The same week I began my wonderfully new and busy position, Husband and I also moved into our new place. We opted to not purchase anything yet, and found a great little fourplex within walking distance to the gym, library and restaurants. The move itself was quite an undertaking and we have been dealing with the effects of it ever since. The biggest word of moving advice from our home to yours: Never ever hire All My Son’s Moving & Storage. Don’t even let them offer to move you for free (which they won’t, but even if pigs flew and they did, don’t do it!!!). At the end of the day, our largest pieces of furniture were not merely broken, but completely destroyed; and to top it off, one of the movers left us a really nasty voicemail after driving away because he read our survey responses (intended for the owner). He was angry that we wrote down our specific items and needed to make a claim. *Out of control.* The owner told us when we called and made the report that the mover (his employee), was just having a bad day and brushed off the voicemail. And, after over a month of waiting now, we still have not been reimbursed for our furniture. There’s far more to this story, but before I go too far down “Negative Alley”, the bottom line to always remember is: avoid All My Son’s Moving & Storage at any and all costs. Seriously, if there are no other companies in your area and you can’t round-up enough friends, then just purchase some donkeys and let them help you out. I promise it will be a much more enjoyable and satisfactory experience…and you may even wind up still being able to use some of your things:)!
Other than the move, Husband and I both have been working like crazy. I am grateful every day for what God is continuing to show me and for the opportunity to be around other believers who know, study and live out the Word. I can genuinely say this is the first time I’ve felt like all those around me are absolute, walking Christians and not a mix that includes “label wearers”. It’s refreshing beyond what I can describe to truly be running the race alongside your brothers and sisters. In addition to getting to openly pray for one another, we even have a staff Bible study once a week—how great is that? Ahhh, yes–It is truly so refreshing to keep the focus on why we all do what we do.
In recent weeks I’ve met Dr. David Jeremiah, Josh McDowell, Dr. Wayne Grudem and a host of other theologians and apologists that I’ve studied for a long time. The opportunity to simply speak one-on-one and have discussions with those like Dr. Jeremiah and McDowell about our lives in ministry is one of the many unique opportunities afforded by my position. Dr. Jeremiah was hands-down one of the nicest men I’ve met. He took me by the hand and with great excitement shared my testimony with his staff and had me serenade them. There’s much more to the story, but as a general synopsis, it was a sweet and wonderful day. Josh McDowell radiates joy that shouts Whose he is, and his laughter is absolutely contagious. I highly recommend his book, The Unshakable Truth, which offers core, foundational truths that are the bedrock of Christian faith. I’ll share more in another post on this, Dr. Jeremiah’s book and others, but in a time where so many people claim to be believers in Christ, yet do not even know what the Bible truly teaches, this book comes at a perfect time to speak on the core principles of the Christian doctrine. I have so much to say on the topic of people professing to believe in something, yet viewing the Bible and Christianity through spiritual experiences and emotions rather than through the teachings of Scripture–but this is a topic I could write pages on, so I have to save it. All that to say, it’s truly been a treat to have the opportunity to converse with these and others who I’ve read and listened to for some time.
As far as other matters go–I am so riled up over the elections and all of the voter fraud situations taking place, I can’t even stand it. Boy oh boy…a couple of weeks ago it was Michelle Obama politicking and the White House laughing it off. Now it’s voters showing up and ballots already being marked for Reid or changing once the names are selected to show something the voter did not enter. And of course, you’ve got to love the fact that proof of citizenship isn’t required to vote and illegals are getting to be such a part of the process. If only it were this easy to change a driver’s license or get your name changed on a social security card. But, I’m a legal born and bred US citizen whose ancestors fought and bled to give US certain rights. I can’t help but think of Abe Lincoln and wonder if he was speaking to the future, that is now the present when he said:
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.
If you are wanting more information on some of the voting issues I mentioned, I’m closing this post off with some articles for more details. As always, thank you for dropping by my little corner of the WWW. I hope no matter what your beliefs, that you vote your conscience and let your voice be heard. Oh…and make certain to get a paper ballot! Seriously.