Saturday, I had to take our eleven year-old German shepherd, Jake, to the vet to be put down. Besides the usual ailments that come with aging, he had tumors growing on his stomach, and severe hip dysplasia. Rebekkah and I agonized over the right time to do this. His quality of life had been decreasing a lot lately, and his suffering had increased. It was time to end his suffering.
Obviously, the whole thing, from the decision it was time to say good-bye, all the way up to burying him, was very, very sad and I am flooded with grief, and questions about the souls of the animals we have loved so deeply. If the soul of the animal goes on existing, then my decision for Jake was only one of complete mercy and knowing he is happier gives me peace.
However, if these souls of our pets simply cease to…
I’m trying to get back on track in life with fitness goals and so much else, so I am being proactive and getting ahead tonight!
What you see here is the process of my drink mixing in prep for this week’s shaping up.
I have a 24 pack of water to begin with. Here I am using up all of my Jolly Rancher powdered drink mix for some tasty, non carbonated and low-cal liquids for my sexy self! Right now I’m working with the Watermelon and Green Apple mix. Then onto Fruit Punch (which is another brand..).
I pray that in your moment of silence today that you reflected on the events of this tragic day in history. I pray that when you closed your eyes, you were taken away from your hectic day for just a moment to pause and become reflective of what happened on this day thirteen years ago. I know you have a lot on your plate, but I pray that you in your humanness would place yourself in the shoes of those who have lost loved ones and be in their pain with them. I pray that this will bring to your remembrance the reality of evil and the terrorist organizations that seek to destroy our country and its allies. I pray that God shows you the faces of those victims and reminds you that He has placed you in this position of authority. I pray that God humbles…
I was sitting in my 11th grade Political Science Class when our teacher received word from another faculty member down the hall that our nation was being attacked. He immediately turned the television on and we all stared in shock. All of us hadn’t experienced anything like this in our around 16 or 17 years of life. It was very scary to say the least.
I’m sure most of you remember where you were that day as well, as Americans. It was like nothing else. History was changed forever that day, and the lives of so very many people. Things shifted in our world. Forever.
No matter what anyone in the world says, America is still the land of the free and the home of the brave. I am proud to be a citizen of this country, no matter what has changed all of the years of my life-whether I’ve agreed with the changes or not. I know that God has blessed this nation for so many years, and that we mustn’t forget that. I’m in no way saying that our country is ‘better’ than any other. I am simply saying that God is who we have to thank for all of the good that the United States has known over the years-the many blessings. We must remember where we came from, and know where we are going.
I’m praying for our nation, our leaders today, every branch of our military, and the tons of people affected by 9/11/2001. May God bless them with peace and healing always.