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Trump’s current rhetoric considers the white founding fathers that built America without considering the Native Americans, Africans, neglected wives and abused children in their wake. Mother Karma says no more! Any “founding father” who sees him or herself as superior to anyone does not understand the mystery of servant leadership.

To serve or not to serve: that is the question.

I recently read an article discussing the sacrifices that “servers” make. It brought back memories because I was a server for 17 years.
When I began in that industry at age 17, my attitude towards the customers was “eat your food and get out of my section.” My objective was to turn my tables as quickly as possible.

Needless to say, with an attitude like that, I began as a terrible server and employee. I will never forget when I had the realization that my job was to be as hospitable as possible and to cheerfully meet the needs of my customers: not the best job for an angst-filled adolescent that hates everyone; including herself.

However, surrendering to what my inner self had revealed as my job description took me on a long and beautiful journey towards becoming a people person. Being a server taught me to act my way into right thinking; because as time went by, I began to truly care for the people I served. I still do, but my service is different these days. I am now a substance abuse counselor in the criminal justice system and a Yogi both on an off the mat.

I have had customers, and employers, berate me, humiliate me, and make me cry, but I have also seen how meeting rudeness with kindness and respect can change a person’s demeanor. The bottom line is that we either treat people the way we want to be treated ourselves; or we don’t. We are either committed to being of service to the whole; or we’re not. THIS is the true choice of what we do with our “free” will.

Those of us who choose self-service are not evil or even self-centered, but confused and broken. A Course In Miracles says that everything is either an act of love or a cry for help. My many years as a public servant has proved that to be true.

My spiritual, academic, and professional journeys have taught me many things about human nature. The problem with arrogant people is that they look upon others with the same disdain with which they secretly condemn themselves. Those that treat others as if they are invisible do so to hide their own deep feelings of inadequacy.

This whole deal with covid and the protests has reminded me of many things. It has brought recollections of the “servants” who raised me. I was a rich, white, preppy in the 70’s who was raised by my housekeeper. My childhood trauma issues kept me from developing full-blown affluenza, but I clearly remember that the woman who seemed to care for me the most was the housekeeper who combed my hair, gave me rides, and even chased me around the pool when she caught me with weed. I know today as a mother myself that she was serving in the role as mother; and she did it well.

I have learned that the world in which I live is a reflection of what I am. If I am arrogant and prideful, I see others as beneath me or inferior. I betray myself with that attitude. However, when I look deeply at others, I see them as the teachers that they are. It is the homeless and the addicts, the criminals and the mentally “ill” who have taught me who and what I am. The mean-spirited have taught me who and what I am not.

Jesus did not exalt himself with flowing robes and motorcades. He washed his disciples’ feet to show the meaning of servant leadership and humility. So, the next time we are tempted to look down our noses at someone else, let us remember that things are not what they seem; and your “servant” may be your Master.

Om Shanti Shanti
PTD ✝️🌷🕉

To: Pastor Robert Morris, Senior Pastor, Gateway Church

From: Rev. Paige Thomas DeHart, BS, LCDC, Gateway member from 2008-2015

Dear Sir,
I am appalled that you hosted Donald Trump at your church. In my opinion, this is a blatant breach of separation of Church and State. Additionally, I am baffled by your support of him.

In my opinion, Donald Trump has no experience with the Holy Spirit, which reveals the NATURE of Jesus. I perceive him to be loveless, corrupt, and spiritually bankrupt.

Yesterday, I read in the Star-Telegram that you are one of his religious advisors. Jesus said that if you are not with him, you are against him. To be “for” Donald Trump is to be against Jesus and everything he stands for.

You may ask, “who is this woman to write to me?” You do not “know” me but allow me to jog your memory a bit. I am the mother of the girl who was shot in the head and dumped on a dead-end road but had a sudden and miraculous healing. It was featured in your Gateway Life February 2016 magazine and I remember you being at the Habitation where we were invited to appear, because Pastor Dulin was highlighting her story. It was a couple of months later that I was interviewed for the article in the magazine.

I have never spoken of this before, out of respect for you and the work that you do. However, I now feel it necessary to correct the record of this article because it is a deception.

This article says that when your Pastor, Dustin Sample, arrived at my sister Kelly’s request, “he was met with about 20 family members who didn’t seem optimistic and bristled at the idea of group prayer.” It goes on to say that I said that Pastor Sample’s visit made a “big impact;” and that Pastor Sample said that “the moment I prayed with that family, I saw them put their faith in God.”

I am sorry, sir, but none of that is true and I said no such thing about his visit. But that is what happens when someone like him judges according to appearances and does not even bother to introduce himself to the mother of the critically injured girl he came to pray for.

The truth, sir, is that I am an ordained minister who has served in the criminal justice system for 18 years. I have been the spiritual director of two Epiphany Prison Ministry teams and a spiritual director on another Epiphany and a Kairos prison ministry team. Additionally, my former ministry, More Than Conquerors Through Christ Jesus, served in the Tarrant County jail from 2003-2006. Since then, I have been a counselor for parolees and probationers. I am also the author of Unmasked: One Soul’s Journey from Anonymity to Identity; which is dedicated to “you who have ever felt unworthy of love and forgiveness; and to the One who loves and forgives you.”

When Daniel Hopkins called to interview me, I told him the truth, but he chose to rewrite history to make it seem that Pastor Sample was responsible for “the hour we first believed.”

The article describes me as the “sister of Gateway member, Kelly Purselley.” I was a member of your church for eight years and my daughter has even attended your summer camps; until Pastor Sample barged into the darkest day of our lives; and I learned that Gateway would not help me financially without a pledge of future tithing.

Pastor Morris, I was at a Habitation on Southlake Blvd. where a woman asked for help and you took a spontaneous offering and gave it to her. I know your heart and your generosity. Your Church has changed.

Sir, I was the one who “bristled” at the idea of group prayer because I did not invite him there. I am a long-term member of Alcoholics Anonymous and an active member in my many communities. That day, I was feeling adequately supported and did not appreciate a stranger at my daughter’s near-death bed. That is why I was not present for the “group prayer.”

That day, I was more than optimistic about her healing because the Lord had already told me that I need only to believe and forgive for her to be healed, which was immediately followed by a change in perception. Jesus showed me that: if my daughter was not the victim and the shooters were my clients, I would be weeping for them. At that moment, I had total faith of her healing, but also left it in God’s hands with a prayer of surrender.

What is confusing to me is that if Daniel Hopkins had done even minimal investigation on me, or listened to me when I told him what happened, he would have known that the whole story was a lie; except for me appreciating a hug from one of the members of your pastoral care team. I was a guest on TBN in New York in 2014. It is not difficult to discover details about me.

So, I will conclude with advice you can pass on to your protégée Trump from our Lord concerning the Churches in Revelation.

You have left your first love.

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works.

Be watchful, and strengthen the things that remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works to be perfect before God.

Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent.

I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and REPENT!

Sincerely,
Paige Thomas DeHart

Staged Gateway Article Photo
My husband holding my daughter’s hand.

WE the people, the inhabitants of planet earth, have a right to be treated with dignity and respect; free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

This is the universal code of ethics that is written on the hearts of all. Without it, we are nothing. We are also required to treat others according to this code.

When we dishonor this code, we dishonor ourselves; causing double-mindedness. This means that we have contradictory thoughts.

NOW is and always has been the time to break free from our learned helplessness; that we may know reality as opposed to our opinions.

NOW is and always has been the time to leave our repressed lives and take our “walk on part in the war;” that grace and truth may have their day.

NOW is and always has been the time to pick up our mats and walk!

Namaste
PTD ✝️🌷🕉

They we should be realistic.
But who is they?
And what is reality?

Perceptions of physicality create the norm that we “should” follow.

But who’s to say what’s right and wrong save love?

They say we should believe in God?
But what is a God without love?

They say we should and shouldn’t until we believe in anything except ourselves.

When will love open the mind of society?

Paige Thomas
1981

Free Will

The choice is ours whether we choose to follow the universal code of ethics; written on all of our hearts: Love One Another.

We either serve Love or our own selfish desires.

We have selfish desires because we have been traumatized.

We have believed that we are an abomination to God without “good” works.

Jesus wants to change our hearts in a way that good works naturally occur; because they are the consequence of what we become when we meet ourselves face to face.

It’s all about what we believe about ourselves.

Self-forgiveness is the gateway to the glorious path where where we learn to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

But first we must learn that we have been doing unto others as we do unto ourselves.

I could never love myself until Jesus showed me the meaning of love.

PTD ✝️🌷🕉

Time is but a measure through which I relate events of my physical life.

Words are but a mode through which I relate ideas to another.

Life is but a dream through which I understand what I already know.

Love is but the essence through which all things are good.

I am but a soul through which all whom I know may see beauty within themselves.

Paige Thomas
1981

You are loved! You are beautiful! You are meant to be here! You matter!

Paige Thomas DeHart
2020

Namaste ✝️🌷🕉

In the early days of covid-19, there was much talk of heroes in public service and a sense of camaraderie; that we were all in this thing together. Now, with the political lines being once again drawn: the collective focus is to mask or not to mask? What a waste of energy on a ridiculous question. When did normal become insane?

In the early days of covid, we all had a sense that nature herself was telling us what she needs. For a moment, it seemed as if we had all tapped into our collective unity. But here’s the deal, the collective unity is real, but being aware of it; not so much.

The tragedy in Minneapolis has given us a brutal example of how apathy can be fatal. So, in this time, we have living examples of both heroes and villains in public service. The only difference between them is the awareness of the servant’s heart. Trust me, if you are in public service without that awareness, the front lines will chew you up and spit you out. Don’t tread in darkness without the light; it will engulf you.

But I want to talk about the heroes; those among us who truly live in service to others. They are everywhere: they adhere to a code of ethics that mandates that they do no harm; that they treat others with dignity and respect; that they protect others from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

I don’t have a current story that illustrates the beauty of our local heroes, but two pertinent stories stand out from some years ago. In 2014, my daughter was on the streets and using meth. Her lifestyle was terrifying, and I was out of my mind for over six months because of it. I was later to discover that the police force from the Northside of Fort Worth had watched over her and protected her while she was on the streets. That’s what heroes do.

A year later, my daughter was shot in the head and dumped on a dead-end road. She survived the shooting but spent her first night in ICU as a Jane Doe; with minimal chance of survival. My first night in the hospital, the ICU nurse shared with me that he had been with my daughter her first night in ICU. He told me that he kept telling her that he knew that she had family that loved her; that he knew we would find her. That’s what a hero does.

I say all of that to say this: it’s time for the hero within to rise; there’s one inside of all of us. It’s time for the rebels with foolish causes to pick up their torches and become heroes for the cause of kindness to earth and her inhabitants. At this point, it doesn’t matter who becomes president because the government is not and never has been on the shoulders of Washington.

It’s time for us all to live the values we stand for that we may together create a “new” normal that’s actually sane. It’s time to stop the madness and wake up! If we don’t do the work of awakening, we’re already wearing masks and don’t even know it.

Namaste 🕉✝️☯️
Paige DeHart, BS, LCDC

Live one moment at a time; and make them something beautiful. 💜

Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined; and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. – Jess

Without true accountability, there is no integrity. Those who commit crimes are not criminals, but us who have divided against ourselves and lost our way. We who are divided against ourselves are worthy of compassion, but are unqualified for any sort of true leadership unless we examine our ways with the intention of overcoming ego.

There is a difference between a leader and a boss. Bosses who lord over people with constant threat of being fired are not leaders. They are terrorists. To monetize is to weaponize. We cannot serve both God and money. Jesus said “by their fruits, you will know them.”

We must open our eyes because, frankly, the fruit in this world has become compost. But be of good cheer; because there is a way to overcome this world; and that is why we are here. There is no justice if we do not stand for our founding values.

I pledge allegiance to the UNITED STATES of America ; and to the principles through which it stands: one nation UNDER God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL. It was founded to be a place of refuge from corruption. The Statue of Liberty was given to us by France for enlightening the world. Sounds like she and Jesus have a lot in common.

But God has become an overused word with no meaning to most. In reality, though, God is the power of creation balanced with the power of truth and grace. It is the mighty triumvirate of creation, destruction, and perpetual excellence and beauty.

Unless you are a Native American, you are an immigrant to this territory that was founded for the purpose of releasing itself from the tyranny of the union of church and monarchy.

The Statue of Liberty was given to us by France as a gift for enlightening the world. We need to get our lights shining since hers is apparently dimming to imperception

But back to the history: once gold was discovered in California, that was it. The race was on for wealth instead. There was no more us working together to create a safe haven. Us and Them were born again.

Then the industrial revolution began to snuff out the vision. If we love this country, we must at least take the time to research its history.

Furthermore, marketing itself is subliminal manipulation. That’s why we all think we’re fabulous in stilettos or expensive suits; visual stimulation from advertisers told us that.

Don’t think for one minute that non-independent journalism does not do the same thing. It is time for a united state of awareness; which begins with united awakening; which requires that we learn to look at our circumstances from many perspectives.

This is not a black or white world. As a matter of fact, black and white are really just about the absorption of color. The color is quickly fading in this world that has been miscreated with our fears and misunderstandings.

It’s time to learn to think for ourselves. I had the privilege of attending an excellent preparatory school from grades 6-12 and the first thing they taught us was HOW to learn. But they didn’t teach about unlearning and relearning; also known as revision. Erasing things from history is not revision; it is propaganda.

Failure is a part of learning; its purpose is to teach us where we went wrong. It’s purpose is to help us differentiate the difference between what worked and didn’t work; between what is real and unreal. Unreality is perceived as darkness.

More history: Catholicism fractured because the King didn’t want to follow the rules. Jesus was crucified because the religious elite were threatened by him and Rome didn’t want problems with the Pharisees (their base), so they let the people decide. We all know the outcome of that.

World War II was about stopping Hitler after he decided that the Jews were worms. I watched Schindler’s list the other night. The Nazi officers were up on the hill having a gay party with fine food, wine and atmosphere while the Jews were below in the camps.

The light has gone out of our leaders who can pontificate on the hill while children are in cages and people live on the streets of our cities. It’s time to let Israel take care of itself because THIS is the new Babylon. It is up to US to transform it to the NEW Jerusalem; for WE are the people and we are not ignorant; just educated by lies when we let others tell us the meaning of words.

Time to STAND. Barabbas needs to go home and get the help he needs.

Namaste 💜

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