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    • #12268
      Humbly Irrelevant
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      PERSEVERANCE

       

      Our marriages are quite a trial,

      Our mortgages are way past due,

      Our boss is on our case,

      Just what is it we should do?

       

      We’ve been beat upon the head,

      And knocked down without remorse,

      This world is so hardhearted,

      What are our options for recourse?

       

      Our families think we’re crazy,

      Our friends just stay away,

      Numerous obstacles impede our paths,

      As we follow the STRAIGHT AND NARROW WAY!

       

      The world can scoff, the world can scorn,

      It can laugh and disparage at will,

      It can slander our names and push us down,

      And send us the final bill.

       

      It would be easy to fold the tents,

      To recoil from this endless fight,

      To quit just before the Finish,

      To the enemy’s delight.

       

      But this isn’t the time to refrain,

      And acquiesce to the menacing dark,

      We are to withstand the pelting rain,

      Until our ship can disembark.

       

      Life is hard, but we must endure,

      Eternity is almost here,

      The attacks won’t end until the End,

      So endeavor to persevere.

       

      Don’t give up and don’t give in,

      The Lord is almost here,

      Hold on tight and don’t give ground,

      Again, and again, PERSEVERE!

       

      The Good Lord did not put us on this earth to be “successful” — He put us here to be faithful!!

      Don’t wither again the constant gale-force winds of mortal cruelty, indifference, and greed.

       

      Humbly

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    • #12276
      tenderreed
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      Faithful, not successful!  Hit the nail on the head brother.   Except to be successful in Faith!

       

      TR

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    • #12285
      Tammie
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      Humbly, I must pray multiple times a day to have my faith increased, need more….to be ready for the next steps in this journey we call life on earth. :prayer-hands: :flyup:

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    • #12293
      Geri7
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      Speaking about persevere …

      Since this virus outbreak … just wondering …. how many of you are having trouble witnessing to strangers on the streets because of their fear you might be a carrier of  “the germ” so they are standoffish nor will they take a Bible tract?

      Could this be a sign the churches job assignment is about over? :unsure:

      This old hymn comes to my mind …

      Work, for the night is coming,
      Work through the morning hours;
      Work while the dew is sparkling,
      Work ’mid springing flowers;
      Work when the day grows brighter,
      Work in the glowing sun;
      Work, for the night is coming,
      When man’s work is done.

      Work, for the night is coming,
      Work through the sunny noon;
      Fill brightest hours with labor,
      Rest comes sure and soon.
      Give every flying minute,
      Something to keep in store;
      Work, for the night is coming,
      When man works no more.

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    • #12294
      tenderreed
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      Can’t wait to be evicted from this Earth!  Got an out of this world retirement!

      TR

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    • #12310
      Tammie
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      Geri, I m not out among John Q Public but I have taken liberty to dribble on my students at the college I teach at online and with my colleagues at the hospital and corporate calls, course it’s currently acceptable as it’s a Catholic healthcare system. :prayer-hands:

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      • #12321
        Geri7
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        “John Q Public” :mdrmdr: :mdrmdr:   I never heard that term before!   Love it. :good:

        Oh so glad you are still getting opportunities to dribble the Gospel message to online Catholic students and emails/phone calls with your colleagues.   You got the baton now to finish up the last lap of the race.  I think my witnessing days are over and standing on the sidelines cheering you on!  :whistle:

         

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    • #12325
      tenderreed
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      Your love of Him is a constant testimony and witness!  You still bring life and joy!

      TR

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    • #12333
      Tammie
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      Thank both for your encouragement and continued witness you have as well. I do need to clarify Geri, the students are not in a Catholic college, I teach at a secular institution online only for adult learners, RN to BSN students, so I do have to be careful HOW I dribble the gospel.
      My number one FT job is as part of the administrative team for an acute care facility of 360 plus beds with two ED’s (owned by Catholics) – as a matter of fact when we decided to merge with another like system, the corporate leaders had to go to Rome and get permission from the pope. Amazing how connected Rome is with healthcare. I just keep praying diligently that our time here is shorter than before, I sense in my spirit we are so close! :prayer-hands:

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    • #12334
      tenderreed
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      We all seem to be in agreement about having that same sense.  Perhaps this is the “high sign” that has been given unto us!

      In times past it just seemed to be more like wishful thinking on our parts.  As if trying to talk God into the Rapture.

      Time will tell, and time is again on our side.

      TR

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    • #12337
      Tammie
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      TR, that is a question I ask myself all the time. Am I just so tired of this evil, that I am literally trying to convince God and my spirit that the rapture needs and will occur. I think (my opinion), having been watching for over 5 decades, it is easy to see the shift that has occur. Gods timing is still his to call, nothing surprises God, He is still on the throne, and certainly fully aware of our prayers. He does allow for grace in answering our pleas, as Gideon sent out his fleece, as Joshua requested the sun to be held to win the battle, as God raised individuals from the dead (the widows son, etc…), obviously all according to His perfect plan, we can still plead with our heart for the lost and for our home going. I know, preaching to the choir, brother! :prayer-hands:

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    • #12353
      tenderreed
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      The Lord will indeed be glorified in all that He does!  All honor, power and glory are His and deserved by Him!

      Again I pray that first prayer I prayed 50 yrs ago.  Faith, wisdom and patience!

      TR

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    • #12383
      Tammie
      Participant

      TR you are a brave warrior indeed, praying for patience….. :wacko: :prayer-hands:

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    • #12389
      MyWhiteStone
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      Hezekiah 13:13,  “And now abideth Faith, Wisdom, and Patience, these three; but the greatest of these is Patience.” :yes: :whistle: :scratch: :unsure: ;-)

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      • #12390
        Tammie
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        Ah! That’s a NO! Brother…. I was taught very early in my Christian walk never pray for patience, ….tribulation works to give you patience… if you truly want patience pray for tribulation….. I’ve had enough tribulation because of my own humanity. I’m good, thank you very much! TR I shall pray for you at an all time high, you are going to need it! :mdrmdr: :good: :prayer-hands: :prayer-hands: :prayer-hands: :prayer-hands:

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      • #12396
        Geri7
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        Hezekiah 13:13 ???   :mdrmdr: :mdrmdr:    Let me guess … from the “Weak’s” Concordance reference book, eh?   B-)

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    • #12402
      MyWhiteStone
      Moderator

      You’re too good, Geri.  You broke the code.  It was a weak code I guess.  :yes: :yes: :yes:   I tried to find Hzk 13:13 in the Old’s Concordance –> not cross referenced there.  Sigh.

      Okay then, let’s hope we’re outta here in a weak! :yes: :yes: :yahoo:

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      • #12406
        Geri7
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        LOL

        Hey I received another Census 2020 notice today urging me to complete the on-line survey.  Here I already did.  Then it says if they don’t get my response, they will send the paper form by mail and if that isn’t returned, they will send someone in person.  The irony is they claim this is to help them improve our area of living.  What a joke since our way of living has been completely turned upside down.  Putting on my tin foil hat here … I truly think this update of how many people, nationality, their age, who lives at such and such address and the phone number … will be used for the big round up when the AC takes over.

        :amen:  next week will be April and all the big high watch dates begin …

        April 1st fools day, or Palm Sunday, or Passover, or Easter, or ……

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    • #12405
      tenderreed
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      Or should we say, in seven brays rather than days!  DONKEY, where did you go?!

      TR

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    • #12410
      tenderreed
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      Tammie bless your heart!  Your lack of confidence in me, matches my own!

      I could give a whole overview on how that prayer has been fulfilled in my life.  But the patience I pray for is the patience of the Saints, that we all hold on till the very end!

      I exist, live, and have my being all by God’s grace.  He is the one that gives me my breath and makes my heart beat!  May He continue to instruct and form the words of my mouth.  As well as order the love of His heart to invade mine!

      TR

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      • #12413
        Tammie
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        TR you misunderstood me, I stand in awe of your ability and bravery to pray for patience. I dare not! :dieu:

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    • #12416
      tenderreed
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      Just pulling your leg!  Lovingly of course.

      TR

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      • #12421
        Tammie
        Participant

        I figured as much :good:   My new favorite verse since CHOVID entered our world.  Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord 2 Cor 5:8

        speaks volumes of where we are and headed…. :prayer-hands:

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    • #12470
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Indeed that perseverance will bring us to the generation in which not all will die a physical death before entering into Glory!  That’s quite a wedding gift for a Bride in waiting!

      It’s just one of the many ways in which the Lord honors those who honor Him!  And He honors us all, every believer, by promising He will never leave us nor forsake us!

      He is in so many ways a God of Honor!

      TR

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    • #12560
      DonnaDonna
      Moderator

      yes . .  as Humbly reminds us:  “The Good Lord did not put us on this earth to be “successful” — He put us here to be faithful!!”

      We are like Gideon, aren’t we ~ Yet look what God calls him  ~~ ‘man of valor while he was ‘hiding’

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