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With Honor

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I was raised to be a Patriot.   I'm the child of a career Army soldier and proud of it.     I have tried to follow the example of that soldier all my life.  When the flag of the USA is raised, you stand and salute.   When the National Anthem is played, you stand and salute. When your country calls, you answer that call with everything in you. When the enemy attacks, you stand against it and do battle. I am also a child of the One True King, and I was also called by God to share His Word and His Truth boldly and without hesitation or fear of repercussion. Our country was formed by Patriots.   Our law, our Constitution, is based on the precepts of God and His Word... His Ten Commandments. In the United States of America, Patriotism and belief in the God of the Bible go hand in hand. When God calls you to battle, you stand and you answer that call with everything in you. He provides the weapons of warfare, the armor, and the army. He is the Commander in Chief of multitudes. So call me

Memories and Musings

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I have trod the stones of the ancient Roman Coliseum.,, and meandered through the streets of a molten Pompeii. I have climbed the stairwell in the home of Abraham at Ur of the Chaldees... and,  on a heat sweltered and sand dusted still Easter morning, I heard Your Word proclaimed and  humbly worshipped the Lord from the stone covered pathways on which Abraham sought You also. I have walked through the remnants of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.... and I have traipsed along the olive tree shaded pathways of the Garden of Gethsemane... and gazed with these eyes on the craggy stone face of Golgotha. You have spoken to me through the haze and crushing weight of Your righteousness and glory...  and You have held me through dark nights of despair. Lord, take me where You will... from glory to glory.

Perfection.

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  God is not a man. He is not a weakling. He is not crippled by a disaffected human kind of love. If you believe that God is love, and He would never allow anybody to go to Hell, you are wrong. Why would you even want to believe in a God like that? That would be a God that you have set limits on... one that you have made up to suit yourself. Yes, God is Love. But His love is the highest example of care and discipline, provision and denial, self sacrifice and self protection. His love is extreme, and it is without measure. God's love is Power. He lavishes it on us. He is faithful to His own character of love. He is faithful to every Promise He ever spoke to us by His Word. He did not promise to love us in spite of our sin. What kind of righteousness and goodness would that be? His goodness and His promise is that if we repent of our sin and turn to Him, that He will forgive us and save us. That He will answer our prayers perfectly. That He will meet every ne

Timeline

  So it's 2020 and the world has lost its mind. Earthquakes. Wars. Rumors of Wars. Talk of Peace. Not to mention a world wide pandemic..or the pandemonium of civil unrest .. or the politics of the day .. or social distancing .. or friends and families pitted against each other. Distractions. All of it. Jesus said these things would happen. He gave us fair warning. He said to watch for it. He said these things are signs of His return. Where we are in the timeline of His return is really not an issue. He put each and every one of us when and where we live and exist. We are strategically and precisely placed where we work and play and worship... where we raise and love our families. We are here for a reason. We didn't just happen to be born into this era. “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all peo

Anticipation

Glimmering rays of light begin to shine in the distance, slowly increasing  in brightness until the dark dawn is become daybreak. Deep velvet purple gives way to pink and orange hues of light  with splashes of red ochre drawn from the blazing heart of the sun itself. The reflection thrown back from the surface of the deep expresses mutual admiration from earth to the heavenly body which is just beginning to reveal its daily glory. As he surveys this majestic display, the artist smiles to himself in appreciation. "Another masterpiece! Seems a pity it only lasts for those few minutes." "Aah.. Well. Tomorrow's dawn will come. The canvas will be waiting." Water splashes and foams against his feet, gently calling out to him as he casually moves a little farther away from its endless voice. Embers glowing, the fire he built before sunrise is perfect for braising that catch of fish. Occasionally prodding the fire with the branch of driftwood he has picked up on his mor

What? Me Worry?

So it's 2020 and the world has lost its mind. Earthquakes.  Wars.   Rumors of Wars.  Not to mention a world wide pandemic..or the pandemonia of  civil unrest .. or the politics of the day .. or social distancing .. or friends and families pitted against each other. Distractions. All of it. Jesus said these things would happen.    He gave us fair warning.  He said to watch for it.  He said these things are signs of His return. Where we are in the timeline of His return is really not an issue.    He put each and every one of us when and where we live and exist.   We are strategically and precisely placed where we work and play and worship... where we raise and love our families.  We are here for a reason.   We didn't just happen to be born into this era. “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;   nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gi

Glimmer

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A few years ago, at a women's conference that I attended,  Beth Moore asked the thousands of women in attendance to fill in the blank:  "If the Lord had not been on my side, I would be __________________" I didn't have to think long to form an entire list of  what or where I would be.   Sharing that information with the world is difficult. Because if the Lord had not been on my side,  I would not be here. Yet God so graciously intervenes and reminds us of His love. I can understand the desire to end it all somehow, or to just recede into a cocoon to protect yourself. Pain sometimes is overwhelming and seems as though it will never end.  Where is the light on those dark days? God is still the Light of the world.  He is still the Light of our souls. He would always remind me "Count your blessings." When we are counting blessings, it's difficult to stay focused on the darkness. Don't ever forget or set aside the wonders He has