Dec 02 2013

Turbulence

"Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved." –Romans 10:13 

The next time you'e on a flight and the pilot tells you to "fasten your seat belt, there could be turbulence." You listen.  Here's why:

Last night, I was flying on a plane with “The Sunshines”, my three children.  They’d been visiting their Dad for Thanksgiving.  The youngest two were asleep, the oldest was quietly reading, and I was working on my laptop planning the next day's show.  It was quiet, but not for long.

All of a sudden the pilot comes on and says, “EXPECT TURBULENCE! FLIGHT ATTENDANTS TAKE YOUR SEATS!”

Seconds later, the extreme turbulence hits us.  It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.  It’s the kind of bumps that make you fly up from your seat. My children woke up, the girls start screaming, my son begins crying. I dropped my laptop and used my body to keep them in their seats.  My son’s toy alligator flew up in the air, and the look of sheer panic on my children’s faces made this mama bear scream too. 

I screamed a prayer. I don’t know what came over me.  But instead of a silent prayer for help, I yelled at the top of my lungs over the screams of my daughters, “DEAR JESUS HELP US! CALM THIS STORM RIGHT NOW, FOR YOU SAY THE GOD OF ANGEL ARMIES IS ON OUR SIDE!”  

I am not kidding, I have a plane full of 220 people that can testify, it stopped instantly. The couple seating near us said, "Wow that was some kind of prayer!"

As I looked at the stunned faces of my children examining their bodies top to bottom to make sure they were okay, I was stunned into just how fleeting life can be, how vulnerable we are, but yet the strength that comes from invoking the name of Jesus and His father, the God of angel armies.  

I began the holiday season stressed, overwhelmed, and missing my children, but now I am changed.  I GET to give this year.  I get to put up Christmas lights.  I get to go to Christmas parties. 

Suddenly life is not an endless frustrating to-do list, but an endless opportunity, a gift. 

And I will never forget this: My daughter last night as I tucked her unharmed little body safely in her bed, "mommy God listened, He calmed the storm..."

 
Nov 19 2013

150 Years Later

It’s possible you had to memorize this in junior high.. "Four Score and Seven Years ago..." Ring any bells? Today is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Addres. Abraham Lincoln stood on a civil war battlefield lamenting the lives lost of Americans fighting Americans. In many ways, it still applies today.

LINCOLN'S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln 

Well…150 years later, we still have our problems, we still disagree, but we're still going strong!  Way to go America!