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I only have a mintue...Please PLEASE pray for Florence. Thanks

 

OH lilyka- thank the Lord for Father S and Peter. I really wish I could do something from NJ...I'm praying

 

JOHN16n33- Any word on student teaching?

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An interesting read...why December 25.

 

We are getting snow.  It is beginning to look like winter here.  yay.  Lots of people are getting absolutely wailed on though o please keep them in your prayers.  

 

Praying for Florence.


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Thanks for the link and the prayer

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Hi ladies!  It's 84 here today, but it snowed this morning back home, I wish I could be there.

 

I still haven't heard anything about student teaching other than 2 schools denied me (because they wanted only students from the state university apparently).  We are trying more schools though and hopefully I will here something soon.

 

Can I also ask for prayers for some family issues that are going on?  A couple Friday's ago I decided to cut off contact with my mother (for a lot of reasons that stem all the way from my childhood as well as the way she has been treating me now), well it wasn't even an hour after that that I got an email from my Uncle telling me my grandfather (my mom's biological dad) had passed away.  Now my mom is trying to convince me to accept money from my step-grandma to pay for me to go to his memorial.  I really want to go, but I don't want to take the money from my grandma and I will 'hopefully' be student teaching at the time as well.  I just don't know what to do.  My grandfather would have wanted me to do anything I had to to graduate.


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84 coolshine.gif Can I come over to play?

 

WOW! about the student teaching. I will keep praying.

 

Family why is it so hard?? I will never understand. I will pray for wisdom for you.

 

My brother drives me nuts. I watch his son A. A does all the things that we do...My brother does not care. On top of that my brother is keeping something from me...not sure what BUT i can tell.

 

Anyway family

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My mom is just very manipulative, and has a tendency to have a complete disconnection with the world around her.  I have already forgiven her for the things she has done in my past, but I can't move on with a relationship with her until she accepts that they actually happened.  She will say that she accepts it and it is sorry, but then 2 days later she is doing the same thing and saying she isn't the one with the problem-everyone else is.  It's just frustrating and tiring, and I need to focus on my little family right now instead of her drama.  I honestly sometimes wonder if my Mom has the ability to love anyone but herself.  Anyway, it's a really long story that I won't bore y'all with...  I pray that some day I can have a relationship with her, but right now I just can't.

 

Is there anything I can pray for y'all about?


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Is there anything I can pray for y'all about?

Not me..Florence needs prayer. She is in her 70's and is not feeling well. Dr is not sure what is wrong. She is a wonderful sister in the Lord. She is an Elder in my book. If I needed prayer I would go to her...she does not want to ask for help...she has not even shared the need with to many people. She is bless and in the Lord's hands. Praise the Lord no matter what happens.

 

WOW 20 days left this year upsidedown.gif Counting down here. I'm thinking about all the things that happened this year.

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I will be praying that she starts feeling better.
 


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Tevet 1/ Dec 14-- On this day, the mountain tops became visible after the flood (Gen 8:5)

 

I'm enjoying have  people over my house for chanukkah. I love the light and warm feeling it gives. I don't want to see it end.candle.gif

 

I'm reading Richard Wurmbrand's Tortured for Christ He is the founder of the Voice of the Martyrs. I keep thinking about would I stand under that kind torture? What about my children? Are we teaching our children the pure Gospel? It is so heart breaking that we can go to church and hear false teaching...some are being lead away from the Master

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OK I'm going to leave it at that.

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Hey, can I join you guys? I've been cruising the boards here for a while without ever joining, so I finally joined this week. I just found this particular thread today, though, and what a welcome sight it was. Briefly, I live in conservative, evangelical, Southern Baptist South Carolina, have a 3 year old and am pregnant w/my second (due end of May). Even though I was born and raised here, I so don't fit in. Husband and I are members of the most "liberal" SBC church around, but even so, I stick out and don't have anyone much to discuss spiritual matters with, so I'm looking for some virtual community.

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Of course you can join, welcome!  I'm Meagan, an Texas mama and Army wife that has been transplanted to Hawaii.


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Hey, can I join you guys? I've been cruising the boards here for a while without ever joining, so I finally joined this week. I just found this particular thread today, though, and what a welcome sight it was. Briefly, I live in conservative, evangelical, Southern Baptist South Carolina, have a 3 year old and am pregnant w/my second (due end of May). Even though I was born and raised here, I so don't fit in. Husband and I are members of the most "liberal" SBC church around, but even so, I stick out and don't have anyone much to discuss spiritual matters with, so I'm looking for some virtual community.

Just jump right in. I "stick out" also. I'm a Messianic Jew and love to read and study the Bible from that view point. I also like to hear your point of view. I believe that we are all one in Messiah. If you believe in Him. I really don't like the current church that we are going to....My husband and I keep "talking" about it.

 

I have three kids. 7yrs, almost 4yrs, and 8 months. I stay home and watch my nephew for some $$.

 

Tonight was the last night of Chanukkah. We had more then a few guest. It was nice to have people come and talk about the Lord. It made me really miss teaching.

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Oh fabulous! Thanks for the welcome. We keep "talking" about it, too, but if often feels like a divorce that we don't have a "good reason" for pursuing. I'm spending a lot of time praying about it right now. I teach 3,4 and 5th grade Sunday School at our church, even though I'm not very good with children (the women tend to get assigned kid duty). I would much rather be involved in a different way, but have struggled to find a spot. I think around here, the choices are just so very, very similar that I don't have any answers. It's just a major matter of prayer right now.

 

Meagan, I can't imagine being that far from home! I've never lived more than a half-hour's drive from Mom and Dad's, but I work in a city that has an Air Force base, so I've got a few friends who are transplants several times over. That's wild!

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lewprivette- I keep praying for the pastor. I have hope that he will make some real change. I had a good talk with him today.

 

John16n33- How are you doing??? Student teaching??

 

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I admit I get very homesick, but I think Dh is going to get out after his contract is up so we will be headed home in the next few years more than likely.

 

Nazsmum- Still not much word on the student teaching.  One of the teachers I observed with (at a really good Christian Academy here) said she would be willing to let me student teach with her.  But we have to get approval from the principal and then the school board before that can happen.  I know God has a plan, so I am trying to be patient and wait for him to reveal it.


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John16n33- still praying

 

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Happy Monday :)

 

Any plans for the week?


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This week...homeschool- finish last weeks work and SHOP for gifts. That is it. I would like to do more but can't.

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Yea my plans consist of homeschool, cleaning, organizing, and finishing shopping for Dh's stocking stuffers.  Oh and I have to observe tomorrow.  We just found out Dh has to work on Christmas-boo.


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An interesting read...why December 25.

I just read it...very interesting. I think that next year I'm going to go to an Orthox church. Can I visit you in SD? I will just sleep in the corner you won't know I'm in the housewink1.gif

 

My husband is up for a new position at work. If he get it he will work MORE hours. I never see him now. OH well...I'm praying it gets it anyway.

 

Christmas is a week awayjoy.gif My nephew is going to be here for christmas-evebigeyes.gif My brother just told me. OH well I hope he pays me time and a half mischievous.gif He is here ALL day.

 

I'm getting calllllleeeddddMMMMOOOOMMMMMYYYY.

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You would be welcome in my home any day!! And no corner but a place of honor. :) 

 

remembering the martyrs is a huge part of our daily lives.  I too have often wondered if I would stand under pressure.  So many martyrs went to their death, suffering horrible torture day after day without a word.  Seriously, i would at least wail and scream.  The stories that get me the most are the ones where the tortures used a persons children to get them to succumb.  We have an icon of St Sofia and her three daughters.  They told her to bow down or they would kill her daughter.  I am afraid I would probably drop right then and there.  But she says to her daughter "Be brave!  You are about to meet your heavenly groom".  What a role model!  All three of her daughters were killed while she watched and then when she still refused to convert she was killed as well.  Honestly, beat me, torture me slowly, feed me to lion I don't really care...but hurt my children?  Could anything hurt more?  

 

I have a really  great book of children martyrs.  What a blessing to their parents that would so bravely stick to their faith.  many of them well aware of the trials they were about to face.  How do I instill in my children that sort of absolute devotion to God?

 

Please keep praying for me friends.  Christmas is really hard for me.  I do not like sharing my kids with a sociopath.  He has been on the war path today.  He is controlling and manipulative.  Today (as happens every year or so) he contacted my priest to try and use him to manipulate me.  My priest is very wise and I am not concerned (I have his blessing and instruction to only contact ex in writing so as to avoid being manipulated and to avoid temptation to sin by being bitter and filled with anger ;-) he has a policy of not dealing with my ex unless it is crucially important to me or my children...nothing has come up) but my poor priest.  He must tire of this drama.  Pray for him as well.  He is so dear to me and is one of the only people I am sure truly loves me.  I hate that he gets dragged into this.  On the up side, he perhaps knows more than anyone that I am not just creating drama or being whiny or uncooperative.

I am pretty sure I am starting a new job on Christmas morning (no worries.  All I had planned was a massive pity party so being crazy busy and super focused is really SUCH a blessing), my high school is refusing to release my transcript because the woman is petty and vindictive (my request got lost in the mail or at the school.  i am taking the high road and assuming it was the mail.  She is assuming I am lying and just waited until the last minute.).  All this stress is causing my irregular heartbeat to act up.  Oh and my tenants are moving out which means I am $1000 short on income this month.  AWESOME! and I may or may not be starting school in two weeks.  

 

In other news....there really are bigger problems out there.

 

There has been a lot of talk about what happened in Connecticut this week.  I just read this article and wanted to share it with you guys.  It is really amazing.

 

Here are some highlights but it is really worth reading the whole thing.

 Here is the link:

http://roadsfromemmaus.org/2012/12/17/where-was-christ-in-the-newtown-massacre/

 

 

 

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" if you look at the icon of the Nativity of Christ, you will also see that the manger is shaped like a coffin, that the myrrh brought by the wise men is the kind of thing that will be used to anoint the dead Jesus, that the swaddling clothes are very much like burial cloths. In the true story of Christmas, Herod rages and the road to the Cross is already begun.

And that is our answer. We stare evil in the face, and we say again and again: Christ is risen!"

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Christ is risen!!!bow.gif Messiah is control of all things.

 

lilyka- Thanks, I will be coming one day.

 

Can you give the name of the book of children martyrs? I was 10yrs old when we moved to a new town. I was an ODD BALL in the town. MOST of the town was from one church one denom and I was, well me orngtongue.gif.  One boy on the playground come to find this out...He made me an outcast right away. He would pick on me and tell other kids weird stories about me. I was bullied in many ways for not believeing like like them. He was what maybe 10 or 11?? It was crazy. My point of view changed. It made me walk closer to the Lord. Yes, I did really start believeing in Jesus at age 4. I really walk with Him...But at the point we moved I had to really hold on to Him. It made me a stronger person. It made me see children in a way most don't....All of us are presented with the Gospel in do time. No matter the age. We never know what tomorrow will bring.

 

This is why I really get upset at all of this false teaching in the children's ministrysoapbox.gif We need to teach our children the pure simple word of God/Jesus. Who cares about all the other things??? Do they KNOW that Christ is risen???

 

OK OK I'm calm now. I'm praying for you, lilyka. I think it is great that you are going forward with your plans of school and everything. The Lord knows what you need. You are in His hands. The hand of the Lord is the only place to be. Best place.

  

You are all in my prayers. It is hard being a mom and living in this world.  I'm think of the verse in Luke about preg and nursing mothers in the end...I know it is in Luke. (I will find it later.) But even if you are not preg or nursing it is hard. As moms whom are believers we see the truth of a sinful world. Our heart are with the parents in CT.

 

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Glory to God! I got my transcript sent today.  It was a battle of epic proportions.  Seriously.  That lady has it in for me for reasons I am unsure of.  And I eventually got to the right person and within minutes I had my transcript.  The official one should hopefully be on the way.  I am scheduled to take my placement tests Thursday.  Pray for me.  It has been 20 years since I have done any of that stuff. LOL  All I have left is to settle the matter of my job.

 

 

The name of the book is Let the Little Children Come.  If you want to order it I have ordered from the company in the link and they are really good.  I would recommend reading the stories ahead of time because they are not sugar coated or dumbed down  but the very point of this book is to chronical their martyrdom.   They are organized according the feast of each martyr (these children are celebrated and commemorated in our church) and make for a nice addition to daily devotions.


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OK, Thurs I will pray. Thank GOD for the transcripts.joy.gif You will do fine

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Hello all,

I know it has been a few (okay, many) weeks since I checked in, but I am in need of some prayers and comfort. So, baby #3 was born last week. Sweet little Jack! But the weeks and hours leading up to his birth were really tough.

In mid-November, my little boy caught chicken pox. While I was pleased that he had caught wild pox, the timing was not great, and I really stressed about bringing a newborn home to a sick household. Just as he got over it, one by one the people in my household came down with the flu (first my daughter, then my husband, then my son and me). I started having prodormal labor in late November, at about 38 weeks. It was exhausting and just really sapped my energy. I was having consistent but not patterned contractions basically all day long, easy enough to sleep through at night, but distracting and occasionally very painful. Sometimes, the contractions would get stronger and seem to form a pattern, and I would start to stress about how "I couldn't go in to labor because . . . . ". There was always something wrong, someone was sick, my doula was with another mom, my kids had something important to do that day. Over and over again, I would get my hopes up that labor was about to really start, and then I would get it in my head that it was inconvenient to be in labor right then and I would get so stressed that I wouldn't be able to focus. My doula was convinced that the reason that labor wasn't sticking was really a mental and emotional thing.

 

So Jack was due December 7th, and that day came and went. I finally went into undeniable, can't ignore this or stop this labor in the early hours of the 12th. We went to the birth center mid morning, but they couldn't really admit me because the midwife could not read my posterior cervix well enough, but she encouraged me to stay at the birth center and do some work to get baby to rotate to a better position and descend some. I labored all day, in serious pain but making little progress. Late in the day, I went to a chiropractor, and a quick adjustment made things pick up dramatically. Back at the birth center, the midwife let me labor in the water and things were a little easier to deal with, but by 10 pm, I was exhausted and the midwife was concerned that at the rate I was progressing, labor would be really long. We decided to break my water (which had happened naturally during my last labor just minutes before I felt like I had to push, so we hoped that breaking my water would change things up dramatically this time). The next hour and a half were intense and really painful. I was really not wanting to be in labor in more AT ALL when I finally felt the urge to push. I delivered Jack's head quickly, but then my midwife got serious. Jack's right shoulder was stuck and the cord was wrapped around his neck. The midwife was doing everything she could to get him out, really "going in" after him, and I remember her telling everyone that I had to get on my hands and knees, NOW. As I turned, his shoulder began to come unstuck and the midwife pulled him out quickly and they resuscitated him. The pushing phase was only about 10 minutes but it was a terrifying 10 minutes and it could have been really bad (I am so grateful that the midwife did not have to break his clavicle to get him out, knowing what I know now about shoulder dystocia).

 

I am just beginning to work through all of this. But right now I am feeling, just broken. Like my body failed me and then I failed mentally and emotionally. I wasn't brave or steady at all when labor got tough, my doula had to tell me over and over again to not fight the contractions. And those last minutes of labor being so frightening will stick with me a long time. Every time I look at that sweet face, I think of how scared I was in those last few minutes.

 

Anyway, I need some prayer. I am just sad and tired right now. And I am annoyed at my family and husband because I have not gotten the level of rest or care that I expected following any labor, let alone such a difficult and long one. My parents came in town and basically sat around and watched, never offering to change a diaper or do anything around the house, leaving it to husband and me. And I have had to beg and badger and demand things of my husband. He acts bewildered and annoyed when I ask for pretty much anything, weather it be to wash the dishes or vacuum, like he is annoyed to have do anything beyond keep the older kids entertained while I take care of baby Jack. And HE is complaining about how tired he is and how he doesn't feel well since he has a lingering cough following the flu. And I just can't believe that my normally kind husband would be so insensitive as to complain about being tired with how I am clearly feeling.

 

Thanks in advance for any support or prayers that you can offer.

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I was just thinking about you the other day. I remembered you were due in DEC. I will pray that you heal and get some rest. Take care of yourself.hug2.gif

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  I am scheduled to take my placement tests Thursday.

 

 

So how did it go??

 

Tomorrow starts the madness. Everyday till the 25th I have a party/dinner or something. My husband is in the Christmas concert this year. AND a b-day party...This is going to be "FUN" eat.gif Maybe I can get some Ice Cream.

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Tests went most excellently.  Ahem....97 in reading, 99 in writing and 59 in math which is not spectacular but got me into college algebra which is what I needed.    So woohoo!  I am officially accepted and can enroll on the 31.  My new boss is awesome and is being super patient with all my last minute school stuff.

 

Now comes the marathon.  I do not have a day off until the Jan 4th.  Yuck.  


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joy.gif GREAT!!!! You rock!  College algebra praying.gif for that one. My Prof was sssooo weird. The test had more to do with his dog then math...NOT A JOKE. All the word prombles had his dog in themROTFLMAO.gifThe last day he had the dog with him. That dog looked just like him. It is a good thing you live in SD and not in NJ.biglaugh.gif

 

Is everyone ready for Christmas???

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Just wanted to say HEY!!!


creative crunchy christian wife to J stillheart.gif, Mama to three boys and one baby on the way!  chicken3.gif  doula in training love.gif

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