Heart Spangled Banner

Dear King’s Daughter,

As we celebrate the freedom we have in the United States of America, let us remember the glorious freedom we have as beloved sons and daughters of God! Through Jesus Christ, you have been freed from sin and guilt, adopted into God’s family, and given the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. That truth should set off “Holy Spirit fireworks” in you!

Years ago, after studying Romans 8 all summer, I wrote “The Heart Spangled Banner.” My three daughters, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Caroline, recorded the song and we are still enjoying it today as we celebrate our glorious freedom in Christ. 

We hope you enjoy this “regal reminder”––and share the message and song with friends and family.

Happy Fourth of July! 243 years as a country is truly something to celebrate. 

-Ginnie Johansen Johnson & Sarah Johnson
 Mother-daughter Founders of King’s Daughters


“The Heart Spangled Banner”

The Gospel to the tune of “The Star Spangled Banner”
By Ginnie Johnson • Inspired by Romans 8

O say can you see

By His blood shed for me? 

Sin and death will not reign, 

For His victory remains.

By His stripes we are healed, 

Through His sacrificed life. 

He died on Calvary— 

Dead to sin and so are we.

We cry Abba Father. 

We’re the children of God. 

Joint-heirs with our Lord—

By His Spirit we’re one.

Oh How I will declare that

His love has set me free! 

Oh sweet glorious liberty 

The secret of Christ in me.

Melody by John Stafford Smith, 1780 • 

Lyrics ©Ginnie Johnson with Anna Terry


“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2