ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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10-27 WHILE THEY WERE STONING HIM

 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”  – Acts 7:59


On this day in 1659, two Quakers, William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson, were executed (hanged from an elm tree on Boston Common in Boston) in the Massachusetts Bay Colony for their religious beliefs.  They were the first Quakers to be executed in America.   They came from England in 1656 to escape religious persecution – ironically.  The two had violated a law passed by the Massachusetts General Court the year before, banning Quakers from the colony under penalty of death.

The Christian movement known as The Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, was founded by George Fox in England during the early 1650’s.  Quakers opposed central church authority, preferring to seek spiritual insight and consensus through egalitarian Quaker meetings.  They supported sexual equality and became some of the most outspoken opponents of slavery in early America.  Quakers found solace in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and other colonies, and Massachusetts’ anti-Quaker laws were later repealed.

By the mid 18th century, John Woolman, an abolitionist Quaker, was traveling the American colonies, preaching and advancing the anti-slavery cause.  He organized boycotts of products made by slave labor and was responsible for convincing many Quaker communities to publicly denounce slavery.  Other abolitionist Quaker was Lucretia Mott, who worked on the Underground Railroad in the 19th century, helping lead fugitive slaves to freedom in the Northern states and Canada.  She was later a leader in the movement for women’s rights, including the right to vote.

 If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.   – American Quaker Saying

Seriously?  Can I have a minute to let that one sink in???  Um…  no – I’m squishing the spider.  😉

I’m not a Quaker – but I like movies like Friendly Persuasion and Angel and the Badman.  To be perfectly honest, I’ve always thought of Quakers as I do the Amish.  I was surprised when I read their history and how liberal their beliefs are.  They have no central church authority and believe in true equality.  They are peace-loving folk that won’t be a part of war.

Now that terrorists are running around beheading people I wonder if that will work – but that’s their belief.

Me – I want to learn how to shoot and carry.  Well – maybe not – but I’m tempted.

Christians in America have really not known persecution – yet.  So far, we certainly have not had to give our very lives for our faith.  I’m so thankful for the sacrifices of the past that ultimately affected changes for the good, aren’t you?  They stood strong so that future generations could enjoy freedom and equality and know real joy in the Lord.  😀

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL NO RHYME (NOR REASON) DAY

TL 9-1 NATIONAL NO RHYME (NOR REASON) DAY

9-1 I WISH IT WAS PRETEND
Today is NATIONAL NO RHYME (NOR REASON) DAY!!!  I’m not making it up – it really is.   

The 9/11 anniversary is coming up in just a few days. I’ve prayed now more than ever about the terrorist activity here in our country. Then we hear from our President that he has no strategy against ISIS. No, I’m not worried… not a problem.  Yikes!!!

The Brits are at a level 2 alert while America is not taking action of any kind. I suppose it’s true that England is closer to the threat, but aren’t we just a plane ride from England? Jus’ sayin’…

I know my posts are usually brighter and if this one bums you out, I am so sorry. I hope to end this one on a bright note even if it starts out a little rough. Just hang in there with me, OK? Thanks for understanding! Last Thursday we heard this:

OK – I don’t give a flying fig what color SUIT the President wears! PLEASE… focus people! There’s a greater threat to our homeland than ever before and all I hear about is the color of suit the President is wearing! The man was ready for the Labor Day weekend and dressed for it – isn’t he always in vacation mode? You know, if he would have done a little less golfing and had more meetings with the people who will help him come up with a strategy – MAYBE HE WOULD HAVE A STRATEGY! I pray for the man – I really do!

That’s one more reason to pray more than usual. I don’t exactly place a lot of faith in the government about this – um… or anything else. Forgive me for not being a rock solid positive person today. The worst threat in the history of the United States is knocking on our door – they don’t stutter when they speak – they want to kill all who are not Muslim. Last time I checked, that would include me and many of my friends. And yes, I know if I died I would go to heaven – that’s not the point. I thought I might get to visit a beach and tour a few lighthouses first. I’m being honest.

I’m scared. I was going to say I’m concerned – but it’s much more than that. God knows I am just scared spitless about this terrorist activity. I will not be in a large group of people on 9/11 this year – or any other year on that day. Did you know there are some comedic satires about this stuff? Let me tell you, the threat is not funny to me – not even almost. Those skits are in such bad taste! I was going to post a YouTube video of some of the sick satires about it – but why would I want to spread it around? If you do look up those videos on your own, make sure to give them a big THUMBS DOWN before you leave!

This is the part that gets encouraging. See, I told you it’ll get better! The key to overcoming fear is FAITH in God and His Son, Christ Jesus. These are times when we need to lean on Him more and less on our own understanding.  No matter who the President of the United States is, Jesus Christ is the King of kings!!!  WORD!!!

Putting feet to our faith is not easy. Since childhood I’ve heard teaching about overcoming fear with faith. I speak the words out loud on a regular basis, but today I needed to be reminded once again. When I look at what my eyes can see, it frightens me. When I feel what God says to my soul, that fear is calmed and replaced with faith. It’s a matter of keeping God’s Word ever before me.

Hey, do me a favor. If you read this and agree with me and you agree to pray for this situation, please leave a comment here! You don’t have to write a book in the comments, but I’d like to know that others are agreeing with me in prayer about this. Thanks – and thanks for letting me be less than “happy happy” today. I appreciate everyone who reads my blog! God bless you!

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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WE PRAY FOR PEACE

PRAY FOR ISRAEL

I doubt I’ll ever get to the Holy Land, but I enjoy the “tours” via You Tube! Israel belongs to God and He will protect His own against evil. Hamas and Jihad are evil. They want to kill and view their own death as gain if they kill others in the process. It’s totally backward to the Christian’s belief system. That’s why we have a difficult time wrapping our minds around it. It’s so messed up!

Our Lord taught us to be loving and forgiving and turn the other cheek. Hamas is all about destruction and they don’t think twice about it. We pray for God’s people. We pray for Israel every day! There have been reports in the enemy newspapers about how Israel’s God protects them. They admit it – and that makes me want to do the Holy Ghost Happy Dance! I love hearing accounts that God intervenes and protects His own! Praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow!

But think about it… it’s just like Jesus to roll the clouds away!

Amen, sister!

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:1-4

I don’t question God’s methods – I don’t know whether He Himself is protecting Israel or whether He has sent angels to do it, but I’m thankful for His mighty hand being there. It’s my prayer that His protection will stay on Israel.

How do we as Christians pray for Israel? We just humbly bow our heads and say:

Dear Heavenly Father,
We pray for peace in Jerusalem. Our hearts are broken when we see the violence and suffering as men, women and children are injured and killed on both sides of the conflict. We don’t understand why it has to be this way, nor do we truly know if war is right or wrong, but we pray for Your sovereign righteousness, Lord. We pray for Your wisdom in the midst of this war and for Your mercy. For the governments, militants and terrorists, we ask for Your kingdom to come and rule over the land. Protect the soldiers and civilians from bloodshed. May Your truth and light shine in the darkness. God, we do not understand the way Hamas and Jihad believe because we have been taught to love and forgive. They have been taught to hate and kill – to the point where they give their own life in the process and see it as gain in the afterlife. We can’t wrap our minds around that sort of theology. Dear God, in this land where only hatred and death are known, please somehow let Your love prevail in their midst! Help me as a Christian to support those who You support, Lord, and to bless those who You bless, my God. In this mess please bring about the saving hope of Your Son, Jesus Christ to the people of Israel, dear God. Bring Your salvation to the whole earth.
It’s in the precious name of Jesus we pray,
Amen.