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What Price Freedom?

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A lone U.S. Army bugler plays Taps at the conclusion of the First Annual Remembrance Ceremony in Dedication to Fallen Military Medical Personnel at Arlington National Cemetery, March 11, 2009

The following is excerpted from Freedom Through Military Victory by R.B. Thieme, Jr.,  Pastor of Berachah Church, 1950-2003:

“If a nation wishes to perpetuate inviolate the priceless privileges and blessings of independence, warfare is inevitable. Every generation must face the crucible of war.

Freedom is bought and paid for by the blood of individuals who set a higher value on their liberty than on life itself. If one generation is not prepared mentally and spiritually to defend such values, if enough individuals in a national entity reject the principle of freedom through military victory, liberty languishes.

Despite man’s zealous efforts to achieve freedom through peaceful means, wars will continue until the end of human history when Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, reigns on earth for one thousand years (Is 9:6 cf Eccl 3:8; Micah 4:1-3; Mark 13:7; Rev 20:4)…

Until then, any nation that desires autonomy, must maintain a military force trained and equipped for war.

The freedom the United States possesses has been purchased through the sacrifice and suffering of courageous men. We as a people have a right of self-determination because of military victory. We as Christians have the privilege to assemble in public worship services and to evangelize unbelievers without persecution courtesy of the military. Since 1776, we owe an immeasurable debt to all our gallant fighting forces, especially to those who gave their lives that we might remain a free people.”

Memorial day is a holiday set aside for us to remember the dedication and sacrifice of those who paid the ultimate price for the many precious and amazing freedoms we still enjoy in these United States; and having remembered, to reaffirm our devotion to the cause for which they gave so much…

Liberty is a gift; nations whose people take it for granted, will eventually lose it.

Let us not lose by apathy, distraction, ignorance or political chicanery what so many of our men and women in uniform down through our history have giventheir lives to preserve for us.

 (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released, acquired through Beverly & Jack’s Photostream, Creative Commons, Flickr)

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Happy 2012!

Happy New Year everyone!

May 2012 be a year of continued blessing and growth for all of you.

I can hardly believe it’s been over a month since I last posted.

Then again it seems like forever since December began. A lot has happened since then. Last summer, after 30 years of submitting applications, my husband finally drew the single 2011 Desert Bighorn Sheep hunt permit for a unit in the eastern portion of the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona. The season began December 1 and ended December 31. Since he will never get another chance to hunt Desert Bighorns,  he has since August been making the four-hour drive out to hike the arid, empty, forbidding lands of the Cabeza Prieta seeking to get a sense of where he might find the sheep.

As a man who’s always looking for adventure, he found it in spades.  In an area bordered on the south by Mexico and on the north by the Barry M Goldwater Bombing Range he encountered violent thunderstorms, and gale force winds, blazing heat, frigid cold, solitude, bad roads, dust storms, illegal smugglers of people, drugs and guns, the discovery of human remains, A-10 and F-15 fighter jets strafing and bombing the nearby range  in training runs that shook the air and ground for miles, and a never- ending parade of Border Patrol officers wanting to know what he was doing. With his access limited to three roads, each miles from the areas where the sheep were, and camping prohibited throughout most of the refuge, he faced a long walk out at the end of the day, no matter where he was.

And that was just the lead up. He worked his last day of work for 2011 right after Thanksgiving, taking off before opening day to prepare and get settled in his camping area before the season actually started. Five friends met him out there to help.  He was prepared to hunt the entire month if need be. I had no idea if we were even going to be able to do Christmas.

Plus, with my mother gone, my sister decided to stay in New Mexico, and with our son and daughter-in-law due to stay with her family in Tucson for the holiday, even apart from the hunt, Christmas 2011 was certain to be a radical departure from our accustomed traditions.

Since by the weekend of Dec 11th my hubby was still at it, I gave up on the idea of getting a tree, put up a small one in the piano and put Santa hats on the animal mounts we have in our living room.  Here’s our full sized Gould’s turkey with his tiny hat. It makes me laugh…

As it turned out the ram was taken over that same weekend,  and shortly thereafter my kitchen was co-opted for meat processing for about a week.  No Christmas baking to be done then!  Instead I spent the time working on the Christmas letter and ordering presents (first time in a loooong time we had to do so without lists!)

Once the butchering was done, my husband develped a weird staph infection under the skin of one of his fingers, so we were off to Urgent Care two days in a row right before Christmas. The treatment was a shot of antibiotics followed by a 10 day pill regimen of the same along with daily soakings in betadine and epsom salts. It’s better now, but for awhile it was very nasty — swollen, painful and after awhile black. (Which was really just a scab beneath the skin, though we didn’t know it at the time)

We ended up having the kids at our house for Christmas morning, then went over to join Kim’s family for the Christmas dinner that afternoon. It made for a very nice –and festive –holiday after all. I’m thankful they invited us!

Here’s Lily with her new stuffed puppy, which looks — ahem — a lot like Quigley. Imagine that…

Then we left for California to visit my 91-year-old stepmother (and her 92-year-old sister)  for three days and by the time we returned I was exhausted and had picked up a cold — most likely from the seven story hotel in which we stayed (on the seventh floor) (with Quigley) along with about 100 marching band members from Japan and their supporters, all of whom were apparently housed on the third floor!

But! on the way home New Year’s Eve, on the road somewhere between Yuma and Gila Bend around 8:15pm we saw the New Year’s Eve meteor!  It had nothing to do with the Quadrantid meteor shower that was supposed to begin  on the 3rd, but was instead a random meteorite from somewhere out by Jupiter.

It started as a bright light coming at us out of the east. What in the world???Then it sprouted a tail that turned green with red around the edges and we realized it was a meteor. It looked like it was going to crash into the ground right beside the highway, but just before it did, the head vanished and the tail slowly faded. Turns out it wasn’t that close, but streaking low on the horizon, visible to people in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. Others also thought it was going to hit the ground or a building, but we were all deceived I guess by how bright and low on the horizon it was. Fantastic experience. We could hardly believe we’d seen it. It’s the first one I’ve ever seen, apart from the little white streaks way way up in the sky from “shooting stars.” If only I’d had the camera out and ready I might have been able to get a shot.

Instead, I’ll have to settle for this picture from Wikipedia that shows what a bolide looks like. It’s very similar to what we saw. Ours had a fatter, greener tail. Still — Very Cool! And it seems symbolic somehow, though I haven’t figured out how, yet.

So Blessed, So Thankful

Things I am Thankful For:

My Lord and Savior
His work on the Cross so I could be free
The Gospel
Eternal life
The Word of God
My pastor, Robert McLaughlin, and his faithful teaching
Rebound (If we confess our sins He is faithful and Just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness)
The fact that “there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ.”

Living in America!
Freedom…
…And the soldiers who’ve sacrified to provide and defend it
Roads and highways
My Jeep
The American medical system
Airplanes
Fighter jets and warthogs (and living under their flight paths)
The Internet
Email and blogs
People who email me!
People who read my blog!

My house
Living in Tucson, Arizona
Sunny days
Rainy days
Windy days

Thunderheads!

Daily Bible Class
The filling of the Holy Spirit
God’s tailor made plan for my life
The pattern for it set by my Lord
Being a New Creature, set free from the power of the flesh
Trials and difficulties, for they give me the opportunity to trust God under suffering — something I can never do in heaven
Obnoxious people, for they give me the opportunity to apply God’s love and forgiveness.
Living in the End times, for it gives me the opportunity to see God’s word validated as foretold events unfold before our eyes.

Comfortable clothes
Royal Family Friends
Long, deep, doctrinal conversations
Good health, and the ability to exercise
The gift to write and readers who respond to it
Having six published books and the opportunity to write a seventh

Quigley! What a magnificent creature he is!

Turkey and dressing
Stamping and card making
Receiving the peace that passes understanding, even if only sporadically
Autumn walks
Bible conferences
Soft sheets
A good book
Music and singing

Arizona sunsets

Thanksgiving dinner leftovers
Chocolate chip Cookies!
Molasses cookies
Christmas cookies

Knowing He will never leave me nor forsake me
Knowing that my Lord controls history and all will unfold according to His purpose regardless of how things might appear
Knowing I am His bride, His jewel, the apple of His eye

Rebound

Peace

Contentment

Purpose

So blessed, so thankful

I hope you’ll take the time over this holiday to reflect on the myriad of ways that God has blessed and provided.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Independence Day

Driving home from the Y today, I was listening to Chris Baker, in for Glenn Beck on the radio, saying that he wasn’t in the mood for celebrating Independence Day because to him we are already sliding down the slippery slope to subjugation, tyranny and dependence.  I see it, too and it saddens me, so I thought I’d post a collection of things this year that seem significant.

First is a quote from Colonel R. B. Thieme, Jr, in his book,  Follow the Colors:

“The American War for Independence, erroneously known as the Revolutionary War, was not a revolution but a fight against tyranny based on the principles of the rights of the individual to protect his life, liberty and property…”

This is from the Constitution:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

And the following are selected Amendments from the Bill of Rights (emphasis mine):

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probably cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Amendments 1, 2, 4, 9 and 10. I think in our day every one of these is being bent and challenged, if not outright broken. But it’s good to be reminded of the freedom our Constitution has guaranteed us for the last 230 years or so.

Given the hooplah about Michael Jackson’s death, the hold of the cult of celebrity has on our culture, particularly our young people, (I noted that a poll on top celebrity in the world named Barak Obama as #1, the first time a US President has ever held that position), given the sorry state of our nation’s public schooling, where not only discipline, self-control and the principle of self-induced misery (or suffering the consequences of one’s own bad decisions) have gone out with logic, reason, and the actual facts of history… was it that good of an idea to lower the vote to 18???

Maybe it wouldn’t matter. I kind of think it wouldn’t. The ailment our great nation suffers is not the result of people being too young, but people being too self-absorbed, too obsessed with their comforts, pleasures, games and personal goals to understand the actual issues or even wish to.


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