Friday, July 2, 2010
America is a nation founded on Biblical teachings, and even today our currency bears the words, "In God We Trust." Few can doubt God had a plan for this country and stood in the gap for her throughout history, yet there are those unseeing ones who would exclude the Lord from taking part in the affairs of our great nation. They would ban the Creator from the courtroom as they have barred Him from the classroom.
Our God-honoring founding fathers would be appalled should they visit America today, for it is not what they had in mind at all! While we read that the majority of our citizens "believe in God," we see religious freedoms eroded and discarded one after another... all in the name of "separation of church and state." You see, that concept was intended to preserve the rights of believers to worship as they saw fit, not destroy it!
Walking Tall for America Each and every one of us bears a responsibility to America, and although we may never serve in the military to protect her, we can take a stand politically. We can let our voices be heard for the cause of morality, ethical government standards, religious freedom, and all that is good and right... we can send a resounding message that we want the nation envisioned and fought for by those brilliant men who drafted the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. Most importantly of all, we can PRAY daily for this nation and its leaders.
Freedom is never free. Many men and women have given their life so America could remain a free Country, how can we not protect her from all the evil that comes our way, may america come back to God, if we are to continue a free, Christian nation it will take what God told us in his word.
2Chronciles 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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." When we do that, we will regain being the finest Christian nation in the world, it takes us all. Have a very safe, and blessed Holiday, and may God continue to Bless America.
Posted by Barbara at 10:58 AM
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
When My girls were young and in a Christian School, they were in the Choir, they sang this song
and I loved it then, I love it now, and I hope you will love it too, also below the song is some
information about the Statue of Liberty, I hope you enjoy this blog today, it is my way of giving
tribute to my blessed America, and to let all know God is able to bring her back to him, if we
will just be faithful to God our self.
♥The Statue Of Liberty♥
In New York Harbor stands a lady
With a torch raised to the sky
And all who see her knows she stand for
Liberty for you and me
I’m so glad to be called an American
To be named with the brave and the free
I will honor our flag and our trust in God
And the Statue of Liberty
On lonely Golgotha stood a cross
With my Lord raised to the sky
And all who kneel there live forever
As all the saints can testify
I’m so glad to be called a Christian
To be named with the ransomed and whole
As the Statue liberates the citizen
So the cross liberates the soul
Oh the cross is my Statue of Liberty
It was there that my soul was set free
Unashamed I’ll proclaim that a rugged cross
Is my Statue of Liberty
Unashamed I’ll proclaim that a rugged cross
Is my Statue of Liberty
*The facts about the Statue of Liberty*
We [the US and France] have architect and sculptor Frederick Auguste Batholdi to thank for this beautiful lady in more ways then one. The original ‘life size’ cast of the Statue of Liberty stands amongst the beautiful flower gardens and fountains of Paris Luxembourg Gardens [which is home to the French Senate] in Paris. On her pedestal she’s approximately 15 feet high and absolutely ‘magnifique’ among the flowers and trees. This was architect/sculptor Batholdi’s miniature mold for the American Statue of Liberty.
Another, yet larger Statue of Liberty is approximately 35 feet in height on her base, and stands upon a tiny island called Swan Ally, Paris [Allée des Cygnes] in the Seine near the Grenelle Bridge. This exact Statue of Liberty replica monument was offered to the French by the American residents of Paris as a remembrance to commemorate the Centennial of the French Revolution. It was inaugurated on November 15, 1889 and was placed so that it faced the Eiffel Tower [so not to have it’s back to the Élysée Palace].
Gardens, Paris However, it’s creator Bartholdi was most upset that it did not face the New York location of the Statue of Liberty. But with persistence, as was his nature, Batholdi finally achieved getting the statue turned to face America at the time of the World's Fair in Paris in 1889. What does the tablet say on the statue of liberty, that the Swan Alley Statue of Liberty holds? It is inscribed with the dates IV Juillet 1776 et XIV Julliet 1789 [the dates of the US and French revolutions].
Now then, there is America’s Statue of Liberty, on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, and the most majestic Lady Liberty [as she is affectionately called] of them all. She's over 151 feet tall [on her base she’s more than 305 feet tall] and she’s truly magnificent! The statue was a gift to America from the French in honor of the Centennial of American independence. It is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy. The statues title is ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’ [but it is known to Americans as ‘The Statue of Liberty’].
The Statue of Liberty annual budget amounted to $13,261,000 for fiscal 2004.
Construction of the statue began in 1875 in France, and was completed in June 1884. A design patent, for the statue was issued, by the United States Patent Office, on February 18, 1879. The statue was dismantled and shipped to New York, arriving on June 19, 1885. The statue then took four months to rebuild. On Lady Liberty’s tablet is inscribed “July 4, 1776 in Roman numerals, Day of America's Independence from Britain: July 4, 1776”, and inscribed upon the base for the statue is an excerpt from Emma Lazarus poem "The New Colossus" which reads as follows [excerpt]:
The following partial excerpt from the poem that was written to help raise funds for the Statue of Liberty pedestal:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-lost to me
Emma Lazarus, "The New Colossus," 1883
Now that our memories are refreshed about the Statue of Liberty
[and her sister statues], we can only hope that everyone, on both sides of the Atlantic,
remembers what she stands for - Friendship, Freedom and Peace between our two countries,
and symbols for the rest of the world! We've given each other these symbols for these
God bless you all, stay safe, and have a very blessed 4th of July, and may God bless America.
Posted by Barbara at 9:47 AM
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
BLUEBERRY DUMP CAKE
2 1/2 c. crushed canned pineapple, undrained
3 c. fresh or frozen blueberries (if frozen, thaw)
3/4 c. sugar
1 (18 1/2 oz.) pkg. yellow cake mix
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 c. pecans, chopped
Butter 13x9 baking pan. Add in layers: undrained pineapple, blueberries, sugar, and dry cake mix. Do not stir. Drizzle melted butter over cake mix; sprinkle with pecans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Yield: 20 servings.
Now I make my own yellow cake first, then use this recipe and make the dump cake, but a friend used the boxed cake mix and it is good too, what ever is handy for you to do. Hope you enjoy this recipe, it is a tasty treat indeed. hugs my friends.
(Little Thought for the Day)
A pint of examples is worth a gallon of advice.
Posted by Barbara at 9:29 AM
Monday, June 28, 2010
So how are y'all today? Tired like me?
It has been a fast weekend, and so busy, next weekend will be the same again too, one of the church couples is having a cookout, we all are going to bring something, and they are roasting a pig, and having pulled pork, sounds like lots of fun, heehee, something for everyone, I am looking for ward to it.
Today, Monday, I am writing a devotion on God's Permissive Will, now these thoughts came from when my little Zoie was outside yesterday morning I was watching her, and she has boundaries in our yard, so I thought I would see just what she would do when the door shut, and I was not watching, or so she thought. I wanted to know if she would stay where she was suppose to, or if she would wander off on her own.
It was so fun watching her decide, much like us sometimes.
She got right to the gate, then turned around and looked toward the door, then back at the gate, (by the way the gate was open) then back at the door, she went forward a couple of steps, and stood for a long time looking out toward the road, after about a minute she turned around and headed for the porch, that pleased me, she fought off the urge to act on her own will, and thought of what I had taught her, she decided to listen to my instruction instead of her own will, and doing what she wanted to do. Is that not like we are with God? Some times we just want our way so bad, we forget, no wrong word, we ignore what God and his word has told us, that is when we get out of his will and into his permissive will, let me explain, What is the difference between God's sovereign will and God's perfect will?"
The "perfect will" of God is what you find in Romans 12:2. Because God is omniscient, He knows what He will accomplish in us. He knows what we will do, and what we would do, in any given circumstance. Thus, His plans for us will never fail;
God has penned down in the bible every little detail that will help us grow, and live a happy and productive life to be in his will. Do we always listen and obey, NO, and if you are honest you will answer no, we get outside the boundaries at times, some times intentionally other times we just get into something we never met to.
But at times God allows us to do things that are not of His perfect will so as to give us our own way, so to speak, knowing that it is not good for us, but wanting us to learn that for our self. When he allows us to do our will, at times we get off and run with the ball, thinking well God is letting me do this it must be his will, well it is not always his will for our life, some times like a parent he just gives us our way so we can see our own error in our ways.
God is still in control, and His purposes are being accomplished. His "directive will" often allows or permits (His permissive will) men to violate His preferential will (what gives Him pleasure) and His prescriptive will (His Word). God's permissive will is never outside His directive will. God "permits" those things which will lead to the accomplishment of His directive will.
Though we act against God`s will and God`s plans , He never let us down . Because He loves us deeply and abundantly, He makes an alternative arrangement. That is permissive will. Though we are pulled by our self- desire and select a way which is contrary to the best plan which God has set for us, He never gives up. God allows His permissive will to be executed in a nation or in a people group.
Many times, we fulfill His permissive will only. We may not be prepared to fulfill His perfect will. Even when we decide to do what looks good to us, His loves never lets us down. His love is the only reason for not being forsaken.
But, only when we fulfill His perfect will, We can receive His fullness of blessings.
Now I don't know about you, but me, I definitely want to be in his perfect and acceptable will, to live and be an obedient child, to make my God happy, and not to grieve him in any way, funny how a little dog can give us ideas and to show us God's way.
God bless you and I hope you are living in his perfect will, peacefully, happily, and full of love and contentment. That is what being surrendered to God is all about.
It is all for our own good, he loves us so much, and he wants us to be happy, and to live victoriously daily in our life.
You be blessed now, and have a wonderful day. Hugs my friends.
Posted by Barbara at 9:33 AM