July 14th is Bastille Day in France. It symbolizes the end of the Monarchy and the beginning of what is now called the First French Republic. The Bastille, a prison at the time, was stormed on July 14,1789. This event came to represent the end of the king's power and the transfer of power to the people.
Today, Bastille Day is a national holiday and a day of celebration, which takes the form of military parades and fireworks. The most famous military parade takes place on the Champs-Elysées in Paris and has all the pomp and pageantry you would expect. The Republican Guard - The French President's personal guards, leads the parade. Bastille Day and the days leading up to it are one of the few times when you will see the French flag everywhere. In general, the French are very low-key about their flag, only showing it off on special days like Bastille Day. Unquote.
I found out that the word 'Bastille' which is a huge Fort means 'Stronghold' and I was reading just about this in my quiet time this morning, which I will share after showing you a picture of the magnificent Fort we have very close to us in CARCASSONNE. This is 1000 years old!! We always go there when we have visitors, it's just too cool to miss. It's about a 40 minute drive from where we live and is a favourite spot for the American tourists. Actually there is a five star hotel inside the Fort which is run by Americans.
Now, here's something to meditate on!
'Pulling down.. strongholds; casting down imaginations.. bringing into captivity every thought'. 2 Cor. 10:4-5
What are you to pull down? Strong holds: areas of your life that are held in the grip of the enemy. What are you to cast down? Imaginations: always fearing the worst instead of believing God for the best. What are you to take captive? Thoughts: thinking that doesn't line up with God's Word or submit to the rule of Christ in your life.
(From 'The Word for today' from Bob Gass.
And now for a couple of simple cards I made with scrap papers after I got a little inspiration from the Internet. I made my own template petal and just cut around it. I sewed the first card and pricked holes around the petals on the second one. I used a couple of sentiments from Hero Arts.
Have a great day!