Sunday Reflections: “God Bless The U.S.A.”

Sunday Reflections: “God Bless The U.S.A.”

Few words echo the united feeling we have as Americans more than Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The U.S.A.” Especially in times of tragedy. Written and released in 1983, the patriotic anthem has found new meaning over the last nearly forty years. “It keeps having a different kind of life,” Lee Greenwood said of his signature song. “I mean during the Gulf War, it was a song of the war for General Schwarzkopf. After Hurricane Katrina, it was a song for…

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Monday Morning Boost: Honoring Our Veterans Who Stood To Defend

Monday Morning Boost: Honoring Our Veterans Who Stood To Defend

Nestled throughout the sacred grounds of cemeteries across the country — and on scarred battlefields scattered around the world — our military veterans lie at rest. Our veterans also walk amongst us every day… our neighbors, our friends, our family members. Unfortunately, some of us may not know a veteran. They, and every veteran, are the reason I will share a few stories today. I pause to honor and remember each of those who “Stood to Defend.” “Some people live an…

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Monday Morning Boost: Tribute To Our Mom Julia

Monday Morning Boost: Tribute To Our Mom Julia

`In tribute to Elisa’s mother Julia who finished her mortal journey four years ago today, I share today the thoughts I shared at the time. Just as I felt then, I am grateful Julia chose to see my potential and her beautiful oldest daughter continually chooses the same. What’s a mother to do when her first baby girl falls in love with the kid on the other side of the tracks and decides to get married on their second date?…

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Sunday Reflections: Remembering Julia, Our Beautiful Lower Light

Sunday Reflections: Remembering Julia, Our Beautiful Lower Light

Elisa’s mother Julia, who finished her mortal journey four years ago tomorrow, loved lighthouses. She had several throughout her home including paintings and figurines. The chorus of one of her most favorite hymns, “Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy,” includes the line, “let the lower lights be burning”. Let the lower lights be burning; Send a gleam across the wave. Some poor fainting, struggling seaman You may rescue, you may save. I have sung this hymn for years without knowing, until a few…

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Monday Morning Boost: Navigate Your Charted Course

Monday Morning Boost: Navigate Your Charted 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: I Am Flawed & Broken… BUT…

Monday Morning Boost: I Am Flawed & Broken… BUT…

If you have ever found in me a voice of encouragement or hope, I promise you friends it is not… Because my journey has not been hard. Because I figured everything out. Because I have all the answers. Because I am always hopeful. Because I don’t screw up. My journey, maybe much like yours, has been more of a crawl through the briars and thorns of living life along with the soul-destroying muck and mire of poor choices. I am…

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Monday Morning Boost: What Will You Do With Your One Day?

Monday Morning Boost: What Will You Do With Your One Day?

Asking what we will do with our One Day is one of the most powerful questions we can ask ourselves. ⁠ Those traveling a journey of healing, especially with addiction, often focus on “One Day At Time” as their mantra for making it through each day. While extremely empowering during the struggle through the muck and mire of life, such a focus on One Day can also be beneficial for the more beautiful times of life. ⁠ Every day is…

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Monday Morning Boost: “Give What Hurts”

Monday Morning Boost: “Give What Hurts”

When it comes to “Building A Community… A Business… [and] A Team,” the focus of the Intermountain Growth Summit Elisa and I attended Friday at Utah State University’s Huntsman School of Business, Ashray Cooper said you need to “give what hurts.” Arshay Cooper understands what it means to give what hurts. Raised on the West Side of Chicago by a single mom in a neighborhood surrounded by gangs and drugs, life was anything but easy for Ashray. But a chance…

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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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