Thursday, July 8, 2010

Happy Belated Independence Day!

It has been a very long time, since something was posted on here. I'm sorry!

We just celebrated Fourth of July. I love that holiday! I love that it is our country's birthday. It is Independence Day. We are a free nation. That truly is a blessing.

We are free because of the men and women of the past and present that have fought and fight for our freedom. I am so thankful for them! I view myself as a proud American. I am pro-military. I always have been. However, I know more people now that are fighting for our country then I ever have. There are two men that are overseas whose children I have taught, and one leaving in the fall. There is a guy I went to elementary school with that is now in Afghanistan. There is also a guy who I know from church in Iraq, and there is another guy who is the brother of a good friend of mine who has fought in Iraq in recent times. I think about them often and try to pray for them daily. I am proud of what they do!

I have a burden for our military men and women. There is a Baptist mission board whose focus is to reach military bases with Jesus Christ. I've prayed for them and have asked God to use me in that area if He chooses to, in the future. These men and women are brave, and I count them as my heroes. However, they still need the Lord. I'm thankful to say that most of these I know do know the Lord, and I hope and pray they share their faith with their fellow soldiers as much as they can.

Honestly, I don't know why I included all that except to say I am thankful for what they do. Coming off of Independence Day and focusing on the freedoms of our country, I am thankful for those who sacrifice themselves for our country--me. I'm able to write on this blog and mention the Lord because of their sacrifice. That is freedom!

I am not the smartest person in the world; I'll admit that. I'm not majorly into politics, but like I said I'm pro- America which, in my simple opinion, is pro- freedom. These men that I previously mentioned are sacrificing their lives for our freedoms; however, some of our freedoms are being taken away. We now have someone that is to help or 'be over' our health system that skipped the whole approval process from our Congress. That was due to our President. That is wrong! Soldiers give their lives so we can be free and have the freedom of speech. We elect our Congress to speak for us. When that opportunity is taken away, like it was, our freedom in that situation was taken away. Shame on them!

When I think of our men and women who fight for us and the possibility of them getting hurt or worse, I get upset that the things they are fighting for are not appreciated or being taken away. That is not how you say thank you to our soldiers. They deserve our respect and honor.

This was a lot of thoughts! It dealt with our freedoms but mostly it deals with those who fight for our freedoms. If you are one who has or does fight for our freedom, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you do. If you know a soldier, please thank them. Thank them for the opportunity you have to be free.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!- Thank You to the Soldiers!

This is Memorial Day weekend. It is a weekend that many have the day off, spending time with family, having cookouts, opening up the pools, and eating watermelon. Nothing is wrong with any of those things. I, personally, love all of those things.

However, I have been reminded and would also like to remind you to spend time remembering what Memorial Day means. Thousands of men and women have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. I am truly thankful for the freedom I have in America! I am thankful for those that have died for me. They did not have to do that. In many cases, they chose to serve because of their deep desire and love for their country. I love my country! But, I honestly cannot understand their willingness to sacrifice themselves for me and my freedom. I am so thankful to them and not just to them, but I am also thankful to their families.

I am also thankful for the men and women who have served and have come home to their families. They also deserve a great thanks for their time and service- past and present. I want to thank those men and women , who are now fighting oversees or may be even training to go over to fight for our country. I am thankful for you! You are all my heroes! You continue to keep our country safe and free. You are continuing the legacy of the men and women who have fought before you.

We, as Americans, cannot forget where we have come from. We cannot forget what our men and women have sacrificed their lives for. Without them, we would not be able to live in this amazing, free country. Let us not let the sacrifice of the lives of our brave men and women be in vain. Let us take the time today and every day to be thankful for what those in the military have done and are doing and will be doing for us. If we know soldiers, let us take the time to say thank you! To all the soldiers that may be reading this blog, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service to this country. Thank you for fighting for my freedom, so I can sit hear even tonight to have the freedom of speech to type this blog. I don't take this for granted. Thank you!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

An Attempt To Take Away The Will Of The People

An article I recently came across that discussed the opponents to Proposition 8 is filing a lawsuit against the recently passed California gay marriage ban. The California Supreme court has agreed to listen to the legal challenges to the recently passed constitution amendment. The claimants claim that the voters alone do not have the authority to vote on such a change to the state’s constitution.

When I heard about this claim by the claimants, I was shocked by the elitist mentality of the claimants that the citizens of California do not have an opinion and have the right to decide what is best for their state. At the end of the day though, it should not surprise many Americans that the liberal wayward California Supreme Court will overturn the will of the people and take away the FREEDOM of opinion by the citizens of the State of California. We have seen this played out before, but this is just the beginning of taking the people’s right to vote and decide what should be done in their state.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Being Thankful for Freedom

Freedom is a gift our country has been privileged to have since the beginning of our existence. However, many people in our country take the gift of freedom for granted. Men and women alike have sacrificed their lives for freedom. Our country is the greatest country on earth. We are one of the last free countries that exists. There are people in this country, including elected officials, that desire to make some of the freedom that we have be taken away. I am an American! I am thankful I have the freedoms that I have.

One particular freedom that I am most thankful for, is the freedom to pray and to go to the church I choose to go to. Hundreds of years ago a group of people, the Pilgrims, left England and came to America so they can serve and worship God the way they thought was right, rather than being told how to do so. Those people sacrificed themselves. History tells us, about 50 of the Pilgrims died their first winter here in America. They sacrificed their lives for their freedom. I am so thankful for them! I am thankful for their belief in religious freedom. That is such an example to us, even today.

On this Thanksgiving Day, I want us all to remember the freedoms we have. It is a blessing and a privilege to live in this great land of ours.

To those that serve in the military, thank you for fighting and believing in our freedoms. I truly appreciate and respect what you do. You are a hero!