An Ordinary Woman Used by God in a Huge Way

September 3, 2013

You've probably heard about the man who stormed an Atlanta, Georgia elementary school last month on August 20th.  We know that behavior is unfortunately becoming too common.  But this story had quite an amazing ending all because of the help of a school employee, Antoinette Tuff, who came face-to-face with the gunman.

When I saw her being interviewed, I was mesmerized at the way she handled the situation. As I listened I couldn't help but wonder what I would have done had I been her.  She gives all credit to God and believes she was a vessel God used at the time. 

If you haven't seen the interview here it is.  It's sixteen minutes long so get your tea or coffee. 

Anderson Cooper also interviewed her, but I believe this was her first interview which took place a day after the scary event.



Judge Changes Baby's Name from Messiah to Martin

August 20, 2013

Have you heard about this? 

A mother and father (I assume they aren't married) could not agree on whose last name to give their child so they went to family court to let the judge decide. 

Interestingly, it wasn't the last name that proposed a problem for the judge.  The baby's first name is Messiah.  The judge decided that because that title is reserved only for Jesus Christ that they could not name their child Messiah, and she, the judge, changed the baby's name to Martin! 

Yes, the judge actually took it upon herself to change the baby's name.  Is that crazy or what? 

And how is this possible?

Watching the news, I listened to the judge's explanation, and although it sounded like she was taking a stand for Jesus Christ, was she?

Jesus is The Messiah.  The one and only.  We already know that.  The couple isn't claiming that the child is the Messiah.  In this case it's simply a name.  I don't think Jesus would have a problem with it.

Surfing through tv channels a couple of days ago I came across a VH1 reality show and stopped briefly to watch a cute kid dressed in a costume.  His dad called out his name and guess what his name was?  Messiah.   (They better hide their kid from that judge.) It's actually a beautiful name.  It's possible that the couple got the name from the VH1 reality show not aware of Jesus Christ being the Messiah.   

Regardless, the judge is out of line, and it's shocking that it is legal for her to change the baby's name.  The mother said she will fight the judge's decision, and in the meantime continue to call the baby Messiah.

Check out the full article here.

Yesterday...A Sad Day

December 15, 2012

When I was on my way to pick up D from preschool, I scanned the radio and heard a radio host speak of a shooting at a school in Connecticut.  "You can listen to continued coverage at our sister station on..."

Wondering what was going on I turned to that station and heard the devastating news.  A gunman had killed children and adults at an elementary school.

My first thought was "No, not again."

The shooting of Congressman Gifford, the movie theater, the mall in Oregon..." and those are only some of the most recent.

I admit my first thoughts weren't even about the lives lost or the empathy for the parents.  I think it's because my mind could not even fathom the experience.  When something that evil happens, our minds aren't able to comprehend it.

I thought about my son's school.  How easy it would be for someone to simply walk in and start shooting.

And that's how it is with most schools.  Even if there is a security guard or metal detector, if someone was determined they could get through.  The gunman, from what I understand, wasn't let in, he forced his way in.

We live in a day and age where we have to protect our kids, and sadly, the most important thing we can do is teach our kids how to best protect themselves if ever something like this happened.

Like earthquake preparedness.  Here in California, kids are taught to get under their desks if there's an earthquake.  Will we need to likewise teach our young ones to do the same in case a gunman enters the room?!?

President Obama says something needs to be done.  And every time one of these large shootings takes place someone says that, but what is done?  Can anything be done?

As parents will we have to take matters into their own hands by at least teaching our kids how to best protect themselves?  And of course you can only teach them so much.  When kids are so young, how can they possibly understand?

Even the thought of getting a bullet proof vest for kids came to mind, but really?  Has it really come to that?

Of course, we ultimately have to entrust our kids into God's care.  Pray a blessing over them every day, that God will put a hedge of protection around them. 

What happened in Connecticut is unfathomable.  And I'm sure those parents who lost their kids feel they are in a nightmare and wish they could wake up from this awful dream.  Only they are awake.  It may take them a while before it all sinks in.   But even as police investigate the gunman, and try to find out why it happened, it will never make sense.  

The sorrow, the pain.  I pray for all those who lost loved ones yesterday.  And, I hope it's the lives of those lost we remember more than the gunman who did this heinous crime.

Last night my son woke up in the middle of the night and came to the living room where I was watching tv.  I walked him back to his room and laid in his bed for a while, thankful I could put my arms around him and feel the warmth of his breath as he fell back asleep.  He has a cold and usually when he has a cold I try to get out of his breath's path so I don't catch it.  This time I didn't care.