Happy 4th of July {7.4.17}

So many thoughts have been going through my head as we celebrate this July 4th in our great country – the United States of America. Somewhere along the way it seems the “united” part got lost. When I think of growing up and learning the Pledge of Allegiance,I pledge allegience I remember saying it with pride, hope and reverence. That flag represented our country. The country where we lived, worked, learned and loved together. Those who lived here treated our flag with respect and dignity, not disregard and disdain. We respected our President. He was OUR PRESIDENT – we had a choice and voted him in office. What other country has these privileges? Even if we didn’t agree with choices made by our President and government, we respected the position and whomever “we the people” voted into office. We prayed for our President, our government, our country and those living in it.

1 Timothy 2:1-6 (NLT): “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.”

What has happened? Maybe it’s because we got so used to God blessing our country that we became prideful and thought we had done everything on our own. We didn’t think we needed to depend upon Him any longer – we were “it” in and of ourselves. Then we started thinking about ourselves – not as a united people but as individuals who are entitled. We are smart, inventive – know it all’s. We forgot to first seek God and His Kingdom, we became our own kings and queens. We wanted our rights given to us.

It is so clear that we are in a spiritual warfare here in the United States (and the world). God wants His rightful place again – first place. In our hearts, our families, our communities, our country. Will we fight to give it back to Him? Our lives depend upon it – our life here on earth and our eternal life. God has told us how. We just need to do it. we the people

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT) “ Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

So, as we are celebrating with cook-outs, fireworks, etc. this 4th of July I pray we remember The One who made it all possible – GOD! We are lost without Him. He is the air we breathe…He allows each breath. I am truly thankful for God and our country and will fight for both (on my knees). Will you?

USA – Land that I love! {11.5.16}

As we approach Election Day next Tuesday, God woke me up this morning with some thoughts to share.  I was reminded of the companies for which I have worked in my career. There have not been that many (7 total I think from teenager to now) but most of them have held corporate values of which I could align mine. The company’s values are what drive their decisions, day to day operations and government of their employees. The same thing is true with countries.

Let’s revisit our country’s values. Of course foremost is our Constitution. I did not include it here because of space limits but encourage you to search it on your own and see what it says. Today, even some of the truth of our history has been changed to reflect “politically correct” thinking. It’s a good idea to seek and know the truth. Only the truth will set us free.  John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

I’m not even sure if school children still recite the Pledge of Allegiance but here are the words.usa-flag

Our Pledge of Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Our National Anthem is usually sung at sporting events but unfortunately, cheering for the teams usually begin before the singer has finished the first verse. Here are the words. The song actually has four verses. Pay particular attention to the last verse.

Our National Anthem – The Star Spangled Banner

Oh, say! can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming; Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there: Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam, In fully glory reflected now shines in the stream: ‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh, long may it wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion A home and a country should leave us no more? Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution! No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: “In God is our trust“: And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

usaNow that we are reminded of what is so special about our country and its core values, let’s pray for our nation to get back to those values and that we will live in truth and freedom. After 9-11 many sought God immediately and fervently. Then time went on and we forgot God. It’s time to humble ourselves and turn back to Him today. Only God can truly heal our land. 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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

May God Bless America – land that I love!