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Keeping Your Sense of Humor

Each day this call to action becomes more important as we are inundated with negativity messages and personal attacks, because we dared to speak our mind and take a stand about something important.

As you filter out the negative political attacks and the biased news media reports, preserve your health and sanity by either not responding, or responding with a sense of humor. What is most effective is the short and sweet, positive / above the fray type of message.

One of my favorite recently heart remarks is from Governor Nikki Halley when she came back at Donald with, “Bless your heart,” to one of his blustering and bullying put-downs.

Don’t just smile, create some of your own and save them up since you don’t know when you might need to have one or two handy to deal with people who want to slow your work down (because it makes them look bad or feel inferior), or people who say untrue or cruel things about you because they want to escape consequences for their own actions. Don’t worry about what is wrong with them, just focus on lifting yourself, or someone you support, up and over the scoundrels who want you to go off the cliff with them.

Charm school or the funny papers you read with grandpa may just pay off!

Deb Beacham

Deb Beacham Driving Change

 

Hope and Heritage: New American Century for Millennials

ChristinaWantstoKnow_GAPrimary_RubioCampaignChristina wants to know why such a diverse crowd showed up in Georgia to learn more and support Marco Rubio for President of the United States. From long time Republicans and generally conservative voters to new, young voters to newer American citizens, Christina heard a common and positive theme of hope.

This interview of another college student gave us a clear view into the mind of a well-spoken and motivated millennial. This young man is graduating from college and expects to be in medical school soon and we appreciate him sharing his viewpoint as a student, a future doctor and as someone with a different heritage from most of the supporters who attended this overflowing event. As Christina made her way through the crowd with Pro Advocate Radio’s microphone he waved at her while holding his “Arabs for Rubio” sign, and of course she wanted to know more!

Listen to what he has to say about why Senator Rubio is his choice for millennial voters.

Mt Paran Christian School Rubio Rally

 

College Student Shares Hope – Part Two

Georgia College student Christina shares her perspective on why she switched from supporting Ted Cruz to using her voice to help get Senator Marco Rubio elected as our next president.

Christina is informed, thoughtful and well-spoken, and is hoping that more millennials will vote and vote thoughtfully about how to keep America great and about how they can make a difference.

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As Christina explains in our initial interview with her for Pro Advocate Radio, she has done her homework and has spoken with Senator March Rubio three times herself to gain personal insight and accurate information so she is making informed decisions. Her wish is that more college students will also be bold thinkers and learn more about the candidates before voting on Super Tuesday and beyond. Thank you, Christina, for setting a great example for other students, millennials and for the rest of us!  [Yes, I turned the microphone over to her after this; she is quite remarkable!]

Christina Interviews Mt Paran Christian School Leadership

Where Do You Find Hope? Part One

What I’m supposed to say is that I find my hope in God’s word and while that is true, I’m also like many of my peers (and I don’t fake it well!). We relate in wanting something or someone we can see with our own eyes, and we want clear plans and promises we can wrap our minds around. We want to see and know that someone we trust will follow through and deliver on what we need and expect.

No, that isn’t faith but it is a part of being human, of being real and normal.

As long as we can keep the perspective that politicians are just as human as we are, and as long as we don’t displace our hope and faith by leaving it in their hands instead of in God’s hands, then we can find peace. Then we can more effectively use our voices – and our votes – in the political process.

During this intense and uncertain time of a hotly contested presidential election we monitor, judge, compare notes and spar with each other because we want to be heard, and heard over others. We probably even want to be validated by others in our choices. But most of all we want to know that our hope in someone or in certain ideals will manifest into reality, meaning a better life and more certainty and stability. Of course it’s a slippery slope if we are betting on / believing in someone who just talks a good game…as opposed to having game.

IMG_0129Rather than share more of my own thoughts I wanted to give others a chance to think out loud and to express their hopes, dreams, feelings, questions and to even show enthusiasm if they felt inspired to do so.

When the opportunity came to join the press ranks at the campaign event for Senator Marco Rubio this final weekend of February, I realized as I stepped into the crowd what I was supposed to do. We’re in the final days leading up to the Georgia Republican Primary on Tuesday, March 1st, I’m just happy to be here, but also grateful we live where we don’t have to fear retaliation for speaking our minds. So I decided to make the most of it for the people who came out to learn more and to support someone who gives them hope. They were pleased – enthusiastic is a better word – to share their opinions and to use their voices this way.

I’m also grateful for the Georgia college student who joined me in giving others a voice on this day, so if you meet Christina, please congratulate her on a job well done! I could not have covered the turf (or the stands holding thousands) like we did today without her help.

Christina Wants To Know Why Rubio for

Just watch…and listen.

Christina’s First Interview

Family Stability

Is it good for you to know what’s coming?  What you can expect, or better yet, what you can or cannot control? I believe so, and I believe informing families improves stability.

Of course.  So that means it is true for your children as well.   Most of the concepts I’m exploring here have to do with helping us do better for ourselves but especially for our children.  If you are not a parent, but support children or parents in your community, you may learn about concepts or resources that you’ll want to share.

In my own journey I realized there was a lot of information and guidance missing that I needed at a critical time, so I set out to have questions answered and to identify the best resources that others might need as well.

If you would like to contribute to the public education now available through My Advocate Center to help more families avoid the pitfalls seen in our court system, please consider donating here. This method is not yet tax-deductible, so let me know if you prefer to use a method that will allow you to receive the deduction through one of our partner organizations.


What I learned is worth sharing.  The issues I address are meant to invite debate about more positive ways to resolve conflict and overcome challenges – or challenging people – with a central focus on the needs of children.

Just knowing the right questions to ask, knowing that accountability is possible, finding honest and trustworthy support…can make all the difference in how we function in life, how we protect our health and finances, and especially around how we care for and nurture our children.

When we are informed and well supported, we can properly set and follow through on expectations.  That benefits our children because we all have greater peace of mind.  With the right expectations, support, know-how, peace of mind…we can perform better, make better decisions, and ideally deliver what is needed.

So the conversation here is about empowering, creating new solutions and building toward better peace of mind, better health, greater productivity…and, yes, more laughter and joy.

Keeping it simple:  when we are at our best, we can serve God, each other and our children better.

Many of my topics come from daily life, as well as from being provoked in social media by friends I agree with and others I don’t.   My posts have less to do with what is reported in the news, and more to do with how I see us treating each other – and how that affects our children.

Many of the questions I raise also grow out of my observations of my own children and of other children & families:

When you learn to read the faces of children, you’ll see that they are telling you a lot about yourself.

Just know that if I call you out, I’m calling myself out as well.  Being transparent seems to work for me so I’m going with it.  None of us are perfect, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep learning and striving to do more with what we have, and to help our kids do better than we’ve done in the past.

What you can expect from me is candor, challenge, spirit (sometimes becoming “fight” when called for) and a genuine desire to both learn from my own mistakes and to help others do the same.

This desire gave birth to Connect | Inform | Empower and the warehouse of solutions and resources now called My Advocate Center.

On this blog and on My Advocate Center’s blog you’ll see a broad range of discussions, from children’s interests and parenting issues, including legal advocacy for parents and children, to issues that go to the heart of both social and business relationships.  I’ll probably get Global and Political and Spiritual at times – but always practical, always balanced and quick to consider perspectives other than my own.

What I ask of you as a reader is to please consider different sides of issues, and to help me Stand in the Gap that exists around many of the problems we face in this Community of ours.  Let’s set a better example: one we want our children to model after and carry forward with our help.

Your constructive feedback is always welcome here, and positive contributions are a great thing!

Thank you,

Deb Beacham

Deb Beacham, My Advocate Center
Deb Beacham, My Advocate Center

 

The Search for Great Leaders

I can’t think of a better way to prepare for a new radio show segment on faith and politics than to read God and Churchill by Jonathan Sandys and Wallace Henley. We kicked off 2016 with a compelling conversation with these authors and their timing couldn’t be any better, especially as we are being challenged fiercely around our freedoms, including our freedom to speak our truth and to show our faith publicly.

God and Churchill on Pro Advocate Radio

This is a great read so I urge you to start now and to send your comments and questions to us for this show by using this form on ProAdvocateRadio.com.

You can also connect with me on Twitter: @DebBeachamATL and @Pro_A_Radio.

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Our Message to Mary

There is no way to fathom the intensity of emotion for a woman (or for her man) who heard God’s voice telling her she was to bear a child and that He would be the Son of God.  So I won’t go there…but if I could speak to Mary I would want her to know how I feel about her as a mother.

If you will listen to these words and allow yourself for even a moment to try to comprehend the meaning of this, it may change your perspective on faith, on God as the giver of life because He loves us and wants a relationship with us, on why Christmas is exciting and special, and help you see that Easter is the ultimate follow up to the celebration of Christ’s birth.

Babies make me smile_Deb Beacham_My Advocate CenterWhatever your background or beliefs I hope you will read this and LISTEN with an open mind and share it in the spirit intended. You may not want to trust in or to receive something so simple and meaningful from God, but at least let your questions surface and seek out answers from someone you feel safe talking with.

In my role as advocate and catalyst for change expands I’m getting to know more about why people believe what they believe, how they show it or do not; and I also respect your freedom to choose your beliefs and to express them (or not). So I’m open to discussion and welcome you to join in as we engage our community in talks about faith, religious freedom, spirituality and managing life’s challenges, about where God is in all this mess…where He is in our successes and accomplishments, and how we reconcile our work, choices and political stances with our beliefs.

For now, please listen, share and make the most of this Christmas and holiday season!

Living by Faith

It isn’t easy being a type A and trying to walk in faith. I want to take control and choose my own path. I’m sure you can guess where that leads?

I’m grateful for the foundation I had in Miami at Florida Christian School and for the relationships that remain over the years. I reflect often on what I learned from my teachers, coaches, principal and other leaders in our school (every staff member there was a leader!), and am so grateful our children can attend that kind of school. I hope the teachers where we are now get through to my children the way mine did…and I believe they are. You can see the signs, the positive influence and that’s just cool.

One verse that has never left me, learned in 5th grade, is Galations 2:20.

Please look it up?

For someone who thrives on challenges and puts herself out there, daring people in various ways, stopping to think about why and how I live is not easy. I stay on the go…so I get why my teachers were so determined for key messages to sink in.  No, my “not-religious” friends, it was not brain-washing but the furthest thing from it.

What my teachers shared was grace, the way they learned it, and they let us see what faith looked like when it was being counted on. It was something that was just present, being experienced and shared, and not forced upon you. It was tough love and a steady hand. Real examples of how to live, to learn to accept and to LOVE unconditionally.

They helped us learn to set aside ego and self-centered wants, and to learn what grace and forgiveness are…and we all need reminders. Because of the repetition (boring at the time) with these teachers, the important messages, the empowering and forgiving ones, come to me quickly when I need them. Sometimes they come in the form of a needed ego-check.

The greater good that I understood is that Christ died so that we could live, experience life more fully, and more freely. That is humbling, but the exciting part for me is that we don’t have to live in fear. Without being encumbered by fear, we can take on more and lift others up. That was my dare and it’s what makes me comfortable daring others to get out of their own comfort zone. Every so often I run into someone who pushes me out of my own comfort zone, and that happened tonight. Thank you…

My dare is changing, and right now it is to let go of control, to have faith, and to remember that I live in Christ and that I will live eternally because God came to earth and lived in the form of His Son, who made the ultimate sacrifice. That’s where Galations 2:20 comes in and why it remains an important Bible verse for me. It is not on my own that I achieve, and neither am I alone when I get drop-kicked. For some, this might explain why I can remain calm under fire and patient, and confident, through a storm. I do not have to rely on my own strength and resolve. Someone else showed me the way so all I have to do is follow. Because of the examples I had around me, it was easier for me to accept that for what it is…a gift. There is more to this conversation, but for now, please let it soak in that you do not have to earn something that is a gift. You just have to receive.

So, yes, I believe.  Yes, I have faith. If it doesn’t show at times, don’t hesitate to give me a nudge. And please forgive me if I’m not the best example of what this verse stands for; it just felt like the right time to share it with someone else who may need the reminder, or who may not know what it feels like to have the freedom that faith brings.

#IDareYou

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