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#77063 - 03/20/04 07:57 PM Spiritual Passages that help you?
LostandTroubled Offline
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Registered: 03/20/04
Posts: 29
Are there any spiritual passages that help you like from the Bible or even just famous quotes of people that sound spiritual.

Recently my father reminded me of one - he used to say it to me when I was little and it really gave me some comfort now when I'm dealing with pretty difficult stuff. I'm sure many of you know it - Psalm 23.

I'm going to post it here though - hopefully it'll give hope and comfort to others.

"The Lord is my shepard, I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness of His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

I think that's a beautiful passage. I'd like to hear of any that comfort you when you're down. It doesn't have to be from the Bible either, anything that might cheer up someone and give encouragement if they read this thread.

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#77064 - 03/22/04 05:22 PM Re: Spiritual Passages that help you?
SeeingMe Offline
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Registered: 03/18/04
Posts: 60
Loc: USA
Hi,

There is a book I like very much. It is called "God's Psychiatry" I do not remember the author's last name but think his first name is Charles. Among other things, he explains why Psalm 23 is so meaningful.

He also goes through the 10 commandments. I especially remember the 5th commandment "Thou shall not kill." He explains that even words, and actions short of taking a life, can be a violation against this commandment.

I cannot remember the specific passage but I keep reminding myself the words that call me a child of God and how he forgives constantly. SA is such a horrific violation against His children. He created us in His image and NOTHING that these people did can take that away.

Take good care. I believe you are more precious to HIM than ever.

God bless and may His peace be with you.

SM.

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#77065 - 03/22/04 05:50 PM Re: Spiritual Passages that help you?
Yves Offline
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Registered: 11/26/03
Posts: 93
Loc: Canada
Do not be afriad, I am with you.
I am your God, let nothing terrify you.
I will help you, and make you strong,
I will protect you, and save you.

Isaiah 41:10

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#77066 - 03/22/04 06:11 PM Re: Spiritual Passages that help you?
crisispoint Offline
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Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 2154
Loc: Massachusetts
Nao,

One that comes to mind many times is Jesus' commandment to his deciples: "Verily, to you I give a new commandment - love one another, as I have loved you. Forgive one another, as I have forgiven you."

Both are very hard for me, but I'm learning to do the first one - and apply it to myself as well as to others. And the second, well, I'm a person who holds a grudge for a long time, so there are others I won't forgive, but I'm learning to forgive myself.

And there's a Catholic hymn, based on the Isaiah passage quoted by Yves, that gives me hope and strength:

Be Not Afraid

If you cross the barren desert, you will not die of thirst.
If you're tossed upon the violent seas, you shall never drown.
If you stand before the gates of Hell and death is by your side,
I shall be with you for always.

Be not afraid, I go before you always!
Come follow Me, and I shall give you rest.

Something I try to keep in mind, even when God and I don't see eye to eye! \:D

Peace and love, Nao, and be not afraid for He is always with you.

Scot

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#77067 - 03/22/04 08:28 PM Re: Spiritual Passages that help you?
Yves Offline
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Registered: 11/26/03
Posts: 93
Loc: Canada
I wanted to add one more item.

This is a line from the movie "The Stand" by Stephen King. One fellow who was asked by another if he believed in God answered no, he did not. The other fellow then says, "You may not believe in him... but He believes in you".

That comes back to haunt me sometimes when I'm feeling low.

~Yves

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#77068 - 03/23/04 12:36 PM Re: Spiritual Passages that help you?
Brayton Offline
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Registered: 10/21/03
Posts: 696
Loc: Minneapolis
I like hearing that the meek will inherit the earth.

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#77069 - 03/23/04 09:45 PM Re: Spiritual Passages that help you?
LostandTroubled Offline
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Registered: 03/20/04
Posts: 29
Here's a quote from an anime - it's a mother talking to her son. I think it's inspriational.

"Don't worry.
All living things have the ability to return to their original form... and the heart to go on living.
Anywhere can be heaven as long as you have the will to live.
After all, you're alive... and you can find the chance to achieve happiness anywhere." - Yui Ikari

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#77070 - 03/24/04 01:14 AM Re: Spiritual Passages that help you?
wrangler Offline
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Registered: 09/06/03
Posts: 84
Loc: Northern Virginia
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there was one only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from anguish,
sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints,
so I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there has only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied,
“The years when you have seen only one set of footprints,
my child, is when I carried you.”

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#77071 - 03/24/04 09:21 PM Re: Spiritual Passages that help you?
BrianMiko Offline
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Registered: 03/20/04
Posts: 11
Crisispoint - Nao pointed out this thread and we saw your post. My husband is a former Catholic and was able to sing that song to Nao. \:\) It's very pretty with powerful words.

All of these are great passages and quotes. I've always liked the "Footsteps" poem. We're thinking of printing these out and putting them up in Nao's room to help him.
Michiko


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#77072 - 03/25/04 07:16 PM Re: Spiritual Passages that help you?
parttimecop Offline
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Registered: 03/05/04
Posts: 139
If you are familiar with Rich Mullins, he has some stirring words in his songs. Made all the more so by the fact that he is now in heaven. The two songs I think affect me most are Hold Me Jesus and We Are not as Strong as We Think We Are.

Another artist who has a powerful effect is Glenn Kaiser. He is a real Bluesy musician. Troubled World speaks of being out there in the world, filled with sin and shame. One line, "For he loved me so, though we'd been so estranged" strikes me each time I hear it. Another song of his is Long Way from Home.

Though I can't name the verse or quote it verbatim, there is a passage where Jesus is asked why he is asked why he is eating with tax collectors and sinners. It is not so much his reply that strikes me, as the fact that he is with those who are judged and condemned by thier society. He cares about the poor in spirit, those who have been abused by life.

I would not choose to have anybody go through what I have gone through, and I struggle with faith and grace something fierce. But Jesus is there waiting with open arms for those of us who do not feel we are worth of such love. I still don't grasp grace or other aspects of life. I stumble almost every minute along the path. But I do wish to serve my Lord, with what I have, with what I am.


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#77073 - 03/26/04 05:52 AM Re: Spiritual Passages that help you?
Dewey Offline
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Registered: 11/13/02
Posts: 140
Loc: the sunshine state
Hi guys. My first post. In the book of Matthew in chapter 18 Jesus is talking about children.In verse 6 He says" But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in and acknowledge and cleave to Me to stumble and sin [that is, who entices him or hinders him in right conduct or thought], it would be better [more expedient and profitable or advantageous] for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be sunk in the depth of the sea." [amplified version] I don't have to drag that weight around. It's on his shoulders [my 7th grade counselor's]. I'm free of it. Free to become all I ever was intended to be. I pray that my s/a truly asks God to forgive him. Because it's not going to be pretty if he doesn't. Hope this helps. Dan

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#77074 - 03/26/04 06:02 AM Re: Spiritual Passages that help you?
Dewey Offline
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Registered: 11/13/02
Posts: 140
Loc: the sunshine state
I didn't mean to imply that it was as though someone waved a magic wand over me and made me all better. It is gut wrenchingly [wrenchingly?] difficult. It is a process. But thank God for the journey, all of it. Dan

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I refuse to use my past as an excuse to not have a future.
My hero Dad; Trigger warning- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi3Hyxuf5AE

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#77075 - 04/03/04 02:43 PM Re: Spiritual Passages that help you?
Rod Offline
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MaleSurvivor

Registered: 03/19/04
Posts: 10
Loc: Salt Lake City
I'm having a real problem with spirituality right now.... god and prayers were used to keep me from telling anyone about what happened to me.

So, although I'm a devout rationalist right now and cannot accept the possibility of an unseen spirit world, I DID spend some time as a southern baptist missionary, and have lots of biblical crap memorized.

Here's a quote from Isaiah, one of the most beautifully written books of the bible:

Isaiah 54:9-15 (copyright NIV press)

Quote:

"To me this is like the days of Noah,
when I swore that the waters of Noah
would never again cover the earth.

So now I have sworn not to be angry with you,
never to rebuke you again.

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of pease be removed",
says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

"O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted,
I will build you with stones of turquoise,
your foundations with sapphires.
I will make your battlements of rubies,
our gates of sparkling jewels,
and all your walls of precious stones.

All your sons will be taught by the LORD,
and great will be your children's peace."



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