George Washington (1732-1799), the 1st President of the United States, was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
He was also a surveyor, a planter, a soldier, and a statesman. The son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball, George Washington was also a descendent of King John of England and nine of the twenty-five Baron Sureties of the Magna Carta.
His father died, in 1743, when he was eleven years old, and from then until the age of sixteen, George lived with his elder half-brother, Augustine, in Westmoreland County, Virginia, just 40 miles outside of Fredericksburg.
Most of George's education was through homeschooling and tutoring.
At age 15, George Washington copied, in his own handwriting, 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.
Among them were:
(108) When you speak of God, or His attributes, let it be seriously and with reverence. Honor and obey your natural parents although they be poor.
(109) Let your recreation be manful not sinful.
(110) Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
When George Washington was leaving home to begin what would become a lifelong series for his country, he recorded the parting words of his mother, Mrs. Mary Washington:
"Remember that God is our only sure trust. To Him, I commend you...My son, neglect not the duty of secret prayer."
On June 1, 1774, as the Colonies were seeking God's will as to whether they should break ties with England, George Washington made this entry in his diary:
"Went to church and fasted all day."
Not one of these men were perfect but they continued to rely on God to help them.
George Washington wasn't perfect but what we learn from him were the principles he instilled on this great country so long ago.
George Washington said in his Farewell address, September 19, 1796:
"I shall carry...to the grave...unceasingly vows that Heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence...your union and brotherly affection may be perpetual, that the free constitution...may be sacredly maintained that..administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue... I shall also carry with me the hope that my country will never cease to view them with indulgences, and that after 45 years of my life dedicated to its service, with an upright zeal, the faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion, as myself must soon be to the mansions of rest."
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George Washington also trusted in God, read His Word and prayed diligently.
This is what we can do. We can get on our knees and pray for our country. Yes we are going thru troubling times but don't panic. God has told about these things happening before. It's time to trust God and pray to Him.