10 Quotes by US Presidents

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It is the USA’s 240th birthday and I’m finding myself wanting to share some famous words by some equally famous people.  I find it interesting that the words of leaders of the past resonate so strongly with the circumstances and situations of current events.

american-flag-1311744_960_720It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.                                                                                         ~George Washington

american-flag-1311744_960_720Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side, my concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.       ~Abraham Lincoln

american-flag-1311744_960_720When you have read the Bible, you know it is the word of God, because it is the key to your heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.                                                                                                                             ~Woodrow Wilson

american-flag-1311744_960_720Make sure that you are doing what God wants you to do, then do it with all your strength.                                                                                 ~George Washington

american-flag-1311744_960_720The Lord prefers common-looking people, that’s why He made so many of them.                                                                                           ~Abraham Lincoln

american-flag-1311744_960_720Piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose.                                  ~Jimmy Carter

american-flag-1311744_960_720If your actions inspire to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.      ~John Quincy Adams

american-flag-1311744_960_720The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.                                                                                    ~John F. Kennedy

american-flag-1311744_960_720Each day millions of our citizens approach our Maker on bended knee, seeking His grace and giving thanks for the many blessings He bestows upon. us.      ~George W. Bush

american-flag-1311744_960_720The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.                                                                                                                                ~Calvin Coolidge

As you read these words know that throughout the history of the USA God has placed people in leadership at the right time and the right place.  He will do so again!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep Your Lamps Burning

Mother Theresa once said, “To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.”  The same applies to life.  Unless we continue to learn, to grow, to excel, to know, we will stagnate and become just an empty lamp waiting …

There are several Bible verses that refer to lamps.  Proverbs 31:18b tells us ‘her lamp does not go out at night’.  This is not a reference to the night-light we use to get us to the bathroom in the middle of the night because our bladders are shot from childbirth or our bodies are aging.  The night lights of ancient times were kept lit so a weary traveler would know a welcoming home.  The use of lamps in this verse suggests we are not only to be hospitable but ready to be hospitable.

Psalm 18:28 tells us we do not keep our own lamps burning.  God does.  That is a truly interesting statement.  When we have reached some maturity in our life walk with Jesus, we start to learn that our lives are all about Him.  He is not only the Light of the World but the individual Light of our lives.  As we grow, more wicks are added to our lamps making us a brighter and brighter light.  (Ancient people added more wicks to their lamps to create a brighter glow.)

The Parable of the Ten Virgins is another well-known lamp story (Matthew 25:1-13).  The point of this parable is obedience.  The virgins who were not prepared, had to go and get more oil.  When they returned they could not enter the feast because the doors to the banquet were closed. (I really doubt anyone could have heard them knocking with the celebration that was going on.) Had they followed the instructions to keep their lamps trimmed and full they would have been attending the feast of a lifetime.  So will we, if we continue filling our minds with His Words and Ways.

Heavenly Father, how humbled I am when I realize You are the One filling the lamps.  Oh Lord, fill mine to overflowing with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.  Let my lamp continue burning brightly until I am finally admitted to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.  In His perfect Name make it so.