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Re: Mental Illnesses and Faith Communities judy1

Posted by 2sense on June 3, 2002, at 5:07:38

In reply to Re: Mental Illnesses and Faith Communities 2sense, posted by judy1 on June 2, 2002, at 22:04:14

Thanks, and I really mean it. I had a long talk with the pastor (who called since I was having a heart thing done which has to be done again in 6 weeks) and the conversation lead to June Hunt's series/book(s) on "Hope for the Healing Heart", a book that is small but spells it out to a "T"; as well as the churches roll. This isn't a church I wanted to join it is a Presby USA and I grew up Evangelical Free, but he wanted to go, join and tithe. When I went to the pastor and elders (and their elders are both men and women but aside from that they aren't chosen because their own homes are in order and have committed to spend N years or whatever being surrogoate pastors so to speak. The pastor is just not someone who I believe, perhaps it is this particular church, whatever -- who one can sit and talk to intellectually from a theological point of view. I have found, I do not want to sound critical, that his sermons were appetizers to the meals I anticipated to ponder, and read and pray about and apply to my life throughout the week. It was the constant and continual gossip that drove me from the church.

Thank you -- please pray that the discernment I am asking for I will recieve -- that God, if it is His will and for His glory -- will quickly help us find a christ-centered counselor who is strong and will not, as so many have, just let my husband slide on everything.

Question: when it is obvious a husband is not walking under the Lord -- his fruit and abuse, etc. Does one say nothing, say anything, just pray .... he feels I am highly critical, perhaps I will again go to the Lord and ask him about this specific aspect of my personality -- I have stopped doing so much since moving to W. PA, and staying home fulltime (and that is when the change really started -- I wasn't making money and I wasn't ill and then those two things happened and the control was his to abuse) -- because anything I do he has to take over because I am not doing it right (ex. planting a garden).

In Christ,





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