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Take Notice

May 27, 2013 — Leave a comment

It’s all around us, Memorial Day Sales.  The world would have us running around spending our day shopping and have a good ole time.

th (18)Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for men and women who have died while serving in the United States military.

Our family will be gathering for a time of fun and relaxation, but our focus and prayer will be on those who have served and died so that we might have that liberty.

Take a moment to “Thank” those who have made that sacrifice!~Debra

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                   We Must Remember

We pause on this Memorial Day, a brief moment in time,
To bring close to our hearts those memories we hold so dear
Of the men and women before us who unselfishly put their dreams, their lives on the line.
Where danger lay as a stalker,
waiting to take away each breath, while the soldier
plowed with determination the furrows of death.

We must remember, we must, you and I,
those special heroes who chose to fly,
to fly the skies of blue that turned as dark as the midnight sky,
Their wings began to shudder as smoke choked their breath away,
And hope gave way to the resignation, “Today, I’m going to die.”
Treading the waters so deep and wide,
Men and women continued on their mission,
For God and country, their hearts would abide.
Surprised by attacks with brutal disregard for human life,
they fought to the end, knowing that life and limb would be lost,
whether of self or friend.

Yes by land, by sea, and in the skies,
they fought for our land,
they fought for freedom so that you and I might stand,
Stand for what is right, for what is good and true,
fight that we might say without fear, “God loves you.”

Yes, we must remember, for freedom is not cheap,
for lives and limbs were lost so that we might keep,
All the things that we can have and all the things we can do,
Like cars and boats and a house with a roof,
Like going to church without fear,
and reading the Bible where we find the truth,
The truth of knowing that whether we are red, yellow, black,
or white,

We are all God’s children and we need to learn to love one another as God first loved us.
For if there is to be peace on earth,
where all men and women are free,
it must begin with each and all of us,
let it begin with you and me.

Woodland United Methodist Church, Virginia

Spring Cleaning

May 15, 2013 — Leave a comment

th (1)It’s time for Spring Cleaning!  I get such a feeling of accomplishment when my house is nice and clean.  The freshness just fills the air.

Lord God, I also want to start with a clean mind and body.  Forgive me where I’ve failed you. Help me to stay focused on you, live a holy life and be a witness to those around me.

Philippians 3:13Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” …(NIV).  th (10)

Get your Spring Cleaning done and know the freshness of serving Him! ~Debra

 

 

Family Affair

August 5, 2011 — Leave a comment

Chris and Rebekah…what can you say but…job well done!  These two were called to go to Canada on Mission Trip this June. What’s so special about that?  I’ll tell you…they have a  2 year old son, Collin.  I don’t know if I would have even considered going with a child that young!  Most of us would have said…Maybe when He’s older!

People travel everyday with small children but this is a different kettle of fish.  This was going to be work on all fronts. 

Chris and Rebekah listened to God’s call and what a blessing we ALL received.  God opened doors with this little guy that wouldn’t have been opened if he hadn’t been along.  “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”(3 John 4, NIV)

When asked at the airport, why are you going to Canada?  Collin replies, to tell people about Jesus!  Rebekah and Chris are raising Collin with a servant’s heart and building on his God given talents while he is young. “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it. “(Proverbs 22:6, NIV)

Collin’s parents are leading by example!  “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what is says.” (James 1:22, NIV)  They made serving God a “Family Affair.”

God’s doesn’t promise that our lives will be easy serving Him, but He does promise that we will never be alone! Deb~