July holds one of our family’s very favorite holidays, Independence Day. When you think of July the 4th several things come to mind like… fireworks, parades, barbeque fireworks, carnivals, fairs, picnics, fireworks, concerts, baseball games, family reunions and fireworks. I guess it should come as no surprise, since I live with 4 boys, that we like to blow some stuff up for the 4th of July.
Our July 4th traditions are probably very similar to yours. We usually start with some pool time. We always have time with friends. Fireworks are usually shot off at home and we also attend a local fireworks show with a patriotic playlist playing in the background on our iPod. Things around here are pretty typical.
It is the patriotic side of July 4th that really tugs at my heart. As you all well know, our country’s independence was declared on July the 4th, 1776. That declaration has changed our country’s history. It’s one of the major reasons we have the freedom we have today. Our forefathers left us a legacy. Legacy, what an important word for our families.
Legacy is defined as anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor. That definition is interesting to me because in my head I always consider legacy with a positive feel. But we all know legacy can also carry negative traits as well. Some people grow up with a legacy that involves abuse and neglect… legacy isn’t always a blessing… some consider it a curse.
Legacy is one of the things my husband and I work hardest to create with our children. Legacy is something we consider as we make big family decisions and it’s also something that’s on our mind on a daily basis in the small things. Legacy carries a lot of weight in our home. We want to leave our children with a legacy that shines with the love of Christ. We want our boys to know they were prayed for. We want our sons to love their wives with complete devotion. We want our little guys to grow into fathers who chase after God with their whole heart. I’m a mom who has been entrusted to raise three godly men and we’re doing our best to create a legacy of Christ’s love to our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and so on.
Creating a healthy legacy comes through prayer, laughter, good stewardship, love and intention. It comes from time spent together as a family and also investing and protecting your marriage. The legacy you create today will have generational impact. Let’s think about ways we can leave a legacy of love with our kids.
A great book to read together as a family is 100 Bible Heroes, 100 Bible Songs. This beautifully illustrated children’s Bible storybook focuses on 100 Bible Heroes. A follow-up of the best-selling book 100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs, this book is designed to help children remember and learn more about their favorite Biblical heroes and their life stories.
This book contains two full-length CDs filled with over three hours of popular sing-along music produced by award-winning producer Stephen Elkins. 100 Bible Heroes, 100 Bible Songs is a wonderful way for children to read, sing, and learn about their favorite Bible heroes. Your family should check it out!
Brandi is a wife to Pete and a mom to Jett, Gage, and Brewer. Her life is truly “Brandi & Boys.” Brandi has been a pastor’s wife for almost 15 years. She and her husband planted Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee in 2002. Brandi has a heart for women in ministry and co-leads a ministry for pastors’ wives at LeadingandLovingIt.com. Brandi loves to be organized, but hates to clean and ice cream is her favorite food.