Friday, November 21, 2008

How would you like your salt?

Last night, I made a crock pot roast beef for dinner. With it I made mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, and a side of mixed vegetables. Our all time favorite southern meal.
After Nathan blessed the meal, I grabbed a biscuit and was buttering it while Nathan was cutting his roast beef and salting it using our dove salt shaker. I started for the beef plate, when there, in the middle of the beef juice, was the dove shaker looking much like a duck in a pond. "Nathan!" I shrieked his name. We both stared at the salt shaker, like it just happened to land there, then we burst into uncontrollable laughter while Nathan wiped down and replaced the shaker to its stand. I would expect this out of my brother, with no surprise, but never Nathan! What was he thinking?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What we have!

When I woke up this morning and found that Obama had won the election, I was sorely disappointed, but I began to think. Will this really change things for us? Will it make us completely different people? Obama speaks of changing things. He cannot change our voice as Christians. I have hope that America can become better than this. That we can change things for better in this nation. We need to quit hiding and being embarrassed to stand up for Christ.  

I wanted to be angry at all those who refused to vote altogether and at those who refused to vote for the lesser of two evils in order to assure that Obama didn't become president. But I must not let my anger drown out what I, as a Christian, should show the nation. The light! We mustn't let our anger drown out what an awesome opportunity we have to share His light to the nation. We still have the freedom of speech here! Be thankful for this! 

I know that God still is. "I AM that I AM." He is the Alpha and the Omega; the beginning and the end. That gives me hope. Romans 8:28 reminds me that He brought this about, he knew Obama would become president. He allowed this to happen. It will bring about good in our Nation. I have Him to thank for that! I can thank God for this newly elected president, because of our opportunity we have to proclaim His Word to our nation. Obama may try to stop our voices, but he will fail. God never fails! We shouldn't be afraid of what will happen to us, but what will happen to those around us we care about that are not saved. The everlasting result is what should be our concern today. Please remember this.  

As I was going about my morning routine, I was reminded of a hymn that is most familiar to us.

Amazing grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.

'Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved 
How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed!

Through many dangers toils and snares, I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me, His Word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be, as long as life endures.

And when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil a life of joy and peace.  

These stanzas John Newton wrote in 1779. They are still words we remember today, 230 years later! And they are a reminder that God's grace will still be with us. Romans 8:28 comes to mind when I sing the line "The Lord has promised good to me." I am reminded of this verse daily. 

God's grace will prevail! His Words shines ever on! It will never fail! We must not be angry and must not let our anger get in the way of using this time to witness to those who don't see the light and who want to give up on America. We shall not give up! We have God on our side! What a wonderful opportunity it will be to show our faces and let His light shine through us! We must remember to "Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord! Let the earth hear His voice!" Do not forget His voice!