Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day is a day that is set aside to remember, and honor, our brave soldiers who have given their lives to protect our land and keep us free.  It began as a day to honor our Civil War dead, but after World War I, it was expanded to include our war dead from all the wars in which America was involved.  Go to http://www.usmemorialday.org/ for more information.

According to http://www.historycentral.com/wars.html , our country has fought in 12 wars (not counting the Afghanistan War which brings the updated total to 13.)  In every one of these cases, we have asked the young people of our nation to be willing to give their lives in the name of freedom (for us and others in foreign lands.)    The sacrifices these young men and women have made can never be totally comprehended nor can they be repaid by us.

Just stop and think about a little of what these wonderful young people have given up for us.  At the very least, they have given years of their life, time away from their families, to serve their country which they love. They have given us any chance of setting down “roots”, having to move from base to base once every 3 to 4 years.   Many will be physically disabled the rest of their life, having the use of one or more of their limbs taken from them.   Scores have been mentally disabled resulting in them being unable to handle day to day living.   And thousands upon thousands have given the ultimate sacrifice, their life, so that we can continue to enjoy our lives living safely in a land of freedom.

We can never begin to understand what they went through, and are continuing to go through, all because they love their nation and the freedoms we take for granted everyday.  We can never begin to repay them and their families for the sacrifices they have made for us.  It seems as if saying “Thank You” just isn’t enough.

Happy Mothers Day!

This is a day that everyone gets to enjoy- because if you are on this planet you have a Mom!

One of my favorite verses is:  Titus 2:3-5 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

It is one of the reasons I stayed at Rifle Church of Christ.  On my first visit I saw some of the greatest ladies I’ve ever been blessed with meeting.  I wanted to be known as part of their church family.  They each in their own ways had encouraged and trained me in Godly ways to react to worldly situations.

So today I thank you ladies!  I feel we are more sisters than mother – daughter relations and find that just as endearing.  You are important to me.  I appreciate all that you do for me, all that you do for others and that fact that you love God and lead everyone to love God impacts me personally in everything I do.

Thank you for loving me when I was unlovable.  Thank you for correcting me when I need correction.  Thank you for encouraging me to be more than I thought I could be!

I pray I can encourage others – women, children and the world the way you have encouraged me.  Be the change you want to see in the world and the world will change!  I am one of those changes that each of you gets credit for!

THANK YOU – I LOVE YOU AND GOD LOVES YOU EVEN MORE!!