Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage . . . They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.
~Psalm 84:5

Saturday, August 30, 2008

I'm Back!

Kinda, sorta.

I'm back from my unintentional blog hiatus. Well, you see, what had happened was we went to the beach last weekend and I didn't bother taking my laptop since there's no internet connection. Then when we got back from the beach I went to charge my computer and noticed the little charger light kept going on and off. Upon closer inspection I discovered that the end of my charger was damaged. The end of the wire closest to the base that plugs into the wall was frayed -- the plastic coating was broken and the wires inside were coming apart. As I watched some thin wires came undone and even smoked and sparked a little. Needless to say I promptly removed the MagSafe end from my computer and then the plug from the outlet. So as much as it sucks that I have to order a whole new charger for $70+ I'm fortunate that it lasted over a year and a half. Reading online, I've discovered some people's chargers go after only 3 or 4 months. Another problem is their computer gets so hot the magnetic connector gets melted into their computer. So I should count my blessings! But my charger is ordered along with the world traveler adapter kit. I only needed the UK adapter but had to order the whole kit with all the different continents' adapters to get the one! *sigh* I did get a bit a break using the educator's discount and having free shipping. Anywho . . .

Being away at the beach, I missed the closing ceremony of the Olympics. Therefore, there was no proper closure for me. And being without my computer, I haven't been able to look it up online. I seriously didn't know what to do with myself after I got home Tuesday night. But I'm better. I'm SO THERE in 2012 -- it'll be in LONDON! If I'm not living there at that time, I'll definitely still have friends in the area. And I promised my nephews if they saved their money I'll take them with me. I seriously will! Hopefully I'll be working full-time again by then and can supplement whatever they are able to save up. Brandi just told me a story about how Daniel found a penny today and said, "Oh look! A penny! I'll save it for my trip to London!" So they're not going to forget the promise anytime soon and how fun will that be! London for them and the Olympics for me!!!

I'm on presidential campaign overload. I admit I was one of the millions who watched Obama's speech. It was a historical moment. BUT, I must point out that it was inevitable that he would have higher ratings than the Olympics Opening Ceremony and the finale of American Idol -- it was broadcast on every freakin' station! DUH! Any idiot would know that it would be watched by more people than an event that is aired on one station like Idol or 3 or 4 stations like the Olympics. It doesn't take a mathematician to figure that one out! So can we please stop talking about it?

Since we're talking about politics, I must add that I try. I try to stay informed. I try to read up on the issues and the candidates' stances. I try to be interested. But sometimes it makes me just want to bang my head into the wall!

That being said, I've kept an open mind during this political season. However, I cannot go against my gut and my fundamental beliefs; my moral beliefs. As popular as it is amongst my peers and all of Hollywood, I just cannot vote liberal. It's the abortion issue. And I cringe when I hear about Obama's stance on abortion. Sure I care about the environment. Of course I'm concerned about the war in Iraq (I have dear friends over there!). And I'm one of the millions without health insurance! But none of that matters in the face of life; God's creation. So I stick with my gut and vote with the one who closely follows my morals. Then, pray like mad that God's will is done. And do what I can to make sure people with the same moral convictions are elected (on all levels, not just the presidental) so they can make positive changes in the environment, health care, war, and economical issues.

So instead of flinging mud at each other from across the political and virtual blog fences, can we just do what scripture says:

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and HEAL THEIR LAND."
~ 2 Chronicles 7:14

How awesome is that?! God promises to heal our land! Not just the people, the land. From war. From sickness & disease. From waste & over-consumption. All's we gotta do is PRAY and SEEK HIM and, here's the hard one for us, TURN FROM OUR WICKED WAYS. Something tells me sin and healing don't go hand-in-hand. We've got to face our sin, people. Not just individual sin but our nation-wide sin, and then TURN FROM IT!

Mercy, Lord!

Now, to change subject again, I sure am happy that in a few weeks I'll be out of earshot of the constant political mumbo jumbo and attempted brain-washing. How's that? Because I'm moving to England, that's why! I'm going back to volunteer with King's Arms Project. FINALLY! Yes, I've been talking about it for years; so long I'm sure some doubted I'd ever go. Heck, I doubted I'd ever go! But I find myself 17 days away from a possible life-altering move. And I'm super excited and scared outta my mind, all at the same time! It's a huge step of faith, but God hasn't slammed the door in my face yet, so I'm gonna go through it! I'll update y'all more another time. Now, it's time for bed. I'm in Waco for the last time and I'm excited about going to Antioch tomorrow and worshiping in the church that still feels like home even after 4+ years of being away.

(((Hat tip to Bird for the link re Obama's stance)))


Debs said...

I am so excited about seeing you in 17 days!

Brandi said...

We will all miss you so much!

Good for you standing by your convictions with regard to taking innocent babies' lives. Sadly they have so few voices speaking up for them.

Tirzah said...

I'm not really equipped to debate with people, and I have NOT had a fun history with politics, so I'm kind of allergic to them. But recently, I've had to speak up on a few occasions about my convictions. Working in the entertainment industry, there are VERY few Republicans simply because there are VERY few people who find anything wrong with abortion and/or other issues that the Democratic party tends to favor. So, I avoided watching the Democratic convention just because listening to that stuff usually makes me mad. :"> (I've already decided to vote for McCain, anyway. Getting to vote for Palin, too, is like icing on the cake.)

Dude, the Winter Olympics will air in about 18 months, from Canada I think. Those are just as fun, except there's skiing instead of track, speed skating instead of swimming, and figure skating instead of gymnastics -- all the excitement and drama, plus some ice and snow. :D

Man... if I ever visit England, I'm just gonna have to come visit you. :D

Debbie said...

Yeah, I'm excited about being over there, Debs!!!

Brandi, I'll sure miss all of you. You've got to keep me updated with emails and blog posts and pictures. And Facebook when you are able to sign on.

Tirzah, I understand not wanting to engage in political discussions/debates 'cause you don't always have to words to say. That's why I tend to steer clear of it all.
Dude, I'm so excited about the winter olympics! Now those olympics I've watched since I was a wee one. I heard Michelle Kwan was inspired by seeing all the older summer olympic olympians and is thinking of a comeback. I love her and was so sad she never won a gold. So it'll be very exciting to see her again! I even thought of taking a trip up to Canada, but that prob won't happen. London will be much more likely since I know so many peeps over there. You should totally come visit!

Tirzah said...

Yuppers. About half my ancestors originally came over here from England. :) I probably won't come without a large box of Kleenex. (I can get extremely sentimental about the weirdest things.)

I would LOVE it if Michelle Kwan were to compete again. She needs a gold!!

P.S. I saw Blades of Glory for the first time this week (rented it). (Yes, I'm a bit behind on movies.) Aside from the sex humor, the skating parody was WAY funny. :D

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