Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Superfamily Goes International !!

There are people in Vienna, Austria that are reading our Superblog. How do I know? They contacted us through a local filming agent and wanted our family to film a documentary on the 2008 USA Presidential elections. They said they read our site and I quote “ I love the SUPERFAMILY 13”! They went on to mention some of the qualifications for the show to be aired in Vienna and what they needed us to do. We responded with some of our requirements and were filmed in October. I shared that to say, we started the blog to share with and encourage other blended /step families we know. But God may be using it for global opportunities for our family to witness indirectly for Him and to get that TV reality show that we are believing for. Go figure!

The Camera team arrived at “The Superfamily Estate” on Thursday October 16th for an afternoon of interviews and backdrop taping that went well into the evening hours. The taping involving the children recorded them singing, having dinner, discussing current events and watching satirical political parodies on You Tube. For the interview portion, John and I were asked a mirage of questions. Besides our thoughts on the election, we covered many more topics. We discussed diversity, our thoughts on the separatism of races due to class, location, education or economic levels. We discussed the “Bradley effect” regarding the election and our prediction(we were right). John covered the historical impact of slavery and the innate inclination of mistrust among African Americans.

Overall, the opportunity was a great learning experience for us and a grand opportunity to showcase our family, the love we have for one another and the fun we have when we all get together. The kids had a great time "performing". The interview with John and I was extremely in depth (lasted almost an hour). It was very eye opening (based on the questions) to hear the global perception of Americans, African Americans, diversity, The Bradley effect , Christianity...and a whole lot more. Prayerfully, we made some headway in dispelling some of the myths!

Picture: The kids are pictured in our living room with Christa Hoffman from Austria. Starting from the gal in pink and working clockwise are:

Jerica A., Joelle, Jordan S., Jason (red shirt), Stevan (purple), Bryan (aganist the wall) Jordan J, Christa and Jerica J (Center-dark shirt)

Friday, November 14, 2008

President-Elect Barack Obama & Family

Like it...Love it or hate in the US we have a new president and First Family. Our family is not necessarily democratic or republican. Actually, I split my ticket all over the place for candidates that I thought displayed godly values, experience, education and good ideas (and yes, I researched almost all of them very extensively). But I wanted the opportunity to share with our blogging audience why we made the choice we did and why we are confident that God is still in control and that His will was done.

Our family (under our roof) supported The President Elect and the democratic ticket for 2 basic reasons although there are many:

He and his wife are all about each other & family-and so are we. Its evident that they love each other and that the well being of their children is vital to them. You have never heard stories or have any reason to believe that there has been any unfaithfulness, which is important to us and speaks way, way, WAY deeper as to the integrity of a man/woman than where they stand 'on stage politically" on a homosexuality marriage issue . The other side had, well let's just say had "struggles" with proving that they really walked in THAT level of personal integrity. The P.Elect values Michelle, her opinions, her ideas. Her comfort above all else matters to him. As he said in the beginning, if she had said no to this campaign, it was no. As busy as they are and although they could hire many others do it for them; they attend parent teacher conference, they pick up and/or drop off at school..they help with homework, they attend recitals. As a man, he is obviously very involved with his daughters and cares about simple things such as talking to them every night. As a couple, they go out on dinner dates. They have activities that they enjoy together and apart, as we know for President Elect it's "basketball". For Michelle its the California Pizza Kitchen with the girls every Saturday. Grandma is involved. Malia & Sasha appear very grounded. They've done a great job with managing their lives and making them a part of this process while still protecting them .

He has a plan. I am a planner and we respect people that think things out enough to map out a road to get there and are able to articulate it. Planning for the unknown takes guts. I personally respect gutsy people. P Elect has been planning long before he announced his candidacy. Not only is that smart, but its a sign of someone who prepares and takes life serious enough to position themselves to achieve, not just think that you can "arrive". We heard alot from the other side about what the democratic ticket wasn't doing. They mentioned what experience they didn't have or who they were associated with years ago. But you didn't hear any consistant plans being discussed about what they would do and how they would get it done. Our thought is, even if your plan doesn't work, at least have the best one you can come up with the information that you have at the time. The bible says to commit YOUR plan to the Lord and He will bring it to pass. Which tells us that a person with a plan and a godly committment can certainly get alot more done.

So basically for us it was rather simple...who are you? and what are you going to do?...we determined which one lined up as giving the more accurate and truthful picture of what they were all about-not perfect by any means but at least transparent so we know to a degree what we're getting. We prayed, trusted God and made a decision. Although we don't have any more decisions to make about this- we still have to pray, even moreso now and trust God. It is God who puts up or brings down. It is God who promotes and moves those He wishes into power. He is God by the way and regardless He is still in control.

Our hope is for those who were really concerned about abortion and homesexuality marriage issue (especially believers) will do something about it instead of just whining about the travesty that it is. Those are basically spiritual issues and our weapons should not just be in the innate carnality of a democratic process. You wanna fight abortion?? Battle in prayer and fasting against the spirit of promiscuity, disregard and low self esteem that is at the root of it. Minister effectively to young women who have this decision to make. Make YOURSELF an option to them. You want to end homosexuality, try fighting the war spiritually against the spirit of perversion that is at the root of it. Live a sexually pure life yourself and set the example. Get with those ladies and gentlemen that struggle in that area and love them with the love of the Lord. I know that requires real work, but if you're serious -you are empowered to make a difference. As has just been proven in this election, Change starts with YOU.

From The Superfamily to the New First Family:
The LORD bless you, and keep you: The LORD make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Guest Poster

This post is from my my husband's oldest daughter, Jayna, copied from an email. Accidental Death by Doggie Treat. . . . A surreal yet true story!

A few days ago, a member of my choir called me to tell me that she was out of town, and that the individual that she has asked to take care of her toy Chihuahua had left it in a bathroomfor 4 1/2 days unfed etc. Knowing what was coming next, I agreed to get the house keys from the previous doggie care taker, and go take care of the little pup for two days myself. Although there was a lot to clean up after 4 1/2 days gone bad in the bathroom, everything else seemed to go smoothly. . . . .until today when I went over to the house to feed the 2lb (if that) pup. I had previously told his owner that the food that she had bought him was entirely too big for a dog his size, and that she should seek out puppy chow in the future. Unfortunately, this would be to poor little Boogies (the dog) detriment!

Today durring feeding time, Boogie ate his food too fast, tried to throw it up, chocked on histhrow up, and died. It was such a terrible, and grave thing to witness! I was freaking out! If you know me, you know that I am DEATHLY afraid of anything dead and limp! I begged my lil bro (no relation) to do CPR on the Dog, and unfortunately, he "TOO" did not like the sight of dead animals!!!! What to do, what to do!!!!?????!!!!!

Two people deathly afraid of dead things, a woman on her way back from out of town expecting to see her "Boogie" alive, + well in a experienced pet owners care, and poor little Boogielaid out under a tattered living room chair DEAD! Immediately, with adrenalin pumping, nervous jittering, the cringe in the pit of my stomach predicted what I "HAD" to do, I had to preform CPR on this dog like he was my own!!! I picked up the limp puppy,whose limbs and head were lifelessly dangling took him outside and quicklystarted the procedure! One. . . Two. . . .Three. . . .rest. . . . .One . . . . .Two. . . .Three. . . .rest. . .It occurred to me that I was doing something wrong! If this were a child, I would have most certainly cleared the airway first, and checked to see what waslodging it. Another grusome thought came to me. . . I would actually have to stick myfinger down a "DEAD DOGS THROAT"!!!!! I almost threw up at the thought, but time was of the essence! Into his mouth and slightly down his throat my finger went swiping out all of the throw up, .

I took my barf covered yucky, gunky fingerout his mouth and continued with the CPR procedure as I previously had only this time silently praying that God would work out some kind of miricle! As I started to getdiscouraged, I felt his body get stiff, I thought for sure that he was dead after that! But then, very faintly, I felt his lungs inhale. I thought that I was the one manuallyinflating and deflating his lungs. Suddenly I noticed that his eyes were opening, One. . . .Two. . . .Three. . .rest I kept on going "Come on Boogie, you can make it,you can do it Boogie, come back.. . . That's right come on"! Finally his tail began to wag, and he tilted his head up at me. Beginning to feel relief, Boogie clinged on tomy shirt as I held him, gazed up at me with greatful eyes, and licked my face with his nasty tongue previously covered with barf! Although it took him a couple minuetsto collect his barrings, he has running, zipping, and terrorizing the house again in 5mins tops! God is so good! I remember only minuets before this situation occured, my lil bro asked me "Do dogs have souls"?

We sorta laughed at the thought, but only moments later Boogie was lifeless on the floor, and we'll never know what, or whohe saw in those lifeless moments, or if he saw anything at all. But I am here to tell you today, that you, a Human Being "do" have an immortal soul, which at any time could be called upon! You could be out with a friends just hanging out, eating a bowl of morning cereal, playing football, I had a friend just fall out on the basketball court and die this year. . . . . or you could very well be reading this message and kill over (not wishing that on anyone of you, I rebuke death in Jesus name). The point is, you never knowwhat will happen in life, so "Choose ye this day who you will serve"! God is waiting for you, and if you don't know him, he would love to be introduced to you by his son JesusChrist. The Bible says in the book of Matthew that "I am the way the truth and the life,no man comes unto the Father but by Me (the words of Jesus)". It also says inJohn 3:16 that God loved the world so much that he gave his "only" son that who everbelieves in him will not perish like the ungodly, but have eternal life with the Father. Do all dogs go to heaven? I'll know the answer to this question someday, but for now I would liketo ask you this question, "Are you going to heaven"?

If God would spare a little puppy such a fate, what more do you think that he would do for you, his most prized creation? Whetheryou are saved or not, the Bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, this means me as well. Today, right now is the most opportune time for you to get your life rightwith the Lord because tomorrow is not promised! If you want to make things right with Christtoday all people, saved, and unsaved, please repeat this prayer: "God, I know that I am a sinner.I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust inJesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!"

If you just said this prayer, and meant it with your whole heartyou "ARE" saved! Praise Jesus, and Hallelujah! The angels in heaven are rejoicing because of what you did today, and I would like to as well! Please send me a note if youprayed this prayer, so that I may pray for you! I promise that I wont post yourresponse to this prayer all over facebook, and I don't want you to be ashamed to tell peoplewhat you have done. The bible says that if you are ashamed of Christ before men, he will be ashamed of you before his Father on the day of Judgement! The Lord bless you, and bewith you! Stay encouraged! AGAPE

Jayna A Jamerson

Monday, November 3, 2008

You Shall Not Pass!

In most movies scenes where there is a chase- its pretty standard. Good guys chase the bad guys or vise versa. Sometimes however, you will find that one person will "take one for the team". Meaning, they will let the others run ahead to safety while they stay behind try to hold off the other side with a weapon, ambush or distraction. One scene from the Lord of the Rings plays this out that shows the ultimate in sacrifice. As usual, the good guys were running from an ultimate bad guy and Gandolf the grey- the protector of the good guy (Frodo) sees teh severity of the situation and stops running. He turns around to face the monster thus letting the good guy group get to safety unharmed. In facing this monster he says a line that rang loudly in my heart for me as a mother...and as step mother- YOU SHALL NOT PASS!

So often I stand between the enemies of our families respective pasts and declare "you shall not pass". At our wedding our Pastor proclaimed "All things new" and in my opinion there is nothing outside of "all". So, no more running from the issues that irritate me. The old way of doing things cannot pass over to our new lives. The old habits, insecurities, hindrances, curses, and habits shall not pass. The grief, the feelings of inadequacy, the ungodly behaviors of yesteryears..shall not pass. There are trends that I see now that my husband and I faced in previous marriages that can't come either. It shall not pass. Dishonor, disrespect and indifference shall not pass over. Folly, silliness, and inappropriateness cannot pass.

Now mind you...Gandolf stopped, turned around to face the monster and let the others run free. In the movie...he casts his sword into the ground to create a gulf between good and evil and initially he "died" and was willing to die with the monster falling into the fiery gulf with him in order for the good guys to go free. But later we find that not only did Gandolf not "die", but for his sacrifice he returned as Gandolf the in he had been tried in the fire and come out as pure gold. When he returned he was more powerful and had more insight than he did before.

So stepparents, understand you may have to back burner or "stop" somethings in order to focus your time, energy and attention on breakthrough for your family. You may need to feed the dreams of your husband, wife or children by letting them run ahead...while stand your ground against the enemy that you see on their heels. But I am a witness if you sacrifice now and declare victory in your prayer time, in your confession, in their bedrooms, in your spouses car, and all through your home...that breakthrough will happen. Tell the enemies of your family head to head and toe to toe that that YOU SHALL NOT PASS..create a gulf in their lives through prayer and trust me you will come out as pure gold and with more power than you had ever imagined.