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Saturday, July 19th, 2008
12:40 pm
[roxyppc]
Online prayer chains
Not sure if you know about this website, but I find it really uplifting.
http://light-a-candle.org/
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
10:55 am
[roxyppc]
Bible study in North Hills (ish) area
I'm trying to start a Bible study in the North Hills area. If anyone out there would be interested in something like this, please send me a comment (private is a-ok!) with your email address and I can keep you updated on information, or you can offer some suggestions! :) I've never been in one before, so I really have no idea where to start. So any help and/or interest would be greatly appreciated! :)
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
7:25 pm
[roxyppc]
I have a story...
...that I want to share.

In December 2004, I was 22 and in the midst of my first year of teaching. I caught strep throat from the kids, but since I hadn't yet switched PCPs in my new hometown, I had to take off work early and drive over an hour to my current doctor back home.

To get to my doctor, I had to drive through busy downtown Pittsburgh, PA. If you've ever been in Pittsburgh or a similar city, you know it truly never sleeps.

Anyway, I made it to the other side of the Fort Pitt Tunnels, driving in the left lane of the highway, when I dozed off from being sick and hit a patch of ice. I immediately jerked awake as my car started spinning. I pushed down and held my brakes down while my car spun faster and faster, no end in sight. I remember gripping the wheel, holding the brake pedal down, and just thinking that my life was over. I was very calm, and I just kept asking God to help me.

I spun at least 7 times when my car suddenly stops. I was now over on the right shoulder (I crossed over both lanes) and was facing in the correct direction. After I caught my breath and realized I was still alive, I looked around. Not one single car was in sight. I have never ever in my life driven on that highway and not seen another car around me. God was truly watching out for me on that day.

Any time I feel my faith running low, I think about that mid-December day, where my parents could have been planning my funeral in place of planning our Christmas family gathering.

I'm now finishing up my fourth year of teaching (now making it through those 4 years is another miracle, haha), and I still think about that everyday and thank God for saving my life.

Current Mood: peaceful
Monday, April 16th, 2007
7:11 pm
[roxyppc]
Please read, and thanks in advance for feedback
I've been going through some stressful times (but who hasn't been, right?), and I've been worrying about some things in my life. I believe this has caused me to give in to temptations. We all give in once in a while, but lately I've been feeling absolutely horrible. I've spent the last few years trying to improve my relationship with God, and lately I've been feeling so much closer to Him, and I've been feeling much happier and I've felt like my life has been more fulfilling. I would hate for my recent behaviors to jeopardize what I've worked so hard to build up. I feel like an absolutely terrible person. I feel like I have no willpower. Worst of all, I feel completely terrible for betraying God, who has done SO MUCH good in my life.

Any prayers/novenas I could say? Any particular Bible passages I could read for some consoling words? Any prayers you could offer me? Advice?

I appreciate any responses I get! I've turned to this group for help before and have never not been pleased with the support and prayers I've received. THANK YOU!
Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
9:05 am
[yesibelieve]
Need help :)
Hey guys, my name is Maggi and I am a Graduate student at Point Park University, studying Journalism. Right now I am in a class in which we have to write an article for our final project. I am writing an article about adults 25+ who are still living at home with their parents/guardians, for various reasons. And I could use some more people from the Pittsburgh area to interview. If anyone is interested, please email me at: m.normile@yahoo.com

I am looking for:

1. Anyone age 25 and older who are still living at home.
2. Anyone between the ages of 16 and 30 who moved out as soon as they had the chance and never went back.
3. Parents who have adult children living at home.

I will email you the questions and you can fill them out and email them back. I will also need from you: name, age, state/town you live in, and phone number. My professor also wants the numbers of our sources just so he can confirm that we interviewed people....so if you give me your number, you can expect a call somewhere down the line, from my professor. But I won't give the numbers to anyone else!

I am also interested in looking to have this piece published if it turns out good enough, so I'd like to hear from those who won't mind having their names published, and I can't promise you that I will be able to show you the article before it's published.

Thanks a lot everyone!
Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
6:37 am
[roxyppc]
Retreats?
I was thinking about going on a retreat to help my relationship with God blossom. The thing is, I just don't exactly know how to go about this and if it would really help. If you've ever gone on one, maybe you can help me out. I went on one right before receiving my Confirmation, which was over 10 years ago, and I only went because we had to.

What kind of retreat should I go on? Do I have to go with my parish, or can I go alone? How much do they usually run? Are they a good idea, or a waste of time and money, and by that I mean would I be better off just going to church and praying on my own? I'd be giving up a weekend of lesson plans and grading papers, nothing too exciting.

Any advice and information would help!
Monday, July 31st, 2006
10:52 pm
[roxyppc]
Update...
(I wrote last week about wanting God back into my life)

First off, THANK YOU to anyone who offered advice and prayers. Just knowing that people were out there to listen helped me feel a little better.

I'm not where I want to be yet, nor am I close to where I had been before, but I've started reading some of the Bible again and I've been researching some new prayers and ordering some free books and prayer cards online. A lot of people in different communities urged me to find new ways to pray. Best of all, I'm no longer angry with God. I have some work to do, but for now, I'm ok.

Thanks again!
Monday, July 24th, 2006
3:02 pm
[roxyppc]
Prayers and advice would be appreciated
Disappointment after disappointment, I don’t feel God in my life. I really want to come back to God, but it’s not easy. When I want to sit down and pray, I have the feeling that it’s just no use. I’ve really only felt close to God twice in my life (24 years and 2 days), and both times weren’t for very long. Another disappointment would occur and another prayer would be left unanswered and my faith would slowly dwindle away. I know we are told that God is always listening and deep down I know that He is, but I don’t feel Him. I feel ignored and alone. I feel that God is constantly rewarding some people while barely even batting an eye at others. Like I said, deep down, I know this isn’t true, but I can’t help but feel this way. I am hoping for a lot right now, and I would like to feel that God is behind me 100%, guiding me and supporting me. Anything you can offer would be fantastic and greatly appreciated.

Has anyone ever felt like this before?

Any advice and prayers you have to offer would be fantastic. I guess the fact that I want to come back is a good start, right?

Thank you so much in advance, and thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read my post.

Rachel
Tuesday, May 30th, 2006
8:12 pm
[roxyppc]
Need prayers...tough decision
I am in the process of making a tough decision and I really need some prayers. I am hoping and praying for the answer, but sometimes I feel like I need to do one thing, then sometimes I feel like I need to do something else, and I really need a clear direction. Thanks so much in advance!
Rachel
Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
6:42 am
[roxyppc]
Sounding like an infomercial...but...
If any of your friends or relatives have young children, please pass the word along about our gym's Mommy/Daddy and Me classes. It's so much more fun for the little ones when there are more children taking the class. The kids have so much fun they don't realize what benefits come from the class:

http://www.usa-gymnastics.org/publications/technique/1995/4/benefits-movement.html

Cognitive and social development is so important in growing children.

The first class is free, so there's no obligation (I sound like an infomercial!) So please please PLEASE spread the word along! :) After that, it's only a $30 registration fee, and $8 per class! What a great way to bond with your child!

Check out http://fireandiceallstars.com for more information and contact information, or reply to this message!
Saturday, April 15th, 2006
7:57 pm
[daisylullaby]
happy easter
I hope you all have a blessed day. :)
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
8:11 pm
[roxyppc]
Miraculous Medal?
What are your thoughts? Does anyone here pray with it?

I desperately need prayers. I need to pray for my mother's health, so if you could keep her in your prayers, I'd appreciate it. Her name is Ann. Thanks!
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
5:45 pm
[roxyppc]
Some questions, and a general prayer request
Hey everyone, I just have a few questions.
1. How do I "increase" devotion to a certain saint?
2. What saints are for pain, illness, or migraines?
I also have a very general prayer request. I've been struggling for quite a while that there is something missing from my life. I'm pretty sure I know what it is, but of course I could very well be wrong. I trust that God has a plan, but I just don't know when things will finally feel better to me. I pray, I read the Bible, I really do trust God, but I would if some of you would keep me in your prayers.
Thanks!
Rachel
Monday, January 2nd, 2006
9:08 pm
[roxyppc]
Patron saints?
Has anyone else ever experienced this, and do you think it's possible and I'm not going crazy?

I feel like Saint Agnes is reaching out to me. There have been a few very obvious signs. Maybe they're just coincidences, but I'm not sure.

Has this happened to anyone? And why would this one be calling out to me, if it is possible?
Monday, November 7th, 2005
11:54 pm
[irradescent]
prayer request
hey, can you all keep a man named Ari in your prayers? He's one of my clients at the facility I work at, and he doesn't have much time left on Earth, so could you pray that his pain and suffering doesn't draw out too long? Or pray for a miraculous recovery.. I'm not going to go into details (mostly cause the doctors aren't saying much), but he was hospitalized for 5 weeks, sent home on thursday, and he's looked like he's at Death's door and it's hard to understand why his mother wanted him to leave the hospital when they're more well-prepared to take care of him than we are.

Thanks. I love being an aide, but it's times like these that just rip my heart out.
Monday, October 24th, 2005
12:36 am
[scribeguy]
Religion n'at
This is interesting. A blog for Pittsburgh Christians.

Well, I happen to be a Christian who lives in Pittsburgh, so I thought I'd say hi. I am a student at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Point Breeze, but I am neither Presbyterian nor, in a strict sense, Reformed.

I enjoy long walks in the catacombs, candlelit vigils, and quiet evenings in confession. Or...something like that.

If you are Arminian, you are my bestest friend in the whole wide Burgh. If you are Calvinist, well...I still love you.

Name: Tony
Age: 26
Race: Indy 500
Sex: Not recently
Occupation: World domination
Thursday, October 6th, 2005
5:49 pm
[threelights]
not so new member
hey everyone... i'm a not-so-new member... i was imosi

i migrated over to this journal...

God bless!!
Saturday, September 17th, 2005
11:09 am
[roxyppc]
Family drama
My family is going through a lot right now and I think there's going to end up being a huge fight between my parents and my dad's sister. I'm asking if you'll remember my family in your prayers.

Thanks!
Sunday, August 28th, 2005
11:28 am
[roxyppc]
Prayers for our parish...
Our long-time parish priest just resigned yesterday due to "serious allegations of impropriety." Could you please keep him and our parish in your prayers?

Thanks so much.

Rachel <3
Friday, August 26th, 2005
1:25 pm
[imosi]
prayer request
hey yall... i got a really important prayer request... sunday will be five years since my son was born/passed away.... he was stillborn... so if yall could just keep me and my ex, his mother, in your prayers... i'd be really appreciative....

thanks a lot...

God bless!!

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