Direction from Philippians 4

Philippians 4: 5Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.7And the peace of God, … Continue reading

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Our High Calling…in our Workplace

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Angels to Guard the Door

Have you seen the movie Fireproof?  My husband and I watched it together when it first came out, but today I caught the last 20 minutes after finishing up an exercise workout and switching back to TBN on the TV.  … Continue reading

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A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee…

…you will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again. A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she … Continue reading

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Wait upon God

I love the words from Psalm 62:5-8.  Hear what the word of God says to you today: “My soul, wait only upon God, for my expectation is from Him.  He only is my rock and my salvation.  He is my defense.  I shall NOT be moved.  In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength and my refuge is in God.  Trust in Him at all times ye people.  Pour out your heart before Him.  God is a refuge for us.”

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The Power of Prayer

Someone has said if Christians really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.  Did you know that during World War II there was an adviser to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed  hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people, and for peace?

There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America .  If you would like to participate, every evening at 9:00 pm EST, stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation.

Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.

“The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” ~ Samuel Adams, 1776

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If we don’t, who will?

Driving to see family on this Easter Sunday, the Holy Spirit gave me the idea for this blog post. I was thinking about this nation, this great U.S.A. that I love, where I was born and raised, and the country I call home. I was thinking about things I’ve read and heard concerning the decline of Godly principles in America and how no matter what happens in the political arena or our nation, we really are fighting a spiritual battle that will only be won through prayer, the prayer of God’s people. If we don’t pray, who will?

I often think of the words from 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Christians…all who claim the name of Jesus Christ…all who love this land we call America…if we don’t fight this spiritual battle with prayer for this land, who will?

I believe God is calling His church to rise up and pray and intercede for our nation. For far too long, many Christians within the church have felt that Christianity and politics do not mix, but if you look at the way our nation was founded and read quotations written by our Founding Fathers, you will see that this nation was founded on Godly principles and we were warned from the beginning by those same Founders to always seek God and put Him first in our laws and our lives.

Ted and I have been participating in a 12-week Truth Project study where we have become more and more enlightened to falsehoods prevalent within our society today.  There has been a slow but steady decline throughout my entire lifetime where God has been removed from the public sector of our society one step at a time.  In fact, the myth of “separation of church and state” has been taught for so long that people misunderstand the meaning of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Read for yourself what the First Amendment says:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The early settlers came to America to live free from the British government’s control over the church.  These men and women wanted to worship God and to be governed by His laws according to His word not according to governmental dictate.  As stated in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

I think of the song from the 1990s by Carman, “We need God in America Again.”  How this song still applies to our nation today.

Rise up church, and pray!!  Rise up fellow Christians, and pray!!  Rise up all you who follow Jesus Christ, and pray!!  Pray that we bring God back to America again!!

If we don’t, who will?

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God is like… written by 5th graders

God is like.
He works miracles.

God is like.
He’s got a better idea..
God is like.
He’s the real thing.

God is like.
He cares enough to send His very best.
God is like.
He gets the stains out others leave behind. …

God is like.
He brings good things to life.
God is like.
He has everything.
God is like.
Try Him, you’ll like Him

God is like.
You can’t see Him, but you know He’s there.

God is like.
He’s ready when you are. God is like.
You’re in good hands with Him.  
God is like.
VO-5 Hair Spray…He holds through all kinds of weather

God is like.
Aren’t you glad you have Him?  Don’t you wish everybody did?
God is like.
Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet nor ice will keep Him from
His appointed destination. 
God is like.
Chevrolet. . . the heartbeat of America. 
God is like.
Maxwell House… 
Good to the very last drop. 

God is like.
B o u n t y . . . 
He is the quicker  picker  upper… Can handle the tough jobs…
And He won’t fall apart on you.

 It would be great if everyone knew what God is like…….

God is like.
The Energizer Bunny…
He Keeps Going, Going, and Going

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Manners, consideration and customer service.

Walking out of a building today, I was blessed by two men coming in from the other direction who stopped and held the door for me.  “Thank you!” I said, then smiled and thought to myself, “Some people still have manners.  Their moms must have taught them well.”

In a culture where manners, consideration and customer service seem to be almost a lost art, I am thankful for those who still remember the importance of these things, those who learned them perhaps from their moms.

Then I got to thinking about my mom…

Mom taught me the value of the “Golden Rule.”  You know, the one that says “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  I know this originated from the words of Jesus, and it was always the way Mom taught us to live.  Mom also used to say, “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.”  Great advice for uplifting and encouraging rather than tearing down or discouraging another person.

Mom taught me ways to look after myself and protect myself too, sometimes even to the extreme…but for these, today I am thankful.  Thanks Mom!

As I walked, I thought about today’s generation of young adults, many raised by Daycare providers instead of mom and thought perhaps this is where the manners, consideration and customer service got lost.  Thanks Mom for raising me to value these things.  Thank you God for enabling me to raise my children with good morals, standards to live by, and to instill in them manners, consideration and customer service.

Let’s all strive to put more manners, consideration and customer service into the lives we live.  We will all be better for it!

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Light in the Darkness

After a  women’s meeting at my church this past fall, I came home very excited about our speaker’s enthusiasm with the fact that we are the light in the growing darkness seen in our nation, and the fact that as it gets darker and darker, we can therefore shine brighter and brighter.

I had been talking with a friend the Sunday prior about how I am just not sure what exactly God wants us as Christians to do about what is going on in our nation and with Israel.  I agree that we can certainly pray, and I believe we are called to do so, but somehow I just feel like maybe our focus has been wrong.

I spoke to my friend about how we love this nation and we don’t want to see it destroyed or see our freedoms taken away, but that I wonder if we are really focusing on the wrong things by being so disturbed over what we currently see.  I wonder if this is really just part of God’s plan.

And then I got to thinking about our evening speaker’s statement and the way her face kind of lit up as she spoke, and it all came together for me.  Yes, our nation is very dark and getting darker, but God is using us to shine forth His light even brighter and brighter.

The greater the darkness, the brighter our light will become.  Praise His name!

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