First Things First:
Please pray for our new president...President Obama today and every day. I was listening to K-Love yesterday and DJ, Lisa Williams was talking about getting ready to go on a trip, packing, praying she wouldn't get stressed out and forget anything. Then she began to think about the stress, pressure and responsibilities of President Obama will be facing over the next 4 years...our military, our protection against terrorist, economy, education, health care and so much more...he holds the United States in his hands. Yes, Jesus Christ truly holds us in the palm of His hand but I am speaking about the power and responsibility that the President of the United States has on his shoulders. We need to lift him up in prayer daily as God has told us to do regardless of our politial view, beliefs or opinions of our new president...nothing changes what God's word says:
I Timothy 2:2
Pray for rulers and for all who have authority so that we canhave quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God.
I love Facebook! I really didn't see what all the hype was about earlier this year when I created an account. I have since then...seen the light.
What has made Facebook so special for me is that recently, I have reconnected with former schoolmates that I haven't seen in 28 years.
Carl, who moved to Oregon 20 years ago, started posting old photos from school or better yet...that era! LOL! Boy, oh boy...have we changed and have things changed.
Long went the simply things in life, no responsibilities (except to clean your room), no bills to pay, no meals to prepare and you weren't responsible for anyone other than yourself.
The style of clothing, the hair styles and the make-up...has had me laughing today. It is amazing to see how much we all have changed when it only seems like just yesterday. The adventures, twist and turns that each one of our lives have taken. The different paths that we have taken since we graduated high school. Some have been married for years and years and others have married, divorced and remarried...others are not married or no longer married. Some have grown children, young children and some don't have any children. Some have made good career choices and other have "wasted" their lives with drugs and alcohol. Some have moved across the country, some just across the state and some haven't move very far from home after all these years. And sadly...some have lost their lives several years ago. One girl that I went to school with died with her two children in a house fire about 10 years ago and a guy that I graduated with died of a heart attack just past his 40th birthday.
When I think about been a teenager and living at home...the freedom, carefree life that I was living and for the most part....responsible free and all expenses paid...I ask myself from time to time when I reflect back to 1981...what was I thinking? All of that changed when I got married 3 weeks after I graduated from high school.
For me, I have been responsible for another human being (my son, Brandon) for 22, almost 23 years. Regardless, of how old they get...you are still responsible for them in one sense or another. Then, I became a step-mother of two daughters ages 12 and 10. After that, I became the mother of another son, Tyler, who is now 14 years old. Seven years ago, I became a grandmother to Mason.
During my first marriage, things weren't like God intended a marriage to be and even though, I was responsible for my husband as his wife but it never felt like it. I did every thing that I knew how to do to be a good wife so that he would be faithful, devoted and love me in return. It just didn't happen.
It wasn't until nearly 18 years ago that I married the man of my dreams and prayers that I understood what being responsible for a husband was all about. It is my honor and privilege to be responsible for and serve each one that God has so graciously blessed me with.
I love reflecting back over my life, seeing all that has happened in my life and how God has kept His hand on me each and every step of the way. Just as one of my favor scriptures so beautifully states.
Hebrews 13:5 (The Message Bible)
..."I'll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,"
Have a wonderfully blessed day!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
First Things First: