Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint

True Freedom


Happy Birthday, America! You are two hundred–thirty seven years old today!

14550-happy-fourth-of-julyAnother milestone in the history of this great nation. Great because this country’s history is deeply rooted in the battle for freedom. Freedom of religion. Freedom of speech. Freedom to live and move without the fear of terror or bondage. Freedom from the dictates of governments gone astray.

We want to be free, yet often take for granted the great price freedom cost others. War upon war and thousands upon thousands of lives lost, birthed the nation we call the United States of America. The war cry and words of Patrick Henry—“Give me liberty or give me death”—still echoes in the hearts of many who believe in one nation under God.

There’s another freedom easily taken for granted. The freedom of soul and spirit made possible by the Son of God who invaded this earth over 2,000 years ago. Born of a virgin, Jesus came to earth to proclaim what true freedom is.

His message was love—*For God so loved.
His message was repentance—*Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.
His message was—*You must be born again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus carried that message all the way to a cruel cross where He laid down His life for you and me.

Dottie Rambo sang it like this:

He left the splendor of heaven
Knowing His destiny
Was the lonely hill of Golgotha
There to lay down His life for me
If that isn’t love
Then the ocean is dry
There’s no stars in the sky
And the little sparrows can’t fly
If that isn’t love
Then heaven’s a myth
There’s no feeling like this
If that isn’t love

Born on the 4th of July, I am grateful for the privilege of celebrating my birthday on the same day America celebrates hers.

I was born again in my late twenty’s. For over forty years, I’ve celebrated the day Jesus invaded my life—not by force—

By invitation. When I invited Him into my heart, Jesus moved in and took up residence through His Spirit. I have found Him to be the source of true freedom; *”for in Him we live and move and have our being”.

Today as I remember those who laid down their lives for America, I also remember the One who laid down His life for you and me. The One who promised, *“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”.

Now that’s true freedom!

*Scripture passages taken from John 3; Matthew 4: 17; Acts 17:28; John 8:32

12 thoughts on “True Freedom

  1. Happy Birthday sweet sister in the Lord. I am grateful for you and wish you blessings upon blessings. After just coming back from places in Europe and Russia, I too am thankful to be living in America.
    Love, Kay


    • Thank you Kay. You are one of my greatest blessings. What a joy to reconnect with you and Kerm over the last couple of years. God’s goodness shows up through friends like you.
      Looking forward to hearing more about your trip. Welcome home!


  2. Sweetie, this is absolutely awesome. Thank you!


  3. I love this, Glenda . . . happy birth and rebirth! We take for granted the amazing freedom we have . . . but nothing will remove the true freedom we have in our Jesus . . . .

    Have the best birthday today, (I’m glad it’s not your 237th 🙂


    • Well said dear Verna. Nothing can take away the freedom we have in Jesus and the love we will always have for each other. I’m glad its not my 237th birthday too…wouldn’t be on this side of the veil. (:


  4. Happy Birthday Glenda!!! It is an honor to have you as a friend and as a sister in the Lord. Wonderful blog as we celebrate our nation’s freedom and our own freedom in Christ. Keep them coming my


    • Thank you Amy for helping celebrate my birthday yesterday. So grateful for the freedoms we still enjoy in our country and for freedom in Christ that will never end. Blessings to you dear sister and friend.


  5. Happy belated birthday Glenda! How fun and special that you get to share your BD with America 🙂 Just think how many people were celebrating right along with you! Hope you had a fabulous and amazingly blessed day! Love and payers ~


  6. Hàppy, happy birthday, my friend! What a wonderful article and I am so glad I can still be encouraged clear across the world! Hope your day was very special!!


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