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Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 4:6-7

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Independence and Freedom

In honor of Independence Day, I would like to share with you an email I received (from my friend Regina), along with some photos I found at “flickr“:

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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE

American Flag

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!



Support The Troops


For all of our other military personnel, wherever they may be…
Please support all of the troops defending our Country.

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And God
Fly Forever Free!

Bless our Military who are protecting our Country for our
Freedom.

Thanks
To them and their sacrifices we can celebrate the 4th of July.

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We must never forget who
Gets the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be
Eternally grateful.

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USS Reagan American Flag

I watched the flag
Pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.

A young Marine
Saluted it,
And then he stood at ease..

I looked at
Him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square
And eyes alert
He’d stand out in any crowd.


I thought how many men
Like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign
soil
How many mothers’ tears?

Americans troops help Iraqi forces as they start to take over control of western Mosul


How many pilots’ planes
Shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers’
Graves?
No, freedom isn’t free.

Americans troops help Iraqi forces as they start to take over control of western Mosul

I heard the sound of Taps
One night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler
play
And felt a sudden chill. I wondered just how many times

That Taps had meant ‘Amen,’

When a flag had draped a
Coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the
Children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and
Husbands
With interrupted lives.

I
Thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea


Of unmarked graves in
Arlington.
No, freedom isn’t free.

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DSC_0331 Troops Welcome Home Thank You American Soldiers DFW Airport Dallas Texas USA

Enjoy Your Freedom
& God Bless Our Troops!

Happy 4th of July!….

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**Note: Again, I found all of the above photos at flickr.

A Mother’s Heart Is Broken…

…for today, she lost another child.

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I got a call today from my husband, Scott. I could tell he was upset. He told me that his uncle Dean had a heart attack and passed away this afternoon.

Of course, the whole family is grieving. As I type this late tonight, my heart goes out to Scott’s family and my thoughts keep drifting back to his grandmother… These are the two hymns that come to my mind and heart:

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What A Friend We Have In Jesus

By: Joseph M. Scriven, 1855

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

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**Note: Scriv­en wrote this hymn to com­fort his mo­ther, who was across the sea from him in Ire­land.

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Sweet Hour Of Prayer

By: William Walford, 1845

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
The joys I feel, the bliss I share,
Of those whose anxious spirits burn
With strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place
Where God my Savior shows His face,
And gladly take my station there,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since He bids me seek His face,
Believe His Word and trust His grace,
I’ll cast on Him my every care,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,
I view my home and take my flight:
This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise
To seize the everlasting prize;
And shout, while passing through the air,
“Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”

Thankful Thursday (3/27)

1. I’m thankful for Easter. I’m thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ–for His sacrifice, His victory, and His forgiveness. I’m thankful for a wonderful Easter this past weekend.

2. I’m thankful for my husband getting home safely this past Saturday. (He had been gone out of state on a business trip). I’m also thankful that he only had to be gone for a week, and that he doesn’t have to do this very often!

3. I’m thankful for Spring! I just LOVE it!

4. I’m thankful for a wonderful break I received this past weekend that I REALLY needed! I’m thankful for near-by grandparents–my parents and Scott’s!

5. I’m thankful for my nieces Heather and Rachel. I’m thankful for the time my kids and I have been able to spend with them this week, while they’re on Spring Break from school.

6. I’m thankful for my loving, faithful husband, our two beautiful children, and our dog, Gracie. I’m thankful for this wonderful life we’ve been given!

7. I’m thankful that both my mom and my dad got good reports at the doctor this week–an answer to prayer!!

8. I’m thankful for another answer to prayer this week. (I’ll write more about that next week! ;-) )

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**For more Thankful Thursday posts and participants, please visit Iris @ Sting My Heart.

If Dogs Could Pray…

…what would they say?

I’ve seen the photo below ’round the Internet several times now, and I’ve always thought it was so precious! Tonight, I’ve finally found the perfect accompaniment for this adorable photo. Check out the humorous “Dear God” messages that follow:

praying dog

Dear God,
How come people love to smell flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell one another? Where are their priorities?

Dear God,
If a dog barks his head off in the forest and no human hears him, is he still a bad dog?

Dear God,
Is it true that in Heaven, dining room tables have on-ramps?

Dear God,
When we get to Heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it the same old story?

Dear God,
When we get to the Pearly Gates, do we have to shake hands to get in?

Dear God,
Are there dogs on other planets or are we alone? I have been howling at the moon and stars for a long time, but all I ever hear back is the beagle across the street!

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**I found the photo here and the humorous lines over here.   I sure hope you enjoyed!  -D

I Thank Him…

…for the neighborhood Burger King!

After homeschooling, this afternoon, I was sitting at the local Burger King in the indoor play-place.  I found a great spot where the sun was shining through the windows onto the table.  It was so nice to feel the warm sun, while snug inside; protected from the chilly wind…

Such an outing every once in a while has become a coping mechanism for me!  I used to feel a little guilty about spending the money, but I’ve since decided it’s definitely worth it.  (We don’t even spend that much either–I often just get the kids a snack and water to drink). While the kids play, I’m actually able to have my quiet time in “relative peace and quiet,” and most importantly, without excessive interruptions!

It works out good for all of us.  We all get out of the house, the kids get to play, and I get to have some much needed prayer and Bible study time!  (It works well on cold days, when it’s a little too chilly to play outside much!)   -)

Waiting…Patiently, Right?!

Last night, at bed-time, Sarah read to me from Prayers at Easter-time (by Pamela Kennedy).  Each page has a different children’s prayer accompanied by a Bible verse.  I really liked and identified with this one:

Sometimes it’s hard to wait

for the rain to stop,

for the seeds to grow,

and for summer to finally come.

Do you ever get tired

of waiting, Jesus?

Maybe if we wait together,

it won’t seem so long.

“Be still before the Lord

and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37:7