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So How Did I Get Involved In Politics?

Written by Marnie Freeman (Guest Writer)


So, How Did I Get Involved in The Political Arena?

The simple answer is . . . I married into it. That’s it!  End of story.  Sort of.  I mean I could not have told you who the vice president was when I got married!

NO, SADLY I AM NOT JOKING! You know those videos with Watters and “this is his world,” where he is making fun of the undereducated in the political, historical, and news arenas? He would have had a field day interviewing me! And my video, with billions of “views,” would most assuredly have gone so viral I would have ended up on the Ellen Show! Which makes me wonder about my husband’s mental clarity for asking my hand in marriage and asking me to join him in all his political adventures.

Kevin’s been politically involved since birth! I came from the “we-don’t-really-talk-about-the-issues-or-who-we-voted-for-because-it-is-a-private-matter-time-period.” Fortunately, he pulled me along to almost EVERY meeting for oh, say the last 18 years! And I have grown to love it (Most days!) You get to be part of the incredible, the good, the bad and the really ugly!  You too can be involved! Join me!

After only a few weeks of wedded bliss, I went to my first political meeting with top conservatives and unbeknownst to me at the time, very famous from the political, religious, and business arenas.  They gathered (still do) several times a year to discuss policy, government, culture, national security, family, education, religious liberty and more. I did not know about these issues, much less who these people were! I was a lowly political neophyte whose job was graphic design and marketing. Kevin could not understand why I did not get overly excited about meeting the likes of Phyllis Schlafly, Steve Forbes, Beverly and Tim LaHaye, Foster Friess, James Dobson. Okay I had heard of him because my parents, seeking a solution, attended a seminar of his about the strong-willed child. Hmmmmm, what does that say about me?

These conservatives all seemed very nice and way smarter than me, but I figured they put their pants on the same way I do so I chose not to fear their political prowess. At my first dinner, we were seated with Mike Farris. I was unaware that he is a guru, with demigod-like status in the homeschooling community, and founder of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. Literally, first thing he says to me is, “You are newlyweds, sooooooooo how many children do you plan on having?” I’m thinking that information was none of his business! Sadly, I was not even sure I wanted kids. I was a young, naïve, and a hurt lady, being healed over time by my Heavenly Father. So I answered, “I am not sure I want to have children” to Michael Farris, father of ten! He responded with another question: “So how many of God’s blessings are you willing to turn down?”

What????!!! Who does this guy think he is?? I was tiffed! In a couple of years we had our first child and introduced our new little one to Mike. He grabbed her and went around the same very large political group, showing her off, saying, “Look! I am responsible for this!” Yep, that can start rumors! We had such a laugh! My husband had to “correct” Mike.  He rephrased and began to tell people the influence he had on our family. He did and so did Phyllis Schlafly and many others.

Over time, I came to realize through connecting, listening, and learning from these amazing people and their groups, the importance of ALL the issues before us. I realized what conservative leaders were talking about and why they were fighting so hard!

My second education came when I started homeschooling my kids. Wow, where was I during history, government, civics, economics, math, speech, grammar, okay all the subjects? I didn’t remember any of this stuff! I have relearned what I missed (mainly truth), plus going to school in your pajamas is fabulous, having a crush on the Principal really works for me as well, and to see the light bulb go on in my kid’s eyes and how they learn to critically think – is beyond thrilling! I got involved politically right there by educating the next generation! I even started bringing my kids to all the meetings and getting behind candidates, making phone calls, hosting events, and designing campaign materials as well.

I even did a Christmas painting every year and designed a Christmas card around it for anyone or any organization who wants to send a true Jesus-is-the-only-reason Christmas card to their friends, family, and clients.

So, how did I get involved in the political arena? Ahhhh, now I remember… I had prayed a prayer, before I was ever married, a prayer so deep, heart wrenching, as I was seeking God in the middle of chaos (feminism really) and more than a few bad choices. I was begging, with hot tears streaming, that if God delivered me, I would serve him. I begged him to let me do something big for His glory through art, which I had left behind several years earlier in college in favor of graphic design. I wanted to make an impact in culture, ministry, really anywhere. I also wanted to earn a living and learned that graphic design was the way to do that, and as much as I love my parents, I did not want to live with them the rest of my life!

I was ready and this amazing Jesus delivered me from my own craziness and sin! Trust me. He’s still got plenty of work to do, but He’s real and He’s relational, people!  However, I DID NOT see the political arena as being a place for my creative talents!

But, interestingly that is where He has put me! I was an artist – how can I possibly do anything in this arena as an artist? Well, it turns out quite a bit! Seek Him and he will direct your paths!

Let me give you only a few examples, of many, how God has used the talents he gave me to get involved:

I had a client, a gentleman running for State Senate of Oklahoma. He was relatively unknown, but my friend, who helped run his campaign, assured me that he would be a great person to help lead Oklahoma. She knew the political landscape, so I dove in and designed his first logo and campaign materials. Over the years he has gone on to do great things and risen to the top. His name is Scott Pruitt. He served as a state senator, Attorney General of Oklahoma, and recently chosen to head the Environmental Protection Agency. I got to play a small part in that!

Another time, my husband and I were asked to join with a few others to host a coffee, at a national meeting, for an up and coming conservative star, a state senator that was running for Congress. We agreed and I was delighted to help by designing the invitation. Michele Bachmann has since become a friend, held a seat in Congress and then retired, accomplishing a lot while there.

Or a painting I had done, “And Justice for All,” went to support a group, Consource.  Their website was used to help defend the Second Amendment in Washington DC. I was privileged to meet Justice Scalia and present him this painting that he chose to hang in his chambers. It now remains in the Supreme Court’s permanent art collection.

With David Barton and Bill Federer’s help, I painted a scene with Thomas Jefferson on horseback, riding to the U.S. Capitol, to attend church services titled “Church in the Capitol.” We are hoping that will hang in the U.S. Capitol someday to help dispel the misinterpretation behind “a wall of separation between Church and State.” This painting was presented to the current church that meets in the Capitol, The Jefferson Gathering.

I have since become known as the “Artist of Liberty.” ™ We have liberty as God sacrificed all for us. We have the same in our country because men and women sacrificed for us to be free. I am gripped by love for our Creator, His people, and our country and currently spend my time capturing moments in history, inspirational and biblical stories through art, that is then used to support groups, issues, or people in various ways.

Another key turning point for me wanting to get more involved was Terri Schiavo, a brain damaged woman that came to the national spotlight in Florida. Her husband starved her to death “legally,” even though her parents begged for her life and would have happily taken care of her, including all financial responsibility. I sat in front of the television bawling my eyes out, while painting a painting titled “One Nation Under God.” The juxtaposition of the painting and this dying woman and the state our country was in became too overwhelming! How could we as humans let this happen?  The level of anger and deep sadness was palpable.  I felt that the Lord was telling me, “Marnie, you can make a difference and have a voice if you stay in obedience to My calling by doing your art.” That has held true ever since.

What am I working on now? Well, I am glad you asked!  For the first time, I am doing a painting that will be “commissioned by the people” titled “March of the Deplorables.” It will depict a large group of supporters praying for and marching alongside President Trump and Vice President Pence, including other key figures, on their journey to the White House. By opening this up to the public (crowdfunding) more people can participate in this historic painting. The idea from Lt. Colonel E. Ray Moore, a retired Air Force Chaplain, wanted to honor the men and women who made the victory happen. I am hoping to present it to President Trump and Vice President Pence this summer and that it will become part of the White House permanent art collection and capture a moment in history. If you desire to be a part of this campaign you can visit www.MarnieFreeman.com and look for the link to “March of the Deplorables.”

My husband had more mental clarity and foresight than I understood. He pulled me to hundreds of meetings through the years, I have been the recipient of an amazing life, family, and a desire to affect the world for the better, in part, because of it.

 

Maybe art is not your specialty, but you have talents, desires, giftings, abilities, and interests where you CAN make a difference. You can jump in headfirst or just step in occasionally to make phone calls to legislators, letting them know you appreciate them or that you do not support a particular bill! Or jump into a campaign full on, or work with a particular group that deals with life, abortion, or human trafficking, the electric grid, economics, pastors, It’s endless. As someone who knew NOTHING about the political arena, you can do this! You can rise up and bring Godly truth, influence, and wisdom to the public arena. Fight the good fight!

You can be salt and light to a hurting world and working with amazing people like Trayce Bradford and Texas Eagle Forum!  

So how did I get involved in the political arena? I married into it, I prayed myself unknowingly into it, somehow stumbled into it. Eventually, prayerfully, and purposefully, I chose it! You can choose it too. Join me!


Marnie is a full on believer in Jesus Christ and her highest calling and honor are as a wife, mother, daughter, and friend. Earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Oklahoma State University, she sits on the Texas Eagle Forum Advisory board and the Tarrant County Eagle Forum Board. She hopes to impact the world for better through painting, illustration, a timely word, a slogan, an idea, a dream, a laugh, a phone call, a text, an email, or a connection. Her husband Kevin is a best-selling author, an expert on economic terrorism, and the host of a new television show, Economic War Room airing on TheBlaze primetime Fridays, starting this summer.


The Top 5 – March 27, 2017

Thank you for all you do and those of you who rallied with us on Faith and Family Day – again we are so thankful.

This week’s top 5 action points include contacting your Texas house representatives’ office on several important issues.  If you aren’t sure who your state rep is go here:
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Before we move on, because of the uncertainty in the Texas House, we are moving our event on April 12th with Brad Stine and Crystal Yates to the fall. We will get back with you on that. Thank you for your understanding!

Also before we get to the list, please pray for your legislators. There is so much to get done in so little time.  We would also encourage you to pray for their staff who work so hard to keep up with all of the bits and pieces as well as an ever changing schedule.

Trayce Bradford, our President, has only been to Austin 3 sessions but this session has been a bit odd, and a bit off rhythm so to speak.  She has seen some really incredible acts of humility and kindness as well as some disturbing and unprofessional behavior. Overall, there are a number of men and women trying to make a difference and for our part we are willing to give the benefit of the doubt and trust but verify.  This is what she had to say, “As I get in my car each week to drive home from Austin, I always tell myself how much I can get done by making calls etc.  Instead as I drive away anxious to see my family, I start praying for all those folks up there all session, their families and what is going to happen to impact our great state!” We have to keep praying for them. Also please continue to pray for our Attorney General and his family and team.  This is a big week for them and it would be a tremendous blessing to have them lifted in prayer.

And with that here are your five action points for the week:

1. Please read this article from Texas Right to Life and ask your state representative to co-author HB 844 and turn your Senators to SB 415.
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2. Let your representative know the budget matters to you and your family and tapping  the rainy day fund is not a preferred option!  If there are less funds available for discretionary spending,  then let’s make the cuts we need to within the budget.

3. Take a moment and listen to Rep. Matt Rinaldi here on his Facebook page. He is speaking to the need for strong legislation that prevents local governments from providing sanctuary for illegal immigrants who have committed violent crimes. He and other conservative legislators are going to resist any efforts to weaken the bill and make sure the citizens voices are heard and represented on this issue of sanctuary cities.

Let your legislator know you want the Sanctuary City legislation kept healthy and not watered down – basically removing the enforcement teeth of the bill.
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4. Rep. Cecil Bell and Senator Brandon Creighton have authored companions bills- HB2338 and SB2015 respectfully – The Texas Sovereignty Act. HB 2438 is in the State and Federal Power & Responsibility Comm. and SB 2015 was filed in the Senate March 10th. Please let your legislators know that you support this legislation!

5. Rep. Matt Shaheen and Sen. Van Taylor have filed HB 2069  and SB 1789-  The See Something Say Something Act.  This is applicable to not just concerns around terrorist activity but all human trafficking as well.  HB 2069 has a hearing this Tuesday in the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee in the House. Please pray for this to go well and again, let your legislators know this is on YOUR radar and even encourage them to co-author it.

We know this top 5 has been legislatively heavy this week but that is the season we are in. Thank you so much for helping us push good conservative legislation in the Texas Legislature.

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Duty is ours, Results are God’s

Written by Kara Green (Guest Writer)


I was only 24 years old when my husband was first elected to the Texas Legislature in 1998. He unseated the Democrat incumbent and then served two terms in a Democrat controlled House. We got married, had our first son, our second son was on the way, and he ran for office in the first four years of our marriage. Maybe we didn’t think that through enough! I look back on that time and laugh at how young and naïve we were. No one gave me a “How To” manual on how to survive the fast paced, often-nasty world of politics, but often times we learn best by being thrown in head first!

I have learned so much over the years and continue to learn from other strong women in this arena:

1) Keep perspective even when the negativity wears you down. I’ve learned to not let the big picture get clouded by the loud negativity toward Christian conservatives that seems to permeate in today’s culture. If I truly trust God’s plan, then I have to trust that He is working in all situations, even political, and even when it is not visible to us.

2) It is not about me. The older I get, the more I understand the importance of looking at solutions generationally. I’m going to be a first time grandmother this summer, and man, does it hit home now more than ever that I must not get complacent. Sitting on the sidelines is not an option!

3) God calls us to be involved in different ways for each season of our life. Every woman is not going to have the same talents, time, or influence. In my younger years, although I was up to my eyeballs in politics, I was honestly just trying to survive it. We eventually had 4 kids under the age of seven and we homeschooled all those years. Juggling home life and political life was a huge challenge, but I would do it all over again because that journey is what shaped our marriage and our kids and I wouldn’t change that a bit! Now that I’m in a different season of life, my political influence and interests are expanding because I have more time to devote to causes important to our family.

4) We can’t be experts on every political issue or be involved in every political battle. Find a cause that stirs your heart and that you are passionate about and focus on it. For some, it is a social issue. For others, it is an economic issue. Financially support the groups who are at the capitol every day engaging in those political battles for us, like Texas Eagle Forum. My husband and I have a passion for educating and equipping the youth of today to become leaders with a conviction in conservative principles. We knew this was an area where God was opening doors for us to dive in, and over 15 years ago we founded www.PatriotAcademy.com. We have seen God multiply our efforts abundantly over the years and it has resulted in expanding the program into six additional states besides Texas and seeing Patriot Academy alumni become influential in Texas politics at all levels.

4) We have many favorite family quotes, but the one we say almost daily in our house is “Duty is ours, Results are God’s!” John Quincy Adams had the right perspective after he had been fighting for 17 years in Congress to end slavery without making any visible progress. A reporter asked him why he was wasting his time fighting for a cause that was going nowhere, and he gave the reporter this famous quote. In our family, when we feel like we are not making a difference, we continually remind each other to just do our duty and leave the results up to God.

Truly, we can all have a hand in shaping the state and nation that we love. I am so thankful that as a woman, I can be a mom, wife, business owner, and get to be a part of influencing our culture, and I’m even more thankful for the other women in my life who I can learn from, lean on, vent too, and be a part of the solutions with!


Seeking Value, Finding Purpose

Written by Glyn Wright McKay (Guest Writer)


Abortion. Birth control. Glass ceilings. Feminism. Marching for equality. Skipping work to prove your value. If you only read headlines and social media, you might think this is all there is to womanhood. It seems that if the government doesn’t pay for your contraceptives, and society doesn’t reward you with preferential treatment, then you’re a victim of an oppressive, patriarchal society. Aren’t we made for more than this?

I just want the madness to stop. American women are the most fortunate women in the world, why can’t we embrace it and use that freedom to lift others up? When I was asked to write this blog, I struggled for weeks because all I really wanted was to publicly rant about the above-mentioned “women’s movement.”

But, there was something inside of me that kept saying, “Stop. This issue is so much bigger than youyour convictions, and your opinions.” It occurred to me that it has never been about shattering glass ceilings, fighting sexism, or marching for reproductive rights. Rather, this struggle is more about lostness than the labels and platitudes that dominate the conversation.

Though we seem divided, if we’re honest, we all want the same things: meaning and purpose; to live beyond ourselves; a legacy that outlasts the here and now; to leave the world better, safer, and more whole.

I wrote and rewrote this piece in a struggle to find balance between the spiritual and secular. Yet, again, that still, small voice kept saying, “You can’t.” If the issue is lostness, then the only hope is the Truth.

The Creator and God of the Universe has written a marvelous story for a depraved humanity that ends with reconciling those who belong to Him to an eternity with Him. All He asks is that we recognize our brokenness and commit our lives to Him. The truth is, He didn’t just arbitrarily decide to give you life – no, His Word says He knew us before we were born, and if you belong to Him, He has given you hope and a future. He promises that if we seek Him, we will find Him.

Unfortunately, the finding part is a tiresome struggle in a world that is constantly pulling us in a million different directions and in a time where truth seems relative.

When I was fresh out of college, the plans I had made for myself kept getting in the way of the plans God had for me. I struggled with the notion of finding “God’s will” and my “calling.” I could see God working and moving but struggled to know where I should go. Ultimately, I realized that God is constantly moving and working in me, and He would use me wherever I ended up.

At the time, I was studying the story of Queen Esther. She was simply faithful where she was with what she had, and God used her to save an entire nation. She, too, struggled with her calling, and finding it took someone else, her uncle, imploring her to rise to the occasion: “…Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14, HCSB)

So much of my personal understanding of purpose and calling began when I started to work for Phyllis Schlafly. I knew of her from the history books and because of my grandmother, but I soon grew a deeper respect and understanding for her well-defined positions, fearless nature, and unencumbered grit.

In her story, I found inspiration and encouragement – always grounded in moral truth, she took on the issues of her day, doing what she could with what she had. She is remembered as a great communicator, brilliant strategist, and a disciplined warrior for traditional values and the family. Through her leadership, she led an entire movement to ensure our freedom as American women to live as we please and to make the choices that we feel are best for ourselves and our families.

When she began, she didn’t know she would become a national icon– in fact, she began her work organizing at her kitchen table with her husband and children. She was simply faithful to God and to her mission, and through it all, she enabled and mobilized tens of thousands of people who faithfully continue her work today.

While I certainly don’t have it all figured out, of one thing I am sure, God has something for you too. He may not ask you to lead a national movement or to save an entire people group, but He has asked you to seek him where you will find him and to be faithful where you are in all you do.

Who knows why you’re in this particular job. Who knows why you lost your job. Who knows why God moved you. Who knows why He has kept you still. Who knows why you became pregnant “too soon.” Who knows why you are unable to conceive. Who knows why you met this person or that one. Who knows why you have experienced great loss. Who knows why you find yourself where you are in this moment.

Who knows, perhaps you have come to ___________________ for such a time as this!

The One who knows is the One who created you with purpose. The One who knew the world needed you. The One who simply asks that you follow Him. I am a testament to God taking unforeseen circumstances, upsetting situations, and even loss, and making something very good out of it. His promises and His Word are true. Believe Him.

Your life may not be what you dreamed, your situation not ideal – but know that He is for you. The Creator of the Universe – the same one who called on women like Queen Esther and Phyllis Schlafly—is calling you. And, He promises that if you seek, you will find. God has something for you right now, where you are at – only trust Him.

If you are searching, these promises, prayers, and Truth sustained me in my days of wandering:

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him… Psalm 37:3-7

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:1-2

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my own weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

And, more: Psalm 3:4-5; Psalm 27:14; Psalm 139:23-24; Psalm 51:10-12; Psalm 147:10; Proverbs 3:3-8; Proverbs 4:23-27; Proverbs 16:1-3; Isaiah 41:10; 2 Corinthians 5:14; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Philippians 4:19


The Top 5 – March 13, 2017

Our President Trayce Bradford has been constantly down in Austin fighting for the legislation that matters to us and to you. You can follow her adventures not only on our Texas Eagle Forum page but on her personal Facebook account. Feel free to befriend her here.  She testified for Senate Bill 6 (The Texas Privacy Act) this week and it passed the Senate State Affairs committee. We are continuing to work for the passage of this bill to protect every woman and every child. Continue to speak up on this issue.

Here is our Top 5 this week. These are ACTION items – please read them and help us make a difference.  If we all spend 30 minutes and take action, we can make a great impact in this state.

Here is our Top 5 for this week:

#1 This Thursday is Faith and Family Day down in Austin. Texas Eagle Forum is one of the sponsoring organizations and we want you to be with us  Bring a car load or a bus load of friends.  Join us for a day where we make a difference together in Austin. We will share information about the legislation currently on the table during the 85th Texas Legislative Session important to our family values community. Come share your thoughts and hearts with your elected officials as we hit offices together. Register here: www.texasfaithandfamily.com

#2 This week we need to call the Business and Commerce Committee in the Texas Senate to ask them to support Senator Creighton’s anti-BDS movement bill – SB 29 – BDS is a global campaign attempting to increase political and economic pressure on Israel through boycotts, divestment of investments and international sanctions. While it isn’t officially stated by BDS, it’s believed that one of the target goals is delegitimizing the State of Israel. State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford), is the sponsor of House Bill 89, while State Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) is sponsoring Senate Bill 29. To reach more about the bill, go hereHere are the members of this committee – please call their offices and tell them to vote for SB 29 and stand for Israel and the Jewish people.

#3 Call your Senators office and ask them to support SB 83 – the Grid Protection Bill sponsored by Senator Bob Hall – Relating to protection of energy critical infrastructure from electromagnetic, geomagnetic, terrorist, and cyber-attack threats. Please call Senator Kelly Hancock’s office and ask him to please give Senator Bob Hall’s grid security bill a hearing. Call him at 512-463-0109.

#4 Thank Senators Kelly Hancock and Paul Bettencourt for standing up for truth – While you have Senator Kelly Hancock’s office on the line (512-463-0109) – thank him not just for the incredible job he did exposing the false narrative of the Texas Association of Business on the “bathroom bill” (The Texas Privacy Act) but for also confronting other misrepresentations through other witnesses in hearings this last week. Senator Paul Bettencourt also did a fabulous job defending truth this last week. His number is 512-463-0107. Please call him and thank him as well. You can see an video of them in action here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTeZiVIu2QM

#5 Please call your Senators and let them know we want Senate Bill 2 – Relating to ad valorem taxation-  to get to the floor – As Senator Van Taylor, one of the bill’s author said,“Texas families should not fear being taxed out of their homes by an ever expanding government that continues to take more and more.  Our homes are more than just another asset for the government to tax!”  The bill has a committee hearing Tuesday March 14th in the Finance Committee. Be sure and call the committee members as well and ask for a timely vote in favor of SB 2. Here is the link to all of the committee members. Help us by calling them and encouraging this important property tax reform effort.

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March 2017 – From The Desk Of Trayce Bradford

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Family, Politics, and the Power of a Newsletter

Written by Teresa Beckmeyer (Guest Writer)


Growing up in the household of a small business owner, politics was always discussed around the dinner table—always.  My parents were never Democrat or Republican, they just always supported the candidate who was doing the best job in leaving them alone to live their lives in freedom.  I guess this concept rubbed off on me.

My first experience with groups that were involved in politics was when I was about a sophomore in high school.  My great aunt (you know, every family has that one person that you call during election time to see who you need to vote for) would bring over to our house newsletters that had been typed out on a typewriter and mailed from Phyllis Schlafly and Eagle Forum to an aunt.  When my aunt finished reading them, she would then give them to me to read. Those early newsletters educated me, a young curious girl, about what was happening in the world of politics beyond the cotton fields of West Texas.

I never forgot the lessons I learned from those early writings of Mrs. Schlafly and when my husband went to work in Washington, DC for the Department of Agriculture, I was able to see the problems that she addressed in full-color. From that time on, I became involved in politics. after returning home to Texas, I got involved with state politics and the rest is history.

Having been involved in party politics and national/state/local campaigns for years, I decided three sessions ago to go to Austin during session to see for myself what was happening.  The things I learned and observed have changed my life forever and have caused me to become committed even more to informing other Texans about what I have come to know and continue to see.

I am now the Executive Director of Lone Star Voice that is dedicated to engaging citizens in their government and educating them about what is happening under the pink dome in Austin.  I have been a Republican County Chairman for 13 years and I am a regional director for the Texas Republican County Chairman’s Association.  I have served on the Credentials Committee and Rules Committee for four of the last five Republican State conventions.

The most important job that God has given, though, is being a wife and home school mom of three. When all of this politicking is over, my family is where I have the most influence in my life.

When you see what is going on in our country and you think that there is nothing that you can do to make a difference, just remember this thought:

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something, and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

~ Edward E. Hale

Thankful for my great aunt – the aunt who did what she could.


Check out Lone Star Voice and all of Teresa’s work:

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The Top 5 – March 6, 2017

We are getting into the heart of the legislative session now – bills are getting co-sponsors and the debates are getting more heated. It is so important that we stay educated on the issues and make a difference where we can. That is why Texas Eagle Forum is here – to unite us so we can make a difference.

Our Top 5 each week are ACTION items – please read them and respond. If we all make phone calls and take action, we can make a great impact in this state.

Here is our Top 5 for this week:

#1 SB 6 – The Texas Privacy Act is one that we are championing and will continue to speak about. The hearing is Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. in State Affairs at the Texas Senate. We will be testifying. Senator Kolkhorst is the author in the senate of SB 6. You can read her thoughts on the bill here on her Facebook page.

Please call, testify, and support SB 6. Call the committee members of State Affairs and your own Senator. Please be respectful and concise when you call. They are going to be flooded with calls that day, so be one they remember for being courteous and credible. For more details on SB 6 – check out the list here by Texas Values.

#2 HB 421 authored by Rep. Matt Rinaldi – The Church Security bill has a hearing at 8:00 a.m, Tuesday March 7th as well in the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. We will be supporting this bill as well. This bill is relating to the exemption from the application of the Private Security Act of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at a place of worship. Please call your Representative and tell them to please support of HB 421.

#3 We are so thankful that Senator Perry’s Dismemberment Abortion Ban SB 415 did pass out of committee. Please contact your State Representative to support the companion bill in the House authored by Rep. Stephanie Klick – HB 844. Here is the text of this bill.

#4 Texas Eagle Forum Family Fun Night (April 12th) with Brad Stine & Crystal Yates – Come join us for a family fun night in the Austin hill country with Texas Eagle Forum on Wednesday night – April 12th. Only 30-40 minutes from Austin – Wanderin’ Star Farms is a fun get away from the hustle and bustle of Austin. Hosted by President Trayce Bradford – this night will be inspirational featuring musical guest Crystal Yates and her husband Will (Christian and Country Music songwriters and artists) along with Brad Stine – one of the best Christian comedians in the nation. We will have free coffee and desserts before and during the show.

We need underwriters of this event to support the work of Texas Eagle Forum. We would like to acknowledge you on the banner at the event and from the stage. You can become an underwriter or get your tickets here. Thank you for your support of Texas Eagle Forum.

#5 This is going to be a super charged week and we ask you to continue to pray for us and pray for these bills. Check out the latest #WomenWednesday blog post from guest writer, Debby Efurd and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for our posts to share like our #FreedomFriday highlighting a quote this last week from Senator Konni Burton. We will have much to share this week, so keep in contact.

Remember to register for Texas Faith and Family Day – March 16th – down in Austin. www.texasfaithandfamily.com

Check out the Texas Freedom Caucus’ priorities for this legislative session. We were with them at their press conference last week. Awesome!
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Why the Women’s March Didn’t Speak for Me

By Debby Efurd (Guest Writer)


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It’s been an action-packed five weeks since the inauguration. While the new president has been busy getting the new administration in place, there have been numerous and massive protests against him. The biggest protest, and one which I’ve been asked about the most, is the Women’s March held across the country the day following the inauguration (January 21, 2017). While I support women and their various causes, I did not support the March and here’s why.

I’ve been a woman my whole life (that’s meant to be a joke), all 65 years of it.  I have changed over the years. As a wife, mother, grandmother, speaker, author, activist, business woman, I’ve experienced a lot. When I was younger, I would have been marching and yelling right along with Madonna and Ashley Judd. You see, for years I was angry following my own abortion, and in order to justify my actions, I lashed out at any one and everyone, and that’s exactly what I saw at the Women’s March. I saw vile, nasty, angry women who are so intent on furthering their own agenda, and they left out a majority of women who don’t follow their political and ideological philosophies.

As I’ve matured, I’m now comfortable in my own skin. My reproductive organs don’t define who I am. I embrace and am grateful that I’ve been given the ability to have children, love unconditionally, nurture completely, express empathy, support my husband, enjoy healthy relationships, have strength, the ability to multi-task, be a problem solver, and not be intimidated by anyone or anything.

I love life and believe it is God-given, from the womb to the tomb, and am unashamedly pro-life. When I witness abortion supporters gleefully promoting their abortions and pushing reproduction as a right, I merely see a money making tool for a big industry that deals in death. When money is made off the sale of human body parts of our most innocent, there’s something terribly wrong in our society.

I respect authority and rule of law and strongly support free speech and peaceful demonstrations for opposing policy or opinion. I never support violence to persons or property. However, as I watched the Women’s March all I could think of were adults acting as children who were throwing temper tantrums. We have lost the ability in America to have a civil debate.

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There was a pro-life group, New Wave Feminists, who were originally invited to be a part of the D.C. march, but once the march organizers learned they were pro-life, they were disinvited. The organizers were not all-inclusive, but were close-minded. Their total intent was a pro-abortion death march. I saw no explanation of what they were marching “for.”

I am a firm believer in equal pay no matter the gender. I believe women have the right to work outside the home or stay in the home to raise their children and family. What I am adamant about is that at no time should a woman be scorned because they believe life begins at conception and fails to follow the pro-abortion mantra.

Recently, someone I have never agreed with said the “future is female.” I agree with that statement, but I believe that future must include the full potential of women, not the limited view of those exhibited from this year’s Women’s March.

I’d love to hear from you.


Debby Efurd is an author, speaker, ministry leader and pro-life advocate. Her blog, The Second Mile can be followed at debbyefurd.com where she shares her perspectives on what really matters in life. Her articles have been published in national news magazines at Life News, Life Site News, The Christian Post, Charisma News, World Net Daily, and The Baptist Standard.  She is a contributing writer for Bound4LIFE as well as National Eagle Forum.  Her most recent published work is Go Tell It!, available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Christian bookstores. Find out more about her post-abortion ministry at www.initiative180.org, as well as Facebook and Twitter.


The Top 5 – February 27, 2017

Texas Eagle Forum has been hard at work this week – promoting conservative values and working with the State Legislature on bills that make a difference for Texas families.

Here is our Top 5 for this week:


#1 
Keep Praying!  Most likely you have heard about the vicious attacks against our President and Vice President. Last Friday, witches around the country “cast spells” upon them at midnight and the Christian community continues to rise up to pray and cover them. We cannot stop praying for our leaders. Here is the article by the New York Post on this evil attack on our leaders. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are not letting up and they unveiled the plan a little more this week at CPAC – the incredible speech by Vice President Mike Pence is here. We encourage you to get your news directly from the main sources of information, not from just listening to the newscasters talking points. Let’s continue to pray!


#2 
Save The Date – Texas Eagle Forum Family Fun Night (April 12th) – Come join us for a family fun night in the Austin hill country with Texas Eagle Forum on Wednesday night – April 12th. Only 30-40 minutes from Austin – Wanderin’ Star Farms is a fun get away from the hustle and bustle of Austin. Hosted by President Trayce Bradford – this night will be inspirational featuring musical guest Crystal Yates and her husband Will (Christian and Country Music songwriters and artists) along with another surprise guest that we will announcing soon. We will have free coffee and desserts before and during the show. All the details will go out this week including ticket prices and underwriter sponsorship information.

#3 Read & Support HB 2069 – by Rep. Matt Shaheen – See Something Say Something – this short bill will help protect those that report suspicious behavior pertaining to terrorism or human trafficking in good faith from being sued. This is an important bill for the State of Texas and we encourage you to call your House Members to ask them to co-author this bill with Matt. Read the full text and follow the bill here.

 

#4 Sharing TEF Social Media Posts – On Wednesdays and Fridays – we are hitting it hard on social media. Wednesdays we are releasing a new #WomenWednesdays article each week and on Fridays – we are putting out a Liberty quote on #FreedomFriday. Please share these posts and information with others. We are continuing to build our social media audiences and we thank you for sharing these with your friends.  Check out the latest article by Tammy Morgan from last Wednesday and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

#5 Join us for Texas Faith and Family Day on March 16th – we have just confirmed Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Rafael Cruz both who will be speaking at this important day for the conservative movement.
Register here: www.texasfaithandfamily.com and join us as we go through the halls of the Senate and House promoting our family values. We need as many as can to join us for this important day at the State Capitol.

Check social media this week for the Freedom Caucus Press Conference that we will be a part of – Thursday at noon. We will alert you on how to tune in.

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Are They Missing Something? Maybe some Gentleness and Meekness?

 

By Tammy Morgan (Guest Writer)

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As I watched the images of the Woman’s March in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago, I had a great sense of sadness and even a little anger because globally these women were being portrayed as role models. The women on the screen were furious and harsh, but the media lauded them as heroes. Pop star, Madonna, even claimed she’d like to blow up the White House! Even though I don’t have a daughter, I wondered how hard it would be to bring one up in this day in age. There is so much pressure on girls of all ages, to look, act, and dress a certain way. To add to the confusion, most women portrayed on television, and in movies lack the character and discretion that we would want our daughters to have.

So, what is it that these ladies of the world are lacking? The word gentleness comes to mind. One definition of gentleness claims that it is a sensitivity of disposition and kindness of behavior, founded on strength and prompted by love. The words of J.R. Miller describe gentleness perfectly, “Gentleness is a beautiful quality. It is essential to true character. Nobody admires un-gentleness in either man or woman. When a man is harsh, cold, unfeeling, unkind, and crude and rough in his manner- no one speaks of his fine disposition. When a woman is loud-voiced, dictatorial, and petulant, given to speaking bitter words and doing unkindly things – no person is ever heard saying of her, “What a lovely disposition she has!” She may have excellent qualities, and may do much good – but her un-gentleness mars the beauty of her character.

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Being able to display gentleness does not mean that you are not passionate about the things God has laid on your heart. Being gentle does not mean that you’re a doormat upon which others can walk. Even if we display justice, righteousness and strength, but lack gentleness, life is sadly flawed. In fact, the Bible gives us many glimpses of gentleness being an attribute of God.  In the beatitudes of Matthew 5, Jesus states, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” What did Jesus mean by “meek?” If you trace back “meek” to its Greek translation, it is translated as “gentle.” Isn’t it ironic that Jesus didn’t say blessed are the bold, strong, or pushy? The more I dive into God’s Word, the more I realize that it is so contradictory to what the world teaches.

When pondering who consistently displayed the characteristic of gentleness, Tom Landry came to mind. My pastor once served on a board with Coach Landry and he said, “Tom Landry rarely spoke during our meetings, but when he did everyone would lean in and listen very closely to every word.”  A biography about his life said that, In 1959, Tom was a 33-year-old assistant coach for the New York Giants and in the off-season, an insurance salesman. Eventually, he coached a team of his own – the Dallas Cowboys – and he led them to an unprecedented 20 consecutive winning seasons, five Super Bowl appearances and two championships. An impressive record, to say the least. What could be considered even a greater feat, however, was that he did it without raising his voice. Tom was meek in the best sense of the word. He was a reserved, soft-spoken, and a man who walked with God as he walked the sidelines. That was evident by his game-time mannerisms. Were the Cowboys up by 14 or down by 14? Tom’s demeanor provided no clue. Was it fourth and goal on the opponent’s one yard line or first and ten on their own twenty? Did the Cowboys just fumble away the game? Did the refs just blow a call? Don’t look to Tom’s expression for answers. This now-devout Christian personified gentleness and self-control.

Psalm 18:35 declares that, “Your gentleness has made you great.” I believe that it was Tom Landry’s gentleness that made him great!

It is comforting to know that we all have to learn to be gentle (Galatians 5:22). It is not a gift that God simply bestows; it takes work and it takes practice because we will have good days and bad days. As our walk with the Lord deepens, our characteristics should become a reflection of Him.

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Back to the protestors… When we look at them through the eyes of gentleness, we see souls that are lost and hurting. Perhaps they have never received a gentle answer in spite of their anger and wrath.  Throughout our days, we never know when someone may need a special touch of tenderness. It is impossible for us to know the secret burdens that others carry. Even those who have a happy disposition on their face may secretly be carrying grief. Many people may not be able to explain their need for tenderness, but it is still something they desire.

Even though we have been called to speak truth we must remember to do it in love! We are called to vigorously pursue the things God has placed upon our hearts, but we are to do all things in a spirit of gentleness. God will give us the game plan, an open door of opportunity, and allow us to accomplish things for His glory as we seek Him as an example.

As I mentioned earlier, I don’t have a daughter. However, I do have three sons. I desperately hope and pray that they will be blessed enough to someday find a girl who is gentle, because we know that the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit is of great worth and value in God’s sight. (1 Peter 3:4). May we all rise to the challenge to be gentle in everything we do!

“The Lord’s servant must be gentle towards all.” 2 Timothy 2:24

“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. “  1 Timothy 6:11

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion,   kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

 


 

About Tammy:

Besides being a wife to her rancher/farmer husband, and a mother to her three teenage boys, Tammy has devoted herself to the field of education. She serves as a school administrator in a rural Texas school district. She also enjoys getting involved legislatively in promoting faith and family values. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Dallas Eagle Forum and enjoys supporting the efforts of the Texas Eagle Forum. You can check out more of her musings at: www.thereasonweteach.com.

 

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The Top 5 – February 20, 2017

So much has happened this last week, the Texas Freedom Caucus was formed in the Texas House which will hopefully increase our “grassroots voice” on the issues that we care about and the Christian community came together with one voice to stand up for religious freedom for everyone. President Trayce Bradford was so blessed to be able to stand with our fellow warriors to defend liberty and religious freedom here in Texas.

Reminder as well to continue to stand for LIFE in the womb. Trayce testified this last week in support of SB 415 to ban the performance of dismemberment abortions. Let’s continue to pray for all of these important bills working their way through the legislature right now.

We have much to do this week, so here is our TOP 5 for this week. Reminder as well to continue to stand for LIFE.


#1 
Please sign up to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram We are still building up our social media following but it is a great way to get out information fast. Invite people to LIKE our page on Facebook or retweet something on Twitter. We are posting items just on social media like this graphic from State Representative Matt Rinaldi from Friday. We need a wave of voices and footsteps to keep this movement building and to support all the good that is being done.  It can get easy to see the negative but we do have patriots working hard this session and they need prayers and action – in person and online.

#2 Speaking of Matt Rinaldi – we are 100% behind his HB 421 Church Security Bill (Relating to the exemption from application of the Private Security Act of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at a place of religious worship) which has been sent to the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee. Please call your House Member and ask them to support this bill and please call the Members on the Committee as well.

#3 Please call your State Senators in support of Senator Bob Hall’s SB 83 bill to protect our grid – (Relating to protection of energy critical infrastructure from electromagnetic, geomagnetic, terrorist, and cyber-attack threats.) Currently the bill is in the Business and Commerce committee and a hearing request has been put in. Reminder that when you call your representatives or any representatives to be cordial and kind and to give the staffer just a minute or so of why you support a bill. It can be as simple as saying “I support SB 83 to protect our energy grid. Thank you.” Be prepared to give your address, phone number, and email to the staffer.

#4 On Wednesdays – we are continuing to put out blog posts from some amazing women highlighting their thoughts on our culture and what it means to be a woman here in America currently. This last Wednesday, we featured a post from our intern Bethany Jarrell. Check it out. You can also sort blog posts by topics/tags anytime – check out everything we have written by our guest writers.

#5 Read Our Blog – So much is going on in the Texas House and our liberty-minded friends have banded together to create the Texas Freedom Caucus. Read about it on our blog and then like them on Facebook.


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Not All Millennials Are Created Equal

By Bethany Jarrell (Guest Writer & Our Current Texas Eagle Forum Intern)

I grew up surrounded by strong women. I learned early on that women could work hard, raise children, love their husbands and pursue their passions even if it required quite a bit of juggling. I realize now how special that early childhood experience was. When I think about the young women my age who are marching and demanding that women be treated like men, I am reminded of the fact that many have only seen feminism as it is presented by the mainstream media.

In fact, as a young female born into this millennial generation, according to the media, my opinion on the current gender gap situation has apparently already been decided. The media can spin any scenario with whatever narrative best fits them, as long as the outcome is that those who represent me are still oppressed, overworked, and undercompensated. I am concerned that the questions being asked of me as a single woman only begin to scratch the surface of what I believe is actually going on in our nation.

Do I want equal treatment for men and women? Yes.

Do I think women should be treated like they are human beings with all the dignity that allows? Of course.

What I am still discovering and trying to figure out is – how do we make this happen?

When I consider my generation and what they meditate on, I see now that they believe and what they do is based on the fact that they cannot comprehend anything different. With the perspective I have, shaped by the strong men and women in my life, I can say that there is much at stake for my generation. The future is being shaped by the unimpeded, purposeless whims of a generation that have very few people after whom they can model themselves.

What my generation needs is mothers and fathers.

We need mothers and fathers ahead of us to take an interest in our development. We are not all lost causes chained to our iPhones; nor are we all so easily brainwashed by the mass opinions floating around. The young women of today need to see strong women leading with grace and dignity. Mentoring is a lifestyle that must be done by women because they are women.

I once read the book, 7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas and I was moved by his premise. There are some women who were able to be the force for change because they were women, not in spite of it. When we think of Rosa Parks, Joan of Arc, Susan B. Anthony, and Hannah More, these women were so distinguished in their fight for what they believed to be right, because they were women. No man could have done what they did and brought about the same kind of change that was so vital to the shaping of the world in which they lived.

As I thought about what to write today, I realized that most everything had already been said on the matter. There have been centuries of men and women before me who have fought hard for the freedom we now have and I do not want to add too much to a narrative that ought to be simple.

It all boils down to the simple truth that the young people of the world and this nation are passionate and driven – but limited in their perspective. As a fellow young woman in the fight for equality, I am convinced that the key to our victory is not in one gender outshining the other, but in men and women leading together while providing the next generation with a better example of unity and strength.

Read More About Bethany Here

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The Top 5 – February 13, 2017

What we are doing week after week is so important for our state and the cause of freedom. We prayed for the Texas House to FINALLY get committee assignments to start the business of the people and they finally did – a little late but they are now getting to work.

We are creating these TOP 5 each week so you can share them on social media to others. Let’s try to get the TOP 5 out to your TOP 5 civic minded friends. Encourage them to sign up for our email list and stay informed. We are making a difference in the state of Texas and beyond. Let’s keep up the good work!

Here is our TOP 5 for this week.

#1 Adopt a Committee and Pray – The Texas House released their committee assignments this week. Would you take a committee on the House or Senate side and pray for the work that committee, the Chairmen, and the Members of that committee? Pick one that you are interested in and would like to follow the bills coming through it. Here are the Texas House Committee Assignments for download.  Also here is the list of the Texas Senate Committee Assignments. Let’s pick one and pray for our leaders.

#2 Call the White House and ask President Trump to keep up his fight for Religious Liberty – The Left is calling the White House and we need to keep calling as well to ask President Trump to continue to stand up for religious liberties. At the National Prayer Breakfast last week – he highlighted that he wanted to safeguard religious liberty with a promise to “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment,” a 1954 law that bars churches and other tax-exempt organizations from endorsing political candidates. You can read all about the National Prayer Breakfast here from the Baptist Press and then call the White House with a quick reminder to protect religious freedom at 202-456-1414.

#3 Read about a few Bills that we are Following – We encourage you to read about a few of the bills that we are following. Here are just a few on the Senate side.
Senate Bill 242 (Right to Know) – Relating to the right of the child’s parent to public school records and information concerning the child. View all actions
Senate Bill 252 (Prohibit Investments in Iran, Sudan, and other Terror sponsoring states) – Relating to prohibiting government contracts with a company doing business with Iran, Sudan, or a foreign terrorist organization. View all actions
Senate Bill 253 (Divestment in Sudan, Iran, and other state sponsored terror entities) – Relating to investment prohibitions and divestment requirements for certain investments of public money. View all actions
Senate Bill 256 (Confidentiality of Human Trafficked and/or abuse victims) – Relating to the confidentiality of home address information of certain victims of family violence, sexual assault, stalking, or trafficking of persons. View all actions

#4 Let’s thank the Texas Senate and Senator Van Taylor for his ethics reform bill – Senator Van Taylor has been working diligently on SB 14 which will change the way the Texas Legislature does business – making everything more transparent and shedding more light on the private dealings of elected officials. Read about the first bill that passed the Texas Senate here and then call your State Senators’ office and also call Senator Van Taylor’s office thanking him for his strong stand and commitment to transparency and ethics. Phone numbers are here. Also encourage your House Members to now pass a similar bill and stand up for transparency.

#5 MOSTLY FALSE – Texas Associations Numbers Concerning the Effects of the Bathroom Bill – This just came out this week from Politifact Texas and was touted by our Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. The study by the TBA said in late 2016 that the bathroom law to protect our women and children would cost Texas $8.5 billion in GDP and up to 185,000 jobs. Politifact Texas says that is MOSTLY FALSE and you are read their report here. We have been very clear where we stand on this issue and have a full blog post on it from January 3rd – It’s Time to Push Back, Texas. Continue to get the facts and keep fighting for the truth.

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The Torch – February 2017

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The Top 5 – February 6, 2017

We love that people are already talking about our TOP 5 list each week. You are important and your voice is important. Thank you for sharing and getting out the word. Politics is not a dirty word and getting involved is a must. Our main goal here at Texas Eagle Forum is to empower, train, and educate the people in our communities who care about the issues that we care about. Help us do that by sharing our emails or blog posts with your friends and family.


Here are our TOP 5 for this week.

#1
Sanctuary City Ban Hearing (Get Informed) – In the Governor’s State of the State address, he threw his voice behind the ban on sanctuary cities in the State of Texas. Teresa Beckmeyer wrote a great article on the subject here on the Lone Star Voice and we want to encourage you to read it and call your legislators on this important piece of legislation.

#2 Be a Point Person in your Senate District – We are continuing to look for people in each Texas Senate District to be our point people to get information out within their areas. Most districts are covered but we need more active volunteers. We would love to have you be an active part of Texas Eagle Forum. If this is something that appeals to you- please email Trayce Bradford at trayce.bradford@gmail.com and she will get you all the information.

#3 Pray for the HOUSE – The Texas House is continuing to be a problem child with no committee assignments out yet – which will shorten the time that the House can pass bills. Let’s pray that the House leadership gets organizational items settled so that they can get about the work of the people of Texas.

#4 Let’s stand with Israel against the BDS movement here in Texas – Senator Brandon Creighton and Representative Phil King are carrying legislation HB 89 & SB 134 combating the anti-Semitic Boycott Divestment & Sanctions movement. The Jewish community is organizing a day in Austin on Thursday, supporting this legislation. Let’s join together with them and stand for Israel. If you can come to Austin – please email aeddy@jfgd.org and let her know you are with Texas Eagle Forum.

 


#5
Women Wednesdays – We are posting articles by amazing WOMEN on Wednesdays on our blog. This last week we heard from Andrea Taylor, President of im2more with How Are You Not for Women? Check it out and share with your friends. Conservative women ARE for women!

 
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Merry Christmas & Pressing Onward Into 2017

Dear Friends,

During this joyous Christmas season, we give thanks to God for the blessings of family, friends and freedom. And we thank you for your activism, prayers and financial support of Texas Eagle Forum during the past year.

What a year it has been! With the stunning election night victory of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, God has stirred up our nation in hope for the future, and we, as citizens, must make the most of this opportunity and continue to be faithful to pray without ceasing.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Tim. 2:1-2

As the scripture says above, we are called to pray for our leaders, so let’s be diligent and faithful both to pray and to be engaged in the governmental process. We, here at Texas Eagle Forum, will begin the new year with thanksgiving and hope – hope for our children and grandchildren, hope for America, and hope that our nation will once again be that shining city on a hill, a true beacon of freedom in the world.

When the 85th Legislative Session opens in Austin on January 10, 2017, Texas Eagle Forum will be there to be your voice to keep Texas conservative and our families safe. We are thrilled to work alongside several other strong, liberty-minded grassroots organizations, and as a completely volunteer grassroots army, Texas Eagle Forum is uniquely positioned to make a difference in Austin.

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We believe that our political and cultural agenda is your agenda and worth fighting for.

  • Working for the passage of American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) – to safeguard our constitutional rights against foreign law that would encroach on those rights in our courts. Similar bills have already passed in ten states; it is time to add Texas to that growing list.
  • Protecting religious liberties in the state of Texas and our nation. We support the “Privacy for Women and Children” legislation which protects our most vulnerable. Everyone’s rights should be considered not just a few. Already girls are losing positions in sporting competitions to boys identifying as females and some sexual predators are using the opportunities given through these “bathroom bills” to prey on young women. This nonsense must be stopped!
  • Continuing to stand strong on the LIFE issue. There are a number of important pieces of legislation being put forward this session that deal with life from conception to the grave.
  • Fighting back against the horrendous human trafficking here in our state. We will do everything in our power to find answers for these women being used and abused, their children, and redemption for the people involved. We will be working with other effective para-church and activist groups that are making a difference and do what we can to help with this growing tragedy.
  • Securing the Texas electrical grid from a cyber or physical terrorist activity or from a natural catastrophic Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) event. Texas has a tremendous advantage here to lead the nation since we are the ONLY state with its own electrical grid!
  • Remaining vigilant to protect our borders, the Second Amendment and ending Texas sanctuary cities that are allowing illegal aliens a haven from the enforcement of immigration laws.
  • Working to expose and push back against educational and environmental fads pushed on our public-school students. Our TEF Vice-President MerryLynn Gerstenschlager, who just returned from another UN Climate Change meeting in Morocco, has kept this her number one focus throughout the years.

In 2017, Texas Eagle Forum will continue to offer a powerful and compelling, pro-family VOICE that can make a decisive difference in Austin… but we need your help.

I must be honest and say this is the hardest part for me, but it is necessary. We have many hopes and ideas to reach this state with our pro-life, pro-family and pro-liberty values and action plans but we need your voices and we need the finances to do it.

Educating activists, communicating our message, and encouraging others to get involved in this fight all cost money. Would you consider helping us with a generous year-end gift of $1,000, $500, $250, $100, or $50 online? You can also set up recurring monthly donations online as well to help us throughout 2017.

As I stated at the beginning, we have a small window of opportunity to make an impact. I am committed. Will you join us? This year has proven one thing, prayer and citizen action, produces victory…and the impact of this victory will affect generations of Americans. There was a lot at stake during 2016 and 2017 will not be any different. We are counting on you to stand strong with us.

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Pressing onward into 2017,

Trayce Bradford
TEF President


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Texas Eagle Forum on the Road

dallas-webDuring the month of October – we took Texas Eagle Forum on the road with three events in three cities – Dallas, Flower mound, and Midland, inviting new people and introducing them to the vision and purpose of our cause. Trayce Bradford, the new President, with the help of our hosts, Cindi & David Castilla, Debbie & Steve Watts, and Duryn & Brandon Hodges and our special guests State Representative Matt Rinaldi and img_5280State Senator Konni Burton shared how important Texas Eagle Forum is to the State of Texas and our legislators in Austin. It is never easy to build a grassroots army across the state but we are commissioned to do it and are so greatly appreciated by the legislators that we work with and stand shoulder to shoulder with.

 

img_5282Our goals for the these evenings were to build support on the fundraising side of this organization, finding willing volunteers to join us down in Austin during the legislative session, giving people the tools to communicate with their family and friends about our issues, and working together to keep the State of Texas the beacon of freedom in our nation. We came away so blessed to meet and connect with so many – signing up monthly partners with TEF and connecting them to us in preparation for 2017.

 

img_5292If you would like to host Texas Eagle Forum in your home, church, or business, we would love to come and share what we are doing around the State. Contact Trayce and get moving.

 

Join us as we take Austin by storm in January 2017. If you can’t go, please send us as willing volunteers to get this important work done. You can donate one time or monthly re-occurring donations here.

 

Thank you for partnering with us.

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Blessed Thanksgiving!

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7


As we take time today to reflect on all we have been given in this nation, I am thanking God for faith, family and friends like you. Thankful that though many of us have never met, you are an encouragement us at Texas Eagle Forum to keep on the front lines. I hope we do that for you as well. God has blessed us with an incredible gift in this nation and the honor of working together to see that it is a place were liberty remains and hope is the basis for our next steps.

I am blessed beyond words to be an Eagle, a Texan an American, a wife, a mother, daughter, sister and above all a child of the King.

My family and I pray a blessing over each of you and your families today for peace, provision and wisdom that comes from above. There is much to do in the coming year, I look forward to this journey with you.

Thanking God for America and praying for her future!

Trayce


“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7


Overview of Recent Activities in 2016

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14479660_10154682647459309_7547747253640600999_nA variety of opportunities, like the training we held with Lt. Col. Allen West, in September are happening around the states. By working in a coalition of conservatives, we are doubling even tripling our effectiveness and learning so much more about many pertinent issues. Texas Eagle Forum wants to be a good partner in the conservative movement. We don’t have to have out fingerprints on something, we are going to work with wisdom, and when we can partner with others that have expertise in an area, it is a win win for us all.

Texas Eagle Forum has had the opportunity to sit on panels both at Tea Party meetings, Republican Club meetings, and policy think tanks alongside some fabulous patriots – for example recently Trayce was on a panel with National Center for Policy Analysis speaking to collegiate scholars about Obligations of Citizenship.

As many of you know every other year – we have a bi-annual banquet at the Republican State Convention and this year’s banquet was incredible. There were days we wondered how it would ever come together, but with prayer, planning and people that had committed to do this job with excellence, it turned out to be a delightful and inspiring evening!

Eddie Dean’s Ranch in downtown Dallas was packed, the BBQ was delish and our speakers -The Benham Brothers, Chief Justice Roy Moore, and former Governor Rick Perry really brought the passion and the truth we all needed to hear. Our state of Texas is a haven of conservative values that will be used to turn this nation around.

We closed out the evening with a blessing over the attendees from State Representative Scott Turner. We wanted to give back to each of them the encouragement needed to continue the fight and an excitement to take our stand together. We really appreciated all the support to help Texas Eagle Forum grow and prosper.

Here are a few pictures from that incredible night.

 

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Congratulations President Elect Donald Trump & Vice President Mike Pence

We here at Texas Eagle Forum want to congratulate President Elect Donald Trump and Vice President Elect Mike Pence, for the history making victory and becoming our 45th President of the United States of America. We look forward to the upcoming transition and watch with hope-filled expectations that President Trump, along with the Senate and the House of Representatives, will work to repair, unify and lead our nation back to greatness.

We are called to pray for our leaders, and we will not shrink back in our duties both to pray and to be engaged in our governmental process. Let’s continue to work to defy the odds and the pundits with results that will move our nation forward united in liberty and justice for all.

“He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” Daniel 2:21

Praying wisdom and knowledge for President-Elect Trump and Vice President-Elect Pence and all our newly elected officials.