Pam Taylor - Christian Life Coach

Independence Day
Fun, Facts & Trivia*

Independence DaySometimes we forget the 4th of July holiday we celebrate every year is more than picnics, parades, and fireworks. It is actually a celebration originally called Independence Day. Let’s review together some of the reasons WHY.

A fun way to start is to take this Independence Day Trivia Quiz. Exercise your brain. Test your knowledge of Early American History. Multiple choice.You can do it!

Here you go… Independence Day Trivia Quiz:  http://puzzles.about.com/od/trivia/l/bl_july4quiz.htm

How many did you answer correctly? (I answered 8 out of 11 correctly. Looks like it’s good I took this refresher course, huh?)

 

Thoughts to Ponder

On July 4, 1776 The 2nd Continental Congress in Philadelphia, PA declared independence from Britain. On August 2, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the 2nd Continental Congress.

When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence when you didn’t HAVE to for school assignments?

You might be enlightened by a look see here: http://usgovinfo.about.com/bldecind.htm

Please take the time to especially read the first few paragraphs. Read for yourself the “vision” of our founding fathers.

 

More Thoughts to Ponder

What was THIS about? (Hint: It had something to do with taxes and tea. )

The Boston Tea Party http://coffeetea.about.com/cs/history1/a/bostonteaparty.htm

 

Three Quick Facts About The Star Spangled Banner:

1.The Star Spangled Banner was written by lawyer/poet Francis Scott Key, because…

2. He was inspired during the British attack of Fort McHenry on September 13, 1814 and the courageous defense made by American forces.

3. In 1931, the U.S. Congress designated the “Star Spangled Banner” to be the National Anthem of the United States.

 

I’m especially inspired by the last verse of our National Anthem.
Here it is for your convenience:

“O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”

We (the United States of America) are a nation of people so proud of our independence. And rightly so. But the Star Spangled Banner gives the Glory to God Almighty. He is the Power that preserved our nation and He is our only hope even now. When we forget that we are INTERdependent on each other and most of all DEpendent on our GOD, we get in trouble. In the beginning of King Solomon’s reign, he prayed (2 Chronicles 6:13c, 14 NIV) “He {{Solomon}} stood on the platform and then knelt down before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven. He said: ‘O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.’”

I end this post with a prayer from Psalm 86:9-13 (NIV) “All the nations You have made will come and worship before You, O Lord; they will bring glory to Your Name. For You are great and do marvelous deeds; You alone are God. Teach me Your way, O LORD, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear Your name. I will praise You, O LORD my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever. For great is Your love toward me; You have delivered my soul from the depths of the grave.”

May God bless You with a fresh understanding of His desire for those who call themselves by His Name.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. You continually refresh my heart. I am blessed that you are part of my life.

May this be the best Independence Day celebration you have ever had!!!

Until next time…

 

*Reference source for the Independence Day trivia: Ask.com

2 Comments »

  1. It’s been a while since I read through the first portion of the Declaration of Independence. Thanks for suggesting that, Pam, and making it easy to do.

    As I read it, this jumped out at me: “… The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.”

    And I liked that it empowers the people to make changes.

    Comment by sfleming

  2. I like that part, too! Well said and so true, Susan Fleming. Happy 4th celebrations!

    Comment by Pam Taylor

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