Use My Voice

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

When I Grow Up

I spent my first eight years of being a mom as a boy mom. Two boys full of life and energy. I learned about construction equipment and just how cool Star Wars really is.  I thought often about  who they would be as men one day and hoped Scott and I were doing a good job preparing them for that.  Two and a half years ago our daughter was born and the job somehow seemed different. I could never figure out exactly why but it did. Today I got some clarity to that question from my daughter herself. While I was  cooking “maci poni” for lunch she looked at me and said, ” When I grow up I be you”. Oh crap. There it was.  In her two-year old wisdom my daughter had told me she was watching me. One day she is going to be a woman and I’m the one setting the primary example for her of what a woman is supposed to be, no pressure.

What a woman is supposed to be today is such an emotionally charged topic. Every part of society has an opinion on it.  Is she suppose to be a super model? A business woman? Run for public office? A quiet and submissive homemaker? How do I guide her through these decisions? How do I help her understand that even though I am a Christian I think some of the things churches might say she should be are every bit  as wrong as the concept that she needs to look like a supermodel?

I don’t know how to answer all of these questions. The best that I can hope is that I can help her discover who God created her to be. That he created her to be an amazing woman and to do amazing things in this world. That he wants her to love him and to love others. That whatever she chooses to be , however she lives out her womanhood  that if she lives the life she was created to live and seeks to help others the world will be a better place and she will be a woman I will be glad to call my friend.

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It’s Going To Be A Long Day

It’s going to be a long day. Partly because I slept with a two year old and a nebulizer for the 4th straight night. More so because it is election day. The day that all of our opinions, arguments, and polls have been waiting for. Today is the day (if you have not already done so) we get to speak up and use our voices.  We will use our voices differently. We will make different decisions and that is ok.

Here is what I am begging of my fellow followers of Christ. Let’s use this day (and the ones that will follow) to be salt and light. No matter what the outcome people are going to be angry, hurt and disappointed. I’ll be honest I am going to feel some of those things if President Obama is not reelected. However, as Christians we have a chance to show the world how we can disagree with each other but still show respect and love to each other. Being salt and light does not always mean we stand with one voice on every issue. It does mean that maybe we can  react differently than those without the hope of Christ.

So let’s not get pulled into anymore name calling. Let’s not like things on Facebook that demonize the other side. Let us determine now that whoever wins tonight we will show the world that Christians can behave differently. Let us show our country that people who disagree with each other can work together. We can have conversations where we try to understand each other. We can find areas where we do agree. Most importantly we can treat each other and everyone else with the love of Christ.  Love, true love is how we will be salt and light in this world no matter who is elected.

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love but I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything as plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain “jump” and it jumps, but I don’t love I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake burned as a martyr, but I don’t love I’ve gotten nowhere. So no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love does not want what it does not have. Love dosen’t stut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first”, Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sin of others. Doesn’t revel when other grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, Trust God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. Love never dies. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 The Message

 

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Writting for Sanity

I have joined a challenge to blog every day this month. If I make it that will mean I will blog more times in one month than I have the rest of the year  combined. This is probably not the ideal month for me to do this as it is probably the busiest month of the year for my business, my Bible study group starts back next week, my kids have more activities than ever, and living with a child that has asthma through the winter is kind of like walking through a mind field. However, all those reasons make it all that much more important that I do this. Why? Because writing makes me feel good. It helps get some of the crazy confusion out of my head and makes it all  seem less overwhelming. For a some people exercise does this. For others is painting or sewing. For me it’s writing and baking. Of course we are also coming into baking season so the two could join forces to keep me sane during this time! So I don’t expect all of my entries will be very deep or profound but hopefully they will at least be readable :). Hopefully they will also help me feel a little less crazy! What do you do to keep from feeling crazy?

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