Are we missing the mark?

Have you ever just heard one of those songs that stopped you in your tracks, with lyrics that just really hit home?

Brothers, let us come together
Walking in the Spirit, there’s much to be done.
We will come reaching, out from our comforts
And they will know us by our love.

Those lyrics seeming to say everything that you’ve been thinking?

Sisters, we were made for kindness
We can pierce the darkness as He shines through us.
We will come reaching, with a song of healing.
And they will know us by our love!

I’ve been listening to this Christy Nockels song for months and I just can’t get the meaning behind the words out of my head.

The time is now
Come Church arise.
Love with His hands
See with His eyes.
Bind it around you,
Let it never leave you,
And they will know us by our love.

Christians, are we known by our love throughout our lives? What about on social media? Do you think that the world at large, a world that we are called to share the Gospel with, sees Christians as loving? Honestly? Sadly, I think we are missing the mark.

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Prowling.

There is a lot going on in the United States right now. If you look at the world with a Christian worldview, it’s easy to look around and feel defeated. overwhelmed. hopeless. heartbroken.

My pastor is amazingly gifted. He does not ignore current events and will speak on them from the pulpit. I so appreciate that. Recently, he preached a sermon that clearly addressed those current events. The thing that struck me is that our Kingdom – the Kingdom of Heaven – cannot be shaken. Everything else? It was shake and tumble. You’d better know what you’re holding on to.

For me, all this has freshly reminded me that there is a real entity out there prowling.

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

It’s not a joke. It’s not a myth. It’s a battle that is happening around us. I’m not trying to be hyper-spiritual or freaky. But seriously, readers?

Pray for your children. Pray for their future.

Pray for your friends and their families.

Pray for your pastors.

Pray for the voice of truth to be present in our society.

Although we know how the book ends, so to speak, we are living in times that are challenging. Our belief system is ridiculed and mocked. It’s far from the trials that Jesus’ apostles faced – but it is challenging. Don’t just pass it off as some issue that doesn’t affect you because you don’t believe in those things. It affects you. It affects your children and their future.

Mommas. We need to take up a fresh and brave banner of prayer. I will confess that I’m a terrible pray-er. {Is that a word? It is now.} I am great a bullet prayers but the deep, hard, on your face prayer times? I’m awful. God help me.

I need to be praying more for my children and these issues. Can anyone else relate? Are you feeling like you don’t pray enough for your children, family and friends? Let’s pray for each other, that the burden would be so great we cannot ignore it. Leave me a comment or email me at the address in the side bar. I’d like to pray for you.

{review & giveaway} Persecuted

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Giveaway has ended. Congratulations, Andrea!

About the book:

The Question Is Not IF Attempts Will Be Made to Limit Religious Freedoms, But When

John Luther, simply wants to share the Gospel and enjoy a quiet life with his family. He never asked to be at the center of a political controversy, but an ill wind has been blowing through the halls of Congress, and supporters of a new religious-equality bill see Luther’s endorsement as critical.  When Luther refuses to lend his support, he unknowingly sets in motion an explosive plan bent on destroying his reputation and undermining everything for which he stands. His once-normal life is turned upside down as he becomes a fugitive left with only one dangerous option–putting everything he holds most dear at risk while he fights to expose the truth. It is a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that could threaten the very fabric of our nation’s freedoms.

Persecuted is written by Robin Parrish and Daniel Lusko. You can find the official site for the movie and book here or you can purchase a copy of the book here.

My Thoughts:

If you are interested (or enraged) by politics, you need to read this book. I read it in one morning, completely ignoring all other responsibilities. The story line is excellent, a bit frightening and very gripping. It definitely has a mature theme, as this is a book about the dark side of government and our own sinful nature.

The thing I loved the most about this book is the real transparency of the characters. John Luther, the main character, flashes back to his tumultuous past. And to not spoil the story, I’ll just say that several of the other characters also share their struggles and doubts – whether or not they overcome those struggles. The depth of the conspiracy at the center of the story really made me think about the role of government in our lives. It really is something that I can see happening int he world around us. It’s something that on the surface doesn’t seem horribly bad but as the layers are stripped away, you realize how much persecution it really would create for Christians in the United States.

Since I live in a very rural area, the movie is not coming to a theater near me so I was very thankful to receive a copy of the book. I will be anxiously awaiting it’s release onto DVD! You can go here to see if it will be coming to a theater in your area. It opens July 18.

If it isn’t coming to a theater near you, grab the book or even better — enter my giveaway for a paperback copy of Persecuted!  To enter, just leave a comment below. The giveaway will end on July 22 at 10 PM. Winner will be notified by email. Good luck!

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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Today.

It is here.

Twenty months of campaigning.

Several candidates whittled down to two men.
Soon there will be a winner declared.
Have you chosen? Do you know who you are voting for? Who do you think is qualified and prepared to lead our country?

This came in an email last week:

Just how much Senate experience does Barack Obama have in terms of actual work days? Not much.
From the time
Barack Obama was sworn in as a United States Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That’s how many days the Senate was actually in session and working.
After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World, and fill the shoes of
Abraham Lincoln, FDR, JFK and Ronald Reagan.
143 days — I keep leftovers in my refrigerator longer than that.

Know who you are voting for. Don’t just believe the hype and the main stream media. Know who the people are who propelled Mr. Obama to this incredibly powerful position so quickly. Do a little research beyond the DNC homepage.

Vote.

thought-hopping

It’s Monday. We have three days of nothing on the calendar followed by four days with visitors. On Thursday we’ll be meeting my mom at the Wild Center for a mid-week field trip and then she’ll follow us home. My dad was supposed to come with her but his next project is ready so he’s off to Florida. (People in Florida need shoe stores too, right?) My mom will stay until Saturday morning. And then Josh’s parents are coming to visit with the girls before their trip to North Carolina. Its going to be a busy weekend!

I’ve been thinking a lot about the upcoming election. Been watching the news and reading lots of articles about what’s happening in our country right now. This is such an important election in so many ways. Not only will it determine the course of our country for the next 4 years but the man we elect will likely choose at least 2 Supreme Court judges, possibly 3. That is a lot of power and influence over our future.

Abortion is a central, black and white issue for me. I could never vote for a candidate who supported abortion – especially one as devoted to the pro-abortion cause as Obama is. It is a complete deal-breaker for me. I believe the Word of God calls us to stand against such an atrocity and we as Christians need to step up to defend the unborn.

I knew I would not support a pro-abortion candidate. But as I’ve watched the debates and listened to each man explain their stance on various issues I’ve come to a place of fervent support of John McCain. It goes way beyond abortion for me. I think in debate #3, Mr. McCain said it best. Barak Obama is Senator Government. He thinks that the government is the answer to all issues, the answer to all our problems.

I don’t think people who have no tax liability should get more tax breaks.
I don’t think the government has any business being in the health care system.
I don’t think that taxing businesses is going to help our economy.
I don’t want the government to redistribute any wealth. If you earned it, keep it.

If Barack Obama wins the election, the Democrat party will have a frightening majority over Washington DC. They already have control over the Congress and we know how well that’s gone. I didn’t really understand for a while how people could really think that electing Obama was a good idea.

There’s his controversial citizenship.
His friend Bill Ayers. (oh and don’t forget about Rezko. He’s a great guy too… )
His lack of experience. He’s only been a US Senate for 4 years. 2 of those 4 years, he’s been campaigning for President.
His incredibly liberal voting record.

I don’t want a President who thinks that the government is the answer to my problems. Do you? Do you really want a President and a Congress that will insert their legislation into every area of your lives?

Two weeks left. The polls are close.
God help us.This is my baby Lauren at 20 weeks. Obama thinks it would have been fine to kill her. Look at those baby cheeks. The face. The little hand in a fist. A baby.