Mama

3353C613-E0F4-4581-98E6-D3B342F0D0B1“”Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭20:12‬ ‭ESV

March 12 is my mother’s birthday. Today I honor her in Heaven for sacrificing so much for me and for loving me enough to make me fiercely independent. There are so many precious memories, but one stands out above all other. My older brother died of melanoma at age 24 just 3 weeks before Christmas and my mother, along with my father, made sure that Christmas was extra special for everyone else. That kind of courage and love defined my mother and I am indeed thankful.

Freedom

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As we celebrate our country’s Independence Day, I reflect upon the meaning of freedom. Perhaps the one that best suits is the choice to make one’s own decisions. Living in The USA gives us so many opportunities to be free. (but we are not exempt from the consequences of those decisions) Yes, we have our own problems as a country; but, all one has to do is travel the world to see how fortunate we are to have so many freedoms.

In the words of Thomas Jefferson:

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Happy July Fourth🇺🇸💥