Today we celebrate what would be the start of our independence from England. It was a gutsy move. They weren't guaranteed success. Yet a group of men, young and old, signed the Declaration of Independence.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created
equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Declaration of Independence - Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was 33 years old when he wrote these words. Let that sink in for a minute. This young man decided that generations after him would live with freedoms, that up to that point he never had. From that moment there would be change.

Last night, I went to a Freedom Service at Victory Church in New Albany, MS. Men and women of different ages and races declared their freedom from addictions. It was a gutsy move. They all knew that many fall right back into their addictions, but one by one they made their declaration of independence. They decided that their families and homes would be free from those things that held them bound for so long. Like America, they will have to fight for it; but there is no turning back now.

I thank God for America's freedom. I am in awe of the bravery those men expressed when they signed that life changing document. As crazy as it may sound, I don't think anything could top what I seen last night.

Independence from a king is great, but independence from sin is GREATER.

We have to decided that our children will not live under addictions that we have lived under. We go to Christ, and then we follow His example. We make our declaration.

I thank God for the cross. I am in awe of the bravery of men and women who take up their cross and follow Him (Matt 16:24).

Published by April Pruett