Connecting

Man has reached phenomenal heights of intellect and technology in the preceding 100 years. I am appreciative. I have happily benefited. But.
I am sick of soul watching the dearth of common sense in our present time.
Droves of people have divorced themselves from logical reasoning.

Today’s planet dwellers are so easily seduced and enslaved by the god of this world. Multitudes of humans no longer reason or think for themselves. Instead, they do as the elite tell them to do – without question.
They are indeed sheep with no Shepherd.
Moreover the many, if we can believe media videos, have given themselves over to an all-out hatred for THE SHEPHERD who loves them. True, not all have voiced this with words but their practiced behaviors have exposed them.

This is today’s humanity.
A few of us ONLY BY THE GRACE OF GOD have escaped. So how and why are we sitting on our blessed assurances and are not spending our waking hours in fervent prayer and speaking the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST to every person we meet who is WILLING to listen?

Our time in human history is so dire. Let us not waste precious time or resources on social media debates with online friends and strangers; rather we must be open to opportunities given to us by HOLY SPIRIT and invest ourselves there for the souls of our precious fellow humans.

Tragically most are not going to repent and be saved but surely there are some out there ready to live free.  Aren’t there?
May The LORD connect us.

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12 The hired hand, since he isn’t a shepherd and the sheep aren’t his own, sees the wolf coming, abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf drags them off and scatters them.
13 The hired worker behaves like this because that’s all he is, a hired worker; so it doesn’t matter to him what happens to the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd; I know my own, and my own know me —
15 just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father — and I lay down my life on behalf of the sheep.
16 Also I have other sheep which are not from this pen; I need to bring them, and they will hear my voice; and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
17 “This is why the Father loves me: because I lay down my life — in order to take it up again!
18 No one takes it away from me; on the contrary, I lay it down of my own free will. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it up again. This is what my Father commanded me to do.” source

A Calling for Prayer,

Right Then and There

Good Morning.
As I sit to share with you it is raining, raining, raining in Lower Alabama this Saturday.
The view from my library window is lush green and I hear thunder rolling. 
Earlier from the back stoop, I heard the birds singing and at this moment I hear the wind chimes serenading.
It’s a lovely Saturday.

Now.

I am giving thanks we still have a substantial amount of free speech in this Country; otherwise, what I found on Facebook this morning would not be circulating. Take a look.

See what I mean? Innocent enough, right? Just having fun, right?

In a fully communist society, this likely would be considered an attack and would get one swift retribution. We are not there YET.

I get it. This Administration gives us much fodder for shaking our heads but is it helping? 

Back to free speech. 

I’d like to keep (or even gain back what has been lost of) what we have. Would you?
 
Could we consider this? 
Could we start today? 
 
Could we:
Speak with the authority, that is KNOW our words are backed with FACT?

Refuse to waste our voice throwing out slurs, jabs, or telling jokes that JESUS would not tell?

IF we are CHRISTIANS can we not speak to Society respectfully, with Holy Spirit compassion what we KNOW from Scripture that will help them learn JESUS?

Should we spend our time idly chatting about the vile acts of this Society, Politicians, or the Media?

When we speak of these things should it not be when we are talking to a person who has come to us for help to learn repentance and abandonment of such vile behavior?

Or perhaps prayerfully disciplining another believer, bringing him or her information to protect them and encourage them to be wise as a serpent but harmless as a dove? 

So when conversations turn to discussing the vileness that is rampant in our world, what if we cease the talk and start praying right then and there with our conversation partners for those very people we were talking about? 
 
I think this is good advice and I plan to practice it – and when I fail, I shall repent and start again.
 
How about you?

A Prayer For America

Will you join me? 

Father GOD, I am grateful You allow me to live here. I am grateful for the years America has been a tool in Your Hands to spread Your Gospel of Salvation. You know the many sins that have been committed in Her forming and since, and you know the acts of right and good that have been done. Nothing has escaped Your Notice.  
Only You LORD have the right to judge America because ONLY YOU know the full story, the full truth of America.  So, I pray for this Land of People, and of all the things I pray I desire to see the People of America repent of the sins we continue to do TODAY and surrender to You for forgiveness and correction of our ways.

I would like to see America survive as a free people.
Free to speak Your Name anywhere we are.
Free to worship You in public.

Free to publically pray in the Name of our Savior and LORD, Jesus the Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach.
Free to educate our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren according to Your Word. To be able to teach them truth and holiness without governmental interference, legal threats, and punishments. 

Free to work and do as YOU lead us with the wages we earn.
Free to do as YOU lead us with our savings, businesses, skills, talents, and accomplishments.
Free to go from place to place across this Land without passports and dictators telling us how we can move and have our being.
Freedom to breathe.
Freedom to obey Your Laws, Your Commandments without the government’s corrupting interference. 
Free to speak out against all things evil as recorded in Your Word.  And yes,
Free to choose to disobey YOU and thereby bear the consequences that automatically come sooner or later without the government trying to shield the disobedient from those consequences; even so far as to reward and applaud them.
Free to be honest, law-abiding citizens in this country having peace and tranquility with YOU and mankind.

These things I desire for the People of America. These petitions I bring to You in the company of these witnesses asking for Your Consideration and above all Your Will and that we Your children will thrive in Your Will, whatever it is for America. Amen and amen Yeshua HaMashiach.

For The Kingdom,

Amen It

I copied this from Facebook and am bringing it here to you. 
I hope you will spread it around but more than that I hope you and your life AMEN it!

My Granny told me throughout my adolescent years- “Be like Daniel.” As we ended our phone conversations, as I hurried off to school, before my Saturday track meets, as I walked out the door with my date, her words were an ever-present reminder. She had a way of taking the most profound thoughts and condensing them into the simplest of phrases. While I understood some of what she meant at the time, it’s taken the last few years to come to fully value the depth of her wisdom.

The America I have known my entire life is no more. Driven by politics over relationships, we find the great tapestry of our Nation hanging on by a few worn-out threads. I am finding myself enraged by the actions of both sides. I am worried about what the future holds for my children. I am disheartened by all the noise. And I am broken over the divide we all find ourselves in.

This afternoon I wept as I watched the news. Is this really what America has become? Are we really allowing our country to be torn to shreds from sensational news coverage, social media posts, and a virus that has affected all of us in some way? Have we really allowed our nation to implode from within? The core of who we are- the UNITED States of America- utterly divided?

Tears ran down my face as I rocked my newborn son- how do I raise him and his sisters in such a tumultuous climate? What will life look like for them going forward?

As I continued to rock, my sweet Granny’s southern tone filled my ears- “Be like Daniel.” So I turned to Daniel 6. Daniel had just learned that his worship would sentence him to death in the lion’s den. While many know this portion of Scripture from the Sunday School lessons, Daniel is saved from the lions, it is his response to the decree that warrants such a profound statement to serve as a reminder to us all.

“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.” – Daniel 6:10

“As he had done previously.”
Be like Daniel, Arianna.”

Daniel was guaranteed the consequences of going about life the same, yet he didn’t waver in his commitment to worship. He didn’t mourn the loss of his right to pray, he prayed as he had previously done. He didn’t deny the punishment that was to come, he fixed his eyes on Jerusalem as he had previously done, remembering his identity as God’s chosen people. He didn’t fear death, he worshipped as he had previously done.

He remembered Who was in control.
He remembered Who alone he worshipped.
He responded by doing just as he had done previously.
Be like Daniel.

Friends, I don’t know where you find yourselves tonight. There’s a good chance that while we may all align differently on the political spectrum we all find ourselves grieved by what has taken place today. Collectively, we mourn the state of our nation.

I don’t know where you stand with Jesus Christ. I don’t know what you believe and hold to. But I can tell you- my response going forward will be to do as I have previously done.

To raise my children to know and honor God, as warriors for His Truth, as soldiers of compassion and love for all made in His image, and as seekers of righteousness in a fallen world. To walk with my husband, hand-in-hand, proclaiming the Gospel in our words and deeds, creating a home that is a sanctuary of praise for our Father and a refuge of hope for those in need. To go about my days reading His word, being refined by His Truth, transformed by His holiness, forever reminded that He holds our days in His hands.

I do not know what tomorrow holds. I do not know what life looks like ten years from now. I do not know how our nation will even go forward from here. But I can be like Daniel. Amid the dark news of today, I can respond by doing as I have always done- surrendered to the will of the Father, worshipping Him no matter what looms ahead. And in so doing, I can raise yet another generation to respond the same-
On the darkest of days.

When the world is more divided than ever.
When fear overwhelms.
“Be like Daniel.”

Fix your eyes on Him.
Fall on your knees before Him.
Pray, give thanks, and worship your God.
Just as you have done.

The God who shut the mouths of lions for Daniel holds the future in His hands. We need not fear. We simply must respond and do as we have previously done.