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The Fourth of July – 7/4/2018

 

 

The Fourth of July
is the most significant national holiday
in the United States.

It celebrates the Declaration of Independence,
adopted on 4 July, 1776.

The Thirteen Colonies of America
declared themselves to be states

and no longer part of the British Empire,
The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 representatives of thirteen
self-styled states (previously the Thirteen Colonies).
The signatories included future president Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.
Fourth of July

 

 

 

 

Fragrance of Worship – 6/10/2018

 

 

My insides are turned inside out;
    specters of death have me down.
I shake with fear,
    I shudder from head to foot.
“Who will give me wings,” I ask—
    “wings like a dove?”
Get me out of here on dove wings;
    I want some peace and quiet.
I want a walk in the country,
    I want a cabin in the woods.
I’m desperate for a change
    from rage and stormy weather.
Psalm 55:4-8

 

Thanksgiving Perspective

 

Enter his gates with a song of thanksgiving.
Come into his courtyards with a song of praise.
Give thanks to him; praise his name.
Psalm 100:4

I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens . . . to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in the Heavens. Abraham Lincoln

We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitudeThomas S. Monson

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. Henri Frederic Amiel

O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness! William Shakespeare

We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction. Henry Allen Ironside

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitudeGilbert K. Chesterton

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward

Gratitude begins where my sense of entitlement ends. Steven Furtick

He that enjoys naught without thanksgiving is as though he robbed God. Saint John Chrysostom

To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything. Thomas Merton

Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows. Alan Cohen

God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivingsEdwin Percy Whipple

When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in. Kristin Armstrong

Gratitude turns what we have into enough. Melody Beattie

A child of God should be a living doxology for gratitude and adoration. Charles Spurgeon

I believe a joyful life is made up of joyful moments, gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude, inspiration, and faith. Brené Brown