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How do you fail?
By gracefull
4/9/2011 12:19:27 AM
This morning in prayers.. I felt like GOD was telling me "WATCH OUT" the attacks are going to start coming.

so.. I thought I would write it out... on ways that have tripped me up in the past - and if anyone wants to share other ways that have tripped them up.. please share so I can be 'wise as a serpent and yet without sin'


I watch movies or TV I should not be watching
I eat too much
I get too religious
I sleep too much
I isolate myself too much
I stop doing the small things (going for walks, kneeling to pray)
I spend too much time on the internet without a purpose
I make out with a girlfriend tooo much.
I start believing satan's lies that I am no good, I suck at work, etc...

anyway... it's good to get this stuff in front of me so I can name it & see it.

Comments:

this reminds me of me    
"especially when i'm on the computer without purpose for a long time then i search something then on and on and on......it just happened a few seconds ago this has been happening in the last 5 or 6 days tell me do you think god gets too disappointed or sad that you keep on falling that he doesn't want to deal with you anymore??? thats how i feel but im still asking for help!

here are some other things:
i pass through channels and see something inappropriate on the show/commercial i change but i come back to it later.

its funny how when i do this i tell god im just flipping through channels but he really knows what your doing so best thing to do is turn off the TV.

alone with electronic devices in the houses or even starring at a girl to long and cant stop thinking about her.

also when i call out all the negative things that are happening to me in my life."
posted at 09:00:05 on April 9, 2011 by teddy
Just a thought    
"Do you think giving the TV a rest can help until you are strong enough to resist temptation? We do not wacht any TV anymore and it made such a difference. I think of it as a small sacrifice in an effort to be more virteous.
The TV in our days is rarely a holy place, it seems most of the time to be Satan's playground. Just a thought...
I now have time to read, work on my recovery and connect more with family and friends"
posted at 12:16:56 on April 9, 2011 by Anonymous
100% agree on TV    
"I actually don't have a TV anymore... I just have a netflix.com membership to watch movies.

The longer I go without a TV.. the happier I become.. I just find that I don't really need it... I fill my ife up with other things. Very interesting how I don't miss it.

TV & the Sears Catalog (ha!) were 2 of the things that GOT me when I was a teenager.

Kill your TV!!!

but that internet... gosh I use that to run my life nowadays (Financial stuff/this site/blogs/etc..)


Teddy: I went to a Utah Coalition against Pornography conference once... and heard a great idea... you just treat the internet like a trip to the Grocery Store.

make out your list of what you want to do... go do it.. and get off. simple.


God always wants to work with us... Period! remember.. this life is a PROBATIONARY STATE.
that means you aren't judged on 1 day, on 1 mistake, on 100000 mistakes..

hey... you might check out... abettermormon.com... it has 7 free sessions on new ideas (I stayed up to 3am last night listening to it) it's amazing, really good stuff. I WISHED i had that as a resource when I was your age.

just start taking positive actions... and forget about the results for now... (judge yourself maybe once week or once a month... if anyone tries to SHAME you... tell them to SCREW OFF.

there is a scripture
"As oft as they sought forgiveness they were forgiven"

That will ALWAYS BE TRUE."
posted at 17:53:57 on April 9, 2011 by gracefull
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"@ANONYMOUS that sounds like a good idea lol but i have gone i think 2 days without TV because were moving and we already moved out the TV,also magazines they have a lot of things in them even PEOPLE or other popular magazines its better to keep a bunch of liahonas in your bathroom."
posted at 08:40:20 on April 10, 2011 by teddy
The LITTLE Things    
"This is my first post on this site, so bear with me.

It seems for me that the little things can get me. At first they don't affect me, but the lust builds up slowly inside me. For example,

1. Staring at girls when I drive my car down the road. I am not really thinking bad about them, but it is a bad habit.
2. Lingering on a TV station that has crap on it. I don't get the desire to look at pornography, but it will slowly break me down if I keep doing it.
3. I feel that getting angry at things for school or work have a bad affect. Just because it draws the spirit away. It is something I don't want to lose.
4. Mostly everything else that I slack on a lot. Praying, Scripture study (personal and with my wife), paying attention in church, and attending all of church!, serving others if I have the chance, doing home teaching (it helps me be less selfish), using my spare time to play a game or be lazy.

These things don't lead me to relapse immediately, but they will slowly give Satan more power over me if I fail to do them, or do them without real intent. It will get me to a point when I am tempted randomly at anytime of the day, I give in so easily. I have no power to resist just a little.

DON'T FORGET THE LITTLE THINGS!"
posted at 12:12:30 on April 10, 2011 by jacobf4
Trip to the Grocery Store    
"What a great idea!"
posted at 11:45:17 on April 11, 2011 by Anonymous


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