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Thankful Thursdays!

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Fourth of July symbolizes the United States gaining its independence when it separated from Great Britain in 1776.  Although this act initially began on July 2, it is widely recognized when Congress finalized the Declaration of Independence on July 4.   John Adams poignantly stated to his wife, “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”  Adams was spot on, as each year American come together and proudly celebrate this country’s freedom and independence.

Especially on this day, I’d like to THANK all those that have come before us and not only set the standards, but left the door open so others could follow.  For all those that have stood on principle and faith alone and fought for our freedoms and liberties, sacrificing everything, i say THANK you.  I’m so THANKFUL for the men and women of the armed services, presently serving or retired, fallen or still marching, who proudly and willingly put themselves in harm’s way so that we may sleep peacefully at night.  I am THANKFUL  for the trailblazers and the luminaries who dared to dream and pursued their ambitions.  Their example fuels and feeds us and allows us to look through someone else’s eyes and see our aspirations are attainable.  I’m THANKFUL for those that continue to encourage and support us when we’re on top and when we’re on the bottom.  It’s that support that let’s us know we aren’t walking alone.  I’m THANKFUL for every encouraging word, comforting hug, and uplifting prayer.  The simplest of gestures mean so much and make an everlasting impact.  I am THANKFUL for the freedom to pursue my dreams and the independence to think out-of-the-box and solidify my identity and path.  I am THANKFUL because over 230 years ago, a group of men decided they wanted to embark on a new odyssey, forge a new passage, and allow this country the freedom to reign.  THANK YOU!

 

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 ©

 

Jumping In Place

Brother Word,

My girlfriend and I have been dating for 3 ½ years and although we’ve spoken about marriage, she doesn’t really seem to want to get married.  Both of us have parents that have been divorced, friends that have been divorced, and marriage just doesn’t seem that important anymore.  I on the other hand seek to be married, but my girlfriend is content with us simply living together.   She doesn’t see how being married would be any different or what it would change.  Should I continue like this or forgo the relationship and the woman I love?

Sincerely,

Jumping In Place

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