When you Walk Along the Way

Just a place to share my thoughts as I seek to serve my husband, raise my children and Glorify my God!

Take from one mouth to feed another…. What??? January 29, 2009

Filed under: Everyday thoughts — A Relevant Old Soul @ 4:24 am

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I have already blogged today and I did not plan on blogging again… Until…. I received the following email.

Everyone,
My office just got word today that our new President Elect Obama has

proposed a plan to cut military health care benefits! This is great news for

the 99.9% Veterans and Active Duty members who are currently using health

care benefits. The Congressional Budget Office has made public a proposal

stating that Veterans (you know the men and women who have fought in wars

and spent 20 plus years in the service) are now going to be paying upto 50%

of their medical bill. Thats a big jump from paying nothing for the past 30

some odd years.
The biggest kicker is Active Duty Military (yep, I said Active Duty) will

now be paying 10% of their total bill. They will now be billed for their

kids visiting the doctor. Again, a big jump from being free! 

Another benefit subject to change is VA medical benefits. Everyone who is

receiving a benefit from the VA for a service related injury will have to be

re-assessed and the proposal states this will affect "90% of vets

receiving
VA benefits and will save the government $53 Billion dollars over 10

years".

Needless to say, today is the first time I have heard from the few Obama

supporters in my office say "if this gets passed they will not continue to

be a supporter". 

Isn't this the candidate that just a few months ago was preaching to get

health care coverage too ALL! Isn't it ironic and moronic to steal $53

Billion from vets and active duty military families so the Crack Head down

the street will receive free medical coverage.

Here are some links to article.
http://soldiersmind.com/2009/01/07/proposed-tricare-cuts-could-cause-problem

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http://www.veteranstoday.com/modules.php?name=News&file=print&sid=4305

<http://www.veteranstoday.com/modules.php?name=News&file=print&sid=4305>

Feel free to Google if you're in dis-belief

Let’s see if we can get this straight.  So the veterans of the military, those who served at least 20 years, will go from paying nothing to paying 50% of their medical expenses.  Those of us inside the military now, will be paying 10%.

10% of what I ask?  We already pay 20% after we meet a $500 deductible.  So now we will pay 30% of the medical care that is usually of poor quality and lower standards and 0 accountability.  Yep, did you know that.. If a military doctor is negligent, there is no recourse.  You can not sue the government that you work for.  Now while I do not agree with frivolous and malicious lawsuits, I do believe that the option forces doctors to ALWAYS do their best.  Talk to anyone who has spent more than 4 years in the military, with a family, and they will most likely agree that we have a poor quality of care.

Wait care.. That is when we can actually receive care.. See the military insurance program is called Tri-Care.  The military members have affectionately renamed it … Tri-To-Get-Care.  On our base, appointments are virtually impossible.  You could go days and wait to be seen.  Oh.. But in order to go to Quick Care or the ER you must first have their approval.  Let me give you one such example.  About 3 years ago, I was stung by a scorpion in my kitchen on base.  I immediately had some sort of allergic reaction.  I called the 24 hour nurse lady for our insurance who then put me on hold for 30 minutes… Now, lets use some common sense.  If you are a nurse and I call you about being stung or bitten and now experiencing itching, shakes, throat swelling are you going to put me on HOLD.  NO!

So, in essence, in order for everyone else to have universal health care, those of us who already have care will lose it?  I heard news stories about Michelle Obama’s project being the military family and now they are taking from the very people she was suppose to be helping.  These retirees, some of them disabled, can not afford to pay a penny more.  And once more, they should not be required to do so.

Let’s take this out of the military spectrum for a moment.  Let’s say you work for a company for 30 years.  You went to work everyday at 8:00 and came home about 6:00.  You worked hard the entire time you were there.  You paid into your retirement and paid for your medical benefits.  Now lets say you retire.  You sign a contract of what you are walking away with.  Then 10 years into your retirement, they tell you.. We changed our minds.  You will now have to pay your own medical costs.  You would say that is absurd.  It is a legally binding contract!

I say, these brave retirees, have signed their contracts with blood!  They have given weeks, months, and years away from their families.  They have sacrificed far more than the average 8-6 worker.  They paid into their retirement and medical by taking so little a salary for many many years.

I know that I am more than a little bias on this one due to being a military wife.  I realize that my opinion is tainted with emotional interest in this subject.  But I know what WE sacrifice.  My husband could make at least 4 times as much as a civilian.  He would love to be home at night to have dinner at the table.  He would love to coach t-ball and pee-wee football with our boys.  He would love to have enough money to actually buy me flowers just because.  He would love to be have holidays at home and vacations.  But he is loyal to his country.  He believes in duty, honor, and freedom!  He believes that some must sacrifice for the greater good of all.  But my question is…. Why is the military ALWAYS the only ones to Sacrifice!

I read a transcript of where some of the proposed stimulus package would be spent and I was frustrated further.  I wonder if America knows that most military members are barely feeding their families.  These are not people who drive extravagant vehicles or own expensive homes.  They live in base housing with white walls and cramped space.  They buy just enough to make it until the next pay check.  Meanwhile, our stimulus will increase the Food stamp wages by 13% to keep up with rising food prices.  Where is our increase to keep up.

I am blessed to live in this country.  I am blessed to be married to someone who CHOOSES to defend it.  I am not whining about our life but I am fed up with the mistreatment and abuse of sacrifice!

Not everyone can serve.  Not everyone can fight on a battlefield but pretty much everyone can pick up a phone!  If you want to fight for the men and women who have fought for you then you have got to call your elected officials and stop this nonsense!

No matter where your political affections may be, this is an American issue!  military

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Meditating on the Less Common January 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — A Relevant Old Soul @ 10:10 pm

hebrews4_12Sometimes growing up in church, we become almost reliant on those verses we hear on a constant basis.  We know them because we have heard them so much but do we REALLY know them?  This morning in my quiet time, I was reading in Hebrews (in my totally awesome and brand new Reformation Study Bible..)  and came across a very familiar passage.  But as I read through it, a part of the verse kept ringing in my head.

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

I know we have all heard this verse a million times.  Especially the first part of the verse.  I have often quoted the living and active part to other people.  But I do not know if I ever really meditated or thought about the very ending of that verse.   But today I really wanted to concentrate on the less common part of that verse.

“Judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” can be a very humbling thing.  The idea that Word of God can discern my intentions when I approach it is almost scary.  How many times do I do a Pharisee type reading of God’s word?  You know the days when you know you need to do it but you have a mind filled with other things and so you rush through it in order to “check it off” your to do list.   This verse is clear that it is judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart tells me that I am not fooling anyone.

At the same time, there are those times when I am emotionally low.  Those times when I come into Word heavy hearted and burdened.  When I weak and unable to seek after him.  This verse takes a whole new meaning and then becomes a joy.  He can judge my heart and speak healing through his words to my dark soul.

Isn’t God’s Word amazing!  Isn’t it so cool when he can take something that has become so common, so misused, and still use it in the hearts of his people!  I am so grateful that God’s word is ALIVE.  That it breathes life into me.  It is nourishment for the soul!

Psalm 139:15
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

Praise and Glory be to God our Father!


 

I’m going home! January 24, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — A Relevant Old Soul @ 3:09 am

34-hourglassearth-245x255Alright, I have been pretty silent on the whole political thing.  Today after reading this headline I have officially boiled over and need to vent.. Here goes.

With the changing of the guard, so to speak, we seem to have also ushered in a new mystical and magical worship of our new President.  If you think I am over exaggerating, read the following article and headline.  Keep in mind this is one, of many, of the same type things.

Words Made Flesh

Wednesday, January 21, 2009; Page A11

In the end, the history eclipsed everything.

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Had yesterday’s ceremony been merely an inauguration in a time of national crisis, one in which the president signaled fundamental departures in the nation’s conduct of domestic and foreign affairs, those departures would have been the big news. They are big news; they are huge. But they were not the main story. Not today.

For the line in Barack Obama‘s inaugural address that rocked the nation back on its heels, the line that brought the shock of recognition to the moment, was the president’s assertion that by America’s living up to our founding creed, “a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.”

That was the history, and everybody knew it. That is what brought the tears.

The speech itself had something of a “last shall be first” air. More than any inaugural address I can think of, it encapsulated the story of America’s working class. Obama celebrated “men and women obscure in their labor” who “toiled in sweatshops and settled the West, endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.”

Such invocations served several distinct but overlapping purposes. They were, first, part of a broader tableau of inclusivity that Obama painted, a nation whose religious census includes “Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and nonbelievers.”

Second, they were an affirmation of the value of work, which, in turn, provided the moral basis for the redistributive economics that was one of the two fundamental departures from past policies that Obama championed in his speech. “The market can spin out of control,” he told us, referring not merely to the current meltdown but also to the ways in which an uncontrolled market can and has damaged the great middle class. “The nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous,” he said. “The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product but on the reach of our prosperity; on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity but because it is the surest route to our common good.”

We measure the merit of government, he added, not by how wide a berth it gives the market but by “whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.”

With those words, the age of Reagan was ceremoniously but unambiguously interred. For 30 years, the widely shared prosperity created and then enjoyed by the Greatest Generation has been eroding. Obama’s speech was the first presidential inaugural to address the narrowing of American prosperity and to announce the intention to broaden it again.

The age of Bush was also ended, more abruptly, in the very first sentence that concerned foreign and defense policy. “As for our common defense,” Obama said, “we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.” Moments later, he added, “Power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please.”

With that, the neoconservative perversion of American ideals — and American security — was flushed to its reward, and a new doctrine, at once more idealistic and realistic than neoconservatism ever was, was articulated by our articulate new president.

Yet for all that the nation is in crisis, and for all that these two reversals of course are of great immediate and historic significance, they are not what brought the tears, the intake of breath, the headshaking disbelief at what was unfolding on the steps of the Capitol.

America’s defining challenge has always been to take seriously the assertion of human equality in our founding document, though many of our Founders were themselves unable to broaden their definition of humanity to include the people whose unpaid work was the basis of their own well-being. The battle to conform American realities to American ideals has been the central narrative of American history. Yesterday, everyone recognized that the story was advancing by chapters, or maybe volumes, before our eyes.

Obama used the moment to affirm his belief that “the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself.”

Good words, but what made yesterday so astounding was that the words, by the decision of the American people in voting booths assembled, were made flesh.

In case anyone needs clarification.. This is a biblical reference.

John 1:14 (New International Version)

14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,[a] who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Lets talk about this new “ObamaNation…”  This blind faith and worship of man.  I recently heard one preacher call his following “Obots”  (a play on robots) in essence programmed.    I have been watching quite a bit of news lately and frankly the same thing kept ringing out amongst all the other noise… PEACE!  Coming together for peace.  Sounds eerily familiar to me.

Now, those who know me well, know that I am no end of times, doomsday, type of person.  I believe that when my Savior comes, it will all become clear and even if it doesn’t, I will be so inclined as to not even care once I see my makers face.  However, I do find all of this interesting.  While I do not believe that our President is the Anti-Christ, I do wonder for what he is preparing America.  This everyone love everyone doctrine and lets all work together for the common good, sounds like a precursor to a One World Order.  A place where everyone cooperates and lives in harmony.

Why does it matter?  It matters because we need to be ever diligent in studying the Word of God!  (should be anyway)  When the persecution rises, we must know on that which we stand!  I believe it is drawing near to a time where Christians and Christianity will be blamed for countless things and soon cast aside as a negative thing.  We can see this happening even inside our pseudo Christian churches.  Even in churches calling themselves, Evangelical Christians, we have an influx of this new age teaching (emmergant church) that we are all one.  No matter who you are and what you believe we can be together.  Even churches are ignoring scriptures and taking the manmade doctrine to new levels.

I believe that much was missed by the average person in regards to the great lengths taken to ensure political correctness in this whole inaugural process.  From Warrens opening speech (sorry, he does not pray to my God) to Joseph Lowery’s (huge gay rights supporter) call of hate, to the all inclusive openly gay marching bands in the parade.  Not to mention the previous nights festivities where the controversial gay Episcopalian minister opened with a prayer to “The God of all understanding..”   The Cathedral service the following morning included muslim, Christian(?), Jewish, and Hindu leaders.

In this time of Universalism and humanism, we MUST be ever more resolved to pour scripture into ourselves and also to our children.  It is a confusing time of evil being called good.  (even inside our churches)  Reform is needed now more than ever.. As church leaders sit idly by, refusing to risk lower baptism numbers and ousting, their churches become more and more sinful!  We have got to take a stand.  We have to be clear on Sin!  We have to set the bar as Jesus Christ and settle for nothing less than Christ and him crucified!

Wake UP!  It is time we quit comparing our spiritual walk with the people in the pews next to us!  We must seek on to be found HOLY by the standards set forth in Christ!  We can no longer allow the world around us through blatant and psychological means to shade our knowledge of truth!

If we know not our God then how will we ever lose our Life for him!  Why would you sacrifice for that which you do not know?  Seek God, Seek Truth, Seek the true WORD that was made Flesh!

Matthew 24:3-14

The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age

3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a]these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

 

Having a Happy heart in an Unhappy Day January 17, 2009

Filed under: Raising Children — A Relevant Old Soul @ 9:13 am

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Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 (New International Version)

19 Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God. 20 He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.

Psalm 68:3 (New International Version)

3 But may the righteous be glad
and rejoice before God;
may they be happy and joyful.

Proverbs 15:13 (New International Version)

13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
but heartache crushes the spirit.
So today, I wanted to share an insight I had.  On today’s episode of Little House on the Prairie, Laura had to write an essay and present it to the class and all the parents.  She chose to write her essay on her mother.  In reading it, she had written that her mother was the “Last smile I see each day and the only smile I want to wake up to in the morning.”
Wow, do my kids think of me that way?
So today I was in thought over that very question?  Some days seem so frantic and so overwhelming that I wonder if my own Happy Heart is shining through.  I must say “You are not having a happy heart” to Logan at least 50 times a day.  I must also say, “Obedience with a Right Heart attitude” at least 10 times a day to Aaron.  So here I am wondering if in the midst of all my chores and lists, do they see me smile?  Do they see me do my own work with the Right Heart Attitude?  When I am flustered and tired and they are requiring something else of me do I answer with a Happy heart?
I confess that my attitudes are often times very yucky.  I get testy and impatient and snappy.  We can fill our children with all the words and truths we want but the only way to understand them is to see them lived.  I can tell a person how to drive all I want.  I can have them memorize the book but unless they physically are inside of the car experiencing it, will they ever really learn?
I need to shine the LOVE of Christ to my children through my smile!  I need to have a Happy Heart even on Unhappy days!  They have got to see in me that my circumstances do not control my reactions.  I must, as much as possible, portray to them, that which I expect them to learn!  Oh Lord, give me a happy heart!  Let my smile in the morning and the last smile at night beam to them your light and love and give the security of hope in only YOU!
 

More on the Attributes of God January 15, 2009

Filed under: Everyday thoughts — A Relevant Old Soul @ 2:05 pm

So a friend and I are still working on our Attributes of God (AW Tozer) book and study guide.  Each chapter I read I become more and more aware of how much we (Christians collectively) have cheapened our Savior.  Our finite and small human minds can not even fathom the greatness and the vastness of our God!

One example of this would be God’s justice.  We like to picture him as a judge doling out judgement.  But that is such a human way to look at God.  God does not perform justice… HE IS JUSTICE.  It is not an action but a state of being!  WOW.

This book has really helped me to view myself in light of how Christ views me.  It has shined new light into the idea of how small I really am and how BIG he really is!

Tozer and I may not agree on everything theologically, but for the most part, I am thankful for the way God has used this book in my life.  The spirit speaks any time we seek with the right motives.  The Word of God is living and breathing and although my friend and I also differ sometimes in theology, God’s word still speaks to each of us in the place he needs to reach us most.

So far we have studied God’s infinitude, immensity, Goodness, Justice, and Mercy.  And we still have 5 more chapters to go.  How dare I possibly place this God into my tiny little box.  Wow, How Awesome you Are O, Lord!!!!

*** On a side note… I plan to do a more reformed study (AW Pink)  of the same subject next.  I hope to get as much on this topic as possible from many different perspectives.. One can never learn too much of our God!****

 

33 at 33 January 11, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — A Relevant Old Soul @ 11:05 am

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So today, on my 33rd birthday, I thought I would post 33 things I have learned in my life.  There are of course more, but these are the 33 that come to mind.

1.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind!

2.  Loving the Lord your God is not a “decision”  it is a daily dying to yourself and following.  It is growing in holiness and seeking to know him more.

3.  Mom and Dad are not as stupid as they were when I was 15.

4.  If you make your life about you, you will be disappointed.  If you make your life about Christ, he will always AMAZE you!

5.  Serve the Lord with gladness!  (There is always a place of service)

6.  “Lo, Children are a heritage of the Lord.”

7.  The enemy can use even the most Holy people to cause you to stumble.. Especially when you have your eyes on them and not on him.

8.  Do NOT be unequally yoked!

9.  God did not create multiple races…. God created a HUMAN RACE and we should  be mindful of that.. (Especially those of us from the South)

10.  God is not worried about my HAPPINESS he is worried about my HOLINESS!

11.  Children are the best missionaries.. Uninhibited and honest.

12.  When you make a mistake as a parent, seek forgiveness from your child.  It not only teaches you humility but shows them we are ALL sinners.

13.  Momma’s voice and prayers help even after 30.

14.  You are never to old to be Daddy’s girl!

15.  God is not the “cherry on top” of your already wonderful life.. He has to be the CENTER! (Paul Washer)

16.  You can have a Fairy Tale.  It may not be Happily EVER after but there will be days of pure magic.

17.   The greatest love for a woman is holding her newborn in her arms.

18.  The best smell in the world is a freshly bathed baby.

19.  Not every room is full of Cajuns!  You do not have to yell to be heard.

20.  Remember who you are and whom you represent.

21.  Keep your blessings in check before they become your idols.

22.  Everything God is… He is infinitely!

23.  There is a church building and there is a church body!  The two do not need one another in order to serve its purpose!

24.  Submission is not only an action it is also an attitude.

25.  If I have to change the televsion station when my child comes into the room.. I should not be watching it either!

26.  Some of the deepest theology comes from the 80 year old who just “LOVE JESUS!”

27.  You do become your parents.. I hear it in myself every day.

28.  You do have a PURPOSE for your life but it should be driven to Glorify God!

29.  Build a bridge and get over it..

30.  True Forgiveness is Supernaturnal.

31.  Rules may make a child obey today but a Heart change will rule him forever.

32.  Middle child syndrome never goes away… LOL

33.  Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, soul, might!  If you start and end there… that is all you need to learn.

 

A puritan prayer January 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — A Relevant Old Soul @ 9:30 am

I came across this puritan prayer and it really touched my soul. I am sharing it in the hopes that someone else will read its words and feel the same as I. puritans

Holy Lord, I have sinned times without number, and been guilty of pride and unbelief, of failure to find Thy mind in Thy Word, of neglect to seek Thee in my daily life. My transgressions and short-comings present me with a list of accusations, but I bless Thee that they will not stand against me, for all have been laid on Christ. Go on to subdue my corruptions, and grant me grace to live above them. Let not the passions of the flesh nor lustings of the mind bring my spirit into subjection, but do Thou rule over me in liberty and power.

I thank Thee that many of my prayers have been refused. I have asked amiss and do not have, I have prayed from lusts and been rejected, I have longed for Egypt and been given a wilderness. Go on with Thy patient work, answering ‘no’ to my wrongful prayers, and fitting me to accept it. Purge me from every false desire, every base aspiration, everything contrary to Thy rule. I thank Thee for Thy wisdom and Thy love, for all the acts of discipline to which I am subject, for sometimes putting me into the furnace to refine my gold and remove my dross.

No trial is so hard to bear as a sense of sin. If Thou shouldst give me choice to live in pleasure and keep my sins, or to have them burnt away with trial, give me sanctified affliction. Deliver me from every evil habit, every accretion of former sins, everything that dims the brightness of Thy grace in me, everything that prevents me taking delight in Thee. Then I shall bless Thee, God of jeshurun, for helping me to be upright.