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Posted on 06/29/2012 7:58:35 PM PDT by Conservaliberty
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In the Bible He said 365 times “do not fear, do not be afraid”. If He says something that many times, He meant it.
Of course, we are only Human, but when the shadow of fear comes over you, pray for His Light to shine.
That’s what I’m trying to do. Some days, it takes an effort, but I tell Satan “shut up”, and keep going.
That’s me. Exactly.
“People should not fear their government. Government should fear their people.”
(V for Vendetta)
A dog can be beaten by a cruel master. The dog may learn to cower and shrink from the master’s approach. That same dog, may suddenly turn on its master and rip him limb from limb.
Yea, though I walk through the shadow of the Valley of Death, I will fear NO EVIL.....
There is some good in the world...and it’s worth fighting for.
Live your life as well as you can. Take time to participate in the political process. Embrace God and family, you can never go wrong with that.
Don't let the socialists get you down. The Bible? I read the ending...we win! Cheers...
Thank you GenXteacher for those wise words, and thank you Conservaliberty for this thread. It is my belief, that the ruling has marked a true turning point for this nation, and it is my prayer, that we will use it to turn back all those who seek to oppress us.
May God bless and keep you, and may He give us all strength.
You aren’t alone - as you’ve realized by now.
Age has nothing to do with it.
Find like-minded people and stick together.
Learn some skills - nothing like developing competency in some skill to drive out the fear. I learned to shoot in the last two years. When I was your age, I never thought I’d fire a gun, much less own one.
Pray. A lot.
Then pray some more.
Go vote. Make sure your circle of influence votes.
Write/call/email your representatives at every level. The battle won’t be over in November. It will just be starting.
Pray again and again.
I think many of our brave troops, including many here who served our country (thank you all!) on this thread, will tell you all humans have fears. When the time comes, God will give you the courage, strength, conviction and power to do what He wants you and your husband to do.
We all must drench ourselves with God’s word and “remember” what He has already done. Let His words become a part of who you are. You are a daughter of the God of the Universe who sees all thing, knows all things, and controls all things. He will never let you experience anything that is too much for you to handle. God keeps His promises and will never let you down.
We are all called for a purpose, to serve God. You and your husband have a special calling serving Him in the ministry. We are also suppose to serve others by telling them the truth of the gospel, by serving the poor, the sick, the homeless......just as Jesus did. You and your husbands work in the ministry will fill the sick, the poor and the homeless (and many others) with the knowledge that their is a place that the Father has prepared for us, His children, where there is no pain or suffering; a place where we will dwell with God for eternity. He will teach God’s truths and teach them to live it. One last suggestion. Watch Veggie Tales, “Where’s God when I’m scared” It will make you laugh, and we all need to find the time to laugh.
I think many on this thread will find time to keep you and your husband, as well as others who are truly fighting on the front lines against the evil of our time, in our prayers.. I find this comforting. It’s a prophecy of Jesus coming, as well as puts life into prospective and reminds us all the God has done.
40 Comfort, comfort my people,
says your God.
2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the Lords hand
double for all her sins.
3 A voice of one calling:
In the wilderness prepare
the way for the Lord[a];
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.[b]
4 Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
6 A voice says, Cry out.
And I said, What shall I cry?
All people are like grass,
and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever.
9 You who bring good news to Zion,
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,[c]
lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
say to the towns of Judah,
Here is your God!
10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales
and the hills in a balance?
13 Who can fathom the Spirit[d] of the Lord,
or instruct the Lord as his counselor?
14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him,
and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge,
or showed him the path of understanding?
15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are regarded as dust on the scales;
he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
16 Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires,
nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.
17 Before him all the nations are as nothing;
they are regarded by him as worthless
and less than nothing.
18 With whom, then, will you compare God?
To what image will you liken him?
19 As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,
and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
and fashions silver chains for it.
20 A person too poor to present such an offering
selects wood that will not rot;
they look for a skilled worker
to set up an idol that will not topple.
21 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23 He brings princes to naught
and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
24 No sooner are they planted,
no sooner are they sown,
no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.
25 To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.
27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God?
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
I would expect nothing else from our vets.
Thank you Sir
A little late, but I saw your subsequent post which led me to this one, and I just had to say ‘something’ - didn’t mean to write a novel, but once I got started, it just kept coming .... sorry if it sounds like a lecture, it’s not. This has been building for a long time and it seems your post was the straw that broke the camel’s back & opened the floodgate!
Like many other FReepers reading your post, I cried as well .... not only for you that you feel this way, but because I have my own fears and concerns for the country. My dad is a WWII vet - will be 90 in December. It pains me that he, who once fought for this country, has “given up”. He thinks the country is too far over the cliff to ever recover. A lot of it is his age, some depression from the drugs he’s on (congestive heart failure), and he’s so tired he just can’t fight any more, even mentally.
First and foremost, your faith in God is the most important thing and I believe you realize that. No matter what happens, your true home is in heaven with God. If those of us who believe in God are indeed martyred (and it may come to that), we will be in heaven with Him. For two years, I took care of an elderly lady friend who was in a nursing home (a bad one - I had to be there every day). She was suffering from respiratory failure and was a person of very strong faith. One day, the true reality of her situation hit her and she looked me in the eye and said “I’m going to die, aren’t I?” What do you say to that? I took a deep breath and told her “we’re all going to die one day, it’s just that you are going to die sooner rather than later, but you are going home to God and I envy you that.” She gave me the most beautiful smile, filled with peace and happiness and said “I can’t imagine how wonderful it will be to forever be in the presence of God’s love.” How simple, yet how profound. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a better definition of Heaven .... to forever be in the presence of God’s love. So when I get fearful, I know the end of whatever is coming, bad or good, will be to forever be with God and in the presence of his love. It is the ultimate comfort & if you have a true personal relationship with God, no one can ever take it away from you. Death is no longer to be feared because death will send you home and reunite you with God. If you are given a ‘choice’ of facing death or renouncing God ..... there is no choice and you can calmly face whatever comes.
Next, I read a book a couple of years ago called ‘George Washinton’s Sacred Fire’ by Peter Lilback. It is 900 pages and it changed my life. After reading that book, I believe God’s gift to humanity was George Washington and he had God’s guidance and help in founding this country. He made mistakes, he was human, but he was also a giant among men. I understand now why the country was founded the way it was: “one Nation, under God”. God has blessed this country so many times and so richly. What has happened? Gradually, the country has turned it’s face from God and turned to evil and wickedness. There is no other way to describe the killing of babies through abortion. There is no other way to describe the acceptance, even the celebration of the perversion of homosexuality. There is no other way to describe the promiscuousness that abounds and the destruction of the family. I could go on, but I know you know what I am talking about. My BIGGEST FEAR, aside from everything else which is plenty, is that God will turn his face away from our country. While living forever in the presence of God’s love is Heaven, living without the presence of God must surely be Hell. I believe we are teetering on the edge of God turning his face away. If we ask him not to, I don’t think he would deny us, which brings me to my next point.
I have seen and felt the power of prayer. Literally. I had a cousin who had a large tumor growing off a salivary gland and extending to the back of his skull. The surgery was going to be exceedingly tricky. A top cancer doctor, who was skilled in removing head/neck tumors accepted his case & was to remove the tumor. The Saturday before the surgery, my aunt & I (we drove for 2 days to be with him during the surgery) accompanied him to a gathering of a ‘small group’ from his church. Most were choir members, etc. We shared food and talked a while, then my cousin was asked to explain what would happen during the surgery. After that, one of the ladies, that I can only describe as a Prayer Warrior, prayed for my cousin. At the end of our little get-together, we all gathered around my cousin & put our hand(s) on him while various folks in the group prayed. As this happened, I suddenly felt something ...... it is indescribable, but I will do my best. It was definitely ‘warm’ and the power was incredible. It surged up my arm like an electric current, but without the tingling. I was immediately enveloped with peace and calm (I’d been crying quietly) and felt like someone had walked up behind me and wrapped me in their very strong arms and a warm blanket. I know it was the power of prayer and the presence of God I felt that night. On Monday, my cousin had his surgery. The OR was scheduled for 6 hours. After 3 hours, the surgeon came to talk to us with a big smile - all over, the tumor “popped out” when he finished his incision. No facial paralysis, no trach required, no stroke .... when my cousin’s wife mentioned that people from all over the world had been praying for my cousin, the doc turned and gave the most wonderful, ‘knowing’ smile and said “I could tell.”. Full recovery, benign tumor .... God is good and he was with us all and saw my cousin safely through.
The power of prayer .... Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Surely you have family or friends that think/feel/believe as you do. Start a prayer group ..... if you can’t physically meet, then pray at the same time together. Maybe share your prayers with each other over e-mail. You could start a daily/weekly/monthly prayer thread here on FR. I have done that during times when I needed to talk to God and ask him for his help. I also NEEDED the fellowship of other believers and FReepers. The community of like-minded, good, decent, conservative folks here at FR have saved my sanity more than once and I believe with your post you are finding out just how good the FR community really is. It is a blessing (thank you Jim R.!). Pray ..... if we all who believe would do this, we WILL see results. Sometimes the answer God gives isn’t the one we want to hear, but he is listening. Ask him not to turn away from the country, to continue to bless us. When I was dealing with the horrible situation my friend was in at the nursing home, there were times I literally screamed out loud and realizing yet again I could not do it ‘alone’ and I was not alone, I would pray to God for help. I found that if I asked for the ‘strength, wisdom, and calm’ to deal with the situation, my prayer was answered almost immediately and often, something specific would happen (ex. someone called 15 minutes later out of the blue to offer desperately needed help). God heard me, he helped me, he answered my prayers.
The power of ‘action’. My mom (also elderly) suffered a mysterious leg problem and initially could not walk, then only with difficulty. She was sitting at home, depressed, wishing she could be in the yard working on her flower gardens, etc. Her doctor was encouraging PT, but mom wasn’t going to do it. I encouraged her to do it, even made the phone calls to set it up because instead of sitting and thinking about it, she could DO something about it. She went to PT, worked hard, DID something and saw improvement within days (her mental state improved immediately). As I write this, she’s out working on her flowers again. Starting a prayer group where you get interraction and support is DOING something. You may also do MORE. Join a local Tea Party group or any other group that shares your beliefs & is willing to go to work to save the country - you don’t have to ‘march’, you can help out in other ways. Get friends to join you if you can. Get involved in the process. It is up to us to take back the country. The government is to be ‘by the people, for the people’. It has become ‘by politicians, for politicians’. We seem to have forgotten that WE elect those folks. We elect crooks, liars, cheats, then turn them loose with the fate of the country in their hands and do not hold them accountable. We (the people as a whole) voted in the congresscritters & Obama - we need to fix the mess we allowed. If enough people with values, faith and conviction get involved, we can stop this. We can turn it around and with the help of God, we can get our country back.
I think it is easy to say ‘what can I do, I am only one person’. You do what you can do ...... as ‘freedommom’s’ dad (on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor) said: “everyone did whatever they were big enough to do......” You and I and many others may feel ‘small’ and ‘scared’ - I’m sure he did too at that moment, but if we all DO what we are “big enough to do”, we will defeat the powerful enemies who have gained a toe-hold in our country. My dad has given up and considering his condition, I can’t blame him for that - I’m just sickened that in his old age and after the service he gave to his country that he should feel this way & not have the peace of knowing the country is flourishing ‘under God’, the shining city on the hill for all the world to see. I am RESOLVED to take my ‘little’ self and DO something.
You are in my thoughts and prayers as is the country and the rest of the patriots that I know still have the fire of Liberty burning deep inside. We WILL prevail - GOD is still on OUR side ..... Onward Christian Soldiers (one of my favorite hymns)! God bless us all and may God continue to ‘let his face shine upon us’ and bless America.
Your comments on this thread are much appreciated. I am sorry that you think that you did something wrong along the lines, when really it is my generation that has taken things so far astray.
It is good to know that people like you are still out there.
Thank you my friend.
It WILL be ok.
One way or the other we will win.
I would ask if I could re print your plea.
and unicorns were found that poo’ed clean energy.
That is really good advice, Beowulf. Thanks.
Be at peace, friend, and please take heart, because theres always hope no matter how dark the times and current circumstances may appear.
The world has always been a big and scary place for someone, somewhere, and it will always be so until the Lords return. But just as David was susceptible (a man after G-ds own heart), were all vulnerable to the despair it brings at some time or another.
It seems every generation must experience some kind of turmoil I dont know why...maybe in order to keep things in perspective, cause us to turn to G-d, remind us of how awesome He is, and that He is still in control of this big and scary world.
But I understand your troubled heart and mind. Ive been where you are many times. Ive lived some of the scary times that you learned as history - and there are many others on this site who remember even worse times than I do - a place in history that is very remote to my lifetime.
And lets never forget as Americans weve lived through some very scary times in the very recent past.
But you know what? We all made it through. And well make it through again, and again, and again however many times we need to.
As you know, G-d is bigger than all of the events that trouble you (and us). Whats more, as dark as things may seem at times such as this, He has it all under control - never forget that.
So try not to give in to fear and worry because it will rob you of your joy. Despair will also rob you of the will to fight and we are going to have to fight - as weve often had to do - because the enemy never sleeps.
But we shouldn’t be afraid of that! It should fill us all with strength and courage that our Lord also never sleeps - and He keeps watch over what belongs to Him.
We’ll always have changes in our world - but He never changes. That’s a promise. He also promised He would hear our faintest cry, so count on it and be strong in Him!
The Lord is Faithful and True - from the beginning of the world to the end. Be at peace in Him.
There is no place else to go. Obviously, we need to trust God more. Things do seem scary, but when we focus our minds and hearts on Christ, we can endure whatever is to come. It doesn’t mean don’t prepare, but keep trusting Christ.
This thread is my Official INDEPENDENCE DAY reference.
I’m grateful my grandfather, who earned a purple heart in WWI (and also never talked about it), does not have see what’s happening to the country he loved.
Posts on this thread, while in answer to Conservaliberty, contain a vital and positive message to all of us.
I'm sure you don't want to hear me proselytize my spiritual beliefs. What makes you think you can present your guess without being equally rude?
Ponder Matthew 6:1-2.
I agree with coldflamingo.
The policy of evil is alive and doing it’s damage all over the earth.
We all know who’s in charge of the affairs of this life, the prince of the power of the air, lucifer himself.
We must not lean on our own understanding; but to study what the one true God wants us to do, to take a stand for Him, and His policy.
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