...I knew that God had placed them there as warring angels...who believed in God and loved him enough
to give their lives to his service.
-- The Awakening Heart by Betty J. Eadie, p. 88
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At the July 2007 WAVES event a presentation on Spiritual Preparedness was given by WAVE A., and received a standing ovation! This is based on that inspiring presentation.

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Background - Fear

I attended my first WAVES event in Chicago in 2004. At one point, a very dear friend said to me, "You have a lot of fear. Shake it off!" I knew I feared many different things from childhood on into adulthood. To me, much of it seemed inherited and not under my control.

The 2004 event taught me more about God's love and sent me on a temporary spiritual "high." Not long after, I learned what a difficult trial I would have practicing what I had learned and letting go of fear. Betty has written that knowledge comes first and then comes the internalizing process. During this journey I realized God was preparing me to share ideas on Spiritual Preparedness. As in Ezekiel 11:19: "And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you."

When Challenges Happen

Listen to God - Challenges are Blessings

In times of great challenge a person may ask, "Why is this happening to me?" If one listens for God's angel messages, the answers will come - with the blessings of learning to love more. Or suppose a person feels a great injustice has been done. This is exactly as I was feeling once, but then I heard this angel message in my thoughts, "You have been greatly blessed, for you have been given the experience which best promotes your spiritual growth."

Listen for God - Act

This angel message came to me one morning while I was feeling overwhelmed by trials:
"The darkest night cannot put out the smallest light." I realized I need to let my own light shine.

Our WAVES brothers and sisters came to the rescue for others in Boston when the electricity in the hotel suddenly went out. They were ready and quickly sprang into action, safe under God's guidance and protection. God literally guided them all from the darkness to the light. They were ready and they let their lights shine helping both themselves and others.

Always Glorify God

I reconsidered Christ Jesus' experience and how he prayed to glorify God. I looked up the definition of "glory" in Noah Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language (published by the Foundation for American Christian Education). In part it reads, "It coincides with clear, and the primary sense seems to be to open, to expand, to enlarge." The following words are also found in the definition: plain, clear, open, bright, luster, shining, splendor, magnificence. We all can pray, Jesus did, to glorify God.

Examples of Spiritual Responses to Frightening Situations

Here are some examples of spiritual preparedness.

Finding Our Courage Within

I also heard this story of a woman who handled a scary situation with prayer. She was lying down on a sofa one day when suddenly she saw, through the window, explosions of white clouds and firework-like sparks above the houses.... Immediately she jumped up in fear and questioned aloud, "What is that?! Oh my gosh, what is that?!"

She thought it was a terrorist attack. She ran to the back of the house, and looking "within" in prayer, asking, "What should I do?" The answer came, "Don't panic, be calm, and stay right where you are." Then she looked out the window to see how others were responding. It was apparent that they had neither seen nor heard anything unusual. She found out later that an electrical transformer had blown, possibly due to a squirrel.

A Story from Where Angels Walk, by Joan Wester Anderson

Three college students set out on a drive home in extremely cold weather with dangerous temperatures. A concerned mother of one prayed with faith asking God to send them help. After one of the students was brought to his home, the other two drove off and found themselves on a lonely rural road when their car broke down. Realizing the danger they were in, one student prayed acknowledging that only God could help them now. Suddenly, there appeared a warmly dressed man who knocked on the car window and offered to help tow the car. They returned to their fellow student's home, entered the house, and then turned to pay and to thank the man - but he was nowhere to be seen, and there were no tire tracks from his truck in the snow.

What About the Scary End Times?

The following two citations are about "the end," which are often seen as frightening:

2 Peter, Chapter 3: "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar.... But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness."

Matthew 13: 24 to 30 and 36 to 43: "...the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity, and shall cast them into a furnace of fire..."

Yet I interpret these as pointing to an end to the material understanding of things and the coming of spiritual awakening.

Preparing the Armor of God

Bible verses from Ephesians 6 ("take unto you the whole armour of God... your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace... above all, taking the shield of faith...") are symbolic. For example, one cannot go to the grocery store and purchase a jar of "preparation of the gospel of peace" for one's feet.

However, we can do something that helps us do these symbolic actions, such as by preparing Bible verses for emergencies, so that they become actual "preparations of the gospel of peace" for the soul!

Bible Verses

Many people have found it helpful to print favorite helpful Bible verses on 3 by 5 inch note cards and rubber band them together to take along for moments of inspiration. (A perfect size band comes on asparagus bunches at the grocery store.)

For your convenience, on the next page are encouraging Bible quotes that you can simply print out on your printer, fold, and carry with you everywhere - or pass along to a friend! Or, copy or cut-and-paste them onto 3 by 5 note cards.

Following Betty J. Eadie's practice of including affirmations in her book, EMBRACED BY THE LIGHT: PRAYERS & DEVOTIONS FOR DAILY LIVING, I have created my own affirmations, which are placed after many of the Bible verses quoted on the page. Of course, you may use these or create your own affirmations.

Prayers & Devotions Book

Betty's book also lists study pages for defense against "fear." If you'd like to print out the list (you can fold up the paper as a reference bookmark!), please click here.

January 2
February 23
March 3, 12, 27
April 2, 9
May 10
June 17, 29
July 16
August 2
September 20
November 8, 26
December 8

Epilogue - Casting Out Fear

The Kingdom of God within us, our innate goodness, cannot be silenced, no matter what we fear humanly. Put your full trust in Him, for He is the Governor of all.

Remember the Bible words, "Fear God"? I originally concluded that these two words meant to respect God; now, they have an even more powerful and effective meaning: "Don't fear anything except for Him." He is the only and ultimate power over all, and we are always under His all-encompassing care.

Hallelujah and Amen!

"He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him."
I John 2: 10

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