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.
Trusting in perfect Lamb of God.
*Reflections from Isaiah 53; John 1, 3, Ephesians 2, 1 John 4