If we return to God and to the principles based on His Word that once made us a great nation, then yes, I believe there is hope for America!
Especially when I hear about people like Rick Green and the things he and his family are doing. I recently learned about their work through a series on the NRB network called Chasing American Legends. You can see a video promo below.
Rick, a former state representative for Texas, created a program to teach and equip young people to be world changers. Check out the Patriot Academy website and take time to watch the video on the homepage!
I never thought much about Labor Day. I enjoyed the day off work, of course. Who doesn’t like extra time to relax and enjoy a long weekend with family and friends?
But lately I’ve been wondering what it must have been like for the people who put Labor Day on the calendar.
Labor Day New York 1882
Those people who were the backbone of the Industrial Revolution, who worked 12 hour days, every.single.day.
Who hammered away the minutes with steely determination so that they could own a small part of the American dream.
They were just trying to put food on the table. Just trying to survive.
I’ll be thinking about them this weekend.
All those men, women and children who laid foundations and raised cities and literally built this country with their blood, sweat and tears.
And I’ll be asking God to give that same steely determination to His people as we face the struggles of rebuilding what’s been lost. Repairing the foundation of faith that will make this country strong again. Restoring hope.
That’s my American dream. Yours too? I hope this video will inspire to keep pressing toward that goal knowing that your labor is not in vain.
Meanwhile, enjoy some rest this weekend. I hope you get to relax and Have a Happy Labor Day!
My eyes were drawn to these words. This phrase I’ve heard so many times before flashed in front of me like a neon sign and I couldn’t look away. The writer described her recent struggles and then this:
“I’ve been praying my heart out.”
For some reason, all I could think was how I need to do this more. How much better the world would be, I would be, if I prayed my heart out so that His could enter in.
Less of me. More of Him. Jesus.
And with the looming presidential election, I couldn’t help but reflect on this familiar scripture:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
I think most of us would agree, we are in need of God’s forgiveness. And we desperately need Him to heal our land.
Recently, Kirk Cameron came out with a movie about America, really more of a documentary I guess, called Monumental. Here is a description from the movie website and a short trailer below:
Monumental is the story of America’s beginnings. Presented, produced, and starring Kirk Cameron, the 90-minute true story follows this father of six across Europe and the U.S. as he seeks to discover America’s true “national treasure” – the people, places, and principles that made America the freest, most prosperous and generous nation the world has ever known.
It is hard to argue that our Country was built on Christian principles when you read quotes like the following:
Patrick Henry, Ratifier of the U.S. Constitution…
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
—The Trumpet Voice of Freedom: Patrick Henry of Virginia, p. iii.
George Washington, 1st U.S. President
“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”
—The Writings of Washington, pp. 342-343. John Hancock, 1st Signer of the Declaration of Independence…
“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. … Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”
—History of the United States of America, Vol. II, p. 229.
Today, I am voting for more prayer. Praying my heart out that we would humbly seek God as we endeavor to honor Him through this process of voting for our leaders.
My we remember that it is our duty and privilege, as Hancock so eloquently put it, to “nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”