Now is the Time

The moment is now.  Don’t let it pass you.  Everywhere around me I see family, friends, loved ones and strangers…all people getting hit hard by “life.”  These may just be the birthing pains that are the mere beginning of the end of the world to come.  Or they could be more.  Why take the chance?  No matter what, we know this life is not forever.  Now is the time to have that conversation you have been putting off, ask for forgiveness, give forgiveness, pass on memories, pass on legacies and most importantly have a one on one conversation with your Lord and Savior.  Ask Him to guide you, lead you, forgive you.  Ask Him to live in your heart.  Give yourself to Him for eternity.

The Laughable Nonsense of Kirstie Alley

When people use their religion to defend repulsive behavior, killing or hurting others, I would hope it would make others quickly question that religion.

Kirstie Alley and other outspoken scientologists may not be as ruthless as terrorists who bomb families in the “name of religion,” but they certainly are not doing their religion any favors.

I saw on my MSN homepage that Kirstie Alley is attacking Leah Remini for actually having an opinion about a religion in which she was once associated.  I do not know either person, but in terms of faith will very briefly discuss them.  Leah Remini belonged to the Church of Scientology and has recently left.  She does not have anything good to say about it.  Neither do I, but she has actually been part of the group.  I would say it is fair for her to express her opinions.  Kirstie Alley who remains a scientologist cannot be friends with anyone who disagrees with her religion as she was quoted saying, “she’s a bigot. If someone was really out there [saying negative things about your religion], would they be your friend? They wouldn’t be mine. It’s not selective, I just won’t have people in my life that are that.”

It confuses me.  As a Christian, my faith is attacked continuously.  Not always directly and certainly not directly in a way that my life is at stake, but the Christian faith is definitely attacked by a large group of people.  Do I like it?  Of course not.  Was it predicted in the Bible?  Yes.  Am I supposed to shun people who do not share my faith?  NO NO NO!  If you truly believe in your religion, you want others to be part of that religion.  As a Christian, I truly believe the Bible.  I believe that people need to have a personal relationship with their Lord and Savior to spend eternity in Heaven.  I believe that so strongly that I do not want ANYONE to go to hell.  NOT ONE.  So whether or not you attack my religion, I will still pray for you.  I will still be friends with you.  I will not drop you because you leave my church.  I would think every religion would feel this way.  What good is anyone doing by being cruel “in the name of religion”?  It baffles my mind!

Just Life

Our world has been spinning at high speed lately.  I feel like we are always at high speed and then more things go into our schedule, but they are all good things.  We are moving quickly, but we are doing it together (for the most part) and praising God for the blessings!  🙂

For my husband, MBA classes have begun.  How he is able to work full time and be an awesome daddy on top of going to school full time blows my mind, but he does it.  It adds a little extra chaos to all of us, but he surely bears the brunt of the load.

For me, on a personal level, my eating and working out too a hiatus this summer, so I am back on my strict schedule of working out and eating somewhat right.  😉  Teaching and taxi driving has been put back in motion as well.

The kids are back to school (at home) and each have 1 sport activity as well as a church activity they attend each week.  By Friday they are just as tired as my husband and I.  They are still mourning the loss of their Riley cat.  My oldest was the most outwardly sad in the beginning, has recovered quite well and talks about all the pets he will have when he is big.  My daughter, who was the most attached, holds it all in.  This concerns me a little bit.  She will say things on occasion that let us know she is still thinking of Riley.  She is trying to bond with the other cat now, which is kind of a cute thing to watch.  My youngest, who is my old soul, was the one who went to Stormy right after Riley died to let her know what happened.  He still misses her.  He is also concerned that about Stormy’s buddy being gone.  We can’t sure if he is more sad for himself or Stormy.

So, nothing drastic in our world.  We count our blessings for that.  We seem to be surrounded by friends who are suffering and we know we should thank God for our blessings as often as we pray for their lives to be mended.

 

Footprints and Bobbleheads

I thought I would take a break from my running posts, although I did run my first 8 miles yesterday.  🙂

Valentine’s Day has changed for us over the years.  Before children, my husband and I would go out in celebration of the day.  When the kids were just babies we would wait until after they went to bed and my husband would bring in food while I set up a faux fancy dining table.  But last year, we decided to take the kids out for Valentine’s Day and have a family evening.  It was so much fun that we will be making it our new tradition…and I love it!  This year the tradition continued.  We just took them to a movie, but it was so sweet for us all to be together.  It was evident that they felt special and included, as well…a family date!  🙂

Valentine’s Day also brings crafts when you have young children, so this year we found the best thing for Grandpa…paint your own bobbleheads!  Each kid painted his/her own bobblehead and then glued a picture of his/her face where it belonged.  I have to say, they were pretty funny!  Definitely keepers!  And then, for Mema and Bepa (grandma and grandpa) came a framed picture of the kids.  On the matting they left red footprints…this made a pretty big picture.  That one almost didn’t go out the door.  Their footprints made in a V were hearts and over the picture we put the quote “Sometimes people leave footprints on your heart.”  Many pictures were taken of that project before it was given away.

This week was not all about the kids, thought…we were able to drop them off at Mema and Bepa’s this weekend and enjoy an evening of skiing and outdoor hot tubs AND sleeping in the following morning.  It was nice to spend one on one time with my best friend.  My husband is amazing.  He seeks the Lord, he helps everyone he is able to, he is an incredible daddy, a hard worker, a good friend and he puts up with me!  He is one of the biggest blessings in my life.  Actually everyone mentioned in this post are amazing blessings, God most of all!

No matter what last week held for you, happiness and joy, or frustration and sadness, it is my hope that you seek the perfect joy from our Lord and Savior.  He doesn’t promise a perfect life, but He does promise to walk through it with you!