Saturday, January 21, 2017

It is Well

I woke with fresh optimism about what this day would hold for me. Is it because we have a new president and because we hope and pray that he will make positive, healthy, morally, and Biblically sound decisions that will unify and protect our country, turn our hearts to God, and “make us great again”? We can sure “hope and pray”, can't we? Actually, “hoping and praying” is the basis for what we should be doing, regardless of our party affiliations and where we are aligning ourselves during our new president’s administration.

I’ll admit, several times I teared up with hope as I watched our 45th President of the U.S. place his hand on the Bible and pledge and vow BEFORE GOD, to do the right things.

One of my favorite moments of the inauguration was Rev. Franklin Graham’s words when he went to the podium to give a benediction prayer, but preceded the prayer with these words: "Mr. President, in the Bible, rain is a sign of God's blessings. And it started to rain, Mr. President, when you came to the platform, And it's my prayer that God will bless you, your family, your administration, and may He bless America."

Quite frankly, I’m so glad this whole election process is behind us for a while. It's quite typical for there to be negativity -- their side didn't win. But, I'm done with the voices of gloom, despair and hate coming from the naysayers. It’s time for us to regroup and reinstate ourselves as believers in God who sits on HIS throne and He has not turned over His authority to a man. He reigns in heaven and earth and the election and inauguration doesn’t change that. There is no (D) or (R) beside God’s name. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is The Great I AM!

Today it is well with my soul – not because of our new 45th president. It is well with my soul because “I know Him whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is able to guard that which I have committed unto Him...” 2 Timothy 1:12

Here’s how we can support our new president…..straight from God’s proclamation: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

So that’s what I’ll commit to today as a proud American citizen. We have daily choices of rising and shining OR rising and glooming. I’d rather lean into the brighter side of life by being kind-hearted and optimistic any day than being a part of any group that is dark, hateful and mean.

I started this post by saying “It is well. I woke this morning with optimism for what this day will hold for me.” I meant that. I have a choice each day to gravitate to what I desire to see in my day.
So, I'm encouraging you to have a godly attitude towards our new president. I'm encouraging you to pray for him with the heartfelt desire that God will make him into a great president rather than for you to stand on the sidelines, rooting for his fall. If we really care about America and are people of prayer, that should be our mind-set.

Lastly, we should have GREAT expectations. Could it be that President Trump has way more going for him than we realize? Could it be that many Americans had solid reasons to vote for him and that he could get a lot done for the good of our nation? Could it be that, despite his very rough edges and non-presidential tweets, God is already working in his heart? I’m optimistic enough in our good, good Father that He is already working in the crevices and corners of his heart, and in the meantime, I'll be praying for clouds that hold a lot of rain. Daily I plan on praying "Let it rain, Lord. Let it rain! Let it rain blessings and more blessings on Your people."