Happy Veteran’s Day

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

-John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Veterans Day

 

 

 

 

 

May we take a moment to offer up in prayer our veterans and their families, extending our appreciation and our gratitude.

May peace find all who fight the fight for our country, have fought the fight, and all the men, women and children who stand behind them in support, prayer and love.

All is Grace.

Thankful Thursday – Nature’s Beauty

 “The earth has music for those who listen.”  ― George Santayana

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 Nothing helps lift my spirits quite as high or more quickly than a walk in nature, surrounded by God’s abundant gifts. Simple yet breathtaking. Serene yet powerful.  I enjoy looking for what God is teaching me through this magnificent beauty He provides.

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These trees growing and thriving in rock is amazing.  We, as well, would do well to build our “house” upon the Rock.

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Splashes of color amidst brown and green show us how we, too, can be beautiful while radiating the colors of God amidst the “rocks” and “weeds” in the world.

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The fountain in the middle of the a pond littered with debris and coated with algae is beautiful and peaceful, firm on its foundation.  We can be beautiful and peaceful in the middle of chaos and people acting less than beautiful, as long as we stand firm on a foundation of Him.

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“So why do you worry about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you…  Matthew 6:28, 30 (NKJV)

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All is Grace.

Let Freedom Ring

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As we bring in the day that celebrates our amazing country’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence, claiming our independence from Great Britain, my mind reflects on so many freedoms I am able to enjoy today.  Freedoms many other parts of the world don’t have the privilege to enjoy.

Freedom of speech.

Freedom of religion.

Freedom to choose a vocation.

Freedom to vote (especially for us women who didn’t always have that privilege).

Freedom of dress.

Freedom to receive an education–and to continue that education.

Freedom to have as many children as we choose.  And to marry whom we choose.

As we celebrate the independence and freedom of our country, let’s take a moment to appreciate and give thanks for all of our personal freedoms, pray for those who don’t have them, and pray for the leaders of our great nation.

All is Grace.

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The Price of Freedom

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Daily life can be so fraught with activity between work and the to-do lists that many of us continually strive to complete.But on this day, Memorial Day, let’s make it a priority to take time to stop, pause, and pray. Let’s give thanks to Christ who fought and paid for our ultimate freedom, and the many men and women who have fought, and continue to fight, to give our country freedom that becomes so easy to take for granted as we blindly and methodically walk through our days.

While I am able to have a barbecue feast with my family and loved ones this day, sit on the porch in the shade of the trees, a refreshing, cool Arnold Palmer on the table beside me, I watch the stars and stripes of the American flag that waves gently in the breeze in my back yard, and remember those who aren’t able to enjoy this day with their loved ones because they are fighting for, or have given their lives for, our country.  That we may continue to enjoy the magnificent freedoms we have.

Today, may we pay our soldiers homage and say a prayer for them, that God will return them safely to their families to enjoy the freedom they fight so hard for, as well as a prayer of thanksgiving for what they do for us each and every day they fight the good fight.

Grace to you.