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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sarah Palin’s Complete Letter (from God) to Her Family about Trig

This letter is Sarah Palin's transcription of God's message to her, her family, her friends, and others. It applies to any one of us. We only need to believe and trust God.

To the Sisters, Brother, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends of Trig Paxson Van Palin (or whatever you end up naming him!):

I am blessing you with this surprise baby because I only want the best for you. I’ve heard your prayers that this baby will be happy and healthy, and I’ve answered them because Ionly want the best for you!

I heard your heart when you hinted that another boy would fit best in the Palin family, to round it out and complete that starting five line-up. Though another girl would be so nice, you didn’t think you could ask for what you REALLY wanted, but I knew, so I gave you a boy because I only want the best for you!

Then, I put the idea in your hearts that his name should be “Trig”, because it’s so fitting, with two Norse meanings: “True” and “Brave Victory”. You also have a Bristol Bay relative with that name, so I knew it would be best for you!

Then, I let Trig’s mom have an exceptionally comfortable pregnancy so she could enjoy every minute of it, and I even seemed to rush it along so she could wait until near the end to surprise you with the news – that way Piper wouldn’t have so long to wait and count down so many days – just like Christmastime when you have to wait, impatiently, for that special day to finally open your gift? (Or the way the Palins look forward to birthday celebrations that go on for three, four days… you all really like cake .) I know you, I knew you’d be better off with just a short time to wait!

Then, finally, I let Trig’s mom and dad find out before he was born that this little boy will truly be a GIFT. They were told in early tests that Trig may provide more challenges, and more joy, than what they ever may have imagined or ever asked for. At first the news seemed unreal and sad and confusing . But I gave Trig’ s mom and dad lots of time to think about it because they needed lots of time to understand that everything will be OK, in fact, everything will be great, because I only want the best for you!

I‘ve given Trig’s mom and dad peace and joy as they wait to meet their new son. I gave them a happy anticipation because they asked me for that. I‘ll give all of you the same happy anticipation and strength to deal with Trig’s challenges, but I won’t impose on you…

I just need to know you want to receive my offer to be with all of you and help you everyday to make Trig’s life a great one.

This new person in your life can help everyone put things in perspective and bind us together and get everyone focused on what really matters . The baby will expand your world and let you see and feel things you haven’t experienced yet. He’ll show you what “true, brave victory“ really means as those who love him will think less about self and focus less on what the world tells you is ”normal“ or ”perfect”. You will grow and be blessed with greater understanding that will be born along with Trig.

Trig will be his dad‘s little buddy and he’ll wear Carhartts while he learns to tinker in the garage. He’ll love to be read to, he’ll want to play goalie, and he‘ll steal his mom’s heart just like Track, Bristol, Willow and Piper did. And Trig will be the cuddly, innocent, mischievous, dependent little brother that his siblings have been waiting for in fact Trig will – in some diagnostic ways – always be a mischievous, dependent little brother, because I created him a bit different than a lot of babies born into this world today.

Every child is created special, with awesome purpose and amazing potential. Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed up world you live in down there on earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome. Doctors call it “Down’s Syndrome”, and Downs kids have challenges, but can bring you much delight and more love than you can ever imagine! Just wait and see, let me prove this, because I only want the best for you!

Some of the rest of the world may not want him, but take comfort in that because the world will not compete for him. Take care of him and he will always be yours!

Trig‘s mom and dad don’t want people to focus on the baby’s extra chromosome. They’re human, so they haven’t known how to explain this to people who are so caring and are interested in this new little Alaskan. Sarah and Todd want people to share in the joy of this gift I’m giving to the Palin family, and the greater Alaska family. Many people won’t understand… and I understand that.

Some will think Trig should not be allowed to be born because they fear a Downs child won’t be considered “perfect” in your world. (But tell me, what do you earthlings consider “perfect” or even “normal” anyway? 

Have you peeked down any grocery store isle, or school hallway, or into your office lunchroom lately? Or considered the odd celebrities you celebrate as “perfect” on t.v.? Have you noticed I make `em all shapes and sizes? Believe me ,, there is no “perfect”!)

Many people will express sympathy, but you don’t want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on this.

I know it will take time to grasp this and come to accept that I only want the best for you, and I only give my best. Remember though: “My ways are not your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts… for as the heavens are higher than the earth, my ways are higher than yours!”

I wrote that all down for you in the Good Book ! Look it up! You claim that you believe me – now it’s time to live out that belief!

Please look to me as this new challenge and chapter of life unfolds in front of you. I promise to equip you. I won‘t give you anything you can’t handle. I am answering your prayers. Trig can’t wait to meet you. I’m giving you ONLY THE BEST!

Trig’s Creator , Your Heavenly Father

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Answered Prayer Praise

Thank you.

Recently I had to change the hard drive in my computer. It wasn't working right and I was afraid I would lose everything. So I went out and bought a new HDD and an adapter for my old HDD. Things were working fine until I needed a file off the old drive. I went to look for it and couldn't find the unit. I hunted high and low, again and again. I made my son's look. I called places, just in case, although I didn't remember having it there. I checked the car we drove that day but didn't find the unit. It had financial and personal information on that would cause havoc if someone else accessed it. That went on for a week and I was feeling a lot of stress. 

There was only one I thing I could do--turn it over to the Lord. So I did. I told the Lord I was turning it over to him. I asked the Virgin Mary, and all the Saints and Angels to intercede on my behalf. I slept that night and got up the next day to find it was a bright sunshiny day. I dressed and I was drawn to the car, now parked outside on the street and not in the garage. I took my keys and went outside to the car. I opened the driver side rear door but didn't see it. I moved to the other side, opened the door, and there it was--a black box laying on a gray carpet. I thanked the Lord and promised to send praise across the WWW. 

I give all the credit and praise to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thank you for your peace and understanding and leading me to the drive. I could not have done it without your care and love.


Monday, March 28, 2011

A Prayer for Young Women

I am new to the Catholic faith but find immense peace in spite of my eagerness to see and do everything. I'm a wife and mother of two teenage boys, a writer and artist, but I find the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in so many unexpected places. I have hope again.

The Virgin Mary is more than the mother of God. She is a model for women everywhere. While in my younger days I made bad choices but I have corrected as many as I kind and my husband and I will be together 31 years this May. I cannot think of a better role model for me. She is kind, loving, and obedient to God.

As I look at the young women my sons date and befriend, I'm aware of my position as a mentor to them. There are so many young women at the high school behaving inappropriately and engaging in dangerous behavior, that I say many prayers while on campus.

The perils that await these young women are numerous and complex -- drugs, sex, music, the internet, teenage pregnancy and motherhood, STDs, AIDs, rape, and death from truly evil people who kill for pleasure. I would be scared to death if I were a young girl today.

What can we do as Christian women?

First we pray.

James 5
16 Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

13  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.

14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Second we must encourage the young women we know to be the best person they can. We need to be a role model for them. Jesus teaches us to be a role model with the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes and many parables. We must be faithful, living the word of Jesus, displaying kindness, gentleness, modesty, and love–the love of God, the love of self, and the love of our fellow man.

As Christian women we need to dress modestly but neatly, we need to do one unto another as we would have done to us. We need to put God first, family second, and all else after that. A Christian woman does not curse, speak unkindly and falsely, does not gossip, does not allow herself to be placed into a compromising situation with a man who is not her husband or a family member. A Christian woman seeks first the Lord.

I pray that all of us follow the example of our Lord and make young women and their development a priority in our lives. Great will be our reward on heaven and earth for our faithfulness to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We lift our praise high and thank you for the many blessings of life. We thank you for the providing a companion and helpmate on earth to share our joys and pain. I am not worthy except through you as Lord and Saviour. Thank you for your sacrifice on our behalf Lord.

Father we lift up young women everywhere that they may know you and find peace and happiness. Our young women are assaulted daily with temptations to sin, to demean themselves, to do evil. They are weak and vulnerable, Lord. Please give them strength and wisdom. Place Christian women in their path to show them the way. Make us instruments of your love to show them the way. Keep our young women safe and healthy. Instill them with thy love and peace and especially courage to stand for what they know is right.

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


All Biblical References are from the 1769 Oxford King James Bible 'Authorized Version

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Matthew 14:22-35 Faith in the storm

Here in the midwest we are being blanketed by record snowfalls and now ice. Colerain High School is closed again today--the roads were too icy. Our district is the largest in the state in both area and population. Much of the township is still a rural community, making icing and snow conditions worse for school buses. There will probably be no school tomorrow.
The weather forecasters have been posting warnings for days and now it is here. The populace is paralyzed and bought milk, bread, soft drinks, beer, snacks, and salt. And snow shovels. 
Jesus is with us at all times but faced with the storm of the century, people go with what they can see, not what they can't. Who are we if we forget our faith so easily? We are no different than Jesus' apostles--trapped on the sea in a fierce storm they were afraid--only hours after Jesus used 5 loaves and 2 fish to feed the multitude. 
Scripture tells us the disciples were frightened of the storm when they saw Jesus approach them, walking on the water. Their fear increased believing a specter was approaching. Jesus called to them and the disciples were relieved to learn Jesus was coming to them. 
Peter asked Jesus to let him come to Jesus over the water. Jesus complied and Peter stepped out in faith, walking across the water. He believed on Jesus to protect him but upon seeing the storm, Peter lost his faith and began to sink into the water. He called upon the Lord to save him--
The test of faith is belief in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in times of extreme stress, turmoil, and danger. History gives us many examples--Noah, Moses, David, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Joseph who raised Jesus, martyrs Joan of Arc, thousands of soldiers in battles on land, in the air and on the sea--all who knew their chances of survival were slim and none, and more likely none, but they knew God would welcome them into heaven, and they made the sacrifice for others.
I would like to be able to say "YES" I will have faith and I would march into battle for Jesus and my fellow man, but I fear I will repeat Peter's mistake. I have a much better chance of saying "Yes" if I build my faith in Jesus through small acts, building to bigger acts, and finally following God's will without hesitation.
 Dear Heavenly Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit, please be patient with this humble servant and help me to grow in faith. I praise your name without ending and welcome your comfort and commands. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Bella Steele 

Matthew 14:22-35
Matthew Chapter 14: Jesus Walking on the Sea
Jesus Walking on the Sea
Matthew Chapter 14 : 22

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Eternal Struggle

Today I have been witness to the eternal struggle and it was tiring. It was not good v. evil but man v. boy and there were no winners.

My oldest son Jon is learning to drive. His father is teaching him. I'm getting a lesson in prayer. After a particularly brutal exchange I found myself making the Sign of the Cross. His brother leaned over and if Jon was really that bad. I told him no, but I was praying for patience--it isn't a strong suit in father or son. To make matters worse Jon didn't want to drive and his father is in pain from a back problem (worse since our accident 2 months ago) and a sinus infection. As father as his father was concerned today, Jon could do nothing right. I am so glad works dissipate quickly, otherwise when we opened a door, all those F words would fall out and embarrass me.

We drove to our favorite restaurant in Jeffersonville, IN for fish (a distance of 125 miles). The fish was excellent as always. Gideon was supposed to drive on the way back but it was getting dark and he was sleepy from eating, so he didn't drive.

This was a matter of placing things in God's hands. And I did that. Tomorrow I want a nice quiet day.

Thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit for protecting us. Amen.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Prayers freely given here

I have been neglectful in posting my prayers but I'm trying. Yesterday I posted one to the Faith, Hope and Love RWA website--for my husband (severe sinus infection) and Mary McCall, a member of FHL and the new president of Hearts Through History (shoulder injury and personal trials.)

The title of this post came to me spontaneously and I'm taking as sign the Lord wants to me write about prayer.

I've struggled a lot with prayer. Fearful to ask for prayer because I don't want to burden others, yet it gives me joy to pray for others.There is no giant chalkboard listing how many prayers I prayed and now many times I asked for prayers and if I get too out of balance, I will be cut off for a while.  Its the old tic for tac philosophy but that is not very Christian. Jesus only requires you to believe in your prayers but that is hard also. But who am I not to follow his direction?

I searched for an appropriate scripture verse and the Lord led me to the following:

Matthew 21:22

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in PRAYER, believing, ye shall receive.

This pretty much sums it up but what was Jesus' purpose. Jesus has made his last (triumphal) entrance into Jerusalem for passover upon an ass. Feeling pangs of hunger the Lord searches a fig tree for its fruits. Finding none he cursed the tree causing it to wither and die. His disciples are astounded and question how he could do it so quickly. Jesus responded that by faith you can cause a mountain to move and cast itself into the sea.  (The full text is below.) He continues that if you have faith then your prayer will be granted.

Many times I question the efficacy of my prayers because so many are not promptly granted, but many times I'm astonished with how quickly my prayers are granted. The difference is me and my ability to believe. In other words, my faith waivers. I can pray for a mountain to throw itself into the sea, but I know inwardly there is disbelief in my heart. It is not because I don't believe the Lord can do it, but because I'm human and much too pragmatic to believe it 110%. It is not the Lord I'm doubting, it is me.

How do you build your faith to where you can overcome your pragmatism? You build it by studying the scriptures and reconciling yourself to God's words. You pray for guidance and wisdom. You build it by worship and fellowship. Surround yourself with things of the Lord. Wear a necklace, a ring, a pin that reminds you to be faith and trust in the Lord. As you learn to trust in the Lord more, you will lean less on yourself, and grow.

I want to offer a prayer for us. Dear Lord, we come as your children, asking you to lead us, teach us, and shelter us. We worship and adore you. There is nothing in this world that you can not do. Help us to lay our cares at your feet. We pray for healing of the sick, comfort for the infirmed and justice for all. Amen

Matthew 21:1-22

Matthew Chapter 21: The Triumphal Entry
The Triumphal Entry
Matthew Chapter 21 : 1

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Prayer Petitions January 6, 2011

O' Dearest Heavenly Father, I praise thee and adore thee as Lord and Savior.

Thank you for the blessings you have bestowed on me and my family.

I pray for my husband, that he will live long and be pain free. Grant him your peace.

Please bless Jonathan and Gideon, Dear Heavenly Father. That their grades will improve and they will grow to be men in your service.

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that you bless and guide LoRee Peery peace and the ability to manage her writing time and networking/marketing time in a stress-free manner to bring honor to you.

I ask the Lord to bless and protect Chris, Leanne's grandson, Max Thornton, and all our service men and women. Keep them safe from the enemy so that they may return to their families.

I ask thee Lord to grant peace and compassion to Melinda Porter. Free her from those who would take advantage of her and help her to get published. Bless her family, Heavenly Father.

Help me to forgive Denise Pattison for the wrongs done me. Please enrich her life, Heavenly Father and protect her and her family..

Please touch and heal Mary McCall, that she will continue to be beacon for your love. Ease her pain and increase her joy.

I pray for you to pour out your love on country and guide our leaders in your pathways. Bless the poor and lift them up.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.