Happy 240th birthday to the United States of America! I love this great country we live in! I stand still and tall while saying the pledge and singing The National Anthem. I love wearing red, white and blue, and I’m proud to be an American.

Our home respected the flag, and we taught our children to do the same. The first time we visited the Statue of Liberty Tim was 4 and Philip was 2. Tim was very patriotic even at that young age. On that trip, he stood proud on the pedestal of Lady Liberty and said the pledge as his little right hand lay across his sincere heart. If you are a parent, you will appreciate that we have it on video.

Our family continues to wear “flag shirts” to demonstrate our patriotism on Memorial Day and on Independence Day. We love the American way of celebrating July 4 with patriotic music and fire works!

One of my favorite things to do with our grandkids (AKA Cute Kids) in the spring and summer is to pull them in a wagon and look for American flags. When we find a flag flying in someone’s yard, the kids climb out of the wagon, stand straight and tall and pledge to the flag with their little right hands over their big beautiful hearts!

The Bible tells us in Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” Our nation was founded upon biblical principles. God has blessed us, and we have chosen to rear a generation of children who do not honor the God who has given them so much. We must remember that the verse says the nation will be blessed who recognizes God as the LORD.

Allow I Peter 2:9 to enter in to your heart and help you as you teach and train your children. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

  1. Help your children and grandchildren to memorize Bible verses. You can do this as you play with them. I like to quote scripture while pushing them in the swing, pulling them in the wagon, and talking in the car.
  2. Teach your children and grandchildren the pledge to the American flag. Show them how to respect the flag by standing still, tall and straight. Demonstrate your hand over your heart.
  3. Talk about God’s blessings to your children and grandchildren. This subject is one that is often neglected; thus, producing children who do not thank God for Who He is and for what He has done for them.

I’m thankful for the wonderful nation in which we live. She is not perfect. She has strayed from the one true God that she was founded upon. She has strayed because families have lost their spiritual focus and their patriotism. Train your children and grandchildren to first love God and then to love our country. They are never too young to begin!