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Linda Garren

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  1. I like this, Swamper. I've had many falls to develop humility (including one in the kitchen this evening),. Seriously, though, situations that we have to admit are beyond us or at which we try but fail are so valuable in developing our character (humility being such an important one) as well as our learning to accept certain things. One of my favorite poems is about the value of acceptance and it kind of parallels the reading. And with the Lord, we always have the promise of His help to go forward in strength and courage, I'm not familiar with Leonardo Boff or the book, but I'll see if I can find it on line. Thanks for sharing it with us.
  2. Hi, DB. Thank you so much for your kind post.and prayers and thoughts, as well as the verse. It's good to be back.
  3. Hi,Stump. Always appreciate your posts. Thank you. I have learned to expect nasty and critical comments from the people you mention above and therefore not be affected by them. They seem to enjoy trying to hurt other people. That's the only reason I see for them to continue to drop in and read topics that they dislike and disparage. Sad, sad way to live. Edit from Linda at 12:33 PM 3/28: Roger, pdmanaz and others, I'd just like to offer this song below and the singer's thoughts about it. God thinks you're beautiful, and he loves you. My concern in sharing things like you take exception to are an effort to inform of this, as it is easy to feel you are being persecuted. You are not. It's an effort to reach out to you and others in love and to let you know that God loves you but warns strongly against some things in life that pull us that are not the best for the lives He has given us. We ALL have things that are a challenge to us, some more so than others, but many of us can tell you how hard it has been to stay strong and not be pulled into them. He wants the best for you and everyone. And He is there to help with whatever may be the cause of your anger and effort to disparage others for their beliefs. So it's a choice you have (though it may not feel like it, and I do know how hard it is to see it that way). I know saying these things is not popular, but how fair would it be for those of us who know Christ and His love not to say anything. If we didn't care, we would just be quiet. And If God didn't care, He would not have given those of us who follow Him the mandate to share Him with others, out of His love for them. We all struggle with things in our lives that we are pulled toward that are not the best for us. We're all in this together. Please--you are more than welcome to continue in this thread, but respect would be much appreciated. Or, at the very least tolerance for us as fellow human beings, just as you ask of us toward you. And again, just a reminder that so much information that I give in the posts in the thread is to help in understanding who the Lord is and also to encourage us that He can give us the strength we need both to believe in Him and His guidelines, as well as become stronger in resisting those things that pull us in a direction away from Him and away from the best in life that He offers us.
  4. Thanks, ea2. I like that you are preparing as best you can for Ella's care should you need someone to take over. I didn't realize she has special needs; it's so nice that you take such good and loving care of her.
  5. Thank you, dear ellaangel2. My precious Madison had to be put to sleep last week. Very hard, but it was very clear it was the best thing to do. He was nearly 15 years old and in perfect health except that he had developed pancreatitis, and the vet said even with meds he would not live a very good life, so I said I needed to let him go. They sent me his footprint and sympathy cards. Such a great emergency hospital. On what I didn't know was Madi's last day with me, he didn't want me anywhere except where he could curl up against me. I curled my arm around him, and we looked deep into each others' eyes as we often did--letting each other know of the love we had in our hearts. He purred and looked so content, and he did something he had never done before which just stole my heart--He reached up to pat my face three times. He had never done that before. It's very touching to me to think about it. And an amazing thing has happened with Dusty. He realizes that he can now approach me more freely (since Madi the alpha cat is no longer with us), and he is like a different animal. He's like a little angel that the Lord prepared for me as I go through the grief of losing Madi. He snuggles up to me and then looks up at me upside down and loves me to fuss over him, scratching his chin and petting him, and of course telling him what a wonderful boy he is. I just can't get over the transformation. I had planned to get another kitty eventually, but I don't think I will, as Dusty needs to be an only boy now and get his share of love that for five years he didn't feel free to come and get. And I look forward to some day hopefully being with Madi again...in God's heaven, where I envision him having been sent to the Lord's arms of love when he passed on.
  6. As always, NN, thank you for your very kind and supportive words. Much appreciated. I know you and your DH are going through especially challenging times right now and big decisions that have to be made, and yet you continue to reach out to others, a wonderful and caring characteristic.
  7. Hi, everyone. Am back from my unplanned and long hiatus. There was no ban (neither on me nor the thread), FYI. Just a series of mainly health issues I was dealing with, like life sometimes sends us all. I was without a laptop for most of that time, and it's good to now have a new one up and running.
  8. I second that re: the attack in Canada this morning. So sorry to hear that, jb.
  9. Amazing, BRG. First time I've heard of this. I especially like the idea of a weight-lifting belt to help hold the upper body upright.
  10. Nick Pitts' Daily Briefing Denison Cultural Forum 1/30/17 Is it a Muslim Ban? Nick Note: The executive order on immigration indefinitely barred Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days and blocked citizens of seven countries, refugees or otherwise, from entering the United States for 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. These seven countries were not selected by Mr. Trump himself, but rather were countries established under [the%20list%20of%20the%20seven%20countries%20in%20question%20wasn’t%20selected%20by%20Trump%20himself,%20but%20comes%20from%20policy%20established%20under%20President%20Obama’s%20administration]President Obama’s administration. It is not a Muslim ban. If so, it would have included the 30 plus other majority Muslim countries. Some Christian leaders denounced the Trump executive order. Other leaders spoke to how it is a good recruiting tool for ISIS. But as is often the case, other organizations took advantage of the news. AirBnB said it will provide housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. The ACLU received more than 350,000 online donations totaling $24 million since Saturday morning. Starbucks announced plans to hire 10,000 refugees over five years around the world. [Google%20creates%20$4%20million%20crisis%20fund%20for%20immigration%20cause]Google created a $4 million crisis fund. And then there was Ashton Kutcher of That 70s Show fame telling audiences what he thought of the immigration ban last night at the SAG Awards. But arguably the bigger news was Steve Bannon, his chief political strategist, being elevated to the National Security Council's Principals' Committee, on par with the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. Neither Karl Rove nor David Plouffe nor David Axelrod were on the Principals' Committee. Nor is the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this morning’s WSJ, the editors note: “Mr. Trump is right that the government needs shaking up, but the danger of moving too fast without careful preparation and competent execution is that he is building up formidable political forces in opposition. The danger isn’t so much that any single change could be swept away by bipartisan opposition, but that he will alienate the friends and allies at home and abroad he needs to succeed.” But perhaps the most stinging is The Atlantic’s Eliot Cohen: “Precisely because the problem is one of temperament and character, it will not get better. It will get worse, as power intoxicates Trump and those around him. It will probably end in calamity -- substantial domestic protest and violence, a breakdown of international economic relationships, the collapse of major alliances, or perhaps one or more new wars (even with China) on top of the ones we already have.” Roughly 3 million refugees have entered the USA since 1980. Since then, zero Americans have been killed by a terrorist attack by refugees. But then again, all it takes is one attack for us to question why more was not done. In the Scriptures, we quickly realize that those in authority do not always act in accordance with how we perceive God would act. While we cannot control their actions, we do control ours. The US may not be taking a hospitable position relative to the refugee, but there are 13,000 Syrian refugees already here that may welcome our hospitality. (Note from Linda: Impeachment cannot come soon enough, imho.) Nick Pitts serves as the director of cultural engagement at the Denison Forum. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Dallas Baptist University and serves as an adjunct professor there as well. His op-eds have been published by Religion News Service, Relevant Magazine, Townhall.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Morning News, and The Leaf Chronicle.
  11. Absolutely. And much more than just Agent Orange, according to declassified documents from the military that are available to the public.
  12. Miracle, thank you for saying that, but I have to tell you that I'm sitting here with my morning coffee (strong), shaking my head to try to wake up and get my brain going, and taking a long time to remember how to do each thing (like navigating around in the Forum)l. Your encouragement is very welcome.