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Wednesday Hodgepodge – 4th of July Style

It’s time for the Hodgepodge…a bit early with 4th of July type of questions, but Joyce is taking next week off, and it’s too good a theme to pass up!  Play along by answering on your own blog and linking up with Joyce.

1.  What do the words ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’ mean to you? Does your mind go more in the direction of not being persecuted or discriminated against or does it head in the direction of doing what you please?

The first thing I think about when I hear the words “freedom” and “liberty” is freedom to worship the Lord without being persecuted.  There are so many Christians who are being persecuted in this world.  Christians are being killed in other countries simply for proclaiming the name of Jesus.  I am so thankful that I live in a country where I can talk about Jesus without fearing for my life.

2.  Nathan’s sponsors a hot dog eating contest every 4th of July. Last year over 40,000 people attended the event and almost 2 million watched it on TV. The winner ate over 60 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. How do you like your hot dogs?

I quit eating hot dogs when I quit eating meat.  However, when I ate them, I liked them with mustard, ketchup, and onions.  I also enjoyed eating chili dogs.  Sauerkraut was also a delicious topping that I enjoyed.

3.  If you were going to enter an eating contest what would be on the menu?

I would enter a chips and salsa eating contest.  I think I could eat my weight in the stuff!!

4.  Do you run your house more as a dictatorship or a democracy?

I am Queen Dictator, and those who enter must follow my rules.  That sounds bad, doesn’t it, but I’m just being honest.  I like things done a certain way, and I’m not usually happy if the opposite happens.

5.  Where was your favorite summer place when you were a kid?

My favorite summer place when I was a child was on the couch or a comfy chair in front of the TV watching Days of Our Lives.  I lived for the relaxing days of no schoolwork and lots of vegging out time.

6.  Do you have a guest room? Would you want to stay there?

We have an extra room in the house, but it’s not really a guest room.  If I were a guest, I wouldn’t want to stay there because it’s full of dog hair because it’s Molly’s room.  She sheds…a lot!  I’m not much of a cleaner or a decorator, so I can’t say that this room is very inviting.  Oh well.  I don’t usually have company, so I’m not stressing about it.

7.  Next Wednesday America celebrates her independence. Do you have any special plans for the 4th of July? If you live outside the USA when and how does your country celebrate its own patriotic holiday?

I’m grateful for the sacrifices made by our forefathers as they risked their lives to establish a country in which Christians were free to worship the Lord the way they wanted and in which we could conduct business free from foreign taxation.  With that said, I won’t do anything special.  I’m not big on socializing, preferring instead to stay home and lie low.

8.  My Random Thought

Some of you aren’t regular readers of my blog.  No worries.  I forgive you.  😉

As such, though, I wanted to use this space to remind everyone to hug their babies and their friends a little tighter.  My community lost the most precious nineteen year old, Madison, two days ago.

Those of you who have followed my posts know that Madison broke her neck in a car accident on Friday night.  She never regained consciousness, and she officially passed away on Sunday at 3:38pm…the same time of day she entered the world.  Her loss has brought hundreds of people together, and I have even found myself, not usually a mushy kind of person, hugging my own children and the teenagers my kids grew up with, a little tighter.  Heck.  I’ve hugged my friends more in the last three days than in all the time I’ve known them.

Our sadness was compounded when Mr. H, our school district superintendent, a fine man, lost his son-in-law on the same day that Madison passed away.  Mr. H’s daughter and her soon-to-be baby girl girl survived.

We have been reminded of how precious life is, and that it can be taken from us without warning.

Make sure you’re right with the Lord and have accepted Jesus as your Savior.  You won’t get a second chance.

If you know Jesus already, share the Good News whenever you can because you don’t know when the person you share it with might be the next to depart this world.

Please pray for these families.  Mr. H’s son-in-law will be buried on Friday afternoon, and Madison’s funeral will be held on Saturday.

There’s a lot of grief around here, and we’re all hurting something bad.

We’re finding joy, though, in the blessings of youngsters acknowledging Jesus as Savior (three were saved on Sunday night).

We’re drawing comfort from knowing that Madison’s organs are going to needy individuals who will live on through her death.

I’m reposting a video that a local artist created after reading a newspaper article about Madison’s accident.

One girl.

One life…

That touched someone enough to write a song for her.

Our lives matter.

Live every moment to its fullest.

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