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Those of you that know me personally are aware that my 14-year-old niece recently got herself into some pretty hefty trouble, and for a while there it looked like she would be moving in with Scott and I.  Well, fortunately, that didn’t happen, but it seems that my niece has already lost sight of what she did.  I had a lengthy, somewhat tense text message session with her tonight and she’s angry because her dad won’t give her the freedom that she wants.  Really, truth be told, she has a lot more freedom than I would have given her if she had moved in here, but because she can’t have everything her way, she’s ticked.

Over the past year, I’ve written a lot of radio spots for the Shaunti Feldhahn/Lisa Rice book, For Parents Only.
The book goes into a teenager’s need for freedom quite in-depth, and equates the drive for freedom to an addiction to cocaine.  They want it, they crave it, and they’ll do anything to keep it.

I try so hard to remember how I was at that age, and to remember the feelings and frustrations.  But when you’re almost 30, it’s easy to lose that perspective.  Sometimes all I see is a little brat, when what is really before me is a young woman trying to figure out who she is.  And after all, I did so many dumb things when I was her age.  I ditched school all the time, never did my homework, dates jerks, and on top of all that I was bipolar and didn’t know it.  I was a real dream of a kid, lemmetellya.

But when I was 14, I met a guy on the internet.  He seemed nice.  I was young, and I trusted too easily.
I would up being raped at the county park in a pile of leaves.

So, in my mind, yes, my little girl needs to grow up and make mistakes and learn from them, but when I think about the kind of mistakes she could make. well…

If you’ve got a  teenager in your life, pray hard.  It’s a big, scary world they’re all just dying to dive into.

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In case you haven’t already heard, there was a “strong” earthquake in southern California.

If you’ve had your TV on Fox News, there’s no way you could possibly have missed it.  Fox loves a good catastrophe.  How many people can you interview about the pots and pants tumbling out of their cupboards, or the water in the swimming pools sloshing around?  A 5.8 isn’t THAT strong.  When it’s 8.5, wake me up.

And, to top it off, they just downgraded it to a 5.4.  Let’s go back to the usual topic – Barack Obama taking over the world.

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Found this on aol.com and was amazed at how accurate it was…

What Your Birth Says About You

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I was still feeling down in the dumps today so I decided to go for a swim.
When I got there, it was closed and wouldn’t be open for another hour.
I went back a while later and 2 laps were open, so I took one.  Then a manly looking woman told me I had to move to make room for a swim class.
I moved to another lane, and a few minutes later ran head-first into a little old lady in a swimming cap.  She apparently decided to share a lap with me without my input.  That’s when I gave up and got out of the pool.

Time spent swimming: 20 mins.  Bah humbug.

No word on the job I interviewed for last Friday.  I sort of have it in my head that I’m not going to get the job.  I’ve been through so many let-downs this past year, I guess I am just preparing myself for the worst.  Being qualified doesn’t always mean that much.

I got very little sleep last night, so I’m hoping tonight I’ll crash hard.

More pontification tomorrow.

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OK, so the genius that shot up the church in Tennessee wrote a rambling 4-page letter about how he hates gays, hates liberals, and can’t land a job.

You’ve just got to love that mentality – I disagree with your morals, therefore I’m going to shoot you… in front of children… in a church. It’s right up there with people that blow up abortion clinics.  Ever hear that Steve Taylor song, “I Blew Up the Clinic Real Good”?  Ridiculous.

Kind of brings up a good point, though.  Read this:

Adkisson, who told police he had no relatives, planned to be killed by police, Owen said.

No family, no job, an outcast of society… kind of sounds like he could be depressed, does it not?  And it’s more than a little unnerving what can happen when a mentally ill person is not being properly cared for.

Some people are clearly so mentally ill, that they literally cannot control their actions, but where do you draw the line and demand personal responsibility?  How?

Well, don’t get too depressed.  It’s not all doom and gloom.
Female Guests at German Birthday Party Mistake Cops for Strippers

It gives you quite the mental image, does it not?

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News Roundup

I feel bad that I’m not more shocked by this.
Gunman Kills 2, Wounds 7 at Tennessee Church

Hmm, can’t wait to hear that this perp’s deal is.

This one hits too close to home.  I grew up swimming on those beaches.  Kind of makes me not want to hit Atlantic City next week.  I think it pays to always be a little bit afraid of the ocean.
Four Drown, 3 Missing at New York Beaches

The Phillies help strick out ALS
My cousin, Jay, suffers from this horrible disease.  If you can go, please go.

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I’m watching this show called “Countdown to Armageddon” on the History Channel, pointing to Revelation as its guide.  Of course, they flash photos from 9/11 and ask, “Is this the beginning of the Apocalypse?”  So I just have to ask – are people thinking this must be the end of the world because America was attacked by terrorists, because if so, it seems awfully arrogant.   Like, all of a sudden the almighty United States is attacked, so that MUST be the beginning of Armageddon?  Or maybe it was Hurricane Katrina?  When was the last time we were hit so hard?  Hurricane Andrew?

Back in World War II, they must have thought the same thing, as millions of Jews were slaughtered and Pearl Harbor went up in flames.  “Surely, this is the beginning of the end!”

Actually, I do believe we’re in the “End Times.”  But I believe we’ve been in the End Times since Christ ascended into Heaven, though things are obviously getting worse, that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re close to the end.  God’s timing is not our timing.  Truth is, we have no clue when Christ is coming back.

Oh, and by the way, the Rapture isn’t a biblical concept.  Go ahead, look it up in your concordance.

I could be totally wrong, and if anything thinks I am, please let me know, but… I think when the true END is near, we’ll know it, we won’t be fumbling for answers and explanations.  We will know beyond a shadow of a doubt.  After all, there are things in the Bible that have to come to pass before the end.

It’s easy to forget, isn’t it, that Jesus is coming back and all this pain will disappear?  It’s so easy to fall into sadness and discouragement, wrongly thinking that this world is as good as it gets.  This is all basically a test-run.  Love your God will all your heart, soul, mind, and strength because it’s the only thing worth pouring all of yourself into.

Think about Heaven.  Focus on it.  But do so knowing that nobody has any idea when the end will come – not even Christ himself.  But it IS coming, and He’s up there preparing a place for us now.

Just imagine, if we could live in that knowledge – fully immerse ourselves in it – how affective we’d be in the Kingdom of God, and how at peace we would be in our earthly dealings.

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