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Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,.  Deuteronomy 7:9 ESV

I found this verse in my email this morning; the verse of the day from Bible Gateway, which I receive every morning to begin my day.  What a wonderful verse to start my day with a smile, being reminded of God’s never ending love for all of us.  It is the best love ever!   To know that no matter what happens in my life and the lives of all of us who believe in Him is so very comforting.  We are never alone!

Today, as I look out my window, I see beautiful sunshine, warmer weather, clear skies; another great gift from God!  I hope and pray that all of you see the love of God pouring out on you today!

Trials Can Make Us Stronger

Wonderfully encouraging post from a fellow blogger. Bill’s attitude and love for and reliance on Christ despite many years of suffering from ALS never fails to touch my heart! Oh to have such a strong faith! Bill, you are an encouragement to all!

Unshakable Hope

makes us stronger
I never thought that I would be using a quote from the atheist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in one of my blog posts, but…

This quote came to my mind the other day and I began thinking about it and the man that wrote it. I spent most of February sick or recovering from the flu and other health issues. What little strength and energy I had before the illness has finally returned in the last few days. I’m definitely not physically stronger than I was before the illness. But I do feel spiritually stronger than I was before my battle with “that which did not kill me.”

As an atheist, Nietzsche only believed in the physical world so I can only assume that this quote was referring to trials making people (himself) physically and/or emotionally stronger. I wonder if he still believed those words while lying helpless and suffering…

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OUR VETERANS NEED YOU

A wonderful program I had not been familiar with. I’m praying about it to see if the Lord would have me take part in this if I am able. Our veterans hold a special place in my heart.

Sheri Lawrence de Grom

Veterans – 2015
by – Sheri de Grom

A veteran, possibly in your community, needs your help.

Veteran Affairs coordinates volunteers in their No Veteran Dies Alone (NVDA) program.

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Their mission is that no veteran will die alone.

We promise to take care of all veterans during life and in death. Many believe the ‘death’ portion of the promise refers to the burial benefits to which a veteran is entitled.

The NVDA volunteer program is an extension of the VA Hospice or Palliative Care Programs. For a veteran to qualify for the volunteer program he/she must participate in the VA Hospice or Palliative Care Program.

Many VA Hospitals lack sufficient bed space and comfort for this end-of-life population and the veterans are placed in community nursing homes where Hospice care is available. In many cases the care is available from their homes.

Often our…

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The American Flag: 13 Folds of Honor

Very interesting information on the reasons for each of the folds in the flag presented to the family after the death of a military man or woman. I never knew the specific meanings before. I encourage you to read it.

Good Time Stories

Photo Credit: Beverly & Pack via CC Flickr Photo Credit: Beverly & Pack via CC Flickr

The history, rituals, and the customs of the United States Military has always fascinated and intrigues me. I hold in highest esteem and respect, all people who has sacrificed their time and/or their lives for their country.

A military tradition that has always been deeply moving to me, is watching the person of a fallen spouse or child, receive the folded American flag during a funeral ceremony.

I often wondered the story behind the folded flag. Why is it folded in that particular manner? What does each fold represent? What is the history behind it?

I recently read a short article on the internet site, Folds of Honor, which answered my questions. It is for this reason that I thought that this would be a great article to share with you. I hope that this story will enlighten and encourage your…

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A Hand Up

Good reminder for us all to lend a helping hand when we see it is needed. Most people are too proud to ask for help.

Kindness Blog

Silouette of A Person Helping Up Another Person Photo Credit: http://www.funchannel.net

Lately, at work, I have spent more time with paper than people, which has contributed to a resurgence of my stress and anxiety.  Today, though, I was able to put the paperwork aside and spend some time with the guests at the day shelter for homeless men where I am employed, and as always, it was time well spent.  Also, true to form, one of the men reminded me why I refer to them as the finest gentlemen in all of Louisville, thanks to a kind gesture that I had the pleasure of witnessing.

As I made my way through the shelter, I heard a familiar voice call out my name, and I smiled broadly when I saw Sherman approaching me.  Sherman is a former guest at the day shelter who now lives in transitional housing, but he still returns to the day shelter on occasion to…

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Thank you Lord!

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Psalm 86:5  ESV

This is today’s verse of the day from Bible Gateway.  I love receiving a verse every day and read it usually first thing in the morning.  Today’s verse led me to read the entire Psalm 86.  What a blessing it is to know we have God’s steadfast love always!   He will forgive us for our wrongdoings, so long as we reach out to Him, confessing and repenting of them.  He is always there to listen to our prayers, never getting tired of them even when they seem to us to be repetitious and we are sure He is sick of us.  In fact, he delights in us when we reach out to Him.

It always seems amazing to see the wonderful things He does in our lives. I have experienced His love and His support through many trials.  I have learned that He sometimes will close doors on us, but he always will open a new door, a better door, when we put our faith in him.  How wonderful He is!

As I sit here writing this, I am looking out and enjoying the beautiful sunshine we have today–one of God’s great gifts of beauty he so freely gives us, of which there are many.  How can any of us look around us at the beauty He has created in this world and not know that there is truly a God in Heaven!

As a well-known hymn so simply says:

Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul,
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole;
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation so rich and free.

I share with you here, from the English Standard Version (ESV), Psalm 86 in its entirety.   May it bless your day!

Great Is Your Steadfast Love

A Prayer of David.

86 Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly;
    save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
Be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
    listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
    for you answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come
    and worship before you, O Lord,
    and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
    you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    that I may walk in your truth;
    unite my heart to fear your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
    and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me;
    you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me;
    a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
    and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
    give your strength to your servant,
    and save the son of your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
    that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
    because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.