I never thought a girl like me would make it to Capitol Hill.
My background is a little too sketchy to be president.
Teenage moms just don’t get elected.
So when I found myself at the White House meeting with our elected officials, I was quite floored!
Why would they want to hear from someone like me?
For the same reason they would want to hear from someone like you…
We are the King’s kids! God is so good! He has big plans for us.
God’s plans for us are greater than we can imagine.David and I went to Washington, D.C. to be part of the Night of Hope event.
This was my first time in the nation’s capital.I was surprised by what I found in the city.
I expected it to be much dirtier, more urban, something like New York City.
What I found was beautiful.
It had tree-lined streets, a surprisingly peaceful atmosphere, and beautiful monuments to the heroes who built our country.
As you can imagine, I had difficulty figuring out what to wear. I wasn’t feeling the most confident.
I was given strict guidelines like carrying a small purse or no purse at all.
Security was very tight. I actually had to turn in my security documents weeks in advance to be cleared to go to the places that we went.
When made it through high security (bomb sniffing dogs, metal detectors and pat downs), we found the buildings were actually quite normal. They were like any other office building. Some of the furniture was a little older and more beat up than I expected.
It’s not like what you see on television. It’s not at all glamorous. It was just very normal and slightly worn out.
We met senators, representatives, and some governors.Some of the people we met came all the way from states like Arizona and California.
Did you see the photo of David with Nancy Pelosi?
I realized these people have incredibly difficult schedules.
The demands of the public are challenging.
I realize it’s not so easy trying to do the right thing when the right thing is so different to so many people.
It’s really tough to make everyone happy all the time.
I learned that instead of criticizing, beating up, or scolding these public officials, we need to pray for them.As Christians, we need to raise them up, counsel and communicate with them.
As citizens, it’s important to take time to vote. But that is not enough!
I learned how helpful it is when we take the time to pick up the phone or send an email to let our representatives know what we think.
If we don’t vote, and we don’t take time to tell them what we think, they can’t possibly know what we want done.
If they don’t know what we want done, then how can they do it on our behalf.
The squeaky wheel gets the oil.
It’s easy to complain about what the government is doing or not doing.
But if we are not communicating with them by e-mailing, calling and voting, then we might just have some responsibility for where we are as a country.
Most of all, we should pray.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. –2 Chronicles 7:14
We need to pray for our country and our government officials. We need to pray every day!
Will you join me in getting this country back on the road to Christian values?
Start by committing to write an email.
Send an email of support when they vote on something that upholds Christian values, and write an email letting them know what the right thing is when they are presented with a bill that goes against our values.
Then commit to pray for them.