Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The following is from another blog I like to read - "Joyfully Home" (joyfullyathome.blogspot.com) - and says what I'd like to say about yesterday's elections so much better than I can. With Jasmine's permission, you get to read her thoughts - all I say is Amen!


I woke up this morning, not filled with dread or disappointment at Barack Obama's election; no, I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to face a new day. I woke up, unsurprised to find that God is still on His throne, holy, just, righteous, omnipotent, sovereign, and loving, and that we are His children, bought with a price, sealed for that marvelous day when the King of Kings will come to reign here on earth as He reigns in our lives, and sovereignly over all things.

America has fallen for Obama's promises of change... and change I'm sure we'll receive; President Obama is sure to provide us with ample opportunity for change, sliding on a downhill slope towards Marxist socialism. As one friend joked via email this morning, New Zealand's looking better and better to me each day. :-)

Reflect, however, on Romans 13:1-7... is Barack Obama's administration as unsavory as the administration that the Apostle Paul was submitting to when the Lord inspired him to write those words?

The Lord gave me peace this morning as I was able to reflect on a different type of change that can occur over the next four years under our new administration. I don't mean the change that means our troops perhaps coming home to soon, abortions being easier and easier to come by, taxes raising painfully high, and welfare spreading our money painfully thin...

I mean the change that could come within the lives of God's people. As we are forced to transfer our hope from a fallen human candidate, and into the hands of our all-wise God, perhaps He will quicken our hearts, soften our consciences, and give us a renewed passion for His Kingdom; He will sanctify us, He will strengthen us, and through that sanctification process, He will make us more and more able to carry out His glorious plan.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
(Romans 5:3-5)

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
(James 1:2-3)

The Lord has placed us in this time in history, in this country, for a reason; we are here on earth in this window of time to bring Him glory and honor, to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, to leave a legacy for those that come after us, that they may continue this work long after we're gone. Obama's presidency cannot stop us from carrying out this mission; he can make it difficult, he can make it painful, but he cannot stop us.

In light of our present circumstances, I do have hope that a change will come; a revival, starting in the hearts of the children of God as they learn to trust and revere their mighty Maker. And I have a hope that this change will inspire us to do great and wonderful things for the Kingdom of God, through our submission to Him in all things.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

October 31 at our house....

Many years ago, October 31 was a great holiday. It seemed like it was made just for us kids! After all, when else could we dress up however we wanted (as long as the materials were in the scrap bag - nobody bought a costume!), go out after dark without adult supervision (just the big brothers), and ask for candy from strangers (yes, in the days before "stranger danger")?

Later, it became a holiday to relive our good memories through our children's fun...but something was different. This time around, 20-some years later, Halloween was a bit darker. The masks were scarier. The trick-or-treaters were older. The strangers were dangerous. We found ourselves at the mall one year in a slowly moving line of hot, tired little kids dressed up as who knows what, shuffeling our children from store to store to get their candy. All this for candy?

And then the Holy Spirit slowly started to turn our hearts toward Him on this issue. I started noticing one, maybe two families in the neighborhood that kept their porch lights off on October 31. I knew that they were being different...not disliked, just different. I started asking myself why, what was it that made them just quietly stay in their houses and not participate in the neighborhood party. I started seeing the activities we were participating in through God's eyes. I started seeing that God was calling our family to be different....different enough to quietly make our own little stand against the celebration of evil.

The next year we kept our porch light off, invited some friends over, and started a tradition of having a "Harvest Party" on October 31 - a time to make decorations for autumn, to decorate the house, and begin a month long celebration of Thanksgiving. If we were going to lose a holiday in the busyness of the last three months of the year, we were going to choose which one, and it wasn't going to be Thanksgiving! Other years we've studied Pilgrims, made pumpkin pie from the pumpkin up (I'll stick to canned, thank you!), and read "Of Plymouth Plantation" by William Bradford.

As time has gone on, our children have outgrown our Harvest Parties, but not the enjoyment of November as the season of thanks. We look forward to good fall meals of homemade soups, breads, and apple crisps. Cosy evenings sitting around the table talking together long after the meal is over with the curtains closed against the dark night outside. The gathering up and storing of our own family harvest...the memories that will last long after these children have moved into homes of their own and the table is filled completely only on occasion....and looking forward to the final harvest home, our final sabbath rest. This is our season of Thanksgiving.

Finally back on the blog!

I'm not sure what happened, but I haven't been able to post to my blog since July....okay, school happened, which cut back on my computer hours drastically, but besides that I haven't been able to sign in to my blog.

So now I'm back - yeah!