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When was the last time you cried?

Did you grow up believing that crying was a sign of weakness as a friend of mine did?

Let me tell you something. It’s not. To cry is to let go of the pride holding back the emotions inside. Perhaps crying is not a sign of weakness, but in fact, a sign of strength.

I have cried quite a bit this year. Sometimes not with physical tears, but I can feel it inside.

There are so many reasons we cry.

I have cried out of fear.
I have cried out of uncertainty, out of missing a sense of steadiness.
I have cried out of conviction, as Wednesday night sermons have been preached.
I have cried out of worship, as I feel the Spirit of God moving.
I have cried out of disappointment in myself.
I have cried out of worry and fear for the young girls on Instagram that are cutting or suicidal.
I have cried out of desire.
I have cried out of frustration.
I have cried out of sheer, overwhelming hormones. 😛
I have cried out of confusion.
I have cried out of surprise.
I have cried out of love.
I have cried out of anger.
I have cried through movies.
I. Have. Cried.

Have you?

Crying is a release, a way to peace. It brings us to our knees. It brings us back to God, back to where we belong. Have you noticed how sleepy you get after a good cry? Maybe that’s a sign of the rest that we need. We need to take a break. Take a break from worry, from fear, from frustration, from disappointment, from anger.

Go ahead, cry. I have Kleenex.

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Posted by on October 9, 2013 in Random Thoughts, Worldview

 

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“There’s pride in every American heart.”

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“I am proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died and gave that right to me. And I’ll gladly stand up, next to you, and defend her still today. But there ain’t no doubt I love this land. God bless the U.S.A.”

The first time I heard that song was when Kristy Lee Cook sang it on American Idol in 2008. (Watch the video of her performance here.) I was 13. It gave me chills, I have never been that emotionally moved by a song sung on American Idol before. However, the words really didn’t mean that much to me.

My home church does an ENORMOUS 4th of July celebration every year. We had never been before, but in 2010, unfortunately the last year they did it, I happened to be in the choir that sang during the fireworks show. I had a fun rehearsing the patriotic songs we would be singing. It was a blast to take part in. I am so thankful I had that opportunity. At one point, they had each of the different branches of the military stand, active duty and veteran. Again, it really didn’t mean anything to me.

To be honest, I have always been fairly patriotic, but never really thought or cared much about our service men and women. Only recently has that changed.

During the last two years we have become friends with a family with three boys, one Army veteran, one in active duty Army, and one who was enlisted into the Army. I didn’t know the older two sons very well, but the common obsession with horses grew a general friendship between me and the youngest son. I also am really close to his momma. Because I knew that he’d be leaving soon, I kind of grew an interest in all things military. (Not an obsession yet, but pretty close. 😉) I have become extremely patriotic through all of it. I honestly get chills walking past a man (or woman) in uniform in the airport. Once you know someone in the Army, it suddenly becomes very real. Especially, watching his family deal with his absence now. You realize, that these men and women put their life on the line and go through a lot of hard work, with families at home, simply to protect our freedom. What a gift this is! Why don’t we ever take the time to thank them in person? (I must admit, I have a hard time going up to people, so I am guilty of this too.) It really means a lot to them to be thanked. Being in the military takes a toll on them, physically and mentally. They have given up a lot. For you.

So, I want to thank you, men and women, of all military branches, for putting your lives on the line, for us, for our freedom. I am praying for you and your families. 🇺🇸

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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