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Brian Stansell



Dear Neasa,

Thank you for bearing your precious, tender heart.  You never stand alone.  God never loses track of you, and He knew you before you even knew yourself.  You were planned by Him.  God knew where you would be and when you would be, and He has planted you as a precious seed in His Garden and in His family.  Trouble is like manure.  To everyone else, it seems to repulse them, but God often grows the deeper roots of His precious flowers in the midst of it.  It fertilizes us and makes us stronger so that we endure hardship as the testing of our faith and hold on to His promises.  We can thrive even in the midst of persecution, if we remember that Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world.  If God is for you, who can possibly be against you, Mighty one!

You have very correctly stated the following:

Yeah its so sad honestly that people think that organisation is morally right and should be supported. My spiritual director says most people who donate and go to protests for socialist organisations genuinely mean well and think they’re doing a good thing, they have just been duped by the media. Just pray for them, that’s all we can do. I am the only religious and non-leftie leaning person in my family. I do not trust the media AT ALL. The main broadcasters and media outlets in Ireland are a joke. I have one philosophy – Trust nothing and question everything.

Here is a verse that unpacks that.

And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. [2 Corinthians 11:14-15 NIV]

The agents of darkness rarely present themselves as “baddies”.  They, rather, operate with subtle shifts and twists of God’s Word.  They seem “good” and “well-meaning” and even “sympathetic”, but they will make will ties you in mental knots as soon as they can.  They operate under the guise of “good intention”, but they do not stay consistent in it.  If pressed or observed over enough time, they will reveal their true agenda.

Scriptures say:
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” [Proverbs 4:23 NIV]

Let consistency, and genuine kindness have a season of testing, before trusting too much.

Marx got it wrong. Mankind is not basically good.  All authentic good comes from God.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. [James 1:17 NIV]

God will unite you with true friends and the support you need, but let Him lead you to them.  Don’t let your wanting get in the way.  Guard your heart.  You are precious in His sight and have beautiful gifts to share with your family as a vital part of Christ’s body of believers.  There are none like you. You are the puzzle piece we all need to complete us.

May you have a very blessed and joyful day.  So glad you are here, sharing your voice.

Brian Stansell (aka O'Brian of the Surface World)
I was born in war.
Fighting from my first breath.

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