Memorial Day Thoughts 2020

“Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. In other words, the purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today. We might consider how we can support and safeguard their grieving families and loved ones who are left behind.” (almanac.com)

I have never personally known someone who died while fighting in wartime or serving overseas.  So, I know that I can never truly know the pain and suffering of those that have lost loved ones who “made the ultimate sacrifice.”

But, I do want to take the time to REMEMBER and HONOR all of our fallen heroes. Your sacrifice will forever be woven into the history, the now, and the future of our country.  

I see your sacrifice as golden threads woven into the tapestry of the United States. Those threads allow our country to shine, allow us to stand proudly, and allow us to walk into the future carrying the flag of freedom. May we never take it for granted!  May we never forget!    ~Tina Roach

“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” ~Franklin D.Roosevelt

FLOW WITH THE LORD

GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH, A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE.    PSALM 46:1

How are you today, Beloved of God? I know at times it seems like we are fighting a battle that we can’t win. And truthfully, we can’t win this battle in our own strength. But, God can and will!! I know that God’s Hand is upon many that are walking in discernment and wisdom as each day brings new accomplishments and new discoveries. GOD IS PRESENT AND WORKING IN AND THROUGH HIS PEOPLE!!

As the days and weeks continue on with us staying at home as much as possible, it’s very easy to feel isolated and cut off from life around us. But, there is still much we can do to stay involved, active, and connected to others.

What a blessing it was for me to call a group of church members to talk and pray with them! Who can you reach out to today…NOW…to support with your love and time?

I know that when I find myself feeling down and focusing on everything that I don’t like – it becomes a downward spiral of negativity that can worsen very quickly. BUT! If I consciously make a choice to reach out and serve and minister to another – that downward spiral becomes an upward wind that takes me to a higher place in the Lord!

Ahhh Brothers and Sisters!! If you are feeling like you are stuck in a stagnant pool of muddy water, begin to FLOW outward by connecting with the Lord and with others. And as we FLOW WITH THE LORD, we will see that RIVERS OF LIVING WATER will begin to flow from us. [John 7:38]

Everything that we do and say in the coming days should flow from a place of refuge and strength in the Lord. Are Rivers of Living Water flowing in and through our actions and speech? Or are the waters muddied?

Father God, thank You for being our refuge, our strength, and our help each and every day! LORD, we don’t want to be stuck in a stagnant, muddy pool of negativity, doubt, and hopelessness. May the Wind of Your Holy Spirit blow across our lives and position us to be carried along on YOUR River of Life! LORD, release rivers of Living Water within us and increase the flow to those around us! We want to FLOW WITH YOU!! In Jesus’ Name we pray…AMEN!

You Are Not Alone!

God’s Word to you today:

YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN YOUR BATTLE! I AM WITH YOU AND I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU. NOTHING WILL BE ABLE TO DESTROY YOU FOR I AM SURROUNDING YOU WITH MY STRENGTH AND LOVE.

DON’T LOOK TO YOUR OWN STRENGTH-FOCUS ON MY STRENGTH! DON’T RELY ON YOUR OWN PLAN OF ACTION-RELY ON MY PLAN!

I LOVE YOU! TRUST THAT MY LOVE FOR YOU IS GREATER THAN ANY LOVE THAT HAS FAILED YOU. LEAN INTO ME! I WILL HOLD YOU AND YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS!!

TRUST ME!

 

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid;  do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭31:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

How are you today, Beloved of God? Are you fighting a battle that seems like you can’t win? Are you still waiting for breakthrough? Does it seem like God is far away?

You are not alone! The Lord is very near! He feels everything you are feeling. He sees everything that is trying to break you down. He is ready to deliver you from the snare of the enemy!

Be encouraged and be strengthened to go forward armed with the Lord’s Love and Victory!! HE SEES YOU!! HE LOVES YOU!! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!

“The LORD sustains all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down.”   Psalm 145:14