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Andy Andrews: Recipient of 3 Purple Hearts


The link at the bottom takes you to some of the War stories of a dear friend of ours.

Andy Andrews

Andy Andrews

Andy Andrews is a recipient of 3 Purple  Hearts for his bravery on D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.

Trained as a “machine gunner” his expertise led him into the trenches of battle during WWII.  Andy was one of the first personal witnesses to the Dachau Concentration Camp a few days after it was liberated.

Andy, a strong Christian leaned on his faith to get him through every day. At one point in this summary he tells of how soldiers read passages from the New Testament from Bibles issued to them by the Army. That’s right; the Army handed out the one book they felt would give them what they needed to fight and win. And fight and win they did.

About 15 years ago, I was fortunate to sit down with him one-on-one and listen to him tell me his personal stories. I’ll never forget how he told me he lost 3 pairs of glasses in the war. His response was,

“They were all shot off my face; 3 different times.”

He told me how he and his buddy were in a foxhole with their machine guns ready and waiting on the enemy. He described the atmosphere  as “eerily quiet.” His buddy made the mistake of raising his head just above the top of the foxhole only to have it blown off.

He learned to cook potatoes in one of their kitchens. Lots of potatoes.

He described times when he would be in an abandoned house or building only to meet face to face with the enemy. One time he hid in a closet as a number of them walked right past him.

“The truth of those young, German soldiers, ” he told me, “was they were just as scared as we were and didn’t want to be doing what they were being forced to do any more than we did.”

And we think our lives our tough.

Here’s a great big “Shout Out” to all Military. 

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http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/oralhistory/WWII_/andrews_andy.htm

Related Links:

http://www.mountainx.com/article/43375/Local-D-Day-Vet-recalls-harrowing-tales-on-WWNC

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An Unlikely Pair or Not?


It was one of those things.

Gene Simmons or Chaim Weitz (Hebrew)

Gene Simmons or
Chaim Weitz (Hebrew)

Had I not seen it for myself I would not have believed it.

Gene Simmons, the hard rocker of KISS, speaking out on behalf of Tim Tebow?

Gene Simmons and Tim Tebow on the same team?

Actually yes. His LA Arena Football team. He is actively recruiting Tebow to play for the team he owns.

The group “KISS” was very popular when I was growing up, but I never listened to them nor did I have any desire to watch their vulgar acts and shows.  Simmons wasn’t shy with his lewdness or improprieties.

After delving into this possible “odd couple” my husband told me to watch a video of Simmons speaking about Tim Tebow.

I was shocked as I heard him defend this man of God for his Christian faith. He continued to politely but with strong firmness extend his wrath toward the media and anyone who would persecute him.  His words were not that of an aging rocker but an avid spokesman.  It was apparent this man left his costume years ago and took on a career as a very successful business man.

He was wise with his fortune from his guitar days of KISS.

The hard rocker is now worth 300 million and owns or is partnered with numerous outstanding companies.

Gene Simmons speaks 4 languages: English, Hebrew, Hungarian and German.

I must admit judging from his horrid past it was evident he was made of a lot more than ugly face makeup.

Reading his bio as my husband and I tried to understand his position which seemed so out of character, I discovered he is an Israeli born American whose heritage has come alive.

In March of 2011 Simmons returned to his homeland of Israel. He describes the visit as a “life-changing event.”  After the trip he told how he still feels like an outsider here in America, but loves this nation. In October of 2011, 6 months after this change, whatever it was he married his longtime live in wife, a former playboy playmate.  Prior to that his views on marriage were against the institution.

He is now a staunch supporter of conservatism and regrets voting for President Obama in 2008. His reason? Beginning with the President’s venture for Israel and the Palestinians to go back to the 1967 settlement lines, Obamacare and the U.N. which he describes as “the most pathetic body on the face of the earth.”

As the President continued to de-militarize our military, Simmons began to disagree more and more with the Obama Administration.  He supported the war in Iraq and President George Bush’s stance on foreign policy. He voted for Mitt Romney in November of 2012.  He is quite open about his change of heart in politics.

In his own words:

“I’m ashamed to be surrounded by people calling themselves liberal who are, in my opinion, spitting on the graves of brave American soldiers who gave their life to fight a war that wasn’t theirs…in a country they’ve never been to… simply to liberate the people therein. I wasn’t born here. But I have a love for this country and its people that knows no bounds. I will forever be grateful to America for going into World War II, when it had nothing to gain, in a country that was far away… and rescued my mother from the Nazi German concentration camps. She is alive and I am alive because of America. And, if you have a problem with America, you have a problem with me.”

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Simmons

So….a partnership with Tim Tebow isn’t so bizarre after all.

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow

Ummmmmmm……and he has never been a politician?

Psalm 125: 5 “Peace be upon Israel.”

http://video.foxnews.com/v/2663900878001/will-tim-tebow-play-for-gene-simmons/

 


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Purpose


Just when you have no idea what you are doing or why you are in a place you are in, God shows up in the form of a purpose.

This display of his character is a leading often missed. It is in those times of bewilderment he reminds us of his goals, not ours. Making the mistake of “it’s all about me” is it is never about me.

There are those who are called to do the great work of missions, or the Pastors who shepherd the flocks of God.  Also many are gifted in song or the genius of a musical instrument.  Teachers somehow know they were born to teach and the joy of loving the work of a nursery comes naturally.

When you are blatantly not gifted to belt out Michael W. Smiths’ “Find my place in this world” or given the hands to flow over the keyboards of Grand pianos, resolve is a rite of passage.

The further I get into understanding the knowledge of God, the more he discloses his personal joy of surprise.  The unknowing of a purpose is or can be quite exciting because you never know what God will do next.

God loves to test his followers. Many tests have come my way only to fail miserably.  The plight of knowing where I belong has extended beyond the limits of what I can see in the natural. In this effort of unforeseen examinations, God is showing me what it really means to trust him completely.

Certainly the mastery of this level is far off yet moments of faith kick in and at times almost feel tangible. A good test is to go where you aren’t sure you belong or where you have no idea why you are there.  Doing so by faith in God, allows him to show up and sometimes show off.

Living in the center of God’s will is purpose. The goal to find a place of worship to call home has been a dilemma in the center of God’s will. How does that work? One party goes, enjoys and makes it their habitation. The other flounders, reaches, seeks and hunts for peace and acceptance only to be typecast and thrown under the bus.body-01

But….that is when God asks the hunter to have faith in him; not his people. “Go” he says and see what I will do for you.

The row wasn’t full. He asked if he could sit next to me. Struggling, he admitted he had a bad knee.

His baseball cap was loaded with military campaign stickers lined with WWII, Korean War and Vietnam Veteran letters. When asked what they were for, he responded, “Those are all the places I served and didn’t do much of anything.”

We both laughed and he smiled as I helped him get his jacket off.

He was a 30 year military man. His wife died around 10 years ago. His service career made me question how he had managed all 3 wars. His response was,
“well, I’m 93 years old, I think.”  Shocked at hearing this, he pulled out his wallet. His feeble fingers worked to get his VALID Driver’s License out. He pointed to the year of his birth: 1919.

“Yep. I am 93. That’s what this says.”

For the next hour I was enlightened to sit beside a war hero who had no idea he was a war hero.  6 years shy of being on this earth for almost a century, I sensed nothing but joy, peace and a gracious heart.communion-01

As I held his communion cup so it wouldn’t spill on his pants he said thank you. When it was over I helped him stand up on his weak knee. Taking his jacket off the back of his chair I placed it on his shoulders and helped him put his arms in the sleeve.

As we walked out, he asked if I came there often. “YES” I said. He told me he would look for me, gave me a big smile and said goodbye.

I ran to my car in the pouring rain. Thinking to myself “he thought I was helping him.”

But I was the one who was blessed.

And then I heard God laughing.

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http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/the-light-is-christ/

http://simplyjuliana.com/2013/03/23/proverbs-163-when-we-think-like-god-our-plans-succeed/Co

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Security In All The Wrong Places


Veterans Day poster issued by the U.S. Departm...

Years ago I found out what security wasn’t. It wasn’t my friends. Or my car. Or my health. Or my ex-husband. Or my family. Or even this nation.

The catastrophic affect this had on my emotions left me hanging. I had a close relationship with God or so I thought. All of a sudden I felt this surging fear running through my veins as if the devil himself had just crawled beneath my feet. I was either going to continue living with that fear or find out where my security really was. I chose the latter.

It still baffles me how people don’t see this. Clearly in our world of chaos  we have no security with each other. Oh, maybe to some degree we do, but what happens when that person you have so depended on is no longer there? Hearing the question, “is there more to this life?” would bring me to the point of no security. These two are connected by God.

Kind of like this: IS THERE MORE TO LIFE? SECURITY IN GOD. So of course there is more to life and God has provided it along with security otherwise we wouldn’t be here.

On this Veterans Day I thank the men and women who fight for us everyday. I also thank my dad who is a WWII veteran along with 2 of his brothers.  The security these brave comrades bring to us in the past and today are ordained by God to protect his people.

2 Chronicles 20:17 says that we do not have to fight these battles because they belong to the Lord. Do you think that is the definition of security?

I took photo with Canon camera.