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Posted By: Danman
4/14/2012 12:04:37 PM


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5 Shout AMEN!Amen ~ 4 PrayingPraying

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Dear Rebecca, of course it's from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Maranatha and trust Jesus.
Reply # 1 - ReplyTo ID: 7955

Posted By: PamelaSwisher -
Date: 4/14/2012 2:27:31 PM
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Oh Rebecca, How I feel for you. I went through women's trouble starting when I was twelve. It was periodic until my 30s when I had a bout of none-stop pain. I used to be less than sympathetic of people who complained about constant pain. I learned how cranky one gets due to lack of sleep and not exercising (who wants to when it hurts to move). A prayer group had a word from God that I would be healed. I had to trust in that even though I still hurt. Gradually, the pain subsided. Recently, I had a hysterectomy and the doctor showed me pictures of the wierd contortion that my uterus had been pulled into. However, the last 25 years I have not had that pain. Yes, God does heal - I had the visual evidence of it.

Reply # 2 - ReplyTo ID: 7956

Posted By: Kari -
Date: 4/14/2012 5:27:25 PM
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Recieved this via email:

In re Rebecca Droeger's article on addiction I hereby make a prayer request for a bi-polar friend of mine named Michael who is addicted to gambling. He has managed to alienate nearly all his friends because he owes them money, including myself. He needs to be in an environment where he is being constantly monitored and supervised, or he will be right flat back out the door and off to the casino to spend his social security disability food money. I could suggest a place (called Gould Farm in Monterey, Massachusetts) which would fill the bill, but I don't think he would listen to me. Please pray for him...

Reply # 3 - ReplyTo ID: 7957

Posted By: BeckyD -
Date: 4/14/2012 6:31:33 PM
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Will definitely pray for him.

Reply # 4 - ReplyTo ID: 7958

Posted By: GaleWare -
Date: 4/14/2012 8:31:11 PM
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Rebecca:  I can thoroughly understand your delimma with the addiction to drugs. I have suffered for 25 years with a chronic back condition (crushed vertebrae in my back and neck). At first I was given Ibuprophen, which helped, but I found I had to keep increasing the dose over time. Finally, a new doctor ordered oxycodone which also helped considerably over time, but when I seemed to need an increase in the dosage, I was put on morphine tablets.  Well, that turned me into a zombie...and it completely took away my appetite for food.  I was losing weight fast, so after a month, I decided that I must stop the morphine, so I stopped cold turkey.  Of course, I started suffering from the withdrawal...so I could not sleep and I walked the floor night after night and day, praying for God's help to get me through it. I took Ibuprophen when the pain got too bad, but with God's help I finally got rid of the morphine addiction.  I told my doctor what I had done, and she was quite surprised that I was able to rid myself of that addiction to morphine.  I guess it is a very hard drug to get away from.  I still have to take the oxycodone, but I am 96 plus years old, so I figure I'll just have to wait it out until Jesus returns.

I will be praying for your gambling friend.

Reply # 5 - ReplyTo ID: 7959

Posted By: LindaM -
Date: 4/14/2012 10:52:03 PM
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VERY informative article, Rebecca!  Thank you so much for sharing what you learned about addiction.  We are such complex beings, and "one size doesn't (always) fit(s) all".  However, you did point out that "by nature" we humans "are addictive creatures".  Yes, indeed...sin is addictive, and our "old" natures wreak of it.  Thank God, like Paul says in Romans 8 that God has delivered us from the condemnation of sin through our Lord Jesus Christ!  

I join with those who agree with you that The Lord used your surgeon skillfully to heal you.  No matter how healing occurs, as far as I'm concerned, the LORD gets the praise and glory!  Halleluyah!

I have prayed for Michael before writing this...thank you for bringing it to our attention, Kari!   

Reply # 6 - ReplyTo ID: 7961

Posted By: DanDapper -
Date: 4/15/2012 11:59:50 AM
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Praise Jesus that you're feeling better and out of pain Becky. We all struggle with addictions is true, which is not always a bad human trait if we focus those tendencies in a positive way. I think we can even become addicted to the study of “Theology” and forget who “Theology” is all about, Jesus. I used to be addicted to working out until it literally broke my back and I ended up in chronic pain for many years. Fortunately I never really had an "addiction problem" with drugs, even though I used just about everything at one time or another for recreational use or like you for pain relief. My doctor once put me on Paxil for anxiety and it was awful, it made me hot all the time and I was the heaviest weight in my life. I went off it cold turkey. I guess I found out what it’s like to be PMS, LOL. I just drink wine anymore, sometimes too much, it can be addicting you know. Looking forward to your next article Becky!
In trying to become one with God
I sometimes find
I’m leaving behind
The One who I’m trying to find

Reply # 7 - ReplyTo ID: 7964

Posted By: BeckyD -
Date: 4/15/2012 4:32:25 PM
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Amen, everyone!

Yes, Dan, you are so right.  Sometimes, I feel like the Church of Ephesis when that "addiction" to Theology takes over.  We have to remember our first love!

Regarding pain, it is so complex because all you can do is focus on what you can do to relieve the pain.  It's one of the many weapons in Satan's arsenal to get our focus off God.

Praise Jesus that it caused me to pray that much harder.  Sadlly, I felt I was not as much use to our King while being out.  It made me feel so focused on me for prayers; and I felt like I couldn't be effective in our Lord's work.

Fortunately, He works through us even when we're down.  I don't know how, yet; but I'm sure He'll show me in time

Reply # 8 - ReplyTo ID: 7965

Posted By: DanDapper -
Date: 4/15/2012 8:23:17 PM
4 Shout AMEN!Amen ~ 4 PrayingPraying


"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world." C. S. Lewis