My mom introduced me to some of the best actors when I was growing up – John Wayne, Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart, Maureen O’Hara, and more. These actors weren’t just better at their profession than many actors and actresses are today, but they were real people who didn’t jump up on a pedastal because of their profession. Instead, they took their positions seriously and gave back to this wonderful country we live in. I always heard about performers like Bob Hope going overseas and performing for the troops and how much that meant to the troops overseas.
Nowadays, so many actors and actresses that ‘show’ an interest in the troops seem more interested in photo ops and good press for themselves than actually giving support to the troops. You can tell this by the fact that you see them regularly on the evening news. But the true patriot is the one who works tirelessly for his country without bringing attention to himself. Gary Sinise is just such a patriot. I was unaware until I read an article today of just all he does and has done to support our troops and the people of Iraq.
I hope you enjoy reading this heartwarming story of a man who loves his country!
This came into my email box today. I wanted to share!
The story has been published of a little girl caught in the pre-Christmas swirl of activity, all of which seemed to be coming to a head on Christmas Eve.
Dad, loaded down with bundles, seemed to have an even greater number of worries. Mom, under the pressure of getting ready for the great occasion, had yielded to tears several times during the day.
The little girl herself, trying to help, found that she was always under-foot, and somtimes adult kindness to her wore thin.
Finally, near tears herself, she was hustled off to bed.
There kneeling to pray the Lord’s Prayer before finally tumbling in, her mind and tougue betrayed her and she prayed, “Forgive us our Christmases as we forgive those who Christmas against us.”
Perhaps the little girl’s prayer was not such a great mistake.
Too often we leave out the Christ of Christmas. Too often He is crowded out of our busy lives. Remember, the best gift won’t be found in a box but in a person.
I challenge you to read this book! If you have not already read it, put it on your Christmas list or check it out from your library. But it is a book you will enjoy reading and that will have a profound impact on your life (in my humble opinion).
I read about this book a couple of months ago on a blog somewhere. I don’t remember where, but I put it on my Shelfari as a book I wanted to read. I have a stack I have been working through and not much time to read, so I hadn’t gotten to The Shack yet, but a couple of weeks ago, my mother-in-law asked me if I had heard of The Shack. I told her I had and I wanted to read it. She said she was just about finished with it and would like to see what I thought of it, so she mailed it to me. I finished it today.
It is an amazing story! It is the story of a dad’s anguish over the brutal kidnapping and death of his daughter and how that anguish grows inside of him…cutting him off from others and more importantly from God. But he has an amazing experience where he gets to meet God and he learns more about the true nature of God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost than he had ever experienced before. By the end of the book, he is a changed being and I believe any who read it and really think of what it says will be changed as well.
I did a tribute two years ago for Lt. John A. Crisci as part of the 2,996 project.
Today, the children and I are watching the 9/11 ceremonies and talking about how that day changed so much. That will be our school work for today as we remember the innocent lives lost and the sacrifices made 7 years ago today.
….one we should all remember.
My mother-in-law sent this to me in the mail and I have checked it out on Snopes. It is a true and inspiring story.
Back in September 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, s social studies teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom. When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks. Looking around, confused, they asked:
“Mrs. Cothern, where are our desks?”
One of my favorite bible stories is the one of The Prodigal Son Luke 15: 11-32. It is a story of redemption and promise that pretty much everyone can relate to and find hope in.
I have been reading through The DK Illustrated Family Bible. I got this Bible years and years ago. The main reason I got it was to record births, marriages and deaths in. It is illustrated and I thought it would be good to read passages to the children. It does not contain every word of the Bible, but it does contain illuminations. There are sidebars which give the reader insight into the culture and more depth on what some of the passages mean.
Today, I read the parable of The Prodigal Son. And I learned several things that I didn’t know before which make the story even more meaningful and enjoyable. So I wanted to share.
“…This is my beloved, and this is my friend…” Song of Solomon 5:16b
From Revive Our Hearts
Friends can be completely honest with each other, but friendships are strained when truth is not spoken in love. How are you speaking to your beloved? Are you so “used” to him that you don’t appreciate the wonder of his friendship? That is your challenge today.
Is your sweetheart your best friend? Does he know this? Have you told him, or do you assume he “just knows”?
Friendship is something that is cultivated through the good times and the bad. Friends can share their hearts, but they don’t step on each other’s hearts.
The way to have and be a good friend is to cultivate and celebrate the relationship. As you end this “30-Day Encouragement Challenge,” celebrate your friendship with your husband. Get alone and reflect on your beloved friend. Write him a letter, listing the qualities you admire and appreciate about him. If you are creative with words, write and frame a poem about him.
While I wouldn’t be able to understand or read this scroll, I would love to see it in person. What an amazing piece of history…a copy of the Book of Isaiah written about 1900 years ago!
You can see a video of the scroll here
“A prudent man foresees evil, and hides himself; the simple pass on, and are punished.” Prov. 27:12
We live in a world of temptations. And they are not all ‘wicked’ on the surface, but can lead the way into wrong behaviors. One thing that Daniel has never done is go out with the ‘boys’. He has a friend that a couple of times a year they go to the movies together, but he prefers to spend his spare time here. His concern is that if we were to spend regular time with a group of others that we might be tempted to stray. For instance, the guys go out for an evening at a bar and playing pool. Well, while there, gals are around, alcohol is around and one thing can lead to another. He prefers to stay away from such temptations.
“The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility.” Prov. 15:33
From Revive Our Hearts
Sometimes, when we just “know” we are right and our husbands are wrong, it takes great humility to honor them. It is difficult to speak well of our husbands when our own hearts are puffed up with pride.
As part of your Encouragement Challenge today, pray that you will respond to the Lord in faith and humility before you react to your husband. Speak wisely and well, and leave the results to God.
The humility that comes from a right relationship with God – the humility that comes when a man is willing to listen to God and be taught from His Word – is indeed a beautiful quality. Jesus was an example of this kind of humility when he was willing to submit to His Father’s will (John 6:38; Matt. 26:39).
Humility is a hard stance for most of us to take. We prefer to believe we know what’s what and that we are correct. And to admit that we might be mistaken or not know what’s best makes us feel like children or stupid. But true wisdom comes from being able to accept that others can know what is best for us and can have a better understanding of where we are than we do ourselves.