a December to forget.

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    gobyebye
    gobyebye
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    the car dealer says make this a December to remember. but in reality this is shaping up to be a month to forget.
    i have lost two close friends this year, so it was gonna be a tough holiday.
    then the water heater busted in the building where i live. then the central heat failed.
    last Saturday night, i was walking across a local business parking lot when gunshots rang out. i heard someone yell RUN!, i didn’t know what was happening.
    i realized the gunman was between me and the front door. the only thing around was a small trash can , which i hid behind for the 5 minutes it took for the police to show up.
    the gunman shot himself rather than be taken into custody. turns out it was a crime of domestic violence between a unmarried couple. both of them died.

    the world and the church are not the same; just as the flesh and the spirit are not the same. Grace keeps me alive for reasons only God knows.
    should i celebrate Christmas or not?
    this year I will practice forgiveness of myself and others in a fallen world, as I rejoice in the salvation that is Jesus Christ.
    Merry Christmas to all.

    #126010
    Savedat33
    Savedat33
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    I say this, the spirit of evil is overpowering the world. Personally, I’ve been physically attacked everyday in the last month.

    Remember what the Lord said:

    “”Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matt. 10:34

    I am so happy (as a former cop) that you did the one thing you could do, hide. The Lord keeps His children safe.

    #126015
    Melissa
    Melissa
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    So sorry to hear those trials and especially sad about that domestic violence situation. The Lord is still good though we know. My niece shared this beautiful song today after losing her unborn son yesterday. It is a December they will never forget but with the Lord it will probably be their most closest time on earth to Him. God is with us our Emmanuel!

    It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118:8


    #126017

    sonya b1974
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    last Saturday night,i was walking across a local business parking lot when gunshots rang out. i heard someone yell RUN!, i didn’t know what was happening.
    i realized the gunman was between me and the front door. the only thing around was a small trash can , which i hid behind for the 5 minutes it took for the police to show up.

    Wow!!! You had angels around you that day! Thank God!

    the gunman shot himself rather than be taken into custody. turns out it was a crime of domestic violence between a unmarried couple. both of them died.

    How sad. 🙁

    #126018
    Regina
    Regina
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    Gobyebye, so glad that God kept you alive
    Melissa, your neice is very brave in the midst of grief to share a song with you about God’s will
    Someone dear to me is in the process of a divorce this month
    Profoundly, if only we could know God profoundly, how our perspective and strength for the day would change in the revelation of our Maker. We pray to a person-a spirit-the father of Jesus. Jesus prayed to God his Father. Jesus knows God the Father, and knew who He was talking about when He taught the disciples and others about God and the kingdom of heaven.
    God spoke with the prophets, conversation about events, feelings, judgements, encouragements and telling them of His coming salvation. This December is opportunity for remembering, for turning to the person of Jesus. He is no longer a baby. He is a grown man, risen to heaven, with His Father there. There is the Holy Spirit with us here now, God with us.
    God our Maker is real, is the source of our life and gave us His only begotten son.
    Merry Christmas, Christ the Saviour has come and he is coming back

    Ani L'Dodi V'Dodi Li
    I am my beloved's, my beloved is mine

    #126019
    Goodcheer
    Goodcheer
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    Melissa, that was beautiful. It reminded me of when my mother died a few weeks after Christmas. I don’t remember much about that December, except trying to help alleviate her pain, administering morphine and applying pain patches, listening to the baby monitor every night, living in emotional agony anticipating her death. It was so hard, and Mom and I were believers! How much worse it would have been without Jesus.

    When the next Christmas rolled around, I really didn’t want to celebrate or even observe it, I wanted to forget the whole month of December. But an old friend remembered how much my family had enjoyed Christmas before that sad one. So I came home from work one evening shortly before Christmas eve, and he had put up a tree and decorated it (he was a good friend with access to the house). He said that is what Mom would have wanted, and besides that, it was really hard putting all those lights in the tree, so we better celebrate Christmas!

    I think that it’s important for each of us to listen to Jesus about whether or not to celebrate. He’ll let you know what to do, either way. I’m grateful every day that Jesus was born.

    It’s important to remember to pray for those that find this time of year painful. I heard somewhere that a large amount of marriages break up at the end of November and beginning of December. And Savedat33 comments reminds me to pray for cops and their families. It’s been an especially dangerous year for them.

    Like gobyebye, I wonder sometimes why I’m still here. Well, I can’t do much, but I can certainly pray for people, and I can certainly praise God, so maybe that’s why I’m still here. God knows I’d rather be “upstairs” with Him, but being here is what He has given me and that makes my life an awesome gift!

    Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.


    #126269
    gobyebye
    gobyebye
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    so now i am suffering PTSD. after 12 nights of bad dreams and bad sleep, I finally got one good night of sleep.
    I am very alone this Christmas. more so than I have been in over 30 years. but I have been this alone before at Christmas.
    I already know the answer before I ask God the question. I was put through this because God willed there be a witness from amongst the created.
    Lord Jesus came in the flesh. He saw. And He died on a cross for our sins.
    This Christmas I will pick up my cross and follow;
    while my heart and spirit rejoice in the Joyeux Noel.
    Merry Christmas to all.
    Maranatha!

    #126270
    Sweetbriar
    Sweetbriar
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    Well, I can’t do much, but I can certainly pray for people, and I can certainly praise God, so maybe that’s why I’m still here. God knows I’d rather be “upstairs” with Him, but being here is what He has given me and that makes my life an awesome gift!

    Thank you, Goodcheer — you just summarized my life!

    I don’t always have time to get on the forum here, but I love praying for you all!
    Praying this morning for each one here on RITAN — lurkers and all — the Light of the world is JESUS!

    #126272
    David R
    David R
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    This Christmas I will pick up my cross and follow;
    while my heart and spirit rejoice in the Joyeux Noel.
    Merry Christmas to all.
    Maranatha!

    Thank you for that witness! For each of us, hope is mixed with tragedy. It was for Christ, also:

    Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

    We sometimes prematurely judge our own stories to be either happy or sad. I say it is premature because our stories are ongoing. For us who trust in Christ, there is an ultimate triumph in knowing we are a part of His story, and He never fails.

    My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
    my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:2


    #126273

    sonya b1974
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    so now i am suffering PTSD.

    Oh no! Prayers are going up! I hope you are going to get help for it. You are not alone! Heavenly Father is there! Always turn to him. He loves you and always will! *BEARHUGS*

    #126274

    waragoodwarfare
    Participant

    Hi,

    Keep looking up.
    He is coming very soon.

    Dave

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