Pray Already!

I am glad that there is a national emphasis on prayer today. I truly believe that what God says is true and no matter how bad this nation becomes or how many mistakes we make, if we humble ourselves, seek His face and turn from our own unrighteousness agenda, God is going to do some great things. He will hear from heaven. That means your prayers will not fall on deaf ears...you will be heard! His plans for us will be dispatched...put into motion, so that He can assist us in carrying them out. He will forgive our sins...can I get an amen to that! All of us could use a little forgiveness. And lastly, He will heal our land.
All that we are required to do is relinquish our control and let God do what He had planned for us. Many folks are gathering in special places to pray at specific times today. If you have a place, show your support. If you cant get to a place, make time in your car, at lunch or during a break and ask God to have His way with this land we call the United States of America...the land of the free and the home of the brave. This land is your land, this land is my land...ok you get the point...now pray already!
(2 Chronicles 7:14)

Wonderfully Complex

Psalm 139:14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 
Did you know just how special you are? You are wonderfully made, hand-crafted by God, designed for an amazing life filled with blessings. With so much potential in us, why are we so overwhelmed and defeated at times?
Its obvious that the times we live in are getting harder. Our society changes through the years and though there are many good things around us, evil multiplies too. We need to consistently examine what we are doing and why we are doing it.
I love the way that Psalm 139 ends as a prayer asking God to search inside and point out to us where we need to improve. It seems to me that I am always trying to close a gap in my life so that I can keep the enemy at bay. The Good News is that I still can! Why? Because I am fearfully and wonderfully made...wonderfully complex! I'm marvelous! You are too! 
Ask God to search your heart and show you things that can be modified in your life so that you can be all that you were designed to be. 

Zip, Nada, Zilch, Zero

The other day as I was working in the office, I received an email. It had the appearance of being for me personally but I noticed very quickly that it was a form letter that had been sent to many people at the same time. I knew this because where “Joe” should have been it said “Null”. To be honest, when I read that I laughed a little bit because that little word is usually placed in a sentence with other little words when I describe that there is nothing there: like zip,nada, zilch and zero.
"Null is a special marker used in Structured Query Language (SQL) to indicate that a data value does not exist in the database."
Imagine that, no value. Joe doesn't exist in their database, Joe is “null”. 
It seems like many people in our country these days are so de-valued and unheard that they lash out in all types of harmful ways. Each of us wants to belong to something greater than ourselves. To be loved by someone other than ourselves. And to become all God said we could be. It’s in us from the very beginning and we spend most of our lives trying to make sure that we are seen, heard and understood. We want to be valued.

The Good News today is that we can have a personal relationship with someone who knows how many hairs you have on your head.(not difficult in my case) Someone who knows you are flawed and loves you unconditionally. Someone that not only calls you by name but wants to make certain that name is written down for all eternity. You are never “null”! You are ALL that and a bag of chips!