Post Number: 4234
|Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 8:55 pm: || |
I've had a lot of people from this forum on my mind, and I'm wondering how you all are doing.
Toria, you come to mind frequently, and I praise God for your last medical report. I continue to pray for you and for your husband to know the Lord. How are you doing?
Randy, I've also had you and your family on my mind and in my prayers.
Lori, prayers for you and for your son continue. How are you doing?
Melissa, I haven't seen you here lately very muchóbut please know how much we appreciate you. Praying...
Denise (Dd), I don't know if you can even get to a computer right now on a regular basis, but we'll look forward to hearing how you've settled into your new home, where you've found a church home, etc. Prayers continue...
Carol, thinking about you and praying for your full recovery...
Shontay, I hope and pray that you are doing well and that the crises you experienced a few months ago have abated...
Chris Lee--know that you have been missed. I pray for you and your wife as well.
Tisha, I haven't heard from you in a long time. I hope and pray you are well, and I pray for you, too.
Nicole and Michelle...we haven't heard much from you, but know that you and your are also being prayed for.
Andy, I hope you are well and that you have found the job you mentioned you were hoping to land a few months back. With prayers for your strength and healing..
Arno, we haven't heard from you for quite a while, either. I hope and pray you are discovering the glory and grace of Jesus.
Joyce, I continue to pray for you to come to know the startling freedom of Jesus' love and mercy.
SchsacóI know you check in every now and then, but I hope you're having a good summer (I used to have to refuse to keep a running count of how many weeks of freedom I still had!), and we hope to see you here...
Belva, how's your ankle? Still praying...
I know there are many more that I haven't named, but I pray that God is nourishing and growing you in Him.
I also want those of you who are here more regularly to know that I am so grateful for you, and I pray that God will bless you in all the ways He knows you need. It is such a privilege to "know" you and to be part of this fellowship with you!
God is goodóand I pray that He will hold us close, keep us humble and honoring Him, and that He will glorify Himself in and through our interactions.
Post Number: 214
|Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 11:29 pm: || |
Colleen, thank-you for your prayers. As my life continues to evolve, I am trying to take more time for reflection and reevaluation. With the long days of summer up here in God's northland, that includes long walks to the lake before work, and some quality beach time after work.
Some of my time continues to be spent on fence mending, stabilizing the foundation, and pulling weeds from the garden. Not being much of a handyman or a gardener, some days I see progress, and some days I feel like selling the farm. The good Lord promises to meet our needs, and it is this hope that guides us day to day.
Thank-you for your thoughts and prayers,
Post Number: 31
|Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 9:35 am: || |
Colleen, I thank you for your prayers. I am still doing fine. I still get tired easily, but I am able to do 'normal' things again. Help with the housework, longer walks with my dogs, that sort of thing. It's funny how the little things we do without thinking, become great acomplishments when we are trying to get our lives back on track. I am grateful for each day.
I have joined a non-denominational Bible study group. We meet each wednesday night for a few hours. I feel a great need to find a church home. I live in an area that is predominately RC, with some JW, Mormans, and SDA. Other than that there is a United church, and a Baptist church that just started here less than a year ago. I feel the need to fellowship with other Christians. I have been praying for the Holy Spirit to lead me in this area.
I have not posted much on the forum, but my thoughts and prayers are with you all. This forum has helped me so often over the past few years. I am greatful for all of you. Someday I will see and thank you all when we get to heaven.
Post Number: 32
|Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 9:56 am: || |
Colleen, you asked about my husband as well. He is well. A little while ago, I asked him if he minded that I play spiritual music and watch/listen to Billy Graham or Charles Stanley (a Baptist pastor) on tv. This is also his home, and I don't want him to feel uncomfortable here. He said no, he does not mind and that some things are beginning to make sense to him. I want God to lead him, and so am not trying to push/lead him. I did give him one of my books to read. "The Case For Christ" by Lee Strobel. I hope it will answer some of his questions. And of course, I pray that he will invite Jesus into his heart. It will be a happy day when he does.
Post Number: 1051
|Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 12:26 pm: || |
Colleen, thank you for inquiring. My heel has healed enough that I can get into a swimming pool and do some water walking. That will be good because I have a degerative disk problem at L4/L5, and water exercise is so gentle and supportive in those circumstances. I'm doing physical therapy for the ankle and it is getting stronger. It's like I'm healing from a broken bone there, and the sensitivity that still remains will dissipate.
God is good, and the Government hired doctor has extended my Disability. I'm now scheduled to see a Rheumatologist, and perhaps get some relief for my back, and if that works I can finally think about getting back to work.
I've been spending a lot of time at CARM, which has limited the time I can spend here, but I love you all, and read your posts even if I don't respond very often. Keep on looking to Christ. Remember that Heaven is for the forgiven, not the good. Be good anyway, but know that your salvation lies in Jesus and not in something you can or cannot do.
Love you guys!
Post Number: 4237
|Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 2:52 pm: || |
Toria, I'm so glad to hear the news both about your own strengthening and your husband's softening to spiritual things. I'll continue to pray for himóand for you to find a church where you will grow.
Belva, I'm glad you're improving. Love you, too!
And Randy, what a great thing that God has given you a farm, even if you do feel a bit out of your league! There really is something calming about working "the land". I think it must be because nature instrinsically reveals God's eternal qualities. Working with growing things and "subduing the land" really does make life seem "real" as opposed to "manufactured" or virtual.
Post Number: 1407
|Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 5:24 pm: || |
Life is day by day and sometimes moment by moment. I went kayaking today with my boys and a girlfriend and her son. It was relaxing, but did not do much for the kicked in the gut feeling I live with these days.
I visited with one of our associate pastors this morning as well, and he reminded me of the story when we build our house on the rock and the storms come, the house will stand. And he was encouraging that through these storms, I will stand as well because my foundation is on the rock.
There is still a lot of sadness and grief over what was lost, the cruel way in which it was uncovered, and a degree of concern for what is to come, but each day is a little easier, the grief is less intense and the starkness of the reality comes a little more in focus. Tears come and go, but the kids still need me and I do what I have to do.
Each day I pray for strength, courage, wisdom and healing.
The ex was a no-show again tonight.
I'm not sure how my world got turned so far upside down and sideways, but it is and I'm just trying to follow the bubbles to the surface. I still read, but just don't have any wisdom to share these days.
Your emails continue to be a great source of strength, encouragement and wisdom. One day, I'm sure I'll get a great testimony out of this time in my life. But it's hard to look that far into the future feeling so down in the bottom of the well.
Post Number: 1408
|Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 5:26 pm: || |
(Message edited by melissa on June 29, 2006)
Post Number: 4240
|Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 7:15 pm: || |
God is holding you, Melissa.
Love and prayers,
Post Number: 259
|Posted on Saturday, July 01, 2006 - 9:56 pm: || |
Thanks for your continued prayers Colleen. I continue to pray for your family as well. God is very present, thru a very difficult time.
I find myself facing divorce, rather that the 20 year anniversary I expected at this time. My son is hurting, and of course so am I, and we especially could use your prayers during this upcoming week. Please pray for me to have wisdom and a Christlike attitude.
Melissa, I must have missed your post when you talked about what is happening lately. I will continue to pray for you and yours. Good to hear from the rest of you as well. Im praying for you all.
God's rich Blessings to you all,