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One of my favorite movies is The Princess Bride.  That movie has tons of great lines in it!!  One of them is the line, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die”, and the guy keeps repeating it over and over!

Today I heard a song on KLOVE that reminded me of that line.  It was a great song by Matthew West called “Hello, My Name is”.

“Hello, my name is child of the one true  King.
I’ve been saved, I’ve  been changed, and I have been set free.
“Amazing  Grace” is the song I sing.
Hello, my name is child of the one true King”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL7tgW3uxiE

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It’s been an unusual week for our country.  A lot of big things going on in the news, that get our attention!   But there are also heartbreaking, day-to-day, struggles that people are facing that no one ever hears about.  My heart goes out to those friends!  My daughter reminded me this morning that God does care about what we’re going through – from the smallest issues in our lives, to the biggest!

I love the words to this beautiful old hymn, “And since he bids me seek his face, believe his word, and trust his grace, I’ll cast on him my every care,  and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!”

Sweet Hour of Prayer

 Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
that calls me from a world of care,
and bids me at my Father’s throne
make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
my soul has often found relief,
and oft escaped the tempter’s snare
by thy return, sweet hour of prayer! 

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
thy wings shall my petition bear
to him whose truth and faithfulness
engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since he bids me seek his face,
believe his word, and trust his grace,
I’ll cast on him my every care,
and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

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Boston Prayer Service

While folding the laundry today, I turned on the TV to watch some of the “Boston Prayer Service”.   When I turned it on, The Cathedral Choir was singing a beautiful hymn that I’d never heard before, “My Life Flows On”.

1. My life flows on in endless song,  above earth’s lamentation.
I hear the clear, though faroff hymn that hails a new creation.
Refrain:
No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?

2. Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.  How can I keep from singing?
(Refrain)

3. What though my joys and comforts die?  I know my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?  Songs in the night he giveth.

There were a lot of dignitaries attending the Boston Prayer Service; Mayors, Governors, and yes even the President was there.  Clergy from many different faiths offered readings, reflections, and prayers.  It was beautiful!

The thing I’m struggling with today is, the fact that we want God out of our schools, out of our courtrooms, out of our country.  We want nothing to do with religion and we’re even trying to redefine the definition of marriage (don’t even get me started on that one!!).  Yet when a tragedy strikes our nation (whether it be a mass shooting or an act of terrorism), one of the first things people want to do is pray to the God that they previously wanted no part of.  They ask Him to “heal the hurt”.

I am so glad that I serve a God who is loving, caring, and forgiving, and He gladly receives all who turn to Him and truely seek Him!  Jer. 23:13 says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart”.   My prayer and my desire, is that our nation will turn to God – not just when we’re mourning and need comfort – but each and every day of our lives!

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Have you ever had one of those days when you’ve gotten really bad news and also really good news at the same time??   Today was one of those days for me.  We found out today that the sweet little boy from Nicaragua, that we’ve been sponsoring through Compassion International for the past 4 years, moved away, and we can no longer sponsor him.  My heart was sad!!   We didn’t even get to say goodbye to him.  I had that feeling of guilt, I wish I had written him more often and not put it off until tomorrow!

Sponsoring Brayan these past few years has been such a blessing to our family!   It was exciting getting his little letters and pictures in the mail and getting to know him.   What a privilege it was to pray for him and his family!   I knew we would want to sponsor another child right away!

After praying about it all afternoon, when Scott came home from work, we sat down at the computer and looked through the many hundreds of children waiting to be sponsored!  It broke my heart!  How do you ever pick one?  We knew we wanted a child who had been on the waiting list the longest, and with God’s guidance, we selected a beautiful little girl from the Dominican Republic.  Her name is Carla.   I wish I could see the look on her face when she’s told that she now has a sponsor family!

So now with eagerness and great anticipation we wait to hear from our sweet little girl, and look forward to writing her back!  Although it’s sad to say goodbye to Brayan, we will continue to pray for him, and know that God is with him.  If you’ve never sponsored a child before, I would really recommend that you consider it – you will be the one who gets the blessing!!   http://www.compassion.com/

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Joseph

I love the Bible story of Joseph!!!  I remember first learning about this great story as a small child, and thinking, “how could so many bad things happen to one innocent person?”.  This year in BSF, we’re studying the book of Genesis.  What a privilege it is to read and study the wonderful tales of the patriarchs of the O.T.!

This week we are studying the story of Joseph!  For some reason (probably due to age) I’ve seen this story in a different way.  It’s not so much what happens to Joseph, but how he responds!  You’ve heard the old saying, “Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it”?  I’m sure Joseph had his moments of discouragement – he was a real person with real emotions – but nowhere in scripture is a pity party recorded for him.  Joseph believed the dreams that God gave him, and was faithful!

I’ve also been reminded to never doubt God’s sovereignty!!  Long before Joseph hit the bottom of the pit that his brothers threw him in, the means of his deliverance (the Egypt-bound caravan) was already on the way.  How cool is that?!   Was it a surprise to God what his brothers did?  Or what Potiphar’s wife did?  Or that the cupbearer didn’t keep his promise?  Absolutely not!

God’s was always in control, and His hand was always at work for the the good of His people….always!!!

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