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I Still Cry...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I still cry on 911...

I was supposed to be there that day to meet the sales rep from the Marriott (which stood between the towers). I told Beverly that I hadn't been to the Zoo to volunteer in a few weeks and I needed to keep my commitment with them by being available as often as possible. Since the contract was signed, I could be at the Marriott in a few says - next week, I thought.

My friend Christi and I were walking through Central Park to the Zoo, and we heard someone on his cell phone exclaiming as he was told that an airplane hit the tower. "No way." I said. I was wrong.

By the time we got there (Zoo), the second tower went down. I wondered then how many more targets were planned. What place would be next? I knew we were being attacked. I didn't know who and I just started praying and contacting friends I knew at the Marriott. Naturally, the phones didn't answer and I found out later some didn't make it. We had a 3 year contract and I was on my way the next day with the check... it never happened... today I still cry :(

I will never forget ...

  
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KELLEY106 9/17/2012 11:35PM

    I'm glad your still with us. I will never forget.
I too worked for Marriott, in VT

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/15/2012 1:43PM

    Praise the Lord for His devine intervention in your life and led you to the zoo. I am so glad that He did!!!
Continued blessings and hugs,
Helen

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PERIWINKLE52 9/11/2012 3:31PM

    I am amazed to see, once again, the hand of God on someone's day to day life! It wasn't your time and you, and your family and friends can sure praise the Lord that He prompted you in another direction that day. I'm glad too!!

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It's over and...

Saturday, January 07, 2012

I hate taking down Christmas cards and decorations… but the year is already getting older… the first full week will be finished and there are 51 more to go. I never thought it would be so difficult. Among the Christmas greetings were special cards expressing condolences and prayer for me as I went through this first season without my mom. It was her favorite holiday.

I make a point of reading each car before I put the cards away. And yes, I save them from year to year. I’ve noticed that the card list has shrunk as the electronic age take on a new dimension of greetings. I’ve wrestled with my own inability to reverse my sluggishness with sending cards. But I have also enjoyed thinking into my computer… sometimes words come easily and other times… I just think maybe I need to go back to letter writing in each card and, and, and… I must begin afresh and send cards this year 2012. It’s been too long since I’ve sent them. In the past (when I did send them), I would send a letter to fill in what happened in the year, but I think I’ll go with a simple signature of Jim and Jackie Edwards… perhaps a little note with large print… I’m not sure.

The poinsettia will go back into the closet (it is a beautiful fake plant); the wrappings on the picture frames have been removed; the nativity is back in its box and the little ornaments that replaced a tree this year have been put away.

It’s still the most wonderful time of year when the world even through commercialism leak out Joy to the World and sing, Christ the Savior is born even when they don’t realize it… their words sung throughout the season in song is their hope for eternity… I wish they would hear them. May we sing the carols of the season all year in our lives so that they the Light will shine on those who sit in darkness (from Zachariah’s Song Luke 1:79)! Happy New Year one and all, as we begin again!

  
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BOSSMARE_13 1/8/2012 9:23AM

    It's only over if you let it be over. At Christmas, even Scrooges get into the spirit. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we treated every day as if it were Christmas, if we didn't let life and stress and the world leach the feeling out of our hearts. What a wonderful world this would be.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/7/2012 10:00PM

    Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year because we can celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Savior. Then we have 364 days to serve Him and sing songs to praise and worship Him until we again celebrate His birth. What a wonderful life we have been given!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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Changing Passwords in Summer Heat!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

If you think changing jobs is a problem, try changing all your passwords and email addresses. I realize that there is a list of reasons we should protect our identity, but when we can’t remember what we said about ourselves, we are in big trouble. I tried to change my email on an account I had for several years. My pictures are out in cyberspace and cannot be picked up by the host and this is after I had spent more than 40 minutes trying to login and checking my 5 pages of email passwords. Yes, I did say 5 pages. Oh and of course I needed to save them to my thumb, but sometimes I forgot and then as I painstakingly went through them side-by-side, making them the same and noting the changes made to each account.

Since every account or website has a different requirement. It can be very frustrating to be locked out of the page you created and no way to let them know you have a new email address. They verify everything to your old email and send password changes to that email address which no longer exists. Is anyone seeing a problem here?

For this reason, I’m thrilled that God never changes His password. We can always have direct access to him in all things. His simple requirement is to know him personally through his son Jesus Christ. Having that single password of entry to him allows us to never have to deal with a changed password. He knows where we are and what our very intentions are as we finagle our way around the cyber-world. His invitation is simple, come to me all who are weary… (Matt 6:28). I was really weary after struggling to update and align my accounts and passwords. I have quite a ways to go to make some of them valid, but in the frustration, I remember that I have easy access to the Creator of the universe. He knows my name and my account info and eh never changes even when I do.

That’s all that is important. Yes, I’ll continue making attempts to update all old accounts with my new email address, but I will not fret or become weary as I do this. I have great peace from the One who has promised me rest. Today, in the heat of the summer and the frustration of life, I hope you know the One who offers rest from all weariness. Enjoy His presence even in the heat.

  
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SJG1953 8/6/2011 1:36AM

    Thank you Jackie. My soul was blessed by your words tonight. They are so true. I praise His holy name for his everlasting love. hugs, Shirley

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PERIWINKLE52 8/2/2011 7:51PM

    I loved the way you related passwords, etc. to our relationship to Jesus!! So true and such a comfort!! Love the way you write!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/2/2011 4:52PM

    I am so thankful that He is with us always and never changes passwords so that we can not connect with Him!! So sorry you are having trouble getting this done.
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Helen

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It's not here!!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I lost my flash drive with all of my homework, notes, journal, and other personal info…. yes, horrors. I had it last week when I was in class. When I reached for it in two days to transfer notes and do homework that Thursday, it was not in its little pouch. I was traumatized and didn’t function for two days. I could only think of someone finding it and using the personal info.
I emailed the Prof and he responded that no one had turned it in to him. It was not turned in at the desk at school.

My conclusion was that it fell onto a part of my bag that was not visible and later flipped onto the street as I walked to the train. I wasn’t willing to tell Jim how much stuff was on it – no need to get his BP up, so I asked two friends to pray for me and I told my mom.
On Sunday, I returned from a funeral in Baltimore (yes, I left your uncle home alone – another sad story) and I prayed to God, telling Him that I had not believed that He would let me find it because I had been irresponsible and because I had not prayed for it myself.

When I went to class last night, I asked the woman at the desk again and she searched for it as well. One flash was there but it was not mine. She told me that she had lost hers last year and was wondering why I wasn’t traumatized. My friend came up to me and said, “Jackie has put it in perspective.” I was resigned to believe that it was lost for real and put into someone’s trash, or crushed by a train. If I never heard from anyone who was trying to use the credit card info on it, then that would be fine.

As I went to class, I checked under radiators in the hallway and the desk where I sit every week.

The power of prayer and a whole lot of praise!

The class started and I was quick to take notes, prepared to participate and had already begun my paper again (I had lost my research notes). The Prof looked for a marker and saw something and said, “Jackie, is this yours?” he held up my flash drive with its retractable port…

Just for the record, the body can smile and dance without moving. My eyes were wide and my heart sang. I gave the thumbs up sign and kept writing my notes into my laptop.

If you have prayed in your heart (even though others are praying for you), God will give the amazing peace even if the flash drive doesn’t come back. But sometimes, He brings it back. The peace of letting it go was just as good. The little gnawing in my heart was subsided. God had kept it safe. He’s holding your requests safe as well.

Pray on in faith!

  
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MARTINT011 3/28/2011 8:47AM

  such a good testimony and I could relate to this.

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SJG1953 11/20/2010 12:25AM

    I join you in praising our God!! He is so good. I'm glad you turned everything over to Him. He never fails!!

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MY_HEALTH_BABY 11/17/2010 9:54PM

    I was ready to send you another thumb drive emoticon....I really enjoyed reading your blog..Thank you!

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GATOR12 11/17/2010 7:26PM

    Jackie, what a wonderful testimony and so true. God IS loving, and faithful, whether He shows us or gets for us our lost items or not. We sing and give Him praise.. But when He blesses us so, especially when we give it up to Him oh how we sing and dance and praise without showing outwardly. I join you in praising Him, no matter what!!

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BORNAGAINBRAT 11/17/2010 3:53PM

    What an uplifting blog. Thank you and praise God!

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KAKONOLADY 11/17/2010 3:52PM

    Praise Jesus!!-Im glad you found it :)-Crystal

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Little changes from the bottom

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Jonah went to preach as commanded by God to Nineveh. The people submitted themselves to God first. Then king heard about it and humbled himself. He called a fast for everything and everyone who would take in food saying that perhaps God would change His mind about destroying them. He was right.

If the Christians below government leadership change their actions about obeying God, the leaders may humble themselves as well.

I pray that we as Christians would be faithful to God in little things that will make big changes in our world.

Father, today I commit my little things to you like my attitude to one that are close to me and ask that You would intervene when I would do something selfish instead of what You would like done. Thank You for hearing and answering prayer, amen.

  
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MY_HEALTH_BABY 11/17/2010 9:56PM

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SEWINGMAMACDS 9/12/2010 4:18PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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SJG1953 9/10/2010 4:45AM

    Great and thought provoking blog Jackie. Thanks for sharing. Blessings and Hugs, Shirley

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