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Drab and Dark Days


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Haven’t we seen enough of this gloomy winter?

Haven’t we suffered enough for one season?

As we indulge the freezing temps, snow and ice in many parts of America we dream of the flowers blooming in spring and warm sunny days of summer.

WAKE UP! (we aren’t there yet)

Do we really have anything to complain about? We could have been in Australia sweating in miserably record heat during their summer.

Our dampened spirits are locked away in “cabin fever.”

Our cramped legs imagine the first walk down a sun filled street.

The bears have nothing on us humans this winter. Hibernating has made its rounds.

The weather isn’t always the reason for drab and dark days. It could be a life on the rocks of illness.
A family torn apart by divorce or the financial strain of months of no employment.

The list of “winter blues” is too long to mention.Winter Weather Georgia

So what do we make of this murky shadow from “Punxsutawney Phil?”

6 more dreadful weeks of looking at your family too much?

6 more weeks of begging the forecasters to have something better to say?

Or….6 more weeks to learn about the drowning man who is so thankful for that life jacket he was given?

What about the homeless man on the street who received a free blanket and a “suspended coffee” to keep him warm with a job offer included?

And what about our military deployed in Afghanistan who is thrilled to get that letter from home he so desperately wanted?

Seasons don’t make the difference in dark or sunny days. I know that all too well.

It is the lessons learned, the heightened gratefulness and gratitude for finding the Savior in the midst of trials too difficult to even talk about.

It is understanding the drab and dark days will eventually become sunny again with white clouds floating through the sky.

It is knowing the God of the universe has used the dark days to make us aware of “how good we got it.”

Call it training; or “boot camp” for becoming a true disciple of Jesus.

The sorrow, horror and loss of his death brought unthinkable agony before his chosen few realized on the 3rd day he literally changed the world.

We must look beyond the wretchedness of the grave.

You won’t see a groundhog’s shadow, but the silhouette of the “Almighty God” spreading his love, joy and peace throughout the drab and dark days of winter. (Psalm 91:1)

And what did God say on the first day? (Genesis 1)

“And let there be light.”

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Lights in the Deserts


Crews sharpen skills at Atlantic Strike

How do you respond when the words, “I don’t really have to go because of my injury” are not what you expected to hear?

“What injury?”

“I was hit in the shoulder by an IED while deployed in Afghanistan.”

A casual remark as if it was an everyday event. Maybe it had been to him.

I must admit I was somewhat surprised by his impromptu “matter of fact” emotion.

Years of traveling all over the world, he learned bits and pieces of Arabic, or Farsi as he rattled them off remembering conversations with Muslims.

5.5 years of living, breathing and attaining educated guesses from the Air Force personnel here is just that. They speak their own language and civilians like me always seem to be left questioning. Confidentiality is of utmost importance.

The need to be extra careful not to dive into a memory they prefer not to remember is a consideration I had to learn. Some deploy and come home a different human being not noticeable from the surface. It is a learned process for those of us in the minority here who watch from the distance. A 6 month deployment can reign in a mood that didn’t exist before they left.

A self-proclaimed detachment sets in as they enter back into a life they will never find again.  You can see it in their eyes; pain, sadness and fear stored inside heavy hearts.

There is a difference in acclamation depending on the rank. Most of our neighbors are or have been Majors, Pilots and Lt. Colonels.  The longer one serves reflects a character trait of strength and maturity rarely seen. Life is what it is wherever they are.

In the midst of political turmoil and hostility around the globe flowed words you will never hear on the news or read about on the internet. As the media and our government  continue to cheat the public from the truth producing an atmosphere of fear, a sense of anger arose in our den from this hero unknown to most.

My curious nature obscures my mouth at times, but I want to know what is really going on in the Middle East. The protection of God’s people and his land, Israel are sitting ducks surrounded by what would appear to be pure, unadulterated hate from all sides.

The stigmas created for a moment of ratings rattled this hero. The quiet fury this Christian officer revealed was to calm my nerves as he spoke the words I wanted to hear.

“I have been everywhere and especially the Middle East. 90% of the world is just like you and me. They want to be happy, healthy, and live calm, peaceful lives with their families and friends, and the Muslims are no different.”

Life changing words unspoken in the public arena that need to be heard instead of the urgent 10% getting attention they crave. In no way does this condone the 10% for the anguish and distress produced by “cradles of evil” in all facets of life.

However, doom and gloom has surfaced as excitement, adventure and the next best thing for the media/Hollywood,  content to exploit it for personal gain.

In the center of evil, courageous men and women of God step on soil that has never heard of Jesus.

Marking His territory with the Cross of Christ in reclusive habitations or underground bunkers they risk it all for the sake of lost souls who otherwise would never know the Gift of Salvation.

The light is still burning.

The candle is lit.god is awesome

What the devil doesn’t know is God planned ahead.

He has millions and millions of fluorescent light bulbs waiting to cover the earth with His Awesome Glory.

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/the-gift-of-gods-word/

http://churchgraphics.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/immanuel/

http://restingintheword.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/made-for-something/

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Geographical Trivialities and No Nonsense Belly Aching


For the last few months the news has zeroed in on Syria. Another country chained to a sadistic dictator.

President Assad continues to ravage his people with death all in the name of power.

The ultimate in greed and selfishness, these people will do anything to keep their position.

As if that isn’t bad enough, Afghanistan insurgents beheaded 17 civilians at a party.

Pakistan has displaced 700,000 people after flooding. Civil unrest continues along with the
mistreatment of women and young girls. Rape, forced marriage and domestic violence are abuses being done every day.

Recently the police recovered the dead body of Muqadas Kainat and postmortem was
conducted which proved that Muqadas Kainat was gang raped and later strangled to death by five men. She was a Christian.

August 16, 2012 in Islamabad, a 13 year old Christian girl was beaten, and imprisoned for burning the Koran; she did not do this. She wasn’t even aware of the law. She is one of a family of about 500 Christians who were living in Islamabad who after this false accusation fled their colony as the Muslims announced over the loud speaker what she had done. Angry attackers attacked their homes, breaking down doors, and beating many of them. They burned what little they had and told them to leave.

These horrific accounts happen daily in these countries. The last 2 are the ones we, in America rarely hear about. There is little or no protection for Christians and women.

And we think we have problems here.

We have nothing to complain about.

How can we possibly be fighting over such trivialities in America when in these other countries they are glad to have lived one more day?

Our peacekeeping measures work as long as our military is present but once we leave territories full of extremists; they start all over again with the “war mindset.”  They know nothing else. They fight. They hurt. They kill.

We in America have been spared of so much. Why I wasn’t born in Pakistan or Afghanistan is a mystery. It could have been any of us living in these war ravaged countries.

Crossing my mind, many times is the huge body of water that separates America from Europe; the Atlantic Ocean.

Had that body of water not been there, our lives here may have been very different. Due to the distance between the two continents  in a strange sort of way it has cushioned us from battles; wars, and attacks of all kinds. Who would have thought a body of water would be a wall of natural protection. God?

Do you think he planned it that way?

Do you think he had reasons we don’t know about for placing the earth’s geographical regions where they are?

If that is what he did, why is Israel a sitting duck? Why is that tiny little spot on earth surrounded by groups of people that want to annihilate it?

The only answer I can come up with is God is going to show his awesome power by preserving his people and his land. No one will be able to take what belongs to him.

And maybe, just maybe our position on earth in America is the support system God planned for Israel.

Anyone want to bellyache now?

http://denimdevotion.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/celebrate-what-matters/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/god-governs-in-the-affairs-of-men/

http://godspeaks-i-listen.com/2012/08/27/whose-slave-am-i/

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S.C. Guard sending 100 airmen to Afghanistan – The Item: News


MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE (AP) — About 100 members of the South Carolina Air National Guard‘s 169th Fighter Wing are on their way to …

via S.C. Guard sending 100 airmen to Afghanistan – The Item: News.

Why is our government telling the American people we are bringing our military home when they continue to deploy them?

S.C. Guard Black Hawk hovers during demonstration

S.C. Guard Black Hawk hovers during demonstration (Photo credit: The National Guard)

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http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/21/remarks-president-ending-war-iraq

http://johncarney.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=124:rep-carney-statement-on-president-obamas-afghanistan-speech-&catid=1:press-releases-&Itemid=9

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-06-22/politics/afghanistan.troops.drawdown_1_afghanistan-drawdown-surge-forces-president-barack-obama?_s=PM:POLITICS

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English: Swamp Fox in flight. F-16 pilot from ...

English: Swamp Fox in flight. F-16 pilot from the 169th Fighter Wing, South Carolina Air National Guard flies a training mission in the KIWI MOA airspace over the coast of North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)