Every Wednesday I co-host the #JoyHopeLive linkup. But today is Veteran’s Day and I want to take a second to first address something that is unfortunately a strong reality in our community. Today is a day to celebrate our men and women who serve and a day to stand in the gap for them. Every day we lose 22 heroes to suicide. Joy is elusive, survival difficult. They fought for us it’s our turn to fight for them. Connect Veterans With Support This Veterans Day
For many Americans, Veterans Day means honoring those who have proudly served our country and recognizing the sacrifices Service members, Veterans, and their families have made and continue to make every day.
For some Veterans, however, this day may be a yearly reminder of one of the most trying times in their lives that can bring up difficult memories. Or, for Veterans who miss the camaraderie and structure of their military service, Veterans Day may raise feelings of loss.
This Veterans Day, reach out to a Veteran who may be going through a tough time. Let our Veterans know that they are not alone — support is available, and their community cares about them.
If you notice a Veteran — a loved one, neighbor, colleague, or even a stranger — showing signs of emotional distress, simply starting a conversation with him or her could save that person’s life. You have the power to make a difference.
But you don’t have to do it on your own. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers tools and programs for Service members, Veterans, and their families to support them in their health and wellness journey. One of these — VA’s resource locator — is a free, online directory that helps Veterans locate VA and other health care facilities nearby.
For Veterans in immediate suicidal crisis, VA created the Veterans Crisis Line, which connects Veterans and Service members, as well as their families and friends, with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, and text-messaging service. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255 to receive guidance and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
On Nov. 11, join millions of people across the country in showing how one act can change a Veteran’s life. Every action counts, whether it is letting a Veteran in crisis know that support is available or encouraging people in your social networks to share resources for recovery. We all have a role to play in preventing suicide. Just one conversation can open the door to support.
In honor of Veteran’s Day
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This Week’s Featured Post
This week’s featured post is from Ginger’s Corner Where the Spiritual Meets the Practical. Loving is by no means the easy thing to do, but it is the right thing to do. I love her words on the struggle. “Why does Jesus close out his time on earth, his last peaceful moments of friendship, emphasizing the importance of loving one another? These are the last moments before the world will rise against him with the harsh words chanted by frenzied crowds, “Crucify him, crucify him!”” – Read More at Last Words on Love by Ginger Harrington
Here is a recap of my week:
For the month of November different military spouses will be sharing weekly on why they are grateful for our military community. Read, Share, and Tell us your own experiences. We are only two weeks in with plenty of great stories still to read. Ariel from PMQ for Two / Jodi from Back On Land / LeAnna from Economical Excursionists have all shared what they are thankful for in our military community.
This past week I joined in Sarah Bessey‘s synchroblog based around the prompt “I used to think ______, and now I think ______”. I took the opportunity to talk about how my views of women serving in ministry have changed.
Now for what you’re really here for!
The #JoyHopeLive Linkup
Co-Hosts for #JoyHopeLive
Hope N. Griffin from Finding Joy in Everyday Be sure to follow me on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram. Look around my blog for book reviews, military life, and more. I will be retweeting your links tagged with #JoyHopeLive over the next week.
Mary from My Life in Progress. Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Visit her blog as she shares her experiences, thoughts, life & faith with you. She will be visiting your posts and commenting.
Vanessa from Tapestry Chronicles. Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Visit her blog as she shares her life, projects, and faith with you. She will be pinning your links to our pinterest board. Follow @vaking513 for great crafts, home projects, and as she shares her life and faith Click To Tweet There are so many ways we can pursue joy in our lives, but it has to come from the heart. Being momentarily happy and possessing an internal authentic joy in the face of difficult circumstances are two very different things. I believe it is the little moments of happiness that help shape and prepare us for the difficult life circumstances we all face. My question is what do you do in your everyday that brings you happiness and fosters a deep found joy in your life?
By linking up, you agree to the following rules:
1. Add a link that captures how you Find Joy in the Everyday. It can be a craft, book review, personal story, etc. Just make sure it captures joy. Do not link up other link parties or product reviews. 2. Tweet or share on Facebook your link with #JoyHopeLive (this makes it simpler for me to give you a retweet and comment). Each week we add the posts to a pinterest board. Go love and share some pins. I just shared my post on the #JoyHopeLive linkup and so can you! Click To Tweet 3. Comment on the posts you love and the two directly before yours. Be sure to include #JoyHopeLive when you do so they know where you found them. 4. Grab the button! Share it on your sidebar or in your post so others will join us next week.
By submitting a link to this party, you are giving the co-hosts permission to feature your post on their blogs and/or social media platforms and utilize your post images in order to facilitate this feature. To learn how to make the most of this, and other linkups, read a few tips here.
Now you can also post your link on the pinned post on Hope’s facebook page for ease in sharing one another’s posts and getting more interaction. For better interaction share the link to your original Facebook share (I’ve left one of mine as an example). When you share a link on twitter be sure to add #JoyHopeLive for a RT.
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