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    Corinne reacted to Rebecca in The beauty of creation   
    What a beautiful field of flowers! 😊
    I have had a few cactus plants for about six-ish years now, usually they have a few blooms on them once in awhile. However, this month one of them has the most blooms I've ever seen!  Eight flowers, one is smaller and beneath the larger ones. Interestingly, the blooms close up at night and open during the day. 🙂
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    Corinne reacted to Rebecca in The beauty of creation   
    A curious crab! 

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    Corinne reacted to HappyChristian in Baggage   
    I'm sorry that you have this baggage, Corinne. Battles of the mind are some of the hardest to fight. God tells us that our minds shape what we are - "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he." This verse is speaking directly about an evil man, but the principle is still there - as we think, so we are. 
    Sin of any kind becomes baggage, and the mind will always battle it. You are battling religious indoctrination, others battle past experiences of a different type. But the Holy Spirit is able - and willing - to help us.
    The only way to conquer this kind of thing is to completely immerse oneself in scripture and prayer. Maybe you could do a Bible study on the mind? Eph. 5:26  says "That he might sanctify and cleanse it by the washing of water by the word..." The verse is speaking of the church. Who is the church? We are...God can wash our minds by the word.
    The indoctrination you underwent will be hard to shake - I'm not in any way saying it will be easy. But God is able. Will be praying for you.
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    Corinne got a reaction from Salyan in Canadians & the Commonwealth   
    You blessed people, having the opportunity to see those stunning views in real life. I've seen imagery from Canada in youtube clips and I felt already refreshed. It looks absolutely amazing, one of the most beautiful places on earth no doubt.
     I've been given the chance to visit, but I refused. I think just visiting will make me depressed when my trip will end. I've visited the US a while ago and it has caused much angst and frustration, once you set foot in a civilised world, you see the difference especially if you're coming from an undeveloped country. That's why I kinda dislike travelling, seeing gorgeous places and then returning to a dumpster will make a person hate his life.
       I can admire from afar and I can pray for countries that I love, don't think it's wrong, it's not necessary to be American or Canadian to love those countries.
      Be grateful if you were born there. US/Canda/Australia/New Zealand are wonderful and magnificent countries.
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    Corinne reacted to DaveW in Dealing with the World   
    Pro 15:1
    (1)  A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
    Mat 5:44
    (44)  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
    Sorry to use Bible on you, but it works.
    Don't let them get you angry - answer them as softly as possible.
    Humour can help, if you can do funny, but not in a snarky way. 
    And pray for them - I find it is hard to be too angry with someone if you are praying for them.
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    Corinne reacted to DaveW in Mosque and parking   
    I have to vent for a bit......
    Some of you may know that we have the honour of having a mosque right next to our church building.
    Well in the more than ten years I have been here we have had an ongoing battle with their people using our carpark on Fridays (their normal day of getting together and bowing to false gods.)
    I have tried everything I can think of to stop them, from asking nicely, leaving notes on the cars, leaving tracts on the cars, waiting and talking to individuals...….
    I have emailed and spoken to their leadership who constantly say that they do what they can, but nothing seems to change.
    They suggested that I close our gate on Fridays.
    So I have finally taken to closing our gate and today I go to get a coffee in our kitchen that looks out onto our carpark and lo and behold, the gate is open and a car is parked in our car park.
    I immediately go out to close the gate again and the guy is returning at that moment, so I ask if he opened the gate. He says yes he did.
    I ask him why he thought that was OK, and from there ensues an argument where he says it is a mistake and I say you don't open a gate and park illegally by mistake.
    Then three other guys come over and gang up on me, and try to "calm things down" - now I was a little heated but I was under control.
    Then they proceeded to accuse me of being disrespectful because I refuse to accept that opening a gate and parking illegally fits the definition of "a mistake".
    Also, the guy said he used to be able to park here in the past...….. I have been here for more than ten years and never had an individual muslim seek permission to park in our carpark.....
    One of the guys said "I can't say what I want to say to you because it is Friday and I am not allowed"......
    I would not be surprised to find that we have damage to our building in the next few days.
    OK, I think I am done now......

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