Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint

No Longer A Rebel




It’s time to celebrate our Nation’s Birthday!
It’s also time to celebrate mine.
America was born on July 4th 1776,
fighting for freedom of religion.
I was Born on the 4th of July,
fighting for my life.

I was the second born of seven children.
My parents taught me the love of family,
God and country.

They bore witness to this truth:
Jesus Christ is the Redeemer, the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins of the world.

My Kinsman Redeemer went to war with Satan over 2,000 years ago and fought the raging
battle for my soul and for yours. All I need to do is come to the Light and receive forgiveness
for my sins, but my freedom cost the life of God’s beloved Son. He was crucified on the cruel
Cross of Calvary, died and rose again the third day.

He died that we might be born again. He lives today to intercede for you and for me.

I am the granddaughter of one who modeled the love of Jesus and the joy of the Lord.
She bore witness to these truths: Heaven will be our eternal home, and earth is our dressing room
where we learn to love others as He first loved us.

I grew up wanting to know God. For years I was religious, without a personal relationship with Jesus.
I knew about Him, but I did not know Him. I went to church every time the doors opened. Sang in the choir
—yet afraid of God.

A good girl, tried to keep rules and traditions of the church—yet at home I was a rebel. Scrapping and fighting,
with my siblings, striving for control.

I was a religious rebel who needed a redeemer.  I needed Jesus to rescue me from the slavery and penalty of sin.
I needed a Savior to forgive, restore, and renew.

I needed Jesus—
His body and blood… perfect sacrifice.
His death, resurrection, and ascension…
made heaven possible.
His Spirit descended—
His Seed implanted.
New birth— born again!

He lives as Advocate—
Slow to anger
Full of loving kindness
Mercy and truth —
Pleading on our behalf before God.

I want to bear witness to this truth—
I have been saved by grace, *a gift extended,
Trusting in the name of Jesus—
atoning blood and sacrifice;
turning and repenting from sin.

Not perfect—
perfectly loved—
Trusting in perfect Lamb of God.

*Reflections from Isaiah 53; John 1, 3, Ephesians 2, 1 John 4

14 thoughts on “No Longer A Rebel

  1. Happy birthday, Glenda! And thank you for sharing your story. I, too, was a religious rebel who needed a Redeemer, In church every Sunday, singing in the choir, and having no idea of the gift of grace. But praise God, I finally understood the Sacrifice and came to know Him as my Savior. And now I’m FREE!


  2. Glenda – Wonderful post! And guess what! My mother-in-law shares a birthday with you! July 4th!

    Love, love, love it. Are you sure we’re not all related somehow? Oh yeah…sisters. HIS kids. Yep. Not perfect, but perfectly loved.

    Have a blessed weekend!


  3. Sweetie, you’re not a rebel anymore but my Sweet Country Rose. I love you. Happy Birthday.


  4. Dave, you might be a little prejudice!Thanks anyway! Love you.


  5. I love this, thanks for sharing, Glenda . . . for you the religious rebel, and for me . . . just a rebel. Yet, equally and perfectly loved by Father . . . and happy birthday to you and America! (By the way, we went to church down at Christ Church in Phila this morning, and sat in William Penn’s pew. . . . very cool).


    • From one redeemed rebel to another…I am so glad Jesus picked up two wandering sheep, from different areas of the country and made us not only sister sheep, but sister friends also. Thanks for sharing Verna. Love you!


  6. WOW! Love this post. Sooo inspriring. My husband’s birthday is today.


  7. ….and Happy Birthday, if I forget!


  8. Glenda, Happy Birthday! What a great post! I understand all about being a religious rebel. I’m going to share this with others.


  9. Reblogged this on Where the Winds Blow and commented:
    Dear Readers, I’ve missed sharing my heart with you. I’m still experiencing some technical difficulties. This is a great post by my friend, Glenda Mills. I encourage you to check out her website. Given the upcoming holiday, I thought I would share her words with you. I know I was able to relate about being a religious rebel. Can you?


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