Friday, July 16, 2010

God our Refuge

This photo is of my husband Ray, pictured here in 1965.
He grew up in east Tennessee..... a keen sportsman and well liked at school.
His father passed on to Glory when he was thirteen years old, leaving him as head of the home.
His mother depended on him and he never let her down.

At eighteen Ray joined the Marine Corps and headed out to boot camp in California.
 He served and was wounded in Vietnam and still carries many of his emotional and physical scars.
He served his country and always defended what was right.
Ray's mother was very proud of him, and deserved to be.
As a mother her morals reflected in the conduct of her son. 
Ray believes in God and His promises to him. 
My prayer today is, that everyone who reads this realises how special they are to their Father in Heaven...
Don't give up, keep going, do the right thing in life, and God will reward you if you belong to Him.






  1. There needs to be a "like" button on blogger like on Facebook. Sometimes we don't have the words but just want to say..."I like this." :)

    East TN...he's got good blood! ;)

  2. Oh, what a beautiful post...I just got home from a meeting a few hours ago and when I was there, I happened to mention to someone there how I met this amazing woman online who is writing a book about depression and how gifted you are....and then, I saw your name on my blog!

    Thank you so much for this beautiful, meaningful inspiration and the amazing pictures...priceless. You are so inspiring.
    Hugs from me,

  3. A very touching and heart-warming post. Wonderful photos you have included. Have a nice weekend.

  4. What beautiful photos of your husband.
    Thank you for your words today.
    June xx

  5. Your words today are so valuable. Thank you.

    And you hubby is a great guy.


  6. what sweet and remarkable post.
    beautiful images.
    Happy Saturday!

  7. crystal mary, this was precious! it's such a blessing to hear women talk about their husbands in such a positive and uplifting way. i can't imagine losing a parent when he was still so young himself, but stepped up to the plate and took on the responsibility of the family.
    you've got to be so terribly proud of him!!
    many hugs and lots of love coming your way from a grateful friend :)

  8. These are great photographs of a handsome and dedicated young man. You must be very proud of him.

  9. good morning thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. The photos are great. Eddie, was also in Viet Nam. Those were tough for those who served as well as their families. Have a great, blessed day.

  10. What a wonderful looking specimen of a boy and a man. I too am blessed with a wonderful man. 50 years together is a blessing. Your words are always so inspiring. I ordered the book you recommended. Will let you know when I get to read it. Blessings.

  11. What a great post about your husband and God's love. I sometimes think of the challenges our war veterans face in terms of physical and emotional scars of battle. It can't be easy and they receive too little thanks. Please thank him from me.

  12. Very nice, when he looks back today what does he think of those photos? Hard to believe it was that many years ago, seems like yesterday to me too! Nice presentation with scripture as always...

  13. This post is such a beautiful between the few words you have written one feels the love, the pride, the appreciation you have for your husband.

    The pictures, and the Psalm 91 frame, they all fit in so beautifully into this post, a true work of art.

    I just love the way blogger lets us do that - each post we publish is like a page of a virtual book!

    And the thread running throughout, unifying all the elements you have put in here is the thought, HE MAKES ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL IN HIS TIME.

    Yes, indeed. Thanks for sharing.


  14. Oh Crystal,
    You are like pure sunshine!!! Thank you for your wonderful words!

  15. what a great man your Ray is and this post reflects an amazing kind heart. Thank you Crystal Mary for the compassion that is so evident everytime I come by here.

  16. A wonderful tribute to your husband.

    It blows me away the love God has for us.

    God bless you Crystal Mary

  17. This is very touching Crystal Mary. My son is 13 right now and to think that your dear hubby had such a huge responsibility at this tender age! God bless him and God bless you Crystal Mary.God truly makes everything beautiful in his time. :)


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