Use My Voice

Speaking up about the issues I can't get out of my head or heart.

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”

James 5:16

Yesterday was a big day.  When you are in ministry there a some days that you file away in your mental memory box. Yesterday was one of those days. Yesterday was a baptism Sunday  at Church of The Way (where I have the privilege of serving as Children’s Pastor).  Now we baptize people several times a year but for me yesterday was even more special.

Yesterday actually started over 15 years ago when a friend of mine from high school (wow that makes me feel old) became a follower of Christ. My friend started praying for her mom to become a follower of Christ. Now this friend and I lost touch through college and the early part of our married lives. We reconnected via Facebook two years ago to learn we both had two sons and were pregnant with daughters. A bond formed instantly. One evening this past summer we were out when she mentioned, “Hey, my mom came to your church this morning”. I could tell she was trying not to read too much into it, trying not to get her hopes up. “I’ve prayed for so long” she said.

Well, almost 6 months later my friend’s mom was baptized yesterday morning.  I stood there with tears of joy in my eyes as I knew that James 5:16 was true.  It served as reminder to me to not give up on things that I have prayed for. That often I assume that my prayers are not going to be answered (or at least not the way I want them to be) but it might just not be the right time yet.  So I am challenging myself to think of things that maybe I once prayed about but have given up on.

So don’t give up, continue your prayers, whatever it is you have been praying for for so long.

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Is President Obama trying to take away my right to home school?

In his State of The Union address the other night President Obama spoke on education. I am pretty sure every president speaks on education each State of The Union,  because it is something that is in all of our common interest. He said many things about education but one comment he made has really gotten the homes school world in an uproar in the last 48 hours.

The President said he would ask states to require students to stay in school until they graduated or turned 18. In the last two days I have seen his quote misrepresented many times. The President did not say they had to attend a public high school, he did not mandate what their course work should be, he did not even say that they had to stay in school until 18. He said 18 or graduation. I know many home school families that children have graduated before 18 and gone into college at 16 or 17. Nobody is saying you can’t do that.  There is no  reason that what The President suggested can not be done in conjunction with a state’s given home school laws.

I consider one of the greatest joys of my life the time that I have been able to home school. I love the freedom that it has given us. I truly believe that my oldest would not have the passion and love of learning that he has if he was in a traditional school environment.  However, I know that home schooling is not for everyone.  I know that the vast majority of American children will attend public school.   I want these children to attend the best schools that they can. I want their teachers to be well paid.  I want the smartest educational minds in our country figuring out how education should work in America.  America’s children deserve this and America needs this. We all benefit when every child has access to the best education for them. We all benefit when a student completes high school.

As Americans we are taught to stand up for our rights and we should.  We just have to remember in standing up for our rights to think of the needs of others.

As always your voice are welcome.

 

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Heavy Heart

I have a heavy heart this morning. A family I care deeply about was thrown into turmoil last night when there child who is a young adult came home and announced she was moving out..in less than an hour.  She had packed her room the night before and her friends were on their way to get her. Cell phone and house keys left on the counter, everything gone from her room, and then she was gone.  No way to get a hold of her, no idea where she had gone.   I can only imagine the self doubt and questions that a mother ask herself at these kind of moments.

As I spoke to my friend last night in the midst of her grief and confusion she had a moment of clarity that was so inspiring to me.  “I need to make sure the kids and I spend a lot of time reading about the prodigal son”.  In the midst of unimaginable heartache she was thinking of the comfort and direction God’s word could provide. She was thinking of how to help her other children react to this situation based on what Jesus taught. What an inspiration.

So I ask you to use your voice this morning to pray for this family. Pray that they know God’s comfort during heartbreak. Pray that this young woman will know she has a home waiting for her.

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New Years Resolution (better late than never)

Wow, this is really intimidating.  Sitting down looking at a blank computer screen where I am challenging myself to use my voice. It was my New Years resolution and thanks to a friend on facebook this morning who reminded me that the Chinese New Year would be a good time to catch up on that resolution.

So why a resolution to “use my voice”?  Because to quote Edmund Burke,  “All that is needed for  the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.  I struggle at times with using my voice. I do not like to offend. I truly do desire to be a peacemaker.  However for the last several months I felt a stirring inside of me that I can not deny. A stirring to speak up on issues that I care about.  These issues are wide ranging and if you know me well you probably have some clue what they are.  Children, parenting, social justice, and representing Christ the best I can in this world are the top ones that come to mind. Now don’t worry this won’t be all serious there will be plenty of times I will write on the truly important things in the world like Braves baseball,  Georgia Bulldogs football, country music, and Disney.

So thanks for reading and I always want to hear your voices as well!

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