Monthly Archives: May 2019

GOD BLESS AMERICA

Monday, May 27, 2019

Welcome to my Monday Blog, my dear Friends. Today is a very special day – It’s Memorial Day and the one specific day in America that we stop to thank all those who are presently serving in our military and especially to thank, honor and remember our fallen military heros!

What is the military, anyway? The United States of America is made up of five armed service branches which consist of: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Gurad. The United States operates in over 100 countries, including the U.K., Germany, Italy, Bahrain, Brazil, South Korea, Australia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Japan, just to name a few.

The President of the United States is the Commander in Chief, who is responsibile for all final decisions. The Secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) has control over the military and each branch, except the Coast Gurad, which is under the Department of Homeland Security. With over 2 million civilian and military empoyees, the DoD is the worlds’ largest “company”.

As long as our America the Beautiful stands, WE, her citizens must be devoted and diligent to her sovernity. Without this, we cannot be the Greatest Country on Earth – Have you read our incredible Bill of Rights, lately? This is what today, MEMORIAL DAY is all about, becasue this is what our soldiers lay down their lives for every day, as they fight to protect these Rights for us, the American citizens.

Our Military and especiallly our fallen heros and protectors, are WHO we honor today.

  1. Freedom of Religion, Speech, and the Press
  2. The Right to Bear Arms
  3. The Housing of Soldiers
  4. Protection from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures
  5. Protections of Rights to Life, Liberty and Property
  6. Rights of Accused Persons in Criminal Cases
  7. Rights in Civil Cases
  8. Excessive Bail, Fines, and Punishnments Forbidden
  9. Other Rights Kept by the People
  10. Undelegated Powers Kept by the States and the People

Make no mistake about it, nor take these rights for granted, because  we wouldn’t have them were it not for our fallen heros and those heros who continue to fight our battles for us. They go into harms way and some never return. Oh, the horror and pain of it all that they face for us.

Today, may we all get down on our knees and pay homage to our fallen heros and their families. They have paid the utimate price for our freedoms. May we humble ourselves on this Memorial Day as we remember and honor all of them, their families and their unthinkable sacrifices they make for the rest of us. May our gracious God in heaven have mercy on them all.

My prayer for us all this week is that in the coming days and beyond, when we’re in the presence of an AMERICAN SOLDIER, let’s take one minute, walk over and THANK that American Soldier for their service and sacrifices for the rest of us. Don’t think twice about it, don’t hesitate, just do it! You could think about this, though – what if you were that soldier?

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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How’s Your Faith?

Monday, May 20, 2019

Happy Monday, my Friends and let’s make this new week a great one! First, as always, Thank You for being here and sharing your time with me each week, plus, I do appreciate your comments and questions. No matter whether you agree with me all the time, half the time or none of the time, it’s indeed my pleasure to reach you here on my Blog each week and I’m  open to discussing whatever may be on your heart. I promise I’ll always respond to you in return.

It’s hard to believe that I’m in my sixth year now, blogging on this website; however, it seems like only yesterday I was fretting about the possibility of not having enough to write about – But oh my, how silly, right?!  I’m truly blessed, dear hearts and the good thing about that is that I know it! I love that quote, “Count Your Blessings” and actually I need to spend more time doing just that!

As I continue to blog each week, not only am I growing but so is my audience – That means YOU! Hey, more blessings, right?! So, I ask you to continue to join me here on my Blog each week, knowing that YOU are very important to me!!

Well, if having a faithful heart and the willingness to devote the time, energy and nurturing to the “plan” (whatever it is that makes us tick), then the only way we won’t succeed is if God has a different plan for us. Believe me, whatever direction we choose, and remain open to God’s intervention, He’ll set us straight and in the right direction! Now this will require FAITH, because, having to change courses in mid-stream is often unappealing, causing us to question ourselves and even God. So, how’s your Faith…In God’s Word?

One Monday Blog day, I’m going to sit down here at my desk and blog on “The Many Roads I’ve Traveled”. Now you might think that rings of a sad story, possibly; however, you would surely be incorrect-a-mundo! Gosh, I’ve traveled so many questionable/wrong roads, that it would make a faint-hearted individual…FAINT!!  But, here I am, in this very moment, sharing with you how we all can be something of value, not to just ourselves, but to many others. We never know when we’ll be in the right place at the right time to BE A BLESSING to someone or RECEIVE A BLESSING from someone. God knows this and when He wants to use us, He may choose to turn our lives upside down, to set us on His righteous path…not ours, His!   

What’s the big deal? I’ll tell you in two words: OUR FAITH

“And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  – Mark 11:22-24

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  – Ephesians 2:8-9

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5-7 

“That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:5

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

My prayer for us all this week, is that we’ll truly “walk by faith, not by sight”  and share our faith in all we do. Ya know, we don’t have to climb a mountain to share our faith, all we need to do is embrace our faith, open our hearts and simply use our words when God opens a door for us. This is faith in God’s Word.

GOD is good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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A Baby’s Point of View

Monday, May 13, 2019

Welcome to my Monday Blog and I’m grateful you’re here with me today. I appreciate your visits and comments more than you know! Yesterday we celebrated Mother’s Day and today I have yet one more “Thank You, Mother”  which I felt worth sharing with you.

Most of you know how I feel about abortion. I’m against it. I believe in the sanctity of the gift of Life. Period. As I sat down here this morning going through my photo gallery I ran across the image above.  Immediately, I thought of my own dear Mother and how I would be in a state of “nothingness” had she chosen to have an abortion to terminate her pregnancy. Now I realize that was a long time ago, and granted abortion was indeed illegal; however, abortions were indeed, performed. Fast-forward to the unholy present and we find our precious gift of life is no longer treasured by many, nor protected by many of those in power. So how do we incorporate and protect the dignity and sanctity for Life in this day and time?

*The Life Ethic: What Does Life Look Like?  Contrary to cultural messages, our value isn’t determined by our ethnicity, race or gender; nor by our age, ability or location. It’s our divine membership in the human family that sets each of us apart as sacred. Men, women and children (including preborn children in the womb) should be respected, regardless of their mental capacity, physical ability, or social position. Some people may not exhibit attributes of God or behave in ways that recognize their own value, yet their intrinsic worth remains.

The concept of human dignity comes from the sanctity of human life. Since humans are made in God’s image, we hold a distinctive status that sets us apart. Human dignity is bestowed upon us by God. It’s not based on our ability to care for ourselves or competence to complete the task. Dignity is not a concept that can be forfeited, so being dependent on others cannot cause us to lose our dignity.

Our failure to recognize and honor human dignity is apparent in phrases like “quality of life.” The cornerstone of living out this fundamental truth is to recognize the value of our own lives and the lives of others. In fact, knowing who you are is a big part of understanding the sanctity of human life. Do you value your own life as sacred? Do you embrace your worth and significance as one who bears God’s likeness? Comprehending this is the first step in embracing the truth of who we all are! 

The second is in the way you view others. Do you see others through God’s eyes? Does your gaze stop at their physical appearance or ability, or do you look deeper to try and see the image of God in each life? Hidden heart attitudes of pride, superiority and contempt prevent us from seeing others with the respect and significance they deserve.

Finally, to live out the sanctity truth requires an action: to remind those around us of the value of all human life by speaking out for “those who cannot speak for themselves” (Proverbs 31:8). Look for opportunities to talk about and act upon your pro-life views. Teach your children and grandchildren to respect all human life and demonstrate that respect in your own words and actions.

Together we can live and communicate the beauty, wonder and reverence our Creator intended for each person in the human family.”

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A Conversation From The Womb:

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other:

“Do you believe in life after delivery?”  The other replied:

“Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes you nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know, ” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied, “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”  (–Utmuato a Leleknek)

A very interesting point of view, right?  And  now, back to my image for today. We see a little child weeping…or is he praying? I believe he’s praying as he weeps …for all the unborns who will not receive their own gift of life outside the womb.

KEEP PRAYING, NEVER GIVE UP, GOD WILL ANSWER!

And to my own dear Mother, I say, ‘Thank you, Mother, for allowing me my own Gift of Life!’

My prayer for us all this week is that we will choose a side: The Gift of Life or Not. While you’re thinking about this, ask yourself, where would you be right now had your Mother refused your Gift of Life?

GOD is Good. GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

*A big “Thank You” to Focus on the Family’s Carrie Gordon Earll, for her contribution to today’s Blog.

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Mother’s Day

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Welcome to my Monday Blog, dear hearts! Thank you for sharing your time with me today, I truly appreciate it!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, so today’s Blog is for all the Mothers in the world. This week, let’s all think about what our Mothers mean to us.  For me, it’s a big opportunity to go back in time and relive so many wonderful memories of my own sweet Mother. She’s probably the only reason I’m sitting here today telling you all about her! Gosh, talk about “the gift that keeps on giving”…that’s my Mother!

Other than my gift of Life, my Mother was the greatest gift God could have ever given me! I simply adore my Mother and there’s not one day that goes by that I don’t “visit” with her in some way and on some days, I can actually feel her presence. Truth is, I could tell you some stories that would make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. She’s never really left me and I have her to thank for every ounce of good inside me.  God blessed me with the gift of Life, and that gift came with my dear Mother!!

This week, in honor of Mother’s Day, why don’t we all spend some time with our Mothers, whether we’re still blessed to have them with us here, or not. Whatever your personal situation may be and if by chance you’re situation may call for using this Mother’s Day as an opportunity to get even closer to your dear Mother, then consider that, as well. We all know our days are numbered, so while we’re here, let’s be grateful for our loved ones and especially our Mothers on their special day. Let’s make it a day of love and even forgiveness if necessary…remember:

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” – Proverbs 31:25-30

To all the Mothers, everywhere:  Happy Mother’s Day!!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

My spiritual thriller, “That Melvin Bray” is available of Amazon