I have been in ministry for a long time. While there are benefits for longevity, there are also some pitfalls. I want to address one of the traps. I was reminded early this morning about the need for intense prayer. Let’s get real for a minute. Any believer worth their salt know about and understand the importance of prayer. Many times because of busyness we allow this critical function to fall by the wayside. I want to present to my readers this morning that daily prayer is much more than knowing about and recognizing the need for powerful prayer. Many believe that the demise of our great country began when prayer was taken out of our public school systems. My friend Mike reminded me this morning that the problem started when we took prayer out of the church. We pray, but we have made it part of our program. We often run through it quickly to allow us time to accomplish other things. Friends, we need to hear from God. Hearing from God is vital!
As I surf the news channel’s early on this Friday trying to find some important news that has substance and information only to be frustrated over the coverage of a wedding that is going to take place across the pond (a statement that I have heard a zillion times this morning). Much ado is being made over the planning and news surrounding Harry and Meghan’s Royal Wedding that will take place tomorrow morning in Windsor England.
I love this beautiful old song. It is a reminder to me each day to consider the simplicity of my relationship with Jesus. I can go back to the time when my life was radically changed because of my faith. This event brings peace and comfort to me when my soul is troubled. All I have to do is trust in Him.
In the lull of my morning, I was thinking about our amazing country. I took some time to look at the results of some of the state primaries that took place yesterday. I also noticed the theme that Politicians use in appealing to their base. It is astounding at how they stretch the truth to appeal to the masses. Our elected officials try and connect with their constituency by acting as if they understand what an average person deals with on a day to day basis. They want us to believe that they have our best interest at heart. I am neither a Democrat or Republican. I consider my self a realist that wants the government to keep their hands out of my pocket and to leave the Constitution alone. I can honestly tell you, that since Ronald Regan, there has not been any politician that strikes a chord with me. Most professional politicians are so far removed from the people they represent. I am not angry about anything, I just believe that if we want to really experience a change in this great country, we are going to have to do things differently. We need term limits! We need as a country of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, to raise the bar. We need to thoroughly think about the people we are electing before we pull the lever or pencil our candidate in. I believe that the majority of the people serving in the Senate and House have been there way too long.
I love dreamers…
I am writing today out of frustration.
I hope and pray that this post does not come off as a rant!
A tirade of all that is wrong with the world is not my intention.
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
This morning I want to share a recipe for peace. Because so many are looking Peace, it is a concept that everyone is seeking. Peace implies unity and order. It is much more than a feeling. Peace is a state of mind, and it is a way of life.
I am reflecting this morning as the rain falls on this raw day in North East Florida. I am thinking about this particular day that lives on in infamy. History proves to us that 76 years ago today, this great nation engaged, faced insurmountable challenges and began the process of overcoming.