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Eternal Encouragement – The Magazine

I apologize that I haven’t been posting in the last month, but I’ve been really busy working on the Presidential Campaign. Now that the primary is over here, I get to take a little breather and get my house in order – both my physical and spiritual house. Things just haven’t been getting done on my schedule as I would have liked. So what’s a super busy mom to do?

Well, it so happens that my first issue of Eternal Encouragement Magazine from Lorrie Flem of Eternal arrived a couple of weeks ago. I had put it aside as there was much I had to do for the campaign, but I knew I wanted to sit down with it. I got my chance last week when Diva went to her jump rope class. She got to jump rope for an hour and a half and I got to relax a little and read my magazine!


The first thing that made this magazine appealing to me was its size – it’s about 6×9! This made it really easy to carry with me; which is great for a busy mom like me!  So I started reading…

Once inside, the first page was decidedly different – it was an article, not an ad. Gotta love that! The Table of Contents showed me that there were two basic themes running through this issue: Hospitality and Chaos. Boy was the chaos theme right on time for me! It truly has been chaos for the last month. Reading these articles gave me a sense of encouragement after everything I’d been experiencing over the past few weeks. I’m not alone. The only thing that was confusing was that the the articles were listed alphabetically instead of in page order.

While I enjoyed the articles on hospitality, they weren’t applicable for the moment. But that’s the great things about a small magazine like this: I can easily store it away for when my life calms down – perhaps after the first week in November – and I’m able to focus more on hospitality. But there was one  point made in one of the articles that really resonated with me: my house does not need to be perfectly clean and decorated in order to extend hospitality to my neighbor. That encourages me.

Over all, I really enjoyed Eternal Encouragement Magazine. I loved its compact size and portability; I enjoyed that the issue had two central themes, one of which was very timely. The ads were minimal and did not intrude on the articles. It’s a great little magazine that a busy mom can either read in a rare free afternoon, or one article at a time over a week or so. If I had to pick something to improve, it would be the graphics. The pages’ backgrounds were all white with minimal images and they weren’t as visually appealing as they could have been.

Could you use some encouragement? Check out Eternal Encouragement Magazine (Lorrie Flem, Publisher) and give it a try. You can take a look and subscribe here! Subscriptions come in either physical or digital format; and each subscription comes with a digital bonus! All subscribers get EE Etc. Web magazine that is published 8 times a year – now that’s a nice bonus! It contains full articles and is only available to Eternal Encouragement subscribers.

Note: I was provided with a free copy of Eternal Encouragement Magazine in exchange for my honest review.


Electability – Fact or Fiction?

We hear a lot about electability during primary season. Throughout this entire process we’ve been told that Mitt Romney’s the only ‘electable’ candidate in the field. Heck, even Donald Trump endorsed Romney because he “doesn’t get Rick Santorum.” Apparently, according to Trump’s standards, someone who’s lost an election should not run for another office. So, I guess what Donald Trump is saying is that once you fail (whether it’s your fault or not) you shouldn’t try again. I guess Mr. Trump’s never failed at anything.

Yes, Rick Santorum lost his last election in 2006. Yes, he lost by a lot. But that’s not all that is important about that election. Remember that the election took place in 2006. If you recall that year Rick Santorum wasn’t the only one. That’s an important point; things were different six years ago. We are now living in a country with more debts and less safety. We are now living with fewer freedoms – our rights are slowly being stripped away from us. We are now “helping” those who refuse to help themselves.

But that’s not the only thing… it seems that the man who was endorsed by Donald Trump has lost an election as well. Let’s take a look at a side-by-side comparison of the election records of both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum and see what we find…

Source (click here for original article)

If we look at Mitt Romney first, we see that losing an election does not preclude one from winning the next. As you can see, Romney was defeated by Ted Kennedy in 1994. Then he won his bid to become governor of Massachusetts in 2003.

Now let’s take a gander at Rick Satorum’s election record. We see first of all that he has a proven track record of winning elections. Not only that, we can see that he didn’t just win them. He defeated the incumbents. And not just once – he’s done it twice! Isn’t that what we need in November? We need to oust the incumbent. Rick Santorum has the experience to do this. He has proven that this is not an impossible task.

There’s one more thing I’d like to point out that is not shown on this graphic. Mitt Romney has one other defeat on his record. He lost to John McCain in 2008. Why would we nominate the man who lost to the guy who was defeated by Obama? What makes us think he can get the job done this time? He can’t. But Rick Santorum can. He has the proven record. He has the experience of running against and defeating incumbents.

For more information about where Rick stands on the issues, please click here.

For more information about Rick Santorum, please click here.

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Note: These are my conclusions and opinions. This is my “mom blog,” if you will. I will not tolerate (read: I will delete) any comments that are mean-spirited, profane, or contain personal attacks toward me or either candidate. All comments are moderated.

Rick Santorum — The Servant

Rick Santorum — The Servant.

I know I don’t normally post about politics on this blog, but I do have a new page in the upper right-hand corner where I lay out my reasons for supporting Senator Rick Santorum for president. We don’t have to agree on that choice to get along and continue to read/follow each other’s blogs. However, I came across this article today that really sums it up and I wanted to share it with you.

I commented on the author’s post acknowledging that there are characteristics in each of the other three men on the ballot that would compel me to select their name on the ballot against Obama come November. But it would be the same as any other election: I would be voting for the “lesser of two evils” (in my opinion).

This election can be different. This time, I FINALLY have an opportunity to support a candidate because I truly believe that he is the best man for the job. In Rick Santorum, not only do we have a man who is intelligent; supports Israel, understands our immigration problems, truly supports job creation and manufacturing in America, and so on; but we also have a man who is principled. He doesn’t just believe things, he LIVES them. He is a man of conviction.

Anyway, back to this article. The author takes a look at each of the four remaining candidates and assigns a one-word description to each. I’ll let you read the article to see how he categorizes the other three, but I agree with him. His one word description of Rick Santorum is Servant. How appropriate! Santorum has been quoted saying that he is not running to be the most powerful man in the country, but he is running to restore that power to the people – where it belongs. A servant. He wants to serve America and her people. He cares for people – even the poor, especially the poor. He is a man of conviction.

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