Monday Words for the Soul~November 11~Courage

Veterans Day

“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau – Facts for Features: Veterans Day 2013: November 11
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb12-ff27.html

Additional Veteran’s Day Sentiments: http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/163696/12_veterans_day_quotes_to

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Additional words for the Soul

Saturday Digest~November 12

**Please continue to honor our Heroes, Our Veterans:

~~What would change if you knew to your core that everything ~~ every little thing ~belongs? Such an insightful post by Kristin Noelle

~~From Amy Palko~Everytime Amy writes, I find myself nodding and welcoming tears of relief.


This is for you, dear one, for when you feel rejected, unappreciated, unseen. For all those times, when you feel like your light has been overlooked, your specialness unacknowledged, your worth ignored. These words are here to remind you, my sweet, are luminous, cherished, and, yes, loved~loved beyond all measure.
Shine, baby girl. Shine!
For too long now you’ve been content to live in the shadows sitting in the back row, blending into the background, believing that this was where you belonged. But you were meant for so much more.
Your voice which you keep so small and contained, barely breaking above a whisper, was made for singing arias so sweet that the hearts of all those listening cast off their armour and melt into the loveliness of you. It was made for speaking out when others were too meek. It was made, my darling, for howling at the moon.

~~Reinforcing my current focus word, Enoikeo/Dwell, is this great post from Big, Sparkly Life:

Hold still in your loving. When the world feels a little topsy turvy…when the ground is shaking…when chaos is reigning…hold still.

Find the quiet voice of you that resides with. It is there. Breathing. Loving. Intoning messages of truth.

It is calm. It is centered. It is whole. You won’t find it rebelling. Or reacting. It will be holding a space for you to enter. There is not formal invitation…no lights flashing to show you the way. Simply an open door into a palace of sweetness and love.

Finding it is as simple as a breath…and holding the trust that you know who you are. Listen for the space. Feel for the quiet pulse of loving. Subtle as it may be, it is there….

~~Video of the Week: Free Hugs! contributed by Sue G. Thanks, Sue!

Sending you hugs…Because of Grace

A Prayer for Our Veterans

A Prayer for Our Veterans

Eternal and Loving God, we are so thankful for the men and women that You have raised up to serve our country with honor, dignity and commitment in the past and present, in war time and times of peace, in combat or on the home front.

We remember them today and ask You to bless them in the sacrifices they have made to give of themselves for the cause of freedom. We ask You to surround them and their families with your love and protection as many continue to serve on the front lines.

In their times of loneliness and despair, we ask You to be their unseen hand that will lift them up to see a brighter day. We remember those who have lost their lives in service, and we applaud their selfless acts as well as their families that released them to serve. As You have blessed this nation as the land of the free and the home of the brave, we extend this blessing to every branch of our military, and ask that your continued strength and power be with us in the days ahead.

Believing that You are willing and able to hear and answer, we ask in Jesus Name, Amen.

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