Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The ONE

So, our nation has elected a new president. It's been weird, because for the first time in my voting life I've been genuinely concerned about the outcome. Not that I thought John McCain was awesome, but Barak Obama scares me. I'm not a socialist, I'm pro-life, I'm pro Jesus, I don't think the government needs to take care of me...pretty much everything he IS, I'm not. I went to bed last night worrying - a lot. On the news the reporter said people were dancing and singing in the street. It was surreal; I kept thinking, "This is end times stuff." The Lord kept drawing my mind back to Matthew 24 (read it if you have a moment) and to the verses, where they are escape me right now, that talk about when the world is saying peace and prosperity the END is near. It's a wonderful and terrifying thought all at the same time. My pastor, Jim, posted this on his facebook page today. I found it to be incredibley encouraging...

10 Reasons To Be Hopeful Today.

Tonight the nation spoke. They chose a new king. He is a beautiful, articulate man and he is the pride of the nation. He is not the man that I would have chosen, but he is the man that has been chosen. My prayer is that he will govern well. I wanted to compile a short list of reasons why in this political defeat, there is great hope.
My hope for the future is not in any man. I have a King that holds the world together by the power of His word.
I have a city, a home in heaven, and though this world is passing away, there is a glorious dawn ahead. This is not a vain hope, but a promise from the Lord.
Though I lament the declining morality and faith of this great nation, I believe that it will mean fruitful labors for the church. The trials ahead will purge the church of complacency and worldliness.
The scriptures will be proven, even if in decline of the morality of my people.
The “Day of the Lord” seems clearer and closer. The events of Matthew 24 are all being fulfilled.
The kings and rulers of this world are pawns in the hands of the Lord. He is not disturbed by them, be they friend or foe of Him or His people.
The love of God still remains the most powerful weapon in the universe.
Jesus remains the supplier of all of my need. There is no government program that can fill the needs of people.
The Holy Spirit is alive in me, and will continue to guide and direct my life.
My home will be a home of peace, love, and faith, regardless of how the world around us choses to live.


After that my friend Bree commented this...

I remember distinctly the first time I saw the bumper sticker that was just plain white with black lettering, it said "Got Hope?" I was so astonished because it was on the car of someone that I had no idea "had hope" then I discovered that the "hope" this sticker was referring to was our newly elected president....
Today, I worked, and if you don't know I work in King County where the opinions of many are expressed loudly. Today seemed a bit strange to me. People who are normaly very pessimistic were suprisingly smiley and optimistic they were borderline jovial. There was laughter and I dare go so far as to say a sense of giddiness in the shop that I work in. And it was all a buzz of the amazing change that was coming as a result of this newly elected man. What is exciting to me is these people THINK that they have found hope. They THINK that they've gotten a new beginning and that change will occur in our world because of this one man. I can only imagine what the world would be like if they really " HAD HOPE" If they knew THE MAN that has already changed the entire world. How jovial and excited would they be then. Give me a whole new idea on campaigning for a leader. I have not done a good enough job of campaining for my leader in my life lately and especially in my workplace. I have a new, renewed hope today
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I've got to remember all of this. The ONE, the MAN who give me my Hope, my Future...my ALL. I think with these thoughts I will sleep well tonight. I think tonight I will pray for the LORD to give my heart peace and to remember that He is in control and that I do not need to fear. I will "Look to the Lord and His strength; I will seek His face always... "(ps. 105:4)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Simeon slept 9 1/2 hours last night. It was wonderful. Or, it would have been had Brooklyn actually slept through the night herself. I'm not sure if it's teething or just being in a big girl bed but that lady is having a hard time sleeping through the night anymore. At least she goes back down without much trouble. I'm sure the amount of sugar that was pumped into her bloodstream after trick-or-treating didn't help much. She did have so much fun though. As did the boys. Although, at one house we were walking to the door and some motion sensors set off witches cackling and ghosts howling and both the boys went into melt-down mode. They wouldn't walk one step further and were both in hysterics. It was hard not to laugh at them, but considering the homeowner had a huge "I AM OBAMA" sign in their window I shouldn't have been too surprised that they enjoy scary things. We had Amelia and Abby Gallagher with us, which is always fun. Brooklyn really adores Abby and I love watching her interact. I hope as they get older they can stay good friends. They're just a year apart, which seems like a lot now, but by the time they're a bit older I think they'll be pretty fond of each other.
In other Wheeler news, Mike got the big snip-snip on Thursday. While we were pregnant with Simeon I never thought we'd be able to make that decision, but after he was born our family really started to feel complete. That, and I have feel like I'm in way over my head with four kids. But I'm choosing to think of it more as my family being completed than me being so overwhelmed all the time, because I know that will (hopefully?) pass someday soon. A friend of mine, she was actually one of my camper's years ago at Camp Gilead, came for a visit on Wednesday evening and brought back her boyfriend's Xbox on Thursday so Mike has been recovering well and zoning out playing Lego Star Wars and Sneak King. Yes, I said Sneak King. It's a Burger King Xbox game he borrowed from his brother. And trust me, if you find the King creepy in commercials, he is even more creepy when you watch him for 45 minutes while he sneaks up on hungry people to offer them Whoppers. (Insert shiver here)
We were supposed to head down to Portland today to see Dave Ramsey but we decided to give our tickets to Doug and Jessica. I'm very bummed; I think we need the encouragement to keep our debt snowball rolling. It seems so tough right now. But we did sit down tonight and go over our budget and redo a few things so I feel like we're back on track. We were pretty surprised to add up all our "extra" money (Mike's overtime, etc.) and look at our checkbook ledger and see that we blew through nearly 3/4 of it on little things we don't normally buy. I'm glad we had the cash to buy them, but I think of how much closer we'd be to debt free if we'd have just put it towards our car. November 5th is a new paycheck and we are determined to start hammering this out. We may be out of debt by this next summer after all...