What is Patriotism? Part 1

Courtesy of Air Force Times

So, I’m trying to present this topic from as many sides as possible. So, it will be broken down into multiple parts.
So, this person I spoke to was a black female and her answer entailed sacrificing for a country that may not always have your back. Because of the opportunities you currently have and because you hope for a better future for your children in America you fight for your country. She talked about the Tuskegee Airmen. They didn’t get the best treatment in the military, nor the better planes. However, they risked their lives anyway and demonstrated superb skills that we still commemorate today. After their fight was over, they came back to a country still segregated in restaurants, healthcare, bathrooms, transportation, etc. Even after fighting in World War II, these men continued to fight for equality in our country through politics, education, and just traveling and spreading the word about their sacrifice. That……amazes me. They didn’t allow bitterness or hatred of others to stop their fight for equality. They continued to fight the good fight throughout their lives. They aimed to make America better. I’m grateful to them for fighting for our country, uniting what was divided, and helping this country grow. 
There’s more to come! Stay tuned!

Preparation, Hope, and Righteousness

These past few weeks I’ve been thinking about all the things that have happened. To the earthquake in Mexico, the hurricanes that came to America, to the controversy with the NFL, and the recent Las Vegas shooting.

So, with all these things happening so close together it’s tempting to think Christ will be coming any moment especially with everything happening in nature. Well, Christ could come back tomorrow or 10 years from now. There’s no telling. If the Son doesn’t know the day or the hour, we as humans certainly won’t . It’s best to keep the parable of the Ten Virgins in mind (Matthew 25:1-13) and always be prepared!

When it comes to the NFL and the question of patriotism, this is a topic that can easily divide Americans. I will be speaking more on this in future posts, because this controversy really bothers me and breaks my heart to continue to see this division. Anyway, it’s wise at this point to have a conversation with your brother or sister in Christ who you know would have an opposing view, instead of making an assumption based on what is seen.

Last thing I will say(promise!), is the sadness with the Las Vegas shooting. My heart breaks for the victims of those shot and for the family of the shooter. The main thing that breaks my heart is the question why won’t be answered. The reason why the people at the concert got shot won’t be answered. The reason why the shooter committed suicide and his premeditation for the weapons he acquired beforehand won’t be answered. And it’s easy to be angry at God for all this and go into despair because the solution to prevent this in the future is so elusive. However, like I said before, continue to look to heaven and always remember my brothers and sisters that we don’t belong here. Hence the reason why we suffer here. All these events happening should incite us all the more to do what is right and let those lost know the hope we have. 

Love to all my brothers and sisters near and far.💗

We Are His Greatest Creation!

I’ve been thinking lately about all the ways humans are created in God’s image. I also thought alot about the beauty of creation and how humans are still a greater creation than all the beauty of the earth.

I’m a huge fan of sunsets. No one sunset is exactly the same, with some sunsets being orange, pink, or purple at times. Surrounding clouds will also add that oh so wonderful silver lining. I also love the beauty of the night with its many twinkling stars, the vast Milky Way, and seeing the dancing Northern or Southern Lights. I see posts on Facebook and Instagram of crystal beaches and mountains that look like they’re painted. The world we live in is so beautiful. 

Then I thought, my Lord and Savior didn’t die for the creation, as amazingly beautiful as it is. He died for human beings. Why? I’ll never this answer in full, but lately through my life and others lives I’ve got to see the strength of the Spirit inside of humans. We can get through some horrific tragedies and people will still see the light and love of God. That is, if we choose to view our hardship as a chance for Christ to be seen. So, for my warriors who face their hardships whether it’s an internal ongoing hardship or an external hardship that may or may not be temporary, know I’m praying for you always for strength each day. Karl Bowdle this especially goes out to you. You’ve been an inspiration to me and many others in spite of your sickness and God is the center of your conversation. I pray that God continues to keep your Spirit strong whether or not you are healed.

In conclusion, my brothers and sisters near and far off, remember that you are created in God’s image and His Spirit can get you through anything. Also know that we are not meant to stay on this earth and hence the reason why we struggle here ( Romans 8:18-30). Keep your mind ever on Christ and let those lost know of the hope beyond this world.

Give Up On A Dream? Never!!!

This was a post from Facebook from the time I graduated from physical therapy school. I had the dream of being a physical therapist since I was in high school and just had no desire to pursue any other profession. Glad I never gave up. This profession definitely has its rough moments but it is still worth the difficulties I went through to get there.

Facebook post:

My grad school journey has been rougher than some. However, I kept going at a point when most would quit. Don’t let anyone including yourself tell you that you can’t get it done. Let NOTHING hold you back and keep a positive outlook no matter how bleak it looks. I’m blessed to be where I’m at today and am truly thankful. 🙂