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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #45 on: March 04, 2015, 07:35:12 AM »
Why is it that we don't hear of any Orthodox being content, happy, doing well?

clap your hands if you know that happiness is the truth

Because no matter where we are, we know much... much better is coming and the mention
Chin up, you'll be dead soon.
is a uplifting one.

Can you describe this "much better" ?

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And by the way..... happiness isn't the truth... Christ is the Truth.

Being happy clappy didn't save anyone ever.

What did really save anybody?

Christ.

I doubt I am the one fitted to explain.

If you cannot even visualise this much better-ness what makes you think it exists?
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #46 on: March 04, 2015, 07:39:19 AM »
Extremely nerve racking. I have 14 days left until I leave the world for good and spend the rest of my life in a monastery on the other side of the country away from everyone I've ever known and in a place I am unfamiliar with. You wouldn't believe the temptations and thoughts and outright craziness the devil throws at you when he knows you are going off to serve God as a monastic.

Please pray for me

there is no devil.

That's funny. First thing a demon says!

Extremely nerve racking. I have 14 days left until I leave the world for good and spend the rest of my life in a monastery on the other side of the country away from everyone I've ever known and in a place I am unfamiliar with. You wouldn't believe the temptations and thoughts and outright craziness the devil throws at you when he knows you are going off to serve God as a monastic.

Please pray for me

there is no devil.

Lol.

The Evil One is laughing too.

You should all try to take responsibility for your own actions and thoughts.. If the thought of going to the monastery starts with the devil, than perhaps that is not the thing to do. All this wanna fight with the Devil like the Philokalia stories is in the end nothing more than vain glory, mere pride and so is the other boasting stuff about the monastery.  It's spending the life fighting a fictional character. You should focus on your own self as "The Devil". You are the devil. It's your demons you have to fight, the enemy is yourself.

The facts differ from what you say. I hope you find out before he is your neighbour.

and saying he is real is a very responsible step 1. IN MY EXPERIENCE.

Been there, done that. I have seen Virgin Mary's, demons, heaven, hell, thought of experiencing haunting phenomenas,etc.

And none of this are better starting with heaven..

The truth is that if you start seing this type of things you should check yourself and see a doctor or 100 doctors.
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #47 on: March 04, 2015, 07:43:43 AM »
Been there, done that. I have seen Virgin Mary's, demons, heaven, hell, thought of experiencing haunting phenomenas,etc.

And none of this are better starting with heaven..

The truth is that if you start seing this type of things you should check yourself and see a doctor or 100 doctors.

If you see multiple Virgin Marys, you definitely need to see a doctor or five.
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #48 on: March 04, 2015, 07:45:22 AM »
Been there, done that. I have seen Virgin Mary's, demons, heaven, hell, thought of experiencing haunting phenomenas,etc.

And none of this are better starting with heaven..

The truth is that if you start seing this type of things you should check yourself and see a doctor or 100 doctors.

If you see multiple Virgin Marys, you definitely need to see a doctor or five.

But all the rest is completely sane :)

Virgin Mary more than once.
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #49 on: March 04, 2015, 07:57:51 AM »
Extremely nerve racking. I have 14 days left until I leave the world for good and spend the rest of my life in a monastery on the other side of the country away from everyone I've ever known and in a place I am unfamiliar with. You wouldn't believe the temptations and thoughts and outright craziness the devil throws at you when he knows you are going off to serve God as a monastic.

Please pray for me

there is no devil.

That's funny. First thing a demon says!

Extremely nerve racking. I have 14 days left until I leave the world for good and spend the rest of my life in a monastery on the other side of the country away from everyone I've ever known and in a place I am unfamiliar with. You wouldn't believe the temptations and thoughts and outright craziness the devil throws at you when he knows you are going off to serve God as a monastic.

Please pray for me

there is no devil.

Lol.

The Evil One is laughing too.

You should all try to take responsibility for your own actions and thoughts.. If the thought of going to the monastery starts with the devil, than perhaps that is not the thing to do. All this wanna fight with the Devil like the Philokalia stories is in the end nothing more than vain glory, mere pride and so is the other boasting stuff about the monastery.  It's spending the life fighting a fictional character. You should focus on your own self as "The Devil". You are the devil. It's your demons you have to fight, the enemy is yourself.

The facts differ from what you say. I hope you find out before he is your neighbour.

and saying he is real is a very responsible step 1. IN MY EXPERIENCE.

Been there, done that. I have seen Virgin Mary's, demons, heaven, hell, thought of experiencing haunting phenomenas,etc.

And none of this are better starting with heaven..

The truth is that if you start seing this type of things you should check yourself and see a doctor or 100 doctors.

If you truly would have seen heaven you would talk different.... if you have seen a lie about heaven you would talk like this... If you would be trolling you would be talking like this...
Guess what I think you did see.
Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ"
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #50 on: March 04, 2015, 08:06:35 AM »
You didn't see anything, you can't even visualise "heaven" and how it would be better. What are we talking about in here?

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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #51 on: March 04, 2015, 08:08:44 AM »
We are talking about how things are going for each of us, so kindly don't allow yourself to wander off.
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #52 on: March 04, 2015, 08:19:09 AM »
Well I'm fine. Thank you for asking. :)
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #53 on: March 04, 2015, 08:19:32 AM »
How are you doing, Arachne?
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #54 on: March 04, 2015, 08:25:22 AM »
Not much has changed since yesterday. :)

Life's been pelting me with everything she has over the last few months, but still beats the alternative.
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #55 on: March 04, 2015, 08:54:21 AM »
Why is it that we don't hear of any Orthodox being content, happy, doing well?

clap your hands if you know that happiness is the truth

Have you seen Orthodox elders? They are content and joyful because they are in the likeness of Christ. They are not slaves to sin and have pure joy. :)



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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #56 on: March 04, 2015, 09:32:30 AM »
Why is it that we don't hear of any Orthodox being content, happy, doing well?

clap your hands if you know that happiness is the truth

Have you seen Orthodox elders? They are content and joyful because they are in the likeness of Christ. They are not slaves to sin and have pure joy. :)



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This sounds like mythology to me.
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #57 on: March 04, 2015, 09:33:54 AM »
Not the best...
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #58 on: March 04, 2015, 09:43:42 AM »
Yesterday learned anger is a funny thing, as in curious and odd.
Learned that driving while hungry is really an issue with me, and I already knew that, again!
Wondered how I can be so nice sounding to others while raging inside and blamed it on weakness due to being hungry and thinking it is absence of meat. Learned how hypocritical I am.
Other than that, typical day, except She Who Shares My Name has a cold; drag for so many reasons including selfishness. Another drag.
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #59 on: March 04, 2015, 06:51:38 PM »
After my rather negative, though honest, post the other day, I had some surprising good news today. Mum had seen her doctor about a medical issue before Christmas, and has been waiting since then for a follow on appointment with a specialist consultant, with a view to likely surgery. (Things don't happen quickly here on the National Health Service!). Today was the day of the appointment, and when mum woke up...... the problem had gone. The visible physical symptom that she has had for months had just vanished. She went to see the specialist anyway, and he examined her and couldn't find anything in the area where the problem had been. She is jubilant, if somewhat puzzled as to what has happened. For anyone who prayed for her after reading my post, thank you. Whether this is a miracle, or whether there is a medical explanation, I can't say, but whichever it is, glory to God for his blessing upon her.

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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #60 on: March 04, 2015, 06:55:45 PM »
As I texted my wife this morning, "Feeling now lower than I ever thought possible. Not an acute feeling, just total."

I really do hope the persona you use here is entirely constructed for your online amusement.

Most of us hope that the same is true in your case.
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #61 on: March 04, 2015, 07:10:44 PM »
Why is it that we don't hear of any Orthodox being content, happy, doing well?

clap your hands if you know that happiness is the truth

Have you seen Orthodox elders? They are content and joyful because they are in the likeness of Christ. They are not slaves to sin and have pure joy. :)



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This sounds like mythology to me.

And this sounds like desperation to me. Reread St. Silouan - or visit Mount Athos.
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #62 on: March 04, 2015, 07:19:21 PM »
After my rather negative, though honest, post the other day, I had some surprising good news today. Mum had seen her doctor about a medical issue before Christmas, and has been waiting since then for a follow on appointment with a specialist consultant, with a view to likely surgery. (Things don't happen quickly here on the National Health Service!). Today was the day of the appointment, and when mum woke up...... the problem had gone. The visible physical symptom that she has had for months had just vanished. She went to see the specialist anyway, and he examined her and couldn't find anything in the area where the problem had been. She is jubilant, if somewhat puzzled as to what has happened. For anyone who prayed for her after reading my post, thank you. Whether this is a miracle, or whether there is a medical explanation, I can't say, but whichever it is, glory to God for his blessing upon her.

Glory to God! :)
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #63 on: March 04, 2015, 08:23:54 PM »
Eddybear, thanks for the good news and amazing occurance.
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #64 on: March 04, 2015, 11:37:04 PM »
Tired but employed.

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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #65 on: March 04, 2015, 11:39:15 PM »
Good :)
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #66 on: March 04, 2015, 11:42:03 PM »
You didn't see anything, you can't even visualise "heaven" and how it would be better. What are we talking about in here?

I can visualize Heaven, not perfectly, but I can. The sum total of all that is good and beautiful in this life. Warmth and light and complete peace of mind.
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #67 on: Yesterday at 12:29:47 AM »
As I texted my wife this morning, "Feeling now lower than I ever thought possible. Not an acute feeling, just total."

I really do hope the persona you use here is entirely constructed for your online amusement.

Most of us hope that the same is true in your case.

Nah. As a few members can attest, this is pretty much my voice in real life, whatever that is, with a lot more cursing and laughing, since I don't emoji.

So yeah, it's not just here that is for my entertainment. Then again I don't post here like I am the voice of God one moment then the broken body of human suffering the next. So that would disappoint many.
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #68 on: Yesterday at 07:47:21 AM »
You didn't see anything, you can't even visualise "heaven" and how it would be better. What are we talking about in here?

I can visualize Heaven, not perfectly, but I can. The sum total of all that is good and beautiful in this life. Warmth and light and complete peace of mind.

That's more like wishful thinking. A man with a vision can picture things. That is what true faith is (I am speaking empirically minded) picturing things in your head that are the same in reality or will become.
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #69 on: Yesterday at 07:52:25 AM »
You didn't see anything, you can't even visualise "heaven" and how it would be better. What are we talking about in here?

I can visualize Heaven, not perfectly, but I can. The sum total of all that is good and beautiful in this life. Warmth and light and complete peace of mind.

That time's a uncountable number since God is there...
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #70 on: Yesterday at 07:55:08 AM »
You didn't see anything, you can't even visualise "heaven" and how it would be better. What are we talking about in here?

I can visualize Heaven, not perfectly, but I can. The sum total of all that is good and beautiful in this life. Warmth and light and complete peace of mind.

That's more like wishful thinking. A man with a vision can picture things. That is what true faith is (I am speaking empirically minded) picturing things in your head that are the same in reality or will become.

Without looking it up, picture what every street corner in every city in Egypt looks like. Can't do it? Oh no, they must not exist!
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« Reply #71 on: Yesterday at 08:02:18 AM »
It's been a productive morning. I harvested this year's WBD specials, collected my last reserved book from the library, registered my son with the dentist (long overdue), and found a diamond tealight holder for £.50. On top of everything, it's a fine sunny day without too much windchill, and my pain levels are quite low. Chuffed, that's me. :)
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #72 on: Yesterday at 08:04:22 AM »
Things better today; hour-long bath; eat food; happy meds; go to walmart in little less than two hours; what reasons for unjoy? except snow cold I mean! b@peace
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« Reply #73 on: Yesterday at 08:38:22 AM »
It's been a productive morning. I harvested this year's WBD specials, collected my last reserved book from the library, registered my son with the dentist (long overdue), and found a diamond tealight holder for £.50. On top of everything, it's a fine sunny day without too much windchill, and my pain levels are quite low. Chuffed, that's me. :)

What pains?
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Re: How are things going for you?
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What pains?

I live with chronic pain, the exact nature of which is no concern of yours. Some days are better than others. Today is a good day. :)
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #75 on: Yesterday at 08:43:19 AM »
Today is a good day. :)

Enjoy every minute!
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What pains?

I live with chronic pain, the exact nature of which is no concern of yours. Some days are better than others. Today is a good day. :)

hugs Arachne

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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #77 on: Yesterday at 08:58:07 AM »
What pains?

I live with chronic pain, the exact nature of which is no concern of yours. Some days are better than others. Today is a good day. :)

hugs Arachne

:)

Yeah... based on the other thread, I don't think she'd want your kind of hugs...
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Re: How are things going for you?
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I like when snow is falling. As soon as it stops, I hate it.
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Re: How are things going for you?
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Things could always be worse.
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Oh, the anger and pride issue; what a buggaboo. And those gophers!
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Re: How are things going for you?
« Reply #81 on: Yesterday at 06:39:03 PM »
Antonis asked me this question the other day and got more than he bargained for.
It was better than a shallow response, for sure.
As I dissipate, Christ precipitates.