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Playing With Time?

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. by Abraham Lincoln

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it. by Charles Buxton

You live longer once you realize that anytime spent being unhappy is wasted. by Ruth E. Renkl

You may delay, but time will not. by Benjamin Franklin

Fear not that life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning. by John Henry Cardinal Newman

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Do It!

Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and to take as a gift whatever the day brings forth. by Horace

We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words we are the hero of our own story. by Mary McCarthy

If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. by Dale Carnegie

There is a time for departure – even when there’s no certain place to go. by Tennessee Williams

If you come to a fork in the road, take it! by Yogi Berra

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It Is All About You

It’s not things in themselves that trouble us but our opinion of things.
by Epictetus

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
by Helen Keller

Be independent of the good opinion of others people.
by Abraham Harold Maslow

Rest satisfied with doing well and leave others to talk of you as they will.
by Pythagoras

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Begin Again

If you are willing to set aside what you have been conditioned to believe and open your mind you will begin to see and experience things which you thought were impossible.

You will begin to see that which you thought did not exist.

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The Past Is Not Today

Go back to the state you had as a child when you believed nothing was impossible.

Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak. by Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

When someone criticizes you it is because of their own fear and insecurity.

Each of us inevitable; Each of us limitless – each of us with his or her right upon the earth;
Each of us allowed the eternal purports of the earth;
Each of us here as divinely as any is here.
by Walt Whitman

You are struggling with yourself. It is a fight with your own mind.  Stop the resistance.
You can’t resist something that has already happened in the past.
You can’t resist something that may or may not happen in the future.
It’s all just a big waste of time and energy.

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You Decide

You are as amazing as you let yourself be.

Let me repeat. You are as amazing as you let yourself be. by Elizabeth Alraune

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. by Ralph Waldo Emerson

When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them. by Evelyn Waugh

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves, miserable or happy and strong.

The amount of work is the same. by Francesca Reigler

Whether you say you can or you can’t, you are right. by Henry Ford

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You Are The Best

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. by Joseph Campbell

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. by C.G. Jung

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. by Khalil Gibran

Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday. Realize the past no longer holds you captive. It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it. Let the past go. A simply abundant world awaits. by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Decide what you want. Begin taking steps to get what you want. Just do something, anything you think will lead in the direction of what you want. It doesn’t matter if it is a correct step or not. Once the universe sees you have taken the initiative it will then step in and start guiding your steps and take care of the “how” for you.

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You Have To Take Control

The doors we open each day decide the lives we live. by Flora Whittemore

The eyes only see what the mind is prepared to comprehend. by Henri Louis Bergson

Western laziness consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so that there is no time at all to confront the real issues. by Sogyal Rinpoche

There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. by Ken Bloanchard

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail start over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose -not the one you began with, perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember. by Anne Sullivan

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Seize The Moment

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. by Jackson Brown

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. by Lyndon B. Johnson

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. by Abraham Lincoln

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever. by Mahatma Gandhi

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. by Bil Keane

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Get Out Of Your Own Way

Go out of your way to experience something new today.

You haven’t achieved what you want in life because a part of you doesn’t want to let go of where you are now.

Speak to the universe. Tell it what you want. You may be pleasantly surprised. Don’t be afraid to become what you were meant to be. Don’t ever for the slightest moment think you don’t deserve to be happy and get everything you have ever wanted.

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Value Your Moment

Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going. by Tennessee Williams

Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as time change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts.by Salman Rushdie

Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life. by Marcus Aurelius

What often matters more than the activity we’re doing at a moment in time is how we feel about it. by Brigid Schulte

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Approval Is An Inside Job

Too many people RELIVE the past and PRELIVE the future.

Keep your mind in the NOW.

Get curious. Question everything!

If things are overwhelming you find the stillness that is within you. It is ALWAYS THERE.

Get out of your comfort zone and amazing things will start happening.

Have faith in yourself. For everyone who has told you can’t tell them right now, YOU CAN!!!

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Love Yourself

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.by Chief Tecumseh

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of the ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. by M. Scott Peck

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, “What! You too?

I thought I was the only one?” by C.S. Lewis

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Rich or Poor

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. by Henry Ward Beecher

You aren’t wealthy until you have something money can’t buy. by Garth Brooks

Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think. by Ayn Rand

Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance. by John Petit-Senn

Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.by Sarah Bernhardt

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Gratitude Is The Best Attitude

Most have never taken the time to evaluate their beliefs.

Can you honestly say you know why you believe what you believe?

Most have convinced themselves it is not possible so they don’t have to put forth the effort to try.

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Keep gratitude in your heart and it will shield you from the problems of the world.

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Discomfort Is Always A Challenge

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy or unfulfilled.

For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. by M. Scott Peck

Worry is misuse of imagination. by Dan Zadra

Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. by Rainer Maria Rilke

Life will usually go on if things don’t go according to plan. It’s helpful to keep reminding yourself and repeating the sentence, Life isn’t an emergency. by Richard Carlson

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Be In The Moment

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it. by Richard Bach

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries. by Sister Corita Kent

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. by John Barrymore

Follow your bliss. by Joseph Campbell

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You Are The Author Of Your Own Life Story

No matter what your age you can always be young at heart.

Always continue to look higher.

Life’s possibilities are endless.

It is your right to live life abundantly and be sure you do it with integrity.

This is your story to write.

Write it with love and it will be amazing.

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Heart Of A Soldier

Message from Linda D. Wattley:  I just wanted to share with you a conversation I had with a woman last night who recently lost a family member (a soldier) that I knew.

The woman relayed that her nephew, whom the family believed had PTSD, was tragically taken from the world and the family is trying to come to terms with that disease, his loss, and how it affected him.

We talked for a good while and I brought up your book Soldier With A Backpack. I told her how PTSD affected you, your family, and those loved ones around you. We talked about how PTSD is a silent disease that is largely misunderstood.  I then let her know about your book and how it helps those understand a lot of what the disease is and how it effects all; not just the one who may have experienced a tragic event. She asked for info on the book and I gave it to her.  She was very thankful that I took over an hour of my time to talk with her and not just brush her off.

Today, she called me and said they ordered your book and look forward to another conversation with me after they finish reading it.

Linda, your book has been a blessing to many and it still continues to reach many in their time of need. I cannot thank you enough for writing the book about PTSD and helping a lot of people to understand more on this silent disease.

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Choose Gratitude

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. by William Arthur Ward

You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. by Louise L. Hay

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.by Wayne Dyer

Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. Sometimes you just need a little help. The new year is almost here. Make this next year the year it happens for you. There is absolutely no reason you can’t.

Choose Gratitude For Today.

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Live As Though You Know

If we choose to remain as we, fear that change is painful, we live with fear.

When the heart weeps for what is lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found. However, compassionate we are, we can never see entirely into the mind of another.

Learn to trust that part of the mind that you can’t see. The subtle parts of your mind will speak to you if you keep quiet long enough to let them. by Liz Dean

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Peace Of Mind

If your mind is as cluttered as an old attic, it is not enough to tidy the room – you must throw things out. by Liz Dean.

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness comes from being, not having. Calming your mind will bring you strength. Rather than connecting to nature’s simplicity, we opt for an excited mind. by Kiva Bottero

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What Are You Doing?

Worry is a misuse of imagination. by Dan Zadra

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. by Arthur Somers Roche

We’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not. by John Ruskin

Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but gets you nowhere.

Did you put off doing something yesterday?

Did you say yesterday that you were going to do it today?

How many days, months, or even years have you said you will do it tomorrow?

That’s the “tomorrow trap” that most never get out of.

They actually make themselves feel better by fooling themselves and making themselves believe they will do it tomorrow. But they won’t.

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Direct Your Mind Or Be Directed

Unhappiness is a season that will pass, bringing sunshine and flowers.

Do not let fear stop you.

Problems exist in the mind, and it is within the power of the mind to embrace and observe them.

You can be the creator of this moment.

Every moment of life is the most exciting, unbelievably miraculous thing you could imagine.

Once you appreciate this, then even washing the dishes cannot be despised. by Liz Dean

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Believe In Your Dreams

Dream big and grow into your dreams.

Hold your dream in your mind and it will appear in the physical world too.

Never be afraid to be you.

Stay aware of your thoughts for they are a preview of things to come.

Hold strong to your convictions no matter how outnumbered you may be.

Know that within you is the confidence to overcome the doubt.

If you can find your confidence you will discover there never was a need to doubt.

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You Are A Shinning Star

Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that doesn’t serve you, grows you or makes you happy. by Robert Tew

If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave. by Mo Williems

Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future. by Robin Sharma

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Insane Means Doing The Same Thing Expecting A Different Result

Do not react to your feelings… create with them.

Once you truly make up your mind to do something the universe instantly sets things in motion to help you.

You may be surprised at how many good things or people you have let slip through your life because you chose to see things in a negative way.

The universe will give you signs to point you in the right direction. Look for them.

When you get what you want you will look back and see that the only thing that kept you from getting it was something small you were overlooking.

You will wonder why in the world it took you so long to see it.

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Power Of Choice

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. by Henry Ward Beecher

Faith is like a radar that sees through the fog – the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see. by Corrie ten Boom

A dream is the bearer of a new possibility, the enlarged horizon, the great hope. by Howard Thurman

Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory. by Les Brown

Take the first step in faith.  You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. by Martin Luther King Jr.

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Make It Happen Or Not

Some People Want It To Happen, Some Wish It Would Happen, Others Make It Happen.

With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose. by Wayne W. Dyer

When you can accept yourself exactly as you are and accept others exactly as they are you will finally have peace. If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. It’s very important to be aware of them every time they come up.by Deepak Chopra

If the universe has given you the passion to want to do something, then be 100% assured it will give you the ability as well. You do know you can live your life the way you want to.

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Caregivers For Our Troops

I am so grateful today for the nurses who tend to our soldiers.

After reading “Eye of the Beholder” by Elissa Gabrielle, I learned it takes a special kind of person to take care of our soldiers brought down by war.

The nurse in this story seemed like an angel sent from God.  She took the time to see the person not the victim of war. And, I am thankful to those who love our soldiers suffering with PTSD.

If anyone we love have this disorder, we have it as well because we have to be there for them. One of the first steps in being there for them is like the nurse in the story, see the person, not the victim.  Let love do its magic.

God Bless.

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Angela Alexander Is Heaven Sent

She is a woman, a soldier for God and for His people.

Her work will give you hope. Bless her share her light, let it become your light. God Bless.

Angela offers Self-help books for free because she cares about you.

Click Here To Listen To Her Testimony

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Life Is Changing

Quite often we are just so certain that we know something but we are just plain wrong.

There are moments when we discover things that completely turn our world around and forever change our lives. And the great thing is once we discover them, we can never go back.

Start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it. by Bertrand Russell

I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention, to not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone. by Henry Rollins

Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. You can change your life in a split second. If you really wanted to you could do it right now.

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Control Your Life’s Energy

I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.by Brene Brown

If you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out…Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.by Randy Pausch

When we dislike someone, or feel threatened by someone, the natural tendency is to focus on something we dislike about the person, something that irritates us. Unfortunately, when we do this–instead of seeing the deeper beauty of the person and giving them energy–we take energy away and actually do them harm. All they know is that they suddenly feel less beautiful and less confident, and it is because we sapped their energy.by James Redfield

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.by Nikola Tesla

Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.by Deepak Chopra

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Can You Do This?

Let Go and Let God.

Someone shared this with me and I really liked it because I kind of believe this is how life works.

It could be possible. The Secret To Getting Anything You Want Is Admitting You Don’t Know How You Are Going To Get It.

Just decide what you want. Admit you don’t know how you are going to get it. So, detach and turn it over to the universe and let your higher self-attract it for you. Your higher self wants it for you just as much as you do or you wouldn’t have the desire.

Stop making things so complicated.  It doesn’t have to be. Change how you view how you get things. Although everything points to the contrary it all comes from within you. The illusion is that it seems like it is coming from the physical things you do.

The physical is secondary. The physical brings about what the internal has already decided is going to happen. It has nothing to do with how much work you do or even if what you are doing is correct. It only depends on what is going on inside you.

Again, don’t make it hard. Just decide what you want, admit you don’t know how you are going to get it, and turn it over to your higher self. You will be amazed. We can’t over emphasize this…  you are doing it the hard.

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Why Not You?
by Steve Maraboli

Today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration. Why not you?

Today, many will open their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today. Why not you?

Today, many will break through the barriers of the past by looking at the blessings of the present. Why not you?

Today, for many the burden of self-doubt and insecurity will be lifted by the security and confidence of empowerment. Why not you?

Today, many will rise above their believed limitations and make contact with their powerful innate strength. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to live in such a manner that they will be a positive role model for their children. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to free themselves from the personal imprisonment of their bad habits. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to live free of conditions and rules governing their own happiness. Why not you?

Today, many will find abundance in simplicity. Why not you?

Today, many will be confronted by difficult moral choices and they will choose to do what is right instead of what is beneficial. Why not you?

Today, many will decide to no longer sit back with a victim mentality, but to take charge of their lives and make positive changes. Why not you?

Today, many will take the action necessary to make a difference. Why not you?

Today, many will make the commitment to be a better mother, father, son, daughter, student, teacher, worker, boss, brother, sister, & so much more. Why not you?

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It’s Up To You

Don’t give others power over your sleep, appetite, blood pressure, health and happiness.

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. by Maya Angelou

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. by Lao Tzu

Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions.

All life is an experiment.

The more experiments you make the better. by Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not that you don’t have will power it is that you are not ready to change.

Join the many who are now kicking themselves for not trying this sooner.

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You Are The Jewel You Seek

Each one of us just wants to be noticed and loved and accepted exactly as is — not changed or made different. by Louise Hay

If I want to be accepted as I am, then I need to be willing to accept others as they are. It is arrogant to set standards for others. by Louise Hay

Your ego tries to keep you from becoming who you really are. Today…remember…it is all in your mind.

Wake up and stop falling prey to the conditioning of the media and society around you. It’s only those people who are awake that live in a state of constant amazement.

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Make Up Your Mind

With everything that has happened to you,
you can either feel sorry for yourself
or treat what has happened as a gift.

Everything is either an opportunity to grow
or an obstacle to keep you from growing.

You get to choose.

by Wayne W. Dyer


When you can accept yourself exactly as you are
and accept others exactly as they are you will finally have peace.

If you want to reach a state of bliss,
then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue.

Make a decision to relinquish the need to control,
the need to be approved, and the need to judge.

Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time.

It’s very important to be aware of them every time they come up.

by Deepak Chopra


If the universe has given you the passion to want to do something,
then be 100% assured it will give you the ability as well.

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King David Gives Real Help For PTSD

PTSD and Psalm 23

Chris Kyle, Navy SEAL and author of “American Sniper,” who was killed Saturday, was a friend of ours. His death is yet another loss for the special operations community which we’ve served for more than 30 years. Hearts are broken. Anger is reignited. Traumatic memories are triggered. Our wounds are opened once again. And yet, in an irony that trumps Saturday’s blue-on-blue kill, we have a bittersweet opportunity as a nation to reach for another measure of healing and wholeness.

The alleged shooter, Eddie Ray Routh, is one of our own, a member of the U.S. military family. Initial reports reveal that Routh, a veteran of the Iraq war, had been in and out of mental health care. The cost of his apparent slipping through system’s cracks is now incalculable and irreparable. Even more shocking than the news about Kyle and his colleague, Chad Littlefield, is the harsh reality that untold numbers of other veterans’ teeter on the brink between mental wholeness and mental hell as they struggle to reintegrate into our communities. Last weekend’s tragedy underscores the responsibility that we as people of faith have in helping our veterans to completely come home.

I read a note from a good friend of mine this morning. He is a combat veteran who did back-to-back deployments for 16 years. He talks openly about his struggles with me. He unashamedly claims that it has been his faith in God that has enabled him to find hope and healing and solutions to the cries of his heart. Perhaps you’ve met him, too. His name is David. King David. He is my wounded warrior friend.

David is the best example of a combat trauma sufferer in the Bible. About 3,000 years ago he uncovered his heart of hearts in the Book of Psalms. Because of David’s songwriting, we know that he wrestled with combat stress. He wrestled with sleeplessness, nightmares, guilt, and an aching body and bones. He cried himself to sleep. He knew the sting of betrayal by a trusted friend. He witnessed thousands falling at his side. He endured back-to-back deployments. He was guilty of fragging by his own orders and infidelity with a subordinate officer’s wife. He experienced both defeat and victory in battle.

David gave us a timeless framework in Psalm 23 for answering a pressing question today: What do families affected by combat stress and the invisible wounds of war need from the faith community? Allow me to share with you some ideas of what we as members of faith communities can do to make a positive difference.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. David gets right to the point: God is the Shepherd. God is the Healer. We aren’t. Our job is to find the sheep, in this case, the military members and their families.

He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters.  Veterans and their families are worn out. We need rest and quiet and a safe place to recover. We need healing, Sabbath, and for others to stop talking and listen. Those who are moving through the dark valley need the opportunity to tell their stories, uninterrupted and to interested persons. Let them talk to you. Don’t ask certain questions like, “Did you kill anyone?” or, “What did you see?” Keep it all confidential.

Storytelling requires an emotionally safe place, a trustworthy friendship. Yet many vets and their family members need a safe place from physical harm. It is common for vets with PTSD to have self-destructive thoughts and/or suicidal thoughts. Some family members of veterans do, too. Also, family members may not feel safe at home at times. Offer your home as a refuge from the storm if that is ever needed.

He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Vets and those who live with them need a compass, a plan toward wholeness that includes inspirational and informational resources, referrals to support groups or others in same boat, referrals to professionals including pastors/rabbis/spiritual leaders, medical professionals and agency contacts.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Vets and their family members don’t need our preaching or pushing or prodding. They need us to walk alongside them through the dark stretch of life.

You need to know that there are two types of PTSD sufferers: those who are Pitching Tents Someplace Dark, who have no intention of getting well or moving on, and those who are Passing Through Someplace Dark, who desire to get well and are teachable. The lie is that a vet and his/her family will never get out of this darkness, that his/her new, permanent address is in the valley of the shadow of PTSD. God tells us the opposite. His word says we are traveling through it, not building our houses there.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. Literally, veterans and their families enjoy a basic, home-cooked meal. Practice old-fashioned hospitality. Invite them to your home. Replenish their physical strength with your favorite recipes. MREs — meals ready-to-eat — get old quick! Figuratively, David means that we need your preachers, teachers and ministers to teach and preach with excellence. Nourish us with truth when we are with you. Consider starting small support groups within your congregation using “Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home” (available March 1), “Hope for the Home Front” and “When War Comes Home” workbooks and other reliable resources.

You anoint my head with oil. Join the front lines! Pray for us. Veterans need prayer support. Their spouses and children need your prayers. Let them know what you are praying. Write it down so they can re-read it on faith-trying days. Many, many days are so dark that finding the words or energy to pray feels impossible. Consider starting a prayer team that meets regularly to pray specifically for the needs of your military families.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Veterans and their families struggle with feelings of rootlessness and homelessness. We need reminders that God’s presence is our home, here and for eternity, wherever we are stationed or posted or sent. We need reminders that we are “rooted and established” in His love for us and that no government orders, wars or deaths can ever change that.


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Sexual Assault and PTSD

Thank You Lady Gaga

It was so wonderful to hear Lady Gaga share with the world her struggles with PTSD due to her being sexually assaulted.  She was raped at the age of 19 and she never told anyone.  Today, she wants the world to know secrets keep you sick and ashamed.

I was saddened for her experience but I was thankful to learn that someone besides me has experienced PTSD not because of war but because of sexual assault.   I have suffered with PTSD my entire life; I just didn’t know what it was.  I just knew inwardly I was in trouble.

Sexual abuse at a young age is the catalyst for many men and women to become candidates for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.   Not knowing this is why you are paining and suffering within is great turmoil.  To finally give it a label is hope and healing for the rest of your life’s journey.  Don’t stop here.  Begin here with the truth of what is making you who you are and like me and Lady Gaga, embrace it.  You have great things to do if it is no more than letting someone else knows he or she is really OK.  Together, we can be a light shining in the dark.

Lady Gaga shares for the first time her secret of sexual abuse.

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What Do You Deserve?

We tend to be so consumed in our everyday routines of life that we forget our own self-value.

Days appear to be going by now at a faster pace than usual. It is as though we do not have enough hours in a day to accomplish all we desire. Because of this apparent push in time, we neglect to consider whether we are experiencing and receiving what we know we deserve in life from ourselves, others and life itself.

It is time to come to a screeching halt with all that prevents us from dealing with our own self-worth. We all are short-changing ourselves about something in life we know we deserve.
What do you really deserve?

Do you deserve to spend the remainder of your life in the state you are presently in? If so, you must be a person who has taken time out to evaluate your life from time to time. But for those who are not in the state they deserve to be in, you must slow down and invest quality time in your search to find just what you deserve.

It is possible to have what we honestly feel we deserve in life if we choose not to accept that which we do not deserve. We all reap what we sow. However, once we do, we have the opportunity to sow once again that which we would like to reap in the future.

As we evaluate our lives and all the situations, positions, relationships and economic standings we are in, we must come to realize what must be changed or terminated so we can begin to experience and receive what we would like to reap in the future.

This is not an easy move. It is not something we jump into quickly in the physical sense. It is something we begin to give thought to on a regular basis, both mentally and emotionally. It was attention and constant action on our part that has placed us in the state we are in today. Therefore, we must do the same thing to move out of our undesired states into our heartfelt deserving states.

Each one of us deserves the best life has to offer. God did not speak us into existence only to have us settle for less. We must acknowledge our own true worth as a child of God and put away the limited thoughts of second-hand choices in every area of our lives.

It takes one step at a time, beginning with sincere desire, contemplated thought and commitment. You can have what you deserve only when you choose to stop settling for less than the best. Trust God; raise your thought about yourself so the seeds of greatness may begin to grow.

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