It was 14 years ago today that the biggest battle on the war of terrorism began in New York City. I remember where I was standing when we realized exactly what was going on. I’m sure you do, too.
I remember almost everything being cancelled around the country. Every single airport was closed. Strangers bonded together as we had a common battle to fight nationwide. This country came together not only standing tall to fight against the enemy but falling on their knees to pray for higher intervention.
We are still fighting the world-wide war on terror! But we cannot forget that we are also fighting our own war against the devil in our everyday lives. We went to see the movie War Room last night and what appropriate timing as today is 9-11. The movie is a story of a couple that is growing apart and the ways of the world are about to destroy the family unit. But the “war room” in the movie allows individuals to see the power of prayer while fighting the everyday battles and letting God win the war!
Today let us remember those families who lost loved ones in the 9-11 attack and those people who gave their lives for freedom for our country as well as those people who are fighting for us right now at this very moment.
Let us also remember to continue to “STAND TALL and kneel down” to pray flaming arrows against the devil; to never ever give up crying out to God for help with the battle; and continue to praise Him everyday as He wins a War against evil. The devil is GOING DOWN!!! GOD WILL WIN THE WAR! STAND TALL and Kneel Down!
Psalm 46:9-10 – He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; He breaks the bow and shatters the spear, He burns the shields with fire. Be still and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth!
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. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Our church is participating in a journey called Pray 31. The purpose of this initiative is for Christians to pray for America with a strategic purpose across the land. As I was reading the pamphlet in preparation for the prayer journey, I was moved by how much prayer can accomplish. I pray all the time, both asking for things and thanking God for things. I pray for our country’s leadership sometimes but as I read the pamphlet to prepare for this challenge, I realized how little I do pray for our country, our states and our local governments and the leaders in those governing bodies.
As I sat in church yesterday, I was reminded of how many people are suffering with their health. Of those listed on our prayer list in the bulletin, there were EIGHT who were suffering from cancer. While dealing with some other issues in prayer last night, I received a call from a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
I used to go to my mother-in-law for advice on different things that a mother just seems to know about. She was always so careful to not overstep her boundaries as a mother-in-law but give me good, sound advice to my questions. Since she passed away, there are times I certainly wish she were here to give me that third-party sound advice.
I can’t remember exactly how this came about but a butterfly became our families’ symbol of remembrance of Genieve after she passed away. Anytime we see a butterfly we think of her. For me, a yellow butterfly is the specific symbol that she is with me and one always seems to show up at just the right time.
Today as I was riding my bike, I was praying about a specific thing for which I normally would have gone to Genieve for advice. I felt like I knew the answer but was still praying for direction. I asked God to help me feel peace about the decision and to somehow show me a sign.
I love riding my bike on a crisp “end of summer/start of autumn” day, sun shining bright, fields of crops showing signs of harvest, birds singing………and butterflies flying……oh my…..yes, yellow butterflies – about 20 of them all along my riding path. Prayers answered. Direction confirmed. Thank you, God for confirmation and peace……and thank you, Genieve.
I love yellow butterflies.
Don’t have your concert first and tune your instrument afterwards. – Hudson Taylor
In other words, don’t get up and take off running into your busy day without some fine tuning first. We need to tune our thoughts and attitude towards God and godly things as soon as we get up in the morning. We need to start our day with quiet time in prayer and scripture reading.
Sometimes we go barrelling head-first into the day with our own agenda, already hyperventilating for the day ahead and for the worries and hustle and bustle we have in front of us.
What if everyday we started out with reading a daily devotional and a few passages of scripture and spent 5 minutes in prayer asking God for direction for the day?
I challenge you to do this for the next 10 days. I hope you will see the immediate difference and realize waking up just a few minutes earlier each day can give your day a fresh start and take away all those anxieties. God’s already up and waiting for you.
Now go tune your instrument and get ready for the concert. It’s going to be a lovely show!
Have you ever said “let’s do lunch sometime” to a friend but never made the time to go?
Have you ever said, “I’ll call you soon” but never picked up the phone to call?
Have you ever said, “we have GOT to get together” but never arranged for a gathering?
Sometimes we say these things because it seems the politically correct thing to say at the time but we never really follow through. Life and our to-do lists get in the way and we don’t ever call or go to lunch or plan a get-together.
This morning I walked on the beach before we left Florida heading home. It was early and only a couple of people were swimming while I walked along the ocean’s edge. It was sunny and clear and I felt like it was me and God just hangin’ out. I looked behind me down the beach and noticed my footprints.
I took this picture as I was reminded of the poem below.
I was sitting on a bench outside of Bob Evans® Restaurant waiting on my family. As I sat in the sun next to the American flag pole surrounded by colorful flowers and crisp green trees, I felt such a sense of peace. I have been praying for something specific in my life, and I just felt God tell me right there on that bench that I need to continue to have hope. Then a little butterfly flew right by me to rest on the flowering bush. One of God’s small, simple, beautiful creations made me smile as I felt His presence flittering around me.
You see I’ve had a lot on my mind lately, and I’ve been praying a lot and haven’t really seen the answers I want. And sometimes God doesn’t give us the answers we want. But His plan is better than my plan. His ways are better than my ways. His thoughts are better than my thoughts.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8.
I know all that. I’ve read it. I’ve prayed it. But that day, God sat me on a little wooden bench in a flower garden outside of a restaurant and reminded me of it. Sitting on a bench. Waiting patiently. Taking in all the wonders around me that God put there. I think Forrest Gump was on to something!
Ephesians 4:29 – do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
When I read this verse, it made me think about how sometimes I spat off things without thinking. Sometimes people and things get on my nerves and I say something negative about these people or things that I shouldn’t say. That is unwholesome talk. We can debate all day about the definition of “unwholesome talk” but the part that brings it back into perspective is the second part of this verse that says we should only say things that are helpful for building others up and that may benefit those who listen.
Yesterday’s blog post was about waiting patiently on the Lord……….I’m still waiting on some things but man, did He answer quickly on some other things!!
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Have you ever been in a hurry to get to a destination and you are stopped by sudden traffic? I hate that. It seems that you are crawling at a snail’s pace – or maybe the snail is crawling faster. A few years ago my husband and I were on our way home from a weekend trip in Gatlinburg, TN and we got caught in a 4-hour traffic jam from a semi trailer chemical spill. We were at almost a complete stand-still for 4 hours. People were running out of gas and pulling off the side of the road. Others were raising the hoods on their cars to allow some air to flow to cool down the engine. It was 4 lanes of traffic and no exit in sight. No where to go. We just had to be patient and sit. Fortunately we had snacks, a cooler full of water, a tank full of gas and magazines to read.