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Offline Catherine

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Struggles...
« on: September 06, 2009, 08:27:46 AM »
I am facing quite a few struggles, trials, at the moment. Leaving everything else aside..

I am being harrassed on a daily basis (in my "real, everyday life") by a couple of women who appear to be "skilled" at manipulating others and causing division/trouble. We are all sinners in need of a saviour (especially me) and I usually "get on with things" /rise above it, but I am really struggling, at the moment. Paranoia, lies, hypocrisy, manipulation, constant put-downs - all this with some hateful intent to hurt/damage me. I don't feel angry, but I do feel hurt and tired; it has been going on for some time and with recent developments, it doesn't seem to be coming to an end. I will not comment any further on what is obviously a private matter as gossip, naming and shaming is wrong. Please pray that God will continue to provide strength and peace.

Thank you,
C.S.

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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2009, 08:31:26 AM »
May the Lord have mercy on you and those you have these issues with, and may He grant you the strength to persevere so that we all may glimpse His Glory through this.
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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2009, 08:37:04 AM »
Lord, have mercy!
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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2009, 10:29:29 AM »
I'm so sorry to hear this and can only imagine the frustration and hurt you are experiencing. Lord, have mercy upon your handmaiden.
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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2009, 12:40:38 PM »
Lord have mercy on the work of Your Hands.
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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2009, 02:43:35 PM »
Dear Catherine,

I am so sorry to hear of these trials you are experiencing, and can imagine how wearing and exhausting they must be!! You have been such an inspiration and support to me and I want you to know you are loved and will be remembered in my unworthy prayers!!
 May the Lord grant you His peace and strength in the face of adversity...


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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2009, 04:28:13 PM »
Lord, have mercy!

Catherine, I know the feeling. Be strong. You are in my unworthy prayers, too.
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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2009, 05:53:05 PM »
Prayers:
Lord Have Mercy ...Amen
ГОСПОДЕ ГОСПОДЕ ,ПОГЛЕДАЈ СА НЕБА ,ДОЂИ И ПОСЕТИ ТВОЈ ВИНОГРАД ТВОЈА ДЕСНИЦА ПОСАДИЛА АМИН АМИН.

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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2009, 07:30:29 PM »
O Father, remember Your servant David, how he cried out to You during his many struggles and how You comforted him and granted peace to his soul.

In the same manner, O YHWH, bless your handmaid Catherine with peace of mind, soul and heart.

In the Name of Yeshua, in the power of the Holy Spirit, YHWH have mercy. Amen.

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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2009, 08:23:06 PM »
Lord, have mercy.
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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2009, 08:55:21 PM »
Lord, have mercy!
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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2009, 01:14:22 AM »
Lord have Mercy.

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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2009, 01:21:36 AM »
Lord, have mercy!
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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2009, 04:27:22 AM »
Thank you all so very much for your prayers -prayer has helped me greatly.

Rosehip, thank you (yet again) for your kindness, but I really don't deserve your compliments, I'm afraid. xx.

..so that we all may glimpse His Glory through this.

Amen.

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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2009, 04:41:56 AM »
Just keep trying to demonstrate the same dignity and class that you convey on this forum. And remember that righteousness will always invite demonic attacks, so try to see these difficulties as the spiritual battles that they are. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood..."

Your light shines brightly, and evil minds are increasingly agitated by those who exude true Christian charity and true Christian character. Take these trials as evidence that you must be doing something right!

"Lord have mercy."

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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2009, 03:15:14 PM »
Lord, have mercy!

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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2009, 08:13:35 PM »
Lord have mercy.
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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2009, 10:27:11 AM »

Catherine, be strong.  There will always be people who want to trip you up, hurt you, and bring you down.

The more "good" you do, the worse it gets.  The more you put yourself out there, the worse it gets.

Don't stop doing good, just continue to do what you know is right - for the glory of God.

If anything, pray for them, for they are allowing the devil to work through them.

Lord, have mercy on your handmaiden Catherine.  Lord, enlighten and soften the hearts of the misled individuals who bring pain to others.

You are in my humble and unworthy prayers!

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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2009, 10:40:26 AM »
Lord, have mercy.
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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2009, 02:59:48 AM »

  There will always be people who want to trip you up, hurt you, and bring you down.


Yes.

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If anything, pray for them, for they are allowing the devil to work through them.

You are right, of course. They are to be forgiven and pitied. "People can do me no wrong, as long as I have no wounds" (to use the words of St. Nikolai Velimirovich).

I might follow in the footsteps of St. Ronan, actually... :-)

"St. Ronan, Bishop of the Isle of Man, was a Scottish hermit of the 7th century whom tradition claims settled on the island of North Rona where a fine, and unique, oratory of that time still exists. Legend has it he escaped the tongues of the women of Eoroby (Lewis) and that he was transported to North Rona where he defeated various diabolical assaults on his person..."

On a serious note, though, the lives of the Saints are so inspiring...

Thank you for your prayers, all.

May God's Will be done..
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Re: Struggles...
« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2009, 11:18:46 PM »
Lord, have mercy!
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