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Quotation.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

We find by losing. We hold fast by letting go. We become
something new by ceasing to be something old. This seems
to be close to the heart of that mystery. I know no more now
than I ever did about the far side of death as the last
letting-go of all, but now I know that I do not need to know,
and that I do not need to be afraid of not knowing.
God knows. That is all that matters. -Frederick Buechner

Hope this speak to you like it did to me.
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LINDA25427 1/31/2010 5:47AM

    Great quote thanks for sharing .Hope you have a great week God bless. emoticon emoticon

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-TAMI- 1/28/2010 1:18PM

    Great quote Bre.
Thanks for sharing it. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/27/2010 8:04PM

    I like it - it makes me think!

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DYNAMICDEB53 1/27/2010 3:03PM

    Lovely quote and thank you for sharing it.

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BARBARAROSE54 1/27/2010 9:57AM

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NO_SNOW_BODY 1/27/2010 9:44AM

    wonderful quotation

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A Piece Of Me.(4)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I'm an open book pretty much because I'm okay with who I'm becoming but I do, at times, feel like I give TMI. That's just who I am NOW because in recovery they told me that honesty was the key to sobriety and I guess I ran away with it. On a serious note, I do it to bring honor and glory to God. I have so much to be grateful for. God has delivered me out of so many situations. He has given me good health and strength. In 1995,I was diagnosed with HIV. I've been living with HIV for 14/15 years. My husband and I have been together 6 years and married for 5 of those years. I thank God for him because through it all,he (my husband)loves me. When my husband and I got together,I was on drugs. I didn't disclose my HIV status with him until I got pregnant with our son James. He immediately forgave me and told me he loved me. We pretty much use protection after that but there has been times that we've slipped up. For instance, our daughter Shakeira. So I'm saying that to say this,God has been good to me, He has a plan for my life and with my life I want to give honor and praise unto Him. To this very day I've never have been sick due to HIV or taken any medicine because of it. My husband and kids are HIV negative. There have been doctors who said,"I wonder what's keeping your immune system well." and I would say,"Grace." I know God has shown me favor because, I've had Hep C for the same amount of time. I had a biopsy did over a year ago and when my test came back,there was no damage done to my liver. My liver was that of a person who never use drugs or alcohol. When I think about all He has done for me,sometimes I cry. To be love like this is a awesome feeling.

  
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TRAVELNISTA 8/6/2010 9:32PM

    emoticonYou are a strong woman Bre and you have been through so much. I am happy to read that you have such a great relationship with God. You are truly blest. God loves you and so do we. Thank you for sharing piece of you. emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/1/2010 10:42AM

    You're very blessed my friend. Thank you for sharing your page with me. I love you. -Dawn

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WILDLOTUS16 8/1/2010 9:58AM

    O wow...God does love us so much!

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MEOWMAMA3 2/7/2010 10:54PM

    Wow Bre, that's some story! You really are a miracle of God! May He continue to bless you and your family.
P.S. Check out my Positive Positives team here at SP
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DEBSPARKS 1/25/2010 10:23AM

  Whom God sets free is free indeed!!! Bless you my sister. You are a blessing to all of us! emoticon

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CANBDONE 1/23/2010 7:24PM

    God never leaves His children without grace, love, and mercy. I'm so proud to belong to the family of God. You're blessed and higly favored!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/21/2010 1:30AM

    Your life is a miracle and you are a testimony to the powers of God. I'm proud to know you. Love, Dawn emoticon

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AUNTBEE6 1/20/2010 9:55PM

    Bre, you are a treasure!! It isn't always easy to tell it as it is; but, when you practise honesty and openness it unburdens you, and sets you free. Free to leave the old you in the past and to hold your head up high for the wonderful person you have become in Christ Jesus. There's a chorus that we sing sometimes in our church, it says:
I tell you the best thing I ever did do.
I tell you the best thing I ever did do.
I tell you the best thing I ever did do,
I took of the old robe and I put on the new.

The old robe was dirty and tattered and torn
The new robe was spotless and never been worn.
I tell you the best thing I ever did do,
I took of the old robe and I put on the new.

I'm sure proud of you!
Luv ya lotsssssssssss


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LADYSUNBEAM 1/20/2010 7:27PM

    Our God is an emoticonGod isn't he! You are very blessed and you bless so many others in return my dear, you really do!

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DARA52 1/20/2010 7:27PM

    Your kids aren't old enough yet, but they will be proud of you. Hugs, Bre!

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-TAMI- 1/20/2010 12:48PM

    Bre, I'm one who believes there is no such thing as too much honesty. As long as what we say is done without trying to hurt someone it's all good.
I always told my husband I would rather be hurt by the truth then to be hurt with a lie. Too bad he never believed me when I said that.
I think you're an amazing woman and I'm blessed to have found you here on Spark.
Keep blogging and we'll keep reading. We can all learn from you. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/20/2010 11:58AM

    Bre, thank you so much for sharing with us. I personally don't think there is any such thing as TMI here on Spark. This is the place where we can let our hair down and say all those things we can't say to other people!

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DYNAMICDEB53 1/20/2010 11:56AM

    Sabrina yes you are loved and blessed. Thank you for sharing and as to TMI well I think all of us learn on the journey that opening up and sharing is the way to learn to deal with all the stuff, good and bad in our lives that has lead us to this moment. I tend to babble on at times in my blogs, but that is what they are for. So you just go on sharing, its good for you.
Take care and keep doing what you are, I do understand a little better why you are such a generous giver of love and help.
Thank you
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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LINDA25427 1/20/2010 9:04AM

    You have been so blessed . Glad you let God into your life and put him in charge . Hope you have a great week . God bless you and yours continuosly . emoticon emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 1/20/2010 8:57AM

    You truly have been Blessed !

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JUSTWANTTOLOOSE 1/20/2010 8:55AM

    Sabrina, Your LOVED much, much more then you'll ever know. Your strong, confident, and your here for a reason! It's part of "his" plan. Just by reading your blogs, I think your "touching" more people then we can count! We may not have the same stories, but knowing that you've overcome some of lifes hardest curve balls, all I can say is I'm proud to walk this path with you.
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Thank You!

Monday, January 18, 2010

You guys have really lift my spirit with the outpouring of love and support. I am encouraged because of it so thank you all for everything but most of all your understanding. I haven't been available like I had been but you ALL are on my mind,in my heart, and prayers. May God bless you! emoticon

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/20/2010 12:10AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You're a wonderful spark friend and woman. I'm glad to call you my friend. Love, Dawn

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NO_SNOW_BODY 1/18/2010 11:25PM

    Hugs to you Sabrina, you keep us sparking

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DARA52 1/18/2010 11:24PM

    Hugs

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LADYSUNBEAM 1/18/2010 9:46PM

    Sabrina we LOVE YOU so much and you are a very special friend to so many Sparkers! You deserve all the support you can get...

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-TAMI- 1/18/2010 9:13PM

    Honey, you deserve every bit of love and support that is given to you. emoticon

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FITGRL124 1/18/2010 9:09PM

    Sabrina - you are very special and don't ever forget it! emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/18/2010 8:55PM

    Bre, you are a very special person. I am so happy you have become a part of my life.
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Quotation.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Our attitude tells the world what we expect in return. If it's a cheerful, expectant attitude, it says to everyone with whom we come in contact that we expect the best in our dealings with the world. You see, we tend to live up to our expectations. And others give to us, as far as their attitudes are concerned, what we expect. Our attitude is something we can control. We can establish our attitude each morning when we start our day--in fact, we do just that, whether or not we realize it. And the people in our family--all the people in our world--will reflect back to us the attitude we present to them. It is, then, our attitude toward life that determines life's attitude toward us. Cause and effect. Everything we say or do will cause a corresponding effect. If we're cheerful, glad to be experiencing this miracle of life, others will reflect that good cheer back to us. We are the kind of people others enjoy being around.-Earl Nightingale

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LINDA25427 1/19/2010 12:35AM

    Attitude is the key to success. Thanks for the reminder . God bless. emoticon emoticon

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-TAMI- 1/18/2010 12:58PM

    So very true!! Our attitude makes a big difference not only to ourselves but to those around us..
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TRAVELNISTA 1/17/2010 9:48PM

    Having the right attitude is what will get us all through our challenges.

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BARBARAROSE54 1/17/2010 6:35PM

    Thanks for sharing

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/16/2010 11:02PM

    Beautiful quote my friend. I am going to try to apply this to my daily life. Thanks. Love, Dawn

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/16/2010 11:02PM

    You are so right. I have been making an effort to be more positive in my dealings with others.

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/16/2010 10:55PM

    I do try to be upbeat and positive and smile even when I don't feel like it.

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Daily Meditation.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Living Life Fully

For many years now I have listened to the stories of people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses as their counselor. From them I have learned how to enjoy the minute particulars of life once again, the grace of a hot cup of coffee, the presence of a friend, the blessing of having a new cake of soap or an hour without pain. Such humble experience is the stuff that many of the very best stories are made of. If we think we have no stories it is because we have not paid enough attention to our lives. Most of us live lives that are far richer and more meaningful than we appreciate.-Rachel Naomi Remen

The passage above speaks of two different concepts, though, one for today and one for tomorrow. First, it tells us of the importance of the little things, the aspects of life that we tend to overlook and/or ignore in our day-to-day lives. We have so much to be thankful for, yet we lose the gratitude when we're not conscious of those things. Have you taken a hot bubble bath lately? Personally, I'm thankful for the water heater that gives me hot water at the turn of a knob, the people who developed the systems of pipes and faucets that make indoor plumbing so easy, the people who have spent time developing bubble bath with nice smells and textures, and finally simply for the time I have that allows me to indulge in a luxury such as that. How many people in the world never have experienced such a thing? More than we'd like to count, that's for sure.

I don't want to have to be terminally ill before I recognize and appreciate all that I have to be thankful for. The hot buttered toast on a cold afternoon, the stereo that plays my favorite music for me, the sunshine in the early morning, the laughter of children, the smiles that people share with me--life is full of "minute particulars," and we have to choose: do we recognize them and give thanks for them, or do we continue to allow them to have no positive effects on our lives at all?

Questions to consider:
What are your favorite "minute particulars" of life? What things give you that small joy that makes you feel great?

How many of the small things that make you feel good can you notice today? Perhaps making a list all day long could help you to see just how many there are.

Have you ever tried to help someone else to notice the small things? Do you take your own advice?

For further thought:
A greater poverty than that caused by lack of money is
the poverty of unawareness. Men and women go about
the world unaware of the beauty, the goodness, and the
glories in it. Their souls are poor. It is better to have a
poor pocketbook than to suffer from a poor soul.-Jerry Fleishman


Today is my mothers birthday. She would have been 65 if she was alive. I miss her terribly. I wish I could call her up and talk to her about my struggles and I know she would know just what to say. She was a woman of MUCH wisdom and strength. I love you mommy. emoticon

  
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TATTER3 1/10/2010 7:53PM

    You are such a strong woman. I appreciate this blog. I was once told that when you write, your very soul will whisper through your fingers. I would hope that each of us would learn to live today as though we're about to step into eternity...and that we would be warmly remembered for the last word spoken and the last deed done. You have your mothers' wisdom. Keep Sparkin'!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/10/2010 4:38PM

    Very beautiful blog. I think that you're right, people tend to go through life without really noticing the most beautiful things around them. My husband works way out in the country. It's about 25 miles from my house. One night on the way home I just happened to look up (there are no street lights out there) and noticed that the stars just seemed so crisp and bright. I actually pulled the car over to the side of the road and turned off the engine, got out and sat leaning against the hood of my car and looking up at the millions & billions of twinkling stars.. It was cold and the night seemed totally crisp and it just hit me that this was the most awesome thing I had ever seen. I just lay there against the car, looking and crying. God has given us such a beautiful world. All we have to do is take the time to look at it. Thank you for reminding us of that. Happy Birthday to your mom. I'm sure that she's looking down on your and smiling about how well your taking care of yourself and the children these days. You have a lot to be proud of. I love you my friend. Love, Dawn

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DYNAMICDEB53 1/10/2010 3:53PM

    Wow Bre I have to say that you touched on some very basic truths and it has made me think. YOur mom would be very proud of you, I think you have a wisdom and have shown it in this blod and other comments I have noticed from you.
I can feel your lose, I lost my Dad many years ago and miss him very much even, one thing I do, is talk to him, yes I know he is not here but it helps me keep connected and I can still hear him and just what he might be saying to me. Take heart he is there with you, I even bet you can feel her smile.
Take care, Hugs
Deb

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-TAMI- 1/10/2010 2:23PM

    It's definitely those little every day things that make life so wonderful. Like my furry socks and slipper boots that keep my feet warm in this cold weather. The sun shining onto the dining room table where Bob (My Plant) is reaching towards it. The smile of a dear friend when she see's me.
Life has it's ups and downs, laughter and tears, but all in all, I think it has a lot more good then bad. It just takes a little effort for us to see it....

I'm sorry you miss your mom. I know how you feel. Both my parents are gone and I've wished many times my mom was still on the other end of that telephone. Not for her wisdom, but just because I would love to talk with her again.

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JUSTWANTTOLOOSE 1/10/2010 2:07PM

    Bre, Along with what's been posted already, I wanted to tell you....I loved this blog, it makes me realize how much we overlook and all the good in our lives. Today would have been your mom's birthday, and the good of it, is that you have fond memories of her. It wouldn't be that way if it was something a person was trying to forget.

I also lost my dad, before Christmas 3 years ago. As I go on living my life, something will bring him back into my mind and I think, it's him he's watching over me. This is the same with your mom, she is watching over you. I hope you find a little comfort in knowing you were blessed to have her in your life (both then and now) and leave you with the gift of memories you can cherish.

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BARBARAROSE54 1/10/2010 1:18PM

    emoticon emoticon Bre your mom would have been proud of the fine lady you are today !

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TRAVELNISTA 1/10/2010 12:58PM

    I am so sorry for the feelings you are going through today. I know you can not call her up to talk to her today but you can still talk with her. I know from that you have a beautiful relationship with the Lord. You can still talk to your Mother in prayer or even out loud. She will hear you and she will be so proud of all that you have accomplished. You have been through a lot and bit by bit you are conquering all of your past demons. I know she would be proud of the strong determined woman you have become. I know I am! emoticon emoticon

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LADYSUNBEAM 1/10/2010 12:24PM

    Oh my goodness Sabrina, you have touched on so many important things here, it is the small things in life that make our lives more pleasurable that we take for granted. There is so much to be thankful for, we are a blessed nation... we have running water, most American's do not go hungry, we are not plagued with disease... so many other nations are not as blessed as we are and we should not take any of that for granted but instead appreciate and celebrate what we do have.

I would have to agree with Debbie, you have come so very far in your own journey - you are so gifted and talented, not to mention beautiful and a wonderful mom yourself. Your strong faith in God is so evident, you are a strong Christian woman. Your mother is watching through the gates of heaven and I know she has to be so very proud of you!

Big hugs from Arkansas!
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DJS-DEBBIE 1/10/2010 11:42AM

    Bre, you have come so very far. I am sure your mother would be so very proud of you.
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RUN2MYDREAMS 1/10/2010 11:32AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so sorry you are feeling down. Remember all the positive times you had with you dear mother. Think of the happiness she would want you to be feeling. My father's birthday would've been the day after Christmas. This past year when it came up I realized he would've been 80. I am not by any means trying to say not to feel the pain. I am just saying, I'm sure our both of our parents would want us to be happy and CELEBRATE what we do have in our lives! You are a beautiful person inside AND out! Celebrate in your accomplishments and in your children who I am sure you see your dear Mom in!
So while you may have tears today in remembrance, try to have some smiles and maybe get in some exercise that will help you feel a little bit better!
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