It’s almost here.  The time to celebrate the freedom of our nation.  I told the Mr. that we should find fireworks somewhere and take our babies to watch.  My exact words were this:  “Even if we just sit in the truck and eat a bologna sandwich and watch fireworks.”  lol!  I know.  There is nothing too good for me.  😉

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Our church family gathers at our house around the fourth.  We eat hot dogs and make homemade ice cream and they are invited to bring fireworks.  I love it. It’s so fun to open our home (yard) to everyone.  When I was a little girl, we used to do this at another family’s home.  The memories were so great for me that I wanted to do this for our kids.

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I feel very blessed to live in a nation that is free.  I am thankful to be able to choose.  I think of this often when we attend church.  I am thankful to be able to worship God out in the open.  Not everyone in this ol’ world has that freedom.  It breaks my heart.

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I know that America has her faults.  She is not perfect, by a long shot.  I pray for our country and our leaders.  I also pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as God instructs us to do.  I am thankful though…for the men and women in this country that have a heart for others.  Their main concern is seeing that others make it.  People that give their lives for their neighbor.  I don’t ever want to take that lightly.  Sometimes it’s the soldier, sometimes it’s the preacher.  Let that sink in a minute.

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I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family.  I am heading out to mow the yard.  It’s cool and breezy here today.  What a blessing in July!  May you celebrate your independence and think about those that give all to make sure that we are free.  On that note…most of all, I am thankful for Jesus Christ.  God’s words says that when He makes us free…we are free indeed.  Now that, my friends, is something to celebrate!

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