Sunday, May 29, 2011

Giving Honor

"Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor." Romans 13:7

This Memorial day I would like to thank every man and woman that has served and is serving this country in our branches of the armed forces. I always think of my Uncle Ernest especially when this holiday rolls around.  He was a handsome, gentleman...quiet,calm spirit and always with a ready smile. A man that served his country during the Korean War, and came home with a Purple Heart of Honor. We are so proud of his dedication and commitment to God, his family and country. And yet he was just one of so many thousands that fought and some even giving their lives so that we can live in freedom.

Working near a military base, I often see Military personnel and their families. I admire them and often get the opportunity to thank them for the sacrifices they have made so that I would not have to.

We have so much to be thankful for in this country. Of course we have our share of issues and problems, but still it is the best place to live in this whole wide world; and I thank God for the men and women that have fought and dedicated their lives for making it so.  God Bless you Veterans...I give honor to you, the honor that is due to you...Thank you!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

No greater love...

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. " John 3:16

When I think of unconditional love today, I think of my mother and father.  But since this is Mother's day, I'm writing about the wonderful woman that God allowed to give birth to me and my 4 siblings.
I remember once visiting her and admiring a little needlepoint pillow she had on her couch.  And so typical of her, she asked me did I want it... so giving. I told her no, because it looked so perfect where she had it in her decor.  I inherited a knack for collecting "pretty things" from my mom. Pillows, ceramic figures, colored glass, etc. She was my hero! (smile)

My mother loved her children, she wanted the very best for us and was willing to do whatever necessary to have that happen. I have such precious memories; her bringing me for lunch at school, a warm hot dog and a hard boil egg minus the yolk,  because believe it or not the doctors had to encourage me to eat when I was a small skinny child...obviously don't have that problem now lol!

Other memories of her reading stories to me with so much expression I could close my eyes and be right in the  place of the characters! Oh Ma how I miss you!  And then memories of our early Saturday morning talks over the phone, she may not have known it at the time but she was encouraging and nurturing me even then . How I miss those talks!

Thank you Momma, you gave me so much love.  And today as I look at that little needlepoint  pillow that now sits on a chair in my den, I see the little watering can, with flowers sprouting out the top and a big heart on the front.  It's as if God in His wonderful love and compassion, He knows that even though my heart is so happy to be celebrated today ...I still miss my Momma.  And as if I am seeing it for the very first time, I see that just as a watering can, waters and nutures flowers, so our mothers supply our needs and nurture us, and through that nuturing, we sprout up like pretty flowers. And lastly, the big heart on the watering can says, it all comes from love,,,love that God gave us and demonstrated it by giving His very best, His son to die for our sins.

Mothers were designed by God to show us His nuturing love, to show how He wants to hug us close and tell us, "it's going to be alright".  If you have your mom today, love her and thank her.  If your mom has passed from this life, thank her and thank God for having her in your life to show us how much He loves us.