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Discussion in 'Faith & Religion' started by Denise Happyfeet, Oct 30, 2015.
It's good to hear from you, Denise! I like Philippians 4:6-7, in the Message Bible:
6 "Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. 7 Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life".
I grew up on the King James Bible but there's not been a bible in the house in something like forty years. I also grew up on the church music. It was lively, hopeful. I am not religious and I'm not real sure what we mean by spiritual. I haven't been in church in almost a half century, Yet when I retired with COPD I bought a harmonica to strengthen my diaphragm and expand my lungs. The first thing I learned to play after Red River Valley were those old church songs I grew up on. I play some of them every day. I'm not going anywhere with this so I'm going to hush up except except to say, l like the music.
Harmonica medley of Gospel songs "I Need Thee Every Hour; My Jesus I Love Thee"
Thanks Chrissy, never saw this!! Back atya denise
Today's read was so good. If you've lost a loved one, you will understand why Longfellow wrote the song:
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The words that Longfellow wrote, especially at the end of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" gave me a chill. That was a good read, Abby.
Glad you read it Lara, it really was a good read for me too. I had forgotten about "all" the verses, and I never knew why he wrote it, hugs, denise
Thank you for that reading, as well, Abby! The insight, at the end was also thrilling. I have always said that the picture of Jesus, with the lamb on his shoulder, is the perfect "Double Exposure", showing Jesus as the Good Shepherd, who lays down his life, for his friends, and also the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! Thanks!
Oh Ike, I love this and so sorry I didn't see it earlier Well, God's timing is perfect so I will just go with that Thank you soooo much!! denise
Hello Bill, I'm sorry I didn't see all the replies here earlier. I don't get on real regularly right now
I think I might be in the same boat as you Bill. I haven't been in the Word much, and I don't care for church anymore. I just believe there is a God, and the only one I find that makes any sense at all is the God of the bible If He is real, than I believe He wants us to be spiritual, in order to relate to His Holy Spirit. I am very "sour" on the so-called "religions" so for now, it is strictly between Him and I, and I tell Him often that I am not even sure He's there, denise
I can really inderstand what you are feeling, @Abby Normal . Sometimes, it seems like we are battling our way through life alone, and God doesn't know, or just doesn't care.
What I believe, is that some things God helps us out of , and some things, He takes us through them.
Many years ago, I was in a really bad car accident, when I was hit by a speeding, drunken driver and pushed off the road and down into a ravine, landing upside down at the bottom with the truck that hit me on top of my car, which was a little Yugo.
I was driving home on I-5 near Seattle when it happened, and several truck drivers were on the freeway and called for help, and then came down and got me and my ex-husband out of the car.
When the truck hit us, I had no idea what happened for an instant, and then I remember my first thought/prayer was "God ! Are you paying attention ? " .
When the car kept heading for the edge of the freeway (now going about 100+ because of being locked onto the front bumper of the speeding 3/4 ton truck that rear-ended me), I just knew that this was it, and I was going to die when we went over the embankment.
Somehow, a peace came over me, and the thought that it must be God's time for me to die. We rolled end-over-end, and then sideways, landing upside down and the truck on top.
When I realized that I was still alive, I tried wiggling my feet and hands, and everything seemed to work, and nothing hurt bad; but I was crushed upside down between the roof and the steering wheel and could not get out.
The truck drivers managed to get my feet and pull me out of the passenger side window of the car (which was also how my ex had crawled out).
My drivers side was too smashed for them to get me out of that.
They took us to the hospital and then released us, since there was no serious damage, and my daughter, Robin, came and got us and took us to her grandmother's house for the night.
The next day, we all went to look at the Yugo and salvage what we could from the car. The car was smashed beyond recognition, and Robin took one look and burst into tears, realizing what her father and I had survived.
For a long time, this puzzled me.
I knew then ( and still know now) that without God saving us, we should have been dead, or severely injured at the least; so I know that God was looking out for us and cared.
Yet, if we had been even 5 minutes earlier or later, we would have missed that drunk driver entirely; so it seemed like God could have easily prevented the accident.
Later that year, my husband abruptly left me for another woman he had met, and I wanted to die. He said he was going to an AA meeting, and called me two days later to say he was never coming back .
I was devastated.
I felt there was nothing worth living for , and I sat in the middle of my bed and cried for months afterward. However, I KNEW that God had kept me alive when I should have died in the accident; so I believed that He still had a purpose for me in life, and this knowledge carried me through that hard time in my life, when I would have preferred to never wake up again in the morning.
So, even though it is sometimes impossible for us to understand why God does not help or save us from something, I believe that there is always a reason, and He is doing what is needed in our lives.
I understand this Yvonne, I believe in miraculous things, even seen some for myself. I wish I never doubted God, because when I have faith, things seem so much easier to face. If He is real, it's in His hands, and the things in my life will suit His Will for my life, even the hard things denise
God is good at making a way, where there "is no way"! It's one of my favorite prayers.
@Abby Normal . The fact that we 'are' tells us that he/she 'is'.
It's happened in my life Joe, and when I see something like below, I feel I am seeing God's handy work
True Love via Yahoo Search
Cosmic Ice Scuptures of Carina Nebula via Hubble Telescope
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I so love that movie Joe I watch it EVERY year