Friends in Need of Prayer

Shanna
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July 26th, 2013, 7:28 pm #1

We have friends who are in desperate need of prayer. The head of the family has snapped, it seems. He had been struggling with his faith for a while now, but it is most likely not the only component.

He has become incredibly violent; is using incredibly foul language and is just generally threatening and menacing.

Please lift them up in your prayers. I just have a horrible feeling that this is not going to end well. :(
The true measure of a man is how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
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DF Mod LadyStarla
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July 27th, 2013, 12:08 am #2

Sending prayers for the family. Sounds like much prayer is needed.
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July 27th, 2013, 1:12 am #3

Thank you, LadyStarla. This is a tough situation as there is a history of mental illness, but he has never been this bad before.

We are kind of waiting on an invitation to go in and apprise the situation, as friends. He refuses medication and from what we are being told he is not going to give in to spiritual help, either. Very bad situation.

I'm afraid that someone is going to get seriously hurt. Thankfully, there are only adult participants and not small children.
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July 30th, 2013, 3:25 am #4

So sorry to hear of this situation Shanna, I will certainly keep him and his family in prayer. Is there any sort of diagnosis? Has anything helped in the past? Will he allow people to at least speak with him?
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July 30th, 2013, 3:42 am #5

Keith, at this point, I believe that Jim could speak with him. He may be the only one that can. The problem is that the family is trying to keep this from being known and we found out anyway and it would be breaking a confidence. We will probably go, anyway.

As far as an official diagnosis, I don't think there has been one. He has struggled with depression for some years and does believe in God, but has fallen out of church the last couple of years and lost his faith in the church. According to his son, he says he hates everyone and is finding fault in nearly everyone who has been a friend or acquaintance and is alienated at this point. I think the wife is contemplating institutionalizing him.

He has been spending a lot of time alone, in the barn on their property and their is no livestock to attend.

I am VERY concerned about the well-being of his wife, in particular. When Jim goes, I'm going to go, also, to see if I can get a good read on the situation.

The last time I was there, back in the Spring, things just didn't feel right even then.

Thank you for your prayers. They are much appreciated.

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July 31st, 2013, 2:54 am #6

Jim went to see him tonight. He seems depressed and told his side of the story. At this point, it is hard to know who to believe. We will keep on praying and requesting prayer, too.

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July 31st, 2013, 11:30 am #7

I am sure this is a deep situation. Depression can cause all sorts of issues. Having lived with bi-polar people for years, it can get interesting. Sending prayers. I have found that spending time alone can just mean the same thing is spinning around in their head. This could be good or bad, depending on what they are thinking about. Please keep us updated. Thanks!
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July 31st, 2013, 7:20 pm #8

I agree, LadyStarla. I do know that he lives inside of his head too much. In his case, this is NOT a good thing.

I still feel like there are facets to this that he is not 100% forthcoming about.

Spirituality is a big issue. There are issues on both sides of the fence that need addressing and both involve spirituality. It's a mess, and I still feel as if something bad will happen. Now that we know Jim can visit, I'll go back the next time.
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August 2nd, 2013, 1:30 am #9

Prayers are with you and Jim and the family involved, and we pray that everyone is kept safe, in God's holy name.
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August 2nd, 2013, 2:02 am #10

Thank you, Keith. It is greatly appreciated. I will keep you all filled in because I truly don't believe this is the last of it.
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