Monday, February 8, 2016

Flag of the Week

Remember our friend Matthew Bradford? This week's flag comes from Matthew speaking at a Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation event.

In case you missed meeting Matthew, he is a proud Marine and a Purple Heart Recipient who lives every day as if it was his last day. He's an American Hero.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Prayer for our Military by Debby Giusti

Last week when I was organizing my office, I came across A Prayer for our Military written by Debby Giusti. I contacted Debby and asked if I could share it.

She graciously said, "Yes, I'd love for you to use the prayer."

Debby writes romantic suspense stories with a military theme. I asked her why she focused on the military, and she said, "My dad was career Army, as was my husband. My son just retired from the military. He had four deployments into war zones so not only have I prayed for my son throughout his career, but also for all those in uniform. The guys and gals sacrifice so much for our country. I wanted to encourage prayer for their protection and safe return home and have been distributing the Prayer for Our Military to do just that. God bless all of them...and God bless the families who support them.

Because of being an Army brat, Army wife and Army mom, my editor asked if I'd like to write a military series. Of course, I said yes! The eighth book in my Military Investigations series, PLAIN DANGER, is in bookstores this month and is also available as an ebook on Amazon. The next story, PLAIN TRUTH, will be out in the fall. Each story stands alone so the books can be read in any order."

I've always enjoyed reading Debby's stories and can't wait to get my copy of Plain Truth.

Here's the prayer:

Lord, protect our military deployed around the world. Be their armor of righteousness as they stand firm against the enemy. Keep them physically, mentally and spiritually strong. Comfort them in times of hardship, and bring them safely home to the families who eagerly await their return. Amen.

Thanks to Debby for sharing and thanks to her family and all the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country.

Monday, February 1, 2016

American Heroes

My son, Scott, got me started reading books about American heroes. He suggested I read The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL.
With this book, I was hooked. Eric Greitens' journey moved me. His life is a picture of servanthood and a challenge to the reader to become a better person.

“There were a number of definitions of courage, but now I was seeing it in its simplest form: you do what has to be done day after day, and you never quit.”
― Eric Greitens, The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

The next book I read was A Warrior's Faith. At points in this story about Ryan Job's life I was impressed, mad, and heartbroken.

I am currently reading, Seal of God by Chad Williams. He takes you into his journey of becoming a Navy SEAL. I'd heard of Hell Week, but there is so much more to their training I'd never dreamed about.

Reading books about our American heroes has given me a deeper appreciation for our service men and women and their families. My ears perk up when I hear stories on the news about our military personnel, and I pray more for them.

I'd like to challenge you to read at least one book this year about an American hero.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Helping Our Heroes

Today I'd like to introduce you to a program dedicated to helping our military heroes.

Courage Beyond focus on serving our nation's military and their families by honoring their struggles and wounds. Their goal is to provide a safe place for healing. Courage Beyond's missions is to, "empower service members, veterans, and their loved ones by providing confidential, no-cost programs and services to help them face the challenges of life."

They have an online community, eGroups, and counseling services around the country along with a 24-hour crisis line. They focus on serving anybody who has had their life changed by military service.

If you, or someone you know, might be in need of these services call 866-781-8010.

Monday, January 25, 2016

American Pride

How do you show American Pride? Do you fly your flag? Vote? Read books about American heroes?

I wanted to share a few recent sightings of American pride.

Here's a quote to ponder.

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”
― George Washington

And one more picture.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

An American Hero: Matthew Bradford

I met Matthew Bradford on Facebook in 2015. He's a local man with a family and lives in my area of the country, and he's an American hero.

On Monday, Matthew shared this on Facebook, and I asked if I could share with you. He said, "Yes."

Today marks the ninth anniversary of a day that tragically and emotionally took so much from me at an early age. Although emotional to realize that I will never be able too see my family or miraculously have my legs back, throughout these last nine years, I always try to find the best in every situation. I have been asked in the past by multiple people, "how do I do it" and "how do I stay motivated?". I sincerely do not have an answer except being a U.S. Marine and proudly serving in the greatest and most powerful military in the world for this country that I love so much! I am willing to risk anything or everything for those fifty stars and those thirteen red and white stripes. The never quit attitude will never leave my body, for my brothers then and now for my family! Yes, bad days occur however I allow the greater moments to trump the negative! I smile, laugh, yet more importantly I am alive! A bomb didn't take me from this world nine years ago and I will not surrender now! "A lifetime of glory is a worth a moment of pain"

What a powerful message. Let's honor Matthew by showing respect for our veterans and service people.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr Day 2016

To celebrate Martin Luther King, I wanted to share a few of my favorite quotes.

"The time is always right to do what is right."

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"

"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend."

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, "Love your enemies." It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from "Loving Your Enemies")”