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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby ready2go » Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:06 pm

BeachGrandma wrote:Don, since God's Word will not return unto him void, I'll be anxious to find out who reads your post and how it deeply impacted their life. God bless you for caring for the lost and dying and wanting to see men and women experience a New Testament conversion.


Posting that here as a devotional was not the primary purpose for writing it. I had first written a more personal slightly modified version for the daughter of friends of ours who must undergo a major liver re-section surgery in the coming weeks. She is in her mid-thirties, and has three tumors growing on different areas her liver. It is not yet known if any are cancerous. The young lady is scared to death, but knows the surgery must be done.

The sad thing is that she, her husband and son, her brother, her parents (our friends), and her many aunts and uncles are NOT Bible believing Christians - not one of them believes much of anything. Her brother has an undergraduate and master's degree from the most liberal university in MN. He is an atheist, he is very articulate and opinionated, and he seems to hold control over the entire family with his godless views. It's almost impossible to discuss anything with him without his countering with his "logical" opinions. The entire family needs the Lord in their life.

One time when I was trying to witness to their father (my friend), he told me that he was happy for me that I had found what seemed right for me. Then, he went on to say that my religious views were not what he wanted or needed.

I am quite certain, however, that what I wrote will be read by most of the family. In addition, she is bi-polar, and is heavily medicated to just cope with her daily existence. Being bi-polar and highly irrational, it is feared by us that this set-back (need for surgery and possible cancer) could push her over the edge.

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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby BeachGrandma » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:46 am

Laurie, there's an interesting article in Christianity Today magazine online titled "My Perfect Life With Anorexia" which you might like to read. Since you're sensitive about opening links, I suggest you Google "Christianity Today" (current issue) and look for the title. I think it's on the home page at the top of the center column. I haven't had a chance to read it yet since I just saw it, but it appears to be a great story of deliverance.

Don, thanks for filling me in on the reasons for your most recent posting. I pray God will use your words to penetrate her heart, even though she is likely receiving opposing views from nearly everyone else. Even though she may have heard the salvation message many times, still there is an urgency now, in view of the verse, "that whosoever believeth on him should not perish but have everlasting life."

Time for lunch. Hope all is well with you all. :grouphug3 :grouphug3 :grouphug3 :grouphug3 :grouphug3 :grouphug3 :grouphug3 :grouphug :grouphug :grouphug :grouphug :grouphug :loveyou :loveyou :loveyou :loveyou :loveyou :loveyou :loveyou
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby Arpy » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:54 pm

This must be the first time ever that 'Southern Porch Extension' hasn't been on the top of the 'Your posts' list!!!!!!!!

So, I guess I'd better say something so that it can regain its lost eminence. First day of school over here, so (was that a yawn?) it was a busy day. High school writing contest season begins, so opportunities should be plentiful -- but inspiration is currently reading .0000000001 for any new short story or essay. :cry:
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Postby Joanney » Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:22 pm

My (former) SIL and her husband are LDS. They are posting challenges on Facebook to engage their friends in a discussion that if marriage between "one man and one woman" is not protected in the election this fall, would polygamy have the same protection of the slippery slope to allow gay marriages. I have not posted on either of their comments, but I did FB chat with Laura and one of the things that she said was that polygamy "is a CATHOLIC interpretation of Christianity that permeates our society" I suggested that it was not just Catholic but a Christian value. She responded with "I say Catholic because for 1000 years between Jesus' life and the enlightenment, it was the Catholic church that controlled and shaped doctrine. Every Christian faith today has their faith based on what survived through the Holy Roman Empire"

I told her "I think that statement downplays the role of the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures. My God is a living God that transcends human history. What has survived as Scriptures is stronger than the traditions of the Catholic Church or any other denomination because the Holy Spirit works individually in the lives of His people."


Please pray for our state and any others that have something on the ballot this fall to protect the sanctity of marriage. Michael and Laura's arguments and the responses of their friends show just how dangerous this slippery slope is. Some of their friends are suggesting that all religious marriages be illegal and that marriage be only a contract between consenting adults, regardless of gender or number.
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby ready2go » Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:27 pm

Okay, grab something to mop up the tears while you watch/listen to this!


Blind, autistic 10 year old Christopher Duffley sings "Open the Eyes of My Heart"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkgbDu9i ... r_embedded


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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby Laurie » Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:30 pm

Hi Arpy. :)

Joanney, how are things going with you in making plans for your upcoming surgery?

Mariane, (I didn't know I was sensitive about opening links) thanks for letting me know about that story. I should look it up.

I've been reading but not posting lately. Haven't had anything useful to add to the conversation. And things have been getting to me so I haven't had anything uplifting to say.

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Postby BeachGrandma » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:48 pm

My mistake, Laurie. I checked back a few pages and it's forwards you don't open and not links. I'm sorry.

Charles was very upset last night when he was told he'd be going to his mother's after school today until next Monday. When she called last night, he said, "That's too many days to be gone from my home here. You moved out a year ago and it doesn't seem like you're even my mom any more." It hit his mom terribly and she cried for hours. I know that was devastating to hear but I thought of the verse, "The way of the transgressor is hard." We still don't know the date of the next court custody hearing and this latest remark by Charles to his mom will make the judge very concerned.

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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby Edy » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:58 pm

Rats! I just wrote a rather long post, trying to include all recent posters. I opened a different window to find something to add, came back and my slate is wiped clean! So, FORGET IT! :cry: :x :P

I wonder why that happens, anyway!

Well, here's something I found to drool over - one of these days, I'm looking forward to resuming work at the sewing machine. I don't necessarily enjoy quilting, but I love the artistic endeavor of piecework, my favorites being the log-cabin design and the crazy quilt.

http://www.simplysouthernquilts.com/index.html

Anyone else enjoy such artsy pasttimes? You might notice, since this is the Southern Porch, that I went looking for something simply southern! :P
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby Verna » Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:53 pm

Just a quick note from the South with greetings to all.
God bless little Charles!
We need to all just keep witnessing.
Don, you made me cry with that video!
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby ready2go » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:55 am

Just wondering...

Is anyone planning on listening to Obummer's speech later today? :roll:

Just curious...

I might tune in to give it a listen, but only if I can find enough barf bags to tide me over. :mrgreen:

Just sayin'...

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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby Laurie » Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:43 pm

Nope. Don't think I could gag it down, either.

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Postby Verna » Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:16 pm

Someone e-mailed this to me. . .and I loved it!

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Postby ready2go » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:38 pm

Verna wrote:Someone e-mailed this to me. . .and I loved it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=QEGlsHS6tSQ


Three kids with good a cappella harmony...and a patriotic heart, too.

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Postby Ms. Barbie » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:00 pm

PRAYER PRAISE:
My niece and her family safely made it to their new home in North Caroloina, and in the 11th hour, the closing of their new home went through! They left Colorado Springs Sunday afternoon and drove cross country with their 4 little girls. Their belongs should be arriving on Sunday-if all goes well. They have no furniture at the moment, but will sleep on blankets and two blow-up mattresses they brought along. They are just excited to have finally arrived after a year of planning. Praise God!
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby cdawson41 » Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:21 am

Hello all, just wanted to drop in and say. I've been out of the loop for sometime now.
Wish I could give you all a good reason but really there isn't one. Between pain, and getting ready for a garage sale, and starting Christmas projects as I refuse to buy gifts anymore, they get somehing I've made or they get nothing at all. I will asmit here to you all that my faith has taken a huge nose dive and I don't know why.. I suppose it's because all that is going on and it so feels like God has forgotten I exist. I know this to be untrue in my head but my heart is telling me otherwise. Maybe if you all have time you could send up a bit of a prayer for me. I need to get out of this funk but this time I'm having a hard time trying to rebound fro it all. Hope everyone is well will try to catch up on reading soon. Cynthia
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