Thank a Soldier

Two years ago being a solider just like his uncle

(Two years ago) being a solider just like his uncle

 

Today is Veteran’s Day. It’s a day set aside to remember and thank all those men and women who have given up so much to keep us safe and free. Living or dead, currently in uniform or retired., thank you for everything you’ve given to keep us free.

Thank you for your sacrifice.

It seems fitting that Veteran’s Day comes in November, the month that so many people send remembering to be thankful for something. I hope you all took a moment to remember our Veterans and their families.

Thank you to all who have served. And a special thank you today to my brother who is currently serving in the United States Army and learning to fly helicopters. We are all so proud of you.

Been Through the Water

“John answered, saying to all, ‘I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.'” Luke 3:16

 

I love the picture this song gives of a little boy’s baptism. We should all be living our lives like that little boy with the muddy feet. You don’t put your old shoes on your brand new feet. I can picture that boy’s dad rising off his feet with the hose before letting him into the house. “Mom won’t let you in the house with those muddy feet.” It paints an amazing picture for our relationship with God.

We come out of the water clean, and then walk around the world in our bare feet. And every day Jesus rinses our feet off so we are able to enter His house. There has been no one in the history of the world who ever has been or will be perfect except Jesus. Every day we all get our feet dirty. And every day, every time, Jesus is there with the hose to rinse them off.

How amazing! No matter how muddy our feet get or how often He has to rinse them off, Jesus keeps coming back with that hose. He knows that we are going to fail. He knows that some days it might be more than just our feet that need a good rinsing.

As we’re walking along in the world and Jesus is walking with us, it seems like He must be thinking, “Here we go again. She’s going to step right into that mud puddle with her brand new feet and then I’ll have to rinse them off again.” How amazing is it that Jesus isn’t thinking that. He doesn’t remember your feet being muddy the last time. He only sees you this time. And He rinses you off, and it’s like you were always clean. “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 8:12

He will remember our sins no more. Now this is in no way a license to sin just because Jesus will forgive. We should all be striving to be better. We should be trying to keep our feet clean. We will fail. Our feet will get muddy again. And Jesus will hose us off as if it was the first time.

Even though your feet are going to get muddy again, you don’t put your old shoes on your brand new feet.

I’ve been through the water.

Been Through the Water
Kyle Matthews

Preacher pulled the boy up from the water
Alleluias rose from the banks
There was a new suit of clothes from his Father
And a prayer of thanks

The boy walked barefooted all the way home for dinner
And when they laughed at his muddy feet…

He said I’ve been through the water and I’ve come out clean
Got new clothes to cover me

And you don’t wear your old shoes on your brand new feet
When you’ve been through the water
I’ve been through the water

Preacher turned them around at the altar
Pronounced the boy and his girl “man and wife”
In two years they were Mother and Father
And they built them a life

And his old girlfriend saw a moment of weakness
And she said, “If you’re lonely come see me sometime.”

He said I’ve been through the water and I’ve come out clean
Got new clothes to cover me
And you don’t wear your old shoes on your brand new feet
When you’ve been through the water
I’ve been through the water

He baits a hook for his grandson of seven
And says, “Soon, I’ll be free from these pains.”
The boy asked if he’s ever been to heaven
He says, “No, but I think I know the way
‘Cause I’ve been through the water.”

I’ve been through the water and I’ve come out clean
Got new clothes to cover me
And you don’t wear your old shoes on your brand new feet
When you’ve been through the water
I’ve been through the water

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You can find all of the Worship Wednesday posts here.

It’s Election Day

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Today is election day. As citizens of the United States, I believe that voting is one of the most important things we can do. I have voted in every election (and most primaries) since I turned 18.

In recent years, it has felt more like I was voting against candidates that I didn’t like or agree with rather than for candidates that I actually like. This year was different. This year I was going to vote for instead of against. This year I was an extremely informed voter.

About six months ago, a candidates that I have voted for in the past and planned to vote for again came out in favor of (and may have even co-sponsored) a bill that would take away freedom instead of protecting it. I said then and there that I would never vote for him again. And today I voted for the Libertarian instead of him because I agreed with the Libertarian. It’s a whole different feeling at the polls when you vote FOR something instead of AGAINST.

Go and vote today. It’s important. We should all be taking part today. (Please vote only if you are a citizen of the United States, registered and alive.) If you want more information on voting in your area, you can check out this website.

Around here, we take voting seriously and dress for the occasion.

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A Pure Joy of Childhood

There are few things that encompass the pure, unadulterated joys of childhood like a freshly raked pile of leaves. There is just something about a pile of leaves that draws children to it, and the look of pure joy on their faces is one that you just don’t see other times of the year.

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November is a time when we reflect on all the things we are thankful for. Of course, we’re thankful for our family and friends, the food on our table and the roof over our head. This year I want to think about it a little differently. This year instead of sharing with you how thankful I am for my family (which I am very thankful for), maybe I’ll share with you that I’m thankful that on the fifth and sixth days God created all the creatures of the sky and the water and that walk on the Earth because I have a little boy who loves animals and wants to know everything about every one of them.

This year I’m thankful to live in a place that has four seasons. I’m thankful for the leaves that turn such beautiful colors and fall to the ground. I’m thankful for the piles they get put in and I’m even thankful that the city is slow to pick them up this year. I’m thankful God had the foresight to create trees that would lose their leaves so all these years later I could be thankful for the joy my boys get from them.

I’m thankful for the technology at made a phone I can carry in my pocket that has a great camera so I can capture that look of joy and then share it here so you can experience it to.

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“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” Psalms 95:1-2

It’s Hard to Believe It’s Been 10 Years

Today is the anniversary of one of the biggest and most important days of my life. Ten years ago this happened:

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Ten years ago today, we were standing on a beach with a handful of our family and friends and vowing to love each other til death parts us.

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And ten years later it’s even better than I ever dreamed it could be. Don’t get me wrong. It’s been hard. We’ve had our ups and downs like anyone else.

Looking through the wedding pictures today, I can’t believe how young we look. Over these last ten years we’ve grown up together. We are still crazy in love. We’ve created two amazing little boys. We know that through hard times we can cling to each other (and God) rather than letting it pull us apart.

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Ten years later, we have found that we’d rather spend a night at home with our little family than a night on the town. We’ve made each other better people. I don’t know what I would do without him.

Ten years ago I couldn’t have told you what we’d look like today. I couldn’t have come up with a picture of our life today in my wildest dreams. God made him for me, and me for him. I can not imagine my life without him.

I love you more today than I knew I could ten years ago and there’s no where else I’d rather be.

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Thank you, Cassidy

My very good friend, Cassidy, gave me permission to use her photographs on my blog. I just wanted to give her a public thank you for this and let you all know where the nature photos came from.

This is my header photo (I had to crop it to use it):

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Here’s one I used on my facebook page:

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And here’s one more that I just really like:

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You can find all of Cassidy’s photos here.

So, thank you, Cassidy, for letting me use your photographs. They are beautiful.