Monogrammed pumpkins by "Grand Mommy" for her precious grandsons! This is the life.
You turn on the radio, the television, the computer, Face Book and any media to hear the latest report. Yes, I live very near Dallas, Texas (within 30 minutes) and we are now known for the first victim of Ebola to die in the United States; therefore, we live with daily Ebola alerts.
Before Ebola alerts there were alerts for West Nile virus and before that we had daily counts of those infected with and dead from the flu.
If it isn't a health alert, there is something else. There was a time we were cautioned to not gather in large arenas due to terrorist threats on America.
As I strolled, pushing my grandson's stroller, I thought, "you know Lord, it takes Courage to live."
All through scripture the Lord tells us to have courage. You have to have courage to live each day with all the things threatening to take life from us.
Another pumpkin for one of my three little pumpkins!
As I contemplated not going to our Texas State Fair this year, I decided I was going to live. As the fear is released through all forms of media, I realized that it takes from us the same thing we are trying to keep.............our life! We stop living in order to preserve our life.
God didn't give us a spirit of fear. He sent His son so we could have life and have it more abundantly. He is the one who knows the day of our birth and the day our earthly lives come to an end. If I allow the enemy to rob me of the life I am trying to preserve, then I have forgotten who holds life in His hands.
Does that mean not to be wise? No, but even having children takes courage. Statistics show that one out of every four pregnancies ends in a miscarriage. I am one of those stats, having had three miscarriages, but I also chose not to let life be taken way by statistics. Although some never conceive, if I had given into the fear, I wouldn't have the six blessings that call me Mom today.
I will close this week attending a funeral, but I opened today with a resolve to live life to it's fullest and not let the news of the sinful world rob me. The "what-if's " will zap the life straight out of us while we are still alive. I want to walk in courage to live life. In so doing, I am also honoring those who have been taken from this life earlier than we would have wanted. Isn't our best gift to our Creator one of living life to its fullest? Do you need some courage to live life? Now where are my tennis shoes so Benjamin and I can go to the Great State Fair of Texas?!?!?!