Tuesday, July 28, 2009
My heart is so full. This past month in Alaska has filled me up to overflowing, but I must admit, as full as I am, it has left me with room for more. I am not so full that I wouldn't take another helping of this Alaskan experience. God has truly blessed me to be able to be here, and I am assured that I will never be the same. I'm bringing Alaska home with me. I don't want to offend my friends and family at home, but I would just love to stay. I do feel a certain peace, however, about leaving. There was a time when I contemplated returning home and the sadness was thick. Now, I don't quite feel that way, but there's just a slight sadness at the thought of not being here, being home trying to figure out how things will be. I am so confident that God brought me here, and therefore, I remain confident that His plan will be revealed. I could share story after story of what the Lord has spoken and done for, through, and within me here. I have not even one doubt that I am in the middle of God's plan by being here. I hold that knowledge deep within me, and it enables me to believe that I will not go home to "business as usual." The plan was not to just come and leave. The plan is greater. The doors that have opened have been mind-blowing, but even they don't tell the full story. Like I said, I am so full.
Hopefully, I will fly out of Anchorage after midnight. I say "hopefully" because I am flying standby, which means a seat must be available for me. If there's no seat, well, then other arrangements will have to be made. If those arrangements involve staying here longer, then so be it. I really am living my life right now in a state of keeping my eyes open, keeping my ears atuned, and maintaining an open heart. I have heard preachers preach for years about "stepping out" and "being out on a limb." I've done my share of that in my life, but this is a new thing. This is literally a time for me where I am just waiting on God and expecting Him to reveal what's next. I've been doing that this whole month--and more and more comes, piece after piece. A former pastor used to pray all the time, "As the leaves of the trees respond to the wind, Lord, so let my spirit respond to your Spirit." That's it exactly! I'm just available to respond as God moves, to be so sensitive to His leading that I will discern even a slight nudge from the Lord. My expectation is high, and I can't wait to discover what's next. I say that knowing that I know that I know that something is next.
I have a couple LONG layovers on this trip back to New York, which I don't like. One of them is about 4 hours long, and the other is about 5 hours. Because of that, I will be traveling for about 24 hours. I'm not looking forward to that, but I will be watching, listening, expecting.
Anyway, let me catch you up on the last couple days. Things have gone crazy! Everyone was tweeting, emailing, and texting me about seeing me on Fox News. I haven't seen it on television yet, but apparently Fox has shown it at least 3 times. That's cool, and I wish I could see it. The big thing for me has been the attention regarding the picture I took of Sarah Palin holding Mark Levin's book. It has gone all over the nation--and to different parts of the world, I'm sure. Even Levin gave me a shout out at the beginning of his show yesterday and linked to my blog from his site. A multitude of people have been coming to my site from his, which is very, very cool--a distinct honor. You can listen to him give this blog a shout-out on his radio show by clicking here, where he mentions it at the 2:48 mark. Go here to see the page on his website where he put the picture and the link to the article I wrote called, "I Met Sarah Palin Again (with pics & video)." American Thinker also posted the picture along with a blurb about me. Riehl World posted the picture and some comments about me here and here. He named one article "Meet Adrienne Ross." Other sites have included the picture and different discussions about the significance of this particular picture.
I had not intended to return to Wasilla yesterday, but when Alaska's Best Eddie Burke invited me on his show again, I decided I was going to go back to Anchorage, do his show, spend the night in Wasilla, and then simply fly out of Anchorage instead of flying out of Fairbanks. I had a lot of fun on the Eddie Burke Radio Show yesterday. The conversation was centered on everything from Sarah Palin, to President Obama's health care plan, to media bias, to abortion, to the Black community. In fact, one of the last callers was moved to tears when discussing the last issue. I was quite moved as he shared his heart. You can listen to the Eddie Burke interview by going to http://www.kbyr.com/, and clicking on "Podcasts." When you get to Eddie Burke's page, you will see some broadcast dates and will be able to click the arrow left or right to get to 7-27-09. I encourage you to listen, as it was a good time. That was just the highlight of the day because earlier that day I was on the radio with Mayor Jeff Graham of Watertown, NY, who interviewed me about Sarah Palin and the Governor's Picnic. This was the second time he interviewed me since coming to Alaska. In a previous blog post, I joked that I had to come to Alaska to get an interview with New York! I have another interview coming up too. A few minutes ago, I received an email from a conservative talk show host in Alabama who wants to have me on the air. Needless to say, it's been a wild ride. I am enjoying it all because I get to talk about what I believe is important to America, Sarah Palin and the values she represents. I get to talk about the goal of the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee, which is to encourage her to run for the 2012 Presidential nomination. Basically, I get to attempt to do what I want to do, and that is to do Sarah Palin justice and make her proud. Her values are common sense and imperative for this nation, and her heart is about service. I don't get caught up in a lot of things or people, but Sarah...now, she's someone I can support and get fired up about. She's right for this hour--"for such a time as this."
So...unless something takes place, I am headed out of Alaska in a few hours. I am not done sharing with you this amazing experience, however. There are so many pictures and other stories coming your way once I get home and settled.
Thank you to all of you who have been following my blog, leaving comments, and just sharing yourselves. Thank you for praying for America, and for Sarah, and for me. As I always say, "The best is yet to come."