Don’t They Know?

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This goes out to TB…

Don’t They Know what your silence means? Can they hear your heart breaking and mending? Don’t they know what today is?

Can they feel your insides shaking with fear of tomorrow? Can they see past the veil of courage, inside the trembling nerves that you try to control?

How can they ever know? He knows. He calms your fear. You give Him control. He is mending. He is, because you give every time. You give, He takes away.

You are strong. You are loved. You are an example. You are a rock because you always lean on The Rock.

This too shall pass!

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A Funny Friday

1524448794540-1315408825.jpg“Well I don’t think that will fit” “It’s not the right color” Does she like the red apples or the green? I can’t remember”

Sadly y’all, these conversations I had today with myself!! Do you talk to yourself? I’m finding myself having more and more of these conversations with myself. And you know, I didn’t think it was so bad when I was at home and alone….but. Now it’s happening in the stores! Lol. I can’t get through the store without muttering and mumbling about what I’m doing!

There’s that lady talking to herself again! I just know this is what they’re saying. I hope I’m exaggerating.  I hope.

But on a serious note, I think our lives have become so full and busy that we have to keep in order the next thought coming to our minds. And sometimes, for some of us, it’s talking our way through our day and duties. Cell phones, fast food, homework, oil changes, mow the lawn, shovel the snow, read Amy’s blog!  There’s just so much to do in a day. Maybe we should stop once and a while and simply look up.

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The Bible says that knowledge would increase in the end days…as fast as our world is spinning, I can only conclude it’s nearing the end! Are you ready?

 

Where Is Your Hope?

1525488917083938762429.jpgSome days we have our hope priorities  in line with God’s will for our lives. Some days things go smoothly, like your day has been practiced and orchastrated before you even woke that morning. You know what I mean. The days when every time you toss something in the trash, you make a basket kind of days. When your faith is tall and nothing can knock it down.

But what about those seasons, those moments in our lives? The times of uncertainty. Where can our hope be found then?

For some it’s finding hope in the next chemo treatment. Waiting for the doctors report of whether it’s helped to shrink the tumors or not. For others, hope may be found with the phone call from the bank with approval for a loan to help them get by another month. Hope can be found in a new job or a new baby.

Unfortunately, many find their hope in substances: the next drink, pill, line, joint, needle. The hope in finding that high that matches the first high. It’s an age old trick of the deceiver which is running rampant in our country.

But there is a hope that delivers everlasting peace; that in those uncertain times we can lean on the strength and hope of our Savior!

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The Prayers of Our American Ancestors by Jessica Kickbush

 In 1620, 102 Pilgrims boarded a ship, leaving a relatively easy life behind to travel to barren land for new beginnings. Most have heard this magnificent story. We love the Thanksgiving holiday with turkey and pumpkin pie that is annually celebrated in honor of our ancestor’s  bravery.  But let us take a deeper look at this story.

  The pilgrims disagreed with the Church of England on many different Biblical grounds. Many felt that the traditions and orders were man-made and not of the Bible.  They were known for their conservative beliefs and values and were called Separatists.  Their voyage to America would not be the first for these brave souls.  They first fled England, and settled in a more tolerant country called Holland.

 In Holland, they found religious freedom, but their children found secular life to be enticing.  The Separatists were alarmed by this fact.  In an effort to preserve their children, they made a decision to sell everything, give up a life of ease, and move to the New World.

 Yes, most have heard about this story in second grade. Most of us wore the Pilgrim hats, and enjoyed decorating with Indian corn, but the Pilgrim’s story is really one about faith in the Lord.  A story, when completed, would be the foundation of one of the greatest nations on Earth.

The Pilgrims were plagued with problems from the beginning.  They set sail in two ships, but soon the Speedwell sprung a disastrous leak. They returned to land, and combined two ships of people and supplies into one ship – the Mayflower.  The Mayflower was a merchant ship that was designed to carry cargo, not passengers. The delay caused them to sail during the Atlantic stormy season.  Soon passengers became sea sick, and the living conditions were far from sanitary.  Still nothing would stop them from pursuing their calling – living a life where they could worship God according to how they felt the Bible meant it to be.

 Their troubles did not end there.  In the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, the main mast of the ship cracked during a rather violent storm.  They were trapped in a watery grave.  It was determined that it was irreparable.  In reality, the Pilgrims faced certain death, but they began to pray. Miraculously, one of the men had brought a giant iron screw from England for the purpose of building houses, and they used that to repair the mast. The God that they served had provided in the midst of a violent storm at sea.

 This was not the first that they would pray, and the good Lord would provide just enough and in the right time.  Our history books may have forgotten to mention, that every task and hardship that they faced was first fought on their knees.  William Bradford would keep a journal, and mentioned time and time again how God provided, but first, the pilgrims prayed. When they stepped foot on land in the New World, they immediately rejoiced together and praise God that He allowed them to see land again.

 154 years after the pilgrims, on September 5, 1774, a group of delegates met to make important decisions. Before they began, an unknown Patriot suggested that they pray first. That day, Rev. Jacob Daschle lead the First Continental Congress in prayer. John Adams described that moment in a letter to his wife as a real move of God, “… Who can realize the emotions with which they turned imploring heaven for divine interposition and aid it was enough to melt a heart of stone.  I never saw a greater effect upon an audience. …. I saw tears gushing into the eyes of the old, grave pacific Quakers of Philadelphia.”  Prayer would start every meeting during and after the Revolutionary War. Congress called around fifteen special days of prayer and fasting.  This is yet another forgotten piece of history. Yes, our great nation was founded on prayer to the Almighty God, our Savior.

 Our first president, George Washington, was a man of great faith.  Before becoming president, Washington was the commander in chief of the American patriots during the Revolutionary War.  He took a band of men, who had no official training as soldiers, and won against the mightiest army on the face of the earth.  So often analyst will write long articles, in which they give reasons that make it seem that luck was on Washington’s side.  Luck was not apart of the equation, but God himself was on Washington’s side.

Today, I want to share with you a little known fact that has left a profound impact on me.  Upon becoming the commander in chief, George Washington ordered that each day would begin with prayer, led by the officer of each unit in the colonial army.  Rev. Henry Muhlenberg, as he was passing through the woods near Valley Forge observed George Washington himself deep in prayer.  Washington, facing the toughest year of the war, was alone, on his knees, horse by his side, praying to the Almighty God. He sought God’s favor.  His troops were cold, hungry, sick, and death was rampant due to diseases.  Muhlenberg stated, “Such a prayer I never heard from the lips of a man”.

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 Washington was losing more troops to death, due to diseases, rather than loss of life in battles.  90% of deaths during the Revolutionary war were due to diseases.  Washington made a medically historic decision that many historians point to as one of the most profound moves in the history of the Revolutionary war. Washington secretly ordered all troops to be inoculated, during the month of February in 1777.   This would mean that three – quarters of his troops would be sick and need time to recover. Although battles were not fought during he winter months, Washington took a great risk of the British finding out and attacking during this time.  The thought of a commander in chief putting the majority of his troops out of commission during such a critical time in a war is unheard of, yet Washington did it.

 This brave and daring act saved the lives of countless soldiers, and ultimately made a stronger army.   As we know, the American’s won the war, and we have our freedom today.  I often wonder if God did not whisper to Washington on that cold day in the middle of the woods a plan to vaccinate his soldiers. Such a plan took a great amount of faith on Washington’s part.

 Today, 241 years later, God has called us to work hard for Him.  We must have the faith of our forefathers, those who sacrificed luxury, life,  and had great faith in God.  He has called us to wade deeper into the waters.  Our families, and this great nation are depending on us to pray.  God is going to move in ways we have never before witnessed.

National Day of Prayer

15254896173291465769600.jpgToday is USA’s National Day of Prayer. Every 1st Thursday in May our nation takes a portion out of it’s day to celebrate and embrace our freedom of prayer. In 1952 president Harry S. Truman signed it into law. And has been recognized every year since.

For some, today will be a day they will pray for our nation and it’s leaders. Their prayers will plead with God to heal our land, to hear our cry, and to unite the American people. For others, their prayers may be of thanksgiving that they live in a country with the freedom of worship, the freedom to choose who, what, when and where to worship. Our children will assemble at their flag poles, bow their heads and say a student lead prayer; as it is their right to do so according to the Constitution.

But I can’t help to wonder about those who don’t usually pray. Those who believe in God, know He’s real but just don’t “practice” their beliefs. Will they pray today? Will they hear that it’s National Day of Prayer, will their hearts will be prompted to simply pray/speak to God? Maybe not so much for their country’s sake, but maybe they will turn their faces toward God and just have a talk with Him.

With that thought I wonder if Heaven will be busier than any other day! No worries, our God is big enough to handle all those knocks on His door! Happy National Day of Prayer. Did you pray today?1525316503249715680284.jpg

In The Twinkling Of An Eye

1525228406677-335191067.jpgDo you realize what that means? Quick, Blink your eyes! That is the speed at which we will be caught up with Jesus when He returns for His bride.

Yesterday I posted No Answers Its about questions I have that will never be answered. I will never know why.

There’s so many things science has been able to answer. Why we have two eyes instead of one. Why we grow hair here but not there. Why it takes a human life to develop nine months in the womb. But science cannot tell why a baby is born still. Or why some are born blind. Why a man had to die in a tragic car accident at such a young age. Why little children are raised in a traumatic environment, terrified most days.

In an instant, as quick as you can snap your fingers, in a twinkling of an eye; we will know why to all of our questions. And that for me is worth picking up my cross every day and following Him!

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No Answers

1525135008532-698528146.jpgI went in search of answers today. Nothing much, just tell me why. Why couldn’t she love me? Why was she so careless with me? Didn’t she know? Couldn’t she see the admiration in my eyes? Where are my answers?

What could I have done differently to get her to see me, beyond her? Was I ever really there, in her view? Still no answer, I’m getting angry.

“Do as I say, not as I do” Did she know how ignorant that statement is? Did she know I vowed to rise above? To break the generational cycle….Did she smirk when I failed? Why was she satisfied when I became the same as her?

Why was she bothered when I was washed in His blood and robed in His righteousness? Why didn’t she rejoice with the angels? Was I ever really there, in her view?

Does she know that I am a princess? Will she ever know my Father, the King of Kings?15251348560561202092713.jpg