Happy New Year! By Rebecca Maloney
We are blessed with another New Year to ring into our lives very soon. Through the years I have seen so many different ways to bring in this Holiday Part of the excitement for me is to reflect on what has gone well throughout the year and to address what has not gone well.
In analyzing what to keep and what to discard whether we are talking physically, mentally or spiritually we help ourselves to draw near to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I believe we can use our celebration of each New Year to remind us to put off our old sinful nature and to put on our Armor of God. To wear our helmet of salvation, our breastplate of righteousness, gird ourselves with truth. To pick up our shield of faith and always, always have our sword. By carrying our sword with us each and every day we are more likely to use it every day!
It is easy to fall into poor choices leading us into habits that we blind ourselves with. I find it easy to justify in my mind why this ‘little’ sin isn’t THAT bad. This is the time for us to look within ourselves and identify these habits, both small and big
Ephesians 4:22-24 New English Translation (NET)
22 You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires, 23 to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and to put on the new man who has been created in God’s image—in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth.
LABOR DAY: WHAT IT MEANS
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement & is dedicated to the social & economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, & well-being of our country.
LABOR DAY LEGISLATION
Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 & 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, & New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, & Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, & on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia & the territories.
I find it fascinating that each culture through the years has enacted “Laws” for holidays. Is it so hard to bow to God & celebrate His Holy Days? They were given for celebrations, fun & rest. Why must we ‘invent’ our own? We say that we speak where the Bible speaks & we are silent where the bible is silent. Jesus partook in the Celebration Feasts & gave us examples to follow.
This is not say that I mind ‘extra’ holidays. I need the rest & relaxation too. I just pray we can incorporate God’s Holy Days into our lives and experience what God wanted us to experience!
Relay for Life Rifle Event
WHY WE FUNDRAISE!
While the American Cancer Society is making progress toward a world without cancer, only with your dedication and fundraising efforts can we finish the fight against the disease.
With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer – we’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the Relay For Life experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten our loved ones or rob anyone of another birthday.
For more than 65 years, the American Cancer Society has been finding answers that save lives – from changes in lifestyle to new approaches in therapies to improving cancer patients’ quality of life. No single nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization in the US has invested more to find the causes and cures of cancer.
You can find more information at http://www.relayforlife.org. Thank you to each one of you who helped, donated money, donated items and walked! We have an awesome team! This was a great time, even though we are worn out!! THANK YOU to everyone who participated!!
Happy Independence Day! By Rebecca Maloney
I, pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
I grew up saying this pledge every morning at school. My childhood home did not foster loyalty to one another let alone our nation. But getting to join with my classmates repeating this pledge for many years helped me feel compassion for people who served in the military and gave of their lives whether it was for four years or forever some true meaning.
It saddens me that our youth does not recite the American Pledge. While I agree education begins in our homes, I am one of the many students that school managed to fill in some major gaps that my childhood home failed at.
I am grateful to be a citizen of the U.S.A. With this citizenship I have lived a life of luxury. I have NEVER had to sleep outside- I get to do it for fun! I have never gone to bed hungry. My family has always had medical care, whether they needed a Band-Aid or put onto a respirator for a week.
I may get frustrated with our leaders, but I get to vote and change our leaders. I get to complain and not worry about repercussions. I get to worship God freely!
We live in a God Blessed nation. Please join with me and pray that God continues to Bless each of us and our nation. Lord please Protect us, guide our paths as individuals and as a nation, pour Godly wisdom into each of our leaders that we may be led by God in every vote, decision and choice we make in our lives!
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.
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!!
March 20 marked the beginning of spring for us this year! Spring is my favorite season. It reminds me of Genesis. Everywhere we see new beginnings of life and our planet.
Genesis tells us of God creating the world, the heavens, oceans, animals and us. Spring gives us a glimpse of what new life looks and sounds like. With lambs, calves and foals in nearly every pasture we drive by! There is grass turning green and flowers beginning to sprout. Soon leaves will fill the trees and wave at us everyday.
While there is season for everything- seeing life spring forth encourages me and inspires me to learn and grow, whether it is a new skill or trying a new plant in my garden. I have our garden mapped out and planned for planting the first week of June. Winter at times feels to me as though it takes forever to pass. I am encouraged listening to friends who enjoy the winter months as much as I enjoy the spring months.
I used to think a time for each season only meant things like plants growing, harvesting food, leaves falling and finally the vegetation sleeping thru ~ but thru the years I’ve discovered many reasons for seasons! Some people love it to be hot – Others love it to be cold. God is so wise in all of His creation! He makes things that please people in a variety of ways.
We praise you God for this beautiful world you have given to man to have dominion over and to utilize it wisely for the benefit of ourselves, our communities and our world. We praise you for making us individuals with different likes and desires and all in your image.