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Monday Manna

This week, Vonnie is hosting Monday Manna, so be sure to pop over to My Back Door and read the other entries, and link up if you want to participate.

Here's this week's verse:
Compared to the Lord all the nations are worth nothing; to him they are less than nothing. Isaiah 40:17 NCV
We're in the middle of what I call the "Patriotic Season." With July 4 just a few weeks ago, and Patriot Day coming up in just over a month, including the 10-year anniversary of the World Trade Center/Pentagon bombings, American flags are flying and love of country is high.

Now don't get me wrong. I LOVE my country. I've lived here all my life, and have never even considered living anywhere else. I love the freedom we have here, and the American spirit, and I so appreciate those who have fought, and who continue fighting, to allow me and my fellow Americans to keep that freedom.

But sometimes, we put that love of country above everything else--even above our love of the Lord. The United States is powerful - perhaps the most powerful nation on earth - but our devotion to it, our love of it, should never eclipse that of our love of God.

He is more powerful than any nation - even the most powerful one on earth. And he deserves our devotion--hundreds of times more of it than we have to our countries - even during "patriotic season."

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to stop by Vonnie's blog for more Monday Manna. And join us if you'd like!

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence


  1. Very true, Joanne. If I remember correctly and nothing has changed (I don't handle American money that often) your coins still say "In God we trust." Above any other loyalties, HE must be first.

  2. Just as you said Joanne, patriotism must never out do our devotion to the Father. Blessings to you

  3. It will be a sad day if/when our country no longer honors God.

  4. I agree so much with this post. We need to love our country but never above the Lord. I had a good friend who became obsessed with patriotism to the point of little or no relationship with God. She went too extreme. Living in balance is a healthier way.


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