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Well, I finally did it!! I completed by outfit that I need to wear for the dance competition I compete in!.  I have posted previously about wearing a cowboy hat (which I never had before) and swore I would not wear cowboy boots, let alone some kind of “western belt” LOL. I have posted photo below only of the boots and belt with a previous post showing my hat!

Anyway, I only share to show we can’t take ourselves to seriously and to have fun and laugh while we are able to because we do not know what life circumstances will develop to change that.  There are a lot of things that I thought I would never do that I am doing now and have the time of my life and I encourage anyone thinking about trying something different to make the decision and do because “you can’t be afraid of being afraid”!!

My complete dance comp wardrobe
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I have made several posts about the cowboy hat I wear for the dance competitions. As I make this post I am on the way to another event to compete in and once again it will be an opportunity to wear this hat once again.  Some may say “what is the big deal” about wearing a cowboy hat, and I say there is not but it is to me for what it represents and not what it is.

This cowboy hat gives me the opportunity to focus on something (dance competition) that has given me balance and a peace at this point in my life that I may not have had.  For example; I work for a corporation and have been doing what I do for about 20 years, but don’t get me wrong I enjoy what I do but overtime things can get on your nerves.  If all I had was this job and my whole meaning and focus was my job and trying to climb a corporate ladder with others in control of your destiny, this could make for miserable life and probably why people turn to substance abuse.

But for me, I have found something in dance competition to take my mind off all this crap which helps me clear my mind and re-vitalize me! I have to work hard a spend a lot of time practicing to be ready.  I hope I do well and win, but if I don’t that is ok because at this point in time  I believe God has delivered the very thing to me that I needed to get over the hurdles I have faced at this point in life and I will be forever thankful!!

Below is a pic of me and what I will wear on Sunday!! Lol  I am wearing a Cowboy Hat!!

 

The Competition Cowboy

I decided to go ahead and post the photo above that I am going to talk about so hopefully what I have to say makes sense.  This was the second dance competition I had competed in and the first wearing this ht and clothes.  You must know what a change it was for me to even put a “cowboy hat” on my head!!  It was just an adjustment for me and a personal hurdle that I had to overcome which I did!   I had observed during my first competition the other male competitors wearing a black cowboy hat, black shirt, black pants and boots.  During the final stages of my preparation I finally decided I was going to do this a play the part for this particular dance competition.  Some might say “what is the big deal”? and all I will say is that most of the time I do not get out of my comfort zone and I have decided that it is about time that I do!!
 
The competition was a few weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon and put on my “outfit” and went down to the ballroom ready for competition!  I danced in six different events and did not knock off the cowboy hat one time!! That was a feat in itself!!  After it was over I was so pumped up and had so much fun that I hated for it to end!  I was asking myself “why did I seem to have more fun this year than last year”?  It dawned on me that not only was I participating in the dance competition but that I played the part as well by dressing up like a “dancing cowboy”!  This may sound corny, but with the everyday drudgery of life, sometimes it is good to play another role completely different from the person that you are in real life.  Playing this role and putting on this outfit is totally different for me and has been a positive influence on my life.
 
Sometimes you need to do other things in order to get your mind thinking in a different direction instead of the same thing everyday; get up, eat breakfast, go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to bed and get up and start it all over again the next day.  Even though I do not know what they are right now, I believe this has opened my eyes to other possibilities in life and to try new things. I have decided I am not going to sit around and let time pass by wishing I had tried something or be afraid to change and as I like to say “there are always possibilities”. This has been a positive change for me and as I type this post the “cowboy hat” is hanging on the chair post as a reminder to me of what I have overcome.
 
For those who care if you look in the photo I do not have “cowboy boots” on! I only mention this because this is the final hurdle I will overcome as I purchase a pair this year to complete my “dancing cowboy outfit”!! I am having a blast!! And by the way.. that is my sweetheart in the picture with me!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In recent days it has been reported on various media outlets about the statement made by Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler in regard to Christians and Yoga.  Mohler makes the following statement in his article: ” When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga. The contradictions are not few, nor are they peripheral”. When I read this I had to post about this because I now have the “expertise” to make a comment about yoga because I just started taking it and I have been a Christian for many years so this makes me more of an expert than Mohler.   I know Mohler did not say taking yoga can send you to hell, but I title my article this way to get your attention and to point out how ridiculous this statement is.

Not once in my Yoga class have their been any “Eastern Spiritual” influence.  My whole concern during the yoga class is just trying to maintain my concentration and stamina to make it through and at no time have we talked about Buddha or some other eastern religion.  I for one am tired of this kind of rhetoric from these so-called “religious leaders”.  This is a perfect example of why the founders of this nation did not want the government establishing a religion.  Because rest assured if somehow this country had allowed Theocracy to develop people like Mohler would be in charge and it would be just like the Taliban!!  No music, no dancing, no wine with your dinner!!  The religious police would be out like the Taliban hitting everyone with their “correction” sticks if you were found violating the rules.

I for one have no fear that I am disappointing God or contradicting my faith by taking a Yoga.  Maybe Mohler should write about how Baptists expect you to be at church 5 days a week teaching, serving on committees and doing other things while Christian families are falling apart.   I don’t see in the Bible where it says I have to attend Church 5 days a week to be in good graces with God… Maybe this is contradiction that should explored!!

Below are several articles I have linked to:

 

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/yoga-what-is-it-exactly-2398028/

http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/09/20/the-subtle-body-should-christians-practice-yoga/

 

A recent article that I came across indicated that Russia was selling Syria advanced anti-ship missiles call the P-800 which are supersonic cruise missiles.   Now to those of you that are not very good at geography I will explain why this is odd the Syrians would need advanced anti ship missiles. To the west of Syria is Lebanon which is on the Mediterranean sea and to the south of Lebanon is Israel in which they share a border.  Syria does have some access the Mediterranean sea but it is well north of Israel and Israeli patrol boats do not patrol north of Lebanon near the Syrian and Turkish border.

So the only logical conclusion is the Russians are selling these missiles to Syria so at some point they can be transferred to Hizbullah for use in the next war with Israel. In the previous war Hizbullah used a surface-to-sea missile to hit an Israeli ship so it seems Hizbullah through Syria maybe getting their hands on more advanced missile systems.  The signs are all around with these types of stories of Hizbullah arming in Southern Lebanon, Syria obtaining advanced weapons, and Hamas trying to get their hands on more weapons indicating the preparations for war are taking place.

I have posted a link to the article below:

Russia to supply Supersonic missiles to Syria, despite Israel protest

http://www.jpost.com/

As we move down the road since the passage of Healthcare reform the “slow trickle” of information begins to come out on how healthcare for everyone is going to be paid for and as expected it will be paid for on the backs of working Americans.  New information has just been released that says “over the counter medications can no longer be used under a Flexible Spending Account unless there is a prescription from a doctor”. The new requirements take effect in January 2011 and the IRS has spelled out what needs to be done to meet the requirements.  If you have not guessed already and what some of us knew would happen this change is being made to raise revenue and help pay for premiums of the lower-income uninsured.

Now we know why 17,000 additional IRS agents are being hired, so they can make sure “working Americans” hand over their money to pay for all of this!!  The FSA benefited working people by helping them pay for prescriptions, office visits and over the counter medication and this are slowly being taken away!  We hear our government say “we will tax the rich” to pay for all of this.  Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but there are not enough “rich people” to pay for all of this and the plan all along was to have the working people pay for this.  The government has to get revenue from somewhere and the hiring of all these IRS agents is to make sure they get it!  Our only hope is the ballot box so I urge you to continue to vote out the current politicians in office and do this in every election until they get the point that we are all fed up and not going to take this anymore!!  I have linked to the article below.
http://www.workforce.com/section/news/article/irs-says-flexible-spending-accounts-cant-reimburse-otc-drugs.php

I have been following this story and was not sure if I would post about it but my thoughts have turned back to it and wanted to put another perspective on it.  In recent days leaders from all over the country have come out against this burning for reasons that are obvious which is; not in line with American values, inciting Islamic radicals, and placing our troops in harm’s way.  While I do not disagree with these issues I have not read or heard anyone talk about Christianity and what it is supposed to stand for based on the teachings of Jesus or even the Apostle Paul.

This church is a representative of Christ and I believe this pastor is giving Christianity a black eye by insisting on the burning  of the Quran.  In my reading of the Bible I find nowhere that would give any indication that Jesus would condone this type of behavior from His church or Christians and I don’t know how this pastor justifies what he is doing by being a follower of Christ.  While we are all sinners and not perfect by any stretch, I believe Jesus would be very disappointed in this church for wanting to do this and the Westboro Baptist Church that protests at the funeral of American soldiers.

I believe this pastor is misguided and should restrict his business to ministering to his community and Church.  I am reminded of a bible verse that may apply and I have quoted below:

22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

I am not his pastors judge or jury nor do I want to be.  I just think he should not burn the Quran based on what his faith should be about and that he is a representative of Christ and His Church.

Article located at yahoonews.com (Even pastor’s old church condemns Quran-burning)

Why might you ask is the title for my post?  Well, in my community kids are bused all over the county in the name of diversity etc… at the cost of about 70 million dollars a year for fuel, bus drivers, and the other costs associated with busing.  In the last week the school board voted to raise property taxes $30 dollars per $100 of assessed value on property to help “fund” the schools because they are running out of money.  Busing was implemented in the 1970’s (in which I was a victim of) and at the time things did not cost as much and there was plenty of money to pay for these social programs.

However, things are different in 2010. The federal government is bankrupt, unemployment is at 10% and the jobs people are getting don’t pay enough to afford any extra other than food, clothing and shelter.  All of these social engineering programs cost money so in the last 30 years the government ran deficits to pay for them and now the bill has come due.  But the liberals continue down this road of spending money like it was 30 years ago.  Think about it!! 70 million dollars a years to bus kids all over the county!! Look at what that money could be used for.  Newer school bldgs, hire more teachers and new programs for students.

The liberals in this country have to realize there is no more money and we can’t keep taxing year after year to pay for it.  If these social engineering programs cost this kind of money then it is time to get rid of them.  I don’t have any more money to pay in taxes especially with Obama care because my health insurance premiums will be going up later this year so I do not know where these tax and spend liberals think they are going to get their money.  I think the government just wants us to give them our paychecks so they can take care of us!! To me that seems to be where it is headed.

I wanted to copy and paste a post I had from the first of the year that relates to my title and on my post from a few days ago in which I think is relevant so here it is:

I posted the other day about the Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and wanted to add some more info on what I have read or heard about his beliefs.  It has been said that he believes the “Mahdi” will return and Ahmadinejad needs to help speed up his return.  Who is the Mahdi you might ask?  He is suppose to be the prophesied redeemer of Islam and is suppose to return to earth with Jesus being a subordinate to him.  I have no issue with anyone having a faith and believing a certain way about their religion.  The issue I have is with the leader of a country that believes this and thinks that he needs to help the Mahdi to return by instigating some type of global conflict is ridiculous.  The reason why we should be concerned is that Iran is on the verge of nuclear weapons and someone who believes this way with nuclear weapons in their possession is very dangerous and should be taken very seriously with what they say.

I do not believe there needs to be an attack on Iran as I think there are things going on behind the scene’s now to try to stop this man.  While this is only speculation on my part the following is worth mentioning.  If you look at a map of the middle east and find Iran see the countries to the west and east of Iran.  The country to west is Iraq and the country to the east is Afghanistan and now the United States is in both countries.  Coincidence?? I don’t know but I believe the U.S. is using this to our advantage to destabilize Iran so an attack will not be needed. I don’t believe it is a coincidence either that all of a sudden there are demonstrations in Iran as I think the U.S. is helping to organize these which is a good thing in my opinion.

I am not defending the Bush administration, but all along maybe they all knew Iran was driving toward nuclear weapons and by invading Iraq this would start the policy of “containment” against Iran with the United States being able to influence Iran from its eastern and western borders.  Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think.

As of this post Iran has fired up its nuclear power plan at Bushehr and as Iran tells it they need this for fuel even though they posses on of the largest oil reserves in the world!!   In past proclamations the Iranian leader Ahmadinejad has pronounced that it is his responsiblity to bring about the return of the “Mahdi or the Twelfth Imam” and this needs to be done by some kind of apocalyptic conditions.  I have referenced a quote  from Joel Rosenberg:

As Joel Rosenberg, former aide to Benjamin Netanyahu, put it last year: “[I]n order to bring about this Islamic messiah, the Mahdi, the Twelfth Imam, Islamic leaders need to hasten his coming by destroying little Satan, Israel, and the great Satan, the United States. … [T]he leaders actually believe they need to create bloody carnage, the death of millions of people in order to create the conditions for the Mahdi to bring peace” (emphasis mine throughout).

This is not Rosenberg just making this up but Ahmadinejad believes this and has stated this publicly that he must help usher in the return of the Mahdi. Apparently when Ahmadinejad was the mayor of Tehran he ordered the building a “grand avenue” for the Mahdi when he returns.  I guess this was done to allow the Mahdi to walk down the streets of Teheran, I don’t know.

While the West continues to negotiate and compromises the media plays Ahmadinejad up like he is some kind of nut and we don’t need to pay attention to him.  However, history s full of nut cases that lead to war, but this time the nut case will have nuclear weapons at his disposal.  It is obvious that Ahmadinejad believes in the return of the Mahdi and as long as he is in power and has this believe there is no telling what disaster this will lead to.   We all thought Al-Qaeda were crazy because they lived in caves an look what carnage they have brought to the world. So think about what a bunch of loons like this would do if they have nuclear weapons!!

Link to article

http://www.thetrumpet.com/