|Lovely photo and graphic by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings|
From 2019: We're wishing all of you a most blessed and glorious Fourth of July! I spent a busy few hours in the kitchen while Mr. T worked on his woodpile. Then we headed off to a favorite picnic spot by a river. But we are near the lakes, you say. Yes, yes we are. But no local in their right mind would be trying to picnic anywhere near a lake today. Hordes of people! We enjoyed our time by a rushing river instead, with only one other family at a picnic table nearby. They told us they'd been planning to go to the state park, but weren't able to get in (those hordes of people again) so they decided to go exploring and found this nice spot with picnic tables beside the river.
|Taken at the riverside picnic spot last Saturday. The water was rushing much more that day.|
Do you pray for our nation regularly? I take some time every Thursday to pray for some specific requests -- very appropriate as the Fourth of July is on Thursday this year! (Of course, I pray for America on other days too when the news is particularly bad or there is an urgent need.)
I begin by thanking God for the blessing of living in a free country. I thank Him for the freedom to worship, the freedom to share my faith with others, the privilege of voting, and the privilege of living in a country with so many natural resources, such natural beauty, and a high standard of living. I then pray for our president and other leaders, our men and women in the military, our judges and courts, and my state and governor.
The printed page you see across the bottom of my prayer journal is from a pdf titled How to Pray for America. It's a free download at Revive Our Hearts, and I have found it very helpful in praying for our country as a whole. If you are not in the habit of praying for America, may I encourage you to do so?
Later today we will be attending a Fourth of July gathering at the home of friends. There will be food, fellowship, and very likely fireworks as well. Hope all of you will also enjoy a blessed day celebrating with family or friends! Happy Fourth of July!