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Thankful Thursday!

BrotherWord - ThankfulDiscover God’s purpose and dreams for you.  Take steps forward in obedience, enjoy the adventure along the way, and be thankful for it all. ~BrotherWord

You may find it hard to be THANKFUL when life keeps kicking you in the teeth and at every turn failure continues to loom, but I can guarantee you that on your worse day, there is someone out there who would trade with you in a heartbeat.  Life can be a cruel and relenting piece of work, but you are far greater than anything life can throw at you.

So THANKFUL that I was made in His image, made to be a conqueror, made to be great, made to overcome, and made to win!  One of the hardest things to absorb, let alone live by, is understanding that obedience is better than sacrifice and being obedient even when it makes no sense and is incomprehensible, is a feat in and of itself.  But my God!  I am THANKFUL that with obedience comes favor and with favor comes the blessings of God.  Walking in God’s will can be a complex conundrum wrapped in an enigma, yet it is a fulfilling journey that cannot be replicated or replaced.  That is more than enough to be THANKFUL for on any given day!

Tomorrow when everything seems to hit a nerve, when the traffic is moving too slow, co-workers become annoying, family is losing their minds, and the walls are closing in, remember this too shall pass and because of your obedience in fulfilling your purpose, you have already claimed the victory.  Be THANKFUL for the noise because it is an opportunity to calm the hysteria; be THANKFUL for the chaos because it is God’s way of putting life back in order; and be THANKFUL for the unknown, because it is in the wilderness that we find direction, purpose, strength, courage, and gain knowledge.  

Yes, life can be hard, but I am THANKFUL that my God has seen it all and is the architect, so no matter what may happen, when I am obedient to His calling, my prayers shall be answered.  

“Obedience is a word and concept from which the valiant look for their deliverance.” ~ Anonymous

“I have thought about it a great deal, and the more I think, the more certain I am that obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love, too, enter the mind of the child.” ~ Anne Sullivan

“Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.” ~ Elisabeth Elliot

Motivational Monday

As each of us sleeps through the night, we can rest peacefully because of the brave men and women who serve our country and the oath they have pledged that reads…

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

Because of their sacrifice, bravery, and selfless acts, you and I are afforded a freedom that comes with a heavy price.  On this Memorial Day and every day we salute you and thank you for your continued commitment and dedicated service.

Sometimes the greatest motivation is born from serving others.  It is one thing to fight for your own life and to do everything in your power to survive, but it is a completely different thing to defend the life and liberty of others, especially when it may not be recognized or appreciated.  You want to witness motivation, speak to a soldier who’s main objective is returning home to their love ones.  You want to see motivation, talk to a military veteran  who has been in war and had to choose between taking someone else’s life or losing their own.  Motivation comes in many shapes and forms and none is more prevalent than in the images, hearts, dedication, sacrifice, and lives of the men and women of the armed services.

Thank you to my dad, uncle, cousins, friends and all those who have served and are currently serving for all you have done and for all you do!

 

From Martin to Martin

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5 decades later and from generation to generation, many have lived to witness the legacy and longevity of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s spirit; a spirit that 50 years later still permeates every soul.  Dr. King stood proudly, without fear, reservation, or doubt on the merits of hope, equality, and inspiration.  What Dr. King professed in 1963 remains relevant in 2013.  Many have attempted to fill the void left by his assassination, but none have garnered the mass support or respect shown to Dr. King.  An oracle and visionary, he fought vehemently to pave the way so all citizens would be afforded the same rights and opportunities; a feat that is still an ongoing battle.

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Motivational Mondays – Freedom

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“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.”
~ Winston Churchill
 

Freedom comes in many forms, but it’s only guaranteed by the men and women who bear arms. 

They’ve fought to secure our country and protect our soil and paid the ultimate price;  their dedication and commitment is only paralleled by their sacrifice. 

We salute our troops and pay homage to the fallen and gone, thank you for giving your lives to protect our homes. 

Prayers we send daily and thank you just doesn’t suffice, because the peace that you provide is a slice of paradise. 

Marines, Navy, Air Force, or Army, the uniform doesn’t define the soldier, but the heart of a hero is the beauty in the eye of the beholder. 

Whether it’s stars on a wall, those on the flag, or those blazing the sky, one thing is true, it’s because of your dedication we proudly wave the color of red, white and blue.

Memorial Day 2013 ©

 

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