Sunday, October 31, 2010

Voting Thoughts

In light of the upcoming election..

Elections. Politics. In our house, one is not allowed to complain about most anything unless they vote. Just a standing rule that needs no prodding to be enforced; we all love to complain too much to let such a simple thing stop us.

I’m not as concerned with politics as others in the family. I know what I believe and the direction I want our country, our state, our county, our town to go. Living in this state for just over a year, I am not as politically suave as I was in the last state I resided. However, I do know that those who have been in office have had their chance to make a difference; time to go. I do know that I cannot afford any more taxes, levies, or other such things; a cut-off must be made. Since I have to do with less, unfortunately so are others. Ripples affect more than just one.

It is a privilege to vote, it is a duty to vote, it is my right. And to live in my household, it is necessary for survival- I just can’t keep my mouth shut for another year or two.

Smart or Due Diligence

It time to share something that troubles me and to clear the air.

Currently, I am enrolled in a doctoral program, having finished with 11 classes, 5 more to go before starting the dissertation process pending passing the GRE. When people find out or talk to me about the program or that I am even in the program, invariably I am told how smart I am. But this statement is false. I have grades from my undergraduate studies, even less than stellar grades in the MBA program that testify to the false accusation. True, my current grades in the doctoral program are high; they have to be to stay in the program. However, I earn these grades through due diligence. I spend anywhere from 40 to 80 hours a week in research, analytical processes, writing of countless papers (average of 3 papers a week and responding to classmates’ papers with at least one full page response that must be factual using peer-reviewed articles to validate my analyses) and hours of frustration, prayer and tears. Smart, no- just hours of hard work that I am privileged to do on this journey that God is taking me on (hm… wonder if it is just for His humor….).

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Today's Word

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28 (AKJV)

Today I needed to hear these words from Him. How about you?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Impossible to Possible

There are times when it seems the problems of life are insurmountable, when what is required is impossible. At least, for me, for a mere human. However, I have a God who is a God of possible. Nothing is impossible for Him.

"Whatever is impossible for people is possible with God" Luke 18:27b (NLT) How great is that!!!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Colors of Fall

After church today, Chris booted me out of the house (thank you, hon) before I drove both of us nuts. It was a perfect fall day- the sun shining, warm enough without being hot, and the colors of nature were vibrant. I enjoy this time of the year, wish it would last longer.

"For everything there is a season" Ecclesiastes 3:1a (NLT)