God Wins

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By Charlie Johnston

A little interregnum before I put up Part 2 of the “Whatcha Gonna Do…” post.

First, I have been flooded with invitations. I won’t get my inbox sorted out until next week, when I will also get all contact info sorted down into hard copy and then organized. I have tentatively planned out the first trip in late June, which will include stops in Ft. Lauderdale, Tallahassee, Atlanta, Birmingham and Nashville. I will solidify those arrangements next week. In July, I will head out to Albany, NY, New Hampshire, Boston and Newark. I have a woman here in the Denver area who has volunteered to help me organize and coordinate these events with local contacts at each site.

I got a very heartfelt note from a man who is upset that his wife is getting fearful from reading this site; going overboard about preparation and laying devotion on top of devotion. From some of his comments, I suspect he has not read any but a very small piece of this site. But it touches on why I agonize on putting up such posts as the previous one – and the one to follow, which cover some bluntly fearful things. They are needed to correct misinformation that is floating around..course adjustments, as it were. But if they are taken as the heart of what I am trying to get across, they lead the wrong way.

Anyone today who maintains there is no institutional assault on Christianity in America, that economic problems are within the range of normalcy, or that there is little danger of wide-scale armed conflict in the world is in denial. I understand that…whenever serious crisis looms, people try to restore normalcy by mentally minimizing or justifying what are striking abuses. The gentleman who wrote is in some denial. Because religion is not under as vigorous attack in America as it is in Europe, he tells himself all is fine here. It’s the classic normalcy bias. It is rising even as the situation gets darker. That he speaks against consulting astrology and some other such things suggests he has not read much of the website. But, at the heart of his complaint, he says his wife constantly criticizes him for focusing on his work while spending all her time all day long with devotions and fearful preparations.

Now, I am not in their household and I have made no independent assessment. However, if what he says is anywhere near correct, even with a little denial, he is closer to the mark than his wife. I have repeatedly said that you should not pile devotion on top of devotion, but rather should choose a few you prefer, live them well, and make your home and life a joyful one, enjoying and relishing the little joys that are available in such abundance. If you have shrouded your home with gloom and fear, you have missed my point entirely. I have also emphasized that doing your ordinary work well and with love is a refined form of prayer…that there is a godliness in this that is noble. I know many men who are not big on religious stuff particularly, but are passionately devoted to caring for their families. I regard them as profoundly Christian men – and in some cases have privately noted them down as people who can be counted on to help many when things get ugly. Even when the Storm is fully engaged, if I need a wall repaired, I will look for the most competent tradesman, not the most ardent Christian. Living your work well and with competence IS an act of faith – and one that does not get the recognition it should.

First of all, I have not summoned forth the darkness. For decades I kept discussions of such things to myself. For about 80% of the last two decades, I kept it limited to the three priests who have vetted me and to a handful of very close friends. I only started speaking publicly about it when the darkness had become so obvious that people were already in fear – and then to assure people that this is NOT the end. God wins. Yes, I know it sometimes looks as fearsome as David versus Goliath…but David won. And he will again. I beg you, do not be weepy harbingers of doom. Rather, act RIGHT NOW as the confident builders of a renewed society that you are called to be. Yeah, there are some nervy times ahead, but if you are not suffused with joy that spreads to those around you, you still don’t get it yet – and you cannot be as useful in inspiring others to endure as you should be. It is why I emphasize the simple and the ordinary…acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. You cannot take the next right step if you remain invincibly blind to serious problems that abound and are growing, but you cannot be a sign of hope if you weepily spend your time proclaiming woe or so desperately cling to a profusion of formal devotions that you ignore your daily work. Your daily work is the very heart of your faith: the devotions keep Christ at the center of that work, as a fountain of hope and joy that flow through everything you do. If that fountain has gone dry or dark, you may be engaged with a spirit, but it is not the spirit of the ever-triumphant Christ.

I have had dozens of notes from people telling me how this website has helped repair relations between spouses. The first big one came from a European couple, where the husband had come to consider his wife a religious obsessive…and they were on the verge of separation. She persuaded him to read a few pieces here (a few, I note) and he was eagerly enthused, specifically because of the simplicity of the message and what we are authentically called to do. It is straightforward and ordinary. To my surprise and immense pleasure, that scenario has been repeated quite a few times. This is the first letter I have gotten stating the opposite. Now it may be that there are other elements of division at work…but any advocate of this site who is driving people away from them because of a religious obsession has missed the point. To press to the point of division is to fail to trust God. Inform, then act and live your life with joy. If your spouse is hostile to any manifestation of faith, then that is a huge problem that you may not be able to overcome. But if your spouse is living his work well, you do an injustice not to recognize a godliness in it.

I long said I do not tell these things to people to try to convince them, but to inform them so that as they come to fruition, people will recall what I said and see the hand of God in back of some otherwise scary times – and take comfort in that. You do the same. If you frantically try to convince people of things you do not need to convince them of, you cannot possibly bear effective witness because you drive them away. Above all remember this: God wins. Act now as a generous victor, not as the fearful oppressed.

 

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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110 Responses to God Wins

  1. SteveBC says:

    Thank you, Charlie, for a worthwhile reminder. In fact, today I did not handle a situation as well as I could have. No damage done, fortunately, and the man I spoke with will remember when times get rougher, so I hope good will come of it at some point. Meanwhile, I have some work to do on my attitudes and methods. 🙂

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  2. Mark says:

    From our perspective it may look like David versus Goliath, but we must remember it is actually God vs opposition to God. As you said, God wins, He already won, eventually we will see what the score is when the clock runs out, but the game is essentially over and God wins. He is God, it wasn’t really a competition to start with, the opposition could not stand a chance. We just need to make sure we are on the right team!

    I do appreciate the cheering section here!

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  3. audiemarie2014 says:

    At a small retreat today, a question was asked what we learned this week. I blurted out Charlie’s three steps, although I learned it here months ago. Everyone wrote it down. Must have been the Holy Spirit, because I don’t talk much and it certainly got the ladies excited. That’s about the most I’ve been able to say to others. Maybe they’ll join this group, I don’t know, but your simple message is powerful, Charlie. Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Wonderful, Audie. If people can just take that simple message to heart, it will carry them through the roughest of trials.

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    • the phoenix says:

      Absolutely awesome, audiemarie2014!

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    • jaykay says:

      Yes, audiemarie, the best lessons are the simplest, don’t you think? Complexity trips us up. The best thing I got recently was from the simple book I was using for the Novena for the Divine Mercy feast. It was: “the merciful thought, the merciful word, the merciful deed”. The thought is internal but the other two are external actions we must make ourselves do. Yet they proceed from the first and are all of them interlinked. Our God is infinitely awesome but simple also. Hope that’s not heresy, but it’s my take. 😊 Took me so long to get it. Not sure I’ve totally internalised it either (at the risk of sounding like some management guru here!). Blessings to all. J.

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  4. Deon says:

    Hi Charlie, related to the joy we are called to witness to, I read the Papal Bull from Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, today. It is a wonderful gift from our Holy Father on Mercy, and the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. It is not that long, only 15 pages, including footnotes. I planned to just read a little, but it was so deep and rich, that the Holy Spirit called me to continue. I encourage all of the readers here, to take a few minutes to investigate this incredible gift from God. I believe our Holy Father was truly inspired by the Holy Spirit to declare the Year of Mercy. If you look at the timing of this Jubilee with possible world events, the hand of God is very clear. Thank you and all of your readers for their prayers and comments. You are an inspiration to me and my family. God’s graces, blessings, and gifts to all of you!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks, Deon. For those who want to read it now, here is the link.

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    • Nancy D says:

      So true, Dion. When I was listening to the reading of the papal Bull on EWTN’s coverage of the Vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, I simply cried for the beauty of the truth I was hearing. Afterwards I had a notion to send off a copy of it to every one I know, with a challenge: Read this, and then try to say that the Church is intolerant, hateful, closed-minded and cold-hearted toward anyone in any category of the human race. These words are the mind of Christ being spoken to every broken heart, every fearful heart, every soul without hope. This is an invitation into the very heart of Christ, which is mercy itself. The door is wide open, and will not be shut, unless it be shut by you, yourself. See the light coming through that open door? Follow that light. . .follow it!

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    • Mick says:

      Deon, thanks for the heads-up; and Charlie, thanks for the link. I’m going to print this off for future reference–it should come in handy during the worst of the Storm.

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  5. Thank you Charlie. This is very comforting. Incidentally, My husband came home tonight and said John Whitehead of Rutherford.org was on the radio on Phil Valentine tonight plugging his book, Battlefiled America. Anyway, John was basically talking about the same scenario you posted in your blog last night. He said, we’re one crisis away (natural disaster, financial etc) from a police state scenario. Anyway, after reading your blog last night, my husband came home and was like, these guys are sort of saying the same thing…

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  6. Kathleen Wimmer says:

    God Always Wins!!!!

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  7. vkmir3 says:

    Your Part One post and this post have been most helpful to me, especially this one. I have a tendency to go down the gloom and doom path and this helps so much to get going in the right direction. I especially like the notion of the godliness in our ordinary work. All of your posts are helpful, but this and the Part One post help me to trust-do-love. Thank you so much for all that you do, Charlie! God bless you and everyone here.

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  8. MT Butterfly says:

    Thank you Charlie, for this reminder that God wins. Your last post was very sobering as I am sure part 2 will also be. Sometimes it is hard not to focus on what is coming. Thank you for keeping us informed. Prayers for the conversion of all sinners and the salvation of all souls. TDL

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  9. Catma27 says:

    Very well said! Thank you so much !!!

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  10. radiclaudio says:

    Amen, amen. 🙂

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  11. MMBev says:

    I felt myself so blessed because I found your site and the opposite happened for me. Instead of fear growing as a result of observing the ever growing darkness, I experienced relief and joy. Your blog doesn’t give a point by point, which is impossible anyway. But it does give us HOPE, companionship, a “family” of those who are experiencing the same things, believing the same things. I’m quite sure that most of them also experienced relief. It may be that they learned a lot that was new. That goes without saying. If one is working, and has a family with children, there isn’t a lot of time to check out the various places where one might see the darkness growing. Had it not been for the Internet, and the freedom I have to take the time to use it , I wouldn’t have known anything either. Those who are experiencing difficulties re parish related, Church related knowledge see some. But unless they get “pinched” at work, or in some other way, you only see part of the picture.

    Even those people who got a real “eye opening” could only have felt grateful for this blog. God knew what He was doing Charlie. Most people are rational enough to realize that no one can do all the devotions mentioned here, and elsewhere, nor should we even try. The objective is not to multiply prayers but to build a TRUSTING, FAITH FILLED, EVER GROWING RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. And, by gosh, you sure point that out consistently. If misunderstanding happens, it might have already been underway before you even entered the picture. With all the prophecy sites and locution sites and alleged apparition sites for people to read, you’re frankly rather tame. The mention of different devotions come from us, your commentators anyway.

    That is sharing our joy, and the means we find that brings us closer to the Divine Master. Boy, I couldn’t cover it all even if I used 24 hours in a day. Think what a blessing that the husband read enough to realize it was his wife’s problem and not yours. Now he can try to help her. (Likely would have occurred anyway, even without you. Don’t try to grab all the credit…..especially the negative. LOL) It is likely a blessing in disguise for that couple.

    Meanwhile, I remain so truly grateful for all I have received! I cannot ever express what a difference this blog has made in my life. I don’t have to feel compelled to watch the news, no newspaper, don’t bother checking most of the news sites I used to. Now I enjoy the calmness, the sense of wonder at spring bringing summer, knowing that what ever occurs, God is in charge…..of EVERYTHING. And I have a better idea of how to keep His peace in my heart.

    TRUST – DO – LOVE. That’s all. That’s it. He will give us what we need to know, and because of you, we are so much more prepare to hold our post and not panic, and be the tiny fireflies of His Light that He intends us to be. Not ONE of us is here by accident. Each person has been led here – and, frankly not by you, but by God. We’re just tremendously glad that He chose you and not us for the task you have. And you’re doing it just amazingly well, Charlie, if I do say so myself.Thanks.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks Bev. Though it is not that I encourage people to pray less…but to deepen their understanding of prayer itself. When you do a kindness, when you live your duty…that is a very refined prayer that engages your will and your body as well as your mind and spirit. An excess of devotions without steadfastness in kindness, mercy and duty is not a rich prayer life, but an impoverished one. I am trying to get people to enrich their prayer life through fully engaging their will and their body by living charity and duty fully.

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    • JG says:

      Bev,you express so well what many of us think. You go girl!

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  12. MMBev says:

    Darn! You see what I mean! When I started to write my comment, only Steve was up there! It’s just not fair. Ohhhh. Can’t say that. I told Richard when he complained about his illness when he was about four, that life isn’t fair. That’s where we go for those rides that make us sick.

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    • SteveBC says:

      MMBev, everyone’s going to have to start calling me SteveBC in full. We now have another Steve on the site, and he calls himself Steve. Oh, confusion reigns! 😀

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  13. Nancy D says:

    That’s what I love the most about your simple formula for our daily lives of faith: It continually takes me back to a place of peace whenever I begin to project into the future, with all of its frightful possibilities. Acknowledge God (He is GOD, He is our Rock of refuge, He is everything we need to endure any and every circumstance, and He is absolutely trustworthy and true). . .Take the next right step (GOD puts that step before us, one at a time, keeping us focused on the now and helping us to be faithful in carrying it out). . .Be a sign of hope (that’s what we are if we practice this formula, because it instills in us the very qualities and characteristics that cause others to recognize that there IS hope, and it IS possible to experience joy and peace no matter the storm that rages around you). So I like Audie’s example of doing this one small thing that everyone can easily do, just repeating TDL to all who ask that question: “What can I do when I’m faced with something difficult in my life?” We can answer with “Well, this is what I’m learning to do and it’s working for me.” And then give them your very best smile! These days just seeing a really happy smile is a true gift. . .

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  14. Fernando H says:

    Charlie, I just want to thank you for giving us the heads up on the storm that is already upon us. Within the last five months, all of six elderly persons in my family have been stricken with very serious illnesses. In fact one was already called back to the fathers house. My siblings and their families are at war with me since I am the keeper of my mothers living trust. In one of the previous blogs you mentioned that God was busy separating the sheep from the goats, It helped me to see the what and why the attacks were coming. Knowing really helped me to stay grounded and focused on the lord during these difficult situations. Last month my wife contracted bells palsy and was giving the apostolic anointing of the sick by our parish priest, within two weeks of receiving the anointing she shows no traces of ever having the aliment, once again proving that Jesus is great and we must look to him and trust only in him. Keep up the flow of information as it truly does help. God bless you and thanks again.

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Say a chaplet of the tears of Our Lady. It will bring peace within your family. google on www,tearlove.org. many amazing statements.

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Promises from Jesus for those who say the chaplet of the tears of our lady

      1. Jesus to Sr. Amalia: “”If you want to receive favors, ask me for the sake of My Mother’s tears.”

      2. “My daughter, whatever people will beg Me for the sake of the tears of My Mother, I shall lovingly grant them. ”

      3. Later, My Mother will hand over this treasure to our beloved Institute as a Magnet of mercy.” This took place on November 8, 1929

      4. Mary to Sr. Amalia: “My Son wants to honor me in a special way through these invocations, and so, He will grant all graces that are begged for the sake of my tears.”

      5. “This rosary will provide for the conversion of many sinners, especially those possessed by the devil.”

      6. “Through this rosary the devil will be conquered and the power of hell will be destroyed. Get ready for this great battle.”

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  15. Christus Vinci, Christus Regna.

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  16. MMBev says:

    You present things within a context that many of us seem to relate to. One can read a million books, whatever, and then something extremely simple that is said impresses itself within the heart and will. So there I am, asking Jesus if He’ll come outside and help me cut down the vine on the fence. And then I tackle the job with gusto, knowing that He’s with me, loving me into being, giving me all of His creation to live in (Including cutting the branches off that darn vine) and when it’s done, and it’s dark, coming inside so we can see the new comments. And I am there, with Him, loving Him back, in an intimacy that doesn’t always require words. Being together, the way it should be.

    (And I cut that vine right down to the GROUND!)

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    • KarenM says:

      HI MMBev,
      I love that you asked Jesus to come outside with you and help you cut down the vine! I imagine that Jesus really loves it when we include Him in our daily lives, in such humble tasks. I ask Him to come walking with me, and it’s funny, I always feel such love for the people I see when I do this.

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  17. Charlene says:

    Looking forward to your visit to NH. Will you let us know via your blog???

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  18. An article regarding ISIS camps in Mexico, just outside the USA border. I thought it interesting since last fall there was a feeling/dreams/ect of some major threat coming into Texas and crossing the southern border.

    http://www.infowars.com/isis-has-camps-on-the-u-s-border-but-obama-says-right-wing-extremists-are-the-greatest-terror-threat/

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  19. Lin says:

    “Act now as a generous victor, not as the fearful oppressed”–Thanks for this power-packed thought. There’s much to mull over in just that one line.

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  20. E-noch says:

    Chantal, thanks for the article. I have been looking for this evidence. Good to hear from you again.

    Charlie, Referring to your comments on Obama’s inner logic. It has been my take on him
    since he was first elected that his ultimate goal was to neutralize America: to avoid any investigation of his background, his education, his true goals and visions, when he falsely presented himself as a christian, then to bankrupt the nation by giving away free money, other people’s money to big corporations to bring them on side and control them, Obamacare was to spend, control, neutralize all military & political gains in the Middle east, the swapping of one american deserter for three terrorists, reducing the military who defend America to increase his National Security Agency, which is his personal Body Guard, the Iran and Cuba deal is again to help bring victory to Islam, to prepare the way for the Mahadi. The whole issue of the southern border, is to let the enemy in. Baruch Obama is a trojan horse. He does not know how to govern because that requires negotiating in good faith. He can only dictate by veto and proclamation.
    So, in the sense that Obama has achieved his goals, he has been successful. But we must also
    ask the question, why was the media an accomplice in this covert operation? In what ways are they
    in agreement? Who else wants to neutralize America from within? Just a thought! From a Canuck

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  21. avecrux says:

    As always, Charlie, thank you, especially for admonishing us that doing ordinary work faithfully is godly. This is something that I’m finding increasingly difficult; I’m currently studying for an exam so I can get certified in administering some giant business software. I can barely focus on the training videos because I’m tempted to say “Everything is falling apart around me and here I am watching videos that will eventually help make businessmen more money. Why bother?” Yet I am here, and not anywhere else, and so I’m praying for more discipline, that I can be purified and maybe save a few souls by working diligently, offering whatever I work I do to Mary.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ah, dear Avecrux, nothing is wasted in God’s economy. Prepare well for that exam as aqn act of faith and obedience to God. He will draw forth profound fruit from your effort – perhaps not the fruit you sought or expected, but profound fruit for you loving obedience. Whatever you do, do it for God and for love of your fellows – and you transform the most mundane tasks into profound prayer. Change that diaper for God and the comfort it gives your baby! God will answer generously that generous prayer.

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      • Mack says:

        I like that thought, “Nothing is wasted in God’s economy.” I’ve found myself thinking along the same lines as avecrux; I’m working on things that may never come to fruition. But it’s what God wants me to do for right now, and who knows, in the larger scheme of things it may yet end up helping somebody.

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  22. waitingNwondering says:

    As ever, beautifully written Charlie! Definitely a keeper.

    I am reminded that the early Christian martyrs could be filled with joy, while St. Maximilian Kolbe encouraged his cell mates to sing hymns that drove the Nazis crazy.

    I am also reminded of Philippians, Chapter 4, which reads:

    Joy and Peace.
    4 Rejoice* in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!c
    5 Your kindness* should be known to all. The Lord is near.d
    6 Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.e
    7 Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.f
    8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.*
    9 Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me.h Then the God of peace will be with you.*
    10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that now at last you revived your concern for me. You were, of course, concerned about me but lacked an opportunity.i
    11 Not that I say this because of need, for I have learned, in whatever situation I find myself, to be self-sufficient.j
    12 I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need.
    13 I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.
    http://www.usccb.org/bible/philippians/4

    PAX!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Your comment on St. Maximilian Kolbe reminds me of my son. He went to an urban high school where they had all sorts of groups, including goths – who wear all black and act gloomy and depressed all the time. I noticed after several weeks, that he wore outrageous day-glo colors every Wednesday…and finally asked him about it. With his big grin, he asked me if I had noticed all the goths at school when I dropped him off each day. When I said I had, he said that every Wednesday, he and a bunch of his friends would wear ridiculously colorful clothes, then hang around near the goths humming cheerful tune. “Drives ’em nuts!” he enthused.

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  23. luvmercy5775 says:

    You wrote, “Above all remember this: God wins. Act now as a generous victor, not as the fearful oppressed.”

    Thank you for reminding us of this Charlie. Concentrating on difficult circumstances rather than praying and praising God for the solution only serves to defeat us. There’s nothing the Lord is incapable of overcoming. Seems to me He often lets Satan throw his best punch
    only to checkmate him in turn. What the enemy intends for evil, God uses for good.

    A friend recently told me about a very realistic dream she’d had. In the dream she saw herself arriving at her church for a Bible study. When she walked in she was amazed at how many people had shown up. Rejoicing over this turn of events, her joy turned to dismay when she left to go home. Said she couldn’t believe what was going on out there. “They were trying to kill us”, she recalled.

    Interpreting the dream, seems the Lord was saying that when people feel threatened they often run to the church. Something they might not have done if they were comfortable where they were.

    So, while there are many possibilities to ponder, let’s keep our eyes on the crowd that turned up to hear the word of God. He is in control and He will not allow the enemy to triumph over us. As darkness descends, His light will only grow brighter.

    Jesus tells us, ” And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. ” Matthew 10:28. Actually, you might want to read that whole chapter. It speaks well to the times we’re living in.

    To God be the glory

    PS: Hope to meet you in person when you visit Albany, NY in July.

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    • connie says:

      First I want to comment to WaitingN. I remember verse 8 of Philipians Ch.4 as often as I can ” Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.*’ because I tend grumble or complain when people are treating me badly- even it is to myself- and I want to be of the mindset more often of the former than of the latter because this pler ases Jesus. As Charlie says, we are to live in joy and hope. It is hard when it feels as if evil is winning now with no consequences but I know that is not going to be the case for long. Jesus longs for souls to turn from evil and is saddened when a soul chooses death instead. So should I.Thanks again for the reminder of those verses!

      Secondly, luvmercy, what you said about your friend’s dream “when people feel threatened they often run to the church. Something they might not have done if they were comfortable where they were.” This reminds me of a program I was watching last nite about couples who were on the verge of divorce, and , as a last ditch effort, they agree to take part in an outdoor survival for a few days where the couple must depend on each other in grueling circumstances. One of them made some comment whereby they realized that the circumstances they found themselves in contributed to stripping the person down in a way that they could not hide behind old coping behaviours and defences and were made to be very vulnerable physically, emotionally. I had the thought last nite while hearing the person speak of this that it seems as if the Storm will do just that to each of us so that we will meet God stipped down with nowhere to hide! And while you described your friends dream I was reminded again that it seems the Lord will allow us to be stripped down so that we might learn anew to put our priorities straight.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Connie, your idea of us being stripped down has me really thinking. Thank you.

        I think you have it right.

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        • connie says:

          Yes, it is a sobering thought. I am having to ask myself, what defenses have I been hiding behind? But, on the other side albeit having experienced much pain, what joy, freedom, release might we experience because we have “put on Christ”! I am almost giddy just thinking about it,,,,

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      • Mick says:

        To Waiting and Connie: Waiting, thanks for the verses from Philippians 4. Connie, thanks for your comments about verse 8. They really got me thinking. I’m going to write that verse on an index card and tape it to my bathroom mirror.

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  24. Katherine Bailey says:

    Well put Charlie. Fear accomplishes nothing. Prayer is our weapon and our sustenance. I have often suggested to people who seem to be aware that something is up (hard to miss at this point), that this (awareness) is more of an awakening to the reality of the signs of our times and a prompting from the Holy Spirit, than simply life as usual. Yes, be aware, prepare as you feel necessary if you have the means to do so without incurring more debt, yet above all, remember all is in Our Father’s hands and He loves us inordinately and certainly more than we deserve. Whatever happens to or around us , if we focus our love and attention on each other and stay in a state of grace, we can totally rely on God’s promises to take care of everything else. I also refer them to the few blogs I follow to help with discernment , ie. this site, Mark Mallett, Peli, and Daniel O’Connor. God help and continue to Bless Us all….!

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    • Julie says:

      Wow! Catherine you said that very well! Thank you. As I am disabled, I have been called to contemplative prayer during this portion of the Storm. since I am all ready “weirdo” to most people, I keep very quiet about the Storm. Instead am collecting small synopsis’ of things Charlie has said as well as another visionary who mentors me, also named Charlie. I am posting one of them. I keep thinking about the scripture “when you see these things happening hold your head up high for your redemption is near at hand. ” Thought I would share one of these snippets which I have ready to share when I am approached about the reason for the hope and joy I show on my face.

      3 Steps to Being/3 Questions Before Action
      by Charlie Johnston/Charlie Horton

      3 Steps to Being in the Storm
      1. Look to God.
      2. Take the next right step (do the next ordinary thing right in front of you.)
      3. Be a sign of hope to others. Live joyfully.

      When you are wondering what exactly you should be doing, or when chaos breaks out, and everyone is running around asking “What must we do to be saved?” ask yourself these three questions. If the answer to any one of them is no then do not act.

      3 Questions Before Action Taken during the Storm
      1. Does this have my name on it? If someone is trying to draw me into their drama then approach cautiously, understanding that stepping in to fix the problem may rob that person of their struggle/growth.
      2. Would I do what I’m about to do before God?
      3. Would what I’m about to do add to the Love/Integrity in the world? If it is not about Love, then do not waste energy on that action (Love is not a feeling, a fuzzy warm sort of happiness. It is about what is ethical, true, honorable, and pleasing to God)

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      • Mick says:

        Julie, that was really insightful. And I’d like to thank you, because it is you who are disabled, ill, and/or contemplative that hold all of the rest of us up through your prayers and sacrifices. God bless!

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  25. Donette says:

    Yes. Charlie gives a motivational speech. “God Wins!”
    That requires an “Alleluia” from the Christian crowd.
    A “Hooray” from the stadium audience and last but not least
    An “Ooh Rah” from Charlie’s Marines

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  26. Bob says:

    My wife and I have been busy this week. We signed a contract on a house further out of St Louis as all my family including our new grandbaby live in St Charles county. I want us to be closer to my family and as my wife’s parents both have died and her sibs are scattered about I want her closer to my family in case something happens to me. I admit I probably stressed her and myself out as I felt an urgency to hurry up and get this done before the storm comes and I needed to learn to surrender and trust that God would work things out or give me grace to stay where we are now. And I spoke to my deceased granddad as he had worked with appraisals and real estate for 50 years and I figured he knows something about the subject. I think we found a good house, but with uncertain times ahead I hope I can be a sign of hope to my family and new neighbors I will meet. And if the economy is really smoke and paper buying something solid is not a bad idea anyway. I am uncertain if I should buy outright or finance with a mortgage or will the economy collapse so they won’t be able to foreclose homes? Still praying about that, and my son who lives in Oregon is in town this week. Special times for us. And the grandbaby is just over a week old!. A cutie he is and I am sure I am totally unbiased!!

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  27. Becky-TN says:

    Hey Charlie,

    So grateful you posted this post between Parts I and II. I needed a “back-slap” back into reality. A reality that I am an adopted child of the Creator of the World. I NEED to always remember that and act like it.

    Another thought: you, Peli and Mark always write about the utmost importance of living in the present moment, doing well what God has put in front of us. But what we need to realize is the importance of being obedient to God in that “moment” can change things. I remembered your story of Mt. Meeker and how your plan was to make it to the Summit, but you were stopped by park rangers who told you you couldn’t. And you listened; didn’t take a sneaky route. Later the Lord let you know that because of your ONE ACT of OBEDIENCE, He would leave open the door of His Mercy longer. Think of that, 1 person’s obedience to God then helped the 6+ BILLION people on this earth. WOW!!!

    God Bless you, Charlie!

    PS I read your response on the other post about your love of dandelions. I love them, too!!! And seriously, how many little ones do we know love to run out to the seeding dandelions, pick them gently so they can blow the seeds into the air and make a wish??!!

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  28. Joseph Jalsevac says:

    Thank you Charlie. I am prone to fear and anxiety, yet I have found that, taken as a whole, you are very effective at delivering your potentially terrifying message with a sense of peace, hope, and refreshing common sense. I was impressed with how you managed to walk through such a terrible scenario in the last entry while managing to leave me feeling hopeful.

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  29. Dionna says:

    Hi Charlie and “family” – like many of you I came to this site many months back because of Mark Mallett and Pelianito. The awesome threesome. What an amazing triangle of hope and grace this is. I have been reading and following daily-and praying with and for all of you. Also-like all of you I have been riding the roller-coaster of ups and downs-some really tough ones (all in preparation no doubt) these many months. I am finally finding a moment to chime in. I can’t thank you enough Charlie for taking on this mission and teaching us to TDL! So simple-so perfect and so important. This has already helped me tremendously to get through the day to day storms. I have also learned so much from everyone here-the many incredible posts are truly part of this gift from God. . Bev-I love what you just wrote-you are so right – everything you said rang like an echo in my soul. Truly-none of us is here by accident!

    God is good!

    Charlie-I was wondering if you would be finding your way to the WDC Metro area in your travels? I am in Northern VA-and I was thinking how providential it might be to meet up with some of us in Maryland-at Emmitsburg where the Grotto is. It is a very Holy Place. It is about an hour and a half drive from me. I was also wondering if anyone else in the family here is in the DC (VA/MD) Metro area?

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  30. Sally Ford says:

    Thanks Charlie for the reminder that God does win in the end! God bless you in your work and stay strong. Sally

    PS. Sally is a nickname for Sara, which my mom would call me because she did not like the name Sara – oh well – God is good all the time and all the time God is good! 🙂

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  31. Dionna says:

    Thanks Charlie-I will send you an email. Thanks by the way for your reply about the KOLBE Center. I was amazed really-considering all you have on your plate. I am praying for you Charlie-as I know everyone here is-to stay well and rested through it all.

    Hi Frank! We are on the “DC” side of Warrenton off of 29. Have been living in the NOVA area for most of my life. My husband works in Fairfax. There are a few others out here I know of who have been reading a little and taking it all in. I do hope we will see Charlie out this way!

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  32. diane says:

    Charlie,
    I’m glad Fort Lauderdale is on you list –
    i am always surprised at how many times what you write or what others write is exactly what I was thinking/praying about – there is a beautiful golden common thread that has been weaving us all together as truly one Body in Christ. in today’s Office Reading – “The head cannot be separated from the members, nor the members. Not in this life, it is true, but only in eternity will God be all in all, yet even now he dwells, whole and undivided, in his temple the Church. Such was his promise to us when he said: See, I am with you always, even to the end of the world”.

    He will not leave us to weather the storm without Him – He will be in the Midst of all the happens- intimately or on a large scale He will be in our midst. How much joy that should bring to our hearts – and how much better can it be than that.

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    • MMBev says:

      Diane, you write of a thought I often have. God has and is weaving us together into a golden, shining, brilliant thread and we travel together held and bonded by Charlie. Thank God for this blog. None of us will truly realize what a price it has been for him, since the cost began right from the beginning of his life. And because of the gift of his life, his “yes”, here we are, shining in the darkness, with a brilliance of gold light that all will see. Without him, this common thread would not exist…..yet here we are. And we know that God planned this long before this time came and any of us ever knew that we would be here, loving each other, and striving harder and harder to exist in His will. When I think of how long ago God planned this (and it was from the very beginning of time) I am staggered with awe.

      Because of his life’s undertaking, and because God led us here, He has made of us a cord of light shining in the darkness as a beacon to draw others to safety. Right now we are learning and practicing. Soon our task will be to guide those God brings to us back to Him. How utterly breathtaking, beyond understanding that He would call us….such a diverse bunch of no name brand people to accomplish a task that is impossible. And it all begins with Charlie and his acceptance right from the beginning. If he’s crazy, then so are all of us. Sometimes it does seem crazy that God could plan such a wondrous and incredible gleaming facet in each of our lives.

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      • SteveBC says:

        This firefly is sending out a prayer to all who are connected in the golden web we are developing together and especially to you, MMBev, for the lovely comment you make just above.

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      • connie says:

        Bev, when u talk that you make me see the great cosmic wonder of it all and I see how huge God is, His wonderous glory and love for us beyond understanding. With you, I stand looking at creation in wonder and awe.

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      • Mick says:

        Bev, once again your beautiful and insightful observations are blowing me away ,as did your “firefly” observation a bit ago. I live in Michigan, and I absolutely love fireflies! When we lived in California some years back, I so missed the fireflies.

        Anyhow, when I read your most recent comment here, the image that came to my mind was of spiderwebs. I don’t have your gift of eloquence (math geeks usually don’t), but as I was reading your comment, I was imagining you and me and all of us here as little garden spiders, spinning our webs in our little corner of God’s garden, each corner having been assigned to us, so to speak, through Charlie. And as we each spin our little webs in our corner of the garden, we will catch all sorts of “bugs.” But rather than devour them, we garden spiders are to keep them safe during the Storm. Have you ever noticed that even after a storm with lots of rain and wind, the webs of garden spiders tend to remain intact? That’s how I see us. Our “webs” will shelter the souls who might otherwise be blown away and devastated during the Storm.

        May God help us all to be good garden spiders with strong webs that will help catch and save many souls.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I like that image, Mick…a lot.

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        • MMBev says:

          Mick, you obviously don’t know how eloquent YOU are! What a wonderful image! And you’re right. Now matter how tough the wind and storm, those webs remain just as they were. As I was reading your comment, I was thinking of how Our Lady Mother touches each one of the webs, turning it into the one thing we can’t. Shining, brilliant gold, and then reaching for her Son’s hand and showing us to Him, so He can delight in the work He has brought about in us. When I see how many, and ever increasing, people, are now come to this blog, I have no doubt that as each of our tiny webs touch each other, we will cover the globe.

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      • Kelly says:

        Thank you MMBev for this. It really touched my heart. And it helps to visualize that we are all holding onto the same golden thread.

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  33. Jacquie says:

    Charlie,
    I want to know as much as possible what to expect. Perhaps, I won’t be caught of guard if I know the government official knocking on my door offering help, is not what it seems. I want to know the good, bad, and ugly. Yeah, I’m scared but now, in the interim, there is time to rest and pray. There is still time to prepare my heart and strengthen my sacramental life. And think thru the physical preparations.
    Those of us who have been lead to this site are here bc God our Father called us. If He called, then everything the Sherpa teaches and offers is valuable.
    Thank you,
    Jacquie

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  34. Gwen says:

    Charlie, the woman that you spoke of in this post probably suffers from anxiety. The best thing her husband can do is try and understand and get her help if needed. Some temporary anxiety medicine may be called for. Patience and understanding is definitely called for. For anyone who has suffered this way, something that helped me greatly is to realize that just because I have thoughts of fear or thoughts of sadness, I don’t have to give in to them. Feeding those thoughts and dwelling on them is what brings on feelings of fear or sadness. You can choose to feed your mind with the Word of God or worship music. You can get up and walk or exercise. Helping others and serving others also banishes negativity.
    Joey Meyer has an excellent Christian teaching book on this called ” Battlefield of the Mind.” I pray for this woman and her husband. The enemy knows exactly our weaknesses!

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  35. Gwen says:

    Sorry, that is Joyce Meyer!

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  36. Lil Wild Rose says:

    Hi Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    I thought my little story might be helpful.

    In 2008 I began to receive an urgency to start what some would call “prepping”. For me it became a way of life with six small children. When food we frequently purchased was on leader sale I would buy several months worth, this also spilled over into household cleaning items, hygiene products and even clothing (oh the joys of neighborhood garage sales and Goodwill Saturday mornings😉) I did not really understand the prompting of the Holy Spirit but I did it. I did not know what I was preparing for……until unemployment hit late 2009. During the entire course of unemployment and then under employment, we did not buy any cleaning or hygiene products, hardly any clothing, and the the majority of food I still had to purchase was just fresh fruits & vegetables and proteins. God had prepared us physically and mentally. One friend asked if my husband and I were fighting about money, and I reported that we had not had one fight the whole time- what good would fighting do anyway? He was slaving 50 hours a week looking for work, coming home to a nagging wife would have been disastrous. We were also surrounded by a caring Catholic community. One friend never failed to bring over a monthly ham that I could stretch into three dinners. Cash would show up in the mail box without any return address. Bags of clothes were consistently left on our front porch. Even my smallest whispered prayers of needs were answered. Looking back it was a graced filled time: stripped me of pride and independence, gave me dependence, trust, reliance, and humility to accept help from others (just to mention a few).

    During this time my father was diagnosed with leukemia then it morphed into terminal lymphoma. I was offering up all my sufferings for his re-version back to the faith. I had NO idea that privately my husband was also. Two days after my father was reunited with the Church and received the apostolic blessing along with communion, my husband was offered a well paying job with full benefits. Three days later my father died on the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, the Sunday of REJOICING. Amazingly, the following year our 7th child was baptized on this same Sunday (not a coincidence-a Godincidence). God does win!

    The good man that I married said he would have endured more to offer for my father’s conversion if needed. There were people all over this country praying for him and us, not to mention my mothers prayers of 40 years, but the message was clear to us: that we had been sent a special cross for not only our purification but his.

    We do not always understand but we can always choose to trust. We can pray for inspiration and then act, (even if it seems crazy to buy 40 boxes of Mac-n-Cheese because it is 4/$1). And then we choose to go beyond ourselves and serve.
    Trust, Do, Love is there a better way?

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    • Mick says:

      Lil Wild Rose, I’m fighting back tears after having read your story. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You and your husband sound like incredible people. I’m so glad that your father was reconciled to the Church; and the timing of your husband’s job and the baptism of your seventh child… totally God-incidences!

      Thanks for the reminder that God really does win when we Trust-Do-Love.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I can testify, Mick, that Lil Wild Rose and her husband ARE incredible people. They are dear friends of mine…and their kids are wonderful and lively. They do live it fully…and their house is full of joy and laughter.

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    • CrewDog says:

      AMEN!!
      I think it might be a good idea for all of us to be on “watch” for those little & big “Nudges” that may may be coming our way in greater number and more urgency. Some of the 6th Sense nudges may have to do with “Prepping” and some that say Stop or Danger Ahead!

      GOD SAVE & NUDGE ALL HERE!!

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      very beautiful story. you give us a hope in God’s providence!!!

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  37. Ignacio says:

    we can’t do anymore for you the words my mother received yesterday in Ireland after painful treatment for cancer since June last year. Without hope.. But God wins and NRS is beating within my heart. My family all 7 are far away in Australia unable to offer anything but our prayer and sadness to the Sacred Heart. The darkness grows upon the world but the gift of this community is a consolation and I cannot express the joy reading all of your comments brings.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have asked the Lord to send St. Joseph to comfort and guide your mother and your family through this difficult time. Sometimes, the grief I felt as my mother got the same news just about three years ago rises up raw and painful again. Yet her last weeks became a miracle where all around her saw evidence of heaven and God’s mercy.

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    • Lil Wild Rose says:

      Prayers for your mother, you, and the whole family. May you receive God’s grace and find His peace. The grief comes like a tsunami, but then subsides again and you are left rocking gently in the arms of our loving Father. Truly embrace each moment for you are not abandoned.

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  38. TeriB. says:

    Hi Charlie, et al.,
    I have been following for about the last 6 months or so. Hubby thinks I’m always on FB, but I am really on TNRS reading all the great comments. Came across this last night and reminded me of Charlie always saying to “Gird Your Loins”. God bless all here! http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/10/02/how-to-gird-up-your-loins-an-illustrated-guide/

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  39. audiemarie2014 says:

    http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/st.-paul-cathedral-celebrates-100-years-as-a-monument-of-christian-faith-an/
    I am going to this cathedral this weekend for my niece’s confirmation. It will be my first time there and also my first time as a sponsor. Am so excited!

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  40. Anne says:

    Just saw trailer for new doc on walking the camino…..so where is your doc on walking the Charlie’s way???

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  41. Donette says:

    Charlie, I don’t mind that you have not posted Part 2 of Whatcha going to do…… . I am still studying Part 1 and all of the attachments that the folks have added. I feel like I’m back at my University for schooling with an additional gym requirement.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I’m working on it, Donette. On something like this, I try to be as precise as possible in what I mean to say. On such a subject there are inevitable misinterpretations due to perception, but I like to create as few due to clumsy phrasing on my part as I can.

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  42. Dano says:

    “By Charlie Johnston
    A little interregnum before I put up Part 2 of the “Whatcha Gonna Do…” post.”

    Now here is the definition:

    in·ter·reg·num
    ˌin(t)ərˈreɡnəm/
    noun
    a period when normal government is suspended, especially between successive reigns or regimes.
    an interval or pause.

    You are a bad boy, Charlie

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  43. Dionna says:

    Lil Wilde Rose,
    Thank you SO much for sharing your story!! How much it helps and what a beautiful witness to what God can do through a family who trusts in Him! Sometimes I wonder if I can distinguish between Gods inspiration and my own voice-but your story brings into clear view what real inspiration – and obedience- looks like. When you can’t shake it-and especially can’t see the “why” in it-it is likely not your own silly plans. No wonder He does not want us to know exactly everything that lies ahead. He knows our weakness and our best laid plans won’t do.

    This is precisely what “crazy” Charlie is telling us to do-no matter what comes-God knows and sees what we cannot-Trust, Do what He tells you (one step at a time) and do it with Love! It is NOT easy – in spite of our faith-we are challenged daily and attacked hourly. This is why we need to hear it over and over-TDL- and unite in the battle -picking each other up when we fall and praying for each other daily.

    Mick-I love the way you put it:
    “That’s how I see us. Our “webs” will shelter the souls who might otherwise be blown away and devastated during the Storm”.

    I’ll take Charlies brand of “crazy” over what lurks out there any day:-)

    . Fools for Christ we are.

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  44. elizmeehan says:

    Hi Charlie!

    I just watched a youtube video of Joel Skousen called Strategic Relocation. If you get a moment, please check this out! He has written a book of the same title and within the book has compiled strategic roads and maps for every state in order to bug out! GPS will probably not be available to us as was mentioned, so hopefully you will find this useful information to pass on to your readers! After watching the video, I plan to purchase this book myself!

    Thank you for all your wisdom and love for us. God bless us everyone!

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  45. EllenChris says:

    On a team doing a Cursillo from tonight until Sunday afternoon. Great thoughts here lately. Prayers for you all — please pray for us. It should be a good weekend. I hope to be able to check in now and then.

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  46. A Quiet Person says:

    Hi Everyone. I just wanted to share a bit of my day with you. I had a root canal and planned on praying a rosary to get through the misery. I said 2 decades on the way there. I was well into this dental ordeal by the time I got to the 4th mystery. Problem was I had no memory of it. None. Gone. And it was not just a short memory lapse. Like that brain file was deleted. I was so distracted. The drill sounded like sirens to me. (wonder where that came from). My jaw ached. And I am thinking, “Lord, if You think I am supposed to be some sort of prayer warrior during the Storm then I am going to need some help because things are not going well right now and this is just a root canal.” I was determined to get through it anyhow though (the root canal and the rosary!) So I gritted my teeth (so to speak) and said (definitely not prayed) a few Hail Marys. But soon after, I finally gave it up. Instead it dawned on me to offer my misery up as a prayer for the dental health of everyone during the Storm. So, Friends, I learned that I need to work on being a little less focused on MY plan for prayer, be a little more quiet (which I should know how to do pretty well by now anyway) and listen before I launch into what I think is a great plan, even if it is a plan for prayer.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha, Quiet, I was about to tell you your pain, if offered up, would itself be an intense prayer. Never worry about what you can’t do, lest you lose sight of what you can.

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      • barb129 says:

        This reminds me of when I was going through cancer treatment four years ago. So many times when I was feeling badly, I couldn’t even pray a rosary. I would just tell the Lord (when it came to my mind) that I was just offering up my misery and sometimes I could manage a Hail Mary. I look back now and know that the Lord knew my intentions and the desires of my heart and understood.
        I have also thought recently that perhaps one of the reasons that I had to go through cancer was a lesson that the Lord was teaching me about how we can get through difficult times one day at a time; in the difficult days to come, I can remind myself that I got through my treatment and I (and all of us) can through the difficult days with the grace and help of our dear Lord.

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      • Patricia says:

        Charlie,
        Thank you for the reminder. With so much going on, we can often forget the simple things we learned in school.

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    • MMBev says:

      Well, I’m not completely dumb as a toad! One of the things I felt prompted to do, or else one of my ideas, who knows, was to buy lots of toothpaste, brushes and dental floss. (The face of the cashier was priceless.) I’ve sat in that chair a good deal. My husband had dentures. He cancelled our dental plan without telling me. I need cleaning and attention every four months, which doesn’t really happen with my budget just now. So, thinking of the storm……..yes, a little self interest there, but I have enough for a LOT of people. Mouth wash next.

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  47. John says:

    Charlie, I’ve been reading for several months and have seen much fruit in my family. Thankyou for your dedication and yes to this ministry. Now about your part 1: what you gonna do when they come for you post. As a father of 3 small kids (6, 3, 1), I have been really struggling with anxiety, with prayer, with overthinking everything. I know I shouldn’t worry… And if I didn’t have kids if would be so much easier. Please pray for me, so that I may discern His will for my family, in the little and in the big.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I do understand, John. When my kids were little, things were a lot more distant from us – but it still was an act of faith and discipline not to let my fears for them overcome my duty. What worked best for me was understanding that, if I scrimped on my duty, things would be worse for them, not better – so I had best live as faithfully as I could. And I say that is what worked best to still my nerves about the subject, not that it worked perfectly.

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      • connie says:

        I’m with you Charlie. I try to always remind myself: I’ll do my best and let God do the rest.

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      • Gwen says:

        John, when the anxious thoughts come-what about this, what if this happens, etc., something that helps me is to go over in my mind all the times God has been faithful to me. All the answered prayers, all the little miracles replacing the anxious thought with them. Another thing is to ponder scriptures, memorizing them and speaking them out loud. Praise and worship music again is another weapon. As Charlie said, it always doesn’t work perfectly. Sometimes the anxious thoughts are hard to overcome, but these are suggestions that have helped me. We all need to be prepared emotionally as well as spiritually and physically. When it seems like everything and everyone are falling apart around us, we want to have a peace beyond all understanding. What a wonderful witness to Our Lord!

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    • Kelly says:

      John, I’ve been struggling with the same worries. Our children are also 6,3,and1. I have found saying the Miraculous trust prayer every time they rear up and offering it back to God as a sacrifice of my will for his to be so helpful. Also like Lil’Wild rose I found some “nudging” such as getting down goodwill and picking up a couple extra sweaters. And I’ve definitely jumped into get a pack ready with some extra bars, sweaters etc really just little things. My prayers are with you.

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  48. Michelle says:

    Here’s the petition to sign if you want to support Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco. https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/wealthy-san-francisco-donors-petition-pope-francis-replace-archbishop-cordi

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