“History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.”    Dwight D. Eisenhower

We as individual women going through divorce, have a new kind of freedom to choose what our life will be like in the future. Like the quote above, freedom is not for the weak and timid. It is for all of us who choose fulfillment and choose to shape our lives into something wonderful and good. We must personally embrace the freedom to live boldly and without fear. Remember, love always wins. And a love-driven life is a wonderfully free and wildly full life… no matter what anyone else is using their freedom to do. Choose the true freedom of love, always.

Today is Veterans’ Day. Every Veterans’ Day I used to make a point to call my Dad and my Mom and tell them that I appreciated the sacrifices they made during World War II. They were both in the Army. My Dad served with Patton’s Third Army in many famous battles like the Battle of the Bulge. He was on Normandy about a month after that first awful invasion. My mother was an Army nurse who took care of men who had been injured in the fighting. I truly appreciate all the countless sacrifices made for freedom anywhere on the earth.

I think the desire to be free is one of the undefeatable desires of all mankind. Human beings embody that innate desire to be able to make choices about their own lives. Many have died through the centuries either preserving someone else’s freedoms or defending their own. We can’t take our own freedom for granted. We are free so that we can choose to love and choose to be better and choose good for our children and the good of all. But freedom takes responsibility and determination and character. If we use our freedoms for harm or for selfish purposes, we don’t deserve them.

Enjoy (and appreciate) this day.  Thank a veteran for his or her service.  And live in such a way that the sacrifices made were worth it.

“It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom.”    Galatians 5:13-15 (The Message)