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“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” (Psalm‬ ‭33‬:‭12‬ NIV)

As I sit on a field trip school bus at my local county court house, I’m watching our local kids learn more about our great Constitution as today is National Law Day. Law Day is a special day aimed to help people appreciate their liberties and to affirm their loyalty to the United States, especially with regard to equality and justice. It also aims to cultivate respect for the law, which is vital to the democratic way of life.

Next Thursday, May 7th, happens to be the National Day Of Prayer for America. At noon, millions of believers across our nation will be meeting at their local court house as well, to pray for America and show their appreciation for the Almighty God that gave us our law as well as our national blessings. But it’s also a time of national repentance, that the blessings of God might continue here for generations to come. 

As you go through your day today, take time to pray for your nation. Give God your appreciation for all He has blessed us with, then pray for the continued divine favor to keep falling upon our lands. A nation will be blessed as they bless the Creator of the nation! We are loved today! 

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Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” (Psalm‬ ‭5‬:‭12‬ NIV)

It was around 2005. I owned a custom picture framing business in a military town during the War on Terror. As troops were mass deploying overseas, it made local money tight. In spite of being a luxury business in war time where other shops were closing down en masse, God brought me a steady stream of customers and commercial contracts, keeping my shop booming and my family and ministry provided for.

In my own life and that of others, I see abundant examples of God’s blessings in the middle of a season of need. Living the Christ Life faithfully doesn’t mean a life of ease without trials. It does, however, mean that God will take care of you. I may have to eat a steady diet of Spam and ramen noodles for a time, but I know that His promise of a turnaround still applies!

As one man said, favor ain’t fair! While some may feel they’ve earned it, I don’t. God’s blessings stem from His heart of mercy and my obedience to His instruction. I can’t earn it, but I’m willing to live right so that I may receive it! Let God’s favor wrap around you today! You are loved!

For God has no favorites.” (Colossians 3:25 NLT)

Dutch Nazi Klaas Faber was a very bad man that managed a Jewish concentration camp in the Netherlands, a stop before Auschwitz. Guilty of war crimes, Faber fled to post-war Germany and was allowed to live free, thanks to a 1943 Hitler-installed law that was never taken off the books, allowing European Nazis to find a non-extradition home in Germany. In spite of appeals in 1954, 1957, 2004, 2006, and 2010, Germany allowed Faber to live in favorable peace until his death in 2010.

It’s with a grateful heart, then, to know that God doesn’t play favorites! While He did choose to create the Jewish nation as His timepiece to reach the world, He loves us all the same. And while race, age, or wealth won’t gain you favor with God, one thing notably will: Obedience. God has favor and blessing available to all, but who He makes it truly available to is those that will live life as the Creator of it said to. By setting aside selfishness and embracing the Christ Life, we find a life that makes us a better neighbor, friend, and citizen.

While some may think they’re getting away with things because of who they are or the connections they have, they are wrong. God sees all and will accord to every person their just due. But by living obediently to His leading, we know that true grace, mercy, and redemption favor can be ours! Live right to live blessed! You are loved!

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Then they scoffed, ‘He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary.’ They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.” (Mark 6:3 NLT)

Vice President Henry A. Wallace. Hall of Fame Basketball player Charles Barkley. Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug. What do these three high-achieving people have in common? All three are from small towns: Orient, IA, Leeds, AL, and Cresco, IA, respectively. Big names from little places.

In truth, many successful people come from humble roots. What grips us though, just as it did with Jesus’ neighbors, is that our pride and jealousy keep us from believing in others because our own low esteem won’t allow us to see ourselves in a good light. If we love our neighbors as we do ourselves, then we’ll hate them too, just as we do ourselves.

Be a person that believes for the best in others! Many around you, including You, can do so much better in life if someone will just believe in them and be given the chance. Open doors for others and you’ll find your own pathways enlarging! Bloom mightily in your small places! You are loved today!

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