July is an exceptional month of multiple celebrations for our family. Along with celebrating our nations Independence Day, we also celebrate the birth of our daughter, her husband, and our Grandson Aaron.

Wikipedia writes about how we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July as our nation celebrates their independence from Great Britain with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games and family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies.

Growing up in the Midwest, my fondest memories are about the family gatherings along the Mississippi river. It was usually hot and humid, the cornfields were well above knee high, and attending baseball games followed by picnics all in preparation for the fireworks show. We would pile into the station wagon; grab our blankets and spray ourselves with “OFF” to avoid the multiple mosquito bites if you went unprepared. Then it would start! With the first burst of color in the sky everyone along the banks of the river would “oooh and ahhh” and clap loudly for the ones that would spiral downward and let off a blasting “kaboom”!

There are many other times many have celebrated independence: freedom from slavery, prisons, and horribly abusive situations, freedom from debt, negative programming, and fear. Whenever I think about celebrating independence, it reminds of experiencing new found love, confidence and potential. Breaking the chains of self-limitations. I think about the “fireworks” of joy I have experienced as my journey of life has taken me to other continents, and into relationships that create memories I cherish and hold so dear in my heart.

What are the “celebrations of independence” you are experiencing? Is there someone who has helped to set you free, to live your purpose and guide you to the life God intended for you? Have you thanked them lately?

We live in the most liberated nation on earth, in a nation of abundance, freedom and grace. I’m grateful to each and every person that has touched my life: family, friends, teachers, mentors, acquaintances, and the new people who will come into my life.

The Declaration of Independence was always our vision of who we wanted to be, our ideal freedom and justice, how we were going to be different, and what the American experiment was going to be all about.” – Marain Wright Edelman