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Subject: My Bible Study and a Personal Goal
Date Posted: 6/8/2008 2:23 AM ET
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I've had somewhat of an epiphany, while doing my Bible study (Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent by Beth Moore).  There's a daily study that I do, and yesterday's really hit home for me.  I enjoy the PBS forums, but it seems like lately, everwhere I turn there's yuckiness that drags me down.  I've thought to spend less time on the computer, but then I keep getting sucked in, because honestly, it's one of the only forms of socializing I have as a SAHM.

Anyway, the study yesterday was on Psalm 120.  The verses I particularly liked were 6-7.  "Too long I have lived among those who hate peace.  I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war."  And then I really liked a paragraph written by Beth Moore:

"We may have relationships with some people who don't highly prioritize integrity, and who fight dirty, but somewhere along the way we've got to quit getting in the mud with them.  Part of making our ascent is learning to take the high road.  The process can begin by voicing to God the pain you've suffered on the low road."

So my personal goal is to start taking the high road.  If people say things I don't like, there's no reason for me to get down in the mud with them, and start flinging things back, whether in their faces or more subtly.  Why am I telling you all this?  I guess I feel like if I make my personal goal public, I'll be more accountable.     

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 8:23 AM ET
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That is an awesome goal Brenda!  Good for you!  I have not done that study by Beth Moore but was in the audience when she spoke in Raleigh, NC that the study is based on.  I LOVED that weekend & can't wait until I can take the study!  Its not easy taking the high road all the time & it is a moment to moment decision but you are right...why fling mud back, it doesn't get us anywhere & what kind of witness is that!?!

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 10:33 AM ET
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"So my personal goal is to start taking the high road.  If people say things I don't like, there's no reason for me to get down in the mud with them, and start flinging things back, whether in their faces or more subtly."

 

I agree!  Good for you.  :)

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 11:43 AM ET
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Brenda,  this has been on my heart for weeks.   I feel as if I'm being lead, by God, to give up "unGodly" persons and pursuits.   Several things I've heard at church and read lately have taken me to that conclusion.   But - I find myself here daily, reading unGodly things, laughing at some of them, arguing with others.   I am working on it - or God is working on ME about it.    This has become a larger part of my life than it should be.  I am aware, but haven't done enough about it.    Thank you for another reminder.   And good luck to you.

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 2:18 PM ET
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Brenda,   Thank you for the reminder. What you wrote is so true! I try to read only those things in the forum that will give me information about PBS, for example, mailing problems. I do look at something once in a while in the others if I think I'll learn something useful or enlightening from the subject header. I just recently finished Beth Moore's Daniel study - great! This September we'll be lookining at her John's epistles study.    M'ann

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Date Posted: 6/8/2008 5:47 PM ET
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"We may have relationships with some people who don't highly prioritize integrity, and who fight dirty, but somewhere along the way we've got to quit getting in the mud with them.  Part of making our ascent is learning to take the high road.  The process can begin by voicing to God the pain you've suffered on the low road."

Brenda,  thank you very much for this.  Reading this could not have come at a better time in my life.  I find myself getting so angry at others lately and that is NOT me and not who I want to be.  I want to go back (or forward) to a time where I didn't let others get to me or push my buttons.  I HAVE to get to that place for my own sense of well being.  I know to get to that place I have to change my own reactions to things because I cannot change things or what others say or do.  I needed this right now.  Thank you.

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 6:04 PM ET
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You're welcome, Tammy!  I'm glad it was meaningful to more people than just me.  I hesitated to post, because I really didn't want to sound preachy or anything, but as I read it in my daily study, I just really felt like it was speaking to me, and that it might be helpful to others. :)

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 7:17 PM ET
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Thanks for posting this.  :)

Our pastor had a sermon a couple of weeks ago about how Satan can use being offended to drag us away from God, keep us out of church, and pretty much any other ways he can keep us away from pursuing Jesus.  It made a lot of sense, as discussions from here have been weighing heavy on my mind and heart lately, so I have been not getting on so often and limiting my topics I read.  Interesting that God is working with a few of us on this at the same time.  :)

 

 

Phooey on battles better not fought at all

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 8:25 PM ET
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You're right Brenda. I agree. I only go on about 2 or 3 subjects anymore.

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Date Posted: 6/8/2008 8:28 PM ET
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I didn't find it preachy at all---it is actually very inspiring.  I know you posted it coming from a Christian point of view, but it works for me, just as a spiritual directive to tend my soul like a garden and grow the beautiful things in it and beware of the weeds and bugs that destroy it and make it ugly.

I hope, even tho I don't self identify as a Christian anymore, that my posts are welcome here.  I will not be disrespectful to anyone's views here. 

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 9:26 PM ET
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Tammy - I can only speak for myself, of course.   But I haven't seen any indication that everyone isn't welcome here as long as like you, they are respectful.   I am glad to see that others can get inspiration from our thoughts and needs. 

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 9:45 PM ET
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Thank you for sharing, Brenda.  My group just finished the Psalms of Ascent study and I thought it was so strengthening. 

Beth listed 3 goals that she believes that God has for all of us (page 12).  The second one was "God wants to raise us to a higher plain of worship and service."  I thought this particular study really helped me focus on that goal.

What I wrote down that I thought Psalm 120 was saying to me was "Be open to God's prompting."  I think that is what you are doing.  I think that God prompts us to do and act in specific ways, but we often aren't tuned in to Him.

 

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 12:51 AM ET
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Tammy, I think anyone is welcome to post here!  The only reason I posted this here, as opposed to somewhere else is that I'm quoting the Bible and talking about Bible study.  :D  But I think we can all learn lessons from each other.  I'm all for a kinder, gentler PBS.  :)

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 7:05 AM ET
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Count me in as another person to say "Thank you for posting this".  I used to find this site a place for fun and sharing ideas and talking about books, books, and books--one of my favorite topics and would spend alot of time reading the forums and hanging out. But the atmosphere at this site has changed from friendly to confrontational.  Lately, I just skim over the topics and am more selective in the  few ones I do actually  read.  I just finished a learning cd tape set by Joyce Meyer that handles this topic well. "DEALING WITH OFFENSE".  I recommended it.

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 4:42 PM ET
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