RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY

TL 1-16 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY

1-16 FREEDOM TO PRAISE HIM

 

Today we lift our hearts and our hands to our Creator in thanksgiving once again!  We do that every day to thank Him for another beautiful day, but today we add a note of thanks that we as Americans have the right to enjoy RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY!!!

I was reading this really interesting article in the American Psychiatric Journal…. research shows that going to church actually boosts your immune system, decreases your blood pressure, and reduces stress. It’s kind of like an antioxidant from God.   – Bones, “The Repo Man in the Septic Tank,” original airdate 2014 March 17th, spoken by the character Seeley Booth, writing credits M.Peterson, H.Hanson, and K.Reichs

Each year on this date, the President calls upon Americans to “observe this day through appropriate events and activities in homes, schools, and places of worship.”  It is the anniversary of the passage of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom in 1786.

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Today we should promote and protect students’ right of religious expression.  These liberties need to be encouraged by parents, educators and others who work with children.  This is not a time in history when such opportunities should be ignored or taken for granted.  If we are to reach our youth for Christ, we must be proactive and aware of the doors that open before us.

Will we dare to walk through the door today, or will we sit back and wait for someone else to let a child (or adult) know that God is love and Jesus loves them?  It not only takes a village to raise a child, but it takes the whole family of God to help that child come to Jesus.  There are many religions, but there is one God and one Son of God, Jesus Christ.  He is the One we need to show to others.

Don’t think that you as one person cannot make a difference.

Through an activity or event – (or just one on one), tell someone that Jesus made a way for them to live forever and He is worthy of praise and He can be trusted with their heart, soul and life.  Once a person catches a glimpse of the plan of Salvation, it’s amazing and exciting to watch them grow in their faith!

They won’t know if we don’t share our faith with them.  They won’t understand if they are not taught.  Your faith in God was meant to be shared.  Look around you – people need faith and hope that only God can give.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  – John 3:16-17

Leave “religion” at the door and speak the truth of God’s Word to someone today.  That is the best way you could possibly celebrate this special day.  Jesus is my Savior, not my religion.  🙂

 

 

 

CONSTITUTION DAY

TL 9-17 CONSTITUTION DAY

9-17 THE CONSTITUTION QUILT
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I am quick to admit that I take the liberties given me by this document for granted! I was born and raised in the United States of America, so I have known freedom and liberty my whole life. Nowadays, all I hear about is how much our liberties under the Constitution are shrinking away and dwindling. It’s a scary thought to me. I like freedom of religion, freedom to bear arms and freedom of speech! I like that I can voice an opinion on my blog without fear of punishment by the government (well, so far, so good).

I’m thankful to God that I have freedom today and want to be assured of my freedom tomorrow.

As I often do, I turned to my group on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asecondhelpingofwellness) for advice. My friend, Valerie McKinney offered “The Constitution Quilt” analogy. I thought it was brilliant and asked if I could borrow the concept and use her quote because it really touched my heart. She was so gracious to give me permission, so please read this great quote:

It seems all the guidelines of the Constitution are becoming a tattered quilt, worn through and full of holes in which the bureaucrats pay no tailor to mend, but line their own pockets. The holes remain as the citizens of America fall far from the warmth of the comforts and care the Constitution provided its original inhabitants. Barely threads to cover a veteran who has fought to keep these principle freedoms pressed and blocked. They say times are different now. Things have changed now… and our Homeland is an unhappy lot. Then, does this not tell us something about mending the construction of the Constitution? Repair and replace the pattern of words that held our nation close knit and decorating our days with tried and trusted values and liberties. Protection against a cold cruel future that needs to wrap us in its security. Mend THE CONSTITUTIONAL QUILT. No holes should it have, but let it with pride sew its bright patterns for the future and set its seams straight. – Valerie McKinney

The Constitution of the United States has a purpose. It’s not just a piece of paper with meaningless words on it. We the people, in order to form a more PERFECT UNION… the first words explain why the document is necessary. A perfect union with all men seen as equal and the pursuit of happiness a right for all citizens of the United States.

When leaders choose to overlook the Constitution of the United States and there are no consequences for those actions, they will continue to walk all over it, causing more worn spots in the quilt. If we the people do not demand that our leaders follow the mandates in this document, we are the ones who will ultimately pay. Why do we not get that?

If we ignore the slow, but sure disintegration of this key document, we lose freedoms. My freedoms are precious to me. Aren’t your freedoms precious to you, too? Exercise your right to vote in the upcoming election and vote for FREEDOM. I know I will. 🙂