The Unveiling

January 10, 2008

Alright, this is sort of late to ‘unveil’ but I forgot that this was to go before the last one.  Some might have noticed the tag ’21 Articles’ and this should explain that.
It was November 26th, 2007; I was working on a speech I had to give in two days.  Just earlier I had posted a different speech on my xanga along with the announcement that coming soon I would have two articles – Convicted or Complacent? and Stepping on Toes – along with the speech I was writing. 
That night when I went to bed I started doing one of my favorite things – making a list.  Well as I wrote a list of articles, new ideas kept forming.  Finally, I knew that I had to go to sleep; I had to work the next day.
As I lay in bed, saying my prayers, another idea came to my mind.  That was when I began to think that this was a God thing.  Well, I had several more ideas before the night was over.  What I thought would be a list of three became a list of twenty*.

When I told Mom she thought that this was something I should do.  She admonished me to be very prayerful.

While we were going over and polishing up my speech (Drinking Deadly Poison), she looked at me, “This is quite a confession you’re making.”  Yes, I knew it was, but that only increased my desire to give it.  The people whom I would be giving it to after all, the ones who had tried to change my mind, I am sure that they prayed for me during that time.  Was it not right that my public confession be to them.
My mentality is this:  I have made mistakes in my life.  If it would help another, is it not my duty to confess and share?  I believe so. 

Through some of these articles I may unveil my soul – I pray that it will benefit and enlighten you as you read.

To God Be the Glory
Jenna

*I added one more article to the list the next day…this one is not counted as an article.


Your Hourglass – It’s Real

January 7, 2008

It was a hit on country radio – it was #1 for 6 weeks, it stayed at the top of country charts longer than any other song in 2007 and I can see why, but how many other people did it affect like it did me? Kenny Chesney’s Don’t Blink really got me thinking more on a topic which I had already been contemplating.  Life is short, we will die someday and we can only live once. There’s no such thing as a second chance. When that though hits you it should make you stop and reevaluate your life, your goals and your actions.
So many people treat the subject a bit too cavalier, using it was an excuse. “Life’s too short not to have fun!” they say trying to justify others, and possibly to themselves, actions which are not pure.  No, it is not something to take as an excuse to quite taking life seriously; in fact, I have found that it is the complete opposite. It should make us look at life a bit seriously, evaluating it. Maybe your living to loose or maybe your job consumes you and leaves you no time for that family of yours and someday when you realize how short life really is it will be too late. You spent your Saturdays in the office instead of taking Johnny fishing, but now Johnny is a father himself and he will either have learned from your mistake, or he will fall into the same thing. Or maybe your more like I was, not too serious, not too playful – you just exist. I was about sixteen when I looked back at my life only to find, to my horror, that it seemed meaningless.  I had wasted time and energy obsessing over movies or something else.
Now, it wasn’t all waste, I had picked up valuable skills I would be able to use in my future, but at that moment all I saw was the waste of years – 16 long years.
It was at that time I made up my mind that I would start working towards a goal – preparing myself to be a wife and mother, I didn’t want to waste anymore time.
Old habits are hard to break, but it isn’t impossible and when you look at the benefits you and those around you will receive, it’s worth it. 
So, start living life – today.

“Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand you can’t flip it over start again.
Take every breath God gives you for what it’s worth and don’t blink.”