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Humility

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 (NIV)

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As a conservative, evangelical, concerned citizen, patriotic to the core, this has been a difficult week. Wrapping my brain around the changes instituted by the Supreme Court’s decision regarding gay marriage has led to lots of reading and research about what this means and how it will impact the Christian community. I wish I could report that I have all the answers but I really only have more questions.

This ruling will not end the fight for legitimacy for the gay community because it is more than just legality. They are seeking acceptance and affirmation. Why would a gay couple sue a florist or a baker, who chose not accommodate them, if they only wanted to be able to marry? There are plenty of other businesses that would be happy to render services to them. No, they want equality.

I wore the badge of pro-life with honor during my years in politics. Now, I have the new badge of pro-marriage. Isn’t it interesting that I don’t have to say pro-heterosexual marriage? It is assumed. But, we have new nomenclature. And new battles.

Notice the key part of the verse above for all of us — “will humble themselves and pray and seek my face” — all pride, judgment, and insecurity vanishes in the face of humility before God.

Our Heavenly Father is not surprised by any of this and it may be His wake-up call to the body of Christ to be ready, sharing the love of Jesus with all that we meet, and looking up.

Come, Lord Jesus.

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Supreme Court Decision


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I was very active in the political arena in California for 25 years before I moved to Arizona nine years ago. I can remember one other day when I felt as low as I feel today and it was the day Bill Clinton beat George HW Bush. I had worked hard on that election and tears dripped down my cheeks as the election returns flashed on the TV screen that night. But the next morning I woke to a fax from Gary Bauer that quoted Winston Churchill saying, “Never, never, never, never give up.” So, I pulled up my big-girl panties and got back into the fight.

Yet, I began to see that politics is not the solution to our problems as a nation. Only God can restore this nation to one of peace, love, and security. It makes me very sad for my granddaughters that this land of America is so different from the one I grew up in. They will be called on to stand up for righteousness in ways that I never encountered. I pray daily the prayer that Mordecai prayed for Esther—strength, courage, and hope—for such a time as this.

But the work is not done for we who believe. The Apostle Paul says, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12 (ESV)

We have our marching orders — praise, patience, and prayer.

May your heart be comforted and encouraged.

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Wake Up!

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“Awake, O sleeper,
    rise up from the dead,
    and Christ will give you light.”

 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.

Ephesians 5:14-15 (NLT)

A sense of urgency fills my heart today. As I was clicking though my emails this morning, again and again, the subject was the need to pray — now.

Anne Graham Lotz has issued an urgent call to prayer this week on behalf of our nation.

Our church participated in the “Call2Fall” on Sunday. It’s pretty amazing to glance around the Worship Center and see old and young, men and women, pastor and parishioner all kneeling before our God.

The Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling yesterday is a win for the good guys. But, as my many years in politics proved to me, tomorrow is another day and it can easily go the opposite way. The most frustrating part of my political involvement was that you work and work, take a few steps forward, only to be back at square one at the whim of the voters. We cannot depend on politicians to change the direction of this nation — only God.

Christians have been looking up since the resurrection for the return of Christ. The Bible compares the end time to childbirth. We may be at in the beginning birth pains. If so, we must take every opportunity to share Jesus. He tarries so that all may come to know Him.

I challenge you to listen to Awaken Us. Let’s get on our knees.

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Lessons from an Empty Wheelchair

Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. 

Romans 12:10 (HCSB)

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I’ve learned a few lessons (in no particular order) from being wheelchair and walker-bound for the last five weeks:

1. Everything takes twice as long or more to do than it did before.

2. Crumbs on the counter and dust and debris under furniture are more easily seen.

3. Husband and family are there when you need them.

4. I can now balance on my left leg for several minutes. My upper body strength is awesome.

5. Light switches in my house are reachable. Pretty much everything else is not.

6. It’s easier to carry stuff in a wheelchair.

7. Scooters can be dangerous if you aren’t used to hand brakes.

8. Mark now makes a mean latte.

9. Grandgirlies make tasty freezer meals and sweets for another day.

10. The handicap sign makes life a lot easier. So do cutouts in curbs.

11. Scooting around with one leg in the grocery store is exhausting.

12. Mark has an interesting interpretation of my grocery list.

13. Negotiating in crowds is tricky: some people are rude, some are oblivious.

14. Friends and neighbors are caring, kind, and bring great food.

15. Mark says we are never bringing down Christmas decorations again. NOT.

16. It’s easy to pet Parker and look at each other—eyeball to eyeball.

17. It’s impossible to strip and remake a bed.

18. It’s good to get out for a ride in the golf cart: fresh air and the sun on my back felt good.

19. A forgotten item in the other room may just stay there.

20. Friends make it possible to go to Bible Study and wheel you to the right room.

21. Limit drinking water when headed out of the house.

22. Facebook and email are great connections to the outside world.

23. Winter is the right season to wear the fashion-forward black boot.

24. Prayer is the necessary ingredient to make it through the day.

This entire experience reminds me how much we take for granted every moment of every day. And…in an instant it can change. One of my goals in life is not to waste an experience that God gives me. Sometimes, His plans are far different from mine and I may question “why?” But, I have learned to trust that He knows best.

I have a far greater understanding and sympathy for those who live life in a wheelchair. I, also, now appreciate the kindness of a hot meal, a quick call or text of encouragement, or an offer to pick up something at the store.

May my eyes be opened to someone in need, even if it is only for a little push.

 

 

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Rise Up, O Men

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

The strains of the opening choral hymn, sung by the men, echo in my mind:

Rise up O men of God,
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and soul and mind and strength,
To serve the King of Kings,
To serve the King of Kings.

Lift high the Cross of Christ,
Tread where His feet have trod,
As brothers of the Son of Man,
Rise up O men of God,
Rise up O men of God.

Rise up O men of God,
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and soul and mind and strength,
To serve the King of Kings,
To serve the King of Kings.

It’s Father’s Day. The special music, the sermon, and the scripture reading were all designed to remember and give honor to Dad. But I watched in awe when our pastor called the men to the altar and they all kneeled and prayed in obedience to 2 Chronicles 7:14. I look forward to this tradition each year because it is holy moment to watch this sea of men rededicate themselves to leadership and love before God Almighty.

With great passion, the pastor challenged men to have the strength and courage that God promised to Joshua—with their wives and families, in the workplace, in their leisure time, and how they spend their money. “In the end,” he said, “You can’t attach a UHaul behind a hearse.” The difference in purpose and attitude must be intentional.

I pray for my son and son-in-law to have that kind of strength and courage. In today’s world, permeated by fear and worry, stress and anxiety, a man’s priorities are so easily twisted just to survive. But the hours spent showing love to a wife gives security to children more than any other way. Boys learn how to be men watching their dad. And little girls know love and acceptance in the security and words of one man above all others—Dad.

My dad is spending Father’s Day in heaven this year. Shopping for cards was a little weird when I realized that I didn’t need to buy one for him. Even harder is realizing that there is no one to call today that answers to “Hi, Dad.”

My dad was not the most verbally expressive of his feelings; he was of that generation. Yet, as the years passed, especially after Mom died, he began to be more and more vocal. As he lay dying, one of the last things he said to me was, “You are so precious to me.” He was almost ninety and I’m sixty-five but I felt like a little girl of six, so happy to hear my daddy’s words.

Jesus says the same thing—you are so precious to me. We can live each day knowing that our Abba or Daddy is right there to love us, encourage us, lead us on our particular path, and never leave us.

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