Thursday May 25th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen โ€ 

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203 Responses to Thursday May 25th – Open Thread

  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    Answering an important question:

    Bill Warner: The Problem of Islamic Reform

    https://counterjihadreport.com/2017/05/24/bill-warner-moment-the-problem-of-islamic-reform/#comment-60274

    Liked by 7 people

    • dbethd says:

      You can only reform the people if you remove them from the influence of Islam, you can never reform Islam (my thoughts). I have to read the article yet:)

      Liked by 1 person

  2. nimrodman says:

    Russians !!!

    Happy Cursday

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  3. Sloth1963 I leave this here for you and your wife (and all Treepers who may enjoy) From the new album now available to purchase as a single, stunningly beautiful. I almost called you out last open thread, but wasnt sure if u would see. Saw earlier tonight you liked “Grace to Grace” …i feel like I have been having worship in my living room listening to Grace to Grace. Eyes closed hands outstretched, i imagined you and your wife beside me, then all Treepers with us giving praise to our Lord and Savior….chill bumps coursed thru me๐Ÿ’–

    Hope you and your wife also enjoy “Splinters and Stones”….stunning in its’ Grace, it touched me personally…but for the Grace of God go I. He sustains and strengthens me, Amen๐Ÿ’–

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

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  5. citizen817 says:

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  6. Molly says:

    Live From Daryl’s House – “Love Train”
    together with The O’Jays

    Liked by 7 people

    • kathyca says:

      Thanks for posting this. That was awesome! I’d never heard of this show and I didn’t even recognize who “Daryl” was until I googled it. lol I’m watching more right now ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Okay, here’s the full hour. If you like the above, and are new to Daryl’s house, you’ve got to watch the full hour to get a feel for the show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzWRT-PAGQk.

      I’ve had a continuous stream of vids, with all kinds of old and new musicians running in the background of each day for roughly 2 weeks. Thanks, to whoever first brought this to my attention then. It was either Wend or Wendy, can’t remember which. (sorry, slow-brain this am)

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Molly, was that you who first posted a link about Daryl’s house here? I can’t remember, and would like to give a shout out.

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        • Molly says:

          Can’t remember when I started posting them, it was a while back. Then every night a week or so ago. I just got back from a trip and decided this needed posting. The words — what President Trump is doing right now, in a metaphoric way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Molly says:

        THX! Yes, the entire hour shows are awesome. Love the dialog that goes on and all of them talking about the past, who knew who. I even like noticing what the chef fixes for the group when they eat at the end of the jam session.

        Cheap Trick is my all-time favorite show. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. citizen817 says:

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    • Molly says:

      I had not heard about this latest. The first thing I thought of when I first heard his interview, shortly after it happened, was … WHY was he homeless and all the refugees provided housing? Great news.

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      • Beverly says:

        Well, if he tells the Government Numpties (as the English call them) that he’s a muzz, and has four wives and 83 spawn, they won’t be able to shovel money at him fast enough.

        All the Brit terrorist imams are living on the dole, on the backs of the English ratepayers. Outrageous.

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    • smiley says:

      at first glance, I thought he was this guy…

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      • Janie M. says:

        smiley, when I first glanced at the gentleman’s face I felt he bore a resemblance to an actor but couldn’t put my finger on who it was – you are correct. They look like kin.

        Liked by 1 person

        • smiley says:

          gotta hand it to him, for such a HUNKY dude, he does a really good job of transforming himself for his roles..

          that’s him in character for new film White Boy Rick…don’t know if it’s been released yet or what it’s about but…wow.

          he also is on record for saying positive things about PDJT, also commendable for a HUNKY Hollywood dude, no ?

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  8. Molly says:

    Dear Puddy,
    I found another fashion sighting in Italy. lol
    You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  9. Lucille says:

    It’s Cursday! Have a happy one!

    TOP 10 TALKATIVE DOG BREEDS

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  10. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    There is a lot of talk on Facebook and different forums about Melania Trump coming out as Catholic. There seems to be much rejoicing among Catholics. But let’s be honest she can hardly be considered a practicing Catholic or a Catholic in good standing. At best she is practicing her faith in private.

    She has married outside the Catholic Church which is a “mortal sin”. Even Purgatory can’t cleanse such a sin. Yes, there are ways around it, look at Newt Gingrich and Callista. But many Catholics can’t conform there lives to the Church’s difficult teachings.

    I bring this up not to judge Melania’s sins. Strangely my sins are much worse than her’s and I am considered in good standing with the Catholic Church for now. I am even divorced, just never remarried. Remember it is not the divorced that is the true problem, but your marriage and/or remarriage.

    I bring this up as a problem with the Church. One of the few good things that Pope Francis it trying to fix is the marriage problem in the Church. I wish him luck. I know if I ever remarried, I would probably go back to the Evangelical church and just trust in Jesus on how to deal with my sins. You can’t call divorce an act that cannot be recognized and dealt with, but then redefine it as an annulment and act like there never was a marriage.

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    • Marian says:

      It’s called a declaration of nullity, meaning there was not a true marriage to begin with. This is not dealing with the divorce. It is a tribunal investigation of the marriage vows and whether or not the man and woman made those vows with the intentions of a true marriage. Each diocese has a tribunal and can help answer questions about this process. The fees have now been waived. The problem is not the Church. The problem is our lack of education and faith. Anyone who wants to learn more should call their diocesan tribunal office.

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      • skeinster says:

        Marian highlights a problem that was blatantly on display during yesterday’s Pope thread.

        Many outside the Church think they’re an expert on Catholic theology and practice, but apparently they’ve never cracked the Catechism of the Catholic Church and only rely on hearsay. or the media. Or, I’m sorry to admit- in the case of ordinary Catholics- badly trained priests or they were marginally educated themselves.
        .
        If you want to disagree with the Church’s theology or practice, execise your free will. Just find our what it really teaches first, from primary sources. And don’t proof text, m’kay?

        A lot of Gell Mann effect going on.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Better that they work on getting the pedophile priests out of the church first.

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    • Totally Domestic says:

      Timothy, been wondering….what’s a Ute?

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  11. BigMamaTEA says:

    Just imagine this….it’s really real……

    THURSDAY, MAY 25TH
    On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

    First and last votes expected: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – THEN

    They’ll be heading off, away, wherever they go, with no House session until June 6th!!!!

    The Senate is working Friday; but then the Senate will be gone too! Until June 5th or 6th (you know, that week-plus for Memorial Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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  12. Janie M. says:

    Yes, THIS I understand… XD

    Liked by 9 people

  13. Lucille says:

    If you or someone you know home schools, this vid series may be an excellent addition to your curriculum:

    “Syllable Lesson Video”
    LearningGamesForKids

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  14. Lucille says:

    One of the sweet doggies Wags and Walks has up for adoption (though he’s so adorable, he’s probably already living in his forever home).

    http://www.wagsandwalks.org/

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  15. nwtex says:

    In the event anyone is interested or just misses Bill O’reilly here is a podcast from May 19 2017.
    I have not listened, may do tomorrow….actually most likely will….. I enjoy his voice and delivery and views on many, many issues.

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  16. Janie M. says:

    This dog is a sound sleeper. LOL!!

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  17. Dora says:

    Fidelia Bridges (1834-1923) was one of the small number of successful female artists in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

    She was a painter and illustrator, capturing small aspects of nature: flowers, birds, and other plants in their natural settings.

    She was known for her delicately detailed paintings. She was considered a watercolor expert and specialist. She was the only woman in the group of seven notable 19th-century artists in the American Watercolor Society.

    Her illustrations were published in books, magazines and were used for greeting cards.

    Fidelia BRIDGES – Thistle and Landscape

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  18. smiley says:

    The Intruder

    tempera on panel

    1971

    Andrew Wyeth

    on the Goose River, Maine…this piece garnered $5.75 million, the second highest auction price ever, at Christie’s , in 2007.

    ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • smiley says:

      (showed up a little too dark in the post…sorry about that.)

      Liked by 4 people

      • Janie M. says:

        smiley, when I clicked on the picture, it opened in another tab, enlarged and lighter. It truly looked like a photo. I love his work. โค

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Okay smiley, for what reason did that artwork garner that kind of price? (cause personally, that’s ugly) {can you tell I know very little about art?!)

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        • smiley says:

          did you click on it, as suggested by Janie ?

          probably for 2 reasons..it’s a Wyeth…and it’s one of his best/better tempera pieces.

          tempera is excruciatingly difficult and tedious to work with (imo) but he was a master of it.

          you have to use extremely thin brushes and paint areas in a cross-hatching way, over and over and over, building it up.

          if that piece is egg tempera, you have to mix the dry pigment with raw egg.

          and then controlling the drying time, as you paint, is another hurdle…tough medium.

          that image I posted does not do the painting justice, at all.

          all the light/dark nuances are practically nil in that images making it look just plain dark.

          I could probably find much better reasons, if I search, but don’t have the time just now to do that.

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  19. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

    Liked by 11 people

  20. duchess01 says:

    Thank You, Jesus, for blessings received and prayers answered!

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  21. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day – stuck in moderation

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  22. amwick says:

    Just watching the news this morning, I saw that Queen Elizabeth visited the people who were wounded by the terrible Manchester terror Attack. Seems a very decent act, considering she is 91.

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  23. JRD says:

    Hellary’s partners in the crime, “We Came, We Saw, He Died,” and so did 8 year old children.

    Rebels living in England have claimed the UK Government waived travel bans to let them fight Colonel Gaddafi in Libya as investigators probe the Manchester bomber’s visits to Tripoli.

    Fighters which included Libyan exiles and British-Libyan residents have described how MI5 operated an open door policy for those willing to travel to North Africa to topple the dictator.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4540822/Rebels-went-Libya-MI5-blessing-amid-Abedi-probe.html

    Those who traveled to Libya to fight alongside Islamic rebel groups have described how, even though they were subject to counter-terror orders banning them from leaving their homes because they posed a security threat, they were allowed to travel to the hostile war zone.

    When they returned to the UK, having spent months alongside groups thought by British intelligence to have links with Al-Qaeda, rebels were said to have been allowed back into the country without hesitation.

    Libyan officials have backed up the claims, saying the British government were ‘fully aware’ of young men being sent to fight, turning the North African country into an ‘exporter of terror’.

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    • Shark24 says:

      Last year I spent quite a bit a time with Tunisian AF guys for work. Long story short they said that Obama/Clinton/Kerry policies in Libya would lead to more terrorism and upheaval. And they should know living right next door. Oh well, “at this point what difference does it make?” With Manchester maybe we now know the true answer to that question. God bless

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    • Janie M. says:

      JRD, the more I learn over the passing years, the more I feel the “intelligence community” is an oxymoron (this includes US and British agencies). They serve their own agendas and are joined at the hip.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        So true Janie! I’ve been researching this crap for 11 years now. I have documents. I have so much documentation that I have my own dead-woman’s switch. (waving hi NSA)

        Every single agency/department/commission/whatever they call it………is corrupt to it’s core. They’ve done things with our $$ and in our name, that you would be horrified to know. (And this is just the Executive branch)

        Then, Judicial & Congressional………………

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        • Janie M. says:

          I believe you are a force to be reckoned with and I admire you for your tenacity and patriotism. I want ALL the malfeasance dealt with in my lifetime (NOT in their afterlife); want to see perp walks but the corruption is so deep, it will take decades to detect and prosecute. President Trump will only be in office for 8 years… it will take longer than that.

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  24. helmhood says:

    Happy Feast of the Ascension!

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  25. duchess01 says:

    THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017
    Is There Hope for Katy Perry’s Reprobate Mind?

    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2017/05/katy-perrys-reprobate-mind.html

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      No!

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    • Lucille says:

      It takes a determination to look at one’s sins as sins, one’s attitudes, one’s defiance, as wrong according to Scripture, and one’s actions as indications of the condition of one’s soul.

      It is a choice to believe, to confess, to repent. It is a choice not to believe. Every person makes that choice, either consciously or subconsciously.

      What seems impossible to man is completely possible for God. Thus, no one is beyond the redemption God offers through Christ. But God leaves it up to you.

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      • duchess01 says:

        Exactly, Lucille! He gave us free will to make the choices we make – thus, we choose to reject or accept Him – however, I wonder what happens when one sells one soul to the evil one

        Romans 2:5
        โ€œBut after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;โ€

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        • Lucille says:

          God is the One that draws man to Himself and a life of good. He rejects no one who comes to Him with a repentant, confessional heart. The likelihood that those who have given themselves over to evil will ever do that is extremely remote, for satan has become their god. I do suspect that there comes a time when the Holy Spirit stops contending with a man for his soul and leaves him to his own devices.

          Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts: nor your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts.”

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          • duchess01 says:

            This is exactly what I suspect, too, Lucille – at some point – they are lost –

            “I do suspect that there comes a time when the Holy Spirit stops contending with a man for his soul and leaves him to his own devices.”

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  26. smiley says:

    The Deal Trump Is Cooking

    May 25, 2017

    Ted Belman

    http://canadafreepress.com/article/the-deal-trump-is-cooking

    “Although Abbas has yet to publicly respond to Trump’s demand that financing terrorism stop, I believe Trump will force him to do so.”

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  27. keebler AC says:

    I’m liking Melania more and more every day. This outfit is so pretty and tasteful. So nice to see. She doesn’t act like an appendage seeking outrageous attention. She doesn’t grip her husband’s hand and play adoring wife like the previous first ladies nor does she go off on her haughty own,putting down locales in African nations – admonishing them for not being feminist enough, and acting like she’s the president herself (cue Billary).

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  28. Lucille says:

    Bill Warner, PhD: Human Rights, Sharia Wrongs

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  29. Beenthere says:

    I think there will be a handshake war between USA & France.

    (For those with no sense of humor ——– it’s funny.)

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      I LOVE it!! They all need to PAY THEIR BILLS, past and present. We already have our own military. If they don’t pay their part, what’s the point of NATO!

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  30. spacette55 says:

    I’ve been following the George Webb Youtube series as it relates to the Hack vs Leak Seth Rich situation. This is a bombshell video that ties all together with the plot against Donald Trump.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      I do. If I’m not mistaken, President Trump nixed that on the like the very first day because the “check” had not been processed yet.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      spacette, thanks for posting that. Have plans to watch a lot of vids. one of the long-weekend days. This will be one of them. Periodically, I take a look a some of those vids, and capture a lot of his research.

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  31. Bendix says:

    It’s been brought to my attention that those designers who yammered about not dressing Melania Trump have been nullified, evidently.
    Melania appears in stunningly appropriate outfit after stunningly appropriate outfit, the designer is named, and we haven’t been subjected to a barrage of ugly tweets of the “don’t wear our clothes” variety.
    I believe Ralph Lauren, with his knockout inauguration day creation, had a lot to do with it. Had anyone knocked him for that concoction, they would have immediately exposed themselves as jealous wanna-be’s.
    That outfit was as beyond criticism as the sky on a beautiful summer day, as was the woman who wore it.

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    • Regina says:

      …and her hair! Always so beautiful – I wonder if that’s a wig (wouldn’t care if it was)? It’s pretty amazing that her hair is always down, yet she never seems to have a bad hair day

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  32. Lucille says:

    As we celebrate Cursday, this offering:

    “The legend of Rin Tin Tin”

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  33. imreek says:

    I think this may give an interesting view of President Trump. ( Hope it works! )
    http://www.vintag.es/2017/05/amazing-intimate-family-photos-found-in.html
    Thanks:
    Imreek

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      imreek, I remember when those were originally found. I contacted everybody I knew on the campaign trail and his exes too. Those needed to be back in the family’s possession.

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  34. Ziiggii says:

    because it matters

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  35. Troublemaker says:

    There are no words. God help us.

    โ€˜I Might . . . Pull Off a Leg or Twoโ€™
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447939/undercover-video-center-medical-progress-exposes-gruesome-abortion-practices?utm_campaign=trueanthem&utm_content=59267a9e04d3016963aed9fe&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

    Excerpt:

    If Iโ€™m doing a procedure, and Iโ€™m seeing that Iโ€™m in fear that itโ€™s about to come to the umbilicus [navel], I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix and pull off a leg or two, so itโ€™s not PBA [partial-birth abortion].

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  36. TreeperInTraining says:

    Not sure if this has been posted, but the 4Chan Bike Lock Berkeley Professor has been arrested.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/05/boom-bike-lock-basher-eric-clanton-arrested/

    Good job, guys and gals.

    Praise Kek.

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  37. Janie M. says:

    I found this lovely photo of the city in which I was born, Kyoto. My mother was from nearby Shiga Prefecture. Unfortunately, I left there as a toddler and have no memories of this historic city. It was scheduled for the atomic bomb in WWII but the intervention of a government official (and a private citizen) prevented it due to its historical significance. Nagasaki was its replacement.

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  38. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12โ€™s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  39. BigMamaTEA says:

    Amen.

    Liked by 1 person

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