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Happy Birthday, America! Good Morning!

What an awesome day to wake up in the land of the free and the home of the brave! It’s a beautiful day here in Arizona. The sun came up and it’s not too hot and it actually rained last night, and ya know what it’s not too hot just yet!

I love my country, how about you?

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Today, I’m giving you my “morning thoughts”, reflecting on my childhood and thinking of this glorious piece of dirt we call home, “America”.

Ya know, I grew up on the east coast, went to a Christian school and I was privileged enough to visit so many sites of where history was made: Valley Forge, Philadelphia, Independence Hall, Fort McHenry, places where our founding fathers made their sacrifices and took their stand for liberty.

I’m just appreciating what are forefathers went through to give us the liberties we take so freely. I think we need to reflect on our freedoms and be thankful for those sacrifices thousands and even millions have made on behalf of those freedoms.

There are many around this globe who don’t have what we have here. There are those who are willing to die to get here because of the tyranny they face in their own countries.

I don’t think many of our younger generations appreciate the all the liberties we have nor do they have an affection to care!  I remember President Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.”  We have to take the torch of Liberty to those around us, to teach them what it means to be an American.

Some say we are losing our freedoms, and I can see that. It’s sad. But, I’m not going to let it happen on my watch. I’m going to stand and speak up and use all the amendments of the Constitution I have at my disposal to keep this country great, to make it better, even if I can help one person see the light of liberty shine  in their eye so they can pass it on to others.

Maybe you’re not going to travel to DC and get plugged in there. But, you can make changes in your home, your community, you can make a difference to your children, your schools, your coworkers and your neighborhood.

You can do a lot all you have to do is STAND and appreciate the opportunities you were given and stop being so selfish, thinking that everything is supposed to be given to you. We’re not just handed “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. We aren’t guaranteed happiness, it means we have the opportunity so get after it!

Did you know, I have the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and The Declaration of Independence on my wall in my home. When I see those names on those documents, I ask myself, what was it like for them?  Can you imagine? What they went through all the sorrow, the sacrifices, buildings burned, soldiers barging in their homes, families lost.

But, wow, what did they do? They scraped together the resources they had and kicked an Imperial Army in the ass! Then they DECLARED THEIR INDEPENDENCE.  So, that’s why I have those documents on my wall.

Let us always remember the sacrifices made to give us the liberties we take so freely! -SD Powell

That’s all I got for you today; have an amazing day today celebrating the Independence of this great country!

May God bless you and may God Bless this Nation!

Stay True, We need You!

Stephen D. Powell The GunLife Coach

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Stephen D. Powell is an Air Force veteran with more than 18 years of combined federal, military & civilian law enforcement experience. Powell has been teaching professionally for over 25+years as a firearms Instructor for numerous organizations and agencies rated with the NRA, NM & TX DPS and a Sig Sauer Academy Master Instructor. His company, Patriot Outdoors, Inc, has been operational in the defensive training industry since 2004, starting a thousand acre training facility located in Eastern New Mexico. Patriot has provided crucial and relevant firearms training to DOD and SOCOM, state and local law enforcement and armed citizen students. Over the past several years, Powell has appeared on several Fox News, Sirius XM radio, various regional newspaper, radio and tv shows, promoting military veteran entrepreneurship and patriotism as well as educating the shooting industry on range development, media relations and key second amendment issues. Patriot Outdoors is currently operating out of the Phoenix Valley, Arizona and with a new channel of The GunLife Coach to inspire and motivate other in life and on the range!



 
 
 

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New Study Shows THESE People are the Happiest

A discussion about a new study on happiness…

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PolitiCrossing Founder Chris Widener talks with Dr. Steve Turley of Turley Talks to discuss a new study about happiness. Check out their interview and be sure to pick up Chris Widener’s new book they mention, Four Seasons. The purchase of the book gets you 20+ hours of personal develop audios to celebrate the launch of the book. Get Four Seasons by clicking HERE. Check out the discussion below:

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Are we seeing the revitalization of Christian civilization?

For decades, the world has been dominated by a process known as globalization, a secularizing economic and political system that hollows out and erodes a culture’s traditions, customs, and religions, all the while conditioning populations to rely on the expertise of a tiny class of technocrats for every aspect of their social and economic lives.

Until now.

All over the world, there’s been a massive blowback against the anti-cultural processes of globalization and its secular aristocracy.

And it’s just the beginning.

I believe that the secular world is at its brink, and a new conservative age is rising.

Join me each week as we examine these worldwide trends, discover answers to today’s toughest challenges, and together learn to live in the present in light of even better things to come.

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The Four Horsemen of Aging Baby Boomers

The prospect of being cold, broke, and alone can haunt some baby boomers in their senior years

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To be old, cold, broke, and alone are the four horsemen of aging baby boomers. Aging has been a fact of life since life itself appeared on the planet, and no one has ever doubted that they would age as time passed. It’s the combination of aging with the prospect of being cold, broke, and alone that’s terrifying for some boomers as they head into their senior years.

Out in the Cold

Miracle breakthroughs in energy production, foreseen in the 1970s and 80s, are clearly not here yet. Despite current price fluctuations, the long-term trend in heating, lighting, and relying upon energy to run one’s home can only point upward for the near future. Prices will be only climb as boomers face the ends of their careers, retirement, and years of living on a fixed income.

Going for Broke

With falling housing prices, fears of a retracted recession, and government debt rising to astronomical heights, the long-term savings of many a boomer has taken a big hit. Boomers close to retiring don’t have sufficient time to recover, and even those who are five, 10, and 15 years from retirement will face rocky roads. The prospects of going broke, or at least having to live out one’s days on far less than anticipated, are real and alarming.

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Home Alone

For several decades, one in two marriages in the U.S. has ended in divorce. This doesn’t mean that one out of two people get divorced, because first-time divorcees are unfortunately prone to being divorced again and perhaps again. In any case, the number of single adults above age 45 is at an all-time high and growing. More people heading into their “golden years” are alone than at any other time in U.S. history.

Finishing one’s life cold, broke, and alone is not a pretty picture. Yet, significant numbers of boomers face this prospect. While individually little can be done about macro-economics, the rising cost of energy, or declines in property and investment values, for aging boomers there are more potential partners today than ever before. Online dating services and a variety of local social groups all but ensure that those who don’t want to face their senior years alone, don’t have to.

Old, cold, broke and alone need not be your fate.

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