Celebrating Freedom

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

I celebrate this Independence Day by honoring my husband, Mike Spencer, who won his freedom from a lengthy disability on June 28.

He is now riding the grassy ranges of God’s High Country, where the streams run clear and the air is fresh as a newborn calf.

Cowboys are a patriotic breed, strong on God and family. The days surrounding the Fourth of July are known among rodeo families as Cowboy Christmas due to the number of rodeos contestants can make, particularly in the Northwest.

Mike’s favorite place to celebrate the Fourth was the Home of Champions Rodeo at Red Lodge, Montana, tucked in the shadow of the beautiful Beartooth Mountains.

I’m sure the hills of heaven dwarf our earthly ranges, even the magnificent Rockies.

How perfect is God’s timing that my cowboy celebrates freedom in heaven this year, during this most appropriate of times on the rodeo cowboy calendar.


I love you, Cowboy. You must be seeing some incredible country and praising God with those who arrived before you. I miss you, but I praise God too, knowing that you are with Jesus and free of the paralysis, pain, and confusion at last.


He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.
All these things are gone forever.
Revelation 21:4


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28 thoughts on “Celebrating Freedom

  1. Phylis

    How sweet Davalynn. May the good, wonderful, special memories carry you through the days to come. And of course, the arms of Jesus who is always with you! love, Phylis xoxoxo

    1. davalynn

      Amen, Phylis. Thank you.

  2. Joan

    Thinking of you at this difficult time.

    1. davalynn

      Thank you so much, Joan.

  3. Oh my heart.
    While I’m glad Mike is free and with Jesus, my heart breaks for you and your kids.

    Go rest high on that mountain, Mike.

    1. davalynn

      My heartfelt thanks, Jennifer.

      1. Butch Jones

        I know Mike touched many lives when he spoke about Jesus. He now has his reward.
        Mike was a blessing to everyone he came in contact with whether they knew it or not. My heart goes out to you, Jake, Amanda and their families.

        1. davalynn

          Thank you, Butch. He was an amazing man.

  4. Robin in NC

    I’m so sorry to read about your cowboy’s passing, Davalynn. I know a part of you is rejoicing that he’s no longer suffering & is resting with Jesus, but I can’t imagine how your heart must be breaking missing him. Praying God’s comfort surround you & your family.

    1. davalynn

      Thank you, Robin.

      1. Elois Oster

        What a wonderful tribute to Mike. I know your heart aches and also the peace that God has given you and your kids. Rest in Jesus as you walk this new chapter of life. Hugs and prayers.

        1. davalynn

          Thank you so much, Elois.

  5. A beautiful tribute, Davalynn. I appreciate your words so much. My husband loved Christmas and was called to his heavenly home on Christmas Eve. No more suffering or confusion for him. May our Lord of peace be your comfort and strength for you and your family.

    1. davalynn

      Thank you, Marjorie.

  6. Deb Turman

    Leon and I extend our heartfelt sympathy for you and your family. We rejoice with you knowing that Mike is with his Savior. You are in our prayers for God’s comfort.

    1. davalynn

      Thank you so much, Deb.

  7. I know it’s been said here and elsewhere, but I am praying for you and your family, Davalynn. There’s so much emotion when someone we love passes from here to eternity. There’s joy that they are no longer suffering, and the ache of missing them all mixed into one heart. Sending you a hug.

    1. davalynn

      Thank you, Jeanne.

  8. Karen & Bob Gee

    Those that know the promises of God’s Word have such peace when our loved ones go before us. Life here on earth cannot compare to the glory of heaven.
    Jesus is preparing a place for each of us. We look forward to the day when we meet Him face to face and are reunited with our loved ones.
    May God’s Grace and Love surround you and your family.
    We are praying for you!

    1. davalynn

      Thank you, Karen and Bob.

  9. Vicki Nicholson

    We were saddened to hear of Mike’s passing, but rejoice that he is enjoying the benefits of his heavenly reward! God bless you and your family, Davalynn

    1. davalynn

      Thank you, Vicki.

  10. Diana

    We have never met, but your weekly blog posts and novels have touched my heart. I am so very sorry for your loss and so thankful for your faith.

    1. davalynn

      Diana – Thank you for your expression of empathy. Our God is faithful.

  11. Jan Biggs

    My heart aches for you Davalynn and celebrates with Mike knowing he is free from pain and will be riding the range of heaven.

    1. davalynn

      Thank you, Jan. Absolutely.

  12. Bob Gorham

    Mike and I were neighbors and good friends in Springville when we were elementary school kids. I am grateful for the memories of those years. Mike was special people. You are in our prayers as you make this new adjustment.

    1. davalynn

      Thank you, Bob. I’m so glad you were friends.


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