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Rough Night

Friday, July 08, 2011

I had a rough night at work last night. When you work with clients whose lives are in disarray you expect them to function in ways you and I might not. They come to us for help to get out of their destructive lifestyles. Some of them leave and continue in these lifestyles, others leave completely changed people. Some people come to us so hurt and broken that they make us earn a paycheck before they leave. We have one such girl with us now. She has been dealt a very rough life, but is making an honest effort to get past it, but her past keeps rearing it's ugly head making that very difficult. She is so very wounded by life. One problem she has is with a simmering anger that will finally explode. I feel she is now on the verge of exploding and thought she was going to last night. I was just glad I was working with the level headed co-worker that I was.
So as I prepare to go to work tonight I am running different scenarios through my mind so that if this or that happens I have a plan already in place as to how I might handle it. Do I send everyone else to their rooms or does that leave the object of her frustration vulnerable? If the child is in the room asleep, there is no way I will endanger him. Just how do I isolate the angry one? I think this is a must so that I do not get into the middle of a difficult situation helpless. I like to anticipate. At the same time, things rarely happen the way we think they will. I am not worrying about it, just preparing to eliminate mistakes. What I care most about is the safety of as many people as possible. Please keep us in your prayers.

  


Love Is Amazing

Thursday, July 07, 2011

I was glancing through the book don't Sweat the Small Stuff this morning and was struck by how many of the thoughts in there revolve around love. I find this interesting on many sides. Love is what motivates my life and always has. When I was a kid I wanted to love and be loved as my highest achievement in life. Though my parents loved me I thought they did so because they had to. I wanted someone to choose to love me and wanted to be a wife and mother. I also thought that children naturally love their parents. Neither of these thoughts is always true especially when abuse and neglect are added to the picture. But in my simplistic view of the world this is what I thought. I craved love as I believe we all do. As I have begun to understand the power of love a little more as I have grown up and matured I have sought to add more of it to everything I do. It saved my children from suicide. Long before I had children, I wanted them to not have single doubt of my love for them. Love is the most powerful force on earth. If we can learn to tap into it a little more each day we can transform every single person we come into contact with.

  
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    emoticon love is amazing! well said!

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Motives

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

We have a family friend who helps my husband frequently on automotive type problems. He will bring his two boys with him, one thirteen and the other 15. My husband expresses frustration at how lazy the boys are and I have also witnessed this. If they are to asked for help in minor ways you would think they were asked to give blood or lay their lives on a train track. Then, it takes forever to get your request fulfilled. But when it comes time for getting hamburgers for lunch out of gratitude for dad's help they are right there. My husband has also had several cokes to replace in his fridge after they leave every time. Yes, I know that the parents have a lot to do with this, but not entirely. I have seen this kind of attitude time and again, not just in these two boys.
People also treat God this way. I myself have been known to be this way. We only come to him when we want something out of him. Or we will only pray when we have some kind of crisis to face. Our prayers are gimme, gimme, gimme. There is nothing wrong with praying for others and desiring to have more patience or peace or what have you. But is that what characterizes our entire prayer life? Do we ever just come to sit in His presence or tell Him how grateful we are for all He has done? Do we ever come just to praise Him? Do we ever come just to say nothing and sit in His presence? When we have our life shaken up by an encounter with God it is amazing how the first change we see is in our prayer life. Maybe we just need to have Him shake us up a little more often. But to get His attention do we not need to change our focus to begin with?

  
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MENOLLYRJ 7/6/2011 1:01PM

  So true.

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3CATSLEP 7/6/2011 11:40AM

    I love to just give Him praise:) I feel guilty if I'm always asking. But when I do ask, I ask that it be in His will:) Love ya!

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Stalled

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Just the thought of food makes me sick this morning. I have overeaten this week, not once but twice. Of course, my weight reveals that as well. I just am so full that I feel awful physically. Makes me wonder why I do this :). I am hoping that I am about to get serious about my weight loss again. I have made a lot of good changes and have kept most of my weight loss off, but it is time I get serious about getting the rest of it off. It's been almost a year since I thought I was serious and disgusted once again, but obviously I was not. I do not know what it will take to get me back on the right track. My body hits 174 and I start eating again. It is a mental thing for sure. I hit the top of the healthy range over a year ago and have never seen it again. I am doing so many things right, but have fallen off of tracking and that, I know is where my success lies. Today is anew day and perhaps, just perhaps this will be the day of my new success.

  
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3CATSLEP 7/5/2011 7:08PM

    Ditto for me too! This weekend I agreed to see who could lose 25 lbs. first with my sister-in-law for $100. If I can do it, I will need a new wardrobe!

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MENOLLYRJ 7/5/2011 9:13AM

  Hang in there! Be kind to yourself.

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AZMOMXTWO 7/5/2011 8:09AM

  you can do it

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Just Tinking About Miracles

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Some people believe that all the miracles died with Jesus at the cross. I have often wondered if this was solely because they never experienced one so they could only explain this lack by saying that it just doesn't happen any more. I began to wonder if God really was who he said he was if I couldn't find a way to get his attention enough to get saved. The Bible says that people will have a form of godliness, but deny the power of it. I have wondered again if this might be the type of people being referred to. Moses told God, "How will they know that you go with us unless the miracles go with us?" Jesus also said that we were not to believe Him unless the miracles accompanied him. Then I read the Bible and it says that these signs will follow those who believe, they will cast out demons, they will heal the sick... I desire these things. I want His seal of approval on what I do and say. I wonder if some of our churches hold no appeal because the deep needs of the people go unmet because of unbelief. I do not want to distrust God and His word. It was not my desire to offend any with this post, but merely to get us all to thinking.

  
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3CATSLEP 7/4/2011 12:18AM

    I see His miracles and look for them every day:)

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