So, I just finished singing at the 57th annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast. It was an amazing time of prayer and fellowship with the leader of our nation, the men and women that work alongside him and work for "we the people", international leaders, ministers, etc... I just about peed my pants while singing Voice of Truth, because there, only 10 feet away from me, was the President of the United States of America! He politely smiled and nodded at me as I exited the stage, which I thought was a genuinely friendly gesture. But, still nerve racking, nonetheless! The plan for the rest of the day you ask? A tour of our nation's capital and a dinner concert for our senators tonight... then home!
As for my progress with the 3-day walk...
Three days ago, I walked a 1.5 miles and Two days ago, I walked 2 miles. Yesterday was a day of traveling and non stop working, so didn't get a chance to walk. Today is the same deal, but I will be doing a considerable amount of walking due to the hugeness of the capital tour. So, I think I'm good. Hopefully tomorrow I can get back on my (seemingly) regular routine!!
I wanted to take a second to thank all of you for your words of encouragement and motivation. I have an overwhelming peace about the walk. When I found out about the immoral involvements of Susan G. Komen, I was literally devastated. My husband, Ryan, kept telling me I looked sick (which I certainly felt) and seemed distracted (which I certainly was). But, I really feel that God WANTED me to dig in and do my research. I think all things God calls us to requires research. Sometimes it can help in our preparation of the task God has called us to to go in ready and aware of the challenges and obstacles we may face while we are carrying it out (If you don't agree with me, read Nehemiah... that man was a prepared servant)! I have loads of information about therestricted grants Susan G. Komen gives to planned parenthood and about the other free women's health services planned parenthood offers to underprivileged women (e.g. mammograms, pap smears, etc...). Our culture raises us to be passionate about what we believe in, but at the same time, our passions can camouflage much of our ignorance about our passions. I never want to claim one thing and so passionately pursue it without knowing all the details. Just like God's Word tells us to make sure our words are "seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone", knowing God's Word is essential to our faith and witness, just as knowing our facts and information should be with our passions. I in no way support planned parenthood, but at the same time, I believe Susan G. Komen does too much good to boycott their efforts. Which is why I've done so much research. I would rather choose not to support one of the other hundreds of corporations that contribute monstrous amounts of money to organizations such as planned parenthood, while the rest is simply profit for the company (e.g. Starbucks, Apple, Microsoft, Nike, Quaker Oats, Kellogg, etc...).
To see a more extensive list, click here and here. If anyone wants to discuss any of my research with me, I'd be more than happy to connect with you through my email, firstname.lastname@example.org, as I can get a little more specific! But, please don't overload me, guys! I have a youth ministry to help run, a 3 year old to keep up with, and LOTS and LOTS of walking to do! Ha! Love you guys and thank God for your prayers and support!!
"Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." Col. 4:5-6