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THE FALLEN SOLDIER, I WILL REMEMBER YOU

My Husband, Greg Miller proudly participates in his local American Legion to honor the fallen on Memorial Day. Ike Branch, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene lended his support.

TODAY THE WORDS are I SHALL REMEMBER YOU. This holiday especially, even though some of us still work on this day while others get to relax and enjoy celebration, is one for all of us, no matter where or what we do on this day, to take more than a few seconds and whisper to all fallen soldiers worldwide, not just America “I shall remember you”.

Photo courtesy of Google. Sacrifices have been made by so many.


I would like to step outside the USA boundaries and give us something to ponder on this Memorial Day. A soldier is a soldier! A soldier is also a son or daughter of parents and when they came into this world, the entire world lit up in the same parents eyes.

God sees beyond nationality, ethnicity, social circles, wealth or poverty, and God tells us to love all people. With this in mind, God doesn’t agree with mistreating others and does not agree with evil in any form, shape, or religion. This may cause confusion to many. When a soldier gets an order it is an order and he will fight, he will save lives, he will rescue and/or destroy. He is not carrying out his personal feelings sometimes but is being a true soldier. So many times, in the heat of the battle, opposing soldiers have found themselves in a predicament and did a valorous deed and actually assisted his “enemy”. What is hard for all of us to understand is that war is the enemy, not the actual soldier. What is harder to understand; the soldier has to and will respond to enemy fire or combat without seeing the soldier as a human being. War, in any form, is a tragedy for so many and cannot be taken lightly. If, we as God’s people, can figure out a way to avoid war and share love for all mankind; we can say, “I shall remember” and remember how we were able to lie down like that lamb and the lion together (technically not the way it is actually stated as you will see below) in God’s love.

Happy Memorial Day to all members of the military, family and friends of those who have sacrificed and paid the highest price so that we can look around today and enjoy God’s beauty and freedom to breathe a sigh of relief and peace.

FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

Isaiah 11:6 King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

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ACCEPTING YOURSELF TO ACCEPT OTHERS (2020 Post)

I have given this post a lot of thought. It seems we are struggling to accept others and this struggle has brought a lot of discord among all people. Politics have taken the place of parenting as we are persuaded to think this way or another. As children, our source of influence was simpler. We had parents who wanted us to behave in a certain way, respect or even disrespect according to how they felt, and our faith had a lot more to do with how they believed than a personal relationship with a Higher Power. Today, I look at the pros and cons of thinking on our own and finding ways of accepting ourselves in order for a better assessment of how we feel about others.

Let us begin with the quote from Lucille Ball:

Love Yourself First And Everything Else Falls İnto Line. You Really Have To Love Yourself To Get Anything Done İn This World.

How can we expect to love others with their imperfections if we do not accept our imperfections? How can we accept love from others when we are incapable of accepting self love?

I looked at this perception of love and I know this is the key to a more peaceful transition. This quote from John Spence is reflective of my thoughts:

Maybe if we get alone with ourselves, accept the good qualities we possess, as well as the imperfections which may be inherent or here’s a thought…We can work on ourselves first to improve our ability to co-exist with others if we obtain a peaceful environment about ourselves. I have assembled some questions to begin the contemplation of whether we truly love ourselves as a person:

Here are some thought provoking questions:

1- If I met someone exactly like myself, would I like them or would I find fault?

2-Could I carry on a conversation with me and find it interesting, boring, or antagonizing?

3-When I am alone, am I content or do I try to find alternate ways to avoid myself by eliminating alone time?

4-When looking in a mirror, do I look at myself realistically or do I imagine a different person staring back at me such as a younger, leaner, athletic, or a more contented person?

5-Do I value my thoughts and write down my thoughts or do I depend only on others written words?

6-Do I share my thoughts or creative ideas on how to do something with others or offer to teach things I know how to do well?

7- Do I always find myself in contradiction to surroundings, events, news, books, movies, etc.?

8-Can I compliment myself when I exhibit good qualities or do I shy away from personal achievement or recognition?

9-Do I see my life as a success, even with occasional set backs or do I feel like a failure?

10-Can I express love for myself to do the following instructions as expressed by Dr. Steve Maraboli?

This self evaluation is necessary for us to be fair in how we accept others. It would be impossible to accept others if we cannot accept ourselves. We, as well as others, will never be perfect. Imperfection is a part of love, self and expressing love to and for others. In life, the average looking girl can be happier than a homecoming queen sometimes. The reasoning is the bar was never pushed so high for the average girl but so high for the homecoming queen that maintaining happiness is not sustainable as time and wrinkles come. Live in reality, love the uniqueness of each individual by initially accepting yourself.

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Moving to a House for Your Home-Based Business

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These days, many companies operate out of the owners’ houses. Long gone is the era where you have to rent space in a suburban business park or retail store downtown. Now, you can reach your entrepreneurial goals without stepping foot from your front door! (If you’re in the launching phase of your business, Google “ZenBusiness starting a new business” to learn what it takes to get up and running.)

But what happens when your operation outgrows your house, or you know that your current home will not accommodate your startup? If you want to move forward with your home-based business, you must find a home that will meet the needs of yourself, your family, and your company. Below, Geenius Marketing has shared some practical tips for getting started!

Prepare Financially             

Organizing your finances is a great place to start. Go over your budget to get a picture of where you stand so that you can plan your next steps. Then, research the local housing market to see what homes are available and the prices they are going for. If you’re considering purchasing a home “as is” to save a bit of money upfront on the mortgage, understand that there is some risk involved. What you save going into it may be lost, at least partially, if any major repairs crop up after moving in; because the property is being sold  as is, the seller won’t be on the hook for such expenses.

If there are home repairs that should be addressed before moving into your new home, you’ll need to budget that in as well. For example, if you have issues with concrete in your home’s structure, you’ll want to have that fixed ASAP so you don’t encounter any foundational issues or leaks. Finding reputable cement contractors is relatively easy; simply do an online search and read up on customer reviews. Be sure to get a quote in writing, and establish a timeline for the project.

If you are worried that you don’t have enough money to get your business moving, explore the various grants that can provide you free money to cover operations and expenses. Grants range from the Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) to funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). Just make sure you have a detailed business plan in place, know how to complete a stellar application, and tailor your search to grants specific to your industry.

Consider All Your Needs   

Perhaps the trickiest part of finding your next home will be that you have a lot of needs and preferences to consider. You must find a property that accommodates your business and your family while facilitating your recovery.

Consider your work needs. Discover suggests considering whether you need a dedicated office space separate from your primary living areas. Do you need to account for inventory and large equipment? If you primarily work from a computer, choosing a property that allows for a smaller home office should be relatively straightforward. But if you will need more space, you might consider a property with a garage (attached or detached), basement, or sizable attic.

How many children do you have? Do you have any pets? Answering these types of questions will help you determine the right size and layout of your next home.

Organize the Relocation

Once you find a property that will allow you and your family to live comfortably and help your business grow as you envision, start organizing your relocation. If you can budget for professional moving services, that’s the best way to go. Find a reputable moving company, and schedule your move well in advance. Moreover, be sure to follow up with them as moving day approaches, and communicate with them throughout the entire process.

Set Up Your Workspace     

You will want to begin setting up your home office as soon as possible after arriving at your new home. Ensure you have any essential equipment necessary to work productively, such as an ergonomic chair, desk, and all of your devices and accessories.

Also, New Day Office says to try to maximize the natural light in your workspace by setting your desk up near a window. For additional lighting, find high-quality floor and desk lamps. Then, you can start planning the interior design elements (e.g., painting, storage, decor, etc.).

If it is time for your family to enter the next chapter of your lives and build your company, be sure to prepare your finances before taking any other steps. Factor in the needs of yourself, your business, and your family when searching for the ideal property. Organize your relocation with the movers, and establish your home office soon after arrival. Following these steps will help you smoothly transition into a brighter future!

Note from Arline Miller, author and blogger of Sipping Cups of Inspiration is happy to present Guest Blogger Geenius Marketing. I found this article to be informative and a possible new tool to use. Sipping Cups welcomes bloggers/writers to submit for review any useful articles. Thanks Geenius Marketing.

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