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CODA_Mom from omw
May 3, 2005
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God Bless, will keep you in prayer as well, will miss your insight, but I too do have a place here any longer.
I admire your ability to step back, and realize what is being done.
We have requested a third floor, but then again it is saying: not welcome.
Will keep you and your daughter in prayer. Thank you for all of your wise counseling, I have appreciated your Christian counseling, as truth be it is the only way to treat a whole person.

Hugs, Prayers, and God bless. omw

May 3, 2005
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word mistake, meant to say, "do not have a place here any longer".

May 3, 2005
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Oh Mom. I will truly miss your wisdom and words of encouragement. You have been a true inspiration to me when I have seen your posts. Thank you for the time you have given. It has not gone unnoticed.

God Bless You and may he be with you wherever you land.

May 4, 2005
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CoDA mom,

I wish you would reconsider. Please know that you have helped me and others on this site with your compassion and empathy.

You will be sorely missed. Please pray about your decision, okay? It may be that God, oops, your higher power, has a plan for you to stay on this site? 😀

love,

bonita (((((((((((Hugs))))))))))))

May 4, 2005
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c-mom, omw, all of you...

Please reconsider...all of you have been such a joy to me in the past few weeks, and such a tremendous help. Sometimes the challenge of being a "helper of the higher power" is easy to walk away from. We aren't being stripped of anything. I believe it is out of respect to others. Please, with love and peace, reconsider.

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May 4, 2005
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Mom-you gotta reconsider.

More good can be done working from inside than from outside the system.

You have helped hundreds of people here, you are making as big a mistake as this site has made.

I think these people mean well, just a bit off target. And they haven't XXed out religious statements all together. (I know, don't say it, I know your argument. I respect that, but I'd also respect your hanging in there and being a part of changing this site rather than fleeing it.)

Besides, you are like an Elder Statesman of the site. You've read some of the responses to some posts, sometimes these folks are really out there in left field. I mean, out there where the buses don't run. Really short a load of groceries! Leadership. You leave and it will be like the inmates running the asylum.

Coda, you are the cat's pjs. No matter where you go, I'll remember you as being a part of one of the better events of my life. You were there when I found my voice, my errors and took back my life.

Pretty hard to forget ya, girl. Love and thanks always.
LouWho

Someday, I wanna grow up and be just like you!

May 4, 2005
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Sweet Coda_Mom,

I enjoyed so much your posts, words of wisdom and encouragement. The wise truth you have provided me with, in particular with my conflict with my sister.

I also appreciated so much the thoughtful and insightful threads you posted which helped me to think and ponder deeply.

May God bless you in all your endeavors!

(((HUGS & PRAYERS)))

May 4, 2005
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to all my brothers and sisters in Christ, may our Lord bless you in all you do.

May 4, 2005
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Thank you, but most of the help I offer is God given, from inside. It would be like not offering anything at all, and for some reason, those who do NOT understand this, are making judgements, and labeling what Christians on this site beleive.

It is not fair, and is biased.

See you guys when free will will make a difference in how we beleive.

May 4, 2005
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CODA_Mom, Rasputin, OMW & others:

I understand how you are feeling. Let's not jump the gun just yet please. I'm sure there will be something worked out here. It won't continue as it is...... with "you know who" 🙂 in control how can it.

Please stay till the end of the movie. ya know?

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mamaC, well spoken...as ususual. And thanks for th reminder..I know who is in control of all of it...soryy but you know who...is God. After all ew are trying to work through this as best we can...G-O-D.
love ya,
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white dove, "may the lord bless you in all that you do" I do not need you to pray for me. In fact, I resent it. Keep your religious prayers to yourself.

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kathygy:

Why pick on WhiteDove. She was giving a warm felt sentiment.

A prayer has a beginning of "Father in Heaven" or something similar and ends with "In Jesus Name" or similar.

I think it's not very nice of you to jump from thread to thread saying hateful things. Are you trying to keep the fire burning???

I have respected your opinions, but when you deliberately attack as you have at the end of each thread then you are hurting SC and her efforts. Shame on you!!

I agree w/ Artist also. If the thread has Prayer, Bible, or God in the headline then why are you bothering to view them if they are the threads you are complaining about? Doesn't make any sense to me.

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Hey guys (you too, SC ;),

I know that I told you, SC, that I would not post anymore, please let me retract that for just this one last time...I owe it to some very special people, please bear with me.

This may be difficult for some to understand, but the issue for me has to do with identity. Okay, just a brief "psych" lesson here. Our identity is who we are, what we choose to believe, the spring from which our motivations and behaviors flow. It drives us to choose some things over others, determines whether we look up or down and gives us meaning, whether that of value or not.

If someone were to ask me, "who are you?" I would, without thinking twice, say that I am first and foremost a child of God, through Christ Jesus. My identity is in Him. I surrendered my life to Him 25 years ago and cannot live, or move or have my being outside of His wonderful presence.
Any help, any encouragement, any love anyone has received from me is because of Him.

I cannot remain on this site and offer suffering people empty platitudes or suggestions on how to take revenge. I cannot offer them bandaids when they need healing that touches the marrow of their souls.

To be totally honest, kathgy, and I want you to know the truth here. When folks here have said they were helped the most was not when I quoted Bible verses, but when I used Biblical principles...the words in action. They are, in my opinion, the keys to complete healing. (Boy, now I am probably really in trouble now)

For some special folks:

OMW - You are truly a dear friend, hang tough, sister 🙂

mamac - your post made me cry...you are truly an example of someone giving a drink to a thirsty soul.

bonita - Ola -- I got my first hug from you on this site. I also have very deep respect for you as a Catholic, I also know you "guys" are not strangers to persecution. Thank you for also accepting us "non-Catholics", and

(((((((((HUGS))))))))))

Rasputin - LOL "The sweet person with the evil name" I love you!!!

LouWho - LOL, The cat's PJ's??? LOL, girl you are soooo funny. You da bomb, Lou!!! I know this site can use you, you need to stay here.

Goodness, this will get too long if I don't stop soon --- Please, please all of you, keep an eye on Randomwoman2, shatteredheart, exoticflower and ever_glow (that he picks the right girl 😉

AW - keep 'em laughing

WD - Thank you so much for your kind words. You have helped so many here with your wisdom and caring. I know it is hard for you to accept compliments, I have the same problem, but how are you going to know if you're making a difference unless we tell ya? 😉

Sorry to be so long-winded and to take up a lot of your memory here, SC. Thanks for letting me say my good-byes.

I may go ahead and check out the site that Angel4U mentioned (thanks, Angel), but for now I don't have the heart to.

Blessings & hugs all,

CM

P.S. SD and lollipop, I'm still praying that your ex's are shipped to Iraq

OHHH, I forgot, Ran'ai -- thanks for the laughs.

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love you too, will miss you. I too plan to check out the other website, just finishing up here, checking on Cuthul and some others. Glad you stopped in, you will be missed on this website for many, as well as your wisdom, and unconditional acceptance. I on the other hand expressed my anger about the subject at hand...some things I cannot stand by and be nice. But when all is said and done, I have also learned to appreciate many here as well.
Hugs,& prayers,
omw/S

May 4, 2005
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CODA_MOM

I guess I dont see the SC asking you to stop anything you hve been doing. Maybe she asked us not to do something that you were wanting to do and planning on doing in the future, but I dont see how the SC's guideline would make you need to change your behavior here at all.

The site is All About COUNSELING after all, and that is the perspective I have seen you offering--so I dont see where you get the thing about platitudes. It's like you said, what you have been doing is employing principles, not PREACHING.

I am completely mystified by your reaction.

May 5, 2005
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CodaMom,

I know I haven't been posting much of late, but have been here daily reading. Right now I am completely over whelmed in trying to play catch up with all that has transpired here, but al quite taken back of you and many others jumping ship before anyone has figured out if the ship is goiong to sink or float.

I wish you would reconsider your thoughts and actions until things simmer down a bit and see what the future holds here. You are a strong asset here and a very special person that I would be very disappointed as well as many others should you disappear from here!!!!

At least stay until the movie is over; there is much going on right now that seems to me many questions are being brought up here with many possibilities of some kind of resolution.

I don't believe I have seen you 'preaching' or saying anything that is questionable here. In fact, right now I am not sure what the question here is all about, so perhaps I should just leave the rest for later. Please do reconsider to stay on. Your help and wisdom and charm is vitally needed here!!!!!

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Hey guys,

It is difficult to explain, and no, WD, I did not have any future plans for an "all-out assault" on the "resident heathen" (just joking, please don't anyone report me 😉

I cannot counsel with suffering individuals without incorporating my faith, and that may include using Bible verses, IF the person is a Christian...bottom line. If this were allowed, I would stay; there is simply no other way that I could counsel with them.

If there were a Catholic individual were struggling, they would go to confession. If a Native American was having spiritual problems, they would visit their shamman. I'm not sure what Buddists would do, perhaps you could help me here, but they would seek healing according to their faith.

The point is that, yes, I will use what I know to help all folks to the best of my ability and personal principles (ethically), but there are times when Christians need to hear certain verses to give them strength. Granted, not all Christians appreciate hearing them at all times, but the majority do.

I am saddened that Christian practices (Bible-reading, quoting verses) have been viciously (strong word, yes, need to call it what it is) attacked on this site and SC has let it be so. I am also saddened that many have been put on the defense and have attacked back.

I wanted to ask Christians here to use their anger in other ways (cry, clean house, run, bake, etc.). You have a hope and a promise, others do not have that and are looking for it. Remember who is really being attacked here, whose battle it is.

Thank you, all, for your kind words. I have to say again that I cannot compromise my beliefs and not use verses from time to time for hurting Christians. Don't think for a minute that this is not painful for me, it hurts like h***, but covering up my convictions would hurt even more.

Blessings (meant as a saying of peace and care),

CM

May 5, 2005
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mama,

I feel that you are judging me and I do not appreciate that. I don't mean to be hateful. I just feel very passionate about this issue and maybe my passion is coming out the wrong way. But I feel that people don't want to consider my point of view but they want me to consider theirs. You have no right to say 'shame on you' to me. I don't accept that. I feel that I have done nothing wrong but express my truth. I have the right to read any thread I choose. And I am reading all of the threads on the new guidelines as I am very interested in what people have to say.

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kathyg,
It is okay. Yes, some are judging you...unfair to you, and I will not name them.
Just drop this now, it isn't necessary to prove yourself to anyone, right? You beleive what you believe, and that is ok. It is the same thing as what I used to tell my boys when they were little, "If I tell you that I want you do something differently, it does not mean your are bad, etc."

Just because someone is critical of your expressions of you beleifs, does not mean you are not being accepted, although I will admit some have gone that far.

You have been heard, I certainly do not judge you for your beleifs, and I hope you do not judge me for mine. You have much to say on these threads, so just remember that, and move forward with your talents, and leave those who continue to badger you, and who try to make you feel badly...leave them in the dust.

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