Can you be a blessing this year? To our veteran’s? My sorority has partnered up with Wreaths Across America to fund raise for wreaths to be placed on the grave sites of the fallen soldiers. We will be placing wreaths for the fallen soldiers on Saturday, December 16th at U.S. Soldier and Airmen’s Cemetery in Washington, DC and we need your help to reach our goal. Our goal is 100 wreaths.
Last year was my first year volunteering at this ceremony. Munch and I attended with my sorority sisters and I have to tell you that I was honored to be a part of such a beautiful tradition. I thought Munch would be scared, but he wasn’t. He grabbed the wreaths and put them on the headstones wishing each fallen soldier a very Merry Christmas.
This year we will say the names of those that have died serving our country as we place a holiday wreath on their grave site. We want to cover as many headstones as possible and with your help we can do so. Can you please share this post on your social media feeds? Can you please donate wreaths? You can donate a wreath through our page by clicking here: Wreaths Across America
I truly thank you and appreciate each and every one of you. One wreath for one headstone is $15.00. If I can get 100 of my followers to purchase a wreath we will meet our goal. Can you help?
A powerful praise– As mentioned in yesterday’s post. My parked car was hit by my new neighbor trying to park the U-haul next to my car. This situation and the fact that he hadn’t reported the accident and having to pay for expenses out of my own pocket had me so stressed out.
I tossed and turned all night feeling foggy during the day. I cried at the drop of a hat and I felt alone. I felt as though I was a burden on everyone with a consistent conversation about my car. I was going through it ya’ll. But, can you blame me?
So, I woke up last Thursday morning and laid in bed praying to God to please give me peace because I know that there is a lesson in the trial I was going through and I was willing to endure but I needed help to endure. I asked him to give me an introspective spirit (which he did) and allow me to trust that HE will work it out on my behalf.
I got up and went to prepare my Munch’s breakfast. I then got him up and went back to my room to read my daily devotional and my bible before getting ready for work. I read the devotional for the wrong day because I was a day ahead. But, how funny was it when God spoke to me through that post. He had instantly answered my cry for help.
The devotional instructed me to not let my problems drag me down but trust that it is a teachable moment if I was willing to learn. I needed to trust that HE would guide me through it all. It instructed me to draw closer to HIM because he is walking with me. Whew! I couldn’t do nothing but praise HIM and said thank you God! I literally knew what the saying “If I had 10,000 tongues I couldn’t thank him enough for all HE’S done for me.” That’s how I felt. I had a powerful praise and that gift is invaluable.
When you are plagued by a persistent problem – one that goes on and on – view it as a rich opportunity….In faith, thank Me for your problem. Ask Me to open your eyes and heart to all that I am accomplishing through this difficulty. Once you have become grateful for a problem it loses its power to drag you down. – Sarah Young, Jesus Calling
Vulnerability – I’ve always despised letting people in my heart. Whether friends, family or men that I’m in relationships with it sucks when someone hurts you so I’ve been unable to be vulnerable with people. I viewed vulnerability as a sign of weakness and I didn’t want to show anyone that I was weak. So, I never asked for help. Let people know that I was hurting or just that I needed them. It was easy to control the relationship if I didn’t give them a chance to hurt or disappoint me.
What I learned is that disappoint is a part of life and that you need people. It’s true. We are all interconnected and we need people to love us and support us. We have to start letting some of those dang walls down and burning some of those bridges. No one wants to be hurt but you can’t think like that. You have to know that you are meant to be loved and people want to love you if you just let them.
Sigh, I know it’s hard. I’ve been there. I am going through a situation and I burst out crying to a male friend of mine. I apologized for my outburst and said, “I’m sorry that I’m crying. It seems when I talk to you I start crying about all the frustrations that I have.” He responded, “It’s okay. I like that you can be vulnerable with me.” I was stunned. I wasn’t being vulnerable. Was I?
Yes, I was. And you know what? It’s okay. Sometimes we need to let people know that we are hurting and that we need their advice, love and just support to get through difficult times. I don’t always have to be strong. I want to be loved too.
Life is meant to be shared with the people that love us and trust me, we all have someone that loves us. You don’t think so? Well know that I love you. Why? Because you were intimately created by the one who loves me with all my faults and all. I received the gift of vulnerability.
Time – Time is the most valuable thing we have. This year I received the true understanding of the value of time. When I dated I began to realize that the men that I was dating would start off giving me time and then that would gradually fall off as we progressed in our getting to know each other stage. Their time was not given to me. As someone who appreciated time, this was in direct conflict with who I am and what I believe in so I moved on. Because what I know is that people make time for what they want. For example, the guy I’m dating now worked 124 hours in the last two weeks and still managed to give me time. Time: to date me, to work out with me, to hang out with me and to talk or email me throughout the day. I never felt shorted. For that I am thankful.
I also understood that our time here may be limited and it is incumbent on us to make sure that we value the people and relationships in our lives. Easier said than done huh? Nope, not at all. I thought I would have time with my estranged father to “fix us” but time is not on our side with him having cancer. So, I’m investing the time. I’m thankful for the time. I’m spending time. I’m cognizant of the time we do have and enthusiastically creating that father/daughter relationship. Each moment spent is an investment in our relationship and I’m thankful for all the time we have.
Time is more valuable than money and this lesson learned was an important gift that I wanted to share.
Faith – A renewed faith that everything will work as it should. This year has been one that has tested my faith in relationships, humanity, work and motherhood. Being a woman of faith doesn’t mean that I don’t question things. On the contrary, it means that I’m human and I know my limits. I know what I am capable of and more importantly what God is capable of.
Let’s remember that:
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. –Ephesians 2:8-9 (NRSV)
It’s December 1st and I’m so super excited. It’s 24 days until Christmas! Not for shopping but for the birth of Christ. I love this season. The smell of hot coco, Christmas carols, Christmas lights, snow, the scent of pine and family.
Did you know that 2015 will be over in 30 days? If there are still some things that you would like to do this year, don’t forget to do them. You still have time to make your year end goals a reality!