May 25, 2008

Renew Your Strength -Isaiah 40:29-31

I was just scanning an article on longevity in the latest issue of AARP. Writer-researcher, Dan Buettner, recounts the 200+ centenarians he has interviewed have a common link. They all have deep faith and trust in God taking care of them. The research team psychologist gives the lowdown on why this faith is so effective. Interesting, but not surprising!

After all, we are very familiar with:
Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31. but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

For those of us who plan to put in a good 100 years on planet earth, this is a Scripture to memorize and to pray.

Prayer:
Lord, besides being of good steward of my body with nutrition, exercise, and rest, I am a good steward of my soul and my spirit with prayer and spending time with You. So now I trust You to renew my strength, to increase my power. I trust You to cause me to soar like an eagle, to run and not grow weary. Lord, You are my Strength and the treasure of my heart. Amen

If you would like some info on how to pray, go to How to Pray Scripture on this website. Lot's of fine practical advise. See you there!

Jeanie R

May 21, 2008

A Voice from Columbine

This was forwarded to me as the speech given by Darrell Scott to the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee. Mr Scott is father of Rachel Joy Scott who died in the Columbine massacre.

I remember being frozen in front of the TV screen praying with several others. I was doing a prayer training when we got the call about the Columbine crisis/tragedy. God promises to bring good out of bad. Voices like Darrell Scott's is part of that good.

Indeed, we need to take a course correction. I know I am preaching to the choir! Be encouraged by this transcript and please pass it on.

Since the dawn of creation there has been both good &evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out f or answers.

'The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.

'In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent.

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air..
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question 'Why?'
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

'Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational
systems for mo st of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

'As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your
own heart before casting the first stone!

My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!'

God bless and keep up the prayers!
Jeanie R