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    Mon, Oct 31st - 4:24PM

    Open Mind



    I read, watch and listen with an open mind. I read mostly Christian books but once in a while I will pick up a book that is for a general audience and read it. If it catches my attention, I will keep reading it. For example, many Christians don't like Harry Potter. I like the series, even though the last book is kind of boring. Even though this series deals with magic and witchcraft, I recognize it as a work of purely fiction. But the series has some good qualities in it like good against evil, building friendships, developing relationships and so on. My daughters watch programs like Sabrina the Teenage Witch and I think shows like that are purely entertainment. I normally listen to radio stations like family life network but once in a while I like to listen to classical music, 1950's music and soft rock. If I find a movie I find objectionable, I don't watch it anymore. The Craft was one such movie because it has some evil overtones and I remember teenagers were actually becoming interested in witchcraft after watching that movie. I remember some Christians were trying to boycott disney movies but I remember nothing wrong with them, I guess it was because of a couple shows that were not acceptable for children, like Ellen (I think that is produced by the disney company) I remember somebody mentioning All In The Family and how racist Archie Bunker was. But if somebody was listening to what he was saying the way he said things was showing how ignorant racists actually are. Current Read: Glorious Appearing by Jerry Jenking and Tim LeHaye. I got this last year but finally got around to reading it. Two more books to go and the series is done. Another good read Safely Home by Randy Alcorn I read this about two years ago.

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    Mon, Oct 31st - 9:26AM

    Witer's Block



    I am suffering from massive writer's block. Need to go to sleep and erase some of my fog.

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    Sat, Oct 29th - 11:15AM

    This hit the spot



    E-mail message ============================================== Daily Light on the Daily Path Devotional Saturday October 29, 2005 http://bible.christiansunite.com/devotionals.shtml ================================================================================== Daily Light on the Daily Path Devotional Saturday October 29, 2005 http://bible.christiansunite.com/devotionals.shtml ============================================== Evening David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.--I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, [even] into his ears.--They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me. I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise [shall] continually [be] in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear [thereof], and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.--O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him. 1Sa 30:6 Joh 6:68 2Ti 1:12 Ps 18:6,18,19 Ps 34:1-4,8 ============================================== ==============================================

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    Sat, Oct 29th - 11:05AM

    Sometimes I am like Leah



    Okay the last post was a bit of a gripe because I am always like that before I start night shift. However, I can relate closely to Leah, Jacob's wife, of the old testament. She had several of his children but he never loved her. She realized this but she also realized that God loved her unconditionally. I am like LEah because many times I don't feel that I am loved by my husband. After twelve years of marriage, I feel that he has fallen out of love with me. I know he cares about me and worries about me. But he doesn't think of me as a partner. He thinks of me as the maid, the cook, the nurse-yes he whines when he gets a scratch. I am the peacemaker, the decision maker, the financial manager and so on. I do love him but he is a changed person and he even admits that he is not the same. Well I if that is true about him not loving me like I love him, I know that I have God's unconditional love and I am happy with that.

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    Fri, Oct 28th - 6:26PM

    Sometimes I just get so fed up



    I spent most of the day cleaning house, getting dinner cooked and everything else. The ,ilitary has a term about getting 50 pounds of stuff into a ten pound sack. That's what I feel like. My husband comes home from work and doesn't offer to give me a simple thank you. He sometimes makes me want to scream. He criticizes me because of my choice of becoming a Christian. He thinks that I turned my back on the Catholic Church. Well maybe I did but doing some I found Jesus. I try to talk to him about my choice, but he doesn't want to listen. He keeps putting pressure on me to bring the girls to the Catholic Church. But he doesn't play much of a role in their spiritual life. Well a little bit of griping that's all. I need to get ready for work soon

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    Fri, Oct 28th - 4:02PM

    The Man In My Life



    I have a man in my life, He is perfect in every way. When I mess up, He does not put me down. He loves me unconditionly, though Sometimes I don't love him back. He helps me with all my problems. He is there for me, Even when I want to be alone. He always listens to me, Even when I am complaining. He sees me as a beautiful woman, Even though I have many flaws. The man in my life Is perfect in every way. Including the holes in His hands and feet.

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    Fri, Oct 28th - 1:47PM

    Yonder The Sunset



    Yonder the sunset Veiled in majestic Pink and purple cotton Bids farewell for a while. The birds saluting His setting majesty With a song that Sends shivers through the spines. The coyote wails His lonely dismay And the cow moans A sleepy goodnight. But man, rushing In a smog filled haze Fails to recognize His life giving King.

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    Fri, Oct 28th - 8:44AM

    God's Work At Play



    God has been with me all my life, even when I had my back turned on him. I remember one such time when I had just turned seventeen, when I was a nonbeliever. If it was not for God's intervention my sister, my brother and I probably would not be alive today. My brother Steve and I were visiting my sister, Diane, in Virginia for a week in August of 1982-just before I started my Senior year in high school. One day we wanted to go fishing. Diane had some garbage that she wanted to bring to the junk yard. So she put that in the back seat. Normally I sat in the back seat and Steve rode in the front. However, this time I sat in the front, sitting between Diane and Steve. To get to the junk yard, we had to drive down some of the Virginia backroads. There was a slight drizzle. My sister hit this one hairpin curve. Then everything happened. Even though the raods were slightly wet, the car went into a skid. I don't know if this was because of the road being wet or if Diane had jut misjudged the curve-no warning signs were up. The things I remember were te trees rushing up to us. Iremember hitting my head agaist the windshield about five times. Then the car flipped over. Even though this happened in a matter of seconds, it seemed that everything had happened in slow motion. When the car stopped moving, I was crawling out the passenger window and climbing up the ditch. My sister still can not understand how I got out of the car so fast. Here is how God had intervened. First of all my sister had somehow maneuvered her car so we were parallel to the ditch. So we rolled into the dich sideways instead of hitting it head on. Since I had no seat belt on, I most likely would have went through the wind shield. My brother Steve had also thrown himself across my legs to protect me. The second way God had intervened was the way the car had landed. We landed on top of a culvert. Our gas tank never hit the ground. However, if I had be riding in the back seat, I would have been killed, because the culvert went through the back window. Steve, Diane and I only had some minor injuries from this accident. There were many kind people who stopped by, making sure we were all right offeing to help in any way. One lady had called the police for us. Other people even offered medical assistance. So thank you God for showing that there are kind and caring people in this world. And thanks for gving me another chance in life. The funny thing was my sister was going to sell the car for $100 to a friend the next day. And minutes before the accident she was talking how reliable the car had been-the body was getting rusty but she never had any mechanical problems with the car.

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    Thu, Oct 27th - 11:16AM

    Posting This One Too



    This is one of my favoites: E-mail message Daily Light on the Daily Path Devotional Thursday October 27, 2005 http://bible.christiansunite.com/devotionals.shtml ============================================== Evening Whom thou blessest [is] blessed. Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.--Blessed [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Nu 22:6 Mt 5:3-12 Lu 11:28 Re 22:14 ============================================== ==============================================

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    Thu, Oct 27th - 11:11AM

    One of my saved emails



    I have subscribed to several of the daily devotionals from this website. Once in a while I read one that hits me right through the eyes. I feel I should post the ones with most meaning in my life. This one hit me because I am reading The Left Behind Series E-mail message ============================================== Faith's Checkbook by C.H. Spurgeon Thursday October 27, 2005 http://bible.christiansunite.com/devotionals.shtml ============================================== His Service, Face, Name His servants shall serve him: and they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their forehead. (Revelation 22:3-4) Three choice blessings will be ours in the gloryland. "His servants shall serve him." No other lords shall oppress us, no other service shall distress us. We shall serve Jesus always, perfectly, without weariness, and without error. This is heaven to a saint: in all things to serve the Lord Christ and to be owned by Him as His servant is our soul's high ambition for eternity. "And they shall see his face." This makes the service delightful: indeed, it is the present reward of service. We shall know our Lord, for we shall see Him as He is. To see the face of Jesus is the utmost favor that the most faithful servant of the Lord can ask. What more could Moses ask than-"Let me see thy face?" "And his name shall be in their foreheads." They gaze upon their Lord till His name is photographed upon their brows. They are acknowledged by Him, and they acknowledge Him. The secret mark of inward grace develops into the public sign-manual of confessed relationship. O Lord, give us these three things in their beginnings here that we may possess them in their fullness in Thine own abode of bliss! /--------------------------------------- Be sure to check out our other devotionals http://bible.christiansunite.com/devotionals.shtml \--------------------------------------- ============================================== ==============================================

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    Thu, Oct 27th - 10:25AM

    Back to Rambling



    Now I gave a brief story of myself, I am back to rambling and raving. I might carry a notebook around, because I am remembering things from my life. Even when I was a nonbeliever, God did work in my life. My life is like a book. When I rebember somehing from my past, I don't think the person as me, I think of the person as a character in my past.

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    Thu, Oct 27th - 10:20AM

    The Joy Is Gone



    For some reason that immense joy is gone. I am not really sure why. I think of several reasons. I still have Jesus in my life and still try to make my spiritual growth stronger. I also have a peaceful satisfaction that one day will be in heaven with Jesus and then I will have that joy once again more intense than I ever felt one this earth, eternally. I believe the joy disappeared in August of 1998 when I miscarried my son Edward Jeseph in the eigth month of my pregnancy. My pastor believes that maybe never got over grievng for his death. I did grieve but I had to hide my feelings from my husband, Tom. This loss was very devasating for him. This was his only son, even though he has a great step-son, Damien, who right now plays hockey in Alaska. This might be one of the reasons why that joy disappeared. But also during that time we were faced with other problems. During that same time we found out that our younger daughter,Marissa-who was three at the time-was austistic. Also, at this time, my husband and I started having some financial difficulties. And, even though we tried to set a budget, we kept slipping deeper into debt. Things always happen for a reason. It is all part of God's plan. For example, finding out about our daughter's disability at such an early age, we were able to get her into a special education program. And she did very well. When she was in first grade she got main-streamed and gets very good grades in school. Right now she has a higher intelligence than other kids her age. She is very intelligent with electronics, especially computers-I picture her being the next Bill Gates. She needs to work on her social skills and I think that by the time she is thirteen, she will be good to go. With our financial situation, Tom and I are financially better than we were a few years ago. I feel that we are a little wiser with our money. We just need to do this on a regular basis. With my son's death, I know I will see him again. So I am fine with that. I used this experience to talk to a woman at work who miscarried her baby and told her what I went through and how I coped. Like I said before, I don't feel this great joy like I used to. My pastor suggested that maybe God was showing me what the joy would feel like once I get to heaven. Once in a while I do have a fleeting feeling, but not like I used to have. I long to have that joy back.

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    Wed, Oct 26th - 9:07AM

    When I Found Christ



    I was in my second semester in College. My first semester I went to Cobleskill College. I was still think about taking Nursing and I was taking Biological Technology at Cobleskill. However, this was a very hard major and Science is not my strongest point. I ended up transferring to Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica New York for my second semester. I decided to take General Studies until I knew what I wanted to do with my education. At that point I decided that Nursing wasn't my field. I think it was God's plan for me to go to that college. (Actually I know it was God's plan.) A couple of weeks after I started going there, I met Ray. He basically approached me and started talking about Jesus. He told me how Jesus haddied on the cross for my sins. He told me that I would go to heaven if I believed that he is the Son of God, that he died for my sins and if I took Jesus as my personal savior. At that moment I started believing again. Ray and I must have talked for a couple of hours. I asked questions and he answered them honsetly. The main reason I accepted what Ray told me was because he didn't approach me preaching fire and brimstone. He approached me in a kind, gentle and humble manner. I went to several on Campus Bible studies. And was involved in Campus Crusade For Christ when I finished up my last two years at SUNY Brockport.

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    Wed, Oct 26th - 8:40AM

    When I stopped believing in God



    When I was sixteen years old, I was a junior in high school. Even though High School was a lot better than the Catholic School I attended, this was the hardest year for me. My high school had so many students in it, that the school had a split session. The freshmen and sophmores started school in the later morning, the juniors and seniors came in earlier. I would have to wake up at 5:30 in the morning, catch the bus at 6:30. School started at 7:00. I was done at 11:30. However, after school I went to Boces for three hours. I was thinking about going to college to take Nursing courses. So at Boces I was taking Nurse's Aide. Then at 4:00 I was back at school for track practice. I would be back home at 7:30 that night. When I think about it that was a tough schedule. Because of my experiences I had with the Catholic School, I stopped believing in God. It is kind of funny because I didn't believe in God but I believed that I was going to Hell for not believing in God. Kind of Contradicting myself here.

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    Wed, Oct 26th - 8:20AM

    Just a Quick Note Before I Continue



    I am so pleased at how it is so easy for me to put these words down. The words just seem to flow like a river. I am a lot better at writing that speaking. When I speak to somebody I don't say what I want to say, I get all tounge tied and sometimes what comes out of my mouth is not what I wanted to say in the first place. When I want to say something to a person I plan out what I want to say or ask, then pen it down on paper. I am glad that I am getting on the site each day and posting in my Blog. But after next week that might be hard to do. I will be (should be if all my paperwork is completed) starting college with University of Phoenix Online. I have decided this will be the way to do my college since I work swing shift and it would be almost imposible go to a normal Campus College. So my time might be a little crunched for a while.

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    Tue, Oct 25th - 11:08AM

    From being Catholic to a Christian



    When I was in college I knew what it was like to be a Christian and I might have been saved then. But if I was I was a lukewarm Christian. I was reluctant to give up my freedom, this was the first time I was away from home. And I was raised in a God-Fearing Catholic Home. With things I had been taught in the Catholic Church and in Catholic School I was very sure I was bound for Hell. I was rebellious and had a did not care attitude. I think I acquired that attitude because of my experience in Catholic School. Being the smallest one in class I was picked on and beat up on an almost daily basis. I was told I would never amount to anything. I did not do well in School I barely passed by the skin of my teeth. My brother and sisters (5 brothers and 4 sisters) kept telling my parents to get me out of that school and put me in public school. They didn't want to put me in the public school because they heard of drugs in the high school. Then they found that the Catholic High Scools also had drugs. So I started Public School in ninth grade. And everything got better. As I was growing up I had no friends, just a couple people who used me. In high school things got a lot better. I felt like I belonged. I made friends, my grades were a lot better, I joined the track team ran the mile and two mile and ran cross country. Things were so much better. However, I carried a grudge against God because of my experience in the Catholic Church. And when I was sixteen, I stopped believing in God. to be continued

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    Tue, Oct 25th - 8:13AM

    God Always Provides For Us



    From one of mdaily devotionals it says that God always provides for our needs. And that is true. I can not remember our family ever going without food. When we got behind on our Mortgage payment and utility bills, we were able to find the extra money to get them caught up. Plus the mortgage company worked with us on this. Our family always have enough clothes. I always have gas to get back and forth to work-even when the gas prices sky rocketed. When the transmission went in my blazer we were able to ind a way to get it fixed. When we needed a new roof last year we were able to get the money. I honestly don't think we did this on our own. I strongly believe that God had his hand in this. Sure I want to hit it big some day by winning the state lottery. But that is yet to happen and it is not in God's plan. Maybe in the future but not now. He knows what our future finances are and he knows if we are going to be wise in our spending.

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    Tue, Oct 25th - 1:06AM

    Hello to the people who stop by.



    Several kind people have stopped by and left comments in my Blog. I will do the same. Needto make some time

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    Tue, Oct 25th - 1:04AM

    I am a sinner



    I was born a sinner and I am a sinner-I would be lying to say that I don't sin. I believe every day of my life I sin-even so some people might think it is a minor sin. Still it is a sin and I am sinning against God. I realize that it is virtually impossible to live a sinless life. I am a sinner and I realize my need fo God and Jesus. I believe that when Jesus died on the cross he wiped out my sins, not just my past sins but also my present and future sins. I thank you Jesus for giving me salvation. Without you I would be nothing. I confess that I am a sinner and can not control myself. I am so soorry that I am a sinner. I have complete faith in you that all my sins have been forgiven. Jesus I know you realize that I am human that I am not perfect that I make mistakes. Thank you for being so understanding.

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    Mon, Oct 24th - 12:02PM

    My Life



    I have had many ups and downs in my life. Sometimes I feel that my faith is weakened by many of the stresses and problems in my typical everyday life. Sometimes the stress get so overwhelming that I feel that I am suffocating. I feel a need to tell somebody of things going on in my life. I try not to put any pressure on my husband Tom because I don't need for him to get stressed. With his medical problems (diabetes and high blood pressure) I turn to a couple of friends at work. But I am very guarded. I do not full open up to them. I realize God is here to listen to me. Sometimes I use him as a scapegoat. Which is wrong. I need God and Jesus in my life. I need to understand that every wrong I am dealt with in life is part of God's plan for me. They are to make me stronger in my faith, make me wiser in my decisions. So I need to keep strong in my faith.

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    Mon, Oct 24th - 8:11AM

    No Hope For Me



    Broken promises,
    Crushed dreams,
    Something is amiss,
    No hope for me.

    Lack of faith,
    Lost of self-esteem,
    Lack of self-confidence,
    No hope for me.

    All is lost,
    I can't go on,
    I am too weak,
    No hope for me.

    But wait a minute,
    A Bright Light in the darkness
    A strong sense of comfort,
    There is hope for me.
     

    Note:  I am not much a poet.  I had written this a couple of months ago and was surprised at how easy the words came to me.  I have a few other poems to share



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    About Me

    Name: Lois Ryan
    ChristiansUnite ID: loisryan
    Member Since: 2005-10-23
    Location: Binghamton, New York, United States
    Denomination: Christian
    About Me: Not much to say. Want to keep a blog to help my Christian faith. Busy schedule in my life

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