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Happy Decoration Day!

May 25th, 2015 by stephanie

UnknownI always like to remind readers that today, Memorial Day,  used to be called Decoration Day. Few are aware of that in these modern times, but isn’t that because only few of us have ever been told?
It may come as a surprise to some, however, Memorial Day used to be a special time set aside for Americans to visit the cemeteries. While there, they would decorate the graves of those who had given their lives in service to this country.

My grandmother and my mother shared that information with me when I was a little girl, so I am fortunate to have known that historic tidbit. But there’s a reason for that too.

You see, Memorial Day used to be celebrated only on May 30, and as that is my date of birth, each year my grandmother or mother would remind me of the holiday and it’s meaning. Which of course I loved.

They would always say, “You were born on Traditional Memorial Day.”

Apparently, as the story goes, the powers that be decided Memorial Day should officially become the last Monday in May so that federal folks could have a 3-day holiday. The rest of us have come to enjoy it too! And now, all of us know the rest of the story (Paul Harvey).

Just my thoughts as we remember, and too, as we bring this 3-day weekend to a close.



Ecclesiastes 3:8 ESV
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

After the Pain

May 21st, 2015 by stephanie

UnknownI have been doing some research of late on the good things that came to certain people—after the pain. For Joseph and Job (famous characters in the Bible) I should say.

Have you ever noticed that Joseph (the one we read about in the book of Genesis), you know the one who was actually sold into slavery by his own brothers?! Yep, that one. If you know the story, after he ended up in Egypt, he was thrown into prison. But, after a few detours, he became second in command to none but Pharaoh. Not only complete vindication, but absolute freedom and power.

We’ve all heard about the sufferings of Job, too. Yet how many of us recall that “after” the episode of his sufferings was over, he was not only blessed by 10 fold, in each area of his life, he lived another 140 years—giving him time to enjoy it all!

I had to think, first of all, my family has never attempted to sell me as a slave, for which I am grateful, and too, I’ve never had boils. I will say, I’ve had my share of pain and suffering in this life and it’s never something I welcome or enjoy, or handle that well, it I’m honest. But there is always an “after” party of sorts.

In life, we do suffer. This is a very fallen world. But it’s not permanent. The suffering isn’t forever, and in truth, neither is this earth. I guess that’s why it’s so important that we try to “get it right” during the short time we’re given down here. Why? Because “up there” will be for a very, very long time.  That place will definitely be an “after party”. Free of hurt, agony and more. I welcome that destination. Don’t you?

In the meantime, when bad things come my way, I will do my best to remember, I don’t have it as bad as Joseph or Job…it may not be great…but it’s good. And if I’m patient, I’ll get an invitation to that after party—sooner or later.

– Just my thoughts


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