Posted by: celticanglican | December 16, 2018

Some Thoughts on This Category and Its Purpose

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The catalyst for me starting this blog category (which grew out of a Facebook page originally) was the loss of my veteran biological father, who struggled with PTSD and other issues during his life. There were certain things that needed to be said in regards to the struggles that many family members of veterans, as well as many others face, among them:

  • Support options for family members trying to mitigate the effects of their loved one’s emotional issues or cope with grief complicated because of their departed loved one’s issues are somewhat limited, and sometimes come with issues of their own
  • Nobody, not even the person living with PTSD themselves or unsupportive “family/friends”, can control your narrative – your struggles are unique from the struggles that your loved one faces
  • Estranged family members or ex-spouses/partners of someone who struggles with substance abuse who decided they cannot remain in the person’s life for their own mental health or safety should not be “punished” for making a tough decision
  • All support options are not a good fit for every circumstance – some are uncomfortable with in-person support, some prefer to avoid groups that don’t align with them politically or spiritually, others base their decisions on whether the group is a mix of people living with emotional health issues AND their families or families alone
  • Families can face a variety of issues that may or may not overlap with their loved one’s mental/emotional health issues – these need to be acknowledged to help the families overcome struggles unique to their situation.

I hope to be able to keep blogging about issues that will be helpful to those impacted by mental health issues, and welcome suggestions both here and on the Facebook page. Please keep the following in mind:

  • The Facebook presence for this blog is a PAGE, not a GROUP, so please bear in mind that comments posted there are public
  • This is not a military-oriented blog, it is geared towards all coping with mental/emotional health issues in theirs or a loved one’s life, so any topics will cater to a mostly civilian POV
  • A closed Facebook or Google support group may be an option at some point, please follow this blog or the Facebook page to receive news if/when this is a possibility

Content provided on this blog is only for informational purposes. The content here is not intended to be a substitute for diagnosis and treatment under a qualified, licensed mental health professional. 

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Posted by: celticanglican | December 14, 2018

Dear Fellow Crossposters – Some of You Are Hurting, Not Helping

Stop Pet Euthanasia/Beyond Crossposting

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An exchange with a fellow member of a rescue-oriented group that does discussions about shelter reform, instead of crossposting/networking, showed how there really is a right and wrong way to do crossposts.  When I posted a polite reminder not to share crossposts per group rules, this one member got combative and then proceeded to continue sharing the posts there anyway, resulting in removal from the group.

I understand that some have limited financial or other resources to help with rescue and find crossposting to be their outlet. There’s nothing wrong with that – however, crossposting is one part of a larger equation and if done wrong, actually hurts the animals that rescuers are trying to help.

Here are some things to avoid:

  • Don’t crosspost in groups that don’t allow such posts – you’ll make it harder for people trying to address the issues to find…

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Posted by: celticanglican | December 11, 2018

Please Join Teresa in Giving Thanks & a New Prayer Request

Here’s her latest update
Praise God for His ability to meet our insurance deductibles of $20K and work out payment plans with hospitals and clinics, and doctors. God is so great! Also, praise God for our insurance which paid the $100s of thousands of the rest! Appreciate your prayers for our financial rebound to God’s victory and for God’s provision of a full scholarship for Meyana to Baylor. All to His Glory!
Also, for His ability at work through us and the books specifically to aid orphans, children’s homes and foster kiddos in powerful ways. Praise Jesus! God’s got it all!  We appreciate your continued prayers and love you dearly!
Hello friends, signing in briefly on Galen’s computer. I am without a computer right now. I had a frustrating accident with my computer during an experiment in my online class and now, I have to get it fixed. Please pray for a miracle and that all is okay and no worries, a pure God help over this situation. I have all my work on there and my books….make that – God’s books! Something similar happened when I first started God Revealed…Please pray that God will overcome and fix this without any long delay or hard time. Thank you…Love you all!
Posted by: celticanglican | December 10, 2018

Please Pray for Rob

He has been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Disorder, which has few helpful remedies, please pray that he may continue to be a blessing to others for years to come

Posted by: celticanglican | December 8, 2018

Please Pray for Nikki and Her Family

Please pray for my friend Ann’s daughter, Nikki  – She’s a young woman in her 40s who just found out she has breast cancer.
Thanks so much for praying for Nikki, and for Ann, her mom, as well.
Posted by: celticanglican | December 3, 2018

Promises Made and Kept

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I don’t know about anyone else, but one of the things I can look forward to this Advent season is knowing that this mid-term election cycle is over, for the most part. Promises are always made but seldom kept. I’m most thankful that such promises made by fallen human beings are of a different nature from God’s promises throughout the readings this Advent.

Jeremiah 33:14-16 reminds us of God’s promises, which mean so much more than the empty promises based largely on fear and exclusion that politicians make just to secure another term. The promises of God are covenants, agreements that God has made with both the Jewish people and the Christian community, and these agreements are meant to last.

This theme recurs in Psalm 25:1-9, with assurance in God’s goodness and the forgiveness that we receive because of God’s care. We were never promised an easy path, nor a quick “exit plan” to avoid tribulations. I think St. Francis de Sales summed it up quite accurately:

Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in His arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same understanding Father who cares for
you today will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from suffering
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

Jesus and his followers lived in obviously troubling times that made them look to their own redemption, based on Luke 21:25-36. Although some aspects of what I like to call “pop culture” Christianity believe that Christ’s return is about Hollywood epic-style disasters, early Christians believed that it was about the full restoration of God’s creation, something we should hold fast to at all times.

Paul’s letter in 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, I think, sums up everything about how we should think and act. Will we ultimately be the face of everything that is amiss within modern Christianity, or will we be the type of Christ followers worthy of thanks? It’s our call.

Posted by: celticanglican | November 18, 2018

A Few Prayer Requests

Christ, in your mercy, hear our prayers for:

Jeanne’s husband Ed sustained very serious injuries caused by
a fall while on the job.

Marie is having on going problems with the veins in her legs  that are
quite troublesome.

Butch is also having trouble with his legs and surgery is in the future.

Harriet is also having leg problems  and awaiting a diagnosis.

Uncle Richey is having HBP problems but the doctors seem to have all
under control.

Aunt Bea is having pains in her neck and the doctors seem to have a
diagnosis for same.

Responses for all may be sent to this address

Chad, in jail awaiting a prison sentence. His wife is now seeing another man, and Chad feels a lot of remorse over not being there for his family, as a husband and a father to his two children. He recently turned back to Christ and would like a second chance at being a better man.

For 16-year-old Vincent, who has seen much violence and tragedy in his young life. Vincent’s father is in prison. Pray that he will feel God’s grace and guidance over him. May all children of prisoners feel safe to share their emotions, and know they are loved.

Posted by: celticanglican | November 15, 2018

Prayers for Gerry

Christ, in your mercy, hear our prayers for:

Gerry, having a heart catheterization and may require stents. Prayers for a good outcome and healing of his health issues welcomed.

Update: he did require a stent due to a 99% blockage

Responses may be sent here (received by a fellow parishioner who can pass them along)

Posted by: celticanglican | November 13, 2018

Prayers for Fr. David, Ryan & Their Families

Christ, in your mercy, hear our prayers for:

Ryan, a childhood leukemia and heart transplant survivor, seriously injured in a car accident, for his mom Janie and the rest of their family

Fr. David and his family, as they mourn the loss of David’s father John, please pray for the repose of John’s soul and comfort for their family.

Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Posted by: celticanglican | November 12, 2018

The Widow and Her Mite: Exemplar or Victim?

Well-done, Bishop!

That We All May Be One

Sort of wish I hadn’t agreed to preside at the Eucharist today for Elizabeth – especially after I took a look at the Gospel where Jesus tells us to: “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk about in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets!” (Mark 12)

Now, I think Jesus was talking about an attitude of mind and heart more than he was about ecclesiastical haberdashery, but you get the point. In a liturgical church like ours, we have to always keep in mind that “uniforms” like vestments and clerical collars are about designating functions and roles – NOT about spiritual superiority or oppressive hierarchy. But we must always be vigilant to assure that one does not turn into the other — Because they certainly have throughout much of…

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