Last time I blogged about things I saw on a plane after I was off the plane. Well, now I blogging from my airplane seat 35,000 feet above ground. On my first flight today I was sitting close to a very young woman who was on her way to boot camp. She is serving in the army. I actually saw her parents telling her goodbye in the terminal. They seemed pretty upset. She couldn't have been over 21. I kept wondering why a young woman like that would want to go into the service. True story...I actually considered going into the National Guard...I have a heart for disaster relief. So, I called the recruiter and asked if there was any way that I could enlist but not attend boot camp. I think he thought I was joking at first...but after I made it pretty clear that I was serious, he told me no. Bummer. He said that I should look into the peace corps. HAHAHA! Anyway, back to this woman. While I was wondering about her motives, I suddenly became acutely aware of my own selfishness. I mean, I don't know why she joined, but she did. She has to wear her hair in an ugly bun. She can't wear any make-up. She has to wear ugly uniforms. No cell phone. She can't get her nails done...and definitely no pedicure. No shopping just for fun on the weekends. I am just not someone who would voluntarily give all of that up. I became suddenly so proud of her and the decision that she made. It was probably hard on her parents...but their daughter is working for all of us. She is putting it all on the line for people she doesn't even know. She had a little bag that she was carrying with her. It said "Army Strong." I thought...that's right. You are army stong. You are stronger than most people and definitely most women that I know. I could tell that she was super nervous. She kept trying to go to sleep, but couldn't. She was holding her little Bible during the entire flight. She had a little journal that she kept writing little notes in and then would quickly put it away...just to get it back out a few moments later. I, of course, told her "thank you for your service." But I also told her that I would be praying for her. I think she needs prayers right now...prayers of courage and strength. I will be someone who will do that for her...I mean, she is doing a lot for me. I am wearing leggings today. I don't usually wear leggings in public, but I have a long sweater that is covering the top of my legs. I was looking at my calves today and I think they are looking pretty good. I got a pair of those Reebok easy tone shoes for Christmas and I think they are working. But, also remember that I said I have the opposite of anorexia...it could be my mind playing tricks on me. I should take a picture of myself in these leggings. I would probably burn them after I saw what I really look like in them.
You know, I have been thinking about this health care plan that just passed. I am not feeling discouraged anymore. Whether abortion is being paid for by our taxes is really not that important to me. It's not about not have tax-payer funded abortions for me...it is about not having abortion, period. So, for me, I am just going to continue to do what I have been doing. I am not going to let things like laws discourage me. Our goal is to change hearts and minds, one person at a time. We will still be doing that. I hear so many people griping about the abortion deal...but what are they doing besides griping. That is not going to save children. I hope this bill encourages other people to get out there to the clinics and pray. Maybe they will eventually sidewalk counsel. I just hope people are motivated by this and not disheartened.
You know how there is a law prohibiting smoking on an airplane? Well, let me tell you something, they need to enforce another law...no passing gas or stinking up the bathrooms on planes. There is nothing worse than smelling a recirculated toot on the plane. I mean, you can't escape it. I do get a little joy in knowing that even the first class passengers have to deal with the smell. See, it's not always perfect to be in first class. They will have to plug up their noses with hot towels.
Today, when we were flying into Dallas, I saw a house that looked big even from 3,000 feet up. I can't imagine what it looks like on the ground. That type of arrogance is vulgar. I mean, who needs a house with more than 10 bedrooms...well, maybe the Duggars.
Having WiFi on the plane makes the trip go by so much faster. I wish this was on all planes!
Shawn and I are speaking in New Jersey together tonight. It is so much fun for us to speak together. I fly to Canada tomorrow.
I went to Houston yesterday for an interview with CBN. After the interview, Claire and I went to pray outside the Fannin location. Oh man, PP was in a tizzy because I was out there. I saw employees coming down and peering out the front door to look at me. Even the COO, Melaney, came down to check it out. It was great. I talked to the PP volunteers a lot. One I knew very well. The others were new to me. Anyway, on our way out I started to talking to one of the female volunteers. I told her that I would be praying for her. She then stated, of course, "I will be praying for you, too." I said that I really appreciated it and that I could use it. Anyway, I don't know why these words came out of my mouth...but then I said, "I know that many PP volunteers are post-abortive. If that is the case for you, I just want to let you know that we can help provide healing for you." She then told me that she didn't need healing from me. I told her that I couldn't provide the healing, but Christ could. Then she started going on about how she is a Christian. I swear, as I was listening to her, I could hear myself. She was saying the exact things that I used to say. Empty justifications. I told her that because she was engaging with me, I knew that there were doubts in her mind about her work there. I told her that I believed that was a good sign. Well, then she got really mad and just eventually walked off. So, I will be praying for her. I ask that you pray for her, too. I don't know her name, but I will call her Charlotte. Please pray for Charlotte...God knows who we are talking about.
Well, we are about to land. Time to put up my tray table and my laptop. I hope everyone has a great day and a great rest of the week!!! Blessings!