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#74270 - 12/02/05 08:27 AM Advent Devotional at BWS!
Dotsie Offline
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Registered: 07/09/08
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Loc: Maryland
This month we have an Advent devotional linked on our home page. Please click on the manger scene on the left side. It will be easier to read next week when my web designer gets back from vacation and can increase the print size.

The author is a Presbyterian minister,The Rev. Dr. Harry Cahill. Since he is a man he will not be posting, but I am willing to discuss the devotional in the forum with anyone who is intersted. Today would already be day five so if anyone wants to discuss any parts o the devotional from day 1 through day 5...now's the time.

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#74271 - 12/08/05 08:31 AM Re: Advent Devotional at BWS!
Dotsie Offline
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Registered: 07/09/08
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Interesting. I guess no one wants to discuss it. I just hope women are reading the daily devotions.

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#74272 - 12/08/05 06:32 PM Re: Advent Devotional at BWS!
jawjaw Offline
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Registered: 07/02/03
Posts: 12025
Loc: Alabama
I've been reading them Dotsie. I didn't realize this was open for discussion I guess. I've been reading them and seeing how what I read applies to my life. Looking at the reading as a personal thing. I've carried the thoughts through out the day and mulled them over. I was particularly struck by Day 3, Am I My Brother's Keeper.

I fall short of this some days and it was a great reminder that we are ALL responsible for being each other's keepers.

I'm really enjoying the calendar.

JJ

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#74273 - 12/08/05 07:30 PM Re: Advent Devotional at BWS!
Dotsie Offline
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Oh good. Glad to hear it.

Harry is a dear friend. Known him for over 20 years. He is very wise and faithful, yet oh so human! Great combination. I imagine talking with him is like talking with a male version of Ann LaMott.

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#74274 - 12/09/05 12:57 AM Re: Advent Devotional at BWS!
yepthatsme2 Offline
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Registered: 08/08/05
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I also, tend to take the reading on a personal level.
Day 7, Born Into Conflict and Sin, is holding me captive.

Especially the following....

"Do not be afraid. Face your own conflicts and fears. It would be a mistake to ignore them by pouring your energy into making a “forced” Merry Christmas. Instead, bring them out in the open and lay them before Bethlehem’s manger. Ask the Lord to show you the way through your fears and conflicts, and to send your way friends and helpers so you are not alone".

Over the past several months... since being sick,
I have been afraid and fearful. Just couldn't understand why I was sick and then to have anxiety and depression.
What was my conflict and fear concering this area of my life?
I've had to lay these questions at the feet of Jesus. One thing I know for sure is...he needed me to walk closer with him. I was thinking just believing was enough...it's not, I need to walk in his word everyday. I need to listen to what he's whispering to me...now and always. I need to practice what he teaches, in my everyday life.
Before, I moved at the speed of sound, he couldn't get my attention.
I start and finish each and everyday with him. He's a constant through out my day. Can see his love in the actions of others daily. I would not have seen that months ago... too busy.
He slowed me down so I didn't race in front of him...how precious is that? I'm learning to trust his very word, with all my heart. To accepted all he has promised.
My friends and helpers have been the dear women right here.
I give thanks, for each and every one of you. May you one day know...how much you truly have been of good service.
The good news is....my depression and anxiety are letting up, I can feel it. I never made it past the second day on the zoloft.

I'm still growing, in the fullness of his love...

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#74275 - 12/09/05 01:01 AM Re: Advent Devotional at BWS!
yepthatsme2 Offline
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Registered: 08/08/05
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Dotsie...be sure and tell your dear friend Harry, I so appreciate his daily devotions.

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#74276 - 12/09/05 01:05 AM Re: Advent Devotional at BWS!
Bluebird Offline
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Registered: 09/20/05
Posts: 2560
Loc: Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Brenda, that is so beautiful! I like how you said He slowed you down so you wouldn't race in front of Him. Isn't that what we do with kids sometimes? We say "slow down", because if they get too far ahead, you can't see the danger before them and they'll run into it, head on.

He's protecting you and He wants you to keep Him company on the walk. So precious.

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#74277 - 12/09/05 01:20 AM Re: Advent Devotional at BWS!
yepthatsme2 Offline
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Registered: 08/08/05
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It's all so true... I need his protection, and companionship.

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#74278 - 12/09/05 01:36 AM Re: Advent Devotional at BWS!
Bluebird Offline
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Registered: 09/20/05
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I think it's so cool that He wants our companionship, too.

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#74279 - 12/09/05 03:02 AM Re: Advent Devotional at BWS!
jawjaw Offline
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Registered: 07/02/03
Posts: 12025
Loc: Alabama
And....he wants out companionship no matter what we do... that is what is amazing to me. The depth of His love. Amazing!

JJ

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