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Happy Memorial Day! Some interesting things about today...
1. How many Americans understand the true meaning behind Memorial Day?
According to a recent survey of 2,000 Americans, just 43% were aware it’s a holiday honoring those who died in service while in the U.S. Armed Forces.
2. How many understand the Moment of Remembrance?
Only half of those polled understood that this is a moment when Americans are asked to pause for one minute to remember those who have died in U.S. military service.
But a third surveyed were able to select the correct time for when it takes place — 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.
3. How many Americans understand the term "Gold Star Family"?
Half of Americans polled knew this is a family who has lost a loved one in military service.
To see the flag identifying a Gold Star Family, click here and scroll down.
If you are an American, what can you do to make the most of Memorial Day?...
Really, Chris? A black car with black rims and grill and black leather interior? I wasn’t sure it really “fit” me.
In our search to replace my 2006 Honda Odyssey well-loved van, I had in mind a white vehicle...you know, one that makes you think “glory” or “shine” when you look at it.
But Chris had his heart set on taking me to see this car. I prayed as we headed to see it that the Lord would make it clear if this car was not the one (because he had a different white one picked out for me!)
As we started the car and test drove it, I smiled when I heard a song by Mercy Me playing on the radio. And, wow, I was impressed with all the amenities its great condition for such a reasonable asking price.
After the test drive, the owner was showing us some features on the screen and we saw the words “El Peligroso”.
“What’s El Peligroso?” we asked.
“It’s the name of the car,” he answered.
I heard someone say this last week,
"People ask, 'Why is the world so evil?'
I answer,'Because we as believers are not taking our authority and executing Heaven on earth.'"
What? Are you saying it's our fault?
It made me think of a verse that keeps coming up lately, Matthew 16:19: "I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven..."
Then it became clear to me how important it is for us to receive the keys when I saw a father toss his keys to his 4-year-old daughter....
I pray your mama bear rises up and you pray with a new resolution and authority.
Comment below and let me know one thing you are standing for in prayer right now.
I dare you to pray this aloud...
An Easter Prayer
Jesus my Lord, you defeated death and the grave!
I reflect on your amazing grace and rejoice in your salvation.
Shine your light in me, through me, over me.
Remind me as a believer in Christ that I have your Resurrection Power fueling my daily life.
Lord, help me to live in the gladness and grace of Easter Sunday everyday, proclaiming your good news to everyone in my path.
May I reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.
Thanks be to you God, for your indescribable gift! To you be glory and honor, on this Resurrection Day, and forever.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Praying you and your family have a blessed Easter!
Have you ever wondered why you should persevere in prayer?
Dutch Sheets shared an insightful message on this a few days ago that has me extra excited about the power of prayer and why we must persevere.
Dutch shared that "just as invisible elements of our natural world can be measured, such as oxygen or carbon dioxide, there are unseen spiritual substances, as well, which are no less real and exist in varying degrees or measures."
This is important when we realize the truth that God has made a decision to work on earth through humans.
In the Bible we see stories that demonstrate times when something was God's idea, God's timing, and God's will. Yet it took persevering prayer to accomplish it.
"I realized that when perseverance in prayer was necessary, it wasn’t to persuade God or overcome His reluctance. It was to release more of His power," said Dutch.
Calling all mama bears!
Can we agree that we've never seen a time like this? We might think that our battle is with people or a political party or other things we can see, but let me remind us that God's word says our battle is in the unseen:
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12 NIV
Every struggle plaguing us is a battle between darkness and light, death and life.
Death, you say?
Do you ever just feel like giving up?
You have hopes, but keep hitting roadblocks...
it's just too hard?
I had that day a few months back and God sent me a message at just the right time --
It came out through my printer!
Please allow me to share the story with you through this video.
It encouraged me, and I hope it will also encourage you.
Comment and let me know that you are choosing to NOT quit.
If you have a friend who is ready to quit, please share this post with her.
Blessings, my friend!
I think most agree at this point we find ourselves in that God is our only hope.
This past year we have seen everything else crumble around us. It's time to, in unity, lift up our eyes to the One who can help us.
Would you like to join me and thousands of others on a 40-day prayer journey?
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Every year I look forward to praying through it, knowing the powerful prayers will be mixed with people from all around the world. It's so exciting!
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Happy Valentines Day!
I made this printable 1 John 3:18 scripture -- download it, print it off, and post it in your home. If you have a 4x6 frame on hand, this will fit into it perfectly.
I pray will be a blessing to you and your family.
Helping moms move from frazzled to fun moms drives me every day.
I strive to inspire moms to turn their eyes up to the Lord, and take practical steps in their homes to make things more sane so they have more space to love Him and their family.
Download this gift, then share this post with a friend so the scripture can bless her family, too.