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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Freedom to Worship

Meet my friend, Sally Matheny, today on Thursday Thoughts. She has a wonderful blog which encourages children of all ages. This e-zine article was posted on her blog, Zipline of Sunshine, July 1, 2012. I thought it was so good, I asked for permission to re-post it here. Enjoy!
Freedom will be the theme everywhere this week as we approach July fourth. After returning home from a mission trip to Vermont, I have a whole new way of looking at our freedom of worship.

I met children who have never heard anything about Jesus Christ.
There were some who did not know what a Bible is or what a cross represents.
There were those who had never heard the Christmas story about the birth of Jesus.

“Jesus Loves Me” was not singing from their lips because they had never heard the song before.

Prayers were not whispered to God because they did not know how to talk to Him.
Freedom to worship means you can choose whoever and however you wish to worship.

Nineteen children in Vermont willingly chose to follow and worship Jesus Christ. Their new freedom, found in Christ, gave them joy and hope.
Please pray for them as they learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Thank God they have found their freedom to worship Him.

My PhotoSally Matheny: Encourager, Writer, Speaker. Sally's mission in life is to encourage others through her written and spoken words. She has been published by "Keys for Kids," "DevoKids," "Christian Devotions" as well as other publications. A former kindergarten teacher, Sally is now in her 13th year of homeschooling. She is happily married and has three children.


  1. Wow, thanks Sally. It is amazing that there are children in the US today who don't know what the cross represents. Our work is renewed with each new generation.

    1. Thanks, Debbie! I'll make sure Sally gets your response to her post. What you said is sure true. We don't often think about it like that so thanks for reminding me. Blessings!

  2. Thanks for the comments Debbie and thanks for hosting me, Cathy. Our mission team was blessed to see part of the "harvest" after several years of others planting the "seeds." Just a reminder to us all to keep planting seeds for Jesus...you never know how they will be used.

    1. Thanks for allowing me post to your blog piece during freedom week. I can't wait to get to heaven to see how many of the seeds you planted have bloomed into souls for the Kingdom. Bless you, dear One!