by Isabel Matos
It is always wonderful to have a first hand account of someone’s experience at a Sarah Palin event. There is nothing like being in the same room or in the same vicinity as her, but most importantly, the lasting feeling that only those who have been in her presence leaves forms a special kind of bond or “special membership” that is permanent. Inspiration and energy are renewed with each new story shared. This article is no different. It was written by Iowan Kristi Honas who was fortunate to be at the Faith and Freedom Coalition annual convention in Iowa this past Saturday, where Sarah was the keynote speaker. (Phyllis Schlafly, affectionately called by Sarah “the original Mama Grizzly”, was also there.) Sarah talked about everything from her new book about Christmas, to ObamaCare, Poverty, Debt Issues, and the Church of Big Government not having faith in us to govern ourselves. It is always reassuring to see and hear Sarah Palin speak. One feels encouraged by her confidence and consistency, and hopeful for the future and exceptionalism of America. We feel this way not just because of her words, but because she lives her life with faith and freedom, too. She is also aware we can get tired in our journey and even question if we’re on the right path, but we must never wave the white flag of surrender, or undermine those who are fighting the good fight like those who did in the fight to defund ObamaCare (from both sides of the aisle she specifies). In a clip prior to her speech, she says the solutions are in us. The caption at the end: “It’s you who inspire me.” Signed, Sarah Palin.
As published at <a href=”http://us4palin.com/gov-palin-in-1080p-faith-freedom-and-inspiration-in-ia/“>US for Palin</a>
On Saturday, November 9, 2013, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin came to Des Moines, Iowa, once again to talk to Iowans about how our faiths and freedoms are slowly being taken away from us, giving us the inspiration to stand TOGETHER and fight for the God-given rights bestowed upon this great nation.
Sarah Palin’s deep faith in God has lifted her above the fray throughout her entire life and now her political life. She has taken hold of challenges that may seem futile to others, and she has embraced them with love, honor and dignity. This is why she is so admired by so many people across America.
For most Americans, the blessings of God have been the basis for our unique liberty, prosperity and survival as a country.
For most Americans, prayer is real. We subordinate ourselves to God on who we call for wisdom, guidance and salvation.
For most Americans, the prospect of a ruthlessly secular society that would forbid public reference to God and one that would systematically remove all religious symbols from the public square would be horrifying.
The voice of the overwhelming majority of Americans, however, is rejected by a media-academic-legal elite that finds religious expression frightening and threatening, old-fashioned or unsophisticated. There is no greater attack on American culture than the Left’s destructive, dishonest and relentless effort to drive God out of America’s public square.
It gets pretty tiresome to see all the ways religious expression are threatened today. Every Christmas brings another story of something being banned from the front of a public building. Most Americans are puzzled about why these religious displays are so controversial. The fact is that these challenges reflect more than just theorectical, legal and constitutional differences. They are evidence of a profound cultural divide in this country.
The one question that always comes to the forefront is, “Why?” Why do people have to attack peaceful expressions of faith? What is so offensive about a baby in a manger? What is threatening about the Ten Commandments, a moral code that Christianity, Judaism and Islam, the religions that account for 97% of all American believers, recognize as the basis for living a good life?
Part of the answer is the split between our governing elites and the mass of the American people. Most of those who write for the mainstream media and teach at universities and law schools don’t share the religious faith of their fellow Americans. They regard people who believe in God and regularly attend their church or synagogue as people who are “largely poor, uneducated and easy to command.”
One of Sarah Palin’s favorite poems I find myself referring to more often these days is as follows:
O Lord, I’ve never run where churches grow,
I’ve always loved Creation better as it stood
That day you finished it, so long ago, And looked upon your work, and found it good.
I know that others might find you in the light
That’s sifted down through tinted window panes, And yet I seem to feel You near tonight.
Let me be easy on the man that’s down
And make me square and generous with all;
I’m careless sometimes, Lord, when I’m in town But never let them call me mean or small.
Make me as big and open as the plains,
As honest as the hoss between my knees, Clean as the wind that blows behind the rains, Free as the hawk that circles down the breeze!
I thank you, Lord, that I am placed so well,
That you made my freedom so complete;
That I’m no slave to whistle, clock or bell, Nor weak-eyed prisoner of wall and street.
Just let me live my life as I’ve begun
And give me work that is open to the sky;
Make me a pardner of the wind and sun,
And I won’t ask for a life that’s soft or high.
Forgive me, Lord, if sometimes I forget.
You know about the reasons that are hid.
You understand the things that gall and fret; You know me better than my mother did.
And right me, sometimes, when I turn aside,
And guide me on the long, dim trail ahead
That stretches upward toward the Great Divide.
Whether it’s a cross in a desert or a prayer in a time of national crisis, evidence abounds that America is a deeply faithful country. This doesn’t mean we’re all the same religion or all regular church-goers. I am sure many Americans would relate to this beautiful poem.
Most people say they support most types of freedom. Freedom starts with a principle of self-control, known as self-ownership. In a free society, each and every person has legal control of their own body and mind. The concept of freedom refers to a certain type of political empowerment, specifically equal empowerment. A free society would entail equal legal rights for all citizens as completely as possible.
Freedom would not include the legal right to enslave someone else because freedom includes the legal right to not be enslaved.
Freedom would not include the legal right to non-defensively punch other people in the face against their will because freedom includes the legal right to not be offensively punched.
A free person would have the legal opportunity to do whatever he or she wants as long as he or she does not harm or coerce other citizens. Responsible actions and limitation of harm on others are a logical requirement of freedom.
Freedom would not include the right to limit other citizens’ freedom because that would be illegal.
Saturday night at the Faith and Freedom Coalition event there was an individual who has been a pioneer for Equal Rights in this country and is admired by so many Americans for her strength and toughness in the fight for Equal Rights. I was one of the fortunate guests in attendance to have personally met Phyllis Schlafly. Like many people who are in awe when they meet Sarah Palin for the first time, I had the same feeling when I shook this “Pioneering Woman’s” hand. The feeling was similar the power rushing through one’s body as one stands in line for hours on end to get a book signed or a picture taken with Sarah Palin. This night these two powerful women, each in her own right, graced the stage with their presence and their energy and inspiration in a hall with a thousand participants.
Sarah Palin is proof that one’s faith is important to stay above the evil that’s attacking this Country’s cultural and religious communities today. Sarah’s faith guides her large and small, unconsciously and consciously, non-stop.
One important challenge I was inspired to take on is the way I order my time. A balanced schedule helps a person be more of who God wants one to be and do what He wants one to do. YOUR TIME IS YOUR LIFE. TIME IS IRREVERSIBLE. IT IS IRREPLACEABLE… When one reaches the age of 70, one will have lived 840 months. That’s 25,550 days, 613,200 hours or 36,720,000 minutes.. every moment is holy because it is has been a gift from a holy God. It is to be valued and spent in ways that honor the Giver.
It is important to remember this gift that is life, especially when we feel pulled in too many directions and asked to do too many things. Here’s a great tip on how to tell the difference between the truly important and the merely urgent: If something is presented to you as “you must decide right now or the opportunity ends,” take that as a sign that your answer should be no. An opportunity tied to a rushed or ironclad utimatum is rarely from God. I could not have felt more honored to end my presentation on that note.