remembering those who have served

Every day every person should remember those who have fought and served.  Every day people should remember and pray for those who gave their lives, were maimed and wounded, and for the families.

May we never forget their service and sacrifice.  May war be only a last resort and learn to live in peace with each other.  May the surviving veterans of our great military find peace and support to find their inner peace.  Remember to pray and reflect on their service every day.   Remember to pray and reflect for all of those who lost their lives in service.

#MemorialDay: Today let us remember those who have lost their lives serving our country. Let us take the time pray for and comfort their loved ones.

Day 2 of 7, Part 1 of 2, Week: 22
Weekly theme: Keeping Christ at the center of your goals

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
-Proverbs 21:5

My dear sister,

1. Today, let’s be diligent in everything that we’re aiming for. In a world where it is so easy to fall into a pattern of just getting by, we have every opportunity in Christ Jesus to apply these words and never give up*! Jesus is the ultimate example of not giving up, even in the face of critics and opposers, Jesus never once stopped going about His Father’s will. Don’t worry about the shortcuts others take or the things your peers or critics might say. Christ is your example and diligent work that you do for Him is not in vain!

2. Jesus is the ultimate example of not giving up. Just because Jesus came to earth to do His Father’s will, that doesn’t mean at all that others were not going to challenge Him and shut Him down. As we’ve talked about in this devotional before, Jesus was very often faced with naysayers, yet He continued to do His Father’s will. He continued to love, to heal, to serve, to give, to teach…even though there were people standing on the sidelines shaking their heads.

3. You WILL have people standing on the sidelines shaking their heads, but don’t let their behavior cause you to back away from being diligent about doing God’s work. Don’t let people at work who are only interested in just getting by influence you to do the same. Wake up everyday, no matter how uninteresting your work may seem and give your all for God’s glory!

4. The real profit is NOT in the money..the profit is Christ! It’s not about how rich you can get or what people you can prove wrong. It’s about giving all you have to bring God the glory…it’s about realizing that your relationship with Christ is far more valuable than any other possession, and that alone is what you need to truly thrive in life!


Biblical context + further reading: *Luke 18:1

In the US today is memorial day. Generally speaking this means that we remember those who have died while serving our country. 

But, I think it’s also important to remember that there are still many veterans out there still alive and suffering. PTSD is a huge problem for those returning home from military service and can be a problem for the general population as well. You don’t have to go to war to experience PTSD, it can be caused by many different traumatic events. 

Like any mental health problem it can be treated with a variety of therapies and sometimes drugs. The important thing is to get help if you think you or a loved one needs it. 

USA Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK(8255)

USA Crisis Call Center: 775-784-8090  

UK Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90

Ireland Samaritans: 116 123

Australia Life Line: 13 11 14

Today, on Memorial Day, we at Penny4NASA are remembering those who have given their lives while serving this nation.

Since its establishment in 1958, NASA has had close ties with all branches of the United States Armed Forces, with many astronauts themselves having served in the military. In 1967, Gus Grissom (United States Air Force), Ed White (United States Air Force), and Roger Chaffee (United States Navy) lost their lives due to a cabin fire while performing an Apollo 1 launch rehearsal.

They will never be forgotten.