I had a busy week scheduled, follow-up doctor appointments for kids, get my hair highlighted, Thanksgiving program of Jesse's at school, the list goes on and on. This week has turned out quite differently than I expected. I never saw myself being told by my husband that my dad was in an ambulance on the way to the hospital for a severe headache. I never saw myself being told that my dad had suffered a brain aneurysm. I never saw myself having to take my son to the ER the next morning with asthma issues. I never saw myself sitting in an ICU waiting room, begging God to please not let any more bleeding take place in my daddy's head. I never saw myself, as I am now, sitting here in the surgical waiting room for a three hour wait as the surgeon is working on my dad. But...here I am. The peace I have is that God did see all of these things way before they even took place. None of this has taken Him by surprise. I know that my daddy is in God's hands and that angels are surrounding him in that room right now. I know that God is going to receive all the glory from this situation. I have been told that there are churches from Brazil to Hawaii to all over the US that are praying for my dad. To see the outpouring of love from all that have been affected by the life of my daddy has brought encouragement and strength that goes beyond measure.
I have all confidence that God is not done with the life of my daddy here on this earth. I know that God is a God of healing and I am trusting in his complete healing. I thank each and every one of you that have called or sent messages letting us know of your love, prayers and support!
It seems that there are so many that are walking through very hard times right now for various reasons. Whatever your circumstances are, I pray that you have a relationship with the God of this universe, your very creator, so that you can experience that peace that God is only able to give. I pray that you not turn your back on Jesus in the midst of tragedy, sickness, loss of jobs; but that you run into the arms of your Savior and let Him comfort you. I cannot imaging going through the last few days without the hope of my Lord. If you don't know Him, please don't wait another minute to surrender your life to Him. If you are cynical, please surrender your life to Him. If you don't know where to turn, please give Him a try. I promise that with God, all things are possible, you will not be disappointed in Him and He will change your life forever.
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans that I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a good future."
I have never been one that voices my opinion on politics. I have family on both sides, I have friends on both sides and for those who know me well, you know that I despise confrontation!!!! I keep my mouth shut in order not to offend anyone. I just cannot stay silent on this. Tomorrow is one of the most critical elections that America has ever faced.
I know that both sides feel this way, and I also know that no matter who wins this election that God is still in control and He still reigns on His throne.
For me, this election is not about what party you have always been affiliated with. For me, as a Christ follower, this is an election about standing firm on the word of God. I have never seen someone so actively pursue the pushing out of God's principles as I have in the last four years. As a Christ follower, I truly can't wrap my mind around voting for someone who is so firmly and very proudly against what the word of God calls us to.
You may be saying that I just need to keep "religion" and state separate. And of course I have my opinions on the economy and why things have to change anyway, but regardless if you will ever agree with me on that, I urge you to truly seek God before you go vote tomorrow. As a Christ follower, there is NOTHING that separates my choices, my actions, my decisions from standing firm on EVERY Biblical principle. As a Christ follower, I don't get to pick and choose which scriptures I will live by and which ones I will ignore because it is not popular in this day and age or even because it is just not comfortable for me. When I gave my life to Christ, I surrendered my life to Him, not my flesh, and definitely not the government. My devotion will always be with my loving Savior who has ransomed me through His amazing grace from the life that I could be living right now. My allegiance is for the Man who chose to give His life for me, whether that makes me popular in your eyes or not.
I love my family and my friends unconditionally and I always will...no matter what. I am just begging my brothers and sisters in Christ to please put aside all the political debate mess for just a time and go to your Lord and seek HIS face in this matter. What would He do? I could never believe that He would vote for the man who seeks to do away with His principles, His will and His name.
Christ-Follower, Pastor's Wife, Mother of Six: Eli, Isaiah, Carmen, Jesse, Ciera and Samuel; Author, Speaker, Song Writer