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“Enjoy Your Freedom” by Holley Gerth

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For many years, freedom sat like an unopened present on the shelf of my heart. I looked at it a bit suspiciously. From time to time, I’d pick it up and shake it so I could try to figure out what was inside. But I never had the courage to open it.

Then God said it was time. He placed my hands on that box, helped me untie the ribbon, peel back the paper, and lift the lid.

And here’s what freedom looks like to me this summer:

Being able to laugh out loud.

Friends who accept me as I am, mess and all.

Sitting on the back porch watching fireflies.

A nap.

Knowing I can make mistakes and then try again.

Grace spread out like a picnic and God handing me a paper plate.

Freedom given is not complete. It’s only when we receive it, enjoy it, give thanks for it that becomes fully ours.

The fourth of July in America is a day for celebrating freedom–please do.

And let’s also celebrate the freedom God has given us every other day too.

Open the gift and enjoy what has always been yours, friend!

XOXO

Holley

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What does freedom mean to you???

Open your gift of freedom from God!!

And Enjoy!!!

Amen!

Galatians 3:22

“But the Scriptures declare

that we are all prisoners of sin,

so we receive God’s promise of freedom

only by believing in Jesus Christ.”

Freedom’s Never Free!

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“We will always remember.

We will always be proud.

We will always be prepared,

so we may always be free.”

-Ronald Reagan

“My favorite thing about the United States? 

Lots of Americans, one America.”

  -Val Saintsbury

God Bless America!

Praying you had a blessed 4th of July!

And that you are free indeed!

Standing on a hillside
Where the river meets the sea
White crosses without number
Line the fields of peace
And each one a silent witness
Staring back at me
Every cross a story
Of another place in time
Where young men thought it worthy
To give their life for mine
And for the sake of honor
Left their dreams behind
And for the price they paid
I’m forever in their debt
Their memory will not die
‘Cause I will not forget
I will stand and hold my head up high
I will dedicate my life
To the glory of the ones who had to die
I will live, live what I believe
If for no one else but me
To remember
That freedom’s never free
It was on another hillside
Outside the city gates
The battle lines were drawn
As soldiers took their place
The Father watched in silence
As a cross was raised
With freedom drawing closer
He took His final breath
He drank our cup of guilt
And took the sting from death
Heaven’s Finest Soldier
Clothed in human flesh
And for the price He paid
I’m forever in His debt
The cross will never die
‘Cause I will not forget
I will stand and hold my head up high
I will dedicate my life
To the glory of the One who had to die
I will live, live what I believe
If for no one else but me
I will remember that
Freedom’s Never Free
I will walk free
I will stay free
I will live free
I will die free!

John 8:36

“So if the Son sets you free,

you will be free indeed.”

Psalm 119:45

“I will walk in freedom,   

for I have devoted myself

to your commandments.”

2 Corinthians 3:17

“Now the Lord is the Spirit,

and where the Spirit of the Lord is,

there is freedom.”

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant

and the rule of law under God

is acknowledged.”

-Ronald Reagan

 “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God,

then we will be a nation gone under.”

-Ronald Reagan

Amen!

Happy Presidents’ Day!!

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I’m off on Monday!

Yippee!!

A day off…

That’s the way I like to celebrate!

Happy Presidents’ Day!

According to History.com, Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February.

Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.

Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.

While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

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America,

Let’s Bless God…

And He will Bless us!!

Amen!

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“…if my people, who are called by my name,

will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,

then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14  NIV

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“Do not pray for easy lives. 

Pray to be stronger men.”

John F. Kennedy

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“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant

and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”

Ronald Reagan

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“Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world

must first come to pass in the heart of America.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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According to Wikipedia, the national flag of the United States of America

consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white,

with a blue rectangle bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars

arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of 6 stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of 5 stars.

The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states of the United States of America

and the 13 stripes represent the 13 British colonies that declared independence

from the Kingdom of Great Britain

and became the first states in the Union.

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According to Flag Code and Regulation,

“No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America.”  (Section 8)

“The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.”  (Section 8j)

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“The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Nicknames for the American flag include the

“Stars and Stripes”

Old Glory”

and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

(History.com)

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“My family, frankly, they weren’t folks who went to church every week.

My mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew

but she didn’t raise me in church,

so I came to my Christian faith later in life

and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ

spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead.”

Barack Obama

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God Bless our President

And give him Your wisdom to lead our country!