“Let freedom ring.”

My Country ‘Tis of Thee by Samuel Francis Smith 

Oh, the sounds of freedom! The thundering BOOM of fireworks, the Pop-Pop-Pop of neighborhood firecrackers, the joyous laughter of family and friends. And the whispered prayer of thanksgiving on the lips of the grateful … for the blessings of God and a country in which we are free to worship Him.

My gratitude for our country and heritage knows no bounds, but it’s the freedom of soul for which I am most grateful. He whom the Son sets free is free indeed, and it is this freedom through Christ that causes my heart to pound louder than any deafening burst of color in the sky. For it is this freedom that rings loud and true in my spirit and in my life — a freedom of peace and joy and hope that explodes within higher and brighter than any fiery pinwheels in the sky or any rocket’s red glare.

So, yes, thank you, God, for our country and the freedoms we enjoy. But thank you more for your Son, without Whom no freedom would exist, be it for country or our souls.

Hugs and Happy 4th of July!



WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2015 — Come by to see me and leave a comment on my Seeker blog for a chance to win your choice of any of my books!



A few months ago, I had the pleasure of spending time with two of my dearest friends, Bonnie Roof and MaryLu Tyndall in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, and it was a true highlight of our vacation!! MISS YOU GUYS!!


And mega thanks to sweet Abbie Sloane from the state of Washington, who came to see me while she was on vacation at Lake of the Ozarks. We had soooo much fun chatting!!