My Grandmother’s Breakfast ~

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My grandmother was a member of the greatest generation, a generation that lived through a time of change and advancement. She saw the dawn of technology with the arrival of the automobile, the airplane, and even the advent of space travel. She saw two World Wars, the depression, the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. She was witness to the rise and fall of communism and was personally touched by the ravages of terrorism. Communication grew from the telephone to computer email, cell phones and instant messaging. Through all, she remained a constant.

She was a woman of enthusiasm and fortitude that kept her own house, caring for her own yard, and remaining active in church well into her eighties. When questioned regarding her good health and vigorous spirit she would reply that the key was eating a good breakfast. “You don’t eat enough,” she would say. Every morning without fail she would eat a boiled egg, a bowl of Wheaties, a banana, a glass of orange juice, and one cup of coffee. Empowered by this well balanced breakfast, she could mow the lawn, pull weeds, and cultivate her garden until 2 in the afternoon without the pang of hunger.

As I thought upon this memory of my grandmother, I began to see a life lesson emerge from the tables of my mind. In life, the key to happiness and longevity is balance. How often we live our lives off-balance, pushing ourselves beyond our limits:  skipping meals, lacking sleep, depriving ourselves of relaxation.  Often we rush into our day without a rearward glance at our relationship with God, not taking time to reflect upon the gift He has given to us as we take the next breath.  As our body needs nourishment and rest, so too, our soul needs to be fed. When I take the time to meditate on the word of God, I am refreshed and life resumes a more balanced perspective. I even find that I have more time and am more efficient in the task that are required of me after spending time with the Lord. So do not neglect you spirit. Take stock in your life and simplify so that you do not grow weary in well doing. (Galatians 6:9)

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In God We Trust ~

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Maggie Smith

But my eyes are toward You, O God the Lord; in You do I trust and take refuge; pour not out my life nor leave it destitute and bare. ~ Psalm 141: 8

The year was 1864. The Civil War that had torn our country apart over the past four years was coming to a close. This Bloody Conflict had laid waste the nation, especially the southern states, leaving harsh feeling and economic devastation. It was during this period of war and reconstruction, this time when the nation struggled to reconcile the past and unify the country, that Congress had imprinted on every coin, these words, “In God We Trust”.

The reason behind this addition to our money was to encourage the nation, to remind all those suffering that they did not have to endure their difficulties alone – for God could always be counted on to hold them up during those trying times. Salmon P. Chase, the U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Abraham Lincoln, wrote that “no nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins.”

The phrase In God We Trust is a shortened version of Francis Scott Keys famous poem, The Star Spangled Banner. The last stanza reads: “…And this be our motto: In God is our trust. And the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Now, as our nation today struggles, there are those who would desire the removal of this motto from our nation’s currency. Economic disaster, moral bankruptcy, spiritual and familial decline; our nation continues to contend with difficulties that devastate the emotional stability of its people. If ever we needed to be reminded that God is there for us, it is now.

For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence.  ~ Psalm 71: 5

As we wade through the trials of life, let us not forget that we have a hope, that we are not alone. And like our forefathers before us, let us lean on the Father above to hold us up. As you reach into your pocket, as your hand closes around the coins within, look upon them and remember that it is in God that we place our trust.

“The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are of God?’”  ~ President Thomas Jefferson

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