Memorial Day And What It Means To Me

Memorial Day is a day for us to remember our loved ones that have passed on. We are here today because of our ancestors and their great accomplishments through the years. They have braved great tragedies and have triumphed over many adversities to come to a new country full of unknowns to make a great life for their family and future generations to come.

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We have our Founding Fathers, Surveyors, Lawyers, Tradesmen, Farmers, Veterans, and many more people to be remembered for what they have done to make America a land of great opportunity and freedom for all.

What our ancestors have done throughout the years has helped us get to our position in life. We have learned a great deal from them throughout history. Some of our ancestors have discovered cures for serious diseases that we would have died from years ago. Our ancestors carried their old traditions to the new country and we have built on these traditions over the years. We still love ethnic foods from the old country and have kept many of their ideals and values in place.

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I have traveled to the countries that my ancestors came from. I have walked down the same streets that they walked down in the 1600’s. I saw the farm that my Great Grandfather farmed and learned the history behind why he came to America. When we learn more about our ancestors we also learn much more about ourselves and why we have certain likes and dislikes. We are very similar to our ancestors and we strive for a lot of the same things without even knowing it at the time. People always told my Father he looked like his Grandfather. We have a lot of the same mannerisms as our ancestors had.

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Memorial Day reminds me of all of my wonderful ancestors that have went on before me and helped shaped me into the person I am today. I am glad for all of their sacrifices and triumphs as without them I would not be here today. Thank you God for all of the wonderful people that have enriched the World with your good works. We greatly miss our relatives that have gone on before us and one of our ways of honoring them and remembering them is with Memorial Day.

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Amazing Grace and What Grace Means

Acts 14:22

Thus he builds our character, strengthens our faith, and prepares us to help others.

Timothy 6 : 11 – 21

Follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness, – fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life I give thee charge in the sight of God keep the commandments – be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate. Grace be with thee.

Ephesians 2 : 1 – 10

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ [ by grace we are saved; ] For by grace are ye saved through faith : and not of ourselves : it is the gift of God,  For we are his workmanship created in Jesus Christ unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

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John Newton wrote the song Amazing Grace and he became a converted slave trader and set all of his slaves free. Some highlights from the song Amazing Grace – how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear and Grace my fears relieved the hour I first believed. I was blind but now I see.  Grace has bought me safe – Grace will lead me home.

 

Gods Grace is universal and available to all persons. Living in accordance with Grace orients life around God’s gift of salvation. Grace is one as the tribune God is one.

Grace in the Methodist tradition is is manifested in three actions:

Prevenient Grace – means divine love that surrounds all humanity and Gods presence and power reside throughout all creation.

Justifying Grace –  is another word for pardon. It is the forgiveness of all of our sins and our acceptance with God.

Glorifying Grace – The gospel of Christ knows of no religion, but social, no holiness, but social holiness Gods Glorifying Grace will bring to completion God’s final reign of righteousness which is Gods power over evil and death.

Grace leads us to do amazing and awesome things in our life with God helping us along. Grace means helping people in need and doing good works and having patience, faith and being genuine and kind to others. Show your love to others and let them know how much you appreciate them being a part of your life. Be slow to anger and quick to forgive. May the Grace of God be with you today and everyday of your life.

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Little Red Riding Hood Sculpture In Honor Of My Mother Mrs. Elmer Weers

I went to Artist Reception & Exhibit Opening at the MacNider Art Museum in Mason City, Iowa for the river city sculptures on parade. For more info on the Art Museum go to: macniderart.org.20170508_170330  I interviewed an artist from Bad River Artworks located in South Dakota. I interviewed Mr. Lee Leuning. He made the baseball player and the girl on the scooter reading a book with her cat looking up at her. I asked him what his inspiration was for his sculptures and his reply was Americana, Nostalgia, and Norman Rockwell. Mr. Leuning said he paid attention to detail and depicted his sculptures as they would  look like if they were alive. I am very impressed with his great attention to detail in all of his sculptures.To learn more about them go to : badriverart.com.

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I noticed another sculpture that I liked of a wise old owl sitting on a pile of books by the library. The owls details and appearance were perfect in every way.

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I saw the sculpture that I purchased to honor my Mother on the River City Sculptures on Parade route which is a 1.7 mile walk designed to lead participants on a looping route to the Cultural Crescent and back to the central core of Mason City, Iowa. For more Info. go to: sculpturesonparade.com. New sculptures decorate downtown mason City area. The Mason City Chamber of Commerce helped me with buying the sculpture to honor my Mother.

There are new sculptures that have been placed in Mason City, Iowa that are available to be purchased.The Mason City Iowa Chamber of Commerce at masoncityia.com will help you through the purchase of your sculpture. Sculptures are a good way to honor or remember a loved one or to support a cause. The sculptures beautify Mason City, Iowa.

Del and Martha Pettigrew made the Little Red Riding Hood sculpture that I purchased to honor my Mother. They live in central Nebraska. Part of what drives their careers are the desire to capture the beauty of the twitch of a lean wolf alert for prey. From their small studio come works of great size, strength,dignity, and serenity. I loved the great attention they took in the making of the sculpture Little Red Riding Hood that I purchased. To learn more about them go to : westernartandarchitecture.com.

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My Mother was a Young Adult Librarian at the Mason City Public Library located in Mason City, Iowa for many years. I purchased a sculpture called Little Red Riding Hood to honor my Mother. My Mother loved to read books and valued education. The sculpture is placed on the library grounds to honor my Mother. My Mother worked at a college library and then she was an English teacher for one year until she met my Father and they got married. She worked at the Mason City Public Library after she was married. She loved helping people at the library. A sculpture is a great way to honor a loved one that has passed away. The sculpture will be a memorial to them for many many years to come. The Mason City Public Library will have a dedication of the Little Red Riding Hood sculpture in July. For more info on the Mason City Public Library go to: mcpl.org. The Little Red Riding Hood Sculpture will keep my Mother’s vision of learning and knowledge through books alive for many years to come.

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Legacy

Ecclesiastes 2 : 21

For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.

Joel 1 : 1 – 3

The word of the Lord came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers ?

Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

What will be your Legacy of how people remember you after you are gone. Give some of your time to help others that are in need. You can help people by listening to them, visiting with them, comforting them and taking them to appointments and by just being a genuine good and caring steward.

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What is your Legacy that you have done on earth to strengthen your spiritual Legacy with God. Have you been the best steward that you possibly can be while you are hear on Earth ? Have you spread Gods good works wherever you go ?  Always remember the Lord came to serve and not to be served. Remember The Golden Rule : Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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Will you leave a Legacy that you will be proud of for future generations to come ? Have you made your parents proud of you while you have lived on Earth ?  I always strive to do things that will honor the values and teachings that I have learned from my parents and from God.

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Your Legacy is not about wealth or money it is all about making the World a better place with the time that God gave to you on Earth. Make other peoples lives easier for them while you are on Earth and you will have left an everlasting Legacy that would make your children, parents and God proud of you. God Bless all of you today and always !

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Motivation

What motivates you in life ?  I like to plan out my days or go with things on the spur of the moment. If I have a task that I want to finish I will stick with it until I have my task completed. I never want to start a job and then quit halfway through the job.  I like to stain decks and paint buildings as it gives me a great sense of accomplishment to see the finished project.

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I have always enjoyed writing. Writing motivates me everyday as I can share my knowledge and experiences with others. I love to read history books and I try to read 30 to 100 pages a day in my book. I am motivated to learn something new everyday of my life. I enjoy life long learning classes as we are never to old to learn new and interesting subject matter.

I enjoy being a Lay Minister with my local church. I have learned a lot about spreading Gods good works. I enjoy visiting with people and trying to make their day brighter and better in any way that I can with Gods help. I am very motivated and rejuvenated when I am spreading Gods good works.

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My cats are my feline friends that I love to take care of and nurture everyday. My cats are always there for me also. They will lay by my side when I don’t feel well. My cats purr away contentedly when I pat them on the head or scratch them under their chin. Life would not be the same without wonderful pets in the world.

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Good friends motivate me to do great things in life. A good friend can always make the dark days bright and wonderful again. Friends are the greatest gift in all that they do to help us when we are in dire need. Without friends a person would be truly lost in life’s journey. God bless all of our wonderful and outstanding friends. A friend always gets you and knows where you are coming from and where you want to go.

Travelling motivates me to discover new places and new beauty around the world. Wherever we are from in the world we all strive for the same things in life. I loved visiting the countries that my ancestors came from and the fact that I was able to walk on the same paths that they had in their lifetime.

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Mowing lawn and gardening motivate me as I love the great outdoors and all that nature has to offer. Stay motivated in your life and always make time for friends and God.

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Easter

Zechariah   11 : 12 – 13

And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

And the Lord said unto me, cast it unto the potter : a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver and cast them to the potter in the house of the lord.

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And I will pour upon the house of David, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications : and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

Acts 12 : 3

And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. [ Then were the days of unleavened bread.]

As we have learned from the teachings of the Bible God so loved the World that he gave his only begotten son so that who ever believeth in him shall not perish but shall everlasting life and dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Jesus suffered terribly on the Cross for all of our sins. Jesus sacrificed himself to save all of us from death. All that believe in the Lord shall not perish but have eternal life. There are many rooms in heaven and all of us that believe in the Lord shall live with the Lord in one of the many rooms that he has prepared for us.

Easter is about sacrifice and love that is so great and overpowering that we can hardly imagine giving one of our beloved children to save the lives of everyone in the World that believes in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Gods love of man transcends down through the ages.

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We often think of a sacrifice that we have made in our life but all of our sacrifices fall way short of the sacrifice God made to save us from death and give us life everlasting. Jesus said forgive them they know not what they do when he was being put on the cross. How many of us would forgive our executioner.

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On the third day Jesus rose from the grave. He has risen He has risen indeed. We will have eternal life in the house of the Lord because Jesus died for our many sins. On Easter Sunday I go to church and think of the sacrifice God made to save all of us who believe in him. I hope all of you will go to church on Easter Sunday and reflect on the the sacrifice that was made to save us from all of our sins that we may dwell in the house of the lord forever. Christ has risen. Christ has risen indeed. Grace, Love, Peace, Faith, Joy and Hope be with you today and always. Have a happy and blessed Easter Sunday. Remember God loves all of us.

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Impossible Is Not In My Vocabulary

2   Corinthians  1 : 18 – 20

But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea or nay.

For Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached amoung you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea or nay, but in him was yea

For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

I always try to make the impossible possible. If someone tells me it is not possible to accomplish a goal I have set for myself I am more than determined to prove them absolutely wrong. Anything is possible with willpower and determination and an absolute drive to make your mission attainable.

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Someone once told me I would not win a prize at the fair. You had to tell a farmer how to contour his land on his farm for the proper drainage for his crops. I told the farmer the exact contour for his farms land and won the prize. The prize outcome was about listening to the description of the land and finding a quick fix to fix wet crop land for optimal return on your investment compared to your input to fix the problem.

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Impossible does have some limitations depending on your health. Always keep your eye on the prize and if you want it bad enough make it happen. It takes a lot of patience and practice and persistence to make the impossible possible. If you want to accomplish things in life do not be afraid to ask for help and advice as this is how you learn to make the impossible possible.

Draw out a plan of what you want to get done and stick with it. Even small accomplishments each and everyday can ad up to big rewards in your life. Fixing and remodeling can sometimes seem unattainable until you start noticing the wonderful makeover of your home as time progresses. Your home can look like the magnificent home that is was originally.

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Persistence and keeping your eye on the prize and pure determination is the key to making the impossible possible in your life.

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Why I Am a Blogger

Blogging lets me express myself and lets me tell you my story and my experiences with various subjects. Blogging lets me connect with people that have a similar interest. Social media platforms and connections let you connect with people all over the World. We can learn a lot of valuable material from each other that can take you far in life.

I love cats and traveling and I am a lay minister at my local church. I love to write about cats, travel and Inspirations with Laura. It is one of our goals in life to educate and inform others of what we have learned in our life from our experiences.Blogging informs others quickly and efficiently.

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Blogging can be your main job or a hobby it is what you want it to be for yourself and others to read. Blog with a positive and informed attitude. Be fair to yourself and others when you blog. Never use vulgar and disgusting words . Love what you do in life and then you will be very successful at what you do. I have a passion for writing and sharing my ideas with others.

If I happen to think about a certain topic I want to blog about I write the post at that moment in time or I write it down on a piece of paper for future reference. Blobbing is like a release of ideas coming together in a published format. Bloggers are good at expressing themselves and I have found that all of the bloggers that I have met to be very friendly , kind and outgoing people.

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Blog about what  you care about  and always stay true to your own beliefs and values and then people will want to read your blog post. Never go against you own values to please anyone. Be genuine, pure and true in all that you do in life as that will take you farther then you ever imagined possible in life.  Happy and successful blogging my friends.

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Lost and Found

Ephesians 2 : 12

That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the common wealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the World :

Luke 15 : 8 -9

Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth light a candle, and sweep the house and seek diligently till she find it ?

And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

When we have lost something we get anxious and nervous and start turning our house upside down until we once again have found our long lost treasure. We feel a great sense of relief once we have found our lost item and have returned it to its proper place in our home.

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We get lost in the shuffle of life now and then and forget the truly important things in our life. We do not want to lose our relationship with God without our relationship with God our relationships with other people suffer greatly. Go to church and surround yourself with others that want a long and lasting relationship with God in their lives. Belong to groups that bring out the best in you and support you along all of life’s many challenges. Make time for friends and family in your life and do not take them for granted as life is short so spend your days wisely and effectively.

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Comfort people when they feel like they are lost so they feel like they have been found again. God is always their for you when you have lost your way in life. A sickness or an illness might be a away for you to realign your relationship with God and spread Gods good works to others that have an illness or lose in their life so that we may all feel like we have been found again for a higher calling or purpose in our life here on Earth.

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Spring

Genesis  1 : 11

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth : and it was so.

Proverbs  27 : 25

The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered.

I love Spring as it is a time of rebirth and re-awakenings. The seed that rested over the winter months burst into life again. The blossoms on the trees burst open showing pretty flowers. New life is coming into the world as baby calves are being born and small chicks break out of their shells to get their first look at the world.

The rains come and wash away the dirt that is left on the ground during the winter months. The earth is looking clean and bright and the buds on the trees are opening up more and more to show off their true amazing beauty. Bees are getting ready to pollinate are trees and gardens.

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Birds have come back from their migration to build new nest and start up their new families again. The male birds are singing their lovely songs to attract their new mate for the year. All the birds are in beautiful song and plucking up insects and worms from the ground to eat and to feed to their offspring.

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Spring is a time of year for all of us to have a rebirth and to regain a better relationship with God. We should study our Bible more and be more attentive to the needs of others. Pray for those that are sick , poor or homeless and help them out however you can.

I love to plant a garden and watch the seeds turn into healthy robust plants that I can eat and freeze and eat over the winter months. The corn fields are generally over knee high by the fourth of July. Remember that Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth for man, animals and plants.

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