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Category: coping in this world (Page 1 of 3)

Did You Have Destruction Knock at Your Door?

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I have been fighting with myself lately. I have trouble with the war in Ukraine. I feel deep sadness for the people of Ukraine. They are being slaughtered for no good reason. Russia is raping is also the women.

In my opinion war crimes are rampant there. There should be a tribunal checking it out.

That doesn’t help me at all, because you can’t bring the people back.

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Still remodeling at my home here. The kitchen has new wooden floors that look beautiful. On Friday there will be new carpeting in the den.

Then of course we have to put everything back. I am surrounded with furniture as I sit here typing.

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Have you had disruption knock on your door? Did it stay like those long lost relatives?

FEAR NOT! Storms come, and they go away. Stay strong and weather those storms.

Sometimes we get dealt lemons in our lives. We just need to adjust and overcome them.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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There Needs to be Ways We Can Help Turning Our Country Around

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_______________________________________________________________________________________OOur country is heading in the wrong direction. Inflation is sky high. Gas prices are terrible. Thousands of illegal immigrants are crossing our southern border. Corruption is running wild in our government. The crime rates are out of sight.

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It is hard not to be depressed when this is happening. So what can we do to try to overcome all of this:

  1. Write to your congressmen and women. Let them know you aren’t happy on how things are going.
  2. Support positive causes. I will not list them here. Check them out.
  3. Teach your children what is right and wrong. This will change the world.
  4. Be strong in your beliefs.

How you are you holding up? Is all this turmoil overcoming you? It is reassuring to me that God is with me. The comfort I feel is beyond definition. I know He is watching over me, and guiding me down the right paths. He is my fortress, my tower of strength, and my protector.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up.

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Take the im Off Impossible and Everything is Possible

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I can truthfully say that I am over COVID. I can say I am 95% better. I just have bouts with fatigue now and then.

It was a huge struggle. It took almost the whole month of July to get over it.

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My last post I talked about bitterness. How it can ruin our lives. Well, I have some thoughts on other demons that can destroy us. Let’s compare them to what we should be like:

  1. Bitterness-happiness
  2. angry-joyful
  3. Sad-thankful
  4. disappointed-glad
  5. bad self image-love yourself
  6. Lost-found

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This list can go on and you can add to it if you want. But, you can see we have choices in our lives. We can either self-destruct or give praises.

Which choice to see for yourself above?

If you can’t choice the second choice on all of them, take inventory and see why. Ask God to help you through your storms and hurts. He is there for you 24/7.

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Another thought for today:

Take the im off of impossible and everything is possible.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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What is Freedom, and How do we Find it?

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I have been missing for almost two weeks. On July 3rd, I came with the COVID virus. It was tough for three days and then I started doing better. Then on July 12th my family left for Hawaii. It was very hard for me, because I had to use a walker, and some of the walks were pretty hard on me.

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Freedom is something we all want to have, but what is freedom?

Dictionary.com says:

  1. The state of being free, or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint.
  2. Exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.

It is clear that we want all of that.

Do you feel like you have full freedom? We won’t have true freedom until we let God guide us on our paths.

We all have the power to do what we ought to through God.

Something that is difficult to understand for some is that the Holy Spirit is inside you once you accept the Lord. With the Holy Spirit in us, we can fight off the darkside. God’s love shines when all else fails.

We need to know that sometimes God allows pain and suffering in us. He doesn’t cause it, He allows it and Helps us through it.

Think of each of us as wine. In the crushing and pressing we are made into new wine.

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Never let Satan overcome you. Let the Holy Spirit guide you through the storms.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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We All Want What We Want, and We Want it Now

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Feeling a little blue today. I want things to happen and everything is very slow. It happens to all of us. We want something yesterday, not a week from now.

I need to relax and know that God has a plan that is on His schedule not mine.

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Have you been there? Do you want something now, but it isn’t happening? You certainly are not alone. I can hear the people saying, I want a new car! That boat should be mine! I want a new home! The list goes on and on.

You know what stops me in my tracks? I think of the people of Ukraine who just want peace, and return to normal without anyone else dying.

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So simple and much needed. Why can’t people just get along instead of fighting for more power?

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Remember…never give in to the darkside! Time heals all wants and wounds. You will get what you need to survive. That is all we should be asking for.

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Be a leader in helping others who are fighting depression, because they feel they want more and don’t have it. Share with them that God has a plan for them and it may take time.

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God be with you and give you peace. May His light shine upon you.

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Remember:

You are not alone.

You are not forsaken.

You are not unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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There Are Times When a Path May be Rough for You.

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I had a great weekend. That is why I missed my Monday post. My family drove up to Seattle to see the Seattle Mariners play the Baltimore Orioles.

This was a special trip because the catcher for the Orioles was an Oregon State Grad. My nephew started loving the Orioles when he started with them. The catcher is only a rookie.

We got settled in and went for dinner the first night. It was a walk type trip. I asked the receptionist how far it was to the restaurant, and she said three or four bocks.

She as sooooo wrong. It was more like 8 to 10 blocks. I walk with a cane, and hadn’t walked that far in a long time. I struggled big time. I was pretty slow, and slowed everyone down. I felt very bad about that.

I had to stop once because my shoe lace had come undone. My nephew quickly got down on his knees at tied both shoes in a double knot.

From there, he held my hand and made sure I wasn’t going to fall.

Very embarrassing, but special that he would do that for me.

The game was really great. My nephew got two homerun balls during batting practice.

During the game my nephew’s favorite player got two hits. One of them a homerun.

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Have you ever had moments when you struggled, and needed someone’s help? Did you accept it, or did you refuse because it made you look bad? I know it is difficult to think you need help, but please allow those who love you to help you.

They are not doing it out of pity. They are doing it because they love you.

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Try to enjoy life no matter what is tossed at you. There will be storms. There will be disappointments. Be strong and face the adversity.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Pain and Suffering Are a Part of Life. How you Handle it is Important.

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I am off to the Oregon Coast today. Weather says it will be nice. Looking forward to it.

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I have been wondering when all my pain will go away. I have had so many different ailments and hurts it is hard to be positive all the time. I still manage to do that.

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How do I keep that attitude?

  1. All pain will cease when I am heaven.
  2. Jesus suffered much more than I can ever imagine.
  3. Suffering builds character.
  4. Suffering can be used to reach out to others who are suffering.

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I realize that what I am saying may be a little over reaching my abilities. However God has sustained me so far. He knows my pains. He knows my needs. He knows what is best for me. So I cling to his promises, and you should too.

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If you are suffering, I am so sorry, but try to use your suffering to help others. Try to seek God’s help through prayer. he will hear your pleas.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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How Do We Find Perfect Words to Describe God?

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Have you ever paused in a sentence grasping to finding the perfect word to say to someone? We all have.

The Psalmist says God is my rock. I John 1:5 says God is light.

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Even Jesus had some different names.

Jesus is the lion of Judah. Jesus is the lamb of God.

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Let me ask you fathers how you fit into the following:

  1. A good father loves his children.
  2. A good father protects his children.
  3. A good father teaches his children.
  4. A good father is a figure of strength and direction.
  5. A good father disciplines his children.

Lacking in some of those thoughts? God doesn’t. He fits them all perfectly. The above describes God.

God is all knowing:

  1. God knows when you sit down.
  2. God knows your thoughts before you say them.
  3. God is acquainted with all of you ways.
  4. God even knows what you are going to say before you say it.

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Actually it is a little nerve racking that He knows even each of the hairs on our heads. There is no place to hide. Even as Christians we are being observed by God.

We all have failed and come short of the glory of God. We know we aren’t perfect. Only Jesus was perfect.

BUT! If we are saved. We are always saved! We just need to ask for God’s forgiveness when we fail.

Pray everyday day to seek God’s strength to help you be strong each day.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Need to Be Strong With the Frightening Things That’s Happening .

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This month is Military appreciation month. As a veteran I am very proud to have served my country. I come from a military family. I had three uncles who fought in WWII. Two of them earned a Purple Heart. I was in the Army and was deployed to Korea. My son was a career soldier and retired as a Colonel.

The theme of the post on this sight are “Ways to survive in an unfriendly world.” I feel that we need to have the military to help us survive. I’m not a war monger that thinks we should fight in every skirmish in the world, but I do think we need to help those who are defenseless, and needing help.

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That said, I want to check in with you. Are you struggling? Do the days seem too long for you? Would you rather sleep in bed all day rather than face the world?

There is much to think about as far as the reason you may be struggling:

  1. The pandemic.
  2. The Ukraine war.
  3. Inflation out of control.
  4. Our southern border over flowing with illegal immigrants.
  5. Gas prices through the roof.

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I know there is more, but I am sure you get the picture. What can we do to overcome all of this stress and Chaos?

  1. Do not watch negative news.
  2. Keep you mind on positive things.
  3. Wear blinders that horses use to block out what is happen around you.
  4. READ THE BIBLE! All of God’s promises are there.
  5. Pray that God will protect you and give you peace.

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Be strong for yourself and for those around you. Never give in to the darkside.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Mother’s Day is a Very Special Day for Everyone.

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Yesterday was Mother’s Day and I had a house full of mothers and their children. It was a special day. We took many pictures. I didn’t get into any because I wasn’t a mother. 🙂

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Did you have a good Mothers’ Day? I took time to honor my mother who past away several years ago. It brought back many memories to my group.

Mothers are the backbone of any family. There are crucial to keeping things afloat.

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If you are a mother, you are a special person. Never feel you do not matter. Be strong and know that you are loved by many.

If you are struggling with being a mother and wondering if you are important, know that God loves you. He created you in His won image and will see you through the storms of life.

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Never let the darkside overcome you. Go to the light of Jesus.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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