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Offline DavidI

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My Distress
« on: October 21, 2010, 02:12:05 AM »
I apologize in advance for writing such a disorganized post, but I don't think I have any other place to go to. My life is completely in shambles right now. My family is having issues, my friends have grown farther and colder, my sense for scholastic work is nil, and my spiritual life is hanging by a hair. I have a 15 page paper due in 7 hours which I have not started yet because of my mood and I'm not sure what to do with myself. I yearn to return back to God yet I suffer from despair whenever I fall. It's numbing and when I fall, I never deem myself worthy to get back up, not even to pray, thus I go days and nights without prayer even though its all I desire. Please say even a short prayer for me as I need all the help I can to get my life back on track.
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Re: My Distress
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2010, 02:30:21 AM »
Get off the internet and start writing your paper.  Just write, even if it is stream-of-consciousness  and not very organized.  Just write and then organize it.

Regarding prayer and your spiritual life, it's hard to pray when you are stressed, and with your paper due in a matter of hours, you are stressed.  Write the paper.

Falling down spiritually is very normal.  We can never get up on our own, which is why we have intercessors.  Ask a saint to pray for you.  In your case, maybe a saint who was a scholar.  In the Armenian Church we have St. Gregory of Datev.  I don't know who you have. 

I'll pray for you.  Get off the internet and write.

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Re: My Distress
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2010, 02:43:31 AM »
Lord have Mercy.

Log out from the Internet and log back in when your paper is turned in.   :)

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Re: My Distress
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2010, 07:43:35 AM »
Lord, have mercy!
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Re: My Distress
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2010, 10:38:57 AM »
Lord, have mercy!
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Re: My Distress
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2010, 04:24:42 PM »

Lord, have mercy!

Remember....it's okay to fall, as long as you get back up and do your best to stay up!

Get up!

We're all behind you!

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Re: My Distress
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2010, 08:30:02 PM »
Lord, have mercy.

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Re: My Distress
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2010, 08:34:52 PM »
Prayers...

Lord Have Mercy.... Amen Amen

Lord Grant You Peace ,In Mind, Body, Soul,
And Spirit...Amen Amen

Slava Tebi Gospode Slava Tebi...Amin Amin
ГОСПОДЕ ГОСПОДЕ ,ПОГЛЕДАЈ СА НЕБА ,ДОЂИ И ПОСЕТИ ТВОЈ ВИНОГРАД ТВОЈА ДЕСНИЦА ПОСАДИЛА АМИН АМИН.

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Re: My Distress
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2010, 09:15:55 PM »
Lord, have mercy!

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Re: My Distress
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2010, 09:16:05 PM »
Lord, have mercy.
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Re: My Distress
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2010, 02:28:53 AM »
How did things go?

By the way, Erkohet.com has St. Gregory of Datev's prayer for students:

http://www.erkohet.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=108:aprayerforstudents&catid=29:mnuprayers&Itemid=22

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Re: My Distress
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2010, 03:35:53 AM »
Remember that it is better to struggle and fall than to never struggle at all. I know that sounds trite, but it is indeed true. I often have to remind myself of this truth .

"Lord have mercy."



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Re: My Distress
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2010, 01:14:55 AM »
I thank you all for your prayers, advice, and kind words, and I apologize for taking long to reply.

How did things go?

I managed to write about 18 pages in those 5 hours. A friend read over it as I was out cold in class - said it was amazing but apparently I missed some grammar errors and I somehow managed to spell education with a j (I'm studying to be a teacher). Second midterm was not bad, but the professor surprised us by making it all quotes that we had to identify and explain, so most of us are just a tad bit worried about that.

By the way, Erkohet.com has St. Gregory of Datev's prayer for students:
http://www.erkohet.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=108:aprayerforstudents&catid=29:mnuprayers&Itemid=22

The prayer was wonderful thank you for sharing, I'll be sure to share it with others.

Lord, have mercy!

Remember....it's okay to fall, as long as you get back up and do your best to stay up!

Get up!

We're all behind you!

Thanks for the support! The thing is, I say this to people a lot. I'm one of the Sunday School servants at my church, and I always stress hope and perseverance to everyone in all I say, yet I find that I don't even heed my own words. I feel as if I'm a hypocrite, one of the Pharisees rather, and I just get upset with myself. Once I get upset, instead of running towards the Lord as I should, I run away in shame, causing me to be even more upset, restarting the cycle. It's hard and I've been suffering for years because of this. I understand that it takes a long time, yet I sometimes feel that if it's taking this long, I must obviously be doing something wrong.
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Re: My Distress
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2010, 12:18:18 PM »
Lord have mercy!
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jer 29:11