March 25, 2017

A Plea for Christian Americans

Christian Americans, the world is watching us. Our countrymen --  our neighbors -- are watching to see how we will respond to the unprecedented election of such a controversial figure and the fear and hatred that is running rampant throughout our nation right now. Whether you voted for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or someone else -- now is the time to prove our Christian values to those around us. Now is the time when we must show our obedience to God's command to love our neighbors and do good to all. Now is the time for us to reach out with respect and humility, with kindness and grace, toward all men and women -- no matter what our political beliefs or backgrounds. I am a [...Read More]


What Truly Matters about This Year’s Election

My heart is heavy as I consider tomorrow's election. Whatever the result, our nation will suffer. We are being torn apart year by year as we fight our way to subduing the opposing parties. I can't think of a single friend who is truly happy about how things have progressed in this election. Even those who stand firmly behind a particular candidate have expressed frustration at some of that candidate's actions and attitudes... never mind the interchange between staunch supporters of the two main candidates and the problems inherent in the parties themselves. Those who dislike the winning candidate will point fingers at whoever voted for him/her, and blame those who chose not to vote for [...Read More]


5 Ways to Pray for Election Day

Tuesday is election day. Are you planning to vote? I'm not going to get into the politics of it all, but I will say this about voting: We will never have a perfect leader here on earth until Christ establishes His millennial kingdom. Remember the stories of Israel's kings? Even the best of them (David, Solomon) committed terrible sins! So stop waiting for Mr. Perfect and simply choose the best of what we've got. To choose nobody (aka, to choose not to vote) is to nod approval to the way things are going. And the way things are going is down the path of least resistance -- declining morally and spiritually -- because that is what depraved humanity does. Depravity is like a fire that [...Read More]


The Star Spangled Banner

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 full glory reflected now shines in the stream. Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru 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. 'TIS THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER! Oh, long may it wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!   Excerpts from The Star-Spangled Banner [...Read More]


Tribute to Boston, 4/15/2013

I grew up about an hour south of Boston, and part of my heart is still there. I grieved along with my friends who were there. I mourned for their losses. I cried out to God for mercy, right along with them. I gave thanks for every report of someone who was safe -- whose plans changed "last minute" -- people who normally watch the marathon right there at the finish line. And after the initial shock, after making sure my closest loved ones were safe... I started looking for the good. For reasons to give thanks. For reasons to hope. Because even in the midst of tragedy... God is still merciful. And so, my tribute to my city. My offering of thanks to God, for His constant [...Read More]


Pray for Our Government

I don't want to start a political firestorm. In fact, I don't even like talking about politics. But, no matter what our political leanings are -- as Christian citizens, we are responsible to pray for our government. There's so much going on right now in America! Many decisions are being made which will drastically affect our future -- and our children's futures. We're right on the edge, friends. So many laws are being considered which can either ruin or strengthen our country's greatness. Supreme Court cases, international threats, educational policies, increase in unemployment, healthcare reform, gun control, abortion, budget deficits, tax cuts... what else am I missing? We must [...Read More]


Focus on Intercession: America

A note to those readers in other nations around the world: my country is very dear to me, and is high on my prayer list. Maybe you'd like to join us in interceding for our beloved nation, or perhaps you can apply these suggestions to pray for your own homeland. I think we can all agree that America needs our prayers. Whatever your political views, wherever you fall on the conservative/liberal spectrum, you surely agree that our nation has problems. You may have even experienced some of them personally. Whether the fiscal cliff, domestic security, foreign policy, education and welfare, homosexuality and abortion, or other moral or spiritual issues -- we are dealing with a lot right [...Read More]


Post-Election Thoughts

By now you've surely seen the overwhelming trend towards liberalism in the results of our state and federal elections. It was, for me at least, eye-opening. I had hoped that more people understood the dangers of continuing down this path. Apparently I was wrong. I am both disappointed and concerned. I am concerned about the future of strong families and true Christians. I am concerned that our nation's freedoms will wane more and more, and that we will become more enslaved to dangerous ideas or foreign nations. I grieve for the waywardness of my beloved nation. But no matter what direction our country heads -- whether we agree with its leaders or not -- God is still our only true [...Read More]


Election Day 2012

  Choose not to be anxious today. About anything. But bring every aspect of the day -- and of the elections -- before God in prayer. Do not worry, but pray with thanksgiving in your heart, because that is God's will for you. Pray continually with earnest pleading and thanksgiving, according to the Holy Spirit's leading. And trust God to answer in His perfect way. Do not place your hopes in a man, some human who is destined to fail. After all, the day he dies -- or leaves office -- his plans are done. He is finished. So do not trust in man, but trust in the great unchanging I Am, whose purposes and ways are beyond human comprehension. Trust in the One who has all authority in heaven [...Read More]


A Little Taste of Chucktown

We just celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary by taking a quick trip to Charleston, South Carolina. If you're unfamiliar with the city, it is the second largest city in South Carolina and its establishment dates back to 1670. It is filled with rich history and diverse culture, from magnificent plantations, to Revolutionary and Civil War sites, to wide beaches and open harbors. If you've never been, you should definitely put it on your list of places to visit... there's something there for everyone! Hubby and I started our visit with some walking through downtown Charleston - visiting the famous market, looking at the local crafts and handmade sweetgrass baskets {a 300-year-old [...Read More]