Monday, December 7, 2009

Will You Remember?

On September 11, 2001, Americans made a promise to never forget what happened; the attack, the heroism, the fallen. We will remember, we said. But sixty years earlier, Americans made the exact same commitment.
If you can remember what September 11 was like, you can imagine the way America felt on December 7, 1941. It was early in the morning when six Japanese aircraft carriers bombed the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The losses were devastating. Over two-thousand people died, over a thousand more were wounded, and much military equipment was lost.
Last year I interviewed some senior citizens about their Pearl Harbor day experiences. You can probably identify with them:

"Oh mercy. I was horrified. I could just figure how many of our boys we were going to lose that day. It just so happened that I didn't have any brothers in Pearl Harbor at that time. But my heart went out to the mothers and daddies that did." - Virginia Holland Melugin

"I can remember hearing President Roosevelt's address over the radio, saying it was a day of infamy. We were just at home at night in our living room...Oh, it was a tremendous shock. Everyone was kind of numb that night...I remember how everyone was so united. I don't think our country's ever been more united...working toward one goal." - Jesse Richeson

United. I believe America was also united on September 11, "working toward one goal." That goal was to defeat terrorism and protect our homeland.
We didn't hesite to enter WWII when Pearl Harbor was attacked. No longer was it a question of getting involved in another nation's business...it was about guarding our own nation.
We didn't hesitate to enter the War on Terror when we were attacked on September 11. We understood that war is very unpleasant, but very necessary to defeat evil that threatens innocent lives.
And yet, only eight years later, we seem to have gone backwards in our thinking. Our current President refuses to even use the term terrorism anymore. He's weakening our nation's defenses, and is not prioritizing the war like he should.
(I am thankful that Obama finally sent the troops to Afghanistan that Gen. McChrystal has been desperately requesting for months. And yet I severely disagree with the President's declared "end date.")
If our thought process can change that much in only eight years, it's scary to think what can happen in sixty-eight years.

"A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are tyring to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about." - Woodrow Wilson

Remember Pearl Harbor today. Learn your country's history and teach it to your children. And be sure you don't ever forget it.

We will remember.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

The big day is finally here! We'll enjoy it with football, extended family, baking, cooking, and feasting.
This morning I continued my tradition of watching Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade while Mom baked pies in the kitchen. Now we're just taking it easy till it's time to see the rest of the family and have the big dinner. Everything's perfect. Life couldn't get better than on this day of giving thanks, and there is so much to be thankful for...

Until it's all gone.

On this Thanksgiving day, I'd like you to join me for a moment as I imagine myself away from the life I'm so familiar with.

I live on the streets. I eat what I can get. I live at the mercy of those who would harm me. I try to hide, but it's almost not even worth it anymore. I'll spend today hungry and cold, like everyday, with an inner pining for something I've never known...a real family. Today I'll see families together, eating plenty, warm in their nice coats, and in the love they share. But I will try to find a warmer place to sleep. I am one in over 1,000,000 children in America, and I am alone.

I live in a hut. My mother died of aids many years ago. My grandmother died yesterday. I have three younger siblings. They have no adults to look after them anymore; they look to me. We have no food. I'll search the village for food tomorrow, but I will not eat, so they will not starve. I am sick, and rapidly growing worse. I am one in 15,000,000 children around the world, and my only prayer is that I may live long enough to teach my siblings to care for themselves.

I am just trying to survive this winter. When our friends arrived a few months ago, we were so overjoyed that we didn't notice they had brought none of their own provisions. Our small village was struggling as it was. During the cold season, when we should be eating more than usual to stay strong and healthy, we are forced to hunger. At first, our daily rations were cut in half. But it still wasn't enough to feed everyone. The rations kept growing smaller and smaller. It wasn't enough to sustain many of my friends, and I'm afraid it won't be enough to sustain me. Our daily fare is now five kernels of corn. I am a Pilgrim, full of dreams of life in a new world, and I will die before the day is done.

I think that in this modern age, especially in America, we are so blessed that we forget how to really be thankful. Thanksgiving is so full of fun traditions, feasting, and holiday cheer. It's easy to be thankful. But what if your life was different? What if you were homeless? What if you hadn't been born in America? What if you had been a Pilgrim? Would your gratitude be grounded in something stronger than the easy life you live or the things you possess?
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you do enjoy all those wonderful traditions, see all the family you love and eat all the pie you can! But most of all, I hope you take a little bit longer to think about what you're truly grateful for, and that no matter what happens, your gratitude is grounded in something that can't be taken away.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hate Crimes are Unconstitutional

Last month a new law was passed. Here's what the President had to say about it:
"After more than a decade of opposition and delay, we've passed inclusive hate crimes legislation to help protect our citizens from violence based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray or who they are."
This kind of law makes no sense.
If Joe was to murder Bob, and Bob just happened to be gay, Joe would suffer a larger penalty than if Bob had been straight.
If Larry was to rob Alice, and Alice just happened to belong to a minority (black, Muslim...), Larry would suffer a larger penalty than if Alice had been white.
Separating "hate crimes" from regular crimes is unconstitutional. When a person can be judged and punished based on what he may have been thinking while committing the crime, the freedom of our very thought process is being threatened. Besides, most of the time, Joe doesn't care or even know if Bob is gay, and Larry doesn't care what ethnicity Alice is.
Since when is all murder not considered a "hate" crime? All crimes derive from hate, no matter who commits them!
And what if a gay person murders a straight person, or a black person robs a white person? Are they accused of intolerance, racism, hate crimes then? I don't think so.
Too many people have become so bent on being politically correct, that their thoughts and actions are becoming ridiculous. In an attempt to not "offend" any minority (that probably wouldn't be offended anyway,) they end up offending the majority.
The truth must always be spoken, and sometimes people will be offended or hurt.
There will always be hateful people in the world until Jesus returns, and they will always commit crimes. They should be punished - but based on their actions, not their probable thought process.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

See You At The Pole

Tomorrow morning, millions of teens across the world will circle around their school's Flag pole and pray.
Started in 1990 by a group of young Christians in Burleson, Texas, SYATP gives students an opportunity to meet with other Christians in their schools and pray for friends, family, teachers, government...anything they wish to bring before God together.
This is an amazingly powerful movement. To join as one body and pray is always effectual in the Kingdom of Heaven. By gathering publicly to pray, we will make a bold statement. Many of our peers will see our example, and we will have the opportunity to be an extreme witness. And perhaps most crucial to these times, we will be opening the door for revival.
The theme for this year's SYATP is Engage: Go and Pray. It comes from the story of Josiah in the Bible. When Josiah was a teenager, he began to passionately seek after and radically obey God. The results? One of the biggest revivals in history!
I would greatly encourage you to gather with your fellow students and pray tomorrow morning. My home school group gathers at the Flag pole of our local courthouse to pray. Last year was my first year to attend. I will be going again tomorrow.
If you can't go and meet around the pole, will you please join the cause in spirit and set aside a time to pray at home?
Many youth groups will also be hosting "Saw You At The Pole" events Wednesday night. Check and see if there will be one close to you.
We can change the world for Christ, but we must be committed to passionate seeking and radical obedience.

See You At The Pole, Wednesday, September 23, 2009
“Go and pray to God for me and for the people . . ." —2 KINGS 22:13a

Thursday, September 10, 2009

What Was Wrong With Obama's School Address?

On Tuesday the President gave his tensely anticipated, controversial speech to all the students of America. The end result?
There was nothing wrong with what Obama said.
He spoke about perseverance through the hard times in life, the importance of personal responsibility, and staying in school. He told students that their hard work in school was important because they are the future of America.
This is all true. Perseverance, studying hard, and personal responsibility are all very vital - especially to a kid during the school years. I understand this.
The problem? I don't think President Obama believed a word he said.
Of all the people to talk about personal responsibility!
During his Presidential campaign, Obama falsely proclaimed that America was undergoing her worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. We were in a recession, but it was not nearly as bad as the Depression. It was only the worst recession since Jimmy Carter's Presidency. Now our economy is in an even worse state, because Obama hasn't done anything to help it at all. He's increased taxes, spent trillions of dollars on government programs that don't work, and now he's proposing a health care bill that will not only go against everything America stands for, but will lead us into even deeper dept. Now many more people have lost their jobs, and the only jobs on the rise are government jobs!
During these hard times, Obama has told America over and over that we must be willing to sacrifice, that it's time to "tighten our belts" until we pull out of the recession. And he promised that the White House would be doing the same thing.
But has he? No. He is living a very extravagant life (even more so than most Presidents in good economic times) while he's telling everyone else to "tighten their belts."
This is also the man who appointed a publicly communist Czar, who wants socialist health care, and who wants a socialist country in general! Communism and socialism evoke the opposite of personal responsibility. It just doesn't seem like he understands enough about personal responsibility to be telling kids about it.
He also told the sad story of how he was raised by a poor, single mother in Indonesia, who wanted to make sure he got the same standard of schooling as children in America. So she woke him up at 4:30 every morning to do school work.
But, from everything I've heared ever since his campaign, the reason Obama lived in Indonesia was because his step father worked in the oil business. (It's likely their family was quite wealthy.) It doesn't sound like he was living in Indonesia with a single parent. And I know for a fact that Obama attended a Muslim school - about the farthest thing from an American education you can get.
Not only did the President encourage the students in character traits that he himself does not openly possess, but either lied or didn't present all the facts.
It also strikes me as suspicious that he refused to release the speech on the internet until Monday, the day before it was given. Normally, the speech would have been released much sooner, because parents and teachers typically want to know what is going to be said to their children. But Obama has not done anything to gain America's trust; in fact, I'd say he's losing it day by day. Parents didn't know what was going to be said to their children, because they felt they couldn't trust Obama! All the opposition caused many school districts to back out of showing the speech at their schools. The White House didn't expect so much controversy. And since the speech wasn't allowed to be released until Monday, there was plenty of time to alter it, if the President had a mind to do so. I think it's very probable that he did. If you go to the link in my previous post and read the work sheet that was supposed to go along with the speech, you'll see that some of the questions for the kids to answer don't really make sense or match up according to what was actually said.
So the President didn't come out and overtly propose something like the Hitler youth. But in the past, he has mentioned things like a youth national guard, which would require every youth to serve in some sort of military.
But what he did do was tug at the heart strings of thousands of students. I heard part of the speech live on the radio, and I heard the pitying gasps of the students listening as he told the story of waking up at 4:30 a.m. to do school. Now there are probably many, many kids who are thinking, "He's not such a bad guy. In fact, he's pretty cool!" So the next time he addresses the students of America and starts to suggest some new ideas, or asks a little more of them than just to work hard in school, they'll say "Sure!" Because they like him. So why not "help him out"?
Just saying, it's very possible, and very probable.
And lastly, at a time in a President's term when there are so many crucial issues to deal with, it's not appropriate to address students. It's just not. There's nothing wrong with addressing students, but not at a time like this.
So, there was nothing really wrong with anything Obama said. He hit all the right notes - everything one would expect to hear in such a speech. But we have to look beneath the surface. There is a lot more going on than meets the eye at first glance. There always is! If more people would look a little deeper beneath the words and the outward appearance, more people would know the truth. And I believe that more people are beginning to do just that.

One last thing before I sign off. Tomorrow is September 11th. Please take time to remember our brave patriots who lost their lives or their loved ones on that day in 2001. Hang your Flag - say the Pledge of Allegiance! And pray for America. Pray for God's protection to cover our country. And pray that we will turn back to God.
God Bless America.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Back with a Bang!

Hello!
I'm sure that many of my followers haven't exactly been following me for the last month...and it's my own fault for not posting in so long. For that I apologize. But I can't let a busy lifestyle get in the way of exercising my freedom to speak, now can I? Nope! It's time to dust off the keyboard, don the writing cap once again, and get back to blogging! And boy, do I have a lot of things to blog about. So here we go. . . .
The freedom to choose our own health care is hanging by a thread. Tomorrow Barack Obama will be addressing school children all over the nation. Hollywood liberals are pledging their service to the President - let's hit that one first.
Have you heard of the I Pledge video? It was created by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, and many other celebrities are involved. In the video, various celebrities "pledge" to do some of the following things: laugh more, be better parents, care for the elderly, sell their cars so they can buy hybrids, conserve water and plastic, and get involved in community service. You know I don't buy into the whole "green" agenda, but for the most part, the things they were pledging to do were good things. (I'm just wondering why they've just now decided that they should try to be happier, and care for the elderly, and take better care of their kids.) So what's wrong with all of this? They are pledging to do all of these things in service to Barack Obama! Not to make their lives better. Not to make America better. But to serve the President! It's utterly ridiculous in the least.
The President of the United States is elected to serve the people. The government is supposed to serve the people by protecting their freedom. Never were the people of America meant to serve anyone but God Almighty, nor anything but America itself. In the Revolution the Patriots cried, "No king but King Jesus!" So why are these people pledging their service to Obama, as if he were their king?
And they're asking you to do the same thing! I would like to tell you that the only pledge you should ever have to say in this country is Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge of Allegiance is not a promise to serve any person or anything. It is what it is - a pledge of allegiance and respect to the flag, and to the republic it represents, which is one nation Under God.
If you don't believe all of this, look up the video on YouTube. And by the way - if this health care bill is passed, instead of caring for the elderly, the government will be telling the elderly when they can live and when it's time for them to die.
This theme of service to Obama is reaching farther than YouTube. Now it's going to be placed in front of millions of school children.
Tomorrow, on September 8th, Obama will be addressing all the school kids in America. From what I have gathered, he will be introducing "new ideas", and asking children to do jobs to help out.
I looked up an official menu of classroom activities, published by the Department of Education, to go along with the speech. (Here's the link.)
During the address, students will be told to asked themselves, "What is the President trying to tell me? What is the President trying to ask me to do? What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?" They will also be asked to write down any key phrases or ideas that are "important or personally meaningful" to them.
I have not heard the speech. But anyone with common sense should be able to tell that this is not good at all. Will children be persuaded to serve their President instead of serving their country? This remind me of the Hitler Youth! You can call me crazy, but isn't this what Hitler did to the children of Germany?
Thankfully, each individual school district will be allowed to choose whether or not their schools will show the address. And many districts have decided against showing the address because of the opposition of so many conservative parents.
There are also many parents who will not be sending their kids to school tomorrow.
If your school is going to show Obama's address, please watch it critically. Go to school with the America our anscetors founded in mind. Know what America was meant to be. Remember that the President, and the government, is supposed to serve YOU. You should never be required to pledge your service to any person. The only pledge you should ever have to say is the Pledge of Alliegiance.
It would be very easy to see everything happening to our country right now and hang your head in despair. Or you could join the thousands who are waking up to the fact that they can't sit idley any longer! You may not hear the stories of the many Americans who are lifting their voices louder and louder, because the liberal media tries to cover it up. But there is a lot of patriotism stirring among the people, and we are standing up for our country.
Don't despair, and don't give up hope!
There is a sun on this dark horizon. And best of all, there is a God who loves His people.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Never the Same - A Summary of my Guatemala Experience

I am back from Guatemala! Here is one final summary of the whole trip.
First, I’d like to say Thank You a million times to everyone who helped me go!! If it were not for your financial support and prayers, I wouldn’t have had this experience.
The adventure began in Miami Fl. There I got to meet the rest of my team (40 people), and we learned the drama that we would be using during the next two weeks. The drama is called “Spellbound,” and it tells the story of the Gospel. First they cast us in different parts. I was cast as the “Evil Magician,” who represents Satan. It was a very challenging, but very fun part to play. We spent two full days in training, and I loved every minute of it.
We arrived in Miami on Monday, and Thursday afternoon we flew out to Guatemala. It was so exciting to finally leave Florida and begin our real ministry! We stayed in Antigua, a beautiful village about an hour south of Guatemala City. We were privileged to stay in an absolutely gorgeous hotel. We even got to eat at the hotel restaurant for breakfast and supper. The food usually tasted wonderful, but of course there were a few weird things that I decided not to try.
Each day we woke early, ate a nice breakfast and had team devotions. Then we’d load up on the bus and go to our ministry sight for the day. We did the drama at schools, parks, an orphanage and a soup kitchen. Sometimes we would also help out by cleaning, painting, or doing whatever was needed. After we performed the drama the audience had the opportunity to come forward and give their lives to Jesus. It was so exciting to see people ask Jesus into their hearts every time we performed. Afterwards we were able to mingle with the audience, during which time we were usually able to witness to a few more. We also got to play with the children, giving them little toys and painting their faces. They are so precious! Matthew 19:14 - Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
One day we went to a soup kitchen in Guatemala City. While we were there, the First Lady of Guatemala arrived. She told us through a translator how grateful she was for all the work we were doing. Then she invited us to their palace so she could “honor” us. My friend Aubrey prayed for Guatemala with her, in front of the TV, and over the radio that day. The next day our team wasn’t able to go to the palace, but three other teams were able to. While they were there, the First Lady proclaimed every person on the mission trip "Special Ambassadors" to Guatemala! I'm not exactly sure what that means, but what an opportunity to witness to the very government of Guatemala! We were so thankful that God had made such a divine appointment and helped us to have such an impact.
Every night after we got back from ministry, we would have FUAGNEM (Fired Up And Going Nuts Every Minute) service, which consisted of worship songs and an inspiring message. The worship was amazing, and every night I was challenged to go deeper in my faith. FUAGNEM was definitely one of my favorite parts of the mission trip.
Sometimes during FUAGNEM a few people from each team could share something that happened that day. One team shared how they got to pray for a man who was born without a knee cap. After they prayed for him, the man had grown a knee cap and was able to get out of his wheel chair and walk! How amazing!
About 500 teens went on the mission trip. God used us to have a big impact in Guatemala – over 3,000 lives were saved by the end of the trip! But just as important, God used the trip to have a big impact on our lives as well. My heart was definitely touched in a big way. I am thankful beyond words for this experience!
I would ask that you continue to pray for me and all the people who went on the trip. It’s harder to radically live out your faith in the mundane surrounding of home than it is on the mission field. But it’s just as important to be a missionary here as it is across the world, and I know God used that awesome experience to equip me for the rest of my life.
The theme of the mission trip was “Never the Same.” And with lots of prayer and determination, I don’t believe I ever will be.
This is our lovely resort.


Myself and my roomie Heidi in full make-up

I didn't forget to celebrate Independence Day! Me and my roomie Kate. :)


We painted lots of faces! This is my friend Anne with a Guatemalan girl.


A ten-year-old Guatemalan girl - already responsibly working.



My whole team after performing at an orphanage



Here I am with some children from a school where we performed the drama.


Ayiesha Woods and her brother Donald were on the mission trip! They are both so awesome!

Here I am with Aubrey! (Guatemala Missions Trip...09 - blog roll.) She rocks!

This is Lake Atitlan. One day we sailed across the lake to do our drama on the other side.


Here I am atop the ferry that sailed across the lake. It was so fun.


Me with awesome friends Carly and Catherine (Cat was also my roomie!)



Some more awesome friends - Bethany, Ashley (roomie:), myself, and Tyler.

Airplane buddies, Alex and Lydia, on the flight home!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

We Serve a Big God!

It seems like such a long time ago that we landed in Miami, and then flew to Guatemala. So much has happened, so much has changed in every person here.
One thing that has impacted me the most is how everyone here is literally like a family. Seeing the love between team members and the support we give to each other blows my mind away. I keep thinking, this is the way the body of Christ is supposed to be! When our team is together, there is such a sense of freedom. I know that I can share any struggles I have without fear of judgment. And every single day we pray for each other. It is so awesome to know that I have brothers and sisters in Christ all over America who will continue praying for each other even after this trip is over.
Today we went to a soup kitchen in the city. After the drama, we got to go and talk to a lot of people. One of the best things I saw was a couple with their five year old son come to Christ.
Then, the President's wife came. Yes, the first lady of Guatemala. That in itself is pretty cool, but the most amazing part is that we got to pray with her, and my friend Aubrey even got to pray for Guatemala over the radio! The President's wife actually invited us to their palace so that she could honor us, because she was so grateful for what we had done for her country. This was just proof of how God is using us in huge ways to impact this country of Guatemala!
Well, I'm almost out of time. I am looking forward to coming home! But this experience is going to be hard to leave.
Chow!

Monday, July 6, 2009

I'm Having an Amazing Time in...

...Guatemala!
Hello everyone! I'm sorry I haven't found time to update since I've been here. So let me fill you in on what's going on.
We arrived in Antigua, Guatemala late Thursday night. The hotel we are staying in is beautiful. It really reminds me of a castle. It's surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, and of course, the quaint city of Antigua.
A few hours ago my team returned from our third day of ministry. Our ministry days are so much fun. On Friday we went to an orhpanage where we worked doing everything from cleaning windows to sorting rotten cabbages and carrots (a reeking job!) Afterwards we did our drama for the children. On Saturday we went to a park and did the drama twice. (The drama is called Spellbound and it tells the story of the Gospel. It is amazing! I am the Evil Magician.) On Sunday we had a more relaxing day with worship services and seminars. And today we went to a church in a small village where we painted a huge wall. That was the most fun so far! Everyone was covered in paint from head to toe - literally. After that we went to a school and preformed the drama again.
But I think the most amazing thing so far about this mission trip has been the worship services and the Fuagnem (Fired Up And Going Nuts Every Minute) services. Susie Shellenburger, former editor of Brio, is an awesome speaker, and she goes deeper every night. The presence of the Holy Spirit is so evident in the services.
This trip is more than living up to my expectations. I can't wait to give you a more detailed report (complete with lots of pics!)
If you want to know more about the trip, visit the blog on my blog roll, Guatemala...2009 (sorry if that's not the exact title!) But it's Aubrey's blog and she updates it pretty regularly.
Serving and Growing in the Lord,
Liberty
P.S. Happy (after) Independence Day!!!!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Dear People of the United States of America,
This country belongs to you. Will you now let a controlling government take it away from you on a whim?
Regular people like you and me laid down their lives so that America could be free. America was built to be a nation of liberty, where anyone can “worship GOD in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience”; a land where anyone with a determined will can become anything they want to be –the sky’s the limit! A country where no matter how young, old, sick, or feeble you are, you have the undeniable right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness! A place where you can determine how rich you want to be, without the government telling you that the profit you earned from your own hard work and sacrifice are unfair to those less fortunate! America was meant to be a land where you have freedom to voice your thoughts without anyone trying to hush you up.
For too long have we been apathetic to the affairs of our country. But I believe that something powerful is stirring in the hearts of many Americans. Finally, we the people are waking up!
Much has changed since the founding of this nation. But nothing worth fighting for is ever too far gone. Don’t give up on Your nation! Keep fighting for the freedoms that you hold dear. Don’t be afraid. Don’t get discouraged! The original patriots suffered through hunger, cold, sickness, death, and persecution to obtain the freedom America is now losing. Is it too much for us to suffer through a different kind of persecution in order to regain that freedom?
So, dear Americans, remain strong in your cause. Hold fast to what you know is the truth. And don’t ever settle for any lower standard of truth!
In all that you do – in all that you fight for, keep our Lord, Jesus Christ, in front of you. Jesus is the only One who can give everlasting freedom. And He is the one to whom we must now turn! God gave us our Independence. He gave us victory over tyranny and bondage. And it was only when we, as a nation, lost sight of God that we began to crawl back into our chains.
Stand strong for your country in the name of the Lord! This is your country! Let’s take it back! -Liberty Davidson

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Call2Fall

"I will answer God's call 2 fall on my knees in humility and seek His face in repentance, so that He might forgive my sins and heal our land."
This is the declaration of the national prayer movement, Call2Fall. On July 5th, thousands of Christians in America will get on their knees and pray. The movement is based on 2 Chronicles 7:14: 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.
I know that our land needs healing - major healing! And I admit that I have not been praying as faithfully as I should for our country. But God says that if His people (that's you and me) will humble themselves, seek Him, and turn from their wicked ways, He will heal their land! I can talk about it all day long. But there is a point when every person has to make a decision for themselves. I have commited to not only pray on July 5th, but to pray for America every single day. Will you join me in my commintment to pray for our nation?
Go the the official website, call2fall.com, and sign up so they will be able to keep track of how many are participating. Then, on July 5th - and everyday - do what needs to be done and pray for our country.
Hopefully this movement will be the beginning of another Great Awakening, and people who have been idle will realize that we should be praying for our country every single day.

I'm Really Leaving!

Yes, in 35 hours I will be on my way to a life changing experience in Guatemala!
In a way, it seems like I've been planning for this trip for so long! And yet I can't believe that it's already here.
From the moment I knew I was to go on this trip, and through all the fundraising, to the final days as I scramble to get everything packed and together, God has been so good to me. He has provided every single thing that I need - everything from the initial funds, to spending money, to friends to ride on the plane with.
I pray that when I come home I will be a changed person. Just thinking of all the different, wonderful aspects of this trip makes my head spin! I'll be meeting new friends, seeing several famous Christian Artists in concert (including Ayiesha Woods, Jaime Jamgochian, Everlife, and more...), I'll be participating in drama ministry, street witnessing, I'll be experiencing another culture...and I don't even know what else!
I grew so much on my last mission trip, that I can't wait to see what God will do through this one. While every mission trip is different, some things are always the same. When you answer God's calling to "Go into all the world," there is something powerful, really powerful involved. Whether you are going on a domestic mission trip to the inner city, or traveling across the globe to remote Indian tribes, it is my belief that if you open your heart, you will return a changed person. I think every follower of Christ should try to go on a mission trip at least once. You'll never regret it, and you'll never be the same.
Once again, I want to send a special thanks to everyone who has helped make this trip possible! I would ask that you continue to pray for everyone going during the next two weeks. Pray that our lives will be changed, and that God will open the Guatemalens' hearts to hear about the love of Jesus. Pray for safety on the flights and in Guatemala City, and please pray that no one gets sick.
I am looking forward to writing another post when I get back! I know there will be so much to tell!
Adios, Amigos!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Do Not Be Entangled Again with Bondage

Americans, it's happening. Our country is sinking deeper and deeper into a pit called "bondage" every single day.
From light bulbs to health care, the simple freedoms that we the people have a right to are being ripped from us all the time, and it's happening fast.
Don't you think that every family has the right to decide what kind of light bulb they want to use in their own household? It seems like a no-brainer. But the government has decided that every family should be forced to use fluorescent light bulbs - you know, those curly ones? They say it's better for the environment, and that it will save money. So to make sure everyone uses these fluorescent bulbs, regular bulbs are not being manufactured anymore. That's right. Soon you won't even be able to buy them! But the truth is, these fluorescent bulbs cost $1-$2 a piece, where regular bulbs only cost .20 on average. And besides - global warming is a myth, and the environment is fine. Most scientists today (even liberal scientists) admit that global warming isn't happening. It is purely a political tool. The earth's temperature has cycles, just like everything else in life, and for a while it was warming up. But now, at least where I live in Texas, it's cooled down considerably for this time of year. So global warming isn't even a real issue. It bothers me so badly when people exert all their energy into "saving the planet", when there are real issues at hand, like starving children all over the world - even in America. Anyway, I didn't mean to go on so long about global warming. I just wanted to prove my point.
Not only are we going to be forced to buy low-quality light bulbs, but also low-quality cars, that are also supposed to be "good for the environment." The government now owns the major car company, GM. And now, many people that used to work for GM are confessing that they were forced from their jobs by the government. That's what communist countries do!!!
Have you heard about Miss California, Carrie Prejean? Carrie Prejean was in the final running for Miss USA when she was asked whether or not she thought gay-marriage should be legalized in America. She gave an honest, polite answer; "We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised." And for giving that answer, she was attacked, ridiculed, badgered, and finally fired from being Miss California! All because she believed marriage should be between a man and a woman. That is not American!
And something else the government is working hard to take control of...health care! That's right! Once the government controls health care, you won't be able to choose your own doctors, get help when you need it, or even pay for your own medication. In other countries where the government owns health care, they will not send out an ambulance for anyone over the age of 65. And if your case of cancer is under a certain level, the average waiting time for treatment is 3 years. And when Obama says that 50,000,000 people in America don't have health care...it's just a lie.
And worst of all, our Christian founding principals are being ripped right from beneath our feet. First Obama stated twice publicly that America no longer considers itself a Christian nation. But a few weeks ago when Obama visited the Middle East, he said that America could be considered the second largest Muslim nation in the world! Why does he say that, when less than 4% of Americans claim to be Muslim? America does actually have the second largest Jewish population, so if he is so against us being a Christian nation, why doesn't he call us a Jewish nation? He said we were no longer a "Christian nation" because, supposedly, he wanted to be fair to all the religions observed in the USA (which still doesn't make sense.) But now he is willing to say that America is a Muslim nation, with suddenly no regard to the other religions in America. Why is he so set on becoming friends with the Muslim nations, when they are our enemies? Why has he forbidden the term "War on Terror?" Why does he call conservative citizens "Terrorists," but refuses to call extreme Muslims "Terrorists?"
The way I see it, America is not only quickly becoming a socialist country, it is also on its way to turning its back on Israel. And God have mercy on us if we do. The people of Israel are God's chosen people, and in the Bible He always punished her enemies.
This isn't just about politics or parties. It's not even all about fluorescent light bulbs and government health care. It's about keeping God's blessing on our country. Why would we let a gift from God be taken away from us so swiftly? America is a Christian nation. And the country that Obama is trying to turn America into - it isn't America. We'll call it "Obamamerica."
Seriously, though, I'm not saying this because I hate democrats, or because I hate Obama -because I don't. The Bible commands us to love and pray for our enemies, which is a command I strive very hard to obey. I'm saying all of this because God has given us the rare gift of a free country. In the past, we have had the freedom to worship whom we please, to voice our opinions, to elect our leaders, and to fight not only for our own freedom, but others' as well. God has used America greatly for the past 233 years. We have been a safe haven for many people escaping tyranny. We've sent out missionaries to every corner of the world. We've protected Israel among other countries from people like Hitler. Now, will we let our own country slip away?
Wake up! Do something! They did it 233 years ago. We can do it today.
Call the White House. You don't even have to talk to your own representatives. Just let people know how you feel! This is the number: 202-456-1111.
Tell everyone you know what is happening to our country. I don't even care if you email this post to everyone in your contacts! Just make sure that people know what is really going on. Read our founding documents, so you can know for yourself how America is really supposed to be. Go to protests! Go to the next Tea Party on July 4th!
If you don't fight to make a difference, you will be accountable for our country's fall. Don't be guilty for losing America; don't be guilty for losing God's favor.
The Bible commands us in Galatians 5:1 to "Standfast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage."
Is America worth fighting for? Is your freedom worth fighting for?
I'm not asking this just to have a creative clincher at the end of my post. I'm really asking you. Is America worth it to you? Is God's blessing on America worth it to you? Well, is it?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Not to Worry

Life. It's busy. Fast-pace. Full of uncertainty and the frightening unknown....my life is, anyway.
Being a sophomore in high school, my schedule is always packed - the calender always full. There's school, church, sports, clubs, more school, odd jobs, driver's ed, extra-curricular activities, preparing for college...oh, and did anyone mention free time?
Often my busy life mentally catches up to me. Sometimes I get overwhelmed to the point of panic and tears. And the older I get, the more it happens, with more and more of thoughts like these bombarding my mind: What if I don't get good grades? What if I'm not doing enough extra-curricular activities? Will I even have enough money for college? And what will I do after college?
Recently I had another one of these breakdowns. I just felt helpless and hopeless. I felt like a failure - like I wasn't going anywhere. I wondered if I was really following God's will, and if my life was really worthwhile.

Do you ever feel like this? I know that teens aren't the only ones who get overwhelmed with life. It happens to everybody. Everyone wonders what the future might hold, and so we try to prepare for it. Preparing for the future is good, but the truth is, you can only do so much, and as for the rest, you have to leave it up to the Lord.
The last time worry hit me, I desperately turned to these words for help. Read this passage of scripture slowly, and dwell on the words - not just now, but every time you feel overwhelmed with life.

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
There fore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his life?
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
- Matthew 6:24-34

The verse that really hit home with me was verse 33, Seek first the kingdom of God...and all these things shall be added to you. If we just seek God and His will, then we do not have to worry about anything else, because those things will be added unto us! We don't have to worry about life if we're seeking God every step.
I'm so glad I don't have to make decisions on my own. If I did, there's no telling where chance would take me! But God has a perfect plan for our lives. That's why we should consult him at every decision that comes our way.
And that's also why we shouldn't worry. God has everything in control. He loves us more than birds. He loves us more than flowers. So if God takes the time to care for those things, who can't even work to earn their food, don't you think He would take the time to care for us, those whom He loves more than anything?
Worry is a weapon the devil uses to make us miserable and to shake our faith in God. But we have an even more powerful weapon - scripture - that we can use against the attacks every single time.
So don't worry so much about the future that you miss out on today. Follow God's will, and He will take care of you!

Just a Thought...

When we're outside or in the car on a bright, sunny day, what do we generally do? Put our sunglasses on. Why? Because when we don't have the shades on, the light is so blinding that we can't see the world around us very clearly. So we put sunglasses on to dim the light and see the world easier.
What if there was such a thing as spiritual sunglasses? Sometimes God's effulgence is so extreme for us that it hurts, so we put on "sunglasses," dimming God's brightness so we can look at the world instead.
But God wants us to bask in His brightness. He wants us to stare fully into His light. It might be hard at first. The blinding brightness might even hurt. But then we will be able to focus on the things of Heaven. When we are truly focused on God, the rest of the world will become dim to our eyes.
So take off your spiritual sunglasses. Focus on the light of God.
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. - Colossians 3:2

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What Are You Waiting For?

As I've said thousands of times, exercising your freedom to speak is so important. You really can make a difference.
Everyone, at one time, has probably experienced that moment when something tugs at your heart - that moment when you feel a flame spark inside and you desire to do something to make a difference. It might have been when you saw a hungry child on TV, when you saw an abused animal at the shelter, or when you realized that America was backsliding.
Today I was listening to an old Natalie Grant CD (I love Natalie Grant!), and I came across this inspiring song.

What Are You Waiting For?

Sometimes I get the overwhelming feeling
So sad those faces on TV
If I tried to make a difference would it help anyway?
But then I stop and to myself I say...

So you wanna change the world
What are you waiting for?
You say you're gonna start right now
What are you waiting for?
It only takes one voice
So come on now and shout it out
Give a little more
What are you waiting for?

Sometimes I feel a little helpless
Seems like I can't do a thing
But anything is possible just you wait and see
Good things happen if you just believe...

Someday somehow
Gonna take that step
Cause time is ticking away
Right here right now
Before it's too late
Gonna face tomorrow today...


So, what are you waiting for? If anything has ever tugged at your heart, know that it was God. And if you've ever heard a voice inside your head that says you can't make a difference, know that it was Satan.
Not only do we have the constitutional right to speak out (a right that won't last long if we keep silent!), but we have a right, and a responsibility, to make a difference that comes directly from God.
God gives us dreams and passions for a reason. Like the song says, it only takes one voice to make a difference.

You can be that one voice. Don't let fear stop you.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Heaven

With the recent passing of Joyce, our beloved Pastor's wife, Heaven has been on my mind a lot.
Joyce was an amazing person. She was a loving friend, a wise mentor, a brilliant writer, and a strong Christian. And she always looked forward to finally getting to Heaven. Even before she had cancer, she was constantly eager to discuss Heaven with anyone.
Joyce didn't speak of physical death as a dark, frightening or mournful experience. Rather, she focused on the spiritual side of death, which is really an extraordinary awakening into the awesome presence of God.
Joyce was blessed with many dreams and visions of Heaven. I'll never forget the following vision she shared one time:
A person in a dark room reached for the doorknob and turned it. When the door cracked, a wonderful, soft light began to filter in. Heaven was on the other side of the door.
Our life on earth is like the second it takes to reach out and grab the doorknob. Heaven is like entering a completely new room.
Many people today, even Christians, tend to focus entirely on this side of death. We try not to think about dying. When we do think about it, it's with dread, and so we live like it will never come.
But have you ever stopped to really consider what happens on the other side of death? Is death the end of life, or is it just another step we have to take so that we can enjoy life in all its fullness? Heaven is such an abstract thought for our human minds to grasp. But instead of being overwhelmed by the endless (literally) aspects of Heaven, think about the things we do know!
No more sadness! Can you imagine never having to cry again? Never again having your day spoiled by disappointment or heartbreak?
No more pain! Pain is something a lot of people are afraid of. Not in Heaven!
No more sickness! Imagine never having to take your temperature again - never having to worry about catching a virus - just enjoying life! Think about the people you love who are now plagued with sickness, whether it be a cold, the flu, cancer, even arthritis...When we get to Heaven, all of that will be gone! We'll be in perfect health!

No more fear!
We'll be reunited with old friends! We'll even meet new friends, and even make friends with people like Abraham, Moses, David, Paul, Esther.... (Whoa!)
We'll walk hand-in-hand with Jesus! Just think of what it will be like to run and sit in God's lap anytime!
I like to think that everything on earth that gives us joy and pleasure is just a sample, just a miniature, of what we'll experience in Heaven. For instance...What if roller coasters are just a smaller form of the thrill and excitement we'll be experiencing for eternity? What if eating candy is just an idea of what we'll be feasting on in Heaven? What if the love and friendship that we know on earth is just a foggy image of the unimaginable fulfillment we'll receive when we're in the presence of our Creator, our Father, our Savior, our King, our Friend...?
Now death doesn't seem so dreary after all. Maybe it's hard for us to fathom now. But maybe when the body we currently inhabit finally draws its last breath, our eyes will be unveiled, and the life we lived here will become the foggy dream, and our souls will be free to fly home.
If we'd take on this mindset, and see this life for what it really is - a fleeting second compared to eternity - perhaps we'd be happier. If we thought about Heaven more, we could focus more clearly on what really matters in the grand scheme of things. Petty annoyances that used to ruin our day wouldn't matter so much anymore. Serious choices, like taking the time to share the Gospel with someone, would. The choice you make, or don't make, to live for Christ in this life would matter greatly.
When I think of Joyce now, I don't think of a dead body. I don't think of a person that used to exist, who is now gone. Instead, I think of Joyce as healed of cancer forever. I think of her as dancing to her heart's content at the very throne of Christ! I see her joyfully walking the streets of gold, holding hands with her Savior...holding hands with Jesus.

Some bright morning when this life is over
I'll fly away
To that home on God's celestial shore
I'll fly away
I'll fly away oh glory
I'll fly away (in the morning)
When I die hallelujah by and by
I'll fly away
When the shadows of this life have gone
I'll fly away
Like a bird from these prison bars has flown
I'll fly away
Oh how glad and happy when we meet
I'll fly away
No more cold iron shackles on my feet
I'll fly away
Just a few more weary days and then
I'll fly away
To a land where joys will never end
I'll fly away
-I'll Fly Away


....I’ll not fear when I pass through the valley,
Though encompassed by shadows of night,
For I know that beyond it is shining
An eternal and glorious light....
Shall we weep when we know the departed

With their toils and their cares now are done,
And the bliss of eternity’s ages
In the presence of God is begun?
-Beyond the Shadows

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Guatemala Update

I said I would keep you updated as I prepare for my mission trip to Guatemala. So I suppose I ought to announce that.....
I have all my funds needed for the trip!!!
After many months of baby-sitting, sending letters, selling raffle tickets, selling homemade salsa, and praying ever so earnestly, I have finally reached my fundraising goal and the last payment is officially in the mail. What a great feeling!
I'd like to thank everyone who has helped by hiring me, buying fundraising items, giving generous donations, and praying for me! I'm very blessed to have so many wonderful friends who are so supportive.
I know God is working in the lives of everyone going to Guatemala this summer. I also know that he's working to bless everyone who is helping us go! Here's a fun anecdote I'd like to share...
My cousin Nicki (400things) helped me raise money by making a beautiful twin-size quilt that I could sell raffle tickets for. I've been selling those raffle tickets for quite a while, and the drawing was to be held at the annual silent auction our church holds to raise money for missions and summer camp. During the auction several people were taking advantage of their last chance to buy tickets for the quilt, some buying as many as 12 tickets at a time. Then Nicki's husband came to the table and bought one ticket. "She'll be surprised if it's my ticket that wins it back for her," he said. I thought that was really sweet, but didn't think he'd win, considering how many tickets everyone else was buying. However, when it came time for the drawing, I closed my eyes and reached down to the bottom of the bowl...and who's ticket did I draw? That's right! He won the quilt back for Nicki with one little ticket. She was so excited! Now Nicki can enjoy the fruit of her hard labor, and I still raised a lot of money for the trip! Just goes to show you how God chooses to bless us, even with little things like winning your own quilt back through a raffle.
Please continue to pray for me and everyone going on this trip! Prayer is the most important thing on the mission field.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Protests Sweep America!

Perhaps you haven't heard. Perhaps you weren't watching. Perhaps you didn't participate. But you can't change the fact that it happened!
Yesterday thousands of Americans gathered together under the theme: Taxed Enough Already! Tea Parties were held in every state in thousands of towns. Even though taxation without representation and the out-of-control government spending were the main items that originally incited the Tax Day Tea Parties, patriots marched and carried signs for several reasons. But everyone who participated rallied around one central idea; that we need to take our country back!
I attended a Tea Party in Sherman, Texas, with my mom and my cousins. We worried that there would be a low turn-out. But as we started nearing the Grayson County courthouse at 10:30 in the morning, the streets were already lined with cars! We saw protesters circling the courthouse lawn with signs, and a huge crowd - over 200 people - was assembled around the courthouse steps! It was so amazing and encouraging to see and talk with so many more people who are also aware of our nation's jeopardy.
There was a bullhorn at the top of the steps for anyone who wanted to speak to the crowd. My cousin, Nicki (400things), and I decided to take the opportunity. Nicki gave a speech based on one of her recent blog posts, "Rebellion." I think that every protester who heard her agreed that rebellion is an American tradition, and that we must rebel if we want to preserve our great nation and our personal rights! Then I was able to give Ronald Reagan's Inaugural Address (the one I posted a while back) through the bullhorn. It was wonderful to hear so many people clap and cheer at his words, which are so applicable to America's present state. Afterwards we had the privilege of being interviewed by the the local TV channel and the local newspaper.
I can't say that the media did the best job reporting the Tea Parties, but I am thankful that they covered it! No one can deny what happened yesterday, although the President denies that he knew anything about the Tea Parties. However, thousands of people also sent tea labels to the Whitehouse in protest, so if he truly didn't know about them, (very doubtful) he will soon.
I wonder if the Obama Administration will view what happened yesterday as an act of terrorism. Obama has forbidden the term "War on Terror" in reference to the war going on in the Middle East right now, but he has also warned law enforcement of "Extreme Right-Wing Terrorist"! Yes, now the politically correct term for the War on Terror is the Overseas Contingency Operation. And this is the warning that was sent out about anyone holding Conservative views (which probably includes you): http://video1.washingtontimes.com/video/extremismreport.pdf. Read it. You will be shocked.
But this is not the last they will hear from us. Other Tea Parties are already scheduled! Find out when the next Tea Party is near you, and participate!!
Here is a link to the news story on the Tea Party in Sherman with my interview: http://www.kxii.com/home/headlines/43068602.html
Here are some pictures.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tea Party, Anyone?

On December 16, 1773, Boston residents participated in what is famously and historically known as the Boston Tea Party. It was their way of protesting the taxation without representation.
Well, you know about the Stimulus Bill and the endless mound of debt that is now being created for future generations. This is not meant to stimulate the economy out of recession. It's a scheme, a scheme to enlarge government control. It's a scheme to punish hardworking, patriotic Americans and reward the apathetic people who are too lazy to help themselves. It's a sugar-coated way of turning America socialist. It's ridiculous and preposterous. And it's time for another Tea Party.
On April 15th, in one week from today, Americans all over the country will gather to protest the socialist take-over of our blessed country.
Our President has literally shamed and insulted America on his European tour. A few disgusting things that happened on the trip...
The President of the United States of America bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia.
The President of the United States of America apologized for America's "arrogance."
The President of the United States of America declared this (yet again) in Turkey: "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, a Jewish nation, or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens..."
And the President thinks there is such a language as "Austrian?" (Yes, he actually said that.)
I've posted time and again about the horrible things that are happening to the great nation of America. But here's a chance to take our country back!
Visit taxdayteaparty.com and get involved in a tea party near you!
Here are some more great sites if you're interested:

912project.com
patriotpost.us
Oh, and guess what? Perhaps the biggest Tea Party will be taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, and Jonathan Krohn will be speaking alongside Sean Hannity! Is that awesome or what?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Jonathan Krohn

I have found another amazing kid! Jonathan Krohn (check out his website!!) is a 14-year-0ld who published his first book at age 13. The book is Define Conservatism, and it does just that. Define Conservatism sounds amazing. I could try to give you a quick synopsis, but instead I urge you to visit his website, defineconservatism.com, and read about the book yourself. Then I suggest you read the book. I personally can't wait to get my hands on it.
I actually found out about J. Krohn when my friend sent me an email of a speech he had given at a CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference.) When I watched the video my jaw literally dropped and hit the keyboard. This kid has got it down! I'm beginning to think that perhaps there is a godly generation rising up who will fight for America! I know I am one in that generation, and the more I look around, the more I find. I know there are tons of teens out there who believe in the right things, but they are afraid to speak out. And there are those who would believe in the right things were they educated properly.
Teens of America, we are the ones who will determine whether or not America continues down the wrong path or returns to its founding principles. We can start making a difference now, but we have to make our voices heard, just like Jonathan and Lia (abortion video.) We have to speak out every chance we get. By sharing our own beliefs we will catch the attention of friends and peers, educating them and getting them involved. You may think that it takes a genius or a prodigy to make an impact in the way Jonathan and Lia have, but it doesn't. It just takes someone who is willing. And that truth is from the Bible itself.
Back to Jonathan. Please watch this video. There are actually two videos on the page, and they would both be well worth your while. We should keep our eye on Jonathan Krohn.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Red Envelope Day - Last Reminder!

Tomorrow, March 31st, is Red Envelope Day. I am going to remind you about this day once more, because I believe it really has the potential to make a difference.
Red Envelope Day is a silent protest against abortion. All silent protesters will send red envelopes to the White House on Tuesday, March 31st. Every red envelope represents an unborn child that was killed through abortion.
On the back of every envelope, write this:
This envelope represents one child who died in abortion. It is empty because that life was unable to offer anything to the world.
Responsibility begins with conception.
Mail the envelope to this address:
President Barack Obama
The Whitehouse
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.D. 20500
Please visit redenvelopeday.com and sign up to participate so a record of how many envelopes are being sent can be kept. You will also be able to find some useful information and ideas. If you don't have red envelopes, you can buy them online at redenvelopeday.com or have them sent via internet. (I'm sure you can also find red envelopes at any store from Wal-Mart to the Dollar General.) But be sure that whatever envelope you use has the proper postage, or else it will be sent back. A return address is also very important! If your envelope does not have a return address, it will not be delivered to the White House.
It is exciting to see how many people are participating in this silent protest. Please pray over your envelopes, and pray over the whole project in general. Don't forget to visit the website. Every child has the right to life.
"The sacred rights of mankind are...written, as with a sun beam in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power." Alexander Hamilton, 1775.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

From Ronald Reagan's Inaugural Address, 1981

This is such a good speech, and so applicable to America today. I thought I'd share it with you!
We are a nation that has a government - not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the earth.
Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed....
All of us - all of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government. Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it's not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work - work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it....
It is time for us to realize that we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We're not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline; I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.
So, with all the creative energy at our command let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope.

Monday, March 23, 2009

One Nation...Under God?

The building of our nation began when the Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic, searching for religious freedom. It continued during the 1700's as men and women bravely gave their lives for independence. It was during late nights and early mornings that the principles that should be governing us now were drawn up by our founding fathers. It was then that the nation America has been was created. But when was the creation of the nation we are becoming?
America has always been a country of absolute liberty. Liberty is freedom. But the cost of freedom is very high. In case you haven't heard, thousands - in fact - millions of lives have been given to secure the liberty that America has been gifted with. But the benefits of liberty didn't just all of a sudden grace this land when our ancestors decided they wanted a free country. Liberty, true liberty, is only obtained one way. That way is through Jesus Christ.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17.
Where the Spirit of the Lord isn't, there is bondage. Not liberty.
The Bible states multiple times that we are set free through the Lord.
He whom the Son sets free is free indeed! John 8:36.
For freedom, Christ has set us free; stand fast, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
In the presence of God everything good exists: Peace, Joy, Love, Freedom...Where the absence of God is, there is also the absence of all his attributes, some of which are stated above.
Where am I going with this? When the United States of America was founded, it was founded with God leading the way. Our forefathers believed in Jesus. They also believed that without him, their new nation would cease to continue!
Benjamin Franklin spoke these stirring words at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 when he was eighty-one years old: "In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who where engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor.... And have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?
"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: 'that God governs in the affairs of man.' And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?
"We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel; we shall be divided by our little, partial local interests; our projects will be confounded; and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to the future ages...."
Franklin knew that without God's help, building a nation of liberty and prosperity was a futile effort.
What about today? How could we possibly forget our most powerful Friend, the Lord? And yet, it seems that more and more people are giving into the lie that we do not need His assistance. When did this happen? When did America, a Christian nation founded on the very words of God, become what it is today? What is it today?
America is now a nation where prayer is not allowed in the public school.
America is now a nation where lies are being taught as proven fact - where children aren't even given the option of thinking for themselves.
America is now a nation where separation of church and state is being taught to mean that faith has no role in the government.
America is now a nation where over 4,000 children are murdered each day under the protection of a much too gentle term, "abortion."
America is now a nation where homosexuality is becoming more and more accepted, and where gay marriage is legal in some states.
And America is now a nation where the President believes that "Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers." He doesn't even get what "Christian Nation" means.
How did we get here? Even though I believe our new President will sure help America down the wrong path very quickly, all of this didn't just happen. It's been happening for decades. Subtly - one thought, one word, one bill at a time, the Christian principles in America, the principles that really secure true liberty, have been removed. Now the Ten Commandments are prohibited in courthouses. Now the morning prayer in school is replaced with a "moment of silence." Now abortion is just a little bit easier....and all of a sudden, we wake up and see that this nation we are living in is not the United States of America as it was destined to be. Ronald Reagan's profound statement from his inaugural address in 1981 is so true for today: "I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing." So, fellow citizens, what will you do? For a long time, it seems as if we've been doing nothing, and now we're experiencing the consequences. It is evident to me that the reason for our nation's decline is because of the absence of God in our daily lives. He hasn't abandoned us - we've pushed him out of the way. But I believe that God still wants to use this nation for His purposes! I believe he wants to sweep America with his Spirit again. But we're the ones who have to instigate that. God has given us warnings, or "wake up calls." September 11th was one. For a while Americans called out to God, but once they felt secure again, they turned away, imagining they no longer needed His assistance.
I'll even go so far as to say that the election of Barack Obama as President is a warning. America has been declining for a long time, but only now are people starting to see where we truly are, and so many are still blind!
Don't misunderstand what I've been saying. Just because America is falling away from God does not mean I love this country less, or have less respect for it. On the contrary, I think I love America now more than ever before! I see what it was meant to be, and what it is becoming. The nation I've always been taught to love is now slipping from my fingers, just now that the love is beginning to grow into a passion. The saying, "you don't know what you have until you lose it" is too true. We've taken America and Liberty for granted far too long. Now we're going to have to fight to gain that liberty back. Destroying a nation can happen in days. Rebuilding one takes much longer. But nothing is impossible with God! However, we must act now!
The fight for renewed liberty and faith in America begins on our knees with prayer, but must be carried out with action.
I don't want to lose this country. Am I the only one?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Translate Your Name into Elvish!

This is for anyone who likes The Lord of the Rings. If you aren't a fan, it may seem a little silly. But The Lord of the Rings are my favorite movies ever and some of my favorite books. I love them.
J.R.R. Tolkien was a brilliant man who spent a life-time working on the Lord of the Rings and other books about his fictional world, Middle Earth. If you're at all familiar with the books or the movies, you'll know that they contain a lot of Elvish dialogue. Tolkien actually developed the entire Elvish language, and some people have devoted time to learning to speak it. I haven't gone that far, but I did find a way to translate my name. This isn't just a random name generator. Arwen-undomiel.com actually translates names into real Elvish. So if you're interested in finding out what your Elvish name is, visit the link above.

Friday, March 13, 2009

A Preteen's Take on Abortion

What an amazing kid! Please click on the link and watch!!!
http://www.nmatv.com/video/1318/Preteen-pro-life-speech-goes-viral
This is a twelve-year-0ld who is not afraid to speak her mind. What she says is so true and so frankly stated. Please share this video as much as you can! And don't be afraid to follow this girl's example.
I also want to remind you about Red Envelope Day. This is a Heaven-sent way for us to tell the President THAT WE DO NOT SUPPORT ABORTION, AND THAT WE WANT IT TO STOP!!!

Abortion is wrong!

Countdown and Daily Verse

I now have an official countdown till the Voyage of the Dawn Treader at the bottom of this page! We have a while to go yet, but it's never too soon to start anticipating! I am so excited about this movie. To read regular updates, visit NarniaWeb.com.
Also at the bottom of this page is a daily Bible verse. Visit my blog everyday and see what God has to say to us!
You can even get the daily verse and the countdown for your own blog.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Going to Guatemala!


This is a picture of me last July in Jalaca, Honduras, where I experienced my first mission trip. It was one of the most, if not the most, amazing experiences of my life! Seeing the way people lived in poverty, the way children were cast out on the street as infants, the way young girls had to walk miles to obtain clean water, and so much more, truly changed me from the inside out.
It seems like we always hear the same thing from people who return from the mission field:
"I've been so ungrateful. Americans take all their privileges for granted."
Sometimes we get tired of hearing that. But it's so true, and you can't really understand how true until you've experience it for yourself. There's something about stepping out in faith and leaving your comfort zone. God's power is always revealed in exciting and unlimited ways on the mission field. I can't believe how much we miss when we bask in American luxuries!
Last summer I was in Honduras for one week. We mostly worked on the orphanage where we stayed, replacing the roof and organizing rooms inside. We got to go to a local church every night where my pastor would preach and we would share our testimonies.We also spent a lot of bonding time with the kids at the orphanage. Some of those children had been abandoned as young as two. They had learned how to pick pockets and dumpster-dive just to keep from starving! They were so loving and open to us. They trusted us with the simplicity that most kids here would never possess, even though they had much more worldly wisdom than most kids in America. I think if kids here could for one day experience the hardships that kids their ages face around the world, they'd be more appreciative of their blessings.
It was hard to leave the orphanage, the people, and the general life-style. Life may be hard in third-world countries, but it's simple and people are still happy.
Needless to say, I was hooked on mission trips. I knew I'd be going somewhere summer 2009, but where? My youth group was going to Mexico. That sounded fun. But then one day when reading Brio, (an awesome Christian magazine for teen girls) my eye fell upon an advertisement for their annual mission trip. This year they'd be going to Guatemala City, Guatemala. I'd always known about their mission trips, but for some reason this one really appealed to me. So I began what has been one of the most earnest prayer journeys I'd experienced. I prayed everyday, asking God if I should go to Mexico, or Guatemala. One night a few weeks later I had a dream. When I woke up I knew I was supposed to go to Guatemala, and nothing would stop me!
Since then we've been busy fundraising, buying plane tickets, and working out all the little details. One of the coolest things so far is that I've been able to email girls from all over the country who are also going on the trip! It's been so fun talking to other girls who are just as excited about serving God on the mission field! There are 600 people going in all. It's going to be really amazing. I can't wait to see what God will do, and I can't wait to make lots of new friends!
We've already had to hurtle a few road blocks while preparing for this trip. But God has provided everything we need so far, and I'm trusting him to continue providing as I continue to work hard!
I plan on keeping you updated. Please pray for me!
"Lord, I'll go! Send me." Isaiah 6:8