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UPDATED: Monday Morning Boost: Korean War Chaplain Awarded Medal of Honor

UPDATED: Monday Morning Boost: Korean War Chaplain Awarded Medal of Honor

AN UPDATE TO A MONDAY MORNING BOOST I ORIGINAL WROTE ON APRIL 8, 2013   ARMY TIMES: Medal of Honor recipient, a chaplain who died in captivity, identified among Korean War remains ARMY TIMES: Army chaplain considered for sainthood is buried in Wichita I had never heard of Father Emil Kapaun before yesterday. But after reading of his heroic actions as a chaplain during the Korean War, I will never forget him. This coming Thursday, the nation will officially recognize Kapaun for…

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Monday Morning Boost: Creating Greatness

Monday Morning Boost: Creating Greatness

We are great simply because we are great. No title needed. No adornments. No requisites. Simply by being born we are great. Our humanity is enough. We are great just as we are, even with all our natural inherent flaws, weaknesses, and mistakes. Discovering our own greatness at this simple yet crucial level will magnify all of the wonderful opportunities that become part of our lives, including some of the wonderful roles we embrace. I am a better parent, sibling,…

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Sunday Reflections: Fighting The Voices In Your Mind

Sunday Reflections: Fighting The Voices In Your Mind

Who do you turn to when the voices in your mind keep saying you are not enough? How do you find strength when the lies of the world create ugly truths for your reality? Who is your source of hope and light during the darkest of days? “I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up Am I more than just the sum of every high and…

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Monday Morning Boost: Always Our Old Glory

Monday Morning Boost: Always Our Old Glory

As I watch Old Glory majestically unfurl, my heart fills with great hope! No matter the strife, conflict, or war, Old Glory soars as a symbol of that which is most beautiful, most wonderful. She shines brightly, a beacon for those who search for light and hope as they navigate the storms of life, the challenges of their everyday journey. May our gratitude be eternal for those who stood to defend, and may we vow to never forget they who…

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Sunday Reflections: Honoring Heroes Proved

Sunday Reflections: Honoring Heroes Proved

As we honor those heroes proved They who liberate from strife They who more than self Their country loved We honor also those heroes proved They who liberate from turmoil Our hearts and souls in strife They who loved us enough We honor those with pilgrim feet Who chart the path of freedom For those bound by repression Shackled by the vices of life We honor those who dare to dream Who see beyond their limitations They who create majestic…

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Monday Morning Boost: Honoring Our Gold Star Families

Monday Morning Boost: Honoring Our Gold Star Families

As we approach Independence Day, I pause to honor the families of the “heroes proved,” they who sacrificed their all for the liberties and freedom we hold most dear. We call those families “Gold Star Families.” GOLD STAR FAMILIES These are the Gold Star families I am most closely connected with. Brett & Zell Allred, parents of Michael Allred Ron & Jody Wood, parents of Ronald Tanner Wood Colette Orchard, widow of Clyde Kramme Jennie Taylor, widow of Brent Taylor I…

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Monday Morning Boost: Remembering Those Who Stood To Defend

Monday Morning Boost: Remembering Those Who Stood To Defend

Sometimes a wrong turn turns out to be the right turn after all. This was the case Sunday afternoon when Elisa and I took the wrong exit off of I15 and were awarded the opportunity to view an unknown treasure in northern Utah… A replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Dedicated in 2018 in Layton, Utah, the replica is 80 percent of the original size of the monument in Washington, D.C. and is reported to be the only one of…

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Monday Morning Boost: Charting Your Course

Monday Morning Boost: Charting Your Course

Navigating to a new place before the days of GPS required a map, a general sense of cardinal directions, and a basic understanding of what one may encounter along the route. With these tools navigating from city to city or even across state lines is a fairly simple process. Except when it isn’t. Despite having great tools, sometimes I would still get lost! It’s so easy to miss a street sign, take a wrong turn, or simply be distracted. Sometimes…

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Monday Morning Boost: The Lie of Grieving

Monday Morning Boost: The Lie of Grieving

There’s a lie when it comes to grief. We think grief should be done and over with quickly. Others tell us to just move on. And life dictates we keep going, jumping back into our routine after a brief pause to say goodbye. And that’s the lie. Grieving in all reality is a complicated mess. A sticky, gooey mess. In “A Grief Observed,” the quintessential book on the subject, C.S. Lewis describes just how messy grief can be. “They say…

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For The Gold Star Families

For The Gold Star Families

FOR THE GOLD STAR FAMILIES By Les Patterson Upon the altars of Freedom Their lives young and Old Willingly given as a lasting Sacrifice By the courageous and the Bold In honor and eternal Memory May we forever never Forget If not for their sworn Allegiance Each of us would face the Threat We stand today in solemn Honor In frigid weather or sweltering Heat Even in pristine and ideal Conditions Our circumstances can not be Beat We live today…

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