Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veteran's Day!

In the USA, today is Veteran's Day. I want to take just a minute and say THANK YOU to all the Veterans that I know and those I don't know who may read this blog. Thank you for leaving your families and homes and perhaps your country to go and do whatever job our country demanded of you. Thank you to the men and women who came before us and gave their time, energy, blood, sweat and tears to make sure we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave!

A special Thanks to my husband who served in Vietnam and to our oldest son who served two deployments to Iraq. Either or both of these men would still today be willing to give their lives to defend "truth, justice, and the American way"!

There are other "soldiers" who I want to remember today also. The Christian Soldiers who have stood firm and shed tears and even their blood to promote the love of Christ and reflect His light to the world. The problems and troubles in this ole world seem to get darker and darker but I suppose that will make the light of Christ shine brighter through our lives if we will let it. A favorite saying of one of our friends concerning the uncertainities of our day is this: "It's getting gloriously dark!"

Paul laid out a Battle Plan for Christians in Ephesians 6: 12-17. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"

We can't win any battles and certainly not a war unless we are covered by the protective Hand of God. So let's put on the whole armour of God every day and go out and "fight". Satan is trying to discourage us, deceive us, destroy us, and distance us from God but he can't win if we have the full armour on every day. And by the way...."I've read the back of the book and we win!"

I pray today that God would bless each veteran with a peace in their minds and hearts that can only come from above. You have my honor, my respect, and my thanks!



Yolanda said...

Amen, thank you!


Joyful said...

Beautiful Marilyn. Of course, in Canada today it's Remembrance Day. My Dad also served for our country. As we all stood at 11:00am this morning and prayed and thanked the Lord for those who gave their life for our freedom, it was a precious time of remembering. May we never forget the price that was paid and the lives that were sacrificed.

I'm thankful today too in remembering One who gave His life for freedom - freedom from sin and the chains and strongholds that had me bound.

Interesting that you would post the passage from Ephesians today. I was sharing it with the girls at Bible study this morning. Oh to be ready to face the daily battles and know we come out victorious. Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of darkness.

Christ has already declared that it is for freedom that He has set us free. May me live in that freedom today.


Kay Martin said...

Great Tribute, Marilyn. Please thank your men for me for their sacrifices for my freedoms. My husband also served during the Vietnam time.

God bless you.