HOWDY! Making America Godly Again

  • Almost 4 million jobs created since election.
  • More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.
  • We have created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since  election.
  • Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than THREE DECADES.
  • Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.
  • New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.
  • Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.
  • African-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Hispanic-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Asian-American unemployment recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Women’s unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in 65 years.
  • Youth unemployment has recently hit the lowest rate in nearly half a century.
  • Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma.
  • Veterans’ unemployment recently reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.
  • Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election.
  • The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. We are committed to VOCATIONAL education.
  • 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future—the highest ever.
  • Retail sales surged last month, up another 6 percent over last year.
  • Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. After tax cuts, over $300 billion poured back in to the U.S. in the first quarter alone.
  • As a result of our tax bill, small businesses will have the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years.
  • Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  • Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.
  • Opened ANWR and approved Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
  • Record number of regulations eliminated.
  • Enacted regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions.
  • Obamacare individual mandate penalty GONE.
  • Providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans through association health plans and short-term duration plans.
  • Last month, the FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history. And many drug companies are freezing or reversing planned price increases.
  • Reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs—saving seniors hundreds of millions of dollars this year alone.
  • Signed Right-To-Try legislation.
  • Secured $6 billion in NEW funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • We have reduced high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent during my first year in office.
  • Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
  • Increased our coal exports by 60 percent; U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high.
  • United States is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.
  • Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.
  • Cancelled the illegal, anti-coal, so-called Clean Power Plan.
  • Secured record $700 billion in military funding; $716 billion next year.
  • NATO allies are spending $69 billion more on defense since 2016.
  • Process has begun to make the Space Force the 6th branch of the Armed Forces.
  • Confirmed more circuit court judges than any other new administration.
  • Confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran Deal.
  • Moved U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
  • Protecting Americans from terrorists with the Travel Ban, upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Issued Executive Order to keep open Guantanamo Bay.
  • Concluded a historic U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal to replace NAFTA. And negotiations with Canada are underway.
  • Reached a breakthrough agreement with the E.U. to increase U.S. exports.
  • Imposed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum to protect our national security.
  • Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices.
  • Net exports are on track to increase by $59 billion this year.
  • Improved vetting and screening for refugees, and switched focus to overseas resettlement.
  • We have begun BUILDING THE WALL. Republicans want STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME. Democrats want OPEN BORDERS which equals MASSIVE CRIME.
  • …and some wants to CHANGE it?  “Tis a Puzzlement!

And that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates.   AMEN

HOWDY! “Gatherings”

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:6-7)

Every intentional slight is intended to receive a negative response. The SIN-ister minister delights in it. The weakness in our human nature is his strength.  Twitter is the result. That is the fun of social media. We get our jollies by ‘firing back’ and the battle is on. The biggest trouble with that is that the skirmish that ensues is a resultant war we cannot win, ever! It’s all about “TRUTH”.  A Family Reunion is the perfect place to ‘rise above’.  The school Class Reunion is a perfect example of an opportunity for Victory over resentments.  I recall kinfolk and class mates that took delight in stirring the pot, don’t you?  They were the ones who seemed to be ‘self-elevated’ to a strata at most gatherings, that most folks could never reach. I had a cousin who shared my birthday, but who never could forgive me for being divorced and remarried. Another delighted in commenting just how much “You’ve out-grown my Nieman-Marcus ‘hand-me-downs’, Jimmy!” (That was an easy one since I always enjoyed his clothes)  February is a family celebration month for the Austin/Tabb clan.  My father, son, four cousins and I celebrated then.  In March and April I was blessed by  my daughters’ appearance and those blessings continue with arrival of grandchildren throughout most of the year!  It requires a heap of God’s Love to overcome past mistakes in every relationship.  You can always tell the people who make a visit there often enough to forgive and forget. Family fractures will never mend without 1 Corinthians, donchaknow.  The ‘Truth’ that Paul writes about is “JESUS”!  Human beings run on natural horsepower called ‘hardened heart’.  If we don’t fill our ‘tank’ with Mercy and Grace; if we live to get even; if we fail to do it as God would have us to do, then the joy of the moment will simply be empty clatter – a frustrated waste. If you have a gathering in the offing, plug in to the Life Source of Forgiveness and give unselfish “Warm Fuzzies” all around. Give JESUS’ TRUTH away.  Make every step you take, “HOLY GROUND”.   “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:6-7)  And that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates.    AMEN

HOWDY! “Keepin’ Score”

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-5)

What we have allowedquestion-markto be taught in classrooms is a disgrace.  There can only be one reason why young people are so confused as to politics.  America was never intended to be anything other than a Republic based on hard work to achieve success, period! Shame on teachers, preachers and parents!  Shame on every living person who acquiesced to the pressure of Political Correctness!   Shame on Progressives and their Lies!   Shame on elecyed officials who ignored their promises.   Shame on all of us for compromising the integrity of conviction through sinful ‘tolerance’!   How disgraceful we are to allow the abomination of “people politics” and Socialism.   Shame on us for moving from “Under God” to placing ourselves “Over God”!   Shame for allowing politicians to perform treasonous acts of greed by peddling their influence to the highest bidder!  Shame on us for biding our time while our duly elected President is slammed for doing his duty!   Shame on elected officials who are so petty that they show true colors of sedition and feel good about their total lack of respect of office!   Shame on us for turning so many corners away from “Righteousness Avenue”!

Our scoreboard is dripping Zeros! Shame! Shame!

And that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates   AMEN









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Which Way?

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

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As for ME…..

“We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing (2 Thessalonians 1:3)

Until another person demonstrates otherwise, I can only consider them to be my brother or sister in Christ. Scripture says, “by their fruits, you shall know them” and that says the walk and talk of another will reveal the truth. This gives me pause in reaching consulions about another without knowing them, personally.  I was taught not to do or say certain things in public.  As a teacher and broadcaster, I was very careful of what I said, yet as an actor, I spoke whatever the script told me to say. AS a bi-vocational minister of music, I would never have uttered any words that would insult anyone. I knew all the wrong words and sadly, I uttered them from time to time, but never as a teacher, broadcaster or minister. Otherwise, yep….I would leave the impression of being an ‘unbeliever’ and I will stand in judgement for all of it. I cringe at the language that abounds in public today. When President Trump said that all the impeachment upheaval was “B—S—“, I was shocked, but it doesn’t change my mind about who he is in God’s eyes. In God’s eyes, Donald John Trump is ‘a man after his own heart’, just as any man or woman elected to office.  Even all those who worked so hard in the attempt to impeach him, even they are chosen by God. I believe every election results in what the Creator wants and every individual elected deserves my respect, not necessarily as a person, but as a person seated in authority. It is difficult for me to follow this teaching. I am disgusted with  those who so ardently dislike my President. I ask forgiveness for my reaction to those who served on the prosecution side of the Impeachment Hearings. I have a deep dislike for the support of abortion, homosexuality, transgender, socialism, communism, terrorism or anti-Americanism, and have difficulty ‘loving’ those who publically practice and support same, but I try. I believe it possible to ‘love’ the person and ‘hate’ the sin. And I do believe all of this is SIN. It violates the very core principal set forth by God. It doesn’t make sense to the worldly, but as for me and mine, we serve the Lord and it isn’t easy if we are concerned with what the world thinks. I am a died-in-the-wool fan of Trey Gowdy and am disappointed that he will no longer serve in Washington, but recently I heard his reasons and they make perfect sense. He said, “To do so meant that I would destroy friendships”.  I certainly understand that fact. Over the past few years, my ‘circle of friends’ has diminished greatly. I pray it is for the right reason. I pray that it is due to the fact that I talk truth about who Jesus Christ is in my life. I pray that is the only reason. I can only pray that to be so and continue to lift the shade on life. No brag, just the facts, m’am. God’s LOVE negates the SINister minister’s hate, everytime. I LOVE YOU!    And that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates.  AMEN


The Good,Bad,Ugly in us All

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

yep! At 89, pretty much relegated to my Recliner and pleased to be here for a few more years, I have a personal mission to Praise a Merciful God with Biblical Truth. Thanks for dropping by for a personal morsel from MY box of chocolates.