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5/10/16 9:41 P

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Congratulations Donna! Don't worry, what God has ordained for you is yours indeed! I carry a lot of the financial weight for my godson, including having him in insurance...But I don't regret it. I ask God to cover Herman with His protection. May this be the beginning of a beautiful journey for you!

And Carla, please keep us updated on your sister's visit. I am thrilled for you!

Hugs and Blessings!
LaTonya ~

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5/10/16 3:25 P

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I want to share that I now have a "son" also thru Compassion International. He is 3 years old, cute as a button and his name is Hernan. He lives in a remote mountain village in Mexico. God has been leading me to do this on 2 other occasions and I fought it because of the cost. The night that I finally followed God's calling was at a Casting Crowns Concert last month. I had a certain child in mind, I wanted a little boy with a name that I could pronounce :). The packet was handed to me by one of the Casting Crowns members and there was my little boy with a name I can pronounce. I felt such a feeling of peace and joy when I looked at the packet. I'm so glad that I followed God's calling and did exactly what he wanted me to do. I know that God will provide a way for me to pay this every month because it has been blessed by Him.

Please pray for Hernan that he remains safe and comes to know the Lord thru this ministry.

Donna

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5/10/16 3:06 P

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I loved reading that, LaTonya. I'm so glad - as I'm sure your godson and his mom are - that you are willing to invest into their lives and to give of yourself. You're right - there are so many children that don't have that for one reason or another.

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5/10/16 2:40 P

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How AWESOME for you Carla! Thanks for sharing this wonderful testimony.

Like you, I am the baby of our family. All girls...People often asked my father how he kept his sanity raising three daughters! He would laugh and say by staying in prayer! I was Blessed with a nurturing and happy childhood, the foundation my parents laid helped me to be the woman I am today. I do not have biological children, but I have an 11 year old Godson that I adore. He has been in my life since he was 3 months, and I love him as if he were my birth son. I have him often, he spends the entire summer and vacations with me every year. His mother had him at a young age, and she is so grateful for my presence in his life. But, I am the Blessed one...I have a son, that I didnt have to give birth to...lol. While you take care in providing your children and loved ones with a safe and happy home...Please say a prayer for the innocent children who will never experience a Mother's love.
We have so much love to give...Share it often. You will find as I did, that you are the greatest benefactor!


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5/10/16 10:20 A

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This isn't a small testimony, it's HUGE! lol

I've always known that mom had a baby girl, about 9 years before I came along. I haven't always known or understood the details or all the reasons, but knew that distant family members adopted this baby girl. There was a split in the family, and by time I came along, there was no contact between the two sides of the family. I remember at a young age reading a letter from this girl, saying that she wanted no relationship with mom, but that she would like to know us (my sister and I) in time, and when we were older we could contact her. Through the years, I have tried many, many times to find this person, with no luck. She's always been an invisible person to me, but still a person in my life, at least in name.

Several months ago, My sister got in touch with me, and informed me that someone was going to be contacting me. My sister and I don't really have a relationship, so it was odd, and it must be really important. Three people went through my mind, including this other girl I'd always wanted to find. But truthfully, I blew that off, because I'd done given up hope of ever finding her.

Yep - the next day I was on Facebook, in a private message with a woman who was my oldest sister. OMGOODNESS!! Can you imagine?!? Come to find out, she had been searching for me and my sister for years, as well, and also had no luck. She had given up also, and was throwing away a bunch of paperwork, including the little information she had on us. Her cousin wouldn't let her throw it out, and said "Let me try one more time." So it was actually the cousin that found us.

We've talked quite a bit on FB and a couple times on the phone. It seems we have SO many similarities! And the best is yet to come - she is planning to come visit next month to meet me and my sister.

It still feels a bit weird now to have 2 older sisters, rather than just 1. LOL What a WONDROUS thing God has done!!

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5/9/16 7:47 P

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Donna,
I pray your weekend was Blessed and encouraged.

We all have different journeys, but God is with us every step of the way. He is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. We must continue seeking His face, keep returning to the well...There we can find spiritual refreshment.

I pray God rains down Grace and Mercy on all of us. Keep trusting in the only one who continues to say Yes, when man says no.
May the awesome love of God Bless and keep you!


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5/6/16 4:06 P

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I want to ask for prayers. I'm having a really rough time right now emotionally. Mother's day is coming up and also my mom's birthday is this month on the 13th. She has only been gone to her heavenly home for a year and I still miss her so much. Please pray for me.

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5/6/16 7:38 A

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Bless your heart, LaTonya, we know all too well what you are going through. My DH's mom has it too. She still know everyone but her short term memory is growing shorter and shorter. It breaks our heart . We just continue to pray.

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5/5/16 7:36 P

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The past few weeks have truly been a journey. As my Mother's Dementia progresses, I am losing a small part of her everyday. While my faith and belief in God remains strong, the human in me is saddened to see how this disease is attacking her mind. Her Neurologist continues to increase and add medications. But she was honest, and let my family know medication can only slow the progression...There is no cure. Even though her memory comes and goes, for now, she still remembers her family. This journey has given me a new respect for those who suffer with the disease, and the caregivers taking care of them. I thank God for my strong foundation in Him, there is no way I could handle this without having God as my refuge and strength. My prayer is for all of you to love those near and dear to your heart, give them their flowers while they can still smell and enjoy them.

May God's grace keep you always.

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5/5/16 10:48 A

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Thank you Babygurl for putting this up.

I think of this team as kind of like "home". Each member that joins us is special and each of us will have our difficult times and need others to take it seriously and pray for that person's situation until it comes to a praise.
I was very concerned about you, Carla, and your anemia. I am so thankful you have your meds once again..

Several weeks ago, I was really down down down facing some more bad news with health issues. I was so tired of going to the doctor so much for I had been so much since January of 2015. Jan and Eva knew what I was going through and rallied around me with much encouragement and prayers (even phone calls). Others on the team that read prayer request knew a little about what was going on as I had share somewhat. They were praying too. This touched my life so deeply that it took me out of self-pity and made me focus once again on the Lord's Will and Strength. Now I am feeling stronger in the spirit and so blessed physically as well. Thing are looking up.

When one of our members are having a bad day, let's take it seriously and rally around them.


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5/4/16 11:34 P

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My current praise may sound silly to some, but to me it AMAZING!

I've dealt with anemia most of my adult life. On and off I've tried probably everything on the market that was recommended for anemia. Even prenatal vitamins did nothing for me. I've spent most of my life feeling fatigued, poor memory, poor focus, etc.

Several months ago, I started developing mouth sores and very painful palate. I let it go on for quite a while, because that's the kind of person I am - "it'll pass". Finally I did some research and found that was yet another symptom of anemia that had gotten severe. One-a-day vitamins were recommended. I laughed - if only they knew how many times I've tried vitamins! For some crazy reason, though, when my vitamins ran out and I needed to get more, I picked up a bottle of one-a-day for women.

Over the course of the next week, I noticed my mouth slowly healed. I felt a little better physically and mentally. Over the next couple of weeks, I continued taking the pills. Last week, I accidentally ran out. When I realized I only had a couple left, we also found out that we were broke. Like $9 overdrawn kind of broke (we're still trying to figure out how that happened). No big deal. I actually wasn't sure I'd be getting them again anyway. Money that could be better used elsewhere.

OMYGOODNESS! As the days wore on, I went steadily downhill. I was so tired, so physically drained, I couldn't focus, I couldn't remember, even my mouth sores came back. (Poor Lois, bless her heart. That dear, sweet woman had to put up with me in that condition while we were trying to set this group up.) I told my husband "I can't even stand myself right now!" The mental blocks were that bad. It all led up to yesterday. My body was SO run down that I was nauseated, chills, mild fever, and could hardly move or think. Looking back, I noticed the pattern that that would happen often when my anemia symptoms got worse.

I spent the day praying yesterday for healing. By evening, I was feeling a little better. And yesterday was payday. Hubby went to the store and got my vitamins in the evening. I took one immediately, then another this morning to get back on routine. This morning I was mostly better, and this evening I'm back to 100%.

I'm so thankful that God has allowed me to finally find something that works for me, as simple as it is. Because it built up slowly in my system, I didn't realize just how much it was helping me until it was suddenly not in my system anymore. And I'm BEYOND thankful just for energy, focus, memory - things I've never really known much of. The difference is amazing to me.

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5/4/16 9:28 P

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We serve such an awesome God! Share a small daily/weekly testimony with your family. No testimony is too small for us to rejoice with you! I want this forum to be interactive, so drop by often to share and care with us! By the way, if you read a post and a small voice tells you to reach out to that person, do it! It can be a short Spark Mail or a goodie letting them know you're sharing with them today. I'll go first...

I had been in prayer several months, asking God to surround me with more people who share the life I try to live for Christ. He truly does work in mysterious ways! He sent me an angel named "Lois", who invited me to join the old team. It was love at first sight! Not only do I have support to help me with my weight loss journey, but now I have this beautiful family who share my love for God!!! I love all of you! I thank God for placing you in my pathway!



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