In Honor of Those Who Gave Their Lives — I Gratefully Say Thank You…..

Memorial Day - the fallen but not forgottenOn this Memorial Day weekendGrandpa Hentricks

 I will honor my grandpa

Carl Hendricks

and all of those who gave their lives for our freedoms we have in this wonderful country we call America.

But as I ponder what this Memorial Holiday represents, those who have died for our freedoms here in our country, I also want to honor my Lord

while we were yet sinners christ died for us and Savior for giving His life so we all can receive a greater freedom.  A freedom from sin and death, with peace and joy in this life and the hope of eternal life with Him forever!

There are so many conversations these days about our country and the fears so many have of what the future may hold.  2 Chronicles 7:14 states “if my people, who are called by my name, 2 Chronicles 7,14 - if my people who are called by my name will humble...will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  This is my prayer that we as Americans will do this, as I know God keeps His promises, and America could be healed for centuries to come for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  But as a country, if we do not do this, and things go in a different direction on this earth, I am grateful there isrepent and be baptized hope for eternity through our Lord and Savior, as He overcame sin and death by His willingness to die for each of us.  And if we believe, repent and be baptized as He states in His word, we have the hope of eternal life forever — that’s so comforting.  So we may not know what the future holds here on this earth, but I know who holds our future, and one day as His word states in Romans 14:11, every Romans 14,11 - every knee shall bow, every tongue confess...

knee shall bow and every tongue confess He is Lord.  I’m grateful I am claiming that now, and am comforted that the Living God who is full of love and great power even over death, holds the future in His hands.

If men and women are willing to go to death for oursoldiers in battle freedom here on this earth, I pray I am willing, with God’s love and power, to go to my death, not just for the freedoms of this earth, which is for a small amount of time and then it’s over, but for men and women’s souls which will live for ever in you are just a vapor and then vanish James 4,14eternity.  I also pray that in all I do and say daily will reflect the love and power of our Amazing, Loving, Living, Powerful, Wise Heavenly Father so souls will be saved from eternal damnation to eternal life and that He may be glorified.

So today I gratefully say “Thank You grandpa and all of those who gave their lives for our freedoms here in America”, “Thank You God for providing the hope of eternal life, for each of us if we will open our hearts, minds, body and souls to accept your free gift of salvation”, and I pray “God Bless America!”

Psalm 91 - soldiers

About Jackie Wood

Jackie is a loving wife, mother & grandmother. She has been married to her wonderful husband Ron since 1982, and both are originally from Cincinnati. They now live in the northern part of Tampa Bay (Spring Hill) with their 2 spoiled dogs, D.O.G. a blue heeler, & Chewie a toy yorkie. They have a son Jason, and granddaughter Ellie in Cincinnati, and a daughter Maria, son-in-law Raul, and 2 grandsons, RJ & Gio in Sacramento. Her and Ron have owned a small, family business, Apex Floor & Furniture Care, since 1983 serving their customers, helping to bring peace of mind by providing solutions for the care and cleaning of their floors, rugs and furniture, holding the highest designation in their industry, and have been awarded the ”Best of Tampa Bay” since 2009. She also owns "Beauty 4 'U' 4 Less" as an Avon Rep, as she loves helping women feel great about themselves by helping them care for their home and themselves. Jackie’s priorities in life are: 1) To put God first (love Him with all her heart, soul, mind & strength), 2) love others, and 3) to serve the world — she accomplishes this daily by supporting her husband in his business, and serving her customers in her business as well as helping to support several non-profits that are near and dear to her heart, and through her life experiences she helps others hurting and in need as she’s a “Life Experience” mentor at her local church. She also writes and publishes blogs like this, hoping her life experiences can bring healing, peace, joy and laughter to others. Her philosophy in life is simple: Live Well, Love Much & Laugh Often! Jackie is a recovering codependent perfectionist and as you get to know more about her, you’ll realize life hasn’t always been an easy one; battling things physically, financially, mentally and emotionally, she’s allowed the difficult times to be stepping stones in her life, rather than stumbling blocks. Through these tough times, she’s learned to respond in faith and confidence, rather than to react with anger, fear, and anxiety, which at one time in her life had her at a panic ridden, anxiety, stagnated state. She’s perservered and has allowed these difficulties to build character and integrity, giving all praise and glory to God, her Creator, Lord and Savior, and BFF (Best Friend Forever) for ALWAYS being the one Constant, Stable, Dependable, Firm Foundation in her life, WITHOUT FAIL!!!
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3 Responses to In Honor of Those Who Gave Their Lives — I Gratefully Say Thank You…..

  1. Jack White says:

    Great I am so proud of you !!!!!!

        “Be JOYFUL always; PRAY continually; GIVE THANKS in all circumstances, for this is GOD’S WILL for YOU in Christ Jesus” (I Thess. 5:16-18)    


  2. jack WHite says:


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