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Here's a good word for the times, from Alex Cravens. I agree with him and want to spread this faith-filled word! I hope we will all, no matter how difficult, take it to heart:
A few reflections you might share with your children on what makes America so beautiful and praiseworthy...
The U.S.A. is the only country, ever, (including ancient and modern day Israel), to be founded on an idea and not an ethnicity.
Our founders boldly declared this idea in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self evident. That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
It is clear that they believed that the God of the Bible was involved in the birth of our nation. In the Declaration of Independence they used words like "Creator", "Supreme Judge of the World", "Nature's God", and "Divine Providence".
We can also see the same theme in countless writings of historians.
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 want to hear more from Coach Mom about how to live each moment intentionally and how to transform my family into an all-star team!