2013 – Chinese Year of the Snake

Joseph Herrin of Parablesblog always has interesting articles to read.  This one in particular, I think you will very enlightening.  It’s about the coming year, 2013, and what it holds for America.   It’s titled simply, Thirteen.

Here’s an excerpt:

Looking back over the course of U.S. history I found a foreboding sign of that which is to come. In March of the year 1813 the 13th Congress was seated and continued until March 1815. This is the only other time that America has had a Congress marked by the number 13. That it coincided with a year that ends in the number 13 is equally significant.

What occurred in Washington, D.C. during the time of the 13th Congress foreshadows that which will occur under the rule of the 113th Congress. It was during the 13th Congress, in August 1814, that Washington, D.C. was razed by the British. Both the White House and the Capitol Building were set aflame in an act of wanton destruction.

 

Answers to questions that haven’t been asked

It seems as if everyday God is revealing Himself to me more and more. He is so incredibly awesome and powerful and beautiful. I find myself in tears as I think how He has been so faithful to me. I have seen Him answer big prayers and little prayers – each one seemingly as important to Him as the other.

It’s not just our prayers that He is faithful to answer, but He knows our heart’s desires. He knows our every need. He moves and operates in ways that we may not understand, but it’s for our own good. He gives us the answer before we even ask the question.

Let me explain. The very most recent thing was something that happened just in the last hour. I had a dream last night that my best friend’s daughter was going to postpone her wedding in December, which she had moved up from next year to this year because of her father’s recent diagnosis of a brain tumor. In the dream, I felt that she shouldn’t postpone it, but she should go ahead and get married in December, and I told her that in the dream. I completely forgot about the dream until my friend was texting me that her daughter was discouraged because another person told her she should wait to get married. I told my friend about the dream and she told me to share it with her daughter. She felt it was from God. I did share it, and her daughter was glad for the confirmation that she was doing the right thing in moving up the wedding date and not postponing it.

See? Even the little things God cares about. It just bowls me over how He used me to let this young woman know that she should follow her heart and the leading of the Holy Spirit to get married in December.

But there are bigger things He has done and/or spoken to me about that now have real meaning. Sometime back toward the end of the summer, I was having major doubts and questions about someone a friend and I had encountered and the things she was espousing. I was questioning what was true, and why I wasn’t feeling right about what I was seeing and hearing. He said in that still, soft voice, “Do you trust me?” It gave me pause. I had to sit back and think about it, and after much prayer and self-examination I knew that I had to submit the issue to Him, surrender it to Him. So, I did.

At the start of this week, everything came to a head. God revealed not only to me, but to my friend that the person we had encountered was not of Him. In less than a day He completely removed this person from our lives. I’m not sure why He let her stay in the picture for so long, unless it was to teach me to trust what the Holy Spirit reveals to me. For my friend, well, I’m not at liberty to speculate. I’m just happy that the friendship between us is stronger than it was before this other person entered the picture.

And even bigger prayers have been answered, namely in the salvation of my youngest son. I won’t go into all the details, but let’s just say that the change in him is enormous. I have been praying for him for years, and apparently, so have a couple of very faithful teachers at his school. He was always a good kid, but now he is utterly awesome. God is so good, so faithful, so loving and merciful. Words cannot express my joy and gratefulness. I love Him so.