Friday, November 21, 2008

Call From Far Away.

We all screen our calls no matter if we are at home with caller-id, on our cell phones, and yes-even at work. If we don't know the number or want to speak to the person on the other end of the phone, we don't answer the line. Today is my birthday, a whole 38 years of life and I got a call on my cell phone from a number that I didn't know and didn't have listed in my phone book so I ignored it.....twice. Then the office phone rang and the person on the other end was "Ronnie from Iraq" (this is exactly what he told my co-worker). Needless to say I was completely and totally surprised and taken off guard. Ronnie has been overseas now for 6 months and I am not at all good at emails, cards, boxes or anything else no matter what kind of intentions I have they just never seem to get done. I was more than excited to hear from him. This is his 4th tour overseas so hearing his voice is.......peaceful. It's my confirmation that he's ok and counting the days to come home. I know now more than ever that God was watching out for Ronnie on each tour, didn't know then but know now. I don't know if Ronnie knows that but I know and I think Angi knows that too. I don't know if Ronnie knows about the Armor of God but I will pray over him a hedge of protection and the Armor of God until he is home.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Live Long and Prosper

I was always a big Star Trek fan when I was growing up and I spent most of my time in my early teens learning the Vulcan welcome sign and language. When I finally got it down I think I was 13 or 14, really not the cool thing to do in Northern Michigan. Of course, I was determined to learn how to act like a Vulcan; what I missed was how to live like a teenager-so I played catch up for most of my high school life. Now as a mother of three teenagers, I have found myself reflecting on my high school life and how much I tried to be like everyone else (obviously starting with Spock!). My teens are not like that, everyone of them is there own person. Kaleb knows more how to be like a man than I could ever imagine it's like he grew up overnight. He has grown in the last year in a more Godly way that I ever thought would happen. His insight and love of God is amazing. He does still analyze somewhat but he does it through a Godly view. Jennifer and Sydney, while completely different girls, are finding their own way in life. Jennifer isn't concerned with what people think of her and if you don't like her she's fine with that, her intellect over the past year has been a growth that I haven't seen before in teenage girls. She is confident and doesn't care if you don't like what she is wearing or how she is acting. She too found her own way to God and she just takes His Word as Truth and walks away. Sydney is a light that just shines all the time, she's happy and fun-loving most of the day. God has given her a gift of artistry and she has given it back to Him. She often paints and draws angels and people giving to others. I guess God got her too on His own terms and through His own way. And when I think about these teenagers that are in my life, I am reminded of Live Long and Prosper by Spock, a message of greeting that the Vulcans used when meeting one another. It's funny how a sci-fi television show took God's Words and put them on a national show. God didn't use those exact words in Jeremiah 29:11 when He said "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Kind of resembles "live long and prosper" huh!? I think back now on my days as a teenager and find that I was struggling in life. Today I find that God has provided me with three lessons in life: 1- Kaleb: Fight for what is right and do what is right. 2- Jennifer: Live for yourself and God and not others. and 3- Sydney: Look for the color in life the rest will just fall into place. My legacy and posperity are my children. It took 17 years for me to get this one from God, so I offer these words of wisdom to you "Live Long and Prosper".