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(Vanity)The World is Big and Scary, and I am Small
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Posted on 06/29/2012 7:58:35 PM PDT by Conservaliberty

I am 25 years old. That is pretty young, in the grand scheme of things. Still, I am an adult--I am married, I am a voter, I am a taxpayer...in short, I am a grown up.

But the recent news stories have reduced me to a cowering five-year-old, wanting to hide in my father's lap. But, I am a grown up now, and there is nobody's lap to hide in.

Watching the news stories, I keep thinking of my history classes. I remember being shocked at some of the things that happened in history, being offended by them, being glad that they were all in the past.

At 10 I thought communism was obsolete, since only China, North Korea, Vietnam, and Cuba were communist. I grew up in a haze of patriotic fervor and faith in the belief that America was the best country in the world and that nowhere else would give you more rights.

Ah, a child's perspective.

This is my plea to fellow Freepers--I don't know how to deal with these recent rulings. Our country is falling apart at the seams. My husband (who is going to be a pastor) and I have had conversations about what to do when the chips are down--we are talking about martyrdom. In America. Persecution.

I think that's why this recent Obamacare ruling has me so scared. This is why the gay movement / abortion lobby frightens me. These are the issues that are going to crack the church.

Today, it's paying for contraception. Soon, it's performing gay marriages whether you like it or not. How long until you get punished just for teaching that sin is sin? And once that has happened...how long until the central doctrine of Christianity is verboten?

I fear for my husband. I fear for our future children. I fear for the church. There is so much fear, and it is all around me.

This is America, you know? I always thought as a kid these were the fears I'd never have. America's government is now big and scary and menacing...and I am so very, very, small.

I know that God is in control of things, and I remind myself that He will defend His church no matter what, from age to age. But the persecution is coming--it's already here. I don't doubt that God is at my side and that He will be with me...

But the unknown terrifies me so much.

The world is big and scary, and I am small. So small.


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1 posted on 06/29/2012 7:58:44 PM PDT by Conservaliberty
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To: Conservaliberty
The Jefferson Airplane had this figured out decades ago:

".....She said I got a surprise for you

A child is coming

A child is coming

A child is coming to you

What are we gonna do when Uncle Samuel comes around Askin' for the young one's name

And lookin' for the print of his hand for the files in their numbers game

I don't want his chances for freedom to ever be that slim

Let's not tell 'em about him —"

2 posted on 06/29/2012 8:03:09 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Conservaliberty

Well.

A few things.

Number one, I am ashamed as an American Vet that you have to feel the way you do. I have failed somewhere along the line for sure.

Number two, you are correct,you MUST trust in our Lord. If this be the end times so be it. We will go together. (In Jesus name)

And number three; Dont give up just yet. I still have faith in the red white and blue. Sigh. We cannot allow you to feel afraid. Something must be done.

Be well kid. It is time for the old wolves

God bless you


3 posted on 06/29/2012 8:04:09 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Conservaliberty

One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson


4 posted on 06/29/2012 8:04:53 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Conservaliberty
25 and just starting out? Leave the country. Do it. Do it soon.

5 posted on 06/29/2012 8:06:16 PM PDT by I see my hands (As Islamists perpetrated 9/11 so SCOTUS perpetrated 6/28)
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To: 2banana

Yes

But this post hurt me to my soul.

Our children are afraid-——

We have made a grave error. We have fallen asleep and let the enemy take over.

Read her post again.

It is time


6 posted on 06/29/2012 8:07:42 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Conservaliberty

These are scary times. I find it helps me to remember the songs of praise and of thanks - most of which are taken from scripture. Also to remember that there have been frightening times before, and God has turned mourning into dancing, has given beauty for ashes, and has given hope to the hopeless. When fears are overwhelming, I silently recite the Lord’s Prayer. As many times as it takes to calm my thoughts and fears.


7 posted on 06/29/2012 8:08:03 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: knittnmom

When fears are overwhelming, I silently recite the Lord’s Prayer. As many times as it takes to calm my thoughts and fears.


Yes!


8 posted on 06/29/2012 8:10:03 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Conservaliberty

John 16:33


9 posted on 06/29/2012 8:13:48 PM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Steve Newton
Amen...
10 posted on 06/29/2012 8:14:01 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Conservaliberty

Philippians 4:6-7

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Keep in the Word and your eyes on God. I would suggest that you watch “Amazing Grace” to see an example of how God can work within a corrupt political system to bring about His will using one faithful man.


11 posted on 06/29/2012 8:17:16 PM PDT by happyhomemaker (That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children)
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To: Conservaliberty

I will fear no evil, I know (trust that) God is with me.


12 posted on 06/29/2012 8:17:50 PM PDT by anathemized (cursed by some, blessed in Jesus)
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To: Conservaliberty
Wrap yourself in the armor of God. Take one day at a time and turn each day over to His plan not your own.

Life is full of struggles....always has been. Check our Roman 5.

God is good all the time.

13 posted on 06/29/2012 8:20:16 PM PDT by hoosiermama ( Obama: " born in Kenya.".. he's lying now or then?)
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To: hoosiermama

My grace is suffient (spelling)

But I still apologize.

We have left our children in a world of hurt

We should be ashamed


14 posted on 06/29/2012 8:22:27 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Conservaliberty

The key is here to latch on to the secret that Scripture says even angels long to look into; and that is, Christ in you, the hope of glory.

The times are scary; but multitudes can tell you about the scary times in which they lived, too. Our ancestors, not too far back in time either, had to flee to the nearest forts to escape Indian attacks. Locations now that boast cities and towns were once constantly under these threats. One can contemplate just how “unfair” the “white man” was, but for whatever reason, God’s will was done through events to accomplish His purposes. - My great grandfather kept the lights along the shore of the Tennessee River, and in his travels faced dangers and perils from bandits and criminals that travelled the river looking for the weak to rob. He carried a Smith & Wesson pistol, which insured respect.

Any terrain you might mention was filled with its own fears and perils. - Now, we face much subtler and more “civilized” pitfalls.

I’ve cast my cares upon the Lord, for He careth for me. - Oh, I’ve been discouraged yesterday and today; but nothing can separate me from the love of Christ, neither life, nor death, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers of any kind.

Things that are lovely, pure, of good report, if there be any virtue, any praise, think on these things.


15 posted on 06/29/2012 8:22:32 PM PDT by Twinkie (Isaiah 53)
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To: Conservaliberty

You do not stand alone, my young friend. We may indeed have some dark days ahead, as others have before us...but there will once again be light at the end of the tunnel. I do not intend to lose the America my ancestors fought so hard for.

You don’t know how glad I am to see younger people as concerned as I am. Yesterday, I was in tears over what happened. Today I am stronger and more determined than ever.


16 posted on 06/29/2012 8:22:49 PM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: Conservaliberty

I would ask if I could re print your plea.


17 posted on 06/29/2012 8:23:47 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Conservaliberty
I don't know how to deal with these recent rulings.

I'm 31. Neither do I.

I'm not sure anyone really does. We're all just kind of muddling through the best we can.

My plan is to live a life I can be proud of, no matter what direction the country (or the world) is going, and take the consequences as they come. I've always wanted to be a homesteader, I've been interested in self-sufficiency since before I knew the word, so that's the life I'm building. It's the life I would choose to live even if the economy was booming, Christ himself was elected president, and unicorns were found that poo'ed clean energy. It's just the way I am.
18 posted on 06/29/2012 8:25:12 PM PDT by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: Conservaliberty

The difference is that if you let fear paralyze you, you will surely fail. If you put fear behind you and do the next right thing, you will surely succeed.


19 posted on 06/29/2012 8:35:04 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Just call me Doctor or maybe even Judge ... Supreme Court said it was ok!)
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To: Conservaliberty

“Fear not for I am with you, even until the end of the earth.”

“Never will I leave you, nor forsake you.”

You know a lot of scripture. I have done as God wants and “hidden” scriptures in my heart. When in dispair, He will send the right one to you.

I heard one thing from Rush on Thursday that I won’t forget.
He said “I know about tea (he has a tea company). When you boil tea too long, it makes it stronger.”

This is what the evil doers in DC have done. They have boiled The TEA Party far too much. We are stronger than ever. Thursday was a great day of empowering our base, good Christians who will righteously fight for our freedom. We won’t give up, ever. And we know that our souls are safe, no matter what happens. What is to fear? Nothing. We have God on our side.

Perhaps you already do this, but keep a journal of scriptures that really speak to you. I’ve done this for almost 20 years. Anytime I need to reference a scripture for someone who needs it, or if I do, there they all are.


20 posted on 06/29/2012 8:45:53 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty ("War." Andrew Breitbart)
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To: knittnmom

That is an excellent suggestion,and I’ve done that myself.
Very good advice for our young friend.


21 posted on 06/29/2012 8:49:05 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty ("War." Andrew Breitbart)
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To: Steve Newton; Conservaliberty

I’ve read some moving threads in my day.......but this HAS the be the most incredible one.....EVER. Seriously......I have tears rolling down my cheeks.


22 posted on 06/29/2012 8:51:53 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Wings cannot be redistributed, they can only be broken. ~ Oleg Atbashian (People's Cube))
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To: Conservaliberty

Here’s a scripture for the times we live in.

Ephesians 6:11,17

“Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of The Spirit, which is the Word of God.”

As others have said, there have been worse times to live in.
My dad was born at the start of Hitler’s reign of terror. I often wonder how my Grama and Grampa coped having children at that scary time.

Fear not, and get back to us anytime. We’re here to support you.


23 posted on 06/29/2012 8:58:24 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty ("War." Andrew Breitbart)
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To: Steve Newton
Number one, I am ashamed as an American Vet that you have to feel the way you do. I have failed somewhere along the line for sure.

As am I.

I rather hate that adhering to our oath, using violence to oust enemies domestic of the Constitution will be called an attempt to overthrow the government... but this is where we are.

24 posted on 06/29/2012 9:02:50 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: I see my hands

Look at the Heritage list of Free Nations.

America is not on it.

Prior to the AZ and Obama care rulings were were down in the mostly free category.

If you can, leave the nation.

It will starve the Matrix of your energy.


25 posted on 06/29/2012 9:05:21 PM PDT by NoLibZone (We must get down on our knees each day and thank God that McCain/Palin didn't win in '08.)
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To: Conservaliberty
I remind myself that He will defend His church no matter what

God helps those who help themselves. As the popular song went during WWII, "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition."

26 posted on 06/29/2012 9:06:23 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: SueRae

Well said

We will NOT go quietly into the night

God willing


27 posted on 06/29/2012 9:09:20 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Conservaliberty

Focus your fear...you are not alone....what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.


28 posted on 06/29/2012 9:11:03 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Conservaliberty
I know the feeling. Wish I saw this sooner, but I can't say much now since I have to hit the sack and go to work at O Dark Thirty. I'll be 46 next month and I share a lot of the same anxieties and fears that you do. There are even times I wish I can crawl on Mom's lap, even though she's 73, and she tell me everything will be fine. I remember when America was different. My father in 1970 made 2/3's of what I make, yet he was freer than me. I vaguely remember 1969/70 and the Moon landings. It was a different world then. I am a child of the 1970's and also a 1980's guy, even the 1980's is a huge difference than now. I'm also the product of the Cold War, lived it.

I have more thoughts but it is sack time for me. Still, I know you feel it too, I feel like I've slipped through a crack in space/time and ended up on this weird, alien world.

I admit I'm very scared too, but when you are among the moonbats, one piece of advice, show no fear.
29 posted on 06/29/2012 9:11:21 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Justice Roberts knows the Constitution as much as the hominids know about the Monolith in "2001")
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To: Conservaliberty

I have the same fears. I look at the first century Christians and I don’t know how they did it.

But then I do, it took real faith. Faith in God.

But right now, that may not comfort you. You want to see, maybe this country will turn around. Maybe.

Well, this is a bit of advice I have, from me to you, it’s not bible based, though. But I do say, yes, God will not forget his lambs. Yet we all know, lambs have been persecuted for righteousness sake. That is scary.

Here is my advice:

It’s not here yet. It may not ever be here, either. You are not a psychic, and what you fear may never come to pass, though you may be reading the signs, you may have come up with a wrong prognosis.

One does not know the future, and it is no use worrying about what ‘may be’. Like Spock, do not be emotional. It will only defeat you, and perhaps for nothing.

Example. I, as a nurse, have seen so many people come into the hospital, they are told they should have an xray of their chest, abdomen, etc. There may be a most uncomfortable reason for their health problem, between the lines, could be a tumor.

Omg, it’s the end. Here it comes. I know it. They sit morosely, thinking they already know. Their families come in, terrified, mom is ‘that age’. This is it.

Xray, ct scan, whatever, gets done.

Negative.

Weeks worth of tears, worrying, anxiety, depression, loss of appetite...for nought.

Let the facts present themselves, then DEAL with the problem. You will find courage at the time as you need it.

You’re overwhelmed. There are a lot out there feeling the same. You are not alone.

And let’s all pray for our country. Perhaps the almighty will answer our prayers.


30 posted on 06/29/2012 9:12:34 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Yes

As a vet it tears at me.

Why did we do what we did?

For what?

So our kids can grow up afraid??

No. This will not stand


31 posted on 06/29/2012 9:13:20 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: I see my hands

and go where, exactly?


32 posted on 06/29/2012 9:13:53 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: Kevmo
Do your own research, exactly.

33 posted on 06/29/2012 9:16:42 PM PDT by I see my hands (As Islamists perpetrated 9/11 so SCOTUS perpetrated 6/28)
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To: OneWingedShark

Well Sir.

You have said it.

And I agree. Fine. I accept whatever they call me.

But after reading this I cannot let it go.

And I would be proud to stand with you


34 posted on 06/29/2012 9:16:56 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Conservaliberty

I have the same set of fears, and I’m twice your age.

The America we grew up with, that we cherished, is being knocked down. It’s like standing on a hill overlooking the Rubicon when Julius Caesar crossed that river, starting the civil war which turned the Roman Republic into an autocratic empire.

It is the end of another noble republic.


35 posted on 06/29/2012 9:18:15 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: I see my hands

My best research tells me to ignore what you’ve said on this thread... exactly.


36 posted on 06/29/2012 9:19:40 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: Nowhere Man

It will be ok son.

All will be well.

Lord God forgive us our sins and save this nation. It may be a sin but I have pride in the red, white and blue. I believe YOU made America for a reason. Please don’t give up on us now. Give us a chance to at least go do fighting.

We love you Lord.

I guess the time has come. Be with us.

In Jesus name


37 posted on 06/29/2012 9:24:50 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Kevmo
You haven't done a very good job of that.

38 posted on 06/29/2012 9:26:27 PM PDT by I see my hands (As Islamists perpetrated 9/11 so SCOTUS perpetrated 6/28)
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To: Steve Newton

SN....I hear my late father, Korea Veteran, (and my step-father, Pacific WW2 Vet) in your post. I feel like I took advantage, in my stupid, ill-informed youth, to take our freedoms for granted. NO MORE. My deepest apology. I was raised in a conservative home, but rebelled. Didn’t hit me until I had ‘real world’ experience, lived abroad, and had children of my own to finally wake up to what the heck was happening to this country.

God bless ya’! And I will fight to my last, dying breath for the US and for you who have gone before us.


39 posted on 06/29/2012 9:26:27 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Wings cannot be redistributed, they can only be broken. ~ Oleg Atbashian (People's Cube))
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To: Steve Newton
We will NOT go quietly into the night

My dad who was on the deck of the USS Arizona on Dec 7th 1941
never wanted to talk about the war.
Years later when he was mayor pro tem of a major city he still didn't want to talk.
The man who wrote the book for Pearlharbor really wanted him to talk .
They set up a meeting with a professor and he was to tell what he knew about that day.
I read what he wrote finally after his death....
The line that really made me think was when he was describing how later in the night on Ford Island there was nobody in charge....
the professor kept pushing because I guess the thought was so foreign to him thinking that there must be somebody in charge.....
my dad told him everyone did whatever they were big enough to do......
when you think about WW2 things could have gone very differently .....

I pray that if the time comes when there are problems that our men and women will band together and with the Lord's help be big enough people to do what we will have to do.

40 posted on 06/29/2012 9:27:16 PM PDT by freedommom
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To: I see my hands

Why leave the best country in the world?

Is it not worth fighting for?


41 posted on 06/29/2012 9:27:33 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Sniff

Now. THAT is an American!

Bless you son. It will be well


42 posted on 06/29/2012 9:30:00 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: freedommom

I pray so too.

And you all have given me faith.

I wish I could have meet your father. A hero.


43 posted on 06/29/2012 9:33:03 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Conservaliberty

It is going to be less easy to be a moral person and a Christian person and leader. When I get scared, I come up with a plan.

In socialism, they don’t respect the right of differences in associations, opinion and thought. They will make it difficult...BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE! Our God makes them look like pipsqueaks. Which is why they hate God.

Christians have to organize to make it through whatever comes along right now. We can’t afford to leave one another in isolation to struggle alone.

For example, a Christian woman got kicked out of a University in Georgia for not celebrating sodomy. A Christian University should bring her in immediately.

So this is how we will do it and we will walk stronger than ever before. As Christian leaders, keep this in mind when you see Christians who have been harmed by the beast system. Use your connections and networks and organize wealth and opportunity to come to their aid. We’ll need a hotline and big networks of Christians to help. We’ll grow our way through this. God owns everyone and everything. He’s all powerful. You are His kid and you can sit in his lap.


44 posted on 06/29/2012 9:35:14 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson

Very well said


45 posted on 06/29/2012 9:38:06 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: TheConservativeParty

One of my favorites Scriptures of comfort:

John 10
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

No one can pluck us out of the Father’s hand, so we are always in “good hands” :)


46 posted on 06/29/2012 9:41:51 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Conservaliberty

We are all small, but grains of sand can stop a machine altogether.


47 posted on 06/29/2012 9:56:05 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Conservaliberty

This is my favorite scripture when I am afraid.

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Our pastor has said that he would not be surprised if he is imprisoned at some for preaching the gospel.

I’m a 59 year old woman and I will tell you that though I often cannot figure out what the Lord is doing, I have found that He can be trusted in every circumstance - sad, dangerous, difficult, whatever.

As others have said, hide scripture in your heart. I imagine you know the Bible Promise Book - find those that speak to you and memorize them. Pray for wisdom and strength to meet whatever comes. Rejoice that you can tell others of the hope found in Jesus, no matter what the future brings.

You have already seen the Lord at work in your life. Write down your “God moments” - those in the past and as they happen, which they will. When you are sad or afraid, you can remind yourself of the times God has acted on your behalf and be encouraged.

Remember the stories of women of the Bible - Deborah, Esther, Ruth. My sisters in Christ and I love this scripture from Esther

Esther 4:14

English Standard Version (ESV)

14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Your presence at this time in history is not an accident. God has purpose for you, and only when that purpose is done, you will be with Him. Until then, He sees you, He loves you and He will provide everything you need.

I am so touched by the men who are ready to rise up on your behalf. It is times like these where we have the privilege of living what we believe.

God bless you and your family.


48 posted on 06/29/2012 10:10:38 PM PDT by Wicket (God bless and protect our troops and God bless America)
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To: Conservaliberty

I sent you a Private Freepmail that you might want to share with your husband.


49 posted on 06/29/2012 10:38:49 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: Jim Robinson; RushIsMyTeddyBear; Steve Newton; Conservaliberty

Ping to Jim Robinson

A very important, profound thread — the most touching I have ever seen on FR.


50 posted on 06/29/2012 11:39:38 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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