One Nation Under God & Tune in Thursday #18

One Nation Under God & Tune in Thursday #18

Tweet I grew up in a day and age when we would start every school day the same exact way.  In each separate classroom of our public elementary school, the teachers followed the same routine.  The class was called to attention; we would stand facing the American flag which was usually hung at the front of the classroom.  We children stood, with right hands over our little hearts and recite:  “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” That was then, this is not so much now.  Then, I never heard anyone complain about the use of God’s name in the pledge or on our money.  Now, I hear people complain about it all the time.  Honestly, I am not even sure if The Pledge of Allegiance is allowed in a public school, let alone the phrase, “One Nation Under God.” One nation under God … One Nation Under God … This phrase, said more like a heartfelt whisper of prayer has been rolling around in my head and heart all week.   My heartfelt prayer is: Make Us One Nation Under #God !Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This It began when we started the preparations of readying the outdoors for our family and friends to arrive in celebration of July 4th.  Living on a lake has its perks:  The view is beautiful, and serene, but the upkeep demands time and effort.  For summer, on my front porch I have a wooden sign, that is...
God’s Diamonds Tune In Thursday # 17

God’s Diamonds Tune In Thursday # 17

Tweet Did you know that a diamond is the hardest natural substance found on the Earth?   Yes, it’s true.   In fact, the word “Diamond” comes from the Greek word “Adamas” which means “unconquerable and indestructible”   Even the hardest rocks crumble with enough pressure and heat over time, but not a diamond.  God designed the creation process to create the most beautiful of things out of pressure.  Diamonds are made from a carbon substance much like coal.  Coal and carbon are plain, ordinary looking substances. Yet, when pressure is applied to them, what was once ordinary is now precious and highly sought after.  This is the case with diamonds. When pressure is applied, #God is making diamonds.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   Diamonds, like gold, are one of Gods most beautiful creations, and yet are formed under the most grueling of conditions.  They are a much sought after precious gemstone, but not until going through the refining and cleaning process.   There is a quote I found that says:         Diamonds do indeed dazzle, but there is so much more to them than meets the eye.  The same could be said of  people, in fact let’s look at some parallels between people and diamonds?There are four characteristics of diamonds, known informally as the four C’s.   Let’s look a little closer at the four C’s: carat, cut, color and clarity.   Carat Carat refers to a diamond’s weight.  There are several Scriptures that talk about God weighing us, our life’s, and seeing how we measure up or balance out. Tekel: You have been weighed...
Shame is Undone Vlog #40 Lessons from the Lake

Shame is Undone Vlog #40 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Shame.  To some it is a five letter word that holds them back from fully entering into the presence of our Savior. Shame as defined in the dictionary is the painful emotion caused by a consciousness of guilt or shortcoming or impropriety. Have you ever felt shame over something you had done? Or Maybe others made you feel shame because of something you did or did not do?   Shame is not a part of our identity in #Christ.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Scripture tells us that shame is not to be a part of our identity.   “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11 ESV)  Join me today on the video blog below as I share a what the Lord impressed upon my heart while I was singing the song, “Holy Spirit.”     This line from the song “Holy Spirit” written by Brian & Katie Torwalt is so powerful. “I’ve tasted and seen Of the sweetest of loves Where my heart becomes free And my shame is undone Your presence, Lord”   My shame is undone – when the Holy Spirit comes and moves, He takes our shame and it is undone.  We are no longer bound to it.  Our hearts are free – we are free to fully enter into and be in the presence of our Lord and Savior.   In the presence of #God my shame is undone. Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   Just like the paralytic man in Luke 5.  When he was lowered into the very presence of Jesus, his...
The Father’s Heart & Tune in Thursday #16

The Father’s Heart & Tune in Thursday #16

Tweet I was all prepared to NOT have a post to share for today’s linkup due to my travel schedule. You see, I didn’t get a chance to write a post this week.  However,  as I headed out the door to teach tonight, my daughter asked if I needed any graphics for the link up and I said, no, I didn’t have a chance to write anything so there is no need.  My plan was to post a Father’s Day blessing and the linkup survey.  Well, as you  can see below, that isn’t the case.   My daughter Brandi is brilliantly creative.  God has gifted here in so many areas of creativity.  She sings, she paints, she writes music.  She is our churches entire media department; creating everything from promotional materials and videos to weekly announcements and blog post graphics. But I have always loved it when she would write.  Maybe because that is something we share.  Although, she hasn’t written anything in a very long time.  (Actually, I think the last time she wrote something was about four years when she was a senior in High School).  So it’s no wonder that as I was heading out the door her words stopped me short. As a side note, she replied in passing, that maybe she would write a guest post for me. Oh no, I wasn’t going to let this moment pass by. “Of course you can, I would love that!”  (oops, ok maybe my response a little too exited for her… deep breath – calm down)  “Oh, ok, well, If not for tomorrow’s linkup then maybe you...
Respond vs. React Vlog #39 Lessons from the Lake

Respond vs. React Vlog #39 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Can you just take a minute and imagine with me?  Alright, are you ready?   Take a deep breathe, it will be ok, I promise.   Let’s say you are driving your car, minding your own business, obeying the rules of the road.  When all of the sudden, out of nowhere, a car comes barreling down on you.  You notice it as you glance in your rearview mirror, but you don’t do anything different, other than pay attention to what’s in front of you and what’s now so obviously behind you.   What do you do?   Now the car has gotten right up behind you and the driver is honking the horn and flashing their lights at you.   Now, what do you do?   Do you react? or respond?   There is a huge difference between reacting and responding.  While they are similar in definition there are some subtleties.   In the case of the above car situation, a responder might simply respond in a thoughtful, cautious manner.  The might not get emotional or mad but rather simply get out of the way of the crazy driver.   On the other hand, someone who is a reactor, may get upset, mad, and maybe even yell a little, to no one in particular, but out of sheer frustration.  One might say, their emotions took charge and they reacted.   Sometimes we do the same when we are in relationship with others.  Whether it be a spouse, a family member, a co-worker, or a boss.  We may feel someone barreling down on us, and we have a choice to react...