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The Use and Need of the Life of Carry A. Nation eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 294 pages of information about The Use and Need of the Life of Carry A. Nation.

CHAPTER VII.

SPIRITUAL LEADINGS.—­JESUS A CONSCIOUS PRESENCE THREE DAYS.—­LOSS OF LIBERTY BY COMPROMISING.—­THE PRICE PAID TO BE REINSTATED.—­DISGRACE TO BE A MILLIONAIRE

I had once while in Medicine Lodge, a heavenly rapture for three days.  My Savior was my constant companion.  I saw no form, heard no word.  But His dear face was just behind and looking over my right shoulder.  He was a conscious presence and the deep peace was beyond any experience I ever had.  I shunned the society of persons.  I would talk to Him, would sing and play the accompaniment on the organ.  I was particular about my home work.  While I saw no face, or form, I realized that His was a sweet, smiling, gratified expression, and it told me I was pleasing Him.  I did not seem then to think this anything wonderful, and have often reproached myself for not setting more store by this at the time.

There was a period of from six months to a year that I was terribly haunted by a feeling as if hung over a precipice.  I was hanging only by a rope above my head held by a hand out of a cloud.  At night or in the day, it was the same uneasy dread of falling.  The precipice below was black and horrible.  There were banks on each side.  At last I swung over, landing on the right side.  Oh! the relief!

When I first began to pray in public I was very awkward, never could make any but what one would call a disconnected prayer, that never seems to be impressive in an audience.

I asked an old-fashioned sister, who I knew was a saint, to tell me what was wrong in my testimony.  “I do not have liberty when I speak.”  She said:  “You do not praise God enough.”  I began to pray for a spirit of praise.  Shortly after this I was at prayer-meeting, was praying for a spirit of praise.  It was put in my mouth I rose to my feet and began to say:  “Praise God; Praise God!” repeating it over and over.  Oh! how sweet to use and hear those words!  I could scarcely repress the impulse to use them all the time.  For a long time after this, when the Bible was read or testimony struck me as being just right, I would audibly say:  “Praise God!” This was a “gift”, for I had never felt the impulse before.  I have in a measure left this off, but I use it all the time, when I hear good news, or see what pleases me.  “He led captivity (sin) captive and gave gifts unto men.”  Ever since I received the “baptism of the Holy Ghost,” I have liked one church about as well as another.  I go to all even the Catholic.  I fast on Friday and use the sign of the cross.  Fast, because my Savior suffered in the flesh on Friday; use the sign of the cross, because in the cross is salvation.  Meditations on the cross always lift heavenward.  ’Tis the royal way, I want to keep it always in view, want it to be the last I see.  We who bear the cross continually in this transient life, will wear the crown continually in the eternal. 

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