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4th of July Quotes to Celebrate America

Happy 4th of July America! A great day to celebrate our freedom and liberty in this country. There will be picnics, parades, carnivals, and fireworks all over America today!

Accordking to Wikipedia:

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American coloniesregarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.

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4th of July Quotes to Celebrate America

  1. “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  2. “America is another name for opportunity.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” — President Harry S. Truman
  4. “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” — Patrick Henry
  5. “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do2bbf5016ad31fc1df2681e62fcdd2ae3 for your country.” — John F. Kennedy
    “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” — Benjamin Franklin
  6. “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” — — Elmer Davis
  7. “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” — Abraham Lincoln
  8. “The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor, and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.” — John F. Kennedy
  9. “Liberty is the breath of life to nations.” — George Bernard Shaw
  10. “We’re blessed with the opportunity to stand for something—for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.” — Ronald Reagan
  11. “In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.” — Martin Luther King Jr,
  12. “One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation forevermore!” — Oliver Wendell Holmes
  13. “This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. ” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  14. “It is very inspiring, my friends, to come to this that may be called the original fountain of independence and liberty in America and here drink draughts of patriotic feeling which seem to renew the very blood in one’s veins. ” — Woodrow Wilson
  15. “The Declaration of Independence! The interest which in that paper has survived the occasion upon which it was issued; the interest which is of every age and every clime; the interest which quickens with the lapse of years, spreads as it grows old, and brightens as it recedes, is in the principles which it proclaims. ” — John Quincy Adams
  16. “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” — Thomas Paine
  17. “For you have been called to live in freedom. Use your freedom to serve one another in love.” — Galatians 5:13

 

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Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly

Well if you ask me where I come from
Here’s what I tell everyone:
I was born by God’s dear grace
In an extraordinary place
Where the stars and stripes and the eagle fly
It’s a big ol’ land with countless dreams
Happiness ain’t out of reach
Hard work pays off the way it should
Yeah, I’ve seen enough to know that we’ve got it good
Where the stars and stripes and the eagle fly
There’s a lady that stands in a harbor
For what we believe
And there’s a bell that still echoes
The price that it cost to be free
I pledge allegiance to this flag
And if that bothers you, well that’s too bad
But if you got pride and you’re proud you do
Hey, we could use some more like me and you
Where the stars and stripes and the eagle fly
Yes, there’s a lady that stands in a harbor
For what we believe
And there’s a bell that still echoes
The price that it cost to be free
No, it ain’t the only place on earth
But it’s the only place that I prefer
To love my wife and raise my kids
Hey, the same way that my daddy did
Where the stars and stripes and the eagle fly
Where the stars and stripes and the eagle fly
Where the stars and stripes and the eagle fly
Songwriters: Aaron Tippin / Casey Beathard / Casey Michael Beathard / Kenny Beard
Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management US, LLC
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There is Power in Praise – Overcoming Depression and Sickness

There is Power in Praise. God inhabits the praise of His people. The Lord reminds us that when we are feeling down or discouraged or hopeless, we do have a rememdy. We can CHOOSE to put on the Garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

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For me, this means that no matter how I feel, I put on my praise. God is more than able to shake off illness, sickneess, discouragement, and depression. When I praise Him – He goes to work and defeats my enemies!

Remember the Israelites? When they s came to the promised land God gave them they marched Jerico around 7 days. 7 days without saying a word. Just march around the city. They saw those walls, they heard the people laughing at them and mocking them I am sure. They didn’t fight back. They just did what God told them. And then, on the 7th day:

  • “So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”- Joshua 6:20
  • By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. – Hebrews 11:30

Today, I speak to the mountains of depression, cancer, illness, lack and command them to fall down. Like my husband reminded us today, “If it didn’t want to bow, it shouldn’t have given us a name – because now it has to bow!” We know a NAME that is above ALL NAMES – JESUS!

  • “For  assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.Therefore I say to you,  whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. “- Mark 11:23-24

 

  • “This is the day the Lord has made;
    We will rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24

If you need some tunes, here are the newest ones our Church, Janesville Apostolic Ministry are going to learn! Come on, crank it up and put on some PRAISE!

JAM 2018 SONGS:

 

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You Called My Name

It has been three years since I wrote or recorded a new song. Not sure why. Guess I just got stuck there for a while. Just working, living life, whatever. You know, life is what happens when you have other plans, lol! Anyway, the dam has burst open, and those living waters are flowing again! Here is. My latest song. Chords and melody yet to be determined. Might change it, you know, it’s a work in progress – just like me.

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.” – Isaiah 49:15-16 NKJV

You Called My Name

-Copyright 2018 Diana Rasmussen-

You call me out of darkness, Into your marvelous light

Created to reflect your glory, holy, blessed and bright

You call me free and forgiven, I hear the falling chains

I thought I was dead, but now walk out of my grave

The moment you called my name

I see it on your palms engraved

My heart will never be the same since

The moment you called my name

Your anointing breaks the yoke, I’m no longer a slave to sin

With the weight of your Glory, spirit and freedom reigns

I’m not bound to this world or it’s troubles

You call me Chosen, Beloved, my King of all Kings

The moment you called my name

I see it on your palms engraved

My heart will never be the same since

The moment you called my name

You stand by my side, call me your child

Heal my heart hurts, wash off my dirt

Blessed by your Name, My life’s in Your hands

The moment you called my name

I see it on your palms engraved

My heart will never be the same since

The moment you called my name

The Power of Harmony

There is power in harmony.  When everyone works together and does their part to contribute to the whole. I am blessed to be part of an amazing worship team. We have sang together for 8 years now.  It is so fun!

According to the Dictionary,

HARMONY is:

nounplural harmonies.
1.agreement; accord; harmonious relations.
2.a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity.
3.Music.

  1. any simultaneous combination of tones.
  2. the simultaneous combination of tones, especially when blended into chords pleasing to the ear; chordal structure, as distinguished from melody and rhythm.
  3. the science of the structure, relations, and practical combination of chords.
  4. 4.an arrangement of the contents of the Gospels, either of all four or of the first three, designed to show their parallelism, mutual relations, and differences
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Our drummer Doug Anderson compiled this MP3 of some of our worship songs. Thanks Doug! We are blessed to sing four part harmony many times.
Being in a worship band is one of the best things ever. Using music to lead people in the presence of God and worship the King of Kings together. People get healed, tears fall, hearts are renewed, hope is reborn. I am so blessed to be able to sing with my husband and my friends. We are not professional musicians, we are just seekers who love to encounter a great God! It is an honor and a priviledge to lead people into the presence of God.  God inhabits the praise of all who seek Him.  Come and worship with us, no matter what country you are in!
I thought I would share with you today.  You can visit us at Janesville Apostolic Ministries in Janesville, WI. Or catch us on the web.
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JAM WORSHIP BAND
Here is an audio of us with Days of Elijah, Let God Arise, Reveation Song, You Great Name, and You Won’t Relent. Enjoy!
Bob Rasmussen – guitar and vocals
Carmen Hanson – vocals
Mike Lyle – vocals
Doug Anderson – drums and vocals
Diana Rasmussen – keyboard and vocals

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May You Enjoy the Wonder of Christmas

My prayer for you is that you enjoy the wonder of Christmas. The birth of a King, wrapped in swadding clothing. I love the wonder of it all. The King of Kings came down into His own creation, God robed in flesh, to make a way for us. He couldn’t bear to be without his kiddos in His Kingdom.

God knows the beginning from the end. He knew Adam and Eve would eat that dang apple and bring sin into the world. So He came into the world to make things right. What a Good, Good Father. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves.

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He became sin who knew no sin, that we may become His righteousness. Now that’s love. Doing for your kids what you knew they could not do for themselves. Jesus paid the penalty for all our sins, past, present, and future – just so we could contine to be part of the family of God. That’s what family does – love without measure. God loves you. May you enjoy the wonder of Christmas this season! The wonder of His love!

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?   If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. – Matthew 7:7-12

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Honor the Soldier Quotes

What is Honor?  What does it look like?

  • Regard with high respect or esteem
  • Fulfill and obligation or honor an agreement
  • A person or thing that brings credit
  • Adherence to what is right or to a conventional standard of conduct
  • Something regarded as a rare opportunity and bringing pride and pleasure; a privilege
  • A thing conferred as a distinction, especially an official award for bravery or achievement.

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Honor the Soldier Quotes

  • “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” — General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.
  • “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” –Billy Graham
  • “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” — G.K. Chesterton
  • “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” –Patrick Henry
  • Never give in –never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” –Winston Churchill
  • “It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the organizer, who gave us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.” –Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC
  • “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
  • “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it.” – Thucydides
  • “I am a Soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.” -George S. Patton

 

 

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American Soldier
I’m just trying to be a father
Raise a daughter and a son
Be a lover to their mother
Everything to everyone
Up and at ’em bright and early
I’m all business in my suit
Yeah, I’m dressed up for success
From my head down to my boots
I don’t do it for the money
There’s bills that I can’t pay
I don’t do it for the glory
I just do it anyway
Providing for our future’s my responsibility
Yeah, I’m real good under pressure
Being all that I can be
And I can’t call in sick on Mondays
When the weekends been too strong
I just work straight through the holidays
And sometimes all night long
You can bet that I stand ready
When the wolf growls at the door
Hey, I’m solid, hey I’m steady
Hey I’m true down to the core
And I will always do my duty
No matter what the price
I’ve counted up the cost
I know the sacrifice
Oh, and I don’t want to die for you
But if dyin’s asked of me
I’ll bear that cross with honor
‘Cause freedom don’t come free
I’m an American soldier, an American
Beside my brothers and my sisters
I will proudly take a stand
When liberty’s in jeopardy
I will always do what’s right
I’m out here on the front lines
sleep in peace tonight
American soldier, I’m an American soldier
yeah, an American soldier, an American
Beside my brothers and my sisters
I will proudly take a stand
When liberty’s in jeopardy
I will always do what’s right
I’m out here on the front lines
so sleep in peace tonight
American soldier, I’m an American
an American
an American soldier
Songwriters: Chuck Cannon / Toby Keith
American Soldier lyrics © Tokeco Tunes

Greater Days Are Coming for You

Greater days are coming for you. God promised. Yes, really. I don’t know about you, but sometimes this world just weighs me down. Work, clean, eat, sleep, rinse, and repeat. I love my family and my Church – I just need a revival!

No wonder God says to set your mind on things above. If you think about this world and all the terrorism, wars, hate, etc. it is down right depressing. It won’t always be this way. Better days are coming. God promised to come right into the middle of our mess and lighten up our world. God is with us – Emmanuel. I remember Him saying, “I will be their God and they will be my people.”  All things are possible with God.  He will not leave us as orphans. We can call out to Him, “Abba Father” – to me that means “Daddy, help me!”

Some days I just praise Him in the middle of my mess. I don’t know all the answers, I don’t have to.   There is such freedom in not having to know all the answers.  God loves us – despite all the imperfections we see in ourselves and others. God’s vision is much greater than ours.

It’s not our love for Him – it’s HIS LOVE FOR US that holds us close. We can never pray enough, be good enough, or do everything right. He already knows that. He never expected perfection. He’s our Daddy – our Papa God. And only God is perfect. He created us to LOVE Him! God wanted someone to love – and that is YOU!

So today, Lord, let us open our hearts and revive our spirits to know that You love us no matter what. Let the rivers of living waters well up within us and revive our souls. Lord, better days are coming, You promised and we trust You!

God’s Word for You:

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” – 2 Chronicles 15:7 NIV

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9 NIV

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

 

My Prayer for You:

Dear Lord,

Please renew our vision. Help us to see beyond this world and into your Kingdom. Strengthen us with your Holy Spirit and let us bring light and love to this broken world. Let us be the salt of the Earth and the light of the world, in Jesus Name.

 

Good, Good Father

16 Inspirational Father’s Day Quotes

What do you think of when you hear the word Father? That word has so many meanings today. Our families really don’t look the same anymore. Let’s face it, many kids are not growing up with their father.

Today 1 in 4 children under the age of 18 — a total of about 17.2 million — are being raised without a father and almost half 40% live below the poverty line.  (US Census Bureau, Household Relationship and Living Arrangements of Children Under 18 Years, by Age and Sex: 2016)

From Fathers.com:

More Data on the Extent of Fatherlessness

  • An estimated 24.7 million children (33%) live absent their biological father.
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, “Living Arrangements of Children under 18 Years/1 and Marital Status of Parents by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin/2 and Selected Characteristics  of the Child for all Children 2010.” Table C3. Internet Release Date November, 2010.
  • Of students in grades 1 through 12, 39 percent (17.7 million) live in homes absent their biological fathers.
    Source: Nord, Christine Winquist, and Jerry West. Fathers’ and Mothers’ Involvement in their Children’s Schools by Family Type and Resident Status. Table 1. (NCES 2001-032). Washington, DC: U.S. Dept of Education, National Center of Education Statistics, 2001.
  • 57.6% of black children, 31.2% of Hispanic children, and 20.7% of white children are living absent their biological fathers.
    Source: Family Structure and Children’s Living Arrangements 2012. Current Population Report. U.S.  Census Bureau July 1, 2012.
  • According to 72.2 % of the U.S. population, fatherlessness is the most significant family or social problem facing America.
    Source: National Center for Fathering, Fathering in America Poll, January, 1999.

 

There is an opportunity here. Every kid needs a male figure to look up to, to model, and learn from. We desperately need Spiritual Fathers for these kids.  We need men who will step up and step in to a child’s life to make a difference.  How will our sons learn honor and how to protect? How will our daughters learn how valuable they are?

Thank you Lord for providing for the fatherless kids, thank you Lord for the men who will step up and show our boys how to be men and our girls how to be women. And God please bless those men who do.

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At that time the followers came to Jesus. They said, “Who is the greatest in the holy nation of heaven?” Jesus took a little child and put him among them. He said, “For sure, I tell you, unless you have a change of heart and become like a little child, you will not get into the holy nation of heaven. Whoever is without pride as this little child is the greatest in the holy nation of heaven. Whoever receives a little child because of Me receives Me. But whoever is the reason for one of these little children who believe in Me to fall into sin, it would be better for him to have a large rock put around his neck and to be thrown into the sea. – Matthew 18:1-6 NLV

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16 Inspirational Father’s Day Quotes 

  1. “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” – Billy Graham
  2. “”The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.” – Antoine-François Prévost
  3. “To be a father requires patience, love and giving up the ‘all about me’ attitude.” Catherine Pulsifer
  4. “I encourage all fathers to focus on the intangibles, because those are the gifts that make the difference.” Asha Patrick
  5. “Becoming a good father is not automatic – it takes time and effort. We must be willing to invest in this job – our most important, second to being a husband – as any other career we might pursue.” Dr. John C. Maxwell
  6. “I have repeatedly stated and emphatically declared that the key to the restoration and preservation of a sane and healthy society is the salvaging of the male, especially as a responsible father.” Myles Munroe
  7. “Any man can be a Father it takes someone special to be a Dad.”  – Author Unknown
  8. “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.” – Mark Twain
  9. “By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder – infinitely prouder — to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys.” – Douglas MacArthur
  10. “It takes a strong man to accept somebody else’s children and step up to the plate another man left on the table.” – Ray Johnson
  11. “I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, or biological fathers, or just spiritual fathers.” – TD Jakes
  12. “I have repeatedly stated and emphatically declared that the key to the restoration and preservation of a sane and healthy society is the salvaging of the male, especially as a responsible father.” – Myles Munroe
  13. “The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.” -Psalm 103:13 (NLT)
  14. “When you’re young, you think your dad is Superman. Then you grow up, and you realize he’s just a regular guy who wears a cape.” – Dave Atell
  15. “It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” – Pope John XXIII
  16. The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise.” – Proverbs 23:24 (NLT)

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God Doesn’t Need a Power Cord

It was the end of another day.  Then God decided to show me something. My husband works in IT and brings his laptop to work everyday.  He carries it in a computer bag. Well last night God showed up in our ordinary everyday life!  Have you ever seen the power of God just show up?

Bob grabbed his computer bag. He reached in and grabbed his computer. It was still closed and not attached to any power source. Immediately it started playing a David Crowder song. “Oh Wanderer come home, you’re not too far” is what we heard. It’s from the song “Come As You Are.”

God doesn’t need a power cord. He can show up at any time in any way in our ordinary everyday lives. 

The power of God lives in each of us and sometimes when you touch things stuff happens.

All Bob did was touch the computer and the song started playing. The computer was not on. The computer by all rights should not have done that. But there is our God – breaking all barriers and reminding us that He can do anything. He is the power above all powers – even computers, lol!

I have blown up so many light bulbs I can’t tell you. I have turned off televisions and radios and other stuff just by touching it. Some of my pianos have taken a hike too. The power of God lives in each of us believers and it is amazing!  No wonder God wants us to lay hands on the sick – the power of God lives in us and can heal.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

The power of the living God is flowing through you. The blood of Jesus is flowing through your veins. The same power that rose Jesus from the dead is in you if you have received the Holy Spirit.  Now what will we do with it?

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Here is the song God played for us last night:

 

Come as You Are
Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t cure
So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
Lay down your hurt lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Fall in his arms
Come as you are
There’s joy for the morning
Oh sinner be still
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Come as you are
Come as you are
Songwriters: David Crowder / Ben Glover Glover / Matt Maher
Come as You Are lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group
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Hope is Our Anchor

Have you ever been on a boat? There is something peaceful about being in the water. I love it. The waves, the air and the freedom is exhilarating.  Inside every boat is an anchor. When we want to stop or rest or steady our boat all we need to do is drop anchor. The anchor goes down to the bottom of the river, the sea, the lake or whatever and stops our movement. The best thing about anchors- it’s  already in the boat!

When life gets crazy and things don’t make sense – throw out that hope anchor.

When you get bad news or are worried – throw out that hope anchor.

When a friend talks trash about you or betrays your trust – throw out that hope anchor.

God will catch it and us. He is our hope of glory. He will catch us when we fall. He will heal our broken hearts – He promised!

 

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Hebrews 6:19-20 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. 



Hebrews 6:18 We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek. 


Be a Fountain and not a Drain

Have you ever run into a positive person? Their attitudes are contagious. They see the best in everything and everyone. Their words are encouraging and hopeful. They may not know everything but they know the God who does. I love “fountain” people. They bring refreshing everywhere they go.

What about a complainer? You know that person who finds fault everywhere they go. Nothing is good enough. Something is always wrong. All they pick out are the negative things about everyone. Gossipers, fault finders, and ungrateful people. They are the “drain” people. They drain the life right out of you.

Water flows. It was made to move. The wind catches it and there are waves and crests and currents. There is nothing more beautiful than looking out at the ocean as the waves roll in.

If the Holy Spirit is the wind – and Jesus is the living water within us – which way is the water flowing today? 

I know I had to step back and distance myself from the “drain” people. That’s ok. That’s wisdom. In the past I used to “entertain” every spirit that came along. I tried to help everyone and fix everything. There was nothing more liberating in admitting I was not their Savior! I had to learn to say NO to the “drain” people and “YES” to the “fountain” people. Boundaries are good. They help me protect myself and what God has given me. Saying no to the “drain” people lets the Spirit flow in me!

 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,  but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” – John 4:13-14 NKJV

Dear Lord, help me to be a Fountain and not a Drain!

Learning to be Flexible When the Wind Blows

According to the dictionary:

Flexibility is a personality trait — the extent to which a person can cope with changes in circumstances and think about problems and tasks in novel, creative ways. This trait is used when stressors or unexpected events occur, requiring a person to change their stance, outlook, or commitment.

What happens when the wind blows in your life? 

Do you bend with it or do you break?
Are you rooted in Christ to withstand the storms?

Or have you built your house (life) on sinking sand?

I guess in life the deeper my roots go in Christ – the more I can sway with the breeze. 

Life Changes. People change. Winds come and go. Will you bend or break?

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Romans 12:2


Roots bring strength to the whole tree. 

They hold us up in the storms of life. 

Roots anchor us. 

Roots constantly grow and spread out. 

Roots carry water and nutrients to the whole tree. 

How are your roots these days? 

Need more water? 

Come to the Well!