So I took another step in the adult world
Yep voted, and it was the scariest thing I've done this year.
My mom and I had to vote early because we were going to be out of town on election day. So she and I rode down to the election office and pull into the parking lot. I'm extremely nervous. I mean THE ENTIRE FATE OF MY STATE RESTS IN MY DECISION OF WHOM I WANT TO RUN THE BALL GAME!
No biggie right?
Mom told me the whole ride there that I was going to do fine and not to be nervous. So putting on a brave face I step out of the car ready to fulfill my duty as a citizen of the Untied States of America... and right into politicians.
The first guy I bump into into is Bulgy Bear. If a bear was turned into a human I'm pretty sure it would look like this guy. He lumbers over and says in his deep bear voice "Hello miss how are you doing today? (I'm pretty sure he meant my mom) I would apreciate it if you would vote for so and so for so and so position." We told him thank you that we were already planning on voting for this person. He looked at us like we were the first people to tell him this and he didn't know what to do now.
Next we run into Mr. Peppy. "Hello ladies are how are y'all doing on this lovely day? Would you please write in my friend for this position? If you do you will be making an excellent chioce." he says as he hands us pencils with the person's name he's supporting written on a little flag (I must admit, the pencil flags were pretty cute).
Then to top it all off, right before we enter into the building we meet Ms. I'm-running-for-office-so-I'm-meeting-you-in-person. She talks to us for a little while about what she stands for and that she would, (everyone say it together now) "really appreciate your vote".
So we finally get in the building and fill out the necessary paperwork. I'm given my ballot and I sit down at a table flanked on either side by cardboard walls preventing anyone from seeing my decisions (except of course the people right behind me counting the votes!)
So I'm sitting at this table
with the only instructions to fill in the box COMPLETELY for your vote.
I very much felt like Frodo with the ring at that moment.
Scared and alone I put my head in my hands and prayed
"Lord give me wisdom"
Then I lifted my head and knew what I needed to do.
Minutes later I turned in my ballot and walked out. Mom was waiting for me with a big smile on her face "See I knew you could do it!". Really Mom? Then why do I feel the need to pass out? As we head out to make one more stop before heading home we pass by a sign promoting a man that I voted for. I tell Mom that I voted for him and she asks me who else I voted for.
And I can't remember!
Nope, can't remember who I voted for. Thus begins panic attack #2. To top off my first voting experience some 90 year old man at the store we stopped by on our way home had a stroke in the back. Guess who got to see him get rolled out (who by the way, doesn't handle big medical emergencies like that very well)? That's right, me.
So how did I handle myself? Did I go to G-D like I did earlier in the day and rely on HIM to make sense of the matter?
I buy some candy and continue my panic attack in the car.
America is in some trouble if I'm the one deciding who gets in office.
G-D *help* America!
Hi everyone! Man it seems like forever since I've posted anything on this blog! With school starting back for the rest of my family, a new job position, and an online sewing class I just haven't had the time! So as an apology, I've got another book review for you all. Enjoy!
Unlike the other books I've reviewed this one did not come from a publishing company, this one came from a pastor's wife/friend who works at our local LifeWay in exchange for my honest review. I had never read any books by Chris Fabry but I had heard that he was a very good author.
This book is loosely based on a true story. Mr. Fabry received an email from a fan of his about this man, Billy Allman. The book is about Billy and the angel who follows his life from age 10 to his late 40's. Billy lives a quiet life playing the mandolin and building his own radio station in his home. Malachi, the angel, doesn't understand what exactly is so important about Billy and his life but as he observes him he soon realizes that Billy Allman is more than meets the eye.
Mr. Fabry does a great job telling his tale from not only Billy's perspective, but Malachi the angel's as well. Now I'm not saying Mr. Fabry was spot on and that what he wrote is exactly how angel's feel and think but considering that these beings are such a mystery to us, I think he did really good job. It was interesting that Malachi often referred to how confusing humans and their ways are to him when, at the same time, we can say the same things about them. Malachi struggles to understand why certain events happen to Billy and why he was unable to interfere but his trust and allegiance to his Master challenges us to trust our G-d with such childlike faith even when we don't understand the things that go on in our lives. Malachi is only an angel with no free will but still he knows that G-d is taking care of Billy and his job is to only observe and act when directed.
Billy is the definition of a humble servant and childlike innocence. All he does is to help other people and to tell them of the message of Salvation even to the point where his needs are pushed aside (which can sometimes become fatal to him.) The reader will immediately become attached to Billy and find themselves celebrating his victories and sighing with sadness over his misfortunes.
While the story is very well written, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under the age of 18. Mr. Fabry addresses issues of rape and sexual child abuse. While the issues are handled well personally I still wouldn't recommend it to anyone under that age group because some of the scenes are pretty intense and a little graphic.
This book receives a 3 out of 5 rating from me (see side bar for book review scale). It's not that the book was bad, as a matter of fact, it was very good it just wasn't really my taste. But I hope that doesn't stop you from following Malachi in observing Billy's life!
P.S. While Almost Heaven is not a sequel, you might want to read Mr. Fabry's June Bug as the stories do intertwine and Almost Heaven reveals parts of June Bug.
P.P.S. You can get Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry at your local LifeWay Christian Book Store.
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