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As an American, I am thankful for ...
Self | Sep 2, 2002 | Jeff Head

Posted on 09/02/2002 9:39:10 PM PDT by Jeff Head

As an American, I am thankful for my ...

GOD

As an American, first and foremost, I am thankful to and for my God, who has given me life and my free will. I am thankful to and for His Son, Jesus Christ, my Savior. He has marked the path and showed the way regarding how to live my life and use my free will in such a way as to further His plan of salvation, enrich others, and to overcome my own weaknesses and mistakes if I will but accept His atonement, repent of those failings, and strive to live as He would live. In doing this, over, and over, and over gain, continually striving to improve as I go, and picking myself up again when I fall, always holding that bright hope before me, I know that I will ultimately hear the one phrase which will make all else worth while in the end, “Well done thou good and faithful servant”. Therefore, I am eternally grateful, beyond words for His sacrifice on my behalf to make this possible, and for His Father’s, my Father in Heaven’s, willingness to suffer His Son to go through what it took in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross on our behalf.

Beyond this, I am grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ, which establishes a pattern for life which, if freely accepted and lived, strengthens and liberates all those who are faithful in following it, be they individuals, families, groups, societies or cultures. I am thankful for the very essence of it, which is to love God with all one’s heart, might and mind, to love one’s neighbors as one’s self and to promote and live moral and virtuous lives, to stand up for what is right, to un-ashamedly proclaim it, and to have patience with those seeking to find and learn of it, from where ever they may come.

FAMILY
Second, as an American, I am grateful for my family. I am grateful for my wife, Gail and our almost 25 years together for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, for poorer, for richer, in hard times, in good times, in happy times, in sad times, and in the many joyous times which are meant to stretch for all time and eternity before us. I am grateful for what she has meant, and does mean to me through it all, and as a result of it all. I am thankful beyond measure for what she has gone through in bearing each of our five children and the critical role she has played in rearing them. I am thankful for her efforts, her patience, for her extolling me, persuading me and helping me through my own weaknesses and hard times as well as her own. I am thankful for her recognizing the prompting of the spirit of God in our courtship which led to our marriage and for that same recognition countless times since. I am grateful for her brightness, her creativity, her loving heart and sharing soul … I am thankful beyond measure to God and to her that she is my wife and companion through life, including whatever hardships, shortcomings, misunderstandings and difficulties which have arisen, or may yet arise. Of such adversity is born strength and a greater appreciation for the good times and joy we are also blessed to live through.

Third, I am thankful for and to my five children, Katie, Rachel, Becki, Jeff and Jared and all they have taught me about life, true sacrifice and commitment, humility and learning. I am thankful to have been there for each of their births and before that, through their pregnancies where I experienced for myself the miracle of life in the womb, and saw, felt and experienced first hand their individuality, awareness, sensitivities and life ere they were born into this world. I am grateful for the fuller, firmer understanding of, and commitment to, life and liberty those experiences have given me. I am thankful to have watched each grow and experience both joy and trial through their schooling, through fights with school boards and over school text books, through cheerleading, gymnastics, karate, volleyball, track, football, baseball, basketball, boyfriends, girlfriends, proms, church dances, learning and performing with various musical instruments (piano, recorder, flute, violin, trumpet, guitar and any others I may have missed), heartbreaks, betrayals of friends, the joy of good and true friends, court ships, the marriage of our oldest; and, in essence, the trials, tribulations, joys and comfort of seeing them each grow, learn and experience life for themselves ... and now through two of their weddings and a nearly one year old grandson I am thankful to see them begin having and experiencing the richness of traditional family life themselves. Such a rich measure of gratitude and thankfulness can only be appreciated by experiencing it in all of its rich abundance.

Next, I am thankful for and to my parents. They nurtured and raised me in an environment and in such a way so as to open my eyes, enrich my understanding and to put me in a position to feel this gratitude and recognize the blessings around me, regardless of whatever adversity. They are dedicated patriots to our constitutional Republic and worthy and committed followers of Jesus Christ, and they have striven to raise their children to do likewise. They are the type of people that are the bedrock foundation of our nation and I thank God each and every day for them, irrespective of whatever minor failings they may have. They have been, and continue to be, true, life long, … no, they are eternal friends, whom I could never fully repay for the gifts they have given to me or the loyalty they have shown to me. I can only hope to pass such on to my loved ones. May God bless their names and their lives now, and their memories in the future for all they have done for me and each of their children. Though, like most, I did not appreciate what they did, experienced, put up with, suffered or travailed with while I was growing up and maturing, yet, I certainly was reared in such a way to allow me to be in a position to appreciate it when my time came. If I can do half as well as they did, and teach my children to do twice as well as I am doing … then I am content knowing that my children will be among the most productive and worthwhile people I know, because my parents certainly are.

Next, I am thankful for my brothers Lee, Greg and Paul. We were four boys raised out in the country and we certainly had our share of experiences and difficulties, and as we continue to experience life, as most people, we continue to learn lessons, some painful … yet I know of three solid men I can depend on, whatever else may come, who will support me and give me their best advise … even if I sometimes don’t want to hear it. But, this is the mark of true friends who set their friend’s, and in this case their brother’s, interest and well being over what might “feel good” at the moment and say and do what needs saying and doing. I am thankful to my brothers for the many examples they have given me, among others, to my oldest brother for his great success in business and steadiness in raising four children of his own and in his own commitment to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; to my second oldest brother for his willingness to this day to help those he sees in need of help and to literally give them the shirt off his back if required, and to do strive to do so in the midst of great adversity and personal hardship and travail; and, to my younger brother for his ability and desire to bounce back from tremendous adversity and hardship and to keep his eye on the mark and the important goals while doing so, such that in the end, despite the adversity, he has come off the winner in the eyes of God and those who love him.

Next, I am grateful to and for my ancestors, whose commitment to these same principles have flowed down through the years, and through the blood, and put me in a position to benefit if I will but grasp that opportunity. I am grateful in particular for both sets of my grandparents. They were different in many ways and they came from different backgrounds and cultures, yet all four focused their lives on the same critical goals and taught their children, and their grandchildren, to honor and be committed to God, family and country … particularly this country, the United States of America. As a result of their bloodlines, and the commitment of those who were a part of it, I am honored to be a Son of the American Revolution. I cannot speak of these loved ones who went before without feeling the deepest respect and admiration for their lives and what they wrought. In particular I must send my fondest and most respectful thoughts and wishes to my paternal grandmother, Jewel Darden Head, who was among the most genteel, wise, and steady woman I have ever known and whose patience and commitment to moral principle and virtue blessed all those with whom she came in contact. I am privileged to have known her well and spent some time with her after I reached adulthood and my other grandparents were already beyond this veil, and to have come to know her and take council from her during those, what turned out to be, all too brief visits. I bid her a fond greeting across the veil and though I do not seek to hasten it, yet I look forward to the time when I can be reunited with her and all of my ancestors on the other side of “Jordan” when my time comes to “cross over” … as it will surely come to us all.

COUNTRY
I cannot make such a statement of thankfulness as an American without mentioning the third part of the great triad of God, Famil and Country. I am thankful beyond measure to live in a land blessed with the foundational principles of true liberty. Liberty which is based on the absolute recognition of God’s hand, the Creator, in giving us the unalienable rights of life, liberty and free will that serve as the bedrock for this nation. These rights do not derive from any man-made institution, they derive from God. I am thankful for the wise, enlightened patriots who enumerated this to us in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the original Bill of Rights. I am thankful for the words and actions of Patrick Henry, George Washington, Nathaniel Hale, John Paul Jones, Paul Revere, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, John Adams, “Light Horse” Harry Lee and the countless others who set the example and showed through their very life’s deeds how to defend and maintain our liberties. I urge all to read of and understand them, and to read the words and works these men enumerated. I am grateful again for parents who taught me of these things and allowed me to come to an understanding of what Liberty and our nation’s basis and foundation are all about. I am grateful for those original patriots who not only enumerated it, but taught us that those foundational principles were worth fighting for, and sacrificing our very life for to establish and maintain if necessary.

I am grateful and thankful that a groing measure of this understanding is still alive in this land today. Though it has been (and is being) severally tested and strained, yet the knowledge and recognition is alive and growing amidst the adversity and designs of those who would destroy it. I pray we are all equal to the task, in both the every-day, sometimes mundane, commitments we must make to vigilantly vouchsafe our liberties, and in whatever more serious efforts we may be called on if necessary to maintain our liberties and our way of life for our children and generations yet unborn.

Finally, I am thankful to have been blessed beyond measure with wonderful friends. People whom the good Lord has brought along in the circle of life who have challenged me, strengthened me, supported me and, in short, befriended me. They are too numerous to mention by name, but I am amazed at the richness of their associations and the impact simple virtue and honor can have, not only on those relationships, but by extrapolation, on the life’s of so many other’s as we each go on in the circle of life and share the results of those interactions and associations. Over the last few years, many of those friends have come by way of my involvement in the issues of the day, and I could not mention them without mentioning the FreeRepoublic Web Site. The proprietor there, Jim Robinson has created a modern Ton Square, where people can freely discuss the issues of the day, the threats to American liberty and organize themselves to confront it.

SUMMARY
I believe with all my heart that all of these things, though the details may be somewhat different today, are the same principles upon which our founders and the original colonists who came to this land based their hopes and aspirations of liberty upon. They built on those hopes and aspirations through adversity, hardship, struggle, strife, achievement and faith to produce the richest, most free, prosporous and equitable nation on the face of the earth.

From this knowledge, I derive simple commitments to dedicate and devote myself to the three foundational entities of God, family and country, and to do so with the principles of virtue, duty and honor in an effort to maintain and restore what they accomplished. I know, in so doing, though I am certainly imperfect and will stumble along the way, yet I know that in striving for it I will be a tool for enriching and bettering the lives of those whom I love … to this I am committed above all else, and for this knowledge, these individuals, these principles … I am thankful as an American.



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Pardon the length. This is an update and take-off of an essay I wrote in the year 2000. It is in response to a request by Freeper Shenandoah, who wrote a wonderful essay last week entitled, As an American, I believe ...

He asked that I pen a few words of my own and this is my response.

Best Fregards to all, and God's richest blessings on you each and may they continue on our Republic as long as we remain worthy of them.

1 posted on 09/02/2002 9:39:10 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Shenandoah
Here is my response to your request.
2 posted on 09/02/2002 9:48:34 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: joanie-f; Dukie; JohnHuang2; Travis McGee; Critter; Lurker; harpseal; sneakypete; Luis Gonzalez; ...
FYI ... my latest essay in response to a request from Shenandoah.
3 posted on 09/02/2002 9:49:18 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Thank you Jeff.
4 posted on 09/02/2002 9:52:26 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy
You are welcome. Just sharing my own beliefs and gratitude as respects this nation and our heritage .. and my own heritage specifically.

God bless and FRegards.

5 posted on 09/02/2002 9:54:43 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Thank you so very much for sharing your heart!!!
6 posted on 09/02/2002 9:57:05 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Jeff Head
Thanks for the ping. And for pointing up the difference between a real American and someone that just points to their location on a map.
7 posted on 09/02/2002 9:58:31 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: Jeff Head; big ern; Judai
BTTT Beautiful and inspiring Jeff. I wish every child were raised with these values and I pray it may be so in the future. Thank you FReeper Hero.
8 posted on 09/02/2002 9:58:36 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: Jeff Head
Hey, That was great and showed what this great country of ours is made of. Priceless!!!
9 posted on 09/02/2002 10:01:54 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: Jeff Head
This should be required reading for every freshman entering ALL colleges in America. Nice job Jeff!
10 posted on 09/02/2002 10:02:05 PM PDT by Russell Scott
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To: Russell Scott; Alamo-Girl; MissAmericanPie; Libertina; MamaB
Like I said to Cindy ... just sharing my own beliefs and gratitude as respects this nation and our heritage .. and my own heritage specifically.

Whatever praise comes from that must go to God above, my parents and my wife and kids. They have taught me 99% of whatever it is I know.

God bless and FRegards

11 posted on 09/02/2002 10:07:53 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Can't pass up a good opportunity to say: Praise God!!!
12 posted on 09/02/2002 10:29:41 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Jeff Head; sweetliberty; wattsmag2; teeman8r
Nice sentiments Jeff, especially with the 1st anniversity of 9-11 coming up.

Between this and the WTC-Rise and Fall special on the History channel, I have tears in my eyes.

AMEN and good on ya' FRiend! Let FReedom ring far and wide!

13 posted on 09/02/2002 10:41:40 PM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
Thanks for the ping Sweetie. Very inspiring. Have you noticed how there's a heaviness about as the 11th approaches? I'm sure there will be a lot tears and a lot of reflection in the coming days. We will never be quite the same. Thankfully, "greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world."
14 posted on 09/02/2002 10:54:41 PM PDT by sweetliberty
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To: Jeff Head
Beautiful essay straight from your heart Jeff.
I am honored that I had the chance to meet you and Jared at Klamath last year.
God Bless you and yours.
15 posted on 09/02/2002 11:13:41 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Jeff Head
WOW!

Wonderful thoughts, wonderful words Jeff. I gotta tell ya, outside of being lucky enough to be a citizen of the greatest nation that has ever existed; I am thankful that a gracious and merciful God allowed me to live long enough to see the way...

Thanks,

FGS

16 posted on 09/02/2002 11:38:34 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake
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To: Jeff Head
Thank you. Lots of good material in there for reflection.
17 posted on 09/02/2002 11:45:33 PM PDT by meadsjn
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To: Jeff Head
Amen.

18 posted on 09/03/2002 12:11:32 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: Jeff Head
Holy Cow, Jeff! When you do something, you do it in a

BIG

way!

A wonderful essay! Says it all! And I am proud to add it to As an American, I believe...

Thank you!

19 posted on 09/03/2002 3:56:08 AM PDT by Shenandoah
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To: sweetliberty
... and,

"If He be with us, it matters not who is against us.""

20 posted on 09/03/2002 5:48:12 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Alamo-Girl
Amen to that A-G, He is the one we must praise and I am convinced that as long as enough people in this land truly do that ... we will find a way through all the difficulties.
21 posted on 09/03/2002 5:49:16 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
Indeed, let Freedom ring ... and let its foundations continue to sing in this land. As long as the latter continues, the former will also.
22 posted on 09/03/2002 5:50:42 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
... and Jared say Hi to you Tonk.

I am grateful to have had the blessing to be the father of such an one as Jared ... and his older brother and three older sisters. They, along with their mother, have taught me more about life than any years of schooling, any high priced training or seminars and any "job" ever could ... and I am grateful to God for it.

23 posted on 09/03/2002 5:53:20 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: ForGod'sSake
I am thankful that a gracious and merciful God allowed me to live long enough to see the way...

... and having that, you are rich and blessed indeed beyond anything the world can comprehend.

Best regards and God's best to you and yours.

24 posted on 09/03/2002 5:55:17 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Shenandoah
Thank you. I am honored to have my few words stand there with yours.
25 posted on 09/03/2002 5:56:44 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: meadsjn
The thanks is all mine to you and yours for being (IMHO) an example of the essence of those beliefs and principles that I have shared. So, in that regard ... thank you!

As long as we have many families like yours abroad in our land, quietly going about life in a manner consistant with the foundational principles of our liberty and our faith ... the powers of hell will be shaken here in the land of the free and the home of the brave, irrespective of whatever temporary gains they may accrue.

Just my opinion perhaps, but also my faith.

26 posted on 09/03/2002 6:00:58 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Sir, I salute you as a true fellow Christian and patriot!
Way to go, my freeper brother!-Norb
27 posted on 09/03/2002 6:22:22 AM PDT by angry beaver norbert
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To: angry beaver norbert
Thank you for that salutation ... as I said earlier, any praise goes to God, my parents and my family.

Engaged in the effort to educate others (and ourselves) and to restore our nation to its foundational and constitutional roots (which sadly in too many cases our Republic has strayed from) ... we are indeed brothers.

FRegards.

28 posted on 09/03/2002 6:38:39 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: angry beaver norbert
You took the screen name I had planned on using.
29 posted on 09/03/2002 6:39:59 AM PDT by DinkyDau
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To: Jeff Head
Morning bump. Hope you're selling books faster than they can print them.
30 posted on 09/03/2002 6:53:50 AM PDT by wattsmag2
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To: wattsmag2
... and a top of the morning to you.

As a result of an exercise here on FR last Friday and Saturday, I developed an online ad.

Online Ad for the Dragon's Fury Series
http://www.dragonsfury-breathoffire.com/online-ad.htm

That I am having folks look at and then forward the URL to their email lists. To try and get the email chains going.

Ultimately I will buy space online to link to it and then maybe begin printing it in targeted major market newspapers ... as I can afford it.

The eBook version remains the #1 best selling Mystery and Thriller eBook on Amazon (ALmost 4 weeks now). We're hoping that gets the attention, sooner or later, of a mjor publisher to get it out in allo the B. Dalton's and Wldons throughout the land.

FRegards and thanls for asking.

31 posted on 09/03/2002 6:59:39 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
I agree! A change of heart in this country - to seeking and praising God - is the most important and first, step.
32 posted on 09/03/2002 7:15:50 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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A-G, IMHO that is exactly what we need , and I am praying for it ... a spiritual, moral and constitutional revival of epic proportions.

Ultimately, one way or another and in God's own time, we will have the opportunity for just that. Despite the horror, and the need for a just retribution for those who planned, abetted and committed the atrocity (and we must have that just and complete retribution IMHO), 9-11 provided us an opportunity to start down that path.

Even with the darkest clouds ... at some point there can be a silver lining.

33 posted on 09/03/2002 7:25:21 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Amen! All things work together for the good for those that believe God and are called according to His purpose.

I may not agree with everything our president does, but I praise God that he prays and reads the Word every morning! It is a prayer granted for me.

34 posted on 09/03/2002 9:39:54 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Jeff Head
For affirming my natural right to correctly indicate that the state is a band of robbers, murderers and thugs.
35 posted on 09/03/2002 9:41:35 AM PDT by society-by-contract
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To: Alamo-Girl
The 2nd Amendment and abortion are my particular major watch words.

A lot of good things have been said about the 2nd ... we'll see if it translates into action and case law, directives to Federal Agencies, etc. ... but at least much better words are being said.

Abortion is yet to be fully addressed IMHO ... we'll probably see with the 1st Supreme Court vacancy he fills.

I tend to give the Pres. the benefit of the doubt on his stated beliefs. I like what he says in that regard. Actions still speak louder. Those two issues above are my own main "buttons", but I was certainly extremely disappointed and very concerned with provisions in the Patriot Act and Campagn Finance Reform. Both are decidedly bad IMHO, and fly in the face of Constitutional principles.

With faith and a determination to see things improve and turn back to the roots of our constitutional Republic we can but continue to wait, watch, pray and become involved as our heart and the voice within directs.

36 posted on 09/03/2002 9:54:06 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: TonyRo76
Thanks. I just wanted to share my gratitude for the three pillars in my life with the folks here on FR and based upon Shen's request.
38 posted on 09/03/2002 11:46:54 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Bump.
39 posted on 09/03/2002 1:09:57 PM PDT by PsyOp
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To: PsyOp
Thanks, and back at you.
40 posted on 09/03/2002 1:37:37 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
God. Family. Country. Indeed. Sometimes they conflict, I'm greatful they haven't for you, Jeff. I've lost everything because my family can't understand standing up for your country....or God with the exception of my son, who is wise beyond his years and always has been. They're too short sighted to see that protecting the two insures the survival of that family. Their motto is , Me, Me and Me. It's a sad thing, my friend.

Thank you for the essay...it's always appreciated.

41 posted on 09/03/2002 4:10:21 PM PDT by AuntB
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To: AuntB
They have come into conflict for me as well AuntB from time to time. Going to and particpating in Klamath was one of those times when there were both family and job related issues that ended up being painful.

In those cases ... at least in my opinion, you go back to the priority in which they are listed ... God, family, country. In the end, that is what faith is all about.

I have always used that precedent and although there have been times it has been painful, there has never been a time it was wrong.

As we both know, right is not always painless and wrong is not always painful (at least not initially ... ultimately wrong will always bring pain).

Best to you ... in both trial and joy.

42 posted on 09/03/2002 7:21:52 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
A beautiful piece Jeff.

You have prioritized your life perfectly to the only proper yardstick..the Bible.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

43 posted on 09/03/2002 8:28:12 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: Jeff Head
Thanks, Jeff, for one more inspiring post.
44 posted on 09/03/2002 10:21:03 PM PDT by soundbits
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To: Jeff Head
Another great work. Thanks.
45 posted on 09/04/2002 4:24:40 AM PDT by steveegg
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To: Syncro
You are welcome. I have simply tried to be true to the way my parents raised me, to the love I have for my wife and children and now my grandchild (with number two in the oven), and most of all (and in spite of my own shortcomings) to the path the voice from within (the Holy Spirit) has directed me.

Best Fregards.

46 posted on 09/04/2002 5:55:20 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: soundbits
You are welcome my friend. Hope things up that way are well for you and yours.

My friend in Emmett who makes the gun show circuit has purchased another 100 books (Volume II) to sell at his tables as he makes his rounds.

He has me signing in Nampa this weekend and Boise next.

Did you get a chance to finish Vol. I? What were your thoughts?

47 posted on 09/04/2002 5:57:14 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: steveegg
You are welcome. Just wanted to share some of my own thoughts in response to Shenandoah's request.
48 posted on 09/04/2002 5:57:46 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Thanks for the post, Jeff.

Gratitude is a most important attribute. It helps us keep our perspective & not take God's blessings and our forefathers' sacrifices for granted. Lack of it leads individuals and the country to complacency, arrogance, sense of entitlement, laziness, and unwillingness to sacrifice.

Guess you can tell I feel strongly about it! I thank God every time I walk into our well-stocked grocery stores; I am in awe of such plenty as we have here. God is so good.

Stay well -- and best wishes on the continued success of your book!
49 posted on 09/04/2002 7:34:34 AM PDT by cyn
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Hugs to you, AuntB, and continued prayers for your well-being. Thanks for all you have done and suffered in doing what's right. Don't know any better way to say it than that, but there's a lot more words on my mind, especially after experincing Darby. Take care.
50 posted on 09/04/2002 7:39:24 AM PDT by cyn
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