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    Here is the link for the contest... www.beliefnet.com/Community/2009/08/Vote... Thank you all....

    emerging butterfly
    August 18, 2009
    8:46 PM
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    I just wanted to ask you all to take a look at my blog on the beliefnet blogging contest...I am one of the 5 finalists, and it is votes of beleifnet members that will decide the winner. Thanks everyone....

    emerging butterfly
    August 18, 2009
    8:02 PM
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    I would like to tell my story of how I returned to my faith, because I believe God felt my need and took me by the hand to help me find my way back to Him. It may be a bit lengthy, but I promise you it's true. I've been away from my faith for all of my adult life. I was baptized Catholic but never practiced my faith as an adult. In late winter 1999, I moved to a new apartment and as a result of that move, I passed a Catholic church every day going to and returning from work. I started paying attention to it a little more each time I passed it and found myself with a growing urge to attend a Sunday mass. But each time I would really, seriously consider it I would talk myself out of it. It would have been embarrassing to me then to have been "caught" by any of my friends or family because at that point in my life I was just too "cool" for God. So the embarrassment factor kept me away. But I kept looking at this church every time I passed it. And the urge to go kept growing. And the idea of being "caught" attending mass was still embarrassing. Then in spring 2000 I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that caused my immune system to attack my muscles, leaving me fatigued and a little weak. Treatment for this illness actually made me worse; so much so that I very nearly ended up in a wheelchair. One Saturday evening my older sister called me and said, "Since you're too weak to go out and really do anything, do you think you might like to come to church with me and my grandkids tomorrow? Just to get out of the house and have a change of scenery?" And I was so bored being at home all of the time that I said yes. I went, actually listened to the mass and homily and managed to take something from it. It was interesting! A couple of weeks later, I called my sister and asked HER if I could go with them again. I think she was truly amazed. But, leaving out a lot of details that happened between that moment and now, I now attend church every Sunday. All by myself, without embarrassment. And feel the gap when I miss church for whatever reason (which isn't often). I truly believe that God felt my desire to return to Him and cleared the path for me to get there. In spite of myself. I welcome any comments or questions.

    Irishrush
    August 13, 2009
    11:13 PM
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    hello everybody i have joined this group i hope to have great interaction with you regards prophet666 www.prophet666.com /

    Prophet666
    July 31, 2009
    1:03 PM
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    My dear friends, our Job year has continued, now in addition to all that we went through this spring (late miscarriage of twins, car broken into w/ wallet stolen, repeated months of not being able to pay our mortgage on time, computer crashing in early May) our car isn't working. So I'm riding my bike to and from work everyday (15 miles each way). Fortunately my job is awesome, but so much in my life is beyond my control right now. The saddest consequence has been the loss of activity/morale in this group. I ask of you all to forgive me and my inability to moderate discussions which has resulted in members having hurt feelings. Please, let's keep sharing something positive, something personal, and avoid criticizing one another. Let's share our stories once again. And though I have no access to beliefnet right now except the rare five minute occasion on someone else's computer, you all have so much wisdom of your own to share, so please do keep sharing. I don't know how or when I will have a new computer, but it should be in the next couple of weeks, and I promise to be a regular presence here once again. In the meantime, I so appreciate your patience and forgiveness, and your efforts to keep being Ourself loving ourselves! Peace! Love, Ty

    Ty Clement
    July 1, 2009
    7:06 PM
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    God says, "They have been buried below layers of debris in their souls, which I am now cleansing and healing in order that they can more readily recognize the leading of My Spirit in their lives. "I will not leave undone what has gotten them stuck in ruts. I will not leave unclear what has left them without solutions and resolutions to their crisis. I will not leave their unanswered questions unanswered, because I will give them their meat in due season. I will heal them at a deeply, spiritual level, as well as at a level of their emotional well-being. "I will cause them to see Me in places where they have failed to recognize Me. And like a faithful brook, whose waters never fail and are always certain, I will make their souls like a well-watered garden and I will feed them with the abundance of My riches from My storehouse."I will bring peace and closure to events that they have endured for which they have felt left wounds in them. These are the things I will do and I will not leave them undone."

    Nikkisparx
    June 23, 2009
    5:44 PM
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    Well I have been away for a while as well I guess is a busy time for everyone. Before we know it is gone. I have been waiting for the sun to come out and now we are having lots with nighttime storms. I have been doing some reading too. I am in real need of community and sometimes I can get that through certain fiction books about the old times. Anyway blessings to everyone. Have a great summer.

    Weldonpettigrew67
    June 18, 2009
    9:26 PM
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    Wow, It's been a long time since I've been among you all on-line, but make no mistake I've been with you in Spirit each day and night! When I pray and meditate, I am seated amongst you, see your smiling faces (eyes half closed)across the candlelit hall. I sing a joyful song of awe, of wonderment, of mountaintops once climbed (in my youth), of clouds flying by us in bright sunlight, shadows following close behind, views as breathless as a new love(when first realized). I sing a song renewal, of wetlands sloshed through in the half light of dawn, a rush of morning coolness, dew, and blossoms new, birds just awakening and yearning to be dryed (in the coming morning's sun). New Day every Day I sing a song of promise, of wonderous new directions of growth for humanity! For All life! Just as there exists among the ancient trees of the Northwest! Centuries of life are coded mysteriously in each and every cell of their seedlings, each having all of the potential of the Giants. So is true with each of us! As is true with the microcosm is also true with the macrocosm, as above, below, as without, within! The seedling arises! Pure potentiality we are, unblemished (by the wrestling in the red dust), untapped, unrealized, and for so many even unaware, until we awaken and so choose to be reborn into the ever present moment of Now, a whole part of the One Source. Unlimited! I sing a song of fellowship, of community, of being whole, yet a part of the larger whole! Of being present, yet afar! Of missing friends, yet knowing fullwell they are fine, cared for, loved beyond measure by the One Source, sustained by the Universal Energy. Blessed be Community! Ourselves United! Love to all dusty, and msPJ

    solarsouls@comcast.net
    June 13, 2009
    2:24 PM
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    I always thought of myself as a very smart person life has show me that i must get my knowledge for GOD

    Larrycook
    June 13, 2009
    1:19 PM
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    Thank you so much for sharing that with me- I'm going to try it myself! It's weird, now that I have a copy of my book as a real book instead of a manuscript with red edit marks all over it like when I was writing it, I can really hear the book's own voice, and so I've really been enjoying reading it, not quite as an outsider, but as a reader rather than as an editor. I hope others will try keeping a copy by the bed or couch to use as you suggested, and I hope folks share their enthusiasm for the book with friends to get the word out there. The book world is undergoing a lot of change in its business operations, which makes marketing a very difficult task-- so word of mouth is the book's best hope at staying in print! I miss you all soooo much these days. Our computer died, and it has been hard to find time to use public computers because our family life is so challenging right now, having recently lost our baby. Sara, the kids and I are loving each other through these hard times, just like we have through so many other struggles as a big family. In any case, I send you all waves of love and light, and long, gentle hugs... and a silent prayer for the light of truth to guide the hearts and minds of all humankind (each one of us!) in brighter and more harmonious directions. Thank you so much for all the love, beauty and wisdom you share here! It lights my heart everytime I read here.

    Ty Clement
    May 31, 2009
    6:46 PM
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