15 July, 2024

Republican Convention on Day One. Who will save America?

Been listening to the Republican Convention on YouTube today.  I missed the first part.  I don't set alarms for these things, so I started late.  I hope to view some of what I missed through other videos.

It is quite a speaking event.  I haven't seen others, except (maybe) some other years when Trump was in it.  Maybe the first time.  This time I listened mostly, while playing a word game.  Am I a multi-tasker or just waiting to hear something important to me?  :-)  

I am wondering what they do at a political convention.

I am at CSPAN's YouTube channel.

I think the VP choice looks good.  He might be a good president in the future.  We have seen that Trump is danger.  We need to think about those possibilities.  

I don't think I want to see a Harris presidency.  I hope Trump wins this election.  He's our best bet.  It seems like a very long election cycle this year.

We are facing decisions where we need to pick the least harmful option.  I keep wondering if this is what the Bible means when we become a world that is evil.  Day by day, election by election, law by law, global vs national vs state vs county.  It is hard to see this all happening.

I keep listening to two older videos about politics.  You may know what they are because I have shared them before.  The main one I love is the Ripple speech by Bobby Kennedy.  The other one is a Reagan speech for Goldwater's campaign for President.

The Kennedy speech is about ideals.

The Reagan speech is about finances.

Both issues are important to our nation.

We don't hear speeches like these anymore.  And I wonder why.


https://youtu.be/BeqY2oMiwx8?si=ifFco489FR36R-0D   Kennedy's Ripple of Hope speech

https://youtu.be/qXBswFfh6AY?si=a71MWTpBUlqdSHjW   Reagan's Time for Choosing speech

They talk about character.  And more.  I wasn't political at all back then.  I wonder if I ever saw anything like these speeches on the news.  I doubt it.  I don't remember anything about them.  It is amazing what the brain recalls and what it doesn't.

The view of poverty programs from people who never needed or survived by them is always something to think about.  In my years of Welfare and other poverty issues, there were many efforts by people to get more money to live on, even moving state to state because they didn't understand that the costs to live were higher also.  There are movies about what it was like to live on Welfare in the early years, before my experience started.  I couldn't believe people went through what they did, just to get help from the government.  

The Reagan video mentions another example.  It was about getting more money if you were divorced rather than staying married.  I vaguely recall this issue, but I have always been single on government benefits so I wouldn't know about it.

When you listen to the Reagan video the amounts are amazing.  I think this is what inflation is all about, and the national debt is the link to inflation.

One part of the Kennedy video that hits me every time I hear it is the list of problems all over the world.  And the connection to humanity.  The problems we face, everywhere, all the time, are often from people without a moral base.  I would say they aren't Christian or biblical, but these countries have some kind of faith base and still have serious problems.  

There are some amazing statements in the Kennedy speech.  I think that is why I listen to it over and over again.


What will happen to America?  This is a more important election than the last one.  Our problems have gotten worse.

There is no guarantee any political party can save us from the economic threats we face.  I hope, again, that Trump will be able to guide us through to a better place because of his experience in business and his past term as President.  He could be in office for two terms, I think.  It's going to take a huge effort to save us.

Let's hope GOD is really trying to help us survive what history has created.



08 July, 2024

Finding GOD's Truth in the Bible


I am always thinking about how GOD works out His Plans.

I guess I am just trying to figure out what He is doing in the world, in my world, in the lives of others.

We all have interpretations about what the Bible says.  That is why we have so many denominations, why we are divided, why we think our ideas are the right ones.

I guess I do the same thing.

When I was searching for my answers about GOD, I made my own decisions about what GOD was trying to show us.  Nothing big, just the conflicts we seem to have.  I needed to decide which view I thought was the right one.

I listen to a video sermon from Adrian Rogers called the Final Judgment.  There are points he makes about the two places called HELL and DEATH, the GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT, and the LAKE OF FIRE.  I understand the concept of Death and Hell being temporary spaces we go to when we die to wait for the big Judgment, the Great White Throne Judgment.  Death is for the saved, Hell is for the unsaved.  The Lake of Fire is the final place for those who are not saved, not in the Book of Life.  

And then there are all the Martyrs -- the souls who wait under the Throne for the Day of Judgment - to be avenged.  They seem to be a separate group.

In the sermon about the Final Judgment, Adrian Rogers makes one statement about the White Throne Judgment that I don't understand.  He says that anyone who is saved will not have to stand before that final White Throne Judgment.  I am not sure that is the right way to see our future.

I say this because of the martyrs.  They are the only ones I have found who will never face the second death at the Great White Throne Judgment.  

I think we will still face the White Throne.  My view of our sins is that when we confess and repent of our sins, accepting Christ's substitutionary offering for them, they are removed from our "book" in judgment.  Christ's sacrifice covers them.  They are no longer part of our judgment process because we have confessed and repented and accepted Christ's death as our atonement for them.  

This is how I understand the process of forgiveness. 

Consequences of our sins never go away.  Forgiveness is a different thing.

This is what I decided when I studied the Bible to find answers.

Every denomination has their own definitions of what the Bible says.  I think we have to search for our own understanding.  We are all just humans.  Only GOD really knows what He means.  Some parts of what He says are hard to know.  It takes many years to go through all the different passages about any topic, and there are things I will never know about history that is related to some of the Bible's stories.  BUT -- I am still responsible for seeking out these answers myself.  

We have to find a way to become One Body.  Talking through all these differences is the only way I see this happening.  

I hope we can create a global effort, one the world will be able to access and be a part of.  It may be the only good thing the internet can accomplish, for all of us.

I hope GOD allows us to do that.



04 July, 2024

Where is America going?

 

There are fireworks going outside.  The neighbors do their own.  I haven't done anything with fireworks since my kids grew up.  

The 4th of July is now about America to me.  Our nation.  What is happening to it.  How it has changed over my lifetime.

I used to think everyone wanted to be an American.  Then I realized that everyone loves their country, they just don't like their government.  I think that is happening to America now.    

I suppose this is part of getting old... or seeing prophecy become reality.  I'm not sure what happened.  I know that our government has changed.  It is becoming more about mandates and control.  Of course, I didn't really pay attention to everything the government was doing.  Now that I have discovered some serious topics and the part the government played in those topics, my respect for our national leaders has become jaded (I think that is the right word.) - less trusting.

I learned a lot about government through my years of poverty and Welfare.  

Other issues happened after I was alone, no longer a mother, and had more time to even think about things.

I have been watching more YouTube videos about poverty, housing, and economic issues.  My feed seems to bring up a lot of videos from Australia, some from the UK, and others from all over the US.  It lets me see that these problems exist all over the world.  

When you are the one that is suffering, it seems like the place where you are is the only place in the world something exists.  People in the UK feel the pains of struggling to survive as much as the people in Australia.  We haven't had the ability to know about each other's lives before.  The internet is changing this.  YouTube is changing this.  

I really don't know where America is heading.  I hope it will survive, but there are no guarantees.  The world government we are heading into has the entire North American continent as one region.  I am wondering if our Constitution will matter when that time comes.  All these issues that reach the Supreme Court may not even exist in a world government.  We will all be ruled by the global format.

Immigration will not be an issue if we are all one region.  No borders.  One economic ruling force.  Will we need a wall then?  It is a strange thought.  What will a one-world government look like?

Everything America has stood for, in its best sense, is very great.  I hate to think of it going away.  I am glad I was born an American.  I love my country's historical meaning.  Freedom is a wonderful thing to have.  Morality is why America became so great.  Biblical morality.  And GOD's protection for our faith in Him.

We don't have that protection anymore.  Maybe that is why we are facing so many difficult problems now.  I have often thought about that question of GOD's protection.  We expect Him to keep us from harm, but there is a two-way relationship with that promise.  We haven't done our part.  

People in the church want us to have a revival.  It would help, but it won't solve all our problems.  

Atheists want GOD to be dropped from all things, eliminated.  I don't think they have considered what the world will be like without godly people.

Most people don't want to give up their sin.

I don't think we will be able to solve this part of our problems.

Let's pray hard to try to change GOD's mind.

In Christ,

Deborah Martin

https://work2gather.us  



01 July, 2024

America and those who cannot protect themselves

 

I was busy watching videos about retirement issues and economic issues, housing problems and opportunities that are new, and thinking about watching a movie before it got so late.  

I sent an email to the Mayor's office in New York City today.  I watched a video about NYC by Cash Jordan and the immigration issues they are struggling with.  I decided to share a memory from my life with the Mayor because that was the only contact point I could find that was related to the issue.  I don't know if I will get a reply that is worth anything, but I felt it was important enough to share.

When I was younger, I can't remember when it was, there was a movement in the US to sponsor Vietnamese people in our churches and other groups across the nation.  I imagine it was somewhere around the time of the Vietnam war, but I can't be sure.  It may have been another people group.  It's been so long ago.  But I vaguely remember it being about Vietnamese people, maybe Vietnamese families.

What I wanted to share with the Mayor is the sponsorship program.  Churches committed to caring for these immigrants.  They helped with housing, jobs, getting settled into American culture, and language issues.  I imagine there are groups in NYC that can do the same thing, especially with the language barriers.  I think families are the most critical need for housing and jobs and building a better future, but I also know singles and couples will be in need.

In Oregon, there are new laws being implemented about homelessness and camping in public spaces.  One interview on the news was a couple with a dog.  The news person asked if they would follow the mandate.  No one talked about the restrictions in shelters against couples and dogs.  I wondered what the government expected them to do, and how to handle the dog issue.  Dogs are a safety issue for homeless people.  Being a couple is a safety issue as well as a human need.  These things don't go away just because you are homeless.  It's been a problem for as long as I can remember.

I think it is foolish of the government to expect people to leave all the things they have struggled to create so they can build a better future just to spend a night in a shelter.  What are they supposed to do with all their belongings, and their dog?  What is needed is a safe space to "live" in their tents as they keep building a better future.

I hate to see this happen.

When I was homeless, I didn't have all the extras.  It was just me.  Just a backpack of some kind.  No pets.  No tents.  No man.  Sometimes a vehicle, sometimes not.  Sometimes kids, sometimes not.  And I tried to find Christian shelters if I could, because I am a Christian.  Things are different in non-Christian shelters and services.  The unsaved don't like the differences in Christian shelters.  This spiritual battle exists in many parts of our lives/world, including within social services.

The Mayor here talked about shelter being a "carrot" to offer the homeless... about offering it over and over again.  Then he said the law has to become a stick (fines and jailtime) to make the homeless change.  This is where the couple with the dog don't fit.  They aren't trying to be difficult, they just want to be together, protect each other, protect their dog, protect their small amount of belongings, protect their lives, and find a better future.  What good will government "interventions" do for their lives? 


So, I will continue looking for better options as I wait for GOD to provide for me and Working Together.  It's all I can do right now.

In Christ,  Deborah Martin  -  https://work2gather.us 


Happy 4th of July to America

We are seeing our freedoms become mandates.  I'm not sure what America will look like in the near future.  I am trying to keep my eyes on GOD and my faith in His ability to accomplish His Will in our time.  

27 June, 2024

Prophecy and Politics, Religion and Culture - what we are becoming

 

I have been thinking about this post for the past several days, since my last post.  I see things, read things, think about things, and wonder what (if) I should say about them.  There are too many issues within the church and outside of it to comment on.


I recently watched a video or videos on the Southern Baptist Convention voting on women as ministers.  The Bible says women are not to be in that position, so it is a win for Satan when they do.  I always think about the judgment of Eve in the Garden.  GOD told her we would always strive with men in this way.  

And the Women's Movement is a very powerful force that has seeped into every church and pushed us into these leadership wars.  GOD doesn't mean women are not good leaders, good people, valuable in ministry, or any other viewpoint.  It just means that GOD said it would be our forever judgment.  

I prayed about this issue a long time.  I decided it is acceptable for women to operate businesses as an option for supporting the church.  This was part of the reason I started Working Together.

When I was young, I thought about becoming a nun because I was so focused on GOD.  But I wanted to have a family more.  Later, I read the Bible for myself and became a Christian.  I never wanted to lead a church, but I did think of other ways to become a blessing to God and others.  Bible Growth Groups was one of those other ways.

It's hard to think about the ways my life strayed from the path of GOD, but it did.  The teen years are so vulnerable.  The Enemy knows this.  Now the Enemy is going more and more into the younger years of kids.  And then there is abortion - killing kids before they can be born.  I think this is the modern form of child sacrifice, in spiritual terms.  We don't think of these battles as spiritual, we call them political, human rights, discrimination, oppression, healthcare, and more.  The government sees the costs of caring for another body and the inability of the budget to do so.  Women see their future destroyed instead of seeing other possibilities that might be even better.  I remember one woman who had a baby that had physical issues and then aborted the second pregnancy she had.  I thought she probably killed the person who would have cared for the first child when she was gone.  God says our babies have a purpose.  They are not just an inconvenient problem.    

Today, just before starting this post, I watched two videos about Pride Month.  One was Cissy Graham Lynch, the other was a street preacher at a Pride event.  

Cissy's post was the more acceptable format.  And some of the points she made hit me.  She said we all know someone in the gay community now.  The numbers have grown that much.  I thought about the End Times and us.  

The latter video showed how hateful the gay community is, while it claims the Christian community is the voice of hate.  It is amazing to me how they act.  The Bible tells us their eyes/minds are blinded by the Evil One.  This can be true of Christians on any topic they don't want to deal with.  We all want acceptance of our sin, not judgment.

The truth is the world is becoming the place it is prophesied to become.

I don't know how to watch someone I love choose evil.  I think about their eternity.  I pray to GOD for mercy, to find a way to reach them.  GOD has until the moment they die.  Maybe my prayers will keep them alive until they do change their path.

There is so much deception in sin.  Like all those young people who were hating the street preacher.  They are only surrounded by people like them.  There are no real conversations about God and salvation. 

It's like countries where the main religion forbids any individual choice about where their citizens want to spend their own eternity.  Women in those countries are mistreated, abused, and killed for reasons I cannot comprehend.  What would we do if we were born in one of those countries?  I often thank GOD I was born an American, and in the time that I was born.  My childhood was very different than the world now.


The next election is frightening for our nation and the world.  We have two people who represent very different paths forward.  I don't know how committed either one is to the principles GOD has shared in the Bible.  I don't know if they have ever read the Bible.  I don't know if they were recently saved or think they are saved.  By their words and actions, we have to wonder about both of them.  I wonder what the next President will do to our country.

I hope the Body of Christ can prepare for what is ahead.

Pray for all of us.

In Christ,

Deborah Martin

https://work2gather.us 



24 June, 2024

LGBT "Pride" and what it says

 

"Pride Month" is coming to a close.  This graphic is my statement about the LGBT... community taking the rainbow as their own.  I think it is a statement about their underlying motives in all that they do.  Nothing is without purpose in their attacks.  GOD is the only thing that is never going to change directions and accept their decisions about sex, which I would say includes gender issues.

This is a serious battleground.

GOD has already shared details about the End of our world, in the Bible, and their part is the main show.  I am not sure how the violence by the gay community will become the norm, but we can see it growing already.

This hatred of all things GOD is why cake makers are attacked in court, why the words in the Bible are attacked and redefined to say what the LGBT community wants them to say, it is why they have gone into the churches to try to change the foundations of true Christianity.

It isn't going to change what GOD says, but the LGBT community feels they are winning the social battle for their cause.  And they are, in many respects, because most people don't fight with them.  It is a form of violence.  It is a kind of violence that has always existed.

What is really at stake is their souls.  Their eternities.  Their final judgment by the GOD that they want to erase.  The Bible is GOD's set of rules.  We don't make the rules.  GOD does.  In the end, when they stand before GOD in the final judgment, their interpretation of what GOD is and what GOD says will not matter.  They will be judged by GOD's laws.

This situation exists in the churches as well.  We have so many denominations because there are disagreements about what the Bible is really saying.

I studied it for myself because I wanted to know what it said, how GOD saw things, what really mattered in His eyes.  I think everyone needs to do this.  If you only know what another person has decided is true about GOD and the Bible, then you are letting them decide where you will spend your eternity.

GOD is able to show you what you need to know.  You have to invest the time.  It took me many years to discover what I found in the Bible.  I haven't read the whole thing yet.  I may discover more things before I die.

Why do people hate what the Bible tells us?  Because they love their sin.  They don't want to stop sinning.  They enjoy what they are doing.  There are "benefits" to sin.  They don't know what life without those sins would be like.  They don't want to leave their "friends and family."  I suppose there are many reasons people see sin as being better than changing. 

I wish they understood that life with GOD is so much better.  

It may take some time to reach that point, but it is true.  Once you really know the Truth, you can never go back to what you were, what you once thought was better.  

Yes, eventually the LGBT... community and drug cartels will win the world.  Sin and violence will rule every day.  The Bible tells us this is true.  But it won't be a good life.  The world will become a very terrible place.

God's good people will not be here, unless someone gets saved after they are killed by the Antichrist.  I can't say what will be happening then.  I only know I won't be here.  

Every true Christian desires the best for other people.  We want you to find the difference salvation makes in anyone's life.  We hope you search the Bible for the Truth.  GOD is not afraid of your doubts.  He will show you what you need to know to make a real decision.

And that is the bottom line: you have to make the decision for yourself.  No one else can do that for you.  If you follow the group, the group may lead you to hell and the Lake of Fire.  You have to seek out the answers for yourself.

I hope we meet in heaven one day.

Deborah Martin

https://work2gather.us  



21 June, 2024

Another season of failed Christians in the media

 


I have to say I was shocked to see another mega minister in the news for their failures.  I was just getting over seeing Tony Evans exposed for an "unnamed sin."  Now that Robert Morris has been discovered for a pretty serious sexual sin at the age of 21 and beyond, I am waiting for the traditional set of three to be completed. 

It took about three videos at YouTube to understand the details of what happened.  It is really heartbreaking when you find this kind of failure in a leader.  His youth is not an excuse for this one.  If he wasn't a pastor, and such a big pastor, it might not matter as much, but it would still be a terrible thing.

I remember my youth.  In those days, college boys would get involved with high school girls.  I think we called them "jail bait" in those days.  I don't know if that's the term that is still used, but this was worse.  This was more like pedophilia. 

The life of being such a huge minister is probably like the life of a huge star.  People throw themselves at you.  The damage they do gets hidden, we never really know what their lives are like.  We see the public persona.

Only God knows the hearts of people.  We hear sermons about how Satan knows our weaknesses and does the best he can to destroy our lives and our souls by tempting us into submission.  It really is a daily battle.  The Enemy doesn't care about us, but GOD does.  I remember the moment I finally realized that the way out GOD promises to provide for us is sometimes just saying no.

Since I discovered the news about Tony Evans, I have thought about the issues around standing firm in GOD's Truth.  I have decided my mantra needs to be the words spoken by the three Hebrews refusing to bow down to a statue of the king in the land where they were held captive.  They told the king that their God could save them, but even if He didn't, they would not bow down.  

This is our need, today, in our time in history.

Even if GOD doesn't save us, make us safe, protect us from the anger and suffering that our Enemy brings into our lives, we will still not bow down.

It doesn't say we can become violent and hurt others.  They simply refused to do what the king had decreed.  They didn't fight what the Enemy decided was their punishment.  I didn't read anything about them trying to escape from the king's punishment.  Everything was focused on GOD.  

I hope I will be able to stand for GOD when life becomes very hard.  It has always been an issue with me because of the path GOD has taken me on.  

I have often wondered why GOD chose to put the desire for Working Together into my heart and life.  I am not a model Christian.  I suppose I model failure.  Three kids, three different fathers, no marriage.  I am sure I could share a lot of reasons for my failures, but they won't change the fact that I chose to sin.  Sin has consequences.  They never go away.  

I wondered why Robert Morris is suffering more consequences now.

I suppose GOD has a reason.  Perhaps He is leading Mr. Morris to a new path.  When we sin, GOD has to judge it.  I think He also has to lead us to a new place.  We will never be the same person after dealing with our sin, our weaknesses, our consequences, the pain we have caused others.  Only GOD knows the details in the life of Robert Morris. 

I can share that my sins resulted in greater consequences for each failure.  

I don't know if that is what GOD does with everyone, but it is what He did with me.

I should share my poster about choices and consequences.  It has a statement about the different effects of our individual choices.  


Maybe it will help you to see the effects of your decisions on others. 









17 June, 2024

Mondays are always mixed up! :-)

 

This is another ad I tried at the same NW Christian newspaper.  I don't recall how long I ran it, but it was probably a December effort.

December is the annual Membership month.  I chose that on purpose.  Memberships run yearly, January through December.  This makes it easier to work out the finances for Member benefits.  

This is still the plan.

This ad was for the 2022 year.  That means it probably ran through December 2021.

I am still thinking about a way to allow Memberships again... throughout the year.  The TRIAL MEMBERSHIP was my previous option. 

You can see it was Digital Only, with limited updates (quarterly).  I think I started it off at $10 but had to raise it as costs kept rising.  

I decided this year was too dangerous for any memberships because of the economy and my poverty.  :-)  I struggle to get through every month, I can't afford a global event.  This is why I am trying to raise funds first.

Working Together is not like a regular ministry.  It has different needs.  GOD has to provide the ability to establish it, the finances, the start to this major effort.

I put new links up at the website to see if GOD would provide.

I have problems with all my electronics, but I figure GOD is big enough to deal with the problems I face.  I just keep waiting for GOD to do whatever needs to be done, and I try to keep getting prepared for the time He finally starts moving WT into the places it needs to be.

I am still looking for the Christian GOD wants to take over the operations of Working Together.  I know He will bring them into view when the time gets here to hand over the responsibility to care for as many Christians as we can until the Antichrist decides to kill us.

It is hard to watch America and the rest of the world change so much, even if it is linked to God's prophecies.  

I guess that will be enough for this post.  Please pray for me and for WT and for all of the Christians in our world.  Pray we become ONE BODY IN CHRIST, and that we find a way through what is left of our freedoms and faith.  Pray we gather in every community and begin to protect each other.  Pray we will be blessed by GOD and use our resources wisely.  Amen.

In Christ, Deborah Martin, https://work2gather.us 



13 June, 2024

Protecting the Body of Christ


Working Together and the Body of Christ.  It has been my life.  It is still my life, even though I am trying to find a senior path.

This design was an ad in a Christian newspaper.  I advertised for so many years, and never had a single response.  Makes me wonder why.

I decided to share it again today because I like the statement.  I don't have the money to finance anyone buying the mug, but the statement is still very important.

Selling something digital is better for me and for Working Together right now.  I have been trying to sell a printable of my very important writing called SERVANTS, also at Etsy, so I can avoid the problems of product costs.  If you decide to buy anything, that would be the right thing to buy... right now.  Later, I would have more options.

I have been trying to decide what the best path forward for me is.  I don't know what GOD is doing, but I know He is trying to warn His People, to provide for them, to protect us from the thngs we don't yet know about or understand in this time of history.  The Beast, the Antichrist, what prophecy means in our age.  Technology is becoming more than anyone could have thought it would.

I listen to a lot of Christian sermons on YouTube these days.  It is the easiest way for me to access Christian messages.  I also try to find news, movies, books to listen to, songs, and other digital materials to think about and find answers.  The internet has changed our lives in so many ways.  It is the future.  It is also a great danger for freedom, for finances, for government, for everything we know.  I can see why GOD may have chosen this time for the Antichrist and our deaths by him.

I am seeking GOD for the path forward.  

If I cannot do what I need to do, I look to GOD for the path I can take, what I can do, and what I believe He wants me to do.  I know that nothing in this world can stop GOD from accomplishing His Will in this world.  I have to trust that He will do whatever is needed.  That is what I do.  Wait.  Do what I can.  Wait for GOD to solve the problems.

In this election year, America is at a more serious crossroads than others in the past.  The choice between Trump and Biden, Republican and Democrat, conservative and liberal, is a serious fork in the path to our future.  The ability to vote is our right to choose which direction we take.  

None of our choices will be perfect.  Every person running for every office is not a perfect person.  We have to choose the people who are heading in the directions we want to go.  We have many serious problems in our nation, and soon the world will become one government -- that will change EVERYTHING in all of our lives.  The decisions of government will become the prophecies of the Bible.  

I don't know if Working Together can help us, but I hope GOD shows us why He created it.  It must have an important place in our story.  I think it will help us become ONE Body of Christ, but it will also help us do more for each other.  That was my hope anyway.

In Christ,

Deborah Martin

https://work2gather.us



10 June, 2024

Art ahead

 


I decided to re-publish my Patreon pages on Saturday.  It took until Sunday morning to get it done.

Now I have to figure out how to make them work out for my life.  I have been at Patreon for years and not had any response.  

Naturally, a lot of that may be due to my posting details.  Learning the internet is quite a long-term task.  I am still trying to figure it out.  

BUT...

I am also working on learning to post video from my phone.  That will help. 

And I continue to work on making videos on my desktop computer.  Video is my go-to, and it seems to be everyone else's.  Camera, software, decent computer, etc.  It is an expensive part of life online.  The phone seems to be the easiest option, for now.

I have also discovered Patreon now has selling options, so that will also help.  It seems to be digital products only.  I can figure out some kind of digital products to sell.  My designs.  Maybe some of the booklets I have been wanting to create.

And I am working on how to market my income sites.  I have always been working on marketing but never been sure how to budget it into my current income.  I have very limited financial options for marketing and that changes monthly.  I need to FORCE myself to start somewhere.  By Christmas season.

We come back to Start-Up Funding.  Or Gorilla tactics.  I don't think I will be one of those old business heroes who start with a dollar and become billionaires.  :-)   I have been trying that.  I don't think I have that many years left.  


I won't get a routine going for a bit yet, but you can check out my two pages at Patreon ::

https://patreon.com/Art2you 

https://patreon.com/DebsRetirementPlan 

My original page is only for historical reference.


More to do... so that's all for today.

In Christ,

Deborah Martin



06 June, 2024

Affirmations and Faith

I have been listening to some very old audio books on YouTube.  About success, in different points of view.  One of these uses faith as its foundations and links the consequences we face to the subconscious, right thinking, affirmations, faith, karma, and I'm not sure what else.  I have been realizing that all of these things are related but we don't see them in our own definition of Christian Faith.

Affirmations are like meditating on the Word.  They are a way to change our subconscious thoughts.  Modern science has discovered the power of our subconscious mind.  We do things without thinking, we choose mates that are like someone we did not want in our lives (the mother or father that was harmful to us), we sabotage our happiness and success without knowing we are doing it or why, and more.

Consequences and Karma are pretty much the same effect, whether good or evil.  I have a saying I made up a long time ago about consequences that says, "You can call it God, or you can call it Karma, but [it all means the same thing: consequences].  

Joel Osteen talks about stating the positive as we look for God's blessings.  This is really about training your mind to see good results... to EXPECT good results, not to believe you are not worthy of them.  It's about "attracting" what you are praying for.

Faith is really a big thing in GOD's teachings.  We receive blessings according to our faith.  I think it is also about His Will for our individual lives, but the principle is still about our level of faith.  

Prosperity Preaching is similar but different.  Prosperity Preaching is telling God what He's going to give us.  In this conversation, about blessings, it is what I call "presumption."  Faith is more about prayer.  Another of my sayings is, "There's a thin line between Faith and presumption."  It would probably take many pages in a book to work out the details of these two parts of our modern spiritual perspectives.  I will let you work it out.

My search has been about GOD's provisions for me, or lack of them.  

I don't have the demanding kind of Faith.  I have the "God will provide all I need when I need it." kind of faith.  These books, the one mentioned above is from 1925, are giving me new looks at how this has been a problem throughout time.  Some parts make sense.  I question others.  

I am in the process of clarifying my goals so the have a way to be "checked off" when they happen.  I have never been able to clarify my goals for Working Together because it is such a HUGE goal for a person like me.  I am going to try to put as many of the pieces of these goals down on paper and see how it goes.  I GOD has built this business-ministry in me for some reason, so I just keep waiting for Him to provide for it.  I am now thinking about this Faith process I am coming across in books I read years ago and books I am just discovering.

Times are going to get worse.  We can see it in the economy, in global problems, in rising crimes and violence, in government oppression.  How will our FAITH continue in what is ahead of us?  I don't know.  My problems with God's provision will be the same for millions of other Christians.  I am trying to understand what GOD will expect from us, and how we can depend on Him with increased crimes and persecutions.

Pray that GOD will open His doors of provision for Working Together and that we will know how to use those provisions for all of us.  Amen.  



03 June, 2024

Another month.

I guess I will never make it as a mover and shaker... I forgot about this post and went to bed earlier in the evening.  Here I am, after 11:30pm, trying to make the midnight deadline.

My mind was on the economy.

I have wondered what I can do to protect my life from the ravages of inflation and the possible collapse of the government because of the high debt we carry and continue to depend upon.  I don't think there is anything I can do.

The subject of GOD enters the process.

Is my faith in the government or is my faith in GOD's ability to provide for my needs.  I haven't decided if it is GOD that provides for me through the government or will provide in some other way.

Faith is a hard road to travel.  We can't see GOD, or the way He accomplishes things in our world, so it is a daily challenge.  How much is my part, how much is His part?  

I still don't have that answer.

I plan to keep trying, doing my best each day, believing that GOD is the source of all that comes into my life that is good, and Satan is the source of all that comes into my life that is bad... and I am responsible for those choices and consequences that I have control over.

I don't quite know how that gets divided.  It seems we are in a war that we cannot see, a spiritual war, and all our choices created this current place we all must share in history.

What do you think about the spiritual realms?

Can we change our lives when we choose what is good?  Choose GOD?

I hope so.














30 May, 2024

GOALS - what are they?

 

I was listening to something on YouTube about business / goals today, and this was one of the points made.  I think it was one of the Brian Tracy videos, about his work but not by him, it was on some kind of channel about Motivation.

It has been the only thing keeping me going since my children were very young and I was struggling to survive on Welfare.  It was all I could do.

It was, however, strange to hear on a video about Brian Tracy (a compilation of some kind).

Years ago, I requested some materials from him.  Somewhere along the way, I received a CD that I believe I still have.  It became one of the treasures of my life.  The title was, Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life.  I listen to it when I feel the need to remind myself of what it shares.

Other books important through my life were:

Acres of Diamonds, by Russell Conwell, I believe.  This is a very short booklet that is so worth your time.  I think you can find copies to print out.  I have given this to many people over my lifetime.  I hope I still have my personal copy.

As A Man Thinketh, by James Allen.  You can find a lot of YouTube videos about this short book.   There are audiobooks on YouTube and in libraries.  I also found an updated version at a Barnes and Noble bookstore, which I sent to one of my sons.  I like the smaller classic edition.

I will have to look for my special collection of these kinds of books.  I have most of my belongings/books in storage boxes because of my downsizing efforts.


I have been slowly collecting notes I have about making goals and the goals I have had over time.  I am going to create a Master List again... or try to.  I have quite a lot of goals, small and large.

In some of the materials I have read or listened to, the idea of deciding on an amount of money has been important.  I have never been able to settle on any kind of amount because of my poverty and knowing there was little I could do without a decent amount of start-up funds.  I am trying to decide on an amount this time.  That will take time.  It will be beyond anything I would ever expect to receive, which is not part of the faith equation.  It could be I handicap my efforts before they begin.  I will have to think about this as I try to decide on a realistic amount to begin developing Working Together.  For my own goals, the amount would be smaller.  :-)

That is the content of my life right now.

I have also considered re-doing a challenge I did many years ago... deciding what I would do with a million dollars (I say tax-free!).  I am wondering what I would say this time.  Would it be enough?  

The government would take a lot of it for taxes and my school loans, so that is why I have to decide if it is really a whole million dollars.  (This is why I only buy lottery tickets when the prizes are very huge... there would be money left over for everything else.)

What would you buy with a million dollars?

I say most regular people will buy a new house, new car, and share with their kids and other loved ones.  After that, it becomes a personal focus... what charities they like, etc.

It's hard to separate money from all the things we want in our lives.

That why GOD tells us the choice is always between GOD and Mammon (money).


Well, that's about it for today.  Talking about the effects money has on us is depressing for me.  It reminds me of all the good things I wanted to do.

Until next time,

Deborah Martin 



28 May, 2024

Praying for specific things. Seeing what GOD does.


Gathering online is more of a challenge now.  It was my plan in the beginning to start there and organize each country's resources.  Now, I am not sure.  The internet has become the battleground for everything.  It is not a safe place.

I have thought it might be better to be our own host, not part of Yahoo or Google or any other major hosting platform.  I thought we might be able to protect ourselves better.  I'm not sure that is true.  I would need to find out.

These are things I still think about, in case GOD provides the funding for Working Together (WT) while I am still alive.

And I pray about my replacement -- someone who will protect the people of GOD through Working Together.

It seems like my life has been wasted because I haven't been able to build anything.  Then my Faith kicks in because I know GOD can do anything that He needs done, and I don't know what His Plan is.  I KNOW He wouldn't have started Working Together unless it was part of His Plan for our time.

Recently, I have been listening to a lot of Joel Osteen YouTube videos (sermons).  I think he reminds us that GOD is the One in charge.  He helps us remember GOD works in very mysterious ways to accomplish His Will in our lives and in the world.

When I started trying to build something to help Christians, we didn't face the technology we face now.  The microchip wasn't in anyone's body.  We didn't know about digital currency.  The problems we faced were not so global and frightening.  Spiritual warfare was not something I thought about.

It's hard to think about all the things that have happened in my life.  I guess I expected GOD to just provide what was needed to slowly build the places of refuge I envisioned... and felt were His leading.  It didn't work out that way.


I am now trying to make a new set of notes about all the things involved in building Working Together.  I am calling it my Prayer List.  I hope to check things off as GOD provides for them.

I have heard of others doing this.  I have attempted to start lists before.  This time is more important.  I am at the natural age for death and I am seeking GOD for what to do with Working Together.

I watched an animated story about George Muller by Torchlighters at the Vision Video channel ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7jUlzZtyEQ  ).  Muller is the man who trusted GOD for every detail of saving the orphans forced to live on the streets of his city.  

He made lists.  He recorded the dates when GOD answered prayers.  I think he also recorded what they prayed for but, right now, I don't recall all those details.  What I have always remembered about George Muller was his faith.  I don't know that my faith is that strong.

My plans for Working Together were different.  My faith was that GOD would provide the funds and I would use those to build what we would need to survive without money.  I expected to build everything using Membership funds and then other products and income sources.

Membership funds created the Tithe (10%) as a Benevolence Fund, a Reserve Fund (10%) as savings for emergencies and costs in the future year, WT financial needs (about 20%) , and various Program Funds (about 40%) for their operating expenses, and the last 20% for taxes and unexpected needs.  I have it all in my notes.  This may not be the exact percentages, but it is the general framework.  

Each program has its own breakdown.  Every part of Working Together was planned to create its own products and services to create more income to build itself.

All Working Together wages would be equalpaid by the hour.  In other countries, wages would be figured on the area housing and food costs.  Either 30% housing or 20%food using full-time wages as the base.  

People would keep their own incomes outside of Working Together.  WT wages are meant to support the individuals and families that are part of its workforce, members and non-members, equally.

We would build the houses and other spaces for each community, we would grow our food, and these would be part of the wages we paid. 

An example: the charge for housing and utilities would be 30% of full-time wages, food is figured at 20% of full-time wages.  This is as far as I could plan.  The work would be all the tasks we need to survive as a community.

There are a lot more details in my planning notes.  It wasn't meant to be a commune, more like a regular community.  People keep their own incomes, if they have any, and WT wages are equal because we are One Body but have different tasks within the Body of Christ.

Someone in Washington state set the equal wages by a yearly amount.  I felt it was important to set it at an hourly amount. 

Everything would not belong to everyone, but everything would be used to help as many as GOD allowed.


I wonder if we have time to build anything.



27 May, 2024

Memorial Day

Sunshine today.

I think I will write this tomorrow.

Enjoy your life.  Do good things.  

Deb
















23 May, 2024

Who is the Body of Christ?

 


This has been a difficult week.  I am seeking GOD for direction about WT and my senior years.

Today I listened to a LOT of videos about Christian business.  Faith Driven Entrepreneur (.org) is one organization I get emails from, C12 (joinc12.com) is another.  C12 is a peer group organization for very successful (wealthy) Christian businesspeople.  I think Faith Driven Entrepreneur is for start-ups and beyond.  

Faith Driven Entrepreneur has a lot of short videos and series of videos on YouTube about different topics.  I was watching them today.  I wanted to hear what the Christian view sounded like.  I was looking for information that might help me find the answers to my prayers.

I have been waiting on GOD to provide the funding for Working Together (WT) for many years.  Watching these videos was hard.  I went through a lot of difficult experiences in the early years as I searched for GOD's source for financing.  I can't even remember all the things I tried in my efforts to make enough money to start WT.  I finally stopped pushing myself into the process and decided that GOD would have to provide it for me to know what I could do.  It has always been His Ministry, and my only purpose was to help other Christians survive life without money.  

I still kept trying to increase my income - for my own life and for WT start-up costs - but not aggressively, like the people I watched in the videos.  Today I was trying to decide why GOD would put this important effort into my heart and life.  I am not like them.  I guess I always thought of myself as the budget person. Because of my poverty, I saw my work as taking  what GOD provided and making it stretch as far as it possibly could.  That was what my life was about.  Trying to survive on very little money.  I assumed that was what the struggle would be like when the End Times and the Antichrist were a reality. 

I knew Missions.  Homelessness.  Food boxes.  Meal outreaches.  Clothing programs.  Housing programs.  Government programs.  Church programs.  Anything that was related to poverty and surviving.

I learned about business options.  

I remember thinking, while watching these videos, about how different our world will be if the economy collapses.  Many references were made to the verse or verses that say GOD will provide in hard times. I think the speakers said "famines."  I wondered what that would look like for all the Christians and Jews in the world.  

We are heading into serious food issues.  We already have drought issues.  Wars are increasing.  Families and ministries are struggling to survive.  Governments are struggling to survive.  GOD doesn't promise we won't suffer.

I recently responded to a major ministry that GOD has only promised food and clothes, not shelter.  I am wondering what that will look like.  The shock of being a Christian and being homeless in my own life was part of my effort to create Working Together.  We think GOD will provide the things we think are basic, but our expectations are not the same as GOD's view of providing.

I don't remember really suffering a need for food, so I think my willingness to reach out to charities I discovered was part of GOD's provision for us (myself and my children).  I know there are many Christians who will avoid this path.  Is that pride?  I am not sure.  I just know it was the only way we were able to eat, to reach the next allotment of cash and food benefits.  

We always had clothes, too.  We got free clothes at many places when we really needed them.  Christian ministries and other places.  GOD was faithful.

But we didn't always have shelter.

This is important.

In my efforts for Working Together, I prayed and prayed and prayed over what the needs would be in our future.  

As the years passed, I have kept praying and looking for GOD's answers about the hard times ahead, before the Antichrist rises and decides to kill us.  I am not sure what GOD will do now.  I am just doing my best to seek answers from Him and keep Working Together alive as a possible force to help us.

I thought every Christian would become a member of Working Together.  Then I realized that Working Together is just another Christian organization in the fight for dollars.  I have still been waiting for GOD to provide.  It seems important, as long as I am still alive, to do that.

I wish I could be better at selling, making money, building a place for Christians to find help when persecution rises and money goes away.  I am what I am.  There must be a reason why GOD gave me this vision.  I just don't know what it is.

We are ALL the Body of Christ... together.  I hope we find a way to help protect and care for each other in all of our communities before it is too late.


20 May, 2024

Thinking about the future again... where are we heading?

I am getting ready to return some of the DVDs I checked out ot the local library so I watched two of them again today.  WHAT THE HEATLTH and NO SAFE SPACES.  It was hard to view all those details again.  I may watch them again tomorrow to make sure I remember them.

I also watched another DVD for the first time.  It was called DEFINING US.  I thought it was about New York City education systems, but I later realized some of the stories were about Los Angeles.  I don't know if there were other locations included.  I won't watch it over again so you will have to watch it to find out.  :-)  

The copyright year was 2022.  It included some of the recent social unrest over the murders of black men by police (George Floyd), and general references to the effects of poverty and inner cities on the people who have to live in them.  It also shared some of the efforts schools in these difficult areas are making to change the futures of the kids who go to their schools.  Many school officials were featured, giving comments on what their kids need and how their efforts were reaching them.  It was good to see their success stories.

Education is so essential to building a better life.  Our economy is struggling and priorities in government spending are going to get even more difficult.  Criminals tend to take the most funding and get prioritized over other important programs because they represent a safety issue.  I think education will need to get more parent involved, but that is also something poor neighborhoods can't always do.

I wondered how all our government spending would change if we went to just ONE TAX, my view on the tax subject.  


If property taxes went away, how would it change the issue of funding...

The main issue in education is that school funding is attached to neighborhood property taxes.  Rich neighborhoods have better schools because of that fact.  Poor neighborhoods have little funding because of this property tax connection.

Per child statewide is my view.


Taxes are a huge problem in our country now.  The government misspends them and then raises the amounts or creates new taxes.  People and businesses are being crushed by the burdens taxes bring to them.  It's really a mess.

I wonder what will happen in the near and far future.  Socialism isn't going to solve the problem.

I better stop here or I will go on and on about this issue.


I watched a YouTube sermon by John MacArthur on the Antichrist over the weekend.  It was interesting to hear what was included.  It has inspired me to try to study the topic in my Bible again.  I hope to share the differences I see and how our world is becoming what the Bible warns us about. 

The hardest issue is the Rapture idea that seems to have taken over.  I don't know how it happened, it just seems like people want it to be true.  The Antichrist is how we will be missing from the wrath of GOD, not the Rapture.

I hope I can find a way to explain what I discovered so long ago and built Working Together for us to survive together as long as possible.


I really wish I was a better person to do this job, but it is what my life is about.  Whatever happens, I am trying my best with the resources I have... which is little.  Pray that GOD will help us.  Thank you for any prayers you lift up for Working Together, me, and all the Christians who need help.

In Christ,

Deborah Martin

https://work2gather.us



17 May, 2024

Getting to the next day.


Sorry I'm late posting again.  

I'm working on it.  :-)  Time just gets away from me.  I get tired, finish something, and then just go to bed as fast as I can.  This is how my journaling mode goes.  I have been debating whether to get more organized and write out my posts before the deadline.  (Mon/Thurs right now)  I don't seem to be able to do that.  I tend to share what is happening at the moment.  If I ever get to travel, I was going to share my daily adventures.  With photos.  :-)  We will have to see what GOD provides for the future.

I watched one of my library DVDs last night.  One about the land of Israel.  It was only about one hour long and mostly showed overhead shots of various locations in Israel, with a narrator describing some of them.  I have never been to Israel so it was nice to see.  It was filmed a long time ago so nothing about all the conflicts/war.  It did show the difference between holy sites of Israel, Christians, and Muslims.  I would be afraid to travel there right now, but it would be nice to have someone show you around all the important biblical spaces.

Tonight, I will watch a DVD about Africa, the Serengeti.  I love the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya.  I also want to visit some other places I have discovered exist around Africa - waterfalls, the lake that once looked like a heart on a map, and more.  I would need a great guide for that trip also.

New York City is on my USA list.  And more of Washington, DC.  Houston, TX.  Maine coastline.  I hope I stay healthy enough to travel for a while.


I have been thinking about obituaries.  I see them whenever I go through my local paper.  I don't know what would be said about me.  I can't even think of what I would say about me.  I may have to try writing one and see what I come up with.

Thinking about the life we have lived, in the world's terms, is pretty sad if you haven't conquered the goals that count to the world.  Major achievements, wealth, education, and things you might read in a newspaper.  

I can't even cite Working Together as a success.  It is still in limbo.

I guess I could say, "She trusted God."  Will that be enough?

I will end here.  What would your obituary be like?


In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us



13 May, 2024

How do we disagree without violence?


I got a new library card last week and came home with 12 DVDs to watch.  They were mostly documentaries.  

One was from Prager U - called SAFE SPACES.  It came out in 2020 but I was never able to see it.  I grabbed it up when I found it at the library.

I plan to watch it again to see more of the details, but I have to say I was shocked by the examples they shared about reactions to simply speaking on college campuses.  

I wanted to go to college since I was a teen.  It took me many years to start the process, and I never made it to an official graduation.  I kept trying, but never found my way to the end.  I have about three of the four years done.  I'm not sure I could remember what I learned in all those classes after all this time.  I think it was around 1980 that I left the University of Oregon, but I did try again in about 2004 at Portland State University - one term.

I wanted to share that to let you know I have seen college and university campuses as an older person...and liberal climates.

It seems our "conversations" are getting more and more violent.  I think violence is a way to silence people, keep anyone from speaking, controlling the topic, etc.  I suppose it is Domestic Violence in community form.

Some of the examples in that DVD (I hope it isn't something I remember from one of the other videos I watched, but I don't think so because of the topic in my memory.) was the violent LGBT group forcing a college girl to make a statement from a paper on video.  The girl was frightened.  I hate to think what was done to make her do this.  It doesn't seem much different than a prisoner of war being forced to make a statement for publication to news agencies.

I would not call this winning anything.

We are becoming a police state, a dictatorship, a country ruled by violence.  All the damage that is done hurts all of us.  It costs money to repair.  Some of the damage can never be fixed.  People are hurt or killed.  None of this says we are a free country.

I wish I understood the motives behind all this force.  I don't think it is about LGBT rights.  I think it is something bigger, more hidden.  Young people are so easy to manipulate.  They don't have the ability to understand the deeper issues behind those "leading" them into actions they think are helping others.

I see the prophecies of the Bible becoming our reality.  

I cringe at all these issues because they say a lot about us, about where our nation is heading, about what the future will become.  Violence controls people.  Fear controls people. Freedom is about everyone's rights, not just those who use violence to force themselves on the rights of others.

I also think about all the strains our nation is under.  Economic pressures are making it hard to keep living as if we are the richest nation.  It is costing jobs, houses, cars, education, fun.  We are becoming afraid.  Fear doesn't create good solutions.

Saving America is on my mind too.  

I don't see many real solutions being created.  Actions that will keep us from bankruptcy.  We can't seem to find solutions that are for America - they are all about the political parties and what they want.

The government is looking for income.  Taxes, fees, tolls, fines, and whatever else it can get.  The government needs money to survive as much as we do, the people who pay the charges they create for us to help them survive.  I doubt Obamacare was about us.  It was a way to help reduce the medical costs the government might have to pay, and a way to move toward government control of medical services.

The Great Depression is all we have as a historical perspective of economic collapse.  I can't imagine living through that kind of event, especially now, in my senior years.  How can we find a way to avoid it?  Some say it's too late to fix this economic collapse.  What will we do then?  

Violence doesn't help.  People who are afraid try to find someone to blame and someone to fix the problem.  People who are afraid get violent - or are easier to move in that direction.  I don't want to live in the kind of country that I saw in SAFE SPACES.  How can we stop this way of "solving problems?"

PLEASE, let me know what you think is a better way.