a beautiful day, an awful day

The following was written by my daughter, Lauren Allen, on Instagram at lallen48 and I think it is worth sharing with you.

“I would be remiss in letting this day pass without acknowledging what this date means to me and more specifically to my country, my home.

Many Americans lost their lives, many Americans willingly gave their lives and all Americans were changed in some way that beautiful day 16 years ago. I remember very distinctly thinking-how can it be so pretty on such an awful day. But yet friends, therein lies the beauty of the Lord and his continuing redemption of humanity…even in what appears a darkness that will never end…there was such a clear blue sky all over the US that day and there was the kindness of countless people in the US and all around the world that offered hope and comfort to us Americans.

There are stories-thousands of stories-that need to be told every year, because in story we remember, in story we forge new pathways and in story we see our shared humanity. Here’s to not forgetting….”

 #neverforget#september11 #history #story #911tribute#america #usa #home

US Flag

Today is Flag Day!

Did They Die in Vain?

It seems that it is “popular” now to talk about the demise of America, to predict its imminent collapse.  It is “sophisticated” to discuss how America is no different from any other nation and that American exceptionalism is a myth.  It seems to be a popular thing among some Christians to be “above” patriotism or having a special love for this country – that it is no different than any other. I read a recent quote once of a man years ago addressing something of this nature and he simply asked the men if they loved all women equally as much as their own wives.

Today as we remember those that died in the service of our country – our nation, did they die in vain?  Is America no longer special, does it no longer stand for freedom?  Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born a Muslim in Mogadishu, lived in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Holland and eventually moved to the US.  You probably remember her from the news as her life was threatened in Holland because of her stand against radical Islam.  Read the following words of Ayaan Hirsi Ali in an article in the Smithsonian Magazine:

“For me America is a place of refuge and a great nation. I say this without being blind to the problems we have in this country. But the people I have encountered here have given me protection, friendship, love. I feel not only safe, but also absolutely free to lead the life I wanted.

If you look at the number of green card and visa applications every year to the United States, then I think that the idea that you can arrive in this country and take a chance at building a life for yourself is very much alive. It is still a land of opportunity— the world’s shelter.”

The title of the article is Why America is the World’s Shelter. This is a recent article by a woman who has lived in several parts of the world who has taken shelter in America, and is grateful.

So, no – they did not die in vain – those who fought for this country. America is still exceptional in the history of this world and it is in a large part due to those willing to give their lives for the principles on which this country was founded.

Yes, we have problems and issues.  But America is not done yet.  We need to roll up our sleeves and get to work to preserve and nurture what makes this country special.

Most of all, we need to pray and seek God for another great awakening in this country.  We need to turn back to Him and seek a move of His Spirit again in this country.

They did not die in vain – as long as we remember what they died for, as long as we do not give into fear and sloth, and as long as we remember that we must turn back to the Lord.


A Nationwide Call for Spiritual Awakening – OneCry

OneCry – uniting people across this nation who desire to see a Christ-centered spiritual awakening in our nation.

This Friday – February 24th, OneCry is launching.  Become a part of the movement.

Click here to learn more.

OneCry (Post-Launch) from Life Action Ministries on Vimeo.

A Precious Gift Indeed

We have been given a great gift by the Lord and for those who sacrificed so greatly so many, many years ago.  Not only is it a gift paid for with a great price, it is a sacred trust for our generation and those that follow.

Do not take for granted our political freedom nor forget those that God used to bring about our independence.  One of my favorite quotes is:

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

Click here to read the Declaration of Independence and our other “charters of freedom”.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Take time to read the entire document – it’s really not that long, but it’s words have resounded across the world.
We are truly a blessed people and we should never take that for granted.

Blessings on your weekend!


Today is a Day of Remembrance

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

For love of country they accepted death. (James A. Garfield)

2008 Memorial Day Poster - Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency

Today is a day of remembrance for those who gave their lives for this country.  Take time to today to thank the Lord for those who have sacrificed it all for our country.

Please also take time to pray for the families that have lost one of their own.  Last night, watching the Memorial Day Concert, it was heart-wrenching to see a group of widows in their 20’s.

Please remember.