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Evil wins when the good does not act.

‘Level 4’ is now a concept
The attacks in Brussels on 22 March were nothing short of vile. It was a tragedy, a disaster that everyone experienced as totally reprehensible. Everyone, in their anger and desperation, was looking for words they could not find. At the same time to remain silent or do nothing was not an option. Thousands gathered in squares and other public places. They marched in silence, sang, wrote things down, burned candles or laid down flowers. One did not want to give in but give a clear sign.

This happening between people surpassed us.
When language is not available, we reach out for symbols. A symbol can express without words the indignation, sadness and compassion that lives within us . A symbol is more however than just a ‘sign’.

“The symbols we use are real , in the sense that they work and do not fail their effect“,

wrote Han Fortmann once. A society that is criticised for being individualistic, experienced a kind of renaissance of ‘shared values’ on the 22nd of March in its solidarity with the victims and in its compassion with the families. This rebirth did however not remove the calamity that happened to us.

It put things in a perspective.
If terror seeks destruction and chaos , at the same time it creates its opposites. In tears, but through the madness it mobilised citizens who chanted:

We are not afraid!”

The rubble of destruction had to make place for defiance, while chaos was immediately transformed into solidarity, togetherness and commitment.

“To cry is the first prophetic deed in human history. Only when we have the capacity to cry with others, in compassion, can we change the culture of death into a culture of life”.

BzN-Mov Without a Name-Logo_EN– Hyun Kyung Chung

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Previous articles

Just be yourself…

From Guestwriters 2015 in review

Christians at War? Christians using violence?

Before you blame All Muslims for the terrorist attack in Paris

Paris, in Retrospect

Tears for Belgium

Bruxelles Ma Belle

A darker and stranger place

Il terrorismo è l’urlo di un bambino al buio

Bringers of agony, Trained in Belgium and Syria

A charter for a truly free world and why we need it

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Kwaad wint als goed niets doet

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Additional reading

  1. A world in denial
  2. Christian fundamentalism as dangerous as Muslim fundamentalism
  3. Public not informed enough about Jihad terrorism in Belgium
  4. Summary for the year 2015 #1 Threat and fear
  5. 2015 Human rights
  6. Brussels’ Jewish Museum re-opened on Sunday
  7. Brussels-born Salah Abdeslam key suspect Paris terrorist attacks
  8. Daesh hits heart of Europe
  9. A Black day for Belgium – Brussels Airport ravage
  10. Knife-trust in democratic sore back
  11. Tears for Belgium
  12. Reaction from U.S.A. President Barack Obama
  13. De getuigen bij Pauw zijn bekende uit dezelfde hoek
  14. What Associated Press released on Wednesday 23 March 2016
  15. Iranian media implicitly accuse Erdogan to have known of the Bruxelles’s attacks in advance
  16. Hard questions
  17. Terrorist attacks in brussels
  18. Social media, sympathy & shocks
  19. Belgian Muslims Refusing to Aid Police in Finding Terrorists
  20. Europe unites to defeat terror
  21. Silence, devotion, Salafists, quietists, weaponry, bombings, books, writers and terrorists
  22. Internet meeting 2016 March 30, Tuesday
  23. Is God behind all suffering here on earth

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Further reading

  1. Conflict, Attack and Situations That Seem Impossible to Overcome
  2. How to face new waves of terrorism
  3. Muslim Options in the West
  4. Islamic State committing genocide against Yazidis: U.N.
  5. Terror
  6. U.S. officials say American Muslims do report extremist threats
  7. ISIS working to send operatives to the West for further attacks: US spy chief
  8. Right-wing homegrown extremism continues to be ignored
  9. The Danger Of “Right-Wing Extremists”
  10. Because “you can’t handle the truth..”
  11. The good the bad and the unsettling
  12. “Bad as it is that President Obama refuses to use the words “Islamist terror,” it’s far worse that he’s put blinders on everyone who’s supposed to be keeping America safe”
  13. Killing of Two Police Officers in Paris a ‘Terrorist Act’, President Hollande Says
  14. French police alerted to possible arrival of extremist fighters
  15. In Brussels police arrest 12 ‘plotting to attack during Belgium-Ireland match’
  16. Belgian authorities charge 3 in major anti-terror raid
  17. What in the world?
  18. Citizen With Firearm Stops Muslim Terrorist
  19. How To Stop Most Homegrown Terrorists—-Shutdown The FBI Sting Operations | David Stockman’s Contra Corner
  20. CIA Chief: ISIS Still a Threat
  21. G. Edward Griffin: This Story Could Be the Smoking Gun For All False-Flag Ops :: The Last Great Stand
  22. A Week of Terror
  23. War on Terror_ Nothing is as it appears to be
  24. France will see further terror attacks: PM
  25. My terrorists: rich old white guys
  26. Countering Jihad
  27. Not Islamic terror
  28. ISIS killer posts chilling Facebook video after murdering French policeman and wife
  29. Crimes and misdemeanors of Pulse shooting
  30. Not again!!!!
  31. Terrorism too close to home …
  32. American Bataclan?
  33. Orlando Nightclub Shooting: Questions and Anomalies Surround ‘Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History’ « Memory Hole
  34. How America’s Mass Shooters Now Use Weapons of War | Mother Jones
  35. The Orlando massacre: the lies, the exploitation and unasked questions | The Vineyard of the Saker
  36. Flawed, Angry, Grief-Stricken – But We Will Not Succumb to Terror
  37. French police march silently to honor ISIS attack victims
  38. A Distressing Morning
  39. The Orlando Morass
  40. Orlando suspicions: Multiple shooters, multiple ‘motives’ and a siege that just doesn’t add up | Truth and Shadows
  41. Seventy-two killed resisting gun confiscation in Boston! | Fauquier Free Citizen
  42. Orlando ‘Known Wolf’ Watched by FBI, Worked with DHS, Amid Crisis Actors, Drills & CI’s
  43. City Officials Reportedly Won’t Turnover Fire Code Inspection Records For Pulse Nightclub | LawNewz
  44. Orlando attack: Gunman’s ‘struggle with his true sexuality’ could have made him snap
  45. Orlando gunman describes himself as ‘Islamic soldier’ in chilling 911 transcripts
  46. 19 June 2016. A Foreign Response to Orlando
  47. “Gun sales surge among gays, lesbians after Orlando shooting”
  48. Did FBI Informants Assist Mateen in the Orlando Shooting?
  49. Exploiting the Orlando nightmare
  50. Jimm Fallon Addresses Orlando Shootings In ‘Tonight Show’ Monologue
  51. Orlando Shooting: Is God Hate or Love?
  52. Obama’s cerebral reaction to terror tested in Orlando
  53. Pulse Nightclub Shooting Original Tribute Song
  54. Threats against Muslims must stop after Orlando attack: US
  55. Tens of thousands attend Orlando vigil
  56. My Opinion on… Orlando
  57. My Thoughts for Orlando
  58. Thoughts on the latest terror attack
  59. Bubble Explosion: The Orlando Tragedy
  60. Man Who Claims To Be Omar Mateen’s Gay Lover Says The Orlando Shooting Was Revenge, Not Terror
  61. “Gun sales surge among gays, lesbians after Orlando shooting”
  62. Taliban suicide bomber kills at least 14 in Afghan capital
  63. Boko Haram Attacks Force 50,000 to Flee Homes
  64. Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Attacked Ogun State
  65. Millitants Finding their way in Ogun State – Commissioner of Police
  66. Taliban suicide bombing kills 14 Nepalese guards in Kabul
  67. A theory of attacks?
  68. The Outrageous Attack on Conservative Christians After the Orlando Massacre
  69. Still Redacted, Still Deceiving
  70. Zero tolerance for hate speech, says Shanmugam
  71. The eyes of free will
  72. #27 – Hatebreed / Madball / Hate Eternal /Terror
  73. #75: Coward
  74. Conspiracy theorists are harassing the families of women killed in mass shootings
  75. Man arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of terrorism
  76. November lectures in US: How the Mideast will react to the election
  77. 6 troops killed, 14 injured in car bomb attack on Syria border
  78. Terror v Trust
  79. Sharia and Freedom
  80. War and Ignorance
  81. Love breeds Love, so does Hate breeds…
  82. Does one person have control to stop Every bad thing in the world?
  83. Hatred and Division Make Me Sick
  84. Capitulo 4 – Indicios

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About a human being or not and life

For many the argument against abortion may be in the answer to the question

“Is the foetus a human being or not?”

Rev. Richard C. Eyer, D.Min., who spent twenty years as hospital chaplain counselling, Concordia University Wisconsin, wrote  in his reading for the Lutheran Conference about abortion and the Gospel in 2000

Of all the women I counseled who were considering abortion I never had one tell me she did not believe the foetus within her was a human being. In fact, she would have thought it naive of me that I would even press the point. She would have said, “Of course, it is human, but I don’t want to be pregnant.” {Abortion and the Gospel, 2000}

too many people overlook that those women considering abortion are usually in crisis and that in first instance the crisis needs to be addressed with attempts at healing.

If addressed with compassion and truth spoken gently in the name of Christ who gave himself for desperate sinful men and women, the heart might be won over. Even if not, the path has at least been prepared a way for repentance to follow later. The Church needs to speak boldly against abortion, but more boldly still about the love of Christ for sinners considering and perhaps even participating in abortion. {Abortion and the Gospel, 2000}

writes Rev. Richard C. Eyer.

Not all those who look for abortion are people with a faith life. Lots of them are not having an active religious life, but that does not mean they will not be able to come to such a position that they would like to enjoy worship of God with many others. For them the church has to be ready to receive them with open arms.

English: Anti-abortion demonstrators taking pa...

Anti-abortion demonstrators taking part in the 5th Paris March for Life (Marche pour la Vie) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God’s temporary permission of evil has afforded all of us the opportunity to show him what is truly in our hearts. We may see lots of evil in this world and we may encounter lots of things we personally do not like. How we cope with them is very important. Concerning abortion we do see in certain countries pro-life groups which manifest such a lot of hate against those people who want to visit or work in an abortion clinic that we can not call that an exemplary Christian attitude.

It is great to see that there are such people who have their mouth full of Jesus, but we would like to see them also taking on the same attitude as Jesus did. They should better know that Jesus is the Way to life and the Way to God and the way to salvation and God’s Kingdom. Jesus did not come for the good ones in this world alone. He came to bring salvation for all people and certainly was there and is there for those in big need.

Jesus was fully aware that he cannot do anything without his heavenly Father, the Only True God, Who is the One Who decides about the giving and taking of life. We do agree that it is not up to man to decide about life. But man is weak and has a spot on him that makes him fallible.
The God who made the world and all the things in it, being, as He is, Lord of heaven and earth, Lord above all lords, He is the Greatest and Most Almighty of all. Jesus who knew very well that this God is much grater than him and does not dwell in handmade temples, wanted all people come to know his heavenly Father, the God of Abraham. It is He himself Who gives to all people life and breath {+} and all things. This God made out of one every nation of men to live all over the face of the earth, determined their appointed seasons, ordaining prescribed epochs and the limitations of their residence. {Acts 17:26}

Instead of condemning those who are questioning themselves what to do with  that they  feel in their body, the pro-life groups better would talk to them lovingly and show them how God is the Source of life. {Psalm 36:9}

(Psalms 36:9 [CPDV]):  (35:10) For with you is the fountain of life; and within your light, we will see the light.

Not always we do know the reason why those women are faced for such a difficult decision. We do not have to judge them but should have to give them an ear and let them know that there are times in our spiritual experience when human counsel or sympathy, or religious ordinances, fail to comfort or help us, but that we still can try to come into contact with the Only One Who has all the answers. We can show them some answers and guidance God has given mankind to cope with the difficult situations.

Even those with a broken heart shall have to know that there will come a time that the tears they have will dry up and that they shall be able to rejoice again.

(Revelation 7:17 [CPDV]): For the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, will rule over them, and he will lead them to the fountains of the waters of life. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

All should know that Jehovah views the life of a child as precious even during the very early stages of development after conception.

Psalms 139:13-16 (CPDV): 13  (138:13) For you have possessed my temperament. You have supported me from the womb of my mother. 14  (138:14) I will confess to you, for you have been magnified terribly. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. 15  (138:15) My bone, which you have made in secret, has not been hidden from you, and my substance is in accord with the lower parts of the earth. 16  (138:16) Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them.

Not only sees God the imperfection of the unborn baby but also of the bearer of the child. God also sees the heart of the woman with lots of questions and doubts. For her He is there to help if she wants and loves to hear His Voice. God has given man also brains and has also given talents to people. Those talents should be used rightly and in honour of God His creation.

The Pro-life or anti abortionists the same as the one arguing for abortion should also listen to those skilled in the medical field. But we also should know that not always medical opinions are right. It is not bad sometimes to ask an other opinion. We also should question if it would be right to kill a fellow human because that one might harm his fellowman? If at the time of childbirth a choice must be made between the life of the mother and that of the child, it is up to the individuals concerned to make that choice and not to outsiders who often do not know the situation. However, advances in medical procedures in many lands have made this situation very rare.

When ending the presence of the foetus in the mothers womb it is as ending a human life and taking part of God’s creation in own hands. Every human being should be fully aware that anyone taking life a way from a human being could be considered shedding man’s blood.

(Genesis 9:6 [CPDV]): Whoever will shed human blood, his blood will be poured out. For man was indeed made to the image of God.

It is true that the Bible says that every fatal striker of a soul should be slain as a murderer, but it also presents circumstances where there may not take place a killing of that person who took life from somebody else.

Numbers 35:11-15 (CPDV): 11 discern which cities ought to be for the protection of fugitives who have shed blood unwillingly. 12 And when a fugitive is in these, the kinsman of the deceased shall not be able to kill him, until he stands in the sight of the multitude and his case is judged. 13 Then, among those cities which are separated for relief to fugitives, 14 three shall be across the Jordan, and three in the land of Canaan, 15 as much for the sons of Israel as for newcomers and sojourners, so that anyone who has shed blood unwillingly may flee to these places.

Every person is responsible for his or her own body and for those around them. So often today our rights are trampled on by others; many just don’t care what happens to other people or they are very quick to judge the other person and do not mind condemning him or her. Only Jesus has received the authority to judge the living and the dead concerning life. The others who may judge in this world are the judges, which is a profession also instituted by God. As long as Jesus did not return it is their right to bring civil judgement.

People should trust the decisions made by judges who are given latitude to investigate and consider motives and attitude of violators, along with the circumstances surrounding the violation and who are not to oppress the people placed under them, nor widows and orphans, who seem to have no protector, for Jehovah is their fatherly Judge and Protector. (Le 19:33, 34; Ex 22:21; 23:9; De 10:18; 24:17, 18; 27:19; Ps 68:5)

It is good to know for us and for the one who has questions concerning life and abortion that the Bible provides guidelines that can protect us. To receive the benefits, though, we must also accept the responsibilities.’

In the past many mothers have been abandoned by the men who fathered their children. Throughout history we also find many cases of women who were the victim of sexual violence, got pregnant but did not want to loose that life which they felt in them. In the end we also can find women who decided not to have an abortion and were very happy they did make that decision. Others who got an abortion regretted it afterwards.

We always best avoid to have people brought in front of this terrible choice. The best way to do that is by creating an environment where many love the Word of God and are willing to live by Bible standards. In such places we can see that children will have respect for others and that people shall not use their sexual lusts to harm somebody else. In such places where from young age people grow up with the Word of God as guide we shall find more people with respect and genuine love for others. In such communities the husband will really love his wife and children and loyally stay with them and provide for them. (1 Tim. 5:8; Eph. 5:28-31)

 

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Preceding articles:

  1. Fruitage of the womb
  2. Abortion: The expulsion of an embryo or foetus before it can live on its own
  3. The Risk Factors Associated with Abortions
  4. Should I Have An Abortion
  5. My Choice (by Jezabel Jonson)
  6. The Real ‘Choice’
  7. “They Told Me What I Wanted To Hear” – Real Abortion Stories
  8. The Things We Carry, by Penny
  9. Not an easy decision to make
  10. Whoopi Goldberg commandments and abortion
  11. Stop Burning Rape Survivors at the Stake
  12. How to heal after childhood sexual abuse
  13. “Til It Happens To You” by Lady Gaga
  14. Abortion — Not a Trouble-Free Solution

Next: The Catholic synod on the family and abortion

 

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Additional reading:

  1. Youngsters, parents and the search to root in life
  2. About lions and babies
  3. Westboro Baptist Church and Catholic Truth against Nelson Mandela
  4. Always a choice
  5. A philosophical error which rejects the body as part of the human person

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 Further reading:

  1. The Church of the Inappropriate
  2. Watch “The Silent Scream (Full Length)” on YouTube
  3. Dr. Ben Carson Opposes Abortions In Cases Of Rape Or Incest
  4. Ben Carson compares abortion to slavery
  5. Ben Carson Misogynist
  6. Ben Carson says women who have had abortions are like “slave owners”
  7. Desperate Ben Carson Resorts To Tired Abortion & Slavery Argument In Grab For Votes On Religious Right
  8. “Ben Carson: I would ‘love’ to see abortion ruling overturned”
  9. Richard Corriere’s “In Their Own Words.” FBI director clashes with Obama
  10. Putting on Monday Morning Combat Boots
  11. Homo-Lobby comes out in support of child butchering
  12. Heaven & Miscarried (+Aborted) Babies ♥ Part I
  13. Responsibility
  14. Lady Bits episode 35: Feminism is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
  15. Abortion, Homosexuality, Prostitution: Amnesty International Loses its Way
  16. Freakonomics Abortion Chapter
  17. He Told Me I Needed To “Get Rid of It” – Real Abortion Stories
  18. Hot Topic #3, Abortion!!
  19. Ways To Stop Abortion!
  20. Random Headlines — 10/25/15
  21. Random Headlines — 10/16/15
  22. GOP Inbreeding
  23. If you want to know what’s ahead for America, look north to Canada
  24. trajectories and closed loops
  25. “21 Thoughts” by Dr. Jerome Lejeune, the father of modern genetics
  26. How America Is Inured to Violence and Immorality
  27. The Tree of Life
  28. We Need To Change The Way We Deal With Abortion
  29. The Problem with Pro-life Politics
  30. Mis-shaped fruit is just as good for you
  31. Will America listen to this baby’s story?
  32. Abortion Rants From A Pro-Abortionist
  33. Why I’m Pro-Abortion
  34. #ShoutYourAdoption! Pro-lifers fight back against repulsive pro-abort hashtag [pics]
  35. How do Pro-Lifers care for the born? Let me count the ways….
  36. Abortion Advocacy Is Extremisim
  37. The #StandWithPP Roundup: Shutdown Narrowly Averted
  38. Court Rules to Keep Clinic Open
  39. When Choice Is Not An Option
  40. Anti-Abortion Attackers & Protesters of Planned Parenthood Exposed (Resources)
  41. I agree with Karl du Fresne… but not in the way you think
  42. Forensic Analysis Shows the Real Planned Parenthood Scandal Is the Videos Themselves | The Nation
  43. Rep. Elijah Cummings is Ready to FIght for Women
  44. Media Release: Politicians Must Act Now
  45. Why We Need to Talk About Later Term Abortions
  46. 4 November 2014. This Is Why I Oppose ALL “Personhood” Amendments Absolutely and Without Question

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Crying is good for inner self!!

English: Tears , often at childhood days. മലയാ...

Tears , often at childhood days. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tears, be it of sadness but also of joy , can come over our cheeks. Often it can be a good thing to led tears have their free run. Often we can’t control them but at times we want to be master over them and would not like others to know something has moved us so much it could bring us to tears.

We should know that at certain moments that flowing water also can be the necessary fluid to give good to our inner strength, making us grow stronger in this world.

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To remember:

  • many feelings buried deep within us > resurface > love, hatred, anger, jealous, pain, sadness, kindness
  • ways of displaying these feelings like hugging, kissing, spreading smile, holding hands, throwing things, winking, crying..
  • Crying = first feeling we feel when we are born
  • cry even before realizing we’re crying = very deeply entangled to our soul
  • cry > sad + failed + in fear + happy + too much going on
  • crying = feel connected to it
  • Cry for the sad, the dead, the helpless, the weak. But make sure you are back to yourself again after the moment
  • Lighten your heart once in a while

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Additional reading:

  1. Fear, struggles, sadness, bad feelings and depression
  2. A Glory followed by Despair
  3. Materialism, would be life, and aspirations
  4. Give your tears to God
  5. Depression Is and When
  6. Coming Out Of The Bipolar Closet
  7. A time for everything
  8. The soul has no rainbow if the eyes have no tears
  9. Come, walk with me and find rest for your soul
  10. Crying and trusting ones do not get disappointed

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  • You (It) Will Be Ok (acvoice.com)
    It is impossible to make a list of all the places I’ve cried, not because I’m a huge crier, but because my childhood, like many, was a bathtub of tears. So what follows instead is a list of (sometimes amusing) moments of beautifully necessary crying, followed by a reflection on what these moments might mean:
  • Wordy Wednesdays: Cry (winwhileyoung.com)
    It’s OK to cry.Really, who hasn’t cried.Even if you have an eight pack and look like the Terminator with zero emotion, I can almost guarantee you cried as a baby.
  • Tears for fears (jeannejennings108.wordpress.com)
    Tears for all these fears,that appear realin one moment

    dissipate as vapor

    in the next.

  • Tears (rajasinsight.com)
    Tears run down his grief stricken face
    And land on the ground of that isolated place

    A call out to his father if there were any other way
    The tears on the ground are there to stay

    The grief so heavy his sweat turns to blood
    Tears keep falling the dirt turns to mud

  • Cleansing Tears… (stormiesteele.com)
    All things have their place & time – consider what you can do…what you can’t do – then release.The cleansing tears have a season.
  • The Storehouse (workforthecausenottheapplause.com)
    The last twenty-four hours has been an infinitely unique dance, the stroke of a pen, some tears and breakthrough. It’s hard to explain how in the middle of your greatest struggles you have a hope that is alive and vivacious and thriving. How the tears can sting as they fall but you are smiling. Believing God is an art, a choice, a step, a motion. You are walking in the darkness following the light. And though the forest is thick with brush, He becomes the walking stick, the guide, the means, the only. It is only through a deep-seated place in your soul that you can learn to love your Jesus more than you love your sin.
  • My Mask That Always Smiled (spicyemozione.wordpress.com)
    I was once sad and lonely,
    Having nobody to comfort me,
    So I wore a mask that always smiled;
    To hide my feelings behind a lie.
  • 365 Writing Prompts: Happy happy joy joy (sabethville.wordpress.com)
    We cry for lots of reasons:  sadness, pain,fear….. and happiness.When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
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    I am longing to see and  feel the fresh air without covering myself from head to foot, the green grass, trees covered with leaves, birds singing, announcing the end of winter and welcoming the arrival of summer.
  • Father (lifeisaferriswheel.wordpress.com)
    The first time i heard my father cry was when i was with him in his office. He owns a restaurant, it doesn’t make a lot of money but it profits enough for us to live comfortably. Or so I thought. We were watching television as we had dinner as usual. He was in his chair when he slowly turned around, and the sniffs began. It took me a few seconds to piece the random bits of conversations between him and my grandmother, but i understood. We were running low on money. I just focused on the television not really watching the show but simply staring at the odd colors.
  • Are you sad? (amazingjenni.wordpress.com)
    All emotions have purpose. Sadness isn’t destructive if not prolonged. Sadness isn’t unproductive, as it offers awareness. Telling someone to “cheer up” or “be happy” is so ineffective and patronizing.

 

Smiles here & Smiles there

We have so many feelings buried deep within us. These feelings resurface and to name a few like love, hatred, anger, jealous, pain, sadness, kindness and lots..

We have ways of displaying these feelings like hugging, kissing, spreading smile, holding hands, throwing things, winking, crying..

We all are familiar with all these feelings and at some point or other in life we feel these feelings and act on these in our own unique ways..

Crying is the first feeling we feel when we are born. We cry even before realizing we’re crying and crying is always so very deeply entangled to our soul. One doesn’t cry just because he is sad and failed but also when he’s in fear.. when he’s happy.. when there is too much going on in his life and crying becomes just a passage to lighten his heart and sob for sometime to make the passage…

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Running of good courage, away from the body


“We are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8 RSV)

“For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come.” (2 Timothy 4:6 RSV)

“I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished!” (Luke 12:50 RSV)

“and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then from my flesh I shall see God,” (Job 19:26 RSV)

“15  But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. [Selah] 16 Be not afraid when one becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases.” (Psalms 49:15-16 RSV)

“And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”” (Luke 23:43 RSV)

“Father, I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24 RSV)

“And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”” (Acts 7:59 RSV)

“Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1 Corinthians 5:8 RSV)

“My steps have held fast to thy paths, my feet have not slipped.” (Psalms 17:5 RSV)

“24 Thou dost guide me with thy counsel, and afterward thou wilt receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is nothing upon earth that I desire besides thee. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.” (Psalms 73:24-26 RSV)

“14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night within his temple; and he who sits upon the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”” (Revelation 7:14-17 RSV)

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”” (Revelation 14:13 RSV)

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Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Uitlopen om uit lichaam te wonen

Preceding:

Dark Times and Dry Places

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong

Salvation and Righteousness

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Find also:

  1. Those who fear him
  2. Jehovah reigns! Let the earth rejoice!
  3. Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God
  4. As the Lord commanded Moses
  5. A race not to swift, nor a battle to the strong
  6. Every athlete exercises self control

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  • Hope for Tomorrow (kathleenbrdly.wordpress.com)
    We now have hope for tomorrow. As we walk in the light of God’s Truth, we have no fear of darkness or evil, because Christ in the authentic Believer overcame Satan and evil on Calvary’s cross. Even negative aspects of life now work out for our good (Romans 8:28).
  • Corinthians Series: The Collection (1 Corinthians 16:1-2) (preacheroftruth.com)
  • God: From A to Z (christianity201.wordpress.com)
    At first, I thought this was a rather contrived premise for an article, but then, the more I thought about it, it’s all scripture so it’s all good. We put scripture verses in green here as a reminder that God’s word is life. Today, the entire article is in green.
  • End Times Bible Prophecy Is Unfolding Before Our Very Eyes (Video) (nowtheendbegins.com)
    As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, and loving His holy Word, can we not just read Scripture to know the world news? This is one of many amazing things we get from the Word, and that is knowing what will happen before it happens!
  • Light to My Path (theencouragementexpress.com)
    Some of you have been asking the Lord for direction. Go to Bible and seek it out. Go through the prophetic words and promises you’ve received. The path will become clear.
  • Emmeline – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (grannyem.wordpress.com)
    God is the comforter. Our Father, and he has a heart of compassion
  • God doesn’t put on us more than we can handle???? (howleadersmanage.com)
    Paul is reminding his readers that God will not allow people to be tempted beyond their abilities.  That is, there is no temptation that you should feel you are powerless against, because God would not allow you to be tempted by something you couldn’t resist.  If you’re being tempted, in Paul’s thinking, it’s something you are strong enough to resist.
  • DIG for Wednesday the 4th of February …….right standing has nothing to do with right performance…..2 Corinthians 5 v 21 (heilanword.wordpress.com)
    Righteousness is not about doing but all about being.

    I know I am righteous as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done.

    I could be made righteous because He became sin for me (2 Corinthians 5 v 21).

    I was made righteous when I put my faith and trust in Him.

    The amazing truth is that at that point of salvation, in my born again spirit, I was actually made as righteous as God Himself (Ephesians 4 v 24).

    In the eyes of God I have complete and absolute right standing; in other words, in His eyes I am acceptable and OK.

    And so are you if you have put your trust and faith in Jesus Christ.

    The standing (or position) that you have before God, righteous or unrighteous, acceptable or unacceptable, OK or not OK, is only dependant upon your relationship with Jesus Christ and nothing else.

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Gratitude Quotes # 9

Every moment of the day is good to call onto the Most High. Each moment and certainly when we do feel we are drowning in quicksand are the moments we should know Who we do have to fear and Who we can trust shall come to our help.

 

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Do not only go to The Father,
In tears and aching heart,
In fear and doubt,
To prostrate and tremble,
To lament and beg!

Remember also The Father,
With shining eyes and joyful heart,
Confident of His Promises,
To say but a short prayer,
Thank You Lord, Amen!

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Lonely Life

Lonely on the land I walk,
Lonely cross the sea I sail,
Lonely air of beach I stroll –
This lonely life doth take its toll.

Lonely trek of woodland trail,
Lonely mist in haze o’ dawn,
Lonely spies the bird of prey
In lonely circles all astray.

Lonely be the dark of night
When sleep is but a yearning wish,
To dream of sweet companions close,
As wine would pair with diner’s dish.

Lonely do these thoughts me make
That draw my blood of precious life;
Replace with stream of flowing pain
To bless my veins with coursing strife.

Lonely years are now my friends,
Lonely cries bereft of sound,
Lonely tears that cool my face
In lonely life of sullen pace.

Copyright © Mark R Slaughter 2009
All rights reserved

Mark R Slaughter is a biological scientist, who took up poetry to challenge his written skills. In march 2014 ‘Lonely Life’ was recited on the BBC by Mark Benson in the introduction to a documentary on loneliness.

  • The Lonely God (pangeanpoetry.wordpress.com)
    The Moon glares at the lonely god
    but says nothing,
    he knows the lonely god will not hear.The lonely god ignores the Moon,
    and rests his feet on Creation
    like a footstool.
  • Lonely yo-yo (introgirl74.wordpress.com)
    Trying to describe loneliness is an impossible task.  But I am going to try. Loneliness sometimes falls on me when the sun goes behind the clouds and no one is there to turn my light on.  I can’t quite focus clearly. I can’t quite see anything as it is.  My eyes feel tired.  I want to close my eyes and keep them closed for a long time.  It’s hard to look you in the eyes. I can stay in my little bubble.  I am hurting.  I don’t want you to see that.
  • Lonely among us (fearnoweebles.wordpress.com)
    The holidays. For many, they’re not cloyingly sweet happyfests like on the Hallmark Channel. No, for a lot of people, ’tis the season to be lonely. Loneliness is probably as old as time itself but I suspect it’s more virulent now than in days of yore.First, let’s get one thing straight: Being lonely is very different from being alone. You can be both, but not necessarily. You don’t have to be alone to be lonely, and you don’t have to be lonely when you’re alone.

    Loneliness hurts, emotionally and physically.

  • MIT’s New App Will Ensure You’re Never Lonely on a Business Trip Again (bostinno.streetwise.co)
    For the not-so-gregarious, business trips can be a rather solitary, sullen experience. Striking up random conversation with a stranger feels unnatural, so you’re left twiddling your thumbs at the hotel bar, quietly wondering whether or not gin is making a triumphant comeback.
  • The lonely watch (cdavey184.wordpress.com)
    When early hours are wakeful, and sleep departs,
    angst does come a creeping to sing its dire lament
    that refuses to be silenced to allow Morpheus to reign
    It’s haunting words repeated loudly, time on time again.
  • Lonely or Alone? (nibhz.wordpress.com)
    After a few days of silently listening and hiding behind the smiling mask, the phase still hasn’t wore off. Yah, the phase did strike and as always its not good this time either. It feels weird telling everyone that nothing is wrong because there isn’t anything wrong, everything is as perfect as before but it just doesn’t feel right.
    I have become the latest victim of loneliness and along with it the demons of the self-doubt, self-criticism and good-for-nothing feeling have become the unwelcomed visitors of my mind.
  • Lonely Boy. (talkingtofarhan.wordpress.com)
    Well I’m so above you
    And it’s plain to see
    But I came to love you anyway
    So you tore my heart out
    And I don’t mind bleeding
    Any old time to keep me waiting
    Waiting, waiting
  • To all of you lonely people (imgur.com)
    At least you can rest your head on your own shoulder
  • My Poem ‘The Lonely Word’ (poetofthesphere.com)
    You can sometimes think you are walking alone
    even when you are in a crowd;
    you can sometimes feel you are hearing nothing
    even when the world sounds so loud;
    you can sometimes see the world distorted;
    you can sometimes hear the distant call
    of someone who you may not have seen for a long time,
    who is nowhere even near you at that exact time-
    like the voice of a ghost,
    but even though you can’t see that person
    you have no doubt as to its origin,
    and you will swear on your life
    that you heard the person that you heard say what they said
    in the way and in the voice that they said it.
  • Blunderbuzzateen.. lonely (cryinforthedyin.wordpress.com)
    Wish I could take you places truth won’t threaten so.. like to help you.. be a friend.. just to let you know.. what you want in real thought.. dreamed and thought in bed..  truth will never serve a lie.. once seen and known in head..What is real is beautiful.. what is seen and real.. what is you.. you for true.. how and what you feel.. a road called honor.. goes to ‘Accomplish Way’.. one step toward a true life.. taken makes a better day..

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Depression Is and When

Depression 1

depression is loving someone with nothing in return,
depression is slowly living instead of jumping head first,
depression is acknowledging the mistake but without learning,
depression is not trying, giving into your life’s curse.

depression is cutting and cutting thinking you cant stop,
depression is staying quiet thinking no-one will care,
depression is floating around with the desire to drop,
depression is ignoring the people who always seem to be there.

depression is trying to end the life you’ve been given,
depression is watching other people watch you,
depression is giving up instead of being hard driven,
depression is depression, do you feel it too?

Depression 2

depression
a state of agitated depression
now facing the depression
like a closed session
needing medical attention
making my agitated confession
depression my obsession
depression my only material possession
years of oppression before the recession
see the expression of my depression
depression leaving a facial impression
at it’s own discretion
like a rapper at a rap session
and a singer in a jam session
or a poet at the blog talk radio session
you can’t forget the internal impression
the repossession of my depression
it’s a new life i’m now facing without question

Depression 3

depression is the looks that lie
depression is the tears i cry..

depression is the mistakes
that one person makes..

depression is the sad song
where no one sings along

depression is where i have no friends
depression is the cut that mends..

depression…
just a feeling that gets everyone sad
and maybe to the point where you go mad

but depression is sad but true..
because it is my life without you…

Depression Is

depression is my life without you,
depression is the darkness taking over the light,
depression is the thoughts of suicide
depression is isolation from the outside world
depression is where no one loves me
depression is where i have no friends
depression is where everyone looks at me and rolls there eyes
depression is…….

Depression Is When

depression is when you hate everyone around
depression is when you don’t want to make a sound
depression is when all you want to do is cry
depression is when you feel like you’re dying inside
depression is when your thoughts wonder all the time
depression is when you can’t sleep even though you’re tired
depression is when you don’t want to go on
depression is when you can’t stop shaking outside
depression is when you hide who you are
depression is when you put on a mask to hide what you feel
depression is when you feel weak all the time
depression is when you give in to everything around
depression is when you don’t care what happens anymore

depression is just another day in my life

Depression Makes Me

depression makes me feel pain
depression makes me stupid
depression makes me feel low
depression makes me mad
depression makes me sad
depression makes me forget the world
depression makes me tensed
depression makes me lose self control
depression makes me hate everyone
depression makes me think over and over
depression makes me feel lonely
depression makes me think wild
depression makes me worthless
depression makes me sick
what does depression give me?
when it runs high…
it will make me die – rest in peace…

– Tashi Coote
Depression 6

Depression 6 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • 10 Things I Wish People Knew About Depression (worldobserveronline.com)
    Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain—a deficiency of either serotonin, dopamine, adrenalin or noradrenalin. Just because it’s an invisible illness, doesn’t mean it’s not real.
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    It can make you feel exhausted. It can make you hate yourself. It can make you self-harm. And worst of all, it can make you feel suicidal and drive you to carry out those thoughts. Depression is a word many people throw around carelessly (“I have to go to work on Monday, that is so depressing”), but when used in its clinical sense, it describes a debilitating, gut-wrenching illness.
  • Different types of depression (tersiaburger.com)
    Clinical depression goes by many names — depression, “the blues,” biological depression, major depression. But it all refers to the same thing: feeling sad and depressed for weeks or months on end (not just a passing blue mood).
  • Depression lies. (zerofoxgiven.wordpress.com)
    Depression is awful. It whispers in your ear. It rattles in your head. It steals your joy. It disrupts your sleep. It brings storm clouds to bright sun-shiny days. And it fucking lies. Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad (hurtful) lies.
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    I wrote this as a “sort of” end when I started down this country path: And if you’re suffering from depression, please know that you’re not alone. I know how difficult it is to look for help, I’m there right now. (I hate asking for help. I hate talking about myself in any way.) Talk to someone. (For a great list of people who would love to help you, go here: Getting Help.) Take care of, and be gentle with, yourself. You’re only human, this is a terrible illness and the people who tell you that you have nothing to be “sad” about and should “buck up” are assholes (some of them mean well, they just don’t understand).
  • Dealing with depression (confusedinfj.com)
    What we need more of is understanding, compassion, and just being there for our dear loved ones who suffer. Depression is just as debilitating as anything I can think of.
  • Depression is Often Called the Common Cold of Mental Health (modvive.com)
    To the nonprofessional “mood disorder” sounds like a passing phase, however, depression goes beyond just a passing phase and right into a life-altering disorder. If left untreated depression becomes chronic, meaning it sticks around for a long time. Some studies predict that by 2020 depressive disorders will be a leading cause of disease burden second only to heart disease.
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    Heart disease, an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, and substance abuse are just some of the health risks associated with depression. Untreated depression can lead to the most dangerous health issue, suicide. It is estimated that two-thirds of all suicides are linked to depression. This risk increases when substance abuse is part of the mix.
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    Whether you have the blues, the blahs, or something much darker, take that first step to get help. Go to your doctor. Find a counselor, your doctor or clergy can help with this. If you have a friend or family member suffering from depression do not close the door, reach out and help them. Go with them to the doctor; maybe even go with them to the counselor’s office.
  • Somewhere Someone Loves Us: Depression Stories, Vol. 1 (powderroom.jezebel.com)Depression is like being in that well in The Silence of the Lambs. That light’s being pulled up and I just see the evidence of all the attempts to crawl out before, and in my head, it’s evidence that the cloud won’t lift. The weight on my chest is never going to let up; the pressure I can feel on my brain is winning.Of course, I know on an academic level that that’s just not true. Things will get better, and I’ll be happy again. In fact, I’m probably happy more often than I’m not. But even when I’m thinking clearly, I fear my depression, because it’s just so oppressive.
  • Is Depression Just A “Rich Person” Problem? (thoughtcatalog.com)
    the National Alliance on Mental Illnesses says that 64% of young adults who are not attending or no longer attending college are doing so due to mental illnesses, and that 40% of students with diagnosable mental health conditions did not seek assistance because of the concern of stigma.
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    I am not depressed because I get too fixated on a concept and can’t see the other sides to any given situation (although I do have this problem as well). I am depressed because I medically lack the normal amount of serotonin that people need to be functional. No amount of therapy is going to make me better because all I really need is my daily 60 mg of Prozac.  I am disgusted when I have to spend time with people who lecture me on how depression is a fake disease.
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    Maybe one day people can be successful and public about their depression. But until we decide to actively alter our prejudiced and exaggerated attitudes about depression, that day will never come.Never forget what the impact of your words are on the people around you. We’re everywhere.
  • Controlling Your Black Dog (canislupuspc.wordpress.com)
    I did this through a mixture of the following things. They worked for me but may not work for you.

    1. Education and awareness
    2. Music
    3. Identifying the cause and doing something about it
    4. Exercise.

    I will briefly explain each of the four stages and how it has helped and is still helping me to control my black dog in hope that somebody might benefit from it and begin to gain some control over their own black dog.

  • Open Letter Re: This Morning Feature on Depression (madinamerica.com)
    Regarding Nicola, you again pushed the use of long-term drugs, saying it ‘gets you back to normal.’ Drugs cannot make you ‘normal’, as their very mode of action is to impair true normal brain functioning.  You are making yet another recommendation for drugs to correct an imbalance that has never been consistently found and shown to cause depression. Quite the opposite in fact: Research has shown that psychiatric drugs do indeed create ‘perturbations in neurotransmitter functioning’ thereby affecting normal homeostatic mechanisms that exist in the brain, which in the long term can cause permanent neural dysfunction (Hyman 1996). As a result, we feel Nicola would clearly have benefitted more from intensive talking therapy to explore her underlying fears and anxiety, and certainly from the support of caring friends and family rather than resort to long term ADs.The notion of a ‘chemical imbalance’ is now a fairly outdated view, and it is irresponsible and unethical to continue to indicate to the public they suffer from an imbalance where non has ever been consistently found and replicated within the peer reviewed professional journals.
  • Confessions of a depressed comic (thesecretkeeper.net)
    Television, the news, media, fictional films and stories, distort how people are who suffer from depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, agoraphobia, panic disorders, the list is so long the DSM-5 has over 300 diagnoses. Before anyone judges anyone, be sure you are not amongst those who have their own mental condition in which to deal.
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I said God it hurts

I said God it hurts
and God said yes I know

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Sexta/Viernes/Friday-Poser-Deus – Dios – God (Photo credit: Caio Basilio)

I said God I cry a lot
God said that’s why I gave you tears

I said God im alone
God said that’s why I gave you loved one’s

I said God im sad
God said that’s why I gave you emotions

I said God im bored
God said that’s why I gave you a life

I said God it hurts
and God responded with I Know

– RiRi S…

RiRi S…  loves writing poems about any topic. Whatever her heart feels she writes down. She has been writing ever since she was in 7th/8th grade.

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  • God in my … (helenblogs.com)
    ‘God in my hoping, there in my dreaming
    God in my watching, God in my waiting
    God in my laughing, there in my weeping
    God in my hurting, God in my healingBe my everything, be my everything’ – (Tim Hughes)
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    I must be known as the ‘weeping woman’ in church for my inability to go and not cry (although I have managed a couple of services lately!).Anyway, its a really powerful song. One thats been sung a couple of times in the church Im at now since I’ve been there. And I’ve always had to leave. Just like I’ve always had to leave when a couple of other songs are sung. Because I’ve been unable to cope with the words. I’ve been unable to cope with what they mean. I can’t open my mouth to sing them (if I’m not much else, I’m not a hypocrite, so I aint gonna sing something I don’t believe) and I could not even bear to sit and listen to them. When my brain overloads or something gets too close to the bone my default reaction is to run away – hence always leaving the services.
  • Where Is God In Tragedy? (oakgrovepastor.org)
    In the wake of the latest natural disaster, the tornado in Moore, OK, the “explanations” for why it happened invariably start to come out again.  As a pastor, as a Christian, and just as a human being, I find many of these “explanations” not only unhelpful, but downright harmful.  Explanations such as God’s will or punishment for sin will be thrown out there, maybe because they are so simple, maybe because folks actually believe it is God’s will to kill innocent children.  I remember the claims that Katrina was punishment for the sin of New Orleans, but none of those people making that claim could ever explain why homes of the poor were destroyed while the French Quarter was spared. Jesus, by the way, rejected such notions.The better and more helpful question, I think, comes when someone will ask me, “Well, if it wasn’t God’s will, then where was God in this situation?”  I am reminded of a story told to me by one of my pastoral mentors and good friend, the late Rev. Guss Shelly.
  • Tell me true, tell me why … (atpaulwaters.wordpress.com)
    Because we don’t care. We would rather fight and torture and kill each other than admit that we needed God. And even when we have admitted it, we have often carried on fighting and killing. Not you personally, of course. You’re not like that – and neither am I. Except sometimes. Ever told a half-truth to get out of trouble? Ever thrown the charity appeal envelope straight in the waste paper without reading it? Ever got bored by all the tragic stories on the nine o’ clock news?
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    What Jesus did when he died on the cross was to show us God’s eternal pain. In fact, in some way beyond our comprehension, he actually bore God’s pain, then and there. All the centuries of hate and spitefulness and petty selfishness that is human history. All that, concentrated into a few hours of human time. All that, to cry out to his tormentors – all of us – “I forgive you. I love you. What are you going to do with my love?”
  • Is our Suffering God Tearing us to Pieces to Build us Back up? (chronicillnesspaindevotionals.wordpress.com)
    How does one make sense of the scriptures where it says God will inflict trouble or suffering on us? Lisa shares her perspective of this in her own life of chronic illness and pain.
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    Someone recently gave me a kind compliment on my endurance and faith and I replied “It is called ‘face-plant faith’ when you are on your knees–spiritually–every moment.”
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    He knew before we were born that our life would have seasons of joy and seasons of tears and He knew every cause of them. God is much more interested in cleaning us out than cleaning us up. He debrides us, layer by layer by layer.And it hurts. It hurts more than anything we will ever go through. But we gradually depend on less on our own strength and more of His. The layers of sin get skimmed off in the fire and yet we still do not get burned. He may withdraw His protection at times, but never His presence.
  • Grateful (nikkisparrow.wordpress.com)
    give me strength to remove the pain of my emotions and the possibility of failureyou can do thisthey said

    you can make it

    they repeated

    you will fail

    they meant

    but giving up is what i did not do…

    now I am here, smiling

    because you never gave up on me

    God

  • Change Is Gone Come (thebeautywithinhim.wordpress.com)
    There are times when we do not have the pleasure of being in our home and have to dwell outside with the storm at full speed. There’s stituations that are so bad you feel like it is the end. You might not even want to call on God. Well here’s some news. The storm might just be starting, but don’t allow the storm to tell you it’s over. Yeah, it may look spooky and make you want to feel a little depressed but we serve an awesome God. If you have ever walked in rain with glasses, you know the smartest thing to do is to wipe them or take them off so you can see a little better. Take off the worries and the fears you have about the storm. Allow God to be your glasses. He will show you where to go and what you need to get out of the storm. With God nothing is scary.
  • Fear (peacefulwife.com)
    I don’t often quote Dr. Phil. But he has a saying, “What I fear, I create.” This is so true!
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    I may be so desperate to try to get my husband to affirm me and build me up that I come across as a black hole and unending pit of need instead of being confident in Christ. I can actually make it much harder for him to love me when I make “feeling loved by my husband” or my husband into the most important thing in my life (an idol).
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    Fear is unbelief in God. Fear is the opposite of faith. We have fear when we are trusting ourselves not God.
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    Fear is not an innocent emotion – it is a theological declaration of what we believe to be true about God and ourselves. It declares to us and everyone around us that we do not trust God, we do not believe God is who He says He is and that we are not claiming God’s victory, power, promises and His Word.
  • 6 Ways to Worship God Outside of Church (selahfortoday.wordpress.com)
    God is worthy of worship through the duration of our days. Oftentimes it’s difficult to unravel how this works outside of our church attendance on Sundays. However, God has crafted our souls, designed our world, and granted us every tool necessary to worship him whenever, wherever, and basically, however.
  • The Matter Of The Heart (shellykropp.wordpress.com)
    Even with the things that did actually happen to me, I never really acknowledged the sensitivity of my heart. I didn’t realize how much things really affected me. I thought that I was immune to them.It wasn’t until recently that I discovered that my heart was overwhelmed, even hurting. This time though it wasn’t due to watching a movie or a commercial it was due to people. My heart had been collecting hurtful words that were spoken to me and recording the painful actions that others had done to me. I was feeling like I was not valued, not respected, rejected, taken advantage of, not good enough, and not worth the time or effort to be with. My heart was even taking other people’s hurts upon it.  My heart was holding it all in, allowing hurt upon hurt, wound upon wound, to build up on the inside. Pretty soon, I began to notice that I was starting to feel angry at what people had done. Sometimes, I even felt bitter. Thus, the struggle had begun. I knew that it wasn’t right to be feeling this way. I was supposed to be loving people and I didn’t want to. I thought if I don’t deal with this I am going to be in a world of hurt.
  • Attempting to answer a difficult question (triggermanblog.wordpress.com)
    While some emotion may be referenced, it doesn’t control the argument, but is informed by the argument. They also avoid hypocritical points: they don’t take the other’s position while, at the same time tearing it down. Arguments attempt to capture the idea of one point while not misrepresenting the other’s point.
    Often, especially in those arguments where the God of Christianity, the God of the Bible are called into question, all of those objectives of good, logical argumentation get tossed out by one side in order to launch an attack.
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