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Everything in moderation.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Eating WHITE will not make you fat emoticon
Eating Whole Grains will NOT make you thin emoticon

This is NOT a diet - this is a "rest of your life lifestyle change"

This is NOT to be deprivation - this is a "rest of your life lifestyle change"

This is NOT supposed to hurt - this is a "rest of your life lifestyle change"

This IS a working program - we learn that we can eat anything in moderation.
No, not all of the time, but we can work anything we really want into our meal plan occasionally.

Everything is possible in moderation.

  
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MSLZZY 1/3/2011 7:59AM

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BEYOURBEST1 1/2/2011 7:22PM

    Thanks for the great blog.

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/2/2011 7:16PM

    Amen, sister.

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CUPCAKE_LIL 1/2/2011 6:44PM

    Yes - I agree. Everything should be in moderation! It's nice to see it in words! I liked it!

BTW - thanks for "liking" my blog - I appreciate it!

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BESTSUSIEYET 1/2/2011 3:23PM

    Very well said, Linda! Today is the first day of the rest of your life, so make today's choices ones you'll be happy to report!

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AMJSATURN 1/2/2011 2:25PM

    The reminders are refreshing .

Thanks I needed that !!!!! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 1/2/2011 2:01PM

    Oh so wise and so true and sooooo well said!!!! Thank you for putting it so succinctly!!

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FIT-AT-50 1/2/2011 11:09AM

    Well said!

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HEARTANDMUSIC 1/2/2011 10:49AM

    This is so true and such a great attitude to have!

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JLWOF1 1/2/2011 10:47AM

    Written perfectly! Thanks for sharing!

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MEADSBAY 1/2/2011 10:33AM

    I 'Liked' this blog
and I loved this blog.
You are the best, Linda!
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ANNIEONLI 1/2/2011 10:33AM

    AMEN is right!!!

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WALKAPRIL 1/2/2011 10:21AM

    Thank You! This is exactly how I believe.. :-)

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ASILLA 1/2/2011 10:15AM

    Thank-you for posting this. Too often we hear about how bad everything is, sometimes to the extreme as if it's poison.
I think sometimes we tend to beat ourselves up too much anyway.
Happy New Year!
~Lisa

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/2/2011 9:59AM

    Excellent blog! Thanks for sharing your wit & wisdom with us. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 1/2/2011 9:51AM

    Ahhhhhhh yes...that ever-illusory balance --

Chocolate mud cake will not make you fat.

Skim milk will not make you thin.
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MARTY19 1/2/2011 9:39AM

    AMEN to that. I couldn't have said it better. You can't give up everything and expect to continue for the rest of your life. But you can shift things unntil you fit what works for you and that is a great lifestyle change.

Love you,
Marty

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/2/2011 9:20AM

    You said it. It's not about extremes. It's about balance. emoticon

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PCOH051610 1/2/2011 9:20AM

    You are right on about this! I've been beating myself up because I've let everything slide for the past week and I really like your words that this is a working program! Thanks!

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Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

It's a New Day, a New Year, and it will be a New You!

SparkPeople works!!

  
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WALKINGANNIE 1/3/2011 10:04AM

    Wishing you a very happy and healthy new year too Linda. Thanks for all your inspiration and encouragement.

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FIT-AT-50 1/2/2011 11:09AM

    Happy New Year to you, too!

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    Happy New Year!!

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FITJEANS 1/1/2011 11:15PM

    Hapy new year to you, have a good one. you rock.

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MARTY19 1/1/2011 8:13PM

    Spark works if YOU work it.

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46SHADOW 1/1/2011 7:07PM

    ABSOLUTELY. Hey,did that have 'abs' in it? They will come out this year too!

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MEADSBAY 1/1/2011 6:58PM

    Absolutely, positively!
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/1/2011 6:24PM

    I agree 100%! Here's to the NEW US! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 1/1/2011 5:25PM

    SparkPeople works if we work SparkPeople!
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I just LOVE Spark People!

Friday, December 31, 2010

In my cruising around I see so many clever messages being left - it's a treasure-trove of beauty that members share with each other.

So of course, here's a couple for Happy New Year's Day!

★ Happy, , Blessed, Healthy and ProSPerous ★* 。 ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛
。★ New Year ★ 。* 。
。 ˛˚˛ * _Π_____*。*˚
˚ ˛ ˛˚ */______/~\。˚ ˚ ˛
˚ ˛ ˛ ˚ | 田田 |門| ˚ from our house to yours!


and...

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^l |^^^^^^^^^^|
l HAVE A SAFE *AND* HAPPY NEW YEAR |";..,___.
|_______=====_| l______________l _|__|, ] |
(@)(@)""""""*l'(@)l'(@)l """"""""""""""(@)'(@)""""'(@)

Keep the pedal to the metal and remember - you cannot fail unless you give up.

Never never never give up!

P.S. copy & paste and share if you want!

  
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PCOH051610 1/2/2011 9:25AM

    Thank you for sharing this! You are a great SparkFriend to many of us and I really value your honesty and encouragement!
Susan

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MSLZZY 1/1/2011 8:13AM

    Happy New YEAR!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/31/2010 11:43PM

    I LOVE SPARK PEOPLE TOO! Happy New Year! Love, Dawn emoticon

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    Happy New Year to you!

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FINDINGREALME 12/31/2010 4:54PM

    Love the post! Here's to 2011 and the challenges it will present but, oh the things we will accomplish...so looking forward to it!!

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MARTY19 12/31/2010 4:23PM

    I have seen and received these. They are fun.

Marty

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MEADSBAY 12/31/2010 4:16PM

    And YOU, dear Linda- are one of the reasons why sp many of us also love SP!
May 2011 be the best year of your life!

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Happy New Year to one of my favorite Inspirational Spark Friends!

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JERSEYGIRL24 12/31/2010 12:04PM

    Happy New Year to one of the people who definitely helps to keep me going!!! Here's to a great 2011.

Love you.

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SOPHIADARE 12/31/2010 12:03PM

    Dear Linda,

What delightful and creative use of characters to create pictures!

Thanks for the extra smile this morning!

Spark People DOES offer tremendously helpful support, advice, information and tools for doing as much as is possible at a time!

Part of that is due to the tremendous efforts of volunteers like you, who set a wonderful example for those of us who aren't yet as far along in our journeys as you are.

Thank you so very much!

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SYLVIALYNN2 12/31/2010 11:27AM

    Love the truck! Happy new year to you also. Wishing you all the best that life has to offer.

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Sometimes not the answer we hoped for.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Well, my DH saw Becky today and Chris will be paralyzed permanently from the waist down. Sometimes the miracle is not all we hope for.

But they still have each other and Praise the Lord it isn't total paralysis.

We thank everyone for the prayers offered up for this courageous couple and Becky's father. emoticon

  
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WALKINGANNIE 1/3/2011 10:03AM

    I'm very sorry that the news is not what you and they were hoping for Linda. I hope that everyone involved can find the strength to ajust to the changes and find comfort from each other and those who care about them.

With love,

Annie

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VALERIEMAHA 12/31/2010 11:42PM

    I've been meaning to get over to ask how Chris was doing. I will continue holding them up in metta. As Dawn said miracles happen constantly. My heart goes out to them.
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GOALIEGRANDMA3 12/29/2010 8:55PM

    I am sorry about your friend. Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes, no, and sometimes "I have something better in mind for you."/

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/29/2010 5:54PM

    I will continue to keep them in my prayers. Miracles happen everyday. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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JLWOF1 12/29/2010 11:49AM

    How terrible. God has a plan for them, sometimes, it's just hard to see it. Will keep praying.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/29/2010 10:11AM

    Oh, that is so tragic! I am so sorry! emoticon emoticon

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SOPHIADARE 12/29/2010 10:07AM

    I'll say a few more prayer for them as they face the adversity of adjusting to the tremendous sadness and the changes and challenges they'll face as a couple. May God bless and comfort them as they face this cruel blow and the adversity it brings to their lives.

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MARTY19 12/29/2010 10:01AM

    It it inspiring how you always find somethiing positive in all situations.

Love you
Marty

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MSLZZY 12/29/2010 9:56AM

    My heart goes out to you but you did find something to be thankful for, even if
it was not the very best. Hugs and continued prayers to you.

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KEELINOVER 12/29/2010 9:22AM

    So sorry to hear about this horrible accident. I will keep praying for them just the same!

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Frantic Prayer Request Please

Friday, December 24, 2010

I couldn't sleep last night - I received a call from a neighbor, her 45 year old husband fell out of a tree, and crushed his 7th vertebrae and it sliced the spinal cord.

This means Chris will be paralyzed for life.

I do believe in miracles and I am asking everyone to please please say a special prayer asking for a miracle.

This couple has had the worst luck of anyone I have ever known. They were uprooted from California where they both had successful careers by her mother who needed help taking care of her father. Well, her Mom died of cancer a few years back and her dad is near incapacitated now.

They have both struggled just trying to find work.

He finally actually found work he loved, manual labor, and now this. My prayer is for "a doctor" to see something that no one else sees and somehow save this young man.

I know it is a slim chance - but miracles do still happen and they can certainly use one.

Thank you.
Love,
Linda
I will update as soon as I hear again - won't be until next week.
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Well, my DH saw Becky today and Chris will be paralyzed permanently from the waist down. I am not a doctor or nurse - sometimes the miracle is not all we hope for. But they still have each other and Praise the Lord it isn't total paralysis.

We thank everyone for the prayers offered up for this courageous couple.

  
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PCOH051610 1/2/2011 9:23AM

    Just reading this now! I'm praying that God's plans for this young couple are made clear and that they are mentally at ease.

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 12/29/2010 7:34PM

    Great attitude, it could always be worse. But don't give up hope for healing yet. There has been many people that have been healed. Also, if there is any way that he can have people help him get up to a standing position every day and move his feet to simulate walking movement that could also help so that his body stay in working order. The other thing is now with a disability, he is eligible for a lot of help in getting things to help him get around and for job training. It is a tragic thing that has happened but there is help out there. A young man in our area had a boating accident and the community rallied around him they received a lot of donations for having the house remodeled for his needs. Like all of us we have to make the best out of what we get in life. It isn't what we are dealt with in life but how we respond to it. Good luck to your friends and many blessings.

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GLEN4536 12/29/2010 10:30AM

  I will put Chris on the prayer list at church, and I believe in miracles
may God give them both the strength they need,

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ESLTEACHER1 12/29/2010 4:10AM

    Sending prayers for good things.

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SMB19191405 12/28/2010 9:18AM

    Done! I believe in miracles too.

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TUDI4480 12/28/2010 1:02AM

    I am sending positive, healing, protective light to your friend, his wife and family, and to you and yours Linda. As you are taking care of them, please take care of you.

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GRALLEN 12/27/2010 10:30PM

    That is horrible. I feel for these people. I will pray for them.

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WINNIEVIOLA 12/27/2010 8:23PM

  There is power in prayer, and when 2 or more agree on this...believe in Jesus' name that his vertebrae and spinal chord is healing, Amen.

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REBECCAMA 12/27/2010 4:29PM

  Sorry I am late on this.. they sound like very giving people. I hope they get the miracle they need.

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SHEENADEE 12/27/2010 12:14PM

    Done.

Saw this when I was trying to catch up on some blogs this week. It's good of you to ask for help for your neighbors. I sure wish them the best.

I hope you're having a great holiday season.
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MOMWANTSNOWAIST 12/26/2010 5:52PM

    Praying...

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/25/2010 9:34PM

    Praying...
I have also added Chris to the prayer chains of the local churches in our area. I believe in miracles as Ken and I have been received them.
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CALIKIKI 12/25/2010 5:29PM

    Sending prayers.

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KIMDONN 12/25/2010 5:25PM

    OMG that is horrible news!!! I am praying and I too believe in miracles. Keep us posted!

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HAPPYONE331 12/25/2010 5:14PM

    Will pray with all my heart.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/25/2010 3:32PM

    Prayers headed up now. And I'm a believer in miracles, too!

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GEMSTONE1952 12/25/2010 3:05PM

    done

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    Done!

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FATROCKSTAR 12/25/2010 2:47PM

    Yes, it is the time for miracles, and prayer s do things sometimes that nothing else can! Normandy

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TRENTDREAMER 12/25/2010 10:29AM

    Prayed!!

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ROSY_TIAMO 12/25/2010 8:09AM

    That is so sad, I will pray for your friend Chris and his family.

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MSLZZY 12/25/2010 7:51AM

    Prayers being sent and sincere hope that a miracle will happen!

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LOPEYP 12/25/2010 6:21AM

    This is the time of year for miracles. Wishing him the best.

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ASILLA 12/25/2010 2:55AM

    Sending thoughts and prayers for this family.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/25/2010 2:23AM

    Done! Thanks for putting out this prayer request.

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DIANE2110 12/24/2010 11:31PM

    I'll pray for them! I too believe in miracles.

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LINDABENEDICT 12/24/2010 9:48PM

    Prayers for a full recovery and Christmas miracles for this family.

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ANDI_3K 12/24/2010 9:29PM

    Will Keep them in my prayers.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/24/2010 9:27PM

    I will keep Chris & his family in my prayers... and you & yours as well. Bright blessings for the happiest of holidays. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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KITKATSGRACE 12/24/2010 9:15PM

    Saying a prayer for him and his family. They are blessed to have someone who will ask for prayer for them. emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 12/24/2010 8:38PM

    I'm so sorry for this young couple. I will be lifting him up, Linda. It would be helpful to know his first name.
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MERRY40 12/24/2010 8:11PM

    God is great! I will keep this young man in my prayers and pray for a miracle, God willing. Please keep us posted as to his recovery.

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 12/24/2010 7:24PM

    Sending prayerful loving kindness and I also believe in miracles.

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JET150 12/24/2010 4:56PM

    I am so sorry to hear this. My prayers too.

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RIMAJO 12/24/2010 4:24PM

    Oh gosh.. how horrible. You can be sure I'm adding Chris to my prayers right now Linda. Sad situation all around, and magnified by the fact that its the holiday season.. I too will be praying for a miracle.

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CATLADYX8 12/24/2010 4:13PM

    What a terrible thing to have happen. All my thoughts and prayer are on the way. I believe in miracles!

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/24/2010 4:02PM

    Sending prayers for a full recovery.

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MARTY19 12/24/2010 3:32PM

    How horrible. I will offer prayers for them.

Love and hope
Marty

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JHADZHIA 12/24/2010 3:16PM

    Oh No!! This is so tragic, and to happen at this time of the year.. I hope the true meaning of Christmas and all the power of its blessings shine on this poor man and give him some hope and healing...
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GOALIEGRANDMA3 12/24/2010 2:49PM

    Praying for a miracle...

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SOPHIADARE 12/24/2010 2:18PM

    Dear Linda, I have just said a prayer for your young friends, and will pray again for them often in the hope that something, anything, from stem cell research allowign the nerve endings to re-attach to somebody realizing that instead of the man's spinal cord being severed, it was only bruised will make their Christmas joyous. If that cannot happen, then I will pray for that other kind of miracle which permits a different door to open, but that seems too hard just now. Just now, I pray that something, anything, will give him the use of his body as he has had it.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 12/24/2010 2:14PM

    Linda,
Miracles do happen. In my experience, it has often been the most difficult times which in some manner bring the most positive outcomes. Why some individuals have so many hardships is unfathomable to me. I do believe the promise we were given that we do not need to go through them alone. I will be praying with you for your family friends. emoticon

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RRP546 12/24/2010 2:11PM

  our prayers will be with them

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THINAGIN2 12/24/2010 2:10PM

    Miracles do happen!! I am sending my prayers for this young mans total recovery!

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