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When A Deputy Stood in the Rain to Salute a Fallen Officer, a Total Stranger Stepped Up in A Beautiful Way

Always be on the lookout for even the smallest ways you can show your appreciation to these men and women.

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It’s so easy to go through life taking law enforcement in our communities for granted. The safety and protection they provide is a gift and a privilege, and some pay the ultimate price to give it.

While we can never fully repay the debt we owe to officers and deputies, there are countless ways to show respect and appreciation.

As Deputy Tiffany Dial stood on the street saluting the motorcade that carried Sgt. Wytasha Carter, a fallen hero and brother in blue, she was getting soaked to the bone in the rain.

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With tenacious honor and respect, Deputy Dial stood, undeterred by the weather, and saluted each car in the procession on the Birmingham, Alabama street.

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In her element, she says she didn’t notice when the rain suddenly stopped above her.

It wasn’t a miracle, and the rain hadn’t let up. Instead, a complete stranger stopped and silently began shielding Dial with the umbrella he’d been carrying.

“I didn’t know he was there,” Dial shared with local news outlets. “My peripheral vision was cut off with my hat, so I didn’t know anything was there. I was in my moment.”

Captivated by the man’s simple act of kindness and honor, several passersby snapped photos and took videos, which have since gone viral. Some report that the man, later identified as Jefferson County Deputy District Attorney Shawn Allen, stood in the rain with Dial, not saying a single word, nearly thirty minutes.

“I had an umbrella and she didn’t, and I’d like to think that had she been a deputy saluting, or had she been just a regular person that was standing there paying her respects like I was, that I would have shared the umbrella either way,” Allen said, explaining how he noticed Dial after he’d come out of his office to pay his respects when he noticed the motorcade go by.

“And I imagine that if I had not done it,” he added, “that probably somebody else may have come up minutes after that and very well may have done the same thing.”

“It meant a lot in ways that you really can’t put into words,” Dial said before learning of Allen’s identity. “It wasn’t just about keeping the rain off of me for that little bit. It meant a lot more than that.”

Although a reunion of Dial and Allen is planned for next week, Allen wants to be sure that Dial knows “she doesn’t owe me anything.”

“I just appreciate what she does for a living,” he said, “and I appreciate what she was doing on that day, and I just was happy to help somebody who helps people.”

If we can thank God for each day that we have breath in our lungs and food on our tables, we can thank Him for allowing us to live in a nation with the dedicated, self-sacrificing individuals that make up our law enforcement agencies. Always be on the lookout for even the smallest ways you can show your appreciation to these men and women.

 

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Choosing to Trust Yourself

You can make choices that are not congruent with your history. You can makes choices that no one has ever made before.

Jeff Davidson

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Every other day, it seems we are given new ‘authoritative’ advice on social distancing, masks, what’s safe, and what isn’t. Much of the news to which we’re exposed contradicts what we were already told. The CDC and some top officials, who shall remain nameless, have done less than a stellar job of providing reliable public information. Some governors in large population states, have been inconsistent, partial, duplicitous, authoritarian, and, in some cases, criminal. Who Can I turn To? Against such a backdrop, how does John and Jane Q. Citizen move forward professionally and personally? This is not foolproof but works as well as anything we’ve seen: Trust yourself and your decisions. Trusting yourself enhances your ability to choose based on limited or inconsistent information. A study in the 1940s of highly successful people uniformly found that they reached decisions quickly and retreated from them slowly. A more recent study found when people make decisions based on instinct, they are happier or at least more content than those who make decisions based on careful analysis. Hmm. Too much thinking could be hazardous to your choices – and to your happiness! Reinforcing Statements Here is the statement that reinforces your desire to trust yourself: “I choose to trust my ability to make the right choice.” Another essential choice is choosing to feel worthy and complete, simply spoken to yourself: “I choose to feel worthy and complete.” This helps me reduce anxiety, stay calm, and feel more relaxed. Depending on how long it has been since you’ve felt worthy and complete, you might have to make this choice for many days or weeks running – but keep at it. By choosing to feel worthy and complete, you automatically redirect yourself to accept that there is nothing you must do. Everything is based on…

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Faith

The Bold Bovine: Art by Doug Giles

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[written by Doug Giles and republished with permission.] For those of you who’ve read the book the Leftists love to loathe, namely, The Bible, you know that King David went through more crap than Michael Moore’s colon. His brothers didn’t like him. King Saul sought to kill him and The Philistines weren’t big fans of his either.    Later in life, because of his sin of bumping uglies with Bathsheba and having her old man offed, his own kid sought to dethrone him as a consequence of David’s dalliance.    Suffice in to say that his ‘walk with God’ was messy.    David constantly needed God to bail him out and to come through in a big way with His supernatural power and boy howdy, did God ever show Himself mighty on David’s behalf!    In Psalm 92:10 David said, ” … You have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.”   King David said God made him akin to a … wild bull?   Yes, Dinky. David said God made him like a wild bull.   When’s the last time you’ve heard that preached at your Hipster Feelgood Church? Never I’m a guessin’.   In light of Psalm 92:10 I’m starting a series of oil paintings depicting both ancient and current wild bovines as a homage to Ps.92:10 and a reminder to my clients that when you get into deep doo-doo, don’t curl up in the fetal position and wet your big Christian diaper. Call out to God and ask Him to make you like a wild bull that kicks demonic ass.   Here’s the first in my series of bold bovine. The original is sold but we have prints available. We print on luster paper, museum quality canvas, wood and for all you metalheads, yes, we print…

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