i n d e p e n d e n c e //

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i n d e p e n d e n c e 
it's such a long
lovely
luminous
word. 
it brings to mind
fireworks
and cookouts
with friends.
wind-whipped hair
and
freshly-squeezed
lemonade.
drives through
the country
with the
windows 
down.
picnics and ice cream
socials.

but
i n d e p e n d e n c e
represents
more than just
activities on
one day every year.
it stands for
freedom, 
a lasting
reminder of the 
blood
and
sweat
and
tears
shed for
our country.
men and women
who died
defending us.
families left
broken and shattered
when their
loved ones
never returned.

and even more
importantly, 
i n d e p e n d e n c e
is a star-spangled
picture of the
forever
freedom we
have through 
our Savior -
the One who made
the ultimate
sacrifice
to break
our chains.

"So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed."
// John 8:36 //

(This post is a couple days late, but it seemed appropriate to post this on Fourth of July. Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans! Hope you are having a blessed day with family and friends!)

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16 comments

  1. EEP I loved this! <3 <3 <3 Happy 4th, my friend!

    ~ Savannah | Scattered Scribblings

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    1. Thank you, Savvy! <3 <3 Um...happy 13th of August? XD #totallynotlate

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  2. it stands for
    freedom,
    a lasting
    reminder of the
    blood
    and
    sweat
    and
    tears
    shed for
    our country.
    men and women
    who died
    defending us.
    families left
    broken and shattered
    when their
    loved ones
    never returned.

    Just- WOW.
    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THAAAAAAANNK YOU for sharing that!!
    Jaidyn Elise<3

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    1. I'm really glad you enjoyed it! THANK YOU, JAIDYN. <3

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  3. Beautiful. Just beautiful! The first part makes such a happy picture of this day and summer and all the great activities. And the second part is so important and meaningful. I JUST LOVE IT.

    I hope you're having the most amazing Independence Day, dear Mary! <3

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    1. AWWWWW thank you muchly, my friend! Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. <3

      I hope you had a lovely holiday! It's long past, but it seems like it was just yesterday to me. (How is it August, I ask you??)

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  4. Yesssss, this is beautiful and sooo true! <3

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  5. This is beautiful, Mary!! Happy Fourth of July!! 🎇
    ~Skylar Reese

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    1. Thanks so much, Skylar! Hope you had a smashing (er...explosive? XD) Fourth of July!

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  6. Beautiful, my girl! Happy Independence Day from your Canadian friend. ^_^

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    1. Hehe, thank you muchly, dear Tart! Hope you had a wonderful Independence Day in your own lovely country. ^_^

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  7. Beautiful!! Happy belated Independence Day, Mary!!! :D

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    1. Thank you, Morgan! Happy (very, VERY belated) Independence Day to you. ;)

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