i wasgoing to be a jerk, but now i have to say, I hope ae stays strong, her husband pulls thru, thank god for my own strength, i hope i dont squander it. I have had the most awful day, seeing so many others in pain, I pray that somehow I can be a genuine help.
it's just the upbringing i had...... we even pray when we get a meal, and however hungry we may and wherever we are we say thankyou by form of a prayer before we eat. I feel embarassed if i am in a restraunt, and there is a gang of us, and someone decides to say it for all of us.
In the Morning when I get up I pray that God will keep me sober, then that I will stay out of his way so his work can be done through me for the day in whatever is put in front of me. Then I pray for my Family and friends and ask that God will do for them all that I would ask for myself.
I believe God is not some sort of superman who does all the wrongs of the world right. God is the life-force within us. His intention for us is to thrive and prosper and to live life to the fullest. Cos as I said He IS the life-force and He lives through all of us who have life.
I don't agree with those who think we are meant to suffer, diminish or be harmed in any way, because that's the way to God. I believe the way to God is to live a rich and complete life, to strive for that and to love ourselves and others. Period.
I think that every hubber is special in some way. If I were to say what I have observed about Brenda Scully, I'd say she is the hubber whose avatars are most in harmony with her personality. I'll complete my list now.
I am grateful to God for family and friends, a roof over my head and enough food to eat. Also I am grateful to see everyone offer prayers for AEvans' husband, ralwus and anyone else that sounds like they need it. You can add my prayers to the list.
Well said Mark.
PS Pacal Votan, the person in your avatar looks to have a quite contented smile on their face.
Leave it up to quietness and trust to add some bile to the discussion and not live up to his name sake.
At least you have stopped using the blue ink and hidden the photo of the dead dog. That was annoying. I guess the almost dead seal is a step up. I am glad to see you are slowly beginning to understand how nature works instead of blaming it all on an invisible super being. Progress of sorts.
I would be very grateful if you stopped shouting about your silly beliefs and telling me how grateful I should be to a non existent person.
And Mark, would you prefer to not have a right to free speech at all? For someone who uses it (and- some might argue- abuses it) so much, you show a remarkable lack of gratitude for the people who would put their lives on the line to protect that right and others.
I'm not telling you to shut up. I am requesting that you learn a thing about military roles and policies, particularly regarding women in direct combat roles (or the relative lack thereof) before you say anything about me killing anyone, because otherwise you expose your ignorance in a manner that I would find rather embarrassing.
Uhuh - you go ahead kidding yourself that you are not helping to kill anyone. Denial - it's a wonderful thing. Oddly enough - people who believe in invisible super beings are the perfect people to get to join up.
Guess you think people who sell guns are not in any way responsible as well huh?
Okay, so what was the National Guard doing delivering food and bottled water and conducting RESCUE operations in New Orleans. Helping kill people??? You're kidding yourself if you think all the military is good for is killing.
I am most grateful to Him for the miracle of my little girl and His provision. His unfailing, everlasting, unconditional love for me even though I often fail ... He has never failed me. Bad things happen but He promises to be with me through them all and He has been faithful to His Promise.
In fact, gratitude is such a powerful feeling that it can cleanse your system of all the bile they are talking about. I have and you have seen too many depressed people with nothing to cleave to. Gratitude for what you have now and what you can have in the future is actually a cure for depression. All it takes is to direct people's attention to it.
But it's never appropiate. I dont think it is. I agree with gratitude. I have a lot of gratitude for people that make my life happier. I also have a lot of gratitude for myself, for being the way I am.
Misha, there are quite a few people who live in New Orleans who think it's foolhardy to be unarmed, even when there isn't any post-disaster looting and rape going on, but that's beside the point.
Grendel- I mean Mark, if you really think the military is just out to kill people, you wouldn't be quite as antagonistic. Assuming you don't have a death wish, it's pretty apparent to me that you don't really believe that and are just doing one of the things you do best- being a troll.
Back on topic. I'm grateful for chances to actually do some good rather than sit on the sidelines complaining or feeling helpless.
Sweetheart - you believe whatever you like - if you think your government spends 25% of every single penny it makes just to "do some good," then you are less intelligent than I thought.
Oddly enough - this is just like your christian "love."
You say "I love you and I am turning the other cheek and doing some good."
I get a bullet in my head.
Hope that works out for you and you don't get "post traumatic stress disorder," when you eventually realize you have been conned. I see the government Inc is big on fixing that as well. No one left untreated.
Okay, it may be my turn to laugh now. I honestly didn't know you were one of those injured in the Kent State shootings. Or maybe you're just exploiting the real trauma that the guardsmen and demonstrators alike inflicted and experienced (IMO, neither side was innocent) just so you can, you know, be a troll.
You can be grateful that the National Guard has made some significant changes since then in non-lethal means of quelling violent demonstrations.
I can turn the other cheek when someone slights me, offering not retaliation, but correction. The verse was never meant to be interpreted as, say, telling a rape victim she should put out and make no attempt to defend herself. (St. Maria Goretti offered her assailant forgiveness- only after she warned him what he attempted was wrong and she fought him off.) And it offers no prohibition against acting to defend others- especially those less able.
But I don't have to stand by and do nothing except self-righteously tell the people affected by, say, the WTO riots, to turn the other cheek instead of actually helping them. As the Scriptures also say in the letter of James, it does absolutely no good to wish someone well- in this case, to merely wish they recover well from the affects of war, disaster, rioting, et cetera, unless you actually get off the sidelines and do something helpful.
I am grateful for another day that I am granted to be alive. I am then grateful for my children, their father, my family, friends and all our good health. I am thankful for all that He gives me in any form it may come in.
I am grateful for a beautiful wife and great kids (we laugh a lot), that I'm doing something that I believe I was born to do, that my parents are still living and that we enjoy taking vacations together. My health is pretty good. There are many other things I could mention. Suffice it to say that I have the things that money can't buy because of the Lord.
I am most grateful to God for His grace and never ending unconditional love I am most grateful too that as a result of the above the events which took place over 2000 years ago came to be which made the way to Him possible for everyone.
As far as everything else is concerned, I am very grateful for those things as well; my life, my son, my hubby, my family, but His grace is sufficient for me, for me, for me
Sorry broke out in song there for a minute LOL (Jehovah Jireh)
Mark in response to your post about what you be most grateful for in us shutting up about our beliefs, I hardly think you could thank God for something like that which is what the thread is asking for.
And I have a question for you as well, What do you think the world would be like without a military presence?
Where do you think our nation would be if not for our brave men and women standing up to defend it?
Yes I agree there are governments even like our own who abuse that power. But that does not negate the importance of the soldiers who fight for us.
Yes I am most grateful to God for their service as well.
I'm grateful for all the gifts of life itself on this wonderful planet. I'm grateful for my loved ones. I'm grateful for peace in my country and my part of town; I wish to share peace with all people, everywhere--peace in our minds, hearts, souls, bodies, and countries...peace is our gift from God; men make war to defy God and the loving Words of Christ.
I have a brother who is a cancer survivor. I know my mother's prayers helped. Let all the good people out there pray for your dear husband and don't give up hope, he will come through.
God bless you and keep you; bless and keep all people, we are held in the loving hands of God.
If you don't believe in God, and have other ways of expressing this numinous force or our Creator, please forgive me. I don't have a generic name for God, but you are just as surely blessed no matter what name you use or what religion you practice.
If you are a non-believer, you may yet find some special light in your life that gives you hope and a charitable, tolerant heart.
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