Daily Dare: Dare to Let Hope Rise Up

flag5He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

When you’re facing a family crisis or problem, don’t you go to the Lord in prayer? Don’t you lift up your situation to the Lord and expect Him to answer you. You persist just as the mother did who told Jesus “even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the master’s table”. She would not relent until she got her answer. When it comes to your family, you must have your answer, and so you believe. Of course He will take care of you. You have learned to trust Him. His Word is true. He will deliver you. You can see His shadow over you and your family as you pray in your secret place. Peace comes, wisdom comes, truth comes, joy comes!

Can you see our country in the secret place? Get this picture in your mind. Is it difficult for you to believe that this is possible? You recognize that not everyone, not nearly everyone, in this country is dwelling in the secret place. You may argue that there is so much godlessness and unrighteousness here that we can not be in the secret place. Heinous crimes are being committed daily against unborn babies, children, and adults. God has surely turned His face away from the USA as it has turned its face away from Him. You may despair if you focus on how far our country seems to be away from God, yet I offer you encouragement and hope.

family with flagsThough our nation encompasses millions of people who do not know God, many others are just like you! You are serving God to the best of your ability. You seek Him every day for yourself and your family. Your whole life is dedicated to serving Him. You, and those like you, are a vast part of the millions who live here. We are the USA! Have we turned our back on God? Absolutely not! We seek His face now more than we ever have! He sees us. He hears us. He knows our hearts. Be encouraged. He will never leave you nor forsake you. We are under the shadow of the Almighty. And we declare that our country is under the shadow of the Almighty. He will protect us. He will deliver us, and His glory will be spread across this great land.

Daily Dare: Dare to let hope rise up as you declare that the United States of America is under the shadow of the Almighty. Every time you see red, white, and blue today, be reminded to pray that we are One Nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all as we abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91-1

Daily Dare: Dare to Dedicate Ourselves


photo by robsneed.comFour score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

lincoln gettysburgBut, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

lincolnAbraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

Daily Dare: Dare to dedicate ourselves to the unfinished work. Keep praying whenever you see a flag or our colors. Pray for the safety and protection of our country, that every evil work of the enemy will be thwarted, and truth, liberty, and justice shall prevail.




Daily Dare: Dare to Stand

George-Docherty-and-Dwight-Eisenhower1On February 7, 1954, President Dwight D Eisenhower attended a service at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. In his sermon, Reverend George Docherty, made a profound suggestion for a change in the Pledge of Allegiance:

There was something missing in the pledge, and that which was missing was the characteristics and definitive factor in the American way of life. Indeed apart from the mention of the phrase, the United States of America, it could be the pledge of any republic. In fact, I could hear little Muscovites repeat a similar pledge to their hammer and sickle flag in Moscow with equal solemnity. 

Reverend Docherty goes on to explain that adding the phrase “under God” to the Pledge would set us apart from the militantly atheistic communism that had enslaved 800 million people and threatened the rest of the free world. His reasons for suggesting the phrase “under God” will undoubtedly surprise, and perhaps, shock you.

Docherty georgeThe pledge of allegiance seems to me to omit this theological implication that is fundamental to the American way of Life. It should be “One nation, indivisible, under God.” . . .Of course, as Christians, we might include the words “under Jesus Christ” or “under the King of Kings.” But one of the glories of this land is that it has opened its gates to all men of every religious faith. . .There is no religious examination on entering the United States of America – no persecution because a man’s faith differs even from the Christian religion. . .”If we were to add the words ‘under the church,’ that would be dangerous. … It must be ‘under God’ to include the great Jewish community and the people of the Moslem faith and the myriad of denominations of Christians in the land. … What then of the honest atheist? … He cannot deny the Christian revelation and logically live by the Christian ethic, and if he denies the Christian ethic, he falls short of the American ideal of life.”

So the next time someone complains about “under God” in the Pledge, let them think about what they would do with “under Jesus Christ” or “under the church!”

Two days after Reverend Docherty’s sermon, U. S. Representative Charles Oakman, who had been in attendance, introduced a bill to add the words “Under God” into the pledge, explaining, “One of the most fundamental differences between us and the Communists is our belief in God.” A few days later, President Eisenhower signed the bill into law with these words:

eisenhowerFrom this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty. To anyone who truly loves America, nothing could be more inspiring than to contemplate this redediation of our youth, on each school morning, to our country’s true meaning. . . . In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence {existence or experience beyond the normal or physical level} of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.

In recent news reports, the American Humanist Association is asking Americans to refrain from standing and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance until Congress removes the phrase “under God.” Let us not only, stand, but stand taller, and pray and pray with faith that “one nation, under God” not only keeps its rightful place in the words of our Pledge of Allegiance, but in our “American way of life.”

Daily Dare: Dare to stand up for the United States of America, dare to stand in prayer for the United States of America, and stand up in faith declaring we are indeed, “One Nation, Under God.”

School children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in 1899
School children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in 1899

Daily Dare: Dare to Trust

founding father prayers

Who said George Washington was not a Christian?

This is a prayer taken from his personal prayer journal:

O most glorious God, in Jesus Christ my merciful and loving Father, . . . remember that I am but dust, and remit my transgressions, negligences, & ignorances, and cover them all with the absolute obedience of thy dear Son, that those sacrifices which I have offered may be accepted by thee, in and for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ offered upon the cross for me; for his sake, ease the burden of my sins, and give me grace that by the call of the Gospel I may rise from the slumber of sin into the newness of life. . . . These weak petitions I humbly implore thee to hear accept and ans. [sic] for the sake of thy Dear Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

george washington praying

And this is the prayer he prayed in August of 1776:

“May the Being who is powerful to save, and in whose hands is the fate of nations, look down with an eye of tender piety and compassion upon the whole of the United Colonies; may He continue to smile upon their counsels and arms, and crown them with success whilst employed in the cause of virtue and mankind. May this distressed colony and its capital and every part of this wide extended continent, through His divine favor, be restored to more than their former luster and once happy state, and have peace, liberty, and safety secured upon a solid, permanent, and lasting foundation.”

And that was how our country was born. Be encouraged. Powerful prayers prayed hundreds of years ago are still before the throne of God today. Can you imagine the prayers that have gone up to heaven from saints since the beginning of our country and for the next 238 years. Will we add our prayers to the prayers of the saints? Can we not believe that God still has His hand upon the United States of America that undoubtedly honored Him from its inception? Trust this one thing: God answers prayer!

For additonal encouragement, enjoy the free download of the amazing book, George Washington, the Christian written in 1919 by William Johnson.

Daily Dare: Dare to Trust God that your prayers and those prayed over the years will be answered. When you see an American flag, our colors, or when you think of our great United States of America, thank God for answering our prayer that we are: One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!

Daily Dare: Dare to Persevere


founding fathers praying

When the U.S. Constitution was being drafted, much debate, opposition, and general chaos ensued. Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, gave the following words, challenging the delegates of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to prayer:

In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of Lights to illuminate our understanding? In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor. . . . And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, sir, in the Sacred Writings, that “except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. . . . I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business.

After ten weeks, the Constitution was written, agreed upon, and adopted becoming the longest on-going constitution in the history of the world

Daily Dare: Dare to persevere in prayer. Remember our Powerful Friend whenever you see a flag, our colors, or think of our country. Pray today for Divine Intervention. As He has delivered our country, and preserved our country in the past, He will do it again!


Daily Dare: Dare to Share the Dare

plegeThere are 313 million people in the United States. How many are praying? I’ve got to believe that there could be a million pray-ers praying daily for our country. I know my church is praying. Until the Lord put this prayer initiative on my heart for September, I am sure I did not pray daily for our country, but I think we can all be confident in the fact that pray-ers have been praying. With recent events, even more are being stirred to pray. My small part is simply to suggest reminders mixed with some inspiration on a daily basis. If you share the dare, it could perhaps reach even more that would join us. Pray for pray-ers to pray! I am happy to  be among the praying. Join us, and  we will see the salvation of the Lord. Tomorrow I will post some inspiration from our founding fathers!

Daily Dare: Dare to share the dare to pray. When you see a flag, when you think of our great country, when you see red, white, or blue, pray for the salvation of America, for our safety and protection, for the glory of the Lord to shine in our lives and draw others to Him!

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If you would be so kind, please leave a comment letting us know you are praying! It is a great day to be alive!


Daily Dare: Dare to Leave a Comment


Daily Dare: Dare to leave a comment to encourage someone else. This is your day. Monday through Friday in September, I dare to write something inspirational, encouraging, and motivational. Saturday and Sunday, I’m not writing, but I hope you will! What are your thoughts on America? Do you have a favorite quote,or a word of encouragement, a scripture? Please say hello here or on Facebook in your own way and keep praying. The fervent prayers of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16

Daily Dare: Dare to Be Grateful


Dear USA,

I’m sure you are surprised to hear from me. After all, I’ve lived with you for about one fourth of your life counting back to your birth in 1776, and I have yet to tell you how I really feel. To start with, I love the stories of your early days when brave men, women, and children crossed oceans to begin a new life. Many lost their lives, but through perseverance and divine assistance, a new land was born. I love the stories of our leaders George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, more recently Ronald Reagan and hundreds more. I love the principles they stood for and built into you. You have a strong foundation, and you were built firmly on love of freedom!

I would like to thank you for being everything I have needed. I grew up in a wholesome small town nestled in your great state of Kentucky. I was the granddaughter of a pastor of a church and had many ministers in our family. I was surrounded with the Word of God. It was understood that on Sunday, everyone went to church. Stores were not open on Sunday and the potluck dinners and ice-cream socials were a part of the fabric of our town. Little children could walk “up town” during lunch break from school, and doors were left unlocked. Groceries were brought to our doorby the local grocer. We walked across the street to school and played on the playground any time we wanted. We built tents in the backyard, played dress-up and paper dolls, and played with puppies and kittens. My mom and dad had their own business my whole life and provided everything we needed.They paid for our college education so we could have what they thought would be a better opportunity.

We lived through national crises that I barely understood and mourned assassinations of presidents and leaders, never doubting that our country would prevail. When the greatest tragedy of my life occurred with the terrorist attack on 911, I saw our country rise in unity and with one voice declare, “We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail” in defense of our country. Church attendance increased and gratefulness for what we have was on everyone’s lips. I just read a speech given by one of your presidents, George W Bush, nine days after this tragedy, and I was once again inspired by your greatness as he so aptly orated.

You are strong, United States of America, and I am eternally grateful for having been born here. I am grateful for having the privilege to marry the man of my dreams and follow our dreams together, raising a godly family encouraging them in their dreams.

I am grateful for God’s intervention over these hundreds of years. I am grateful for every miracle that protected and preserved this great land, our way of life, and our constitution. I am grateful for the symbols that remind us of the price paid for the freedom you offer. I am grateful for traditions like  apple pie and baseball. I am grateful for shining seas and majestic mountains, landmarks and monuments, redwood trees and great lakes. You are beautiful, strong, and powerful. You are one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

I love you and I am sorry I have waited so long to tell you. Stand strong, USA, God is with you as much as ever. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

With love and gratitude,


Daily Dare: Dare to be grateful. Every time you see a flag or the colors of the flag, pray out what you are grateful for, and thank God that we are one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

marines and flag





Daily Dare: Dare to Resist Negativity

flag4Where did hope go? Why is doubt nagging at me? When I first felt inspired to pray for our country in the month of September, I was filled with hope. I began to believe that if enough of us got back the image of a nation under God, that it actually could come to pass. On the third day, today, to be exact, discouragement knocked on my door. When I answered it, Discouragement said, “It’s too late. You should have started this years ago. Your country is so far away from this ideal that not even an act of God could bring it about. It is not going to happen.There is so much negativity from both sides, there could never be enough unity and faith to get it done. It’s not even God’s will for it to happen.”

I know I shouldn’t have answered that door, and I asked myself why would I fall for the trap of discouragement after dancing in hope for a few days! The answer came with the realization that I have continued to feed my curious mind with posts, blogs, news articles and youtube videos concerning the current conditions of the world.

If I am going to let faith rise up, I’m going to have to give it room to grow with the Truth from the Word filling my mind and heart. I must keep the door tightly closed from the insidious negativity of the media. Today’s dare is indeed daring. I’ll need your encouragement to be able to do it. I am giving myself zero tolerance for reading articles, blogs, posts, or watching youtube videos depicting any reference to national or international news for the next 24 hours. You must decide if you want to join me in this endeavor. If you are enticed to allow negative input into your mind and heart to the degree that it affects your hope or your faith, then perhaps you should join me. Along with resisting the negative, we continue to pray as we are reminded whenever we see our flag or our colors. We pray in faith with hope and joy rising up to declare God’s goodness over our land through His Son Jesus Who gave himself a ransom for us all.

Daily Dare: Dare to resist negative input and when you see a flag, or when you see red, white, or blue, declare the goodness of God over this land. Declare that hope, grace, mercy, and strength rise up in His people, and declare that the United States of America is one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all!

I would love to hear what God is saying to you as you pray. Let’s encourage one another. Please leave a comment about some of the words God has given you as you pray.