A Marriage After His Heart

My journey and life unscripted as I transition from the role of a single mom living for God to a newlywed trying my best at blending and expanding my family, all while pursing a marriage after God and my husband's heart. Join us on this journey!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Okay My Last Political Post- I hope

Okay, I said I would leave politics alone, because it is not something I like to talk about ( I don't even open that box of political debate anymore because I want to keep that argumentative spirit that is dead within me just where it is which is dead!)But I was a little irate to read this in the news yesterday and today.

AP INVESTIGATION: Alaska funded Palin kids' travel

Bad bad news for the McCain Camp. Sarah Palin under investigation.Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.The charges included costs for hotel and commercial flights for three daughters to join Palin to watch their father in a snowmobile race, and a trip to New York, where the governor attended a five-hour conference and stayed with 17-year-old Bristol for five days and four nights in a luxury hotel.In all, Palin has charged the state $21,012 for her three daughters' 64 one-way and 12 round-trip commercial flights since she took office in December 2006. In some other cases, she has charged the state for hotel rooms for the girls. Complete story here

RNC shells out $150K for Palin fashion

The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August. Complete story here

And for someone who is talking about being able to register with "Joe Six Pack, and Hockey Mom's and all those other small town middle class Americans this just isn't cutting the mustard for me. This would have been the perfect timing to be a Recessionista, purchasing a few outfits to mix and match, not having a spending spree on a wardrobe that you won't be pictured in twice! There is nothing middle class about this and frankly with the economy being the way it is it makes me wonder if this type of outrageous spending will follow them to the White House and if I will have to pay for trips and clothing that I could never afford. I don't know what the other party is doing, but I feel that if this type of spending is going on with them, then it will come to light and you will see another post like this from me!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Weekly Update and Election Thoughts

I just wanted to check in this week and let everyone know how I am doing. Baby and I are doing fine and progressing each week. I had an opportunity to get out and about last week, even chaperoning a 4th grade field trip. I was truly thankful for the opportunity.

This week I plan on accomplishing more household chores and cooking more creative meals. I have missed cooking full course meals but I have fallen in love with one dish meals during this season.

On a different note I had thoughts that I wanted to share about this upcoming election. I have read many a Christian blog that have really had some powerful opinions about my party and our candidate; however my thoughts are not in defense of him totally as I have had a chance to do some real soul searching about my political view points. While I am currently a registered Democrat I do disagree with those liberal stances that clearly violate my spiritual stand. So on to my thoughts and they are not what you think. Like I said earlier I have done my soul searching and in the end decided to make a political change.

Many oppose Sen. Obama for his stand on abortion and rights for homosexuals among other social stands of his and while I agree with the opposition, I also wonder how is it that some Christians can passionately oppose him and embrace Sen. McCain and his support of the war. According to the bible sin is sin and no sin is greater or least in God's eyes and with that being said we have to be careful in judging one and not the other.

How much more value is the life of an unborn child than that of a unsuspecting family in an air-raided village, or the sacrifice of life on both ends by the enlisted soldier. Murder is murder whether you abort a child or create a casualty of war. I feel strongly about this because before I got saved I served my country both in active duty and as a reservist and even then it was hard for me to leave my babies after being placed on active duty during the start of this war especially when its basis has been founded on lies and unreliable information.

I served stateside for over a year shortly after 9/11 and I was able to get an honorable discharge before my unit was sent overseas. I had to make a difficult decision that my babies came first, and no amount of patriotism was going to replace the needed mothering that only I could give. They ( my old unit) are currently on their second tour of active duty and I have not regretted one day my choice to come home. Many of the people I served have lost their marriages and families and the children suffered the most. Unfortunately Uncle Sam has yet to repair the damage. I love my country, but I love my God more and if my freedom to openly worship him was taken away, his word is hidden in my heart and I would still worship him as Daniel. So the argument of wars being fought for my freedom to serve God is null and void for me. My freedom came when I repented of my sins and accepted him as my Lord and Saviour.

There is no way that I could see myself being a Christian and also serving as a soldier of war. I could not see myself feeling justified with taking another life under the name of patriotism. I guess that was an area that I lacked the patriotism needed to feel confident with making that tough choice. My brother made those tough choices in the front lines of battle during this war and I see first hand the sacrifice of peace of mind that he battles with. I am in no way speaking against those in uniform because there is a bond between service members that is fraternal but my bond with Christ is eternal.

I guess what I am trying to say is that it was very hard for me to denounce one candidate without denouncing the other, or vice versa. Since we only have two choices for which to vote, a choice not to vote for one specifically may be a silent support for the other one. I just wonder if we realize that by specifically singling out the fallacies of one without mentioning those same fallacies of the other sends the wrong message.

I will say this, I have found it despicable that in this day and age when a man of color who has an very profoundly ethnic name runs for president he has to be labeled as a terrorist or even worse in my eyes an "Arab or Muslim" as if that makes a person unworthy. I say this too because I also have an ethnic name and have faced many years of name'ism.

And not to be judgemental but I have a hard time with a certain woman vice presidential candidate speaking so condescendingly of another minority as if she can cast the first stone. I could go on and on but I will leave with this. I find it appalling that so many can compliment her on style, and attack of Sen. Obama, and the fact that she didn't abort her disabled child, when it is clear that her political ambitions were first and raising her family was second or third. I am not judging her mothering skills, but as I stated in my post here, I am sick of seeing teen and out of wed-lock pregnancy be swept under the rug and seemingly glorified as okay and not the fault of the parent. If she had taken a much more humble approach with less sanctimony, I would feel differently about her actions. She in my eyes she is in no position to aggressively and openly attack another person's character. Actually none of us are but it bothers me that many Christians endorse her. I am just being honest.

Although I may not be able to support Sen. Obama and his policies, he is a person that should be recognized as distinguishable. He is a man that has been committed to his marriage, there have been no skeletons of inappropriate relationships, he openly admires his wife, they have both committed to raising their children and I feel have stronger ties in the area of family values. This is something that we don't get an opportunity to see very much in politics and I feel that it is something to be admired, the same can be said about Joe Biden who has spent many years in politics and raised very grounded and successful sons. I feel that this is an area that doesn't get much praise or attention. The same could be said for my former Governor ( Mike Huckabee) who was my top choice as the best candidate for this race.

I may just be rambling but I wanted to finally share my political thoughts and it has nothing to do with education, health care, social programs, economics or any of that political finger pointing, what it boils down to is the sin that both candidates endorse and that is murder which will and can get me in trouble with God, so with that being said, I am no longer affiliating myself with any political party but have decided to be an Independent and to in the future focus on those things that will keep me with a conscience void of offence to God and to man.
Thanks for reading, be blessed and stay encouraged.