Family, Like Branches On A Tree, We Grow in Different Directions, Yet Our Roots Remain As One, Rooted In God And Jesus!

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If we are Rooted in God and Jesus we are able to stand the strong winds, and storms of life! God never promised us a “rose garden”.  He promised us that He would be there with us to comfort us and we would never have to be alone again, unless we wanted to be. 

My family has shown me that we can go through anything with God and Jesus by our side. God has carried me through abuse, stalking, unemployment, losing my car, losing my home, and divorce. God never left me. I left Him.

Then, he gave me the “love of my life” when He thought that I was ready. I had to learn to put God number one no matter what….above my family, my husband, and my children…when I lost all and only had God…I found out that He was all that I ever needed. Mother told me…

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Dealing With The Devil

Dealing with the Devil.

Take away the D from Devil and you still have the Evil. We live in a world with “good” and “evil”, and so we have to deal with them everyday. You must choose which you will follow. 

You can pretend that evil does not exist, but ignoring it will not make it go away, and it will serve to allow it to take a hold of you and your life. I choose to fight evil not ignore it.

My higher power has told me that He loves me and wants me to fight evil, and that He does not want me to allow it to overcome me.

Our police officers cannot be everywhere all the time, and should not be our only defense against evil.

Our government should not be allowed to take away our God given right to defend and protect our family and home.

The Devil works through people just as God does. We can choose to allow the Devil in or choose to allow God in and do God’s will. Along with choosing the Devil and Evil, you will have to suffer the consequences of your choices.  Don’t allow the Devil to get a stronghold in your life. 

My motto has always been, “Be prepared”. I was never in the Girl Scouts, but I was a Boy Scout Den Mother. I choose to pray for the best, prepare for the worst, and be grateful for all the good in my life. 

Just For Today…Live In Today…One Day At A Time

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Most of my life, I never lived in today. I lived in my resentments from the past, or my fears for the future, and as a result I was miserable.  I have learned to do the best that I can with what God has given me, and to stop beating myself up for not being perfect and to not allow others to make me feel inferior for not knowing all the answers. I am not God and I am human, therefore prone to fail sometimes, but God loves me as I am. I do not have to be perfect. It has been hard for me to continue to “live in today”, but today is the only day that have to live. Instead of worrying about what will happen tomorrow I have to stay in what can I do today and what is my responsibility.  God is my “higher power” and all I have to do is to follow His will for me, and when I do my life is so much more serene and peaceful.

BE YOURSELF…Whatever You Choose To Be


I spent most of my life trying to be someone else besides myself. I was never happy with myself or my life.

I always compared myself to others. I always fell short in my mind. I thought that in order to be loved I had to do something or be what others thought that I should be, in order to be loved or accepted.  If fact, I grew up to be loved, I had to be perfect.

For twenty eight years now,  I have learned that I don’t have to give up me to be loved by you, and when I did I was very unhappy. So, I believe that it is best for me to be myself then I am much happier and the people around me are happier too.  Then, I am at peace with myself and others. 

A Spiritual Renewal

There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes.

You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness–righteous, holy, and true.

So put away all falsehood and “tell your neighbor the truth” because we belong to each other.

And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.”

Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the devil.

source: Ephesians 4: 23-27 NLT

Gratitude…is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside.

~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~

Another exercise that I practice is to try for a
full inventory of my blessings and then
for a right acceptance of the many gifts that are mine —
both temporal and spiritual. . .
I try to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart
cannot entertain great conceits.
When brimming with gratitude,
one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love,
the finest emotion that we can ever know.”

Bill. W., March 1962
c.1988 AA Grapevine, The Language of the Heart, p. 271


Thought to Consider . . .

I have learned what a heart full of gratitude feels like.

H J F  =  Happy, Joyous, and Free

The Expert In Anything Was Once The Beginner~Someday



I always said Someday I will be happy.

Someday I’ll be more creative.

Someday I will write my story.

Someday I will find someone to love me the way that I need to be loved.

Someday I will start painting whatever I want to on my canvas called “Life”.

Someday I will be able to pay my bills.

Someday. . .

Someday I will make lots of money. 

Someday I will sing with my Dad.

Someday I won’t want to die anymore.

Someday I will figure out what I want to be when I grow up. 

Someday. . .

Someday I will think I’m special and I do have someone unique to offer the world. 

Someday I will believe that I don’t have to be perfect.

Someday I will live life to the fullest.

Accepting life as it comes, changing what I can and accepting what I can’t.


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Thy Will NOT Mine

“Lord, if it’s not Your will.

Let it slip through my grasp.

And give me the peace not to worry about it.” source: Unknown

I had a job interview today. 

I prayed for faith because I was afraid. I walked out in faith and made the appointment for the interview. 

I have prayed and prayed all week for God to grant me the faith and courage to do whatever I had to, in order to obtain the position, IF it were His will for me.

I have learned through years of “hard knocks” and “misery”, that God’s will was always better for me than mine. 

So, I prayed to God, even though I knew that He already knew what my needs were, for Him to let me get the job, if it were His will. And if were not His will that I would accept the fact that it was not the job for me. He knows my needs. I have been praying for my needs to be fulfilled, so that I would be able to support my family.

“Thy will not mine be done always, Lord.”

“God wants you to decide in advance, trusting him and believing that his will is the best plan for your life.” source: Rick Warren


When I’m On My Knees~Flip Side of Negative


“There are times in the world that I see so much of the negative, Father that I am tempted to get caught up in it. Then I think of You. I can’t change others only myself.

Thank you for helping me see the good in people, the best in difficult situations. Let me sense the fresh smell of drizzling cleansing rain, the quiet times during recovering illness. Thank You for teaching me to recall the good events in life and help me not to dwell on the bad ones. 

Thank You for helping me to see the good even in myself. I will build on that rather than put myself down. 

I lift my praise to You in all situations and look for Your goodness and love.  

source: When I’m On My Knees, by Anita Corrine Donihue

Wisdom Is Only Found In Truth

Today, Sally, we believe God wants you to know that ...truth has strength and power of its own. In any situation you find yourself in, look for truth, search for it deep in your heart. Let that truth of your heart flow, and you will see obstacles melt like ice.
Today, Sally, we believe God wants you to know that …truth has strength and power of its own. In any situation you find yourself in, look for truth, search for it deep in your heart. Let that truth of your heart flow, and you will see obstacles melt like ice.

Your A Keeper…Use Things, NOT People, Love People NOT Things

I grew up with practical parents. A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen before they had a name for it.  A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones. 

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away.

I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other.  It was the time for fixing things.  A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep. 

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.  All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful.  Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there’d always be more. 

But then my mother died, and on that clear summer’s night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t any more. 

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away…never to return.. So… While we have it….. it’s best we love it…. And care for it… And fix it when it’s broken……… And heal it when it’s sick. 

This is true. For marriage……. And old cars….. And children with bad report cards….. And dogs with bad hips…. And aging parents…… And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.
Some things we keep. Like a  best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with. 

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special…….. And so, we keep them close! 

I received this from someone who thinks I am a ‘keeper’, so I’ve sent it to the people I think of in the same way… Now it’s your turn to send this to those people that are “keepers” in your life. Good friends are like stars…. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there. Keep them close! 

When  you die, 10 things GOD won’t ask you: 

1….. God won’t ask what kind of car you drove. He’ll ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation.. 

2….. God won’t ask the square footage of your house, He’ll ask how many people you welcomed into your home. 

3….. God won’t ask about the clothes you had in your closet, He’ll ask how many you helped to clothe. 

4….. God won’t ask what your highest salary was. He’ll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it. 

5….. God won’t ask what your job title was. He’ll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability. 

6….. God won’t ask how many friends you had. He’ll ask how many people to whom you were a friend. 

7….. God won’t ask in what neighborhood you lived, He’ll ask how you treated your neighbors. 

8….. God won’t ask about the color of your skin, He’ll ask about the content of your character. 

9….. God won’t ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation. He’ll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven, if You’ve asked Him into your heart, and not to the gates of Hell. 

10….. God won’t have to ask how many people you forwarded this to, He already knows your decision.

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Today, Sally, we believe God wants you to know that …you were created to be alive.
You weren’t made to simply survive until you die. Live it up, embrace life.

This entire planet exists for all God’s creatures, – and that includes you. Don’t wait to start living, begin right now, with your very next breath. There are many wonderful experiences waiting for you, so get going.


In my recovery, I found out that I had a choice whether I wanted to continue to live in the anger and resentments, or did I want to get help and get better. AA = Attitude Adjustment.

I just told a friend last night, that “Why would anyone choose to stay miserable and angry, and die drunk?? And…not take what was so freely given to us and countless others.

I wanted it ALL, so I had to do as I was told to, and I attended meetings, got a sponsor, read the literature, and WORKED the steps, ALL twelve of them in order. We offer to cheerfully refund your misery if you do not want to get help or change. 

I have heard people say, “Oh, AA does not work, I got drunk again.” I say, “No, you chose to continue to run your own life instead of doing God’s will, and if you don’t do the footwork = work the steps, then, yes, many do drink again and die a slow painful death.”

In recovery:

1. I went back to college and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree.

2. God gave me the love of my life.

3. God and my parents gave me a home.

4. I have learned to be content in whatsoever state I am in.

5. I no longer choose to do things that cause me pain and chaos and consequences. 

6. I do NOT want to continue to pay the consequences! I chose sobriety and serenity.

I have learned that if people continue to ENABLE and cover up for an alcoholic/addict, then they may never recover or change, and many die that way. Please, STOP enabling them and allow them to hit their bottom. Give them to God!