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Grief, as a feeling or emotion, can take many forms. Most involve loss of one kind or another on a personal level such as losing a close relation or friend thru death or emotional breakup. A person also experiences grief when they lose other things that are close to them, such as when they quit smoking (they grieve the loss of cigarettes) or even after a car accident (they grieve the loss of a favored car). Grief comes into our lives in many ways and learning to recognize and appropriately deal with it allow us to become a more serene, satisfied child of God. (See: Isaiah 53:4)
In this group, we will work on learning how to recognize and deal with our own grief in different areas of life, and also learn to recognize grief in others and learn how to help them. Members input here in the group is very much welcome and the only requirement for membership is that you have a desire to learn to recognize, cope, and work thru grief that you may have or help others to do so.


GROUP LEADER The Group leader for this group is Annette McEndarfer.

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    • I am not sure about applying it to this group, but you are right about it being an opportunity Annette. It is certainly a an opportunity for evangelising the unsaved. Back in the eighties we had a curate at the church I was worshipping at who was an absolute marvel at evangelising funerals. Consequently our vicar gave him as many funerals as possible, he brought so many mourners to Christ it was unbelievable. We all thought it was great and praised God for him, but the bishop saw it a different way and said he was "Taking advantage of people when they were vulnerable," can you believe that? It is well known that more people come to faith at times of trial than at any other.
    • How exciting that many came to Christ!!!! That is some crazy thinking ... we are all vulnerable to DEATH and we better take advantage of every opportunity we can to share the gospel!!!!!
  • I've had you all on my mind and in my prayers. I don't know if it helps anyone else, but it sure makes me feel better staying busy praying for others and I am even getting better about including self in my prayers. Never leave yourself out of your prayers. Sorry if that is confusing, but if you consider it a bit, maybe it will clear.
  • How is everyone doing here?
    • Thank you for asking Annette. I'm not feeling very well at the moment .of a sinus infection, so I'm
      staying in my jammies today and bringing in the new year sleeping. I have been, depressed the last few days, however, and have been battling some pretty bad thoughts. The LORD is with me of that I am sure because I have not tried to follow through with those thoughts. So, I talk with HIM and I feel a bit better and know that as long as I hang on to the LORD this too shall pass. I am just missing those who have passed on. Thought I had that beat but it just hit me all of all of a sudden. Well, I think I'm going to go and lay down or maybe go start my sauce for stroganoff Please take care and not to worry about me, as I said earlier the LORD is here with me.
    • Hope you're over your sinus infection and feeling encouraged.
    • Terry, see this depression for what it is, an attack by one of Satan's nasty little helpers. It's sure great to talk to the Lord through these times but you need to speal directly to the bad spirit that is causing you so much pain. Remember that the good book says, "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." [James 4:7]. You need to speak with the authority, given to you by Jesus, and in His name command them to return to the pit from whence the came. That bad spirit will just keep reminding you of how it used to be, and suggest to you that what to do, which is normally to harm yourself. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and harming it would offend the Holy Spirit. You have the authority Terry, use it.
    • Derek, I am feeling much better. I sort of did what you suggested and as my mother often told me to do that had gotten away from me. I stood in the middle of the room and sternly and loudly said, "Satan get thee behind me!" It was enough for me to know that I had done what I could to help myself and the bad feelings left me. I was finally able to relax. I need to remember some of the things my momma taught me to do when I get into a "mood". Thank you so much my friend!
  • I had posted this in a widow support group I'm part of and thought someone here might be encouraged somehow by it.

    Thinking about Christmas giving and all of you who know the pain associated with missing a spouse. As much as the holiday can be hard I encourage all of us to consider the hope associated with the holiday. The REDEEMER CAME!!!!!! You and I along with all of humanity are loved so deeply that the Father sent the Son to redeem us. This life is but a vapor compared to eternity and when we know the Redeemer as our own by faith in His work on the cross and resurrection we have that eternity to look forward to.
  • Bless you my brothers and sisters. I pray you all have a good weekend and find many good things to smile at and about. Thank you all for your caring hearts for all of the rest of us. I thank the LORD above for each and every one of you.
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