Friday, July 3, 2009

JULY 4TH = FREEDOM

July 4th our day of Independence in the United States of America.

1776 - 2009

Happy 233rd Birthday America

A day of celebration: Picnics with hot dogs, hamburgers, watermelon and way-way too much food. For many, unfortunately, a time of much beer and alc0hol consumption. Boating and time at the lakes for many. Fireworks galore...both big city-wide extravaganzas and family packs being shot off in backyards and in the neighborhoods. Symphonies both indoor and outdoor. MANY - MANY celebrations.

For me, what I choose to celebrate and what means the most to me about America, my beloved country that I was privileged to been born in, is represented in this picture. The right to freedom of religion. I also treasure freedom of speech.

I am blessed to attend, and be a part of, a wonderful Church. I am blessed to have a faithful Pastor who preaches the Word of God faithfully. I am blessed to attend a small, but very interesting and sometimes challenging Sunday School Class. I am blessed to be able to spend each morning with my husband in prayer and Bible Study. I am blessed to be surrounded by Christian friends, near and far. A lot of whom I have come to know through this wonderful experience called blogging.

This year I have been doubly blessed to have the opportunity, freedom and privilege of attending not one, but two Woman's Home Bible studies. One at the home of my friend, Judy, which I posted about here along with a picture of the group. This group started January 12th meets every Monday morning at 11 o'clock and lasts until 1 or 2 o'clock!!!

On March 10th another friend, Sandra, began a Bible Study in her home every Tuesday evening at 6 o'clock and we get done anywhere from 9:30-10. The freedom to meet in individual homes, or any place, at any time is truly a freedom that we need to treasure and cherish and that everyone does not have.

This post, in addition to honoring July 4th is to share this Tuesday evening Bible Study group with you.

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From left to right: Sandra our host and teacher, Debbie, Susan, Wantha Ann

In Front: Gloria & Ann

There is another far younger "Susan" who was not present for this picture.

This is the book we have been studying. This is a very deep book. It is not casual, light reading by any means. It is 204 pages and we spent a total of 17 weeks studying it. I will be re-reading it many times, as I do all the books that truly speak to and impact my life.



Sandra was so proud of all of us for having stuck with this study and finished it that she had a little "graduation" for us. We listened to, and sang along with the song "DAYS OF ELIJAH" and she presented each of us with this lapel pin of the Christian and Israeli flags. Such a fun and special time.


I will warn you up front, as does Bill Cloud himself, if you are Politically Correct this book is probably not for you. To quote Bill on the last page of the book "Perhaps before now, some things we have shared would not have seemed so obvious. If what has been detailed in this book is true, then it means it is time for you to hear it. The Father wants His people to be informed and prepared for - not scared of - what is coming."

I have been both anxious to post about this book since we first began it and also hesitant about doing so. I have to "tell" because I definitely feel we are living in the last days and we need to be forewarned and prepared.

"And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." Luke 21:34-36


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14 comments:

Susan Skitt said...

Thank you for your wonderful post Susan - always bringing us back to the foundations of our faith and freedom!

Much love to you and have a happy 4th!

PEA said...

Happy 4th of July to you and your loved ones, dear Susan! I do hope you have a fabulous day filled with celebration:-) I wish I could cross the border to come celebrate with all of you!! xoxo

Mari said...

Happy Fourth to you. This sounds like a really interesting book and study.

Pam said...

Happy Independence Day to you Susan!
Great post! I'll have to check that book out.
Your little pins were so cute and meaningful! What a sweet gesture!

tea said...

I have fallen in love with your July Fourth little guy. Happy Fourth!

Sunny said...

Susan, I fully appreciate your posts. If I get too involved in the things of this life, your posts always have a way of jerking me back to reality. Please continue to post what is on your heart. It is a huge blessing!

Kathy said...

Thank you for this great post. I loved your list, and for you, I am so thankful for the ones the Lord has brought along to encourage you and share with you this journey we are blessed to travel!

MightyMom said...

Happy Independence Day



(I won't say happy 4th of july as that's the same to me as saying happy 25th of december.)

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

So much to be thankful for!

Karen said...

Great blog, so true. I love the scripture you chose to put at the end. We are a pre-occupied nation with comfort, pleasure, and ease. The "at ease" disease this country has grown accustom to is part of the problem.
Thanks for taking us back to our roots.
I have not heard of the book, but I am a HUGE book fan, so I want to read it.
God Bless

Jenileigh said...

You are such an inspiration! I learn so much from you. I experience many of the same blessings that I am thankful for too. I hope to be able to get my hands on a copy of this book in the near future.

Hugs Susan. Thanks for stopping by.

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Susan,
I just thought I'd take a sunday stroll down to you r blog and say hello and catch up on some reading. What a wonderful post of freedom, we were told that Korea would try to launch a missle toward our islands here in Hawaii on the 4th of July. I praise God for our Military here at Pearl Harbor and around the islands for being here for us and assuring is that they had everything under control.

Blessings Lorie

Pear tree cottage! said...

First I love the beehive supers well done!! mickey........now come on over here and make a couple for our hives too please!!!........your 4th of July post is so woderful and shows me the true meaning of the day!!

Lee-ann

Sohailah said...

Great post. Great and true thoughts.