Saturday, September 22, 2018

10 Ways to Impact the 2018 Texas Election

Many are people are asking me how they can REALLY impact this midterm election and how they can get involved here in Texas. It is difficult when we feel a tug to get involved but we don’t know the next steps. So after you have been inspired, I want to give you helpful tips to plug into the fight. 

Here is my top 10 list. I hope it is helpful. If it is, please share it with others. 

#1 Pray once a day for our nation and our state. I have set my phone with an alarm at 5:55 each day to pray for 5 minutes. It is a great time at the end of the work day (unless you are like me working non-stop)  and it is before any evening meetings or family time. Try it! Join me at 5:55 for prayer.

#2 Connect with your local Republican Party. Most county parties want to plug you in and they need help blockwalking for candidates, putting out signs, making phone calls, making bags with pushcards in them for the doors. Connect! Get on their email list and show up somewhere, sometime.
Here are the links for the county parties closest to me where I have candidates that are running.

Dallas County GOP
Collin County GOP
Tarrant County GOP
Kaufman County GOP

Not linked here? Google your county name with “Republican Party” and it should come up. If not, contact your County Chairman on this list from the Texas GOP

Block walkers getting ready in Tarrant County

#3 Adopt a candidate. 

I shared in my article on POLITICAL ACTIVISM how important knowing someone who is running for office is for you and the candidate. Read that motivational piece here

Look up your elected officials here on the right side of this website, put in your address where it says "Who Represents me?" and then google those races and see if there are Republicans running against Democrats or if there is a Republican incumbent that needs your help. We also have six open seats right now for Congress around the state. These candidates need help. Never underestimate the $20 you give any candidate and how impactful a few days volunteering means to their lives. You can stand at the polls for them on Election day, help them stuff thank you notes, block walk with the candidate, or make phone calls. Please just help them. Don’t just think about it.

If you don’t know who to help, email me at with your physical address and I will send you some suggestions of good candidates in your area who I most likely personally know. 

#4 Join the #CruzCrew and help Ted Cruz one way or another! This is the most watched race in the state and everyone needs to be involved. Order some yard signs and bumper stickers from his website here, contribute with a sacrificial gift (I did and I am a political consultant), volunteer to make calls for him, and show up at his rallies whenever he is near you. Let’s show Ted Cruz some love. We do NOT want a Bernie Sanders socialist in office in Texas. If you want to know really what Beto stands for watch the debate from Friday, September 21st on NBC.  
With my Ted Cruz sign before the Cruz-O'Rourke debate

#5 Join a club. Most GOP, Young Republicans, or Tea Party clubs meet once a month. Find a club in your area and go. You can find those meeting times typically on your Republican Party County website or calendar. Meet people, connect, volunteer as part of a group. It is more fun that way. Learn about the issues and hear great speakers from around the state. I have my real family, my church family, and then my Republican family. Friendship and connection will cause you to be involved far into the future, not just this election. 

#6 Share positive and educational items about the candidates or issues on social media. Retweet something that Governor Greg Abbott does, share a video from one of our 5th Court of Appeals candidates here in North Texas, share your own thoughts about a debate, or tell your friends who you are voting for and why. 

The best activists and precinct chairs send out an email (blindcopy, please) to their friends reminding them to vote and a list of people they suggest voting for. That is extremely helpful to the cause. 

Sharing on the Internet and speaking up is something the other side is good at and we have to get better at it. Social media is important! 

#7 Show some love to Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. They are working so hard for Texas and our candidates and I personally believe any big victories we have here in November, they need to get part of the credit for it. The Abbott team is extremely organized and they are spending money to help everyone. Dan Patrick has been running all over the state to help candidates and we just won an important special election in TX Senate District 19 that hasn’t been held by a Republican in 139 years. I give these men part of the credit. Email their campaigns and thank them - Governor Greg Abbott & Lt. Governor Dan Patrick

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick headlining a reception for Senator Bob Hall

#8 Help President Trump keep the majority in the Senate and House of Representatives. I already talked about helping Senator Cruz. Please do that! Everyone in Texas should also help one of the tossup seats or ones that only lean Republican slightly in Texas, like Pete Sessions, Will Hurd, John Culberson, and John Carter. 

Some of the open seat candidates who I love and are up are Chip Roy, Ron Wright, or Van Taylor. Donate somewhere (#1 choice for me are my two amazing candidates- Van Taylor and Ron Wright) but help us keep the majority in Congress. Donate before their big 9/30 FEC filing deadlines. 

We do NOT want Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker of the House or Maxine Waters to be the Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. Lord, have mercy!

#9 Stay informed on the issues. Educate yourself and others. We have some great think tanks in Texas and around the country. Read articles, articulate the issues with knowledge, and teach others. Here are some of my favorite places to get great conservative reading material: Texas Public Policy Foundation, Institute of Policy Innovation (IPI), Heritage Foundation 

#10 Actually VOTE! Don't forget. Set a calendar alert on your phones, please. Get your full household (including your young adults) to the polls during early voting from October 22nd and November 2nd or on Election Day, November 6th. You can vote anywhere in your county during early voting but on Election Day, you have to vote in your precinct so make sure you know where you are voting beforehand. 

Vote all the way down the ballot for ALL Republicans. The days of fighting over who will be our nominees for different positions are over. (Believe me, I know).  Now we are keeping progressive Democrats from going to Washington or Austin. 

VOTE REPUBLICAN period! Let’s have the biggest turnout at the polls in a Gubernatorial year/Midterm election in TEXAS history! 

(You other people around the country reading this, please follow our lead and get out the VOTE!)

Let’s do something on this list - maybe even all 10, and impact this 2018 Texas Election! 

Let’s go, TEAM! America and Texas is worth it. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

PURPOSE- What I have learned from running for Congress (Part 3 of 3)

You haven’t lived until you have had $750,000 or more in negative advertising spent against you. I say that tongue and cheek and it always gets a laugh, but in reality it is true. It is a completely new perspective on life. 

What does our personal reputations actually mean to us? When we are attacked (our good names and reputation), it is a test of our security and where our ultimate worth is found.

I am a different person because of what I just went through running for Congress. From an eight person field to a two person runoff where it got highly competitive and not so friendly, I am different in a great way. I am stronger, bolder, and more secure in the love of my family, my friends and my God. 
Rev. Rafael Cruz with us a few weeks before the runoff

The Friday night after the polls had closed on early voting during the runoff, our little group of church members at Reality Community, that my husband and I have pastored went down to another church, the Oaks Church, for a night of worship. I was standing there in the presence of the Lord singing these beautiful songs and I just let it all wash over me - six weeks of ignoring all of the ads hitting people’s mailboxes and three weeks of TV ads calling me a liar because I talked about my opponent’s documented record. It just hit me what I had been trying to ignore for a month - I had been suffering. It hit me! This was something that I had never really felt before. This was what persecution felt like. 

In our modern American world, we don’t really understand suffering and persecution AT ALL. I know I didn't and still don't. Even with this political “persecution” that I just experienced (and I use that term lightly), it is nothing compared to what Christians in Egypt go through or Muslims that convert and have to endure horrific suffering because of their bold stands for Jesus. I was just standing up for America. But what I learned through this experience was rich and full of wisdom for my life in the future. I learned more about my PURPOSE

I learned how to walk in peace and joy every day while at the same time being tested, stretched, overworked, exhausted, fighting fear, and pushing ever barrier in my life. Running for Congress was the hardest thing I have ever done but it was also where I had the most joy. In the midst of suffering and persecution, I was living my purpose in that moment and that brought joy to my heart.  In the moments that I was running for Congress, my life all made sense, every experience I had had, every piece of information I had learned, every test that I had walked through, it all made sense and I was the most alive of my life.

What am I taking away from this life-changing experience?

This revelation: I have the ability to live in peace and joy every day of my life regardless of my circumstances if I trust God for my daily strength and wisdom and peace. 

Thankful for patriots like Lt. Col. Allen B. West supporting me on this mission
Sometimes we don’t understand the power of God to hold us steady in His presence until we NEED him. During this past season, I needed Him daily to get through my day on top and I identified my need every day. In that pursuit of Him every moment with my heart reaching for wisdom, patience, and peace, I found my real purpose. I discovered more about who I really am and I found out how faithful He is.

I discovered that if you want to change anything or do anything of worth in this life, you have to be ready for push back. 

When we stand up for what is right, we will have people who hate us. Get ready it will happen, but don’t be afraid. 

Philippians 1:29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”

As attacks against my name kept happening, we started having fun with it. 
This is one of my life verses that God gave me when I was a nineteen year old Bible school student in the early 90’s. I thought it meant that I would end up in war torn Rwanda at the time, that I would die a martyr (that could still happen), or that I would endure more suffering than others over the course of my life. For the first time during this race, I felt like I was closer to understanding what this verse meant for my life and the life of the Body of Christ as a whole. We have a choice to choose suffering for the good of the people around us and for truth. 

I want to encourage everyone to pursue your purpose. Don’t sit back. Push the envelope. Right the wrongs. Stand on the front lines of the battle. When you go for it (whatever “it” is for you), you find strength and you find supernatural fortitude that you can only discover in that place. It is so worth it and so rewarding. 

God wants to walk with you through the “valley of the shadow of death” and it is where you discover that you can truly “fear no evil” because He is with you. (Psalm 23). 

Our son, Ben, and his girlfriend after our big debate
The real purpose of our life is to walk with God. Regardless of our career, how we spend our time every day, our goals, our greatest purpose is to know Jesus. 

Here is one of my favorite scriptures John 17:24 that draws out our ultimate purpose in life, to know Jesus. This is part of Jesus’ final High Priestly prayer before He went to the cross. This was His ultimate desire for us and His great purpose.

John 17:24 Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” 

Again our purpose can be found in walking in His will for our lives and sticking close to the One who knows us better than anyone.  He is the One who can shield us from worldly persecution through giving us lasting joy and peace deep, deep in our hearts. 

Ultimately this Congressional run taught me much more about walking with Jesus - MY PURPOSE - and that was worth everything. I am forever thankful that He gives me my ultimate purpose. 

To read part 1 of this series on PRAYER, click here.

To read part 2 of this series on POLITICAL ACTIVISM, click here

I would love to come speak on any of these topics or much more on politics (impacting America for good) or religion (walking with God). 

Invite me at or 972-922-0022. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

POLITICAL ACTIVISM - What I have learned from running for Congress (Part 2 of 3)

I wouldn’t have done anything like running for Congress if I hadn’t learned to pray. I covered that in Part 1 of this series which you can read here. But the point of this new article is, prayer should move us to ACTION at some point. What do we do when we feel like we need to do more than pray?

When we pray, we connect and care about something or someone more than we do ourselves. Prayer in its true form is ultimate unselfishness. 

Ben, Bunni, and Tim Pounds (Israel in Romania)

When I pray for my husband and my sons, I care for them deeper because I am connecting my heart to them through prayer. This action turns around and creates more love in my heart for them. It just happens. When I pray for my clients, I care more about their lives and want to serve them with more fervor and integrity. Prayer changes our hearts. 

If you want to love more, pray more. If you want to pray more, ask God for love. It is a circular cycle that produces growth and longevity.

In the end, prayer should provide a change in our hearts, where we have to act. 

The book of James says, “Faith without works is dead.”

I believe if the Church really starts praying for our nation and our state, not just giving that discipline lip service, but actually praying- it will produce something in our hearts that will cause us to impact our culture. There will be something in us that will want to take responsibility for the decay in our world and DO something. Again, if we pray. 

I ran for Congress after ten years of political activism in my city and our district and I truly believe that prayer led me to that action.

There is a question for all of us here though- once we learn how to pray for our nation each day and in an intentional way, how do we move to the next step? 

I truly believe we can change the world if we do three simple things when it involves our civic duty and political activism. 

If this race that I just went through has taught me nothing else - it is that these three things HAVE to happen to move the needle in our political culture. 

#1 - Vote in EVERY Election

Can you imagine a world where Christians voted in every election and took our right to vote, enshrined in our Constitution and a right fought for by patriots before us, extremely serious?

What if we, who seek discernment and wisdom from God, actually weighed in with a simple vote to impact our cities, our state, and our nation?

During the last Presidential election, it is estimated that 60% of Evangelical Christians voted. It was said to have been a huge victory for Christians in America. But here is a question, where were the other 40% of “born again” Christians? Where were the full coalition of values voters who are strongly pro-life, pro-family, pro-liberty? We influenced an election - but can you imagine if we had ALL participated?

In my city in Garland, we recently had a mayoral election. In a city of over 230,000 people, our new mayor was elected in a field of three people by only 1700 votes. Only 5000 votes were cast in the whole race which is only 1% of the population of our city.

Where were all the church goers? Where are all the members of First Baptist Garland, First at Firewheel, First United Methodist, and so on? I guarantee the amount of people who go to church in our city is at least 30% at a minimum. What would happen if we all showed up at the voting booth during a city election? 

When I first started working for Congressman Hensarling ten years ago, there was a mayor in Kaufman who was elected by only one vote. I called Dr. Fortner "the one vote mayor". Who says that one vote doesn’t make a difference?

In the Bible - it talks about how we ,as the children of God, are going to rule and reign with Jesus in the new heavenly kingdom. We are designed in our “new creation” DNA to be leaders and to be light and salt. If we used this in the sphere of voting only, we could change the world.
Nick Anderson (c) 2014 Houston Chronicle

I was privileged to be in 17 churches during my Congressional run. 17 bold pastors either acknowledged me from the pulpit or had me speak for 5 to 10 minutes to their congregations. I am forever thankful to them for believing in me and/or giving their congregations some education on the political world. Without analyzing the complete membership rolls of those churches in the district, I can tell you pretty frankly that if all the members of those churches alone had showed up to vote in the Republican Primary Runoff, it would have been a different story. Numbers matter in elections and our commitment to let our voices be heard should be a big YES in our hearts.

If we, as individuals, committed to voting in every election, we could change the world. 

These elections include:

- the general election - whether it is a presidential year or a gubernatorial year
- every primary and runoff elections of your political party (where by the way, the real lasting decisions get made since more “seats” are districted safe one way or another for one party)
- Constitutional amendment elections that we have here in Texas where the people weigh in on changes to our State Constitution
- City elections where the people who impact our lives the most get picked by a very small margin of people

All of these elections are important and we have a responsibility to be light and salt in our nation by picking our leaders. We can make a difference!

Will you take the pledge with me to vote in EVERY election?

#2 - Adopt a Candidate or a Cause

Moving to the other side of the curtain so to speak, going from a political activist and consultant to being the actual candidate has changed my perspective on how important volunteers, donors, and people who truly care about the candidate are to their lives and their mission. 

I cannot underestimate the power of one voice, one life, and one volunteer in the life of a candidate. When they are putting their lives, their livelihoods, and their families on the front line of the battle, those people walking beside them mean so much. 

In my race I had many heroes, but I want to highlight just a few of them here.
One of my heroes - Doc Collins

My friend and fellow activist, Doc Collins, leader of the Edom Tea Party in Van Zandt County who has fought against bone cancer for a few years. He went and had a chemo treatment on the Monday of early voting during the runoff -  but was at the polls on Monday afternoon and every day through Friday with his “Bunni Pounds for Congress” sign - faithful to support and to talk to voters about why they needed to pick me for the good of the country.

Pastors Ron and Kay Rose in Cherokee County who had only supported Congressman Hensarling before but we had become friends through the years in our work for him. They got hooked on helping me in my race. They hosted events for me during the Primary and the Runoff, they were my yard sign coordinators for the county, and blessed the campaign with resources for our cause. They also had me in their church. I will never forget what they did for me. They are precious, precious, precious people. 

Ron & Kay Rose, their church members and friends during Primary

A beautiful lady named Ruth York in Cisco, Texas (nowhere near our district) sent me a card a few days after my loss. It was a special card. I met her a month or so later at an event and she hugged me and told me that she prayed for me every day of my race. I believe her. I felt her love in that hug.

Amanda Goodman from Forney showed up at the polls on the runoff Election Day asking to help. What was special about Amanda was that she had cerebral palsy. She asked to have two Bunni Pounds signs put on her wheelchair and she said to everyone who passed by- “Please vote for Bunni Pounds.” I never met Amanda but hope to very soon. 

Amanda in Forney - another of my heroes

Who are these beautiful people? The hundreds of volunteers and the thousands of donors who invested a part of their time or treasure into my campaign - they are beautiful people. They said to me everyday by their actions, as I was putting my life on the front lines of the battle, that I was not alone.

I highly encourage everyone to adopt a candidate or an issue and make a difference through political activism. When we connect, when we invest a couple hours of our time, or when we donate $25 or $100 into a candidate or cause, we move to being the answer to our own prayers. 

If you do it, you might just get hooked like Pastor Ron Rose. 

#3 - Connect Somewhere and Let your Voice be Heard.

Around three weeks after my loss, I showed up where I belonged at the Republican State Convention. I have been a delegate to the Texas GOP Convention every two years since 2004. Besides my real family and my church, I have found life-long relationships within the Republican Party as we have sweated and worked together. When I was walking into the convention, I was walking among my family.

I was shocked at how many people said, “I can’t believe you are here after what you just went through,” “Good for you for being here, proud of you,” “So glad you are still a part of us”. To be honest, I hadn’t even thought about not going and I found so much healing for my soul in the midst of my people- the grassroots of our party. 

With my girlfriends at the TX GOP convention
When you connect with a candidate, a political party, a grassroots organization like Texas Eagle Forum, an interest group focused on a single issue like Texas Right to Life, or a political club in your neighborhood - you will find an educational experience, a cause and a mission, but you will also find friendship. Friends make work so much more fun! When you are hanging out with like-minded folks, you find community in the midst of mission.

I want to encourage everyone who will take the step toward political activism to connect somewhere. You will not be disappointed at the results. Again if we move beyond hundreds of people to thousands of people getting engaged - we can change the world. 

So prayer produces action. Action produces sometimes trials and persecution. Then we have to overcome and learn to walk in peace and joy in the midst of being on the front lines of a battle. That is the part of action that we normally want to avoid, but it is where we truly become strong people and where we discover who we really are. 

We will talk about all of that in Part 3. Stay tuned - one more part of this series.