Obama – the Next President –

Well, history has been made. Just the simple fact that an African American man was elected as the next President of the United States is something many people who have walked before me would have never dreamed would happen. Last night, it did. A man who I have deep respect for was elected the next President. Now, hear me clearly, I respect him. I did not say I agree with everything he says, but I simple have a deep and profound respect for him. Something I hope to teach my son: we may not agree with everything that happens around us, but we will respect the people that surround us. We will respect them. One thing I have learned from my Mother-in-Law, is that respect is something that is not negotiable. She has done a great job of teaching her children how to respect the people around them, regardless of who they are or what they have done. So today, not only am I proud to be an American who witnesses history, but I will firmly and with no question respect the man who will be in the next President of the United States. If I could actually shake his hand, I would probable say…

“Congratulations! I am honored to have witness such a historical event. You are a man that I respect. I respect your love for your wife, your deep love for your children and your humility. I respect your faith in Jesus Christ. I admire your heart. I would never want the job you just received, nor will I agree with everything that will happen, but I can promise to pray for you, your wife, your children, and those who surround you. You have a big job a head of you, may you represent Jesus Christ well and enjoy this opportunity.”

Lord, You are good, You are the same today as you were yesterday and as you will be in the days to come. I love that about you. Thank you for the men you have given this country to serve as President of the United States. Please be with President Bush as his time is coming to an end. I believe he has done his best and I pray you grant him peace as he leaves the life he has known for eight years. I pray for hand to be upon the Obama family. I pray for their protection. I ask you specifically to protect their love for one another, give them strength and surround them with Jesus Loving People! Give them people who love you! Surround them with wisdom, peace and patience. Specifically, I pray for your strength to come so President Elect Obama may be a man who honors you and represents you well. From his own lips, he loves you and recognizes you for who you are. Keep his faith strong and his heart humble. I love you, you are good and I cannot thank you enough for the blessings you have given me. Praises Be Unto You! Amen!

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Today is the day…

Today is the day, it is a BIG day, it is the day in our Nation that sets us apart from the others… Today is Election Day – Regardless of who wins or who Oprah thinks is the best choice, there are a few things that will remain the same…

He is…

El-Shaddai — The God Who is Sufficient for the Needs of His People
Jehovah-Jireh — The Lord our Provider
Jehovah-Shalom — The Lord our Peace
Jehovah-Tsidkenu — The Lord our Righteousness
Jehovah-Eloheenu — The Lord our God

He Is a great King
He Is alive for evermore
He Is Alpha and Omega
He Is for you
He Is God
He Is gracious
He Is holy
He Is merciful
He Is the Almighty God
He Is the bread of life
He Is the first and the last
He Is the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob
He Is the LORD, and there is none else
He Is the LORD in the midst of the earth
He Is the LORD, the God of all flesh
He Is the way, the truth, and the life

He Is thy salvation
He Is thy Savior

Today is a big day. An exciting day, a day in which we will see history in the making, either way, regardless of who Wins, history is made tonight. But, regardless of who wins, there is work to be done, change must happen and the media coverage is far from over. In the midst of it all, my God, El-Shaddai, already knows the outcome, He already knows the changes that will be made, He knows what will succeed and what will fail. Most of all, He already has a plan to provide. Because that is His Name, that is Who He is, and He is everything I stand for.

Thank you Jehovah-Jireh, for love is consuming, your Words are life changing and your peace leaves me breathless. I love you for all that you are, for all you have done and for all you stand for. Thank you for the assurance Your plans bring. Be with those men who have the desire to run our country. Give them the peace that passes all human understanding, the strength to live with the upmost integrity and the wisdom to seek Godly counsel at the cross roads. Be with them today and in the days to come. Amen.

 
 
 

 

Husbands…

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. —Hebrews 13:8, NIV

This picture was taken at the Grand Opening of the Hospital I work at. I was 6 months pregnant and it was hot. I had worked a very long day, and yet this is one of my favorite pictures, I think one of the 3 I have of me pregnant – but I love my hair in this one…

Anyways, I was talking with a friend today, via email… I love email… and we were talking about our marriages. Now, both of us with have experianced the change a child brings to a marriage, we have both experianced very trying times in our marriages and I would say, we have a pretty realistic view of what life has to offer. By all means, we are not well traveled women, nor do we have 20 years of experiance under our belts. But what we do have, determination. As we were talking/emailing, it was clear to me, that we really love our husbands. I know that might sound odd. But just listen to the people around you, maybe at work, your neighbors or even close friends from church. It is not all that often that people talk well about their marriage or their husband. So my pray is that I will also reflect him in a good way, that I will choose my venting friends wisely and I will love on him regardless of what my day has been like.

Can you believe, I actually heard someone say “I would talk to him at dinner, but I am stressed from work, so we just watch TV and eat.” Seriously –

I have also heard people say “When I married him, I loved him…” Which leaves me to think they don’t love them anymore…

I know some people say things scarastically, but others are serious. One of the biggests lessons I have learned, is our words are powerful things, they change lives, they destroy families and they can have an everlasting impact, good or bad… People carry around what we say, they rely on our words to be true, people say what we say…

Lord, give me words that make your proud. Give me the blessing of your pressence and the wisdom to keep my mouth shut… Bless my friendships that are safe venting places with understanding and love. Bless the marriages around me, bless the wifes and husbands with such love for one another they cannot contain it. I love you. May your will be done today, and may I please be a part of it… Amen

Politics – Yep – Read at your own RISK!

Well, here it is. Take it or leave it. I have been watching the political conventions, commercials and so called “reliable interviews” and have come up with this statement in regards to the election.

 

I know we live in a free country and it is a privilege to vote. I know, coming from a political family myself, that the things we hear on the news or even in the interviews are not always 100% accurate. Which in today’s world, that means, we are flooded with the “truth” about these candidates from the TV, Radio, Blogs, Websites, MySpace, Cell Phone Advertisements and even the basic media coverage, you know, the kind that requires you to read an actual piece of paper. But even the Newspapers and Magazines and so called “Truth be Told” books are all saying something different. I have yet to find a source that will tell me exactly what each of these candidates stand for. Every source I have been given thus far, can be countered by another “reliable” source. So, for me, I want to hear it from the mouths of these men, exactly how they stand on the issues in today’s election. I want to hear how they plan to fix the economy, I want to hear their stand on abortion, I want to hear them talk about how they are going to pay for the promises they made in the convention speeches without raising taxes just to cover the cost. I want to hear the plan on the gas prices and off shore drilling. I want to sit down with these men and talk to them. I know, I will keep dreaming.

 

But seriously – I remember when I was in high school and we were voting for the Prom King and Queen. Really, today’s political elections are very similar to those of a high school one. Who is more popular and who says the best things in the catchiest way. I have heard it over and over “we are just voting for the lesser of two evils”. Well, when you put it that way, why would I even bother to vote? How can I make an educated decision, one I can support with facts, no opinions, one that I can stand behind for 4 years and one that I can be proud of, if all I have is misleading information?

 

Think about it – would you buy a house or a car if the only information you had was similar to the information coming from the elections? If you went to the bank to close on your home loan, would you really purchase the house if you could not get a factual answer about the structural foundation? Would you purchase a house if you could not get in writing what your payments would be, penny for penny, for the remainder of your loan? Would you just “take someone’s word” on the financial aspect of this life changing decision? I, personally, would answer NO to all those questions.

 

So, why is it then that I am expected to vote for someone who promises to do something about gas prices, the economy and the safety and security of my “house” or the United States in this matter, without really being able to understand every aspect of the plans these people have, for the promises they say they will be able to uphold. I am not going to just give you my vote, you have to earn it. You have to truthfully tell me the details that surround your promises…. You have to be honest. Is that too much to ask?

 

Attempting to grow up…

Growing up at 27, well, or at least making the best of it. This is the first time in my entire short life, that I have remotely even cared about politics or even really had an opinion on many of the issues. Having a past, like any one’s, mine is filled with awesome memories but it is also covered in mistakes. And it is those mistakes, that make me passionate about the things I stand for. Do I stand for Obama or McCain? Do I classify myself as Pro Life or Pro Choice? Do I care about where we get the oil from or just that it needs to be cheaper because I am tired of paying a pretty penny at the pump? What is behind the issues, the political “discussion” topics, and why do I believe the way I believe?

 

Well, simple, regardless of who becomes president, my God will still be God. I will still bleed for Jesus and I will still love Him more passionately than any other issue I am passionate about. Do I really want to vote for “the lesser of the two evils”? Or do I want to trust my God, that He is in charge, regardless of what happens, He already knows, so what makes me so passionate?

 

The mistakes that cover my past make me passionate, more tender to the generations behind me, more sensitive to the issues of abortion and the way children in today’s world grow up. It is those mistakes, the ones that I was once ashamed of that now I can speak about with pride. Pride because it is because of them that I have seen first hand the power of redemption, the power of God’s grace, the life changing peace of Jesus’s hand upon my face as tears stream down my face. It is those every moments in life, that once were my darkest, that I can now say are the ones I am the most proud of. After all, if we never make mistakes, we would never need Jesus right – Isn’t he all that really matters? If He does not hold onto my mistakes, why should I? One thing I have learned, guilt, well, that is not from anything holy. That is not from the One I love and the One I bleed for. Guilt, is not something He places upon my heart, nor is shame. So Back Off – giver of Guilt. You have no place in my life.

 

Lord, thank you for the passion you have placed with in me. Thank you for the friends that surround me. Thank you for the freedom to make choices and I praise you for your ability to make whatever choices I make something that will bring you Praise. That is what I want out of life. Take my path, all that it is makes of, high moments and mistakes, and turn it into a song of Praise. I love you.

Great Summer, Gymnastics and First Milestones!

Well, the summer is officially coming to an end… By that I mean, the pools are closing. You see, my summer always started when the pools opened, which normally is Memorial Day and my summer always ended when they closed, which normally is Labor Day. Now, as a kid, that was a horrible way to judge time, only because when the pools opened, school was not over yet and when they closed, school had just started. But now, as a very mature adult! I think it is a great way to classify the “summer”.

 

So, this summer has been a very busy one. I am hoping to take and post pictures tonight, but for now, I will fill you in on the summer happenings at our house.

 

#1. Home Improvements – if you know me, you know that I love the HGTV channel, much to my husbands dismay. I had a very large list of random projects that I wanted to complete by Andrew’s Birthday – which we are totally ahead of schedule by the way. So here is a list for your amusement – Thank you Daddy/Grandpa Marty for your hard work and Mom/Grandma Cheryl for your sweet sweat and company!

 

* Storm Door – I have wanted a storm door for SO LONG! I love having it open, letting the fresh air in and the amount of light and openness it provides is amazing! My handy husband and AJ installed this wonderful thing with great success and I love it more everyday!

 

* New Kennel for the Doggy – Nyhja has been staying in the garage while we are at work and I wanted her to have a “space” for herself and her stuff… mostly I was trying to alleviate the possibility of running her over as I pull into the garage, so my dad built her an amazing house, again, I will take pictures tonight and post them tomorrow.

 

* Play Room for Isaac – We have an amazing storage closest the wraps under the stairs, so I thought it would make a perfect play room for the little guy. And HE LOVES IT! My mom and I moved everything out of the “storage closet” and moved in all of Isaac’s toys. He loves it – did I already say that. 🙂 So, I promise to post pictures of him in the play room and I will post a picture of it all neat and tidy!

 

* PAINT! – I have wanted to re-paint our bedroom and bathroom for a very long time. I have never liked the colors and wanted something a little softer. Now, I have a fabulous retreat. A peaceful place that I love. It is very calm and I could not be happier.

 

* Office/Loft – I wanted to do something different with our office for a while. I am hoping I have before and after pictures of this space and the bedroom. But we will see. I wanted to create a place where I can sit and read the Word in the mornings and have a space that is safe for Isaac as well. I did just that, it is well organized, with less furniture and I love spending my time with the Lord there every morning.

 

Now that long list is over, onto #2. THE OLYMPICS! Need I say more? I have spent HOURS watching everything I could. Don’t think for a minute that I missed any part of the Gymnastics. I loved every minute it of and spent hours reminiscing about my competition days. It was fun to watch these girls, well, young women, compete. Having spent the majority of my life in the gym, it was so much to fun watch all the competitions. It was definitely a great way to spend the evenings – one of my favorite summer memories yet.

 

#3. Isaac is growing all the time – a few BIG milestones have happened during the summer… He really started to crawl, no longer doing the army crawl with his belly on the ground, but he is totally moving now! He is not only moving around the house by crawling – he sure is standing and pulling himself up on everything possible. I love to come into his room in the morning and see him standing there just waiting for me to pick him up and love on him!  Plus – he has gotten his TWO FRONT TEETH! Yep – he is getting to be such a big boy – I tell ya, lots has happened!

 

So, I promise to take some pictures tonight and get them posted in the morning. I hope you have enjoyed the summer, as these last few days come and go, I pray you enjoy them all to the fullest!

 

Lord, your blessings are powerful and your peace is rich in my life. Thank you for a great summer, thank you for precious memories and for your abundant joy in my life. I love you more than anything! Amen!

What do I want to do when I grow up….

I have been blessed with a job that is wonderful, for the most part. I love the health care industry. I always wanted to be a doctor of some kind. But I could never do that much school! I have spent 3 years working with the same people at the same place in the same town. Which is why I ask the famous question: what do I want to do when I grow up?

 

I figure now that I am a mama, I am as “grown up” as I am ever going to get. So here are some of my ideas as to what I really want to do. Since I need to work, I want to do something that I love, truly enjoy everyday. Something challenging that involves people and making a drastic difference in people’s lives. I spent four years in college, graduated with a degree, majoring in two “schools” – Biblical Studies and Business Leadership.

 

1. Teacher – I always hated school. I never really liked anything more than school supply shopping, science classes, recess, lunch and the after school sports. But lately I have really been thinking about teaching. I would love to teach elementary school, something like that sounds fun. I would love the kids. I love the school year, the school supplies, the kids sitting in their neatly laid out rows of desks, and the idea of grading little pages of homework seems to spark joy in me.

 

2. Administrative Assistant – which is what I currently do. I like what I do, I am just ready for something more challenging and more interesting. I love the people I work with, I am just not sure I am using my skills and knowledge to the best of my abilities. I would not want to do Administrative work any where else, mostly because I love the people here.

 

3. In Home Day Care – I love the idea of doing a small in home day care. Once Andrew and I buy a home, I have visions of what an in home day care would be like. Because I thrive on routine, I see a scheduled day, filled with activities, maybe trips to the park or to the pool in the summer. Baking cookies in the winter and at some point in the day, a nice long quiet time. Either for a nap or just a nice quiet rest. During the winter we could watch a movie and have popcorn, we could play in the snow in the back yard or we could do some kind of crafty thing to surprise mama as she comes to pick up her little one.

 

So there are my thoughts for today. That is what I am day dreaming about. Am I where I am suppose to me? Am I really doing what I am suppose to be doing? Nothing puts more fear and anxiety in me that the thought of being someone in life because I want to be there, not because the Lord has me there.

 

Lord, please place a firm calling and blessing of peace over my heart and mind as I think and pray about where I am suppose to be in life and what I am suppose to spend my day. I am at peace with working, but please give me direction as to where I am suppose to work, or what I am suppose to do. Turn my heart towards your throne and guide me. I give up all my selfish desires and leave these worries in your hands. After all, those are the same hands that created everything I see, so I have full confidence in your ability to create something amazing with my heart and my life. I love you. Amen.