musings of a nation once had

“For the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth.”  Genesis 8:21

My heart mourns for my country.  Who was once governed by a spirit of righteousness.  When government was limited and the different houses of power really did keep each other in check.  Now I see that even the republican party really does nothing….perhaps it has good intentions…but do we ever really see those good intentions followed up by good actions?  Is our country falling asleep?  Have we forgotten our first love?

“Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.  ‘So, remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent.  Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.”  Revelation 3:2-3.

Wake up oh reader.

It starts with your children.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”

But this is my hope,

“Now it will come about that in the last days the mountain of the LORD will be established as the chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it.”  Isaiah 2:2.

So amidst all the “tolerance” of the high places this country has….amidst all the weariness and hurt and anger against God….there is hope.  There is One who will lead this country to righteousness again, a thief who is coming…who will right the wrong and fully restore all the bad we create.  And we will stream to that hope.  Jesus is coming.  But we must wake up first!

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living room update-ed

We finally were able to sell our bulky entertainment center which was beautiful in our last house, but didn’t quite fit in the new house.  So come on over and take a seat!  Can’t tell you how happy this makes me…to be comfortable…to feel relaxed….and to not have to think about it.  I am thankful to be able to make our home comfortable.  I am thankful that at the end of the day I have a little haven to retreat to…after I put the kids to bed and wait for August to get off work.

I didn’t end up slip covering the leather chair…I instead found a cute pillow and cozy neutral blanket that added some color, texture, and comfort to the chair.  It’s not so overpowering anymore.

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Here’s a small shot of our new entertainment center.  Not as obtrusive….I can see my tv now.

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mount washington revisited…for those of you who might be wondering…

To my readers who wonder…who wonder, “why?”  Why would anyone want to endanger their lives for the sake of fun?  Is it fun?  I believe there is a rebel in all of us.  That little part of us that says something like this, “I can do that…”  Even when against all odds, everyone around you is telling you, “no you can’t.”  I am telling you, yes you can.

I am a woman.  A petit little woman with thin arms and legs and who does not happen to have a whole lot of strength.  But ever since I was a little child (growing up with brothers) there has always been a little part of me, or maybe a big part of me, that says inside…I can do that.  I want you to hear me now.  There is that little voice inside us all who says I can do that.   The biggest battle lies within our minds.  Our thoughts.  If we have self-defeating thoughts then of course we won’t.  But here is a revolutionary thought given to me by very sweet sister-in Christ (and momma you know whom I speak of)…just because you are thinking something….doesn’t mean you have to think it.  Repeat: just because you are thinking negatively in your mind doesn’t mean you must think that way.  Our thoughts are our thoughts…but certain thoughts don’t have to be paid attention to.  “and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10: 5.  So reader, why?  Why did I climb Mount Washington?  Me…a woman and a little one at that?  I climbed Mount Washington because of a vast and deep love for nature created by a magnificent Creator who put thoughts in my head that say, “Yes you can.”

Reader, yes you can.  Yes you can conquer those trials in your life.  Yes you can get through the difficult situation you are in.  Yes you can climb any mountain.  If you simply believe in yourself.  If you believe you are a creature created to overcome.  It’s in there.  Inside you.  God put it there.  You can do it.  I suppose some of us climb mountains because of the challenge and joy of overcoming it.  To know that God has created something so mighty and it’s there for us to enjoy.  August and I happen to enjoy mountain climbing and I am blessed to be able to pursue those joys with him!

“What is it that confers the noblest delight?  What is that which swells a man’s breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him?  Discovery!  To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding what human eye has not seen before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere.  To give birth to an idea-to discover a great thought-an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plow had gone before.”  (The Innocents Abroad Roughing it, Twain.  209).

The biting snow and ice, the blasting gusts of wind that nearly toppled me over.  The frostbite.  The pounding heart from being so small but climbing something so big.  Yes I did.  And in those moments where I thought I was crazy for doing what I was doing…and then thinking things like, I will SO never do this again….there was a rush from being amidst the glory, the beauty, the danger that was…fun. 

And yes you can.  Can you take your trial and turn it into a blessing?

I know that sounds a little cliché.

But if you believe it then it’s really not.

So how about you?  Is there something in your life you fear that holds you back from living it to the fullest?  Are you holding on to control only to feel like you have none?

Climb that mountain.  Take one step at a time.  You’ll get there.  Perhaps you’ll even summit in the deadliest conditions but if you trust the One who made you, if you push that fear aside, if you follow the footsteps He has laid before you, you’ll eventually find yourself on the other side of the wind torn mountain with a spirit of joy that realizes, I made it. 

And it will be beautiful!

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.”  Proverbs 4:25 NIV.

Amen.