Time Makes Cowards of Us All

by Anniel3/9/17
Because shape shifters abide in the sea of lies about us, and astonish us by evil, we, who can only see through a glass darkly, often grow weary of sin before the battle is joined.

As the many-headed Hydrah of legend confronts us daily we must sharpen our survival skills and mount a vigorous defense. You and I may crave peace, but it is not ours for the wishing. Nor may we become liars in the battle we fight, for the righteous are forbidden to lie. Only our enemies may lie freely. That is both their (false) strength, and their greatest weakness, that we will learn to recognize their lies and fight them with truth.

Today I was shown clearly the many faces of our enemies, those who would destroy us with no thought. It was warm in my room, and I was half asleep when I was suddenly awakened and shown the faces of those who hate me, and all of us, but I was also told not to reveal those names. Some of them you already know, but others may be personal to you and different in the battles you will need to fight.

Time is of the essence lest we truly become cowards and blow an uncertain trumpet. I was exhausted by what I saw. Like Hercules when faced with the Hydrah, we may see new heads grow when we thought we had killed them, and most of us lack the strength of a Hercules.

Some of us may discover that we are one of the Hydra’s heads looking out of our mirror. That we need to shed our own cowardice, and learn how to forgive our singular weaknesses. That could be our most discouraging but necessary assignment.

It has also been said that we grow closer to God when we laugh, and that “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (Proverbs 17:22 KJV). I hope we use the miracle of a sense of humor to bring us joy in the Lord. The ability to see one’s self clearly does make humor both a miracle and a necessity. Our enemies are grim of spirit, they have lost all ability to see irony and humor. One task our side has is to learn to laugh again.

The battles we fight today are mental, spiritual and, as ever, eternal. That I witness to you as I awaken from my strange – – dream? vision? I stand perplexed, but what happened to me was real.

You will need to confront your own need for Truth and find your own strength if we are to be successful in saving our land.
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22 Responses to Time Makes Cowards of Us All

  1. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    As someone said, “It is better to light a candle, than curse the darkness.”

    Make sure you have lots of matches and candles.

  2. Rosalys says:

    I am puzzled, Annie. Why must we not name them? For too long, evil has been allowed to masquerade as good. It needs to be called out. It’s not slander if it’s true.

  3. Anniel says:

    I wish I understood more fully what exactly happened to me.

    We do have common enemies, but maybe part of our strength lies in learning to identify which ones we individually are most suited to deal with. There are the Pelosies we have no questions about, but there are others who may be trying to do well and they just unfairly turn me or you off. Maybe I don’t like someone’s looks or they sound suspicious. I guess, in a sense, if I tell you I don’t like someone you trust, it might be false witness.

    I still have a lot of my own questions floating in my head.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Well, I think there would be no harm in listing those in public life. The most any of us is likely to do is disagree. Of course, most of us would come up with similar lists of names.

      • Rosalys says:

        Sorry Annie. I was thinking in terms of public people. If you are talking about “friends” or, (horrors!) even family members, then certainly one must be far more circumspect.

        Most of my friends, and some of my family, are rather liberal (some very much so.) Though in reality they be “enemies,” since their way of thinking would, and if unchecked will, bring about the collapse of the civilization I hold so dear, I think they must believe themselves virtuous and are unwitting dupes. Listening to Bill Whittle this morning ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhCLdzsN3X4 ) I was reminded of Reagan saying that, “…it’s just that so much of what they know just isn’t so.” Our job is to present the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Our arguments must be based in fact.

        • Anniel says:


          Bear just reminded me that there are those we don’t have enough information on to judge their intent. There are also some we might trust in one thing but not another.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          I have many friends who are conservative, but also many who are liberal, and I try to get along with all of them. It helps when they’re basically reasonable sorts, which most of them are. (I doubt they’d be friends if they weren’t.) My sister is staunchly liberal, and that generally hasn’t been a problem between us.

          • Rosalys says:

            Among my liberal friends and family, there are just some topics we don’t talk about. It is possible to carry on a conversation and not talk politics, and often those conversations are very pleasant indeed. However, I have found that sometimes one of libs will make a political comment. I figure if they bring it up first, then I may follow up. It is usually when I put in my two cents worth that a halt on all political discussion is declared.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              I have had occasional serious political discussions with liberal friends. There’s a lot of “agree to disagree”, which is always a reasonable attitude for those who disagree to hold. It hasn’t happened as much in more recent years, partly due to seeing such people less (this is mostly at conventions, and last year we only spent a single day at one).

  4. Lucia says:

    Thank you for the reminder not to tire before the battle is enjoined. Discouragement is the enemy’s weapon but the battle is the Lord’s. Keep your eyes on Jesus, feed on the Word, pray continually and you will not be confused or discouraged by the “fog of war”. So many believers have been given instructions by the Holy Spirit for the times ahead that I am encouraged the Lord means to use us to rebuild our country and bring about a spiritual revival, especially in our young people. They will be bereft once their beliefs are proven to be false and they are left with nothing to guide them.

    • Anniel says:


      Like you, I do believe the Lord is using us as tools to rebuild. Bear asked this morning who I thought we needed someone like and without thinking I blurted, “General Patton.” Patton’s barber told Bear and our boys so many stories about The good general when he cut their hair, they all grew up knowing of at least one great warrior.

    • Anniel says:

      I had all but forgotten that Patton’s barber lived here for many years, and that he was also his buglar. He and his wife lived in a small home and he added a barber shop to it. He sometimes played Revellie, but mostly stuck to taps. I think our eldest son would have stolen the bugle if he could.

      His stories were living history. That’s what we need to be. I love the idea of preserving the stories for future generations. Some of them are beginning to understand.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        I remember that when we lived at the Presidio in Monterey, on rare occasion we took an out-of-town trip that conveniently led to us getting back late enough for me to hear them play “Taps” before I fell asleep. I enjoyed listening to it.

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Although I can appreciate some St. Johnian mysticism, I’m sort of with Rosalys: Let’s get some specifics.

    This is especially important because we live in a time when we are flooded with half-truths, misinformation, and the barrage of word salad that springs forth from entities such as Facebook which glorify basically content-less speech and threatens to destroy all serious thought and meaning.

    I’ll start. People to at least oppose or be suspicious of because they have bastardized science and reason by mixing it with the Religion of Leftism:

    + Richard Dawkins

    + Bill Nye

    + Stephen Hawking

    People who are making at least small efforts as an antidote:

    + Bill Whittle (already mentioned by Rosalys)

    + John Lennox

    + David Berlinski

    + Dennis Prager

    + Richard Feynman (gone but not forgotten)

    There is probably little that can be done about the spread of what Dennis Prager calls the most dynamic religion in the world, Leftism. But what we can do is to be clear, concise, reasonable, and hopefully at least slightly persuasive.

    • Rosalys says:

      If you listened to the Bill Whittle link I posted, in his first segment he talks about the experiment by some college professors (?) where they took the transcript from one of the Donald/Hillary debates and had a woman taking Trump’s part and a man taking Clinton’s part. The results were rather telling. It is possible to reach some people.

      Leftism preys on mankind’s natural greed and selfishness. We all want stuff, and we all want power. Civilization, and especially Christianity, teaches us we can’t have it all if we want to live in peace.

  6. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    I don’t know about making us all cowards, but I do know it catches up with all of us.

    Tonight I went to Taco Bueno and made my order. When I got my receipt, I noticed that the young man who had taken my order gave me the “senior” discount. This is the first time such a thing has happened to me. I had to laugh. Vanity all is vanity.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      We’ve been getting senior discounts for some time, and I can assure we have no complaints. It saves a lot of money.

  7. Lucia says:

    I always forget to ask for them so I seldom get them even though my hair is silver. I frequently forget I’m a senior anyway. My husband says I don’t act my age so maybe I pass for being younger….

  8. Ann says:

    Our youngest daughter, Cate, all during her young years was taken to be older. Now that she is 31, everyone thinks she is younger and she needs to show her ID for everything. I just laugh because I never expected to live beyond 60. This is bonus time for me.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      At least as late as my niece’s wedding (around 15 years ago), people thought Elizabeth and I were both a lot younger than our actual age (my rotundity may have contributed to that, as would Elizabeth’s still-not-gray hair). I doubt his would be true now as we toddle along; I use a cane and could probably benefit from a walker, and Elizabeth uses a walker and a wheelchair depending on the situation.

  9. Lucia says:

    Maybe the youngsters manning the cash register are too preoccupied to notice the color of my hair and offer me a senior discount. I ought to thank them for thinking I’m younger and not really a senior. The look on their faces should be rewarding.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I seem to recall an old short in MAD Magazine in which an older woman suggested telling people you’re older than you are so that they’ll say you look young for your age. Of course, if they don’t think that . . .

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