When Things Get Worse

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  1. Alex says:

    Hang in there Michael.

    While none of us are getting off this rock alive, you can have peace and strength even in the middle of a big ol’ pile of b.s.

    You know what I’m going through. I know what you’re going through. And even as difficult as we’ve got it…I have friends who have faced and overcome even worse.

    Win today. One day at a time my brother. Fight to the end and leave this planet having left it all on the field.

  2. Michael says:

    Amen, Alex.
    Thank you and bless you as you go through your trial.

  3. Alex says:

    “Thank you and bless you as you go through your trial.”

    Thanks Michael.

    God must want me to be ‘the’ toughest and most mentally strong human on the planet LOL.

    I’ll figure it out and overcome it all, I always do.

  4. Alex says:

    …and if that doesn’t work out, I can always blame Scientology or Global Warming…or maybe George Bush.

  5. Ixtlan says:

    Praying for Michael and Alex this morning.

  6. Michael says:

    Thank you, Ixtlan.

  7. Alex says:

    Does God really move the pieces around the board based on prayer?

    Bible seems to say he does and then seems to say he doesn’t.

    The example in real life? Random. It’s a crap shoot. Nothing consistent or correlative.

  8. Alex says:

    Kingdom of heaven is largely “within” as Jesus said.

    Your mindset.

    Praying is fine if it influences and strengthens your mindset.

    You can pray for deliverance….and the dude may still saw your head off with a knife, but if your mindset is strong and at peace then he has simply punched your ticket off this rock and into the next as it was probably determined to be.

  9. Ixtlan says:

    “Does God really move the pieces around the board based on prayer?”

    I hope so. My experience tells me yes, sometimes He does. Irregardless, I believe God wants me to pray, and so I do. I do so with the expectation that God will move, provide, comfort, protect, rebuke, and encourage.

  10. Alex says:

    I pray too, all the time, in fact “without ceasing”…I believe “God” is informing your Mind/Reason/Intellect/Conscience at all times.

  11. Alex says:

    What I don’t believe is that you can pray for your favorite sports team to win and when they do b/c “God!”

    I also think that it’s a coin toss as to whether you dodge a bullet in health or whatever when you pray for the outcome you want.

    I think the prayer you can count on a positive answer with are prayers for the mindset and strength do deal with whatever is determined to be in your Journey.

  12. Alex says:

    This existence feels like it’s a big giant test.

    It also feels like much of it is determined.

    Our flesh is bound by Determinism, Natural Physical Law etc.

    It is our Minds/Soul/Conscience/Reason that has “free will”

    …convinced of that more than ever.

  13. Alex says:

    I think there’s a lot of Truth in this verse. It’s about mindset, not the outcome of your particular circumstance. We humans seem to focus on the desired outcome all the time.

    “12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

  14. Alex says:

    So, in closing…

    Basically, suck it up buttercup. I promise things will get worse, you aren’t getting off this rock alive, none of us are.

    Many have it far worse than we do.

    Pray for strength, resolve, contentment, peace and don’t sweat the outcomes. Let the chips fall where they may.

    Peace. Out.

    (Drops mic, walks off 🙂 )

    Love you man. I can’t promise things will be “fine”…I can promise “God” will give you the strength to deal with it.

  15. Nonnie says:

    I’ve always hoped and prayed for truth, healing and reconciliation for you and your family, Alex. Continuing to pray for that.

  16. Ixtlan says:

    “I can’t promise things will be “fine”…I can promise “God” will give you the strength to deal with it.”

    Yep. Press on.

  17. Michael says:

    Much love and prayer to you too, Alex.
    We have many readers who are hurting as well and this is a way to redeem the pain by encouraging them as well.
    God will make a way…

  18. Alex says:

    Thanks Nonnie, Xtlan, Michael.

    Nonnie said, “I’ve always hoped and prayed for truth”

    The “truth”…more a function of what you can prove it seems, than what the truth actually happens to be.

  19. Paige says:

    I’m sorry Michael….. adding prayers.

    Amen….the Sovereignty of God. Our Hope.

    Faith matters.

  20. Josh the Baptist says:

    Michael, I don’t know what’s going on, but I am praying for the situation.

    Alex, case-wise you will be fine. I am sure this feels like a huge personal betrayal though, and for that I am sorry. Praying you continue to find God through all the mess.

  21. Alex says:

    Thanks Josh. It is a huge betrayal, but not worse than being betrayed by my own parents and own pastor when push came to shove regarding dealing with things in a biblical manner.

  22. Alex says:

    I want the truth. Always have.

    Whatever the truth is, is.

  23. Josh the Baptist says:

    I’m sure those betrayals were horrific. At least with him, you know the dysfunction that he came from. It doesn’t take the hurt away, but it sorta makes sense.

    Keep going for the truth. The truth will never let you down, never has a reason to hide. If the truth is on your side, who can be against you? You got this.

  24. Alex says:

    Thanks Josh, much appreciated.

  25. Jtk says:

    Let it be as Michael has said….whatever manner He will bring it to pass

  26. Paige says:

    Alex, I am so sorry. It’s such a kick in the gut. Praying for you…..

  27. Josh the Baptist says:

    Perhaps Calvin was a Jonahist 🙂

  28. Em says:

    FWIW – Alex, trust your lawyers now and it might be worth some research on false memory theory – not exactly rock solid science

  29. Em says:

    never found much comfort in the thought that others have it worse than i do … lol

    as a child, i had a small appetite (that changed) and i’d be told to clean up my plate: “think of the poor starving children in Europe” (end of WW2)… i could not figure out how MY eating was going to help them

    Michael is always in my prayers – does God know what a lift it would give us all, if he could have a good report?

    that said, God just doesn’t see things the way we do, does he? – i think platitudes may just insult Him a bit – dunno
    praying for the mind which was is Christ to be in us – Phillippians 2

  30. Babylon's Dread says:

    By definition a theist believes in a sovereign God.

    It is how that works out in your understanding of the universe that makes you a Calvinist.

    Lapsed Calvinist Dread

  31. Michael says:

    My only hope is that God is sovereign and my enemies and circumstances are not. He’s working all things together…for my good and His glory.

  32. mike quesada says:

    Sweet word, Michael.
    Huge monster blessings to you and your family.
    -mq

  33. Francisco says:

    Great word Michael. Will keep you and family in prayer.

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