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I struggle so hard to hang on - to my faith, to my hopes, to my dreams, to my vision.

But holiness is more about 'letting go'.

Jesus said "Unless you become as a little child you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 8:3)  Little children go about their lives totally care free - leaving all their worries in the hands of their parents. 

I want to be as a little child and leave all my worries in the hands of my Father in Heaven.

Letting go is a hard lesson to learn.  Just when I think I understand, I'm asked to let go of something else - and the struggle begins anew.

But I understand these lessons are necessary. I have an opportunity to learn them here - in this life. And if I don't learn them here, God will allow me to complete the lessons in Purgatory.  But I would just as soon get as much as I can over with here!  When I die, I want to be done with the drudgery.  I want to spend as little time possible in Purgatory!  I want to go straight to my Jesus!!  

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Dec 18, 2010  ( 4 comments )  
Cher Leadbeater (cherjl)
I agree that it is more about letting go and who wouldn't want to live the life of a child knowing what we know now.  Sometimes I feel like I should be doing something rather than leaving it all up to GOD.  I can't seem to find that balance of when I should be doing something and when I should just stop and let go and let GOD.  As for as purgatory, now that the Catholic Church doesn't believe in it anymore, where does that leave you with your thoughts.
Sometimes, I think that this is purgatory and that we will struggle here and suffer until we are ready to give ourselvers totally to GOD our Father for our eternity
Cher Leadbeater (cherjl)
It’s actually amazing Lord
This thing we call a brain
Sometimes when we use it
It drives us so insane

We think and think
And think some more
Til we are so annoyed
we shout and shut the door

We think about what bothers us
We think of what we’ll do
We think of how er’re justified
And  believe it to be true

We think about the things we want
and how happy we will be
If Only we receive it
We know we will be free

We do it and we get it
And for what I ask
For now my brain is saying
I have another task

We are never satisfied
why is it that we think
If we could only let things go
And Never stop to blink
yekarah 12/18/10
Dee Huber (dgh118)
The Catholic Church doesn't believe in Purgatory???  Who told you that?  I've never heard that before!  I mean there may be some priests or religious who don't believe in it personally, but I can't believe the Church doesn't believe in it anymore! Although - I've heard that it's not a PLACE - but a state of being.  So with that being said, I do believe that we can do our Purgatory on earth. But in God's great mercy what we don't complete on earth, He will allow us to complete after we die.
Cher Leadbeater (cherjl)
i actually had heard that, and was a little surprised, but never really took the time to investigate.  It seems that there is hearsy going atround that there is no purgatory but the Catholic Church did not get rid of it as I was lead to believe. It is referred to as a state rather than a place but I am not really sure in this instance what that means, because if you are in a state of purgatory you still have to be some place if you are not in heaven or hell.  I guess the good news is that if you go to purgatory you still have hope that you will get to heaven
Dec 19, 2010  ( 4 comments )  
Dee Huber (dgh118)
Yeah, to me, Purgatory is where God's justice meets His mercy.  It's brilliant and I can't imagine salvation without it.

For instance, through insight that I believe came from God, I totally believe that the man who molested me was sincerely sorry and that God had forgiven him before he died.  I fully expect to see this man in heaven some day - and by the grace of God, I am totally okay with that. That's God's mercy. I praise God for that Mercy!

However, his sin against me (and anybody else he molested) has had life long implications.  I still struggle and the scars his sin gave me, block God's love from totally flowing through me and into the world. His sin still not only affects me - but in someway affects everyone I'm in a relationship with, because a part of who I am is a direct result of what he did to me. Say hello to God's justice.  Why should he automatically gain entrance into a life of eternal happiness surrounded by the Light of God - while I'm still struggling to heal from what he did to me.  After all - God loves me too.

So - MAYBE - Mr. Koester's purgatory is that he is able to witness the effects of what he did to me and his task is to pray for my healing.  My understanding is that souls in Purgatory can no longer pray for themselves - but they can pray for others.  WE can pray for the souls in Purgatory - and I actually have and still do pray for Mr. Koester's soul.

I believe that Purgatory is a state of allowing ourselves to be purged of worldly longings and self centeredness that cause sin.  It's a state of participating with God's love and focusing on becoming Holy. Some of us have this focus in our earthly lives - and others don't.  As you know trying to live a holy life isn't easy.  It requires effort and sacrifice.  If we don't put the effort into it while in our earthly bodies, seems like we have to put the effort in sometime!  Purgatory!  It's another one of God's brilliant ideas!
Cher Leadbeater (cherjl)
That is why I am going through the Theophostic Prayer Ministry.  It is a way to get past the lies that we believe about ourselves that keep us from totaly being able to love and trust God and others. It is about getting to a point that not only your head but your heart knows the truth.  For instance it seems like I am always trying to do things to make people like me or love me. It is like I believe in my heart that I have to do something to make this happen and cannot just be me.  Now in my head I know that god loves me just as I am, but in my heart I am not there yet.  I still hear things like"You will never amount to anything" or " I believe she needs a phychiatrist, she's crazy". truth is I was acting out because I did not feel the love that I needed to feel and I didn't know how to get that feeling.  I needed guidance and received criticism, so the lies kept getting stronger. Now I need to get the truth to my heart, to set me free. It is not about anything more than getting me to be at peace with the person that GOD made me to be so I can give my all to him.
Dee Huber (dgh118)
Yeah, I know exactly what you mean.  Often times, I can understand something in my head - but I have a hard time getting my heart to come on board with my thoughts!  So - what I understand to be truth - doesn't FEEL like truth! And my feelings often times dominate over my thoughts. It's really weird!

But the GOOD thing is (for us, anyway)  is that God has revealed to us that there is blockage and He needs us to work on it.  It means He trusts that we can handle the truth - about ourselves and others. He believes in us - that we can GROW through the lies and become the people He created us to be. It's a PROCESS - and I believe that's the whole idea behind purgatory.  I think it's not so much punishment for our sins. It's about sifting through the lies we've come to believe and understanding TRUTH - about ourselves and others. 

Scripture says "TRUTH will set us free."  God's right again, isn't He?  Understanding TRUTH - will set our spirits 'free' to be the people He created us to be.

God is SO SMART!!   :-)

I can't wait till we go to lunch and can talk about all this!!!

Cher Leadbeater (cherjl)
Amen and it won't be long now
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