V-I-C-T-O-R-S

Veterans In Christ Teaching Others Resilient Spirituality

Twenty-Two Million People

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As I write this, I am thinking of twenty-two million people who live somewhere in the United States of America …maybe elsewhere. One million live right here in Florida. Some are doing quite well.  They have served and came off their active duty time living relatively functional lives.  Each one’s family is intact, they have a fairly good relationship with their spouse and children.  They make an okay, or better than okay, income. Life for them is good, but just maybe something on the inside is missing.  There is something in them, like a void, that they need to fill. They are reasonably resilient, but … 

STRUGGLES

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Others may not be so well: Maybe memories of a friend who paid the ultimate sacrifice is plaguing them, and they haven’t processed the grief so well. The pain from their service needs to somehow be managed better than they are able to do alone. They have strained or broken relationships.  They are not sleeping so well, and they have real difficulty relating: Not only is it difficult to relate  with  their spouse and children, but relating with others is even more challenging. Sadly, drinking helps a bit, and other intoxicants also help the pain; yet, it seems they need more of the drink and the drugs to function. They feel a strong need to be guarded, and trust is very difficult for them. Isolation is what they do, and this is one of those things that sounded like a good idea at the time; however, the more alone they are, the worse the feel.  Depression seems to become one of their daily companions. They need help, but they either don’t know how to ask for help, they are embarrassed to seek help, or they flat out are just too proud because they think they “should” be better than this. Does this sound familiar?

Reaching Out

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I am reaching out to see who is out there, who have served in the U.S. military in my local area, even central Florida, and I simply want to see if there is an interest among Veterans  who want to acquire skills on how to become V-I-C-T-O-R-S and help others do the same.  I am looking for Veterans who just want to tell their story and help each other grow toward health and wholeness.

So, if you are out there, do us a favor, and please send me an email to ammac123@tampabay.rr.com. Let me know if you want to spend some time each week in a different kind of a group than you have experienced in the VA. I am  looking for those who want to learn how to become more resilient through a small group based on the best psychological principles, and more importantly,  this group is based on faith in one who can make you into a new creation as you journey toward a healthy resilient spirituality.

If You Are Out There…

Come on. You can do this: If you are out there, just email me ammac123@tampabay.rr.com  Tell me you want to tell your story, gain more than just knowledge, but gain wisdom, and you want to respectfully listen to others to help them do the same. If you are out there, I want there to be at least be twelve people who want to learn how to use the Wisdom Wheel, and other spiritual practices,  to become a Veteran In Christ Teaching Others Spiritual Resiliency.  Notice that, if you decide to do this, that you are willing to be committed also to  helping others become V-I-C-T-O-R-S  This is not about just you or just me.  It will be about “We” who do not want to leave anyone behind. And it’s not about me “fixing” anyone. Shucks! I can’t “fix me.”

For Now There Is No Commitment Necessary

At this time, I am not asking you for a commitment. Nor I am I making a commitment. I am only seeking information. This will be the first step to gaining power and getting your life back. Let’s give this a shot, and see what God can do in you and me and through us.

God Bless You

Chaplain Mac

 

 

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