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Infinite Compassion Towards Sarah, Tobiah, And All

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Tobit 8:16b You have shown your infinite compassion and dispelled our worst fears. I've started reading my Bible semi-regularly again.  The version I am reading is The Inclusive Bible by Priests for Equality,  which includes the Apocrypha.   I've been posting my thoughts in my Facebook group, Feminist Bible Explorers,  which you are all invited to join.  I've been posting about the story of Sarah and Tobiah from Tobit lately.                                                 ******* I really don't understand why the Apocrypha is not included in all Bibles - there's some really great stuff.  I'm reading Tobit right now and there's a really great story of a woman, Sarah, who had been married seven times and her husbands all died before they could consummate their marriage.  She wanted to die. Meanwhile, Tobit wanted to die because he had become blind.  He sent his son, Tobiah, out to get some money.  An angel told him to go and marry Sarah.  The angel descr

Emotion Myths

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Our feelings are not there to be cast out or conquered. They’re there to be engaged and expressed with imagination and intelligence.”  ―  T.K. Coleman ,  Freedom Without Permission: How to Live Free in a World That Isn't Last week in DBT  we were asked to go through a worksheet full of emotion myths and to write down ways of challenging them.  The worksheet also had some answers in case one got stuck.  I did not do all of the myths but just the ones that really resonated with me.  I thought I would share my own challenges and the included challenges that really moved me.    Myth: Letting others know that I am feeling bad is a weakness.  Challenge: My job is not to please others. Myth: Being emotional means being out of control.  Challenge: Being emotional means that I am human.   Myth: All painful emotions are a result of a bad attitude.    Challenge: All painful emotions provide useful information.   Myth: Drama is cool.  Challenge: I used to think drama

Self-Awareness

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I am the only Guinea pig I have. ~  R. Buckminster Fuller Here is my latest roundup of Facebook writings: Periodically, I try getting off my meds and always get back on and at this point, that's actually good, I think.  I'm very self-aware and am determined to never be hospitalized again.  So as long as I am self-aware, why not give it a try?  I'm back on my meds, mainly for my depression, pain and anxiety.  I've finally found a good combination for me and I do think I will always be on my antidepressant, as I use it for  physical symptoms, as much as mental.  I would like to be off my antipsychotic one day, the whole cost being higher than my rent being enough of a reason on its own, I think. (Don't worry too much, I am able to get free samples from my doc, but still, the knowledge hurts my heart and soul.}. But as it also helps with anxiety, that might not happen.  (I got disability for my schizo affective disorder but we all know my main issue is anxiety.  I

Intentional Peer Support Week 1

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He has shown you, O [wo]man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 When I give a tour of the place where I work, I tell people that every staff has taken a training called Intentional Peer Support.  So now we are actually having the training.  It had been a while since the last time.  I'm really enjoying it.  Sometimes the videos we watch or the topics we talk about are a little intense but in the end, the premise is simple - to learn how to better intentionally support our peers.  I thought I would share my notes, just like I did for the DBT class.  This is the first week out of two.  (Unfortunately, I lost my notes from the first night of training. I am heartbroken.]  Peer support is all about having a connection.  When a person has a connection but also has an issue with someone, they can express themselves by saying, "I see, I feel, I need..."  When using this formula, do not

Emotion Regulation Week 1 Insights

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Return to the Lord your God, for [S]he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and [S]he relents from doing harm. Joel 2:13 I've returned to taking dialectical behavioral therapy class - I guess you could say that it's one of the ways I return to God.  I mean, it is the way that I stop living in chaos and trying to be perfect.  It is the way that most helps me reach my goals and feel successful. I like feeling that way and I was still struggling with too much intense anxiety, even though I had made some changes. Yesterday I started the class and I love the new, to me, teacher.  I love the feeling of validation that pervades the room and how she will not let us focus on what we did wrong, but on the progress, however small, we have made.  In my experience, people who are validated in what they do well will feel stronger and more capable and empowered.  As we say where I work, focus on what's strong, not what's wrong. I took notes as the fa

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott - A Book Review

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The Lord God is my strength; [S]he will make my feet like deer's feet, and [S]he will make me walk on my high hills.  Do not fear, Zion, let not your hands be weak.  The Lord your God is in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; [S]he will rejoice over you with gladness, [S]he will quiet you with His[Her] love. [S]he will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:18 Hooray! I really am beginning finally to feeling like my old, good self again.  Today, my mom helped me clean and I signed for DBT again.  It's always helped with anxiety before, so I know that it will help this time too.  I am ridiculously excited-I feel like I am taking back my life. I am also back to doing book reviews!  I needed to take a break but I have read so many good books that I have just got to talk about them!  It will be easier now that I use my iPad as a kindle and take pictures of my favorite comics.  Kindle is great for leading book discussions because the passages I highlight are saved for qu

Children Mental Health Day 2016

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I offer the radical nature of honesty and the intense humanity that is found in seeking truth freely apart from the authoritative pronouncements of yesterday. (spong, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, 21)   I won't be able to attend children's mental health day at the Atlanta Capitol but as its for a good cause, I thought I would let y'all know about it.   Host: Rheba Smith 404-758-4500 Thursday, May 5 9am-12:30pm The GA Freight Depot (65 Martin Luther King Dr. NW, Atlanta 30303) MESSAGE FROM HOST   Join Georgia Parent Support Network, Inc. as we bring the community together to raise awareness about children's mental health.  This is a  free event , but we ask that you  please register  to ensure we have enough seating.  Also, don't forget to live tweet  Finding Help, Finding Hope   using  #FHx2    9:00 AM     Registration & Breakfast at The Freight Depot. Cast your vote, in the  Blue  Room, for the winner of the Finding Help, Finding Hop