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Heavenly Homeland Security

Ah, gardening! I love my garden. I love looking at it out my kitchen window- neat straight rows of healthy plants, and as of yesterday morning, no weeds! What a glorious sight! I’ve trimmed down the size this year, mostly because of my husband’s accident. The garden is mainly my job, but Tom usually tills it in the spring, and he does help when he can. Even if he doesn’t have much spare time, I know he would help if I really get overwhelmed, but that isn’t true this year. My backup safety net is gone! He cannot help; it’s physically impossible. Amazing, how much that played on my mind and attitude.

Can you imagine what it would be like if that same scenario was true of our Heavenly Father? What if He wasn’t there? What if He couldn’t help me? God’s precious promise of security and peace is so much a part of our belief, that its nearly unfathomable to imagine life without it.

We cannot go back to what our lives were before salvation, and we often forget what it was like to have no hope or to be deceived by a false hope – to still be carrying the weight of sin and condemnation. No hope, no help – how miserable! Oh, the joy of knowing Jesus!  His promises are ever true!  He will NEVER leave us or forsake us.

And on this glorious Fourth of July, there is another blessing that is easily overlooked as our gaze seems to focus on all that is wrong with America.  We don’t have to worry about the police coming to our homes and arresting us because we are believers.  We know that there is an ambulance waiting for us if we need to get to the hospital.  There are doctors on call right now if we need them and firemen waiting for that dreaded call.  We live in a country that cannot deny its Christian roots.  We see it every time disaster strikes and a host of volunteers show up to do whatever needs to be done!  That kind of responsible behavior and care came from our American ancestors who learned what was right because they had been taught the Ten Commandments, directly or indirectly.  It was just a given in their homes and schools.

Our homeland is secure as of today, and we have much to be thankful for.  Every country has its skeletons in the closets and its host of demons working to destroy all that is good; but how blessed we are to know that America has so much good at its foundation!  The fiber of American life is threaded together with Christian values and Biblical truths; and no matter how many people try to remove them in the name of tolerance, to do so would insure the destruction of the United States of America. Removing them would be as disastrous as taking the oxygen out of water – it would simply not exist.  Oh, may God continue to bless America!

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.  

Psalm 33:12

Free as a bird!

Freedom – isn’t that what today is all about?  Yesterday, during the morning worship service, we mentioned the names of those who had died in service to our country.  There were only a few, but each name represented a life, a loved one lost in the fight for freedom – if not ours, then someone else’s.

Freedom.  Dear American, do you realize how free you are?  You do not need any special papers to travel the entire expanse of this great country!  I remember sitting for over an hour in India because we needed permission to cross a border.  And even though there may be some who are still fighting the War Between the States, we are all Americans!  While in Israel, I was amazed at the guns we saw; even on school field trips, each chaperon, male or female, had a gun slung over his or her shoulder!

At times, I get discouraged over the sharp divisions that are slicing the great land into pieces: political parties, homosexuality, gay marriages, abortion, fiscal irresponsibility, just to name a few!  National issues threaten to destroy this great land, and so many hate America!  But what is America?  WE are America!  Just as the church is not the building but the people, the same is true for our country.  It’s not the land or the government that is America, but the people who have the privilege to live here!

Last night, my husband and I watched a movie that was set in London,England and was obviously a British-made film.  It was a fine movie, but as I watched it, I was amazed at the differences clearly seen in simple ways of life.  Years ago, Tom and I were on a mission trip to India, and after nearly twenty days in that country, my husband made this comment: “Now I see why people kiss the ground when they get off the plane!” Thank God for America!!

I’m thankful to be an American.  Our country is rich in it’s people, resources, beauty, and diversity.  I certainly don’t agree with much that is being handed down from the White House, but I praise the Lord that I have the freedom to say so!

And oh the freedom that lives in my soul!! Jesus has freed me from the penalty and power of sin!  It cannot control me unless I let it!  My life is in my Father’s hand; He loves me, and guides me and blesses me and spanks me!!!  What a wonderful life!

So, dear Christian American – take a deep breath of that wonderful clean free air and take a moment to pray: thanking God for those who have given their lives for that freedom and for the One Who gives you the life to enjoy it!

 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,

and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

Galatians 5:1