Monday, July 14, 2008
Love my Freedom
First, I have to say thank you to Summer from Summer Time Designs for this free "Freedom Kit" digital scrapbook paper. I can't believe she designs these wonderful kits and then lets people download for free - but I'm glad - she has cute stuff. She had lots of cute embellishments, but I guess I'm too simplistic to figure out how to use them in a layout - I usually stick to one or two papers and pictures and words. So it's not that I don't like using embellishments, I just don't know how.
The only 4th of July pictures I could were from 2005, I guess I need to take more pictures on the 4th.
Recently I've been reading books about George Washington "The Real George Washington" and "The Making of George Washington". It's been fascinating to learn more about the "father of our country". Truly, if we could have more leaders like George Washington our country would be better for it. Washington was a man of values and principles and didn't do things for his own gain. He was very strict in obeying the constitution and not doing anything to go against it. He was a driving force in getting the constitution to be just and fair. Washington was God fearing and gave all credit to God for everything - he was such a humble man. He did not want to be president, he felt there had to be others more qualified to lead the new country, but finally submitted to the will of the people. They recognized what a great leader he was.
Reading these books has given me a greater appreciation for our country and for the sacrifices that were made to establish our country. It has also made clear to me my responsibility in being a more informed and active citizen. I want to read and study the constitution to gain a better understanding of the foundation of our country.
Here is a quote from Washington's inaugural address "no people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand (God) which conducts the affairs of men, more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency." And I think this statement still holds true for us today - we are kept free by the hand of God and if we fail to acknowledge this there will come a day that we will no longer be free.