Friday, August 31, 2012

Live For the Lord Like Your Life Depends On It!

Live for the Lord like your life depends on it....because it does!  Ever thought of it that way before?  It just dawned on me recently.  Lately, I have been living my life on hold.  Waiting for all of the people and the things in my life to be perfect before I do anything.  Yeah, you could say I'll be on hold for a while if I keep living like that!  I don't know if I've ever really lived in the moment before.  I know that sounds strange, but I can't say for certain I have. 

I am a busy person, just like everyone else, I guess.  I have a husband and we have three young boys that I stay home with and home school.  I am also involved heavily in the local and national political scene.  I am concerned for my children's future as well as my own.  I don't know what to say beyond that.  I also love to work out at the gym and try to eat healthy as much as I can.  Oh, yeah, then there is the coffee addiction I seem to have.  I love coffee!  Ask any of my old Facebook buddies and they'll tell you, three o'clock was my regular 'coffee-thirty'.  I guess you could say my life and my sanity depends on it!

I do have a personal relationship with Jesus.  I came to know Christ in the summer of 1997.  My husband is actually the person who led me to Christ, which is amazing to me.  I love to tell the story of how God used my husband to lead me to the Lord.  My husband and I were engaged ten short days after the very first time we talked and we have been married for nearly fifteen years.  I am so fortunate to have found such a wonderful person to share my life with.  Just like any marriage, we have our ups and downs, our arguments and our make-ups, but I wouldn't trade it or him.  My life depends on him!

I felt really especially close to God when I first became a Christian and over the years I have fallen away from Him, just like anyone can, I guess.  I think that recently though, may mark the most dramatic and lengthy dry spell I've had in my faith ever.  I can't say for sure what started it, but I think I've finally come out on the other side, and I'm so grateful.  I can't say I've never had this kind of 'feeling' before, but I feel that it's different this time and that I really want to try harder to put my faith into action.  My life depends on it!

I think one of the things that really sort of 'woke me up' was a conversation I had with my eight year old son.  My mom is seventy-one years old and she and my son have a very close relationship.  She had some chest pains last week and she wanted to go to the hospital.  Nothing dangerous or 'heart-attack like', but she wanted to go and check it out.  After we had left the hospital and gotten ready for bed that night, he came to me and asked if she was going to be alright.  I told him, yes, she's fine, sweetie.  Why?  Are you worried about her?  He said yes, and tears started to flow.  I said are you concerned about her because it's her heart?  He nodded yes, still crying.  I assured him through hugs and love that everything was going to be fine; that she was going to be fine.  My life came full circle at that very moment.  There is something about being there for your kids in that way;comforting them about the health and wellness of a loved one and realizing at the same time that people don't live forever.  I should know because I lost my dad to a massive heart attack very suddenly one January afternoon in 1995.

Since that conversation, I feel like I have been able to enjoy my life, my kids and my family more.  I guess you could say it helped put things in perspective for me.  I have certainly become more engaged in my children's lives than I was before, if that's possible.  I take time to listen and hear their conversations and their ideas.  Oh, the ideas that come into their precious little heads!  I wouldn't miss those ideas for the world.  Not to mention the tickle times, the hugs and kisses, the boo boos, the tears, the bedtime prayers and bedtime story times.  Those things don't last forever and I don't want to find myself  looking back and realizing I missed out on those things.  Time and life are too precious.

So, please, take it from me.  Live your life for God because your life does depend on it!  You may not get another tomorrow!  Thanks be to God!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Obama Gag Reel-Take Two

Ah, yes.  Back for part two?  You just couldn't stay away, could ya?  Well, that's alright.  Glad to share even more of Obama's gaffes to remind us how wonderful it will be when he's finally gone!  Yes, you heard that right, G-O-N-E!  Don't let the door hit ya, well, you know the rest.

So, in my last blog, titled Obama Gag Reel-Take One, I refreshed your memory of some rather embarrassing moments of Obama's illustrious one term as the POTUS.  Here are a few more to serve as reminders as to why we need to kick his ass to the curb in November.

Remember at the dawn of the tea party movement there was a rash of signs depicting Obama with a Hitler mustache insinuating that Obama was in fact, very much like Hitler?  Well, folks, stop the comparison now!  Why, you may ask?  Well, simply because Hitler was able to get the Olympics to come to Berlin!  Think it's funny that with all of the money that the Chicago political machine threw at the IOC to get the Olympics there. They even pulled the POTUS out of their 'hat' along with the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Valerie Jarrett AND even the FLOTUS, and it still wasn't enough.  In my mind, folks, that's a gaffe!

Oh, yeah.  I almost forgot!  He was in campaign mode for....for....FOREVER!  He doesn't know how NOT to campaign!  Yeah, I hear those of you who think that it's okay for the POTUS to pat himself on the back occasionally, but Barry's arm has got to be tired from all of that self-congratulating he has done.

I talked about the flubbed up toast to the Queen of England.  Not sure which is worse, the toast or the gift he gave her!  An I-pod loaded with with none other than his speeches and a home movie of her trip to the United States from back in 2007.  Way to stay classy, Barry!

I just thought of another gaffe.  I know, it's pretty surprising since this is titled Obama Gag Reel-Take Two!  Ha!  Um, let's see.  Oooh, I know, appointing tax cheat Timmy Geithner to be Secretary of the Treasury.  Or how about treating the oval office like it's a smoke filled room in Chicago to cut seedy deals with politicians.  Oh, wait, I forgot!  It IS!  There he stands, in the middle of the office, clicking his heels together three times saying, "there's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home."

So far, this is just a list of the small offenses he's committed against the American people.  I didn't even touch on Obamacare, TARP, and the banning of off shore drilling.  I guess you could say the handling of the Deep Water Horizon explosion was a major gaffe filled with little gaffes all at the expense of the tax payers.  He refused help from our allies so as not to piss off the unions!  The Dutch offered high tech skimmer boats to help clean up the oil and Barack says, "No."  The Dutch also offered to help protect the marine life and estuaries and Barack says, "No."  Wow, and I thought the Republicans were the party of 'no'.  Not to mention how he claimed that his daughter Malia asked him, "Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?"  Yeah, right, she said that.

Then there is the snub Obama gives Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal.  Instead of getting off his ass and flying down to Louisiana immediately after the spill to see what resources to offer, he waited weeks after the incident occurred and then wagged his finger in Governor Jindal's face about how the situation was making him 'look bad'.  Well, boo-frikin'-hoo, Barry.  *side note, Barry gives the same treatment to Louisiana just yesterday as he interviews with Reddit instead of declaring the state a natural disaster in order to receive federal funds.  Priorities, folks!

Alright, I may as well cut to the chase here.  The non-gaffe that just keeps on giving....."You didn't build that.  If you have a successful business you didn't build that on your own.  You had help with that."  Now, I'm not sure what's worse, the fact that he said that, or the fact that he took this cue from none other than Elizabeth Warren.  Oh, you know who I'm talking about!  Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate, Elizabeth-me-smokum-peace-pipe-Warren? The lady who claimed to be 1/32nd Cherokee Indian or something absurd like that.  Two peas in a pod, they are. Well, I happen to be married to a small business owner, and let me assure you, he DID build it! 

That's all from the Political Chicken for now!  Tune in next time to hear me say, "Congratulations to President Mitt Romney and Vice President Paul Ryan!"  *Swoon*  A girl can dream, can't she?