News headlines still scream destruction, racism, violence and hatred, but to me, it is like they have no voice. The sound has been muted. What I am hearing is the Voice of Hope that God is delivering us. He is protecting us, and yes, even prospering us as we keep our trust in Him.
I am hearing the quiet lapping of waves against the side of the ship as it turns toward Him. I am hearing the sound of prayers repenting and lifting our country up to the Lord. I am hearing the sound of dancers dancing out praise to the Lord for what He is doing in our land. I am seeing people stand up for America and declare the goodness of God over our land.
What else can you do for America? Be happy! Proverbs 17:22 tells us,
“A merry heart does good like a medicine.”
Who is the medicine for? Is it for you? Or is it for someone else? Is it for your fellow Americans? Is it for your country? When you are happy, you can lighten the load of those around you. Love your family, love your country, love God. Let your heart sing with thanksgiving. Let your happy heart claim the things you desire through prayer. Be happy. God is with you. Rejoice in the good you see and the hope you have. Dare to be happy.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 tells us that we have our peace in Him. In the world, there is trouble, but be happy, He has overcome the world. Our heart can be happy, even while we are going through trouble of our own. Our heart can be happy as we reach out to those who are hurting. Our compassion comes from the peace, love and joy that sustains us. This is what gives us the resources to provide the comfort and kindness that others need. Be of good cheer. Dare to be happy.
Daily Dare: Dare to be happy. It’s good medicine for all of us.
Here is a list of the 23 posts on The Hope for America Challenge. We have now completed the first 30 days of praying daily for America. Will you join me for the next 30 days? The key is to pray at least a simple prayer or declaration whenever you see a symbol of America. Today I saw an amazing umbrella boasting the stars and stripes. That’s a reminder to pray. With all of us praying, God is moving and all of heaven is at hand to perform the works of the Lord. Don’t stop! Keep praying, and encourage others to pray. Review the Daily Dares and add your comments. We’re in this together, and you can make a difference.
Hope Through Prayer: The Daily Dare August 31, 2014
Daily Dare: Dream for America September 2, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Believe September 2, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Resist Negativity September 4, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Be Grateful September 5, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Leave a Comment September 6, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Share the Dare September 7, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Persevere September 8, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Trust September 9, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Stand September 10, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Dedicate Ourselves September 11, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Speak the Name of Jesus September 12, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Let Hope Rise Up September 15, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Say September 16, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Rest September 17, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Love September 18, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Repent September 19, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Be Faithful To Pray September 22, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Believe He Keeps You Safe September 26, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Turn the Ship Around September 27, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Look for the Good in America September 28, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Dance September 29, 2014