Friday, July 29, 2011

Feel Good Friday 7/29/2011

Check out Brides Across America - a nonprofit organization helping military brides get their dream dresses for free. Yet another example of the good that is still out there. Stuff like this just warms my heart.

The nonprofit Brides Across America is working to help our women in uniform – and future military wives –be all that they can be on their wedding day without paying a cent

Read more: Fox News

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Norway

By now almost everyone has heard about the tragedy in Oslo. I followed the initial story, like most of you, in terror and grief. Astonished beyond words of the fact that someone could be so far off that they target children. I immediately took to Facebook and expressed my deepest sympathies and prayers for the Norwegians. I did, however, make one crucial mistake. Perhaps calling it an error of judgement on my part. I expressed distaste, obviously, and made mention of my belief of there being a special place in hell for someone who goes after children in such a way as he did. Many of friends, of which are by far better scripture masters than I, immediately jumped in and supported scripture references in support of my belief. Of course I felt even more justified and admittedly satisfied with knowing where this man is going. But, you see (as I'm sure you do noble reader, you are indeed very clever after all!), therein lies my problem. I look at this man with judgmental eyes. I do not see him as our Savior sees him.
"Do not judge so that you will not be judged." Matthew 7:1 NASB
I do not know all the facts. Perhaps he is incapable of understanding right from wrong? As far fetched as it seems, only One knows the truth behind it all, and that is our Father in Heaven. When we think of Norway and disgust that seaps from every pour let us remember that our Savior bled from every pour and said unto us,
"And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins." Mark 11:25 NASB
Let us come together and pray for a man who is obviously off the path, instead of hate, let us love. For that is what the Lord would have done. I pray for the people of Norway, especially those effected by this tragedy most, including the one behind the gun. I hope you can too.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Response

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD - Psalm 33:12 NASB
Fellow Americans,

Right now, America is in crisis: we have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy.

Some problems are beyond our power to solve, and according to the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, this historic hour demands a historic response. Therefore, on August 6, thousands will gather to pray for a historic breakthrough for our country and a renewed sense of moral purpose.
I sincerely hope you’ll join me in Houston on August 6th and take your place in Reliant Stadium with praying people asking God’s forgiveness, wisdom and provision for our state and nation. There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees.

-Rick Perry, Governor of Texas

Please go to The Response site to learn more. I urge everyone to participate. You don't have to go to Houston, just as you don't have to be in a church to pray and fast. You can stay at home in fasting and prayer. Rick Perry said it best, "there is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees." Please participate. May God Bless America.





RIP Cut, Cap & Balance

Meredith Jessup said it best, so I'll just repost her blog post.

The GOP’s Cut, Cap & Balance proposal has been effectively killed in the Senate after a party-line vote this morning. There are a couple important things I feel the need to point out about this vote.

1. This vote was not on whether to pass the bill itself, but on considering a motion to debate the bill. Yes, Democrats expect the GOP to make grand compromises in trying to solve the nation’s debt crisis, but they’re not even willing to debate the Republican proposal. At all.

2. In a statement following the party-line vote, Sen. Jim DeMint vowed to continue pressing the issue, pulling out all the stops:

“I urge Republican leaders to stop letting the President to drag you back like children into secret meetings where he pretends to do something constructive. The President created this crisis by irresponsible spending and borrowing that has left our economy in shambles, and if he’s unwilling to simply agree to balance the budget in 10 years then he is not a credible negotiating partner.
“No more closed door meetings, no more phony compromises that don’t solve the problem, no more useless commissions. We have a balanced approach supported by a bipartisan House majority that ends our debt crisis if just four Senate Democrats would keep their promise and support a balanced budget.

3. 2/3 of Americans supported this plan. Will the media bother to ask Democrats to defend their decision to ignore it? Oh, and calling it “stupid” is not a reasonable excuse.

4. Apparently we’re no longer facing a crisis — the Senate will recess for the weekend and numerous members are already booked on flightss out of DC — this just hours after Harry Reid slammed House leaders doing the exact same thing.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thank You Cpl. Dakota Meyer

Long time no post. School has been crazy. But I did want to take the time to thank a true hero. Cpl. Dakota Meyer has shown what true heroism is all about. No, he didn't wear a costume, come from a comic book or even a high budget box office thriller. He was just like you and me, but with one difference. He's extraordinary (cheesy I know, but I still have a little Harry Potter on the brain). Some people complain about their job, but this man served with honor. God bless him. I'm proud of our country for recognizing this great man.

Ironically, yesterday I ran into two marines recruiting on campus. I quickly thanked them for their service. Awkward? Probably. But its the least I can do. And I hope all who reads this, conservative/moderate/liberal alike does the same. This whole blog is dedicated to me rambling on about those crazy liberals, but in the end, I get to do that because of men like Cpl. Dakota Meyer. Thank you. And thank you to all those who have served, and/or have family serving. May God bless you and shine down upon you. Thank you. I can't say it enough.

http://www.militarytimes.com/multimedia/video/?bctid=675412934001



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