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Friday, April 10, 2009


Am I in America? I ask that question because of what I am going through at this apartment complex I stay in. I am being evicted for non payment of rent, yet when I took my rent to the office on April 4, the manager brought it back. She said that "we" were not accepting my rent because "we" don't want you here.

History: I put scriptures up with my Easter decorations. No where in the lease does it say I could not do that and we always decorate during holidays around the complex including Halloween. Then, someone started ripping my scriptures down. I called the office and asked her if she knew who it was and she played dumb. I put some up again. Stayed there a couple of days then bang ripped off again. No knock on door, no notice just ripping my scriptures off my door. The first time they were ripped off my door I had a card up there that I had left on my door from Christmas and they took that off too. That card came from my Aunt and now deceased Uncle and it was special to me. It had Love, Peace and Joy on it. This happened again and I knew it was the maintenance man that was up here working on a vacate unit. I loudly exclaimed my dismay and put some more scriptures up again included was scriptures on a small card that I had got in the mail with scriptures from Proverbs on it.
On March 30 I heard my scriptures being ripped off my door again and knocking afterwards. I opened the door and there stood the manager and this unidentified male who never identified himself. He just stood there balling up my papers and my cards I got in the mail. I asked him to give me my mail back. I was so upset and I know I got loud but I never cursed. They just stood there and he said my door was common area. I said people put decorations up on Halloween, he said it is not Halloween. I asked ifsomething is wrong with me putting up the Bible? I don't know what was said after that because I got so mad I slung my door open to show him the door that needed to be repaired and had been that way since someone broke into my apartment while I was in it asleep. Frustrated with their nonchalant attitude I closed the door and chained it. I felt so helpless. I cried. emoticon

I was so troubled that he had took the Word of God off my door I knew it was not right and I had not broken any rule because I did not receive any notices because of it. So, I wrote on paper a witness: Jesus is Lord and He is coming soon are you ready? I gave my rent which was a money order and a check to my son in an envelope taped up and told him to take it to the office and put it in the drop box. This was on Friday the 3rd of April. Saturday April 4 my daughter brought a notice on the door that said I did not pay my rent. I panicked. I called my son who had already went to work and asked him about the rent check. He said he forgot to take it. This 18 year old senior forgot to take the rent over to the office!? I told him that it was important for my rent to be put in the office on the 3rd or she will do something against me because she really does not like me because I write a lot of letters

I found the envelope and ran it over to the office and put it in the drop box. Not long afterwards she comes back knocking on my door with my rent in her hand. She had opened it and said "we" are not accepting your rent because "we" don't want you here. I think I told her I was not going anywhere, then she said I'll see you in eviction court. I told her that God was not going to allow her to evict me. I am believing He is not. I want to know how can you evict someone for non payment of rent when you have returned it. I had a credit of 123.49 on my account
so the amount due for April would not be the full rental amount. I don't think she knows that because she put the normal rental amount on the court papers. I have never been served an eviction notice ever. This has put me in a state I don't like to be. I have been crying out to God almost all day everyday since all this started going on. He knows all things and I trust HIm. I know someone on Spark can give me some advice. I am getting an appt to speak with Legal Aid attorney for Tuesday.

I believe my civil and religious rights have been violated. I have been in mental anguish and I am not ashamed to admit that. Still, I'm trying to stay strong and meditate on what God says under these circumstances. I have lost 2 pounds in 2 days because my appetite has been low. I sat on my living room couch for 2 hours thinking and talking to God about this mess. My court date is April 17 at 9 am in Arlington. Now I have to figure out how to get to the court house and I can't be late because if I am it is defaulted to the plaintiff. I know everything is all right. God is on my side and No weapon formed against me will prosper. I need all you praying Sparkers to lift me up and this management company. Sungate Management Company. It's good to call out the names in prayer. That will cover all of them. I had an interview with Channel 11 of Dallas in my home and she said it would be on the 5 pm news but it never came on and I don't know why. It was good to talk about it to somebody.

I am still apartment hunting even though I hate living in an apartment. I live in Euless and I am looking for a 2 bedroom. If anyone wants to write the management company the address is: Sungate Management, 10935 Estate Lane #320, Dallas TX 75238 send me an email for my info. I called them on Tuesday before my interview with the news reporter and no one called me back. Could not even get the main person's name. The receptionist told me someone would call me back. . emoticon Also, Dispute Resolution called the on site manager here to give us time to move because I thought they were going to lock us out on 7th like the notice said. She told the representative of Dispute Resolution that it was nothing to talk about and if we were not out by midnight my locks would be changed. After that I called the guy from Channel 11 news back.

I am getting evicted for having scripture as part of my Easter Decoration/Celebration on my door. I am not a bad tenant. I try to keep the peace at all times. People who lie or think they can control you by false threats or abuse power makes my stomach upset. I will not let this lady get away with it. Yes, I was mad about my papers that guy balled up. It belonged to me and he had no right to touch it. This is crazy anyway. I wanted to get out of this year lease but not like this. God knows what to do and I'm listening. Thanks for all who have listened to me.
God Bless You All!!!


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CARYNRICKY525 5/4/2009 4:20PM

    Deb I will continue to pray for you. We all know that this is a sign of the devil. Why are they touching/ripping up someone elses belongings. This is discrimination and I don't believe it will stand in the Court of Law. You need to gather all of your rent receipts and take to court with you. Your rent is paid on time, you've never caused any commotion with our tenants they have nothing on you. WHAT GROUNDS DO THEY HAVE TO PUT YOU OUT???? This situation really has me pissed off! What about your inconvenience right now? I would in turn sue them for: harrassment, loss time at work..

Keep us posted, we will keep you in our prayers.

Your friend

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ECHO81 4/11/2009 2:28PM

  They have violated so many different laws regarding the fair housing act it's not even funny. Find your lease and see what it says about late payment. Go online and google tenant/landlord laws for your state they will provide a hot line that you can call to get help. Be prepared when you go to court and you should rip them apart. They have no right to dictate how you decorate because it does violate you amendment rights, they do however have the right to state if a common area needs to be kept a certain way. Read your lease to see the restrictions but in any case they should have sent you written documentation of any violation. I'm sorry you are going through this but justice and right will prevail. I found the website that you may want to look at, it provides state tenant landlord laws.

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SPARKLE1908 4/10/2009 11:42AM

    Wow...I'm in Dallas and I don't even know what to say here...this is ridiculous to say the least..have the neighbors filed any complaints to the office before? If so, has the office brought it to your attention that you can remember? If they can show that they have done their part by notifying you and you still kept doing it then your court case may be weak? Is there anything in your lease AT ALL about putting things that may be deemed "distracting" on the outside of your apartment?

I would file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau as well and research to see if Texas has any state laws that they could be relying on...just because it's not in your lease doesn't mean they can't proceed due to state/federal law which overrides many contractual agreements...

Keep praying and I hope everything works out in your favor!!!

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DEBBIEKAY1 4/10/2009 11:32AM

How sad that just isn't RIGHT! The Lord will protect you!
Right should always win but sometimes it doesn't.
I will be Praying favouringly for your situation
Remember everything that happens goes thru his hands first.
God Bless you

Hugs Debbie

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BABY_GIRL69 4/10/2009 9:19AM

    Deb, I am so saddened about your situation. This is just outrageous! I guess in Chicago things work a little differently cause they are starting to put lights up for every holiday!!! I guess, you should've put the scriptures & cards in your window with neon blinking lights!!! They wouldn't have had the opportunity to tear or rip anything up. Girl, you keep praying & its going to work out for the good of them who love the Lord!!

Be & stay Blessed!!!

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MRSMEADE 4/10/2009 8:54AM

    I am so angry right now! You definitely have a case. An apartment complex cannot refuse to rent to someone on the basis of race, sex or religion. I'm trying to remember the name of the organization you need to talk to. They handle cases like this. It's not NAACP but something similar....ACLU? I don't think that's right either. My grandparents went through something similar a few years ago. Please keep up posted. Also, I wouldn't stop with just one news station. I would go to EVERY news station. Make the complex's life just as miserable as they have made yours.

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DDCLEADER 4/10/2009 8:22AM

    Cierapoet the world persecuted and crucified Jesus and he said to us that they would persecute us also.
This is how this country has turned it's back on it's founding and God also.
You will be in my prayers.

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I'm No April Fool!!!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Happy April Everyone. That's a picture from March. I tend to have to put new pics in my Blog because for some reason I can't upload them to my photos. Don't know why.

I am glad April is here. I lost 4lbs in March and hope to lose more in April. I lost inches too. Yea!!! I am proud of those four pounds. I am headed in the right direction. I want April to be better and brighter for me. I trust God and I know they will be. He is faithful like that. Celebrate no matter how big or small your success. See Victory Everyday.

I need to lose 16 more pounds by May 30 which is the day my son graduates high school. I am so excited for him. We live in Texas and they require students to pass the TAKS test before they can graduate. I am happy to say that my son passed and even was commended on a couple of the subjects. I am proud of him because we have only been here since 2007 and did not know he would have to pass a test to graduate. He's smart and I knew he could do it. I want him to be proud of his mama too so this is very important for me to lose this weight. That is not all the weight I want to lose. That's just closer to my goal and the summer. emoticon

No one played any tricks on me today. Did not give anyone a chance. I'm no April fool. Praise the Lord for His Wisdom that is in me. I build on His Wisdom daily as I meditate in His Word. That's real and true Wisdom. The Word of God. The fool has said in his heart that there is no God. What kind of life to live not believing in God the Father and Jesus the Son and our Lord. Praise the Lord that I have believed since I was a child. They are my Trainers. Could not workout without the Strength from the Lord.

Well, I am not going to be long. I'll go to the doctor on Thursday to see if I hurt my right arm bad. I still can move it but not a lot as before I fell off that stability ball on March 11. I have changed up my workouts because of that. I plan on heating up my cardio for April because I want to lose at least 8 pounds this month. I walked a total of 114 miles last month. I had a goal of 115 miles and I probably did walk that but I lost that pedometer and have not found it yet. I am still proud of myself for being consistent in exercise and following a healthy diet.

It's a new me and I am happy to meet her. I have more growing to do but I am already a winner. I can see that new smaller me and she is all that I dreamed. Have to keep seeing my expected end.

Happy Losing!
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LEEANNE1980 4/2/2009 10:54AM

    Wow, you had a great March! I finally lost a couple more pounds after being "stuck" for a long time. I am hoping April will be my best month ever! Stepping forward in 09!
God Bless--- Debbie McDonald

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CAROLJ74 4/1/2009 10:37PM

    emoticon emoticon on a great month of March! I know that April is going to be even better!!! Double YAY for your son passing the TAKS! I know that is very daunting! My son is just a 3rd grader and it was stressful! I hope you have a wonderful Thursday! emoticon

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The Little Princess and Faith

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I am up late and just finished watching an old, old Shirley Temple movies called "The Little Princess." It reminded me of faith. The substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen. You know, faith-the just shall live by faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith. We must have faith to get up in the morning and step onto the floor again believing that it will not cave in on us. We must have faith to walk down the flight of stairs to the parking lot believing that they will not buckle under our feet. We must have faith even to believe that the driver behind us will stop...and most of us do.

Do we have faith that we will conquer this enemy that many of us have carried around the majority of our lives?

In the Little Princess, the little girl Sarah lived with her Father because her mother had already passed before the movie started. Her daddy went off to war and later was presumed dead. He was on the LIST. Sarah refused to believe that report. It was in black and white; why didn't she believe? She had a gut feeling that he was still alive. So, everyday she went looking through the wards at the hospital to see if her dad was among the living...yet. She did this only to say...I will be back tomorrow. She was laughed at and scorned by adults but she did not let this stop her. Sarah had FAITH that she would find her father alive. Well, those of us who already know the rest of the story saw that Sarah did find her father alive in that hospital that she searched everyday. She did not give up no matter what it looked like or how people laughed at her belief. She trusted that gut feeling. She had the faith to believe that one day she would see her father again. No matter what, she believed.

Do I have the FAITH to believe that I will get to my goal weight this year? Is it more than just emotion? Am I doing something in order to achieve my goal weight? Yes, yes and yes. I am actively doing what I believe. Just like Sarah, I will not give up until I see that new Deb alive on November 22, 2009 or before. I have given myself some extra time...just in case those last few pounds are stubborn. I will not cave in, quit or give up. I got this and it will happen. I am like that little princess running through the wards of that hospital searching for the me I know I can be. Healthy, fit and whole. A no excuse Deb. I am a doer of the Word of God so I am blessed in my deeds. I can't wish myself thin/healthy/fit. I must actively pursue it daily in a positive way. If I fail even one second, I pick myself up and keep going. Faith sees the end from the beginning. I visualize the new me daily and I smile and say, "Soon you will be manifested in the flesh". I am so excited!

The Little Princess is a very good movie to watch. It is old and you may not know any of the actors in it but it can move you to tears as I am every time I watch it. Check your local library to view it without having to purchase it. I like old movies so I did not have a problem with black and white. Maybe you can't but it would be something different for you.

Remember that to please God we must live and walk by Faith.



My nephew Quincy from my faith. Born 1/11/2009

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MAYBABY18 3/20/2009 1:14PM

    Wonderful blog and your nephew is adorable!!!!!
Peace, Love, and Blessings...

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BABY_GIRL69 3/19/2009 8:53PM

    I too love a good black & white movie & I can't stand to watch the close to the end. I'm already crying like a big baby, but I love the end. Faith is tool we use everyday in our lives & the baby is beautiful!

Thanks for sharing with us Deb!!


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CAROLJ74 3/19/2009 11:19AM

    I LOVE this movie! Wonderful blog, wonderful message and emoticon on your handsome nephew!

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What's Going On?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Greetings! Hope everyone has been having a great March so far. I am doing great. I've lost 3 pounds and gained more momentum. I joined the Self Challenge Team and we are having all kinds of fun mini challenges. It's great to have small goals to race for because it keeps you focused and being a doer of the journey. Accountability comes in too when you join the mini challenges in a team. Just participating helps you get somewhere positive in this journey. I have been doing a lot of Cardio and lots of walking outside at my neighborhood park. I am a member of Walk Away the Pounds and that has encouraged me to walk more. Walking with Leslie Sansone is great and so much fun. That ladie is truly blessed by God. I met a member of my team by reading her page and she is such an inspiration. I would like you all to visit her page to get motivated even more. Her name is Jandell and this is the link to her page:

I believe in giving honor to whom honor is due. She has lost over 110 pounds since January of 2008. She's a blessed woman of God so get on her page and give her some kudos and votes!

Tuesday I did a flip over my stability ball and hurt my right arm and shoulder. It was worse that night. I could not sleep well at all. I did not go to the dr because that is just too much money. I already have pain meds and I have been using them and massaging my arm helps. Typing makes it hurt but I try to do as little as possible. I want to keep it moving so it will not freeze up on me. I miss my regular cardio, but I have learned to do others that burn just as many calories. I am getting skinny in the face as you can tell on the picture above. I took it on Friday 13th the most blessed day of the week. I don't believe in luck, good or bad. You either are blessed or you are not. God is the God of The Blessing! That's where I am living.

There is another Spark member that I want to encourage you all to check out. Her name is Awaiting1 and is disabled in a wheel chair and has lost over 100 pounds. Praise the Lord. Kudos to her too. WE can do this journey. These members had obstacles that we do not and they have lost so much already. Let us keep them in our prayers and praises for what God can do. He is a Helper at all times. The link to Awaiting1's page is:

I like giving Kudos. Maybe I'll make it a trend. My friends should watch for me to give Kudos on them too. So many of them are so motivating to and for me. I appreciate you all! God Bless and Keep you on this journey to better health and fitness. Stay strong and encouraged.
Much Love!

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JANDELL 3/15/2009 8:05AM

    We have to be soul sisters!! We have SO very much in common. It's funny...I have hesitated to get a stability ball because I am sort of a klutz. I'm afraid I'll fall off the ball and injure myself. Then I read what happened to you and I don't feel so paranoid about myself now...'cause you really can get hurt. Like you, I can't afford injuries. Then I read your take on Friday the 13th. I believe exactly as you do about it. There IS no luck in life, either good or bad. Everything happens for a purpose. And yesterday, Friday the 13th, was one of the most wonderfully blessed days I've ever had! I spent it with three believing friends from work. We went "GOODWILL SHOPPING"...literally!! We went to four GoodWill stores, one Salvation Army store, one consignment shop, and a "seconds store" called Gabriel's. We had the time of our lives, and we all have "new" wardrobes! It poured the rain on us all day long, but it sure didn't dampen our spirits!!! It was a wonderfully blessed day! The link to Awaiting1's page didn't work for me, but I am going to try to find her. I pray for God's healing touch on her...and upon your arm and shoulder...and upon your life! Thank you SO much for honoring me with your link to my page!! I am humbled, and I thank God for helping me to be a motivation to anyone...even ONE!! That's what it's all about...promoting and blessing one another through the love and grace of God!! God Bless you in a wonderful way on your journey!!!

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Wed night was not a great night for me. My son got in the truck and asked me why was I playing Christian music. Later on my daughter took my keys and drove to Dallas in my vehicle and she does not have a license. Thursday morning I woke up drenched in sweat because Texas was showing me another side of the crazy weather that I thought I would not have to endure anymore since I left Oklahoma.
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Then I went to the mall , walked into Dillard's and over to Origins, a natural made product company, in the Perfume Department to experience a FREE mini facial. God is so good to me!!! I thought I had died and went to Heaven. emoticon

These products smelled so refreshing. The facial really relaxed me and any problems that were on my mind just drifted away on a cloud back where I would never go and get them again. God gave me a beautiful day. I met the young lady on Friday that worked in Origins after I left the movie, "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail". That movie was therapy for me also. I laughed so hard I almost cried. That was a very funny movie and I recommend you to go because it will lift your spirit. Laughter is the best medicine. emoticon God says a merry heart does good like medicine. We all should take time out of each day and just laugh. Go sit in your "prayer closet", and add laughter to your thanksgiving, praising, confessing, intercession and meditation. It will please the Lord greatly. We Christians walk around looking like we lost our best friend. emoticon We should be the ones with the biggest smiles and the most positive words because we believe that the Lord is our Shepherd, we have everything we need. emoticon

Well, let me get back on point. That facial made me feel so relaxed and my face felt so clean and fresh. I washed my face before I left the house but it was so invigorating. I recommend Origin to anyone who want to experience natural products that are great for all skin types. You can find them in Dillard's and out in the mall area in some cities. Some years ago, Oprah had one of their body creams on her favorite things list and today(Thursday) I finally bought it. I don't know what she wears now, but back then, she told the audience that she did not wear perfume, only creams and she had on Origins A Perfect World White Tea skin guardian. It smells great and it feels great. I bought the other one she had on her list, Origins Ginger Soufflé Whipped Body Cream. So all you Oprah lovers probably no what I am talking about. Yes I am doing a commercial just like they do on Biggest Loser. LOL

emoticon The sun was out and the wind was blowing. I arrived at the mall around 10 am and left after 3pm. I walked around the entire mall to familiarize myself with a mall that I had been too only twice before in the year I have lived in Euless. Then I saw the clothes I would be wearing before the year is over. This year is a big birthday year for me and I am going to start celebrating this summer. I should be closer to my first weight goal of 145 lbs then I want to get down to 130. So many have said I will be real skinny, but I want to see how skinny really feels. emoticon

I was so pumped up that after I got home from picking my son up from school, I put on my workout clothes and went to the park and tore that track up with 3 miles of Tye Tribbett praise stumping fun. I could have went around some more, but I promised myself that I would not overdo it.

I took that picture of myself today(Thursday) in the mall bathroom. After I took my jacket off and saw how much smaller I had gotten I was so excited. I told you all I hate that scale and this just proves how wrong it has been. I had not worn that shirt I had on for a while so it was a noticeable change. These inches are coming off and I thank God. It took a beautiful day like today to even notice the change.

See, I am a scale-a-holic and I had been letting that thing frustrate me. I made a promise to myself that I would not weigh myself every day but only once a week. Seems like after that I was weighing myself every time I looked at that scale.
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If I had not went to that mall on this beautiful day for that free facial, I would not have been encouraged and motivated even more to keep doing what is working for me. Note to the losers: The weight is coming off. The inches are going down. You are a winner already. emoticon

I know this is a different kind of blog for me, but I just wanted to share this information with you all. Being beautiful starts on the inside. But, I like being beautiful on the outside too. I love smelling beautiful too. This journey is about being fit and healthy in every area of our lives. We should take care of ourselves so that when we get older no one else will have to take care of us. We are made by our Father to be healthy and strong spirit, soul and body. We are doing it and this new lifestyle will remain. We have the VICTORY!!!

Much Love to my wonderful Spark Family!!!

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NEWMOMOVER40 4/7/2009 9:11AM

    Beautiful and fun blog post, Deborah -- I really enjoyed sharing this journey with you. Thank you for all you do to encourage others. You are looking great and you're going to make that goal in time for your son's graduation!

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AKIMBERLYQ 3/10/2009 4:29PM

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MAYBABY18 2/28/2009 8:55PM

    Deb...Looking good sista!!! emoticon Keep up the amazing work. You'll reach your goal in no time!

I'm glad you had the chance to get a free facial. I'm jealous! LOL!!! Origins does have nice products. It's nice to be pampered from time to time.

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JANDELL 2/27/2009 6:05AM

    Just reading this, I almost felt like I was sharing the day with you! Good encouragement...good advice!

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