OT: Are you religious/spiritual?

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KittyRN's picture
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OT: Are you religious/spiritual?

Hey ladies

Just got an idea from another post in another thread, are you religious/spiritual? What religion do you identify with? Do you go to church? Etc, etc.

I love learning about people's beliefs as well as more about my own spirituality.

I myself am Roman Catholic. I used to attend Mass regularly but have dropped off since Simon was born just because I am afraid of him being cranky during Mass.

I do consider myself to be spiritual but do not really have a way to describe it.

How about you? Biggrin

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We are Christian:0) We haven't found the right church for us ... still looking:0)
I try to live as the Bible wants me too, but am far from perfect!!!!!!!!
I have been using these to try to get me through my depression:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

And...if you have Netflix...the Creatures that Defy Evolution series is wonderful:0)

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mmm i like to file myself under ?

i grew up baptist and was pretty religious around 12-13, but then it kinda tapered off and i began questioning a lot of things. Right now, i don't know what i am or what i believe. i believe there is something but I don't know what so I guess I am kinda spiritual. I have no problem with what other people believe as long as they don't try to force it on anyone, tell others what they believe is wrong, or think they are better then others because they are religious:)

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I am also a Christian. I grew up in a Baptist church and I also tapered off around my teens. After dh and I were married we started going to a local church and he was saved. Then we left for overseas and we never found a church. When we moved to NY, I started looking for a church and I found one I LOVE! minus the stuff that happened recently with the pastor removel. I do go to church most Sundays and on Wednesday nights for children activities. I would like to grow more as a Christian but I most def. hold myself back because of laziness with reading the bible. I dont know if I would consider myself spiritual, but I do know I live with the lord in my heart and life.

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I was raised Old Colony Mennonite. I lived the first 6 years of my life in Mexico (there are settlements of Mennonites there) and my family moved to the U.S. when I was 6. I learned to speak English when I was 7. Mennonites are very devout believers, but like all beliefs, there are instances of hypocrisy.

In September of 2006 DH and I were both baptized as Baptist (neither of us had been baptized before). That same pastor married us and dedicated Lyla. I have a very strong religious conviction and thank my father for instilling such a strong belief in me. There are also events that occurred my life that convince me there is a God and he answers prayers. I still hold on to a lot of the values and cultural aspects that I was raised with.

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I was baptized and confirmed, Catholic. I went to church every Sunday w/my mom and attended CCD Wednesday nights growing up.

Then, in my HS years I started to drift away from it and met my ex.....we continued to attend church sporadically and my oldest 4 are also baptized catholic.

DH & I don't talk much about religion, it just hasn't come up. (now that i think of it, it's kinda weird considering we've been married almost 12 years) Anyways, he was more or less in a religious cult for 3 years....his mom was dragged into it and so was he....I guess they barely escaped it. I don't know a whole lot about it, DH rarely speaks of it.

Anyways, I haven't attended church in years.....

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I was raised Catholic, but it definitely isn't for me. Even as a young child, something never felt right about it to me. I was finally able to stop going to church when I moved out of my parents' house to go to college. Now I am not really anything. I am torn sometimes between being agnostic and being atheist. I think I am a little more on the agnostic side right now.

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"HorseMomma" wrote:

We are Christian:0) We haven't found the right church for us ... still looking:0)
I try to live as the Bible wants me too, but am far from perfect!!!!!!!!
I have been using these to try to get me through my depression:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

And...if you have Netflix...the Creatures that Defy Evolution series is wonderful:0)

ditto! except we go to an awesome Calvary Chapel here in SJC.

we (my family and I) are very involved at church, it's super important to us because we don't do so well when we are relying on ourselves to get through. Smile and personally, I feel so lonely and lost without God.

i also have a hard time reading my bible, i have ADD these days.

I JUST watched that on netflix, i didn't know there was more than 1! i loved it!! for some reason i thought the incubator birds were the most fascinating little creatures!

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"janijanis" wrote:

mmm i like to file myself under ?

i grew up baptist and was pretty religious around 12-13, but then it kinda tapered off and i began questioning a lot of things. Right now, i don't know what i am or what i believe. i believe there is something but I don't know what so I guess I am kinda spiritual. I have no problem with what other people believe as long as they don't try to force it on anyone, tell others what they believe is wrong, or think they are better then others because they are religious:)

This Smile Only I was brought up Church Of England. I used to go to church a few times a year (all religious festivals, maybe the odd Sunday service) but I haven't been since I got married (4 years ago!!) DH is Atheist and I don't really want to go on my own

ETA..My mums family are Catholics and it is most defiantly I would practice if I were with the right person. I could be very religious but it' not something I ever talk about with DH

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Thanks for sharing ladies!!

I also have a hard time reading the Bible. I actually just ordered a book online all about Catholic beliefs and where they come from, etc. So I'm hoping to gain a better understanding of my own religion that way.

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Both DH and I were born and raised Catholic. We go to church every Sunday and are pretty involved in our church. Both of us went to Catholic school and our kids do too.

When my dad was almost killed in a trucking accident, I was in my teens and the combination of those two things made me really question my faith. My dad was very religious but like many teens I saw him as a hypocrite. Now that I have children of my own it's easy to see how your kids could label you as a hypocrite instead of a work in progress which is the way I like to think of myself now. After my dads accident he was a quadriplegic but still very involved in the church. I couldn't understand how he could be okay with everything God had done to him. I would begrudgingly go to church with him but I was so very angry with God at that time. Just before DH and I met I had started going to church again because I wanted to, I felt like something was missing. I leaned heavily on my faith and my faith wavered at times when DH and I were TTC DS. I spent many days of those 4 years crying on the shoulder of my priest. I guess all this to say, yes I am religious, but it's never been a smooth road for me.

I don't like to talk religion with other people. It seems like it's too personal to talk about. (which is saying something cause I've shared some pretty TMI and personal stuff on here Smile )

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"misskaci" wrote:

I JUST watched that on netflix, i didn't know there was more than 1! i loved it!! for some reason i thought the incubator birds were the most fascinating little creatures!

Yes, those birds were AMAZING! I loved all of it...the giraffes and woodpeckers were cool too!
It is amazing to me all the things that had to be there for the animal to survive! Even the little bug that mixes toxic chemicals! Pretty neat! :0)
I think they even did horses? Didn't they?

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I'm Catholic too! DH and I are both cradle Catholics. He went to Catholic schools for most of his life. He felt it was pounded into him too much and it caused him to split away when he went to college. I never quite understood my religion until college. And yes, DH and I met in college as we attended Christian Brothers University (very much Catholic). I did my work study in campus ministry, volunteered as a tutor at a local Catholic school, attended mass every Sunday, planned an all college Catholic retreat each year (for the 3 universities in the area), and was president of the student Catholic faith club. I went from not really understanding the Catholic faith to really embracing it. I was challenged and learned so much as a result. We were married in the Catholic church (the priest told DH, I know you'll come back :lol:). And we moved to Vegas. Went to mass a couple of times out there but it felt like everyone there was just going through the motions. It did not feel like a community of believers. It was missing the fellowship that I had grown to love and look forward to back home. We stopped going. When we moved here, I convinced DH to try the base chapel here. DH has told me that he doesn't hate Catholicism as much as he did years ago and that he does want DS raised Catholic. We quickly discovered that there is a fellowship and close Catholic community here and we find ourselves very comfortable and looking forward to mass on Sunday. We don't necessarily make it every week, but we do most weeks. We've met friends, gotten to know the commander better which has helped pilot training, and DH is coming around to his faith again. We take turns baby wearing DS at mass, which he enjoys. It keeps him calm. Most Sundays he's happy and content. I, like most Catholics, hasn't read the bible before so this year I've started reading it. I'm only like a third through the Old Testament, but one day I'll make it! Smile
I just really hope that we find a church community at our next base, so we continue to grow.

ETA: We don't have a permanent priest right now. Our masses are done by a priest who comes in from out in town. DS was baptized on Jan 1st at 11:11am by my parents' priest back home while we were visiting.

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I was raised without religion. It hasn't played a role in my family in several generations. I think I've been in a church for a reason other than sightseeing maybe 3 times. I went through a period in my teens when I called myself agnostic and spent some time studying Buddhism. DH was raised by born again Christian hippies. They didn't always go to church but taught the bible at home. He and his siblings lost their religion when their parents split up and their Mom became a mix of Wicca and crazy. We're both atheist now.

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I was baptised Church of England, which is now Anglican. Hubby and I were married in an Anglican church because it was important to me and Ronin is baptised Anglican again because it is important to me. He may decide to take his own path and I want to encourage him to explore religion, not only his own, but other faiths as well and it is his choice how much he wants to be involved. We have a mix of Catholic and Cof E/Anglican in our family. My Mum and her sister were baptised Anglican, their brother cwas baptised Catholic because my Grandfather is Catholic. My othe gRandad who passed away on 2009 was also Catholic and returned to the church towards the end of his life and would often have a number of the family go with him to mass on a Sunday.

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Interesting thread.

This clip pretty much sums up the jist of what I believe. Smile