I am choosing to interrupt my Wonderful Wednesdays this week in honor of today’s special holiday.
Independence Day, also referred to as simply July 4th, is a now a federal holiday here in the United States. On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted and signed, declaring our independence from Great Britain.
Today is typically celebrated with fireworks, picnics, barbecues and family get-togethers which commemorate probably the most important day in our country’s history. As a nation, the United States of America is very blessed because of the sacrifice of all those who fought to procure our freedom. Here is my simple patriotic collage as an homage to mark this day.
The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! —Psalm 33:11-12
Let us never forget how blessed we are as a nation … under God … whose freedom was bought at a great price.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, nether shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
And he who was seated on the throne said,
“Behold, I am making all things new.”
Also he said,
“Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
And he said to me,
“It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”
Beloved of God, grab onto these words and hold on tight, especially during the inevitably difficult times. God IS faithful, never doubt that for a minute. What He says ALWAYS comes to pass!
But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. —Psalm 68:3
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Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire”. —Hebrews 12:28-29
I absolutely LOVE Karla Dornacher’s artwork and this piece is no exception. In fact, I’d have to say this is one of my favorites of hers. The combination of cheery colors, cute flowers and that sweet little bird just make me smile and want to sing. And I feel happy just looking at it!
So on this Happy Sunday I wanted to share it with you and invite you to visit Karla’s site. You won’t be disappointed—she is one very talented lady!
I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. —Psalm 7:17
I’ve shared here before that for various reasons—some health related—I make up many of my posts ahead of time and schedule them to publish on specific days. This morning is one of those days when I am so thankful I did so. Here is my Facebook status a little while ago:
I had already made this up last week, apparently because God knew I would need the message this morning. Am awed and humbled…
Awed because even though I am an extremely optimistic and happy person by nature, there are some mornings when I wake up in so much pain that I get discouraged. I know I’m not alone in the extreme pain department, but it does get to me sometimes.
Humbled because God loves me so much that He gave me this message way ahead of time. Not only to share with you but to remind me to be happy regardless of how I feel.
Praying and singing songs of praise here…
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.
Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms out there! I no longer have my Mom because the Lord took her home five years ago, but I always love sharing this favorite photo of her, this time “enhanced” with my image so you can see the resemblance:
[Forgive my very amateur attempts at using Photoshop…still learning!] Don’t you just love Mom’s fabulous smile? I think I inherited it. I miss my Mom but she is in a much better place, probably dancing and laughing joyfully with Jesus on this Mother’s Day.
This is still a Happy Sunday/Mother’s Day for me though. My children always make me feel special, and I have the privilege of spending time with all three of them this weekend. They are the greatest and most loving children any mother could want and make me so thankful and proud to know them. Here’s a photo of us on Alan and Denise’s wedding day, two years ago:
Left to right: Kathy, Denise, Alan and me (proud and happy mom)
Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!
Is this a crazy bus or what? I saw this online awhile back and couldn’t resist sharing it with you. It’s perfect for a Mishmash Monday, don’t you think?
Obviously it’s very impractical and must have taken a long time and many hands to put together. But what a great way to use those yarn leftovers from different projects. And it’s such a fun way to jazz up a plain old bus!
I think I’d smile from happiness every time I got into it, just for the sheer joy of seeing all the mishmashed colors and patterns.