Before You Light that Sparkler

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Hey Friends! Happy 4th of July weekend! I love this time of year-fireworks, good food…need I say more? I was in need of a quick outfit I could pull together for a get together I am going to this evening. So I pulled out a blue and white striped top and threw on my favorite red MAC lipstick. It’s a red-orange color which I love because it pairs well with an olive skin tone. Anyways, I was happy that I didn’t spend any money on my 4th outfit. Total win for me! So if you are in need of some last minute inspiration, I bet you have these two items at home to pull together a cute look for whatever festivities you are headed to.

Getting into the mood for the 4th of July, I clicked on a new blogging friend’s post. Taylor shared such an inspiring and heartfelt post about getting back to the real reason we celebrate the 4th. I loved the words she shared, and I totally agree with her thoughts. I will link it HERE for you to read.

Taylor’s post inspired me to share some thoughts I have. It made me start thinking about the state of our country a few months ago when election time was rolling around, more specifically the state of social media at that time. I remember just watching from afar the “soap opera” unrolling before my eyes-the fighting, the brash political statements, the fear of where our country was headed-you know what I’m talking about.  I started getting angry and frustrated with things people were saying.  I think social media is a place we should refrain from discussing political matters, but that’s another story.  All this to say, I felt like I wanted to remind you all, especially those who call themselves believers, to remember to respect those in authority.  Even Jesus commended his followers to, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” Mark 12:17 As well as I think we should be thankful for the many, many gifts that we experience daily by living in the United States.

I wanted to personally share with you all some things that I am especially grateful for this weekend:

-The freedom to pray openly wherever I am.

-The freedom to be respected as a woman and to express myself through fashion. (I know it may sound silly, but I can’t imagine wearing a burka all the time.)

-The freedom to teach my children about God.

-The freedom to have a blog where I share about Jesus.

-The many ways the United States government has helped me as a single mom. (This one really touches me because it has really helped me in this time of life I am, raising two little ones.)

The blessings are SO many! I want to inspire you this weekend, before you light your sparklers and eat that yummy food, to choose from now on to focus less on the “problems” of our country.  Instead, start counting the many blessings you experience each day by living in the United States. To be honest, for me, there is no place I would rather live. Happy 4th friends!

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3 thoughts on “Before You Light that Sparkler

  1. Wonderful post, Molly! There truly is SO much to be thankful for while living in this country and the fact that we can openly pray and share our faith is wonderful! Thank you for the reminder!



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