Today, as we celebrate our nation's birthday, I am struck by the sense of awe I have in the explosive events that have gotten us personally and as a nation to where we are today.
Good times, bad times and all sorts of times in between mark our collective journey. I can honestly say, I am deeply grateful to have been born in the United States of America. As I've gotten older and my faith has grown stronger, I can see God's hand lovingly molding and shaping this nation, much like He has His beloved Israel. Every day, I stand in awe of His presence around us. Guiding us, protecting us, providing for us, shaping us into His image.
I am troubled by what I see in our nation. The anger and bitterness, the lies, the boastful pride all clear signs of how the enemy of God is working among us. There are days I find it hard to rise above it. There are other days, like today, where I am so thankful for all He has done for us, I get extremely emotional at the thought.
I listened to the President's speech this afternoon, recounting highlights of our nation's history. I was brought to tears listening to the choir sign "Battle Hymn of the Republic". "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.... In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea... As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free while God is marching on... Glory, glory, Hallelujah"! Oh to hear Christ's Name lifted up and not torn down, it brings such joy to my heart!
We are seeing God send fireworks through our ministry. There was a great explosion of advancement in the battle in late June that will keep our fire burning brightly for many years to come. We have purchased property, a whole city block actually, with 4 interconnected buildings in dire need of repair and restoration to the tune of nearly $20,000,000! This purchase marks the beginning of the physical manifestation of a dream I had in 2006. It marks another milestone in the transformation of our community and the restoration and transformation of countless lives. God is nudging us to be bold in our faith. He is asking us to Trust him more than we ever have before. The reward will be completely His - as we supply living water and restore life to so many wounded in the battles of life.
Today, take time to reflect on the beauty of God's hands in the fireworks of your journey. Thank Him for giving you the opportunity to be free in this extraordinary country that was founded on a deep faith in Him, guided by Him, and will bring Him glory. Embrace the explosions in life - the good and the bad. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, your heart softened to hear the voice of the Lord amidst the thundering all around. Find a way to reach out and bring living water and life to those the Lord places in your path.
If you'd like to learn more about how you can help us restore these buildings into a Healing Spa, please check out our website, click on the donate button and sow into this ministry God is raising up in these troubling times. You will be eternally blessed!