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I am so grateful for my spark family


Thursday, October 17, 2013



I wanted to share a bit about why I am so grateful for my spark family and to ask you to keep me in your prayers
Thankfulness and a heart of gratitude to GOD who really means every word he has given us in His Bible. Through the very darkest moments, days, weeks and years :He is the stability and faithfulness that has held me together even in the most crushing emotional times, His love and tender care have brought me healing one step at a time. I can testify in my life and truly offer Him praise and thankfulness.

Two years ago in November and again the following August he spared my own desire and plans to end my life, he reached through to my mind and heart that was so lost in grief, despair and hopelessness.

The Word of God brought life and hope and peace and joy to me in the midst of that oppression. And he has given me wonderful family and friends that never fail to pray for me. I am so blessed and grateful for each of them in my life.
By God’s mercy and grace he is revealing his truth to my heart and mind daily. God is directing my steps to healing my emotions and building my spiritual strength.

Steven and I are working on many issues, and I am so proud to say he has really worked hard to make the changes in his life. Anyone facing all those challenges has to rely on his relationship with the Lord. He has recognized and admitted his need for help , he has taken the steps to move forward with treatment and daily making progress in battling OCD, Bipolar, hearing and sight disabilities.

At the same time I am learning recovery steps from codependency, depression, and anxiety disorder. Along with battling many chronic illnesses, Lupus SLE is just one of them. Steven and I have decided to remain separated while we are working on our own issues , living in the same neighborhood and then working on restoration of our marriage so that in all we do it will glorify God in His will and plan of our lives.

Family and friends that know and understand do support our choices and believe this will be accomplished and are keeping us in their prayers.
So this thanks giving and praise belongs to Jesus our savior.
It is exciting that we can always know God's love and compassion toward us meets us with His grace and mercy.
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BABY_GIRL69 10/20/2013 7:15PM

    We are also so grateful too you as well!!

God bless & thank you for sharing!

Dee

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MTRACHEL 10/20/2013 6:45PM

    This reminds me of Luke 17:11-19. How wonderful that you know to give thanks and to remind all of us too.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/20/2013 5:52PM

    You're in my thoughts and prayers dear one. I love the pictures. You look great. I'm praying for your marital problems to work out. You deserve to be happy. Bright blessings to you.

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JUDITH316 10/19/2013 5:17AM

    emoticon for a beautiful Blog, the pictures are lovely, I too am thankful for my Spark Friend's, dearest Annabelle, you are such a blessing and your valued friendship is so appreciated...sending you BIG HUGS... emoticon

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NELLIEC 10/18/2013 4:50PM

    I just added you and your hubby to my prayer list.

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COASTAL6 10/18/2013 9:04AM

    Thanks for sharing, Like your pictures and I'll be praying for you,
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CANADIANGIRL15 10/18/2013 8:51AM

    Beautiful pictures! Blessings to you!

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TATTER3 10/18/2013 6:25AM

    You inspire me! Thank you for sharing and being so candid. Wish we could sit down and talk. Prayers for you all and blessings!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/18/2013 12:25AM

    There's no finer delight in knowing the hope we have in our Redeemer and Savior. May the Lord grant you and your husband great favor. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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GRAMMAP1 10/17/2013 11:32PM

    You both are so courageous. We need God in our lives and I have always believed that a marriage needs to be worked at. We put 8 hrs. or so a day into a job, but let down when we get with each other. Marriage deserves time and effort too. There is a song out and I wish I could think of the artists name, but it is :"Don't Throw away the love. God bless you as you work through these issues. God is honored in healthy relationships. Praying. Love, Jane The Song is performed by Dick and Mel
Tunney

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CSKIES1 10/17/2013 9:22PM

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KATHARINEBRAY1 10/17/2013 8:48PM

    RESTORATION OF MARRIAGE
Psalm 66:3 – Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.

2 Chronicles 32:7 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.

1 Chronicles 29:11 – Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.

Psalm 150:2 – Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Proverbs 18:21 (AMP) – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

Psalm 19:14 – May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Proverbs 16:23 – A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.

Matthew 15:18 – But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’

Psalm 49:3 – My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding.

Luke 6:45 – The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

Psalm 17:3 – Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.

Romans 10:10 -For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified,

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KATHARINEBRAY1 10/17/2013 8:46PM

    BLESSINGS emoticon part 1
working on yourselves , in order to restore .That is a good judgement call .
I wanted to share this

There’s ALWAYS work for the Lord to complete in US before restoring our marriages, and as long as we resist what He’s trying to do in OUR hearts and in our relationship with Him, we will delay the restoration of our marriages. So as men and women standing for marriage restoration, we need to take a long and honest look at our failures and acknowledge our contribution to the destruction of our marriages, or we’re NOT likely to ever make the changes in ourselves that are necessary BEFORE our marriages can be restored. And if we don’t learn to conquer and control our thoughts and words, we are fighting a losing battle. So our goal is to focus so much more on who we are in Christ and to realize that that is So much more important than what’s happened in our marriages. And when the Lord REALLY starts doing housecleaning in OUR hearts, we’ll start to see that we contributed a lot to the breakdown of our marriages too, and that makes it a lot more difficult to be so critical or hard on our spouses. And restoration is NOT possible until we realize that. Trust me; I spent way too many years focused on the pain, heartache, disappointment and devastation. I had a very long laundry list of everything my husband did wrong, but since the lord really started working on me, I can honestly say that I no longer feel victimized by my husband because my heart is broken by the recognition of the things I did to cause him so much pain and disappointment. My husband loved me dearly and I did not treasure and value that gift, much less guard and protect it, as I should have. And even after things went so wrong, I continued doing everything wrong, simply because I was playing my role as the wounded and abandoned wife so well and didn’t surrender or trust any of it to the Lord; much less practice the principles of restoration found in His Word! As long as we hold onto our role as victims and try to “manage” and “cope” with everything in and of our own strength, that’s all we’ll ever be. But when we allow the Lord to speak to us about the things He wants to change in US, and we allow that conviction to lead us into repentance and change, then we’ll be on the right road and begin creating the right environment for restoration. I don’t know why, but some men and women seem unable to make that transition, and lasting marriage restoration is NOT possible without it. And doing that is NOT possible without making the Lord first in our lives and hearts.



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RAPUNZEL53 10/17/2013 7:26PM

  Great Pictures!

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