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Gratitude abounds

I awake this feeling almost everyday. I’d be lieing if I claimed everyday. Some days I forget or am too wrapped up within myself to see the bigger picture. But for a moment, then I remember, gratefully. I am alive, I live in the greatest nation ever on the planet earth, I can walk, I can talk, I can breathe on my own, I can laugh, I can create, I can write. All of these things I can do at my will without fear of repercussion.

We may be only 4% of the world’s population, but we are the wealthiest in spirit, wealthiest in materialistic ways, wealthiest in choices and wealthiest by the grace of God. Had He not had His Gracious hand over us, we would have surely met disaster many times over.

So why is it that people would like to make this a muslim nation when each and every muslim nation is horrendous? Why would they desire we forget about our Creator? Could it be because they do not like what is right and love what is evil? Could it be possible that it has been so long that they do not know the difference?

Aha! But I say, “NO!” Why? Because the Bible says no. In Romans 1:18-32, (all bolding is mine)

God’s Wrath Against Mankind
18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

21For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images that were made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.

26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

Wow. That’s a mouthful, eh? Have I ever done any of these things? Yes. Do I struggle at times still? Yes. But I know that there is One who Save me from death’s grip, and that is Jesus Christ, my LORD and Savior.

Remember as a child how we used to push our parents to find out where the bounderies were? Well, at the time we may not have known that’s what we were doing, but we all did it. That is because every creature, every human being, needs direction, guidance, love, discipline and correction.

That is why I am so grateful that I can practice my faith as a Christian in this country, no matter whether you like it or not.

Back to those verses, though. They say very much and give so much insight to the many seemingly unanswered questions we have of God. The answers can be found in this Bible and in these verses. Why does evil happen? Because we have turned away from God, we have told Him He is no longer needed in our schools, and His Ten Commandments? Why that’s illegal! Poppy-cock! You may sit down for this and allow it to happen, but I will not.

It is necessary for us to fight the American-Communist-Legal-Union (ACLU) with everything we have. The truth is on our side, and if we don’t, then who will? Could you please answer me that? We fought the godless communists, only to find them in our schools teaching our children and throwing out God! HOW DARE THEY! They were able to do this because we were asleep. Also, we did not know our own Constitution! They knew it better than we did.

Well my dear readers, it is time we educated ourselves. They have infested our Churches to the point where no one even speaks about Hell or fire and brimstone! Are you okay with that? This is not a church. It is a place where people gather to pretend they are christians. If you attend such a Church, I recommend you quickly find one that knows the Word of God and teaches it to everyone. We are all His disciples, not just the Pastor. Do not leave all the work up to him. You have your own Cross to bear.

Excuse me, I get upset when I consider the state of affairs of my beloved country and the world. But the reason I am so grateful?

The LORD Appears to Solomon: 2Chronicles 7:11-22.
11When Solomon had finished the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the LORD and in his own palace, 12the LORD appeared to him at night and said:

    “I have heard your prayer and have this place for Myself as a temple for sacrifices.”

    13“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among My people, 14if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that My Name may be there forever. My eyes and My heart will always be there.”

    17As for you, if you walk before Me as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe My decrees and laws, 18I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a man to rule over Israel.'”

    19But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, 20then I will uproot Israel from My land, which I have given them, and I will reject this temple I have consecrated for My Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. 21And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ 22People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshipping and serving them–that is why He brought all this disaster on them.'”

Wow. It is absolutely amazing how we can search for answers in the Bible and go to two entirely different books, the first being the New Testament-the latter being the Old Testament, and we come right back to the righteousness of the LORD. I was seeking the prayer in which God promises to heal our land, but I do not like to take verses out of context. That is why they are so long. In case you were wondering. lol.

Yes, this is my great hope. That we would all repent of our sins, turn from our wicked way, and seek the LORD with all of our heart, our mind, our soul and our strength. Day and night. Do you need a reason to pray? Pray for our men and women in uniform who are keeping you free. Show them your gratitude, although they may never know it. God will know it, and He will account to you. Pray for the sick, the elderly, the lost. There are so many things about which you could pray!

The most important prayer of all, though, is the prayer you pray when you make the decision to ask the LORD Jesus to come into your heart and forgive your sins. Yes, it is by far the most important. That does not mean the others do not count, they do! We are just talking, you and me, about which is the most important.

If your Church no longer asks people if they are Christians, then it is not a Christian Church. RUN out of there. Just because the building claims to be a Church, does not make it so. Please, come with me. We can have Bible study over the net! It is better than worshipping other gods. No, you do not have to be a Christian to join a fellowship, but you must abide by the Christian commandments. They are the same as the Jewish commandments.

I am grateful that the LORD has taken my place and freed me from my sin. I am grateful for His direction. He leads me away from evil. I love Him, and I am very grateful that He loves me. God bless you all. Have a wonderfully blessed day.

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I’ve been through many things in my life, and I’ve come out of each of them scathed but alive. This thing? I still do not have the words. Nothing compares. My apologies.

I have found some people who have written beautifully about people they did not even know. Maybe they speak for me?

First we have one from 123beta called, “Never Forget.” It is beautifully written and well researched. Very great job. Then there is an article from Blue Star Chronicles called “More Thoughts on 9/11. This is a well thought and researched article. I can only imagine the difficulty as they went deeper into this person’s life.

The one that touched me the most, however, was written by DeMediacratic Nation. It is called, “2996 Jill Marie Maurer Campbell: A 9/11 Tribute. Maybe it’s because of Jill, or maybe it’s because of the research. Somehow, I was very touched.

Last year (or was it the year before?) there was an opportunity for bloggers to receive a name and to do a story about that person’s life. I was misled into believe it was spam. I regret that now, but I don’t know if I could have handled it, to be honest. Thank you to everyone who stepped-up to the plate and did your (and my) part in remembering these beautiful people.

Lest we forget…

On this day, let us remember also all of those who are in harms way to protect us here at home. Whether they are first responders or Rangers in the Marines, I want to send a great big THANK YOU to you. You are not forgotten, no matter what you may read or hear. For every piece of trash that is out there, you can be sure that there is at least 100-1,000 times more support for you that will never hear about because it does not fit the agenda. But don’t you ever think that this support doesn’t exist. Just ask Morgan, my Hero. 🙂

No day of remembrance would be complete without the inclusion of Blackfive’s site. One of the authors, Mr. Wolf, has written a very good article about another site, Home Of Heroes. This man, Mr. Doug Sterner, is collecting all of the information about the medals EARNED, no matter their rank or service, or even when they served. This is an awesome site that I highly recommend. Even when you are not losing heart!

This is a heartfelt post about a Polish woman who wanted us to know that we are not alone. God bless this woman’s heart! (Written by Blackfive.)

Blackfive has posted an article about a man who KNEW he was going to die, but he went back into the inferno to save those who were still inside. This is the kind of man he has always been. Now we are trying to get President Bush to honor him with the Medal of Honor. Please sign this petition for Rick Rescorla. You may read Blackfive’s ‘Someone You Should Know’ here.

There is so much more at Blackfive’s site. Please visit his site today and often.

There is also a site I would like to include. This would be Mudville Gazette. This is a fine site that is run sometimes by Greyhawk’s wife when he is called to serve. He is a true man. He answers the call. He also has a fine post about Rick. He has some more and different information that may interest you. Please check it out.

I’d like to write more, but I can no longer see the screen…have a nice day.

On this day, 9/11/2007, I choose this post for my open trackback. What better post than one which is devoted to both on that horrific day and for our Troops who are yet in harms way?

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These are the posts I’ve trackbacked to: Diary of the Mad Pigeon, Perri Nelson’s Website, DeMediacratic Nation, Right Truth, Big Dog’s Weblog, Inside the Northwest Territory, The Populist, The World According to Carl, Nuke’s News & Views, Planck’s Constant, Conservative Cat, Pursuing Holiness, Outside the Beltway, Pirate’s Cove, Webloggin, DeMediacratic Nation, Adam’s Blog, and Conservative Thoughts, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

These are the people that were kind enough to trackback to this post:

  • 123beta: Never Forget.
  • Stop the ACLU: 9/11 Remembered…Open Post.
  • The New Afghanistan After Years of War: Unforgettable Day.
  • DeMediacratic Nation: The Fruits of Four Years of Investigation and Negotiation: Iran and the IAEA.
  • The Florida Masochist: From the Silly News Desk.
  • Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker: TD # 9 forms RIGHT ON TOP OF US.
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    I am a disabled person, so I have to go to Church on TV. Dr. James Kennedy was my Pastor for many years, but he had a stroke many months ago. Today was his last. He has asked that we do not shed a tear for him for he is now without pain, he is the House of God! What a joyfulness!

    We will certainly miss you, Pastor Kennedy. I pray that you rest in His Peace.

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    Source: The New Afghanistan After Years of War.

    This is an Afghanistan friend of mine who is keeping track of what is happening to his home. He sends me articles that he writes once in while. I hope you will find them as enlightening as I do. I hope that we may be able to change this landscape for all the good people of Afghanistan, including the girls and women.

    The first article he wrote is entitled, “Afghanistan’s Exploitation of Women.” The second article is, “A Nation Reconnecting after Centuries.”

    These two articles are very informative, and they give an insight into a land that is war-torn, yet beautiful, isolated, yet it used to be one of our great resouces, oppressed, yet on its way toward a democratic republic. If you would like a peak into the heart of Afghanistan, you will read these articles. It is at least, if nothing less, the revelations of one man who has been there and longs for peace. Thank you.

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    Since I believe it is important for us to understand the culture and some of the obstacles in our way to success, I am chosing this article for my open trackback. I hope you read it. He is a very nice and gentle man. Thank you.

    These are the posts I have trackbacked to: third world county, Pirate’s Cove, Webloggin, Blog @ MoreWhat.com, High Desert Wanderer, Open educational resources, , Stageleft, My Protest to the Mexican Presidente, Cao’s Blog, Faultline USA, Big Dog’s Weblog, Right Truth, Church and State, Nuke’s News & Views, Labor Day thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

    These are the people who are kind enough to trackback to me:

  • The Florida Masochist: The Labor Day Knucklehead award Marathon Part Two.
  • The Florida Masochist: The Labor Day Knucklehead award Marathon Part Four.
  • The Florida Masochist: The Labor Day Knucklehead award Marathon Part Six.
  • The Florida Masochist: The Labor Day Knucklehead award Marathon Part Sixteen.
  • The Florida Masochist: The Labor Day Knucklehead award Marathon Part Fourteen.
  • The Florida Masochist: The Labor Day Knucklehead award Marathon Part Twelve.
  • The Florida Masochist: The Labor Day Knucklehead award Marathon Part Ten.
  • Right Truth: Were four Korean hostages raped by Taliban?
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    Manly Men & Womanly Ladies (OTB)

    Dear Men,

    Speaking for myself, I was raised by a very strong Father. Regardless as to whether he was right or wrong, us children knew where we stood. One time I asked him how to know the difference between right and wrong and he said, “If you wouldn’t do it if I were there, then don’t do it!” This turned out to be a very good rule to live by. It’s just a shame I didn’t. Why didn’t I?

    Because when it came down to the testing time (I was 14 when he caught me smoking a cigarrette), he failed. He did not follow through on his threat of, “If I ever catch any of you kids smoking, drinking, doing drugs, etc…” I caught the bus and went home. I was home before he was. I was ready to confess to my Mother and quit for good. Nothing ever happened. I give you this story in order to help you to understand what comes next.

    Men, you have to stand up to the plate. You were put on earth for a reason, even if the libbers would have you think otherwise. You are responsible for the way societies evolve. If your neighborhood is going to hell in a handbasket, it is your fault. You are the one we look to for guidance.

    Oh sure, you may not hear that much, and the schools truly are trying to change the make-up of a true CIVILIZED society, but it will never work. You are necessary, wanted, and appreciated. Please, come back and take your place in society.

    Dear Ladies,

    Do not stand in the way of your man, but gently discuss your disagreements. Be wise as to which battles you choose do fight on, for it may be the battleground upon which you die.

    We do not have to yell and scream like Rosie O’Donnel to get our message across. No, we are much wiser than her type. Men are a very necessary part of our lives, although many of us have been taught we don’t need them. Oh really? Is this true? Let’s think about that…were you Daddy’s little girl? I was, and it was the greatest sense of security I ever felt. This is a feeling neither my Mother nor any other woman could fulfill. Remember this when people are trying to convince you that you don’t need a man.

    Yes, it is possible to live life without a man, but don’t expect the government to be your Daddy! I’m sick of it, and I’m sure many other women are as well. So what is your responsibility? Ah, this is a tricky one. Are you religious? Then it should not be so tricky. This, however, will work either way. We are to support the men in our community by helping them think up those decisions for which they will claim as their own! LOL. It is quite easy if we could only learn to allow them to take the credit for our ideas.

    I went off on a different tangent there. I wanted to speak you, my lady friends, about something more meaningful. Ladies, you do not have to have a job. You do not have to have all those other luxeries to be considered a lady. It is preferred (BY YOUR CHILDREN and by many women and men) if you stay home and raise your children. This a very hard and rewarding JOB. It also takes a true measure of true grit. Down to earth common sense that will whoop butt each and every time applied. 🙂

    We do not need to follow other women. After all, have you ever heard of the blind leading the blind? That’s right, jump all over me because you misunderstood what I said. For any group or individual to follow any group or individual because they don’t want to take the time to examine the facts themselves is FOOLISH and BLIND.

    We are such beautiful creatures with the power to build up or tear down a whole society. The tearing down has already started because we have not been loud enough in standing beside our men. It is not too late for this to change. Let us beautiful people come together, even if it is only with our spouses and/or neighbors, and plant the seeds of reconcilliation. After all, isn’t this what we are asking of a country which has lived through tyranny for most of its existence? Hmm…we can do this. God bless the women of the world, as well as the men. 🙂

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    I would like to open this post up to trackbacks in the hope that some of you will read this post. I surely would like some comments as to whether or not you agree, disagree, have something to add, feel better, feel worse, etc. Thank you.

    These are posts I have trackbacked to: Faultline USA, DeMediacratic Nation, The World According to Carl, Perri Nelson’s Website, Right Truth, Big Dog’s Weblog, Right Truth, The World According to Carl, Pirate’s Cove, Leaning Straight Up, Conservative Cat, Conservative Thoughts, The Yankee Sailor, Webloggin, The Virtuous Republic, and Nanotechnology Today, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

    These are the posts that have trackedback to here:

  • The Amboy Times: Belgian Muslims Want a Ban on Easter eggs.
  • Adam’s Blog: Planned Parenthood v. Women’s Health.
  • Planck’s Constant: Michael Vick would be smart to convert to Islam.
  • Planck’s Constant: Bruce Willis comes to my High School in Bayonne.
  • Nanotechnology Today: IED Nanotech Research.
  • Faultline USA: Is Your Church a Secret Sanctuary?
  • DeMediacratic Nation: Bush Finally Sees Iraq as being like Vietnam.
  • Right Truth: Iran, what you don’t know.
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