That’s in the First Amendment?

Election Day was yesterday. I voted, did you?

With Sunday morning’s message fresh in my mind, I decided to look up for myself a few of the things talked about. The main thing…is the so-called separation of church and state, a term coined by Jefferson as the media happily bestows it upon him.

With the comments on this post in mind I decided to do a quick research.

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Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Copied and pasted from Bill of Rights from archives.gov

I think it’s pretty straight forward from the language: Congress, stay out.

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Jefferson’s letter: Copied and pasted from Library of Congress

To messers. Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.

Gentlemen

The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.

Th Jefferson
Jan. 1. 1802.

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Here’s the Mayflower Compact taken from University of Chicago website.

Mayflower Compact

11 Nov. 1620Bradford 75–76

I shall a little return back, and begin with a combination made by them before they came ashore; being the first foundation of their government in this place. Occasioned partly by the discontented and mutinous speeches that some of the strangers amongst them had let fall from them in the ship: That when they came ashore they would use their own liberty, for none had power to command them, the patent they had being for Virginia and not for New England, which belonged to another government, with which the Virginia Company had nothing to do. And partly that such an act by them done, this their condition considered, might be as firm as any patent, and in some respects more sure.

The form was as followeth:

In the Name of God, Amen.

We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc.

Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together into a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini 1620.


The Founders' Constitution
Volume 1, Chapter 17, Document 1
http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch17s1.html
The University of Chicago Press

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The following URL: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llfr&fileName=001/llfr001.db&recNum=480&itemLink=r?ammem/hlaw:@field(DOCID+@lit(fr001134))%230010474&linkText=1 is a page where you will find surprising statements such as, “humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings…” “when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection” “observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor” “God governs in the affairs of men” “in the sacred writings ‘except the Lord build the House they labor in vain that build it'”

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I don’t see much separation of religion and politics. I do see religion governing choices and decisions.

Am I wrong? Does anyone else have any other examples? I would greatly prefer using History.

Welcome to my Randomness XI

This week has been hard. A lot of things have happened to say the least. He and I are texting 🙂

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I went MIA this past weekend and got rest.

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I will be able to see an allergist on Monday! It’s what I’ve been waiting for these past two weeks! Lord willing they will be able to give me some type of relief.

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Wednesday I cried out to the Lord with my mom as my witness. I have never done anything of the sort in my entire life but it was good for me. I let it all out-my fears, my desires, my apprehensions, my anxieties, and my thoughts. It was freeing to have someone else finally share in the burden of what has become my life. Confusing I know.

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I’m praying about teaching in China. There is nothing keeping me here in the states. Of course after I pass my CPA exam I will pray more fervently. I have been in contact with someone about China. 🙂

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My lolo isn’t doing well. My family is travelling to see him this weekend. I wish I could go but I don’t want to get worse and we always stay up late with the family when we’re all together.

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This past week I’ve been in bed at 9pm. Amazing. NEVER EVER happens. I just wish I was able to fall asleep at 9 or 9:30 or even 10 but I’m not. I’m wide awake hoping to fall asleep soon but I don’t because of the irritation.

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September 11th is the first game for my volleyball league. I am SO EXCITED!

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A lot of the messages I’ve been hearing on my way to work this week have been specifically applicable to my circumstance. Today as I was listening to David Hocking I was encouraged and rebuked. He was talking about God’s blessings-he was naming blessings and comparing our lifestyle to the rest of the world.


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I have been blessed although I am suffering at the moment I can still say God is good. He has blessed me and is still blessing me. The blessing of salvation alone is enough God didn’t have to do anything else.

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This week I have clung to these verses for comfort:

PS 31

9Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.

10For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

12I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

17Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.

21Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.

22For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.

24Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Ps 84:11

11For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Rom 8:26

26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Taken over by force

Today was supposed to be a planned out day.

Plans: Blood test at 11:30, Lunch with  a friend, Family time with my cousins and niece! Birthday party 4:30, Back with my cousins for more family time.

What happened?

I awakened at 9 to get ready for the day. As I was walking to the bathroom for my shower I noticed the only car in the driveway was the durango. Mental note: check to see if my car is even here. I went out to “my car” at 11 to go to my blood test in Covina. My car isn’t there! My dad had taken it. Ugh, drive to my dad’s work then to Covina. I was late.

As I was on my way to the bank I was overcome with intense itchiness, irritation and frustration. I had not slept well at all this past week because of my eczema. I completely broke down. I was tired. Tired of no rest, tired of my eczema, tired of not being able to feel any type of relief, tired of not seeing any type of results no matter what I did. Tired of having to be fine/ok but not up to par.

I broke down crying. I was tired. I was exhausted. I came home, fell into bed crying tears and crying out to God for any type of relief. I eventually fell asleep and awakened around 4pm.

My brother asked me how I could sleep that long. I told him I cried myself into an exhausted sleep. He was surprised. I reminded him that he has no idea how I feel. Albeit he has eczema but his is nothing compared to what I experience. I also told him he wouldn’t handle a day in my shoes. He agreed wholeheartedly.

I was in and out of sleep today. I won’t be in church tomorrow. I’m hopeful tomorrow night I’ll be able to go. I miss church. I didn’t go to RU Friday for hope of relaxation but I ended up doing laundry and chores because my siblings forgot I had asked them to. Even though I texted them to remind them. oh well.

So today, I was taken over by force. Not that I’m complaining because today was also the first day since I’ve been home that I have taken a nap on a Saturday.  I don’t remember a Saturday since being home that I have done nothing but relaxed and stayed home. Its nice actually. Oh and today all I ate was fruit. Tomorrow will also be the same although I was going through the fridge today. We have a lot of veggies. I may throw some green & red bell peppers, cabbage, zucchini, and green beans together. I’ll let you know.

Welcome to my Randomness VIII

**Sorry, this was supposed to be posted yesterday and I had a drafts post set up and everything but I was at work til 8:30 last night*

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I see my TWIN in a few hours!

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I invited him to hang out Saturday. He said he’ll let me know cause he just bought a classic car and was planning on working on it Saturday… Update: He needs to work on his car before he heads back to school. He said we will hang out sometime soon, hopefully.

I’m assuming he included hopefully because it’s dependent on me …?Any comments about this?

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Marlize jumped on the random bandwagon!

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I am on a non-starch diet. I am constantly hungry. Yes, as a Filipino I’m going through rice withdrawal and I love starch-mainly potatoes and bread. Mainly, potatoes. So I’m just never full.

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This week I have been at work til 7 or 7:30 last night it was 8:30.

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I’m heading out to Griffith Observatory today after Danny and I pick up my friends from LAX. Then to KNOTTS, again.

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This weekend, we’re going to have a full house. We have 2 foreign exchange students. My 2 friends from out of state, Danny, and another friend who has a weekend layover.

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Actually, its not a weekend layover his flight path was Michigan, LA, China. I told him to spend a few days in LA before he heads back home. So he is, except he was supposed to arrive today but his airlines canceled all Saturday flights. Crazy huh?

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Last night I could not sleep! I was reacting to something like crazy so I took a shower and Benadryl around 12:30. I still could not sleep.

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Finally at 2:30 I went into the living room with a pillow. I was on the couch-reading my Bible and RU book. I ended up writing in my prayer journal. It was a really good time-I found my frustration from not being able to sleep subsiding. I fell asleep around 3 or 3:30

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I woke up at 7 and transferred myself to my bed, finally. I’ve been sleeping in the guest bed in my room. (But my sister is gone this weekend so I took my bed back, LOL)

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I was in and out til 9am. So now, I’m going to get ready because Danny will be here in 30mins.

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Have an amazing weekend because I will!!!

Update on my friend Kaila and her husband Tim

Update on this post.

Update as of July 26th from their Facebook Cause Page

Tim was admitted to the hospital last Saturday night. He had been coughing up blood, and having a hard time with his pneumonia. We called the UCSF docs, and they advised us to go to the ER. Once we got to the ER they sent Tim straight to triage, even before the paperwork was finished. He had a heart rate of 170, he had a fever of 101.3, he was anemic and had fluid around his lungs. They admitted him a few hours after we arrived. He had a blood transfusion late Saturday night. On Sunday they brought in a lung specialist to drain the fluids from his chest. He put a tube through Tim’s back and into his lung cavity. He drained about 1 1/2 quarts of fluid from the lung cavity. Hopefully we get the test results today so we know exactly what that fluid was. They are also thinking he may have been coughing up blood due to internal bleeding. His fever finally broke last night. His heart rate is still high, about 134. Every time he tries to get up his heart rate shoots back up, so we might be here for a few more days, or at least until they figure out what’s going on.


I text Kaila every so often to let her know I”m thinking and praying for her. As of this morning, Tim has been admitted to ICU and will probably be on the ventilator tonight.


My eyes filled with tears as I prayed and tried to conjure up an imagination of what Kaila may be needing. What can one say? What can one do?

Meet my friend Kaila & her husband Tim

Please read the message below from Tim copied from their facebook cause page. Join their cause and bathe this young couple in prayer.

My Name Is Tim Uli and on February 25th 2010 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer. I’ve spent two weeks in the hospital not knowing what’s happening to me. In the last three months I’ve been suffering from acute back pain which has put me in the emergency room several times. But it wasn’t until recently that we discovered it was the cancer that was eating my spine. One of my vertebrae is crushed and unrepairable; the ones below are fractured and are almost completely replaced by cancerous cells. Unfortunately that isn’t the only place my cancer has spread to, it has also spread to my lungs, ribs, hips and pelvis. I am only 20 years old and I feel like I’ve got a lot to live for so no matter how uphill the battle I plan on winning with the support and love of my friends and family. Fighting cancer is about having hope. Maybe someone can help me see a few of these dreams come true and give me motivation to win my fight against cancer…

Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Positions

  1. I would like to own a 2002 Skyline R34 GT-R
  2. I would like to meet Vin Deisal
  3. I would like to have my 1972 Chevy Chevelle Over hauled into a Prostreet Drag Car

As of April 1, 2010

I just got out of the hospital and now I am waiting for my flight to Sacramento Ca, I was admitted to the hospital due to increasing back pain. Luckily they where able to resolve my pain by flopping me on my stomach and injecting stuff into my back muscles. They also adjusted my medication so that should also be helpful. Chemotherapy infusion number two was done this morning so now I am a ticking time bomb of pain, I hope to get settled in as soon as possible so I can get to resting. I know that my brother and family are working very hard to make my new place in Manteca as comfortable as possible. I don’t know how you get through a time like this without family.