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Saturday, December 10th, 2005
1:59 pm
[gahelle]
Pain
Job 14:22 We feel only the pain of our own bodies and the grief of our own minds.

I feel the personal pain of my life, but that is of my own mind. Spirituality tells me that there is more. That there is something greater than myslef that will raise me above the turmoil of my life and make me better than what I would be of my own. There is something that raises us up, makes us whole. It is so hard to get past the traumas of our own lives, but that power is there. Just reach out.

Pastor Greg

Current Mood: energetic
11:14 am
[gahelle]
My Best Day
This was sent to me and I think we all need to read this daily.

Best day of my life

Today, when I woke, I suddenly realized that this is the best day of my life, ever.

There were times when I wondered if I would make it to today: but I did! And because of that I did I’m going to celebrate!

Today, I’m going to celebrate what an unbelievable life I have had so far: the accomplishments, the many blessings, and yes eve the hardships because they have served to make me stronger.

I will go through this day with my head held high and a happy heart. I will marvel at God’s seemingly simple gifts.

The morning dew
The sun
The clouds
The Trees
The flowers
The birds

Today, none of these miraculous creations will escape my notice. Today, I will share my excitement or life with other people. I’ll make someone smile. I’ll go out of my way to perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone I don’t even know. Today, I’ll give a sincere compliment to someone who seems down. I’ll tell a child how special he is , and I’ll tell someone I love just how deeply I care for them and how much they mean to me.

Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don’t have and start being grateful for all the wonderful things God has already given me. I’ll remember that to worry is just a waste of time because my faith in God and his Divine Plan ensures everything will be just fine.

And tonight, before I go to bed, I’ll go outside and raise my eyes to the heavens. I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and the moon, and I will praise God for these magnificent treasures.

As the day ends and I lay my head own on my pillow, I will thank the Almighty for the best day of my life. And I will sleep the sleep of a contented child, excited with expectation because I know tomorrow is going to be the best day of my life, ever!

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, December 8th, 2005
12:49 pm
[james222]
A prayer for McColloh and for Great Aunt Ruthie
Dear God-
I just found out that my grandmother's sister Ruthie is sick she has a compund back fracture and will be laid up for 8 to 12 weeks. Please help her to heal quickly Lord, for by your stripes She is healed in Jesus' name. Out of the 8 children in the family, you now have 3 of them with you...including my Grandmother. Please, if it is time for her to go, I ask that she goes peacefully and without pain like my Grandma did. I know that they are happy with you and that things will be done in your ways....be with the family Lord, calm their fears and hear their prayers.
Yesterday, Micah informed me about his professor and mentor Dr. McColloh...I'm sorry I don't know his first name, but you being God and all I know that you know who I am talking to. Anyway, McColloh has had someone leave him recently and he will be leaving today to go to the funeral and won't be back to work until sometime in January. Please help him and his family cope with the loss of their loved one...and provide them with safe travel to and from Illinois. I know that this is a difficult time for them, I pray that they turn to you for comfort and love instead of away from you.

In Jesus name I pray-
Jen
12:24 pm
[james222]
Morning and Noon Prayer
Dear God-
Thank you for waking me up this morning....I told you that I would pray morning, noon and night. But when I wake up at noon Lord, I don't feel like I am upholding my end of the deal. Thank you for helping me find the challenging_god it looks like a good place to help me through this spiritual cleansing that I am going through. I know that I haven't done a very good job of finding a church to worship or praise you in since moving down here, but I am hoping that at the very least I could find an online church.
Lord, I don't know what you want me to do with my life? I feel like you want me to go in to art therapy, I do know that my art is what I am supposed to do, and you've made it very clear as to my art being able to help and heal not only myself but others....but am I to use it as Art Therapy or I am to use my art as ministry...or both. Please open up my mind and open up my heart to recieve this answer today God.
From my reading yesterday, I know that I have to visualize what I want in my life and believe it, and believe that you will provide it and I do....I do believe in me helping and healing people using my art....I can see me doing just that...I can see me working with troubled teens....and working within a structure where there is art and the children come and learn and vent and get the help and healing that they need....I see that Micah and I a financially secure and that we have children and I have my barn studio and Micah has his teaching job. I see us packing up our stuff and a bunch of my art work and traveling the US during the summers. I see our family as being extremely happy, full of love, and excitment for every day. I see us living in a nice old farm house that we have the priveledge of making it our own. We live in a community that is built on love, education, the arts, and a respect for you Lord. Before I thought that these where all just dreams, but now after reading the books that you have made available to me, I believe that you will make it come to pass. I believe that is the glimps of the future that I am waiting for.
Thank you Jesus for everything, for coming into my heart, for wiping away my sins, and thank you God for sending Jesus here, that you would make such a sacrifice for my sake is so amazing, and thank you Holy Spirit for guiding me and living within me.

In Jesus name I pray-
your humble servant-
jen
Friday, November 25th, 2005
2:49 pm
[gahelle]
Difficult Times
I am at a time in my life that continues to be difficult. Despite the acknowledgement of all the blessings of God at our celebration of Thanksgiving... there are so many other things that are in my past and is about to happen that make this difficult. In 1969 a soldier in my patrol killed himself because of his fears. I have always carried guilt for this. Twenty years ago my Dad left to be with the Lord, and I miss him daily. Soon I will be divorced. I feel the pain, but I turn to the Lord to give me strength. I know he will get me through these times, even though the pain I feel is real. He will stay by my side until times become better. I trust him.

Prayer for Difficult Times

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
I have sworn, and have confirmed it, to observe Thy righteous ordinances.
I am afflicted very much; quicken me, O HaShem, according unto Thy word.
Accept, I beseech Thee, the freewill-offerings of my mouth, O HaShem, and teach me Thine ordinances.
My soul is continually in my hand; yet have I not forgotten Thy law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me; yet went I not astray from Thy precepts.
Thy testimonies have I taken as a heritage for ever; for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
I have inclined my heart to perform Thy statutes, for ever, at every step.
- Psalms 119: 105-112

Pastor Greg

Current Mood: distressed
Thursday, November 24th, 2005
11:04 pm
[logicalargument]
For akina_ishikawa
Dearest my Lord, help akina_ishikawa in her moments of despair, hopelessness, and self-hate to accept the love of her friends.

Current Mood: worried
12:01 pm
[gahelle]
Thanksgiving for our blessings
Lord, thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed on me. I know that sometimes I take things for granted and for that I am ashamed. There is so much you have given me. This is a day of Thanksgiving and I know Lord that all I have comes from you. I praise and worship you today. Amen.

Current Mood: hopeful
12:24 am
[logicalargument]
Thanksgiving
Thank You, Lord, for the courage of my friends, and especially for one friend who has permitted me to enter his home, and who dared to allow me to give a gift to a child. He makes me feel that there is hope for me, after all. Dearest my Lord, I know that You have placed this man of courage in my life, to show me that there will be people who will dare to be my friend.

Protect the grieving and the hurting on this Thanksgiving Day. Give them comfort. Allow them to experience some peace of mind.

I love You, Lord - help me to feel that always, with the same wonder, the same joy, the same amazement that the continuing miracle of my friend gives to me, not only on those days when I have seen him, but every day, because although he reflects You as the moon reflects the sun, even on those nights when even the moon is not visible, You are always there.

Current Mood: touched
Monday, November 21st, 2005
7:31 am
[gahelle]
Blessings
"The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies;
but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and,
as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find,
in every hour, some heavenly blessings!"
~Henry Ward Beecher...

Lord, open our eyes so we can truly see all the blessings you have given us. It is through your grace that we are surrounded with your
blessings and through your grace we know that we are saved. We become blinded by the images of the world that we see through
our media. Let us know that this is not the real world, and the blessings we have are many and we worship and thank you for all
the blessings we have. Let us use our blessings to help others as we show the love you have shown us. Amen.

Current Mood: contemplative
Saturday, November 19th, 2005
2:45 pm
[gahelle]
Pain
PAIN

Psa 69:29 But I am in pain and despair; lift me up, O God, and save me!

"Daddy," five-year-old Grace said, "send me to my room when I am having a hard day, because then I can scream out all the pain and ask Jesus to come into the place where it was." That was a surprising request from a five-year-old, but so it was that Grace began to deal with pain by taking a time out, screaming into her pillow all the anger, pain, and hurt she feels. And then Grace prays, "Jesus, please come into the part of my heart that hurts." Grace is then able to re-enter life "outside" again.
Jesus is real, and Grace knows it. Jesus is making an important difference for her as she walks through situations that make life tough for a five-year-old.
What do we do with our pain? Instead of running from it, we can try walking into it as Grace does, with Jesus. He will go through it with us, helping us to express our pain and comforting us.
Brian Shimer (California)

God of hope and joy, help us to express the pain we feel and to receive the comfort you offer. When we must walk through the fires of life, remind us that you are with us. Amen.

Current Mood: content
2:33 pm
[gahelle]
PAIN
PAIN

Psa 69:29 But I am in pain and despair; lift me up, O God, and save me!

"Daddy," five-year-old Grace said, "send me to my room when I am having a hard day, because then I can scream out all the pain and ask Jesus to come into the place where it was." That was a surprising request from a five-year-old, but so it was that Grace began to deal with pain by taking a time out, screaming into her pillow all the anger, pain, and hurt she feels. And then Grace prays, "Jesus, please come into the part of my heart that hurts." Grace is then able to re-enter life "outside" again.
Jesus is real, and Grace knows it. Jesus is making an important difference for her as she walks through situations that make life tough for a five-year-old.
What do we do with our pain? Instead of running from it, we can try walking into it as Grace does, with Jesus. He will go through it with us, helping us to express our pain and comforting us.
Brian Shimer (California)

God of hope and joy, help us to express the pain we feel and to receive the comfort you offer. When we must walk through the fires of life, remind us that you are with us. Amen.

Current Mood: jubilant
1:27 pm
[gahelle]
Introduction
This has taken me some time to accomplish, but it is time that I am not just a name on the membership list. I do want to become active in Live Journal.

My name is Greg Helle. I will not bore you with all the details of my life. I am a Vietnam veteran with both combat and sexual PTSD. I am now totally disabled, but no one should feel sorry for me. I am an ordained minister and my goals in life are to bring spirituality back to all those who suffer with PTSD. I ran away from my own spirituality for thirty years and I personally know what healing can come from re-establishing a relationship with your higher power. I am Christian but strongly feel that who ever your higher power is, it is essential to regain that relationship in order to bring more healing to your life.

My favorite saying is that God is not a religion, God is a relationship.

I am creating a new mission to help people find their way back to their God. As a Christian, I do hope that it is a Christian God – but I will not judge any other beliefs. The healing of trauma has to be the primary concern, not the procreation of a particular theology.

I am here to help and to be helped. Sometimes traumas never disappear and sometimes they never lose their power. I am a shoulder to lean on, but will also expose my own problems as I continue my journey through life.

I am so hoping to become friends with many of you. God Bless.
Greg

Current Mood: energetic
Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
1:18 pm
[write4jesus]
Father, I pray for four dear friends involved in a crisis in ministry. I pray that you would surround them with protection from the enemy's darts. I pray that you would bring them and their children through this more closely devoted to You and stronger in their relationship with each other. Bless them abundantly I pray.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
Monday, November 14th, 2005
9:00 pm
[logicalargument]
For guidance from the Holy Spirit
Dearest my Lord, help me to get through the fear of hurting others when I try to help them. Help me not to run away from the risk of making a mistake. Guide me to do what is right, refrain from what is wrong, listen when I should listen, say the right words when I should talk, stay away from people when I would be toxic to them, and stay with them when I can be supportive. Remind me that it is not about me, but about You. Every day I forget that, and every day I must learn it again.

Current Mood: sad
Sunday, November 13th, 2005
12:36 pm
[logicalargument]
Reaching out to those who are not here
For those who were not in church today, Lord, especially chrisq, that they may know that they are still part of the family and still loved, and that they may know that they are missed, and will be welcome to join us tonight and always.

For guidance for me, Lord, about what phone calls to make today, and what calls not to make. Show me where and when I should speak, and where and when I should be silent.

Current Mood: worried
12:11 am
[h1s_songb1rd]
Please lift my friend up in prayer...
...comment if you'll agree with me in this prayer...

MT 18:19 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
Dear Father in Heaven, I lift Dawn up to you. She is discouraged, Lord. Her body is in pain. She's suffering. I ask that you'll give her much hope. I ask that you'll please, heal her body. Dawn's body, in Jesus' name, be healed. I pray for your will to be done. I ask that you'll lift up Sol and give him encouragement during this time. I pray that you'll send people from your congregation to help them in their distress. I thank you, Father, because I know you will provide all their needs. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Thank you.
Friday, November 4th, 2005
10:52 pm
[justpapabear]
Your healing power oh Lord.
Lord, I come to you this evening with a heavy heart. I lift my friend Rhonda up to You oh Lord. She has been through so much in life and has just came to a place where she can live comfortably with her son, only to be threatened by cancer. We ask not only for Your healing touch oh Lord, but do it in a way that will also mend her damaged heart and turn her back to You. Give me words of wisdom and comfort to speak to her in this time Lord, and in all things let me be a reflection of You. We praise you for the victory in advance Lord. For it is in Christ's name we ask, Amen

Current Mood: Humble
7:16 am
[logicalargument]
For strength for a little boy
Dearest my Lord, help and support a little child who must continue to testify today, in open court, in front of his stepfather. I did not want to do this, but You will find a way to turn it to Your purpose. Let me rephrase that: You already have.
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005
7:04 am
[logicalargument]
Praise report
For the beginning of a chance of a renewed connection with my dear friend jesusochild, someone I miss so much ... thank You, Lord. What an awesome God you are.

For the message from katallalone yesterday ... thank You. I know that it took great courage for her to message me. Thank You for making it possible for her, and thank You for the gift of connection.

Current Mood: grateful
12:21 am
[h1s_songb1rd]
Dear Lord,

I'm feeling sick, and I pray that you'll heal me by tomorrow morning. Father, also help Shawn get a job, please. Please, keep my family well. Please watch over and bless the family who just lost their five children from Chewelah. Comfort them, Father, and please give them peace. Thank you, Lord.

In Jesus' name, Amen
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