Today is Memorial Day. The day we remember those who have died for our freedom. When we think of veterans, most of the time men come to our minds. However, there have also been women who died fighting alongside their military brothers.

arlington-1685420_1920John 15:13, Greater love has no one than this:
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends

The following is a website with a list of female soldiers killed in the line of duty.  http//www.americanwomenveterans.org/home/category/women_kias/  

Remember all the military personnel who have died in the fight for our country and the freedom for others.

Lord, please put a protective hedge around those who fight for our country. And those who might give the ultimate sacrifice, let their friends and family feel your loving arms surround them in their grief. Amen. 

I pray you have a safe Memorial Day.  I’ll be back with my normal blog next week.

I just returned from a trip to Idaho to see my mom. It’s pretty much a seven-hour plane ride, not counting layovers. And I’m a terrible flyer which makes it seem longer. Ask anyone who’s ever had to fly with me and they’ll tell you, I get nervous, refuse to move from my seat, even if we’re still on the tarmac, etc. It’s just something I’ve never enjoyed.

This time was a bit different.

Instead of relying on myself, I asked my Bible study group to pray for me. I also had a wonderful Christian song (nine minutes long, you can listen to it below) to help with the takeoff – my least favorite part of flying. While I wasn’t completely at peace, I was definitely calmer. It only makes sense. After all, Philippians 4:6-7 tells me to not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Broken Vessell (Amazing Grace) by Hillsong

Don’t get me wrong, I was still a bit anxious, but not like in the past. Usually, I’m a nervous wreck the day before up until take-off. This time, I didn’t really start to get nervous until we began boarding the plane. I was even able to get some sleep the night before which probably helped with my anxiety.

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You should never get nervous about anything. What today seems important tomorrow isn’t so any more. – Tito Vilanova, Spanish Football star

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Relying on God in every situation helps with any anxiety we are going through. We just don’t always turn to Him first. But, as Christians, we should.

plane-50893_1920Aviophobia is the fear of flying and affects more
than 6.5%, more than 20 million, people worldwide.

Next time I fly, I’ll definitely ask for prayer again and listen to uplifting Christian music. Who knows, I might eventually get to enjoy the experience. Okay, maybe not, but at least I won’t dislike it as much.

If you or someone you know is in need of prayer this week, please leave a comment. We’d be more than happy to pray for you. And if this post moved you in some way, please feel free to share it.

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