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Was going strong for 3-ish days. No temptation, no urges. Noticed my voice got a little deeper (maybe i was imagining it) and I felt better. Fourth day, BIG urges hit. I survived. 5th day came around, and the urges were overwhelming for me. Didn't use porn, but still did the thing. 5 days was the best I've ever done. 6 days from today, my best streak will be 6. Brain vs dick, round 2 coming up. Keep me in your prayers. Edit: remembered that I wanted to ask some questions. Will I completely lose any benefits that I garnered over my streak? What should I do when temptation hits during online school/nighttime when cold showers/going outside/stepping away from the computer isn't an option?
11 days cold turkey here and feeling great for the most part. Shaken off most of the withdrawal symptoms but just waking up really early still and sometimes throughout the night. Thing I’m struggling with most though is just dealing with boredom on weekends. During the week I’ve got work to focus on and a new tv show in the evening to catch my attention. Weekends though, I schedule plans with friends etc still when I can, but in the downtime in between I don’t really know what to do with myself. Gym fills 30-60 mins a day but then the rest of the weekend I’m just like ??? Any advice on what’s worked for you in overcoming the boredom (and the linked temptation to just get high instead).
2020.09.26 03:28 helpcreepylandladyMy grandpa's parrot keeps shouting weird stuff at me
I guess I should give you all some context on this before I get started. My grandpa loves animals and he’s had some pretty strange ones in his time. He’s had dogs and cats, but he prefers exotic animals like snakes and birds of paradise. Apparently he once had a pet spider monkey, but that was before I was born. He lives on a farm now and, as a kid, I used to love going to visit him. I’d get to feed the chickens, play with his two dogs, and ride on the little russet-coloured pony he had called Sir Jimmy. It was a pretty idyllic upbringing. I remember loathing the sound of my parents’ car coming up the driveway, because I knew that it was time to go home and I’d have to wait another month or so before I was able to come back.
I never asked too much about what happened to my grandmother but, from what I have gathered over the years, she left not long after my mother was born and they haven’t heard from her since. My mom once hinted that there was a history of mental illness on that side of the family and that it was possibly her mother’s post-natal depression drove her to abandon them, or worse. My grandpa never remarried and I don’t think he dated another woman after my grandmother left him. I never bring it up with him, because I don’t want to open any old wounds.
Since I went to college, I’ve not been able to visit him as often as I used to, but I told him that I’d stay with him for the whole summer once I graduated. The pandemic has made everything a lot more complicated and I nearly decided to abandon the idea, because I didn’t want to put my grandpa at risk. In the end, my parents convinced me to go, because I can drive and it meant that I could safely get groceries for him. They worry about him living on his own, since he’s over an hours’ drive away from my parents’ house and he’s fiercely independent, so he doesn’t ask for help even when he needs it. The pandemic did mean I had to delay my trip, however, so I didn’t arrived here until the start of September.
When I first walked through the door, it felt like nothing much had changed, although the house was in a bit of a state. Everything was covered in a fine layer of dust and there were dishes piled up in the sink, some still with moulded food clinging to them. The smell in the kitchen was pretty unbearable if I’m honest. My grandpa seemed well enough though and he was wearing clean clothes, so I tried not to worry myself too much. He had dropped a bit of weight, but he was in good spirits and totally cognisant. I told myself that I’d have plenty of time to get the house in order anyway. For the first week or so, I got stuck in with cleaning around the house and stocking up the kitchen. I was so engrossed in getting everything up to scratch that I didn’t really pay too much attention to my grandpa’s parrot, which is the only pet he has left now that he’s too old to tend to the farm animals anymore. My parents were the ones who bought him the parrot, since he’d always talked about getting one and they thought being able to “talk” with it might help to keep him mentally stimulated. He had his heart set on a scarlet macaw because of their plumage but, in the end, my parents bought him an African grey parrot, since they’re the most competent “talkers.” Staying true to his sense of humour, my grandpa named the parrot Bob, because of his habit of bobbing his head up and down when he was excited.
It was about a week in to my trip that Bob spoke up. I was in the kitchen sorting out some of the canned foods, when I called out to my grandpa in the living room and asked what he wanted for dinner.
“Shut up. Just shut up,” I heard him call from the other room, his voice hoarse as though he had been shouting for some time. I was in shock, so I asked him again in a softer tone, only to be told to “shut my damn mouth.” I decided to go check on him and, as I was walking through the hallway, I noticed Bob fidgeting in his cage.
“Shut up,” he snapped at me, in my grandpa’s voice. It was a really surreal moment and, out of sheer nervousness, I started laughing. This apparently set the parrot off, because it embarked on a barrage of insults that I won’t repeat here. All the while, I just couldn’t stop laughing and, by the time my grandpa found me, I was practically crying with laughter.
“Oh Bob,” my grandpa said, wiggling his finger in the cage to try and calm the bird down, “that’s no way to speak to our guest.” My grandpa flashed me an apologetic smile and followed me into the kitchen to help sort out dinner.
The whole incident seemed harmless enough, until about a week ago.
I don’t know whether you’ve ever stayed in the countryside, but the nights out there are about as dark as they come. Sometimes, when I’d sleep over at my grandpa’s farm, I felt like the sheer weight of that darkness was physically pressing down on me. It wasn’t necessarily an unpleasant feeling, but there’s something unnerving about that almost impenetrable type of blackness. It was into that blackness that I awoke to the sound of a woman screaming.
“No,” I heard from down the stairs, “please stop.” It sounded as though her cries for help were mingled with weeping. I was paralysed with fear, but summed up the courage to grab my dressing gown, turn my phone’s flashlight on, and rush down the stairs. I had no idea what I’d encounter on the way down. When I got to the base of the stairs, I could still hear the sound of the woman whimpering, and I followed the sound down the hallway.
It was the damn parrot!
I put my hand on my hip and wagged my finger at it. “Bob,” I said, “you scared the sh** out of me. Please don’t do that again.” He only responded by bouncing up and down so, feeling relieved yet exhausted, I turned around to go back to bed. As I was about to start up the stairs, however, something stopped me dead in my tracks.
“He’s going to kill me,” the parrot screamed, with such visceral fear that the hairs on my arms prickled up. I swivelled around to check that it was still the parrot, since the sound felt so human. The light from my phone glanced off of the parrot’s glassy eyes as he turned his head left and right. I wondered if there might be something wrong with him, so I decided I’d wake my grandpa up and see what we should do.
As I climbed the staircase, every creak sent a shockwave up my spine. I hadn’t felt this shook up since I was a kid and I had caught a glimpse my grandpa “putting down” one of the sick pigs. When I reached his bedroom, I turned the doorknob as quietly as possible, so as not to give him a fright. I crept into the room and started walking towards the bed, when it struck me that I couldn’t hear him breathing. My grandpa is a heavy sleeper and he snores almost constantly throughout the night, so this put me on edge. I rushed to the side of the bed thinking the worst, only to find that he wasn’t there. I shone my flashlight around the room, but there was no sign of him.
In a panic, I went on a tear through the top floor of the house, turning on all of the lights and checking all of the rooms. He was nowhere to be found. I went down the stairs again and caught sight of the parrot, who kept taking me in with sideways glances from those reptilian eyes. I don’t know what possessed me to do this, but I felt compelled to approach his cage and take a closer look at him. To my surprise, the parrot seemed receptive and almost calmed by my presence. I reached through the cage and he let me stroke his head, which was downy and soft. I don’t know how long I stood there petting him, but I remember feeling at ease. By the time I felt the sharp corner of his beak sinking into the fleshy tip of my finger, I was already in a trance.
In a split second, I was reeling backwards and lurching away from his cage, as he fluffed out his feathers and raised his wings up in an unmistakable display of aggression.
“He’s coming,” the parrot screamed, bobbing up and down with increasing fervour, “he’s coming.”
I heard something wooden slam in the living room and, out of instinct, I trained my flashlight on the source of the sound. All I could see was my grandpa standing upright in the corner of the living room and staring right at me. He was so silent and still that, at first, I thought he might be sleep walking.
“Grandpa?” I called out, my voice trembling. Without a sound, he started walking towards me with his eyes trained on me and his head turned slightly downward, so the rings under his eyes seemed like two dark pools that my flashlight couldn’t penetrate. It wasn’t until he was about two feet away from me that he smiled and his expression softened.
“Oh,” he said, “it’s you.” As though he had just seen someone in the street that he recognised. “Come on, my dear,” he said, patting me on the shoulder, “you should be getting to bed. You’ve been working so hard for your old grandpa.” With that, he ushered me up the stairs and back into my bedroom, even going so far as to stand in the doorway and shut the door.
I wanted desperately to chalk his actions up to the onset of senility, but there was something so menacing and deliberate in the way that he approached me that night, as if he thought I might be someone else. What would he have done if he hadn’t recognised me? I don’t want to think about it too much. I didn’t get a wink of sleep that night and I swear that I could still here him shuffling around downstairs long after he’d “gone to bed.” I couldn’t get the image of him standing in the corner of that room out of my mind.
The next day, I didn’t broach the subject and neither did he, although there was a palpable tension between us. We barely spoke the whole day, and the parrot spent most of the day sleeping. An endless series of questions seared themselves into my brain and tormented me for the next few days. I wasn’t sure whether to get in touch with my parents, forget about the incident altogether, or handle it myself. In the end, I came to the conclusion that the answers I sought could be found in the corner of that room.
The only issue is that my grandpa is almost always in the living room or somewhere nearby, so it was difficult to find a window of opportunity when he wouldn’t be able to see me. Luckily, today, I convinced him to take a short walk outside to “get some fresh air” and I seized the opportunity to finally check what was in the corner of the room. I spent ages agonising over the wallpaper, seeing if there were holes or any indication of anything unusual, knowing in the back of my mind that I had only a precious few moments. I could feel the blood pounding in my head as I searched, but I couldn’t find anything. It was then that I looked down and saw the corner of the carpet, which looked as though it had been shifted ever so slightly. When I pulled up the corner, I discovered a hatch in the wood floor. I don’t remember my grandpa ever mentioning that the house had a cellar, but the hatch had no dust on it and must have been used relatively recently. It took all of my self-control not to bend down and wrench open that door. I’m thankful that I didn’t give in to temptation because, not long after I’d made the discovery, I heard the backdoor slam and my grandpa’s shuffling gait as he walked through the kitchen. He thanked me for the suggestion, since the walk had done him good, and then settled into his leather armchair. I don’t think he suspects me just yet.
What should I do? I’m going to be here at least until Thanksgiving and I don’t want my imagination to get the better of me, but I have an uneasy feeling about everything that’s been going on. Should I call my parents? Or just forget all of this ever happened? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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2020.09.26 02:59 CapableSuggestionWhat’s in Temptations treats that makes my cats freak out and run from all over when I barely shake the container. They just smell like regular cat food, so what’s the deal?
Literally cat crack. Why can’t all of their food be this exciting, or else how can I find this for less than $9 per container? It’s all they want
2020.09.26 02:52 TekthonInfernal Fealty: Thralls and Disciples for DiA
Hey there! I've been setting up my campaign, and had some ideas for additional character options/temptations in dealing with the most powerful of the devils, and even potentially submitting to demonic influence, taking inspiration and some abilities from the old Tome of Vile Darkness prestige classes, though these would be traits added ontop of classes and subclasses for those depraved enough to give into temptation fully, and all come with strings attached. I was mostly wondering what you all thought of it as an additional layer to the infernal deals? In addition to potential use by the players, I figured having NPCs out there with these gifts could prove an additional challenge to them if paths cross. Any feedback on them is appreciated, as it is very much a first draft I wrote up this evening. I figure they are not exactly balanced- though in the case of these deals I am not certain how much it will be neccesary, as how much each of them would demand might vary quite a bit. A concern I have is impugning on the Warlock's turf, but I figure it's just a deeper level of service that a warlock too can benefit from. Set up a little gdoc with all of it so far: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xyOwsCT4anTHWxNKpF4Qh2DZ1IxmQtNRH5RZqTMv9IM/edit?usp=sharing
2020.09.26 02:31 Kate-LaurenceLost and Found Again
By Xieli, United States I came to the U.S.A. to work as hard as I could in pursuit of a happy life with a high standard of living. Though I suffered no little over the first few years, with time I was able to start my own company, get my own car, my own house, etc. I was finally living the “happy” life that I’d dreamed of. During this period, I made a few friends; in our free time we’d go out to eat, drink, and have some fun. We all got on pretty well together, and I thought I’d met a good bunch of guys. But then I came to realize that they were all just drinking buddies who didn’t have a single substantial thing to say, and when I was worried or depressed there was not one of them I could go to share my troubles with. Not only that, but they schemed to rip me off: One of them lied to me about his mother in China being really ill and when I lent him some money he disappeared without a trace. Another, from my hometown, told a bunch of lies about needing financing for a project and cheated me out of some money. And even the person nearest and dearest to me—my girlfriend—betrayed me and cheated me out of a large sum of money that it had taken me years of blood, sweat, and tears to accumulate. The heartlessness of these people and the indifference of society left me depressed and disheartened. For a time I lost the confidence to keep on living; my heart was empty, and I was in pain and helpless. After that, I often turned to eating, drinking and having fun to fill the emptiness within me, but I knew that these temporary physical pleasures couldn’t resolve my spiritual suffering at all. https://preview.redd.it/vrq60x64ydp51.jpg?width=1920&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=de41e6a33f4f1a16851817b0aa037733e7f0328a In the fall of 2015, by accident of fate, I became acquainted with the woman who is my wife today. At that time she had already accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days. When she shared the gospel of the kingdom with me, having faith seemed well and good to me, but because I was so busy with work I said to her: “I don’t have time for faith in God, but if you want to believe, go ahead. Knowing in my heart that God exists is enough for me.” One day six months later my wife had me watch one of the videos from The Church of Almighty God with her—The Days of Noah Have Come. What I saw in the video really startled me: When faced with disasters mankind was tiny and fragile, unable to withstand the slightest of blows. I suddenly felt that no matter how much money a person has, how much luxury they enjoy or how high their status is, it’s all meaningless. In the face of disaster, when death is coming upon us, all these things are worthless and useless. As Almighty God’s words say: “However, I must tell you that in the time of Noah, men had been eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage to such an extent that it was unbearable for God to witness, so He sent down a great flood to destroy mankind, sparing only Noah’s family of eight and all kinds of birds and beasts. In the last days, however, those spared by God are all those who have been loyal to Him until the end” (“Did You Know? God Has Done a Great Thing Among Men” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “Now look upon the present age: Such righteous men as Noah, who could worship God and shun evil, have ceased to exist. Yet God is still gracious toward this mankind and still absolves them during this final era. God seeks those who long for Him to appear. He seeks those who are able to hear His words, those who have not forgotten His commission and offer up their hearts and bodies to Him. He seeks those who are as obedient as babes before Him and do not resist Him” (“God Presides Over the Fate of All Mankind” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). In these words I could feel the urgency of God’s intention to save mankind. I thought about how in these times nobody seems to love positive things or long for God’s return. People’s hearts are full of selfishness, arrogance, and trickery. For the sake of fame and gain, they plot and scheme against one another, cheat one another, and even resort to killing one another. People are slaves to their sensual desires, and constantly violate morals and virtue and bury their conscience. People have lost all humanity…. The degree of corruption of mankind in the last days really is far beyond that of the age of Noah. However, God hasn’t outright destroyed mankind because of this wickedness and corruption, but instead is raining down various kinds of disasters to warn mankind and give us the chance to turn back toward God. When I pondered over God’s words, my heart was deeply moved by God’s love. I also thought about how the world was becoming more evil and corrupt by the day, disasters were becoming bigger and bigger, and about how when God vents His rage upon evil mankind and destroys humanity, all of the money and status that I had been pursuing would not be able to save me. Only by coming before God and seeking the truth can a person gain protection. When I thought all of this through it was like waking from a dream—my intuition told me that I should come before God and accept His salvation, as this is the only way to be saved. If I were to lose my chance at attaining salvation for the sake of the temporal enjoyments of the flesh, that would be a lifelong regret! Consequently, in May 2016 I began to believe in God and take part in church meetings. Not long after gaining my faith, I was surfing the web and came across some negative propaganda condemning and slandering The Church of Almighty God. Reading that left me momentarily stunned. What was this “making people donate money and not respecting the boundaries between men and women” stuff? What I read seemed to be rational, making difficult for me to distinguish right from wrong, fact from fiction. I became adrift in confusion, and the burning fire of my faith in God was instantly extinguished by the negative stuff I was reading. And just at that moment, I overheard my mother-in-law on the phone with my wife talking about donating money to the church, which made me even more inclined to believe what I was reading online. After that, I stopped my mother-in-law from donating money and also urged my wife to give up her faith so that we wouldn’t be taken in. But she didn’t listen to me at all, and told me unequivocally: “The reality of the situation is nothing like you’ve read online. The stuff online is all rumors, all false testimonies! …” She then got a book of God’s words to fellowship with me, but I’d already been blinded by the rumors and didn’t take in anything she was saying. Not long after, some brothers and sisters came to our home, but I wouldn’t pay them any mind, either. Over those few days I was living entirely within darkness, always worried about my wife and mother-in-law being cheated. I was constantly on edge—I couldn’t get food down, I couldn’t sleep well at night, and was tormented psychologically. Seeing how I was suffering, my wife tried to fellowship with me again. She opened up a book of Almighty God’s words and chose this passage to show me: “What I want is not human conceptions or human thoughts, even less do I want your money or your possessions. What I want is your heart, understand? This is My will, and even more it is what I want to obtain” (“Chapter 61” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh). She then read some of the principles for managing church life for me: “The church does not allow anyone to ask for donations in sermons, nor to ask for donations for any other reason” (Work Arrangements). She shared this in fellowship with me: “In The Church of Almighty God there are strict required standards and principles for every aspect of church life. As for donating money, the words of Almighty God state very clearly that God does not want mankind’s money or material objects. The church’s work principles also clearly stipulate that the church does not allow anyone to preach about donating money or to encourage people to donate money for any reason. Since I’ve been following Almighty God, the church has not asked me to donate a single cent. Not only does the church not call on people to donate money, but it even gives all the brothers and sisters who are true believers all sorts of books, CDs, and other things free of charge. Now, my mother wants to contribute something to help out some of the brothers and sisters who are experiencing difficulties. She’s doing it of her own free will; nobody is forcing her to do it. Anyway, helping people in need is a good deed, so there’s no reason for reproach, right?” After reading Almighty God’s words and listening to my wife’s fellowship, something that one of the sisters had shared with me in fellowship before suddenly occurred to me: The Church of Almighty God does not accept monetary donations from new members, and anyone who wants to donate money has to first go through several rounds of prayer until they are sure they are completely willing to do so, and that they will never regret it. If they are not more than willing, the church absolutely will not accept it. When I remembered this, some of the worries and concerns that I had were somewhat alleviated, but the knot in my heart was not entirely loosened. My wife saw my frown, and knowing what I was thinking, she said: “Don’t believe those rumors. In order to disrupt and sabotage God’s work of saving people and prevent us from coming before God and accepting His salvation, Satan will say all sorts of garbage and give all sorts of false testimonies. God is holy and God detests mankind’s evil. As for those with bad reputations and who don’t know how to behave properly around members of the opposite sex, The Church of Almighty God never accepts them. This is something that Almighty God has spoken very explicitly about.” My wife then opened up God’s words and read: “Many people will kneel down for mercy and forgiveness because the seven thunders peal. But this will no longer be the Age of Grace: It will be the time for wrath. As for all people who do evil (those who fornicate, or deal in dirty money, or have unclear boundaries between men and women, or who interrupt or damage My management, or whose spirits are blocked, or who are possessed by the evil spirits, and so on—all except My elect), none of them will be let off, nor any pardoned, but all will be cast down to Hades and perish forever!” (“Chapter 94” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Almighty God’s utterances are majestic and wrathful in order to produce fear and reverence in people’s hearts; this made me aware of God’s righteous disposition that will not tolerate mankind’s offenses. God is incredibly disgusted by those who engage in promiscuity, and those people will eventually suffer God’s righteous punishment. Some of my concerns were alleviated. My wife then fellowshiped the following with me: “When God was doing His work in the Age of Law anyone who behaved promiscuously would be stoned to death. This fully reveals God’s righteous, majestic and wrathful disposition. In the Age of Kingdom, God’s rules within His administration are even stricter regarding men and women consorting with each other. As it says in God’s words: ‘Man has a corrupt disposition and is moreover possessed of emotions. As such, it is absolutely prohibited for two members of the opposite sex to work together unaccompanied when serving God. Any who are discovered doing so will be expelled, without exception’ (“The Ten Administrative Decrees That Must Be Obeyed by God’s Chosen People in the Age of Kingdom” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).” When my wife read this out, I recalled an incident that had occurred in the spring of 2016. At the time, I hadn’t yet properly investigated Almighty God’s work of the last days. I was driving my wife and one of the sisters from the church to another state. On the way, we stopped so that my wife could attend to something, and when she got out of the car that sister also got out. It was cold and windy outside, and the sister stood beside the car stomping her feet to keep warm. I called to her to get in the car but she said: “It’s okay. I’ll stand outside for a bit.” It was quite a while before my wife returned, and only then did the sister get back into the car. Seeing that she was visibly shivering from the cold my wife asked her: “It’s so cold outside. Why didn’t you stay in the car?” She replied: “There’s an administrative rule in our church that a man and a woman can’t be alone together or have physical contact. This is one of the requirements that God has of His chosen people, and we have to strictly abide by it.” On hearing this, I felt that the people with The Church of Almighty God truly are different from the people of the world—even in such trivial matters they keep themselves in check. With this in mind, I couldn’t help but smack my head in self-disgust for not properly investigating the facts and instead blindly believing those online rumors. When I thought about all of the times I’d interacted with the brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God and seen how clearly delineated the boundaries between men and women were, how proper and decent they were in speech and action, how principled they were when associating with people or attending to affairs, it was obvious that those rumors online didn’t hold any water. At that point I felt very ashamed—it turned out that those online rumors were all fabrications, slander, outright distortion—yet I blindly took in those lies and developed doubts about Almighty God and The Church of Almighty God. I was such a confused idiot! My wife then continued on in fellowship: “In the last days, God becoming flesh and expressing truths to judge and cleanse people is to thoroughly save mankind from Satan’s domain and to rid us of our corrupt dispositions—our arrogance, trickery, deceit, selfishness, vileness, evil, and filth—and to help us to achieve transformation in our life disposition so that we may live out a true human likeness. God knows that mankind has been very deeply corrupted by Satan and doesn’t have the capability to overcome sin; so in order to ensure that people don’t offend God’s disposition when they are accepting God’s salvation and thus be eliminated and punished, God has laid out the administrative rules of the Age of Kingdom in order to keep believers in check. Anyone who violates these rules will be punished by God, and serious offenders will be expelled from the church and lose any chance of salvation. God issuing these decrees for the church is to have us gain some real knowledge of God’s unoffendable righteous disposition, and also so that we have rules to keep us in check. This way, in all of our behaviors there will always be a line that can’t be crossed, and if we keep within these boundaries then we can avoid many of Satan’s temptations. This is God’s way of protecting us and, even more so, it is God’s true love for us!” Listening to my wife’s fellowshiping I found myself involuntarily nodding my head, and thus the knot in my heart was completely untied and the pain suffocating my heart was released. After that, I started attending church meetings again. https://preview.redd.it/d6ogdubeydp51.jpg?width=1000&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=a0c80451d6c4b4ff18e0784f07e21b3621f708df Every time I recall this experience there is always some lingering fear in my heart. I saw how damaging these rumors are; I was nearly taken in by them and almost lost the chance for God’s salvation of the last days. In the Age of Grace, the Israelites were also deluded by false rumors and did not acknowledge the Lord Jesus as the coming of the Messiah. They rejected the Lord Jesus and thus lost the Lord’s salvation. This made me realize just what huge obstacles such rumors are on the path of true faith! But what I still couldn’t make heads or tails of was why there are so many false rumors and false accusations about The Church of Almighty God online when it clearly is a good church. So, during one of the church gatherings I brought up this question with the brothers and sisters so that we could openly fellowship on it. They played one of the church’s gospel movies for me, Break Through the Snare, which completely resolved my confusion. With a bit more fellowshiping from the brothers and sisters I gained even more clarity. Using rumors to disrupt and sabotage God’s work has been Satan’s consistent tactic. When the Lord Jesus was doing His work, the Jewish chief priests, scribes and Pharisees wanted to ensure that they kept permanent control over God’s chosen people, and so they created many false rumors about the Lord Jesus. They blasphemed the Lord Jesus by saying that He relied on Beelzebub’s power to exorcise demons, they falsely accused the Lord Jesus of not letting people pay their taxes to Caesar, and they also gave false testimony by saying that the Lord Jesus’ physical body was stolen by His disciples and that He hadn’t been resurrected. I’m sure that if the Internet had existed then, those religious leaders would have put all of their rumors and false testimonies online in order to blaspheme, attack, and condemn the Lord Jesus. Nowadays, in the Age of Kingdom, Almighty God is doing the work of words to judge and cleanse mankind; the government of China as well as the pastors and elders in the religious community are acting as Satan’s tools. In order to achieve their goal of controlling and ensnaring people, they are blaspheming and condemning Almighty God, wantonly fabricating rumors and false testimonies, and smearing The Church of Almighty God in order to confuse people and keep them in the dark. In their arrogance, they think they can make people abandon God’s work of salvation of the last days and follow them in resisting God. Satan really is just so evil and loathsome! Then the brothers and sisters read out another two passages of God’s words for me: “On earth, all manner of evil spirits are forever on the prowl for a place to rest, and are endlessly searching for human corpses that can be consumed” (“Chapter 10” of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “Satan is constantly devouring the knowledge that men hold of Me in their hearts, and constantly, with teeth bared and claws unsheathed, engaged in the last throes of its death struggle. Do you wish to be captured by its deceitful stratagems at this moment? Do you wish, at the moment that the last phase of My work is completed, to cut off your own life?” (“Chapter 6” of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh). They also shared fellowship with me that Almighty God’s words tell us the truth about the spiritual battle, which is that in order to block people from coming before God and swallow them up, Satan carries out all sorts of trickery. This includes the deception of spreading rumors and false testimonies on the Internet, getting religious leaders to harass and threaten believers, and getting family members to coerce them and prevent them from following Almighty God. In short, anything which makes us doubt, deny or move away from God comes from Satan. If we are unable to seek the truth, then we will never be able to see through Satan’s trickery, will easily lose the chance to gain God’s salvation, and will sink into disaster along with Satan. Thanks to God’s leadership, I was able to more clearly see Satan’s evil and despicable essence and see through Satan’s schemes through watching The Church of Almighty God’s gospel movie and listening to the fellowshiping of the brothers and sisters. Since following Almighty God I’ve gained true release and freedom. Now, whenever I encounter difficulties I can read God’s words and pray to God to help me find a path of practice. The brothers and sisters in the church all abide by God’s requirements and seek to become honest people. Their mutual relationships are uncomplicated and open; they help and support each other. There’s no need to worry about someone trying to put me down, deceive me, or rip me off. I feel truly happy and content, and this is the life that I always want to live. Source From: Gospel of The Descent of The Kingdom
2020.09.26 02:27 twiggymctwigboiWhy do I get the urge to self-harm?
I gy the urge to self harm a lot. Probably more than a person should, it's difficult to resist the temptation most of the time. It'd be great if someone could help me figure out why. I don't think I'm depressed or anything like that, I don't think in after attention because I don't want anybody I know to find out. I'm happy to answer most questions to get to the bottom of this, thanks in advance!
2020.09.26 02:27 MelodicEarth2Did you know that in the Bible God had children sacrificed in fire, then lied about it, and became egregiously offended when men desired to ask him why he gave laws for child sacrifice in fire. This means that the Bible's claim "God is not a liar" is a lie.
This post has been shortened, to understand the full context see: Child sacrifice by God. Specifically point 1. "God is not a man, that he should lie" (Num. 23:19) "This is what we have heard from Jesus and now declare to you, God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all", (1 John 1:5). What's interesting to note is this, the Christian articles that defend this particular issue conveniently leave out God's lying in Jeremiah, and make it sound -- to the best of their ability, that God did not give these laws for child sacrifice. I can see how someone who is unread on this topic would easily fall for what it is they are saying. This is why you need to examine both secular and apologetic sources and compare them. The below is an article I read when I was a Christian -- I didn't go further from there because Christians are known as being honest in their work. Lying is a sin that sends you to the lake of fire after all, I trusted what they were saying was accurate. But to my surprise, the Christian apologetic sources are suppressing information. Here is what they aren't telling you in their apologetic material (they are too scared in admitting this). The article below does not address God lying in Jeremiah, which every scholar that doesn't have a Christian agenda has concluded or touched upon. It is also conveniently one of the first articles to pop up when you search for "Did God command child sacrifice", so among Christians it would be the majority opinion (I've had several back and forths with people who were citing this article). See this Christian article: https://www.str.org/w/god-didn-t-command-child-sacrifice 2 things I noticed in this article:
It gives a strawman in saying that unbelievers desired to say God delights in child sacrifice.No scholar says this. It is very obvious to me what they are doing, they are trying to fight for an argument nobody is arguing for, one that is easy to crush but dishonest, in order to give their article more validity, making it seem they know what they're talking about.
The article did not mention the verse in Jeremiah at all which again, every scholar who does not have a Christian agenda admits as being a case where God is lying to the Isrealites -- saying he did not give the laws for child sacrifice when he in fact did. Let's examine the relevant verses.
Let's first look at Ezekiel 20 where God gets egregiously offended and refuses to be inquired of by the Isrealites when they desire to question him on the laws for child sacrifice he had given them. God being unnecessarily offended is also hinting at an immoral act which God is committing and is aware of. Give particular attention to the the last sentence in the Bible verses quote below. Ezekiel 20: (25) I [God] even gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live. (26) I defiled them by their gifts, by their making every firstborn pass over, so that I might horrify them, so that they would know that I am the Lord.(30) Therefore, say to the house of Israel: Thus says the Lord Yahweh: Is it with the conduct of your fathers that you are defiled/defiling yourselves, and after their gods (siqqusehem for 'elohehem) that you are whoring? (31) When you make your offerings, when you make your sons to pass over by the fire, you are defiled/defiling yourselves with all your idols to this day. So shall I be inquired of by you, house of Israel? By my life—word of the Lord Yahweh!—I shall not be inquired of by you! God is getting offended because he knows men are putting their finger upon his own immorality here, but let's see the actual lie in Jeremiah where God says the following: "They have built the high places of Baal to burn their children in the fire as offerings to Baal--something I did not command or mention, neither did it enter my mind" (Jeremiah 19:5). Consider what God says, "Something I did not command, neither did it enter into my mind", (Note: God did admit in Ezekiel 20 that he did in fact give these laws for child sacrifice as you just read earlier, "I gave them statutes", but I will get into that more below.) Christians take this verse in Jeremiah and desire to relieve responsibility from God by quoting him saying that he "did not command" these laws on the people. But tell me, what is worse, commanding the laws to be obeyed or giving the laws to be obeyed? Is there a difference? The Christians that I've talked to on this for some reason cling to this argument, "God didn't command it", but I point out God's words in saying he did give the laws for child sacrifice. But they cling to it still, "God did not command it", do you see how dishonest this argumentation is? If I shot you in the head then said I didn't desire to do it, would that argument work in court? No. The actual answer would be: I shot you in the head because I desired to do it. But then I lied about not wanting to do it because I desired to escape culpability, and maintain my morality. The verse in Jeremiah has God as saying the following regarding child sacrifice: "neither did it enter my mind", is it possible for an omniscient God to be unaware of something in a universe he himself created? "...neither did it enter my mind." No. This is a lie in and of itself. "God.. knows everything." (1 John 3:20) "His understanding is beyond measure." (Psalm 147:5) "His understanding is unsearchable." (Isaiah 40:28) These are only a few of the many verses touching upon God's omniscience. To be sure, the notion of a "Demonic and Scheming" side to Yahweh is not an innovation, either within Ezekiel, or within the Bible (Ezek 3:20; 14:9; cf. the "hardening of hearts" in Exod 7:3; 10:1; Isa 63:17; also 2 Sam 24:1; 1 Kgs 22:20-23; Isa 6:9-10). The conclusion is this, God did give the laws for child sacrifice. But then the Christian is trying to defend God by saying "He did not command it", to me this is just a dishonest. Even Conservative Christian commentaries on the verse in question has it as God giving them laws for child sacrifice: Ellicott's Commentary on Ezekiel 20:25 -- "I [God] also gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live. I defiled them through their gifts--the sacrifice of every firstborn--that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the LORD."
"But how can the Lord say that Hegave these to them? In the same way that it is said in Isaiah 63:17, “Why, O LORD, do you make us stray from your ways and harden our hearts from fearing you? ” So also St. Paul says of the heathen (Romans 1:21-28) that God “gave them up to uncleanness,” “unto vile affections,” “to a reprobate mind”.
And before you get into the Romans 1 argument of God "giving people over to their sins", please think about this -- God sees people suffering and being evil, and decides in his loving wisdom to maximize their anguish and the suffering of their children even more. God was not the first one to have children sacrificed in fire, he was punishing people by giving them "laws of death" which involved child sacrifice since they failed in obeying "the laws of life" (All of this presumes Romans 1 where God "gives people oveadding fuel to the fire as punishment"). So as punishment this loving and righteous God had parents sacrifice their children, further causing them and their children to suffer as punishment for their sins. Why should men worship a God like this? Why does a God who self describes himself as "Love", "Just" and most importantly, "Having in him no darkness at all" (1 John 1:5) see people who he knows are weak, who he calls simple and easily led astray into temptation, who he calls stupid as "irrational animals" (2 Peter 2:12), "Foolish and unintelligent" (Jer. 4:22) and also "knows our [weak] frame, he remembers that we are but dust" (Ps 103:14), how does a God like this see people who are led astray-- and instead of helping them, decides to further their suffering and the pain of their children by deciding to "give them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live ... in order so that I might horrify them, so that they would know that I am the LORD"? This same theme is seen everywhere in scripture, for instance Elisha and the 42 youths, where instead of helping them psychologically or spiritually, God decides it is okay to slaughter the 42 of them with bears for making a joke. "He knows our frame" the scripture states, yet why does he behave in a way that is all too human? Shoot first, ask questions later? He had no problem in helping Phaoraoh be a dictator by continually hardening his heart, so why doesn't he help people in the same manner? Why kill the children and the pregnant mothers of the Cananites instead of helping them spiritually and morally? The opposite God did with Pharaoh? Instead of hardening his heart, softening their hearts so they become better people, and open their eyes to love? The Christian scholars with agendas (like the one I linked above) fail to bring up the lie God gives in Jeremiah and instead bring up a strawman. Let's see what the unbiased scholars say about God's lying about child sacrifice: Discussing the Ezekiel passage, Milgrom notes that “[r]ather than denying that God ever sanctioned human sacrifice as does his older contemporary Jeremiah (Jer 7:31; 19:5; 32:35), Ezekiel uniquely takes the tack that God deliberately gave such a law in order to desolate them.”⁸ Milgrom continues, that
The only way to justify Ezekiel’stheodicyis that the people misinterpreted either Exod 22:28b (de Vaux 1964: 72) or Exod 13:1-2 . . . or that God deliberately misled them to punish them (Greenberg 1983, 368-70; Hals 1989: 141), on the analogy of God hardening Pharaoh’s heart or Israel’s heart (52)⁹
Milgrom says there is deceptiveness going on here. The same with Heider in his Cult of Molek: The Yale PhD, Old Testament Professor states, "..in v. 26 Ezekiel's counterpart to Jeremiah's insistance that child sacrifice was something "which I did not command, nor did it enter into my mind" (7:31; 19:5; 32:35). Both prophets' remarks are in response to the people's claim that Yahweh had, indeed, legislated child sacrifice, which they were offering him in the cult of Molek. Jeremiah does not give the people's basis for this claim, but he responds to it with a flat denial. Ezekiel, on the other hand, tells us that the people were applying (or misapplying; cf. 4.3.2) the most closely applicable law, the "Law of the Firstborn" in Exodus. Then, in a baroque twist worthy of the prophet, Ezekiel turns the theological tables on the practitioners: very well, Yahweh did give the law they were citing, but it was given so that obedience would not bring life, but would "horrify" them. If Israel would not obey God's good laws for life, they would obey his bad laws for death, but theywouldobey. In light of God's deceptive behavior Heider comments: "The notion of a "Demonic side to Yahweh is not an innovation, either within Ezekiel, or within the Bible (Ezek 3:20; 14:9; cf. the "hardening of hearts" in Exod 7:3; 10:1; Isa 63:17; also 2 Sam 24:1; 1 Kgs 22:20-23; Isa 6:9-10) Hence my saying, "Every honest scholar identifies this lie on the part of YHWH." One Christian argument that has been given to me on another occasion goes like this: What God did here was similar to how people treat alcoholics that do not want to change their ways. Friends and family see him drinking his life away, deteriorating his organs, he is stubborn so instead of helping him, they decide to leave him to his own misery, so that he would find out himself how harmful his ways are (which often times ends up in a slow death). But this argument doesn't make sense because in order for it to be an accurate comparison to what God did, the following has to be true: You, as a family member or acquaintance see a person in your life that is wasting away from drinking. You see that if this goes on, he will likely die. But instead of getting him help, knowing his liver is failing him, you not only leave him to his own misery, but in addition get him even more cases of alcohol, supplying him with his daily dose of poison, and forcing him to drink the alcohol. Not in kindness or love, but in a malicious, torturing way, so that you "might horrify them", as the text in Ezekiel states God did. You are not only letting him die, but you yourself are supplying him everything he needs to kill himself. And then you turn around and say, "I condemn alcohol addiction". But comparing a mere substance addiction to having children melted in fire is a false comparison. A kind and moral person would jump out of his seat in order to help children if they saw them being sacrificed, a heartless, malicious sovereign would **make parents do it.**This is the way in which God goes about in "condemning child sacrifice", by giving laws to have children melted in fire in order so that "he might horrify them and know that I am the Lord!" this is what the good and kind God who describes himself as love does to people. An excerpt from Francesca Stavrokopoulou's "King Manasseh and Child Sacrifice", a Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion at the University of Exeter: "Interestingly, Ezek 20:25-26 makes no mention of redemption provisions, yet it does offer the closest expression of an ethical condemnation of child sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible. The practice is not rejected in this text because it is "foreign"; rather, it is accepted as a ritual native to YHWH-worship, yet designed to defile and to horrify its practitioners. Though the cultic connotations and implications of exile are clear, the theological tone of these particular verses hints at a uniquely ethical condemnation of child sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible." It is an ethical condemnation of child sacrifice because it is done by a God, if anyone else went about in doing this they would be called sick in the mind and deserving of death. But simply because no one can stop him, as even God said, "I will not be inquired of by you!" he gets to do whatever he wants, whether it is raping women, cannibalizing children or in this case having them melted in fire. God is "condemning child sacrifice" by giving laws to have children melted in fire. This is like a person desiring to show that wife beating is immoral, so he goes about and beats the living daylights out of his wife and displays her bruised body to the world in order to horrify them, so that they would "know that wife beating is bad". He does not care for the pain of the children, but as you saw in Ezekiel, he did it so that "I might horrify them, so that they would know that I am the Lord!" the same thing we see with Pharaoh, the reason God raised Pharaoh up and continually hardens his heart in order for numerous human lives to be killed and molested in the process, was all so that he could boast about it, "For Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth" (Rom. 9:17), the same thing we see with God's bet to Satan in Job, where Job and those closest to him get murdered and molested to satisfy God's own ego.
2020.09.26 02:11 Positive-Johnnytemptation of relapse from previous pmo
i have being 140 days clean. no PMO does changes me how i view the world and improves me a lot. however, sometimes when i watch certain part of shows or anime E.g orks face girl in Lord of Ring, i can feel the temptation of relapse because of the hentai or porn script. Anyway to relieve the temptation?
Easy. I feel good and refreshed. I know I can’t be better until I control all my actions fully. I know that a life doing semen retention is 1000x better than a life full of guilt. If I carry on I’ll go back to where I was on previous streaks and will most likely go further than that in terms of levelling up. To be at the peak you have got to resist every temptation that you feel and then use that energy do to incredible things. Just remember every time you resist a temptation one of your ancestors could not, you strengthen your bloodline. Anyway day 1 was light work and I am looking forward to day 2.
2020.09.26 01:51 JustYurTypicalArtistI need Advice - I Want to Start My Weight Loss Journey, But I Don't Know Where To Start - 16M
Ok, so... Hi there. To whoever is reading this: I thank you for being a part of such a beautiful community. I love it here, and seeing all these success stories has inspired me to try and take action on something I have been trying to work on for over 2 years, but out of fear, shame, and lack of motivation, I haven't been able to consistently keep it: a healthier routine. My body stats will be at the end if you just want to talk about that, but I will be talking about the issues I have with trying to lose weight. So, stay tuned. Firstly, before quarantine I was around 170 lbs. For my height that was a bit above average (I'm about 5 foot 6) but I didn't look bad. I looked pretty good. However, even then my BMI was pretty high, I think it was somewhere around 28, and after quarantine and the stress of high school truly began hitting me: boy did I lose it. Over the course of 6 months I have gained over 30 pounds in weight, and none of it is muscle. My BMI went from 28 to 31, and now I am sitting at a wonderful 206.4 lbs with no growth to my height. I used to feel incredibly insecure about my weight before, but now that I was well beyond the average for my age and height, I was beyond terrified. To put this into perspective: the lowest weight I'd achieved since growing to 5 foot 6 was 168, and that was 2 years ago. Now I am well past that weight, and it drives me crazy. I feel so tired and lazy all the time; After running heavily for a couple seconds I feel incredibly nauseous; I can't look at food without getting absolutely disgusted at either the food or myself. I sweat so heavily after doing such easy tasks, and I struggle with carrying things even more since I'm all fat no muscle. Never been athletic, and I hate playing sports. I have nobody but myself to blame. My family always brings chips and sweets and everything sugary under the sun (We are of Mexican ancestry), and usually more often than not I'll find myself chowing down on a huge bag of Cheetos with my brothers as we watch some random comedy stand up thing. Not only is the constant temptation of treats brought by my parents always a struggle, but just the food in general that we eat is kind of fattening. I love Mexican food: I grew up with it. However, the majority of the meals are really heavy each one say about 800 calories, plus all the sides and chips and dressings. that adds up to about 2,400 calories a day for me, especially since I'm just the kind of guy that loves to eat (it sucks). I barely fit into anything of my shirts, and since we are really tight on money we can't go buy any more. I want to lose weight so badly, but I can't seem to do anything at all! Every step forward I take, it seems something pushes me 3 steps back! I used to be like 203 at the beginning of the week, now I'm 206! The world of losing weight is something I just don't understand and I don't know how to start it or keep it. Before, when I was say 170 lbs, I wanted to be at 150, since that is the average weight, and on the higher end of the average because I am built a bit more like a worker (wide shoulders, etc. Funny since I'm not athletic), but now just being at 168 again will make me happy. I hate how weak and pathetic I am now, and I want to change that. Summary: 16 yr old who's 206 lbs after 6 months, really hates it, makes him feel sick, but does not know how the hell this weight loss stuff works properly and how to keep it in check. Diet is pretty unhealthy, always teeating himself to treats and chips whenever his parents bring home any (which is almost everyday). Wants to be 155, but at this point of hopelessness he'd be down to just get under 190 again. Here are the Stats if ya Need them: Male, 16 5 feet, 6 inches Current Weight: 206.4 lbs Current BMI: 31.5 Weight Goal: 155-160 BMI Goal: 22-24 Diet: Lots of snacking (Latin American chips like Takis, Cheetos, etc.). Mexican food for the most part, which is so varied. Most of the mornings eggs are what are served, in a multitude of ways depending on what my mom cooks. The majority of the foods use frying or are cooked with a lot of butter. The healthier things I eat include black beans, lentils, avocados, and I always stuff myself with grapes. Thank you if you actually read this. For now I'm just going to try and exercise and eat less, but if ya have any tips, let me know :) Edit: I guess I should also say that the majority of my fat is stored under my neck and in my belly, which is why I'm always super insecure, and why my clothes dont fit anymore and I feel super uncomfortable
2020.09.26 01:39 InternalIncident2How do you know if what you're feeling is addictive temptation or natural libido? How long are the upper bound/most serious addictions supposed to last?
Everyone says that a good metric for when you're addicted is when it impedes on your other life activities as well as if you have to ask about it then it's probably a good indicator that you can use some rehab, which sure, I agree with, but I'm a little confused about how to differentiate between normal, natural urges and addictive urges. I've gone on 7-month, 3-month, <1 week runs and they've all had the same feeling of intense urges, which, if I'm not addicted or intentionally going for some streak/goal, I'm personally not worried about it. However, and this is getting into the second title question, how do I know if it's a naturally physiological urge that's normal or an addictive, unhealthy urge? How do I know that that 7-month run that ended wasn't just me feeling like going back into it instead of me relapsing from addiction? I'm also wondering cuz I've felt some withdrawal symptoms of irritability and maybe a little bit of energy swings (tbh I feel more energetic/clear after a relapse than before), but besides that, I haven't really felt any other symptoms, and my moral compass is strong as I haven't had a problem of indulging in gradually debasing content; just vanilla always. Sorry if I'm breaking any rules, unspoken or listed; this will be my first post on here!
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2020.09.26 00:10 SpeakertoenigmasThought on 1 Peter 2:9--"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (ESV).
I come across numerous pleas on this site from Christians seeking prayer and counsel to help them deal with temptation and gain control over sinful habits. I respect every such plea because I believe that a hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6) is a part of a Christian's life. Nevertheless, it is important for us to take to heart this verse's perspective that our fundamental role, the role for which God has set us apart, is to celebrate Him and what He does for us. Remorse for our failures should not be our dominant theme. Rather, Joy because of the clarity ("light") and direction (or "calling") He has given us should be--even in a time of confusion and uncertainty like this one. Proclaim His excellencies, Christians!
2020.09.26 00:07 SpeakertoenigmasThought on 1 Peter 2:9--"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (ESV).
I come across numerous pleas on this site from Christians seeking prayer and counsel to help them deal with temptation and gain control over sinful habits. I respect every such plea because I believe that a hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6) is a part of a Christian's life. Nevertheless, it is important for us to take to heart this verse's perspective that our fundamental role, the role for which God has set us apart, is to celebrate Him and what He does for us. Remorse for our failures should not be our dominant theme. Rather, Joy because of the clarity ("light") and direction (or "calling") He has given us should be--even in a time of confusion and uncertainty like this one. Proclaim His excellencies, Christians!
2020.09.25 23:34 10_tHNeed help with this literal dark dream, bit of a read but I tried to space it out and make it as clear and short as possible while its still fresh, sorry for any missed typos
Late nap probably more accurate to call it a depression nap but the dream was vivid, I knew I was dreaming for a while but it eventually felt so real I could tell until I noticed the same environment for a second time Start: I'm alone just going by on day to day things, scavenging around people while avoiding them, I eventually get curious and reach out to them, get involve in games but the game were playing is off. It creates a dark setting over everything at eye level when the almost dark cloud was above us all, we could see it but after pointing it out to those around me I end up alone bouncing or ejected from group to group all for the same reason. Pointing out the cloud The cloud is like a fog but its black u was smart enough to use it to my advantage catching others while getting good useful things for myself for use outside of the game, I didn't expect to stay and permanently interact with these guys after the game was done but when some others came that they was afraid of or something they basically included them but I could see they didn't entirely want to involve them Middle: I realised that the last guy who noticed me blending in was a guy that I don't particularly like in real life. My playstyle was basically stealth like, I embraced the darkness and used it as camouflage. after this guy caught everyone else and they was in a sort of beach in the shallow waters. I see that the group of initial players a grouped together in a tight ball trying to slowly walk backwards tripping on each other to get away, after being asked where they are going and who is the guy going to play with, they say "there's another guy out there we don't know him he's kind of weird but he's somewhere nearby from what we can tell, its like he messes with us but go play with him" and they run off I stay in the shadow for a while and just watch him for a moment, he's on edge cause it looks like he knows I'm near but its bugging him, I make few noises before I decide to play with him too to test his reaction, we was all in a game and they left him so u decide ok ill play with you now and fuck off later, in that same moment he notices me as I get up and approach. were talking it turns negative and he's trying to provoke me. I try to leave and lm stuck in ink or tar that wasn't there before I figure out its coming from him and while everyone else I saw roaming around had darkness around them, but him and some of his friends who he initially came with, so in short this guy started turning the sea into a tar pit, he's got me in his goo and I turn to fight him and I'm hitting him and my hits are getting stronger and more and more of his goo is falling off of me and whats around me is turning back into water, I guide the fight in a way he has the high ground on the edge of the water and I stay in it, cleaning it up He stopped his advances i stop whooping on him and we talk he asked why and I didn't give him an answer just looked at him and said, stay away from me and mines as the darkness envelopes me again and I fade out as he slowly backs up and eventually turns and regroup with his friends that watched they become aggressive just as the darkness allows me to blend in again End: where I realised I was still dreaming I leave the area and somehow I forgot my stuff, im wearing minimal cloths and I'm trying to go home the route I'm taking is blocked by a sort of pub or bar environment, tables and chairs as well as walls but this area i know to be just a path for walking so this is new. trying to climb walls I get maybe the 3rd or 4th wall in and somehow these people sync a bite of some really crispy fried chicken, I state the obvious "dam thats some crispy ass chicken" thinking they won't hear me as my previous vocalisations had no effect before, they all laugh and say they saw what I saw, we talk and laugh and joke I relax and just talk, introductions, stories, dancing, we talk and realise I'm hungry as in actually hungry irl, the guy across me offers me some chicken and chips, few people "chip in" (lol) i say thank you, I say I've been struggling with something is there anyone that you know can help me they tell me there's this girl, go to this place and you'll find her and you will fall in love with her as in actually in love and they think she will love me (I was pretty open about myself) I tell them I doubt that but ill go find her, they decide to say well since we said there's this girl you can either take this food or we can tell you where to find the girl. Now I've already realised I'm dreaming so I choose the girl, they get pissed and argue and fight with me trying to make me take the food I fight and defend where I can and eventually they tell me exactly where to go and what to do, 1 wall and an alleyway back I find her its a connection straight away, I notice her before she notices me but i can tell she sort of expected me and as i got close she jumps and sees me in my shroud and clears it like I no longer have control of it and she's gentle , with eyes of wonder and compassion almost love and the energy between us is tense but in a good way , intimate, warm, us being close was shaking the world, we slowly get close like 2 people kissing in a movie we go to kiss but decide kissing isn't what we want to do right now and I hug her and I think absorb her all with no words but I feel like now I have to get back home for her cause she needs me, remember I'm alone and figure its a fantasy even in the dream and make my way home. the alleyway is now blocked so back to jumping walls, get over 2 and there's the original group I saw and they see me, I try to thank them and be grateful but I get anger and something else negative from them but after I saw the anger, I say "you can't match mine so I'll leave" as the shroud comes back then disappears as I walk off with them silenced I climb the last wall and the path is clear with no obstacles just people. I start to walk and I'm pulled out of the dream like I'm zooming out from me like in gta when you go online but through layers of darkness to closed eyes and I'm awake but it was seamless Awake now: I'm confused apparently I called my gf or my gfccalled called me and we spoke for 15 second(don't know if this is relevant) Took a moment to come back to my usual perception but feel a strange calm but intense anger but its being suppressed or contained, as it gets less noticeable but now I feel like its just under the skin like its trying to switch places as a sort of temptation feeling to do something but I don't know what
34/M. Where my other 30+ at? The last few days have been tough. Not specifically because of NoFap, they just haven't been good days. In the past, I've used PMO to regulate my mood when I'm feeling that way. I woke up early today and spent a few minutes scrolling through my dating apps. The pictures looked particularly sexy, so I had to stop. Exercised and got on with my responsibilities promptly. I've got into the habit of playing a game for an hour in the morning before I start work. This morning, I chatted on messenger for 15 minutes instead. It cleared my head. I will try and make a habit of doing this next time I feel like procrastinating. Speaking of which, feel free to hit me up anytime if you need someone to talk to. I can't guarantee I'll be at my computer, but I'll talk if I can. I had a minor urge this evening, but it passed. I've noticed that I always have a hand in my lap when it's idle. It doesn't bother me, but it might become a temptation in the coming weeks and months. I face a huge hurdle tomorrow. My flatmate's FWB its coming over. They have really loud sex in the room adjacent to mine. It frustrates the hell out of me because I'm single and haven't been laid since March. I'll deal with it, and I'll know that I'm stronger than I realised. I'll probably write tomorrow's journal entry while it's happening in order to distract myself. Good luck and godspeed to you all.
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