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Hey sew, another letter-writing idea
May 30, 2005
2:45 pm
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Hi sew,

I was following the thread regarding the writing of love letters, where you had responded to InPain. I wanted to share another idea regarding writing letters and faith that I read about in "Streams in the Desert", and that has personally worked for me.

When we are heavily burdened to the point of depression or despair, we can write a letter to God. Pour out the whole situation, no matter what it is or how ridiculous it may seem to "bother" Him with. Then seal the letter in an envelope and put it away, symbolizing the "mailing" of it to Him. From that point on, consider the matter out of our hands and into His. Faith says that we don't fret about it anymore.

What is really awesome is opening the letter months and months or even years later. Many times you will see how wonderfully things worked out and wonder why you ever worried about it to begin with.

Just another suggestion, take care.

June 3, 2005
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A wonderful idea. I used to keep a journal to God (need to go back to that myself), and it was always amazing to me how many of my prayers had been answered that I had forgotten about!

June 3, 2005
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So do I. I write down my requests, goals and frustrations in my journal. The other day, I opened it, and had sneek peek. OMG, I can't believe it was may who wrote those lines. I was really cheered up, and it was like a pick me up notes.

Thanks CM for this encourage thread!

June 3, 2005
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CODA_Mom, In my support group, Celebrate Recovery, I had committed to start journaling again. Alas, I have not started on my commitment - I felt badly procrastinating until I read someone's comment that this site is like a journal that talks back *smile* I realized that God had given me a way to express some of my thoughts and feelings. I do know though, that I must go to those difficult and painful places, and the best way for me to do that is to begin again to write my letters to God. For some reason I have avoided doing so - and I guess what I'm saying is thank-you for your prompting; whether you realize it or not - I will begin. Isn't it funny though that I need a new journal to begin? A fresh, blank page to begin the road to healing....love, ~sara

June 3, 2005
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Thanks, all, for your encouraging comments. I personally don't keep a journal (though it is a wonderful idea) because I don't have much quiet time these days, so I write letters here and there.

saralynn - You go girl!

Blessings & (((Hugs))) to all!

June 4, 2005
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OOOOOps, sorry Coda_Mom, haven't had much time or energy to stay around here for long of late. Thanks for the great idea!

Writing here at AAC is another venue for getting out hose ideas, too. But I shall try your idea and see what it offers me. I do best sometimes to just "coast" and see what is brewing inside of me as well. sometimes I think we try so hard to work at things that at times we need a time of peacefulness and reflextion. Amazing what things begin to surface when we allow things to happen.

As for the other thread you mentioned, CM, I had hoped you'd step in if needed, but you being wise, now I see it was not needed. Just a bit coda at times, y' know? (smiling)

Again, Coda_Mom, and All, I have been sitting along the sidelines here, just watching and reading. Much has been going on at this address; the estate, as executrix, awaiting divorce settlemant and other junk and applying for my first mortgage, (pre approved, yeah), as well as dealing with curtaliing foreclosure dealings at the same time here. A real mixed bag, but I see the doors quietly closing and the light to my new pathway is gleaming brightly with a huge hand to lead the way that has been my guidance all along the way. I think the big guy in the sky has been ever so watchful of me. Life is good. Working is good. I am doing great!

Just wanted to share with everyone here...it can happen for the good; sometimes it takes a bit longer for some of us. 'Course, there is more life work ahead, but I'm in the rigfht direction. Why was there any doubt before? It is so much easier in the past tense, is it not?

Sew

June 4, 2005
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CODA_Mom, what an excellent idea. Personally I am learning that I do not RELY on God. I tend to put everything in front of Him...when actually I just need to go to Him and Him alone, at least this is what is true for me at this time. Writing a letter is an excellent idea I will do....and, it definitely is a "Love Letter" isn't it. My favorite song at this time is Shiela Walsh's new song, "You Raise Me Up"...an exerpt is found on her website. Plug it in at Google.com or it won't go through..."Shiela Walsh".

Sew,
again, so good to know all is going in your favor...and yes I agree, was there ever any doubt? Hang in there sweetie, you have grown so much, and have a bright future ahead of you. And, with God's help you are doing it by yourself...how awesome is that?
Be proud adn thankful.

I have learned so much from both of you,
Hugs and Blessings,
omw

June 5, 2005
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Hi sew,

So glad to learn that things are going well for now. So true that things happen for the good, even the things that are painful to deal with.

omw, the song you mentioned, "You Raise Me Up", I think that it may be the same song sung by a trio named "Selah" from Africa. The chorus goes something like:

"You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains, you raise me up to walk on stormy seas; I am strong when I am on your shoulders, sometimes I think I can almost glimpse eternity...

A beautiful song, don't know if it is the same one, but I love it also.

Blessings & (((hugs))) to you both 🙂

June 5, 2005
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Hi CODA_Mom...yes it is the the same song...and, as I was reading your words...at the exact same time, I was listening to the words by Shiela Walsh.

I too hope your week goes well with you. Apprecaite your encouragement.
Hugs and Prayers.

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