Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"If My People Pray" Campaign, Sept 1-Oct 10

Heard on the radio today about a national prayer campaign that begins tomorrow. It is called the "If my people pray" campaign and it's really very simple:

1.)  God is holy and keeps any and all promises He makes.

2.)  God tells us, in 1 Chronicles 7:14: "If my people, who are called by my Name, humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear them from heaven and forgive them their sin and will heal their land." {God has kept this promise many times when the Jews had gone astray and then turned from their sin and called upon His Name.}

3.)  Our country {land} is... well... I don't think I need to say anything there... Let's just say we've certainly "missed the mark"...

4.)  If all believers fervently pray every day and turn to God in intercession for this country, then God WILL hear our prayer and heal our land and He WILL restore us to faith and bless us. {God CANNOT break His promises BECAUSE He is Holy!!!}

      There is no set "Agenda" or "Motive" for this campaign, except that we turn back to the LORD and that He blesses us with righteousness so that we, in turn, can bless others in His Name.

      There are 3 Steps described on the website {www.ifmypeopleprayusa.org}, but since there isn't a set agenda, you take however long within the 40 days that you need to make sure you get each step right.

      Step 1: Make a choice. Will you join the campaign, Yes or No?

      Step 2 {in short}: Humble yourself {accept/admit that you and we really NEED God}; Pray {let God search your heart}; Seek {desire to hear God speak and be willing to listen when He DOES}; Turn {follow God and turn your back on your sin and self-centered life}..... Take as long as you need to on Step 2 until your spirit is renewed and you feel a new sense of life and fire in your Heart that burns for God and holiness.

      Step 3: When your spirit is renewed, begin intercession for this country, for your neighbors, for your unsaved loved ones, for your saved loved ones, for our president and authority figures, for your pastors, for your enemies...

      Visit the website {If My People Pray USA} even if you are just stumbling on this blog post years from now... I know no one really reads this, but... who knows, maybe someone will and I hope that God has spoken to you through this post and that you follow the above 3 steps... Easier said than done, I know, but as Jesus says, "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." {Matthew 19:26} Since God gave you free will, it is your choice, but you can choose to let Him use you in great ways, if that is your choice....

      My Wish for You: An Irish Blessing

      Thought this was so beautiful just had to share. My wonderful older sister sent it me via email this morning and it brightened my day:

      Saturday, August 21, 2010

      Asleep at the Wheel

      I don't know why I haven't written. At first I had the excuse that I was getting married and on my honeymoon, but I have been avoiding this moment for the past two months...

      I have felt guilty about it; I have a quick link to Blogger in my Bookmark Menu Bar and at night when I am online doing completely mindless things like going on Facebook and creating fashion designs on Looklet.com, I will look up and see that bookmark and think, "I know, I knowwww.. but.. maybe tomorrow".

      I think I haven't written because I have been feeling asleep in my faith... Asleep at the wheel and driving along in life blindly without asking God for directions... when really I should just be letting him drive!

      But I was reading some Proverbs tonight and several of them are about laziness and, I dont know, I just.. didn't think too much about it so I didn't have the chance to talk myself out of it (or conveniently let myself get distracted!) and double-clicked on the Blogger bookmark.

      I need Jesus so badly in my life right now. There isn't anything devastating going on in my life or anything like that, but I feel under attack from satan (yes, I know that is a pronoun and should be capitalized, but the devil doesn't deserve capitalization). I don't know why, but I was feeling very depressed last month and now this month I've been very angry. On top of that I haven't even attempted to pro-actively protect myself against satan. I haven't gone to church all summer and I haven't read the Bible in the past few months. I have been - for quite some time now - the epitome of laziness.

      My hope is that I start blogging again almost every day, even if it is very short. Maybe I can focus on specific verses or I can write out my weekly Bible study "answers" that I've been meaning to do ever since I bought my Women in Faith Bible 7 years ago...!!

      In conclusion, I will leave you with some insightful information I got from a website (linked down below) that describes laziness (as portrayed in Proverbs) so truthfully that I feel so ashamed and sorry for every time I have ever acted lazy. I'm sorry Jesus, You deserve so much more... and at the risk of sounding corny for quoting this song:

      And for the first time in a long time
      She bowed her head to pray
      She said I'm sorry for the way
      I've been living my life

      I know I've got to change
      So from now on tonight

      Jesus, take the wheel
      Take it from my hands
      Cause I can't do this on my own

      I'm letting go
      So give me one more chance
      To save me from this road I'm on

      Oh Jesus, take the wheel

      Laziness <=> Folly and Shame
      Laziness <=> Wise in one's own eyes
      Laziness <=> Unfulfilled Needs and Desires
      Laziness <=> Doesn't prize his possessions
      Laziness <=> Cowardice and Excuses

        Prov 26:15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish.
        He is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
        Prov 19:15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep.
        The idle soul shall suffer hunger.

        *Be sure to check out the link above and read the questions at the end for some self-evaluation...

        Forgive me LORD. Thank you for Your mercy & love,