As we wrap up the month of July, I want to bring attention to the men and women who have made this country great and pray for unity. This year, July truly has been a month about freedom awareness. The stories of greatness permeate this nation with blood, sweat, and tears in pursuit of a better life, the American Dream, and freedom.
We’ve all heard stories of our loved ones who risked it all to become American citizens. Their adventurous spirit guided them through trials, tribulations, hardships, and uncertainty in search of something better. I challenge you to know your story. I am positive it is a story worth learning and sharing with others. Reach out to your elders and ask them about their life stories. Ask them about what life was like during the Great Recession and Great Depression. What stories have been passed down through the generations that you need to know?
In recent years, men and women have had to fight for freedom within our own borders. The list continues to grow of people that have lost jobs, been rejected, or been harassed for their religious beliefs, yet instead of cowering down and going with the flow, they took the narrow way and risked it all to stand with Christ. Matthew 7:13-14 explains,
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
It is seemingly easier and more popular to be “of this world” than to be “not of this world,” yet choosing Christ is the only way we can have eternal life in heaven (Colossians 2:8, John 14:6). I would much rather be focused on an eternal life than an earthly life that ends with the fires of hell (Revelation 21:8).
Men and women that have stood up for Christ include Joe Kennedy who lost his job as a football coach after kneeling and praying after games in 2015, Harold “Hal” Shurtleff who requested to fly the Christian flag at the Boston City Hall and was declined twice, Bridget Mergens Mayhew who, in 1985, asked her high school principal if she could host a bible study after school and was told no, and Jack Phillips, a baker who has repeatedly been sued for standing firm for his religious beliefs. All of these examples are people that had the courage to pray, ask, and say no. They also had the courage to take their cases to court to preserve our religious freedom. They are heroes of the faith who were willing to risk it all as they stood for what they believed in. If you have been in a similar situation, I want to encourage you to be bold and courageous too.
Our country is hurting, broken, and in a vulnerable state. Tempers are short. Anger is raging. And respect for people and property is lacking. I ask you to join me in prayer for an awakening in our country. We need a revival more now than ever.
His Kingdom Matters launched in June 2021. This program is a great way to learn more about how to be a bold and courageous Christian, prepare for revival, and live a holy lifestyle. Together, we are a group of Christian men and women equipping and supporting one another to be Christian in America.
I’m also launching an accompanying book in Fall 2022. Check out my website to learn more and support this effort. The title of the book is, “Jesus Come Revive America: Forgive Us for We Have Sinned.” This manuscript has truly been a work of worship for me and I will consider it a lifetime achievement once it is published. I pray it will be God’s words and not mine and that more people will come to know Christ through the words on the pages.
I’m a quiet, shy, Southern girl from Kentucky that never intended to launch a ministry and never thought I would be faced with situations that contradicted my Christian faith, but here we are. The world is very different from what it was 10 and 20 years ago. It was laid on my heart to speak out and be a bold and courageous Christian that supports and encourages others to stand up for what they believe in. I do appreciate your encouragement with this initiative.
The scripture that gives me encouragement is Matthew 10:32-33, which says:
“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”
When reprioritizing life to put God first (Matthew 6:33) and to live out the Greatest Commandment (Matthew 22:34-40) I can see the mission is clearly to (a) love God, (b) love people, and (c) live out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). I ask that we unite and pursue this mission together. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement.
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