Thursday, April 25, 2013

Finding the Beauty in Thirty

Last year, I struggled with turning 29.  I know that sounds silly to anyone that has already been through this stage, but 29 seemed so final.  Now, as of today, I am 30.  It was a beautiful day, filled with great events with my little ones and my little people at school. 

I now am sitting here at the end of my day, just kind of reflecting on the fact that I am now 30.  A lot can happen in 30 years. 

I have laughed with wonderful friends until tears come to my eyes and my sides hurt. 

I have shared countless hours with my sister, whom will always have my back in every situation, and though we may push each other to the limits at times, she’s my sister and no one else’s.   

I have given two wonderful parents countless grey hairs (primarily from my teenage years), even though my mother’s hair stylist helps me out by covering that up.  (hehe,  Sorry Mom!)

I have spent many days drenched in sweat, cleaning out hog barns, playing with baby kittens, picking strawberries, riding 4-wheelers, and soaking up the sun.

I have sang and played on numerous stages, throughout the state and nation, in front of thousands of people, sharing the gifts that my Lord has given me. 

I have said goodbye to family members and very close friends as they move on to live with Jesus. 

I have experienced heartbreak and have been broken, but by the grace of God, am renewed again.

I have loved, truly and deeply.  I am always amazed at how much love our hearts can truly hold.  First, with my husband and a step-daughter, then two more blessings with my little girls.  I love to love them all.

I have been loved by others.  I never wonder if I am loved, for I am shown and feel it daily.

I have been saved and freed by my Savior.  It was a long hard fight, but He did not give up on me, and look at my life!  God is good, all the time! 

Thank you, Jesus, for the most amazing 30 years I could have ever asked for.  I can't wait to see what the next 30 have in store. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013


John 8:12, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”” 

This verse was the topic of conversation all day for me, starting with my 7:00 a.m. phone call from my husband in Afghanistan.  When I think back on the events of this week, in Boston and Texas, I can’t help but think how truly fitting this verse is for the state our country and world is in.  However, this verse came up in a completely different light. 

There is a company called Trijicon.  It has been in business for years and sells and manufactures firearm sights.  In 2009, Trijicon won the contract to manufacture sights for the US Marines and Army.  However, not too long afterwards, 2010, a huge controversy arose from these new sights.  They have what they are calling “Jesus Codes” on them.  The sights have always had these codes on them, but apparently the US Military was unaware of them.  The founder of Trijicon was a devout Christian man who formed his company with the foundation of his faith in Christ.  About 30 years ago, the company started putting a bible verse imprint on the sights.  The small imprint is an abbreviation of the book, followed by the chapter and verse.  The verses typically have to do with Jesus being the light of the world. 

So, why am I talking about this?

My husband and many other soldiers in his unit carry a weapon with this “Jesus Code” on it's sight. To one who is not a Christian, it is simply letters and numbers.  But, to one who follows Christ, they are not just letters and numbers.  In the articles I have read on the topic, the fact that these verses are on the weapons has been described by influential people in our military (I won’t name names) as “disturbing” and “offensive.”

Here’s the deal, my husband and the soldiers in his company have been asked to “file out” the code on their weapon’s sight.  Is it not “offensive” and “disturbing” to ask a Christian to do this?  No, it won’t change their faith, but it is just wrong.  If you are not a Christian, how can it be offensive to you?  I don’t understand that.  But how terribly offensive it is to ask a follower of Christ to “file out” His words, or what represents His words.  Why do we comply so quickly to those who are not of the Christian faith, but not the other way around? 

I have never been more proud to be the wife of my husband, than when he told me on the phone this morning that he would not be filing out the code.  If it has to be done, they will have to take his weapon from him to do it.  I love that man, and I love how he leads. None other than our Jesus, the light of the World, called Trent be a soldier, and He walks with him daily in that war filled country he is in. 

Brothers and sisters in Christ, pray for our military.  They obviously need it if they are trying to “file out” the one thing they need the most of…Jesus.