Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for their's is the kingdom of heaven.Ok, so I've been thinking about this a bit. We have all kinds of running threads, I thought this might be a good chance for us to post daily thoughts, prayers, praises or whatever that those of us who want to do so can participate in regularly to see what's going on with other members in their lives, families, personal insights, etc.
My vision for this thread is that I can check it each morning or a couple of times a day and say a quick prayer as I go about my business for the needs of other members, or a praise for something good that happened to them, etc.
For instance, on my phone I have a program that sends me scheduled text messages. You can set it up to send to someone else, but for myself, I found 4 or 5 small little 10-second prayers and I set them up on a rotating schedule to send to me every hour or hour and a half during the workday. Then when I am walking by my phone, I see that I have a message and pick it up and when I see my little prayer, I make myself stop what I'm doing for 10 seconds and read it to myself, praying along. I find it helps keep me somewhat more focused on trying to be a good example and a better person throughout the day - it's way too easy to get sidetracked and caught up in the gossip, griping and whining in an office - especially one mostly full of women! lol
So, if you feel the need, the desire, whatever, just post up:
- something you want other members to pray for even small things, yes, like helping you make it through the day, helping you figure out what to buy your wife for Christmas, or BIG things, like my kid is struggling with alcohol and drugs, my best friend is going through a divorce and needs prayer - keep us updated regularly about what is going on. I envision this as a sub-water cooler where like-minded folks can interact about such things on a daily or semi-daily basis
- some kinds of praises you are thankful for today. Funny tasteful pics, beautiful pics that made you think of God's glory in nature, something like that. Post memes with scripture verses. I'd rather there wasn't alot of politics in here, I'd like to see this be an encouraging thread and one filled with mutual member support.
- post frustrations you have, struggles you are going through, etc. For me, right now I am frustrated with the deaths of a number of patients especially due to the CV lately. And some I am particularly worried about. Stuff like that, but personal struggles - honestly, so many of us struggle daily with things like bad attitudes, negativity, bad language, strife, lust, pornography, alcohol abuse or other addictions, etc. I think we can talk about some of those things in general terms and many of us have been through some of those things and can help, encourage and pray for others going through the same things.
So anyways, that's kind of what I envision. A God-centered watercooler place here on OSA. A place relatively free from negativity, full of encouragement and someplace we can check in daily to post encouraging thoughts or ask for prayer for specific struggles.
I'd like to see it take off, but only time will tell and only members can make it so.
Have a great and blessed day to all of you, my friends!