So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom~Psalm 90:12
The last journal started in struggle and ended in burn out. A lot was accomplished in between. But no amount of productivity is worth the forfeit of my soul’s health. I want this journal to be full of all the joy and health that comes from living Coram Deo [in the presence of God]. I hope it is peppered with instances in which I put down what I am doing at the slightest urging, and readily join God in whatever He is up to. I want to follow Him in all things, everyday submitting myself to His great self. Every day an expedition into grace and He is my Captain. Where will we go, Lord? What will happen? Only You know, and that is what is best. I hope to be renewed by deeper connection to the Fount of Living Water. You can make these dreams come true in my life, Lord, and I pray that You will, knowing that even as I pray You have already answered.
On the last page of the same journal I wrote:
My God overwhelms the giants. He slays dragons. He gives us what it takes to lift trembling sword in the fact of monsters unimaginable. He puts the war cry for justice deep in our throats. He sets fire in our belly so we can stand appalled and indignant in the way of abuse and terror. It’s His breath in our lungs anyway. Let’s praise Him with it.
Amazing that He answered my prayers even before the journal was spent.
Receiving God’s gifts is a gentle, simple movement of stooping lower.~Ann Voskamp
Congratulations on being First Lady! You are truly lovely, and shall go down in history.
Your involvement in patterning the food and eating habits of Americans is very noble. We all need to be more aware and careful about the things that we eat. Though I cannot say exactly what your involvement has accomplished regarding school lunches, I know that as a woman of such public stature your opinions have far-reaching influence. Please consider the children who eat a certain way due to religious or personal convictions. I ask that you take steps to prevent the institution of a standard lunch that every child shall be compelled to buy. Consider supporting organizations like Feed America, Oxfam, or Samaritan’s Purse as an alternative to making school lunches mandatory. This approach will not compel Jews, vegans, or Muslims to violate their consciences. This is not just an American ideal, it is a human one.
Allowing other people to entertain and live by their own convictions is a fundamental human concept. No government should impede its citizen’s observance of such convictions. In fact, most people would agree that it is wrong for any individual to do so-how much more inappropriate it becomes when taken by an entire governing body!
Over the past months I have been lowering my meat intake. I have done so for three reasons: firstly, I have learned that animals are not always treated humanely when raised for slaughter and that upsets my conscience; also, I have made this change due to the fact that the amount of fatty protein that I was consuming was more than my body needed to thrive, and thirdly, animals are precious and killing, though necessary, should never be done superfluously.
Thank you for reading this and for caring about the people that you and your husband lead.