Rethinking celebrations

Whether we think we are ready for Christmas or not, the day for celebration of Christ’s birth is upon us. Doesn’t seem possible this year is almost gone but the calendar blatantly shows it is.
Christmas is so much different in today’s world than it was when I was a child. Usually the way we celebrate is based on our upbringing and how we celebrated as children and the influences of others around us and their celebrations.
In our home, we got one big item we wanted usually and we anticipated getting that item all year. We may have gotten a few other presents, not very many though, usually things like clothes that we needed. But there was no mass amount of presents under the tree.
Our grandparents could not afford to give us presents and while we enjoyed celebrating at their homes, it was not about the presents. Usually, it was about the food, especially Bigmama’s chocolate pie and coconut cake. There were rare moments some years when I would get called aside and given something, a memento or something small, and would be told not to tell the other grandkids as there just wasn’t enough money to buy everyone something. I’m sure they did the same thing to the others from time to time. But I never felt bad about not getting a present from my grandparents. I understood their limitations in the financial department and Christmas then was not about presents.
Because money was tight growing up, once I started working and had children of my own, I admit I would go overboard at times, as if it was making up for me not having very much at Christmas. Even in the lean times, I was able to get things for my children as God always provided. You can never make up for those things you experienced in your life and eventually God gave me that revelation. Besides, it wasn’t my children who went through the experience, it was me.
Over the years I have tried to cut back, vowing I wouldn’t overdo it, but some years I still find myself picking up presents when I see something I think someone would like. For me, it has been about giving, not receiving. I get joy from giving people presents, especially, if it’s something I know they will like or want.
But this year is different. I have definitely cut back. It’s not about the presents under the tree, never was, never will be either. It’s the celebration of Christ’s birth and we’ve made is into something that was never meant. I’m sure it breaks God’s heart.
These days if we want something, we go and buy it, we don’t wait until Christmas. Kids get things bought throughout the year and we live in an age of wish lists for birthdays at stores which have actually taken the fun out of giving even birthday presents. It’s about things and getting exactly what you want, not what someone goes and picks out for you. To me, that takes away from the present being special. As I said, we live in a different era. Not necessarily a better one either.
But with all of that, why should we be so extravagant at Christmas? Getting so much all the time, makes us less appreciative. I ask myself what are we teaching our children when we over indulge with presents. Let’s go back to it being simpler and take away the stress that some people experience and let’s make it about what Christ’s birth means for us. Let’s make it about the people in our lives and sharing the miracle of Christ’s birth and the impact it has on our lives. Let’s, as our pastor said Sunday, experience that joy every day.
Doing so, doesn’t mean you can’t decorate or buy presents, it just means scaling down and letting the real reason for the season be front and center. We shouldn’t let commercialism drive our Christmas celebrations. We’ve shifted our focus from the babe lying a manager wrapped in swaddling clothes, to a storefront window or a store website with designer clothes and toys wrapped in bright paper, which will be discarded with newer toys sooner than you can imagine.
Tell me, seriously, what does a decorated tree, mistletoe, decorations, Santa and reindeer have to do with the birth of Jesus? He was born in a lowly manger surrounded by animals. There was nothing extravagant about it. We don’t even know for sure when He was born.
What would Jesus think of our celebrations? He would be appalled and want us to be helping others instead of spending extravagantly. He might even think we are worshiping the beautifully decorated tree and the idea of Christmas and that we place too much pride in our traditions. He certainly wouldn’t care about what gift we bought for different people. He would want to know have we fed His sheep and have we shown love to others; do we keep His commandments and have we shared the gospel and the plan of salvation with others.
It’s time we rethink our Christmas celebrations. Let’s focus more on Christ’s presence, not the presents under the tree. Let’s love one another and tell those who don’t know Christ, about Him and His plan of salvation. That’s my plan for this year and I hope you will pray about yours.©2017


VICTORIA SIMMONS is an author, columnist, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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Invest in yourself, shop locally

We all can get behind the premise of shopping local and how it impacts our economy. We may even say we do, but when it comes right down to it, do you really?
We are seeing mom and pop stores close almost every day and even the large chains are feeling the impact of people not actually shopping in the stores. We don’t realize how detrimental that is to our local economy.
$68 of every 100 spent in your community, stays in your community. Zero goes to your community when you buy something on line.
While we can complain that we don’t want to get in the crowds or contend with the hassle of going into a store, we will turn around and complain when we can no longer go into that store.
The internet has become detrimental to our communities, especially the local businesses. These businesses provide jobs and they help the owners send their children to school. Local businesses impact the local economy and when there are no businesses left, there will be no sales tax to help the local economy.
If you really do your homework, many times, on-line deals, once you pay for shipping and handling, don’t turn out to be such great deals. Besides hadn’t you rather pay a little more to help keep someone employed locally?
My youngest daughter manages a retail store. She is always telling me about people who come in to try things on and then say they will buy it on-line because it may be $5 less. These people don’t realize that the store has overhead — rent, utilities and employees. These employees put money back into the economy when they spend their hard earned money locally.
Our thinking has gotten warped on this matter. It may be easier, and at times it is cheaper to shop on line, but is it really worth contributing to the death of local businesses? I don’t think so and we need to wake up before it’s too late.
When you shop local, the community’s living economy stays healthy and strong. Shopping locally says you want your community to stay unique. Shopping locally doesn’t mean that you totally forget the outside world, but that you are nurturing your locally owned businesses and keeping control in your community.
Money re-circulates when you purchase locally and helps grow other businesses.
Here are ten good reasons to buy locally.
1. Significantly more money re-circulates because the money is kept in the community where you live and play, and where your children attend school. Local businesses often purchase from other local businesses such as service providers, farms, etc so buying locally helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base.
2. Non-profits receive greater support. Local businesses are invested in their communities and they help support the schools and other non-profit organizations like Katie Jones’ projects — Kids Yule Love & Baskets of Love.
3. Unique businesses are an integral part of our community’s distinctive character and buying locally helps attract more businesses and keep that hometown feeling.
4. Environmental impact is reduced. Local businesses make more local purchases requiring less transportation which means we have less congestion, habitat loss, resource depletion and pollution than the larger businesses.
5. Most new jobs are provided by local businesses.
6. Customer service is often better, or at least it should be. Local businesses often invest in their employees.
7. Local business owners invest in our community. They are owned by people who live in this community; are less likely to leave; and are more invested in the community’s future.
8. Put your taxes to good use. Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure investments, add more to the tax base and make more efficient use of public services.
9. Competition and diversity leads to more consumer choices. More small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and lower prices over the long-term but unless people make local purchases, there will be no new businesses added.
10. A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their local businesses.
When you purchase locally, you are also investing in yourself. You are giving back to your community and your sales tax money helps your government entities with various projects. When you purchase on-line, you are not helping anyone other than the place you made a purchase.
All in all, it just makes good sense to buy as much locally as possible. Think about it every time you make a purchase. Are you hurting or helpings your community with your purchases. Shop local. That means subscribe to your local paper as well!!©2017

VICTORIA SIMMONS is an author, columnist, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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Cultivate gratitude

With all that’s happening in the world today, we need to be counting our blessings more and more. We tend to hide our heads in the sand when it comes to recognizing the suffering around us or those who don’t even have a roof over their head or the bare necessities.
If we really knew those numbers, we would hopefully, hang our heads in shame. We can try and dismiss it by saying they brought their situation on themselves because of bad choices. That is not always the case. We shouldn’t make those assumptions because unless you have walked in someone’s shoes, there is no way you could really know.
If we knew some of the stories of their lives, perhaps we wouldn’t be so quick to judge. It may be true that some homeless people did make bad choices which brought on their dire circumstances, but that’s not really for us to decide. That doesn’t change the fact that they need help or that they are human beings who deserve to eat or a coat to keep warm in the cold.
If only we would take our eyes off ourselves and really see the people around us. Many are hurting or going through things, which we will never know about. They need an encouraging word and a hug. Sometimes they just need a listening ear. Even those people you assume are doing just fine, may not be doing as good as you think.
We’ve gotten to the point that all many want to do is complain when things are going their way. Instead of complaining, they need to be thankful for what they do have and that they are breathing.
We’ve lost our sense of gratitude in the search of wanting more and more. This has spilled over into our children which is evident by those who no longer say thank you or appreciate gifts as they should. Thankfulness is an attitude, one which is contagious. Being thankful aligns our hearts with what our Creator wants. Praise should always be on our lips as long as we are living.
We should be thankful not only for the good things like our health or a happy marriage or the obvious things but for the small things which can seem insignificant to us. Things like the smell of a flower, the earth after a rain, blue skies, a child’s smile, a friend’s love and prayers that we don’t even know are are being prayed for us. Thankfulness:
• allows us to be content in our situations. It frees us from unrealistic expectations.
• brings us joy when we express that gratitude to our Creator who provides everything we need.
• reminds us that God is at work in our lives.
• spreads over to others.
• overcomes a complaining heart.
• reminds us of how much we really do have in our lives.
• changes our attitude.
• opens our hearts to the needs of others.
• as an attitude has been shown to help people live longer, sleep better and be more productive.
• attracts others to you.
• improves your mood and makes you feel better.
We should all practice focusing on what is right in our lives instead of what is wrong. This year, my youngest daughter posted something she was thankful for every day of the year, not just during the month of November. It’s something we should try ourselves. She took me saying we should be thankful every day, not just on Thanksgiving to heart. Posting something you are thankful for 365 days makes you really think about your life.
If you ever get into the complaint mode, it’s hard to get out of it, but practicing thankfulness consciously, helps you overcome that mode. Try it for at least 21 days and you’ll see a difference. They say it takes 21 days for something to become a habit so we should strive to make thankfulness a habit.
Even in the middle of a storm, find something for which you can be thankful. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude frees us from bitterness envy and jealously. Thankfulness is always in season.
If it is hard for you at first, sit down and make a list. Post that list where you can see it every day. Add to it from time to time.
Always, always be thankful. Be thankful for your home, hot water, air conditioning and heat, for our country, those who choose to serve. Be thankful you have a job, food on the table or that you can walk. Be thankful you can hear birds singing. Even be thankful for those hard lessons you learn in life. Be thankful to the local businesses and those in the community who work tirelessly and unselfishly for the betterment of the whole.
Be thankful we live in a free country and that we can still worship freely. Be thankful people step up to the plate when needed for the benefit of others. Be thankful that you can be thankful. Cultivate the attitude, that no matter what you will give thanks. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.
Hope you and yours had a very blessed Thanksgiving.

VICTORIA SIMMONS is an author, columnist, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron

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What happened to integrity?

There seems to be no limit to the insanity that is going on in our world today. I read something every day that makes me shake my head in disbelief.
A realtor was recently called to list a house. The owners had already left and were doing the business by email and/or text. When the realtor went to the house, she discovered the owners had left behind their beautiful German shepherd. Really? What is wrong with people. My animals are like family, even our chickens. It’s like leaving one of your children behind and believe it or not, I’ve read where that happened as well.
In some places it’s the political season and some politicians seem to have lost their minds as well. I don’t handle mud-slinging very well. I don’t understand why a candidate goes crazy because someone is challenging them. Those with integrity don’t mud-sling and I respect them immensely. A little competition is good and should keep you humble but that doesn’t seem to be the case in many cases. Politicians who have been in an elected position like to use the word “experienced” in their campaigns. While I know you should at least attend meetings and pay attention and have some kind of good sense, this is not like an engineering job and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist. Experienced to me, usually means you’ve been in office too long. No one should make a seat on a council or elsewhere a lifetime position. You need new ideas at times and someone to question decisions, etc.
Maybe I’m missing something here but people who have no political background at all, get elected to council, county, state and national seats all the time and most of them do a good job.
Taking up signs of the opposition is just childish, as it slashing the signs as someone did to Becky Smith’s in Roberta. How old are we anyway?
I’ve refrained from making any kind of public comments on social media a lot better and as much as possible. Don’t need the drama and the correct thing to do is approach the person personally to have a discussion. Social media is not the place for such discussions of disagreements. Can’t we all be adults and do the right thing?
I was reminded that what I feel is the right thing, someone else might not. True, but having integrity in each situations and chewing over your words carefully before uttering them, as well as filtering them through God’s word, goes a long way. God doesn’t like ugly and I remind myself of this all the time when I want to respond negatively. He is the only one I have to answer to and that fact matters to me and helps me keep myself in check most of the time. Hey, we all slip once in a while!!
Politics can certainly bring out the worst in folks. Brings out true colors and if I was going to vote for someone, as soon as they begin mudslinging, I rethink that decision. I do not want someone representing me who would do that to another person. To me, it’s unethical and downright mean- spirited. Is winning a seat on council or a commission really that important? There is enough tearing down of people in our world and we need to be encouraging people and uplifting them, not trying to tear them down. If you need to resort to mudslinging to help you win a campaign, I wonder if your heart is in the right place or what is your true motive for being in office. I don’t think I am the only one who feels this way.
It’s time we stop pointing fingers at others and look around our own door. There is an old Indian saying that goes, “Don’t judge (criticize) someone unless you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” We live in such a fast-paced world that is quick to criticize and judge, we haven’t forgotten to think about others and what they may have gone through.
We pass people every day on the street, but I wonder, are we really seeing them? Even the ones you might stop and talk with, are you really listening to what they have to say? Most of the time we are quick to make assumptions about people that we don’t even know. One thing I have learned over the years, is that you certainly cannot always judge a book by its cover. We need to apply that premise to people we want to judge or criticize.
Even people we think are so put together may not be as they appear. We can all put on a good front and put on our game face when in reality we are dying inside. Life’s challenges confront us all. Many people courageously carry a burden while also carrying on with life. There is no way we can know whether the person seated next to us has shoes lined in velvet or nails. More importantly, we don’t need to know. Did you get that, WE DON’T NEED TO KNOW!
Being compassionate and accepting can change the course of an encounter with another person. We should always offer a smile and be polite and when possible, offer a kind word. It will come back to you in ways you don’t expect.©2017

VICTORIA SIMMONS is an author, columnist, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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Running on empty?

October is almost over. What a whirlwind year it has been and I don’t know how it went so fast or where it went. I feel as if I’m running on empty this time of year.
We haven’t had cooler weather for long lengths at a time so doesn’t really seem like fall. It usually gets cooler when the fair is in Perry, but that certainly was not the case this year. It was hot and muggy.
I used to enjoy the fair but as I’ve gotten older, it doesn’t entice me as much. I like some of the exhibits and occasionally one of the concerts. Of course, it’s not the fair without a candy or caramel apple and that’s about the extent of my eating fair food since I am gluten intolerant. Thus, that’s probably another reason I don’t enjoy it as much!
I was thankful for the rain this week though, as we really did need it. Supposedly, cooler weather is on it’s way as well. We shall see.
This past Saturday, I spoke at a women’s conference in Cordele. Theme for it was “Fill My Cup, Lord.” So many people seem to be running on empty and need to be refilled. We can get free refills at most restaurants when our cup becomes empty. Likewise, when our car’s gas tank gets on empty, it has to be refilled. The “e” on the fuel gauge lets you know when you’re empty. We don’t have that kind of gauge and sometimes we don’t want to admit that we are running on empty. But our bodies tell us if we pay attention.
When we have gone through storm after storm after storm, we can feel we are on empty. If left to our own devices and we try to fill our cups by ourselves, it can be filled with what the world has to offer us. That could be pride, jealousy, envy, unforgiveness or something else worldly.
But God’s mercies are new every morning and if we ask Him and make sure our cup is turned right side up, He fills us with blessings beyond measure. God fills our cup with patience, mercy, grace, forgiveness, kindness, peace, understanding, gratitude, hope, love, healing, compassion and other good things.
If our priorities are all wrong and out of whack, our cups become empty. When we fail to make time for God or fail to spend time reading His love letter to us, we can become empty. Or, if we forget God’s greatest weapon – prayer, we find ourselves empty.
We have the choice of which cup to choose. But for God to fill our cup we have to empty it of ourselves. That means giving up control of what goes inside. That’s hard for many people. But doing so gives more blessings than we can imagine. Most of all, it doing so brings peace to your soul.
God offers refills that never run dry and they are unlimited. You see without God we are nothing and can do nothing and our cups will always be on empty. An empty cup means we are draining ourselves because of self-reliance, ambitions, speculations and fears about the future. There are people who live their entire lives never knowing the satisfaction of having God fill their cup. That’s heartbreaking to me.
Even those who go to church all the time can end up feeling empty if they aren’t ready to take God at His word and let Him have control. They don’t expect God to bother Himself by being involved in their lives. They just figure they can do the church thing, get just enough of God to be at peace and fulfill their religious responsibilities. We have to come to the end of ourselves to be ready to receiving the filling of what God has to offer.
Faithful obedience is required for us to keep our cup filled and our sin self doesn’t always want to do what God requires of us. Even when faced with things that don’t make sense, we have to trust and believe anyway. Keeping our cups filled is limited only by our capacity to receive and believe. God’s power is inexhaustible. The enjoyment of spiritual goodness increases the desire to our cups to remain filled.
God offers more than an abundant supply for our cups. It is never God who fails but always us who come to the end of our capacity. We have to prepare ourselves to accept what God has for us. Maybe your cup is cracked from your circumstances or your past. If so, anything that is put in it will run out. We let the world and its sin crack and tarnish our cup. We have to depend on and allow Jesus to repair those cracks, to shine us up and make us new, worthy vessels.
Let God fill your cup. It doesn’t have to be porcelain or plastic or even your cupped hands toward the Lord. The cup is just a metaphor. You just have to ask to be filled. The living water God offers is real and if you trust Him your cup will overflow with goodness and mercy. When it overflows you should share it with others.
Whatever you need to today, hold out your cup to God. We choose your Lord. Come, fill our cup Lord.©2017

VICTORIA SIMMONS is an author, columnist, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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Keeping it ‘real’

National Newspaper Week ended Sunday. For the first time in my 40-year journalism career, I feel like I am getting too old to handle the drama that you have to deal with from week to week. Mainly, because the drama has increased dramatically, people are too easily offended and people just don’t understand the role of a community newspaper, yet they want to tell you how to do your job. The longer I am a journalist, I am realizing why there are so few of us who do not drink, smoke or both. Many drink lots and lots of coffee and that was once me, but I’ve had to cut back on the coffee. Still drink it but not as much.
The theme for National Newspaper Week was “Real Newspapers, Real News”. No one understands that better than those of us journalists who work at a community newspaper. We’ve been real for years and have kept it real when the mainstream media took a wrong turn somewhere. We’ve continued to cover real meetings in an effort to keep the real public informed. We’ve continued to have real deadlines, so we could get printed and out on time. We’ve continued to work hard on real stories, whether they are real good or real bad. We have a real staff who not only cares about the community but cares about the job we do in that community in trying to keep the public informed.
A newspaper’s role in today’s society is more challenging than ever. In the era of “fake” news, community newspapers do not have the time nor resources or the desire to fabricate a story. There are plenty of real stories in our communities. But sometimes the public gets the lines confused and finds it hard to know what is real and fake. I can tell you if you read it in the local paper, you can bank that it is real.
We strive to be accurate but as humans we do make mistakes and we own up to them when we do. Fake news sources do not; in fact, they love the controversy. We double check facts and our writing but on deadline at times, we can miss something. We never intentionally try to make a mistake or report something that is not true.
The staff here is real. We only have one full time employee. The rest are part-time or volunteers who see the importance of a community newspaper and step up to the plate to help us. We love our volunteers and their service is priceless to us.
When we quote someone, the people we quoted are real and usually people in our community. We advocate for government transparency because the public should demand it. We help hold those in our local governments accountable. We defend the First Amendment and uphold the Constitution.
We are committed to our communities and the areas we serve. By providing real news reporting we are giving a voice to the voiceless and empowering the powerless. Governments, whether local or national, belong to the people and we strive to remember that in our reporting on where your tax dollars are being spent.
When I first got into the world of newspaper, even then they were saying it was a dying industry. That has been 40 years ago and while we are having to make changes to stay up with the times, newspapers are still a vital and real component of a community.
According to recent surveys, newspapers are still the top choice for people seeking real and reliable news and information. More than half of all Americans still subscribe to newspapers and this exceeds TV news watchers.
Yes, we have survived radio and TV but the real threat these days is a 24/7 internet-delivered media which disrupts the reality for which newspapers were first introduced. Because of this more and more people cannot differentiate between real and fake news. It may be called social media, but the reality is that it is really anti-social. Tweets or posts do not protect the public’s right to know or help keep the government in check.
The entitlement generations thinks news should be free and delivered to their phones without a thought. They don’t care that it took someone time and effort to attend a meeting, do research and double check facts and then write a story before it could be published. They don’t care that many hometown newspapers have gone out of business and that journalists have lost jobs right and left.
None of us really know what the future holds or what a newspaper, if it will even be called that, will look like in years to come. But those of us who made it our life’s work and were a part of a newspaper’s productions in one way or other, know exactly how real it has been. The long termers would probably bleed ink when cut.
I’ve often said your friends and enemies change on a weekly basis depending on what’s in the newspaper that week. That is even more real now as if leaders don’t like that you reported a truth that was unflattering, they threaten to take away some of the revenue you get.
Reality for newspapers in the next decade to stay alive is going to require real leaders who understand how important members of the fourth estate really are, and real revenues to keep them being published. Have you read your local paper lately? Keep it real and be a part of their survival. ©2017
VICTORIA SIMMONS is an author, columnist, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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Let go and trust God

My heart aches for all that is happening in the world. Seems like every day it is something else that has happened. Monday, after hearing about the Las Vegas shooting, all I wanted to do was cry.
The last couple of weeks have been especially draining emotionally. Whenever I start working on a conference, the enemy moves in like a lion and not only tries to distract me but tries to discourage me and in case you haven’t noticed he’s getting stronger in the world. On one particular point in my message, he has really been trying to get me. But I know that Greater is He that is in me, than he who is in the world. It’s a real battle sometimes and we have to put on God’s armor and fight when necessary.
While I know and even preach that we don’t put our trust in people, I still get disappointed. Especially in people who call themselves Christians. Posting things on social media that are Christ oriented, does not make you a Christian. We need to be people of our word; mean what we say and do what we say, and so many aren’t. If your walk and your talk do not line up with the word of God, people know it. For some, Christians are the only Christ they will see. If what they see looks just like everything and everyone else in the world, we need to examine ourselves and spend more time on our knees in prayer.
We have to live in the world but we should not become like it. We should be different and people should recognize that there is something different about us. If they don’t we need to ask ourselves why not and do some soul searching.
This world is not our home and we shouldn’t be that comfortable in it. John 15-17; “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
Loving and being sold out to the world prevents fellowship with God. It’s what is wrong with the world.
I’ve heard many people, including myself, talk about being in the end times. I believe it, but if we truly believe it we need to be about the Father’s business of saving souls and acting like He would act. I heard someone once ask if you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? A very sobering thought because many of us would not have enough evidence to convict us.
If we’re not acting Christ-like, why should be expect someone to believe that we are a Christian?
With everything going on in the world and you’re not praying and seeking God, you are going to feel anxious and afraid. God is the only answer. He already has a plan and before the world ends, things are going to get much worse. You need God to hold onto and to get you through so you can feel His peace and presence. If you don’t know Him, you will feel more than a little anxiety and fear; you will be terrified.
Someone recently asked me why I could keep smiling while all of the mess of storms, riots, etc. is going on in the world. First of all, I love to see people smile back. A smile lights up your whole face and it changes your demeanor. I don’t think I’ve ever smiled at someone and they did not smile back. I love to see people smile and a smile doesn’t cost you anything. Also uses less muscles to smile than frown. Sometimes I have to smile to hide back tears or conceal pain. Just helps to smile through your troubles.
But my real answer is I’ve read the back of the Bible. It says God wins and that means as His child, I win too. Contrary to the fact that some peoples’ actions seem as if they think the world revolves around them, it doesn’t. It’s not about us at all so it doesn’t matter if the world is falling apart around me, God is sovereign. He’s in control. He has a plan He is going to see to fruition just as the Bible says, so why should I be downtrodden and lose my joy? Why should I complain if things aren’t going exactly like I want them to go? I need to be about the Father’s business of saving souls, transforming the world for His glory and letting Him take care of the other details.
We’ve forgotten who God is and who we are in Him. Those who have accepted Christ as their personal Saviour, are children of the most high King and we need to start acting like it. We want to proclaim God’s love but we forget He is just and about His justice. It’s not the same as the justice we would give. He is patient, more so than any of us could ever be, but His justice will be doled out. We see it over and over in the old testament and He gave more than enough ample time for them to turn back to Him. When they didn’t after being given chance after chance, they experienced His justice. We can’t accept His love without His justice. God hates national sin, just as much as He does personal sin. As a country, we definitely have sinned. I don’t believe it’s too late for us to come back to Him, but the time is growing short. Start spending more time with Him and in His word. Develop that relationship daily with Him. And pray like you never have before in your life. Let go of all that is going on in the world and around you and trust God. ©2017

VICTORIA SIMMONS is an author, columnist, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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