Thursday, September 11, 2014
By Michelle Medlock Adams, September 10, 2014
September 11th will forever mean something different since the unimaginable tragedy that struck America in 2001. If 9/11 taught us anything as a country, it taught us to cherish our loved ones a little more and slow down long enough to appreciate the life around us.
I remember that day like it was yesterday. I watched news coverage almost non-stop–numb, shocked and heartbroken. And I specifically remember how one of the newscasters signed off that night.
The Statue of Liberty in New York harbor.With a shaky voice and tears in his eyes, he said: “Like you, I am devastated. And like you, I am shaken. But I know one thing. I am going to go home and hug my wife and my children for a very long time tonight and tell them how much I love them. I suggest you do the same…”
I bet you did, too.
In the days following September 11, our nation came together in a way I’d never seen. No one seemed to care whether you were a Democrat or a Republican. We were all just Americans. And for a season, we were all united.
Everyone wanted to help in some way. People from all over the country took their vacation time from work and headed to New York City to see how they could help at Ground Zero.
School children wrote letters to the NYC firefighters and police, thanking them for their service. Churches all over the world held prayer vigils in hopes that more survivors would be found in the wreckage, while others prayed diligently for the families of the victims. People stood in line to give blood as a response to the urgent need in New York.
My own girls, who were only 8 and 6 at the time, were even moved to help. They set up a lemonade stand in our neighborhood and over several days raised almost $100 which they excitedly donated to the American Red Cross.
School children in Colorado sent teddy bears to the children who lost a parent as a result of 9/11.
And, a group of students at Forest Hill Northern High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, started the “give up flowers for the towers” drive as part of their school’s homecoming, encouraging students to take the money they would have spent on flowers for the dance and to donate it instead.
By the end of the homecoming dance, the students had raised more than $4000 in donations for the American Red Cross.
The spirit of giving and intense patriotism lived in every corner of America. Neighbors helped neighbors. Strangers reached out to strangers.
Suddenly, age, race, economic status, political party, denomination–none of those things divided us anymore. The flag meant something more after 9/11, and we wore red, white and blue with great pride.
Though it was one of the darkest days our country has ever known, what the devil meant for harm, God used for good (Gen. 50:20). Out of devastation and death, we rose up with renewed courage and strength.
Yes, it’s been more than a decade, and yes, we’re not as united as we once were. But, we can be again. Let’s take this September 11th and do more than just remember–let’s pray.
The Word says, 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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
I hope you’ll take time to pray for those who lost loved ones on September 11, and for our nation and its leaders.
In fact, why wait? Pray with me now:
Father, we are thankful that you are our God, and the God of this nation. We ask today that you bless our country and unite us once again. Father, we ask that you give our nation’s leaders direction and wisdom, and we pray protection over our men and women in uniform.
We also pray that you comfort hearts around this world that are still hurting from losing loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001. Touch them, Lord, and let them know that you haven’t forgotten and that you love them very much.
And, God, help us not to take even one moment of life for granted and to love like there’s no tomorrow. Heal our land, Lord. In the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us–yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. Isaiah 63:7 (NIV)
Sometimes when I pray, I am praying but I am not really believing that my prayers hold any weight. Even as I have been praying I have been doubting that my prayers would be answered in the way I wanted them to be. This is probably not the most effective way to pray.
Yesterday, when I was in the parking lot at the grocery store, I was shooting up a prayer to the Lord. I talk to Him a lot in the car. And this thought pierced my prayer midsentence. You don’t believe that I have good things for you. I couldn’t even deny it. I simply burst into tears.
This past year was a year of prayer and fasting for us. We prayed for a house. We prayed for our friend Shelly to live. We prayed for our church to grow exponentially. We prayed for a lot of things. We prayed and then we prayed some more. And when God did not move as I begged Him to, I lost my prayer mojo.
You would think I wouldn’t be so fickle. Clearly, you don’t know me. But I know that Jesus isn’t done with me. When He zinged me in the parking lot with His truth, all I could say was, “You are right. Forgive me. Make me new.”
I think hands down it is the best prayer I have prayed yet. The truth is, Jesus doesn’t just have good things for me. He has good upon good upon good things for me. So gripping this truth with both hands, I am turning my heart toward Him once again. Rejoicing. Praying. Full of thanks. And that’s good.
Faith Step: Make a list of three things today: Something you can rejoice about, something you need prayer for, and something you are thankful for. Carry it in your pocket and read it often. Lift it up to Jesus and know that He has good things for you today.
By Susanna Foth Aughtmon
This devotion is excerpted from Mornings with Jesus 2015.
Hope this reminds you as it does me, we must believe in our prayers and trust that God will answer them in His Time and with His Wisdom. Answers are not always what we expect but He will do what is right for us.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
This is DH & I in front of Oak Hill Mansion on the campus of Berry College in Rome, GA
We stopped there on the 2nd day of our trip north and took the tour of their museum, the mansion and I visited their beautiful gardens. As it was drizzling, DH decided to skip them and that might have been wise as I slipped on the flagstone walkway and hurt my knee and twisted my back but glad I got to see the gardens.
One of the gardens
The fish garden (where I slipped and fell)
The early morning fog over the mountains looking from our motel in TN.
DH in front of the Chickamunga National Park visitor center outside of Chattanooga, TN
One of many monuments in the park. They give you a map and you drive thru the park to the sites that are marked by a number and then you dial on your cell phone and you get an audio tour of what happened at each site. Very interesting and worth a stop. Just wish it had been a nicer day-still drizzling!
Mama, papa, and baby fawn we saw while driving thru the park. They started to run away but then decided we were harmless and went back to grazing.
Not far from the deer, we sighted this tom who originally had his feathers all fluffed out but when he realized we were stopping, he got to moving the two hens into the woods. It was quite funny to see how he herded them away from us.
This is another turkey that wasn't far from the other 3 but it was trying to be very inconspicuous by stretching out beside the tree!
These were two swans that came into the lake in front of our friends rv. There lake connects to 2 other lakes and generally the swans stay in the other lakes as there are lots of kids in this one swimming.
I hope you can see the bunny that kept trying to eat Betty's flowers. She finally put wire around her rose bush as he was eating it down to the base.
When we went to Shipshewana, IN we saw a lot of Amish. It was quite interesting and wish DH had felt better so we could have stayed longer. We did get in 10,000 steps walking thru the flea market.
This is DH relaxing in front of the camper we rented for the week.
DH loved this 1929 Ford that we saw along the road so had to stop and take a pic.
DH & I in front of Santa Fe restaurant in Troy, AL, our last night on the road.
DH at the welcome center when we got back into Florida.
Weather was beautiful while we were In Michigan and it was a a relief to get away from the heat for a few days but it was an even bigger relief to get DH back home as he was miserable most of the time. When we got back and got into see his gastro doc we finally got the diagnosis-he is suffering from Crohn's Disease so now we have a reason for the GI bleeds. He has started medication so we are in hope that he will go into remission. For now we won't be going away from home till we can get things under control.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Use these tips and Scripture from the Guideposts Daily Planner to put an end to putting things off.
By Elizabeth Sherrill, Hingham, Massachusetts
Five ways to help you get things done with the help of God's Word.
1. Where to start.
A good prayer to begin the day is “God, You have given me life, strength, will, and this day in which to use them. Help me remember that the hours come from You so that I do not return Your gift empty.”
2. How to find God’s time.
Make a habit of saying: “This one thing I do” (Philippians 3:13). Because Paul looked to God’s guidance for every action, he perceived his life not as a clutter of conflicting demands but as a unity.
3. Set up your never file.
Take a fresh look at the things you’ve been putting off. Ask God if you are truly intended to do them. If God shows you that something does not “belong to your peace,” commit it crisply to your never file.
4. Use the appointment approach.
The procrastinator’s favorite word is sometime. The easiest and quickest cure is to do it right now, which we cannot always do. Most of the enterprises have to wait for the future. But make sure it’s a definite future: at four o’clock this afternoon on Tuesday.
5. Ask God’s help.
If you slip back into the old pattern, pray: “God, make me more aware of what matters most so that my life may come into harmony with Your times and seasons.”
This article is excerpted from Guideposts Daily Planner 2015.
Whether it is weight loss, organizing things in your home or just helping to get things done that you keep putting off, I think these 5 steps will help give you a clear picture of how you can achieve your goal.
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