Windy City Live and $18,000.00 a Year

This morning, I was sitting on the end of the bed watching Windy City Live while getting dressed for work and almost fell off the bed when I heard Val Warner say that you can’t live comfortably on $18,000.00 a year.

She, Ryan, and Ji were discussing a story about a young man and his wife who retired at the age of thirty and were raising their son on $18,000.00 a year.

I watched as Val wrinkled up her nose and shook her head at the thought of living on $18,000.00.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love Val Warner and Windy City Live, but Val Warner there are hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans living, working, and raising more than one child on $18,000.00 a year.

And I do believe, we have just raised the minimum wage in the state of Illinois to $10.00 an hour which, if a person worked 40 hours a week would come up to about $18,000.00.

And just so you know, most of those same workers who had their salaries raised to $10.00 an hour also had their hours cut.

Comfortable to me means a roof over our heads, a clean home, food on the table, clean clothes on our backs, and a reliable car to get us back and forth.  Movie night means renting a movie from Redbox or the local library and dinner out is Chili’s or Applebees and Red Lobster for really special occasions.  Clothes shopping is done at Marshalls, Target, and Burlington’s and there are no designer shoes in our closets but isn’t that what got Mrs. Blagojevich in trouble with the media and then her husband investigated?

And Val, have you heard about retiring on Social Security?  I’m sure most of your viewing audience is made up of retirees living on Social Security that pays abouth $18,000.00 a year or LESS.

I say all of this to say, ‘comfortable’ is a state of mind, or, like beauty, relative to those observing it.

And if you’re listening Windy City Live, there’s a show in there.  Why not find a family that is living comfortably on $18,000.00 and find out how they’re doing so.

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

By

Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
OneThreeThirteen
Dancing With The Fat Woman
https://rubysjared.wordpress.com

Suffering Trouble as an Evil Doer

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Suffering Trouble As An Evil Doer

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

A few weeks ago, I attended a Church Service, something that for me was the norm, but thanks to Evil Doing, is now, the exception. But while there, the visiting Minister selected for his topic, 2 Timothy 2:9 “Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.” Translated, it says that the writer, Paul, was suffering trouble even while in jail.

As a student of the Bible I thought I knew most of its passages. However, this one had escaped me when, in fact, I should have had it hand-embrodiered, mounted in a gold frame, and hung above my entrance door so that I could see it and receive it upon leaving and entering my home. And, now that I think about it, I should have a snapshot of that scripture plastered on the fridge.

Trouble is a thing that everyone alive on this rock deals with every single day in some form or another. However, suffering trouble as an Evil Doer is something else entirely.

What do I mean by that? Let’s say you’re waiting anxiously for your tax refund because, when you get it, you plan to take the family out for dinner someplace fancier than McDonalds or Taco Bell. But a day or two before you expect to get that check, your car breaks down. It’s towed to the repair shop and repaired. There goes the fancy dinner out. Disappointment reigns. Trouble as an Evil Doer.

Or say, you’ve been a bit down on your luck and the light bill has gone unpaid for two or three months. But, finally good fortune smiles on you. You find a job and you’re one week from getting paid. And then bam! ComEd sends you a disconnect notice that says you must pay your bill on the 12th but you don’t get paid until the 15th.

You immediately get on the phone and pour out your heart to the customer service representative but to no avail. You get up on the morning of the 12th and there’s no power. You suffer through three days of living by candle light rush down to the ComEd office to pay the bill only to be informed that now you have to come up with an additional $125.00 to have your lights turned back on. Trouble as an Evil Doer.

Your son or daughter, a straight A student, is introduced to drugs while at a party at a trusted neighbor’s house. Now the straight A’s have become curved D’s. He or she drops out of school and spends his or her days standing in front of YOUR house hustling drugs. Trouble as an Evil Doer.

The first step in combating trouble as an Evil Doer is to recognize it as such. Don’t go around thinking or saying that you’re just having a streak of bad luck.

Luck aint got nothing to do with it. Recognize when you’re being targeted and anticpate the trouble and when you do, you’ll handle it better and prayerfully, the Evil Doer will stop targeting you as much. Bare in mind, that he won’t stop, but it (trouble) won’t hurt as much when you’re prepared.

And watch those Church folks. I’ve had things said to me in Church that I wouldn’t say to my dog!

 

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

By
Eliza Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices