I Bid You Stand
Posted 08 December 2008 - 08:38 AM
The things that we're reading about, preparing for, praying against and struggling with can bring fear to the hearts of man and woman. We don't want to be an ostrich with our heads in the sand, and yet, we might find ourselves almost paralyzed by the enormity of what we feel we are about to face.
I am put in mind of a wonderful passage of Scripture and a memorable movie scene from "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Near the end, when all seems hopeless, King Aragorn gives a Battle Speech that is inspiring, to say the least. You can view and listen to or scroll down and read it here.
I want to say these same words to you my friends! The Day that we all dread may come, whatever it is that you dread, whatever it is that you are preparing for, the worse that you can imagine, BUT it is NOT this day! Take heart! Carpe Diem! Seize the Day.
In my stories that I wrote for the Fireside, I based each of themm on a scripture. The last of the three that I posted was based on Ephesians 6:13. The insructions to put on the whole armor has just been given and then this statement is made.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
What this says to me is, do all I can, but once I have done all NOW STAND. I want to encourage you that while we must prepare and put on the armor and fight in the battle, there comes a point where we must take our stand and trust in our King. We must trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Posted 08 December 2008 - 10:22 AM
I am at work, and on the way here I felt like a cloud of darkness settled over me. I tried to shuck it off as just being "down" due to two consequetive nights with being short on sleep, but the fear of our situation with DH's job loss really got ahold of me. Feeling too overwhelmed to focus on my work day ahead, I decided to log into Mrs. S. for a minute as a distraction. The first thing that caught my eye: I Bid You Stand. My heart leapt in response. I knew, with the occasional "knowing" that the Lord blesses us with, that this was what I needed to see.
Now, after a few tears, I can get on with what needs to be done.
I am grateful to you, my sister in Christ.
Posted 08 December 2008 - 10:53 AM
As I typed these words, I felt so compelled to do so. You are not the only one who is struggling with this feeling of being overwhelmed. I've been 'weepy' for several days. As I read the news reports and the reports here, my heart has felt so heavy.
I just kept saying to myself, "A day may come, but it is not this day!" And then "Hold your ground! Hold your ground!" And then finally, "Having done all, now stand!"
Having struggled myself with the 'fear that would take the heart of me', I wanted to encourage some of my sisters and brothers. Thank you so much for letting me know it did!
MomM you are so precious! I love you!
Posted 08 December 2008 - 11:27 AM
When the president elect admits that things are going to get worse...when he didn't acknowledge that before, it sends waves of fear through me.
I knew that things were going to get worse. How much worse I don't know, but I fear for the dollar. What a thing to fear for!
My dreams are filled with nightmares, my days of filled with the reality of trying to prepare with nothing. I am torn between trying to trade for a Christmas for the kids, and things we need NOW to trying to prepare for things we WILL need (long term food storage).
Right now, I am acknowledging that the Father is in charge and he has things well in hand. He knows what is coming and he has prepared the way. I put my trust in him.
This past couple weeks I have seen first hand the power of prayers. A friend prayed for me, and suddenly there was help that I needed.
I need to get my arthritic knees down to the floor for some serious prayer time and thank the Father for what I do have. I have a lot. Especially three beautiful healthy children.
My son bore his testimony in church yesterday. He told how the church HAS changed him and how much he loves being able to serve the Lord. He said that he is not perfect, but that he is trying to change and 'choose the right'. He went on to say he loves me and how much I do for him, and the sacrifices that I make for us as a family. Wow. Just wow.
Now, I didn't hear any of this, because I can't go to church and be in crowds like that. However people called me to tell me what he said! It was the first time he has gotten up to speak to a group like this. I wish I had it on tape.
God is working in my life. AND the lives of my children.
Thank you Lord, and thank you Stephanie!
Posted 08 December 2008 - 11:45 AM
I am at work with tears in my eyes as I type this note of thanks to you.
Posted 08 December 2008 - 12:35 PM
(((LeeAnn))) The enemy want us to take our eyes of from the Saviour and concentrate on the storm. And every time I do that, I start sinking, just like Peter. But, when I "Turn my eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, the things of this earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace."
Posted 08 December 2008 - 03:12 PM
Now I don't know how many of you have done studies on war and fighting but a sword is not a battle item (those that are former military will attest to this). It is for self-defense only. It is for close up and personal battles not long range battles.
Isn't it amazing that God had us gird up and strap on armour but only gives us a defensive weapon. That tells me we are not to go into battle because we are not prepared for battle. God will take care of the war we are to defend ourselves at close range. We can do nothing about the battle over the hill, we are to stand and focus on what God has called us to do. We are not to engage in battle because our weapon is a defensive item not a item of war.
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Posted 08 December 2008 - 04:52 PM
Angela, your post made me cry here. Thats wonderful that your son is being compelled to follow the Lord that way and that he can see the beauty in all his mother does for him even when things can look dire in our daily lives. I posted in a thread of yours about that.. your kids will learn to appreciate and acknowledge all that you do for them. They WILL see how much you love them and sacrifice for them. Just pray and remember that God does do wonders in our lives. God bless us all in the times to come!
Posted 08 December 2008 - 07:44 PM
Stephanie, the power of your words coupled with the power of the holy spirit that compelled you to write them is something you will never be able to measure.
Thanks sincerely for your post with its important call to the heart. Stephanie, you are so precious to all of us here. May the Father continue to bless you.
Posted 08 December 2008 - 08:10 PM
Michelle, one thing I'm trying to come to grips with is...we're never going to be finished. I think it is Darlene? or maybe Mother? or maybe MtRider? that says prepping is a lifestyle and a journey. Whoever said it, they are right.
(((Judy))) thank you! You have encouraged me so often and it has meant so much to me. We are very fortunate to have each other here in our MrsS family.
Before children I use to do a good bit of speaking and loved to be able to 'have a word in due season'. But, then with the new season that the Lord brought me...mother of many I came to accept that my attentions had to be focused on the precious children He had place in my life, my heart and my home.
So, it has been a tremendous blessing to have this avenue to reach out and to share. It brings great joy to my soul!
Posted 08 December 2008 - 09:37 PM
I too of course, get too anxious and do get down with all the tough news and knowing so many here also are struggling with the economic situation... but I realized that I still want to be basically happy about my life. So I have been really trying to be positive, although I also must acknowledges the many challenges and what amounts to danger to our way of life and the basics of our beginnings.... but reigning it in here....
God is working in my life.
I must be doing some things ok now... because I see little fruits , and that helps with all the depressing and shocking news out there.
you all touched my heart and indeed, Stephanie, I sure needed this tonight. You hit it on the head. we need the constant reminder that the Lord is with us. It is interesting about the sword being defensive, but we are to armor ourselves. I think one can do that in a number of ways , quite far past the physical.
But it also tells me its ok to defend myself or my family if truly threatened.
So, to arm myself in all the ways the Lord would have me do that is something I have already tasked myself with.
To Stand, to Stand..... yes.
It is what we must and shall do I believe.
Thankyou, all of you.
Angela, you got a special boy there.... he does understand, and he does appreciate you and he is truly trying, and by giving his testimony this way, he has placed it in a very high priority and that is so wonderful to see this happening! WOW!!!!
Posted 08 December 2008 - 09:39 PM
Posted 08 December 2008 - 10:43 PM
(((dogmom4))) so sorry you aren't feeling well. That always makes everything worse for me when I'm not up to par. I'm also so tempted to 'make' it happen, or try to anyway. Then I find myself discouraged and frustrated when I fail to 'control' the situation. With me, I know God is encouraging me to "Let Go and Let God".
Posted 09 December 2008 - 03:20 AM
The Lord's words "He will supply all my needs according to His riches in glory" Peace... "..He gives peace for despair.." "... will keep him in perfect peace who's mind is stayed on thee..", "... peace that passes understanding .." calmed my fears. My thoughts wondered to the past 3 years. I had begun to prepare for my DH's retirement, stocking up on dry goods and long term staples. Our attempts to secure our future were unsettled and turned upside down every time we turned around. We lived on the preps that were in the house. Beans & rice were a life saver as we watched our income and savings dwindle and the hope we had for the future dissipate. Yet, as I began to despair, help always came, in the moment of our need... There were even times where I would take almost the last handful of beans or pasta to make a meal and to God's glory, there was enough for the next meal. **Sigh** God is so good!
I remembered the story of Jacob and how God told him to prepare. His preps sustained a whole nation for years. Or of the lady that helped the prophet Isaiah, her flour & oil didn't run out.
My DH said the armor of God is defensive, too. He said one time, "that's 'cause God has our back" LOL
The trouble that we prepare for, may not be now, but we can be prepared in case circumstances bring forth trials and tribulations.
God's, are Life.
Posted 09 December 2008 - 09:59 AM
I have always enjoyed that story of the widow and the prophet and the oil. One of my favorites.
We must all do what we can, being wise and frugal, preparing to the best of our ability but we need to always keep in mind that when what we have done is not enough...HE IS ENOUGH!
(((C4C))) You take care and remember the message of the LIGHTS!
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