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

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Freedom at Risk

Many people underestimate the power of free speech. Many take it for granted. But without the freedom to speak, our country will become totally different - a change for the worse. Let me give you an example of a few countries who do not have the freedom of speech.
China
North Korea
Vietnam
Cuba
You've heard of the terrible conditions in these countries. The United States has always been compared to places like these in school, because we've always been proud of and thankful for our freedom in America. Sadly, that pride isn't really being encouraged anymore like it should. I hate to burst your bubble or offend you, but unlike Presidents of the past, President Obama is not interested in making America a greater nation in the way it has been. He wants to tear down everything this country ever was. He wants to create his idea of greatness in America, and that's total government control...also known as Marxism.
This goes beyond the trillions of dollars he plans to spend; beyond the financial struggle we see in the future. Obama is trying to fundamentally change America. He actually said so! At a rally five days before the election, this is what Obama said:
"In five days from now we will fundamentally change America."
Do you really understand what that means? That means taking everything this country was built upon, everything our founding fathers believed in, and uprooting it to replace it with everything our fathers tried to avoid, and worse!
One of the things Obama has already begun to do is to make abortion easier, and all of his liberal friends are saying that the world is over-populated. Guess what country has a law against more than one child per family? China. (Here is a way to speak against abortion.)
Now Obama is attacking Rush Limbaugh, a conservative talk-show host. Why? Because he said something the liberals didn't like. Limbaugh said, among stating other truths against Obama, that he wanted the Stimulus Package to fail. But now Obama and all his friends have twisted it to say that Limbaugh said he wanted the economy to fail. That is not what he said! But what does it matter? It matters because Washington is attacking someone who has done nothing but share his opinion. Limbaugh isn't even any kind of politician! Why is Obama going after him? In Marxist countries, the government tries to silence any voice that threatens their own precious ideas. That is what Obama is doing by attacking Rush Limbaugh!
Do not stop voicing your thoughts! America is a country of freedom of speech, no matter what anyone tries to do. But be aware that if our freedom of speech is taken away, all of our freedoms will be taken away. We don't want America to become just like all those other countries: China, North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba....This is America. Remember that, President Obama.

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Spirit of Texas

"Remember the Alamo!"
If there was ever a day to remember the Alamo, it's today!

Exactly two-hundred and seventy-two years ago, the Alamo fell after thirteen long days of siege from the Mexicans under Santa Anna. There were only 183 men inside the old mission. They weren't soldiers. But they were Texans. They were tough, and they were proud. They knew their chances were bleak as they looked out upon thousands of Mexicans day after day, but they would have rather given up their lives than give up Texas.
A letter sent out from the Alamo one day into the siege proves that the Texans were already aware of of their probable fate, and already they were defiant.
COMMANDANCY OF THE ALAMO, BEXAR, February 24, 1836.
FELLOW-CITIZENS AND COMPATRIOTS : I am besieged by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continued bombardment for twenty-four hours, and have not lost a man. The enemy have demanded a surrender at discretion ; otherwise the garrison is to be put to the sword, if the place is taken. I have answered the summons with a cannon-shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then I call on you in the name of liberty, of patriotism, and of everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid with all despatch. The enemy are receiving reinforcements daily, and will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. Though this call may be neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible, and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor and that of his country. Victory or death!"

W. BARRET TRAVIS, Lieutenant-Colonel commanding."
P. S.—The Lord is on our side. When the enemy appeared in sight, we had not three bushels of corn. We have since found, in deserted houses, eighty or ninety bushels, and got into the walls twenty or thirty head of beeves. "T"
The reinforcements never came. On March 5, the day before the battle, Travis addressed his men, frankly telling them what they most likely already knew - that no help was coming, and if they stayed, death was inevitable. Legend has it that Travis took his sword and made a line in the sand, asking whoever was willing to stay and fight to cross that line. He even said he wouldn't call anyone a coward if they chose to leave. All but one of those brave Texans stepped across, thus giving their lives into the hands of God, willing to die for the land they loved.
The next morning the siege ended and the battle commenced. In the end, every man payed the ultimate price; a price they had been glad to pay.
The Alamo was defeated, and every man killed. So why is the Alamo still remembered so fervently, not only in Texas but all over America? Why, when people speak of the Alamo, do they speak of it like a great victory, when it was a devastating defeat? Because with the fall of the Alamo and the men inside, the spirit of Texas did not die. In fact, it grew. The Texas Revolution continued on, and with each step the Alamo was remembered.
The Texans who died on March 6, 1836, were some of the greatest heroes in history. They were the epitome of heroism and patriotism, because even when they knew there was no chance of survival, they still stood strong and fought for what they loved. They may not have won the day, but they won independence for Texas by giving their all in defending a little old mission - the little old mission that represented Texas.
Texas meant something to those men, just like it means something to me. It meant, and still means, absolute freedom. In fact, Texas was an independent nation for nine years following the Battle of the Alamo. Now it's a part of the greatest nation on earth. But the state of Texas still means several things: wide-open plains, beautiful mountain ranges, big skies, and lots of friends, even those you don't know! If you live in Texas, I know you can recall times you started conversations with complete strangers. I know you've smiled at people as you walked down the street. You might've even waved at a passing car! One thing every true Texan possesses is Texas spirit, and it's strong. It was strong in the men who died at the Alamo, and it's still strong in us today.
If you're a true Texan, be proud. If you're not, come visit us. We're a friendly state...until you try to interfere with the true meaning of Texas. Then, in remebrance of the Alamo, we will become fierce and defiant, upholding the same attitude of Travis when he wrote his famous letter. We won't surrender, and we won't retreat!
Remember the Alamo, and Remember Texas!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Happy Narnia Day!

Do you love Narnia? I am a Narnia Maniac. I am nearly obsessed with the books, and the movies are pretty awesome too! A real Narnia Maniac needs a way of staying connected with Narnia and other fans. I have found a great way of regularly keeping up with everything that's going on in the Narnia-Maniac world, and that's Narniaweb.com. Narniaweb is the world's number one source for Narnia movie news, and it has all kind of other news, as well! Not only do they have frequent movie updates, they also have a wonderful forum for discussing just about every aspect of Narnia you can imagine. If you love Narnia, you really should visit Narniaweb.com!
Speaking of the movies, if you haven't heard, the next Narnia film is already a work-in-progress. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is set to be released December 10, 2010. However, The Dawn Treader has already been through several rough spots. Disney and Walden Media had partnered to make The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian, but a few months ago, Disney unexpectedly dropped the franchise, leaving Walden Media to search for another partner to continue the series. This short delay was quickly overcome as 20th Century Fox is now Walden's new partner! During all of this, some Narnia Maniacs got together and created an online petition to show Walden Media, Fox, and the world, that there are still true Narnia fans that are not only supportive, but fanatical about The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and are greatly looking forward to its being made into a movie! You know how big I am on making your voice heard. Here is a way for us to tell the world that we love Narnia and are supportive of the new movie. You'll also get a really cool certificate! Click
here to sign the petition!
Now, since there are so many people who love Narnia, shouldn't there be an official holiday? Now there is! Some other Maniacs on Narniaweb decided that there should be an official day to celebrate Narnia. March 21st was chosen as the date for this holiday because it is the first day of Spring. If you are familiar with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, you know that Spring has special significance in Narnia. For one hundred years Narnia was held in an eternal Winter by the White Witch, until Aslan came and caused Spring to arrive. I think that this represents how Jesus can warm our hearts and replace the bitterness of Winter with the happiness of Spring, if we let Him.
To celebrate Narnia Day, you can do just about anything you like. Some suggested activities include 1), snuggle up with some popcorn and watch The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian, 2) Read your favorite passage out of any of the books, or if it's been a while since you've read them, start the series afresh! 3) Dress Narnian style, 4) Make your own decorations for the house or yard!
Be sure to let your friends know about Narnia Day!
Here is the link to the forum so you can read for yourself how the holiday came about. You may also find some more ideas for celebrating!
Happy Narnia Day!