A is for America
I have decided to give myself a blog challenge. Feel free to post along with me and send me your link! My challenge is to blog everyday and my topic will coincide with the alphabet. This weekend is Independence day, so I thought I’d start with America.
My kids have always loved the 4th of July. When they were babies, the fireworks pretty much scared them but they loved the colors from the safety of inside. Now they are all about dressing up and celebrating. Here is them relaxing in Colorado last year after a big meal. This year we will head out to my brother-in-laws wife’s parents house for a fun filled day of swimming and crabs! (There has to be an easier name for them?)
The rest of this post will be a tribute to our soldiers overseas. Instead of celebrating independence with their families, they will be serving all of us so that we might keep our freedom. This is always a really emotional topic for me and swells up my pride. I don’t think some people realize just what it means to be a soldier – or even the family who supports him. This time two years ago my husband was in Afghanistan. (I just flipped back to July 2007 and found no post for the 4th of July.) Anyway, as I watch people celebrate… it becomes mostly about the grilling, the beer and the friends and family…. which isn’t bad, don’t get me wrong! It is just that not many people take the time during their celebration to remember those who fought and died and those that are still fighting. (2 Timothy 4:7)
And so dear solider, I leave you with this prayer:
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge-
10 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”