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In 9 Short Days….. October 31, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laura @ 2:21 pm

This is what I will be doing…

This will be Will’s face as I’m walking down the aisle (plus a shirt…hopefully)…..

This will be the looks on our face after we’ve just said our vows….

This is where Will and I will be relaxing on the beach afterwards…..

And last, but not least, this will be Will’s idea of total relaxation while we’re there (this is an actual picture)….

 

🙂

9 Days. YESSSSSSS!

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Election and God’s Heart October 24, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laura @ 3:30 pm

I am sooo stinkin tired of hearing about Obama and McCain. One thing about this country that I just despise is the constant overload of biased media getting pushed in your face every 2 seconds. Even when you don’t realize it sometimes, somebody is trying to convince you of something. Everything is confusing and you can’t even see straight. I wish I could just go by God’s word alone and not have to worry about Democrat this or Republican that. Back when the US government first began, it was soley based on God’s word alone. When bringing someone into office, they would make sure that whatever they said lined up exactly with scripture, otherwise they weren’t qualified. Years have gone by (and not that many), and all of a sudden here we are. Going back and forth on issues that shouldn’t even be questioned. It’s so sad that people have blocked the Lord out of their every day lives and no longer put their trust in him as provider. They look to this government that is back and forth and up and down. People seem to be more concerned with how much money they’ll have after the election than where they stand with God. They want quick answers to their debt that they created themselves and are hungry for more money. God’s law always stands true. He talks about not being in debt to anyone in His word, not for inconvienience but for our best.

I’m not trying to start a political debate here. I’m actually doing the opposite… I’m wondering why I am even concerned about the next election? No one is for God’s heart; not for abortion issues, for protecting Israel, for money issues, for justice. No one.

I’m honestly stuck. And God has really been dealing with me lately about this election. I’ve been praying for Him to show me His heart… ONLY His heart. I want Him to show me clear as day where He stands. Not Obama. Not McCain. I’m praying for Him to tell me what to do with my vote. I know I have a voice in this decision for our country by voting, but is voting even what God’s heart is? I know our society has brought us up from day one saying that we make the difference and that we MUST vote.

I guess I’m just wanting to know what to do on that day…November 4th.

Do I vote? Do I not vote?

It’s never even come up in my mind until recently. I was interested in reading about McCain and what he really believes about important issues, and he really doesn’t line up with God’s heart on a lot of things. Such as abortion and protecting Israel and what not.
This page shows what McCain’s position is on all of those things…

Mccain

 

I don’t know. I haven’t prayed about it enough yet to make a decision. I’m just putting my thoughts out there and hoping someone can give me some wisdom as well.

 

I just have this question rolling around in my head…. As a believer, what is God calling His people to do?

I think it’s something that more people need to think about.

 

Pretty Surreal October 23, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laura @ 2:26 pm

It’s finally hitting me. I’m getting married in 17 days and it’s coming fast. I am going to be a MARRIED woman longer than I would have ever been a single woman. I will be spending the next 60+ years with this person (God willing) and that’s hard to even comprehend right now. I already think I know Will well, but imagine what our relationship will look like after each season of life. After kids, family vacations, moving, new missions, grandchildren…. whoa, grandchildren.

Ok, maybe I’m crazy that this really, honestly hadn’t sunk in until this week. I’ve known in my mind that I’m getting married and I’ve been more excited than ever, but I haven’t really come to the reality of it in my heart until now. It’s a GREAT feeling. I love that I’m more sure about marrying Will than anything I’ve ever made a decision about in my life. There are no questions, no reserves, no doubts. Just pure love.

 

So, as I sit here today at my nanny job, I’m thinking about what the next 2 weeks will look like. Next Friday will be my last day at work and I’m really sad about that. It’s a little bitter sweet because I love these kids to death and am going to miss seeing their sweet faces. I spend 10 hours a day with them, and they almost feel like my own. Although it will be sad, it’s so exciting to take the next step in life. My marriage will not only signify the beginning of a great relationship with the man I love, but also the ending of a huge chapter in life. The life of independence; finding jobs, figuring out where to live and how much it costs, budgeting every single cent of my money, spending holidays at my parents, being a nanny, dating, etc. The last 21 years of my life are basically going to be behind me once I say “I do.” My new life is starting. I’m no longer independent… I will be sharing every aspect of my life with Will. We really will be one. We say it all the time that I feel like he is me, and he feels like I am him. I’m more of myself around him than I am around myself. Haha. That makes no sense.

So, I am a loon (yes) for finally seeing these things. Where have I been for the last 4 months? I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve realized until the past week that I was even a bride. Now I’m just soaking up my last moments as a “Cushing” and breathing it all in. These moments don’t last, and before you know it, they’re gone. I’m enjoying this time… planning the wedding and getting more and more anxious. 

I guess I just wanted to assure everyone that, no, I do not have cold feet. I know some of you may have been wondering by now… or at least had it slip your mind at some point. Ey? Don’t deny it. And for that, you should be ashamed of yourselves! Haha. Kidding.

But really, I become more confident about joining lives will William Robert every day.

Life is good. And it’s fun seeing it get better and better.

 

This is great! October 17, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laura @ 2:23 pm

I found an AMAZING website that I am super excited about! It goes along with abortion and fighting for human life.

It’s called

www.standtrue.com

I’m really excited, and mostly encouraged, because Will and I have been praying about our ministry against abortion and we have been wanting to start making products like these for people that just simply stand for truth. They have an area where tough questions are brought up about abortions and answers to go along with it, such as “Is abortion mentioned in the Bible” and so on. They are also hosting a day of silence against abortion to pray on October 21st.

If you want to be a part of this, print out this flyer to tell people (while you’re silent) about what you believe. It also has developmental facts that prove that a baby is a human before birth.

http://www.silentday.org/images/silentday-americanflyer-v3.pdf

They have an awesome online store also where you can buy t-shirts, hoodies, stickers, patches, postcards, buttons, etc. Will and I bought ours today 🙂

www.prolifeworld.com

 

Anyway, I’m just estatic that other people are fighting hard on this issue just like I am. It’s hard to be against an issue that the whole world tells you is not an issue and tells you that you’re crazy for thinking so. I just remind myself that for the real heart issues of God, we are going to have to stand out of the world’s mold. The issues that God is really passionate, the world is going to be completely against. God warned us of this many times through His word. I’m also encouraged to know that Jesus, the savior to us all, was criticized more than anyone ever has been…but He knew to stand for what was right. He never let the world allow his heart to be changed.

I’ll leave you with one of the site’s postercards that you can buy. I feel like it sums up exactly how I feel.

 

Powerful October 16, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laura @ 10:12 am

This video is so interesting. Most people that know me know my passion of God’s heart on ending abortion. I think it’s so important that people stop ignoring the biggest genocide in history and allowing the killing of human beings to be acceptable. I’m not comfortable with a future leader who is ever ok with it and I’m determined to seek God’s heart during this time. I’m praying for our nation and for the judgement and justice that is bound to come on it in the future. Please join with me and pray for a changing of the hearts and for the darkness to come into the light.

Watch this video and pass it on. It has some great truths.

Laura

 

Baby Faux Hawk October 13, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laura @ 2:52 pm

One thing that I’ve just recently come to a realization of is that Jim and Jess’ kids could very well resemble my children when they come into this world someday. Although Will and Jim are very different in a lot of ways, they sometimes look a lot like each other. Especially from the back. They’ll be in the same room facing the other way and sometimes I can’t tell who is who. Must be the huge shoulders and manly physique (as I’m sure Will would comment if he read this). Ha.

Anyway… I like the thought of having children maybe possibly who look as cute as Kennah, Eva, and Jadyn.

Here’s some comical pictures from a couple weeks ago when Will met Jadyn for the first time. See? You can already tell a resemblance. Jadyn comes out of the womb as a rock star.

 

 

 

 

Change That Mindset! October 6, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laura @ 8:28 pm

Yes, it’s true. We are living in some pretty scary times. But… hmmm… I don’t know if I should call it scary. How ’bout more like exciting?

I was just thinkin’ today… yeah, our world may be going to the toilet, but what is it that we always have that will always stand strong? That’s our Lord God. Our savior. There’s a reason why He referenced as our “savior,” you know. I’m sure you know why. But I think people so easily forget; they get caught up in the hype of the world, which is exactly what satan is wanting. We’re getting caught up in satan’s schemes and putting a smile on his face any time that we start to fear what the near future holds for our lives, our nation, our world, etc. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time that I take some personal action and wipe that dang smile off of his face!

I just felt like I needed to write this. I actually felt a strong urge to. 

With the stock market falling massive amounts daily and a new president being elected, many people have felt a little unsettled. And I’m not gonna lie… I do too if I don’t remind myself of this one simple, yet incomprehensible thing.

GOD’S CHILDREN ARE PROTECTED!

This is why I think being in prayer and worship at all times is so important. It gets us closer to the heart of God. Not closer to our thoughts and emotions or closer to the world around us. It gets us closer to what really matters in life. God’s got it all under control. Pastor Mike Ploen made a good point this weekend… God’s currency is different than the worlds. Even when gas prices are rising and the economy is “crashing,” the kingdom of God is still rollin’ in the dough (if you will) 🙂  So, I want to encourage you to keep giving… don’t stop just because satan is trying to put some bug in your ear that you should be afraid. GIVE AWAY! This is the time to do so. God’s kingdom is still very much in wealth and will always be! So give to the kingdom that will never pass away!

As for me, today I choose to be excited. Instead of afraid of who our next leader will be (even if it is in fact the anti-christ)… I am excited that the Lord’s coming is that much nearer. 

Take a moment and really think about heaven. Try to think in God’s ways. I know it’s impossible but really try. Heaven is not like earth. We won’t have any walls or any separation from God HIMSELF. We will constantly be in His presence and in peace. You know the feeling you get when you’re worshipping and you just KNOW God is right by you, and you start to cry? Well, that happens to me often. That presence I feel is unlike any earthly feeling. I can’t even describe it. I feel joyful and peaceful. Now imagine not having any earthly reserves….. no feelings of tiredness, sadness, frustration, distraction… none of that! Just you and God, right there together. All you can do is fall on your knees in His majesty. I can’t wait!!

I’m excited for that day. The day of all days when I get to see my CREATOR’S face! Whoa. 

 

This is just an encouragement to try and focus your thoughts, during these times of uncertainty, on kingdom matters. I’m sure God wants to tell you things about this time if you seek His heart in the midst of a confusing nation and even more confusing voices circling through your mind. 

 

Rest in His peace. He knows what He’s doing.