“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” –Psalm 139:13-14
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—he who forms the hearts of all….” Psalm 33:15
It’s amazing to consider how Scripture describes the creation of our inmost being, our heart. Here at C4P, in honor of Governor Palin’s birthday today, we celebrate and honor the woman who courageously leads, works and gives with all her heart.
If you search the word “birthday” on this website, you would be amazed at how big-hearted Gov. Palin is at remembering everyone else’s birthdays. Heck, even with constant Facebook reminders it’s dicey for your average Joe or Jane to keep up!
Yet, entry after entry via her Facebook page, Gov. Palin commemorates the birthdays of family, friends and inspirational leaders: Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan; Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and the venerable Rev. Billy Graham. She even gave a shout-out to a woman named “Brooke,” who she met at a Walmart in Wisconsin during the book tour for Good Tidings, Great Joy.
Two years ago on her birthday, we got another glimpse into Gov. Palin’s heart as she remembered murdered Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield, and attended their funerals in Texas with Todd.
Some may call it “gutsy”, others “bold”. It’s probably a little bit of both. It all boils down to heart. Sarah Louise Heath, born February 11, 1964 in Sandpoint, Idaho, has been surrounded by family that is all heart –from her Father, Chuck, who forged into the Last Frontier that is Alaska with his young family, to her husband, Todd, who tackles the daunting 2000+ mile Iron Dog race in sub-zero temperatures.
With her courageous heart, we have seen Sarah Palin defy the odds –from taking on Big Oil on behalf of the citizens of Alaska, to standing up to corruption in her own party in Alaska, to ultimately sacrificing her position as Governor, serving the state she loves. As Chuck Heath, Jr. tells it in his book, Our Sarah, –co-written with his father, Chuck Heath, Sr.—when advisor Meghan Stapleton told her:
“If you resign, the publisher may withdraw that deal. You won’t be governor, and you won’t be a candidate and they could say, ‘We don’t want to do it.’ You could lose everything.” Sarah replied, ‘If it costs me everything, then that’s the way it will be.’ She was determined to return the governor’s office to executing its constitutional responsibilities, even if that decision had devastating personal consequences for her.”
Gov. Palin’s Dad, Chuck, also noted his daughter’s big heart during the bus tour for Going Rogue. They stopped in Virginia, where they met O.P. Ditch, a retired veteran from the US Air Force.
“’When she talked to you, she looked you right in the eye and actually listened. It almost looked like it went right to her heart.’ She did take those conversations to heart and listened intently to hear what people had to say.”
The book she wrote after that would be aptly named America by Heart. As Gov. Palin noted in the book: “This is my America, from my heart, and by my heart.”
That’s why when McCain staffers tried to script and micromanage her every sentence in 2008, Gov. Palin had to “go rogue” and speak from the heart. From his book, Our Sarah, her brother, Chuck observes:
“Very quickly, she noticed that when she tossed aside the prepared remarks and spoke about the topics from her heart, the message resonated with the public.”
Aside from her accomplishments in public office, Gov. Palin continues to astound (and confound) people as she campaigns and endorses commonsense, Constitutional, fiscal conservative candidates across the nation, who ultimately go on to victory and cite her as part of the reason for their victory.
When you add to that her youthful and energetic physique, the fact that she is happily married, a Mother of five, a Grandmother (with a great head of hair), a public servant and entrepreneur, she is formidable.
As Gov. Palin herself noted last year about birthdays in February:
“February is a month for great presidents. This month we celebrate the birthdays of three greats — Washington, Lincoln, and Reagan.”
Here’s a birthday wish: one day (soon) we will be able to add the name Palin to that list.
From CPAC 2012, where everyone wished her a happy birthday: