When I heard that Franklin Graham’s Decision America tour was coming to the Texas state capitol, I immediately made plans to try to make it there. No small feat for a mother with three kids three and under.
“I’m going to every state in our country to challenge Christians to live out their faith at home, in public and at the ballot box—and I will share the Gospel,” said Rev. Graham. He is encouraging believers to pray, vote, and engage in this year’s pivotal elections!
“America is at a crossroads, and I believe we should take every opportunity to stand up for the things of God and His Word,” he said.
I couldn’t agree more.
So on April 26th, my friend, Kim, my sister, Tracey (of The Image Talks), baby Rees and I headed to Austin from Dallas at 6am. We were joined by over 8,000 Texans to pray and intercede for this great country.
Baby Rees was so good throughout the whole thing! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience road tripping with a baby.
What a beautiful day it was! Just a little hot and humid when the sun came out. And quite windy, as you can see! The weather forecast said it would rain, but thankfully, we were spared during the event.
Met up with my good friend, Nicole, from Texas Values. She is a figure at all the major political events in our state, representing her organization and standing for faith, family, and religious freedom.
My awesome photographer/videographer sister, Tracey, is ever present with me when I go to events. We are photography nuts. I’ve been this way since high school. Tracey caught on a little later. When I had my fashion blog, I needed a photographer so I conned Tracey into taking my photos. She had no previous experience but turns out, she had a great eye for it! Now she’s the pro and I’m the amateur. What?!
Also, did I mention she’s single? Qualified applicants can apply in my contact page. Godly, politically informed, active (because she’s a health and fitness junkie), and loves kids.
Our Chinese parents’ marriage was arranged, so I have no qualms about setting my sister up in like manner. Kidding… but really…
I love Franklin Graham! He’s one of the few prophetic voices speaking truth in love in the church. He’s not afraid to get involved in the affairs of this world. He represents Christ so well in all the ministries he’s involved in, truly being the hands and feet of Jesus in our day. Whether it’s leading the humanitarian efforts of Samaritan’s Purse, calling out the church and our nation’s leaders, or sharing the gospel worldwide, he is an example for us younger Christians to follow.
If all Christian leaders would speak up boldly as he does, our nation would be in so much better shape.
We arrived there a little late and we drove around trying to find parking. The capitol was packed! Finally we found a parking lot that wasn’t full. We were afraid we’d have to walk really far, but we realized we were just behind the capitol building. And as soon as we walked up, we saw Franklin Graham coming out of his tour bus. Not a moment too soon!
We met some awesome prayer warriors who prayed with us for our individual needs before the event. What a blessing it was to be amongst so many believers, lifting our prayers to God together.
Our Texas state capitol! What a beautiful sight!
With arms raised high, we made our appeal to heaven.
“Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first – the most basic – expression of Americanism. Thus the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God’s help, it will continue to be” – President Gerald Ford, December 5, 1974.
Without God, we are nothing. When we recognize this, we will truly see revival come to America.
Our governor, Greg Abbott, our lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, and many state officials were there to pray too. Isn’t it awesome when our elected leaders are God-fearing men? I count my blessings everyday that I live in the great state of Texas.
Many pastors from across the state were present too, including my own pastor, Robert Morris of Gateway Church!
I used to be apathetic about prayer, even as a Christian. Why go to God for everything when I can do things myself? Why pray for my husband when I can just tell him what he needs to change? Why pray for healing for our son, Zeke, when we had doctors who could do surgery? Why continue to pray for the same old thing when it doesn’t seem to make a difference? Why should I fast when I get so hungry in the middle of it?
I’ve learned, prayer is a mysterious thing. How can our words lifted up to God change things in the spiritual realm, thus affecting events in the natural? Can our prayers actually change political outcomes on the world stage? Seems odd, but our words have power.
With His words, God spoke the whole world into being. He’s given us part of that creative ability. We are made in His image. I don’t know how it all works behind the scenes, but from my own personal testimony, I can say with confidence, prayer changes things.
Sometimes, that’s all we can do: pray.
During this election cycle, I’ve found myself on my knees more than ever before. Perhaps it’s because I’m getting older and realize the gravity of this election for the nation’s future… and the future of my kids. What a tragedy it will be if we leave this world worse than how it was when we came in.
In the natural, it is looking that way. But my hope is in the Lord and I choose to believe that God can turn this nation around if we will humble ourselves, pray and seek Him like never before.
Thank you, Franklin Graham, for bringing thousands of Texans together to call on God for America. Thank you for exhorting the church to get involved in the political process and stand up for the things of God.
If we don’t vote, we are nothing to the politicians in Washington. Please, get informed and make your voice heard!
The volunteers for the event were wonderful. Some of the nicest people I’ve met! And that’s saying something, because Texans are generally very nice already.
So long, state capitol! It was good to see you and we’ll be back.
We drove home the same day because there was an impending storm sweeping through the state. We made it home and the storm hit.
Phew, that was close.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.2 Chronicles 7:14
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