Tuesday, February 15, 2011
America the Beautiful
It's time for another blog!
This is just an in-between-blogs blog though, but know that I have been given instructions on what my next blog is.
I'm investing a lot of time in the quiet and in the stillness. It's amazing how much passion is suddenly being birthed through this time with Jesus. I'm reminded of my blog about the recent blizzard that hit Georgia and how God showed me that it was a sign that it was time to be still and let Him do things within that I wouldn't even be aware He was doing until they began to take root and bloom.
One thing that He is giving me a passion for is America and her history. My mom read something recently about how Americans do not sing classic patriotic songs like "America the Beautiful" and My Country, Tis of Thee" anymore. When Americans did sing these songs in years past, especially the children in schools, they were prophesying over the country and speaking over her.
America began as a place for Protestant Christians to worship freely, and was pronounced as "one nation under God". What America is supposed to be is quickly disappearing beneath false concepts of what freedom is. We need to remember Who Freedom is.
I'm going to begin memorizing these songs slowly and remember to sing them regularly. I believe it is so important to speak over one's self the truth of who one is, and it is also important to speak over a nation the truth of who she is. The songs are prayers and prophecies, and I find the story behind the writing of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" especially interesting, since it ends up have several Biblical references. Here is the link to read more (I don't know how to set up links yet, but it's on wikipedia if this doesn't work).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Battle_Hymn_of_the_Republic
Here are the songs I have found so far. If any of you know of others, please let me know.
America the Beautiful
My Country, Tis of Thee
You're a Grand Old Flag
The Star Spangled Banner
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Stars and Stripes Forever
God Bless America
God of Our Fathers
Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Battle Cry of Freedom
and a new one that I just thought of, written in the 80s, is "God Bless the U.S.A.".
Anyways, I leave you all to think on that and believe with me that there is hope for this country yet.
Even if things do keep changing drastically and quickly, we can still remember that we are INDEED free. No one can take that away.
Love to you all!