A Prayer for our Veterans

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A Prayer for Veterans

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God of peace, we pray for those who have served our nation and have laid down their lives
to protect and defend our freedom.

We pray for those who have fought, whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war,
whose nights are haunted by memories too painful for the light of day.

We pray for those who serve us now, especially for those in harm’s way.
Shield them from danger and bring them home.

Turn the hearts and minds of our leaders and our enemies to the work of justice and a harvest of peace.

Spare the poor, Lord, spare the poor!

May the peace you left us, the peace you gave us, be the peace that sustains,
the peace that saves us.

Christ Jesus, hear us!
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer!

Amen.

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Tweetable: Prayer for Veterans

(Prayer written by Concord Pastor)

Here is a video tribute to our soldiers:

Bring Love Into Your Home

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Mother Teresa Quote

I love this quote by Mother Teresa. It is a challenging reminder that love begins at home. How we treat those closest to us – our family and friends – matters. It is so much easier to feel compassion for those “out there” than it is to have compassion on those whose faults and foibles are in our face day in and day out. (Please tell me I am not alone in this!)

Today or sometime this week, lets spend some time reflecting and examining how we treat our family and those around us. Do we speak kindly to our husbands and children or do we lose our patience easily or speak sarcastically? Do we make time to stop and listen to them or do we push them aside so we can cross off our to-do list? (That’s something I am guilty of this many times, I’m afraid.) Let us ask God to help us see how we can truly bring love into our homes, and have compassion on those closest to us who may annoy or bother us.

God bless!

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Found quote at QuotationsPage.com

I Love This Quote

I found this quote on Pinterest and just had to share it with you:

Doubt kills(Photo Credit)

I love this quote because it is a wonderful reminder to stay strong and believe in yourself. Don’t let fear and doubt stop you from reaching your dreams!

Live Your Life Without Limits!

I posted this video way back in 2010 but it is worth another look. We always think we have insurmountable obstacles but Nick shows us that with God’s grace we can do anything!

We all have to face obstacles to face in life. When life gets difficult, think of this inspirational story of Nick Vujicic:

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A Little Inspiration to Brighten Your Day

Colleen over at Thoughts on Grace has been posting beautiful videos that she has been linking to a blog link-up called “Light In The Darkness.” The videos reminded me of a touching video that I saw a couple of years ago called “Johnny the Bagger.” It is supposed to be an example of good customer service but it is so much more than that. It shows how one young man can make a difference in the lives of many people with such a simple act of kindness. The video has stayed with me all this time and I pray that it will touch your heart as well and bless you on this feast of St. Joseph:

Ode to Motherhood

Life is a gift. So is motherhood. Being a mother is a hard, often thankless, job. No doubt about that. But motherhood is beautiful and wonderful. I can’t even imagine what my life was like before my son. Sure I remember the ‘freedom’ of doing what I want, going where I want and not having the worries and duties I have now. But every second was (and is) worth it. Andrew has blessed my life in so many ways.

And I am so grateful to my own mom. She is an amazing, wonderful woman who sacrificed a lot for us – more than I think we will ever know.

This Sunday is Mother’s day, so I’d like to take this opportunity to honor my mom and all mothers with some quotes and images I’ve found on Pinterest. Enjoy!

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Emily Dickinson Saying

Pinned by Celinda Wickkiser from wishafriend.com

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A baby will make love stronger...

Pinned by Carita Lacount from Tumblr

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Untitled

Pinned by Marina Diaconasu (no link available)

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Quote by Jill Churchill

Pinned by Jan O'Neil from famousquotesabout.com

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Before the Baby Wakes

Pinned by Margo Norton from beforethebabywakes.com

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When she held her child

Pinned by Nikaa Photography (no link available)

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When she held

Pinned by Monica Blood from Etsy.com

Happy Mother’s day to all you wonderful moms! God bless.

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Advent Meditation, Week Four: Come Lord Jesus!

Advent Wreath

You can check out week one, week two and week three if you missed them before and here is the final snippet from Anne’s Advent Meditations:

“At the announcement that she would give birth to “the Son of the Most High” without knowing man, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary responded with the obedience of faith, certain that “with God nothing will be impossible”: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word,“ (cf. Lk 1: 28-38; Rom 1:5).

Thus, giving her consent to God’s word, Mary becomes the mother of Jesus. Espousing the divine will for salvation wholeheartedly, without a single sin to restrain her, she gave herself entirely to the person and to the work of her Son; she did so in order to serve the mystery of redemption with Him and dependent on Him, by God’s grace:

As St. Irenaeus says, “Being obedient she became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race.”

Hence not a few of the early Fathers gladly assert . . .: “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by Mary’s obedience: what the virgin Eve bound through her disbelief, Mary loosened by her faith.” Comparing her with Eve, they call Mary “the Mother of the living” and frequently claim: “Death through Eve, life through Mary…” read more.

Words to Live By: Life Lessons

Hope for Tomorrow

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Words to Live By: When Facing a Storm

Dance in the Rain(Photo Credit.)

Words to Live By: Kindness

I love this quote by Mother Theresa:

Our words have power. We have the power to break to build up those around us with our words. What are your words saying?

(Photo Credit from Pinterest)