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July 4, 2014 | My Jottings

I’ve been teased over the years because the 4th of July is my least favorite holiday. “What are you going to do to celebrate the 4th, Mom?” Sharon will often jest. I’m not sure why, but fireworks and picnics have never been things that excited me. I’m really a dud on the 4th.

I am grateful to have been born and to live in this beautiful country. I want to be a more faithful pray-er for our leaders and citizens. And I always shed a few tears when I hear “God Bless America” being sung. But I also want to be more faithful as I pray for the world. There are so many all over this globe who need our prayers and God’s direction and reality in their lives. (Just as I desperately need the same.) It’s overwhelming to consider.


But we won’t be oohing and aahing over our city’s fireworks show tonight — I’m pretty certain I’ll be asleep by 10:10 when they begin.

Whatever you do to celebrate the 4th (assuming you’re an American), I hope you have a fun, friendly, family, food-filled time.

Thank you for stopping by here….


  1. Larry says:

    Hello Sis:

    The forth of July does not mean to me what it use to, rather it is a reminder of the past, yes I said past, as our country is not the country that I was born in, it has become the nation that now needs to turn around and bless the Lord, rather than continuing to ask that God bless America.

    We are now the most killing of life – nation in the world.

    Every American alive, pays taxes to a government that pays for abortions out of those same taxes to third world countries all over the globe of His creation.

    We are killing babies here in our own nation’s borders more than the number of men being killed in all of the wars all over the globe. All for the sake of liberty’s.

    We now have more people that are more worried about their own rights rather than the desires of our Savior and our Father God.

    As a nation, we have left trillions of dollars in Iraq such as tanks and f-16’s and every other type of war machine possible.

    These same pieces of military equipment are being seen on our own TV scenes as we view the war of Muslim killing Muslim in Syria and Iraq, knowing there will be more to come.

    There will be a day when what we as a nation have provided to the Muslim nations in the Middle East will be turned against Israel and then against us, and this nation and it’s people of ours will be solely at fault and blame.

    We have political parties that consider their desires first before those in need that they represent in their own districts where they were elected into office.

    So as we look forward to the fourth of July’s in the future, we might also wonder if we will be a nation that still exists as a free nation?

    Our borders are like open windows, and because of this we know that our holidays such as the July 4th are not long for future celebrations.

    Perhaps this holiday not being important to you, is for a reason that reflects what is in store and yet to come?

    I once did not agree with your view of this holiday, but now with all that has pasted and is continuing to happen, I have changed and now I also agree with your position and feelings towards the celebration of our nations freedom.

    Love you Sis:


  2. Just Julie says:

    Thank you for your thoughts, Larry. So much seems to be changing in the world. I’m so glad to be in Christ. xo

  3. Dorothy Sooter says:

    We went to Steve’s for a BBQ, which was nice. Saw no fireworks
    as I am not into that part of the holiday. I agree with everything
    Larry said and wish our country was not going down the path
    that it is going. By the way, Happy Birthday Larry.

  4. ganeyda says:

    I am embarrassed by rampant Nationalism ~ no matter what the political hue. That’s what dragged Germany through the dirt. I just don’t get it. One can be proud of one’s country & heritage without all the flag waving, yah~hooing & *we’re the greatest* propaganda. In the light of both history & eternity it doesn’t mean much.

  5. Just Julie says:

    I understand patriotism too, Ganeida (I’m using the old spelling — you changed it?!) but know it can turn into idolatry… God bless you friend… xoxo

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