Monday, May 30, 2011

The Memorial Day Inside My Head

Memorial Day. Well, I will remember our soldiers who have fallen, yes! But I will also recall my loved ones who have passed away. This may sound wildly controversial to some, but always I've been thankful that no one can stop me from thinking whatever I wish. No one can reach in and snatch away my own private thoughts.

And nobody can force me to dread the future just because they're dreading it like crazy.

No one can convince me to doubt God's goodness because they're big-time dreaders.

No one can make me become a bitter, unforgiving, afraid old-before-my-time lady.

Well, no one except for myself. I, myself, can certainly push my head into some creepy, dark places in a matter of seconds. But I must keep choosing, each day, not to.

Has anyone else noticed that Life in 2011 isn't exactly getting easier? I'm thinking the 2000's require us to, daily, purpose in our hearts to think and live God's positive, hopeful, loving way. And I purpose in my own heart to let His voice, His written words, tell me what I should be thinking, for I prefer peace. Joy. Strength. And not falling down, scraping my knees every 20 minutes when the world tells me really! I should panic because of what's happening now.

Uh, no. I want to stand--not all bent over and shot-up by satan's darts--but tall, straight, and looking forward to a future with a towering, can-do-anything God all over it.

That's what I want. But it's gonna take much purposing within my heart and head to get--and stay--there.


I was so grateful for you who left condolences here and at Facebook for me regarding the death of my friend, Sandy. I've been praying a special blessing for each of you who paused to show me you care. Thank-you with all my heart.


"Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion ... " 2 Corinthians 9:7

"But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord..." ... Joshua 24:15


K.E. said...

That is a lovely Memorial Day idea.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Why ever would it "...sound wildly controversial to some, but always I've been thankful that no one can stop me from thinking whatever I wish. No one can reach in and snatch away my own private thoughts."
How could any person, have any problems with anyone having a right to the use of their own mind?

What am I missing?

Gentle hugs...

Be safe.

Never forget.

Debra said...

K.E. ---thanks. :)

Aunt Amelia--it's the part about remembering non-military people on Memorial Day that I was referring to. (I only added the 'wildly' part as an exageration.) But I've heard people go on and on about how Memorial Day must first and foremost be about remembering those in the military, and well, I don't necessarily agree.

Maybe you haven't experienced this but I have--for most of my life people have told me how I should think and they've been quite quick to tell me I shouldn't think certain things. If you've avoided that, you are blessed. (If I could keep my thoughts to myself, never speak them aloud, I'd probably have a more peaceful life....heh...)

Thanks, Ladies...Debra

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Dear Debra, I am truly sorry to hear about the death of your friend. The older we get it seems the more people we have to miss on this earth. And I think it is perfectly appropriate to remember them on any day and perhaps especially on memorial day.