CONSTITUTION DAY

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9-17 THE CONSTITUTION QUILT
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I am quick to admit that I take the liberties given me by this document for granted! I was born and raised in the United States of America, so I have known freedom and liberty my whole life. Nowadays, all I hear about is how much our liberties under the Constitution are shrinking away and dwindling. It’s a scary thought to me. I like freedom of religion, freedom to bear arms and freedom of speech! I like that I can voice an opinion on my blog without fear of punishment by the government (well, so far, so good).

I’m thankful to God that I have freedom today and want to be assured of my freedom tomorrow.

As I often do, I turned to my group on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asecondhelpingofwellness) for advice. My friend, Valerie McKinney offered “The Constitution Quilt” analogy. I thought it was brilliant and asked if I could borrow the concept and use her quote because it really touched my heart. She was so gracious to give me permission, so please read this great quote:

It seems all the guidelines of the Constitution are becoming a tattered quilt, worn through and full of holes in which the bureaucrats pay no tailor to mend, but line their own pockets. The holes remain as the citizens of America fall far from the warmth of the comforts and care the Constitution provided its original inhabitants. Barely threads to cover a veteran who has fought to keep these principle freedoms pressed and blocked. They say times are different now. Things have changed now… and our Homeland is an unhappy lot. Then, does this not tell us something about mending the construction of the Constitution? Repair and replace the pattern of words that held our nation close knit and decorating our days with tried and trusted values and liberties. Protection against a cold cruel future that needs to wrap us in its security. Mend THE CONSTITUTIONAL QUILT. No holes should it have, but let it with pride sew its bright patterns for the future and set its seams straight. – Valerie McKinney

The Constitution of the United States has a purpose. It’s not just a piece of paper with meaningless words on it. We the people, in order to form a more PERFECT UNION… the first words explain why the document is necessary. A perfect union with all men seen as equal and the pursuit of happiness a right for all citizens of the United States.

When leaders choose to overlook the Constitution of the United States and there are no consequences for those actions, they will continue to walk all over it, causing more worn spots in the quilt. If we the people do not demand that our leaders follow the mandates in this document, we are the ones who will ultimately pay. Why do we not get that?

If we ignore the slow, but sure disintegration of this key document, we lose freedoms. My freedoms are precious to me. Aren’t your freedoms precious to you, too? Exercise your right to vote in the upcoming election and vote for FREEDOM. I know I will. 🙂

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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LEAD ME ON
On this day in 1956, two years after pushing to have the phrase “under God” inserted into the pledge of allegiance, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring “In God We Trust” to be the nation’s official motto. The law also mandated that the phrase be printed on all American paper currency.

Today I was standing in the dining room waiting for my toast to pop up when the song “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” started playing. I started singing along while doing a little spirited shuffle to the beat (it’s not dancing, exactly). The words to that song have a powerful meaning to me and always have. I like the line that says, “If I falter, Lord, who cares??? None but THEE, Dear Lord – none but THEE.”

I was raised to adopt a perfectionist attitude and esteem performance. It’s a crying shame that an attitude like that should be acceptable in the church, but it is. I’ve spent years trying to unwind my identity from my ability to perform. It’s finally solid in my mind – it’s not about what I do or how I do it. It is about what Christ did for me. My salvation rests on my faith and nothing else.

Now, rewards are quite another thing. The rewards are based on works, but only if they are done with a good attitude. That’s still not based upon how good my performance is. Of course I want to do my very best because it’s for God. But to get all wrapped up in myself over it is not right.

Today I pray – Lead me on, Lord. These days my eyesight is not very good and I can’t tell a sharp sign from a natural sign when I’m playing music. I can’t see to do cross-stitch anymore. The things I used to do to help others, I can no longer do. But I don’t want to concentrate on what I can no longer do. I did what I could and now it’s time to help in other ways.

Today I pray – Lead me on, Lord. I don’t know where He will lead me or what He will lead me to do, but I want to be of a contrite spirit and listening for further instruction from the Holy Spirit.

Today I pray – Lead me on, Lord.

THANKS LIVING DAY 22

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PRAYER ABOUT WAR HEROES

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

There are heroes among us and they are the ones who unselfishly gave of themselves to serve this great country. America would be in trouble for sure if it was not for their bravery and sacrifice. They gave time that they will never get back so that the rest of us can pursue our dreams and ambitions at home.

My dad was a veteran. Most of my uncles served in the military during WWII. Of course they were drafted and did not have a choice, but I know my family, and they would have gone willingly to serve their country.

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron. – Dwight D. Eisenhower, speech, American Society of Newspaper Editors, 16 April 1953

Our American veterans deserve nothing less than honor and respect from the rest of us. Today I thank God for every one of them. The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. It begins right at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by various organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony honors and thanks all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. – Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler

Thank you, veterans, for your service to America! May God richly bless you! 🙂