And Again: “I Am Not A Disgrace to Women Because I Don’t Support the Women’s March” by Vanny Byington

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

I posted this last year on the first occasion of the “Women’s March,” and it bears repeating because I still cannot think of a better way to put it. 

Although I am glad to see that greater emphasis was added this year to the get-out-the-(women’s) vote effort, two dominant motifs from last year–va-jay-jay hats and vitriol–seemed to prevail. 

But the reality is: women do not all think in lock-step. 

I wonder if, for example, as a non-religious Christian, a (Classic*) liberal, and a pro-life advocate,  I would have been invited to participate, let alone speak, at the event? 

‎By: Vanny Byington‎

I am not a “disgrace to women” because I don’t support the women’s march. I do not feel I am a “second class citizen” because I am a woman. I do not feel my voice is “not heard” because I am a woman. I do not feel I am not provided opportunities in this life or in America because I am a woman. I do not feel that I “don’t have control of my body or choices” because I am a woman. I do not feel like I am ” not respected or undermined” because I am a woman.

I AM a woman.
I can make my own choices.
I can speak and be heard.
I can VOTE.
I can work if I want.
I control my body.
I can defend myself.
I can defend my family.
There is nothing stopping me to do anything in this world but MYSELF.
I do not blame my circumstances or problems on anything other than my own choices or even that sometimes in life, we don’t always get what we want. I take responsibility for myself.
I am a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister, a friend. I am not held back in life but only by the walls I choose to not go over which is a personal choice.
Quit blaming.
Take responsibility.
If you want to speak, do so. But do not expect for me, a woman, to take you seriously wearing a pink va-jay-jay hat on your head and screaming profanities and bashing men.
If you have beliefs, and speak to me in a kind matter, I will listen. But do not expect for me to change my beliefs to suit yours. Respect goes both ways.
If you want to impress me, especially in regards to women, then speak on the real injustices and tragedies that affect women in foreign countries that do not that the opportunity or means to have their voices heard.
Saudi Arabia, women can’t drive, no rights and must always be covered.
China and India, infantcide (sic) of baby girls.
Afghanistan, unequal education rights.
Democratic Republic of Congo, where rapes are brutal and women are left to die, or HIV infected and left to care for children alone.
Mali, where women can not escape the torture of genital mutilation.
Pakistan, in tribal areas where women are gang raped to pay for men’s crime.
Guatemala, the impoverished female underclass of Guatemala faces domestic violence, rape and the second-highest rate of HIV/AIDS after sub-Saharan Africa. An epidemic of gruesome unsolved murders has left hundreds of women dead, some of their bodies left with hate messages.
And that’s just a few examples.
So when women get together in AMERICA and whine they don’t have equal rights and march in their clean clothes, after eating a hearty breakfast, and it’s like a vacation away that they have paid for to get there…
This WOMAN does not support it.


*In the sense of  the primacy of individual freedom and minimal government.

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On the Danger of Black and White Thinking and Hypocrisy in the Current PC* Culture

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

I came across a talk by Professor  (emeritus–classics) Victor C. Hanson on the topic of the Left and equality, at least his view of it in the Left’s PC culture of today which, in my opinion, is a vastly different from the Left that existed when I was young and first voted.

He does not cite the term “black and white thinking” but I believe a good argument can be made that if one’s political view is essentially “believe this way or be damned,” as it were, with no variation tolerated, and there is a good illustration of this thinking in his presentation, it is not only a false dichotomy (only two ways) but also a dramatic reversal from the tenets of democracy that the United States manifests in the form of a democratic republic.

I believe this  bit of a side-step from my current series that focuses in large part on spiritual warfare complements the series as an illustration of the war waging in the mind as well as on the political stage just now. Dr. Hanson’s talk sheds some light on certain glaring hypocrisies becoming more and more apparent to those who reject black and white thinking and maintain the importance of critical thinking.

See what you think–if you dare (need I say more in the current, volatile political climate?).


*Politically Correct

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On Words of Prophecy for 2018, Part 2: Focus, Fill, and Fight

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Introduction to series from PART 1.


“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you”  (Matthew 6:33, Interlinear Bible).

Short version 

Focus on Jesus Christ; be filled with the Holy Spirit; remember to fight–it’s spiritual warfare out there, brothers and sisters, but we are not without “weapons”!

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Words of Prophecy for 2018, Part 1: “Bringing Prodigals Home”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Introduction To This Series

This is the first of four posts regarding certain words of encouragement, prophecy, preparation, and strategic operations for the Body of Christ for the coming year of 2018. Part 2 will feature three “battle plans” for the season of intensified spiritual warfare just ahead. Part 3 will cover enemy tactics and wise responses based on both the writings of Sun-tzu from his classic work The Art of War and spiritual warfare as covered in Ephesians 6:10-20, and Part 4 will cover several strategies illustrated in the book of Nehemiah regarding how to then go about our work as believers while countering the enemy’s tactics.


“The effectual, fervent prayer of the righteous man avails much” (James 5:16).

My sister Claire shared this word of prophecy  spoken at her church’s intercessory prayer group recently:

In 2018 the Holy Spirit will be bringing prodigals home.

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On Mrs. Brown, Rhubarb Pie, and (Christmas) Gifts-Revisited

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Brown, one of the richest people in town, lived across the street from my family in Escanaba, Michigan, in the 1950s. Continue reading

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God’s “Progressive Gift” to Us at Christmas–and All–Time

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

God’s “progressive gift”? It all starts here: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13).

My sister Barbara, whose handiwork and art is often featured in my headers (including the current one, 12/5/17), is an expert knitter, as well (and crochet-er and lace maker). Continue reading

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Another Story to Be Thankful For: “Where Were You?”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

My brother Andy has put together an extraordinary video I want to share with you as another Thanksgiving offering. Both the subject matter (the “Big Bang”) and the background music (“Magnum Mysterium”) put me in mind of Job, Chapter 38:4-38.

Savor. Continue reading

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