sparkler-1246521_1920Over 200,000,000 pounds of fireworks
are purchased each year.

Dear Father,

God, it’s me, the United States of America. It’s that time of year when we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and I just wanted to send out a quick prayer to You before all the hoopla gets started.

First, I want to thank You for loving me and caring so much that You sent Your Son to die for all my citizens and everyone in this world. At one time, my people recognized You as the Supreme Being, and we were united in the belief of one nation under God.

Now I must confess that I have forgotten the blessings You had bestowed upon me in the past. Not just as a nation, but each one of the people who reside within my borders. We have given in to the world with sinful ways. Allowed Your name and the Bible to be taken out of my schools and government. We’ve allowed movies and television shows that cast disdain upon Your name to thrive.

I humble myself before You, Lord, and ask for Your forgiveness

I pray You restore me back to my former state where I truly was one nation under God. Please give me voters who elect officials and judicial leaders whose hearts follow You so I can become a better country. At every election, allow officials be chosen who will work together, instead of individuals who care only for their own ideals or political party. I pray every decision that comes out of the government and the Supreme Court is Your decision. And please, Lord, put in the hearts of Christians in this country the courage to stand up for what is Godlike, not what is politically correct or based on a political doctrine.

I pray for President Trump and his family. Turn his focus from social media and place it on his promises to return me back to the glory days when I once was a great country. And please keep all the leaders of this country safe, whether they are a democrat, republican, independent, or part of some other political group.

Also, Lord, please protect the people within my borders. Make any dangerous individuals who plan to harm another known to the authorities. Keep our officers safe and give them the mindset to discern when to use deadly force. And please protect our military, whether here in my land or those away. Allow them to do their job to help others without their lives being in danger. And give an extra blessing to those families who have either lost a soldier or have one overseas protecting others.

Most of all, I pray You bring me and the people within my borders back to You, Lord.

Thank You for taking Your time for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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I was driving to meet a friend for lunch the other day when I passed a man on an overpass at the side of the road. He held up a piece of lumber with one word written on it. “Jump?” Being the type of person I am, my first thought was “What the… Why is he asking people if they want to jump off the overpass?” Within seconds, I realized his hood was up, and he needed someone to charge his battery. Pretty obvious, but that’s not how my mind of mystery and suspense works.

jumper-cables-926308_1920According to the ETA over 31,000
cars break down each day.

Is your mind warped also? Do you only see the negative? Maybe not the weird way mine does, but I’ll guarantee you allow your past, your current situation, and your life experiences to cloud how you think about things. How many of you have a hard time with God the Father because your earthly father was not a good one? How many of you automatically believe someone arrested is guilty? All these perceptions come from past experiences. Sure, most people arrested are guilty. But some are not. It’s been proven by DNA several times. Yet, it doesn’t stop us from believing if someone is arrested, they did something wrong.

As Christians, we should look at the world through the word of God, not through the eyes of experience. The Lord said to Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:7 “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” A lot of nice looking people fooled others by the way they looked until Ted Bundy came along and taught us that evil can come in a nice package.

handcuffs-2102488_1280In 2014, approximately 200 people convicted
of a crime and serving time in jail were exonerated.

We shouldn’t see the homeless guy on the street as someone who needs a bath and will only use our money for alcohol. Instead, we should see him as a man who needs help. And that man arrested has a family. How about showing them compassion in your on-line remarks even if you feel he’s guilty?

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The outer world is a reflection of the inner world. Other people’s perception of you is a reflection of them; your response to them is an awareness of you. – Roy T. Bennett, author

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We need to not allow our past or our experiences to give us a negative perception of things. Jesus was all about compassion and grace. If we want the heart of Jesus, we should hold kindness in our hearts as well.

The more we practice grace, the more we’ll see the good in others and in situations. Maybe next time, I’ll pay more attention and actually stop to help someone in need instead of allowing my fiction mind to take over.

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