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#177815 - 09/02/07 08:08 PM Ever feel like you've been hung out to dry?
healingpartner Offline

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 407
sorry...struggling with a lot right now. Kinda feel like I am out here on my own. My faith has never been in doubt my entire life, but now it seems to be

#177836 - 09/02/07 08:47 PM Re: Ever feel like you've been hung out to dry? [Re: healingpartner]
SECfanMIKE Offline

Registered: 08/16/07
Posts: 172
Loc: South Carolina
Phil 1.6 -- "...He who BEGAN a good work in you WILL complete it..."

YBIC - Mike <><

"...for God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him..."

"...rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep..."

"...for the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost..."

#177858 - 09/02/07 11:33 PM Re: Ever feel like you've been hung out to dry? [Re: SECfanMIKE]
WalkingSouth Offline

Registered: 08/30/05
Posts: 16270
Loc: Waldport, Oregon
Philippians 4:19

"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting 'Holy Shit! What a ride!'" ~Hunter S. Thompson

#177861 - 09/02/07 11:37 PM Re: Ever feel like you've been hung out to dry? [Re: WalkingSouth]
MarkK Offline

Registered: 04/02/07
Posts: 2653
Loc: Denver, CO
Jer 29:11


#177901 - 09/03/07 02:55 AM Re: Ever feel like you've been hung out to dry? [Re: MarkK]
icarus Offline
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Registered: 08/31/07
Posts: 3
Psalm 42 and 63.

#177935 - 09/03/07 05:10 AM Re: Ever feel like you've been hung out to dry? [Re: icarus]
copenbay Offline

Registered: 09/03/07
Posts: 127

When it's a question of faith, though the Bible may remind me that others have been there, sometimes I still have to work things through. God is faithful, even when I'm not. Hang in there.

#177982 - 09/03/07 08:24 AM Re: Ever feel like you've been hung out to dry? [Re: copenbay]
pietie Offline

Registered: 01/23/07
Posts: 326
Loc: South Africa
You are stronger than you realise. You have been an insparation to a lot of us in here, including me. You are in my prayers.

Not Perfect, just forgiven

#178021 - 09/03/07 04:49 PM Re: Ever feel like you've been hung out to dry? [Re: pietie]
roadrunner Offline
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Registered: 05/02/05
Posts: 22045
Loc: Carlisle, PA

I can't quote verses for you and I don't see myself as a good example of a man of faith. But I do know that faith isn't something that a good person has and a bad person lacks; if you feel challenged in your faith that just shows you're human. Faith isn't something we can "get" like turning on the lights. I wish it were!

A text I read with my medieval theology students has a fantastic message on this issue - or at least it helped me a lot. The author, a Muslim writing about the year 1110, points out that when we are young and naive our faith is like a vase on the shelf. It may wobble and tip from time to time and we save it intact; but sometimes it gets knocked on the floor and smashed into a million bits.

When that happens there's no point in just patching the bits together and trying to say, "Here is my vase, as before". It just isn't true. It's a jumble of broken bits glued together again, and just looking at it we can see it will never hold water again. It isn't really a vase anymore - it's just a reminder of what that vase used to look like.

To restore the vase we have to put the broken pieces of glass back into the fire, melt them, and blow ourselves a vase that will contain the same glass but be something new at the same time. New and stronger than before, depending on the skills, care and dedication we put into blowing the new vase.

Just a thought.

Much love,

Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie)

#178022 - 09/03/07 05:08 PM Re: Ever feel like you've been hung out to dry? [Re: roadrunner]
Barney Offline

Registered: 07/31/06
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Utah/Northern Arizon
Your in my thoughts and prayers. Glad that you reached out and glad that you are who you are. Let us be there for you.


#178243 - 09/04/07 08:57 PM Re: Ever feel like you've been hung out to dry? [Re: Barney]
Ikelives Offline

Registered: 04/11/07
Posts: 29
Loc: Virginia
I can not determine if this will help, only you can decide, but someone else was hung out to dry 2000 yrs. ago and he spoke words that I feel many misinterpret to this day. You may wish to read Psalm 22, a Psalm of David.

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