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The importance of America returning to Christian principles and Traditional Family Values


October 2015

When It Rains It Pours

Last night my 11 yr old son made the following observation:

“Dad, whoever said, ‘When it rains, it pours’ was wrong.  Sometimes it just drizzles.”

He asked where the familiar idiom originated.  Frankly, I didn’t know.  So, I Googled it.  According to this saying means,

“When things go wrong, a lot of things go wrong at the same time.”

But the origin?  What about the origin?  Well, believe it or not, this statement originated with the Morton Salt Company.

The Morton Salt Company was looking for a way to promote its new product, a free flowing table salt.  In 1911, the company started adding magnesium carbonate.  This compound prevented the salt from clumping, even in damp weather.

The company decided to use the famous umbrella girl as their “mascot” and then set out to create a catchy pitch line.  The original slogan was, “Even in rainy weather, it flows freely.” The team scrapped the idea because it was too long.  After tinkering with other similar submissions, the company settled upon, “When it rains, it pours.”

After thinking about Nathan’s comment, I came to the conclusion that he’s right.  Sometimes it does ‘just drizzle.’  Some days it does feel like life piles on.  The morning starts out with a frantic search for the car keys, followed by a dead battery, and then a blow-out on the way to work.  The boss writes you up for being late, and then you realize you forgot your wallet and lunch at home.  We’ve all been there…

“When it rains, it pours.”

But is life really pouring?  Maybe a bad day could be better described as ‘drizzle.’

I read reports almost daily about the persecution of Christians by ISIS.  The terrorist organization produces videos of believers being beheaded.  Others tell of young girls being sold as sex slaves, and why?  They refuse to recant their faith in Christ.  Maybe before we wallow in self-pity over a flat tire, we should count our blessings.  Although Christian Conservative values are coming under attack here in America, we still enjoy many religious freedoms Middle Eastern Christians can only dream about.

I’m not discounting the fact that occasionally tragic life events smack us from all sides.  In those instances, utilizing the idiom ‘When it rains, it pours’ is appropriate.  But how many times have we cited the quote in response to minor grievances?  The next time a day of annoyances threatens to steal our joy, let’s stop and pray for those truly suffering, whether it be Brothers and Sisters in Christ in the path of ISIS or for a loved one waging a war against a life threatening illness.

Yes, sometimes ‘When it rains, it pours,’ But keep in mind, sometimes, it’s ‘just drizzle.’

Jesus Loves Me

Every night my two year old and I enjoy a ritual.  I tuck her in, hold her hand, and tell “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”  I imagine I’ve told it sixty days in a row.  Occasionally, I add differing adjectives to describe the house or the response of the bears to their curious and impish home invader.  If for no other reason, the change helps me focus on being creative and at least helps entertain her longsuffering older sister who hears the same tale night after night.

Last evening, after the story and turning out the light, my two-year old said,

“That says ‘Jesus love me’.”

A small night light illuminated a very small portion of the room, my daughter and I sitting in darkness.  I strained to see a picture on the wall that might share those words.  I saw nothing.  Then I noticed the silhouette of her arm pointing directly at the night light.  A small gold Cross decorates the bulb.  No words.  Just the cross.

I said, “There are no words on the light Abby…” And then I stopped.

Did the night light really need the words “Jesus loves me” etched on the outer shell?  Of course not!  She was absolutely right.  The Cross loudly proclaims and reminds “Jesus Loves Me!”  I’ve decided that every time I see a cross draped around a neck or dangling from an ear, to consciously remind myself of Christ’s love.

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

Before I left the room, I patted Abby’s little hand and said, “You’re exactly right.  It does say ‘Jesus loves me’.”

Out of the mouth of babes..

George Washington – A Providential President

I found this historical account online and it’s too good not to share.  We need God to raise up a leader like George Washington once again.

The Bullet Proof President

From America’s Godly Heritage by David Barton

This story of George Washington once appeared in virtually every student text in America, but hasn’t been seen in the last forty years.   This story deals with George Washington when he was involved in the French and Indian War as a young man only twenty-three years of age.

The French and Indian War occurred twenty years before the American Revolution.  It was the British against the French; the Americans sided with the British; and most of the Indians sided with the French.  Both Great Britain and France disputed each others’ claims of territorial ownership along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers; both of them claimed the same land.

Unable to settle the dispute diplomatically, Great Britain sent 2300 hand-picked, veteran British troops to America under General Edward Braddock to rout the French.

The British troops arrived in Virginia, where George Washington (colonel of the Virginia militia) and 100 Virginia buckskins joined General Braddock.  They divided their force; and General Braddock, George Washington, and 1300 troops marched north to expel the French from Fort Duquesne — now the city of Pittsburgh.  On July 9, 1755 — only seven miles from the fort — while marching through a wooded ravine, they walked right into an ambush; the French and Indians opened fire on them from both sides.

But these were British veterans; they knew exactly what to do.  The problem was, they were veterans of European wars.  European warfare was all in the open.  One army lined up at one end of an open field, the other army lined up at the other end, they looked at each other, took aim, and fired.  No running, no hiding, But here they were in the Pennsylvania woods with the French and Indians firing at them from the tops of trees, from behind rocks, and from under logs.

When they came under fire, the British troops did exactly what they had been taught; they lined up shoulder-to-shoulder in the bottom of that ravine — and were slaughtered. At the end of two hours, 714 of the 1300 British and American troops had been shot down; only 30 of the French and Indians had been shot.

There were 86 British and American officers involved in that battle; at the end of the battle, George Washington was the only officer who had not been shot down off his horse — he was the only officer left on horseback.

Following this resounding defeat, Washington gathered the remaining troops and retreated back to Fort Cumberland in western Maryland, arriving there on July 17, 1755.

The next day, Washington wrote a letter to his family explaining that after the battle was over, he had taken off his jacket and had found four bullet holes through it, yet not a single bullet had touched him; several horses had been shot from under him, but he had not been harmed.   He told them:

By the all powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation.

Washington openly acknowledged that God’s hand was upon him, that God had protected him and kept him through that battle.

However, the story does not stop here.  Fifteen years later, in 1770 — now a time of peace — George Washington and a close personal friend, Dr. James Craik, returned to those same Pennsylvania woods.  An old Indian chief from far away, having heard that Washington had come back to those woods, traveled a long way just to meet with him.

He sat down with Washington, and face-to-face over a council fire, the chief told Washington that he had been a leader in that battle fifteen years earlier, and that he had instructed his braves to single out all the officers and shoot them down.  Washington had been singled out, and the chief explained that he personally had shot at Washington seventeen different times, but without effect.  Believing Washington to be under the care of the Great Spirit, the chief instructed his braves to cease firing at him.  He then told Washington:

I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle….I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle.

The Bible instructs that it’s God who brings people to power.  Let’s pray God brings to power an individual who will right our Country’s sinking ship.

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