Prayer for America

Dear God, I pray for my country. Lord, I ask for the eyes of the American citizens to be opened, for the laws, values, and freedoms put in place by our founding fathers to be remembered and respected, for us to stand together as brothers and sisters to protect this amazing nation from those trying to harm it, and to share your love and your light to those who have not yet experienced it. Father, open our hearts, individually, to the issues in this world and show us how we can make a positive difference. Where there is loss, let us bring your comfort to someone, where there is abuse, let us bring hope of your healing hands! Where there is hate, may we give the example of ultimate, limitless, unfailing, love. Where there is loss, may the great gain of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior fill any emptiness. May our lives be beams of your grace, mercy, forgiveness and love to all those in our paths, especially right now when there is so much tension, negativity, hate, disrespect, abuse, pain, loss, hurt, sadness, and fear in this world. We live in a fallen world and will until Jesus comes back! But God, I ask you to instill hope in all of us, that Your will be done, that your hand will be upon those who declare Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Be with those who do not know you as Savior. Father, as we, America, head to a very important election, I just ask you to allow us to focus on what’s important for the protection and survival of this country. May we do our part in selecting a leader most likely to protect this country and allow You to lead. May we, the people, stand together on the important issues…most importantly our freedoms. Freedom of religion, speech, choice, action, belief, thought, love; freedom in general! You have given us this country to live freely within, to have opportunities, to prosper and grow, and it is amazing what you’ve allowed this amazing country to do! May we, Father, be deserving of keeping this country great and keeping You a part of it; the most important part of it. People have forgotten you, God. Your people have failed to live in fear of the Lord and instead live in fear of this world just like everyone else; fear of money, man, life, death, health, wealth, pain, sorrow, hopelessness, etc. Set a fire within your people, God, may we stand up strong for Your names sake and bold for our country’s sake! We need to protect the United States of America from the evil lurking around the corner, but most of all, we need You! Be with us, Lord. I love you and pray in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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This is a prayer that comes from my whole heart.  I love my country and I am very proud to have been born and raised in the United States of America.  I’m proud to be a citizen of a country that is based on freedom for all.  I do not want to see my country be beaten and torn and disrespected and ruined, nor watch my family or friends live in a country that seems to be “giving up”.  We MUST stand together to fight for this nation, one nation under God, and to protect it from all evils.  We must make America safe again; safe, great, free, and a country that honors our Lord and respects itself as well.  God bless AMERICA…land of the free, home of the brave.

Blessings and much love,

Jennifer~

Hidden Pictures

Hello there!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday, so I would like to thank the men and women, all of the soldiers past and present, for their service to this country.  We take for granted what freedom really is and what it means and how important it is.  We take for granted the comfort of our homes and having almost everything we need and want.  We take for granted the accompaniment and the relationships of our dearest friends and family.  Sit back and realize how blessed you are and what freedom is to you and how dear your family and friends really are.  It is so important to acknowledge these little things because really that’s what we should live for.  We should be grateful and humble for the blessings and provisions God has given us, we should be overjoyed for the freedom we have in the amazing United States of America which was intrusted to us and given to us, and we should, more then anything, love and cherish the friendships we have and the relationships we have with our families.  But again, thank you soldiers for your duty and your service and sacrifices of pleasures and comfort and may God be with you and bless you.

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I found some “hidden pictures” on an old memory card that are from the baby shower we gave Sarah in 2012!  I wanted to share them today, but something will not let me load any new pictures onto my blog today!  Errors keep popping up, so I’m just going to have to wait!  Oh well.

Also, I was going to share some pictures of baby River with you guys today, but I can’t load the pictures! 😦  Hopefully by the end of the day the computer will cooperate!

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Well, time to get stuff done.  I will try again later to upload my pictures so hopefully it will work!  Much love and I hope you have a wonderful day today!

God Bless,

Jenny~

Beautifulness

I write today to express how lovely and beautiful it is outside!  Not just today is it pretty outside, but there are many days that have passed that have been very nice weather and glorious sunsets, and even just pleasant days in general.

Guess what I have noticed…I complain a lot!  I complain about my life and how I’m not doing anything and it’s never exciting and I’ll probably never do anything, et cetera!  But guess what?  I can sit and complain about not doing anything, not reading or finishing a book, not exercising, but all I have to do is DO IT!  I have to change my habit pattern; my thought pattern and belief system.  If I want toned arms I need to pick up a weight and tone my arms!  If I want to eat better I need to eat better!  If there is something I want to try or do I need to find out how to do it and go for it!

One of the things that holds me back is fear of man.  Afraid of how other people see me or think about me.  Nervous that I will make a bad impression.  Anxious that I might say the wrong word in a sentence.  The second thing that keeps me from expressing myself and doing the things I love or want to try is myself.  Doubting myself, not having faith in myself, afraid of my own abilities to do stuff, scared that I won’t remember what I’m learning or won’t know what it means; not being able to understand!  That is something I truly struggle with: wanting to understand everything before I even learn it and being afraid of not understanding!

Today I learned about not being afraid to live your dreams and follow your heart (which is why I share this with you today).  Not being afraid of seeming selfish to want certain things or have certain desires to do things and just to do it!  You never know until you try and I definitely do not want to be looking back on my life thinking “What if I tried that?”…”Why didn’t I go there?”…”I should have listened to that…” and so on.  The past few weeks and months I have felt this belief to be ringing true in my life more and more because I have been afraid and I have been completely anxious and not having faith in myself or in God!!!  Wow!

God is so good and He wants to give you the desires of your heart and bless you in this life.  So, of course, He will help you to achieve your goals and your hearts desires unless they are just absolutely selfish or self-centered.  Or He will even change your dreams a little to better benefit you and His Kingdom!  You have to believe that He is good and believe that he loves you unconditionally!  You’ve got to trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).  And you also have to believe in yourself because you (with the “help” of the evil one) are your worst critic and, truly, your worst enemy!

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Well, I just had that upon my heart and I feel like I could say a lot more!  Just remember that the Lord wants to bless you and wants you to be happy in this life.  I am learning slowly but surely that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13), and that I just need to be myself and be happy and to pursue the things that I love and enjoy doing and to just rejoice in the Lord and never forget  that He is always there.  During those times when we feel miles away from God, when we haven’t prayed in a while or read the bible, and we sit and say “He has forgotten me and I am unworthy and foolish etc, etc, etc!”, He is really right beside us looking at us and saying “My child; My kid.  You are so beautiful, you are so worthy, and I, the Almighty God, love you so much and want nothing more but for you to come to Me and find peace and love and joy in Me.”.  At least that’s what I’ve realized He’s been saying to me! 🙂

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I am also writing today to report that my computer is dead and will be until my brilliant, wonderful brother can fix it (he’s very busy with school right now) so with that said I will not be able to use, share or post any of the pictures I’ve taken and loaded onto my computer!  So I guess I’ll have to finish reflecting on my summer another time!  I really wanted to share our train ride pictures, but I’ll have to remember to do so once I can use my computer!  (Thank you, mom, for letting me use your computer!)

I hope this day brings a smile to your faces or happiness to your hearts and I hope so deeply that you will be able to follow your dreams and follow your heart to do something that you’ve always wanted!  Sometimes once you give it a try you might find out that your hearts desire isn’t exactly your hearts desire anymore after trying it out and then you’ll find a new dream/desire of the heart!  One thing I’ve always wanted to try is getting a pixie haircut, and my inspiration has been the loving Audrey Hepburn!  That’s a big step to go and cut your hair that short, but I’ve always wanted to try it and I think I will since my hair is shorter now so it won’t be a drastic change going from LONG hair to super short hair! 🙂  And I’ll be taking the risk of finding out that maybe I really don’t like pixies, at least not on me, but I’ll never know until I try.

Okay…I’ve gone on long enough!  God bless you today and I will be posting soon and (hopefully) have access to my pictures so I can post about stuff and share some pics with you!  Much love.

Jenny~