Just Happy to Be Here on Our Country’s Birthday!

Dear Reader:

246 Years Old! ( It actually makes me feel younger instantly! … I am talking about ” My Country Tis’ of Thee!” ) Today , July 4th marks a birthday near and dear to an ole’ history teacher’s heart! The love of my life.

I decided that what I most want today is a prayer for this beautiful country … the country we all owe our deepest gratitude to… to ask God to help us preserve the democratic ideals and principles of freedom.

What should be a happy day has been marred by the extreme polarization, that like a cancer, is slowly destroying the very foundation and fiber of our lovingly blessed citizens for living in a democracy. And the saddest part to me is that ” We the People” have let politics run amuck of ideals like honesty, integrity, morality, kindness, tolerance, and acceptance of all God’s children. And now we are paying the price.

Lately I sometimes feel that life hurts because I feel too much…maybe I care too much or perhaps it is me with all my connectiveness abilities to all things that won’t leave me… even when I turn off the news or try to distract myself pursuing other paths.

And then yesterday I gave myself a strong talking to… if I profess to be a woman of faith… then it is time to walk the talk. I must turn my fears over to God and trust in Him to lead His people back on the right path… the path that puts God first in our lives.

God, our Father, giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care. You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among your people.

So until tomorrow… Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of the leaders among us. Open their minds to the worth of humanity and the responsibilities that gift our human freedom. Remind us all that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing Your will!

Today is my favorite day! Winnie the Pooh

Was it just me or did anyone else have trouble finding the small decorative flags for this July 4-went to CVS, Walgreens, two grocery stores, two dollar stores… nada. Still I did decorate a little! Hope everyone has a wonderful fourth and whisper a special birthday wish that our country returns to the democracy it has been as a leader to the rest of the world! Happy Fourth!!!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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14 Responses to Just Happy to Be Here on Our Country’s Birthday!

  1. Sharon says:

    Becky, I agree with you in prayer for our beautiful country. God Bless America. Happy July 4th!

    “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

  2. A wonderful prayer, Becky. Long live the democracy and respect for all humanity.

  3. Beth Brewer says:

    Beautiful words & very much needed! Praying with you. Happy Fourth of July🇺🇸

    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thank you Regina!!! You have been and continue to be such a staunch reader of the post and I thank you in my prayers everyday for your input!!! Happy Fourth!!!!!😍

      • Becky Dingle says:

        Beth…sorry the responses got criss-crossed applesauce… but always love hearing from you….friends whose heads and hearts always point in the right direction!!! Happy Fourth!!! Let freedom ring!!!

  4. Anne says:

    Amen! Beautiful prayer…💕

  5. Bernice Sturkie says:

    Ohhh, Becky,
    Thank you for your lovely, much needed prayer for our beloved country. Your prayer resonated with me on so many levels…. Growing my Faith. and giving me comfort that God is here for us every moment of our lives.
    Bless you, Becky Dingle, for sharing the wonderful you with us!💥❣️💥🌻

  6. Jo Dufford says:

    Thank you for your prayer, your posts every day and the years of sharing our history with so many students. May God continue to bless America!

  7. Henryk says:

    Happy Fourth of July!

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