We picked a very hot day to see The Mall in Washington, D.C., but found a cooling fountain to sit by for lunch.
We have declared a today to be a “take-a-vacation-from-vacationing day.” We’re in Virginia with two of our junior-high-aged granddaughters, and we’ve been enjoying activities every day, including: water park, canopy tour (with zip lines, etc), miniature golf, a HOT trip to Washington, D.C., hiking in the Shenandoah mountains, etc. Today at 10:30 a.m., the girls are still in their pajamas (on their screens of course), John’s reading a Tom Clancy book, and I’m catching up on everyone and everything on the internet.
I find that it’s in the quiet times, in the times we slow down enough to listen, that we hear God’s voice and his promptings. This morning, I can’t stop singing, “I know that my Redeemer lives…” Checking out FaceBook, I took the time to follow a trail to Anne Graham Lotz’s blog, and I have been soaking up much of what she has had to say in the last year (I’d never read her blog before).
This struck me. Written in 2012, it’s a call for Christians to get ready. A fight is coming.
Jan 3, 2012, from Anne Graham Lotz’s blog
Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Psalm 119:89
The following is a prediction I [Anne Graham Lotz] wrote in response to a request from CNN for use on their belief blog. They chose not to publish it. Imagine that! So I have decided to use it as the first of my new blog that will be available on our website from time to time. Depending on my schedule, I’m not sure how frequently I can write, but I hope to share with you special insights God gives me from His Word in my own daily devotions, or relevant thoughts concerning what is happening in our world, or an excerpt from something I’ve written previously that comes back to mind. My prayer is that God would use this blog to encourage your heart and strengthen your faith in Him. And as always, to draw you into His Word, and thus closer to Him.
“God’s Word will still be true in 2012. God means what He says, He says what He means, and what He says is so. The words of politicians, entertainers, leaders, presidents, CEO’s, kings, editors, and op-ed writers, will come up short at times. Promises will be forgotten, treaties will be disregarded, covenants will be broken, truth will be spun, and lies will be spoken. Therefore, I predict that people who are sincerely seeking the Truth, looking for time-tested solutions, and desiring to live lives that work, will turn to the Bible as the one sure Guide in an unsure world.”
Two-and-a-half years later, Anne is sounding the call to arms. The fight is at hand. Are you ready? Will you join with others as we march around the evil we have allowed to take over ourselves and our world?
I went back and re-read in Bible passages that tell about Israel’s victory over Jericho (Joshua 6). The army was led with praise and prayer. The focus was on God. The Israelites waited and waited, followed God’s instructions even though it made them look silly, and God brought about a victory. Their participation was what God called for, and because they all joined in, He brought victory in a way that they couldn’t have imagined.
We are being called again to participate. Will you join in?
Sounding the Alarm
Jun 18, 2014, FROM ANNE GRAHAM LOTZ’S BLOG
Blow the trumpet…sound the alarm…for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand– Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God… Joel 2:1, 13
This assignment came indirectly from a Syrian pastor through a National Day of Prayer attendee. In obedience, I am blowing the trumpet…sounding the alarm…issuing a national prayer initiative entitled 7 7 7: An Urgent Call to Prayer. The Call is for God’s people to pray for each of the first seven days in the seventh month—July 1-7. Then on the 7th day, July 7, we are to pray and fast for 7 hours.
The purpose is three-fold:
· For God the Father to restrain, protect, and deliver His people from the evil that has come into our world.
· For God the Son to be exalted, magnified, and glorified in His church, in our nation, and in our lives.
· For God the Holy Spirit to fall on us in a fresh way, compelling the church to repent of sin and our nation to return to faith in the living God, resulting in a great national spiritual awakening.
For more information, visit Anne Graham Lorz’s blog at: http://www.annegrahamlotz.com