Archive for October, 2008

my spirit stirs

Posted: 10/31/2008 in learning, life

my mom sent me this and i found it very worth sharing!

A Christian Stance

Published by Jerri Kay at 9:09 am under Announcements

I received this e-mail today and although I may not be too popular after this post, my heart felt compelled to share it with you.  I have to have the courage to stand up for my Lord and my beliefs.  My stance is not a political stance, it’s a Christian stance, a moral stance, an ethical stance.  My spirit has felt the stirrings this gentleman is talking about.  This election is not about the Republicans versus the Democrats, it is about Democracy versus Socialism.  There are typos throughout, please overlook those and focus on his message.  I love you all and thank you for taking the time to read this, it is lengthy.

Ladies, I’m editing this to add that if your opinion is different than mine, as is Jingle’s comment below, please be respectful, as she is in her comment.  If your opinion is similar or the same as mine, please be respectful, kind and gentle.  It is my position that God is a loving God and a forgiving God.   When I started my blog, I named it A Touch of Grace because I’m a sinner and I need His grace in my life, I need to be reminded daily that I need His grace in my life.  I am not judgmental, it is God’s rightful place to cast judgment, not mine.  It is not my intention to have a dialog filled with animosity or judgment, so please, I beseech you, let’s not be judgmental or confrontational, let’s pray for God’s will.  Thank you so much.

Dear Friends in Christ,

Are you sensing that there is something different about this presidential election?  I was telling someone just recently that it seems like this election is far more serious than those in the recent past.  Something in my spirit is very uneasy.  In the past I have felt the need to pray for different elections but I have never felt so strongly the urge to pray, and pray fervently, for an election as I do for this one.  I truly believe that if the wrong person (Obama) is elected this nation will be changed forever.  We may not be able to undo the things that will be unleashed during an Obama presidency.  My concern about an Obama presidency is not based on politics; it is based on righteousness.  Look at any of the major moral issues (abortion, homosexuality etc.) and you will find Obama on the wrong side of the issue, and Palin and McCain on the right side of the issue.  What makes this so disturbing is that the Obama team has raised far more money than McCain/Palin, and the media is unabashedly supporting Obama with every story and headline they write.  Currently McCain/Palin is behind in the polls and is having a very difficult time.  Some in the media have suggested that the race is over and there is little or nothing McCain can do to change the outcome.  Oh how wrong they are! 

Let me briefly share a story I recently read in 2 Samuel Chapter 5.  David had just become king of Israel and the Philistines went up to wage war against him.  So David inquired of the Lord and said, ‘Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?’ The LORD said, ‘Yes I will surely hand them over to you.’   So David went and defeated them. He said, ‘As waters break out, the LORD has broken out against my enemies before me.’  After suffering a great loss in the first battle the Philistines must have thought they now knew David’s defense strategy and they would be ready for him the next time because once more the Philistines came up to attack David.  So once again David inquired of the LORD, but this time the Lord gave different instructions. He said to David, ‘Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the balsam trees.  As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, move quickly, because that will mean the LORD has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.’David obeyed the Lord and was victorious.

This story holds a very important lesson for us at this time.  In most presidential elections a frontal assault, a face-to-face battle, is what is needed.  But this is no ordinary election.  McCain is trying all the normal tactics, but he is not prevailing.  It seems no matter what he says or does it is not effective.  I am convinced this election CANNOT be won using normal methods.  Just as the Lord told David to go around behind the enemy and attack him there, so we must go around the face of this election and wage war where the battle is truly raging…in the spiritual realm!  The fact that the normal physical methods are not effective this time should tell us that this is a very important spiritual battle and we can only win by using spiritual methods…Prayer!

What about the sound of marching in the treetops?  What is that?  I have read on the Internet several accounts of fellow Christians being stirred up in their spirits to pray. Many have been drawn into times of deep prayer and weeping as they intercede for Palin and McCain.  Some have waked up in the middle of the night and sensed a great need to pray; other have told that when they heard about Sarah Palin being chosen as VP something came over them and they wept and felt a need to pray for her and McCain.  Many others are feeling the calling and urging of the Spirit to enter into a time of fervent prayer and fasting for Palin and McCain and our nation.  What is this unusual stirring that is occurring?  I believe it is the Sound of the Lord marching in the trees, calling his children to act quickly to pray and fast for Palin and McCain.  Think about this, what would the marching have sounded like to David?  It may have sounded like the rustling of leaves as when wind blows through them, but this time something was different and out of the ordinary.  Maybe it was like the sound of the great wind when the Spirit moved on the day of Pentecost.  Also, God’s people are referred to as Trees of Righteousness in Isaiah 61.  So the sound of the Lord marching in the treetops in David’s time is a portrait of the Spirit of the Lord moving among and stirring up his children today. 

So what are we to do when we sense this stirring of the Spirit?  Two things, first we are to take it as the sign that the Lord is moving out in front of us.  Anytime the Lord calls us to do something he goes ahead of us to prepare the way and fight for us.  When Joshua returned from spying out Jericho the Lord gave him insight to see that the Lord had removed  Jericho ’s protection so Israel could defeat them.  When the Lord calls us into battle he goes ahead of us, removes the enemy’s protection, and fights for us to give us the victory. Secondly, the Lord tells us when we sense the stirring of the Spirit we are to act quickly and join Him in the battle (through prayer, fasting, praise and obedience).

This election is by no means lost.  For God would not be stirring up his children all across this nation and indeed around the world, to pray, if he did not want to give us the victory in this election. And he wants us to join him in the battle.  God will hear the cries of his children if we will only cry out to him with fervent, earnest, prayers for this election and this nation.  If those who are being drawn to prayer by the Spirit will indeed enter into a time of prayer and seeking His face, then God will have mercy on America and spare us from having an ungodly leader.  I’m sure of it!

One more thought, after the last debate, so-called ‘conservative’ David Brooks gushed about Obama, ‘I thought Obama had the night he needed to have. You know, through this whole 20-month marathon, I think what struck me is how incredibly even he is. And how frankly reassuring he is. It is like you’re camping, and you wake up one morning, and there is a mountain. And then the next morning, there is a mountain, and there’s the next morning, there’s a mountain. Obama is just the mountain. He is just there. He is always the same, he doesn’t hurt himself. McCain can sometimes lob a cannonball at the mountain, but the mountain doesn’t move, and the mountain doesn’t care. And so I think his steadiness, his temperament has been the dramatic theme of this campaign, dramatic in being undramatic. And it was on display tonight. And the good part of the mountain is that he is reassuring and reliable.’

I’m really glad he used the word ‘mountain’ to describe Obama.  It caused me to remember what Jesus said about unmovable mountains.  Jesus said, I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’ 

And it only takes a little faith! 

This election can only be won by going around the face of the election and attacking the enemy where he is vulnerable, through prayer, fasting and praise.  If you hear the sound of the Lord marching in the tree tops, if you feel the stirring of the Spirit calling you to pray, then move quickly into a time of prayer, for God is moving ahead of you at that time to give us the victory.  May God give us ears to hear the marching!

Together with you in the battle,

Scott Whitley

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teeth vs injuries

Posted: 10/31/2008 in life, lizzie faith, parenting

so far the injuries are beating the teeth 5 to 3.

yep three teeth popped through sometime between 8 am and noon. 

she has a cut up bottom lip from falling and cutting it on her teeth.

two head bruises (one in front, one on the back of the head)

and a couple jammed fingers and stubbed toes!

how is it that the injuries come so much quicker than the teeth.

gonna tie her into my sling this afternoon!!!!

teeth?

Posted: 10/31/2008 in learning, life, lizzie faith

it sounds like such a harmless thing. something that surely wouldn’t cost two nights of sleep and make two days extra difficult. 

it seems they are to blame. 

i wish it wouldn’t have taken me one day and two nights to figure it out (aka call heather).

these aren’t even the most painful teeth to come in…. 

i’m so discouraged. 

i’m tired. i have tons of work to do and absolutely no energy to do it. 

all i want is to make mini apple pies. (oh, and to grocery shop and buy a twin bed for liz …)

she’s sleeping now. i know my heart will sink through the floor when she wakes up. she’s just so crabby! it sounds like, from my sister, who has had lots of teeth come through in her mothering days, the more lizzie sleeps the quicker the teeth come in! that’s one bit of good news i have.

ok so this is really HARD! i didn’t want flowers when i started looking for bedding… then i thought i wanted the flowers and now i’m back to not wanting flowers – yes, i did just post the post saying this is what i’m getting! it’s even in my shopping cart but i just couldn’t complete the order yet! but this, this i LOVE!!!!Penelope Quilted Bedding

View In Room

do either of these scream lizzie or do i just need to chuck them and go with something else? i’m for sure waiting until tomorrow to order anything! i hate when i get all fickle!

lizzie’s room

Posted: 10/30/2008 in fun, lizzie faith, pictures

i think i found just what i want!!! i like the polkadot sheets better than the solid or gingham pink sheets so i’m getting the quilt in the top picture and the sheets in the last and the sham in the middle with the flowers. i think the flowers are corduroy fabric!! YAY! think it will go alright?? mom and i are thinking it’s adorable!!! i’m super excited about it!!

henry

Posted: 10/29/2008 in family, pictures

have you guys popped over to see my newest nephew! the new pictures of him are a HOOT! i can’t wait to see him again!!! seriously, it’s really hard on me! once a week i go online and look for land or a house for us and yes, i looked in osky today too!!!!! i don’t think that’s being very realistic BUT it is VERY VERY hard being so far away!!!! i’m so jealous of grammy pammy and auntie h! they’ve got one serious leg up on me!!! hopefully soon we can video-skype!