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An Alaskan Christmas story

An Alaskan Christmas story

Americans need a good dose of Christmas.

As a nation, we are desperately lost, emotionally broken, spiritually deprived and headed for the same fate our “unadoptable” Alaskan husky dog was before my husband and I welcomed her into our home.

It’s been four years since we adopted Kenai, a skeletal ball of nerves wrapped in cinnamon colored fur with spotty white “socks.”  Obviously abused, she had zero trust in humans and no confidence in herself. Animal control officers almost deemed her unadoptable.

She was literally scared of her shadow, fearing door entryways and basically everything inside our home, including us. She parked herself on our new chair in the living room corner. For three months she ate, drank and napped when she wasn’t staring at us and only left her perch when we’d take her outside to walk and potty.

One cold and snowy winter night with near zero visibility, we feared this one-sided love affair had come to an end when she got away and bolted up and around our mountain. The more we called, chased and searched, the deeper into the woods and higher she climbed. Though we were forced to give up our search for the night, we refused to give up hope.

Miraculously, she found her way back to our yard in the wee hours of an Alaska winter morning’s deep darkness. Despite our loving calls, she was afraid to come inside until we came up with a far-fetched idea to coax her inside walking our tiny terrier nicknamed “the rabbit killer” (for reasons not worthy of this column) on a leash nearby in hopes that she would follow.

She did.

Although we loved Kenai deeply and wanted desperately for her to come inside, we were at a complete loss on how to effectively communicate that message. Kenai needed an intermediary. A conciliator. A go-between. In our terrier, Kenai found a canine compatriot to communicate “There’s nothing to fear, come near, welcome home” in a way she could understand.

Four years later, Kenai’s doing great. She’ll always be a little quirky, and full-blown crazy sometimes if something snaps in her head and sets her off. She’s slowly learning to do normal things like eat her food on the floor and play with toys if no one is watching.  She loves to go for rides, begs for us to pet her, and even dares to bark now, with the cutest, most feminine and sweet bark you’ve ever heard.

We added another sled dog to our pack, a well-balanced rescue that came with an amazing story all his own that I’ll share one day when the time is right. He’s rubbing off on Kenai in all the right ways. As for our terrier, well, she’s moved on from rabbits to shrews. I guess we should be grateful.

With happy ears and a look of contentment on her face, Kenai’s resting in her now-worn out leather chair as I write.  I think back to that winter morning years ago and the extremely loved shell of a dog curled up in that chair. I realize I learned something big about God’s love that day. An Alaskan Christmas story all my own.

God sought us before we knew Him, reached out to us before we trusted Him and loved us before we knew how to love him back. He sent someone like us… an intermediary… Jesus, to communicate his message in a way we could understand. Through Jesus’ birth, eventual death, and resurrection, we come to understand (as much as is humanly possible) that God’s love for us is so deep and wide and high that we cannot escape his notice – even when we try.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

— Susan Stamper Brown

Copyright 2017 Susan Stamper Brown Susan lives in Alaska and writes about culture, politics and current events. She is a regular contributor to Townhall and The Christian Post. Susan’s nationally syndicated column is published in scores of newspapers and publications across the U.S.  She writes about politics, culture and media and was selected as one of America’s 50 Best Conservative writers for 2015 and 2016. Contact her by Facebook or at writestamper@gmail.com.

Source: Will County News

Two Historic Achievements

Two Historic Achievements

by Steve Balich

Two Historic Achievements

Originally published at Fox News.  by Newt Gingrich

Two Historic Achievements

Analysts, historians, and scholars will look back on this week as the moment the Trump Administration became truly historic.

The publication of the National Security Strategy report on Monday, followed by the passage of the largest change to the tax code in 31 years, guarantees that President Trump’s first year in office will be seen as a remarkable success.

These are two very big achievements, and without the right leadership, focus, and determination, both could have easily failed.

The hostile and bitter news media has been, and continues to be, relentless in their mission to mislead the American people about the progress President Trump and Republicans are making.

They have continuously lied about Trump’s foreign and national security policies.

Similarly, they have spent the last few months misconstruing reports about tax reform. They have lied about policies and gone out of their way to emphasize anything about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that they view as negative, while skillfully avoiding covering the cuts, credits, and reforms that will benefit hard-working Americans.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have been as relentlessly hostile as the news media and have been more focused on escalating anti-Trump pressure and “resistance” than working with Republicans and the President to pass positive reforms for the American people.

However, despite facing all of this aversion, the Republican team banded together and worked toward achieving big goals and implementing bold changes.

And this week, America saw them succeed.

Two very big, long-term projects came to fruition in a three-day period. One had taken almost a year. The other could be traced back to Paul Ryan’s call for tax reform in December of 1998 – before he was even sworn in as a freshman House member. In fact, it could be traced back 25 years to his work for Senator Bob Kasten and later, former Congressman Jack Kemp on supply-side economics and job creation.

Both of these historic achievements reflected candidate Trump’s campaign pledges.

During the campaign, candidate Trump articulated a stronger and stronger critique of the existing national security and foreign policy consensus. By the South Carolina primary, he was repudiating President George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq. Throughout the campaign, his contempt and hostility for the Obama policies were intense, resolute, and unhesitating.

The new National Security Strategy report is an extraordinary break with the globalist elite model of a “New World Order,” which had defined U.S. foreign policy from the early 1990s, when the collapse of the Soviet Union made the Reagan Doctrine outmoded – because it had worked.

The explicit linking of economic and technological goals as the long-term foundation for effective national security is a decisive break from the post-World War II pattern of giving away economic advantages in hopes of achieving diplomatic goals.

The definition of a sovereignty-based – or America first – approach to alliances and relationships is a recognition that ensuring our nation’s safety and preserving America’s role in the world, depends on a strong, prosperous American economy.

Amazingly, the new central role of economic growth came to fruition the very same week as the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

It is symbolically appropriate that the tax cuts designed to once again make America productive and prosperous passed the same week that the new National Security Strategy report was released.

The key slogan of the Trump presidential campaign was “Make America Great Again”.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is designed to make America greater by making America more competitive. The two goals of this legislation are to lower individual taxes so that working Americans have more money in their pockets and to lower business taxes so that businesses are incentivized to invest in the U.S. economy and create jobs.

Economist Stephen Moore believes these tax cuts, when combined with President Trump’s deregulation effort, could lead to 4 percent economic growth next year.

If Moore is right, the American people will have clear, undeniable proof that Trumpism works – while the Left’s anti-Trump deterrence strategy of spreading lies continues to fail.

Furthermore, at 4 percent real growth, our national security requirements will be much easier to fulfill.

This has been a truly historic week for America.

Your Friend,

Steve Balich | January 2, 2017 at 11:24 pm | Categories: #globalism#Nationalism#realdonaldtrump | URL: https://wp.me/p6PvCu-23C

Source: Will County News