February 1st was an opportunity to let our voices be heard in a country founded on democracy where "we the people" get to cast our votes! We packed up the kids, headed to our precinct, along with A LOT of other people, to hear representatives for each candidate share why we should vote for them. The whole process took about 2 hours but we brought iPad and snack reinforcements so we all did just fine!
The line to register...we saw lots of our neighbors which was fun in the middle of winter :)
The Port Family of 5 ready to caucus!
Just hanging out...
Eric Trump (Donald's son) spoke at our precinct...better hair but didn't sway our vote ;)
I shared with my bible study ladies, why we should as christians get out and let our voices be heard...here is a snippet!
God placed Esther in position to save God's people, her people from imminent destruction. God's will would be done but Esther had an opportunity to be part of the solution, part of God's plan. She could have shrunk back saying the task was too difficult (it surely was, she could have lost her head) but she had faith that God would do His part if she simply did hers.
Esther 4:14 says ...(Mordecai speaking) For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?
What a moment for Esther, she had the opportunity to make a difference and stand up to the opposition for God. Let me take a leap...
Isn't Iowa amazing? For another 24 hours the media will tout how amazing our great state is and I couldn't agree more. We have been given a gift to allow our voices to be heard for this great nation of 320 million souls. In the midst of countless phone calls, door knocks that wake sleeping babes, more kindling for the fire than needed I lose sight of what this means. Can God use little ol' Iowa to set the tone of this election?
But it takes us to each do our part. Millions around the world live under oppressive governments where their say doesn't matter but we were born in a country where OUR voice does count IF we get out and vote.
I know its hard especially with little ones but what an opportunity to share that God has commanded us to do our part to protect the liberties and freedoms that our country was founded on, to defend our beliefs and make sure their generation is able to freely worship and share God.
Get out and caucus...its both a privilege and a responsibility.
So glad we went and caucus-ed...we had some good discussions with Solon about our rights and responsibilities :) Now to wait and vote in November!