Thursday, July 23, 2015
Hero: A hero (masculine or gender-neutral) or heroine (feminine) (Ancient Greek: ἥρως, hḗrōs) is a person or character who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage, bravery or self-sacrifice—that is, heroism—for some greater good; a man or woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his/her brave deeds and noble qualities. (definition from Wikipedia)
This past week, businessman & Republican presidential hopeful, Donald Trump stated in an interview that Senator John McCain, former Vietnam POW, is not a hero. He's not a hero because he was captured.
John McCain's response was that he didn't considered himself a hero either. That Trump was right. That those he served under in the war were the real heroes.
As the daughter of a Vietnam vet, I am all too familiar with how vets view themselves. I have never met one that considered himself a hero. He simply went and did a job. He served his country because of the love of his country. He's not a hero.
My father was injured during the war, earning a Purple Heart. However, he turned it down because he didn't do anything to earn it. He had seen so many friends severely injured and even die that to him. his injury wasn't anything big. He was simply doing his job.
Trump is wrong though.... I feel as though any man or woman that is in the military is automatically a hero - whether we are at war or at peace. They are signing up to put their lives on the line so that the rest of us can live comfortably in our homes with all of our freedoms.
Mr. Trump - I am a conservative Republican, but I am also the daughter of a Vietnam vet. I can assure you that from this day forward you will NOT ever get my vote. Even if you get the nomination, I still will not vote for you. That doesn't mean I'd vote for your opponent. I'd rather write in a candidate's name than to cast my vote for you.
The next year is going to be an interesting one. Mud slinging at its finest.
Posted by ~*~ Allison ~*~ at 5:58 PM
Sunday, July 19, 2015
One thing I'll say, God's been keeping me on my toes. That's for sure!
God closed the door (for now) for me going back to dispatching. I am unusually at peace with that. I mean, I did ask Him to give me a big YES/NO and He certainly did that.
So what am I doing now? After taking a few months off, I have decided to go back to school to be a medical assistant. One thing the past few months off has done has made me realized just how much I enjoy being with my family. Not that I didn't like it before, but being home at a decent hour, being to have dinner with them on a regular basis, not having to work nights, weekends, holidays, etc.... it's a nice feeling. I'm only in week 3 of 12, so I still have a while to go.
What else is new?
After working on myself for the past year, I have decided to not to return to student ministries at my church. Actually God made that decision for me. I had already spoken to a friend at church about returning and the wheels were put in motion. Then God spoke. I mean SPOKE. Nothing like lying in bed at 5 in the morning and hearing in your soul God say "You're place is next to your husband in big church". That'll get your attention. So, after some talking and thinking I told them that I was not returning. Again - total peace.
It's amazing how much peace you can have when you're moving along with God's plan. Normally I'd be a barrel of nerves, second guessing each decision. Yet now, no second guessing. I know that I'm going where God is leading.
So, what about Mending Hearts?
It's still out there... still a work in progress. I'm feeling that stirring in my soul. God's planning something. Right now I feel Him leading me to start a teen study using And The Bride Wore White by Dannah Gresh. I have a facility. Now I just need to make sure its the right direction. I'll keep you updated.
That's all for now. Just a little bit of everything. I'm loving it though.
Posted by ~*~ Allison ~*~ at 4:04 PM