Thursday, July 03, 2008

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the
creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption
and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”~
Romans 8:18-21 (ESV emphasis Irene's)

Irene wrote:

"Since we are celebrating this up-coming weekend Independence Day in the US, I thought about the word ‘Freedom’ or being ‘Free’. For me, true freedom only comes by knowing Jesus.
As you are celebrating this weekend, think about that freedom always comes with a price. Thankfully my way to heaven has been purchased with the blood of Christ. So, this week, my thankful list includes (but is not limited to)…" and she lists her precious list of things to be thankful for.

I, too, am thankful.

Freedom is truly something to be thankful for. A huge penalty is often paid by few for the freedom of many.

God sacrificed His Son so that we could have eternal life. Christ gave up His life on the cross, bearing our sins so that we would not have to pay the penalty for them ourselves. If God never blessed me with anything else, I could not thank Him enough for that.

Military men and women have sacrificed their lives fighting for the freedom of our country. How blessed are we that we are not sitting in a tank, walking through a landmine field, enduring freezing or scorching temperatures and countless other hardships to ensure our freedom?

I am thankful for the sacrifice that comes for the price of freedom, and for those willing to sacrifice for me. Foremost, Christ for eternal freedom, then military men and women for my earthly liberty. I am thankful I live in a country where I don't have to walk 10 feet behind my husband and worry that all he has to do is say, "I divorce you!" three times and the deed is done if I mess up. I'm thankful I live in a country where I'm not afraid to be caught with a Bible, where I can choose to worship God openly, witness to others, and just openly walk with Christ.

"Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die." - Romans 5:7

Who am I that not only Christ but men and women are willing to give their lives for my various forms of freedom? Who am I, indeed? A speck of dust, not even "good" by my own standards. Very humbling. See my post below, though. Christ died to make me good enough in His eyes. He cleansed me.

I am thankful, indeed!


LAURIE said...

What a wonderful TT. I am also very thankful for the freedom we have because of the sacrifice of others. Have a blessed Independence Day! -Laurie

Gina's Public Diary said...

Hi Laurie Ann,
This was a wonderful freedom post. I am so very grateful for the men and women who have served our country in my place. I need to be reminded every few minutes. Thank you.
Happy 4th tomorrow!

Angie said...

Wonderful reminders of HIS awesome love!

Heather@Mommymonk said...

I'm also thankful for those who give so much for our freedom. We need to remember their sacrfices at this time of year!

Dawn said...

What a wonderful post! I hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th of July!

Tracy said...

Beautiful reminders of tremendous blessings.

Rosheeda said...

This is a great thankful. I cannot say often enough how special it is to really know God and to truly grasp the privilege of being His Children. And I really like the blog, bytheby!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Oh, you said it all so well. We have so much to be thankful, living in the country; the freedoms we have. That someone would lay his life down for me, a sinner, unworthy.

JesuLalaine said...

HI Laurie Ann, thanks for dropping by my TT post.

You've got a beautiful post..very true and very well said. HAve a blessed day!

Cheryl said...

Laurie Ann,

Great post! FYI ~ Jan returns to M.D. Anderson next Tues/Wed for testing to begin a new clinical trial.

When they were testing, they had to do an MRI, MRS and PET CT scan. After doing all 3 of these studies they were still unsure about results. They have new software and they used it for the first time on Jan. They took all 3 of the above films and incorporated them together to get her results. She had necrosis, and her tumor has just begun to show minimal signs of growing. Thus, the change in meds. Please pray while she is off chemo that there will not be much growth and pray this new trial does not cause any long term or harsh side effects.

Thanks for asking and also for giving me your uncle's results.

Have a great TT and safe 4th of July.


Katy Lin :) said...

amen! beautifully put! hope you have a fabulous 4th!

Tammy said...

Wonderful post. thanks for sharing. have a happy 4th

Beth K. Vogt said...

Thanks for encouraging us to read your Wednesday post too. Psalm 51:6-7 is one of my life verses!

alihsee said...

What blessed countries we both live in! Happy TT!

mama meji said...

It is so true. When we see realize that "huge penalty is often paid by few for the freedom of many." The more we value it. And the greatest "penalty" was to die on the cross like Christ did for everyone! Amazing. Thanks for sharing

breaths of the heart said...

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! This post was such a great reminder of where we have come from! Thanks for opening up your heart and speaking these words for us all to ponder.

Tami Boesiger said...

And all God's people said, "Amen!"

eph2810 said...

Amen to that, Laurie Ann. We are a speck of dust, but loved by God to send His Son to die for us so that we have freedom from the bondage of sin.

Yes, the sacrifices men and women make to protect for what we have is amazing and I am forever grateful for.

Thank you for sharing your grateful heart with us.

Be blessed today and always...

sharon said...

Hi Laurie Ann,

Thanks for pointing this out - no freedom without some form of sacrifice or the other. I never saw it quite like that.

Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog; I actually tried to post this days ago but blogger was messing up.

God bless.