Now is the Time!
How a Typing Lesson 40 Years Ago Reminds Me To Fight for America Today!
When I was younger I was taught how to type using the phrase, “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” I must have typed it a thousand times. For this reason and from that foundation, the Lord used that phrase as a call to action.
This phrase was introduced to teach typing in 1889 by Charles E. Weller when he changed the last word of the original Patrick Henry quote from “party” to “country” because it was 70 characters long including the period. But don’t ask me why that mattered.
Why am I telling you this story? Because of the prompting of the Lord to become an advocate for change. As a result, I want you to know that now is the time, today is the day to come to the aid of our country. America is and has been a literal beacon of hope to the world. Our foundation of “liberty and justice for all” provoked men and women across the world to migrate here through sacrifice, pain, suffering, and sometimes death. Why? Because America is great and America is great because her foundation is great.
Amerca’s Foundations Are Crumbling
But now, our foundation is crumbling. The America-haters, as watched on TV with sledgehammers destroying storefronts and statues, are literally attempting to destroy the foundation of America. As a result, If the foundation crumbles, America will fall.
Is this the America you want for your children and grandchildren?
How Do We Restore America’s Foundations?
Consequently, what can we do to restore our foundation?
We are the believers–the ones who choose to follow Christ–yet we see our rights crumble. Our parents watched in unbelief as prayer disappeared from school. Some marched in protest as so many fought for the choice to kill inconvenient babies in the womb, yet it still became the law. We prayed, fasted, marched, volunteered, and voted for politicians who shared our beliefs, but in the end, we had to settle for ungodly results believing nothing can be done.
Was there? Is there?
I am aroused by the Lord. I can’t stay silent any longer. What will I be afraid of? Who should I be afraid of?
The Bully Culture
For example, the bully culture has been empowered and emboldened. Frightened and helpless, we watch these out-of-control children throwing rocks meltdown into a full-blown tantrum. Those wanting to destroy the American foundation have silenced the good people of this country for fear of reprisal and backlash.
Furthermore, censorship has become real. It has kept me, and many others, quiet as I stick to topics that don’t offend the millions of now sanctioned sensitivities. As a life coach, podcaster, and artist, I have played their game. I was told, “Don’t venture into the shark-infested waters for fear of attack.” Fear works to silence. As a life coach, I avoid controversial topics whenever possible. My job is to encourage, motivate, and champion people to fulfill their God-inspired destiny.
For this reason, I had to agree with my husband as we discussed the topic while eating breakfast this morning, that NOW is the time for ALL GOOD MEN to come to the aid of their COUNTRY!
Only One Will Rescue America
I’m so glad Mr. Weller changed the last word of the quote from party to country because no party will save America. My entire adult life, I’ve voted Republican believing they best represented my values–but they failed us. I do, however, continue to stand with President Trump. Let his fighting spirit and ‘beholding-to-no-one-but-Americans’ attitude inspire you. It has inspired me.
Nevertheless, only Jesus Christ can save America. He offers salvation to the entire world through faith in Him. As flawed as it is, He has used America as the greatest exporter and teacher of the Gospel the world has ever known. America is part of His plan.
Now is the Time Scripture Equivalent!
The scriptural equivalent to Patrick Henry’s quote is in 2 Chron 7:14
“If My people, who are called by My NAME, will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Most importantly dear followers of Jesus now is the time to join the fight for America. She is worth saving and will continue as a blessing to the countries of the world if we take a stand. Please seek the Lord for the ways He has equipped you to fight.
What Will I Do?
Therefore, what I will do is:
Expand my prayer focus beyond my limited view.
Pray with more fervency.
Seek Heaven’s perspective.
Pray under Heaven’s influence.
Not stay silent.
Not be afraid. After all, He has commanded us to not be afraid because the Lord our God is with us wherever we go. Joshua 1:9
Remain an encourager, never a hater.
Use my platform, such as it is, to speak as the Lord provokes.
What Will You Do?
Likewise, He’s calling you too. What will you do? How is He calling you? In light of that question, you may check out Sean Feucht’s website. Sean is a worship leader, missionary, activist who recently created Hold the Line is a political activist movement that you may want to know more about.
Besides Christian political activism, what are some other ways to come to the aid of YOUR country? Please share your ideas with me.
In conclusion, I felt prompted to leave you with this blessing found at the close of the Book of Hebrews. “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” Hebrews 13:20-21 NKJ
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What’s the longing in your heart? Look inside, if you are willing. Hidden deep beneath the layers of busyness, expectations and even disappointments is your unmet desire that’s longing to be filled.
But by what? By whom? What will satisfy?
When the desire of your heart was that new car, how did it feel a month later? What were your emotions after it’s first scratch? How long did it satisfy? Unmet desire stirs up again and you’re sure that if you could just get that promotion, everything will be great. And so it comes – with more responsibility that causes you to work longer and sleep less. Still unsatisfied, where do you look next?
Where has the Father taken you on your travels to fill your desires? What have you heard? What have you noticed?
Everyday responsibilities and busyness of children and soccer games, getting to work on time, even serving in your ministry, can bring a sense of satisfaction. They temporarily fill you up, giving a false sense of fulfillment, like the latte for breakfast when your body really needed eggs. An hour later you’re starving, a headache begins to settle in, and the chocolate sprinkle donut in the break room is begging to be eaten.
The truth is there is another way to fulfilling the deepest desires of your heart. Here are 4 Steps to explore how to fulfill your desires.
- Make a list of what you think will fulfill you. What are they? Finding your soul mate? Your child making the right college choice? Complete healing for your body? A ten thousand dollar a year increase? Owning your first home? Finally taking your dream trip?
- Next to each item on your list, write down all the possible great outcomes and deep desires you hope to be filled. Go deep. What will each fulfilled desire give you? Write down the words to your feelings.
- Describe the feelings and emotions you will experience if they are NOT fulfilled? Try to identify the deepest desire that’s not being met? What’s behind those desires? What are you really longing be have? Significance? Belonging? Connection? Love? Worth? Peace? Approval?
- Note how many of your deepest desires are dependent on another person. Be realistic. How likely are they to happen if they depend on another. Rate the likelihood on a scale of 1 – 7 with 7 representing “this is absolutely going to happen”. Anything less than “7” is a risky place to put your dreams.
Most of us stop at Step 1 with no idea what the real desire is behind the dream we’re pursuing. Convinced everything will be perfect if we can just get what we want, we go after it without a clue of what we’re longing to fulfill. Empty, we’ve set ourselves up for the cycle to repeat.
What’s the answer? Go to the One who can meet them. Security, acceptance, belonging, love and every one of your deepest desires are met in the sweet relationship of His love for you. He won’t leave you with that empty feeling like the hour after you’ve eaten a chocolate sprinkle donut.
Today is the last day of Summer, but the weather is still warm, actually it’s still hot if you live in Redding, CA. The hot weather fools me and the plants into thinking it’s not the first day of fall, so I don’t have to prepare. The season is about to change – are you ready?
Late last spring, we began to “redecorate” the front yard by taking out the grass lawn and 30-year-old shrubs to replace with drought tolerant plants along with an arrangement of rocks trying to fool people into believing it’s a natural dry creek bed we unearthed under the old lawn. There is a lot of pressure to go drought tolerant if you live in California. Actually California’s new motto is, “Brown is the New Green“! Really? Well, that’s a discussion for another day…
As time would prove, we weren’t ready for the summer season that was quickly upon us. It went from pleasant spring weather to really hot! Really fast! Watering restrictions and mandates were in place because of the 4-year-old drought, so we got as far as creating the trying-to-look-oh-so-natural dry creek bed and laying down lots of black weed barrier. And stopped. And there it sat for almost 4 months because we weren’t ready for the change in season.
Where have you experienced that in your life? A change was coming but you weren’t ready to grab onto it so you had to sit it out, hoping it would cycle back around, like fall bringing the right time to begin replanting my front yard.
It’s time now to get outside and plan my front yard design, select the plant materials, shop for the best prices, arrange for the help we need (I’m not digging 3′ deep holes for new trees) and be ready for the day it actually cools down. It could be any day. But I’m not ready. My mind is still wrapped around summer, and ice cream cones, and hot days that force me to stare into my computer for too many long hours, cranking up the electric bill trying to keep my office cool.
It’s time. I grabbed my Sunset Garden book, made a few lists of desired plants, but I just can’t get motivated because it’s too hot! I know what could happen if I’m not careful – turn quickly cold and I’ll miss the beautiful fall growing season altogether. Then what? I’ll have to wait until spring. Am I doomed to repeat the cycle over again?
What about you? How are you getting ready for the season God has ready for you to step into? Don’t judge the season by today’s temperature. Look ahead. God is planning this next step for you. What clues has He given you? He’s encouraged you to get ready. Sometimes contentment is too captivating, too beguiling, even after the deep longing for the change we’ve so long been desiring.
Stand up. Breathe. Take a look around you. What is He telling you? How will you get started even when it’s still hot outside? What’s your plan?
Every season is a preparation toward living out the reason you were born. Oh, don’t get me wrong, all along the way you’ve been bringing and sharing and giving out of the reason you were born. But this season. This season is the grandest of all. It fulfills all your hopes, dreams, passions, and purposes. My front yard doesn’t do that for me, but helping you get ready to step into your destiny? Yes. That’s my season. That’s my reason. What’s yours?
Jesus is the One who tapped my shoulder one day and said, “Come follow Me.”
“I am the One who knows you – who knows you have that longing in your heart to be loved, to be known – that hole that can’t be filled by anyone or anything.”
And so I followed Him and the hole was filled with a love so immense and pure.
His love for me and you is unstoppable. He left Heaven to bring me back with Him. I am His bride.
He is the One who took me as His own – fiercely defending and protecting me at every turn. Only when I decide to venture off our “together path” do I stumble. But when I look for Him, instantly Jesus is there to pick me up, still smiling, never condemning.
He is the One who is Ruler of the universe, more than ruler, He created it. Yet, He’d rather spend time with me! How can that be? If I were that important I would have nothing to do with me or the other insignificant ones. I would selfishly bask in all the praise and glory. But He is the One who’s always listening for my call and wants more than angel worship, to be with me! One soft cry from my lips and He stops everything to listen and when I let out my next breath Jesus is right next to me.
He is the One who became my sin, all my filth, dirt, anger, and envy, so I could be spared. He literally went through Hell for me. Who would make such a sacrifice for me? How could He love me so much? Why does He love me so much?
He is the One who has no beginning and no end. So majestic, beautiful, lovely and pure. He is holy, Royal, Captain and High Priest. He is my creator, savior, helper and friend. He’s my advocate and judge, warrior and peacemaker, Bridegroom and lover.
Jesus is the One who breaks through and breaks open doors, gates and principalities. He will literally move Heaven and Earth for my good. He sends His angel armies at my request – always willing that I should call out His name. I can never abuse our relationship. There is never too much to ask or too much help I need.
He is the One who never gives up on me. He never gets tired or weary. He is always able and willing. The resources of His Heaven are at my beck and call and there is no way I can use up His gifts. He’s always telling me “More, there is more! Come up higher, come in deeper.” He can never get enough of me and I can never get enough of Him.
His fragrance is so compelling, beguiling, and intoxicating, yet it never fills me up and I want more of Him. Always satisfying, yet somehow never satisfying. I want to crawl up inside of Him and never leave. That’s what He wants too.
Jesus is the One who demands nothing from me in exchange for the greatest gifts I’ve ever received. So I freely give Him the greatest gift He will ever receive – me.
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