WE CAN’T INHERIT FREEDOM!

Note: This article first appeared in Heroes, Heroines and History on October 16th.

By Catherine Ulrich Brakefield 

“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” (Taken from Ronald Reagan Gubernatorial Inaugural Address, January 5, 1967)

This November’s election will have monumental importance. President Reagan’s words ring out truer today than at any other time in our history for Christians to vote the Bible or liberty to be lost into a sea of regret. “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17 NKJV).

In the 2016 election, according to Christianity Daily, it is estimated that 61 percent of evangelicals voted. Where were the other 40 percent?

We Christians will be the culprit if America loses its freedoms. Charles Finney, (1792-1875), the most celebrated revivalist of the Second Great Awakening, says: 

“Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy Holy protection, and wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation.”

“The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord will curse them…God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the church will take right ground. Politics are a part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God.” 

When General George Washington resigned his commission from the army in 1783, he sent to the governors of the thirteen states a letter that concluded with this prayer:

His words became prophetic when the Civil War ripped our country in two. Hardly a “happy nation.” Abraham Lincoln quoted Matthew 12:25 upon being elected as the Republic Party’s candidate: “…A house divided against itself cannot stand…” Upon his election as the United States sixteenth president, and deep into the woes of the Civil War, Lincoln begged Americans to fast and pray. “Pray to the Supreme Government of God.” Lincoln sent out this proclamation on the 12th day of August 1861:

“And whereas it is fit and becoming in all people, at all times, to acknowledge and revere the Supreme Government of God; to bow in humble submission to his chastisements; to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and to pray, with all fervency and contrition, for the pardon of their past offences, and for a blessing upon their present and prospective action:

“And whereas, when our own beloved Country, once, by the blessing of God, united, prosperous and happy, is now afflicted with faction and civil war, it is peculiarly fit for us to recognize the hand of God in this terrible visitation, and in sorrowful remembrance of our own faults and crimes as a nation and as individuals, to humble ourselves before Him, and to pray for His mercy,— to pray that we may be spared further punishment, though most justly deserved; that our arms may be blessed and made effectual for the re-establishment of law, order and peace, throughout the wide extent of our country; and that the inestimable boon of civil and religious liberty, earned under His guidance and blessing, by the labors and sufferings of our fathers, may be restored in all its original excellence.”

Throughout our nation’s history, God blessed us with the leaders, we needed to spur freedom and liberty forward.

Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881) was a doctor, an educator, and a popular author. He assumed the role of editor of the Springfield Republican in his native Massachusetts and became the founding editor and co-owner of Scribner’s in 1870. He wrote these immortal words:

“God, give us men! A time like this demands. Strong minds, great hearts and ready hands;

Men whom the lust of office does not kill; Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy;

Men who possess opinions and a will; Men who have honor; men who will not lie;

Men who can stand before a demagogue and damn His Treacherous flatteries without winking!

Tall men, sun-crowned who live above the fog In public duty and in private thinking.”

Peter Marshall often quoted Holland’s poem from the pulpit at his New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. Marshall in 1937 was appointed twice as the United States Senate Chaplain. Here are just a few of his famous prayers:

“Lord, give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for — because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.”

“Lord, may we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.”

Our forefathers weren’t perfect—but they knew where to go when anarchy loomed on the horizon of our nation’s freedoms.

American households were fed on the Word of God, and cradled in the arms of their Savior, Christ Jesus. God heard their prayers. Men and women answered the call; strong-minded, big-hearted, faithful, with ready and honorable hands. Men and women with integrity. Tall, sun-crowned people who lived above the fog of delusion and hypocrisy willing to do God’s bidding no matter the cost.

God directs this scripture to just Christians in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

America’s prayers did not go unanswered. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Finney, Josiah Holland, William McKinley, and Ronald Reagan were keenly aware that Christians must take a forefront, and if called to do so, an active role in the governance of the United States.

Through pestilences, economic depressions, and wars attacking the moral fiber of our nation throughout history’s corridors, every generation bore their burden, either with pitchforks, guns, or—the voting booths.

William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, says it best in his speech before the Christian Endeavor’s International Convention in Cleveland in 1894 as he exclaimed about the staunch, foreboding, indivisible hand of praying Christians:

“There is no currency in this world that passes at such a premium anywhere as good Christian character…The time has gone by when the young man or the young woman in the United States has to apologize for being a follower of Christ…No cause but one could have brought together so many people, and that is the cause of our Master.”

Can that be said of us today?

YES! More so than ever before in our nation’s history. Our God has brought America’s Christians together for such a time as this. 

Let the truth ring out across our nation about our generation for the world to hear in the immortal words of William McKinley, “No cause but one could have brought together so many people, and that is the cause of our Master!”

On page 279 of Destiny’s Whirlwind, I included my poem that won me entrance into the 1976 Billy Graham’s Writer Conference. The theme: 2 Corinthians 3:17:

Upon the flames of falling embers Fell their wrath upon December;

But not a foe could waver America’s joy for God and Savior,

Then beside flames and falling embers, I pondered, Beside those trusting souls, I wondered,

“How did it come to be? This nation ‘Under God’ still free?”

Cold and hard fell the sting of evil’s plight. It chilled, yet burned of flint’s delight

Upon the barren and treeless rows, Of faceless crosses and nameless souls,

Thousands filed out upon those hardened hills now stone, Yet, silently, each faced their foe alone.

“How could it ever be,” I mused. “How could it come to be, This nation ‘Under God’ still free?”

Then strongly pealed the chapel bells, Again, again, throughout the hills,

Unshackled and unshaken bound, Freely did their joy resound,

And tall white domes stood boldly staunch Against the flint of evil’s doom,

Against the stagnate, stench of death, Against the smothering walls of dread.

And rows and rows of crosses lined Those molded hills of time,

Those rows on rows of faith unmoved, Those undaunted wills so free and true.

“Oh tell me,” I implored above, “how did it come to be? “Was it a nation that proved to thee?

“Or they that proved to a nation, “That You could win them victory?”

The November 3 election will have monumental importance, more so then throughout the many portals of our American history. Pray, fast, and VOTE THE BIBLE. America and our Almighty God is counting on you—to guide the next generation to God’s Truth.

Destiny’s Whirlwind: A death-bed promise, a dashing Rough Rider, the parable of the sower take on unimaginable consequences as Ben’s daughter, Collina fights to keep her father’s legacy of Shushan alive. Destiny’s Whirlwind by Catherine Brakefield is a beautiful inspirational love story that will reel you in and win your heart…The story is beautifully written and filled with triumph and heartbreak. I couldn’t put it down…” LS

She has written Images of America; The Lapeer Area, and Images of America: Eastern Lapeer County.

Her short stories have been published in Guidepost Books, Baker Books, Revell, CrossRiver Media, and Bethany House Publishers.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), President of the Great Lakes Chapter (ACFW GLC). Catherine lives with her husband of 45 years, has two adult children, and four grandchildren.

See https://www.CatherineUlrichBrakefield.com for more information about her books.

References:
The quotes of George Washington were taken from: The Glory of America by Peter Marshall & David Manuel, 1991, Published by Garborg’s Heart N Home, Inc.

https://www.reaganlibrary.gov/research/speeches/01051967a#:~:text=Freedom%20is%20a%20fragile%20thing,have%20never%20known%20it%20again.

http://www.christianitydaily.com/articles/8710/20161206/faith-played-huge-role-election-2016-barna.htm

Charles Finney: https://rivercity.wusd.k12.ca.us/documents/Academics/Social-Science/GRADE-11-US-HISTORY/PRIMARY-SOURCE-DOCUMENTS/1739387153104264766.pdf

Josiah Gilbert Holland https://snaccooperative.org/view/10434912

http://www.greatthoughtstreasury.com/author/peter-marshall

http://prayers4america.org/2012/07/01/presidential-quote-of-the-week-president-william-mckinley-jr/

Lincoln: https://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/housedivided.htm#:~:text=%22A%20house%20divided%20against%20itself,thing%2C%20or%20all%20the%20other.

http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/house.htm

The History Place – Abraham Lincoln: Proclamation of a Day of Fasting.

Ronald Reagan A life in Photographs, by David Elliot Cohen, 2010 Published by Sterling Publishing Co.

Destiny’s Whirlwind 2018 by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield, published by CrossRiver Media GroupPosted by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield at 2:30 AM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest

4 comments:

  1. Debbie Lynne CostelloOctober 16, 2020 at 11:43 AMWhat a great article Catherine! Thanks for sharing. It is timely!!ReplyReplies
    1. Catherine Ulrich BrakefieldOctober 17, 2020 at 10:01 AMDebbie, thank you a bunch for commenting! I pray more people will read this and know that our generation must do their part like our ancestors did. God Bless!Delete
  2. Connie R.October 16, 2020 at 12:14 PMI so appreciated this article, both for its’ scope and timeliness! Thank you so much!ReplyReplies
    1. Catherine Ulrich BrakefieldOctober 17, 2020 at 10:02 AMThank you Connie for taking time to read and comment. That helps others see the article. Pray with me that Christians vote the Bible in this turning point of our American history!Delete

A Story and a By-Word

(This Article first appeared in Heroes, Heroines & History:A Story and a By-Word on Sunday, August 16th)

The offspring of the Great Depression, who had peddled papers and sold apples on street corners of the 1930s, awakened to a new era in the 1940s. They gaily glided into the eloquent ballrooms that mirrored the starlight and splendors of the Aztecs. They cashed their first paycheck, kissed their first sweetheart, and bought their first car. 

The American dream awakened our youth to education, jobs, and prosperity. But across the ocean, Hitler awakened his youth to the idea of a Master Race.
Germany’s youth were awarded an opportunity to be part of a selected aristocratic ideal. So, instead of looking to jobs, they looked to the swastikas and a special privilege for themselves—that of becoming the Master Race. 
Their physical appearance and ancestry were important. A young man had to choose his wife with great care. Oh, the excitement of being included in this special aristocratic majority who would make the world a better place for all.Like a rattler slithers across the ground and stirs up the dust before it strikes, the subtle seduction of Nazism wove its deadly poison into the hearts and minds of the people. 

The World War I defeat in 1918 threw the German people into a mind of disillusionment. The monarchy was replaced by a republic and enemies of this new democracy grabbed their chance to blame this new republic for just about everything that went wrong in the struggling postwar Germany.
The enemies of this new democracy grabbed at the chance to play the blame game. Claiming the army wasn’t defeated by the Allies—but forced to surrender because the Jews lacked the will to fight and the patriotism needed to win. Some blamed the socialists in Germany.
Hitler appeared to be the only one who could save them from their skyrocketing economic ruin and—communism. During the 1930s Hitler and his Nazi party grew in popularity. 
By a few votes more than his opponent, Hitler became chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933. He quickly made plans to rebuild the military. Germany’s youth was his top priority. He outlawed all rival political parties, arrested their leaders, and shoved them into prison.
In 1935, compulsory military training began and in 1936, he remilitarized the Rhineland. Distorting history for his political gain, truth for a lie, new textbooks were written for Germany’s school-age children.
I doubt anyone has not seen Robers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. This musical depicts the element of Hitler’s military strategy very well. It was in March of 1938, little Austria was brought into this snake’s grasp and indoctrinated into Hitler’s scheme of world domination. 

In the spring of 1940, while our youth were dancing to the tunes of Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman, Hitler’s youth took Denmark, Norway, Belgium, and The Netherlands.
Germany’s youth swallowed Hitler’s lies. Gleefully they tore down the honored archives of Germany’s forefathers to be part of this ideal race. A new generation was born and the German life, as Germans once knew it, was replaced with a Marxist government. 

Why didn’t the German people stop Hitler? Why did they embrace the concept of becoming a Master Race?
Reinhard Spitzy remembers: “I personally was in the SS. ’Selected people shall be the future aristocratic spinebone of the German nation.’ I felt myself very much flattered by being chosen for this. And then the uniform was very beautiful—black. Of course, we like the uniform and boots and all that.”
So it was that during the twilight of August 1941 a changing wind blew against America’s shorelines. Before the autumn moon could chill the summer breezes, you could smell the stench of death.
As the lash of Hitler’s Third Reich fell upon Europe, the world looked to America, looked to our happy and fun-loving boys.
They, too, had faced deprivation, hunger, and the prejudices of the 1930s and 1940s. Yes, they heard the communist parties spout their agendas and Charles Lindbergh’s speeches praising the new German regime, but they were busy.
Busy helping their parents put food on the table for their younger siblings. Then after graduating from high school, they were busy working eight to ten hours a day at jobs and putting themselves through night school.
Then Japan bombed Hawaii and America entered World War II. But many of our youth had been raised on a solid Judeo-Christian diet from their parents and grandparents, and they had trouble—killing their fellow man. 

Our government understood. They asked songwriters for inspirational songs and lots of morale boosters. Frank Loesser wrote “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,” and Kay Kyser and his orchestra played it all the way to being the Number 2 song in October 1942! Here’s the fifth stanza:
“Shouting Praise the Lord, we’re on a mighty mission
All aboard, we ain’t a-goin’ fishin’
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
And we’ll all stay free.”
Our American youth of the 1940s understood the plight of sinful man. They believed, thought, prayed, and died on the battlefields of World War II muttering their faith and beliefs with their last breaths.
It took one generation of youths unaware of the repercussions of following a new ideal, a new order like Nazism, to change a country. Its morals, beliefs, and—conscience.
Many Germans turned their heads away from the atrocities their country instigated. After all, it was none of their business.  
Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan often cited Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden…” they were referring to the sermon of Puritan pilgrim John Winthrop.

In 1630, aboard a ship bound for Massachusetts Bay, Winthrop delivered his sermon “A Model of Christian Charity.” In it, he said, “For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world.” 

A story-book romance swirls into a battle for survival—. Ruby’s daughter, Esther, meets her adventuresome match as World War II slams American’s shoreline.
When the men and women of World War II marched off to war, they didn’t know what lay ahead. They only knew that upon their young and inexperienced shoulders rested the plight of the free world.
As far as Germany and Japan were concerned, America had produced a carefree generation that couldn’t rescue themselves from a windstorm, let alone the world from a dictatorship.
Guys like Eric Erhardt remember those days vividly. “The outside world all thought Americans were too soft, and not much more than playboys, and we wouldn’t be able to fight—man, did we show them!”
 “…I loved the suspenseful and well-crafted twists, turns, and vivid war scenes. They left me reading nonstop while biting my nails. Catherine’s lovely prose, sense of humor, and historical accuracy deliver an unmistakable wow factor…” Deb Gardner Allard AKA Taylor Jaxon, author of Before the Apocalypse

Catherine says, “My readers inspire my writing!”  Catherine is an award-winning author of the inspirational historical romances, Wilted Dandelions, and Destiny of Heart. Her popular Destiny series includes: Swept into Destiny, Destiny’s Whirlwind, Destiny of Heart, and Waltz with Destiny.
She has written Images of America; The Lapeer Area, and Images of America: Eastern Lapeer County. Her short stories have been published in Guidepost Books, Baker BooksRevell, CrossRiver Media, and Bethany House Publishers.She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), President of the Great Lakes Chapter (ACFW GLC).Catherine lives with her husband of 45 years, has two adult children, and four grandchildren.
See https://www.CatherineUlrichBrakefield.com for more information about her books.
Posted by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield at 12:30 AM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest

4 comments:

  1. Rory LemondAugust 16, 2020 at 2:30 PMIt was a shame what Hitler tried to accomplish your book which I read was really a fantastic read.Reply
  2. Catherine Ulrich BrakefieldAugust 16, 2020 at 4:54 PMYes, what I believe Hitler did was demonic.

    Thank you Rory Lemond! I am so glad to hear you enjoyed Waltz with Destiny! I know I had to really “sell” my war scenes to my editor. She was afraid It might be too much for a Historical Romance audience.ReplyDelete
  3. Connie R.August 17, 2020 at 8:56 AMThanks for your post!ReplyReplies
    1. Catherine Ulrich BrakefieldAugust 23, 2020 at 5:23 PMThank you Connie R. I am so happy to know that you liked it!

What do Books and Boats Have in Common?

Let’s get back to giving thanks and worshiping God! Enjoy a spirit-filled time by the lake Sunday, August 9th at Lakepoint Church located at 1550 W. Drahner Rd., Oxford, MI. Plenty of room for social distancing and absorbing the Word of God!

The service begins at 10 a.m. Booksigning at 11 a.m.

The Bible and History are more important to you and your loved ones today than any other time in our nation’s history! My inspirational historical novels make great birthday, anniversary, and graduation presents. A stylus pen with a flashlight and a pocket Bible is included with each purchase.

See what my readers are saying about these books:

Wilted Dandelions: God doesn’t create coincidences—he designs possibilities Rachael agrees to a marriage of convenience with an obnoxious doctor.  “…one gripping, compelling read. Wilted Dandelions by Ms. Brakefield had me eagerly turning pages and sighing over the love story premise as well as taking comfort in the spiritual message…” ES

Swept into Destiny:   One conscionable act… Ben McConnell, a handsome Irish immigrant, and a gutsy Southern belle unite in a common cause during the Civil War.  “Catherine Ulrich Brakefield’s flowing descriptions pull you into Swept into Destiny and keep immersed in the world of the Antebellum south…This isn’t just a world of beaus, belles, and balls, but of moral ambiguity and searches for truth…”   L.H. Amazon Reader

Destiny’s Whirlwind: A death-bed promise, a dashing Rough Rider, the parable of the sower take on unimaginable consequences as Ben’s daughter, Collina, fights to keep her father’s legacy of Shushan alive. Destiny’s Whirlwind by Catherine Brakefield is a beautiful inspirational love story that will reel you in and win your heart…The story is beautifully written and filled with triumph and heartbreak. I couldn’t put it down…”      VV Amazon

Destiny of Heart: Collina battles insurmountable odds to rescue Shushan—. Ruby McConnell Meir leaves for the prairies of Colorado. The Roaring Twenties dive like a wounded eagle into the Great Depression.  “…Brakefield carefully weaves in historical events from 1917-1932, through the lives of characters and families so beautifully detailed, you become emotionally immersed in every page, every struggle, every triumph. ‘God can’t wipe away a person’s past…But He can help us rewrite the ending.’” Amazon Reader

Waltz with Destiny: A story-book romance swirls into a battle for survival—. Ruby’s daughter, Esther, meets her adventuresome match as World War II slams American’s shoreline. Can Eric persevere through the shadow of death?  “…I loved the suspenseful and well-crafted twists, turns, and vivid war scenes. They left me reading nonstop while biting my nails. Catherine’s lovely prose, sense of humor, and historical accuracy deliver an unmistakable wow factor…” Deb Gardner Allard AKA Taylor Jaxon, author of Before the Apocalypse

 

The Common Good of History

The Common Good of History

Since the Declaration of Independence formation in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, many modern-day Americans take for granted the history that our founding fathers gave to future generations. Continental Congress 1

“We have people who want to destroy our history… rewrite our history…and get rid of law and order…,” Ben Carson said during a television interview with Hannity on June 22 concerning the rioters tearing down historical monuments and burning buildings.

Why is American history important to know for the next generation?

In our nation’s capital, just off the rotunda, is a room always open to members of Congress, the focal point of which is a stained-glass window showing George Washington kneeling in prayer with the words of Psalm 16:1: George Washington nation's Capitol

“Preserve me, O God, for in Thee do I put my trust.”

Riots and rioters are not something new to America’s shores. Back in the 1770s, the Stamp Act, the Molasses Tax, the Paper, Lead, Glass, and then the Tea Tax had finally lit the match and fueled the indignant colonists into tossing one of their few luxuries off the side of a ship.

Samuel Adams said it this way, “It is not the pence (money) but the principle.”  The colonist endured taxation without representation. They resented being ruled unjustly with no hopes of ever being ruled fairly.

The British Crown ordered Boston’s port closed. That would mean starvation for the Boston citizens. King George III ordered that the Boston men were no longer free to meet or speak together as a group.

Virginia declared fasting and prayer for the Boston inhabitants. Benjamin Franklin left immediately for London, seeking to address King George III and Parliament as to the colonists’ rights. The king ignored Franklin’s pleas.

The First Continental Congress was formed in Philadelphia in September 1774. Patrick Henry, George Washington, John Adams, Samuel Adams, and others united. Free-thinking colonists hoped their Continental Congress might again attempt to address the King of England, declaring its loyalty to the Crown, however, insisting the enacted punishment could not be obeyed.

King George’s response was to send British General Gage out to arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock and hang them for treason in London. It would be only a matter of time before the rest of the Continental Congress would face a similar demise.

There was no reasoning with the king, no hope of unleashing the chains of injustice for the colonists, and total folly for any colonists to fight against this powerful nation of that time—Britain.

American Minuteman World Book 1In the shadowed mist of the new dawn, about fifty Minutemen awaited the British regiment at Lexington. The surprised British officer ordered the farmers and merchants to lay down their arms and go back to their homes.

Maybe there was still hope that a confrontation with the British Army could be halted. Captain Parker, leader of the Minutemen, yelled, “Don’t fire unless fired upon.” Then pausing said, “If they mean to have war—let it begin here.”

It was at Concord that the Minutemen won their first battle and turned the British back at the old North Bridge over Concord River.

In the city of Concord, this famous verse written by Ralph Waldo Emerson is engraved upon a statue of a Minuteman:

“By the rude bridge that arched the flood,

Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,

Here once the embattled farmer stood,

And fired the shot heard round the world.”

George WashingtonThe winter at Valley Forge nearly defeated Washington’s Continental Army. His starving and ragged band of soldiers had given all they had. Their well-dressed and well-fed opponent appeared undefeatable. What was George Washington to do? To whom could he turn to for aid?

Humbly kneeling in the snow at Valley Forge, Washington prayed for strength and guidance. With fortitude and perseverance, he led his tired Continental Army to independence and freedom from the most powerful nation of that time.

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress was no longer made up of colonies; they were now the United States of America!

The preamble to the Declaration of Independence reads: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The Declaration ends with these words:

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

Proved by our forefathers’ deeds, these were not idle words scratched hastily upon the parchment. John Adams’ comment would go down in history as to how to commemorate the Fourth of July, “…as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”

“We have got to stand up now.” Ben Carson continues during his television interview with Hannity on June 22, 2020, “…these people are not lovers of George Floyd… they are anarchists! What do you with anarchists, you have to control them, they are bullies…if you leave them alone they will just grow and grow. We have got to stand up now or else it will be too late.” American Ben Carlson 1

Ben Carson feels our American history is worth preserving, worth standing up “For the values and principles that made this into a wonderful country. The Judeo-Christian principals of love and caring and the family, all these things—we are just throwing them out, and we are letting these radicals dictate to us…  It is time for Americans to speak up… for our children and grandchildren…it’s our responsibility to keep it.”

The American Minutemen pledged to take up arms at a minute’s notice. Oftentimes, they came ill-equipped to fight the well-armed British soldier. The Minutemen lived on little sleep and scant rations, yet, they were ready to lay down their lives for freedom’s cause. They did it for their families and their children’s children.

What is your opinion? Do you agree with Ben Carlson? Are Americans taking for granted the history that our founding fathers gave to future generations will continue without our sacrifice?

 

One Nation, Under God

One Nation, Under God

Heroes, Heroines, and History By Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

Flag with soldier 1Did you know that on Flag Day, June 14, 1954, President Eisenhower added “under God” to our Pledge of Allegiance?

Flag Day is commemorated on June 14 in memory of the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of The United States.

Flag Day 1President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day as an annual national celebration in his proclamation issued on May 30, 1916.

Our Pledge of Allegiance was inspired in 1891 by Francis Bellamy, the son of a Baptist minister and a former preacher.

Bellamy aspired to create a patriotic program for school children for the dedication of the Columbia Exposition in October 1892, the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World. He felt compelled to incorporate an allegiance for the youngsters in his charge, especially living in the shadows of the Civil War. According to the Gettysburgflag.com, Pledge of Allegiance, Bellamy’s original pledge read:

“I Pledge Allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Waltz WW 2 Pearl Harbor ww2-07Then along came Hitler and Mussolini who decided to stomp the nations of the world to their will and their allegiance. After winning that brutal world war, in stepped Rev. George Docherty.

The Reverend Docherty was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1911. He came to the United States in 1950 to become pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, located in downtown Washington D.C.

One day, Rev. Docherty heard his young son recite the American Pledge of Allegiance. He felt this needed God in it.

Docherty’s sermons began to ring with this characteristic. In Scotland, “God save our gracious queen,” is a standard saying, and he’d mention the need to insert “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance.

There is no doubt Docherty felt led by God to promote his mission to grace America’s Pledge of Allegiance with “under God.” He acquired his chance to add fuel to his flaming desire when in February 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower attended Docherty’s service in honor of Lincoln’s birthday.

After the horrific years of World War II and facing the ever-looming threat of Communism, American hearts burned with gratitude to God and their Lord who had heard their prayers and brought their sons, daughters, husbands, and brothers’ home. Four-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower knew that all too well. Now as president, he worried about the communist threat to America’s peace looming on the horizon.

Rev. Docherty didn’t appear to be worried in the least. From his high pulpit in that high peaked-shaped centennial church where once the famous Scottish Preacher Peter Marshall once spoke, Docherty declared, “To omit the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance is to omit the definitive factor in the American way of life.”

No waste of words for him. “An atheistic American is a contradiction in terms,” Docherty continued. “If you deny the Christian ethic, you fall short of the American ideal of life.”

Rev. Docherty and Pres. Eisenhower 1The parishioners voiced their favor through calls and letters. The Knights of Columbus and veteran organizations wholeheartedly agreed.

A bill was proposed in Congress to add the phrase, ‘under God’, and Eisenhower signed the act into law on our beloved Flag Day — June 14, 1954.

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Reverend Docherty’s statement above about omitting “under God” from the pledge is to “omit the definitive factor in the American way of life” brings a lump to my throat and concern to my heart. If Docherty came to America’s shores in 2020, would he say this of us today?

Continental Congress 1From the first landing of Christopher Columbus to America’s shores, to the Delegates of the First Continental Congress praying for guidance and establishing our Flag in 1777. From the Tipperary’s of World War I to the Caissons of World War II, Americans have always stepped up to the plate to do their part to make America’s history sing out strongly of our allegiance to the God who never failed us. Pray Americans continue to remain faithful to the God who made this nation great.

Destiny’s WhirlwindBook 2 of the Destiny Series: A death-bed promise, a dashing Rough Rider, the parable of the sower take on unimaginable consequences as Ben’s daughter, Collina, fights to keep her father’s legacy of Shushan alive. “Destiny’s Whirlwind by Catherine Brakefield is a beautiful inspirational love story that will reel you in and win your heart…The story is beautifully written and filled with triumph and heartbreak. I couldn’t put it down…”      VV Amazon

Cathy holding Destiny's WhirlwindCatherine is an award-winning author of the inspirational historical romance Wilted Dandelions. Destiny series: Swept into Destiny, Destiny’s Whirlwind, Destiny of Heart, and Waltz with Destiny.

She has written Images of America; The Lapeer Area, and Images of America: Eastern Lapeer County.

Her short stories have been published in Guidepost Books, Baker BooksRevell, CrossRiver Media, and Bethany House Publishers.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), President of the Great Lakes Chapter (ACFW GLC). Catherine lives with her husband of 45 years, has two adult children, and four grandchildren.

See https://www.CatherineUlrichBrakefield.com for more information about her books.

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8 comments:

  1. Connie R.June 16, 2020 at 7:28 AMReply
  2. Thanks for the post! A very timely topic for the days we are facing, for sure.
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  4. Catherine Ulrich BrakefieldJune 19, 2020 at 8:30 AMDelete
  5. Thank you Connie R., I am often amazed by the courage of our Christian ancestors and pray Christians of today will show the same fortitude.
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  7. Linda MatchettJune 16, 2020 at 8:02 AMReply
  8. Very interesting. I didn’t know anything about flag day nor realize “under God” was added later through legislation. Thanks for sharing.
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  10. Catherine Ulrich BrakefieldJune 19, 2020 at 8:30 AMDelete
  11. Linda Matchett, thank you for responding!
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  13. Melissa HendersonJune 16, 2020 at 10:42 AMReply
  14. Thank you for this information. Too often, we neglect to learn the history of the flag.
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  16. Catherine Ulrich BrakefieldJune 19, 2020 at 8:32 AMDelete
  17. Melissa Henderson, I try to write in my novels little-known facts regarding the wonderful heritage our ancestors have left us!
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  19. Martha W. RogersJune 16, 2020 at 9:54 PMReply
  20. Even though I remember President Eisenhower adding those words when I was 17, it seems that is always the way I remember it. Our flag is so important and has brought us through so much turmoil. My prayer is for us to return to the dream of our forefathers and and restore our nation to that “one nation under God” country we have been in the past. Thank you for the reminder.
  21. Catherine Ulrich BrakefieldJune 19, 2020 at 8:34 AM
  22. Martha W. Rogers I will join with you praying that our nation exemplifies Christian values and remembers 1 Chronicles 7:14 which is so vitally important for our nation today!

God’s Survival Manuel

Catherine Ulrich Brakefield: Let’s Chat! By Linda Brooks Davis

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Welcome, everyone!

Cathy BrakefieldLet’s welcome Catherine Ulrich Brakefield to our circle.

longtime Michigan resident, Catherine lives with her husband of 45 years and their Arabian horses in the picturesque hills of Addison Township. She has two adult children and loves traveling the byroads across America and spoiling her two handsome grandsons and two beautiful granddaughters.

An award-winning author of inspirational historical romance, Catherine has also written two pictorial history books and numerous published articles. She loves “to tell America’s story one truth at a time.” Her four-book Destiny series is rising in popularity with nationwide book clubs. The series includes Swept into Destiny, Destiny’s WhirlwindDestiny of Heart, and Waltz with Destiny.

Catherine Ulrich Brakefield: God’s Survival Manual

Have you ever noticed that people experience and react differently to the news on television and their everyday hardships? Take, for instance, the Coronavirus. This has swept through our country with a vengeance. President Trump often calls this the invisible enemy.

Coronavirus invaded our workplaces, homes, and killed our loved ones. This invisible enemy lurks in the shadows of the present. And it cripples the corridors of our future. No one knows what to expect.

Our way of life has drastically changed: Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

How long will this virus play havoc in our families, communities, and lifestyles? Do we know? Will life as we knew it five months ago, return to normalcy?

What we do know is this. We know what our parents, grandparents and their parents endured and victoriously survived to birth another American generation. How did they do it? Beneath the insurmountable odds of their circumstances, how did they survive?

One reader wrote me saying: “I keep remembering the issues and events from your novels.”

I do too! Especially those sicknesses and emotional and physical deprivations relatable to the pandemic we face today. So, how did my characters over a span of a hundred years manage to survive and thrive? Was it through political manipulation and complaining? Pilfering and hoarding?  What would you do if the following hardships, political manipulations, and racial discrimination happened to you?

History binds us with one solitary cord of truth: Destiny Series by Catherine U. Brakefield

Catherine Brakefield

1857-1866. In Swept into Destiny, during the Antebellum Era, Ben McConnell is faced with two alternatives: starve or take a life-threatening job dredging out the snake-infested swampland at a plantation estate located in heart of Tennessee.


He left his home in Ireland in search of a new start, a new life, a little piece of land. Believing he’d find his dream in America, he got to America’s shores only to learn that he and his kindred weren’t wanted. “No Irish Need Apply.” Those signs were everywhere! What would you have done?

Catherine Brakefield

1898-1906. Destiny’s Whirlwind brings to culmination Ben’s life-long dream. Only, it is his daughter, a feisty brunette named Collina, who sees this to fruition.
During the Gibson Era, it will take the handsome Rough Rider Franklin Long to tame her. But Collina had a few lessons to learn along the way.
Cathy Brakefield

1917-1932. In Destiny of Heart, Collina’s sister Ruby McConnell Meir leaves with her husband, Stephen, and son to the prairies of Colorado to homestead a section of land. They hoped that the drier climate might heal her husband’s strange illness.

That did not conclude the hardships for Ruby, Collina, or Maggie. In 1929 a new disaster plagued the land, the Great Depression. How did these women survive with no money or food? The flapper of the Roaring Twenties fell like a wounded eagle into the want Maggie remembered of the 1860s. She comforted her family with these words: “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken.”

Destiny of Heart won first place in The Maxwell Medal 2019 fiction category.

Cathy Brakefield

1941-1944. Waltz with Destiny “The jewel of the Destiny series.” The 1940s was a period in American history often referred to as the Big Band Era. It was also a time of grueling work with factories and workers scrambling for a piece of the American Dream. After the Great Depression, work was still hard to come by with little monetary compensation. Seeing Hitler and his Nazis marching across Europe, many a voice echoed the deep undercurrent and rumblings of anxiety.
No one knew what America’s fun-loving youths would have to endure in World War II or if they could even beat the Axis powers back. Japan thought Americans were too soft and not much more than playboys, and they wouldn’t be able to fight—at least not against their trained professionals.

Survival Techniques: Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

As you can see through a few of the characters in my stories, they lived, endured, fought and died during the pivotal years of our nation’s history. What survival techniques worked and what did not? You will be surprised to learn that through the pages of the Destiny Series, practical horse sense with a well-educated knowledge of God’s Survival Manual carried my characters through their sickness and deprivation, births and deaths—to the end of their destiny. Through the worst Satan can throw at you, keep faith—God will work His victorious victory.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” Romans 8:38,39 NKJV

Where to Find Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

Website: www.catherineulrichbrakefield.com/

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Other Works by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

Wilted Dandelions won Honorable Mention in the Eric Hoffer Book Award and Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award in 2016.

She has written two pictorial history books:  Images of America: The Lapeer Area, and Images of America: Eastern Lapeer County.

Her short stories have been published in Guidepost Books True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer,  Unexpected Answers and Desires of Your Heart. From Baker BooksRevell, The Dog Next Door, Horse of my Heart, Second-Chance DOGS, and  Horse of my Dreams. From CrossRiver Media Publishers, The Benefit Package and Abba’s Promise. And from Bethany House Publishers, Jesus Talked to me Today.

Catherine has been featured in numerous periodicals over the last thirty years, Michigan History and Southern Writers Magazine to name two. She is a member of Heart of American Christian Writers Network (HACWN) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and is president of the ACFW Great Lakes Chapter. She loves to tell America’s story one truth at a time through her speaking engagements.

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Dear Lord, please bless each word Catherine writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

A Time to Forgive

As Published in Heroes, Heroines & History: A Time to Forgive

The year was 1866, the devastation of the Civil War could be seen as far as the eye could see. Clothed in faded, worn-out dresses, women of the war-torn South made their way toward the hallowed graves of the dead. Civil War grave site 1

The firing on Fort Sumpter in 1862 incited the Civil War. The southern states wanted their own way; their own flag, their own money, their own president. However, not all Southerners wanted to secede from the Union. They were swept into the turmoil just the same. One’s destiny is often created from circumstances beyond one’s control.

Michigander Nathaniel Greene volunteered for the Civil War on the day he turned 18. He did so through the Enrollment Act, signed into law in 1863. He took a neighbor’s place in trade for 60 acres of farmland.

The Enrollment Act, also known as the Conscription Act, allowed for said individuals subject to conscription to hire a substitute, who might normally be exempt from service. Substitution quickly proved to be unpopular since it allowed wealthy men to escape military service while leaving men of lesser resources exposed to the draft.

Greene was a soldier in General William Tecumseh Sherman’s army. He took no pride in burning Confederate homes, as stated in a letter to his mother, Martha Greene:

Civil War N. Greene small“Some of our soldiers brag about burning the homes of the confederates. I think it is wrong for them to do so. I ask them how they would like it to have their homes burned over their mother’s head.”

Once a land of plenty, many Southerners were left with only the clothes on their backs. Their money, bonds, and homes burned away. Still, the Christian Southerners clung to their biblical principles, nursing Union as well as Confederate soldiers back to health. They displayed through their deeds, their forgiveness, and determination not to succumb to self-pity when they knew there was no hope in winning the war.

Civil War Abe Lincoln
On March 4, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln, during his Second Inaugural Address in Washington D.C. ended with these words:

“The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations.”

Families in the south felt daily the depravity, hunger, and devastation caused by the Civil War that had ransacked their beloved South.

Memorial Day Arlington Cemetery 1873In May 1866, as far as one could see, ghostly ash-colored buildings and barren fields stretched before the women’s tear-filled eyes. Some had lost sons, brothers, and husbands to the war. Their arms folded around the flowers they’d salvaged from their almost-forgotten gardens as they trudged forward toward the thousands of tombstones of marked and unmarked graves sweeping before their eyes with increasing clarity.

Husband, son, and brother, Union or Confederate, they decorated the soldiers’ graves in this one voluntary act as a sincere demonstration of their repentance and forgiveness for the bloodshed on both sides. These men who wore the blue of their enemies were now united beneath one common cause and sharing the rewards of heaven with their loved ones.

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6:14 NKJV Civil War grave flowers 1

Our war-torn southern neighbors displayed in May 1866 their heart-wrenching sacrificial love toward the husbands, sons, and brothers of their northern neighbors.

Today, some feel Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. In December 2000, Congress passed into law The National Moment of Remembrance, a resolution stating that at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day all Americans informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence.

A time to remember that in 1862, America stood upon a precipice of either being forever divided—or eternally united. Rising above that moment’s circumstances, to step out from the ashes of regret and loss. This Memorial Day, take time to remember how our forefathers forgave, never turning their backs on their duties to God, family, and country. God Bless!
Swept into Destiny, Book 1 of the Destiny Series; One brave decision lead to serious consequences. Ben McConnell, a handsome Irish immigrant, and a gutsy Southern belle, Maggie Gatlan unite in a common cause during the Civil War.

Catherine is an award-winning author of the inspirational historical romance Wilted Dandelions. Destiny series: Swept into Destiny, Destiny’s Whirlwind, Destiny of Heart, and Waltz with Destiny.Book Signing White Horse Birg.

She is a member of Heart of American Christians Writers Network (HACWN); American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) President of the Great Lakes Chapter (ACFW GLC), and is a longtime Michigan resident. Catherine lives with her husband of 45 years, has two adult children, and four grandchildren. See https://www.CatherineUlrichBrakefield.com for more information about the Destiny series.

THIS MOTHER’S DAY GIVE HER A GIFT OF NEVER-ENDING ROMANCE!

Though change is constant, history tends to repeat itself, so why stay in the DARK?

Check out what satisfied readers are saying about:

Wilted Dandelions coverWilted Dandelions:…one gripping, compelling read. Wilted Dandelions by Ms. Brakefield had me eagerly turning pages and sighing over the love story premise as well as taking comfort in the spiritual message…” ES

 

Swept into Destiny:  Book 1 of Destiny Series:   “Catherine Ulrich Brakefield’s flowing descriptions pull you into Swept into Destiny and keep immersed in the world of the Antebellum south…This isn’t just a world of beaus, belles, and balls, but of moral ambiguity and searches for truth…”   L.H. Amazon Reader

Destiny’s Whirlwind: Book 2 of Destiny Series: “Destiny’s Whirlwind by Catherine Brakefield is a beautiful inspirational love story that will reel you in and win your heart…The story is beautifully written and filled with triumph and heartbreak. I couldn’t put it down…”      VV Amazon

Destiny of Heart:.  Book 3 of Destiny Series: “…Brakefield carefully weaves in historical events from 1917-1932, through the lives of characters and families so beautifully detailed, you become emotionally immersed in every page, every struggle, every triumph. ‘God can’t wipe away a person’s past…But He can help us rewrite the ending.’” Amazon Reader

 

Waltz with Destiny

Book 4 of Destiny Series: “…I loved the suspenseful and well-crafted twists, turns, and vivid war scenes. They left me reading nonstop while biting my nails. Catherine’s lovely prose, sense of humor, and historical accuracy deliver an unmistakable wow factor…” Deb Gardner Allard AKA Taylor Jaxon, author of Before the Apocalypse

Need a book in a hurry? Contact me: CatherineUlrichBrakefield@yahoo.com 

 

Author/Book Spotlight with Catherine Brakefield (+ GIVEAWAY)

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Today I’m happy to welcome author Catherine Brakefield for an author/book spotlight. Read through to the end to find out how you can enter to win the giveaway.

What genre(s) do you write in and why?

Currently, I write inspirational historical romance. I have completed my four-book saga with Waltz with Destiny.

In Waltz with Destiny, my readers will learn the reason why this World War II generation was named The Greatest Generation; and why America’s greatest generation is yet to be!

The following Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote is apropos and meaningful for our generation:

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”

My Destiny saga begins in 1857 with Swept into Destiny, continues in 1898 with Destiny’s Whirlwind and in 1918 with Destiny of Heart. After nearly one hundred years of faith, hope, and Christ’s sustaining…

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