Be Proud Of Who You Are. No Matter What Race You Are!

BE PROUD OF YOUR RACE

Be proud of whomever you are, whether it be your race, sex, or nationality. Anyone can be a Racist!

God made you just as you are. If He had wanted you to be any other race, sex, or nationality, He would have made you that way. God does NOT make mistakes! You are NOT a mistake!

Do NOT allow others to make you feel inferior or less than you are.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Stop allowing the racists and hate-filled people to define who you are.

You have a choice in life. You can either accept yourself like you are, or you can change some things about you, that you do not like.

You are NOT less than anyone else! No matter how much money that they have, or what they do for a living. My mother always told us that there was honor in any kind of work.

God made each of us with special talents, and He expects us to NOT hide them, waste them, or to allow others to make us feel guilty for having them.

Be the best that you can be, that is all that God asks of us.

Our God is an Awesome God!

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MICHAEL W. SMITH
Wow, 7,546,734 views!! Fantastic song. Heard it first on KSBJ, and I sing it a lot.
God has delivered me from my addictions since January 1, 1987.
I woke up this morning singing this song!
Tonight I am celebrating twenty seven years of sobriety and serenity, by the grace of a loving and forgiving God.
I did not do this alone, I had a lot of sober alcoholics and alanons who gave given freely of themselves through the years.
I have gone through death, divorce, unemployment, homelessness, stalking, abuse, and even a cancer scare back in 2000.
I lost my Dad in 2002, my Daddy in 2006, and Moma in 2012, and so now know I have to be the “grown up”.
I always wanted to be one of the big kids, and sit up at the big table with Moma and Daddy.
I just turned sixty this month. It feels so weird.
I am RESPONSIBLE by the grace of God and the twelve steps and therapy.
I learned years ago, that I had a choice, and that if I wanted to just stay sober I could, but for me I wanted it all!
Sobriety and Serenity takes action and doing the “footwork”. I did not want to just sit back and say ok make me well or fix me.
I did not get sobriety and serenity without working the steps.
Many an alcoholic has gotten drunk again by not working the steps and “growing up” and taking Responsibility for themselves.
Many have died drunks.
God gives us free will, so we have the freedom to choose how we want to live.
In our “instant” and “throw away” society people want the “easy way” out for everything.
If you want it all, and don’t want to just be a “dry drunk”, then you must do it all.
Choose life and sobriety.
“Nothing is impossible with God.”

Overcome Evil With Good

“Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12:21

When I work with others it helps me to get out of myself and my own problems,  and it pushes me to think of how to help them, then in turn, God helps me and blesses me.

God provides all my needs, and some of my wants. Everyone knows someone who is less fortunate than them. Reach out where you are. the quote, “Bloom where you are planted” has a special meaning for me.

In other words, we cannot help everyone but we can help those that God has put in our path to help.

HELP = Helping Other Lonely People.

It breaks my heart that I cannot help everyone, but that is reality.

I visited a friend in the nursing home Friday, and of course she was so happy to see us and to be remembered especially during the holidays. I had several little gifts, but there were so many people there that looked lonely and sad, but just saying Merry Christmas doesn’t seem to be enough.

I am not financially able to visit very often. But…one little frail lady really tugged at my heart strings. I was going to my friend’s car to get the gifts, and I walked by her sitting in her wheelchair crying for someone to help her. I told her Merry Christmas, but I had nothing left to give. She stopped calling for help for a few minutes, and she said that she wished that she had someone to come see her. She reminded me of my mother in her last days, all she wanted was to be loved and given attention.

God it made me think of mother’s last six years at home with us, and it taught me to be grateful that my mother did not have to go through that. I had already made the New Year’s resolution with myself, that I was going to start visiting the nursing homes near me. I don’t have money for gas to go far, and my truck is old and not in that good of shape. But…God reminded me again, to “Bloom where I am planted”.

CHRISTmas to me is about Sharing God’s Love With All His Children…Young and Old

Sally T, Sally V, & Melanie L, Alvin, TX, December 20, 2013CHRISTmas to me is about Sharing God‘s Love With All God’s Children. It is about giving not receiving. No matter how little you have, if you look around there are people who have less than you do. God told us that God’s greatest commandment was to love one another. Me and the Girls got a chance to spend the day together just enjoying each others company and catching up what has been going on in each others life’s.
Me, Sally V., and Melanie L. have stayed friends and stayed in touch for years through all our problems, and we each have been each others support system. We never gave up on each other. Us old people need love too.

God has blessed me with friends who have loved me unconditionally like Jesus has loved us. I am truly blessed. All of my needs have been met. I have God in my life and in charge of my life. I am truly loved for exactly who I am. I have family and friends that have loved me through all the problems, all the deaths, lost jobs, lost homes, lost cars, and lost loves. People and things are no longer my “higher power”, and I never have to be alone again unless I want to.

BOLD ENOUGH TO BE LED BY THE SPIRIT

“The wicked flee when no man pursues them, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous are bold as a lion.”~~Proberbs 28:1

Bold Enough to be Led by the Spirit

“If we intend to succeed at being ourselves, we must reach a point where we can be led by the Holy spirit. Only God, through His Spirit, will lead us to succeed and be all we can be. Other people usually won’t, the devil certainly won’t, and we are not able to do it ourselves without God. Being led by the Spirit does not mean that we do not make mistakes or that we are perfect. The Holy Spirit does not make mistakes but we do.

Following the Spirit’s leading is a process which can only be learned by doing. We start by stepping out into things we believe God is putting on our hearts, and we learn by wisdom and experience how to hear more clearly and definitely. 

I say that boldness is required to be led by the Spirit because: 1.) only boldness steps out, and 2.) only boldness can survive making mistakes. When insecure people make mistakes, they often will never try again. Bold people make many mistakes, but their attitude is, “I’m going to keep trying until I learn to do this right.” 

Those who suffer from condemnation usually don’t believe they can hear from God. Even if they think they may have heard from God and do step out, a minor failure is a major setback to them. I am prepared mentally and emotionally not to be defeated by mistakes and problems when they do come. 

Be bold. Be determined that you are going to be all God wants you to be. Don’t hide behind fears and insecurities any longer. If you have already made major blunders in your life and have been living under condemnation for a reason, and I encourage you to take this message personally, just as though God were talking directly to you through it. Be determined to press on toward victory.” ~~~Joyce Meyer

Be Spirit Led

God is not an author of “fear” or “confusion”. If we are afraid or confused, then it probably is not God’s will.

Yves Johnson Ministries

Have you ever read Matt 4:1-2?  We don’t know if Jesus was immediately led to the wilderness or if this was some time after His baptism.  Luke 4:1 says, “Jesus returned from the Jordan River.” What we do know is that He was “led by the Spirit.”  This is an object lesson for us.  Likewise, we must be “led by the Spirit.”  The Spirit will never lead us to a place where we shouldn’t be.  If we lead ourselves, we’re doomed to get lost.

How can you be led by the Spirit?  Seek God’s direction through prayer.  How can you tell if the Spirit is leading you? Is what you’re being “led” to do in line with a Christ-like behavior?  If so, then you’re on the right path.

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Sweetly Broken~~Jeremy Riddle~~Jesus Sacrificed Himself To Save Us All!

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To the cross I look, to the cross I cling
Of its suffering I do drink
Of its work I do sing

On it my Savior both bruised and crushed
Showed that God is love
And God is just

Chorus:
At the cross You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees, and I am
Lost for words, so lost in love,
I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered

What a priceless gift, undeserved life
Have I been given
Through Christ crucified

You’ve called me out of death
You’ve called me into life
And I was under Your wrath
Now through the cross I’m reconciled 

Chorus:

In awe of the cross I must confess
How wondrous Your redeeming love and
How great is Your faithfulness

From the album Sweetly Broken – with my own pictures

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Taylor, TX

 

But For The Grace Of God…There Go I!

But for the grace of God, I could have been born in one of those God forsaken countries that has communism and the satanic cult of islam, instead of our Christian nation. I don’t believe that it was because I deserved it but because of God’s grace.

I know that I cannot save the world or stop evil from happening, but I do have empathy for the poor people that have to live in that evil. I will do whatever I can to wake up more people to the evils of the satanic cult of islam and communism.

But for the grace of God, I was born into a Christian family that taught us to love each other not rape, torture, maim, or kill each other. I have never been homeless, and never gone hungry.

God has truly blessed me. It reminds me to be grateful to be who I am and to live where I live. It reminds me to be grateful that my ancestors were Christian, hard working, and good people. My ancestors fought and died to keep our country free and safe.  Even with all the corruption, communism, and islam infiltrating our country, America is still the best country to live in.

I will help fight to keep America Christian, and Capitalist.  God bless all our veteran heroes, past and present. Thank God for my American heroes and veterans.

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You Can Do What God Has Called You To Do!

GOD'S PLAN-B.B.

“I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.”~~PHILIPPIANS 4:13

“Recently I saw a sign on a church that said, “Trust in God, believe in yourself, and you can do anything.” That is not correct.

There was a time in my life when I would have seen that sign and said, “Amen!” But not anymore. You and I really cannot do anything we want to do. We cannot do anything or everything that everyone else is doing. But we can do everything God has called us to do. And we can be anything God says we can be

We must get balance in this area. We can go to motivational seminars and be told with a lot of emotional hype, “You can do anything. Think you can do it; believe you can do it; say you can do it–and you can do it!” That is true only to a degree. Carried too far, it get off into humanism. We need to speak about ourselves what the Word says about us. 

We can do what we are called to do, what we are gifted to do. There are ways we can learn to recognize the grace gifts that are on our lives. 

I have learned this regarding myself; when I start getting frustrated, I know it is a sign that either I have gotten off into my own works and am no longer receiving God’s grace, or I am trying to to do something for which there was no grace to begin with.” ~~New Day New You,  Joyce Meyer

I spent many years of my life trying to figure out what God wanted me to do or be. I became a people-pleaser and I tried to be what other people thought I should be. I worshiped my mother, so I tried to be what she wanted me to be. All I ever wanted to be was a wife and mother, and have a home like she did. I married an abusive man and found out that I could not have any children. I could not imagine what I was living for.

By God’s grace, we adopted a beautiful baby boy. I had it all, or so I thought, a home, husband, and a baby. I was still unfulfilled, depressed, and unhappy.

I never knew for sure that I was what God had planned for me to be. No matter what I did, I felt it was never enough. My ex-husband drank a lot and cheated on me and he was a workaholic. Neither of us were happy. I wanted a husband who was kind, loving, and faithful. A husband who came home at night and wanted to be with me, and wanted to build a home together. I never had the intimacy that I craved, even when my ex-husband was home, he was “emotionally unavailable” to me. 

In recovery, I began trying to learn what God’s will was for me. I began working with others and “carrying the message”.  So, I decided to become a Substance Abuse Counselor. 

I went to college and became a Counselor. After five years, working in the prison system, I became “burned out” besides being laid off in 1995. I was devastated.  I was unemployed and therefore, could not pay house notes, car notes, and had to move out and sell my home. My son chose to move in with his Dad. God, I felt like such a failure. It is a miracle that I am alive and that I survived, because back then I wanted to die! 

By God’s grace, I had family for a support system. Through my “program for living” I became closer to God and I learned to “accept life on life’s terms” and not my own. After years of working on me, I am now remarried and I have never been happier. I have a home, wonderful husband, and wonderful family who loves me just as I am. Life is still not perfect, because that is life.

My number one priorities are knowing and doing God’s will, staying away from alcohol, “carrying the message”, and doing God’s will not mine. God has taken away the “chaos” and replaced it with “serenity”.  I was not an overnight job. It took living “One day at a Time”. 

NO ONE CAN MAKE YOU FEEL INFERIOR WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT

Today, Sally, we believe God wants you to know that …no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

You have to agree that you are less and that someone else is more to feel inferior. If you don’t agree, you can not possibly feel inferior. You might know something less, or you might be able to do something less, but you ARE unique and hence simply incomparable. Do not buy into being reduced to an object of comparison.

“God knows your value; He sees your potential. You may not understand everything you are going through right now. But hold your head up high, knowing that God is in control and he has a great plan and purpose for your life. Your dreams may not have turned out exactly as you’d hoped, but the bible says that God’s ways are better and higher than our ways, even when everybody else rejects you, remember, God stands before you with His arms open wide. He always accepts you. He always confirms your value. God sees your two good moves! You are His prized possession. No matter what you go through in life, no matter how many disappointments you suffer, your value in God’s eyes always remains the same. You will always be the apple of His eye. He will never give up on you, so don’t give up on yourself.” 
― Joel OsteenYour Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

 

You Are Exactly Where You Are Meant To Be

Today we believe God wants you to know that … you are exactly where you are meant to be.

Trust in God that everything is exactly the way it is supposed to be.

Just as a child has to pass through a tiny channel on its way from the womb into life, so are you on your way to God.

All my life I never thought that I was where God wanted me to be, or what He wanted me to be. I lived in fear and doubt. I never thought that I was good “enough”. I never felt like I “fit in” or was “as good as” others. I became a “people pleaser”. I lived my life for others and tried be what they wanted me to be. I never had my own identity outside others. I was never happy. I reached the brink of suicide before I reached out for help and began my “recovery”. 

I began my “New Life” or Recovery on January 1, 1987, and now that I am in recovery I now have faith in God, and I know without a doubt that I am exactly where God wants me to be, doing exactly what I am doing. I am no longer living in fear and depression. I am “happy, joyous, and free”.

Still life with Bible, by Vincent Van Gogh
Still life with Bible, by Vincent Van Gogh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Nothing happens in God’s world by mistake”. ~~source: AA, p. 417

SELF ACCEPTANCE

Self Acceptance

Today, Sally, we believe God wants you to know that …

God is glad that you are You.

Sure, we all have things we want to change, to improve about ourselves. But underneath the flesh and bone, you are an immortal and perfect soul. Always remember that.

God judges us from our insides, people judge us by our outside. 

JESUS LOVES ME!

I learned this song as a child, and I really love it today. We are to deliver the message, and they can do with it what they will. They will have to pay their consequences not us. No more EXCUSES! No matter what happens to me, I know that Jesus loves me and will NEVER forsake me. I left Him, he did not leave me. Like a gentleman, he waited for me to choose His will for my life. No one can separate us from God unless we allow them to. We must contine to “fight the good fight, and fight evil! We are in a Spiritual War for our souls! Satan works through people and comes in many forms to seek and destroy.  

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

Never put off until tomorrow telling the people you love that you love them, or forgive those who hurt you. You do not have tomorrow promised to you. Only God knows when our time on earth is up, and I hope that you do not wait until it is too late. By God’s grace, I was born into a loving, forgiving, Christian family, and our mother taught us that family is forever. I have made sure for the last twenty six years that I tell the people I love everyday, and spend as much time with them as possible, so I won’t have regrets when they are gone. My mother and daddy had a problem with the words I love you, but they always showed that they loved us. Daddy worked hard to support us, and Mother worked very hard raising and taking care of us six children. Those were good times when the American families were closer knit and did things together.

Nowadays, some families never talk or get together ever, or have resentments that keep them apart and missing out on being a family. I am so grateful for being born an American into a Christian family that instilled in us all the “work ethic” of “you don’t work then you don’t eat”. I realize that there are some people who have families that are sick or drinking or using and are unable to be there for them. Some people grew up with very abusive families, but God can and will heal all wounds. Some of the girls that I have sponsored (counseled) with have had very deep scars and grew up in abuse and insanity. But by the grace of God they are able to move on with their life’s and heal from that pain and learn to be happy. I receive blessings from God when I work with others and try to help them heal and grow out of the pain. 

One of the things that really bugs me the most is when ignorant people say things like, “Oh, just forget the past and get on with your life.” If it were that easy more people would do it. In order to heal they must face the pain and work through it, in order to get to the other side and be happy and be at peace. It is not that we are condoning the abuse but we are accepting it and choosing to grow past it and heal so that we can be happy.   

To Be Happy In Life, You Must Learn The Difference Between What You Want VS What You Need

God always supplies all our needs, just not always our wants, that will never be satisfied. 

We need to stay grateful for what God has given us, and accept what He has not given us. We must play the hand that we are dealt. 

Are You Helping or Hurting = Enabling??

I am re-posting a earlier post that I hope everyone who needs to see it does. I pray to “help” not “hurt”.

I woke up today thinking about the topic of “hurting” or “helping” again today. I have been praying for God to “direct my thinking” and to help me to share what I need to share to try to help others find peace and serenity like I did. I am again dealing with trying to “help” not “hurt” a close family member that I love dearly and only want to help.

My natural instinct is to try and “fix”, “control”, or “cure” them. I admit that I hate being powerless! And…that reminded me that~~I have no right to try and do my will instead of God’s will. I wanted to fix the world, but I learned that was God’s job not mine. Thank God for AA, AL-ANON and all the twelve step programs.

“Acceptance is the answer to my problem. When I stopped living in the problem, and started living in the answer, the problem went away.” (AA Big Book, page 448) ~~the quote out of the book saved my sanity and serenity many times in the last Twenty Six (26) years. 

Sally's Serenity Spot

This close to Mother’s Day, and working in the field that I do, I have really been remembering how I was taught to be a Caretaker. My Mother raised me to be a loving, kind, unselfish, independent, strong, and moral person. I grew up living in my dream world, where everyone loved everybody, and there were no mean, hateful, and abusive people.

I have tried to help others all my life. I married an abusive and unfaithful man, and tried to fix him. Of course, it did not work, because we cannot Control, Change, or Cure anyone. I had to learn the difference between helping or hurting. I had to learn the meaning of “Enabling“. Enabling is doing for someone else, what they could do for themselves. If we continue to “enable” someone, then it serves to make them irresponsible, and not be responsible for their own…

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Big Daddy Weave: “I AM REDEEMED”!

I had just heard this song a few minutes ago again, but this time it really hit me in the heart. I AM REDEEMED! It makes my heart glad to know that I am, and that I never have to live that life of Anger, Hate, Chaos, and Destruction that the life of sin produces. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!

God’s Purpose For My Life…Writer and Genealogist

YOUR LIFE STORY

For the first time in my life I know what God‘s purpose is for my life. I know that I am living exactly where I am supposed to be, and doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing. All my life, I never felt like I “fit” anywhere. I always thought that if only I had a “different” body, or a “different” life. I was never happy with myself. I was jealous of the “confident” and “self-assured” girls and women. And…I always wished that I had bigger boobs, more friends, and was popular. 

Looking back at my childhood it makes me sad, because I realize that I “wasted” a lot of time “wishing” my life away. I lived in my fantasy world through my romance novels and books, and my Barbie doll world. I was never “happy”. I always compared myself to others, and I never measured up in my eyes. I was a beautiful little girl. I have seen photos and I was…beautiful, but I never felt it!

Today, because of my relationship with God/Jesus I have been “healed”, and I know what my purpose in life is.

Jesus wants me to sponsor and “carry the message” to the other girls and women who are still suffering and need to hear His message of Faith, Hope, and Love. Jesus does save!!

He saved me, and He will save you too, if you ask Him, and you work for it…

To Do: 1. Go to meetings, 2. Get a sponsor, 3. Read Big Book and Twelve Steps, 4. Work the steps with a sponsor. 

Wants vs Needs

There are actual needs, and there are arbitrary wants. The most basic needs you as a human require for survival are oxygen, water, food, clothing and shelter. Anything beyond those are “wants”.

Many things can satisfy your basic needs. A cave for shelter, a blanket for clothing, rainwater for water, but you must have them for basic survival. Wants have nothing to do with actual survival.

When you cannot distinguish between wants versus needs, or if you can’t identify a want as a want, you set yourself up to live in a constant state of craving and disappointment.

If you don’t get an item or situation you have been hoping for, ask yourself if it was just an arbitrary want. Was it something you decided to want based on an advertisement or suggestion, or did it just pop into your head?

Don’t get me wrong–I want things I don’t need just as much as anyone. But when it looks like I may not get them, I ask myself what it is, and realize in almost every case, it was just an arbitrary want, brought on by a “that would be cool” whim that popped into my head out of nowhere.

When you recognize a want as just a want, you begin to realize the silliness of wanting things and situations based on nothing in particular, and the futility of being disappointed when they don’t materialize.

But isn’t it selfish to want money or a job or a relationship or cool stuff? It depends. If your desires are born of the ego, of a desire to avoid bad feelings or lack or loneliness or to boost your identity, yes–that is selfish, and even if you get what you want, it will not help you to feel good. But if your goals are born of spirit–of a desire to share, to create beauty and good, to help others lose their ever-present fear that drives them to seek happiness in things that cannot give it to them, no, that is not selfish. That is spiritual. That is God-like. Yes, you can want and have abundance.” 

I spent most of my life searching for something or someone to make me happy, or to change the way I felt. For some reason I believed that if I had the “right” body, the “right” husband, the “right” house, the “right” job, and then I would be happy.

Then in my addiction no matter what I had there was nothing that filled that empty hole in my soul. I was never happy or serene. I did not even know what that was. I lived in Chaos and from “crisis to crisis”.

I wasted a lot of years “wanting” something else besides what I had.  By the grace of God and the twelve steps I learned to be content with what I have, and to “live life on life’s terms”.

My grandfather used to say, “Always wanting what is not. When it’s cold you want it hot. When it is hot you want it cold.” No matter what I had I always thought that I should have something else. By following the principles that I have learned in my program of recovery, I have learned “in whatsoever state I am in to be content.” God supplies all of our needs and some of our wants. I had to learn to be happy with whatever God gave me, and stop being an ungrateful brat.  Our minister put it in a sermon, “More, More, More“.

For the first time in my life, I am happy with exactly what I have. I have a wonderful husband and family, a comfortable home and a paid off truck to drive. We have all of our needs met by God’s grace.  I have few wants nowadays, so I am happy with little. I have had much and I have had little.

Things cannot make you happy. I have had the “things”, that I thought would make me happy, but they did not. And…really it is all just “stuff”…and can be taken away at anytime.

God has to be number one then me choosing to do God’s will for me has given me peace and serenity.

12 Step work takes me out of me (It is the 12th. Step in action) it remind us to be grateful, and that But for the grace of God; I could be in jail or dead. No, life is not perfect, but I love being free and saying, doing, and feeling whatever I want to. I just have to be willing to reap my Consequences. I got “sick and tired” of being “sick and tired”.

I found my “higher power” in AA. At three years, I went back to church and studied the Bible, but my recovery came from the twelve steps. I was a very unhappy and depressed child. I lived in my own “fantasy” world. I hated “reality”.

My “higher power” at first was my group and my sponsor, because I hated God so much and I felt he never answered my prayers when I had prayed for protection from my abusers. You probably have already heard it before but just in case you haven’t: God never gave up on us, we gave up on Him.

BALANCE

Today, Sally, we believe God wants you to know that …it’s okay to receive.

Have you been the giver for so long that you have forgotten how to receive? Allow others to give you some of the love that you give so freely. Seek a balance between your giving and your receiving.

BALANCE~my word for the day.

B = Be yourself

A = Act as if

L = Love yourself and others

A = Ask for help

N = Never give up

C = Choices

E = Enjoy today~because there may not be a tommorow

We have to “play the hand that we were dealt”.  Do the best that you can and leave the results up to God.

BALANCE