by SusanHere 26 Replies latest jw friends

  • minimus

    That ain't fair! They should at least allow her to aux. pioneer. Boy, the elders there are so unreasonable!

  • SusanHere

    Wow, what a beautiful picture of Christ hugging the woman. Thanks for sharing that. I'll print it for her.

    I didn't mean to be misleading in the title. Never having been JW myself, I don't always know the correct wording to things.

    They are actually a blink away from booting her out, but don't want to unless they can't drag her back. I don't know why they're going to the extra effort except perhaps because she's made a bit of a name for herself locally as being Super-Pioneer for many years, and also their congregation is dying on the vine. For now she can't pioneer, they said, though they still expect her to do everything else.

    It is a shocker for them as last month she was attending everything and doing it all. They had no clue. She didn't confide in anyone except me. For her part, she says she's finished with them, but is afraid to actually come out and tell them so.

    They don't know -- yet -- that she's attending another church and will hopefully join it. As her eyes have slowly been opening, she's been leading more and more of a double life, as so many on this board are forced to do.

    Now she's finally ready to be done with them, but my fear -- and hers -- is that they'll pull her back in. She's a sensitive, fragile soul. Standing up to bullies isn't something she's ever been able to do. The Elders cornered her and she was badly frightened. That's when she phoned me.

    I credit this site and it's predecessor coupled with much fervent prayer for giving me the tools I needed to help her get this far.

    The next couple of months will be such a nail biter!

    Thank you for your supportive comments and past help.


  • Chalam

    Hi SusanHere,

    Great stuff! Praying here :)

    The Lord led me to this. Please show it to your sister.

    Isaiah 43 (New International Version)

    Israel's Only Savior
    1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
    he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
    "Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

    2 When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
    and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
    When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.

    3 For I am the LORD, your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
    I give Egypt for your ransom,
    Cush [ a ] and Seba in your stead.

    4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
    and because I love you,
    I will give men in exchange for you,
    and people in exchange for your life.

    5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
    I will bring your children from the east
    and gather you from the west.

    6 I will say to the north, 'Give them up!'
    and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.'
    Bring my sons from afar
    and my daughters from the ends of the earth-

    7 everyone who is called by my name,
    whom I created for my glory,
    whom I formed and made."

    8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,
    who have ears but are deaf.

    9 All the nations gather together
    and the peoples assemble.
    Which of them foretold this
    and proclaimed to us the former things?
    Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
    so that others may hear and say, "It is true."

    10 "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD,
    "and my servant whom I have chosen,
    so that you may know and believe me
    and understand that I am he.
    Before me no god was formed,
    nor will there be one after me.

    11 I, even I, am the LORD,
    and apart from me there is no savior.

    12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
    I, and not some foreign god among you.
    You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God.

    13 Yes, and from ancient days I am he.
    No one can deliver out of my hand.
    When I act, who can reverse it?"

    God's Mercy and Israel's Unfaithfulness
    14 This is what the LORD says—
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
    "For your sake I will send to Babylon
    and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians, [ b ]
    in the ships in which they took pride.

    15 I am the LORD, your Holy One,
    Israel's Creator, your King."

    16 This is what the LORD says—
    he who made a way through the sea,
    a path through the mighty waters,

    17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
    the army and reinforcements together,
    and they lay there, never to rise again,
    extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:

    18 "Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.

    19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
    I am making a way in the desert
    and streams in the wasteland.

    20 The wild animals honor me,
    the jackals and the owls,
    because I provide water in the desert
    and streams in the wasteland,
    to give drink to my people, my chosen,

    21 the people I formed for myself
    that they may proclaim my praise.

    22 "Yet you have not called upon me, O Jacob,
    you have not wearied yourselves for me, O Israel.

    23 You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings,
    nor honored me with your sacrifices.
    I have not burdened you with grain offerings
    nor wearied you with demands for incense.

    24 You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me,
    or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices.
    But you have burdened me with your sins
    and wearied me with your offenses.

    25 "I, even I, am he who blots out
    your transgressions, for my own sake,
    and remembers your sins no more.

    26 Review the past for me,
    let us argue the matter together;
    state the case for your innocence.

    27 Your first father sinned;
    your spokesmen rebelled against me.

    28 So I will disgrace the dignitaries of your temple,
    and I will consign Jacob to destruction [ c ]
    and Israel to scorn.

    All the best, Stephen

  • Sunspot

    Wow....that picture of Christ was just SUPER and shows exactly the joy he feels when a lost one finds him and GOES to him!

    How wonderful to hear yet another WTS adorer has left the coldness of this cult and found comfort in the Risen Christ!



  • SusanHere

    Thank you, Stephen and Annie, for your kind comments. I will most definitely pass them on.



    That Christ picture is sooo bogus !!

    We all know that Jesus does not like people

    who wear jeans and obviously that girl's pants are made of that pagan material!


  • watson

    Watch the hands, Jesus!

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