1. Continue to PRAY each morning. The acronym ACTS helps me when I pray. Adoration-Confession-Thanksgiving-Supplication. Under the Supplication (asking) part I always ask for wisdom, guidance and protection.
2. Continue to BELIEVE that He is in control. If I ever doubt that fact I reread the story of Elisha Our God is an Awesome God!
3. Continue to have HOPE for the future, but realize that action is required. Hope and prayer is not a substitute for work, thinking, watching, suffering, or giving; they are supports for all other efforts.
4. Continue to have FAITH but realize that faith is not a substitute for hard work. The countless stories in the Bible show us that God’s leaders didn’t grab a rocker and wait…they got busy.
5. Continue to STUDY my Bible and learn as much as I can about how those who encountered difficult times in the past dealt with those adversities. Joshua, Nehemiah, Hezekiah, Deborah, Esther, Ruth, Elisha, etc. etc. etc. all “did the right thing” with the knowledge they had at the time. They were decisive, calculating, courageous and persistent fully relying on God’s guidance.
6. Continue to EDUCATE myself, my grandkids, my family members and friends about history…Bible, American and World. If we fail to know history and the outcomes of past mistakes we are doomed to repeat those mistakes. Recognizing what today’s evil looks like, exposing where it exists and the perpetuators of it is not an option- it’s mandatory for American freedom. A healthy dose of “historic facts” can serve as a powerful reminder of the hardships our forefathers endured so that we might enjoy: attending the church of our choice, speaking our minds, owning a gun, owning private property (cattle, pigs, sheep and poultry- backyard swimming pools, your own car…the list is endless).
7. Continue to Never Doubt that everything I do whether great or small affects someone, something. With careful intent I pray those actions are positive and result in continued future freedom for my family, my friends, my nation. If I ever question the fact that what I do isn't important I reread the 150 year old story of the Maine schoolteacher,
8. Continue to EMULATE those who fought for my freedom…I will work hard, fight hard, stand up and stand firm... for Christ and Christianity… for America and Her Freedoms… As far as surrounding myself with happy-positive people…that may not happen…don’t get me wrong I love being happy and positive but I don’t believe our forefathers were concerned about their happiness, boosting their egos or being positive, winning awards, receiving pats on the back…not much on being personally uplifted-they were concerned about the passage of freedom from their hands to future generations. I will surround myself with those people… like-minded, U.S. Constitutionalists determined to save our kid’s- our family’s future freedoms.
Wishing All Americans a HAPPY “FREE” 2014!