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HISstrengthinMe

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About HISstrengthinMe

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    I am a Mom of four and wife to my terminaly ill husband. We are currently waiting for a much needed transplant surgery. Until then, I could use the occasional voices of support from a few understanding christian women.

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    I live in the LA county area of California.

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  • Interests
    I enjoy silence whenever I can get it, but I love the movies, board games with the kids and friends. I also enjoy worship times and singing to the Lord.

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  • Occupation
    Right now, just holdin' down the fort. That's a major job currently!
  1. Thank you so much abc. You and several people on this site made a huge difference in me. God knew WHAT I needed and WHEN I needed it. His timing is Amazing!! So faithful.. that is our Papa God.
  2. Thanks abc... you bless me. Oh, and HERE I AM!
  3. Growing up and Moving on Warm Greetings abc!! It has been a very long time. Thank you for your message that I just now read that you actually wrote back in August I think!! This has been a brutal year for many I think. I also think it has been a year of intense growth.. the kind of growing pains that can wake you up in the night. You know the kind? A most valuable thing I learned this season is regarding my joy. I learned the idea that when I am submitted to the authority of Christ in my life and surrendered to HIM, I have greater joy and more of the fullness or abundant life we all long for. Depression, anxiety or just a sadness can often be caused from moments when I have unknowingly or knowingly made my own "declaration of independence" from God! Who do I think I am trying to run my own life? Hasn't the Lord proven to me over and over again that He is an excellent Captain of this journey. Me emotions make a good traveling companion, but a horrible Captain! I have learned that greater joy is found when I recognize the Sovereignty of God in my life and make a DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE on Him and rest in the knowledge that HE IS GOOD and HE DOES GOOD THINGS FOR ME all the time. THERE I find peace. Good to check in on you abc. We will talk again soon I hope!
  4. An older post I found.... I found this post from the "Say Good Night" thread, posted on July 12, 2007. I did not set about to "pray the scriptures" as I posted. I merely was impressed and inspired with the passage of scripture and fashioned my prayer after what the Word said. Seems fitting for today, don't you think?
  5. What's worked for me.... Hi there Nickjonmom, I hear what you are saying, I think. It sounds like you may simply be ready for a deepening of your relationship with Father God. This is an EXCELLENT foundation for relationship with the Lover of our soul. My encouragement to you is to keep doing what you've been doing and add to it. What passage of scripture is the Lord high-lighting to you? Spend time with it. Read it frequently and even post it on your fridge or the back of the bathroom door or near the stove where you cook, etc. I have found it extremely helpful to re-write the scripture in my own words. This may sound heretical to some, but with the help of Holy Spirit, it really is just personalizing the scripture for yourself. Then prayer comes strait from the abundance of the heart flow, which in this case is an abundance of the Word that you have stored there. Here's an example... a natural response to a challenging circumstance with another then becomes something like... "Lord! Open their eyes to the Who You Are and the hope You have for them... " based on Eph 1:15-23. Our flesh is supressed and our 'spirit-man' comes foward in a holy response to difficulty. What a better way to live, would you not agree? Does that make sense???
  6. I pulled this off my CarePage and posted it here. I couldn't remember the exact date they had called us for Kenny's transplant surgery. We are coming up on the one year of EVERYTHING. So very much healing has taken place, and yet thinking about where I was a year ago at this time brings it all back like a flood. It's a phenomena. Here is the link to the countdown site, begun ALMOST 1 year to the day! http://www.christianmom.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4647&highlight=lung+transplant+countdown
  7. Here it is! I thought I'd pull this thread up again for Laughmore and any others who can relate. The site mentioned is still quite active and has been a source of strength and encouragement to many.
  8. Hey there Kim! I haven't been on much either, but noticed many missing. It's good to see you checking in. I hope the issues of that other group get resolution in your heart and spirit. That sounds like a challenging situation. I bless you in this effort... may you find Truth and Freedom.
  9. Proverbs 31 Just for fun, I copied this from The Message translation. Hymn to a Good Wife 10-31 A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden. First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. She's quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. She doesn't worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: "Many women have done wonderful things, but you've outclassed them all!" Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises! Hello to you, Megankuzn. I was just wondering if when you read this now, as I just did, you can see there ARE places where you can say... "You know, I DO do that." Or maybe something like... "That bit right there, THAT is me." I want to encourage you. Scripture should inspire us toward good stuff. When it doesn't, often times it isn't being inspired by the ONE who wrote it, but rather the enemy of our soul. We can be so very cruel to ourselves. My pastor just pointed out to us how many of the psalms, often David, say something like: "Soul! You listen to me. Why are you so down? Put your hope in God." (Ps 42) That morning he said to us, if we listen to ourselves and not the Spirit, we are IN TROUBLE. On one side we have the liar, telling us how we stink and will never measure up and how God could never honor our efforts towards righteousness. On the other shoulder sits the accuser, pointing out everything we did and did not do and calling us names. We don't stand a chance if we don't tell our owns souls to LISTEN. I took so much encouragement from this simple analogy. So before we begin to find ourselves so lacking and hating what we see in the mirror, I just wanted to say... slow down a little and know that God knows the intentions of your heart and HE LOVES what HE sees there. This is a weighty chunk of scripture. Let's ask God to help us see, understand and digest the piece HE wants us to see. He will be Faithful.
  10. Thank You Diana... I always apprciate the prayers! How was your Monday..? or Tuesday...? How is your week shaping up?
  11. Lord, I need you to be REAL, tangible and easy to find. Please make Yourself known to me, even more. I ask that You would forgive me for seeking comfort in momentary pleasures of sleep, food, TV or anything else that would dull my senses to Your presense, Lord. I need YOU. As much as I can have. And I will search You out. Thank You, God, that You delight in me and see me as lovely. Help me to know I can be satisfied in every way... by YOU. I love You Lord.
  12. It's been months since I've posted anything here... This seemed as good a place as any to just pop in and say "HI!" and feel like I'm touching the world in some manner. Life is changing so much and so fast for all of us. Today was a fairly good Monday. One of my children(dd 8yr) has transitioned back into public school and is doing quite well. My 13yr son has enthusiasticly begun life on the High School campus. My oldest son (16) is doing a home based HS and is having a much better year than last year. The last little one is just 4yrs old and I am asking God to help me find a good fit for him at pre-school. All this change and more, as I will be returning to school as well. Some of you may know my husband passed away... it will be a year in November, so our adaptation to life is fairly profound. ABC... you know the story. You've been here FOREVER. I appreciate your messages to me always. Overall, we are good and even strong. My older boys have gotten over the hump, so to speak. The two younger seem a bit more fragile to me. As for myself, I am very caught between the hope of anticipation of really throwing myself back into school and being excited for the new thing... and then screaming.... STOP!! I have been spending a lot of time re-learning ME without my husband of 17 yrs. It's very hard work! But I believe I am on the right track. Love to all of you Mom's out there and here's to a new week!!
  13. Thank you very much. We have not yet met and I have not been on the boards much at all. It always surprises me and puts a smile on my face when I see my name up here and any thread that somehow connects back to a time when I was posting more often. Hope to talk with you again some time. Dawn
  14. Muddy Waters... For me personally, I find that often my desire to speak up and be heard goes to war with my effort to have that gentle and quiet spirit. I especially hate being misunderstood, so this puts me in a place of defending my position or choices to others. I think this is fairly normal, really. However, I'd really like to zero in on one of the points Secondchance mentioned: I've been learning something in my GriefShare group. They spoke of something similar to this only in regards to one becoming 'stuck' in grief. This lesson spoke of the anger and pain one feels when suffering a deep loss, especially when it comes back God's way. There are two lies I can get stuck in: 1. What God has taken away from me, I cannot live with out. This lie would put me in the position of arguing with God and a belief that would suggest I do not trust my God can take care of me and that He would leave me in such a devestating circumstance. 2. The situation I am in currently is unrecoverable. This lie again denotes a lack of faith and trust that God has plans and purpose for my life, regardless of suffering, pain, and loss. He is Sovereign and can do as He pleases. He has a perspective that is fully God who is forever Wise and All Knowing. To me then, a gentle and quiet spirit for me today would be demonstrated by a choice on my part to not "freak out" and/or succumb to the intensity of my emotions, allowing them to own me. Instead I am trying my best to FEEL the range of emotion, work through my grief and loss, all through the lens of a foundational trust in God... that He remains a constant loving force behind me, supporting me, every step of the way.
  15. Hi Guys, I actually spoke to her on the phone a couple of weeks ago on the phone and she sounded good. I'm trying to remember what she said about the move, but our conversations was good. I will attempt to ring her or email her within the next week. TonelsMom.....?? I miss you and we are lovin and prayin for you.

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