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When You Believe.

Whitney Houston - The Preacher's Wife

One of the most amazing voices in the music world is gone.

A tragic legacy left in her wake.

It amazes me somewhat, how very sad I am at her passing and, quite frankly, how ticked off I am at her as well. She had the resources and the support to get the help she so desperately needed these last few years. But, she didn’t. My mom summed it up best tonight when she said, “The heart loves who it loves” and, as saddened as I am, I see the truth in that statement.

Whitney Houston

There have been times in the past when I’ve wished I could be a person’s conscience. That voice of reasoning telling them right from wrong, and then consequently “forcing” that the correct choice be made. But I’m not. I’m no one’s conscience but my own. However, that thought gave me a distinct perspective.

Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard

God’s view.

God created us with free choice. He made us in His image but has allowed us to choose whether we follow the path He has marked out for us or a different path, made of more spontaneous, in-the-moment choices. I wonder sometimes if He sits there wishing, just like I have in the past, that He could “force” people into the right choices. But then the choice would not be freely made, and let’s face it, forcing people into worshiping something they didn’t choose is not the best way to get followers.

Whitney Houston

That is one of the best ways to make sure people resent you, forcing them to do something against their will.

Whitney Houston

I’ve also wondered at the heartbreak that would ensue with knowing beforehand the choices people will make, knowing their destinies could be changed at any moment.

Whitney Houston - The Artist

As much as I would like to be the one helping others choose the right choices, the fact of the matter is that none of us know what we would do in any given situation until we are actually staring it in the face. We all say, “I’d choose xxx decision” but reality is that we just don’t know.

Whitney Houston

Just like we don’t know the people we’ll touch.

Whitney Houston - The Artist

Just like we don’t know the days we’re allowed.

Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard

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There are so many songs lyrics I could post that would be fitting for these circumstances but I believe these are the best. Whitney, you came into this world singing “Jesus Loves Me” almost from the time you could speak and you left his world singing “Jesus Loves Me”. I truly hope you are resting in Jesus’ loving arms.

Whitney Houston


When You Believe

Many nights we’ve prayed
With no proof anyone could hear
In our hearts a hopeful song
We barely understood
Now we are not afraid
Although we know there’s much to fear
We were moving mountains
Long before we knew we could
There can be miracles
When you believe
Though hope is frail
It’s hard to kill
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe
Somehow you will
You will when you believe
In this time of fear
When prayer so often proves in vain
Hope seemed like the summer birds
Too swiftly flown away
Yet now I’m standing here
My heart’s so full I can’t explain
Seeking faith and speaking words
I never thought I’d say
There can be miracles
When you believe
Though hope is frail
It’s hard to kill
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe
Somehow you will
You will when you believe
They don’t always happen when you ask
And it’s easy to give in to your fear
But when you’re blinded by your pain
Can’t see your way safe through the rain
Thought of a still resilient voice
Says love is very near
There can be miracles
When you believe
Though hope is frail
It’s hard to kill
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe
Somehow you will
Now you will
You will when you believe
You will when you believe
Just believe
Gotta believe
You will when you believe

(All images and lyrics found via internet searches utilizing the Google.)


Six Months.

Today marks six months since the Haiti Earthquake. I don’t think we’re any closer to seeing a sense of normalcy return – in fact, we may be further from that than when this started.

Just to recap (for those of you who’ve forgotten about the people of Haiti):

January 12, 2010 – a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti with the epicenter being roughly 16 miles outside of Port-au-Prince (the capital). It was so strong that it was felt in Cuba, Venezuela, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.

January 16, 2010 – the US claims $48 million already raised to help with efforts in Haiti – not sure how that money has been delegated.

January 20, 2010 – the strongest aftershock recorded at 5.9 magnitude nearly directly beneath Petit-Goave.

January 23, 2010 – the Haitian Government calls off official search and rescue missions.

By January 24, 2010 – at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 magnitude or greater had been recorded.

3 MILLION people affected.

1 MILLION people left homeless.

200,000+ were killed or died because of earthquake related circumstances – including some people who were very high government types.

250,000 homes and 30,000 businesses were severely damaged or completely destroyed.

$910.6 million raised/pledged in relief funds – between the US ($48m), the European Union ($474m), Brazil ($210m), France ($14.4m), the UK ($32.7m) and Canada ($131.5m) – so why are the Haitian people still living in tent cities?!

Matthew 25:45

45 “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.

Something I’ve noticed with, not just Americans but, people in general is that we’re quick to help someone or a group of people as soon as the devastation occurs. And maybe we’ll stay on for a couple of weeks. But, eventually (sooner rather than later) we all head home, back to our own lives, and while we don’t necessarily forget about the devastation that happened we move it out of our immediate focus so that any thought that direction is more of a “fleeting moment” than a conscious thought. We’ve done this with Haiti.

I’m curious how many people know that today is the 6 month mark since the earthquake. If it weren’t for the news channels, the radio stations, the internet and newspapers, and all the other forms of media we have access to now, would you know what today represented? Even now, I’ve pulled up CNNCNN World, and Fox News but they have yet to report anything regarding the Haiti Earthquake.

What you have to understand is that Haiti is the forgotten country in the Western Hemisphere. To me, Haiti is one of our own. To others, Haiti is just another 3rd world country they can boost their resume’s on. To others still, Haiti is a place that induces compassion and self-awareness and self-ashamedness.

But, the facts are that Haiti, by definition, is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. There are 900+ million people in Haiti, all in a 27,750 square mile area. (That’s 32,000+ people in a square mile!) Eighty percent (80%) of the Haitian population lives below the poverty line.

The Haitian flag is very similar to those of France and Lichtenstein. There’s a blue stripe, a red stripe, and the country’s coat of arms on a white square in the middle. The red stripe represents mulatto Haitians while the blue stripe represents the union of mulatto and black Haitians. The coat of arms is a Palmette surrounded by the liberty cap with the French inscription “in union there is strength”.

Now, I don’t know what you know about Haitian people but, despite they’re lack of material goods, I consider them some of the richest people on Earth. Even in the midst of all this destruction the Haitian people are rallying themselves. I mean, let’s be honest, we (the outsiders) are no longer there to help boost morale. And while there’s probably still some assistance I know that it’s not anywhere the level it should be. Had this happened in the US, we would have already rebuilt our cities, homes, businesses, etc and they’d be twice as strong and able to withstand much more that a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. But, it’s not the US and the Haitian people continue living in tents still with no more access to resources than before.

I applaud the Haitian people for not losing faith in impossible circumstances and for continuing to run this race.

2 Timothy 4:6-8

6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Prayer Request.

I have a huge prayer request. I previously posted on the bacterial meningitis outbreak that is happening in my town and now I am asking you to pray. This is the school my boys attend. (Both boys have been cleared.) Currently, there have been 7 confirmed cases (2 deaths) with up to 11 in the hospital showing meningitis symptoms.

My prayer request is two-fold; 1.) for the sick kids and their families as well as the families of the kids who’ve died and 2.) for the town, for this to be used as a wake-up for those who don’t know Jesus and His healing power.

In the midst of all of this there has been some good news. Jeremiah Mitchell (6, Kindergarten) was given only 25% chance of survival with the doctors saying he’d have to have both arms and legs amputated if he lived. Now, they’re saying he’s improving and they’ve found a pulse in his knees which is fantastic!

Thank you for taking the time out to pray for our town and our kids. Please pass this one to everyone your church and your friends. Even if they don’t pray they probably know someone who does. You may never know how appreciated it is!

Unspeakable Tragedy.

I rarely blog about my kids. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve yet even mentioned I have kids here much less blogged about them. That is probably changing. My kids are my world and to try to have a part of my life that doesn’t include them in one way or another is like removing my lungs so I can’t breathe. I will, however, be extremely cautious about what I say regarding my children.

In light of some events that have happened this week I feel the need to talk about being a mom. Not just a mom but a single mom raising two boys. Two boys who I’m praying will turn into strong Christian men who know how to treat ladies and have integrity and all those things mom’s hope for their kids as they become mature adults.

My boys are 4 and 5 years old, for a few more weeks anyway when they will be 4 and 6. Recently, there was a bacterial meningitis outbreak at my son’s school. There are six confirmed cases and two of those children have died. One was 7 years old and the other was 8.

Of the four children who remain in the hospital I know at least one of them is a friend of my sons. They play together on the playground at school and eat lunch together. Their classes also do events together, story time and such.

If you show my son a picture of this child he knows his name. He can tell you his teachers name and the last game they played together on the playground. I know this because I did it. The little boy (6) is in critical condition in one of the best hospitals close by. The doctors gave him 25% chance of surviving, saying that even if he does make it he’ll likely need amputations of all limbs.

However, if you read this article closely you’ll see where his grandpa said that they found a pulse in one of his knees today and that he is improving. This is GREAT news! Even so, he’s not out of the woods yet and can still use all the prayers he can get.

The last week has been difficult, the last few days especially. With everything going on in our school system there’s a sense of undeclared panic around the area. I know I have found myself panicking recently as well. The day all of this news broke my 4 year old started running a high fever and was complaining of his head and stomach hurting. Even going so far as to say he needed to throw up at one point. All of those things are symptoms of meningitis. Yes, I panicked.

I had taken my 5 year old back up to the school earlier that day to get a shot of an antibiotic that would help, just in case. Unfortunately, the health officials at the school were not treating siblings; just students and staff so my 4 year old had not received the shot. Needless to say, we ended up in the ER later that same evening. Blood work proved he doesn’t have bacterial meningitis but he was given the same shot as a precaution. Three day later, he’s still running a high fever so we headed to the pediatricians office. More blood work and a strep test later, the doctor decided he has Roseola. Things are looking up. At least in our house.

Still doesn’t change the fact that instead of planning spring break festivities there are 2 families planning funerals and 4 more holding round the clock vigils at the hospital. Instead of planning trips to the movies or a slumber party or even a birthday party these families are dealing with a huge amount of loss. As horrible as I have felt these last few days with things going on with my own kids I know that nothing I have ever gone through will ever compare with this. My kids are healthy (or getting there) and alive. And these families are planning for events that should not happen for someone so young. My heart goes out to them as well as our prayers.

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