So I’m sitting in my cousin’s basement right now, the TV is on and the pre game talk thingy is on. My oldest cousin and brother had to run to the store for something and my cousin and my oldest cousin’s fiance are taking showers (ok, they just got out), so I thought it would be a good time to take a break and tell y’all what I am thankful for this year.
God has blessed me so much with so many things. One thing that I want to really give thanks for is the amazing friends. He has given me some amazing “brothers” that I am so thankful for. I have had guy friends before, but I have made some very special friends with guys over the last year or so.
God has also blessed me with two wonderful “girlfriends” (chicas) Lauren and Hope. They are both amazing girls that have blessed me so much with their friendship and accountability. I have known Hope for years and she goes to my church, and it has been so special to see all these signs of grace in her life as she has grown up. She was in my study for Do Hard Things and I think out of all the girls, she changed the most from it. Starting this fall we have become accountability partners and have enjoyed (trying) to get together about once a month to have some coffee or tea and talk together.
Lauren is an unusual situation. I have never met her before in person, but she has been such a blessing to me. I “met” her this summer through some mutual online friends and it’s been an amazing friendship. So when I need a person to pray for me or to share my heart with, she is almost always the first. I cherish our many long talks on phone and IM. We have been keeping each other accountable lately too.
So my everyone is out of the shower and my cousin and brother are back so I better get going and join in the festivities that haven’t started yet. :D Thanks for all the encouragement that you guys have given me since I have started blogging, it mean a lot to me. God bless!
Well I am going to take a break from my series on my heroes to do a special post for the Fourth of July.
When we think of fourth of July in America, most of us think of swimming, camping (in you live in a camping crazy state!), parades, fireworks, grilling, and red white and blue(like this post?). But what is the fourth really about? It is our Independence day. The day the Declaration of Independence was sent to the printer. We were officially a country. We were free from the rule of Britain and we were now indepent! It must have been so exciting for all the people that fought in the revolutionary war and the people that had worked for so long to get our freedom! But how often do we forget that? How many times do we take for granted having a democracy? There are a lot of things that I do not like about America, but I am a very patriotic person. I am thankful to live in a place where we have freedom to express ourselves, have decent health care (compared to other parts of the world), and the freedom to worship God.
I want to say a big thank you to all the men and women who are serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan!!! We do not give our troops enough credit for risking their lives so we may have our precious freedom! We should stop complaining about Iraq and instead thank the people who chose to be true servants of our country by going to Iraq. I especially want to thank the ones that did not just sign up for the military for the free college, but who did it to serve America. Those are the true heroes!
We have some close family friends that chose to go over to Iraq. One of them had four Jr. high/Sr. High aged kids. The other is a 20 (or so) guy. I’ll tell you some more about the first one. Mr. D. is a hero to me. Last year he felt God’s call to go to Iraq. He was in the reserves and did not need to go. He had done his duty and yet he volunteered. I think he must have surprised the military officials. It isn’t everyday that someone VOLUTEERS to go to Iraq. Mr. D. is pretty high up in rank and so they tried to get him to go somewhere else. But he wanted Iraq. Mr. D. just got back two weeks ago from his one year tour. He wasn’t put in a dangerous position (he wanted to work with people more) but still, to go to Iraq because you WANT to is a big deal. So I guess that I am in keeping with my hero theme, because he is one of my heroes. He is a man I look up to as a great Christian man and I am so glad to have him back safe and sound. I know his family is all super happy to have him back, the substitute dads (my dad was one of them) can’t compare to having your own dad to do things with you. I just want to say “thank you” to Mr. D. and all the other men and women who have served and are serving as I am writing this, in the war on terrorism.
So this fourth of July, in the midst of all the fun and festivities, take a moment to think of those defending what we are celebrating: our independence! Take a time to pray for them, for their safety and for their families, who have given them up for a period of time so that we will still have our freedom. And to any military people reading this: Thank you again for all that you have done for this country!
~~~~Soli Deo Gloria~~~~