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Heidi Cruz Recalls Finding God’s Purpose for Ted During a Dark Time, and How It Kept Her Going

It’s always amazing how God can use the dark times in our life to reveal His plans for us in ways that sustain and motivate us for years to come. 

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Ted Cruz is one of the most polarizing figures in Washington DC. A beacon of conservatism and sold biblical values for many, he’s often portrayed as one of the evilest of Republicans by the left.

Always close by his side is his loving and supportive wife Heidi, who, during Cruz’s 2016 Presidential run, was scrutinized almost as closely as her husband was for her high-powered financial career.

Far from the pregnant-and-barefoot demure traditional wife most people imagine such a conservative political as Cruz might have, Heidi is the Harvard-educated breadwinner for the Cruz family, something that she hasn’t always managed to fuse together seamlessly with her husband’s political career.

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In Ted’s early days in politics, Heidi recently shared in an interview with The Atlantic, there was a time when his recent appointment to as the Texas Solicitor General left the newly married couple in separate cities.

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At the time Heidi was working for the National Security Council, so she remained in Washington DC as he settled in Houston.

Two years later, however, she agreed to move back to Texas to be closer to Ted and take a financial position there with Merrill Lynch, a career transition that Heidi ended up finding very challenging.

After a significant emotional struggle, she finally ended up signing up for a Catholic retreat so she could cope with her depression and grief over giving up a job she’d loved.

It was then that she met a counselor who gave her a message that would encourage her many years later when she and Ted had the spotlight of the nation on them.

The counselor, an 80-year-old Haitian woman, Heidi explained, “sat me down and she looked at me and she goes, ‘I can tell you have an amazing husband. And you both will have an impact on this country.’ She said, ‘God is going to use you, not Ted — not just Ted. You’re part of this team for a reason. God’s gonna use you to do something beyond yourself. You just let God take you to Texas, you let him take you wherever. Because there’s something bigger than you now.’”

Working with this counselor helped Heidi to keep going and to settle into her new life and her new path.

Years later, when she and Ted were on their way to announce his 2016 bid for the presidency, she was journaling her calories when she came across notes from these counseling sessions.

Realizing she’d gone from mourning her own difficult career change to being on her way to launch her husband’s presidential run, Heidi says, I just started crying.”

It’s always amazing how God can use the dark times in our life to reveal His plans for us in ways that sustain and motivate us for years to come.

 

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Argentine Photographer Captures INCREDIBLE Image of Christ-Like Cloud

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It cannot be denied that our world is in the midst of turmoil unlike anything we’ve seen in the past. From Birmingham to Beijing, we are seeing unprecedented poverty, crime, hate, violence, war, famine….you name it.  Combine these issues with a mainstream media who is salivating at the chance to rile us up for ratings and money, and the world becomes a downright scary place. Where do we turn when the world seems to shun us?  For some, the answers lie in the bottom of a bottle.  For others, it’s self-harm or outward violence. For many, however, their faith is their rock.  They turn to the religious world for answers to the questions that plague us today, and, often, they discover signs of encouragement. Such is the case today in Argentina. Monica Aramayo was in San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentina when she noticed the holy figure shining through the thick clouds Social media user Mariela Romano said: “The Lord will soon come for us all and we should be ready. While another said: “Thanks for the image that allows us to keep on our path and have a better hope for tomorrow.” The photo has to be seen to be believed. https://twitter.com/faithdefender/status/1128809009153097728 The pose and grand scale of the image has reminded many observers of the famous Christ The Redeemer statue in Brazil. https://twitter.com/OtravelAI/status/1082513665700507648 And while the cloud formation certainly isn’t going to change the minds of the unfaithful, it does provide us all with a reminder that we are loved, and we must remain harmonious with one another on this turbulent little space rock.

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Former Pope Blames ‘Swingin’ Sixties’ for Catholic Church’s Cesspool of Pedophilia

The Catholic Church is again attempting to blame their rampant pedophilia on the outside world.

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The high pontiffs of the Catholic Church would make fantastic dodgeball players. Given just how well they’ve avoided taking the blame for, or properly reacting to, the disturbing prevalence of pedophilia among their ranks, there is little doubt that these purposefully-ignorant would be able to dodge just about anything. The problem is obtuse, obvious, and ostensibly disgusting.  There are literally thousands upon thousands of young children who have been sexualized by Catholic priests over the course of several decades in all corners of the globe.  The problem is not isolated at all, and the only common factor between these horrific crimes is that they occurred at the hands of the Catholic Church. If the entire world got sick from eating a certain food, we would stop eating that food.  In the case of the Catholic Church, the children of the world are being undeniably harmed by their religious leaders in habitual and systemic acts of pedophilia, yet the leaders at The Vatican continue to ignore and obfuscate the truth. Now, one former Pope is even blaming the cultural revolution of the 1960’s for the issue. Emeritus Pope Benedict has emerged from his cone of silence to offer a personal analysis of the clerical sex abuse crisis, citing the sexual revolution, a corruption of moral theology, and the formation of “homosexual cliques” in seminaries as causes of the problem. Benedict says that he felt compelled to contribute to a response to the present situation “since I myself had served in a position of responsibility as shepherd of the Church at the time of the public outbreak of the crisis,” and so penned his reflections, obtaining the present pope’s blessing to make them public. In his new, 6,000-word bombshell essay, the former pope turns his gaze toward societal forces outside the Church as well as…

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