A New Name

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  1. Dee
    Jul 25 - 4:50 pm

    Ha, took me a bit to understand this post fully at first, but the example/illustration on tackling the porn struggle was helpful.

    It reminds me of something my pastor said a few years ago – specifics escape me now(!), but he mentioned something about hopeful realism, and I remember going away with the understanding that yes, we struggle and sometimes life really can suck, but on the “human” side of things, we ought to be discerning to show adequate care in areas of temptation – sort of like the porn filter example you mentioned (at the time, struggling more intensely with self-injury then, I reasoned that it meant keeping sharp/dangerous things out of sight/reach, to make things a little less tempting/easy, and being in the presence of church people who would/could fill my life with a bit more gospel. Hehe. That said, although the struggle quiets a lot now, but I suspect, never fully goes away …)

    I still feel rubbish about the silliest things/find replacement things to control when life feels out of my control/other silly stuff like that, but this post was a helpful reminder to keep things in perspective :-) x

  2. Emma
    Jul 25 - 6:59 pm

    Thanks Dee – hopeful realism sounds spot on!

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  4. caroline
    Jul 30 - 1:46 pm

    “So peace with God also means war with sin – and there can be no truce.”
    I am brought back again and again to Romans 12 “…and be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” The change is not passive. He does all the work, yes, but the work is done ON US!
    He is the potter, and I the clay.
    It does not please Him to have me remain the as the lump the world left. Day after day He is making me into the likeness of His son. Pressing in up there, pulling out over here, always shaping and smoothing…
    Its a process we submit to, not an event that overtakes us.
    There is such a thing as change.
    He is faithful.
    Growth happens.
    Maturity is real.
    Testimonies are true.

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