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One of These Things is Not Like the Others

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ever feel like you're the odd duckling in the lot?! Me too. Here's what I've learned about that.

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SPARKYCARLEY 4/22/2012 9:46PM

    Thanks Nellie for sharing. I so very much appreciate it. You are very unique and special in God's eyes! Blessings. HUGS.

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NELLIEC 4/22/2012 6:57PM

    Somehow I always knew I was somewhat different! Yet, since God created each of us to be an individual, that is good!

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A Total Transformation

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Knowing what you know now, and the possible alternatives; would you, if you could, go back and change things? The end transformation could very well be worth going through the trials.

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SPARKYCARLEY 4/18/2012 10:19AM

    BEAGLEMAMA2 & FALINE - God brings us all on a certain path for a reason. We may not see that reason now, or maybe not in this lifetime; but in the end I have learned for myself that it always turns out best. We have to keep faith. There is plenty that I would like to change for myself, but I also look at the possible outcomes those choices would have brought me; and I'm not usually convinced anymore that it would be a good idea to change it even if I could. My other choices would have led me away from God. Don't give up faith. He has wondrous things in mind for you. He loves you! HUGS.

LETTINGITALLGO1 - Thank you for your awesome support! I am so happy that you are touched by my writings. I look forward to your comments. Blessings to you. HUGS.

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LETTINGITALLGO1 4/18/2012 8:16AM

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I look forward to reading your blogs!!!

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_FALINE_ 4/17/2012 4:02PM

    I can't even think about the past without feeling regret. The things I did, the things I said, the things I didn't say, the things I didn 't do.... The only problem is if I did have it to do all over again, I would probably still mess it up

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BEAGLEMAMA2 4/17/2012 1:24PM

    I certainly would when it comes to opening my salon. If I knew the things I know now I would have done things differently concerning the salon.!
But i have learned from this experience...I'm just digging myself out. Slowly but surely! emoticon

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Bubbles and Peace

Friday, April 13, 2012

I have been told I was bubbly by so many, yet I struggle and the bubbles pop. I long to feel God's peace all the time, and I want more than anything for people to see it shining through from within me. What do others see in you when they meet you? Do they see the peace of the Holy Spirit shining through?

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SPARKYCARLEY 4/15/2012 10:44PM

    LETTINGITALLGO1 - thank YOU so much. Our pastor talked, just today, about witnessing and how leading others to Christ is the one responsibility that trumps all others. If a church is not doing that then it's not a healthy or functioning church. He says it's dead but not buried yet. For example, he told a story about a friend of his that was pastor at a church and was asked to leave because he spent too much time int he community bringing people in; instead of being at the church with those already there. He told another story that he read in a book; a true story. A young pastor was asked to fill in at another church for his friend who was going on vacation. He got there and was told by the office administrator that she hoped he was good, because she had a phone call from a lady who was lost and wanted to try to come to church for the first time in attempt to change her life. They waited for her. They saw her coming in an old beat up car, wearing jeans and holding a cigarette. Pastor prayed about what to say to her to make sure she was lead into the church. Another older man who felt it was his calling to greet everyone got to her first. He told her that they didn't dress like that in this church and that she should have respect for God. The lady turned around and left before she ever got inside the church. Then the old man said that she was just a rebellious young person. Our pastor says that we don't need to protect Jesus. He can do that all on His own. Our pastor also told us that he hoped that we, as a church, would never be like that... that we would welcome everyone. I sat there listing to this and wondered if I ever make any difference to anyone. Most of my time, I'm not sure. Do I do any witnessing, or leading? God has used you this evening to answer that doubt for me. Thank you so much. You've brought tears to my eyes because knowing that I can affect people like that makes it all worth it. Blessings to you and your family. HUGzzzzzzzzzzz

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LETTINGITALLGO1 4/15/2012 10:21PM

    Wow, I really mean that. I love reading your posts. I come from them with a spirit renewed. I love that you are real and true voicing your doubts as well as triumphs. More than anything I love how God is in the centre of all of it. You are a gifted writer and a marvelous testament of all things true and good. God Bless you for being His witness in a way that makes people feel apart of His love and not rejected from it. emoticon

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SPARKYCARLEY 4/13/2012 8:51PM

    Wow! That's an awesome story. Thank you for sharing. That's what I want more and more of too. Blessings to you. I hope people continue to see it in you. HUGS.

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MARANATHA32 4/13/2012 8:21PM

    I was just thinking yesterday of the first time someone saw the Light in me. I just became a Christian that week. I was in search of a Bible that would be just mine. I unknowingly went into a cute little store that I believed to be a Spiritual store. It was just a bunch of new Age crap. Anyway, I felt obligated to look around since I walked in. A lady who was also browsing around came up to me. She said," My! You are full of light! How is that? I want that! You seem so happy." The store owner appeared near us.. I answered,"It's the Holy Spirit. I received my salvation just this week." I was so happy! The owner was not! Her store being full of Antichrist stuff and all. The lady that asked me didn't respond right away. She was thinking. She finally said,"There must be something to it. I truly see it in you and know your happiness is real." That was a wonderful moment.

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Battling the Dragon

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Do you struggle with depression, bipolar, or even self-image issues? The flip side looks so different. The struggles we face look so dark and hopeless. Those who love us don't always see it the same way. They're not looking at it from the dark inside. Maybe it's time that those of us inside walked out into the Light. Here are my thoughts and my experience on fighting the big dragon and surviving.

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SPARKYCARLEY 4/10/2012 8:46PM

    Management, support, and good meds... all very hard to find and put in place, and even harder to keep in place and working properly once you've finally found them. But I don't ever quit. I can't. I'm afraid it would kill me if I quit trying. I will pray for you. HUGS.

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SPARKLISE 4/10/2012 8:36PM

    It's like that with my binging.
When I'm not binging and feeling great, I can't understand why I don't eat well all the time.
Then,the binging dragon pops it's ugly head, and down in the pit I go. Then I can't imagine not stuffing myself with food, and the urge is so great sometimes I feel like I'm going crazy.
I've already seen myself crying because I wanted to eat so bad but at the same time I did not want to eat because I knew one bite would mean weeks of binging.
Having a binge eating disorder is the pits,just like bipolar is the pits.
There is no cure,just management.
Have a nice day! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKYCARLEY 4/10/2012 7:35PM

    Thank you Nancy for your kind words. My strength comes from my faith in Jesus. Without Him I don't think I would have lasted this long. It's hard to see that when I'm in the dark place; but even then I don't ever give up all hope. Nothing is impossible for Him, and He loves me. The other side doesn't truly understand, but I am very slowly learning to let go of that resentment. Forgiveness and healthy living truly are the keys that has changed my life so drastically. I'm not done, of course, but I have the power of the Son on my side now, that I didn't have before I was Christian and in this mess. I truly believe that one day I will be Bipolar and medication free. I hold that faith strong. I've seen bigger miracles in my life, so I know it's possible. He can do that for you too. HUGS.

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NANCYRUBIO 4/10/2012 7:13PM

    Darling I know how you feel and the other side will never understand. I suffer from all three. Writing is a big help, when you can. I have no answers for you, if I find any, I will let you know.

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SPARKYCARLEY 4/10/2012 7:06PM

    Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I hope it helps your friend. Blessings to you. HUGS.

Oh, and thanks for the tip about the broken link. I've fixed it.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 4/10/2012 6:57PM


for another
article !

I have been trying to help
a friend who is struggling
but refuses to see a doctor.
Am going to send her this link.
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When the Impossible Happens

Saturday, April 07, 2012

You know those times when you know absolutely for sure that you know for sure that something cannot possibly happen.... but then it does. It can leave you feeling very disoriented to say the least. Here's what I've learned about these situations.

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SPARKYCARLEY 4/7/2012 5:34PM

    Thank you Nellie so very much for the encouragement. I know I have to try to see it that way when people are no longer part of my life. It's hard to see through a wall of pain while you're in the midst of it, but I know you're so right. Blessings to you during this Easter. HUGS.

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NELLIEC 4/7/2012 2:44PM

    I got to read it. All I can say is that when a friendship ends or a love ends, that doesn't mean it wasn't real, just that it was only for a time. We may not understand now, but I think in Heaven, if it is important for us to know, then we will know.

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SPARKYCARLEY 4/7/2012 9:46AM

    I'm sorry to hear that. I hope you get to read it. I've had a few others say that to me. It could be the speed of your internet connection. I would like to switch hosts, but to get a good one where I can keep my site design it generally costs money. I don't have enough to pay a regular fee for that yet. I'm not making money with this site, so it would have to come from my own funds, and I'm on a tight budget as it is.

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EDITOR 4/7/2012 9:39AM

    I try to load on your God Answers Prayer new post and I tried to load here. Perhaps it is because it is a holiday weekend but I can never get blogspot to load for me.

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