Is There Hope For America?

Chasing American LegendsIf 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!

He also wrote this insightful article that speaks to the issues we are seeing today and gives advice on what we can do to help turn things around.

I pray that veterans will be encouraged to see that the country they fought to defend is still full of people who have a great desire to preserve freedom and pass that torch on to the next generation.

The BIble On Screen

You may have heard that the History channel will be airing a five-part miniseries called The Bible beginning March 3rd.

I am always a bit skeptical about these kinds of shows because they inevitably portray God and the Bible in a way that is disrespectful, to say the least. However, I have to say I’m intrigued about this one.

I saw this article on from producer, Mark Burnett, and now I am even more intriqued. Click here to read: The Bible Brought to Life and tell me what you think.

Here’s a quote from the article:

The biggest question was, would a channel actually green-light this? Today’s kids probably know more about Batman and Robin than about David and Goliath, and more about the Matrix than about Daniel’s prophecies. They get their stories from the screen.

I’m not much on recommending things I haven’t seen myself yet but, in this case, maybe it’s worth the risk. Because Mr. Burnett is right. We live in a culture where kids (and most adults) are connected to the screen. And as he goes on to say, “Doing this “on the screen” would allow millions of people to discover the Bible.” 

My hope is that The Bible will inspire us all to see the sacred pages in a new light. And that we would all understand that it is more than a book. It is a revelation of God himself to mankind.

Something worth watching AND reading!

I’m linking this post to Katherine’s blog for her Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Have you ever asked yourself, “Who am I? I guess we all have, at some point in their lives, wondered why we’re here and who we are and how our lives are woven in to the rich and colorful fabric of history.

Perhaps that is the reason for the popularity of the NBC show, “Who Do You Think You Are”.  Here is a description from their website:

“Each week, viewers follow some of America’s best-known celebrities into their ancestral pasts, as they uncover stories of heroism and tragedy, love and betrayal, secrets and intrigue that lie at the heart of their family history…As each celebrity discovers his or her unknown relatives – most of whom overcame hard times, the show will take viewers back through world history to expose how the lives of everyone’s collective ancestors have shaped our world today.”

I have to admit, as a history buff, I enjoy watching this show. It is moving and thought-provoking and educational. I think what we learn from the past can help us to more fully appreciate where we are right now and perhaps even shape our future. 

I’ve seen some episodes where a person was surprised with tales of an ancestor who accomplished something of note, something that brought them a great sense of pride and fulfillment. I’ve seen others where the individual uncovered family secrets that were less than desirable but who used that information to declare an end what they believed to be a generational curse.

These people, they inspire me with their willingness to open up their lives and share such personal information with the world. And when I hear their stories, it makes me contemplate my own.

I wonder, if I could read the diaries of my ancestors, how that might cause me to think differently about myself. Perhaps it would help me understand my own DNA – what makes me, me.

But, at the end of the day, I have to remember that if I really want to know who I am I need to start at the beginning – with The Great I AM who made me. Made us all.

“This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, the Maker of all things…” Isaiah 44:24

And when I ponder what sort of story I want my life to tell, it only makes sense to surrender my pen to the original author.  Why shouldn’t the One who wrote the first chapter be able to write all the others?

What will be our legacy? Where will the tale of our journey lead others? Sometimes, in the quiet of the night, I ask myself these questions. And I wonder if even something as small as this blog, my own diary of sorts, will be a part of that legacy.

If so, I hope and pray that those who stumble upon it might find something inspiring to take with them along the way. I hope they will look beyond my words to see The Word, the one who plants faith and rains mercy and grows hope in us. So that we can KNOW who we are.  His. 

We are sons and daughters of our heavenly Father. Children who are all part of the same family tree.

Homage to History

I love hearing the stories behind the songs. In honor of this past weekend’s Independence Day celebration, I thought you might enjoy reading this one, as I did, about Samuel Smith and the patriotic tune he penned that we all sing today.
My Country, ‘Tis of Thee

Also, in keeping with this sort of historical theme, I thought I’d pass along this link to a show I just discovered called History Detectives on PBS. If you have an interest in mysteries of the past or just want to learn more about history, I think you’ll really like this fascinating tv series.

Here’s a quote about history worth pondering:

“To understand what happens now one must find the cause, which may be very long ago in its beginning, but is surely there, and therefore a knowledge of history as detailed as possible is essential if we are to comprehend the present and be prepared for the future.” Pearl Buck

What do you think?

Happy pondering…