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Remember, we are human beings, not human doings!

Inviting someone to forgive you

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“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23–24, NIV).*

Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. (Al-Anon, Step 9).

*Disclaimer: From time to time in my writing here, I’m going to be open about my difficulties with certain Bible scriptures. …

Christian Recovery

Joining the circle

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In therapy when I was younger, I worked on some feelings of being excluded. I may or may not have actually been excluded, but I had often experienced feelings of being “left out” and “not belonging.” The therapist asked me, pointedly, could I love myself enough to join the circle? So, this introduction is me loving myself enough to join the circle of Koinonia authors!

Quick background info

I am 60 years old and live in the Northeast. I grew up with an alcoholic father, a codependent mother, and a cross-addicted brother. …


I faked ’til I made it

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Or, rather, I should say “I faked it ’til He made me.”

The backstory

If you’ve been reading my articles on Medium, you know some or all of the following: I’m an adult child of an angry, emotionally abusive, alcoholic father who covertly incested me. My codependent mother left me and my brother with our father when I was 16 years old.

I’ve survived lupus, a nervous-system physical handicap (from the lupus: I’m numb from the waist down; I lost my sense of balance, and I can’t stand or walk unassisted and even then for just a few minutes), a stroke (lupus-related)…

God doesn't send" people to hell. People send themselves to hell by their choices and actions.

It seems Medium is closing a number of publications., includingI PS: I Love You and now this one. You will grieve; your contacts here will sift themselves into friendships beyond the publication; and you and your tribe will morph as you find a new muse to prompt your writing :-) (((Hugs)))

All I can say is, "wow." You described me EXACTLY! I'll be more prone now to think of interrupions as holy opportunities. Now I just have to think of a way to mark my place when I stop my work when my "appointment" arrives :-)

Well . . . mind blown. I have been praying for many, many years to be healed of a significant physical handicap and have never thought about my prayer in the framework you offer in this story. I'm still not sure how you're using the word "substance" here, but I've reread your article twice now and will keep rereading it until I understand. I belive God sent me a preminatory dream many years ago as an answer to my plea and I feel that this dream is now unfolding into reality, like I'm slowly growing into His promise. So perhaps He has already answered me and I just have to keep praying out of the substance of His answer.

You wrote: ". . . we have failed to learn to steward God’s presence"

I've never come across the concept of stewarding God's presence and will be researching it! TY.

Excellent Medium story. I had to refrain from highlighting the entire story :-)

Asil Fenn

Recovering adult child of an alcoholic; introverted, God-loving, creatively weird human being

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