Giving Thanks

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

I am so thankful this Memorial Day for the freedoms that I have. You see, I tend to allow life to distract me from recognizing all the sacrifices that have been made for me to be allowed to have all the freedoms I possess being a United States Citizen. I think that especially in this day and age, where we tend to expect everything in the blink of an eye, we don’t realize what those freedoms have cost. Just as our blessings as a Christian, it’s come by the shedding of blood.

I was in my garage earlier this afternoon staining something my honey made me for one of my new plants. As I was standing there a song came on the radio, “God Bless the U.S.A” by Lee Greenwood. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but I am very patriotic. I LOVE this country. And as the song states…”I’d thank my lucky tars to be living here today, cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away.”

When we possess the freedoms we have here it’s easy to take them for granted. As an example; some think they want to limit freedom of speech here but they’d be in for a rude awakening with the limitations that would be placed upon them in many other countries. Even though I may disagree with what someone says I fully believe they have the right to speak it. I as a woman have the ability to speak about my faith, pray in public, wear a cross around my neck, drive a car, get an education, disagree with my husband. We have the right to a fair trial, freedom to dress as we please, we are able to have an open internet (not blocked by our government)…and so many others.

Each and every one of those are protected by the men and women that serve our country. People don’t understand what the military and their families go through. It is not an easy life. There are so many that struggle financially…so many that take their lives. They need our love and our prayers.

Please take time today to pray for the men and women in our military…and their families.

I hope you will see how very blessed we are, even with the issues we may still have. I think of the men in the wars that have been fought that died keeping our beautiful flag flying. Would we have the courage they have? To die for those that take for what they are doing for granted?

Something to ponder this Memorial Day.

Have a blessed day. In Jesus’ precious name.


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