Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fighting For My God Founded Country

We walked into church on Sunday- the chapel more full than usual which meant our usual bench was taken.  Luckily we found an empty one near the front- grateful we weren't stuck on the folding chairs in the back. I looked at Lucas and Alex and told them they needed to be extra good since we were so close to the front and the Bishop would see them misbehaving.  The meeting began as we all stood to sing the opening hymn- the National Anthem.

Maybe it was because everyone was standing to sing or maybe it was because we were up front and all of the voices came from behind us.  Or maybe it was because everyone realized what they were singing but the power was electrifying.

And when we sang the final verse (yes there is more than one) I was literally fighting back the tears.


Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved 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!


This- this is what our country was founded on, why it was fought for- what it was fought for.

I truly believe this a heaven preserved land, persevered for us by our Father in Heaven, preserved to be a place of freedom founded on our trust in God.

And it terrifies me that this trust is being pushed out and lost more and more every single day.  Will our country still be preserved for us if this trust is totally lost?

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."

Happy birthday to a country that I am still fighting for.



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21 comments:

  1. Happy fourth of July to you

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  2. The perfect post for fourth of July!

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  3. Beautiful. Hear, hear! I am so sick of people not appreciating their freedom, not accepting that this country was founded on religion and freedom and GOD, and so sick of our rights dwindling from uneducated, selfish Americans. It just makes me angry!

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  4. Wow! Beautifully said, friend. The older I get, the longer I'm married to a military man, the more I appreciate our freedoms. And because we know what true freedom is in God, we can only want more freedoms for our beloved country.

    Happy 4th!

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  5. Happy 4th to you Dear Friend!

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  6. Beautiful post! It's rare to hear that second verse- I think b/c it's so God-focused and our country has gone away from that, sadly.

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  7. We closed with the anthem. And I feel the exact same way about it. My heart feels like it will explode by the end. And I can't believe people are trying push God away from our country when all they have to do is visit our nation's capital. They will see our forefather's belief in Him.

    That picture is awesome btw.

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  8. What a beautiful reminder of how God is and needs to be in our country.

    Happy 4th!!!

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  9. It makes me sad that children don't grow up saying the Pledge and learning the national anthem like we did. Every single day we recited and sang those in school.

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    1. I'm not sure what areas of the country don't do this but my kids' elementary/intermediate schools lead the Pledge everyday and they sing the anthem!

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  10. Happy 4th!! It's weird...our ward was deserted this past weekend.

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  11. God founded. Pssh.
    Not founded on Judeo-Christian principles.
    Said no truth telling conservative ever.

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  12. Happy 4th and may our country prosper not suffer as it has been doing lately!

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  13. Just finding your blog through another one. Absolutely agree with this post. I was in church today praying for our leaders and that God would protect our freedoms. We are losing them bit by bit! I'm also a couponer (seems so crazy NOT to be), and am a new follower. :-)

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  14. So beautiful. Thank you. Happy 4 Th of July.

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    1. Great post Emmy!!! You're spot on as always!!

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  15. I still get tears in my eyes during any patriotic song. Very well said Emmy. Happy 4th!

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  16. Amen sista! I'm afraid there will be a war in our country if we're not careful and the wrong people keep trying to push out God & our freedoms!

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  17. This is exactly what I felt like when we sang the third verse the past Sunday too! Powerful words. Ones I don't want to forget.

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  18. That song/anthem makes me cry every time. And fireworks do too. We are so blessed to live here. Why don't people see that more?! Thank you for your beautiful post. And thank you for letting me know I am not the only one who has to bribe my kids to be good at church. :)

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  19. That has always been my favorite verse! I especially love where it says, "when our cause it is just." Unfortunately our foreign policy doesn't always bode well for others who love their land and families just like we do. Sometimes I think Americans think we're the only patriotic ones. Church members should remember, too, that we are a global church.

    We had the best speaker (Full bird Colonel) at girl's camp tell us that the "Love it or leave it" policy of many in our country is wrong. If you love your country, you will try to affect change to stamp out injustice and not just see our country as doing no wrong. I loved that.

    I love my country! But just like loving a family member and not all their choices, I feel the same about our country. I don't like all of our decisions, regardless of which party brought it forth.

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