Pray for our troops and families!

I was watching Glenn Beck tonight.  He was doing a story on a Soldier and his wife.  He had been wounded in Iraq.  Beck was doing more of a tribute to his wife and the sacrifice that spouses make. 

Let’s never forget to pray daily for our military and their families.

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U2 and Conservatives…

…do they mix?

I’m a conservative that votes Republican unless I can be convinced otherwise… That hasn’t happened – yet… The VP pick by McCain sealed the deal for me for President… Not that it wasn’t already sealed – it’s just now it’s been sealed with some excitement! 

I watched the Democratic National Convention and heard once again “Beautiful Day” by U2 playing in the background.  (Just how many campaigns have used this song?) Whatever I was paying attention to on the screen was lost at that moment I could hear The Edge’s guitar.  Whatever had my attention was lost to the background music of U2.  The power of U2 over me…

Today, I decided to start searching the Internet looking for connections with Conservatives and the Republican Party to U2.  It’s rather difficult to find.  I know Bono met with Bush in 2005.  I found a blog in the process called @U2blog.com.  I found a blog there where the writers states,

Ironically, Bono sat next to Senator Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast and has met with not only him, but also Senator McCain earlier in the year. (Although I can’t seem to find a photo of Bono with McCain. Odd!)

I always shake when I see Bono make an appearance with those in American politics… especially those on the Liberal side of things. 

After I see him in the photo-ops, I tend to put U2 on the shelf for a bit until I get over it.  Dang, I just put “The Unforgetable Fire” in the CD player in my Jeep!  I understand Bono’s obsession with the “social issues” that draws him to the liberal side of American Politics… at least so it seems.

I did a search for “U2 fans for McCain 08″… I came up with something much different… I came up with many sites proclaiming U2 fans for Obama… one of which is actually on Obama’s campaign site. 

Is there anything out there that links Conservatives with U2?  Is there an interest by U2 fans for McCain?  Let me know if there is anything out there… if not, (Joel) can get it started.

The power of U2 over me can’t sway my vote.

September FOCUS

Here we are September 1, 2008. 

A year ago, going into Labor Day weekend, I had determined after work I would go home and lay on the sofa all weekend and watch NASCAR and football. 

I recall having that weekend to myself and desiring to do nothing!

I received a phone call from a friend (Nat) I had not seen since high school (over 20 years) that Sunday afternoon.  He invited me to a Bible Study he was leading and out for coffee at Starbucks afterward. 

Well, there went my plans for the weekend.  Little did I know – all of my plans for the rest of my life were about to change.

You see, that night was a set up. Yep, I met Lori that Sunday night. 

As we were leaving Starbucks, Nat asked if I had plans for Labor Day (There goes those plans too!) I told him I didn’t and he invited me over to his house for a cookout and to swim… Lori was there.  He didn’t tell me she was going to be there but she was… I got her phone number… we got married a few weeks later… well, the rest is history.

Here we are a year later… MARRIED!  I’m getting on her nerves (educating her) with Fox News, NASCAR, and College Football.  I’m showing her how helpless I am with my piles of clothes, inability to take care of myself, etc.  You know what?  I think she really loves me through all of that.  She’s been God’s richest blessing in my life.  I was praying for a new Jeep and got a wife!  Still dreaming of the new Jeep.

It was this time last year God had begun to do some incredible things in my life as well as Joel’s!  I think I will celebrate this time of year for the rest of my life.  God filled my life with Lori and he broke through a lot of darkness in my life.  I also saw God move in Joel and Kathy’s lives at the same time as they awaited the birth of Abbie.  I had been having many long conversations with Joel about how the Holy Spirit was at work in our lives.  I would not trade September 2007 for the world!

As I begin the month of September 2008, I want to…

Keep my [your] eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.  Study how he did it.  Because he never lost sight of where he was headed– that exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever.  And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.  When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through.  That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” (Hebrews 12:2-3, The Message).