Thank You, Veterans & Military Members

Strong and courageous.

Our active duty military members and veterans have given their all to protect the freedoms that we Americans take for granted.

On this day, please thank military members, veterans, and family members for the sacrifices that they have made in order to preserve the freedoms that were so hard won.

And as you think on this day, say a prayer for them.

The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

Thank you to all service members, veterans, and their families!

Happy Birthday, My Beloved

Adjunct Professor, Associate Dean, Registrar, Dean, ACBSP Accreditation Leader, Omicron Theta Chapter of Delta Mu Delta Founder, Study Abroad Cheerleader, Adopted Father of many, Air Force Veteran, Father, Beloved Husband, Faithful Friend, Marriage Servant, Awesome Speaker, Distinguished Professional, Recognized Leader, Degree Collector, Adventurer Extraordinaire, World Traveler, and much more – that is my man in all his splendor!

Praying. Serving. Loving.

I am so blessed by you and honored to walk with you on the path God has called you to walk.

Happy Birthday, my Beloved!

Champions for the cause of freedom … America’s veterans and their families

Change Guard 2Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C.

Paul writes, “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” Titus 2:3

The word Paul uses is stratiōtēs, a champion for Christ.

America’s soldiers are champions for freedom. They are also champions for doing what is right.

Paul paid a great price as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.                        2 Corinthians 11:25-27

Many of our veterans have paid a great price to champion the cause of what is right and the cause of freedom.

Our veterans and their families have packed their belongings and traveled to unknown parts of America and the world to serve for a few years, make friends, and then move to another city to do it all over again.

Our veterans have left their families to go to unfriendly lands and returned to broken families, returned without limbs, with illness, or emotional scars. They have missed birthdays, graduations, and family milestones.

Some never returned.

All for the cause of freedom.

I salute all veterans and their families.

Won’t you thank a veteran and the family today for being a good soldier, a champion for freedom?

My prayer for you:

Almighty God, thank You for Paul and all the good soldiers who paid a great price to champion the cause of Christ and the cause of freedom. May America return to You, champion the cause of Christ, and honor those who champion the cause of freedom. May America recognize the great cause our veterans and their families have paid to champion the cause of freedom. God bless our veterans and their families.

America’s veterans and soldiers … Thank you for freedom!

Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous.  Joshua 1:5b-6a

After the Israelites had mourned the death of Moses, God commanded Joshua to lead the people from the desert through the Jordan River into the Promised Land that the Lord had given to the Israelites as a possession.

The Israelites faced giants; fought battles, and some died, but God gave them the land. The battle was the Lord’s. The Israelites fought for land, for freedom to worship their God, and for their nation.

America’s soldiers, past and present, fought for a land to live in freely, for freedom to worship Almighty God, and for their nation.

Although America has slipped from its Christian foundation, there are still many Christian soldiers serving our nation.

Thank you veterans, soldiers, and your families for the sacrifices you have made to preserve our freedom. Sacrifices of life, limbs, sight, mind, and families. You have given the ultimate for freedom.

My prayer for veterans and their families

Almighty God,

The battle is Yours. We know that You use even the difficult circumstances for good to those who love You. Bless America’s veterans and soldiers with the saving knowledge of You and Your ways. Wrap Your love and protection around them. Go before them and prepare their ways. Bless their families and give them Your peace.

Thank you, veterans, soldiers, and your families!

Let FREEDOM Ring!

Remembering sacrifices for our freedom.

God blessed America with men and women who gave themselves for our freedom!

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Memorial Day 2012. Over 1,500 American men and women have given their lives in Afghanistan since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, and almost 16,000 have been wounded.

The earliest memory I have of military conflicts that affected people I knew were the Vietnam War. I remember Vietnam veterans returning from the war broken, yet proud. I see homeless veterans; I see those unable to work due to PTSD. They gave the ultimate for their friends, Americans.

My grandpa served in the World War I but never talked about it. My father served in World War II and talked very seldom about it.

My husband served in the Air Force for 22 years. We lived all over the world. I remember Keith, a JAG, preparing young Airmen for military action when we lived in the Philippines. In 1979 during the Iranian hostage crisis, if President Carter chose to send military troops, Keith would have gone.

When President Reagan bombed Libya, our family was in Italy at Aviano Air Base, near terrorist headquarters in Padua, Italy. Military families were on alert, and some women took their children back to the States.

In Italy, we kept evacuation kits for each member of the family, and the troops regularly drilled in full chemical protection gear, including gas masks.

On this special day, please take time to thank a veteran, an active duty service member, and their sacrifices for our freedom.

My prayer for our service members, veterans, and their families:

God of Hosts, bless our service members, our veterans, and their families with the knowledge that they have helped to preserve the freedom of America. Fill them with the knowledge of Your great love for them, and pour out Your perfect peace in their hearts and lives. Direct their paths and provide them with all that they need.

God bless America, and God bless our service members, veterans, and their families!