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UNDER GOD???

WHAT HAPPENED TO UNDER GOD?

I was eight years old the day I stepped foot on American ground.  My first impression of this great country was the evening lights peppered across the Los Angeles vicinity.  I had no idea as I sat there on my TWA flight, and watched the plane descend, what landing in America truly represented to my life.

Having been born in Cuba I experienced firsthand the destruction that communism and socialism brings to a nation and its people.  There isn’t a day that goes by that I am not grateful for the privilege it is to live in this great country.  It’s really upsetting to me when I hear people that live in America bad mouthing our nation.  And then I am reminded that the reason they can say whatever they want is because we live in a country that is free.

A country where opportunity awaits, and dreams come true.  Yes, America where freedom reigns.  Where we can speak our mind, and worship God freely.   America founded with God at the core.  We are a lighthouse!   A country drenched with ethnic diversity and culture.

What has made America so great?  FREEDOM!  And it is that very FREEDOM that is in danger.  May we never forget the cost of freedom, and that it is a gift from God.  The United States of America has prospered because God was at the center  –  of the establishing of this great country.   But, piece by piece this country has wavered from keeping God first, and the freedom’s we have enjoyed are slowly diminishing right before our eyes.

I can’t help but take what is happening to our country seriously because I have lived through this before.  The signs are rampant.  May God help America.  And may We the People do our part to protect and preserve the foundations of our country.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. Psalm 33:12 NASB

Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. Ronald Reagan

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.  Ronald Reagan

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.    Ronald Reagan

Just some thoughts from an American citizen who is so thankful and concerned for this country…HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

God Bless…

Marta

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Whatever you’re doing inside of me…It feels like chaos somehow there’s peace.   It’s hard to surrender to what I can’t see…Sanctus Real

There is an appointed time for everything.  And there is a time for every event under heaven…Ecclesiastes 3:1

I don’t know about you but change is hard for me.  I kind of like things to just stay the same nice and cozy.  I’m not much for my world being rocked out of its comfort zone.  And yet isn’t that what life is really about seemingly.  Just as we experience the beautiful seasonal changes in our weather so it is with our lives. Life truly does not remain the same.  It is a journey filled with continues changes, and I find that the more I fight change the murkier the view ahead becomes.

My daughter is graduating in a few days and I am reflecting on all the times I longed for this day to come. The day she would finally be finished with High School.  No more last-minute typing reports, or rushing to Walmart to get a glue stick for an assignment.  No more boring lunches, arguments about her getting her homework done, or going to bed or getting up.  No more missing socks or uniform pants.   No more driving her to school.  No more last-minute phrases from my car as I drop her off – “I love you Cece!  I believe in you!  You can do it!  Your awesome girl!  Make good decisions.  Make it a good day.”    The season is now finished.  Graduation has arrived.  And yet, I find myself still wanting to hold on to her like she is five years old.  As she ventures out into her new season, her new world I just want to  keep her in a protective bubble to make sure nothing hurtful happens to her.

Change is hard!   And letting go is even harder.

I am facing a new season in my life and CHANGE is flooding in with unstoppable force, spurning on deep reflection.  And while I know that change is inevitable!  This new wave is challenging me to look at everything I believe in.  And as much as I want to hold onto the safety of what is comfortable,  it is time to step into the unknown and trust God for the new season.  It is time to move on and move forward. Taking the joys and pain of the past and using them as stepping-stones on the new road.    Moving forward triumphantly knowing God works all things out for our good.    And as I stand gazing at the road ahead there is much uncertainty.  It’s like standing at a crossroads and having to determine which road to travel on.

                                   

I remember another big crossroads in my life.  I was around the same age as my soon to be graduating daughter.  It was a magnificent Spring day in Westchester, California.  Something had been stirring in my heart and I was not sure what it was.  But when the opportunity arose.  When the challenge came.  I took the step of faith.  I did not know what was next.  I could not see far.  All that was clear was my next step.  But with a fresh and new deposit of faith my heart leaped into the unknown season that would end up completely transforming my life.  On that day I decided that inviting Jesus Christ to enter my life was far better than continuing my journey without Him.  And that was 35 years ago and there has not been one day, minute or second that I have regretted that decision.  For it was that turning point, crossroads, new season that provided my life with healing, wholeness, peace, fulfillment and everlasting acceptance and love.

So as I stand facing the road ahead not knowing what lies beyond my next step, I can walk with resounding trust knowing that it will be God’s faithfulness that illuminates the path.    Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  Psalm 119:105

What about you?  Are you needing direction?  Is your life at a crossroads?  Are you uncertain about what is next.  Is there a tugging in your heart   that change is needed but your hesitant or afraid.   Step into the loving embrace of a Savior who not only knows your future but has the expertise to get you there.  JESUS LOVES YOU IMMEASURABLY.

Thank you for stopping by…I close with some words from a song that is actually one of my links under  my Blogroll on the right side of my blog.  It’s worth taking the time to listen I think you will be blessed by it….

Whatever you’re doing inside of me…It feels like chaos somehow there’s peace.   It’s hard to surrender to what I can’t see…but I’m giving in to something heavenlyTime for a milestone…Time to begin again…Reevaluate who I really am…Am I doing everything to follow your will…or just climbing aimlessly over these hills…So show me what it is you want from me…I give everything I surrender…To...         Song by Sanctus Real “Whatever you doing (Something heavenly)   

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 By Marta VanGerwen © 2012            

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