America The Blessed!

America the beautiful
America the blessed,
God’s goodness and mercy…
North and south, east to west.

America has become
A very different place,
It can’t be denied…
A reality we must face.

But God is the same
As He was yesterday,
His plan is perfect
No need for dismay.

Yet our concerns
Can be turned into prayer,
We can take them to Him
And then leave them there.

He is Sovereign
And has the final say,
The future of America
Will play out His way!

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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land,” says the Lord.

Some Thoughts!

As I am getting older and have lived more of life, I find that I am thinking more and more of the importance of having a stronger relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I find that I am longing more for discovering what scripture says regarding this and that, and actually wake up and go to sleep with this yearning in my heart to know more of my Savior and His Word.

Set age aside…I also think the times in which we live are bringing me to this conclusion: without Christ I am lost (we all are) and without His truth and applying it, we as individuals and we as a nation, have no hope. What sense does it make to ignore and/or put God in a compartment (religion) when without Him, we are doomed? It makes much more sense to open our hearts and minds and lives and homes and churches and nation(s) to His wisdom and His plan and purpose for mankind now and for eternity!

As He and His Word is scoffed at and dismissed, the opportunity of a lifetime (literally) is lost and foolish living and decisions become (have become) the norm of the day. But in reality, He is on the throne and will not be moved just because He is ignored. His answer(s) and decisions still stand and will forever. He is all powerful. Man is not. He can save man and nations. Man cannot – without turning to Him. It is He who blesses men and nations – not man. In truth, we owe our allegiance to Him and it behooves us to pay attention to His teaching(s) and to seek His truth and wisdom in all areas of our lives.

As I ponder what is happening in our nation because of what is happening in our hearts, it becomes ever more clear that we need God’s heart. That is what I want – for me. His heart to love others; to forgive and show mercy; to be obedient to His Word; to share Christ and His love; to seek to do God’s will; to be helpful rather than harmful in my contacts with others; to pray as never before that the lost will be found – in Christ!

How can anything I do or have in life compare in importance to living for the One who gave it all to me? Nothing can! And now I’m at a place where I want nothing to get in the way of God’s place in my heart and in my life. Is it aging or the times? Is it both? I don’t know and I don’t care – I’m just glad I’m there!

There is no peace or joy like that which comes from knowing Jesus Christ. So there is no sense in striving for or pointing others any place else. He wants to be our all. I want to let Him be mine. And I pray that individuals and our nation come to this conclusion as well. Revival comes to mind. My prayer is this: Lord, let there be revival in our land and let it begin with me!

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise. Psalm 11:10
Wisdom makes one wise man more powerful than ten rulers in a city. Ecclesiastes 7:19
Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 24:14
Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon. Isaiah 55:6-7

Shine!

Shine Your light into our hearts
Make them bright for You,
Remove the awful darkness there
Get rid of doom and gloom.
Let the peace of Christ dwell there
Might joy be ever flowing,
Clear out the sad and lonely thoughts
As Your light of love is glowing.
Lift us up and hold us tight
As we bring our troubles to You,
Let our hearts be light and bright
And filled with faith anew.
Put a smile upon our face
As our confidence in You grows,
All Your goodness and Your truth
Is the answer, we all know.
Restore the joy and love for You
As well as for all others,
Renew our righteous longing(s)
As we share with one another.
Let us be a beacon
With the light that shines within,
Let others see the Christ in us
The Savior for all men.
And as we go through life each day
Help us to remember,
You live Your life in each of us
We only need surrender!

Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deedsĀ and praise your Father in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:16

Traveling!

While traveling with a purpose
I couldn’t help but see,
The many roads and highways
Meandering through fields and trees.

They all are going somewhere
Each will find its end,
Each is named upon a map
And may take one to a friend.

Depending upon the tools we use
We can usually find our way,
And if we’re lost and off the track
We’ll find another way.

Not so with life and God’s plan for man
There is only one route to take,
The direction’s clear and oh, so near
The choice is ours to make.

He’ll lead and He will guide
And push us to move along,
He’ll correct and point us home
When the turns we take are wrong.

The highway to heaven is narrow
But Jesus will take us there,
The road with the end that matters
Will lead us to God…through a prayer*!

*THE prayer…Thank You, God, for Jesus death for me on the cross. Forgive me of my sin. Help me turn to You and live for You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

One Anothering!

What a joy it is to pray
For those who need His touch,
To ask for help and healing
For those He loves so much.

When there is nothing more to do
Nothing I can say,
I know that God is waiting
As I come to Him to pray…

He takes the burden of my heart
The cares for others dear,
He answers in His time and way…
I pray and He will hear.

Pray for one another…Ephesians 6:18
I call on You, O God, for You will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6

If I Could Pray…

one prayer today
Lord, it would be and I would say:
Please guide my loved ones as You will
Guard their hearts and bless them still;
Make them strong in their faith
And help them see their mistakes;
Give them tender love for all
And for their loved ones most of all;
Don’t let the sun go down on them
With hurting hearts that need to mend;
Fill them with the desire that burns
For all of You they can learn;
Then give them peace and joy so great
With excited hearts as they wait;
For all You have in Your great plan
Hold them up and help them stand;
Bring them to that special place
Where joy is seen on each face;
Where Your love is deep within
And thankfulness and blessing win.
I pray this prayer because I know
In Jesus, You will make it so.
Amen.

Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

God who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until
the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Pray!

Pray:

Pray when you are weary
Pray when you feel lost,
Pray when your heart is heavy
Pray as you count the cost.
Pray for understanding
Pray for wisdom, too
Pray for love for others
Pray in all you do.
Pray for God to be honored
Pray for this world of His
Pray that souls will come to Christ
Pray especially hard for this!
Pray that your faith grows stronger
Pray for God’s will in your life
Pray that He can use you
Pray for all that’s right.
Pray to be filled with His Spirit
Pray for times to share
Pray for a heart for others
Pray for the Savior’s care!

pray without ceasing
1 Thessalonians 5:17

The Gift of Prayer!

I thank the Lord that I can pray
And ask for Him to show the way,
To bring before His royal throne
The needs there are among His own.
When nothing else seems right to do
I know it’s best to pray for you.
And I do!

Prayer is indeed a gift and also a
responsibility we share.

By helping each other with your troubles,
you truly obey the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything
by prayer and supplication, with thanks
giving, let your requests be made known to
God. Philippians 4:6