Showing posts with label America and Patriotism. Show all posts
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Wednesday Five | Vol. 14

 


A Quote 


I think this quote section is going to be where I dump my World War 1 thoughts on you for the next few Wednesday Five posts. I’m reading so many interesting books about WW1 right now.

What has struck me most in learning about WW1 is how much most of the leaders of the countries involved did not want war. There were a couple people in Austria-Hungary who wanted retribution on Serbia, but all the allies involved seemed to try their hardest not to let a war start. It was like a very tragic “comedy of errors“, riddled with miscommunication and mistrust. 

This part of the book A World Undone by G. J. Meyer, really got to me. A double ultimatum was issued by Germany to Russia and France, and the German ambassador went to meet with Sazonov, Russia’s Foreign Minister. The last ditch effort at avoiding a war fell apart. 

“In his hands he had two messages, both of them declarations of war. One was for use if Russia gave no answer to the ultimatum, the other a reply to a negative answer. In his distress and confusion he pressed both on Sazanov and burst into tears.

 Or so Sazanov wrote years later in his memoirs. Pourtales’s recollection was that Sazonov wept first.  Whatever the sequence, apparently both men cried. They embraced, then pulled apart and began to exchange accusations.

 ‘This was a criminal act of yours,’ said Sazonov. ‘The curses of the nations will be upon you.’ 

‘We were defending our honor.’

‘Your honor was not involved.’

Finally, they parted forever, Sazonov helping the distraught Pourtales to the door.

When I was reading this, it struck me how the Fall and sin’s curse didn’t just affect mankind, and our relationship to God, and creation, and interpersonal relationships - it affects relationships between nations too. Peace is so tenuous, and war has been a part of the story of humanity ever since Adam fell. 

As I write this, I’m also thinking about someday, when every knee shall bow before Christ, and He will reign for a thousand years and then create a new Heaven and Earth where sin and death are no more. Then we will have peace forever, and people from every tribe, tongue, and nation, even people who fought and killed each other in wars like WW1, will wipe their tears and sing praise to the Lord together. That will be a glorious thing to see.


A Book

Aside from my collection of WW1 nonfiction, I’m reading a book on prayer by John MacArthur called Alone With God (the Kindle version is only $2!). Prayer is always something that I wish I was better at, and I’m getting a lot of good thoughts out of this one. What specifically stuck out to me was how MacArthur says the focus of prayer needs to be God, and too often we act like we’re talking to God when really we’re just focusing on ourselves. That is so true.

A Bit Of Nature

Before it snowed two weeks ago...yes, it snowed! Not a little bit either, it snowed a few inches. But before it snowed I was worried it would kill all the leaves and I wouldn’t be able to get any good fall pictures of the kids. So I took them outside by our long, pretty mountain grass, and we had a little impromptu fall photo shoot. The pictures turned out really cute (I'll put more on Instagram). 

I love long grass like this. You know, we learned that those little bunches at the end of a piece of grass are actually technically a flower.





A Recommendation

I've mentioned these about a million times, but I wanted to recommend (again) the Rush Revere: Time Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans book series. We like them on audio.  My kids were SO EXCITED when I told them I got the next book, Rush Revere And The Presidency, at the library.  Wyatt asked if he could listen to it today, and he and Gwen have their chairs pulled up to the CD player so they can listen to the story.  They think Liberty (the time-traveling horse) is hilarious, and I love the strong American values and history in the stories.  This one that we're listening to is also great if you are trying to teach your kids about the election.  I'm planning on adding it to my election resources blog post.


A Moment Of Happiness

It's hard for me to isolate just one moment right now, because I've been feeling generally happy and content for the last several weeks.  That's odd for 2020, isn't it?  I just have this peace that no matter what happens, the Lord is sovereign and it's all going to be okay.  I love my country and am so proud to be an American, and it kills me to see the turmoil. I also believe strongly in caring about the wellbeing of the nation, continuing to fight for our freedoms, and being an active citizen as a Christian.  But this world was never meant to be my home.  

Maybe it took a year like 2020 to make that extra clear.  

We're just passing through, and if you believe in Christ's sacrifice to save you from your sin - well, the place we're going is promised to be so much better.  I've always wanted to live my life with eternity in mind, there was always a part of me that knew how important that was - that's part of why I named my blog Through Clouded Glass all those years ago (based on 1 Corinthians 13:  ).  When you keep your eyes on Jesus and live with eternity in mind, the world can't touch you the same way. That's where I'm trying to keep focus, and nothing else in the world is as calming as resting in Him.  

I wish that for all of you this Wednesday. 

The Wednesday Five | Vol. 11



Gracious, I've lost my blogging rhythm a bit.  When did I last write about something personal on here?  It's been a while, so I'm going to use The Wednesday Five format to get back into it this week.  You can read other Wednesday Five posts here, and feel free to join in if you want!

A Quote

"We're a violent people, Cal.  Does it seem strange to you that I include myself?  Maybe it's true that we are all descended from the restless, the nervous, the criminals, the arguers and brawlers, but also the brave and independent and generous.  If our ancestors had not been that, they would have stayed in their home plots in that other world, and starved over the squeezed-out soil...that's why I include myself.  We all have that heritage, no matter what land our father's left.  All colors and blends of Americans have somewhat the same tendencies.  It's a breed, selected out by accident.  And so we're over-brave and over-fearful - we're kind, and cruel as children.  We're over-friendly and at the same time frightened of strangers.  We boast and are impressed.  We're over-sentimental and realistic.  We are mundane and materialistic - and do you know what other nation acts for ideals?  We eat too much.  We have no taste, no sense of proportion.  We throw our energy about like waste.  In the old lands they say of us that we go from barbarism to decadence without an intervening culture.  Can it be that our critics have not the key or language of our culture?  ...That's what we are, Cal, all of us.  You are not very different."
-East Of Eden, pg 568 (emphasis mine)

For some reason this little monologue in East Of Eden stood out to me when I read it a couple months ago, and I've been mulling it over a bit.  I don't know if I think Steinbeck got Americans exactly right, but in some senses I think he captured some of the spirit of America here.

The part that stands out to me right this minute is where he asks whether critics of our country fail to understand Americans because they don't have the key and language of our culture, and I think he got that right.  Ultimately what has tied us all together as a country, as Americans, for the last 244 years is our ideals - our ideals of freedom, and our efforts to reach toward those ideals even when we may have failed to live up to them.  We are a people tied together by a love of freedom, and a tenacious will to struggle and fight to achieve it, and to defend it whenever it is threatened.  I hope we always keep that.

I saw a random social media comment from a person in a country which shall remain nameless, who criticized Americans for "always thinking someone wants to take your freedom away".  It irked me to no end, just because of the sheer ignorance.  That's an example right there of someone who doesn't understand what America really is, who maybe never will, because she doesn't have "the key or language of our culture".

Okay, sorry for the lengthy aside there - it just happened!  On to the next category...

A Book

I've been reading books on alot of political topics lately, but I don't really want to talk about those, so I'm going to mention that I started Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb.  It's basically a memoir of a therapist who ends up needing therapy after a bad breakup.  I find the little tidbits about psychology interesting, and the author really knows how to tell an interesting story, so I kind of got sucked in.

A Bit Of Nature


This is from our trip to a little mountain stream a couple weeks ago - Clyde pointed out that the light playing on the water looked like a snakeskin - it kind of does, doesn't it?

A Recommendation

I recommend you get yourself over to Target, because they put out the school supplies in the dollar spot this week!  I got a bunch of good stuff that I might show over on Instagram.  I always look forward to raiding the dollar spot for homeschool stuff - all their little knick-knacks spark alot of homeschool ideas for me.

A Moment Of Happiness




Last week was our 12th wedding anniversary, and Derek and I were able to get away to a resort, thanks to my mom!  We had a nice time, and when we came back home the next day, Georgie ran up to me and said in her little baby voice "Mama, you're here!  I wuv you, Mama!  I wuv you so much!"

Oh my goodness, that girl.  I wuv her too.

Any Other Day

(Me and my littlest girls.)

Today my kids woke up as I was finishing my quiet time, and I was greeted by a chorus of little voices calling my name (which is "Mommy", of course).  They grinned at me, and laughed with each other, and ran to make their beds and get dressed before breakfast.

Today is just like any other day to them.

For the first time, I realized this summer that while 9/11 will always be a vivid memory in my mind, from here on out all brand-new, 18-year-old adults are people who were not even born then.  There is a whole generation of kids who will only read about 9/11 in the history books, the way I read about Pearl Harbor.  My kids are in that group.

That is so bizarre to me.  Because my memory is crystal clear of my mom rushing into my room one morning to tell me to get upstairs quickly to watch the news.  A plane had crashed into a building.  I had no idea what she was talking about, I thought it must be a history program she wanted us to watch for school.  So I had another half hour of living in my own pre-9/11 world while I got ready for the day.

I remember being glued to the TV for the rest of the morning.  I remember seeing black specks falling from the building and realizing with horror that those were people.  I remember sitting in silence, watching the first tower fall. Then the second.  I remember seeing the clouds of debris taking over the streets, swallowing people on the streets.  First responders covered in gray dust.  I remember the black scar on the Pentagon building, the news that another plane had crashed in a field.  I remember when everyone realized that this wasn't just an accident.

That afternoon I needed a break, and I went outside for a walk.  Yellow aspen leaves rustling in the breeze.  A blue, blue sky, and autumn in the air.  I thought, and I prayed, and maybe I grew up a little right then.

I remember how the country pulled together afterward.  I remember how for a little while we weren't Democrats or Republicans, we were only Americans.  Maybe that was the one good thing to come out of the horrible tragedy of that day, that we all had the chance to know what being united feels like.

I don't know if schools even teach kids about that day as history yet, but they should.  I know I plan to educate my children about 9/11 and tell them my story.  But maybe not yet.  They are small still, and prone to nightmares.   Maybe I just want them to be little a while longer before they fully know what kind of place the world can be.

But some year soon I'll pull open the news footage on my computer or we'll watch a documentary, and I'll make sure they know.  About the towers that fell, planes that were used as weapons, heroes who ran toward the danger, and countrymen who were lost.  I want them to remember what happened that day, even if it feels like distant history to them.  I'll tell them my memory of 9/11, just as I hope others are doing with their children who are old enough.

I would hope this day is commemorated, some of the footage shown, those who died honored in memory forever.  So that even those who don't remember would never forget.


Memorial Day Is Not About The Barbecues




Today is Memorial Day, and if you are like our family, you are probably going to a barbecue or using the extra day off to full advantage in some other way.  And I truly hope you have a wonderful, fun-filled day, but at the same time, I hope you take a minute to think about Memorial Day a little more deeply too.  Because the thing is...Memorial Day is not about barbecues.

Memorial Day is a day to remember and show gratitude to those who have died in defense of our country.  It's a day to remember the fallen, those who have died.  I think we overlook this a lot, because Memorial Day has largely become a party holiday, the kick-off to summer, etc.  But we have this day off, because we live in this country that is free.  And we live in freedom in this country because men have died to protect it.  Most of us will never be called upon to sacrifice in that way, and the reason we won't is because others have already sacrificed for us.  These men and women gave everything they had for people they would never meet, out of love, and duty, and honor, for God and country and freedom.  And the only reason we can go to parties and pools today in freedom is because of them.



We took a trip to our military cemetery with the kids the other week, to visit the graves of my grandfather and great-great-grandfather.  And we looked around at all those graves, many of men who died while fighting for our country, and I explained to my kids that many soldiers have died to make us free.  I'm so glad we did it, because while we celebrate in some ways today, this is a solemn day.  I don't want my kids to grow up thinking it's just about barbecues.



Full thoughts on Tommy Nelson today...and I hope you take a little time today to thank God for our freedom in America, and for those who have died to keep it for us.


How To Teach Love Of Country To Our Children


 


The sky was dark, the night air was warm.  Only in the middle of the summer could you get away with no jacket at night in the mountains.  I sat with my family in the back of my dad's pickup truck and watched showers of light ranging down while I yanked a bite of Twizzlers with my teeth.  My siblings and I were all dressed in varying shades of red, white, and blue.  And even though I had never been to one of those shows where the fireworks were coordinated to patriotic music, I silently sang the national anthem in my head, proud and thankful that I was lucky enough to be an American.

Patriotic Fudge Recipe (+ Printable)



Fourth of July is coming up this weekend!  And even during these times when I feel like the country is going in the wrong direction, it is still one of my favorite holidays.  Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago, some brilliant men constructed a form of government founded on biblical principles and the idea that all men had a right to be free from tyranny.  That is still worth celebrating.

Last weekend, I attempted to make some patriotic fudge.  I made it once a couple years ago, and it was pretty and yummy, so I wanted to attempt it again so I could share the recipe.




Lovely Staycation

Well, we're "back" from our staycation!  It ended up being a lovely week.  We got to do a lot of the touristy things we have been wanting to do for a while, and we just spent time together as a family.

We went to the zoo.

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We went on a movie date (thanks to Derek's mom and dad watching the kids for us!).  We saw Maleficent, and it was actually better than I was expecting.

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We visited a petrified "forest" - fossils of giant redwood stumps!  It was interesting, and the kids liked being able to run around.

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We had a lovely 4th of July.  I have been reading a book called "The Soda Fountain", and I followed their recipe for blueberry syrup and made us some homemade blueberry sodas!

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Waiting for fireworks later that night.

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We wrapped up our staycation with a relaxing day at home, complete with a trip to our neighborhood park and a movie night with a fort (built by Derek).

Staycations never sounded like that much fun to me, but I have to say that I really enjoyed it!  We got to do a lot of fun stuff together, and just relax.  It was definitely just what I needed after the week before!

These are just a few of the many pictures I have from the week - request to follow my photo blog to see the rest over the next couple days!

(Note:  If you are a new follower, I have a separate photo blog for pictures of my kids.  It's just an effort to hide pictures from search engines, but I love showing off my cute kiddos, so please don't hesitate to submit a request!)

Happy Independence Day!




Happy Independence Day!  I hope you all enjoy the barbecues and fireworks and take a minute to thank God for letting us live in such a great country!

Also, more on the kiddos outfits for the From My Kid's Closet link-up next week, so stay tuned!

On The Election


I usually don't post twice in one day, but I thought I'd address the elephant in the room - last night's election.

Am I happy with the outcome? No. Am I surprised? Not exactly. It's really hard to oust the incumbent president, and though I thought it might happen this time, it's not overly surprising that it didn't.

I wrote this post four years ago after Obama won that first election (it may be a bit melodramatic, but then again, considering where the country is headed now, maybe not). And I thought I'd repost the sentiment now to encourage all of you who are as bummed about the outcome as I am.

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First off, let me just say that I cringe when Christians use this verse as an excuse not to care about politics.  As my friend Leanna said on Twitter last night "I am certain my hope isn't in any human being . . . but it is foolish to think the choices of mankind do not affect all humanity."  

I agree with that, and I think as Christians we are supposed to care about doing what we can to promote biblical principles here on earth.  That means caring about "politics", at least as far as it relates to our faith.  It means fighting for those who cannot defend themselves.  It means voting.

But at moments like this?  I think it is important to also remember that as Christians, we may love our country dearly and think it is a privilege to live here (because it is!), and it is discouraging (rightly so) to see it going the wrong direction . . . but in the end, America isn't our real "homeland".  When it all seems to be going down the tubes?  We are still not without a home, because we don't belong here (or anywhere on earth) in the first place.  We belong in Heaven.  

We do what we can for the Lord here, on a political level and on a personal level, while still knowing that this isn't all there is.  And we're not doing it for the here and now - we're doing it because our true citizenship is in Heaven, and even while we are here as Americans, we are still living as citizens of that Heavenly Country - which is always intact, because God is King there.

The thought of the next four years here might scare me, and you can bet I'll be happy when the next election rolls around and we have another shot at this, but it is a comfort to me at times to remember that no matter who is president, I am a stranger here.  I am glad this world is not my home.

 


Don't Vote


Confusing title considering a few months ago I wrote a post on why I think it's important to vote, right?  I wrote that post as the primary elections were coming up earlier this year, and now that the general election is right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to book-end that post with this one.  

 

Don't vote without being informed.  

And yes, this might take some effort and research.  But I discussed in my other post why I think it is not just a privilege but a responsibility to be informed and vote accordingly.  You should know where you stand on the issues, know which issues are most important to you, and know who best represents your position before voting.  

Don't vote for candidates based on "likability" alone.  

If you like the candidate you are voting for as a person, bonus!  But national elections are not American Idol, and they shouldn't be treated as such.  You should consider your values and vote for the person who you think will uphold them best (this is where that research comes in), not for the person that seems the "coolest" person to vote for.  Which brings me to . . .

Don't vote based on who you think is going to win.  

This is probably the silliest way I can think of to pick a presidential candidate, but I have really heard of some people voting for the person they think is going to win anyway.  I know we all want to be on the winning side, but really?  The choice of president is huge in determining the direction our country is going to go - take it seriously and make an informed choice!

Don't vote against your conscience.  

This all rolls back around to what things you value most, but I think we all have our critical, hot-button issues (if we are informed about the issues, anyway).  Two of mine happen to be that I'm strongly pro-life and I support traditional marriage - the Bible is very clear to me about God's position on the value of life inside the womb and on how He intended marriage to be, and I couldn't vote for someone who didn't also support those values.  

I know I probably lost half of you there (though if you've been reading a while, I'm sure you're not surprised).  But to vote for someone who was on the opposite side of those issues when I had another choice would be to go against my conscience.  Maybe your critical issues aren't mine, but know what they are and vote accordingly.

Don't vote without considering what God thinks about your choice.  

I'm speaking to fellow Christians here.  I think voting is a huge privilege that we have in this country.  It's not something everyone in the world gets to enjoy.  But more than a privilege, as Christians I think this is also a practical opportunity to be the "salt of the earth".  Back in the day salt was used as a preservative to keep things from going bad - to vote the way we think God would want us to is one very practical way to exercise our role as that "preservative".

And if you're not sure of how He would have you vote?  Study His word, and try to decide which candidate best fits with what God tells us in scripture.   Spend some time in prayer and ask Him what He thinks.

And if it's one of those things that the Bible doesn't say much about one way or another?  Pray about it, do some research, and do the best you can.

 

Despite the title I picked for this post, I hope you all are registered and planning to vote on November 6th!  It really is an a privilege and something that shouldn't be taken for granted by any American - no matter who you end up voting for.


On A Fall Day 11 Years Ago . . .

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Eleven years ago on this day, my mom came downstairs to wake me up, saying something about a plane crashing into a tower and it being history happening right now.  In my sleepy confusion I thought it must be some program on the History Channel that she wanted us to watch for school, so I got up and took my time getting ready.

When I came upstairs and realized this was not a History Channel program but a real event happening right now, I just stared at the TV in shock.  We were glued to the news coverage the rest of the day, and I watched as people jumped from the burning buildings and then as the towers fell . . . 

Later I just needed a break, so I went outside for a walk along our driveway.  The leaves were just starting to change, and the air had that crisp fall smell.  It was a perfect day.  

Except it wasn't.  It was a horrifying and terrifying day for our nation.  I remember just walking up and down the driveway, praying for those people, praying for the victims'  families, praying for the emergency personnel who were our heroes, praying for our president and our country.

Even though it's been 11 years, it's one of those days that will forever be burned into my memory, and I think into all of the memories of those of us who were old enough to understand.  It just seems wrong somehow to let today pass without acknowledging it.

Today really is a perfect fall day.  The leaves are changing, and the air once again has that crisp feel to it.  No one is attacking our homeland today.  

Americans won't forget what happened 11 years ago, and we can't forget those who fight to make sure that it never happens again.  They are heroes still.

Remembering those we lost, and praying for our military today,

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Celebrating Independence Day!

 

I’ve finally saved enough to get some new furniture for our living room.  So what did we do yesterday on the Fourth?  We went and picked it up, of course!  We had no parties to go to, so we just decided to make it a shopping day instead.

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But of course we still had to be patriotic!

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I won this appliqué in a giveaway recently (thanks E!), and Wyatt looked so cute in his little Fourth of July shirt!

We didn’t get a great family picture, so I’m kicking myself a bit, but oh well.

Then we came home later and I made this patriotic fudge (I stole the idea from Ashley), and Derek grilled some hamburgers and cut up a watermelon while I made an apple crisp for dessert!

We decided to invite my sister and her husband for dinner, and we had a great time!

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Being silly.

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Mmm!

After dinner we went inside and watched The Sandlot.  It just seemed like an all-American type movie, so we thought it was appropriate for the Fourth!

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Hanging out with Aunt Rachel and Uncle Ben!

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Me and my little guy!  Couldn’t get him to smile.

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Me and my other little munchkin!  Derek told me I really looked pregnant yesterday, and that you could definitely tell the bump wasn’t just flab, which made me feel good!

(Ignore the paint on the wall behind me, I’m thinking about changing up the bathroom color scheme, just for fun!)

No fireworks for us this year because so many of them were cancelled because it’s so dry, but I think we did a pretty good job of making it a celebration even without fireworks!  So blessed to live in the Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave!


Thoughts On The Fourth

 

This Fourth of July will be a bit different for us.  None of our family has anything planned.  Not many places are doing fireworks because it’s been pretty dry around here.

I was trying to think of what we could do together as a family.  I thought that we could probably find a Fourth of July celebration somewhere in town to go to, and I decided we’d grill hamburgers and make a good, classic American meal.  Just start some traditions together, look for a way to make the day special.

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(free 4th of July printable via)

So I searched Pinterest for some food ideas, and I googled our city for a list of Independence Day events.  And as I scrolled through, reading about all the things that are planned to celebrate our country, I got a bit sentimental. 

Because all across the country, today people will be celebrating the fact that we are Americans.  The fact that we live in the Greatest Country in the history of the world (and yes, I really do believe that, no offense to my Canadian or British readers).

Across the country, fireworks will shoot off in celebration.

Grills will be fired up.  People will enjoy a classic hamburger or hot dog, spend time making special Fourth of July themed food. Watermelons will be sliced.

People will don their red, white, and blue apparel.

Children will run through sprinklers, participate in sack races, wave sparklers.

Patriotic anthems will play.  American flags will wave.

And, I hope, every American will feel a little pride swell in their hearts at the fact that they get to be a part of this.  This country.

Because even though I don’t like the way we are sometimes headed, even though I sometimes get a bit of fear in my gut that this right of living in freedom is being threatened, may not always be ours to enjoy . . . for the last 236 years it has been, and it will be our right if we are vigilant to guard and defend it.

This country will always be special, because of where we have come from.  No other country in history has been founded on the same principles of freedom and liberty and faith in God.  And that makes it unique, special.

And it gives me chills to have the privilege of being apart of that.

Happy Independence Day, Friends, and God bless the United States Of America!



Why I Vote (And Why You Should Too)

 

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That is the question . . .

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

With the primaries spreading their way across the country, I’ve been thinking lately about voting.  Voting has always been a big deal to me, and as kids my parent’s taught us how important voting is.  I know several people who don't vote, and I have a hard time understanding why some Americans choose not to vote, because in my mind there are so many reasons that people should vote. 

These are some of the reasons why I vote (and why I think you should too).

 

I vote . . .

1.  Because it is a privilege that we enjoy in America.  There are many, many countries that do not get the option to vote on their leaders, or to have a say in the way their country is going.  They are just rolled along on the whims of those in power, and there is not much that they can do about it.  Those people would love to have this voting privilege that we enjoy.  We have the power to change our government by voting, and as the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility (yes, I’m quoting from Spiderman).  We are using it irresponsibly when we choose not to use it at all.

2.  Because there are countless people who have died to give me that privilege. From the Revolutionary War to the men and women who serve in our military today, there are many who have fought and died to protect our freedoms here in America, including our right to vote.  To not vote would be to ignore a large part of what those people fought for.

3.  Because it is my responsibility as an American.  Our Founding Fathers fought hard for us to be able to enjoy the freedoms we have here – and as Americans we cannot sit back and do nothing now that we have them.  There are still those who would like to take those freedoms away, and we have to work to preserve them.  For the average citizen, working to preserve the freedoms we enjoy here will not involve running for office or working on political campaigns – it will involve the one, simple act of voting.  That’s how the Founding Fathers designed our government, and we need to take our responsibility to preserve our freedoms seriously.

 

 

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I vote . . .

4. Because I am pro-life.  If I can’t convince you as my fellow Christians to vote with any other argument, I should be able to convince you with this one.  Millions of babies have died because abortion is legal in this country.  If you don’t care about any other aspect of the political discussion, you can decide on candidates on this issue alone.  We need to get men and women in office who are strongly pro-life (or even just more pro-life than the alternative candidate), or nothing is going to change in this country.  It’s great to volunteer at crisis pregnancy centers and donate to pro-life organizations, but it’s only treating the symptoms.  If we want to get at the heart of this problem in our country, we need to vote in consistence with our pro-life values.  Nothing else will propel real change on the life debate.

5.  Because I am a Christian.  I listened to this podcast recently (episode 207 if you are interested), and I felt the guest speaker put it very eloquently – in the Bible we are commanded to spread the gospel.  In this country we have more freedom to spread the gospel than many countries in the world.  We shouldn’t take that for granted, because there are those who will do what they can to take that away.  If we are going to protect that freedom so that we can continue to spread the gospel without fear, we need to vote.  If we don’t vote, we are taking that freedom for granted, and it could easily be taken away from us.

6.  Because every vote counts.  I think some Americans think that their one “little” vote isn’t going to make that big of a difference – but it does.  If you have never read the story on how Texas became a state, check out this article – Texas and California ultimately became states because of the vote of one ordinary American citizen.  This website also had a list of situations in which one vote counted, as does this blog.  Every vote makes a difference.  You never know when that one vote might be yours.

 

I know that some people don’t vote because they just don’t care much about politics.  I’m not saying you have to care about “politics” per se, but as Americans we should care about our freedoms.  As Christians, we should care about doing what we can to save unborn babies, and we should care about protecting our ability to spread the gospel freely in this country.  And we should realize that our greatest avenue to change this country for the better is to vote for those who represent our values, and who will do the hard work for us in Washington.  As Edmond Burke said so well:

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Ten Years Ago

I can't believe that it was ten years ago already. I can't say anything that hasn't already been said, but I feel so blessed to live in this country. We can't forget those Americans who died in that horrible attack ten years ago or those who continue to fight or have died for the cause of preserving our freedom!


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I'll be saying a prayer for the families of those victims and for our soldiers today.

Last Launch

I don't have much to say today, and I'm typing on my iPod, which is not easy, so I'll keep it short.

But did you hear about the last space shuttle launch today? I'm not able to watch, because I'm at work, but I wish I could be there for the launch. Is it really the last space shuttle ever? I find that very depressing. I think space exploration is important - and now it's over? Boo! I hope our next president starts the shuttle program back up again (if we can ever afford it again, with the crazy national debt).

Do you know how many advances in technology came as an indirect result of research done for the space program? Pretty much anything worth having. And they just ended it.

Needless to say, I'm not happy about this. But when you spend trillions of dollars in three short years you have to cut somewhere, right? It makes me sick.

Today could mark the end of an era.

But I'm not giving up hope yet. This could still turn around, right? I'll give up hope when I'm fifty and there's still no space program.




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Blessings On The Fourth

Warm summer air and cold lemonade. . .

Fireworks popping in the distance and crickets chirping outside the windows . . .

Barbecue smoke and sweet floral fragrances floating on the breeze . . .

Kids waving sparklers and playing in the evening light. . ,

American flags waving from the porches of every house we pass as we stroll along as a family. . .

Fourth of July in America.

How grateful I am that I was born in the greatest country in history, and that my children will be born here too! The Fourth is one of the days of the year when I feel God's blessings most deeply. I am so thankful to be free.

I wish each of you the most blessed Independence Day as we celebrate and thank God the freedoms we have in our country! And may God bless the USA.







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