Quotes from Readers I Don’t Want to Forget

Brad contributed the word “shehad” which sounds a lot like “jihad:”

It sounds like what you’re characterizing as the “modesty men” of Christendom is about the same as we hear from the fundamentalist Islam.

Is there such a term as “shehad” to describe the war against women in hyper-patriarchal cultures?

2 thoughts on “Quotes from Readers I Don’t Want to Forget”

  1. From Amos:


    Thank you for praying.

    And like you…
    “I have had many dark nights of the soul. It is a tough region to navigate.”

    Seemingly Paralyzed with doubts, and shame, and fears… All I could do or navigate was… One day at a time… One hour at a time… One minute at a time…

    One NOW at a time…

    Isa 43:19
    Behold, I will do a new thing; “NOW” it shall spring forth;
    shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness,
    and rivers in the desert.

    Sometimes when I complained, Jesus would ask…
    How are you doing NOW?

    In the darkness of my mind…
    I was spending much time in the past – Angry – Depressed…
    Re-living, re-hashing, the horror stories, the lies, the pain.

    I was spending much time in the future – Fearing – Anxious…
    Thinking about, afraid of, what “could” happen.

    What if “NOW” is NOT a time word? Hour, second, these are time words.
    But – “NOW” is where God is NOW – And I was missing God – NOW.
    And, “In His Presence is fullness of Joy” and His Presence is only “NOW.”

    Lord, Help, the insurance, the rent, whatever, is due in two weeks.
    And sometimes I would hear – “How are you doing NOW?”
    Well, NOW, today, I’m okay, but, but…

    Lord, Help, they lied about me in court, shamed me, I want to make it right.
    And sometimes I would hear – “How are you doing NOW?”
    Well, NOW, today, I’m okay, but, but…

    Learned, forced myself, to ask myself – How nice is NOW?

    To understand how Jesus was providing for me – NOW.
    I would write down five “NiceNOWs” each day. And the focus changed, to looking for and remembering the “NiceNOWs.” After one week I had written down 35 “NiceNOWs.” After 10 weeks I had written down 350 “NiceNOWs.” And I had Hope. And a new focus.

    1 John 2:28 – And “NOW,” little children, abide in him…

    1 John 3:2 – Beloved, “NOW” are we the sons of God…

    1 Pet 2:10
    Which in **time past** were NOT a people,
    but are “NOW” the people of God:
    which had NOT obtained mercy,
    but “NOW” have obtained mercy.

    1 Pet 2:25
    For ye were as sheep going astray; but are “NOW” returned
    unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

    How nice is NOW?


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