For those of you wondering... Jamie is still recovering from his shoulder surgery he had in November. He is not back to work yet and is doing physical therapy 3x a week. His range of motion is improving as well as strength. Thank you for your prayers. It has been wonderful having him home. I don't know how we will ever adjust when he has to go back to work. Please keep praying. He is starting to get anxious about returning to work and feels like he isn't carrying his load regarding his co-workers. A quick healing please!!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Last week my precious friend, Anne Collins, and I ventured up to Irvine to attend Sally Clarkson's Mom Heart Mom's Conference. It was wonderful, as usual. We are so grateful for the hospitality of my dear sister in Jesus, Jeannie, who welcomed us so warmly into her home and cared for us so well while we ran back and forth from her place in Huntington Beach to the conference location in Irvine. It was a fun, tiring, and inspirational time.
Sally seemed to explode with a new boldness at this year's conference (this is the 4th year in a row I have attended). I am also participating in the Beth Moore study of Esther at my church. That study and my newfound passion for patriotism (our founders, and returning to the roots of our great nation), seemed to go hand-in-hand with Sally's exhortation that God has designed us for great purpose. We have the hearts of the next generation in our hands. What will we do with these precious hearts? "Who knows whether you have come to (influential motherhood) for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14-paraphrase mine...please insert your own role.) Really, we all are placed in our exact role, social standing, job, geographic location for a purpose. "Bloom where your planted." "Wherever you are, be all there." The future is in our hands and in our homes if you have children living with you. Impress on their hearts and minds the truth of scripture and history. Our nation is on a steady decline, but GOD!!!!! He is so able! We are watching our economy go beyond the point of no return. Morality is practically non-existent. Sally often says, "In the absence of Biblical conviction, our children will go the way of culture." Culture is media-focused, selfish, and God-denying. Do you want your precious child to go that direction? It leads only to destruction. We must place Jesus before them and set an example of following hard after Him.
During the time of King Xerxes, a decree is made for the genocide of the Jews. The Jews are mourning and wailing in the streets of the land, but Mordecai (also grieved) takes his plea to the queen...who also is a Jewess (Esther 3-4). A year ago as I watched to economy hit an all-time low and our government move so unabashedly toward immorality & possible socialism, I felt like the helpless Jew on the street. Wailing and waiting for destruction to come. But, in the last year, we have seen town halls and tea parties and the Glenn Becks and Sean Hannity's not be silenced...and it is making a difference. Now, I feel there is hope for this great nation because we are Americans! Would George Washington or John Adams have cried and been helpless and defeated. NO!!! Nor should we! Stand up for what is right. Raise a Godly and patriotic generation! The future of your children and mine is at stake. Do we want to leave them in a God-less world? Do we want to see their freedoms withheld? The answer is easy.
What & who do you have influence over? What are you going to do with it?