Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Do you have a hero?

Thoughts of hero’s have been mixed up in my thoughts for a week or so, which is odd because I really have never had any that stick out in my memory. Not that I haven’t had people I look up to, just can’t think of any that made it to hero status (other than maybe Wonderwoman for a month or two back in kindergarden).

Having Blake around has got me thinking about it. Last week he spoke to someone close to his heart he hasn’t talked to in a while. The moment the communication started the lump became visible in his little throat and a few seconds later he burst into tears from loving and missing this guy so very much. I was trying to fight the lump in my own throat and hold back the tears in my own eyes. I have never met this person but in moments it became very clear just how great this person must be and how high Blake holds him in his little heart. It was at that moment the word hero came into my head for the first time in years like a frieght train out of nowhere, because it was clear that’s how Blake thinks of him.

He looks up to strong male figures so faithfully, it’s just amazing. Not the TV or radio kind but just about all the men in his life, even a few at church he hasn’t known very long at all. Not that us chicks don’t mean a ton to him, but there’s just something different with the men in his life. I really am glad to see this in him and hope he picks the best qualities of each of these guys and carries them with him through out his life.

Hero’s are great, but it hit me this week… We hear about super hero’s, sports heroes, TV stars, rescue personnel, and even family members; some deserve the title of hero, others (like maybe actors and sports players?) maybe not so much.

But sadly I’ve never heard anyone say their hero was God, or Jesus. I’m sure most would agree they're the ones who deserve the title first, and I'm sure its been said before, its just bothersome that I myself haven't heard anyone give them the credit of hero in my 29 years.

I had thought about doing a post on this whole subject a week ago, just never happened for a few insignificant reasons, but the whole hero topic has been bouncin around my brain since.

Last night while I was reading the bible before bed to my surprise I came across the following verse...

Malachi 1:6
“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty.

Sorta broke my heart when it all came together. I don't really think any of it was a coincidence either.

So I’d like to give credit to my 2 heroes. Jesus for walking this earth and going through all the trouble, rejection, and pain all to save us from our sinful-selves. For setting a better example then anyone ever could and leaving us his love and teachings. God for making all this possible, for loving us, for guiding us, for forgiving us, and for sticking with us even when we’re so dispicable no one else would have us.

I also want to say how grateful I am to have gotten such a moving lesson. I never suspected a week ago when I witnessed such a touching phone call between Blake and his hero that God had used it to send a message that would be waiting for me on the other side of the week.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Need a Buzz?

Today while in a bit of devotional time I came across something unrelated to what I was studying yet its meaning close to my heart.

Isaiah 5:22 (NIV)
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks

Wow, that brings me back. Back to high school and the parties that followed through the years and well into adulthood. Some of the things that made us cool turned out to be a real detriment, and I really thought nothing of it.

Since pot and other drugs weren't around back in times when the bible was written I apply verses that talk about being sober to not only alcohol but to drugs as well, because they are all mind altering in various levels. It seems that it's ok for a person to take a sip or have an alcoholic beverage for the taste of it, with out getting buzzed or drunk. However I've never met a person who took a hit of pot with out the intention of getting stoned, I think that same train of thought can be applied to all narcotics. And there lies the problems, so often these things aren't being done to fix an allergy, cure a sickness, or some other true medical purpose; they're being consumed for the purpose of fun, relaxation, or addiction, all while clouding judgment which is separate from God and His teachings. This loss of judgment or loss of control is what the word is teaching against, not against relaxation or fun.

I keep a list of verses that talk about being sober and the consequences that follow those who don't heed His warning. I use them to remind myself and anyone else who needs the help fighting drugs and drinking because they are so powerful. I wasn't aware of the verse above till today and thought it might be time to spotlight all of the verses relating to being sober again.

Luke 21:33-36 (NASV)
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."

Romans 13:13-14 (NASV)
Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

Romans 14:21 (NIV)
It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NIV)
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Galatians 5:19-26 (NASV)
Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.

Ephesians 5:15-19 (NASV)
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;

1 Thessalonians 5:4-8 (NASV)
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

2 Timothy 4:5 (NASV)
But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Titus 2:1-8 (NIV)
You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.

Titus 2:11-15 (NIV)
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.

1 Peter 1:13-16 (NASV)
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."

1 Peter 4:3 (NKJV)
For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.

1 Peter 4:7-9 (NIV)
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1 Peter 5:8 (NASV)
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Famous Fishermen

Just discovered our old roommate/landlord/friend from Homer is on a discovery channel show.

We lived with him and a few other roommates a couple years ago before we moved up here to Wasilla. It was a great time in our life, Marty and I were very close with our 3 roomies. The house was a beautiful 2 story place with a ton of room on 6 acres. Don't get me wrong, I love our life here and what its become here in Wasilla - wouldn't trade it for anything but living with our buddies in that house was such a great time. I miss them all tons, we don't get to see them near enough.

Anyway, a lot of you know Jonathan Hillstrand. His son Scottie, who's also a good friend and almost went on this fishing trip sent this link. I think the show's called "Deadliest Catch", its about the commercial fishing industry. If you go to this page, Jonathan (who runs the Time Bandit) is on the 1st, 5th, & 6th videos. It was super exciting to see him in his element working but also a bit freaky. Those guys work so hard, in one of the most dangerous trades and the video clips give a good taste of what it's like. I've seen shows like this before but it becomes much more real and worry-some seeing someone you know in the midst of all that. There short clips, if you get the chance, check them all out.

Thanks for the link Scottie, I swear if I watched that 6th clip long enough I'd be sea sick sittin right here at the computer - I don't know how you guys do it!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Sledding today

We went sledding today up at Hatcher Pass. Sarah and her kids came and another group from church. This is Blake with Sarah's kids, the other 2 kids were a tad late and didn't make it for the group photo. Notice all the clothing on here before we started, by the end of the day much of it was shed from getting so hot. What fun we all had! The weather was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky and it was warm. Although it was windy when we left town, for some odd reason there was not much wind at all up on the mountain... I'm thanking God for that one because no wind on a mountain while there's winds ripping thru town leaves no other explanation in my book.

Sarah, I had so much fun! Thank you so much for going with us today, I can't wait till we can all do that again.

Catchin air!

More photos I took today on my flickr account.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Thank You

Just wanted to give a thanks to all of you who've commented on the last few post's, especially those who have never even met Blake. He's read just about all of the comments and they have really helped boost his confidence such a great deal. Even my mom was wowed with how nice and kind all of you are. Isn't our blogging circle just so great?

And saving the best for last of course....


He must get it from his mothers side of the family, haha.

Thursday, March 09, 2006


Blake came home today soooo excited. His science project did well enough he was invited to enter it in the state science fair in Anchorage this weekend. The 3rd graders weren't required to do science projects but were encouraged to do so. There ended up being 6 science projects done in his class (one of them done by 2 students), he was the only one that was invited to go. I am soo excited for him. The lame part is that we will have to drive into Anchorage Friday (tomorrow), Saturday, & Sunday if we want to participate. I cringe at the gas money for that but think it will be worth it in the end. Even if he doesn't win anything he still gets a t-shirt for entering and a great shot of self-confidence.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Another picture for the family... Blake BEGGED for me to make this picture. He thinks its the greatest thing since candy.


He finished his science project! Thought I'd post the picture for all the family to see. Oh and that smile on his face? That is genuine happiness right there.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Toyota Highlander

My mom and step-dad just bought a new car. Its a 2002 Toyota Highlander. Anyone who really knows me, Knows I'm a Chevy freak but they got a great vehicle. In all the consumer reports the Highlander beats every other SUV across the board in safety features, gas mileage, reliability, you name it.

They've had several vehicles through the years but its been I think over 10 years since they bought anything off the lot, so I'm excited for them.

They need to hurry up, get up here, and take us all for a spin in it!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Brain Hurts

It's science project time. Blake's first science project ever is due March 6th. He's decided on "How do animals survive from predators hunting them?" Each night he works on it, and each night he wishes it was over, and secretly I do to. But the book work of it all is finished now and its on to the more fun stuff (hallelujah).

Come to find out he's suppose to type his report out, which will be much easier than re-writing everything neat and tidy... The only catch is that he's not learned typing yet, I guess they hadn't started that at his last school. So we went out and bought him a typing program and he had his first go at it yesterday. He did so good, I was really surprised he took to it so well with almost no help from me. I wish I could learn things as quickly. Although the typing isn't the big priority; it would be nice if he didn't have 2 big things to get past all in this very short time frame, all this at once is rough on the poor little guy. So far he's only had the science project stress, I'm hoping the typing stress doesn't hit.

So if we can just make it thru to the 6th, life will be carefree again.

Until then, on we trudge.