August 16, 2019
Today in Hawaii (though the 21st of August is the actual date) we celebrate Statehood Day or Admissions Day. "Statehood Day is a holiday on the third Friday of August to commemorate Hawaii’s admission to the Union in 1959. Thus, there is always a three-day Statehood Day Weekend in Hawaii. It is also known as Admissions Day. The first statehood bills for Hawaii were introduced as early as 1919 to the U.S. Congress by Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole. Kalanianaole was the non-voting Territory of Hawaii delegate sent to the Congress for this purpose. In 1935, 1947, and 1950, more bills were introduced for the same purpose.
The statehood bill was finally approved by Congress in 1959 in the form of the Hawaii Admission Act. A referendum received 94 percent of Hawaiian resident votes supporting the statehood. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the proclamation making Hawaii the 50th state on August 21, 1959, a date which fell on the third Friday of August in that year.
There are very few public events to celebrate Statehood Day in Hawaii, though there are often newspaper periodicals wishing Hawaii another happy years as a US state. I just want to remind everyone what the State of Hawaii's motto is and a bit of history I found on Wikipedia...
Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono is a well-known Hawaiian phrase which was adopted in 1959 as the motto of the state of Hawaii. It is most commonly translated as The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. This phrase was first spoken by Kamehameha III, the King of Hawaii, on July 31, 1843, on Thomas Square, Oʻahu, when the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hawaii was returned by the British through the restorative actions of Admiral Richard Darton Thomas, following the brief takeover by Lord George Paulet.
I do think today's daily verse below is very appropriate!
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ESV
1 Kings 11
We are not to be unequally yoked, partnering with those not of like faith because this is exactly what happens to most. Now there are several women in our church home, that married before they were Born-Again, that have faithfully been a part of the ministry, even in leadership, though their husbands have not yet come to the Lord or church. The difference being is that this happened before they came to the Lord. Those thinking of marrying someone not equal in faith should first talk to these women about the struggles in their lives because of this.
When people don’t want to hear the Truth of God, they react with cutting off freedoms and even violently. Yet, since God is for us, He cares of us even in the midst.
Give thanks for what I have and trust the Lord that He will provide the rest of what is needed. He is my God who provides for me! Signs don’t bring people to salvation but when done, they do get people’s attention. Natural and spiritual understanding are different. When I understand with my spirit, it brings natural understanding. Again, just because the Lord healed in this manner does not mean every time we pray for a blind person to receive sight, we need to do it the same way. It’s not the method, it’s faith.
35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Meditate & Apply: Truth be told, though there are good companies out there, I really don’t like even partnering with non-believers because of the things they support. The reality is that I could only then make few needed purchases for work or home, partnering with only Christian businesses! I like to pray that any taxes, etc. that we give go for good and not evil. Give thanks for what I have and trust the Lord that He will provide the rest of what is needed (because He always does!). Faith heals, not methodology. My life is the Lord’s and not my own and I can tell you from my past, His way is so much better than mine. In fact, there is no comparison!
Indeed, His way is much better than mine! The hawaii state motto is such a blessing, and righteousness really does affect the land! People we are with influence us for good or bad, so equally yoked is important in all relationships.
Thank you for the history lesson! I always appreciate that. The Word is the Truth. The word is Life.
I know you enjoy looking certain things up also!
Thank you so much for the history comments! It puts a whole new light on the TMT arguments....God has amazing plans for our island & state, being as it is perpetuated in His righteousness!!
And AMEN to your commentary on I Kings! Yesterday was our 45 Anniversary and 41 years of expectant anticipation that Gerry & I will be serving the Lord together, equally yoked at last! If you are wanting to marry, never settle for less than God's best~a husband who will be the spiritual head of your home!