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Gifts from God

Postby Quitosam » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:07 pm

I'm posting this here because it does contain some of my faith journey.
Going to try to combine a couple of thoughts together into a Christmas themed thread. One of the pastors at church had said how he likes to hear salvation stories and often asks to hear the salvation experience of Christians he meets. He also said that one of the most effective means of witnessing is to tell your own salvation story. So one day I’m singing -to myself- “Tell Me the Old Old story” when I have the thought I’M PART OF THE STORY. My parents had family devotions for us for as long as I can remember (until we all grew up and moved away. They still have devotions together). One evening during family devotions I thanked Jesus for dying on the cross for my sins. Mother says there is some more but that is all I remember. Because I got saved at an early age (5 or 6) I did not fall in to some of the traps other young people did, oh I did not avoid them all, but that is not me, but God protecting me.
This time of year we think about giving gifts to each other. We worry about getting the perfect gift for everyone on our list. Christians should also be thinking about the greatest gift of all, God’s gift of himself to us as payment for our sins if we will but accept him.
I would like to hear about God’s gifts to you. Anything goes as long as it points back to God, brings glory to God, and shows what an awesome God our God is.
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Re: Gifts from God

Postby Petros » Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:52 am

The big gift - 1986. We were just reminded of that yesterday. 6 months descent into hell, during which the veil was torn away and strange "inexplicable" things happened, then 6 months rocketing upward into light. The gifts since then - and the ones we now see looking back before then - too many to enumerate.
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Re: Gifts from God

Postby New_Adventurer » Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:14 pm

What happened in 1986 that affected you?
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Re: Gifts from God

Postby balaam » Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:17 pm

It is always encouraging to hear someone's relationship with God.
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Re: Gifts from God

Postby Petros » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:05 am

New_Adventurer wrote:What happened in 1986 that affected you?

What didn't?

Insanity - Divorce [that, sad to say, was a positive], devastation, fear for loved ones. I was the lowest weight I have been as an adult and trembling uncontrollably.

Followed by recovered sanity, new incredible love, a series of rationally inexplicable happenings, and a mental crisis that left me belierving and gradually researching - I am what I am - what was to be believed.

That in brief.
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Re: Gifts from God

Postby Maverick » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:14 pm

Quitosam wrote:Because I got saved at an early age (5 or 6) I did not fall in to some of the traps other young people did, oh I did not avoid them all, but that is not me, but God protecting me.


I can very much relate to this. There are some things that, even as a sinful teenager, I could not bring myself to partake of--and I believe that was only because of His grace and protection. Hard-core pornography is the obvious one for me.

The most recent big gift was a reminder of God's incredible authorship. This past Thursday, I completed my last undergraduate exam and then went to work. Within five minutes of being in the office, my boss told me that he a) was taking someone on full-time to handle the "business aspect" of business, and b) my employment with him is complete because his new hire will be doing everything I already do. So, on the same day, I finished college and my college job; now I am "in limbo" for a couple months until my post-college job starts up. Thursday was the end of a chapter in my life, with an ending that only the best Author could write.
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Re: Gifts from God

Postby naturaldon » Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:00 pm

Maverick wrote:Thursday was the end of a chapter in my life, with an ending that only the best Author could write.

Great outlook, Maverick. :like:
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Re: Gifts from God

Postby webmeister » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:38 pm

Maverick wrote:So, on the same day, I finished college and my college job; now I am "in limbo" for a couple months until my post-college job starts up. Thursday was the end of a chapter in my life, with an ending that only the best Author could write.

Maverick enjoy your limbo time off, relax, you will be in the thick of life soon enough...Maybe take a trip. Good job in your accomplishments.
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Re: Gifts from God

Postby Maverick » Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:06 pm

webmeister wrote:
Maverick wrote:So, on the same day, I finished college and my college job; now I am "in limbo" for a couple months until my post-college job starts up. Thursday was the end of a chapter in my life, with an ending that only the best Author could write.

Maverick enjoy your limbo time off, relax, you will be in the thick of life soon enough...Maybe take a trip. Good job in your accomplishments.


I may take a couple. ;) Thanks again.
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Re: Gifts from God

Postby Ramblinman » Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:29 pm

Maverick,
W2 work is great, but you can find yourself stuck for a long time without a day off except weekends.
I would definitely consider a break between the life you just left, (college and work without much of any free time) and a return to something full-time.
I suggest a little contract work to keep the cash coming in and you can go hiking in the Ozarks or Appalachia, hit the beach or whatever you please in between contract assignments.
A contracting/personal time combo won't hurt your chances of finding full-time work and may even lead to it, later when you've had a chance to unwind.
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Re: Gifts from God

Postby Ramblinman » Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:35 pm

God's gift to me: a long series of people over many years who told me about Jesus, faith, salvation, the Bible and making a decision based on that knowledge, but it was also a stepping out in faith.
My prayer of salvation was brief and guided by a guy who later became a dear friend and mentor.
But so much led up to that moment. Thank God for all of it and each of them!
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Re: Gifts from God

Postby naturaldon » Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:40 pm

Ramblinman wrote:I would definitely consider a break between the life you just left, (college and work without much of any free time)

webmeister wrote:Maverick enjoy your limbo time off, relax, you will be in the thick of life soon enough...Maybe take a trip. Good job in your accomplishments.


I think they're trying to tell you something. Me too. :duh:

Always wanted to use that smiley.
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Re: Gifts from God

Postby Maverick » Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:45 pm

Ramblinman wrote:Maverick,
W2 work is great, but you can find yourself stuck for a long time without a day off except weekends.
I would definitely consider a break between the life you just left, (college and work without much of any free time) and a return to something full-time.
I suggest a little contract work to keep the cash coming in and you can go hiking in the Ozarks or Appalachia, hit the beach or whatever you please in between contract assignments.
A contracting/personal time combo won't hurt your chances of finding full-time work and may even lead to it, later when you've had a chance to unwind.


Ramblinman, I agree with you 100%. I've been blessed in that I have enough saved up from my past job to not go without while waiting to start my future job. I do have a full-time position lined up.

naturaldon wrote:I think they're trying to tell you something. Me too. :duh:

Always wanted to use that smiley.


Right now, it's looking like two trips may transpire in the next couple months. 8)
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Re: Gifts from God

Postby Ramblinman » Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:51 pm

Maverick wrote:Right now, it's looking like two trips may transpire in the next couple months. 8)


January and February is not always the best season for travel, but that's the hand you've been dealt, it is actually a great time to visit:
Haulover Beach (although there may be chilly days, they are usually quickly succeeded by warm days)
Desert vacations: Joshua Tree National Monument in California, Saguaro west of Tucson, AZ or Organ Pipe closer to the Mexican border with Arizona.
Padre Island, TX possibility of nude sun bathing if you find a secluded spot and a cold front is not passing through.
Colorado ski resorts - a bit pricey, but an exciting vacation if you can swing it.
Yellowstone: I know one couple that go snowmobiling in Yellowstone every winter. It is insanely cold, but they wear snow suits and have a blast.
San Diego area: Black's Beach (it is the rainy season and mornings tend to be foggy, but you might have a good afternoon if you are lucky or stay in the area long enough for mild weather.
San Diego zoo: I spent the whole day there and still didn't see it all. Fun place!
Big budget? Caribbean Islands as long as they aren't still recovering from hurricanes.

Visiting faraway cousins regardless of weather: My extended family lives far and wide and some are not ordinarily easy to see. A gap between jobs can make that happen.
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