Lent is around the corner and there are many people who are making a list of things they will give up for Lent. Maybe instead of giving up something for Lent, you put something in your life. Lent would be a great time to bring the Bible back in your life. You should take time to look for a great Lent devotional like Finding Life: From Eden to Gethsemane – The Garden Restored by Jane Rubietta. I read this book a couple of years ago, for Lent. I remember how it moved me but I do not remember much of the book. This year Dale and I will be reading it again. Or you can go on the internet see if you can find a great Lenten Bible reading list. It would be great to fill your life this Lent with getting closer with Christ.
I have spent the past couple of months trying to think of what I will be teaching on for Lent this year. All the children at our church are preschoolers or young elementary, so I need a topic that they would understand. Most of the topic I use during Lent the kids would not understand. I came up with the topic and using the verse from Psalms 139:14
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
After I came up with this topic I heard a conversation between Dale and Anna. It went something like this:
Dale: Anna what is this new thing about snowflakes?
Anna: It is way of people telling other people that they are different.
Dale: Is it a good thing or not?
Anna: No, people do not want other people to be different.
Dale: Is being different a bad thing? So what you are saying is that people really want us all to be the same. Talk about “1984.” It seems we have reached the dystopian society that George Orwell has described – everyone has to be the same – if you are not the same, you are thought as a rebel.
[This is Dale – It really is hard to believe that we have reached a point where everyone has to think the same thing – very dangerous.]
This where the title for this blog came from, we are to be made to be different. God has made us all different because he really does not us all alike. Like the Psalmist has told us, we are wonderfully made by God. So am glad that God made me different and I am not like you.
This whole snow flake is very dangerous for our children. They need to be taught that need to be unique, just the way God made them. They need to learn to express the way they are unique in a positive way. Riot and burning down things is not a positive way. So take the time to teach the children around you to shine in their own way!
This is a great article that was shared several weeks ago. It is a reminder of how important discipleship is in the lives of our youth and children. The link to the article is below the picture.
In 1997, my father asked Dale to lead the music at a camp meeting he was leading. The speaker that year was Wesley Duewel – who is the author of the book Touch the World Through Prayer. He was a great man of God. During the camp meeting Wesley made a statement that rocked Dale and I’s mind. Wesley said that Christians should not criticize the president because to us to pray for those are in authority over us. The Bible tells too.
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority .so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth 1 Timothy 2:1-4
At first, we were shocked because at that time Bill Clinton was the president. Dale and I thought of him like most Christians we knew at the time. To tell you the truth, it was not easy to pray for him. But God has command us to pray for those in authority – whether we agree with them or not. We started to pray for him, we prayed that God would work in his heart, that God would guide him in make good decisions.
It will always be easier to pray for the person that you voted for – or if you believe they are doing a great job. At some point, there will be some Christians who may have a problem with you praying for a president with whom you disagree. I had this happen to me once. I prayed for President Obama (a man whom I don’t agree with) in church. There were couple of people who told me I should not pray for him because he was evil. Tomorrow we have a new president being sworn into office. Every Christians will have to make decision if we are going to disobey God. Will you only criticize President Trump or will you pray for him. Just to let you know, I did not think that neither major candidate was a great choice for president. All I know is I will prayer for the President Trump because God has called me too.