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Veteran’s Day

     Today, Monday, November 12th, has been set aside to honor veterans. I would like to dedicate this Listening on the Journey… blog post to men and women who have or are currently serving their country.

     The national holiday was established originally to honor the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. That war was called ‘the war to end all wars.’ Of course, history has shown that was not the case. Many men and women since then have risen to answer the call to serve their nation.

     If you are a veteran—past or present—THANK YOU! Because of your service and sacrifice, little ones like my two youngest grandchildren are blessed to enjoy freedoms in the USA!

Emmi and Reeve in the hoodies Grandma and Grandpa brought them from our recent trip to Washington, D. C.

Blessings to all…

Sue Reeve

‘Wrestling…’ – Post #7

Wrestling with My Desire & God’s Timing

     I’d venture to say, we’ve all asked them. Questions like:

  • How do I deal with prayers I believe are according to God’s will, prayers that are not unrealistic nor selfish, and still, they go unanswered?
  • What do I do while waiting for my desire to converge with God’s timing?

     Many times, I’ve asked a similar question, feeling angst and annoyance because I couldn’t figure out the answer. These days, I often pray simply, Surprise me, God!

     Answers to our complicated spiritual questions come in different ways.

     Here’s one I’ve experienced.

     Because I love to read, I buy a LOT of books. And, because I’m unable to read them quickly enough, my bookcase contains several unread volumes!

     More than once, even within the past few days, when I’ve been wrestling—mildly, moderately or massively—with a spiritual or life-direction conundrum, I’ve sauntered over to my bookcase, browsing absentmindedly, for something new to read.

     Low and behold, the book I choose contains just the perfect dose of clarification, encouragement or wisdom needed to fuel faith and enable me to wait for God’s answer with hope, rather than despair.

     Complicated spiritual questions can rock our confidence in God. While there are no one-size-fits-all definitive answers, scripture provides promises and principles that help. I’ve found some of the most practical answers for living out every day Christian faith are found in Romans, Chapter 12.

     Romans 12:12 (taken today from The Message) offers three especially no-nonsense remedies. Rather than second-guessing our faith or questioning God’s mysterious timing, Paul suggests:

  1. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame.

     Continue to take good care of your soul:

          body,

               emotions,

                    thoughts,

                         spirit.

  1. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant.

     Ways in which we can accomplish this are:

          Learn about and cling to truths of God’s character and promises found throughout
          scripture.

               Stay connected with and inspired by faith-filled believers.

                    Minimize whining.

  1. Pray all the harder.

     Don’t stop asking for God’s blessing.

          Persist in searching for God-honoring solutions (perhaps, even discovered in an
          un-read volume on your bookshelf).

               Keep on knock, knock, knocking on Heaven’s door. (See Matthew 7:7)

     If you’re currently in a season of struggling with unanswered prayers, I’m asking God to ‘surprise’ you with a hint of hope and a glimpse of grace.

Blessings, my fellow faith sojourner…

Sue Reeve

‘Wrestling…’ – Post #6

Wrestling to Build a Nation

     Tomorrow, citizens in the United State will exercise their privilege to vote. If you haven’t already done so, I hope you’ll go to the polls.

     I thank God often for my country and feel blessed to live in the USA.

     If you watch television news, you know political wrestling at this point in our country’s history is plentiful! During our recent trip to Washington, D.C. as well as many different historical sites, it became apparent this isn’t a current phenomenon.

     I hope you’ll enjoy the following photos and that they will renew your appreciation for the amazing freedoms we enjoy because of the willingness of forefathers and foremothers to wrestle for the rights we enjoy and, which I know, can so easily be taken for granted.

The U. S. Capital

“…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness….”

~ Declaration of Independence – July 4, 1776

The Lincoln Memorial

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure…”.

Abraham Lincoln, “Gettysburg Address – November 19, 1863”

Pool at the World War II Memorial with The Lincoln Memorial in the background. My father was a paratrooper who fought during the last brutal months of WW II. He enlisted the day after high school graduation. The young man I’d later call “Dad” marched in the Berlin Victory Parade on September 7, 1945. He returned to his small Montana hometown with two bronze stars, a purple heart and perhaps a broken heart since that’s what the brutality of war can do to a young soldier’s soul.

My father-in-law, George, trained Naval pilots in Norman, Oklahoma, toward the end of the War. George met my husband’s mom at a USO dance. He loved to tell the story about the first time he saw Loretta. He told his buddy, “See that beautiful girl in the blue dress. I’m going to marry her!” Their marriage produced six wonderful children and endured over 50 years. They never stopped dancing.

I love being a woman and appreciate the contribution women have made throughout history, including during WW II.

Speaking of women, we really enjoyed these two lively ladies who worked for the nighttime bus tour company. The gal with the neon pink hair was giving her co-worker a tutorial in how to have good boundaries. I found the discussion hilarious. I haven’t used any of her suggestions when I teach the “Boundaries” book class! 😊

This is the Old Post Office Pavilion, a magnificent nighttime site.

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”  ~ Post Office unofficial motto

I liked this statue of Thomas Jefferson In Williamsburg, near the beautiful campus of William and Mary University where Jefferson attended from 1760-1762. He later wrote the Declaration of Independence. I enjoy hanging out with great writers!

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

~Thomas Jefferson

The following photos are from the re-created Jamestown Settlement, America’s first English colony.

Three ships sailed from England in 1607. It was eerie to walk through the replica ship and experience the cramped quarters in which brave men and women traveled. Many died in route.

The early colonists joined the Powhatan Indians who lived in villages like this one.

They needed protection, and men like this fellow were ready.

The roots of our nation’s faith tradition began in churches much like this one.

Blessings to each of you who has taken time to read this post, and God bless the United States of America. Regardless the outcome of tomorrow’s election, I hope each of us will pray for our nation’s leaders…

Sue Reeve