A thought that keeps recurring to me. The leader of a nation does not make the people what they are but the people make the leader.
Think about this, God didn’t want to give Israel, His people a King but they wanted one. (1 Samuel 8:10) God didn’t want to punish His people but they choose their rewards. “They shall eat the fruit of their doings”….(Isaiah 3:11-12) “Give to them according to their work and according to the evil of their deeds; give to them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward.” (Psalm 28:4)
We, the people, have heard from the mouths of two want to be leaders of the free world. We have heard very distinctly what each candidate stands for? Their ideals, ideology, principles, and moral beliefs are very well documented. We, the people will speak on November 8, 2016 and show the world what we as a nation stand for.
Let us do as Dr Ben Carson, the notably brain surgeon has suggested, “use our minds to think.” Do as Mr Pence, a VP running mate has suggested, “pray”. Do as both candidates have suggested, VOTE!
“For the LORD Most High is awesome. He is the great King of all the earth.” Psalm 47:2
When I was a young girl I would often swim in this very place. I was even baptized here as a teenager. It captured my imagination then and has never ever faded but only intensified my mindful and thoughtful moments.
In thinking today, I ask myself what one thing has this body of water with its many facets of a body taught me? I would have to answer; “For the LORD Most High is to be feared, A great King over all the earth. He subdues peoples under us and nations under our feet.…” Psalm 47:2,3 (NAS) The sun, 🌞the moon, 🌚the stars,🌟💫 the winds and the movement of the ‘Albermarle Sound’ answers to no man or woman. But, yet the Lord most high knows the intricate working of each of these untouchable created beauties.
I would like to invite you to stroll with me on the shores of creation and inhale the awesomeness of God and exhale in words of joy that He is the great King of all the earth.
Then place the president to be of the US in the setting of the sun and share how small or how large all this rhetoric from pundits, media, candidates, politicians, friends, family and churches loom in the Eye that has been set in both the rising and setting of the sun. 🌕🌖🌝🌛🌜🌞🌓
Psalm 46:10 (NIV) He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth…
Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fish🎏🎎🎣⛹🏼⛷ for people.”- Matthew 4:19 (NRSV)
Paul said, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of ⛪️💡✝💓Christ.”- 1 Corinthians 4:19 (NIV)
Mike Pence said, “I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.”-
Tim Kaine, said, “Clinton’s a good Methodist and I’m a good Catholic even though We Support Abortion.”
WHAT SAY YOU?
It is hard to believe but fall will be here soon! Summer’s heat and dry weather has been hard on our plants in Northern VA and many annuals are very tired looking. Now is a great time to refresh with fall color. We invite you to visit the Fall Plant Sale at Monroe Technology Center In Leesburg, VA where you will find beautiful mums, pansies and other plants to inspire and students eager to assist. Plant sale proceeds support scholarships, so please stop by and enjoy. Sale days and hours are: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 10-6pm; Sept. 22, 10-5pm; and Sept. 23, 10-4pm.
Encouragement from St Paul. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2, NRSV
A Psalm of David. (101 ESV)
”A I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
to you, O LORD, I will make music.
I will ponder the way that is blameless.
Oh when will you come to me?
I will walk with integrity of heart
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me.
A perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will know nothing of evil.
Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly
I will destroy.
Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart
I will not endure.
I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me;
he who walks in the way that is blameless
shall minister to me.
No one who practices deceit
shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.
Morning by morning I will destroy
all the wicked in the land,
cutting off all the evildoers
from the city of the LORD.”
As my Nation, USA, traverse through a stinging political presidential cycle my reading, “no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes” gives me a lot of thought. I hear some calling one of our candidates “a liar”. May be true, I don’t know. But, I do know that at times some at my social table setting that so pridefully proclaimed this theory lies themselves many times before the meal is over. Therefore, my question is if this Psalm applies to us today and we have a candidate lying and their opponents being the average voter while accusing the candidate join in by lying about their basic activities of the day, have we built our house on the sand?