Freedom Isn't Free!

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still;
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant 'Amen,'
When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be eternally grateful.

Enjoy your freedom and God bless our Troops!


Lord, Teach Us To Pray

I’ve been troubled lately with wondering if I really know the most effective way to pray. I am being very honest. Thankfully, I can say that I have a long-term relationship with Jesus and for many years He has blessed me and answered so many prayers for me!

But, my heart is searching to know why some prayers seem to go unanswered. I have started a word search in the Bible of the words “pray, prayer, prayed and praying”.
I believe the Holy Spirit is prompting me to do this search.

I welcome any comment or thought that you would like to share on the subject of prayer.

We have access to so many books written on the subject of prayer and most of them are very good and helpful.

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray and from that we are given:
“The Lord’s Prayer”
recorded in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4.

“Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and
The power and the glory forever.

Jesus taught us to pray to God as “Our Father”.
Perhaps, we need reminding that Jesus also told us to come to Him as a child with simple child-like faith.




John 15:9-11...Jesus said, "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full."

I just stopped by to say "Hello". I have been on vacation for two weeks visiting family out of state. I'm taking another two weeks off before getting back into my routine.

I miss blogging and visiting my favorite blogs.
May God bless all of you Moms and give you a great Mother's Day with family.