A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

 Forge the chain, the chain of imprisonment determined for them.  How long should a city wait and watch as bloody crimes take place – and the city gets more and more violent – and scary for the innocent citizens?  When should the authorities finally declare that the chain should be made?  Regardless of the lawlessness around us, and the disregard for others – or life itself – God is the final Judge of it all.  I don’t know about you, but I find a great deal of comfort in that truth.

Our God is love – but He is also the most fair of all Judges!  He will decide when the chain should be made – and He will determine who is bound and who is free.  Believe me when I say the freedom that God grants is the greatest freedom you can experience!  Did you know that once you ask God through Christ to forgive your transgressions, He not only forgives them, but He FORGETS them?  We’ve all heard the expression FORGIVE AND FORGET.  Sadly, the forget portion of that rarely, if ever, applies to other people.  But your Lord is willing to forgive and forget.  So – when the enemy of your soul tries to slap you in the face with your wrongdoings – and you ask God to forgive you for them again…  God’s going to say, WHAT SIN ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?  Isn’t that wonderful?

When we see others causing havoc around us, we need to stop in our tracks and pray for them.  Nobody is beyond God’s reach – and He knows the motivation behind their actions.  It’s not up to us to say MAKE A CHAIN.  We can’t count anyone as hopeless, because God is the only HOPE they have – and He’s ready to help them when they’re ready to ask Him for help.

I’m not suggesting that laws should not be followed and observed.  I am saying that being violent toward those who are starting violence is not the right solution.  There’s one more old saying I’d like to throw out there for pondering…  Two wrongs don’t make a right.  Being violent against a violent person is stooping to their level, don’t you think?  I’d rather take the violent person to my Father in prayer.  Only God knows their heart and mind.  He knows the motivation behind the act.  Let’s pray for the troubled in our midst.  🙂

 

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.  – Proverbs 21:30

God has impressed on me to ask everyone to pray for the President elect and pray for America.  I know most of us have been doing that for a very long time, but when God gives me a job to do…  I do it.

prayGod does not care which side of the political fence you sit on – and neither do I.  We need to unite and pray as God’s children – it’s as simple as that.

On January 20th, the President elect will become the President.  He has so much work to do in his first 100 days – I certainly do not envy his position.  Let’s come together and pray for God to give him the courage, strength, humility to lean on Him, and especially wisdom to do the right thing for Americans everywhere!

Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?  – 2 Chronicles 1:1

So that they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of the king and his sons.  – Ezra 6:10

For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good.  But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason.  They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.  – Romans 13:4

Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile.  Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.  – Jeremiah 29:7

In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.  – Proverbs 21:1

 

Our Heavenly Father,

We humbly bow before You to ask Your blessings on our President elect, Donald Trump.  We pray that you would endow him with Your wisdom and knowledge as he makes decisions that will affect Americans everywhere.  May he execute justice for everyone equally.  We pray that You would build a hedge and surround him with angels at all times.  Keep him healthy and safe please.  Help him to stay focused and energized from above.  May he stay encouraged and positive about the direction America heads from now on.  Please help him to pursue peace and prosperity for Americans as he has promised to do.  Above all, we pray for Your perfect will to be done in our country, Lord.  May we be a blessing to You every day as we are showered with blessings every day.

We ask all of this in the precious name of Christ Jesus our Lord,

Amen.

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During this administration, it’s my hope and prayer that our country will turn back to God and understand that it’s HE who will make America truly great.  May He guide and direct our new President and keep him as only He can.  🙂

 

 

VETERANS DAY

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November 11, 1919 was proclaimed the first commemoration of Armistice Day.  After World War II the name was changed to Veterans Day.

To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…  – President Wilson

Originally the day was to be observed with parades and public meetings, along with a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

These days we don’t see many parades or public meetings…  and nobody suspends business…  ever.  Today, businesses offer veterans discounts and freebies!

The idea is to show appreciation to a veteran – not just today…  but everyday!   It’s amazing what a simple THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE does for someone who has made a sacrifice for this country.freedom-to-praise-himThose who fought for our freedoms deserve our respect.

The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.  – Jeff Miller

 

Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day.  – Charles B. Rangel

Whatever your plans for today…  we do want to say THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!  We enjoy our freedom because of the sacrifice you’ve made.  🙂the-meaning-of-honor

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ELECTION DAY IN THE USA – AND JESUS IS STILL LORD

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The LORD was moved by prayer for the land.  – 2 Samuel 24:25

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Most of my friends say they will be glad when this election is finally OVER.  I took advantage of early voting and voted by mail.  I was done with the campaign after I voted – after all, I’d done everything I could possibly do, right?

Was there another person I could persuade to see things my way?  Well, I didn’t think there was, but God apparently wanted me to meet up with some folks who were still wavering on the fence.  One was ready to forfeit her right to vote this time around.  We had a good conversation – she told me how she felt about both candidates and I asked a few simple questions.  I think I helped her see how not voting is not helping matters.america-needs-you-lord

Voting is probably the most personal of all things we do in life.  Just as some people choose to keep their faith to themselves and practice in private – some people are that way about their political views.  I tend to clam up if I’m in mixed company and the subject of politics comes up – but I can be the big mouth in a group if I’m with like-minded people.

Women should remember that it’s important to exercise their RIGHT to vote because that right was not always there!

If you’re a woman making the decision NOT to vote, regardless of your party or candidate, remember that just a short 96 years ago some very brave and incredibly strong women won a long hard-fought battle to grant you the ability to do so.  To sit at home, complaining about your country and the path it’s going down and NOT exercising your right to vote, is a slap in the face to those women and women everywhere.  – Bridget Montgomery

11-7-god-understands-donkeys-and-elephantsFor me it’s like this:  there will be no politics in Heaven.  Political rallies and campaigns will not take place beyond the pearly gates.  If you ever needed an incentive for going to Heaven…  there it is.  I’m joking – there are better incentives than that!

I have one observation to inject here – for what it’s worth.  It’s well-known that blue is the democratic color and red is the republican color.  What do you get when you mix those two colors?  PURPLE!!!  What does purple represent?  It represents ROYALTY.  Christ Jesus is KING and how wonderful if America was not red or blue, but PURPLE!!!  Let’s bow down to King Jesus regardless of whether blue or red is at the helm of this country.

God loves everyone regardless of political affiliation.  He loves liberals, conservatives, and everyone in-between.  That’s the truth that will help our country to heal after this election.  Somebody is going to lose this thing.  It’s important that we don’t let the hurt destroy our souls in the process.  The differences between liberals and conservatives are clear, but we must remember that God doesn’t see our political affiliation and beliefs…  God sees a soul that will either turn to Him for help or will not.god-holds-the-worldWhen the election is over…  will you trust GOD to hold your world together?  The ultra rich people running for President of the United States are not able to save us, you know.  They may have programs and plans that you feel will benefit our country, but they can’t save you.  Only God, through His only Son, Christ Jesus can save you now and for eternity.

At this point, we don’t know who our President will be…  but we know without a doubt that God knows who it will be…  and that is comforting!  He knows how this will go down and what lies ahead…  because He’s already there – in the future!

 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.  – Hebrews 11:8

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Here’s a prayer from http://www.hopeforthebrokenhearted.com/15027956_10154749935764939_5908825399816599926_n

Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords!  You know the truth.  What will you do about it?  You have a choice to accept God’s love and the sacrifice of Christ, or reject it.  The proverbial ball is in your court.  Have a blessed day.  🙂

PRO-LIFE DAY OF SILENT SOLIDARITY

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I am pro-life; however, I’m not always silent.  For so many reasons, I am NOT voting for the out of touch, power-hungry, wealth seeking Hillary Clinton.  The ads about how she is champion of children everywhere makes me sick.  She forgot to make it clear that the children she supports are the ones who are already born.  She has said time and again that she thinks late-term abortion – that means up to the time of birth – is fine.  This is SO immoral and unnecessary.  You know what gets me?  As president, she would have the POWER to change the laws for the unborn – but if she did that, she would lose liberal pro-choice votes.  It’s ALL about winning without taking morals or values into consideration.  There’s man’s law and there’s GOD’S law…  I’d rather cross man’s law than God’s law any day and twice on Sunday.  God says abortion is MURDER.  It is murder, regardless of what the Constitution of the U.S. says.  No wonder our country is in trouble.

I don’t typically write about anything political, but this election is about so much more than any election in recent history.  The fate of the Supreme Court is in question.  The safety or lack thereof here in the U.S. is at stake.  Healthcare – don’t get me started.  We need to get away from all the tabloid junk from decades ago and get back to the issues, folks!  This is stupid…  we have debt beyond anything we’ve ever known.  America is in deep doo…  and all anyone can talk about is what someone said or did decades ago – it makes me nuts!  Quit it!

On Meet The Press, Mrs. Clinton expressed her views about unborn children.  She sort of double-talks around about how we would certainly help the MOTHER as much as possible – yeah…  but that poor unborn child – well…  not so much.

In Hillary world an unborn child is unprotected.  Who in their right mind kills an unborn child – the most helpless of all God’s creations?  Who in their right mind supports that platform???  As a man (or woman) thinketh, so is he (she).  Has she been a highly paid big time lawyer and politician for so long that she really doesn’t have a clue that it is evil and God calls it MURDER?

You know…  I’m just asking.  I’m not a highly paid anything.  I’m not a lawyer or a politician.  I’m just a person who wants to understand a country that does not protect the most innocent – the weakest ones among us???  It’s sad – just so very sad.  Jesus weeps.images-206

As I said, there are so many issues where Mrs. Clinton and I disagree.  The issue of abortion is a total deal-breaker in my book.  You know, if we ask God to Bless America…  how can we expect Him to bless our country if we show no regard for HIS ways???  Do you want peace, tranquility, prosperity and blessings from God?  Yeah, me too!  We have to stop murdering the unborn.  America will be judged – and God can and will withhold HIS blessing on us if we don’t get it together!  We need to humble ourselves before God and ask forgiveness – all of us – and turn from our wicked ways!  ONLY then will He heal our land and bless us abundantly.  Read 2 Chronicles 7:14.  Commit it to memory.  It matters.

It’s my two cents worth…  I pray for the upcoming election in America.  I pray that somehow in a quiet moment, Mrs. Clinton has an ah-ha moment and realizes that God’s laws trump the American Constitution and all the power and wealth she has accumulated all these years will not last forever.  I pray for the unborn babies in America.  It’s never wrong to do the RIGHT THING.  🙂

 

NATIONAL DAYS OF PRAYER & REMEMBRANCE

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Dear Heavenly Father,
The Bible tells us that You understand what our hearts feel even when we are not able to utter the words that make sense.  We trust that You hear our heavy hearts right now.  We’ve made strides to move on with our lives because we don’t have a choice but to do so, but our country will never be the same.  We lost a little of our ability to trust others.  We lost much of our innocence to be sure.  The impact of that day will be a part of who we are as a nation until the day You return to take Your own to Heaven.  We continue to pray for healing on all levels for the ones who were there that day.  Please keep Your mighty hand on the ones who lost loved ones.  We know that’s a pain that never ceases, even with the passing of time.  Bless the first responders, good Samaritans and those able to lend a hand that day.  We long for real peace more now than ever before.  Lord, please heal our land and restore America as only You can.  Help us to humble ourselves before You and seek Your face as a nation.  We ask all of this in the matchless name of Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior, Amen.

Where to go from here?  We remember…  we pray for those who will grieve losses.  But at some point, we count the crosses along with the gifts we’re given by God.  Lucinda reminds us to Count and Grow.COUNT AND GROW

WE THANK YOU FOR THATIt isn’t easy to be thankful to God when you feel such deep pain and loss, but once you begin to thank Him for the little things…  I guess I should say, the seemingly little things, as they are not – things like waking up, being able to get out of bed, your next breath…  if you can consider that it’s God making all these things possible – and start praising Him for these things…  it’s a start to finding a new normal in your life.  Lucinda writes, “When it is beyond us, You get the glory.”  So, we know that our loss is beyond our control, but when we start to be thankful for things in our own life, God gets the glory.

We can’t do a day by ourselves but we lean on God for help.  And we thank Him for that!  🙂

 

PSALM 9:8 ON 9/8

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He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity.  – Psalm 9:8

There are times when the political tension can be cut with a knife.  I see this election cycle as one of choosing the lesser of two evils.  That’s why I want to focus on God…  because HE reigns with righteousness and judges with equity.  Once His children back away from all the distractions of this election cycle and open God’s Word…  that’s when we can say with confidence, NO MATTER WHO IS ELECTED PRESIDENT, JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!

A BOOK WITH PROMISEThe Psalms have been a source of wisdom and comfort to me.  Even though this election is pivotal to America, in my opinion, God’s Word has given me assurance that no matter what happens, it will be alright because our God is in control – and He will not be mocked.  Those who are evil and wrongdoers will be brought to justice in the end.  The wheat will be separated from the chaff and God will have the last word.

I pray that God will work in the midst of Americans during this time.  Only God is able to cut through the babble in our country and touch human hearts, minds and spirits.  We need to learn what He wants for us now more than ever.  So many have completely rejected His Holy Word.  Through ministries we pray that some will find their way back.  We trust God for the increase because we know that His Word will not return to Him void.  We plant seeds…  that’s all we do.

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I love this song – and to tell the truth, I sing it with Heather as I’m driving in my little car – windows down and sunroof open – “We’ve all been lost and we’ve all been hurt, where our hope is thin and our faith don’t work, but nothing lasts forever, the only thing that matters is God is still God and He holds it together, so hang on now.” 

Thank you, Heather – I will hang on!  Today’s reminder is this…  God is still God.  He will judge as only He can.  No matter who becomes the next President in the United States, God is still God and my hope and trust is in Him alone.  🙂