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  1. I literally just laughed out loud at the MH370 headline there - it certainly wasn't the best use of words that they chose there. I do often wonder what happened to that plane, but sadly the ocean is a big place and it's been so long now since the plane went missing that quite frankly I don't think it's going to be found. I think it will end up being one of those lifelong aviation mysteries.
  2. I love the lessons that come from giving. It might sound like an odd reference, but there is a Christmas movie that I have seen multiple times called "It's a Wonderful Life". In that movie, there is a print on the wall in one of the scenes with the saying "all you can take with you is that which you've given away". To me, that's something I try and keep in mind. Life isn't about how many possessions you have or how much money you make, but to me it's more about how you can help others and give to them.
  3. I'm not a huge sports follower (except when the Olympics rolls around like right now!) but I don't think it should have been outlawed that people could put verses on their shoes or whatever they chose! Who does it offend, really? I actually see it as a very beautiful thing - honoring the Lord in a lot of ways, when we are thankful for the skills we are blessed with! I heard that Stephen Curry signed with Under Armour after her was previously with Nike, because Nike had rejected him having verses on his shoes... http://www.christianpost.com/news/did-nike-reject-stephen-curry-for-wanting-bible-verse-on-sneaker-158871/ I didn't know though that it had been banned entirely now.
  4. Much the same as @St_Worm2, I prayed. I didn't want to settle for anyone - and that was a big thing for me. I wanted to marry someone who had similar values, because I knew that was going to be the best foundation for a strong marriage in the long run - and now I have been married for almost 4 years and it has been wonderful. Of course, any marriage has challenges but I think that's what makes it so worth it. I will be praying for you!
  5. Yes, there definitely does seem to be huge amounts of corruption with both the IOC and FIFA with the World Cup - Qatar to me was a bizarre choice just based on the climate and everything there - I guess it's no wonder that Sepp Blatter resigned because of all the corruption claims against him.
  6. All that I have seen about Joel Osteen is that the only thing he cares about is the amount of dollars he can rake in. It makes me sick to be honest, because the image he portrays of someone who is religious probably makes a lot of people steer away from Christ rather than towards Him. If people think he's a true representation of what it means to be a Christian I feel like they must be horrified :(
  7. I also just read about there being a bomb scare at the finish line of the cycling event :( http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2016/08/06/bomb-squad-probing-possible-blast-near-cycling-finish-line/88335178/ Hoping that the games continue in a safe and peaceful manner - that's the spirit it should be conducted in!
  8. I really enjoyed the Opening Ceremony. I must admit I teared up a little when the refugee team came into the arena. I hope that their participation in the games really draws some focus onto the plight of refugees, and a better understanding of the struggles they face. I really like the gymnastics events too! Did you see the leg break by the French gymnast in the vault? I wasn't watching at the time but read about it in the news - just awful! :(
  9. It is hard to conceptualize that kind of place at times - here on Earth it can sometimes seem like emotional turmoil is never ending! I love how you explained that idea that we are essentially "void filling" in a way, with the love space we are trying to fill. That makes a lot of sense to me. It makes me feel so much more calm knowing that I won't experience jealousy or envy or anything like that - it's very reassuring. Thank you for taking the time to help me understand it better! :)
  10. I think your take on it is beautiful - I think that is the route I want to go with my child, to provide a strong faith structure but also ensuring that there is that acceptance of others. It sounds like you did a wonderful job raising your son to be a tolerant, loving, God-seeing man - and it's so nice to hear that he is raising his daughters in that same way. Thank you for your insight!
  11. It certainly seems to have less excitement here too than I have seen for previous years Olympic Games. But I do also feel like every games seems to have some level of controversy about things not being ready or stuff like that. I guess we will see in a few weeks time how it all went!
  12. My child is only young so her main companions are her cousins and children of my long term friends. I'm wondering for those of you with children that are a bit older (school age) are your children's friends from religious families? Do you try and steer their friendships in that direction? Do their main friends attend the same church as you, perhaps?
  13. I've heard of a lot of athletes from many different countries pulling out of the Olympics because of the Zika virus fears. I can't say I blame them as I would be apprehensive too - but to spend all that time training to reach a goal of going to the Olympics being dashed would be hard.
  14. Is anyone planning on following the Olympics? Any particular events you're excited for? I always look forward to the swimming events, they're my favorite by far. I've heard a lot of negative press about the situation in Rio and that it's quite disorganized there at the moment - but I'm hoping that they pull off a successful games.
  15. William - thank you! Great explanation and I think you hit the nail on the head for me about our relationships here on Earth simply being preparation for that higher relationship we will have with God. The clarification though has put my mind at ease. Appreciate your help and knowledge!
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