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Are you Closer to the Lord today than you were a year ago?

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  • Cow Poke
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    Originally posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post

    If you don't mind a slow moving conversation on this, I'll pick this up sometime next week.
    Not at all -- you seem to be good people.

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  • Thoughtful Monk
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    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

    Talking about it is a good step, brother. Recognizing a need is a BIGGIE, and talking about it is progress.
    If you don't mind a slow moving conversation on this, I'll pick this up sometime next week.

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  • Cow Poke
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    Originally posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post

    Thanks for the prayers. I need all of those I can get.

    I was talking to my physical therapist. I'll probably have low level pain into July and not feel fully healed until September. At least I have an idea of when this will end. My wife got a diagnosis. Good news is its not life-threating and treatable. Bad news is it's something she'll probably have to live with for the rest of her life.

    I have live streamed church services or done the posted service on their website/YouTube channel. You can always find good teaching on the web and it helps. You just can't get the fellowship.

    I'm still trying to figure out how to deal with this. I recognize I need to get out of the whine and complain phase and into seeking a solution phase.
    Talking about it is a good step, brother. Recognizing a need is a BIGGIE, and talking about it is progress.

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  • Thoughtful Monk
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    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post



    And when I do that thing, I mean I actually take time to pray about this, and in your case, adding you to my daily prayer list.
    You're a good guy - I hope you find somewhere to fellowship.

    How bout a livestream church service? Do you catch any of those?
    Thanks for the prayers. I need all of those I can get.

    I was talking to my physical therapist. I'll probably have low level pain into July and not feel fully healed until September. At least I have an idea of when this will end. My wife got a diagnosis. Good news is its not life-threating and treatable. Bad news is it's something she'll probably have to live with for the rest of her life.

    I have live streamed church services or done the posted service on their website/YouTube channel. You can always find good teaching on the web and it helps. You just can't get the fellowship.

    I'm still trying to figure out how to deal with this. I recognize I need to get out of the whine and complain phase and into seeking a solution phase.

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  • Zymologist
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    Around October 2019 we started a dinner tradition with the family, where we each say one thing that we're thankful for. It can be big or small--there's no rule really, other than try not to say the same thing two days in a row. We've done it enough now that my 4-yo daughter consistently remembers to do this, and each kid enjoys doing it. Their 7 month old baby sister outweighs anything else in number of mentions by a lot.

    I think that has significantly contributed to the growth that I've seen in the last year. I attribute to it my tendency in prayer, now, to simply give thanks and often not say or ask for anything else.

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  • Thoughtful Monk
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    Originally posted by Esther View Post
    I don't know whether this feeds in to being closer to the Lord than last year. Every day I seem to becoming more and more acutely aware of how much I need Jesus for everything.
    I think it's a good sign that you're growing as a Christian. We can put too much emphasis on our independence that we forget that we are ultimately dependent on Jesus for everything. I can't raise myself from the dead - I'm dependent on God to do that.

    You have something that more Christians need to have - a need for Jesus.

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  • Cow Poke
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    Originally posted by Esther View Post

    I promise to try very hard to never prompt another!
    That will be very difficult, as I am VERY easily prompted to song!!!

    I wake up singing!

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  • Esther
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    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

    OK, you prompted a song!!!

    I promise to try very hard to never prompt another!

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  • Cow Poke
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    Originally posted by Esther View Post
    I don't know whether this feeds in to being closer to the Lord than last year. Every day I seem to becoming more and more acutely aware of how much I need Jesus for everything.
    OK, you prompted a song!!!

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  • Esther
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    I don't know whether this feeds in to being closer to the Lord than last year. Every day I seem to becoming more and more acutely aware of how much I need Jesus for everything.

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  • Cow Poke
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    Originally posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post

    Sure. Unfortunately its uncomfortable to sit at a computer for a long time so I'll have to be brief.

    I have been foundering in my relationship with God since at least 2015 and probably longer than that. I have learned that I am not capable of being a solitary Christian - I need the fellowship. Unfortunately the churches I try around here are all hollow shells. the last one I was at: I'm not convinced the majority believe in God anymore and no matter what my wife and I did, we couldn't break into the social groups. I am trying real hard not to develop an Elijah complex but it is so hard to find the 7,000 who haven't bowed down to Baal.

    I am old enough that I can see the finish line to my race in the distance. Since that has come into sight, I more appreciate the importance of a relationship with God and need less of the how to live this life teaching. Its just not available here.

    In the not helping department: my wife and I are both dealing with health issues right now and a degree of lethargy has settled into our house. My issue is acute and should work out in the next couple of months. My wife's is still being diagnosed but I think there's a chance she has a chronic issue.


    And when I do that thing, I mean I actually take time to pray about this, and in your case, adding you to my daily prayer list.
    You're a good guy - I hope you find somewhere to fellowship.

    How bout a lifestream church service? Do you catch any of those?

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  • Thoughtful Monk
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    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Wanna explore that?
    Sure. Unfortunately its uncomfortable to sit at a computer for a long time so I'll have to be brief.

    I have been foundering in my relationship with God since at least 2015 and probably longer than that. I have learned that I am not capable of being a solitary Christian - I need the fellowship. Unfortunately the churches I try around here are all hollow shells. the last one I was at: I'm not convinced the majority believe in God anymore and no matter what my wife and I did, we couldn't break into the social groups. I am trying real hard not to develop an Elijah complex but it is so hard to find the 7,000 who haven't bowed down to Baal.

    I am old enough that I can see the finish line to my race in the distance. Since that has come into sight, I more appreciate the importance of a relationship with God and need less of the how to live this life teaching. Its just not available here.

    In the not helping department: my wife and I are both dealing with health issues right now and a degree of lethargy has settled into our house. My issue is acute and should work out in the next couple of months. My wife's is still being diagnosed but I think there's a chance she has a chronic issue.

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  • NorrinRadd
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    Well, I'm a year closer to dying, so...

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  • Cow Poke
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    Originally posted by The Lone Stranger View Post
    Closer, Covid taught me that I was living at a bit of a hyper rate. I have slowed down, and have been hearing from the Lord more often. However, He talks to me not when I want, but when He wants. I could go into detail, but some is a bit personal.
    I'm interested - as much or as little as you'd like to go into.

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  • The Lone Stranger
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    Closer, Covid taught me that I was living at a bit of a hyper rate. I have slowed down, and have been hearing from the Lord more often. However, He talks to me not when I want, but when He wants. I could go into detail, but some is a bit personal.

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