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About stronggrace55

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  1. I mean I know people are going to want to know why I am 56 and single. I will tell the pastor and if anyone else asks I will just tell them I'm divorced. I don't know its sort of embarrassing.....
  2. The church is doing 21 days of fasting, which I agree with everything the pastor said about fasting. He talked about consecrating those things in our life that should be put first like our relationship with God, our family, the church, integrity, and purity. He had a bucket with each priority named on it. He used a invisible fence. if he slipped in a area or left the gate open a little bit it would allow the enemy in to effect those other areas he had consecrated. I think the illustration was done really well. I hope I explained it so others could understand. I will be going back Sunday.
  3. Some of you may recognize my name some may not. I left my wife last June and the divorce was final in November. Now she is back with her first husband. I always felt I was in the way of them getting back together...He raised her 3 now grown girls and two of them were not his. I just felt that I didn't fit in the picture and was shuffled to the back. Its over and done with now. I moved back to South Arkansas and spend my time with my 75 year old dad and my brother who is single. I am 56 years old and not established in a church....It is tough to go alone. But I know I need to get serious about getting back involved. I checked out a church this last Sunday. I loved the worship and the message....At the end of the service there were two ladies greeting near the back door, the first lady was not very friendly. she took a step back, i smiled and extended my hand anyway. she shook my hand....the second lady was friendlier and asked my name. I'm not going to volunteer that I have been divorced twice. I am done with marriage....I just cannot mentally handle a marriage relationship.
  4. I am going to have to talk to my wife and ask her about if she is going to be able to come to church next Sunday. The Pastor is expecting us to be there and I thought we would. She is still sick and has laid in bed all week.... I am thinking that she has took some days off that I am unaware of and will more than likely make them up next week. I don't want to sound mean but her priorities are not in putting GOD first. I feel like I am living in a divided house. I am already upset and angry. We are in our 50's and too old for this mess. I am sorry I needed to vent. I will talk to her tonight nicely to see if she will be working next Sunday or attending church with me....I can not even remember the last time she went to church. Maybe she has issues with the church, that is another thing I am going to ask her? I am embarrassed and humiliated and it will be tough to go to that church service. Its a big church and it has been announced all last month that they will be accepting new members in September. I am wondering if the pastor would make a exception and let us join any random service when she is able to make it...if not I just don't know anymore. I don't want to stop going. Thank you for any words of encouragement or Godly advise. SG
  5. I ask you to pray for her, that she will be drawn to church by the Holy Spirit and not give in to the flesh. I posted on this issue with her before. At the beginning of August the pastor and I talked and He wants us to join the church....So on September the 16 He is accepting new members. It is on her off day from work. I don't know or understand, I go to church by myself all the time, she is either working or always has a reason to not go and stay in bed. I'm afraid she is going to back out at the last minute. I told the pastor we would be there. I would never demand that she be there. I am not a domineering person. All I know to do is ask for prayer for her, that she will be drawn to the people of God. I believe she wants to go but her flesh is lazy I hate to say. If she doesn't like or not happy with the church then i think she would have said something by now. This really is bothering me. I am wondering if I need to have a serious talk with her and lay the cards on the table. Please pray. Thanks Richard
  6. I know several people on this site said they were interested in my book "From Recovery to Freedom." If you still are, send me a email at richardhicks50@rocketmail.com Thanks Richard
  7. Im sorry the images didnt work. if you want to delete this post, you may. Thanks!
  8. He was my light in the darkness when the night would never end I set my eyes on Jesus when the troubles would never end then I remembered the night how dark before Jesus came just before the dawn ~~~~ He arose now Jesus He is my life He arose inside me and knocked the darkness Out like a light He arose inside me as Jesus my life and now His life is my life ~~~~~~ He was crucified on a cross between two thieves and put in a tomb so that all could see a death no pardon He died on that tree but then He arose for you and me. ~~~~~~ He Arose now Jesus He is my life He arose inside me knocked the darkness Out like a light He arose inside me as Jesus my life and now His light is my life His light is now my life....
  9. IF anyone would like to read the book, contact me privately. I do not think it would be appropriate to put the link on this site.
  10. Thank you all. I talked to my pastor and He was happy for me too. Please pray that God moves by His Holy Spirit for the next move!!! Praise God I am very excited!!!
  11. I have been writing on it since 2012. Its all about my recovery and ultimate freedom from schizophrenia! I am very excited and wanted to share the news!!! IF you want more details please inbox me and I will give you the info to order, or you can click on my blog link at the bottom for more information in the "It is Finally Here!!!" blog post.
  12. I apologize, I didn't mean to cause debate or desension with my post. My intent is to inspire and encourage others through my writing. I fed led to write this post as it is in my blog and desired to share it with others. Many others had read the post without retaliation. I am a Spirit-filled believer. That doesn't make me perfect, it just means that I desire the Holy Spirit to move in my life, and to display His fruit and to mature in Who God has called me to be and not to be ruled by the flesh. Again, I deeply apologize for causing any distress.
  13. There is a daily battle we must face every day and every night for as long as we live. We must fight the flesh and not let it win, waging war between the lines of what is right, good and holy, and what is wrong, bad, and evil. By the Spirit of the Holy Living God, we have the Spirit's power within us if we are a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. He gives us the ability to say "No," and resist the urges of the flesh as we submit to the Word of God. Yet, in those weak times if we don't look to God, we will fall into sin. The devil knows our weakness and will try to put condemnation in our hearts if we cave in and gratify the flesh. He knows us all too well. We have to be vigilant of His schemes and not play in his court. You do not have to give in each time sin knocks at the door of your mind. It's really not sin to be "tempted" by the devil...temptation is not the sin and God does not tempt us with the evils of sin. It is when you let down your guard and give in to the works of the flesh. Galatians 5:19-21 says that "Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." Yes the devil tries to win us over by catering to the flesh and even to our feelings. The grace of God says we don't have to wallow in sin, but can say no. God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs(SAY NO) on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness. Titus 2:11-14 Galatians 5 22:24 says "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25 what does it mean to walk in the Spirit. Your Spirit is your sanctified, regenerated soul intertwined with the Holy Spirit....Walking in the Spirit is taking up the victory over the flesh and the devil!! It is walking it out in Your Spiritman. It is our way of escape. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. The one fruit we often don't discuss is self-control. Controlling your "self", when weak in the flesh is a fruit of the Spirit!! We need to allow the Holy Spirit to invade our way of thinking. The scriptures do say that we have the mind of Christ. well why are we allowing sin to win?? Its okay to have self control, because it is the Spirit that is willing to take you that extra miles, and its the flesh that is weak to the fiery temptations of the flesh!!! We must take the shield of faith to quench the fiery darts of the evil one. if we dont suit up in God's armor, we dont stand a chance against the devil...Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 1 Peter 1:13
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