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Offline Hamartolos

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So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« on: May 01, 2011, 03:24:12 PM »
I am unworthy of all your prayers, but I humbly and desperately beseech them.  I'm not exactly a 'well known' forum member I guess, but so many of you seem like great and holy people.

 I'm about to stop taking a medicine that I've taken for a long time and it's going to take an enormous toll on me: physically, mentally, and spiritually.  I had to quit my job so I could 'detox' from this: the first time I've been unemployed since I was 16 and I'm 23 now.

I should of been done with college a year ago, but couldn't afford the last semester so now I need find a new job after my 'detox' to raise $3,000 so I can finally have my degree.  I couldn't raise the money before because I have no healthcare and my grants could not be renewed.  At this point, I don't even know if I'll be able to get in the last remaining classes by fall.

My family life is a nightmare.  My older siblings, who are screw-ups, have trampled on my parents and it is taking a heavy toll on them.

I didn't mean to turn this into a sob fair; I've never opened up personally online and very rarely do I in my actual life.  Nearly nobody knows the actual truth to how deep my mess has become.  I feel like I'm facing a giant wall that cannot be broken through.

Please pray for me!  I need as many prayers as possible.
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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2011, 03:49:24 PM »
Lord have mercy.
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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2011, 04:04:15 PM »
Lord have mercy!
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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2011, 04:13:45 PM »
God's great and abundant mercy!

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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2011, 04:28:26 PM »



May the Lord help you with all these issues and grant you peace and good health.

Lord, have mercy!
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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2011, 04:55:50 PM »
Lord have mercy!
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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2011, 04:58:49 PM »
If at all possible, don't quit your meds cold turkey. Many years ago, I stopped a med that way, and it made me sick as a dog. Is there a way to gradually reduce your dose to nothing? It would be the most prudent way of proceeding. If you stop some antidepressants suddenly, for example, you can become suicidal. You don't need that right now. You need for someone to be kind to you, especially--and I cannot stress this enough--yourself.

Forget about school for a bit; take that pressure off your shoulders. The school is not going anywhere, and you don't have the psychic energy to tackle that problem right now anyway: your health is problem #1.  The first thing you must do is find a doctor. This is possible even without insurance. Hospitals often have endowments and programs to help those without means. Don't be proud; call them all until you find one. Also, cities, states and counties often run special healthcare programs featuring a sliding scale for services up to, and including, no fee at all. You've got to have medical support while you are getting off this med in order to maintain your mental equilibrium. That's of critical importance. You need the support of other people.

Also, try to forget about your family. I realize it sounds harsh, but you can do nothing for them while your own boat is taking on water. You can address that problem later. For the moment, turn them over to the care of God. Pray to Him to give you assistance and strength and to help light your way.

"I feel like I'm facing a giant wall that cannot be broken through."

It always feels that way when we're overwhelmed. If you want to eat a big steak, you cut it into pieces first. Once you attend to your primary problem, you'll often find that the solutions to any lesser problems start to fall into place. (Sometimes the mere passage of time helps.) Write a list of your current challenges from most important to least important, and tackle them in order, one at a time, a little at a time. Just put one foot in front of the other, and keep moving forward. That's the way Sir Edmund Hillary got to the top of Mt Everest.

Time is the means through which God manifests his help to us, so be patient. And remember that adversity is often sent to test and strengthen us. When this is over, you'll be a much stronger person for having endured it. I'll keep you in my prayers.
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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2011, 05:00:29 PM »
(Please proceed with caution in regards to the medicine. I'd ask a doctor, just to be safe.  :angel:  )



Lord, have mercy on your servant.

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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2011, 09:48:24 PM »
Lord have mercy!

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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2011, 09:49:42 PM »
Lord, have mercy!

One day at a time, my friend!
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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2011, 11:58:28 PM »
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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2011, 12:05:10 AM »
Lord have mercy.
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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2011, 12:30:34 AM »
Lord, have mercy!

A couple of gems from a book called "Achieving Your Potential in Christ: Theosis," by Anthony M. Coniaris:

"Theosis is a beautiful word but what does it say to those who are trying to cope with a terrible illness, or struggling to make a go of a sour marriage, or to those who are burdened with anxieties and cares? Theosis has everything to say to struggling humanity. It tells us that we have the capacity through the presence of God within us to transcend and overcome any and every difficulty in life, including the greatest one of all: death."

"Theosis tells us to 'hang in there' no matter how hard the struggle or the temptation because God has great things in store for us."
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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2011, 01:57:20 AM »
Prayers.......


Lord Have Mercy.....Amen Amen

Lord Have Mercy And that he Grant's You all the Grace you need
too  Get Your Life In Order .....Amen Amen

Prayers To the Holy Mother Of God ,For Her Help .....Amen Amen
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« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2011, 08:00:47 AM »
Lord, have mercy!

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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2011, 09:17:48 AM »
(Please proceed with caution in regards to the medicine. I'd ask a doctor, just to be safe.  :angel:  )



Lord, have mercy on your servant.



I'll 2nd that.  Be careful Hamartolos.

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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2011, 09:55:08 AM »
LORD have mercy!

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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2011, 02:36:37 PM »
Lord have mercy!  Stay strong in your faith.

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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2011, 11:38:35 AM »
Lord have mercy on thy servant!
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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2011, 04:09:01 PM »
Thank you all for your prayers.  I've been feeling better and appreciate your kindness and petitions.
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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2011, 04:13:05 PM »
My prayers too.
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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2011, 04:25:58 PM »
Lord, have mercy.
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Re: So Many Problems- Please Pray!
« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2011, 04:44:17 PM »

:)  Glad to hear you are better!

Lord, have mercy and help you in your endeavors.
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