Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | January 24, 2013

Trials Are Tests

Here it comes.

Here it comes.

The Lord Jesus Christ had the Apostle Paul write about rejoicing in suffering.  I’ve lived life enough to know to praise the Lord God when hard times happen.  And mean it.  Really.  Actually rejoicing is another wholly different level of understanding and living life.   Or, a holy different level of life in His Will.

Here is a good prayer when challenges have nametags.

Psalm 10

A prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?     Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,  who are caught in the schemes he devises.  He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;in all his thoughts there is no room for God.  His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him;he sneers at all his enemies.  He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”     He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”

His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.  He lies in wait near the villages;from ambush he murders the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims;  like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.   His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength.  He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.”

 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.  Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, “He won’t call me to account”?  But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.   Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out.

The Lord is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land.   You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.


Challenges create opportunities.  In my clan, “We never quit.”   And, “I ain’t dead yet.”

This January 2013 is a time for trials.  Personally, they are tests to be humble, act humbly and give Grace.

Likewise, it seems so on a much greater scale for more important reasons to our Nation, Western Civilization and Christians everywhere.

Let the cold, mid-Winter wind bite.  Seasons change.  It will all be okay.

God is good.  All the time.  No matter what.  No matter what.









  1. Amen, no matter what

  2. True.. He is. and it will be all right in His time.
    But it still is hard to watch them destroy the infantry.

  3. DV: They will damage the Infantry until someone fixes it or, indeed, they will destroy it.

  4. First time you witness a formation with a company commander in a maternity uniform will be too late. Soldiers look to their leaders to define the unit (and them). seeing infantry officers in maternity uniforms or leaving early to get their kids at day care will be the norm. It is like that in other units that have women now. the engineer unit I work with now was required to set aside space for a private “lactation room” for nursing mothers. The effect this has on the men is startling. Not only are they emasculated but feminized. The young guys accept it and become softer.They think that is the way the service is supposed to be. I see it every day on base where i work. Units that used to do “manly” physical training now do Zumba dancing and yoga for PT. Most (I kid you not- MOST) are fat and unmilitary in their bearing and actions. It is bizarre and humiliating for any man.

    I remember a line from the George C. Scott Patton movie: “they don’t look like soldiers, they don’t act like soldiers, why in hell would you expect them to fight like soldiers.”

    All we see in the press is talk about the danger to women in combat. But the biggest danger is not the damage done to young women (which is tragic in and of itself) who should be enjoying their late teen and early twenty years being the most pretty and feminine they will be in their lives instead of wasting those years trying to look like and act like little men, but the feminization of the infantry unit is the more serious crime
    Standards go down when they bring women in, they always do. These women assigned to the infantry in a few short years will not be volunteers but women assigned to the infantry involuntarily just like some men are. that is how personnel assignments will be made. the same for men and women. No gender differences. And the women will change the culture. the men in combat service support units today are much more feminine and their units are than the all male units of forty years ago. we see it at the academies now. They are different. Less martial. Infantry units are the same and will suffer the same. The plan is to de-militarize the military.
    Go to Ft. Eustis, just look at the fat, women in fatigues (and men too)..I don’t know why they aren’t drummed out. Infantry units will follow suit.

    I remember when i was at TRADOC in the mid-90’s. They presented a proposed change to the PFT to the TRADOC commander that was based not on how many push-ups or pull-ups a soldier did, but how much EFFORT they expended. So a woman who did one but tried just as hard as a man who did ten would get the same score. I was shocked that a room full of senior officers didn’t throw them out. The fact they listened, showed how far we had fallen even then. They Army was being feminized. It is much worse now.

    The leftists are hitting us on multiple fronts simultaneously, and the Patriots are too overwhelmed or tired to resist it all. Much will succeed.

    No Jim, there is no good news here, except Maranatha.

  5. DV: Concur with this caveat. The infantry is based on the squad. The squad is a living organization of men. Building good squads is like building sandcastles – you keep doing it over and over and over. At any point, leaders could build new squads of men and undo the PC in a heartbeat. In our Nation that means the persons with power have to allow it (POTUS, SecDef, Congress, – and they have to blow of intervening black-robed priest-kings so-called judges) and the Infantry leaders have to have the Will.

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