10 Reasons I Love America!

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10 Reasons I Love America

Happy Independence Day!  I hope it is filled with family, fun, food, fireworks and thankfulness to be living in a country blessed by God!  I was reflecting on how much I love living in America and the freedoms we enjoy.  I realize  our nation is not perfect and we have many things to learn from the mistakes of the past, but I can’t imagine living anywhere else and I wanted to list the some reasons I love America.  Feel free to add your own reasons in the comments section.

10. Wide open spaces!

9. Thanksgiving and 4th of July Holidays

8. A mix of cultures coming together as one nation

7. The boundless natural beauty from Sea to Shining Sea!

6. The brilliant blue Great Lakes (I am a Michigander after all!)

5. The many freedoms we enjoy.

4. BBQ anything

3. Walt Disney World

2. The American Soldier

1. The freedom to worship and share the Good News about Jesus freely and openly!

 

~Blessings,

Jen

 

God’s Handiwork

I want to thank you for your patience with our sparse posts over the past week.  As Jules mentioned, our Mom is in the hospital with some heart issues and we have been very busy taking care of her.  I am so thankful I was able to be with my Mom this week and help her.  In tough times, as Jules said, we have to choose gratitude and count our blessings.  Although this has been a very difficult week, I am thankful that I got to spend so much time with my Mom and my brother and sister.  I am also thankful for the patient and kind nurses, medical professionals and staff that have taken such wonderful care of my Mom.

A week ago, after having a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with my family, I woke up to this scene:

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It was absolutely breathtaking and I could not stop staring at the beauty all around me.  I was so thankful to be surrounded by family, viewing God’s handiwork and just enjoying one of his special gifts to us!  It is the moments like this which we cherish and hold in our hearts, that help us get through the more challenging days.  God’s gifts to us might not always be as obvious as this beautiful winter wonderland, but they are are there, if we take the time to look closely.

~Blessings,

Jen

An Inspirational Quote

Here is a quote from one of my favorite famous inspirational preachers, Billy Graham.  Wise words to remember when life is getting you down!

~Blessings,

Jen

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Corrie Ten Boom – An Inspirational Lady

When trying to pick an inspirational person for this series, I had a hard time deciding who I wanted to highlight.  I can think of so many inspirational people that I have met or read about.

I decided to highlight a book I read about an amazing woman and her family who helped hide Jewish friends during WWII.  The book is called The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, together with Elizabeth Sherrill and John Sherrill.

Corrie Ten Boom The Hiding Place

This story details the life of a brave Dutch woman and her family and the events that lead to their eventual arrest and imprisonment.   [Read more…]