Sunday, July 05, 2015

Land Of Freedom And Liberty

Blessed is the nation
whose God is the LORD.
- Psalm 33:12 -

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{ click on the title to go to the source for this poem }

Founders' dream, America,
Our golden land of liberty;
Flag of stars and stripes inspires us
To remember we are free.
When we sing our national anthem,
Unity reins, and we are one.
While we're singing, hearts are ringing,
Time suspended till we're done.

Gleaming cities, farms abundant,
Meadows thick with country green,
Lofty mountains touching heaven,
Unknown forests still pristine.
Country full of vast resources,
Our USA fills every need.
Businesses to keep us thriving,
Everyone can still succeed.

USA is brotherhood,
Community and service, too.
Hearts unfold for those in need,
Unselfishness the world can view.
We have people who want to do good,
Honor, integrity and more.
Real love for our fellow man
Is something we have at our core.

We the people love our country,
Overcoming war and strife;
We will fight to keep our freedom,
Sacrificing blood and life.
Here's to heroes, bold and courageous,
Who led us all to victory.
Then we help the ones we fought,
And that's the way we'll always be.

Lord and father of mankind,
Please keep us safe with holy power.
May we be in Thy protection,
Every day and every hour.
We will pray to always obey You,
All that we have, it comes from You.
Giver of our rights and freedoms,
Your commands we will pursue.

A big thanks to Joanna Fuchs for giving me permission to use this poem!
You can visit er website by clicking here.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation.
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
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!
- Francis Scott Key -

Have a blessed Sunday, sweet friends!

Let freedom ring. . .

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Independence Day Shredded Beef Sandwich

Instead of the usual hamburgers and hot dogs for the the 4th of July celebration
how about something a little different. . .

Here is an appetizing sandwich that even my husband enjoys.
My hubby is not a sandwich lover, but I am {smiles} 
so I decided to try this one on him and to my great delight, he loved it!
It's the perfect meal to enjoy with family and friends.

My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing:
Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims' pride,
From every mountain side let freedom ring!
- Samuel Francis Smith -

Ingredients needed:

roast beef, cooked and shredded 
{this is great for using up leftover roast}
bacon, cooked
iceberg lettuce, shredded
deli-style pickles
cheddar cheese, sliced
Thousand Island dressing {optional}
kaiser buns

I cooked a roast all day in the slow cooker so that is was nice and tender
plus it keeps the temperature down in the kitchen.
I rubbed the roast with salt, black pepper, minced garlic, chili powder, and cumin.
Like I said, you can easily use leftover roast.
You can also cook the roast the day before
and simply warm it up the next day.

Slice open the bun and warm in the microwave for 10 seconds or so.
Add the sliced cheese, roast beef, pickles, lettuce, 
and about 1 tablespoon for Thousand Island dressing {if using}.

Serve with homemade fries and coleslaw for a delicious 4th of July meal.

To make the homemade fries simply slice some potatoes,
toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic salt, and paprika.

Spread a piece of aluminum foil onto a baking sheet 
and spritz with some oil.
Lay out the fries onto the prepared pan
and bake at 425 degrees F for about an hour.
Stir the fries a few times during the cooking process 
so that they don't stick to the pan.

O beautiful for patriot dreams that sees beyond the years,
Thine alabaster cities gleam - undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee.
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
- Katharine Lee Bates -

May you have a wonderful 
and blessed Independence Day!

And to all my sweet friends and family in Canada. . .
Happy Canada Day!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Roses Of Inspiration Linkup #26

Happy Monday, sweet friends, and welcome to Roses of Inspiration.
I am always richly blessed by each one of you and
I appreciate you sharing your lovelinesss with us each week at the party.

Let's start with some beautiful features.

Roses of Inspiration Features. . .
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Simply copy the HTML code and paste it onto your blog.

The Enchanting Rose

Please do not pin from my site!
Go to the original source and pin from there IF it is okay with the blog owner!

There was a lot of delicious recipes linked up from last week
and since Canada Day and the 4th of July will take place this week
I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of them with you :)

. . . { Food Inspiration } . . .

shared this incredible balsamic chicken with strawberries, basil, and feta cheese.

shared her tasty strawberry cookies.

shared a wonderful recipe for a fruit trifle.

showed us how to make these yummy berry custard bars.

shared her wonderful recipe for a rhubarb tart - yum!

shared this appetizing recipe for orange marmalade marinated steaks.

If you are new to our party than here are the basics. . .

{ 1 }
You can link up anything that your heart desires. . .
{please keep it family friendly}
crafting - recipes - encouragement
Scripture - devotionals - photography
healthy living - gardening - home living
sewing - crochet/knitting - fashion
beauty - tea time - home decor - etc

{ 2 }
You can link up as many posts as you want
and they can be posts you have written today, last week, last month, or last year.

{ 3 }
There will be fun giveaways throughout the year.
I will simply add up the amount of people who participated in one of the link ups,
write the numbers down on paper and draw the number of the winner.
So if you link-up more than one post you will have a greater chance of winning.
These giveaways will be random

so you never know which link up I will choose for a giveaway.

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Below is a button available for your sidebar
to let others know about Roses of Inspiration.

The Enchanting Rose

If you are new to link up parties than please click here
to see how to share your blog post.

Please have fun, my friends!
I am always excited to see what you share 
and will be around to visit each one of your blogs throughout the week.
And speaking of visiting,
please take a few moments to visit at least two of the posts shared-

everyone loves visits and comments.
Have a lovely day!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Take The World, But Give Me Jesus

For what shall it profit a man,
if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
- Mark 8:36, 37 -

Take the world, but give me Jesus - All its joys are but a name;
but His love abideth ever, thru eternal years the same.

Take the world, but give me Jesus - Sweetest comfort of my soul;
with my Savior watching o'er me, I can sing tho billows roll.

Take the world, but give me Jesus - Let me view His constant smile;
then throughout my pilgrim journey light will cheer me all the while.

Take the world, but give me Jesus - In His cross my trust shall be;
till, with clearer, brighter vision, face to face my Lord I see.

O the height and depth of mercy!
O the length and breadth of love!
O the fullness of redemption - 
Pledge of endless life above!
- Fanny J. Crosby -

Worldliness can be described as anything that tends to draw us away from God
and limits us from being all that He wants us to be.
Separation from the world, however, does not mean that we are to live in isolation
from individuals within the world, whether they be saint or sinner.
We cannot represent our Lord if we remain aloof from the needs of those around us.
There must always be that fine balance in our lives between a closeness
and total commitment to Christ and an availability
and helpful contact with those our everyday world.

A Christian's goal in life is to "cease from sin."
Although it is true that we will never achieve a sinless perfection until we reach heaven,
this should never keep us from striving and saying with Fanny J. Crosby,
"Take the world, but give me Jesus."
Like the blind poetess, the goal of someday having a "clearer, brighter vision"
when we see our Lord face to face makes the struggles of this life all worthwhile.
- Amazing Grace - KennethW. Osbeck -

For to me to live is Christ,
and to die is gain.
- Philippians 1:21 -

May your Sunday be extra blessed, dear friends!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Detained - Book Review

A man and his son dreamed of America's freedom,
but the dream became a nightmare
when they ended up at Guantanamo Bay.

Hasan Makari and his son, Najib, both Lebanese nationals, 
have dreamed of the day they would experience the shining freedom of America.
But when they arrive in the US, they are arrested, accused of terrorism,
and incarcerated at the Guantánamo Bay Prison Camp in Cuba, all on false charges.
Suddenly, they face the nightmare of death by execution.
Their only hope is Navy JAG Officer Matt Davis, who has been assigned to the case of his life-
to defend the Makaris in court at Guantánamo Bay.
Matt believes his clients are innocent, but he faces monumental opposition-
not only from powerful federal prosecutors with a huge agenda and an unlimited budget,
but also from the woman he loves who, as a fellow JAG officer,
has been ordered onto the prosecution team to convict the Makaris.
As the drama unfolds in Cuba, Emily Gardner, a top-ranking TSA lawyer,
has just received a larger-than-life nomination
as General Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security.
While preparing for confirmation by the US Senate,
she discovers a shocking scheme that will turn her life upside down.
Can Emily expose the truth in time to save the lives of those being accused-
and escape with her own life?
Somewhere between the war-torn plains of Northern Lebanon
and the secret torture chamber of Guantánamo Bay lie the keys to justice.

My Thoughts
I have to confess that I was a little. . .okay, very apprehensive about reading this book.
Typically, I don't read many novels that are in the political realm,
but I thought I would step out of my comfort zone and try something new.
Boy, am I glad I did!

Detained is the first book in The Navy JAG Series 
and begins with Hasan Makari and his son Najib who are Lebanese nationals.
We meet these characters in Lebanon where they have come out to watch
the American Ambassador make history in their country,
only things go terribly wrong that day. . .

Years later the memory of what happened to the Ambassador
is still etched into the minds and hearts of Hasan and Najib.
Unfortunately, the event that took place so many years ago
 now becomes a terrifying reality for them as they face accusations of being terrorists.
These two men know Christ as their personal Savior
and they will have their faith put to the ultimate test as they endure pain, heartache,
and the threat of death by execution.
They must rely solely on the Lord Jesus Christ for He is their Rock and Strength.
More than once I had tears in my eyes as I read about what the Makari's faced. . .

"Hasan closed his eyes and remembered the words of Isaiah the prophet:

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
and a little child shall lead them.

But the words of Scripture did not stop the rats from advancing on his body.
They crawled up onto his neck and face and into his hair.
"Take me, Jesus! Take me!"
{ Detained - page 134 }

You will want to buckle down for this book because it will give you a thrilling ride.
The pages are filled with drama, excitement, governmental intrigue, and suspense.
You will walk away from Detained with your eyes open a little wider
to things about the government, the Navy, and the TSA.
It is truly terrifying to see what can happen when someone in a position of power
loses control and it's heartbreaking to see the Constitution of America
thrown out the window because someone has his/her own agenda. . .
an agenda of power and greed.
May we never forget the cost of our freedom and liberty 
and may we continue to fight for it - may we never let out guard down!
Detained is a fictitious book, but it hits oh-so-close to home.
The truth will set you free and in this book there is a battle raging for truth and justice.

** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers
for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Don Brown is the author of Thunder in the Morning CalmThe Malacca Conspiracy,
The Navy Justice Series, and 
The Black Sea Affair,
a submarine thriller that predicted the 2008 shooting war between Russia and Georgia.
Don served five years in the U.S. Navy
as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps,
which gave him an exceptional vantage point into both the Navy
and the inner workings "inside-the-beltway" as an action officer assigned to the Pentagon.
He left active duty in 1992 to pursue private practice,
but remained on inactive status through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
He and his family live in North Carolina,
where he pursues his passion for penning novels about the Navy.
Learn more at
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