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« on: October 28, 2008, 08:27:46 PM »

Brothers, Sisters and friends,

I feel incredibly selfish for even bringing this up, but I really need your thoughts and prayers with this.  For several months now, almost a year really, I've had serious doubts about my relationship with my girlfriend.  Several years ago, I prayed and prayed to the Theotokos asking her for a companion; not merely any girl of course, but one that She felt I needed.  I know that She sent my girlfriend to me to pull me out of a bad situation I was in (alcohol, drugs, etc...)  We've been through a lot together and I really love her.  But there's something that makes me hesitant to continue the relationship.  I've had friends who've told me that they like her and all, but that they also feel the same way.  Plus, she doesn't like my town (I don't blame her- it's kinda small and xenophobic and she's from Europe).  I can't express how bad it really hurts to think that we might actually break up, but I can't shake these feelings.  There are some negative aspects about her (I guess there's some with all of us), but I'm full of doubts about the whole thing and just really depressed.  I've been praying about it but either I'm too thick-headed to hear God, or He's withholding for a reason.  Please pray for me that I will understand the Lord's will for me (us?) and that I won't loose my sanity over this.

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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2008, 08:29:48 PM »

Lord have mercy!
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2008, 08:30:29 PM »

Lord have Mercy and guide your servant.
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2008, 08:34:04 PM »

Lord have mercy, forgive, heal, and guide your servant.
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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2008, 08:35:15 PM »

Dear brother, you are in my thoughts and prayers!

May the Lord guide and direct you as you seek His will!
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2008, 08:36:33 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2008, 11:52:15 PM »

I feel incredibly selfish for even bringing this up,

It is not selfish at all! Absolutely.

Dear Lord, have mercy on Your servant Gabriel and help him in everything.
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2008, 12:03:27 AM »

Lord Have Mercy.
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2008, 12:35:38 AM »

Lord, have mercy and guide your servant.
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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2008, 12:51:38 AM »

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy!
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« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2008, 01:34:17 AM »

Lord, have mercy!

I know how heart wrenching uncertainty in a relationship can feel, especially since I am still going through it; my prayers will be with you!
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« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2008, 06:38:06 AM »

Lord have mercy on Your servants.
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« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2008, 07:44:02 AM »

Relationships are very difficult, especially when considering a possible breakup. LORD have mercy!!!
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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2008, 07:55:03 AM »

Been there, it really kinda robs you of your sanity.. Lord have Mercy on your servant! Grant us your peace!
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« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2008, 08:02:51 AM »

Lord, have mercy on Your faithful servant Gabriel, illumine his heart and lead him to right decisions in life!
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« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2008, 10:18:31 AM »

Lord, guide Thy servant!
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« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2008, 10:35:27 AM »

I'm sorry you're unhappy and things are rocky for you right now, Gabriel! Sad
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« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2008, 10:37:47 AM »

Lord have mercy!

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« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2008, 12:09:03 PM »

Sort of been there. Lord have mercy on both Gabriel and his girlfriend.
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« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2008, 02:27:00 PM »

Yuck, not cool for you at all Gabriel, stay strong, keep seeking; we'll be praying!
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« Reply #21 on: October 30, 2008, 12:05:34 AM »

Gospode pomiluj...Amin,,,SmileyCentral.com" border="0Lord have Mercy,,,Amen..
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« Reply #22 on: October 30, 2008, 01:16:53 AM »

Relationships are very and difficult and complex. Give yourself time and don't do anything you will regret in a year's time (or 10 years or 20)
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« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2008, 01:36:31 AM »

Lord have mercy on your suffering servant Gabriel!

Most Holy Mother, we beseech you to intercede for our brother Gabriel that he may be granted the grace of discernment!
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« Reply #24 on: October 30, 2008, 10:18:45 AM »

May the Lord bless the decision that you must make!
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« Reply #25 on: October 30, 2008, 10:49:22 AM »

Lord, have mercy.
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« Reply #26 on: October 30, 2008, 09:10:10 PM »

 Lord have mercy on his servant. +  I found this prayer, and thought it might be of some help.


Almighty God, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, come to my help and deliver me from this difficulty that besets me. I believe Lord, that all trials of life are under Your care and that all things work for the good of those who love You. Take away from me fear, anxiety and distress. Help me to face and endure my difficulty with faith, courage and wisdom. Grant that this trial may bring me closer to You for You are my rock and refuge, my comfort and hope, my delight and joy. I trust in Your love and compassion. Blessed is Your name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
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« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2008, 11:32:47 PM »

Lord have mercy on his servant. +  I found this prayer, and thought it might be of some help.


Almighty God, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, come to my help and deliver me from this difficulty that besets me. I believe Lord, that all trials of life are under Your care and that all things work for the good of those who love You. Take away from me fear, anxiety and distress. Help me to face and endure my difficulty with faith, courage and wisdom. Grant that this trial may bring me closer to You for You are my rock and refuge, my comfort and hope, my delight and joy. I trust in Your love and compassion. Blessed is Your name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
Beautiful.  Thank you for that sister;  I'll include this in my prayers.


Also, thanks to everyone else for the kind words and esp for your prayers.  We've been having some heart-to-heart discussions; our future together could go either way.  It hurts to type these words, but I will trust in the Lord that things will go the way they should.  Please continue to pray for me (us).

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« Reply #28 on: November 01, 2008, 12:02:49 AM »

Things have taken a downturn in the last 24 hrs. Sad  Please continue to pray for us, but I honestly feel that the rift has become too wide with one too many heated discussions between us.  It just seems that our lives are simply moving in two different directions.  Thank God I'm on vacation next week though because I know the despair will catch me soon.  Please keep her in your prayers as well.  Pray that God will give us both the strength to soldier on.
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« Reply #29 on: November 01, 2008, 12:06:34 AM »

Lord, have mercy.
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Lord Have Mercy.
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« Reply #31 on: November 01, 2008, 12:09:21 AM »

Sorry to hear, my friend.

Lord, have mercy. Holy Theotokos, please help and strengthen.
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« Reply #32 on: November 02, 2008, 12:02:25 AM »

Lord, grant discernment and strength to those who ask You for it.
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« Reply #33 on: November 02, 2008, 12:52:00 AM »

Lord have mercy on the both of you during these difficult times!
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« Reply #34 on: November 04, 2008, 11:15:55 PM »

Lord have mercy on His servant and his handmaiden.

I hope you know that we care about you, and we're all here for you if you need us. *hugs*
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« Reply #35 on: November 04, 2008, 11:26:06 PM »

Yes, I was thinking about you today too, for certain reasons. May God strengthen and help you!
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« Reply #36 on: November 04, 2008, 11:44:13 PM »

Thank you sisters (and everyone else)!  I'm so glad that we can all rely on each other for prayers here.  As for an update, we'll be getting together this Thursday night to try and work through some issues that are bothering both of us.  I'm wanting both of us to set down with our priest for his thoughts, it's just a matter of all of us getting our schedules to line up.  Thank you all for your continued prayers.
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« Reply #37 on: November 22, 2008, 11:29:44 PM »

Dear friends,

 Please keep myself and my ex in your prayers as we have decided that it's best if we part ways for now.  After much thought, prayer and discussion, we both sadly realize that our lives are moving in two different directions and that we are not as compatible for one another as we had hoped.  As you might imagine, this was a very difficult and heart-breaking decision and I humbly ask that you all please say a little prayer for the two of us. 

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« Reply #38 on: November 22, 2008, 11:33:04 PM »

May the Lord have mercy on both of you!
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« Reply #40 on: November 22, 2008, 11:36:48 PM »

May the Lord have mercy on His servant Gabriel and his friend and help them through this difficult time of change! Grant to them Your peace, love and divine Presence!
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« Reply #41 on: November 22, 2008, 11:38:19 PM »

Dear friends,

 Please keep myself and my ex in your prayers as we have decided that it's best if we part ways for now.  After much thought, prayer and discussion, we both sadly realize that our lives are moving in two different directions and that we are not as compatible for one another as we had hoped.  As you might imagine, this was a very difficult and heart-breaking decision and I humbly ask that you all please say a little prayer for the two of us. 

In Christ,

Gabriel

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This took an enormous amount of courage to do.  You are to be admired for it.  Many people do not do this and live the rest of their lives saying, "I wish I had..."

God be glorified for all things!

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« Reply #42 on: November 23, 2008, 12:08:40 AM »

Hugs, brother.  I hope everything works out for the best for both of you.  Lord have mercy!
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Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #44 on: November 23, 2008, 12:32:07 AM »

Lord, have mercy.

Hugs, brother. And very best wishes in everything. May God help both of you to have the best possible results in the future.
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« Reply #45 on: November 23, 2008, 04:39:43 AM »

Lord have mercy on you both!  I am still experiencing the pain and difficulties of such a situation.
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« Reply #46 on: November 23, 2008, 07:43:28 PM »

^^ And I'm still praying for you too Nebelpfade.

 I would like to say thank you to everyone who has kept (and is still keeping) us in your thoughts and prayers.  We're both doing OK so far, although it seems like I'm on a treadmill- I'm moving but not getting anywhere.  I think I've made the right decision but when my heart gets involved, I tend to second guess myself.  For some reason I don't feel I should be praying to God for something like this (...but I'm sure glad y'all are!) because it's seems like such a selfish request when there are way worse things going on in the world.  I will pray, though, that God will penetrate my thick head so I'll be able to discern His will for me.  Anyway, really, thanks a million for the kind words, thoughts and prayers.  They really mean a lot to me.

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« Reply #47 on: November 24, 2008, 01:08:46 AM »

Continuing prayers.
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« Reply #48 on: November 24, 2008, 01:43:21 AM »

^^ And I'm still praying for you too Nebelpfade.

 I would like to say thank you to everyone who has kept (and is still keeping) us in your thoughts and prayers.  We're both doing OK so far, although it seems like I'm on a treadmill- I'm moving but not getting anywhere.  I think I've made the right decision but when my heart gets involved, I tend to second guess myself.  For some reason I don't feel I should be praying to God for something like this (...but I'm sure glad y'all are!) because it's seems like such a selfish request when there are way worse things going on in the world.  I will pray, though, that God will penetrate my thick head so I'll be able to discern His will for me.  Anyway, really, thanks a million for the kind words, thoughts and prayers.  They really mean a lot to me.

In Christ,

Gabriel

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« Reply #49 on: November 24, 2008, 07:28:13 AM »

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« Reply #50 on: November 24, 2008, 01:23:42 PM »

It's hard at first and probably will be for a while.  But it does get better.  Smiley  I used to get so broken-hearted at breakups that I thought I'd never be happy again, but I was wrong.
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« Reply #51 on: November 24, 2008, 02:36:00 PM »

Lord, have mercy!

I did something very similar about 8 years ago.  The ex and I just were drifting apart more and more and it got to the point where we were practically just roommates.  It was probably the most painful thing I've ever done, but, in hindsight, the best thing.  I still keep in touch with her.  She is married to a wonderful man and they have a son who just celebrated his first birthday not too long ago.  She's very happy and that's all I ever wanted for her. 

I also would never have met my wife if the ex and I hadn't parted ways.  Oddly enough, we were all in the same places at the same times, knew the same people, etc and never met.  Weird.  Anyways, I know I'm far better off with my wife and I wouldn't have it any other way. Smiley

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Lord have mercy on the work of your hands.
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« Reply #53 on: December 11, 2008, 04:46:44 PM »

Thought I'd provide an update...

 It is still very difficult for both of us though we don't see each other but maybe once every other  week now.  She'll be leaving for Chicago next week only to return for two weeks before leaving for good.  Some days I feel as though I made the right decision, others days I'm nearly overtaken by despair and sorrow.  Brothers and sisters, if you find the time and remember, please pray for both of us that the Lord will comfort us and give us wisdom and courage to face our future- whatever that may be.

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May the Lord give you both strength and discernment according to His will and mercy.
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Lord, have mercy on Your servants!
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« Reply #56 on: December 11, 2008, 05:22:00 PM »

Lord, have mercy! Gabriel, brother, may the Lord give you strength and healing.
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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy!
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Dear brothers and sisters,

 This is absolutely by far the most tragic and terrifying ordeal I've yet had to go through.  I've lost both sets of grandparents, gone through my parents' divorce and my own divorce eight years ago.  But I don't know how to get past this one.  The waves of sorrow and depression are relentless to the point I've had to take sedatives just to sleep.  I never really understood what such a loss would feel like until now.  It really is like having my heart ripped from me as I still love her so much.  She left for Chicago last night and these past four days have been so difficult.  I really feel like I'm losing my sanity and filling up with doubt, fear, and such despair.  Sorry for rambling on and being so dramatic.  As you say your prayers, if you remember, please pray for myself and Luminitsa.

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Dear brothers and sisters,

 This is absolutely by far the most tragic and terrifying ordeal I've yet had to go through.  I've lost both sets of grandparents, gone through my parents' divorce and my own divorce eight years ago.  But I don't know how to get past this one.  The waves of sorrow and depression are relentless to the point I've had to take sedatives just to sleep.  I never really understood what such a loss would feel like until now.  It really is like having my heart ripped from me as I still love her so much.  She left for Chicago last night and these past four days have been so difficult.  I really feel like I'm losing my sanity and filling up with doubt, fear, and such despair.  Sorry for rambling on and being so dramatic.  As you say your prayers, if you remember, please pray for myself and Luminitsa.

Thank you so much,

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Lord Jesus Christ, grant mercy to this thy servant!
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Dear brothers and sisters,

 This is absolutely by far the most tragic and terrifying ordeal I've yet had to go through.  I've lost both sets of grandparents, gone through my parents' divorce and my own divorce eight years ago.  But I don't know how to get past this one.  The waves of sorrow and depression are relentless to the point I've had to take sedatives just to sleep.  I never really understood what such a loss would feel like until now.  It really is like having my heart ripped from me as I still love her so much.  She left for Chicago last night and these past four days have been so difficult.  I really feel like I'm losing my sanity and filling up with doubt, fear, and such despair.  Sorry for rambling on and being so dramatic.  As you say your prayers, if you remember, please pray for myself and Luminitsa.

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The Lord of mercy and grace turn your sorrow into joy soon. The Lord visit and exalt you and shine His face on you. The joy and light of the Lord's resurrection penetrate your whole life. Amen.
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« Reply #71 on: January 13, 2009, 11:25:41 AM »

Lord, have mercy on Your faithful servant Gabriel!
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« Reply #72 on: January 13, 2009, 11:26:20 AM »


Lord have mercy!

You are in my prayers, Gabriel!

Be strong.

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Lord, comfort and give strength to Your servant!
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« Reply #74 on: January 13, 2009, 12:37:20 PM »

Glory to you o Lord, Glory to you.

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Lord have mercy on his servant Gabriel and his handmaiden Luminitsa and guide them through this difficult time.

And Gabriel. . . you know that your family at St. Thomas is always here for you. *hugs*
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« Reply #76 on: May 04, 2009, 09:40:01 PM »

Since the end of February, L and I had been talking almost daily.  For some time now, I had really thought that there might actually be a chance for us to get back together; I had even entertained the thought of moving away and marrying her.  Even though I joked about all the typical guy stuff like 'ball and chain' and 'suffocation', the truth is, I really wanted it to work out between us. 

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I am so thankful that God allowed me to see the truth in this whole situation, but now I ask that you please pray for the both of us to give us strength and courage to go on with our lives.  Please pray that this pain will bring both of us closer to Him, and that if possible, it is short lived.  Thank you, brothers and sisters.
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Lord, have mercy and compassion on Thy servants, Gabriel and L.! I cannot begin to imagine how difficult this must be for you both, after having been together for so long!! Lips Sealed
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I pray that through your sorrow and suffering God will bestow His grace on you brother.  Amen.

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« Reply #80 on: May 04, 2009, 11:45:58 PM »

I've been through this myself, Gabriel (many years ago) and it's a very tough road to travel. But time will heal the pain... trust me. Lord have mercy on your servant, Gabriel.
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« Reply #82 on: May 05, 2009, 01:01:44 AM »

Lord, have mercy on your servants.

At the end of 2006, I broke up with someone because she deserved to be happy with someone who wasn't me.  Try to look at your situation in a similar manner in that L. will find happiness with someone else, which is not a negative reflection on you.

Lord, have mercy.

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