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ladyalaska

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Well here's my story

December of 2013 myself and my husband decided we wanted to follow Christ... to walk his path as best as we could (we both decided internally at the same time w/o saying anything to the other so obviously we were on the same wavelength :-)

We stopped smoking (we were light smokers), stopped drinking (maybe twice a year a Beam and coke and margarita respectively LOL), threw out our porn, no more swearing, no more passing judgement (we are still working hard on this), attend church and pray several times daily.
We also will be helping the unfortunate (though we ourselves are basically poor and I am disabled in a wheelchair we still have more than others).

Boils down to we want Christ as our whole lives, we want to walk his path how he wants us to. About 2 to 2 1/2 mos ago I started asking for an angel to guard and protect us and our home (and those of our families) and my husband during his deep prayer time (in the mornings) he also asks for an angel.

Not soon afterwards our cat started jumping on the chair you see in the picture and just stare very hard at the opposite wall of where he is looking at in the pic (to the left). He would just stare. No bugs, webs, hair, shadows, etc... we checked, wiped, etc. So we put it as God heard my prayer and sent us an angel because  our cat does this almost every single night.

Then about 1 1/2 mos ago we purchased the picture of Christ you see there in the pic. Not soon after our cat jumped on the chair and just stares at Christ's face. He is not looking at the glass or the frame or any shadows... the only reflection he could see (my husband checked lol) is the white of our ceiling. The thing is is he STARES! Some nights he switches sides, he will stare at the Angel in the opposing corner and then at Christ.

Now here is the strange thing! Cat does this EVERY SINGLE NIGHT during the same time frame (1015-11p) which coincides w/my deep prayer time. I head to the bathroom (because it's a half bath and thus small and I close the door and it's dark and very quiet and peaceful there) He goes to the chair and does his staring when I am done w/my praying EVERY SINGLE NIGHT!

Last night was the strangest. When I headed into the bathroom to pray he was sitting in his box sleeping. When I came out he was up and standing by the couch. He turned and looked at me and headed to that chair. My husband said as soon as I went into the bathroom for prayers cat went under the picture on the floor this time  and stared up at it and did his whining meow.

I rolled over to the bed (I'm disabled) and the cat jumped on the bed by me. We have a beautiful cross on our wall that says 'as for me and my house we will serve the  Lord" Our cat has never paid it any mind but tonight he comes and sits next to me (I'm still in my wheelchair because he is sitting on my side of the bed) He is staring at the cross. Then his eyes keep flitting all over the place. They come back to the cross and he stares then eyes flit all over. He does this for  a couple of minutes and then goes to the end of the bed and plops down and stretches out. I climb into bed and I start commenting to my husband how cute the cat  looks
stretched out there (he's a gorgeous blond Maine Coon) we are still just amazed at what we have been seeing. I can't remember what I say but all of a sudden the cat's head springs up and he stares at the cross, next thing we know he is jumping up and leaps to the couch and heads straight for the chair where he jumps up there and starts staring at Christ's face again
He never just randomly heads there...No sniffing around or wandering... he always goes w/a purpose, especially last night.

My friend from church says he is praying but my husband wonders if he can see a spiritual warfare going on and is watching it. We don't know but I do know that should  the day he stops doing that I will get worried. I feel like the Lord has blessed us. We have tried getting video but because it only happens at night it's dark in  that corner so my husband is going to put a gaming camera (w/infrared) there tonight to see if that will capture it. My husband has said he's woken up at 4-430a on some nights and the cat is still on that chair staring. We don't know if he got off at any time up to that point but he is apparently there periodically into the early morning hours.

What are your thoughts? I get scared when husband mentions spiritual warfare because I feel like it might be for me as it's always after I pray and sometimes randomly I get very irritable w/o any sign.
(and btw we were going to weeknight service last night and I was trying to get ready and just ready to scream at the drop of a hat because my hair wasnt' going right, my shoes were being butts. Kept telling my husband maybe God doesn't want me to go to church. I go to the door and open it to wheel myself out on the ramp. My husband comes out to get me down the ramp and closes the door behind him. I'm down the ramp and he goes to get the keyes to the car and the keys are locked in the house. We have no way of getting back in the house. Neither of us turned the little lock on the doorknob (I know I especially didn't) so we had to miss church while he drilled off the
knob to get us back into the house and then change the lock out. by the time this is all done we are welllllllll past the start of the service :-( and it takes 25 mins to get there)
 

(I need help on how to post the pic of the cat and the pic of Christ.. can anyone help?)



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Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John  4:4

 

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....What are your thoughts....

 

....I get scared when husband mentions spiritual warfare because I feel like it might be for me as it's always after I pray....

 

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Cats Are Cool And Even A Burro Can Teach

 

And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.

 

And God's anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.

 

And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.

 

But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side.

 

And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall: and he smote her again.

 

And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.

 

And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.

 

And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?

 

And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.

 

And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.

 

Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

 

And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:

 

And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.

 

And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again. Numbers 22:21-34

 

But Beloved When You Sense Trouble From Old Dust Eater

 

And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: Genesis 3:14

 

Forget The Cat And Look Up

 

Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

 

For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

 

For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

 

O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. Psalms 84:9-12

 

For He Is Your Hope

 

I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.

 

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

 

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. Psalms 18:1-3

 

And Salvation

 

He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. Pslams 62:6

 

So Give God The Glory Glory

 

I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Isaiah 42:8

 

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Be Blessed Beloved Daughter Of The KING

 

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

 

And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them. Numbers 6:24-27

 

Love, Your Brother Joe



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Hi ladyalaska my humble opinion is you still need to learn how to hear God its all well and good to go running off to do good works and ask for guardian angels and the like  but if you learn how God works He'll be able to lead you  actually i dont even think guardian angels are scriptural so i'd be careful of what might be going on    the spiritual warfare side is    on one side is God and on the other side is satan   satan will try to lead you astray influence the way you think and feel  he will make you feel like you are listening to God  thats why you have to be familiar with the bible so you can discern right and wrong  so start with reading Ephesians ok luv its a bit of a learning curve but feed the spirit with prayer and reading the bible and resist temptation whatever you do do it to please God not yourself wake up with a smile and thank Your Heavenly Father for the new day.


Edited by Snow, 02 August 2014 - 01:45 AM.


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I don't believe that you should be asking for guardian angels. I think that guardian angel theory does not come from Christian or Jewish scripture, it's more like a new age thing.

If you ask for angels, you may well get them but the wrong type of angel from the wrong source. I suspect that you may have been given what you asked for but it wasn't God that gave you it.

 

Another thing, you seem to be relying too much on icons. Christianity is not about crucifixes or portraits of Christ, although there is no harm in having these as long as you don't revert to idolatry. I don't believe that pictures of Jesus, statues of Mary, crosses, holy relics or any other such things hold any significant power. If they do, there is a good chance that power has come from a sinister source. Christians should avoid superstition at all costs. As a person who loves symbolism, I like the idea of using crosses and pics as educational tools or for identification purposes, but that's just me, I'm very visual. However, I don't have crosses on my wall or anything like that, nor do I wear a crucifix around my neck. Neither do I hang up paintings of Jesus (we don't know what he really looked like anyway).

You don't need any of these things if you walk with the Holy Spirit.

Stay away from excessive use of icons, stop asking for angels and tell Satan to go away and stay out of your life.



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I think the reason people think we have guardian angels is based largely on Psalm 34:7.

 

The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

 

I believe this applies to those who fear God, whether we directly ask for guardian angels or not.  I don't know what is going on with your cat and that picture.  Even if there was an angel in the house, I don't think it would be attached to a picture.  I have heard of objects being cursed, like in that movie, "The Conjuring," which was based on a true story of a couple that would go around helping people who were possessed or had objects in their home that were cursed.  I don't want to jump to conclusions over a picture.  I am just looking at different possibilities.  Was this an old picture, like from an antique store, or just a painting bought in a department store?  Is there any history associated with the picture?  Again, I am only trying to consider different possibilities. 

 

I don't personally see any problem with you asking the Lord to send you a guardian angel.  God isn't going to reward the sincere prayer of a Christian for something like that by sending them a demonic entity.  There are cults that worship angels and people that pray to angels, which is not Biblical, but simply asking God to send you an angel to watch after you isn't problematic to me.  I think something more is going on there.  Animals can sense things humans often cannot, just like children can sometimes sense things adults cannot.  See what you can get on camera, and keep us updated. 

 

As far as the not getting to church thing goes, everyone has experienced things like that, and I can't say if that was the Lord keeping your from something harmful, or the devil trying to keep you out of church.  It is also possible you were just very disorganized that morning.  The problem with the things you are describing is there are many possibilities, like with the picture.  There could be something about the appearance, the colors or something like that, causing the cat to stare at it.  This could all be a completely natural occurrence, or it could be angels, demons or even as your husband suggested, some kind of spiritual warfare taking place that your cat senses.  I can't come to any absolute conclusions based on what you have said, but again, I would love it if you would provide more updates.  You seem sincere in your desire to serve God, so I can't believe God would send you a stone for bread or a serpent if you asked for fish.  (see Luke 11:9-13).  If you asked for something against the Father's will or amiss, I just believe it would go unanswered.  I don't think he would send you something bad if you asked for a guardian angel because it was something you shouldn't have requested.  I don't believe God works that way, but it is possible there is something going on with the picture.  I would love to know more about where it came from. 

 

God bless, and I pray God will place a hedge of protection around you to protect you from harm. 



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Read Psalm 91 and you will be assured of the love of God and His protection for those who lo trust in God and are called by His name. You need no picture or cross but the Holy Word of God on which to depend for His arm is mighty and yes He will give His angels charge over yo if needed.
I recall the incident of the missionaries who were told that the native people lead by their religious man were coming to kill them that night. All the missionaries could do was pray and ask for God's protection. That night when the natives cane they did not attack but turned away. The next morning when they asked one of the men what they did not attack, they were told that there was a vast numbere of men standing guard so they could do nothing and they wanted to know where they all came from.
Greater were they that were with them than against them! The Father knows our every need before we ask!!

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Thank you for the responses.

 

Just for clarification we do not worship to the pic of Jesus or the cross. We keep them simply for the reminder to keep on path of what we want and that is to follow Christ every day.

 

As for the pic of Christ it's a print from art.com (I' cannot attach it to this it will not accept any that I try to attach - but you can search Christ at Thirty-Three by Heinrich Hofmann) and we just have it in a simple frame. I also have pics of our cat on the chair staring at it as he does every night but I have no idea how to attach a pic w/o a url (a personal pic)

 

When I pray I tend to look upwards at him and try to speak outloud most times (when hubby is gone) because I can focus better when I speak out loud to him.

When we decided to follow Christ wholely we did not take it lightly. We mean for it to be our whole world. Before finding a church we watched youtubes of Perry Stone, Chuck Missler, Mark Virkler, Dave Geisel, Dave Wilkerson, Rob Skiba, etc. We still do to get every view and perspective and take what we learn from them and add it to what we learned on our own to make our own judgement. We never follow people like Joel Osteen or Jesse Duplantis, Creflo Dollar as they are actual scam artists who use people's faith to get rich. We tried a couple of different churches before deciding on the one we have decided to attend regularly (a Pentacostal). I mainly like how they praise God. I can feel his spirit in that church though I do not believe in speaking tongues or the power of everyone being able to heal (if that were so we'd allllllll be diciples).

 

We feel no evil presence in our home and I seldom have asked for an actual guardian angel... but an angel to protect us and I ask God every single night to keep satan from our home and hearts and that our life is solely for him. The cat never seems freaked out or scared when he does this. He's calm and quiet. and again he only does it at night between 1015-11p so it's not about the colors otherwise he'd be doing this off and on all day.



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Thanks Littlelambs and Butero i like learning   i just always thought of the Angels as being more messengers and occasional protectors like brother FresnoJoes example   i think if i was a fulltime guardian angel  i would take up smoking   but i really dont know   that is why ladyalaska we need to discern for ourselves good or bad

 

Hi Ladyalaska You just posted as i did i mean your last post sounds pretty good to me and look forward to more discussions with You

and just thinking about it i ask for protection often enough as well

 

and get another cat

 

Big God Bless to You and Husband


Edited by Snow, 02 August 2014 - 12:41 PM.





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