[callout]Today, I’m posting my friend’s blog for you to read because I’d like you to pray with me for her son. I met Sally Baucke, a Christian comedian, when we shared the stage at a Hearts at Home convention. We became instant friends. Today’s blog isn’t funny, though. It’s serious and worth reading. I love what she writes about looking up.

When you read this, would you please pray for Cooper, a lieutenant in the United States Army, and all the other heroes serving here, there, and everywhere? Ask God to protect them and hold their family members close. War is real. Very real. Thank you. (If you’d like to encourage Sally, please comment here. She’ll read them.) – Dr. Kathy[/callout]

“Are Things Looking Up for You?” by Sally Baucke

dsc01917When is halfway good?  When you reach the halfway mark between deployment and homecoming.  We just passed that mark with my Army officer son Cooper’s time in Afghanistan, and for that I am thankful.  Mozzie is glad too (yes, I’ve become the Great Dane whisperer), so why is Cooper’s dog looking up?  My inner puppy tells me he is looking to the hills, at least I hope he is.  That’s where we all need to be looking right now.

Four years ago Cooper took me to a special place in Vermont where he went to clear his head during college.  He showed me a rock on a hill that was carved with these words:

I lift mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. 

Cooper found comfort in those words, as have many for thousands of years.  He was surprised to learn that I too knew those words.  Ok, so I heard them first from The Reverend Mother in The Sound of Music, but those words were from the Bible, Psalm 121:1 to be exact.

So why are we told to look up? Is God really up? Does He reside in the stratosphere?  Perhaps the Bible suggests we are supposed to be looking to the hills, which are inherently up, because we cannot see what lies on the other side and in our natural human state, we want to see what we put our trust in. The hills obscure our vision, and we have to trust more to believe that God is actually on the other side waiting to deliver us. If He were in the valley, or in the low land we could see His every move.  This way, we have to look, wait, expect, and hardest of all, trust.

Just today I spoke with Cooper.  He is safe and in good health, but our world is on fire. Honest policeman in our communities are under fire, family values are under fire, and the ideals of democracy are under fire.  All of this disturbs me greatly. None of us know what will happen next.  So I will lift mine eyes to the hills and wait for the only help which will help us all now.

Mozzie is looking, waiting, and trusting.  Will you do the same?

[callout]7-18-16 SallyBauckePlease check out Sally’s blog for other posts.  You may also want to follow her on Facebook. The posts about Mozzie and other every-day-life things will cause you to smile.

Sally explains herself in this way: “All  you really need to know is that I am just a regular Joe, an “every woman” kind of gal who loves to wear a tiara around the house while she cleans. (Ok, so maybe not every woman, but close.) I don’t want to be famous, I just want to be an encourager of people. I’ve been married for almost 30 years, have 3 amazing sons, and am an RN by education. I started doing comedy through a random appearance at a church chili comedy night. With nothing prepared, I got up and talked off the top of my head for 20 minutes. Seriously!”

Twenty minutes in comedy time is like 10 years in real time.  It’s a lot of material! I got hired the next day.

I love to speak on stage, and writing my book What Didn’t Kill Me Made Me Funny! was simply a stepping stone for that. In the process, I have fallen in love with writing, and hope to do more of it in the future. (Gosh this sounds like a yearbook entry.) The most important thing you need to know about me is that I have a Savior who loves me like his own which I technically am, by grace alone. He is the Love of my life, and the Lover of my soul. Without Him, I am nothing. My book is the story I felt called to tell, and nothing less. I hope you enjoy it. {Note from Kathy – I think you’ll LOVE her book! I highly recommend it.}[/callout]