Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Influence

I'm old. There; I said it. And I know all you fogies out there older than me are going, "Honey, you just wait" but good Lord! Kids I used to babysit are blossoming their way into college. Gah.
The big 2-5 just hit me in the face and I'm not terribly sure I like it. Time is flying, people. I swear I blinked and year 24 is completely faded into the abyss.

It's funny, though. Surrender, that is. There are so many times where I can look back at the 'big stuff' and see God's handiwork in my life. I know He promised to work all things together for good [Romans 8:28] but 7.5 times out of 10 we don't see the 'good' part of the 'all things' until later. When we're in the midst of a storm it's hard to see past the port hole. Our view is often clouded by emotions, insecurities and pride. We're so willing to 'let go and let God' when the water's calm, but then we have a conniption when He actually takes over. It's human nature, but sometimes I wish it wasn't. Guess it just makes Heaven look that much sweeter.

I've made a remarkable conclusion, though. God uses people to influence people. It's why we value opinions of our peers; why hearing something negative (or positive) about someone can drastically change how we view them; it's why you're probably reading this blog.
Everybody has a story. What matters is how you tell it. What matters is whether or not you're willing to let God use it; use you to further His kingdom. It's so easy to get caught up in the waves. You may look like a wet dog when you come out on the other side, but that'll be one heck of a story to tell the world, don't you think?

So today. Oh blessed today. Today I'm thankful for new friends, old friends, new directions, promises, let downs, good, bad, ugly and awesome. Alright, maybe 25 isn't so bad after all.

In other news...

Benjamin will be having surgery on February 13th. Nothing major and it may turn out to be less of a deal than we're thinking right now. Nonetheless, Dude's ears have got to be checked out. So while he snoozes, Doc ENT will clean out the little devils, inspect his hearing, and decide whether or not he needs tubes. It'll be tougher on mom than on him; of this I have no doubt. However 'minor' this may be, your prayers would be welcomed and appreciated.

Wondering what Micah's up to? I'm so glad you asked. We've welcomed a new chapter into our lives... again. After lots of advice, prayers, and investigation, he has started online classes for Air Traffic Control. It's something he's been talking about since the moment he graduated and something that seems to make the most sense for getting Daddy back home for good. So, Ben and I will be staying put for the time being and proceeding on with life as planned. Micah will continue with his 3-1 schedule and march through online classes in between saving lives. We're excited to have an end in sight. We're not sure how far away the end is, but there's an end. And that's all that matters.

Don't forget about Benjamin's Rockstar Fund! Only a few more months to see how much we can raise in support of Ben and his buddies. Every dollar counts. Click HERE to donate. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Happy Birthday to Me and Happy February to You!



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