May 25, 2015

Thanks to Those Who Serve and Have Served

Today, I will let others be my voice.

Heavenly Father,
 On this Memorial Day, we pray for those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom.  May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. 
 In union with people of goodwill of every nation, embolden us to answer the call to work for peace and justice, and thus, seek an end to violence and conflict around the globe.
Bless the families of our fallen troops, and fill their homes and their lives with Your strength and peace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

May 24, 2015

The Few, the Proud

To all the men and women who serve and have served the US with your military service, thank you.

Why do the Marines call themselves "the few, the proud?" Because if it were easy, everyone would join. If winning the 6-A ring were easy, all the teams would win. Only one wins.

In the book of Judges, Gideon had to thin the troops, so that when they won the battle with so few men, everyone would know it was only with God's help.

Joel Osteen said, "Everyone cannot go where God is taking you. Someone gets off the bus at every stop." You don't need thousands of Facebook friends, or Twitter followers. You need a few, spiritually mature close friends who encourage you to be the best version of yourself, to be all that God wants you to be.

Now, go be fabulous. But be prepared to say goodbye to people you thought you couldn't live without. God might have other ideas.

May 23, 2015

He's Got It Figured Out

Too much time is spent worrying about things that never happened and never will. We'd all like the crystal ball to see the future, but if we could see it, then it wouldn't require faith, would it? (John 20:29)

So the Almighty gives us a step at a time, inviting us to get out of the boat and walk on the water to Him, trusting each step to His gracious care.

Soon as we take our eyes off Him (or step out in our own "power,") we're sunk.

Even when the days drag on, minute by minute, and you don't know how you will get through another one, I want to encourage us to keep our focus on the One who has it all figured out: the One who knows the end from the beginning, the One who has the authority to *approve* any arrows the devil wants to sling at you.

He's got you figured out, too. He knows what you can handle. You're going to be fine.

Keep trusting God, and keep moving forward.

May 22, 2015

Scouting for Truth

Juliette Gordon Low is rolling in her grave.

The Girl Scouts, according to an article on CNN, now welcomes boys. Of course, most of us define "boys" by their anatomy. Any boy who is confused about his gender identity, and thinks he wants to be a girl, can join.

My girls will not be joining Girl Scouts any time soon, as the Scouts, themselves, seem to be confused about their identity. Are they Girl Scouts, or are they Anything Goes Scouts?

Meantime, The Boy Scouts want to end the ban on gay leaders, according to the New York Times article. Robert Baden-Powell is rolling as well.

My boys will not be joining the Boy Scouts. Sorry, NAMBLA.

I used to be proud of my rank of First Class Scout (the then-equivalent of Eagle Scout.) This is not my sash. I would have to move a rather large tv to dig it out of the cedar chest to photograph it, but it does look very much like this one.

Now I'm almost embarrassed to admit I was ever in Scouting. What do you say to your kids? "You can't be a scout even though I was one, because it's not the same...." It sounds like a really warped reason, the kind that kids don't want to hear.

Parents, hang tough. You must know who leads the group your child is joining.

Choose your friends carefully. What they are, you will become.

As for me and my household...

May 21, 2015

Gluttony is Still a Sin

Did you know? The 7 deadly sins are still sins. Yes, that includes gluttony.

#FirstWorldProblems include gluttony, because not only do we have an abundance of food, but we are sorely tempted to be uncharitable in our consumption of it.

We must eat, but not too much. We must eat, but not "too dainty." (Nothing against Ruth's Chris; it just doesn't pass my hungry baby test.)

We can eat at restaurants, or at home with someone else serving us, but not be uncharitable about it. "I wanted my egg over easy! This one is over medium! Can't I just get an egg the way I want it???"

Eating uncharitably is gluttony. 


When you know better, you do better.

May 19, 2015

Hungry Moms

Moms are generally a hungry bunch.

Sometimes, they're hungry for food, because in all the day's craziness, eating somehow didn't happen (and baby leftovers don't count.) Mostly, though, what moms are hungry for, is validation.

Moms need someone to talk to. For the first couple years of a child's life, he's not much of a conversationalist. Some kids grow to adulthood and are never given that gift. It's ok. Kids are not your friends. You need FRIENDS you can talk to. Other moms.

Maybe one who has already been where you are.
Who understands.
Who doesn't judge.

Friends who have kids know that you are doing the best you can, and if you got dressed today, it's been a great day of accomplishment. Between the spills and boo boos, the laughter and tears, every day just sort of blurs into the next, and once in a while you drop into the chair from exhaustion, and someone crawls in your lap, because they need.... a hug, they need.... your attention.

They need... what only you can provide.

Those of us who have been there, are cheering you on. I'd take your place in a heartbeat if I could, but you fill a unique role in the life of that child God gave you. His plan and His purpose require you to be there, even when it's hard. Even when it's crazy. Even when you're hungry, and wondering if anyone understands.

We do. We're cheering you on.

You go, girl.

May 18, 2015

Save the Outrage

The debate in the media and Facebook is whether it is appropriate to "shame" women for the way they dress, turning them away from prom, or sending them home from school to change clothes.

Girls are outraged. They should be able to dress comfortably or in whatever makes them feel pretty, and it's the boys' responsibility to treat them as ladies, not objects.

Did you ever watch Criminal Minds? How about the evening news then? Ok, so you agree that there are some disturbed individuals out there. Everyone doesn't have a good mama.

Girls who go out of the house looking like a hooker maybe don't have a mama who took such matters seriously. My mom's words would have been "You're not going out of the house looking like that!"

Boys who treat women as objects to be used, don't have a mama who took such matters seriously. My mom's words would have been "You won't find steak in a garbage can."

So if you have a good mama, who takes matters of morality quite seriously, then you are obligated to take the high road, and act right. If you're a girl, don't tempt guys to think impure thoughts. Dress modestly. If you're a boy, you can't help how girls dress, but you don't have to entertain the thought. Just think of a bacon cheeseburgers. Or something else. Quickly.

Burn off the energy you spent (being outraged) doing something good.

What good thoughts and deeds will occupy your energy today?