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Bonfires, marshmallows and freedom.

Freedom. It can mean something different to each of us. 4th of July is our country's Independence Day. A time we can reflect and be thankful that we can work where we want, live where we want and worship where we want.

It is also a time to spend with family, friends and neighbors. Eating hot dogs, potato salad and brownie sundaes. Waiting impatiently with little ones for it to get dark  so we can finally light colorful and loud firework displays.

My childhood home had riverfront property so we would have a bonfire, swim and stick rows of sparklers in the sand. We would catch our marshmallows on fire and eat them till we were sick if we wanted.

I also think of freedom as a time to release the past and turn the page from hurt or pain. Getting rid of the negative and being thankful for all I have been given in life. Even the hard things that form us into who we are to become.

This year there has been so much negativity in our country and yet I always hear people coming to this country because they do not have the freedom to read what they want, live where they want, work a job they love, get an education or even marry whom they want. I CHOOSE to be grateful that although our country struggles, I have a greater chance to worship, love, work and play as I desire.

I hope you celebrate your freedom and what this day represents. And maybe you can relax more as you see our beautiful country, enjoy your time with family, and hopefully turn the page on past trials. Claim the freedom you've been graciously given. And don't forget to thank our military for protecting those freedoms.

Galations 5:13, "For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another."


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