri resident, a former teacher at my ripe old age, and guess what: all is well. I started out doing some freelance writing and still am, which amounts to pocket change; I have stepped into the world of motivational speaking, something I've long had my eyes on; and now this whole new amazing job has opened up with Breitbart News. I love confirmation, and I appreciate new chapters. I suppose one could say these are several chapters all converging to create a rather fascinating book. I am proud that for my first motivational speaking opportunity, in mid-January, I will speak at the school from which I just resigned, to the student body that includes the students I fell in love with in the short time I was with them this school year. Furthermore, I am most honored to now be on staff with an organization as prestigious as Breitbart, which has set a standard of excellence in reporting, diversity of product, and fearless commitment to holding people accountable.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the C4P community. In this new chapter, I will no longer be part of C4P--technically, that is. Of course, I remain committed to standing alongside this community of conservatives who are for Governor Palin. I continue to support her, vehemently defend her character and record, and remain a voice for the principles she espouses and for which she has sacrificed much.
I used my leaving teaching as an opportunity to impress upon my students the message that we must not allow fear to keep us from pursuing our dreams, no matter our age or stage in life. Shortly before my last days with the district, I ran into a former student, now a freshman in college, and told him I was resigning and moving away. He asked why. I shared my reasons with him and admitted that it felt odd after over 17 years there. His words were words of wisdom that make me proud to have once served as his teacher: "Well, there is a whole world to discover," he said. And there is, isn't there?
Thank you all for the journey. I know our work together will continue, just in a different way. I'm humbled to have the opportunity to pen a new chapter, one with different characters and a slightly different plot--one of many to come.
God bless you!
I continue my blog: MotivationTruth.com. I have also begun recording daily motivational video clips, each a short inspirational message called a Motivation Moment. I post them at MotivationTruth.com, but I invite you to subscribe to my MotivationTruth YouTube channel so you won't miss a segment.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
I'm not surprised that Governor Palin has a heart for Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child. Anyone who has ever participated cannot help but fall in love with the mission to bring Christmas gifts to children who have next to nothing. I, too, absolutely love shopping for the children, packing those boxes, and being a part of bringing a smile to the faces of boys and girls. I've seen video footage of those precious little ones opening those boxes. They are never looking for something more--or something else. They're just so appreciative of every little toy or brush or coloring book. God bless this invaluable ministry.
Here's what Governor Palin posted on Facebook after spending time with Samaritan's Purse yesterday:
Today we had the honor of meeting Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child volunteers at the processing center in Charlotte, NC. I was blown away with the energy and joy there!
My family was blessed a few years ago to participate in this mission in Haiti with Rev. Franklin Graham, Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale. It was heartwarming to see children’s faces light up when given a Christmas gift box packed with love! It's a tangible way to show kids they matter and they're loved.
Operation Christmas Child relies on volunteers; and today we met many of these hard workers who make the program possible. There are about 75,000 volunteers serving in a three-week timeframe at processing centers across the nation. That’s more than 395,000 volunteer hours! The Charlotte processing center alone has 28,000 selfless workers packing more than 2 million gift boxes. This year’s collection goal is 7.2 million gift boxes domestically and 9.8 million worldwide. Without these volunteers none of it would be possible! Their great efforts ensure gift boxes reach children all over the world, and more importantly, they send the love of Christ, reminding all that Jesus is the reason for the season. It's the true Christmas spirit in action!
Here's more on Samaritan’s Purse:
Friday, December 6, 2013
This Motivation Moment is a bit different.
Everybody needs to just chill out. It's essential if we're going to effectively endure the daily grind. Here's my chill out day!
You're just about a minute and a half away from being inspired...
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Governor Palin's interview with Bill O'Reilly on The Factor tonight covered a variety of topics, including dissension within the Republican Party, Martin Bashir's vile comments and subsequent MSNBC resignation, and her new book, Good Tidings and Great Joy, which addresses the war on Christmas:
(Video courtesy of SarahNET)
Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, passed away today.
Today's Motivation Moment focuses on legacy. Legacy--and death. Neither one can be avoided. You will depart this life, and you will leave a legacy. Each day, you determine what that legacy will be. Each day, you write your own eulogy.
Governor Palin was on Fox and Friends this morning to discuss Martin Bashir and his MSNBC resignation, which she will also do on The Factor with Bill O'Reilly tonight. She also weighed in on Obamacare and discussed her new bestseller, Good Tidings and Great Joy.
The War on Christmas continues...
Governor Palin posted the following example on Facebook:
Is there any doubt it's imperative to protect the heart of Christmas? Take a look at this article about an elementary school in Texas banning Christmas trees and the colors red and green from a “winter” party. Just like I write about it “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas,” every day we see stories like this one, and we need to stiffen our spines, say “enough is enough,” and hold on to REAL hope, America! The real hope that IS the message of Christmas. We can remember and capture that spirit of true hope during this holiday season and commit to live it out every single day. I promise you, it works!
See the article here:
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
In the wake of his vile comments about Governor Palin, Martin Bashir has resigned from MSNBC. He had asserted that she deserved the treatment one slave master forced upon his slaves. The treatment he recommended? Someone should defecate and urinate in her mouth. He later apologized, then was no longer on the air. MSNBC described his absence as a "vacation." Today, Bashir announced his resignation.
After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday.
Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.
I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers – who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences. I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast.’
MSNBC issued a statement wishing Bashir well, with no apology to Governor Palin. It seems to me that since Bashir's comments were prepared, not off-the-cuff, all others who wrote and/or approved his words should also be held accountable.
Via Facebook, Governor Palin shared these remarks about her speech at Liberty University today:
It was such an honor to participate this morning in Liberty University’s final Convocation for 2013! A big thank you to the students and faculty and especially to President Falwell for the kind invitation. As I mentioned this morning, places like Liberty University inspire me. This young university is educating a whole new generation of American leaders who understand the positive effect our Christian heritage has had not only in our personal lives, but also in the life of our nation.
It was awesome meeting the students after the Convocation. Congratulations to everyone graduating this month. And best of luck to everyone else on their final exams!
P.S. I enjoyed the tour of your beautiful Snowflex Centre. It’s not quite like the snow in Alaska, but pretty darn close!
She also posted several pictures in a Facebook album entitled Liberty University Convocation. View that album here.
Successful people are not people who know everything; they are people who acknowledge what they don't know--and then connect with people who do know. Today's Motivation Moment shares a simple truth in a simple, funny story.
After a brief Thanksgiving break, Governor Palin hits the book signing trail again.
She began the road trip, as announced on Facebook, by speaking at Liberty University's final Convocation of 2013 this morning.
She'll be in Charlotte on Friday. Via Facebook:
We will be in Charlotte, NC, this Friday, December 6th at the Billy Graham Library signing copies of "Good Tidings and Great Joy." Look forward to visiting with volunteers as well as supporting Operation Christmas Child. Todd, Bristol, and I visited Haiti with Franklin Graham and were able to hand out some of the generous shoeboxes these volunteers process and package with care -- glad to have the opportunity to thank them and highlight the great work they do. Learn more about this great charity here: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/
The Governor will then be in Virginia on Saturday. Via Facebook:
Look forward to being back in the "Star City" – Roanoke, VA this Saturday, December 7th. See information below. Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Today's Motivation Moment was inspired by the movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which I saw today. Check it out:
Monday, December 2, 2013
If you don't have haters, they're coming--that is, if you've got a dream and a fire in your belly. But don't worry. Don't make it about them; it's about your response to them. Watch today's Motivation Moment: