The Fourth of July

Happy Independence Day to all of you U.S. citizens!

On this day in 1776, the leaders of our country declared our independence from Great Britain. I woke up this morning wanting to post about the Fourth of July, which is a very important day for us here in the States. But then I remembered – many of you aren’t from the U.S.

And then I thought, “Oh, my! What will Jackie think? Does she think of us as a bunch of naughty, rebellious children?” So I e-mailed her and asked her what she thought. She encouraged me to go ahead with my post. She even said we could have a tea party in her honor – a Boston one!

Then, I went to my friend Jean’s blog, and she had written this. So, with her permission, I have copied and pasted her conversation with God below:

July 4. Independence Day. The day we Americans celebrate our independence from the rule of England. That was a lonnnnnng time ago, Lord.And independence is still the hallmark of being an American, I think.

I am grateful to You for the huge privilege of being born in America.
We pride ourselves on being independent thinkers. We plowed our own way across this continent all by ourselves and we’re proud of it. We stand tall and declare that we will bow to no one. That’s still our American way of life, I think.
But, it backfires on us sometimes and we forget that, though we bow to no person, we must prostrate ourselves in Your Presence, Lord. Our pride sometimes puts us in contradiction to You. I ask You to bring us to our knees again.
One day every knee – not just American knees – shall bow to Jesus. And every tongue – not just those that speak English – shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. You have My promise.

And one last thing, before I go – I thought you might enjoy this version of America the Beautiful. I did.



7 Responses to The Fourth of July

  1. July 5, 2008 #

    Happy Independence Day y’all! (That’s plural – I know my Texan grammar).

  2. July 5, 2008 #

    Well thank ya, Jackie. Said like a true Texan. 😉

  3. July 5, 2008 #

    A wonderful post, Renae! I do love what Jean wrote, so true. I did enjoy America the Beautiful, too!

    (I love your accent, Jackie!)

  4. July 6, 2008 #

    Dear Renae…I just saw at Felisol’s that Chloe is feeling better.
    I am so glad to hear that. Felisol asked us to pray for the dear babe, just before she went to see her mom.
    What a joy that the Lord is answering prayers.
    Every so often when I have a spare moment I whisper both Serina’s and Chloe’s name in prayer. sweet children of the kingdom they are…the Lord’s own precious jewels!

    I love your version of America.
    So much that I opened it up in a new tab and am now listening to it while I am writing.
    What a glorious history the Americans have, and it is so sad that just like Canada ,that they are failing.
    You are so right that every knee shall bow before the Lord one of these days.
    Oh! if they would only bow that knee now before it is too late.

    I am glad that I finally had a chance to get here.
    Felisol has encouraged me so much to do so and I never took the time and I will be back again.
    I want to read your blog.
    You know how it is Renae.
    Once you get to that Felisol’s home , you seem to spend a whole lot of time there, eh?

    Well blessings to you, Renae, dear little mother of Chloe [her name means “blooming”].

    I am from Welland, Ontario. 11 miles from Niagara Falls!…….Love Terry

  5. July 6, 2008 #

    Thank you, Jeanette! I really do love anything by Ray Charles. And isn’t Jackie doing well? I’ve been coaching her. 😉

    And Terry, how wonderful to meet you! Thank you so much for stopping by. Yes, Praise God, Chloe is doing better. She is not my daughter, but a dear family friend and extended family member. Such a beautiful child, and I feel in my heart that God has great things for her.

    Isn’t Felisol wonderful? I just love browsing through her pictures and imagining life in Norway. And now you, a new friend in Canada! I’ll have to introduce you to Carol-Ann and Emily – Carol-‘Ann lives there, and Emily is a missionary there! Girls, if y’all read this, be sure and say hello to Terry! 😉

    Blessings to you both.


  6. July 6, 2008 #

    I read your comment on my blog today and was wondering where out paths had crossed … but, alas, I see that my dear friend, Miss Terry, has been here … and she also mentioned dear Felisol … so we must be hanging out in the same circle of blog buds. I enjoyed your ‘borrowed’ Independence Day post …

  7. July 6, 2008 #

    Welcome, Mrs. Mac! So glad you stopped by. I think I’ve perhaps seen you at Amrita’s blog as well, and maybe Mother of this Lot? Or Journey of Truth? I can’t remember, but I have seen your name around the blogosphere! 😉 So glad to finally meet you.

    Hope to see you again soon, and often!


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