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July 16, 2009

SO frustrated with people but trying not to "fret"

I just need to VENT. Someone I know is once again getting away with something STUPID, and people are feeling sorry for her.

I HATE IT when people act like victims and get everyone to feel sorry for them time and time again, soak in pity parties and manipulate people just to get their own way TIME and time again yet do NOTHING to take responsibility for their own lives.

Especially while I would do ANYTHING to get help and would work my butt off if i could find someone to help me, i worked my butt off in therapy but got dumped, i am SOOOOO freaking accountable for my every action, get treated badly by people all the time... yet people who were rotten to me dont give a crap.

Ok, that was myself having a fit, now I must remind myself of this FACT from the Bible: GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF ME. The people who do bad things will soon be gone... and the whiners and complainers will soon have nothing left but their pity parties, while I am enjoying peace & good things.

I HAVE to remember to NOT get all angry and frustrated, because these people who SEEM to be getting away with all this crap are not REALLY, they will soon be gone, and if I don't fret about it, God WILL take care of me.

Psalm 37:1-11
1 Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of those who do wrong;

2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart
. <-------
5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy great peace.

OK.thanks for listening.

Posted by pilgrim at 6:27 PM | Comments (0)

July 17, 2009

About Sharon (since lots of people still ask)

I get a lot of people e-mailing me and asking me whatever happened with Sharon, my therapist who dumped me a year and a half ago (January 2008). I am just going to briefly write about it here since its hard for me to answer all the e-mails.
Mostly I can only answer briefly because its still too hard for me to talk about. It just hurts too much. I'm not over it, but I feel like I have to pretend like I am because I don't have anyone to talk to. I do not have another therapist. I tried 8 other therapists after Sharon, and none of them worked out. One I was really hopeful about, but it tanked. Its okay though... I'm at work up to 12 hours a day anyway, and I don't have time for therapy, nor can I afford it right now.
You all are right, what Sharon did wasn't fair, right, or ethical. But of course, that's not what she thinks. So what can you do, right? All I can do is pray that God will speak to her heart.
I haven't heard from Sharon since April of 08 when she answered an e-mail of mine about a question I had about The Velveteen Rabbit. I sent her a birthday card last year.. I am determined to be kind and to remember her birthday. I can be nice to someone, even if someone isn't nice to me back.
I miss her SO much. Mae misses her so much. Mae still cries about her, but we try to keep it hidden, like in the bathroom or in the shower. We still have an awful lot of dreams about Sharon. Always trying to get her attention, always trying to get her to talk to us, but she ignores us, or she acts mean and walks away. Its hard. I wake up missing her. I miss her office. Mae misses sessions with her, playing with the toys and coloring with her.
Can't let myelf think about that. Too hard.
In the past 1 1/2 years I've worked very hard to shove all of that stuff down really deep inside so that I can just be numb. All that stuff that Sharon and I were talking about--the abuse, the DID, the eating disorder, everything-- it just got left hanging. There was no resolution to it. So Sharon didn't care.. but I got left holding everything. It was too much and I don't know what else to do with it. I've had a lot of people say I "shouldn't do that"-- but after 8 attempts at therapy, and Sharon not talking to me, I don't know what else I'm supposed to do. So, in order to go on with my lfe, I've shoved everything as deep as I can, so I can get up every day and keep on living.

And I just miss Sharon. I miss her so much. I pray for her. I hope she will become a CHristian, so I can at least see her in Heaven. I pray that some day she'll be the person I used to know, maybe talk to me again. Maybe some day if I e-mail her, she'll not ignore me but actually respond. There's so much to tell her. That I don't act like a crazy person anymore. That I don't suck the life out of people anymore. That I give to people, instead. That I have a ministry of helping people now. That I have God in my life and He is helping me. There's so much I want to tell her.

Posted by pilgrim at 1:52 PM | Comments (0)

July 22, 2009

A Word About Hope

This is one of my favorite articles. I read it often, and wanted to share it. It is from joycemeyer.org
The Power of Hope

by Joyce Meyer

I define hope as "the happy anticipation of good things." Are you aggressively hoping for something good to happen to you? Do you wake up in the morning excited and expectant about life? You can do that by learning how to celebrate and enjoy this journey called life.

Everything in life is a process in motion. Without movement, advancement and progression, there is no life. Once a thing has ceased to progress, it is dead. In other words, as long as we live, you and I are always going to be heading somewhere, and we should be enjoying ourselves on the way. God created us to be goal-oriented visionaries. Without a vision, we become bored and hopeless. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, according to Proverbs 13:12, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.

There's something about hope that makes people lighthearted and happy. You're not going to be happy if you don't have hope. The more hope you have in God, the happier you become. Biblical hope is a close relative to faith. I don't see how you can have faith without hope because hope is the foundation on which faith stands. Hope believes everything is going to turn out all right—hope is positive! To enjoy life you must maintain a good, positive attitude. God is positive, and He wants positive things to happen to each of us, but that isn't likely to happen if we're not filled with hope and faith.

Some people are afraid to hope because they have experienced so much hurt and disappointment that they don't think they can face any more pain. They refuse to hope so they won't be disappointed. Disappointment is painful! Rather than being hurt again, they simply refuse to hope that anything good will ever happen to them. This type of behavior sets up a negative lifestyle. Everything becomes negative because their thoughts are negative. Proverbs 23:7 says, For as he [a person] thinks in his heart, so is he....

Your Future Has No Room For Your Past!

Many years ago I was extremely negative because of the devastating abuse that had taken place in my past. The result was that I expected people to hurt me, and they did. I expected people to be dishonest, and they were. I was afraid to believe that anything good might happen. I thought I was protecting myself from being hurt by not expecting anything good to happen. When I really began to study the Word and trust God to restore me, I began to realize that all of my negativism had to go. In Matthew 8:13, Jesus says that it will be done for us as we have believed. I believed everything was negative, so naturally many negative things happened to me.

I needed to let go of the past and move into the future with hope, faith and trust in God. I had to get rid of the heaviness of despair, depression and discouragement. And I did, once I dug into the truth of God's Word! I found out that God is ...a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head (Psalm 3:3). I began to turn my negative thoughts and words into positive ones! Now, I am not saying that you and I can get whatever we want by just thinking about it. God has a perfect plan for each of us, and we can't control Him with our thoughts and words. But we can think and speak in agreement with His will and plan for us. We can practice being positive in every situation that arises. Even if what is taking place in your life at the moment seems negative, expect God to bring good out of it as He has promised in His Word. You must understand that before your life can change, your attitude must change.

Hope is a powerful, spiritual force that is activated through our positive attitude. We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose (Romans 8:28). What Satan means for harm, God intends for good. All things work together for good for those who love God. Satan wants to hurt you and have you spend your life distrusting everyone because somebody hurt you when you were a child, while you were in school, in your marriage, on your job, etc. The list of who, what, where and how you can be hurt is endless. You have to say, "No! That is subject to change! I am a child of the living God! Something good is going to happen to me!"

[After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). What this means is that after all the painful things that have happened in your past have come and gone, God still wants you to enjoy every single day of your life. This won't happen, however, until you make up your mind to take hold of the abundant life that Jesus' death and resurrection purchased for you. Until then, the devil will always try to take it away. Jesus said, The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows) (John 10:10).

You are a new creation. You don't have to allow the old things that happened to you continue to affect your new life in Christ. As a new creature in Christ Jesus, you can have your mind renewed according to the Word of God: And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God's image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:23,24). Things will change for the better when you keep your thoughts filled with hope.

Rejoice In Hope

The Bible is full of hope-filled promises for you and me. Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God's favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God (Romans 5:2). Good things begin to happen to you when you rejoice in the hope of experiencing God's favor on a regular basis. Luke 2:52 tells us that ...Jesus increased in...favor with God and man. You and I are introduced to the favor of God by faith. All of God's promises are activated by faith. We shortchange ourselves when we believe in Jesus but don't believe in His blessings. Believe that you walk in holiness and righteousness (see Ephesians 4:24), believe that you are anointed (see 2 Corinthians 1:21), and believe that you are blessed with every spiritual blessing as promised in Ephesians 1:3. Believe Romans 8:37 when it says you are more than a conqueror!

Everything that is promised in the Bible is for us to rejoice in now. Be glad! Raise your expectancy level. Rejoice in the hope of experiencing God's glory right now. My husband and I believe for many things, but beyond them all, we believe in Someone—Jesus. We don't always know what is going to happen. We just know that it will always work out for our good! The more positive and hopeful we are, the more we will be in the flow of God. In Ephesians 1:17,18, the apostle Paul prayed, [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones).

This glorious inheritance is for you and me! Second Peter 1:3 says, For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).

The Hope Of Seeing Change

If there is anything in this world that you can be sure of, it is change. Something is always changing. Why is it, then, that we find ourselves thinking, "Nothing will ever change... I'm always going to be like this... My situation will never change... He'll never change... She'll never change... I'm never going to be as good as so-and-so"? The only thing that will never change is God. For I am the Lord, I do not change... (Malachi 3:6). Everything else can change. If you have no hope of seeing change in your situation, change probably isn't going to come. We endure so many things emotionally that we really wouldn't have to suffer if we put our hope in God and stopped looking at all of the circumstances we can't control. We will never enjoy life unless we decide to! In order to live as God intends for us to live, we must truly believe that it is God's will for us to experience continual joy. Then we must decide to enter into that joy, which is essential to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Proverbs 17:22 says, A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Hope makes joy available, just as a lack of hope produces misery. We can choose to enjoy righteousness and peace or stay in the midst of condemnation and turmoil. There are blessings or curses available, and that is why Deuteronomy 30:19 tells us to choose life and blessings. What do you do while you wait for change? You pray, believe and expect to receive. Maintain a positive attitude, knowing that God is working on bringing your change and that you will see it. Throughout your waiting time, the devil will scream, "It's not going to change; it's going to get worse!" Don't listen to this and become discouraged. Instead, wake up in the morning and say out loud, "This is the day that the Lord has made, and I will rejoice and be glad! Something good is going to happen to me today! Everything in my life that is not right is subject to change! The One who never changes is changing my situation. And while He's doing it, I'm going to enjoy my life!" Put your confidence in God and stop wearing yourself out trying to make things happen. The decision to have a good attitude while your change is coming can change you! Now is the time to decide to enter into the full and abundant life that God wants you to have.

God Is Working Right Now!

Most of us have a hard time believing that God is working on our behalf until we see something happening with our natural eyes. This usually isn't the way God works. He works behind the scenes much of the time. Right now He is changing hearts and drawing sinners unto Him. Right now He is working in our government. Right now God has a plan for your promotion. He may be speaking to your boss about giving you a raise. God is busy working in your life as long as you believe. Hebrews 11:1 says, Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

This scripture begins with the word now. Although the Greek word from which it is translated actually means “but, and, etc.,” rather than “at this point in time,” I still believe the term can be used to describe faith and hope. Faith and hope operate right now! Without them, life isn't enjoyable. Every time I lay aside faith and hope, I stop believing and I lose my peace. And as soon as I lose my peace, my joy goes with it. Make a decision to be a now person. God has a good plan for your life right now. Trust Him today. Believing God brings you into His rest and puts an end to the torment caused by impatience and anxiety while you're waiting. No matter how hopeless your situation seems to be or how long it has been that way, I know you can change because I did. It took time and heaping helpings of the Holy Spirit, but it was worth it. It will be worth it for you, too. Whatever happens, trust in the Lord and trust in the power of hope! My hope is in God who never changes. Nothing is impossible with Him. He is a big God, and I'm believing Him for big things. How about you?

Posted by pilgrim at 4:36 PM | Comments (0)

July 23, 2009

How to Be Happy

So, I think I'm developing a little philosophy over here in my little space of the world. Spending hours and hours alone with a baby, seeing the world through her eyes, and lots and lots of time alone with God, gives me plenty of time to think. Here's a list I'm coming up with:

*Note: This is not a complete list.

Ask Jesus into your heart. Everything good comes down to being a believer, obeying God, & having faith in His promises. How do to that:click here.
Simplify your life. A great book to learn how to do this: 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life by Joyce Meyer. If you haven't read it, put it on your list. Do 1 thing at a time. Live in the moment. Spend time with your family. Turn the tv off and read a book.
Accept that people will let you down and hurt you sometimes. Hurting people hurt people. It's hard...but its part of life. Put your faith & trust in God. He will never, ever let you down.
Look for the positives every day. Most clouds really DO have a silver lining-- but you have to look for them.
Start each day on a good note-wake up and say good morning to someone. Be thankful you have a soft, warm bed to sleep in and food in your pantry for breakfast. Instead of thinking of "all I have to do today," think about who you can go be a blessing to today. Ask God to help you today. Your strength comes from Him.
Take your mind off yourself, and put it on other people. Who can you be a blessing to today? Everyone can do something. If nothing else, you can smile at someone or offer a hug. Sometimes, all people need is acknowledgement.
Learn to like yourself. You're going to be with you all the time, wherever you go. Might as well make friends with yourself.
Forgive people, forgive yourself. You, and others, probably did the best you knew how at the time. When did learn better, you do better. Let go, and move on (yep, this is tough, but ask God to help you do it-its possible.)
Take care of yourself. Sleep some, play some, work some, laugh some, think some, and then... play some more.
Have an attitude of grattitude. Whining is boring, but being thankful is an attitude that God appreciates. If you've got air in your lungs, food on your table, and a roof over your head, you've got a lot going for you-- tell God thank you.
Put God first. Seek 1st the kingdom of heaven, and God will give you the rest of the things you need.
Treat people well. The more you do for others, the happier you will be.

Posted by pilgrim at 9:21 AM | Comments (0)

July 30, 2009

I Love Effexor

I am now into my 3rd or 4th month of taking Effexor. I gotta say I like it a whole lot better than any other med I've been on. I used to take Wellbutrin for quite a few years, and it DID help a lot-- at 1st. But then it quit working on me. I stopped taking it a year ago, and oddly enough, that "fog" that my brain was always covered in lifted just a couple weeks ago after I stopped taking it. Strange??
This spring I started on effexor. At 1st I was on a medium dose and it caused too many side effects-- I was always twitching and moving around, I couldn't help it, and I had this weird urge to run my hand through my hair all the time. And I had problems sleeping. So the doctor cut the dose down to the lowest, 37.5, and I have done fine with it. Recently that got doubled. I am now doing just fine on it. No side effects except I don't seem to be hungry at all... which is just fine with me (yes I am still eating!!) I take it at night before I go to bed.
The effexor seems to have cleared my mind. I feel like I have room in my head for normal thoughts again. Between the effexor and God working in my mind, I feel like a more normal human being.

Posted by pilgrim at 12:03 PM | Comments (0)

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