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Posted By Harolene

Larry Gatlin wrote a song, which Johnny Cash recorded and we sang many times, the name was simply, "Help Me." Part of the lyrics went like this: “Lord, Help me walk another mile, just one more mile; I'm tired of walkin' all alone. Lord, Help me smile another smile, just one more smile; You know I just can't make it on my own.”

If you read the Psalms, you find many times that the Psalmist David basically said those words over and over again. Oh I know they sound different, but these words show us the heart of the writer.

As I have been going through boxes of old pictures and looking at faces smiling at me, relatives, long gone, children grown with children of their own, minister's and church members we thought were loyal friends that have moved on, it almost depressed me. The song made famous by the Righteous Brothers says, "Time goes by so slowly and time can do so much…" the true part of that verse is that time can do so much, the slowly part, not so much.

Job 7:1-6 "Human life is a struggle, isn't it? It's a life sentence to hard labor. Like field hands longing for quitting time and working stiffs with nothing to hope for but payday, I'm given a life that meanders and goes nowhere—months of aimlessness, nights of misery! I go to bed and think, 'How long till I can get up?' I toss and turn as the night drags on—and I'm fed up! My days come and go swifter than the click of knitting needles, and then the yarn runs out—an unfinished life!

It sounds to me like Job was the epitome of depression and I have found that it is easy to let yourself slip into that familiar "robe" of depression.

I am convinced that when Satan was defeated as Jesus died on the cross and then rose again, he looked around for something that would defeat the body of Christ in a manner that would catch us "off guard" to the point that we would just be overcome with this damned thing and wilt like a flower that needs water!

There are obvious things that he could bring to us, but we recognize obvious and therefore we could ignore him or tell him to go on back to his home (hell) and leave us alone! But...this depression thing is meant to kill us without us ever having the energy to raise our hand to stop him.

 

 
Posted By Harolene

So do you see how we have to handle this? The devil is like a wasp that comes in on us while we are doing our every day chores, lands right on your head (in your mind) and if you don't "brush him off" you will find yourself stung with thoughts of suicide, worthlessness, feeling that you have made all the wrong choices for your life and feeling like "it is all over for you"...as I say this I feel that one of you who will read this is feeling this right now...so stand up shake your fist in the devils face and tell him that "you have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of your testimony" Revelations 12:11, and your testimony should be "Satan I don't have to fight you, you are defeated by the Blood of Jesus and I know that no matter how bad things look, they will all work together for my good because I love the Lord and I am the called according to His purpose by the Word of God in Romans 8:28!"

I am asking you to read Psalm 30, the whole chapter, but I want to give you one phrase of verse 5 which says, "weeping may endure for the night, but Joy comes in the morning!"

It’s morning now, isn’t it?     

 
Posted By Harolene

Someone sent pictures to my email that were made during the Viet Nam War. One picture in particular captured my attention, stirred my soul, it made me sick to my stomach and angry all at the same time. It showed an emaciated child squatting on the ground and you could see that death was not far from him. Behind him was a vulture, at least giving him the courtesy of letting him die, before he devoured what flesh was left on his pitiful bones. The caption said the photographer that snapped that picture committed suicide soon after he had taken it.

I saw other pictures of people from WWll standing behind fences with their fingers reaching through begging for help, knowing their destination was the death chamber. But there is one picture that I remember from my school days it was Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima. It is a historic photograph taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five United States Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the flag of the United States atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. Of the six men depicted in the picture, three were killed during the battle. I thank those men for standing up for me, protecting my rights and freedoms with their life's blood. 

Viet Nam comes closer to home as so many young men that I knew went and fought in those jungles, and whatever you think of the outcome, they were there to defend our honor. I thank them for giving their time, efforts, in some cases their sanity, and their lives to protect and defend me.

 

 
Posted By Harolene

My voice is small and, as I said in my previous article, unless this obscure piece is read no one will know that I appreciate their efforts, but it makes me feel better to at least say it to you, and hopefully you will also speak out and say your own thanks to someone who has served in the defense of our country, America.

Jesus hung on a thankless cross to defend and protect our freedom of salvation, our right to have an eternal home in the heavenlies, to have healing and help with our asking. I thank Him for giving His life for me, for saving me, for healing me. 

As our young men left homes protected and loved by parents to go into war zones, Jesus left the comfort of heaven to face the war zone Satan planned for Him on this earth. As I did not earn my salvation by any acts of righteousness, I have not earned the protection by any man or woman that has ever served in the military. The Marine's "Semper Fidelis" says it for all branches of the military and for our Savior, "Always Faithful"

 
Posted By Harolene

I am reposting this because it is very important to me and I want to make sure all of my readers do read it! Go to my other site for the full article, please do it! http://www.harolene.com

For Jason B Ladd FIGHTER FAITH  Author of

ONE OF THE FEW A Marine Fighter Pilot's Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview 

I know that this obscure article on my obscure site will not make a difference but if I don’t at least say it “out loud” then I feel I have slapped the face of every soldier that has ever died on any battlefield so that we could worship in the manner that we want to worship, drive our own car, drink alcohol, go to school, carry a Bible and yes carry a gun!

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