Monday, July 4, 2011

Fourth of July 2011

What a blessing to live in a country like the United States of America!  I am grateful that I was born in this country and have the opportunity to change jobs as I please and especially as God gives me the opportunity. I have the opportunity to try to change my life and my body shape also.  Body shape is not much different than last time I posted but I'm holding my own. My doctor and I brainstormed last visit about ways to get past this plateau and I hope to begin one of those, exercise, this week.  With the new job, I can get up and walk before work, rather than trying to cram it in after work like I didn't do before.  So, a new plan, and hopefully some more weight lost. 

Today I get the opportunity to sing in a concert with 114 other people about our country and the people who live here.  Tucson experienced a tragedy this past year with the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, our representative to the House in Washington DC.  Five precious lives were lost and a number of people were wounded and now live with those problems associated with that shooting, including Gabrielle Giffords.  Our city came together magnificently to support the victims and their families.  Part of our concert program will focus on this event.  A young man from the church we attend has written a song that can be found on U-tube about the shooting last January.  Go to U-tube and put in Matt Abney and watch and listen.  It shows our spirit pretty well.
Our troops in conflicts overseas are our second focus in the concert..  Without these men and women we could not truly be a free nation.  I pray God's blessing on each and everyone of them. 
I have been blessed to sing in this concert called Let Freedom Sing for several years and I am truly blessed every year I do this.  I get to sing with some people who have wonderful voices.  Those who direct and run this production are awesome and I'm grateful for them.  And we have the opportunity to raise funding for arts programs in the schools which are truly needed for our children.  Thanks to all who support Arts Express.

Thanks be to our Father who gives us these blessings of our country and those who live here.  We are truly blessed to live in the United States of America.

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