I am certainly engaged in political things these days!! Of course I will be an Election Judge on Tuesday for the Presidential Election. I was fairly new at the job during the last presidential election. It's always fun to see everyone in Precinct 18 come through the doors, and the turnout in my town is very encouraging. I wish that every citizen in this country would understand how important their vote is. Also on the political involvement topic, I don't know if you heard that I'm set to be the President of the CCRW for 2017. This ain't like being class president or 4-H president. I'm actually going to have to work...and LEAD!! I'm actually quite terrified. It would be better if I wasn't President of the Saint Jo Riding Club (SJRC) at the same time, but I try to see these positions as opportunities for greatness. You're supposed to take those when they come along. And you're supposed to be grateful!! I'm working on that part. Leadership is tricky. They try to groom all young people to be leaders. I personally think that being an honorable follower is equally important - the type of follower who isn't just a lemming who goes along with the crowd, but a person who will help other soldiers along in the battle that is life. But leadership...I saw an excellent example of leadership yesterday at the SJRC meeting where we elected new officers for 2017. The incoming Parade Marshall said, "I just want our group to glorify God." Amen and Amen. And that's what was missing from General Franks' book. He wasn't lacking in faith - he had it in his wife and in his army, but he never mentioned a higher purpose. I pray, and I ask you to join me in praying, for our leaders (including me!) who will be trying to glorify God with our lives in 2017. We heard that in church just this Sunday: "Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior..." (1 Timothy 2:1-3).
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Saturday, June 04, 2016
My life...there's not much new to report. After 3 years and 1 month of Weight Watchers, I am down to only needing to lose about 27 lbs. I am really trying to make it happen this year. And I guess that's really the only goal I have in mind these days. I guess another goal is to get to September without smoking because that will be the one-year point. I keep being surprised by the fact that I CAN say "no" and by the fact that the temptation never goes away. Okay, maybe I can't say "never" since it hasn't even been a year yet. Goals...both health-related. But they both have spiritual implications. I know I can't achieve either one of them without God's help or without the help of the people that God has placed in my life. I am truly blessed, and I hope that you are feeling blessed, too.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
How have YOU been?? I feel like I've been a bit isolated in my own rodeo world. The rodeo happened two weeks ago, and I'm still winding down from all the stress and "fun". The President of the Riding Club holds that office for 2 years according to the bylaws, so I guess I get to do this for another year yet. It's still a year and a half, really. Maybe it would be okay if that was my only extra-curricular activity. But my days are already plenty full. Maybe I'm living the American Dream?! I actually don't feel free AT ALL. Oh well...no complaining...
Thursday, April 14, 2016
I experienced a little fear of the unknown last weekend when I went to San Saba to visit my friend Marcy at the TDCJ unit there. It's a 4-hour drive, and after getting down there in time for church at Hill Country Bible at 10:30 AM, I went over to the jail to find all of the visitors out in the parking log. Long story short, there had been a gas leak in the new boiler in the laundry room, and some of the inmates and guards had gotten carbon monoxide poisoning. The warden told us that she hoped to have it all resolved in time to let visitors back in (visitation only happens Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 5), but after sitting there for a couple hours watching the ambulances and firetrucks rolling in and people going out on stretchers, we were told that visitation was cancelled for the rest of the day. Of course they couldn't tell us any details about what we really wanted to know - were the people that we came to visit okay?? So I had to drive the 4 hours back home without seeing my friend and without knowing if she was one of the ones who needed medical attention. I don't think that's really the kind of "Panic Room" situation that Pastor Curt was really talking about, but I do know for sure that the whole ordeal would have been pretty much impossible to get through without some faith that God had it under control. In church that morning, Pastor Russell was preaching from Ephesians 1:3-6 about how God has blessed us with EVERY spiritual blessing. We are as blessed as we can possibly be - that is impossible to comprehend - and how we have been chosen, predestined and adopted. I heard all of these great and encouraging words, and was immediately worried when I saw all the drama going down at the prison. But I did not need to worry. I'm not sure that I believe that God had a purpose for my 8-hour drive without getting to see my friend, but maybe His reason will come to light eventually. I'm always looking for the deeper meaning in things when sometimes the reason is very simple. And simple can be beautiful.
The next day she called and told me that she was okay except for a headache and a long, uncomfortable day of sitting in the gym waiting for their living area to air out. I hope we can all learn to live beyond fear. Faith really does change your life.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
In other news, my life has been incredibly busy lately. When 2016 hit, the workload seemingly tripled. Being busy isn't so bad, but when you add the work with my Secretarial duties for the CCRW and my Presidential duties for the SJRC, I'm wondering how I'm going to keep all of the plates spinning. But today is fairly worry-free. I'm about to head to church, and then I get to make a quick trip to Allen to take Syd home since Mel is down in San Saba. It seems like I was just down in the Big City yesterday...but, no, it was Friday - I went to pick up John & Donetta and Nick from Dallas Love Field. But I guess tomorrow it'll be back to business as usual.