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Prayer & Action

A Christian call to prayer and action. Follow the links below, pray earnestly, and sign the petitions to oppose these bills! Contact your representative ASAP. At stake is our freedom to practice our faith in the state of California and eventually the entire nation ūüôŹūüŹľ ūüáĪūüá∑

http://www.californiafamily.org/oppose-ca-ab-2943-ab-1779-and-ab-2119-reference-materials/

Beauty Will Rise

Beauty will rise

I've been getting so blessed by Steven Curtis Chapman's new CD – "Beauty Will Rise." The CD has as it's backdrop, the recent passing of his daughter, so he ministers to the brokenhearted in this esentially acoustic set. If you can, check out the songs, "Questions," and "February 20th." Maybe you can try downloading them from iTunes.
Music is such a wonderful gift from the Lord, and SCC is such a gifted musician with a heart after God's own heart. (2 Kings 3:15)

Here's the song "Questions" – feel free to click, listen and be blessed…deep stuff!

click here – Questions, by Steven Curtis Chapman

My High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure
On September 30, 2008 I was diagnosed with extremely high blood pressure (170/100).
At first I wasn’t going to mention this in my blog, but after talking this over with the Lord, I sensed it was something He wants me to chronicle. ¬†This blog is for God’s glory, and this diagnosis is something He is using in my life.
I’m not sure (from a physical standpoint) why my blood pressure is so high (I have another appointment on the 23rd). ¬†My cholesterol levels are good, and I don’t “feel” stressed; I’m only slightly overweight (I’ve shed 7 pounds in the last 2 weeks). ¬†The doctor says it might be genetic (hereditary).
What I am sure of, however, is that God has used this to speak volumes to my heart, here’s a few things off the top of my head.
1. I need to live every day as if it were my last (the doctor said my condition is “dangerous”).
2. I need to appreciate so much more, the life, the love, the family, the people I have been so graciously surrounded with.
3. I need to slow down, take walks (talks) with the family, and in a holy way, enjoy every moment God gives.
This whole thing is an answer to prayer…I have always wanted “more of God in my life.” ¬† It’s sad to say, but such a desire usually requires trials, wake-up calls; our world needs to be rocked.
“Thank You Lord.¬†Please have Your hand on my heart.”
“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12

Marriage and Family – What a Visual!

Hurricanehome
 

When I saw this photo and read this article I immediately thought of Jesus words in Matthew 7:24-27. ¬†Jesus essentially said that unless we build-to-last, by obeying His Word…than one day that Hurricane will hit…and our home (family) will fall. ¬†Here’s the modern day illustration as written in an AOL news story.¬†

How¬†Did¬†Lone¬†Home¬†Survive¬†Ike?¬†(September¬†18, 2008)¬†¬† When Hurricane Ike crashed¬†ashore in Texas with 110 mph winds, it left¬†almost¬†nothing behind in the small, coastal¬†town¬†of¬†Gilchrist.¬†¬†Aerial photographs taken after the storm¬†revealed that the neighborhood that¬†stretched for miles along the narrow peninsula¬†had been swept away with just one exception: a single home left standing, seemingly¬†untouched.¬†¬†Some viewers of surreal photographs showing the yellow house that remained amid the wasteland argued that it may be fake. In¬†a debate on iReport.com, a woman named¬†Judy Hudspeth jumped in with a stunning¬†statement: ‚ÄúThis is my sister‚Äôs house. It is¬†real,‚Ä̬†she¬†wrote.¬†Hudspeth uploaded a photo of the home¬†taken in May that silenced the skeptics. She¬†explained that her sister and her sister‚Äôs¬†husband, Pam and Warren Adams, rebuilt¬†the home in 2006 after it had been destroyed¬†by¬†Hurricane¬†Rita¬†in¬†2005.¬†Hudspeth said they hired a contractor to¬†build a structure that could withstand a¬†Category 5 hurricane and watched over the process¬†to¬†assure¬†it¬†was¬†done¬†right.

Hats off to a wise family who took the time, invested wisely and ensured that their home was built to survive a Hurricane. ¬†God help us to do the same Spiritually. ¬†Jesus put it this way, “Whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built house on the rock; and the rain descended, the floods came, and winds blew and beat on that house; and it did-not-fall, for it was founded on the rock.” ¬†– Matthew 7:24-25

It’s too bad that such “homes” are rare.

“Lord, I pray for my own home, for Shelly, Ariel, Aaron and Me. ¬†Lord, help us to be doers of Your Word and not hearers only. ¬†Lord, I pray especially for me…the responsible leader in this home. ¬†Please grant me grace, fear and wisdom to invest the time, to pay the price, to do everything I can, to ensure that all that takes place in this home honors You. ¬†Lord Jesus, I pray that when the hurricane hits (and I know this is inevitable), that our home, Your home, would stand…I ask this in Your name. ¬†Amen.”¬†