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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We had a good time and I hope you did too. After food and football we had a little activity initiated by Becky’s Dad. He wrote every letter of the phrase H-A-P-P-Y T-H-A-N-K-S-G-I-V-I-N-G on a separate piece of paper. We each had one letter and were instructed to think of something we were thankful for that started with the letter we had on our piece of paper.

I had the letter “A.” I explained that in the light of our recent elections, I am thankful in knowing that Jesus has “all authority” in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18). Things are still in God’s hands and He never exclaims “Oh My Me!” out of surprise.

Different families have many traditions, but sadly, the families of Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) are not among those who have Thanksgiving traditions. Like all other holidays, JWs are forbidden from celebrating it. In light of this fact, I decided to post a Quick Question For Jehovah’s Witnesses on this topic.

The next time you speak with a Witness, you might want to ask them this same question.

The Heroes Amongst Us

First there was Iron man. Then there was The Hulk, Hancock, Hell boy and now Batman. All of these Summer blockbusters have one thing in common- they are all about super-heroes. Although I want to see all of these movies, I’ve only seen one of them to date. I’m going to see Iron man with a friend soon so I’ll let you guess which superhero movie I’ve already seen.

There are the heroes in the movies and then the every day heroes amongst us that we often look past. I’ve got a superhero on my mind right now, but she isn’t any of those listed above. My hero is my wife, Becky. Let me tell you about her.

First off, I have to say that she is tough. I cannot tell you how many times I heard men talking about her while we were on our mission trip to the Mormons in Manti, Utah. She was severely pregnant, yet still out there on the streets witnessing and serving God. She was in pain, yet shrugged it off by telling me, “They’re worth it” referring to the Mormons to whom we were witnessing. Not only did she impress me, she impressed everyone who saw her.

Now, after given birth to our third child, she continues to impress me. She had to endure her third c-section, yet wanted to make sure that her pain medication was not going to negatively affect our baby boy. Guys, I don’t know if you realize this or not, but having a c-section is major surgery. They cut her open with a laser, dig around until they find the kidlett, pull him out by his little head, nicely set some of her organs on a table and clean a few things up. It is pretty weird seeing her uterus lying on an operating table while she is completely conscious. Of course she could not feel anything then, but even the thought of it could make a lesser woman freak out.

Once we got her and the little one home, she impresses me even more. For the first couple of nights, I have helped her with feeding our son during the night. Once she got the hang of it, she encouraged me to stay in bed because she really didn’t need my help any more. Wow, what a woman! I still get up with her from time to time, but for the most part, I have taken her up on her offer.

There have been a couple of nights where things did not go as smoothly as hoped. Our son wasn’t cooperating with our sleep/feed/sleep schedule and he decided to experiment with a no-sleep/feed/scream/sleep while feeding schedule. That’ll wear on you real quick. I’m a bit ashamed to reveal at what time I crawled out of bed, but Becky was already up. The baby was fed and sound asleep, the two older kids were in their room and I can hear Becky going over some of their phonics rules with them as they are reading through one of their books. That is when it hit me. The patience to do phonics in the morning after a hard, sleepless night? Holy contribution to the education of minors, Batman! I married my hero!

Today marks the 16th anniversary of our marriage. I knew I married the right one 16 years ago, but it is so cool to see God confirm that. Hard times allow us to see what is deep inside and after seeing how she responded to the difficulties of having our third child; I know that I married a true hero.

I love you, Becky.

Happy Birthday America!

Happy fourth of July to every one! We decided to celebrate by going to the circus. My folks and I took the kids while Becky stayed home to stay off of her feet. Baby Walker is due any day now so Becky needed to take it easy. While at the circus, I took a few pictures and a good amount of video. The circus was good, but all of us agreed that last year’s circus was better.

The circus may not seem like a “patriotic” activity, but I like the idea of it. I enjoy the freedom of the acrobats on the trapeze and high wires. They seemingly fly through the air with little to no restraints. Personally, the circus represents a sense of controlled freedom. There is an incredible amount of skill involved in the many different acts that entertain the amazed crowds. That practiced skill is the control needed to accomplish the acts which portray the illusion of total freedom. We’ve all seen people who are able to do difficult feats and are so good at it, that they make it look easy.

That is sort of how I see our country. We have freedom, yet that freedom should not be used as license. If freedom is used carelessly, the results can be tragic. Freedom has it’s roots in the sacrifices and efforts of those who have come before us. As we have all learned from that awesome line in the first Spider-Man movie; “With great power, comes great responsibility.” As American Christians, we have the responsibility to live our lives in such a way that allows God to use us for His glory.

Memorial Day 2008

Thank you to all who serve our country and are willing to make the sacrifice that deserves remembrance on this day.

National Day Of Prayer

Millions United. 1 Day. 1 Voice.

The 57th Annual National Day of Prayer takes place today, -May 1, 2008. The theme for this year is “Prayer! America’s Strength and Shield” and is based on the verse from Psalm 28:7 which states: “The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped.” Dr. Ravi Zacharias will help lead this nation in prayer as the 2008 Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Through the efforts of the Task Force, more than 35,000 prayer gatherings will be conducted by approximately 40,000 volunteers across the country. Several million people are expected to participate in this call to prayer for our nation, its leaders and citizens.

“Lord Jesus, I confess that prayer is my weak point. I confess that I often rely more upon the gifts, talents and abilities that you have given me rather than on the gift giver. Please forgive me for my arrogance and help me to trust you more than I do. I thank you for the gentle reminder that you are in control and that nothing we or this nation can do will ever surprise you. Help us to return to our roots and place you where you should be in this Nation.
Father, help us to focus more upon what is pleasing to you rather than on our failing economy. I think there is an incredible irony in printing, “In God We Trust” on our money, yet we fail to recognize that we need you to sustain our Country. I confess that as a Nation, we do not trust You. We fear the ire of our politically correct culture more than we cultivate a healthy fear for You and Your Word. Please bring a revival to our Land and help us to be the examples and witnesses that you meant for us to be.
Holy Spirit, fill us with your power, convict us of our sin and lead us in the way of righteousness. I know that I do not rely upon You for my daily living and I ask forgiveness for that. I ask for grace and desire that my children follow me as I follow You. I ask that they become better, stronger Christians than I. Give us holy boldness help us the be the salt and light that our Country needs. Please cleanse us and use us a vessels usable for honorable service.
In Jesus’ name,
AMEN.”