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What Will They Remember?

May 28, 2012

    Today is a special day for many reasons.  First, and most personal to me, today is my wedding anniversary.  29 years ago today I married my very best friend and one true love.  Steve is still my very best friend and my one true love.  He has given me a wonderful life, complete support, tender loving care and unconditional love.  I am a truly blessed woman!

     Next, today is this blog’s one year anniversary.  For one year I have poured out my heart into this computer and you have followed my journey and supported me.  Thank you for taking the time to read and to send me the wonderful comments that bless me each day.  Thank you also for helping me to reach 5,111 views for my first year.  I hope you continue to follow along, subscribe, share and be encouraged.

     Finally today is Memorial Day.  I want to thank God for our country.  I want to thank God for those who have chosen to serve this country and I thank those men and women who have given their all so that I can be free and blessed.

     So dear friend, continue to visit this blog.  I hope it will guide, direct and encourage you to take a time out and live the life that is true life.

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     Memorial Day; a day set aside to remember.  It is the day we remember those who served our country with the ultimate sacrifice; their lives.  Countless men and women have answered the call to serve our country in the armed forces.  They knew the risk.  They knew they were putting their lives on the line but the desire to protect our nation outweighed the fear of that risk. Today is the day that we as a nation are called to remember and to be thankful.

     Memorials are important things.  They could be dates set aside or monuments of stone.  They are created so that we; who tend to forget, remember.  The Israelites erected monuments of stones at a particular site to remember what God had done there.  Our forefathers erected buildings, monuments, even faces carved in a mountain as a remembrance.  They call us to remember great men, great battles and great ideals for which people gave their lives.

     One day each of us will pass from this earth.  What will our hours and days amount to?  What legacy will we have left?  What monument will stand for the life we lived; for the life we gave?

     Because of our fast paced lives and our busy schedules, we may not take the time too often to think on these things.  We see famous and familiar memorials and never give a thought to the reason for their existence.  Holidays that are set aside to remember have only become a three day weekend with the hope of a BBQ.  Our own lives are lived at breakneck speed and we give little thought to the memorials that we are leaving or the lack of them in our lives.

     I am going to give you a pile of stones right now.  These are the stones that you can use to build your foundation.  With a firm foundation, the memorial that you leave will stand for future generations.  We are called to not only make a difference in our own generation but to the next and the next after that.  How we spend our time, how we raise our children, how we share our lives should impact those who come after us.  I challenge you to build a memorial that will last.

     Your first stone is love.  This is your corner stone.  Love God and love others.  The level to which you do these two things will make all the difference in your life and the lives around you.  On a 100% scale, how much are you loving God and how much are you loving others?  What is the motive of your heart for how you live?  Are your actions all birthed out of a love for God and mankind?  If love is our motive many of our actions and activities might be different than they are now.

     Your second stone is time.  Giving your time is an action of love.  Time is one of the greatest gifts you can give.  We live in a society where no one has the time.  Lost and hurting people surround us; some drowning in a sea of despair yet few of us has the time to even throw them a life preserver.  What must you do in your life to free up this precious gift so that it is always available?

     Your next stone is peace.  Many of our lives are stress and chaos and we long for some peace; yet Jesus is the Prince of Peace.  He offers it to us so that we can share it with the world.  Our homes and families should be places of refuge from the world.  It is in our homes and as part of our families that we should find refuge from a harsh and crazy world.  Yet many of our homes are no different from the world.  Through schedules and lifestyles we have created monuments not to peace but to unrest, strife and frustration.  Take your stone of peace and set it firmly in place and let nothing move it.

    Your final stone is joy.  What is life without joy?  Joy is the seasoning on a bland meal.  Joy is the icing on a cake.  Joy gives you a reason to open your eyes in the morning.    We should be the bringers of joy to those around us.  We should be the carriers of joy to a negative and unhappy world.  It is God’s joy that as we share brings strength and life to weary bones.  If your life lacks joy; stop now, put the brakes on your current path and seek the source of all joy and become His vessel.

     Grab these stones.  They are free!  The monument you erect will be beautiful, will we long lasting, will be seen for generations to come.  Today is Memorial Day; for those who died for our country and from this day forward; for you to remember that you too are building a memorial.  Ahhh, I can see it now.  That is going to be a mighty memorial!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Rosemary permalink
    May 28, 2012 8:41 am

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary(s)!

  2. lilgurney permalink
    May 28, 2012 11:51 am

    YAY!!! ♪♫♪ Happy Anniversary and many blessings!! ♪♫♪ Love the photos here too. 🙂

  3. Carol Kortebein permalink
    May 28, 2012 9:59 pm

    Great message, Debbie! Thanks! And happy happy anniversary!

  4. jody hollis permalink
    May 30, 2012 5:39 pm

    Trust you got my card and we know you had a happy and blessed day. Your words are on the mark. We are thankful Jesus helps everybody to lay down great stones as they walk with Him. Jody

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