Wednesday, July 4, 2018

I am the Flag of the United States of America-Unknown Author

 (Originally Published on this website 7/2/2010-unknown origin of pic or poem)

I am the Flag of the United States of America-Author Unknown

I am the flag of the United States of America.

My name is Old Glory.

I fly atop the world's tallest buildings.

I stand watch in America's halls of justice.

I fly majestically over institutions of learning.

I stand guard with power in the world.

Look up and see me.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

And the Star-Spangled Banner in Triumph Shall Wave

Originally posted 6/25/2011 

Independence Day stirs up such emotion for me.  It is one of my favorite days of celebration, even though, I don't have to shoot off fireworks or gather for picnics to feel its importance.

Being a patriot, the mere passing of the flag in front of me brings tears, as does the singing of the national anthem.  My anger wells up when I see others not standing in honor of the Stars and Stripes or the Star Spangled Banner and you might find me verbalizing it!

The winning of the war with England for our independence from the king's tyranny was only by the Grace of God, then the building of the foundation on God's Word, only served to strengthen it.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Independence Day 2018

We are celebrating the freedom of our country from an oppressor that was much bigger and more militarized than we were.  They had their own Navy, a much greater number of troops, money to support a war and we didn't.  What we had was the will and the desire to be free.  That desire has never left us.  

We are so determined to remain free that we fight many countries' battles for them to keep them free. We fight each other to keep our Constitution intact, to protect our rights to bear arms, free speech, practice our religion, protect our homes, and so on. 

This holiday is about being glad we have our country and the rights that go along with it.  Today, we should be glad we have our families, our neighbors, friends and that we can still vote, speak our minds in public, complain about those in charge without fear of reprisal and pray to our God (oh, wait, some of those are kind of being lost at the moment!)  We are still the free-est country on this earth!  We should celebrate that!   

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Re-Establishing Patriotism

I was at a rodeo last night and the flags had passed by.  Everyone I saw had stood up, taken off their hat, placed their hand over their heart and respected and honored our flags.  When the prayer began, shortly after Old Glory returned to the arena, a conversation began just down the aisle from me.  I, mostly, ignored it figuring that the irreverence was between them and God.  

Then, the conversation got louder and louder as people began to sing the Star Spangled Banner. (I am driven to tears while singing it, even to this day!)  I am so proud to be an American and honor those that have given me the freedoms I enjoy.  I honor them and my country every chance I get and I do NOT understand those who do not. That being said, one does not, in my presence, disrespect our country including its flag, anthem, pledge or heroes

Friday, June 1, 2018

Cornerstone Military Memorial

The Cornerstone Military Memorial was dedicated in Jacksboro on May 28, 2018.  There was a crowd of over 200 people in attendance.
     Eugene Weldon, Pastor at Christian Missions, initiated the project that had been on his heart for years, beginning when he noticed that we did not have anything showing our honor and pride in our military heroes.
Along with David Barton, with Wallbuilders and many, many others helping him, the Memorial was designed, land cleared, landscaped, roads renewed, grass planted, stone chiseled and mounted, heroes names gathered, bricks laid, crosses planted, speakers invited, advertising placed, prayers prayed, invitations sent, and so many more details too numerous to list. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2nd Update: So It's Been a While!.........A Story of Depression & Healing

May 2013

As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted anything for several months.  I think you deserve to know why.  Mostly because my testimony may help someone else out there that is going through depression.  

I want them to know that there is hope.  It takes inner strength, but mostly it takes knowing Jesus and knowing that God speaks through his children as well as other ways.  He loves you and He can heal anything.  He’s big enough to listen to you screaming at him and you blaming him without His love ever faltering.  He knows what you are going through and He knows that it is a fallen world and it breaks His heart that you have to go through things.  He doesn’t put you through it, but He will get you through it.  All you have to do is ask.  Satan had me in such a stranglehold, telling me that God could have prevented my pain, so that I couldn’t ask.  Don’t believe that lie.  God didn’t do it.  

On to my story……….

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Destruction and Rebuilding of the Heartland

The Heartland is a state of mind. It is land that sustains life.  It is farmers that love the land.  It is families that survive everything God and nature can throw at them.  It is land that provides food and clothing for the world.  It is farmers that through blood, sweat, and tears, get their crops or animals to market for our benefit.  It is families that take care of their own and their neighbors.  It is a place where firefighters, law enforcement, EMS, and volunteers give everything they have to protect life, limb, and property for people they don't even know, with little sleep, great humility, love and concern, often at great personal risk.  

The Heartland is located wherever the farmers and ranchers live and work, and wherever people come together to overcome tragedy.  The area may expand and contract, but the location is wherever the heart is.  On 9/11, the Heartland was the entire United States. In 2005, it was the southern coast as Hurricane Katrina hit.  In March 2017, the Heartland was Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and every state that sent aid to the wildfire affected areas.