Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Guest Post: Stable by What Standard

Guest post today by Presley Armstrong. :) Enjoy!
 
“They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying,  ‘Peace, Peace,’  when there is no peace.” Jeremiah 6:14

“…The world is more stable now than it was five years ago.” - President Obama before the UN General Assembly  Tuesday morning.1

That same Tuesday morning marked the fourth day of the standoff with Islamic Terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya.  The Kenyan Government confirmed the fact that Islamic extremists from the United States are part of the terrorist cell causing the standoff.  Four days ago, these terrorists walked into the mall and told innocent tourists to recite parts of the Koran.  If they failed, they were executed on site.  Others were asked who the mother of Muhammed was, if they didn’t know, they were executed.  Sixty deaths confirmed so far. Does this sound stable?

How about this?  In Iraq, we have supposedly finished the war. So why do we have thousands of soldiers still on Iraqi soil? Also, why have more soldiers died in the last five years fighting the war on terror than during the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq in the previous term?  In Egypt, why have Christians been crucified in broad daylight in front of the presidential palace this year? Why did our tax dollars go to fund Morsi’s rebels that were doing the executions? Even the Egyptians hated his evil leadership so much, they have toppled the new government that our leaders helped fund.  In Syria, why are we funding rebels who are linked to Al-qaeda? The same rebels who recently went into a Christian village and slaughtered anyone who didn’t turn to Islam.

People can mock the old Bush era all they want, but I just got back from the middle east where even the Kuwaitis would say to me….”Bush was a good man, we knew where he stood…your president now, nobody knows what he is doing…”

None of this seems to be important to Americans, but hey,  who won the Georgia game…

 

 

1National Review Online, www.nationalreview.com

Monday, September 16, 2013

"The Bunny and the Frog": How It's Done

#1 A retelling of a familiar story also known as The Tortoise and the Hare.
#2 Lottie's version was slightly more entertaining.
#3 The moral remained the same.
(We'll come back to this.)

"How do you do it?"

I get asked that question a lot. 

My top 3 answers:
1. God's grace. (This is the truth.)
2. I've gone crazy. (Seems very true at times.)
3. I don't know. (Not true.)

Really, I could ask a lot of you the same thing...

The truth is the same for all of us...we choose our priorities (whether it's a conscious decision or not, the choice is made), we make a plan (or choose not to plan at all), and we take action (or, once again, choose not to act at all).

Priorities:
My daily priorities are simple:  I want to spend time in the Word and in prayer, I want to get in a workout/run, I want to be a helper to my husband, I'm going to try and pour some good "learnin'" into my kids, and I want to keep my home in livable condition. :)

Plans - 3 Factors that I always keep in mind when I'm planning:

1.  You just never know what tomorrow will bring:

"Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth" (Proverbs 27:1).

2.  All of our plans are subject to the Lord's plans for us:

"The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps" (Proverbs 16:9).
 
3.  And, if you're a follower of Christ, it helps to remember that even when all of our plans seem to fall apart that the Lord's still got it under control:
 
"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).
 
Action:
Back to "The Bunny and the Frog"
 
In the story of The Tortoise and the Hare slow and steady wins the race, right?  Right.  It's like that.
 
I think it's the little things we do, and especially the things we set our minds on (Colossians 3:1-3) everyday, continually, that will bear fruit in our lives.  You just have to decide which way you're going and what kind of fruit it will be:

13 Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will know them by their fruits.21 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness' (Matthew 7:13-23). 
 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23).

So, this is my goal.

Though some days it seems like a long, lonely road, and a lot of times I choose fast and furious instead of slow and steady, and I never can get it all right all the time...

...this is "how I do it."

Thus, it is indeed by God's grace alone. 

 
How do you do it?