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grace2grace
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Joined: Jan-22-10
Location: Canada
Posts: 29
Posted: Jan-23-10 at 8:58pm | IP Logged  

Hello everyone and especially you Jim I see your still just a shovelling.  My name is Heather Dawn and Jim don't feel one bit bad if you don't remember me.

I know with your website over the years you have had encounters with many people and it would be impossible to remember everyone...but I remember you...

are you scared yet. hahaha.

Just kidding...

Jim I met you on an email list back in the early 90's that was hosted by I believe it was called Eternity Now Ministries.

The Lord was just beginning to teach me about Grace.  I took an online course at Eternity Now and was totally excited,

joined the email list and met all these people who were so wonderfully free in Christ and ya'll scared the life right out of me.

I just wasn't fully there yet, not sure I am even now...lol...but anyway you all were so kind and so accepting even though I still had a lot of religious and legalistic teaching to work through.  Jim I evenremembered once I landed at the shovel shack that you worked for Home depot. Truthfully I had forgotten about this website its only been recently that I started listening to several different grace based podcasts and it was through one of them I'm not sure which one, that I was led here.  I was thrilled Jim...and had to think...Oh God you've brought me full circle and I'm sure I'll be able to understand Jim a lot better now. hahaha. 

Its wonderful to be here.

So as a reminder to you Jim and as an introduction to the shovel shack gang.

My name is Heather, I live in Nova Scotia Canada.  I'm married these last 23 years and have 3 teenage children.  I've been very religous in my life, I totally resonate with

Wayne Jacobson of the God Journey podcast when he says...Hi I'm wayne Jacobson a recovering pharasee.  I just finished reading the shack for like the 6th time and God is really speaking to me in that

book, 2 others I love both by Wayne Jacobson are He Loves You and so you don't wanna go to church any more. I just recently heard of another book out there called..."Faking it", how to look good without having to really change a thing. lol  I have to get my hands on that it sounds hysterical and reminiscent of so much of my churchy life.

What eles..oh about 10 years ago I thought secretly of course I didn't broadcast it...cause that wouldn't appear humble....(hehehe see now why I want the faking it book) I thought I pretty much

had if not all close to all the answers.  I was a leader and I was leading people quite often in to a deep ditch out of witch I did not know the way.  I still struggle trying to just rest in grace, my head is almost always a buzz with questions that I know now I do not have the answers for and may never have the answers for.  Like Paul I've resolved to know one thing...Christ and Him Crucified...however, that doesn't stop me from whipping myself into a tizzy trying and usually failing to figure out the answers.

I'm really only a little bit insane....I think.

I look forward to getting to know everyone, Jim to reading your writings and if not agreeing always at least understanding a bit better than before.

To sharing life in Jesus.

Heather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



      

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Broken Link
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Joined: Mar-11-02
Location: United States
Posts: 2513
Posted: Jan-23-10 at 9:20pm | IP Logged  

grace2grace wrote:

I'm really only a little bit insane....I
think.

Aren't we all. Welcome, Heather!

      

Bill
theHarryTick™
heretic - n 1: a person who holds beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the church.
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grace2grace
Digger
Digger


Joined: Jan-22-10
Location: Canada
Posts: 29
Posted: Jan-23-10 at 10:10pm | IP Logged  

Hi Bill:  So glad to know I'm not alone.  I welcome your insanity Bill. haha

look forward to getting to know you better.

HeatherDawn



      

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the shovel
Shackmeister
Shackmeister


Joined: Oct-01-01
Location: United States
Posts: 4187
Posted: Jan-24-10 at 9:05am | IP Logged  

Hello Heather!! :)

Yes, I do remember a Heather from that time ... from Believer's Rest, I think. Now, there also was the email list, Random Thought, and may have been there instead? So, if you are the Heather I think you are I can remember having more than a few delightful interactions with you. One particular occasions took place on a Sunday morning before you took off for a morning service. I think you had responded to a Shoveletter I sent out. Either way, I am glad to see you again!! :)

Jim


      

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the shovel
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Joined: Oct-01-01
Location: United States
Posts: 4187
Posted: Jan-24-10 at 9:09am | IP Logged  

Hello again, Heather,

I just took a quick search on the old Shoveletter section and found the one I remembered: Obsession. Tell me if this is you. :)

Jim


      

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grace2grace
Digger
Digger


Joined: Jan-22-10
Location: Canada
Posts: 29
Posted: Jan-24-10 at 10:20am | IP Logged  

Wow Jim...you are good my friend...and yes that was indeed me...obsessing about not reading my bible every day...and wondering

if I wasn't on that slippery slope I had heard so much about, that ultimately would take me straight to Hell.  tee hee

My thoughts these days regarding the bible are still pretty mixed up.  I'm not struggling anymore with is it okay to not read your

bible sometimes...Now I'm struggling with what to do with the bible period.  I'm asking questions I never would have dared

asked back then.  I'm asking Father....how can I trust the bible when I've seen so many people with an agenda bring out

scripture in an order to support whatever there agenda is.  I can't just blindly believe something anymore just because

its scripture from the bible.  I won't get into that whole tangled ball of yarn right now.

Believers Rest thats right I remember now, and now that you mention it I remember random though in fact

I remember they included a couple of my random thoughts back then...and wow...I sure had a lot of random thoughts

back then...come to think of it, that really hasn't changed in fact I probably have more as I've been able to step

back aways and for awhile from the machinery of church...I've been able to dare to formulate questions that would

have been to terrified of asking before.  You know Jim those questions that put you on the slippery slope, or open

doors into the occult that you will wish you never opened.  Just those words alone go along way to keeping the sheep

safely in the pen, huddled together all bleating with one voice in time with each other.  I guess I'm a black sheep, jumped

the fence, and became a baaahhhhh....d, lone ranger sheep...took up rap music, and moved to the city.  : )

Still tryin to figure it out, but know that Father loves all His sheep wherever they happen to be.

I'm starting to suspect the slippery slope actually leads to Father's arms too, but well I could be wrong.  I just

know that as I ventured down the dreaded slope, He's always been right there with me.

Wonderful to see you again Jim...I'm so glad I found the shovel again.

hugs

HeatherDAwn

 



      

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luvin
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Joined: May-20-02
Location: United States
Posts: 5235
Posted: Jan-24-10 at 10:24am | IP Logged  

Hi Heather!

Welcome! I stumbled[so it would seem] upon this website back in late 2000, early 2001 and have enmjoyed my being here over the years. So glad you seemingly happened to breeze back in here! 

 

Adam

AKA:Luvin



      

It is peace[the kind we long for] to know that my life patterns do not distract or derail the Living God"-Adam

http:newthatsliving.blogspot.com
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luvin
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Posted: Jan-24-10 at 10:28am | IP Logged  

 I guess I'm a black sheep, jumped

the fence, and became a baaahhhhh....d, lone ranger sheep...took up rap music, and moved to the city.  : )-Heather

 

Boy do I remember this feeling and view of myself when I was feeling compelled to withdraw from the system! Yuck! It was SO hard! Sorry Heather I know you typed this for Jim but I had to comment. Hopefully it encourages.



      

It is peace[the kind we long for] to know that my life patterns do not distract or derail the Living God"-Adam

http:newthatsliving.blogspot.com
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grace2grace
Digger
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Joined: Jan-22-10
Location: Canada
Posts: 29
Posted: Jan-24-10 at 10:50am | IP Logged  

Don't worry Adam I typed that out with a smile on my face...I'm a spunky lil black sheep. 

There was pain involved over the years of becoming dissillusioned with the church, or losing

my friends who couldn't understand as I tried to explain that church was actually distracting

me from Jesus.  Now though...I don't regret for one second jumping that fence, and

landing on the side of freedom and grace.

I look forward to getting to know you Adam.

HeatherDawn



      

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the shovel
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Joined: Oct-01-01
Location: United States
Posts: 4187
Posted: Jan-24-10 at 10:54am | IP Logged  

Adam, I'm glad you popped in with your encouragement. :)

Heather, I am very glad you found the shovel website again. I cannot begin to describe the thrill of hearing back from those I have known from years back. It testifies to the ongoing work of God in our hearts! I hope to see you jump in with some of your insights and questions. There are a bunch of wonderful believers here who are enjoying true freedom and will be more than happy to connect with you, as I am. :)

Love, Jim


      

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4Rebeccaenm
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Joined: May-24-09
Location: United States
Posts: 40
Posted: Jan-24-10 at 11:05am | IP Logged  

Heather!!!!!! It is so good to see you again. I love full circles.
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mary
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Joined: Mar-03-02
Location: United States
Posts: 1942
Posted: Jan-24-10 at 11:29am | IP Logged  

grace2grace wrote:

  Now though...I don't regret for one second jumping that fence, and

landing on the side of freedom and grace.

HeatherDawn



    Ahh...the beauty of this!   Welcome 'back" to the Shack, Heather!


      

Mary
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Tim P
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Joined: Mar-19-07
Location: United States
Posts: 708
Posted: Jan-24-10 at 3:46pm | IP Logged  

It's fun to see friends reunite again and to see the holding power of Christ.

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grace2grace
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Joined: Jan-22-10
Location: Canada
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Posted: Jan-24-10 at 5:24pm | IP Logged  

4Rebeccaenm wrote:
Heather!!!!!! It is so good to see you again. I love full circles.

Rebecca its so great to see you again too.  You were also at Believers Rest right.  My gosh where do the years go to. 

Heather

 



      

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4Rebeccaenm
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Posted: Jan-24-10 at 5:34pm | IP Logged  

Yes, I was at Believer's Rest.  I loved those years and everyone who is a part of the rest. Hugs!
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grace2grace
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Location: Canada
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Posted: Jan-24-10 at 5:36pm | IP Logged  

Wearing a big goofy smile and waving to you all...Hi Mary, Hi Tim, Yo Jim,  Rebecca, and Adam and Bill...

wow...this is like a party...huh!

I should have brought pizza. 

Have a great night everyone...I'm at work so I best produce some work I suppose.

HeatherDawn



      

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