Thursday, July 04, 2019

A blessed and glorious Fourth of July to you!

Lovely photo and graphic by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings
 (If you think this post seems a little familiar,  as if you've seen it before -- well, you probably have.  Nearly all of it.  I've updated it just a little.  This was last year's Independence Day post, and it seems even more appropriate today.)

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.
May we all take time to thank the Lord today for the blessings that are ours living in a free country, and to pray for those brave and committed men and women who are serving right now to protect our land and keep our nation free.  May we take a moment to pray for our country, so deeply divided and so much in need of the healing that only God can truly bring.

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!


  1. The USA needs all the prayers of her people. It is also humbling when citizens of other countries say that they are praying for the United States, too. Did you land by the same rushing river today? I seem to require water and so I was pleased to sit by my son’s pool. 🙂 I can hear the fireworks all over town. Six permits were given and that’s plenty.

    1. Yes, we need to be faithful in praying for America every day. So many deep needs.

      Yes, we did land by the same rushing river. I am like you, I seem to require water for relaxation and so does my hubby. Just does a body good to sit by water surrounded by God's glorious creation!

      We didn't stay for fireworks after the cookout as my hubby had to work today (leaving the house at 5:10!). Our neighbors always do a big display too, which we can't see above trees, but we sure can hear them!

  2. Wonderful post... and such a perfect spot by the river.


  3. Thanks, Liberty!

    And it is indeed a perfect spot. We have quite a few favorite picnic spots, but this is one of the most local.


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