I saw this saying on a sign as a reminder to us to remember our soldiers on Memorial Day :
They gave their tomorrows for our todays.
So if you live in America, are visiting America, or used to live in America, remember that you are able to come and go because of freedom that we have due to the sacrifices of our soldiers. Some sacrificed their lives. Others sacrificed seeing the birth of their children, being with family on Christmas, giving up their own freedom to go and come as they please while in the military or giving up a part of their body due to injury.
Whether you have served, currently serve or are preparing to serve….THANK YOU!!
Please, as you remember and thank those who protect our freedoms in this great land of America, only say positive words to praise their service.
Ephesians 4:29 – Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
When I was younger, it drove me crazy to hear people say, “I can’t do what I used to do” as they got older. I felt like they were just getting boring and lazy. I was still young and able to go, go, go and do, do, do and still get up the next morning with no “aches and pains” as they described it. What in the world was wrong with these people?!
THEN……….I began to feel some of that. Couldn’t do as much without getting tired. My body was beginning to ache a little more in the muscles I didn’t use every day. My “go, go, go” and “do, do, do” became GO and DO. I found that I didn’t tolerate things and people the way I used to. My idea of fun changed from wanting to parasail to relaxing on the beach and just WATCHING others parasail.
My dad and I talked about corvettes we wanted and then we realized we would need a crane to help us out of them! I used to tease him and realized I was getting there, too! We laugh when we bend over to tie our shoe and say “what else can we do while we are down here”??!!
Yes it’s true… I can’t do what I used to do. But you know what? It’s okay. I love my life. Now I stop and enjoy a beautiful day. I notice squirrels and birds and butterflies. I enjoy having nothing on my calendar during the week. I love spending weekends with friends eating ice cream and playing dominoes. I love vacationing on the spur of the moment and calling our friends last-minute to go to Texas Roadhouse.
It’s just like our spiritual life. The more we mature in Christ, we find that we can’t do the things we used to do. AND it’s ok! Because our priorities change. We don’t WANT to do the things we used to do. The things we once thought were fun are not fun anymore. We aren’t boring or lazy. We are renewed and full of life.
Sure as we mature both physically and spiritually, we can’t do what we used to do, but who cares. I’m going to just enjoy life right where I am…….just cruising along at a slow speed enjoying the sights and blessings. And in my mind, I’m driving a red ’65 convertible corvette with my dad in the passenger seat! OH………I’m glad I can’t do what I used to do!
I love balloons. I love that balloons are available in so many colors!
Balloons announce the birth of a child.
Balloons celebrate birthdays.
Balloons bring joy at the celebration of a newly married couple.
Balloons bring encouragement to those who are sick.
Balloons bring hope to those who are depressed.
Balloons bring smiles.
Balloons bring laughter.
The downside of having a balloon though is when all the air runs out of it. It starts sagging and then before we know it, the balloon is flat and shriveled up.
I think sometimes our lives get like those balloons. When we are filled with God’s peace and joy, we are so excited to celebrate and encourage; to smile and bring laughter and joy to others. But then life can start sucking the air out of us. We have negative things that enter our lives and deflate our balloons – sadness, betrayal, sin, sickness, busyness, loss of job, death, wayward child, divorce, or financial issues. There are many things in this life that can deflate our balloons of joy. But we cannot let them stay deflated!
Sin is what deflates our balloon. And Joy is what will fill it up again. Do not let the devil and his wicked schemes keep the air out of your balloon. No matter what your situation is today, there is hope. God can change sadness to joy. He can find a way when there seems to be no way. Remember that nothing is impossible with God. Matthew 19:26, Jesus said, ” With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Don’t give up. Keep praying. Keep having hope. No circumstance is too big for God to handle. Let Him fill your balloon today with joy so that you can again soar high and live the joy-filled life He intended! Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
A story came out today about how “bad” flip flop shoes are for your feet. They apparently can mess up the arch and bones in your feet. Believe it or not flip flops cause many injuries. People trip and fall in them. People walk out of them. People twist their ankle in them.
No one should run in flip flops. People shouldn’t walk backwards in flip flops. People shouldn’t wear flip flops while driving a car because they can get caught on the gas pedal. People shouldn’t wear flip flops while riding a bike because your foot could slip and cause a wreck.
Flip flops come in all sizes, colors and styles. Most people own several pair and get to choose which flip flops to wear on which day.
In life we need to be careful not to fall into the FLIP FLOP category. We need to stand firm on what we believe. If not, we will flip flop to whatever color or size or style is popular with the devil’s way. If we go with the devil’s ways, we can also find ourselves injured. Flip flopping on our standards can cause us to wreck, can cause us to slip and fall, and can cause us to walk backwards away from God.
It’s okay to wear flip flops in everyday life. Enjoy them. Feel the freedom of open shoes. But beware and don’t let the devil cause your life to flip flop. Instead use the flip flops to quash the devil and learn to STAND FIRM for the Lord while stylin’ those pretty shoes.