Sunday, September 11, 2011

Be Still SONday…9-11

What is your attitude towards God?

This is a question I have been asking myself a LOT lately!

Today is the 10th anniversary of 9/11.   Hard to believe a decade has come and gone already.   Like most of you, I am sure it feels like 9/11 happened just yesterday at times.   It truly changed the way I viewed life and how I wanted to live it from that day forward.  

It had the same effect on many around the world.  Many turned toward God immediately after the attacks. 

Here we are 10 years later…and I wonder has your attitude towards God changed?   

Have you walked closer to Him day by day, year by year?  

Or have you  forgotten the peace, hope, joy and love that He gives no matter what circumstances you may face?

As I spend this week praying for our nation, I can’t help but to ask myself to truly focus on my personal attitude towards God.   

May the following truths help you get your heart and mind in the right place – focusing on things that matter eternally vs. things that matter not.

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Ecclesiastes 5 says,

Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil. 2 Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few. 3 For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a fool through many words.

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4 When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow! 5 It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. 6 Do not let your speech cause you to sin and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands? 7 For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, fear God.

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it continues on.…10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity. 11 When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on? 12 The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep.

13 There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt. 14 When those riches were lost through a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing to support him. 15 As he had come naked from his mother’s womb, so will he return as he came. He will take nothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand. 16 This also is a grievous evil—exactly as a man is born, thus will he die. So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind? 17 Throughout his life he also eats in darkness with great vexation, sickness and anger.

18 Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward. 19 Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. 20 For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.

A month ago, 1800 motorcyclists drove through each area that was attacked on 9/11 to remember all those who were lost that day.   I will be sharing photos throughout the week that I captured as we watched them all drive by – several of our children came with me to cheer them on!  As I stood there watching - my heart sunk, my breath was taken away and tears filled my eyes several times, and it all reminds me of this quote…

There are only two possible ways to respond to the future~ in faith or in fear.
One replenishes the soul, one steals your joy.

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Thank you to all the riders and those who cheered them on, for helping this country (and me) to never forget the men, women and children that were lost 10 years ago today. 

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God, please have mercy on this nation!  May we all get our attitudes right with You!   Father, protect the men and women serving this nation today protecting us from any further harm.  Bless them and keep them!

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