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Welcome to The “Colonel’s” VFV Motivational/Inspirational Quotes & Message of the Day!

Good “Tuesday!” Morning “Band of Brothers & Sisters,” and all great connections. Welcome from the “Colonel’s Foxhole” in The Woodlands, TX — 28 June 2022!

Today’s Message is: “Obstacles Day!” Why Not?

“How do Leaders overcome obstacles? They overcome obstacles by facing them head-on! Tough times and challenges build strong leaders. They learn from the struggles, they build resilience, and they learn from their mistakes. Leaders navigate through obstacles with a positive attitude and those hard times increase their growth and knowledge. Knowledge is power and solving problems in spite of adversity builds an attitude of hope, confidence, and optimism for leaders. How do you face and overcome obstacles?” — COL (Ret) Mikel Burroughs
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The Quote in the Picture Today Reads:

“Obstacles are put in your way to see if what you want is really worth fighting for.” — Unknown Author

More Awesome Quotes for Today’s Message:

“Leadership defines what the future should look like, aligns people with that vision, and inspires them to make it happen despite the obstacles.” — John Kotter

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” — Moliere

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” — Frank A. Clark

“We develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and obstacles.” — Stephen Covey

“The magnificence of light can only be seen when it strikes an obstacle. Likewise, the magnificence of a leader is in how he deals with problems.” — Charbel Tadros

“Be grateful for all the obstacles in your life. They have strengthened you as you continue with your journey.” — Unknown Author

“I thrive on obstacles. If I’m told that it can’t be told, then I push harder.” — Issa Rae
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Thank you my friend and brother-in-Christ Sgt (Join to see) for posting the “Colonel’s” VFV Motivational/Inspirational Quotes & Message of the Day! for Tuesday, June 28, 2022

“Obstacles Day!”
Long ago, by God's grace and admonishment I learned to be content in my circumstances.
I have overcome myriad obstacles by God's grace and learned much from my failures and vicariously from the failures and successes of others - especially in scripture.
1. My physical quality of life has been through significant ups and downs - ups include marriage [twice], fatherhood [four sons -including two adopted, promotion, salary increase, comfortable home. Downs include divorce, passed over for promotion, serious illness and injuries, termination from employment [twice], eviction, losing most of our earthly possessions, and enduring as gracefully as I can.
3. Periodically the foundation of the road of freedom is challenged. That has been happening in this nation for generations as views on the Constitution are challenged.
a. I am thankful that the United States Surpeme Court was not cowed by the induced radical abortion advocates. By God's grace the dsepicable Roe-v Wade decision was overturned. This reminds me of the of the Sanford v. Dred Scott, decision in 1854 also supported by democrats of that era which was responsible for reenslaving freed slave Dred Scott.


Quotes
1. Frank A. Clark 'If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.'
2. Walt Disney 'All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me…. but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you'
3. Kim George 'Behind every happy couple lies two people who have fought hard to overcome all obstacles and interferences to be that way. Why Because it’s what they wanted
4. Lincoln Patz [Fortitude] 'Fix in your mind to overcome all obstacles. When you truly determine this, the dawn will start to appear.'
5. Roy T. Bennett - 'Turn your obstacles into opportunities and your problems into possibilities' - The Light in the Heart
6. Moliere 'Push Yourself - The greater the obstacle the more glory in overcoming it. '

Scriptures:
a. Proverbs 17:17 ESV 'A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
b. James 5:11 ESV ' Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
c. Romans 5:3-5 ESV 'Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.'
d. Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV 'Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.'
e. Romans 5:3-5 ESV ''Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.'
f. James 1:2-4 'Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.'
g. Psalm 23:1-6 ESV 'The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.’



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Scripture: James 5:11 ESV ' Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
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Empowering Grace of God

We are birthed into life in the empowering grace of our creative God, and our collaborative responsibility with that God is to birth anew the nature that has birthed us. In this co-creative process, there is no room for patriarchal power or manipulation. It is our sense of belonging that defines our true nature and our God-given identity. That to which we belong defines the very essence of our adult selves. Therefore, God’s will for humans—and for all creation—is to exercise an agency of co-creation: to bring about on earth a greater fullness, the evolutionary complexity I described in chapter one. We are meant to be an engaged and involved species, adult people serving an adult God, in the ever-evolving enterprise of our magnificent universe. Seeking to escape to a life hereafter makes no evolutionary sense anymore; in fact, it never did for our ancient ancestors.
—from the book Paschal Paradox: Reflections on a Life of Spiritual Evolution,
by Diarmuid O’Murchu, page 25

Saint Irenaeus


Image: Stained glass window of Saint Irenaeus | Église Saint-Irénée, France | photo by Gérald Gambier

Saint of the Day for June 28
(c. 130 – c. 202)
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Saint Irenaeus’ Story
The Church is fortunate that Irenaeus was involved in many of its controversies in the second century. He was a student, well trained no doubt, with great patience in investigating, tremendously protective of apostolic teaching, but prompted more by a desire to win over his opponents than to prove them in error.
As bishop of Lyons he was especially concerned with the Gnostics, who took their name from the Greek word for “knowledge.” Claiming access to secret knowledge imparted by Jesus to only a few disciples, their teaching was attracting and confusing many Christians. After thoroughly investigating the various Gnostic sects and their “secret,” Irenaeus showed to what logical conclusions their tenets led. These he contrasted with the teaching of the apostles and the text of Holy Scripture, giving us, in five books, a system of theology of great importance to subsequent times. Moreover, his work, widely used and translated into Latin and Armenian, gradually ended the influence of the Gnostics.
The circumstances and details about his death, like those of his birth and early life in Asia Minor, are not at all clear. However in 2022, Pope Francis named Saint Irenaeus a Doctor of the Church.

Reflection
A deep and genuine concern for other people will remind us that the discovery of truth is not to be a victory for some and a defeat for others. Unless all can claim a share in that victory, truth itself will continue to be rejected by the losers, because it will be regarded as inseparable from the yoke of defeat. And so, confrontation, controversy and the like might yield to a genuine united search for God’s truth and how it can best be served.
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Thank you, once again for your excellent comments and your spiritual guidance, LTC (Join to see)!!!
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Amen my brother-in-Christ LTC (Join to see)
I expect that you have been there to help your fellow service members, family members, veterans, friends, and others just in time to help them through physical challenges as well as emotional obstacles. No doubt you are wise enough to learn from failures of your own and vicariously from failures of others. I hope and pray that each of us does our best to share the lessons we have learned with humility, insight and compassion. No doubt you have borne ‘one another’s burdens to fulfill the law of Christ [Galatians 6:2 ESV] and rejoiced with those who rejoice and wept with those who weep. [Romans 12:14 ESV] I pray that you and I respond to fellow service members, family members, veterans and friends with ‘all humility, gentleness, patience and bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.’ [Ephesians 4: 2-3 ESV]. I pray that ‘no corrupting talk comes out of our mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear [Ephesians 4:29 ESV], my brother-in-Christ LTC (Join to see)

I pray for sufficient self-control, patience, and stamina for each of YOUR adopted sons and daughters to persevere through the challenges we will face through the summer through autumn for each one of YOUR adopted sons and daughters who reads or listens to this prayer. I am thankful that YOU are strengthening the character and fortitude of each of us as YOU prepare us. ‘For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.’ [2 Peter 1:5-9 ESV]
I pray that you and I respond to fellow service members, family members, veterans and friends with ‘all humility, gentleness, patience and bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.’ [Ephesians 4: 2-3 ESV]. I expect that you have been there to help your fellow service members, family members, veterans, friends, and others just in time to help them through physical challenges as well as emotional obstacles. 'We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.' [2 Corinthians 6:3-10 ESV]

LORD, I lift the trustworthy and conscientious leaders in government, military, business, industry and non-profit organization; managers, and anybody else whose impact makes significant differences people in-person or virtually to YOU. I pray that YOU bless each with knowledge and skill to resolve problems between plans and execution, timelines impacted by resources, and corruption including bribes. Give them eyes to see the corruption and other obstacles to improving operations. ‘But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. [Matthew 13:16-17 ESV]

I pray that you and your family members sleep well Tuesday night and each will awake refreshed and healthy on Wednesday morning.
By the power and authority of the Name above all names, Jesus the Christ.
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I expect that you have been there to help your fellow service members, family members, veterans, friends, and others just in time to help them through physical challenges as well as emotional obstacles. No doubt you are wise enough to learn from failures of your own and vicariously from failures of others. I hope and pray that each of us does our best to share the lessons we have learned with humility, insight and compassion. No doubt you have borne ‘one another’s burdens to fulfill the law of Christ [Galatians 6:2 ESV] and rejoiced with those who rejoice and wept with those who weep. [Romans 12:14 ESV] I pray that you and I respond to fellow service members, family members, veterans and friends with ‘all humility, gentleness, patience and bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.’ [Ephesians 4: 2-3 ESV]. I pray that ‘no corrupting talk comes out of our mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear [Ephesians 4:29 ESV], my brother-in-Christ SMSgt Lawrence McCarter.

I pray for sufficient self-control, patience, and stamina for each of YOUR adopted sons and daughters to persevere through the challenges we will face through the summer through autumn for each one of YOUR adopted sons and daughters who reads or listens to this prayer. I am thankful that YOU are strengthening the character and fortitude of each of us as YOU prepare us. ‘For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.’ [2 Peter 1:5-9 ESV]
I pray that you and I respond to fellow service members, family members, veterans and friends with ‘all humility, gentleness, patience and bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.’ [Ephesians 4: 2-3 ESV]. I expect that you have been there to help your fellow service members, family members, veterans, friends, and others just in time to help them through physical challenges as well as emotional obstacles. 'We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.' [2 Corinthians 6:3-10 ESV]

LORD, I lift the trustworthy and conscientious leaders in government, military, business, industry and non-profit organization; managers, and anybody else whose impact makes significant differences people in-person or virtually to YOU. I pray that YOU bless each with knowledge and skill to resolve problems between plans and execution, timelines impacted by resources, and corruption including bribes. Give them eyes to see the corruption and other obstacles to improving operations. ‘But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. [Matthew 13:16-17 ESV]

I pray that you and your family members sleep well Tuesday night and each will awake refreshed and healthy on Wednesday morning.
By the power and authority of the Name above all names, Jesus the Christ.
FYI PO3 Charles Streich PO3 Edward Riddle SPC Michael Duricko, Ph.D SSgt Kelly D.
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