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Amanda Stracey
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Hello from me

Post by Amanda Stracey » Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:20 am

Hi Everyone

My name is Amanda and I live in the UK, east of London in Hornchurch, really a suburb of London near the end of the District Line where London meets Essex. I was originally born in Reading, Berkshire and have lived in a few places around the UK including Liverpool, where I studied. I have just turned 50, am married with two daughters who are now 15 and 20 and a step-son who is 29 and has a family of his own. As a child, I was brought up by grandparents, my mum and have a younger brother.

I first discovered Divine Truth teachings just over 4 years ago when I was coming to the end of a Christian Studies course organised by the local Anglian diocese. I had been going to church on and off for about 18 years, initially to guarantee getting married in church and then more for myself and providing our children with some exposure to what I felt were caring people - my local church congregation felt like a big family. I was involved in teaching Sunday School to young kids at various times, which I enjoyed very much. Eventually I found a growing desire to really know what the Christian faith was about, to understand what Jesus was really teaching and to learn a bit about God. I started to have great difficulties about the portrayal of God's character in the Old Testament and the need for a sacrifice to atone for sin. I loved the idea of all my sin being washed away (!) but could not reconcile myself to the idea of anyone else having to suffer for my sake, let alone the idea of a God-like person having to do that for me. Through all of this, I don't feel I was open to or picked up on true spirituality being about the amount of Love in our souls for God, our fellow brothers and sisters and ourselves. That seemed a faint almost non-existent whisper, as it was more important to believe that Jesus had died for my sins,

I have struggled very much incorporating Divine Truth teachings in my own life and particularly about wanting to engage God in prayer so I am really excited that Nicky, you have found it much easier than I have and look forward to hearing more about that. I love helping people but unfortunately I've often used this as a way of avoiding my fears and frustrations about having my own relationship with God. I often feel embarrassed and afraid of ridicule about any interest in God and the spiritual side of life plus the resistance to admitting my true feelings about what has happened and is happening in my life. Recently, though, I've been reflecting on the beauty of allowing any love we have received from God to shine in our lives.

I'm very excited that you have created this resource for people to discover more about growing in love and forming a realtionship with God. I also have a particular interest in the emotional causes of dementia which has affected many women in my family,

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Re: Hello from me

Post by Nicky » Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:30 pm

Hi Amanda

Welcome to the forums. I still find it difficult on many fronts and there are still things that I do not want to face currently. I guess I am just allowing myself to experiment with stuff and seeing what happens. I too feel I can learn from everyone on the forums too.

Nice to meet you.

Nicky

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Re: Hello from me

Post by Amanda Stracey » Thu Oct 15, 2015 1:46 pm

Thanks Nicky. I feel it's (the forum) showing itself to be a fantastic resource/creation for anyone really wanting to be challenged personally and for me learning more about what it means to really want to learn about myself ( well at the moment all the fears I have about personal truth) and the state of my soul and why there is little connection to God.

With love

Amanda

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