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Visitor counter Visits since Nov. Visitor counter 1. It is as if Jesus has been building up to this story throughout the book of Luke because, just two chapters prior to the incident with the woman and the Pharisee, the Pharisees ask Him why he eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners. I recognize myself in the older brother. So here are two confessions of an older brother. First, he will never allow himself to hit rock bottom like the younger brother does.
He is too prideful. Second, he will always doubt the motives of the younger brother. His heart is full of doubt and anger Luke Notice, too, with whom the older brother is angry. He is not angry with the younger brother; he is angry with the father. The target of his anger is the very one who is pleased with him and with his dutiful devotion. The older brother so respects the ideals he learned from the father that he forgets to respect the father!
The brothers experience different sides of the father, and this is why we need one another as siblings.
We remind one another of the fullness of the Father. To those who identify with the younger brother, the Father invites you into a life of joyful service. He accepts your repentance and embraces you as His child and not a servant. Yet, the household work still must be done. To those who identify with the older brother, the Father invites you into a life of grace and generosity.
He reminds you that everything that remains is yours.
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And he begs you to forgive and live generously with your repentant brothers and sisters. She kept coming back.
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Not because she was just enjoying the encounter, but because she needed physical connection. A connection she was not getting anywhere else, although this is what she was leading people to believe. There were several occasions where I was going to give up and sign the papers. Had it not been for my MF family, I would be another D statistic right now. Where I am today, I would not have thought I'd be here about 2 months ago. I was literally a day from signing and giving in.
I woke up the next day thinking this was it. This was the end of the road for my family. I was devistated that my life was about to be over. That she cancelled the appt. She told me that she was confused, and that she doesn't know what she wants. I didn't know what to think. I had blank thoughts for the rest of that day. I was told that it just happens, but I didn't believe it. I was at a point where I thought there was nothing more I could do. I felt like I had no more fight in me, then all of a sudden, by the miracle of God, my flywheel started to spin on its own.
Which brings me to where I am today. A place I thought impossible to get to. When I explained the behaviors that my W was going through, and the actions of her ways, she was amazed at how well I described in detail, her thoughts and moves.
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She literally started to cry, and asked if I was secretly going to school for psychology. She has told me a few times that she "loves" me. She has admitted that she was wrong, and feels very remorseful about it. She understands better that it was not only me, but her as well that lead to our failing marriage.
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We are going to start listening to the MF cd's together. Things are looking alot better, and I can see my marriage being more healthy, stronger than ever.
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So no matter how hard you think it may be right now, and how much you think you'll never reach your happiness, stay positive. Think positive. Positive thought bring positive results. When your OS is tearing you down, and think, "why am I taking this abuse", know that behind all those words that sound hateful, is a person that loves you endlessly.