On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Join in fhe Star-Spangled fun with Joyce at this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge and post your answers here.

1. On Saturday July 4th America celebrates her Independence. (If you're not American, feel free to answer in terms of a national holiday in your own country) What is your favorite thing about the day? Your favorite food on the 4th? Do you fly a flag at your house? Fireworks-yay or nay? Any special plans this year?

Yes, we fly a flag. My favorite thing has always been the fireworks displays. Oooh ... Ahhhh, that's my favorite. I remember with great fondness the delight we felt when Daddy would buy fireworks and we watched as he shot them off and we twirled sparklers in our hands. Seeing them glow was a great thrill. And don’t forget, the homemade ice cream and games like croquet played while we took turns sitting on the ice cream freezer. Then sitting on the porch with a bowl of fresh homemade ice cream and eating watermelon. Some special times on the 4th were going to the White River or War Eagle River with cousins in Arkansas for splashing around and cooking out over a fire. Sunburn!!!!

Our plans at this time are up in the air!

2. What's something you recently got for free?

A touch up on my haircut.

3. The Statue of Liberty, The Liberty Bell, The Washington Monument, or Mount Rushmore...how many on the list have you seen? What is your favorite historical American monument, and why?

The Statue of Liberty, yes. We saw the Washington Monument and all the others in Washington, D.C. recently. I really enjoyed the Lincoln Memorial the most. I have great respect for and am thankful for George Washington’s leadership in the founding of this country, but I prefer the Lincoln Memorial’s style. And, of course, have great respect for Abraham Lincoln and his humble beginnings and what was accomplished during the Civil War. Seeing the statue of him on the chair at the monument is beautiful, quite moving, and has more dignity.

4. When it comes to the news are you more ostrich (stick my head in the sand) or hog (they have room to take a whole lot in)? How much attention have you given the recent news reports regarding ISIS and the acts of terror they've perpetrated against those who do not share their beliefs or support their cause?

I am somewhere in-between. I neither stick my head in the sand, nor do I make myself a hog or news junkie. It grates on my spirit to constantly be listening to the newscasters telling and re-telling the latest horror or seeing the actual images. The ISIS thing is terrifying. I pray for those who are in their path and long for the day they will be stopped.

5. We're talking plain ice cream...vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry? Choose one.


6. Share a song you love containing the word 'stars' in the lyrics or title?

In keeping with the patriotic theme, The Star Spangled Banner. Otherwise, When You Wish Upon a Star.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory 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!

7. Describe and/or say goodbye to June with an acrostic.

Ohhhhh, (whiny voice) do I have to?

G – Great seeing you again in 2015
O – Only seemed to last a moment
O – Over way too soon
D – Did you ever consider being a 31 day month?
B – Barbecue days were pleasant with you
Y – You will be here again before we can say Jack Robinson
E – Ever faithful, as time marches 

J – Just when we were settling in with you
U – Up and flew away
N – No, never can say good-bye
E – Even so, we go with the flow

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I’m just not good with acrostics!! Not too much imagination. If only there were letters in June or Goodbye like an R – to stand for the beautiful roses in June, or the wonderful rain we enjoyed.

I want the people of the United States to "straighten up and fly right" as my Daddy used to say. Let's be the "united" states again.


A Joyful Chaos said...

Good acrostic. I'm feeling as if I cheated now, since I only used the word June.

Joyce said...

I am not sure well ever be united the way we once were. It seems there's been a huge cultural shift that will be difficult to come back from. I'd love to at least see us quit with the name calling and labeling people who disagree with you as racist or bigot or nut. That would be a start : ) Enjoy your 4thbif July!

tammy doane said...

Enjoyed your acrostic poem. I want the same thing for the people of the United States.

Wendy said...

I think you did a good acrostic. Enjoy the 4th July.

Terri D said...

Another fun Hodgepodge! Your acrostic is just fine! I only used the word June...so I guess I cheated too!! Happy Hump Day!

maddie/cadesmimi said...

I enjoyed your July 4th memories :) Your acrostic was great, by the way!
I agree with your random thought, if only everyone could and would get along...
Kathy (from Reflections by Kathy)

Mary said...

Oh, if only our country would straighten up & fly right! Such concern right now. It seems that we've gone backwards in some respects.
You did a good job with the acrostic!

NanaDiana said...

Love your answers, Connie. I think your acrostic was wonderful! You are a lot more creative than you give yourself credit for. Enjoy your holiday no matter what you do. xo Diana

Empty Nester said...

I'm not good at acrostics either but I think you did a great job! I loved visiting the Lincoln Memorial. It was my favorite. There's just something about it... Have a wonderful 4th!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

You can't help but ooh or aah when watching fireworks! Telling and retelling the stories gets very old quickly. Excellent song choice. Like your acrostic. That's a great saying your dad used and I wish people would do that.

Jill said...

Great post, like your goodbye June.... :-) Thank you for the well wishes, I really appreciate it, haven't been this sick in a long time! Have a wonderful day.


Elizabeth Day said...

For someone not good with acrostics, you sure did a great job! I wish I could copy Joyce's comment here because I so agree with her. I pray our country hasn't gone too far and moved ourselves outside the Hand of protection. It is only in His power that we can be a "United" country again and that will only happen when His people are awakened. Enjoy your 4th!

Theresa said...

I like your daddy's saying...boy is that needed right now. Your 4th of July memories sound wonderful. In NY the purchase of fireworks is not legal so we have to watch firework shows, which isn't too bad ;)

Nikki Scatchard said...

Nice acrostic! June does go by quickly for some reason, the entire summer does really.. Well have a happy 4th and enjoy the fireworks!

yaya said...

Fun answers and I think you did fine with the acrostic! June has flown so quickly and I'm sure the rest of this summer will too...it's winter that seems to never end! I loved the previous post...Noah is adorable! Have a wonderful July 4th...Let freedom ring!

Karen said...

I enjoyed your answers! I am with you: CHOCOLATE ice cream...chocolate everything!! The grandkids can have all the Skittles!

Dee said...

Chocolate is my favorite, too. I loved reading your answers and I'm glad I found your blog today. I enjoyed the visit.

Have a wonderful 4th of July... :)