Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Fallen Heroes

As I'm sure all of you know, five service members were killed in a shooting last Thursday. Four marines were among those killed. I've been really bothered by that and the fact that it doesn't seem to bother a lot of people. Two of these men were fathers. They had children and a wife. Today those children are fatherless and their wives are widows. One of them men had graduated from high school and joined the service only three years ago. At least three of them had been on tours in Afghanistan and one had been in Iraq. They had made it back home to where they were supposed to be safe. Yet it was here in our own country that they were killed. My heart aches for their families. These men truly are heroes. May God comfort their families during this trying time.



"Fallen Heroes"

By: Jesseca Dawn

Another day, another drill,
The same routine, there was no thrill.
The sun shone bright, the sky was clear,
All was well as noon drew near.
Then suddenly, the peace was shattered,
As the shots rang out, the people scattered.
Not caring for themselves, five men did as trained,
Entering combat mode, they worked to save others,
Despite the wounds they sustained.
While they saved lives, all five lost their own,
They did what they could, but then fell to the stone.
Their eyes closed, and the sounds faded away,
As they breathed their last, and bid earth farwell.

They served our country, they gave their all.
They survived the battles fought overseas,
only to be killed in our very own streets.
They fought for the freedom of the one who killed them,
They gave their lives, these few brave men.
They didn’t want to be heroes, but that’s what they’ve become,
Their legacy lives on, through their families left behind.
May we never forget what happened, their lives they signed,.
They said they’d give their all, and that’s just what they did.
They stood their ground, they never hid.
And in the face of a trial, they gave their lives,
We owe much to them and their sacrifice.

. . .And I won't forget the ones who died
Who gave that right to me
And I gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God bless the U.S.A.--Lee Greenwood

Friday, July 17, 2015

A song and verse for the weekend--Oh, to be like Thee

Alrighty, It's been way to long since I posted on here! ;) I've got a couple posts planned for this next week, but for now, here's this week's song and verse.

This is my favorite song. I'm not sure if I've posted it on hear before, but if I have, it's been while. :) I love the words to this song; all the verses are so good.
Well, okay, enough of my talking. :D I hope y'all have a good weekend!!

2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
The song doesn't have all the verses, so here all five of them are in order ;)

Oh! to be like Thee, blessed Redeemer,
  1. This is my constant longing and prayer;
    Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
    Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
    • Refrain:
      Oh! to be like Thee, oh! to be like Thee,
      Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
      Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
      Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
  2. Oh! to be like Thee, full of compassion,
    Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
    Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
    Seeking the wand’ring sinner to find.
  3. Oh! to be like Thee, lowly in spirit,
    Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
    Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
    Willing to suffer, others to save.
  4. Oh! to be like Thee, Lord, I am coming,
    Now to receive th’ anointing divine;
    All that I am and have I am bringing,
    Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.
  5. Oh! to be like Thee, while I am pleading,
    Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love,
    Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
    Fit me for life and Heaven above.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day

Hey, everyone! I hope you're having an amazing Independence day so far! :D I was planing on writing a poem and posting it, but. . .I couldn't seem to get any of the words to rhyme. ;) So, I wrote a short story instead. I wanted to capture the reason our Nation has been great. Just remember, our freedom came at a price, it wasn't free. Freedom is never free. We owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who has died for our country and everyone who is serving our country.
I hope y'all are having an amazing 4th!

Freedom

“Grandpa, Grandpa. I want to see that one!” Eleven-year old Sam  pointed across the Arlington cemetery to the Marine Corps memorial that stood  tall and silent, flag flying proudly in the breeze.
The Grandpa smiled, “Alright, we’ll go and see that one next.”
Sam slipped his hand into his Grandpa’s and they began to slowly walk across the large cemetery.
“Grandpa, why are there so many crosses? So many graves?” the boy asked, glancing at his Grandfather with a questioning look.
“Those, my boy, are all the men who have died for our flag.”
“But Grandpa, why would they die for a flag? It seems silly.”
“Oh, Sam, you want to know why they would die for our flag? Let me tell you. When our forefathers declared their independence, we become the first nation that had a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Do you know why that was so important, Sam?”
He shook his head, “Why Grandpa?”
“Because that meant that no longer would there be a king or a dictator telling people what they should do and shouldn't do. They were free to govern themselves and to elect the leaders they thought would be best for our great country. And, most importantly, America had freedom of religion.”
“But, Grandpa, I thought that being free meant there were no rules and you could do whatever we wanted. There are still rules in America.”
“The Grandpa smiled, “I’m glad your so inquisitive, Sam. Yes, being free means you can do what you believe best, but there are also laws that are needed to protect our freedom. I mean, would you feel free if you knew someone could kill you simply because they thought it would be best?”
Sam shook his head, “That would make me scared.”
“That’s right. So, to protect our freedoms, we have laws. The laws should never tell us what to believe or how we must live, but laws are guidelines made for your protection. Sam, freedom is the ability to listen to your conscience, It doesn’t give  you a free ticket to sin. It’s just like how Jesus dies for us. He forgives all our sin if we ask him to, but does that mean we should keep on sinning?”
Sam shook his head, “No, because that would make Jesus sad.”
“That's right. When we love someone we don’t want to do anything that would hurt them. The same is true for our country. If we truly love ‘The land of the free and the home of the brave,’ we won’t do anything that could hurt it or tear it down. We’ll realize that the laws that are in place are meant to preserve our freedom. When our founding fathers established the country, the laws they governed it by were the same laws and rules that are found in God’s Holy Word. That’s what truly made our country great. But,” a sad look entered the Grandpa's eyes, “We are turning away from those laws in our country. People who haven’t been taught why America is great and haven’t been taught the Bible and don’t know the real meaning of freedom are trying to make their own laws. If we aren’t careful, their laws will destroy our country. We need to pray that God can show them what freedom really is. Freedom in His Son is the true freedom. And we need to be a witness through how we live. We need to show them what true freedom looks like.”
“Why did you fight for our country, Grandpa?” Sam wondered.
“I fought for our freedom. I fought so that you can be free to make decisions, Sam. I fought so that you can choose who to serve. I fought to give you the freedom to choose.”
“So, even if I chose to do things you don’t like, you fought for that?”
The Grandpa chuckled, “I certainly hope you chose to do right, but, yes, I fought that you could have a free choice. But we must remember, whatever choice you personally make is yours alone. You can not try and force it on others. They must make their own choice, they are free to make their own choice. And they do have the right to make their own choice.”
“But, Grandpa, what about the flag? You said the men died for the flag.”
“They did. The flag stand for everything I've been explaining for you. Our glorious flag stands for freedom, liberty and justice for all. It stands for the freedom to make your own personal choice. It stands for America.”
By this time they had reached the Marine Corps memorial and Sam gazed up at the flag, “Is that why these men were trying to keep the flag up?”
“Yes, my boy. The flag must never be dishonored, must never be allowed to touch the ground. they loved America. They were fighting to keep us free.”
Sam thought for a moment, “I love our flag, Grandpa.”
The Grandpa smiled, “So do I, Sam. So do I.”

Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


Friday, July 3, 2015

A song and verse for the weekend--Turn the tide/Freedom sure ain't free

Okay, two songs today! I have a post planned for tomorrow about Independence day, but I wanted to share both of these songs to day because they are both so good and so true. The first one is a prayer for America, and the second one is a clear picture of what our freedom has cost.



2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and begin to pray, and seek my face, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and heal their land. 


John 15:13 Greater love hath no man then this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.