I am certainly in a very different place than I was a year ago. Oh my....how different.
I usually set a few goals (only to have them fall aside pretty early.
Yesterday I watched Harry Potter (the first one) for the first time. Harry was looking into that mirror, in which he saw his parents (who had been killed when he was a baby)
The headmaster came up behind him and told him that men had wasted their lives staring into that mirror...gone mad even. It showed their deepest desires.
"It will not do to dwell on the dream...and forget to live"
My goal for this coming year is to not forget to live. I'm not going to wait around for life to change for me...I could waste my life waiting for that change.
I've signed up for 2 classes (the Philosophy of Religion and Orientation to Deafness) - both are book classes, not art classes so I think I'll be good.
See an academic counselor about transferring my credits to Grand Valley.
Be outdoors more, enjoy creation.
Cut my blogroll down and spend less time on line
Remember my books and crafts
Enjoy the life that God has for me right now.
When the kids lived here the living room was "theirs" - they watched tv and played video games and if what they were watching didn't appeal to me (most of the time) I stayed in my office or bedroom and watched tv there or played on the computer.
Now...the whole house is mine and I'm going to use it. I changed the furniture around in the living room, got a new reading lamp and (darn it) I'm going to enjoy my house. I'm going to learn how to use the DVD player on the big TV.
I'm going to read in my big comfy couch.
Above all...I need to shake this depression that grips me...the loss. Stagnation sucks - depression sucks worse.
13- How important is corporate worship? Other participation in church life?
I believe that corporate worship is essential. I'm at Monroe because of the worship - I came to the conclusion that I can get good teaching on-line. In the local congregation, I'd rather have good worship than good teaching.
14- How important is it to be part of a small accountability/support group?
It may be different for men's groups than for women's groups. Women's accountability groups don't work.
I have been in an accountability group that was created for diet (think Weigh Down, only that that). We talked about sinful eating habits, why we ate the way we did and other habits that were not fruits of the Spirit.
Important? It may very well depend on the stage of life you're in and what your specific issues are.
At this time, I do not have a church membership. I attend a Christian Reformed Church that I'm fairly comfortable at, who will let me work in the limited number of ministries that they have - and the music worship is all I could hope for.
I do not have a membership because I'm complementarian and this church has a co-pastorship that is a husband and wife team. I do not feel comfortable at this time, taking an official membership in a church that I disagree with on a core doctrine.
I have visited many churches and this is the one that I like - other than this one issue. In the fall, I plan to talk to the pastors about the issue. My pledge will be that I will not undermine Pastor Amy and that I will not be the one to bring up the issue with another congregant. If they can live with that, I can live with membership there.
12- * Discover how you form your views. What is the reasoning-believing process? How do you handle the Bible?
I'm Reformed. Sola Scriptura...and "come, let us reason". Part of the "reasoning" is digging through both sides of the issue and discovering which side has not only the best "pro", but the fewest weak points.
I have radically changed views at least once in my life, leaving a Nazarene Church for a Reformed Church. This was done after two years of studying and debate and not done lightly. I've never looked back.
That's a simple question, easy answer...and it can feel loaded. We've established that "single" is a requirement, not we get to the "why"? (For an idea of how I feel about the issue, read Jay Adams' "Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible" - it's all about forgiveness and restoration)
I am a widow. I was married for 23 years and following that was in a relationship for nearly 8 years.
6 - how have you changed and what have you learned in that “single, divorced, widowed” process?
I've learned that there are many reasons to be single. I've learned through much study that divorce is not a "deal breaker" and I will not attend any church that believes that it is.
3 - Does "LTR" mean "long term relationship" or "life time relationship"?
I don't know how to give my love for just a little while. I'll be looking for "til death do us part".
4 - define "faithful"
Faithful means: When I think of love, I only think of one person. I'm not interested in finding more than what I have.
One person's heart belongs entirely to the other.
If you have a history of a pattern of the things below, please examine yourself carefully. A man once told me "there are men who have cheated...and then there are cheaters". You should know which one you are before you make another person love you.
No "looking" with the intent of finding a new relationship.
no public profiles with "looking for..." in therm
no flirts, on list or not
no behind the scene chatting.
no having coffee
no browsing profiles
no dating on the side
no movies, dinners, shopping expeditions.
no physical contact (kisses, long hugs on the couch, "sexual" activity, and (of course) the biggie...don't have sex with another person.
These are all physical things that reflect the heart. If your heart is not committed to faithfulness, don't bother me.
I don't have a problem with female "friends" on forums, but I would not have a problem with my "other" screening male friends for me (meaning "friending" them before I approve them) and it would be nice if that went both ways.
I know that I intend to be a woman of integrity, both as part of a couple and as a single woman looking. My commitment is that I will not "friend" a man without having his woman on board with it first.
As a woman on integrity, I intend to ask if a man is free of entanglements BEFORE any chatting takes place.
Faithfulness is a hard limit...If you won't commit to that with me, leave now.