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Old 05-16-2013, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Pikeville, Ky.
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Macrina, I am glad you're back. I have other friends on the net who also give up internet during lent..I imagine it would be very difficult but also very fulfilling to know you can do it
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:26 AM
 
Location: among the chaos
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Macrina, I am glad you're back. I have other friends on the net who also give up internet during lent..I imagine it would be very difficult but also very fulfilling to know you can do it
Hello, BLUE!! Just doing a little CD surfing and wanted to say "hello" to you my dear friend. I don't imagine I will hang out here very long, I was hoping for a few answers and this is always a good place to find insight (so long as I remember to take it with a grain of salt).
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Pikeville, Ky.
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Weather, it always brightens my time here to see you drop in. (and of course I was thinking of you in my last post)

I have a whole bag of rock salt if you need more than a grain
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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Macrina, I am glad you're back. I have other friends on the net who also give up internet during lent..I imagine it would be very difficult but also very fulfilling to know you can do it
Thanks, Miss Blue Yes, it was difficult but it's nice to be back, even being here for shorter periods of time.

I've just had a rather vivid illustration of the fallacy of the "all the time in the world" type of thinking. Very sobering, indeed.
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Southwest Arkansas
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ordered a pizza and watching the SEC baseball tournament
also thankfully my step-sister, aunt, uncle and first cousins missed the tornado in Oklahoma
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:57 PM
 
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Last January I ended up homeless, and moved into a men's home for a local church. I had been traumatized from my childhood, growing up w a father who had schizoid effective disorder, and a drug and alcohol problem. I ended up becoming a drug addict as well, and found myself w no support, no job and nowhere to turn.

I moved into the home, and it was not easy. We were taken advantage of, worked like dogs, sometimes around the clock. There were 17 of us living in one avg. sized house, and we were not fed very well, sometimes we didn't even get lunch. We often didn't get much sleep, and there were nights that we didn't get to sleep at all. Questioning or complaining to the director led u to be told, u were going against what God wanted for u. This is where the power of prayer changed my life.

I was being worn down, mentally, and physically. During prayer one day I told God to have his way in my life, and that my will was no longer my own. From that moment on, I have been reborn.

God answered all of my prayers from that moment on, and I prayed my way through the home. What happened in the home was not right, but I'm the person I am today because of it. I was able to completely forgive those that I held resentment towards, since I was a child. I have also been drug free for 500 days as of today. The best part about God's grace is being able to be the father, I always wanted to be, and not having to feel guilty about anything I did in my past. Jesus says in the bible that all things in Christ are a new creation, and I am so thankful for His mercy and grace. My life I owe to Him.

Every time I read this scripture in the home I was filled with the Holy Spirit, and it gave me the strength and courage to push on.

"He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary.
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint."

-Isaiah 40:29-31
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:28 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Last January I ended up homeless, and moved into a men's home for a local church. I had been traumatized from my childhood, growing up w a father who had schizoid effective disorder, and a drug and alcohol problem. I ended up becoming a drug addict as well, and found myself w no support, no job and nowhere to turn.

I moved into the home, and it was not easy. We were taken advantage of, worked like dogs, sometimes around the clock. There were 17 of us living in one avg. sized house, and we were not fed very well, sometimes we didn't even get lunch. We often didn't get much sleep, and there were nights that we didn't get to sleep at all. Questioning or complaining to the director led u to be told, u were going against what God wanted for u. This is where the power of prayer changed my life.

I was being worn down, mentally, and physically. During prayer one day I told God to have his way in my life, and that my will was no longer my own. From that moment on, I have been reborn.

God answered all of my prayers from that moment on, and I prayed my way through the home. What happened in the home was not right, but I'm the person I am today because of it. I was able to completely forgive those that I held resentment towards, since I was a child. I have also been drug free for 500 days as of today. The best part about God's grace is being able to be the father, I always wanted to be, and not having to feel guilty about anything I did in my past. Jesus says in the bible that all things in Christ are a new creation, and I am so thankful for His mercy and grace. My life I owe to Him.

Every time I read this scripture in the home I was filled with the Holy Spirit, and it gave me the strength and courage to push on.

"He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary.
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint."

-Isaiah 40:29-31
This is a wonderful testimony you have. So happy for you. Isaiah is so full of wonderful promises... I've always liked that book very much.
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Old 05-25-2013, 05:16 AM
 
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This is a wonderful testimony you have. So happy for you. Isaiah is so full of wonderful promises... I've always liked that book very much.
Thank u very much! God bless u!!
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:15 PM
 
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. I was able to completely forgive those that I held resentment towards, since I was a child. I have also been drug free for 500 days as of today. The best part about God's grace is being able to be the father, I always wanted to be, and not having to feel guilty about anything I did in my past. Jesus says in the bible that all things in Christ are a new creation, and I am so thankful for His mercy and grace. My life I owe to Him.

That is so wonderful. Forgiveness holds within itself such a beautiful power.
I'm glad that you came out of such trying times, and ended up stronger because of it. The level of compassion you'll have for others in a similar situation will no doubt help people in the future. Congrats on being drug free for so long. That is an accomplishment. Thank you very much for sharing these things. It helps us ALL.
((( hugs ))) to you.
peace,
sparrow
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:01 PM
 
Location: USA
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That is so wonderful. Forgiveness holds within itself such a beautiful power.
I'm glad that you came out of such trying times, and ended up stronger because of it. The level of compassion you'll have for others in a similar situation will no doubt help people in the future. Congrats on being drug free for so long. That is an accomplishment. Thank you very much for sharing these things. It helps us ALL.
((( hugs ))) to you.
peace,
sparrow


Good to have you here, vplegend.
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