Where Freedom Rings

The Star-Spangled Banner
“Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof thru the night that our flag was still there
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”
Francis Scott Key
September 14, 1814
There is a Banner in my Heart


A Banner Yet Waves, post-Independence Day

In an article entitled Francis Scott Key pens “The Star-Spangled Banner”, authored by History.com Editors and found at https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/key-pens-star-spangled-banner, I learned that these lyrics, first penned as a poem, were written in inspiration at the sight of the tattered United States flag still standing alone after Key witnessed the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the war of 1812. I also read there that Francis Scott Key’s opportunity to be witness to this awe-inspiring moment came about from his desire to set free his friend, Dr. William Beanes, who was being held captive by the British and they were aboard a ship forced to wait. Key had successfully negotiated the release of his friend but they were not allowed to leave until after the bombing campaign on the fort in Maryland was to take place.

Closing my eyes for a second, I put myself in Francis Scott Key’s shoes and tried to imagine him and his friend waiting in apprehension as the events unfolded. Did they hear the first commands of the British to attack? Did they catch glimpse of the first bomb as it dropped? I thought of the banner of determination that first wavered in Key’s heart, giving him the inclination to seek out and save his friend that had been captured by the enemy. I didn’t research the historical account that undoubtedly has the exact time the battle started and ended and every other finite detail in between but I envisioned a man and his grateful friend sitting in a ship “relationship”, in expectation of a long night ahead with only the hope of the fulfillment of a promise made to them by the enemy, to set them free post the battle that would ensue. I wonder if they pondered… would it come true or was it was a lie. All of these things had to exist first before that glorious moment took rise at dawn’s first light for him to peer out and see our flag still standing through it all.

There are many penned accounts of men throughout history that stepped out, determined to seek and save a friend. However, there are fewer full accounts of those that succeeded in their salvation but then had to endure and await an entire battle to come to fruition to see their fulfilled promised freedom breakthrough. I have many friends that are lying in wait to see that light of what they are promised to break-through their long dark nights. They need a friend that will endure with them through the end. Are you that friend or are you able to bring them to that one that will be?

After a day where the independence of our great nation is celebrated with bombs bursting in air, I look forward to coming together with friends and family whose banners are yet waving in determination to see freedom ring true for all, including you. I woke up at dawns early light this morning and thought of the feeling that must have filled the heart of Francis Scott Key, when he peered out and saw that flag still standing in the distance, knowing the battle was over and the freedom of his friend and country was at hand.

What are you enduring and awaiting through in this daily battle we call life? What freedom or breakthrough did you wake up longing to see or experience this morning?  What lie of the enemy is holding you captive today? Do you need to be healed in your heart, body, mind, marriage? There is a banner that yet waves for you, in my heart and in His, in a place, in a relationship where you can… not just hope to be set free but truly be set free indeed!

Our only hope to be completely healed and set free as a people and nation… lies in the one and only true friend…. Jesus Christ! Oh say can you see….

I’ll just leave this on the table for you…. meet with me and Him today my friend at ppineschurch.com

Fireworks for Freedom

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Vision of Love

The love your looking for…

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Love is…..

… sought after by every single soul

… complete and whole

… all the cards laid out on the table

… knowing He is willing and able

… sacrifice that doesn’t think twice

… the vulnerability of life

a reflection of what’s deep in the heart; more evident when we are set apart.

2020 Vision

Saved… love, for a time such as this

When you know that you know, in your heart, that something’s missing, you are easily distracted from what’s in plain sight. We are in perilous times right now, separated from God and separated from one another. Left to ourselves, social distancing starts to take its toll as we are hard pressed to feel the love, distanced from the touch of others in our lives. With no end in sight, we can start to feel like we are condemned to live separated forever. God only knows what you’re really going through right now. God also knows how to get you here… alone with Him.

I am here to tell you it’s really true. God knows what you alone are going through and the love that you want to know… Well, He lives to show you that love and just how much He knows you, my love.

Today and everyday… love lives because He lives!

My hope is that God meets you wherever you are. Whatever vulnerable state you are in, whether you are alone in a place, alone in a relationship, or alone even in a crowded room… God is there and He has all that you need. He is the very answer, the way, the truth and the life. He is love and the love-er, of your life! May you receive your answer…. Him and His way, truth and life… Beloved.

My prayer for you and your love

Lord God, this morning I lift the needs of every single soul with the question in their heart of whether they will ever find the love that they seek. You and only you know, hear and have the answer to every cry of our hearts. This very day may they come to know… your love.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever shall believe on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For He sent his son to the world, not to condemn the world, but that through him the world might be saved. ”

John 3:16

God…without love… we are dead and you know this and you have made a way for us to escape the death found in that which we lack. I pray that every single one that comes across this prayer or ponders the thought of the existence of true love in this world, would not just be filled with the desire to find the love they desperately seek but would open their mouth and ask for it from the only one that can completely give it… YOU. Your word tells us we have not because we ask not… I pray they, we, I ask…

Lord God…

I come to you a sinner, separated from the love you have for me.

I don’t want to live this way any more.

I know that your son Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sin, and that because of this I do not have to live separated from you or your love.

I ask you to come into my heart and my life.

I ask you to be Lord in my life… that I may receive all that you have and that you would help me to walk daily in your love.

I pray these things in Jesus’ name.


Be loved. You are His… BELOVED.

Live… with me… one wholly loved life!

Love… with Him… let’s walk together. Join me and share the love!






Something In The Air





The other day, in conversation, a friend apologized for having what they thought was bad breath.

“I’m so sorry” she said, guarding her mouth with her hand.

“For what?” I replied.

“My breath!”

She immediately explained that what she ate for breakfast had so much fresh garlic, cilantro and onions in it that it seemed to be lingering and ruminating in the air and between her and I, though she brushed and did all she could to prevent it from having that effect, she was embarrassed that it was affecting me. But it wasn’t. I wondered if I made a face or gesture that triggered her concern but in the end she said it must only be her that smells it or I am just too nice to say that it’s putting me off. I thought to myself, I love the smell of those three things, so I am not sure it would have put me off anyways, but I didn’t smell anything still.

We laughed it off together, and I did my best to try to reassure her that the evident experience she was having, as a result of her morning choices, was in no way impacting me the same. However, she remained self-concious about it afterward and still continued to cover her mouth and apologized with explanation again as another approached to join our coversation.

This made me think…

How often am I hyper sensitive to the lingering effects of my prior choices? And… how much does it affect my interaction with others and most important of all, my interaction with my most significant other… God?

It’s funny how we can tend to focus on all the wrong things and do so often in our relationships. Especially, the most important ones; the one with God, our spouses or significant other and ourselves.

Dale Carnegie, one of the leaders and experts on relationships, in his amazing book “How to win Friends and Influence People” speaks a lot on the topic of focusing on what’s positive in our interaction with others. His very first principle is actually “Don’t criticize,  condemn or complain” and it is first for a reason.

God knows and apparently Dale Carnegie does too; it’s extremely hard not to focus on the negative but whether we do or not has the greatest effect on us and everyone we interact with. We are easily drawn to the negative and are critical and offer complaint more often than anything else in our relationship with Him, as well as ourselves and others.

So on this Sunday morning, as I prepare to go to His house, where I hope to meet with Him and am looking forward to Him speaking to me… I’m thinking of what, if anything, will have an affect that may hinder our conversation.

Will it be what He is focusing on or what I am? He already knows all that’s on my plate and what I have to put out on the prayer table this morning. I think He is preparing me for what He has cooking.

Psalm 141:2 Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

Just a little food for thought this morning. Hope you enjoy what is served up enough to join me again!

Lord!! Help me in my prayers and praise to you. That what I bring before you focuses on all that you are doing that is good. May it fill your house with a pleasant aroma that revives you’re spirit in me. In every sense, REVIVAL is what I need!

Thought on love #12:

If you are spoken for….

Reviving your love takes more than just focusing on what you are doing in love. It involves focusing on what the one who truly loves us all has done, is doing and has promised to do.

His love is good, all the time. All the time, His love is good! I AM Spoken for.