How has this changed you?

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  1. For His Name

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    How have the events over the past couple of weeks changed you? Maybe they haven't changed you ... Do you think these effects will last? I have such a different outlook on life, my family ... and I know this will last. Looking forward to finding out who else has made decisions that have been "lingering".
     
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    I have found that things I used to want seem so insignificant now...What has topped my list resoundingly is ensuring that I raise my kids under the graceful hand of my Father. It was obviously a priority before all this, but it seems that much more important to me now. This whole event has made me long even more so than before to get as close to God as I possibly can. I have been on my knees more in the past 12 days then in the past 4 years, in a broken, sobbing state. Each time I feel His presence and I am comforted. I just love Him so much!

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    Kathy ... I know what you are saying! Our family has become much closer. I no longer take my freedom for granted. We lite candles outside one nite for the victims of the WTC and our 5 year old said, "this is for all of the people that died in the plane crash ... right?" How sad, that she has to know this. The American flags are not sitting in dusty closets. They are flying! Isn't that amazing?

    That bill I was worried about the day the crash happened became ... very quickly ... a matter of non importance. Priorities have changed ... I have a new strengh through Christ. Through the horror and mourning for all of the victims of this senseless killing I have found a renewed faith.

    I will not allow myself to forget that feeling the first time I heard. I will never take my freedom, my faith, my friends or my family for granted again.
     
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    My basic response when I see this stuff happening on tv is imediately stop everything I am doing to pray for the victims and that God would protect those still involved.

    How it has changed my life, I feel this has given me a totally new look on what hatred can do to a person and to a country. It has made me love my country and what we stand on even more than I did before. It has also made me get off my duff and go for the callings God placed on my life that till now has been on the back burner of my life.

    Oh,,it has made me pick up the phone way more and tell people I love how much they mean to me and to give my husband and son more hugs and kisses than ever before because I don't know when will be the time I am in the next tragedy, no I'm not afraid of that happening, I just want them to know I do love them in that case.

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    The depth of my compassion for all hurt and all involved; the depth of my capacity to understand the hurt; the depth of the renewal of my patriotism. ..all have grown.
     
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    Several years ago my brother married a very nice young lady that lost her first husband to illness. She had a beautiful daughter from this previous marriage. She was in the WTC. This young lady was very excited about this great new job! On the day of the plane crashes she called my brother on the cell phone and told him ... "something has happened to the building .. we are on our way down the steps and I will call you in a little while .... I love you." They have not heard from her since. She is gone.

    Gone ... no closure ... just gone. My sister in law has been in New York looking for her daughter since this happened. Sifting through the rubble for her daughter. I cannot imagine.

    I wonder .. what would these folks have done differently with their lives if they could have. How many times have I said .. "someday, I will ..... ". I have learned that someday is today. There are so many mothers and fathers, husbands, wives .. doing the same thing. I pray for the victims families.
     
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    I was inspired to write down on paper in the form of a letter how much I love my Dad and what he means to me. I knew I couldn't go one more day without doing that. I don't want to ever regret not being able to tell him. I did it last night and I am mailing it today...I know it will upset him because we were recently separated and this separation has been very difficult for him, for me and for my kids. I just couldn't NOT do it.

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    Kathy ... Good for you! We sometimes disregard the message our hearts are giving us. We cannot afford to do this anymore.

    You are in my prayers.

    [ September 24, 2001: Message edited by: For His Name ]
     
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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by For His Name:
    You are in my prayers.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Thank you so much! God Bless!

    Kathy
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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by For His Name:
    How have the events over the past couple of weeks changed you? Maybe they haven't changed you ... Do you think these effects will last? I have such a different outlook on life, my family ... and I know this will last. Looking forward to finding out who else has made decisions that have been "lingering".<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


    On a theological level, I hope that these days have lit a renewed sense of desire to comprehend the nature of both God and man...to understand the place of both sin and Soveriegnty in our world.

    On a church level, I hope that I am grateful to be in a church where the gospel in not compromised from the pulpit and I can teach the full counsel of Scripture to my Sunday school class without reprisal.

    On a personal level, I hope that I am much more aware of the little things that happen daily: my two year old daughter calling me to tell me that she got a treat for a success in her "long" struggle toward potty training...my one year old son walking like a robot during his second month as a member of the "upright" world...my wife calling to me to express a desire to inflict bodily harm on my children but celebrating the supernatural grace that keeps her from it...
     
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    Amen ... Jonathon !!!
     
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    I ask that you folks pray for me.

    Nobody really wants to know what this has done to me.

    But, you can see what time this post was made.

    The thoughts in my head are dangerous.

    Staying in His Presence as well as I know how, and sometimes, it ain't all that well.

    I recognize that total honesty in a public forum like this is like baring a vulnerable spot on my throat to a wolf.

    But there it is.

    I'm seething, rabid, and MMM-AAAA-DDDD.

    All the time.

    But, I keep trying to be...

    In His Steps,

    Alex Peterson
    II Corinthians 10:5
     
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    II Corinthians 10:5......"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, , and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
    Very good verse, fitting for emotional times.
     
  14. For His Name

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    Alex .... You will notice some of my post times in the past two weeks. 3:00 AM ... 2:20 AM .... 4:30 AM ... I understand what you are saying. Anger ... sometimes makes me crazy. I thought it would get better .. you know ... go away by now ... but it hasn't.

    This has effected us all. We try to talk about soda and cheese (smiling). We try to move forward. I do not want to forget Sept. 11. It has changed me for the better. I made a lot of decisions that have changed the path of my life and I thank God for that. I believe them to be his will for me.

    Alex, I see you in my mind as a strong person. You will always be in my prayers. If you ever want to talk to me please do.

    Vulnerability is a new concept for me. But, I feel it too.
     
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    How did this change me?

    When it first happened I remember I could do nothing for about 3 or 4 days. I did not even check this message board, let alone post on it. I was glued to my tv and spent much time in prayer. I prayed for the victims and thier families, for all those involved, including those who caused it.

    It really opened my eyes to a lot of things. One thing I have been praying for and still pray for is that this tragedy, will somehow lead others to Christ. For those who are hurting, for those who suddenly had to face things they wanted to forget, may they turn to God for the answers. We hear of many saying God Bless America now. Each time I hear, or read those words, I pray that someone, somewhere really meant it as they never had before.

    Now, almost a month later, I still remember and my prayer remains the same. I also have had a much stronger conviction to share the truth with others. What if it had been a loved one of mine that died that day, a loved one that didn't know Christ? I can't let time go on, can't make excuses anymore. I must try to reach as many as my loved ones as I can with gospel. The tragedy itself already opens windows of opportunities to share the gospel, for as the nation mourns, they seek hope. I just pray that I will speak boldly always from this moment on.

    How did it change me? It opened my eyes to my own self indulgences and excuses that kept me from fully serving the Lord. How will it effect me? I hope that I will continue to stand firm and follow Him always, speaking boldly the truth in love.

    ~Lorelei
     
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    I had a very hard time the first week or so. I really couldn't sort out my feelings. Pain eventually turned to anger. How could someone hate enough to kill? How could a man or group teach others to hate like that. I hate alot of things people do and believe, but it has never crossed my mind to kill them for it.
    There has only been one thing in my life that has affected me more than this, and that was the loss of my father. He was killed in a plane crash in Puerto Rico on a missionary trip coming home from South America. The hardest thing to deal with was the unknown. This is why I think it has affected me so much. The question, are they alive, did they survive? Not knowing, was killing us. It would be 5 days before the plane was found because it crased in the Yaucon Rain Forest, and there was no roads and had to be accessed by foot. These poor people in NY have no sense of closure.
    I was lost when I went thru this horrible experience. My mother was left to raise 5 kids all alone. But thank God for the church. They were there for us.
    Since this horrible deed, I have had no reserve about telling others about Jesus Christ. I have been knocking on doors and inviting people to church, sending emails and the such. We never know when the time will come, we were put here to carry out God's plan, to do His work. The Holy Spirit has given me so much strengh and boldness like never before. May we all go about God's work.
     
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    It hasn't changed me at all. In fact I was expecting some sort of tragedy to hit the U.S. A nation cannot go on offending justice before God begins little by little to remove His protection. I just didn't know what the nature of the tragedy would be or when it would happen.
     
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    Aaron, are you saying you were not effected by this? I understand you could have expected this act. Others have told me this .. both from the BB and in my "real" life. (smiling) ... Maybe you were not. It is not my intention to put words in your mouth. I was just surprised by your post.
     
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    As far as God removing his protection, no he hasn't. Tragedy's have been happening like this for years and years, I believe there were additional tragedy's stopped by the prayers of God's children when we all heard about what was happening there was so many who began to pray for safety and such and some plains were stopped from taking off and men arrested. Not to mention that the plane which was meant to crash into suspected area Camp David didn't make it that far due to several brave folks on the plan that crashed in Somerset.

    When we ask for God's protection I believe he provides it.

    Sue
     
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    Amen ..... !!!! He listens and answers!
     

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