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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What a Week!

What a week!
On the 27th we went to my Godson's graduation party.  I was surprised at how he greeted each of us so graciously!  (Maybe he is growing up?)
I forgot his card!  My nephew forgot his card!  My sister forgot his portrait!  Oh well, no worries.
The day was nice.  There was a ton of food!
My other nephew and his wife (who he is not living with) and the boys came to the party.
There is a lot of drama in this story.  Needless to say, they need your prayers.  The wife has the boys.
I do not like her and I don't think she is a good mother.  My heart goes out to the boys, especially my other Godson who is the middle child.  He is very unhappy and acts up probably because of it.
It is a family situation that really needs your PRAYERS!
Then there was the Supreme Court decision this last week.  I don't know what side you are on, but I am on the side of the Lord!  Heated discussions with my husband and son about this.  Felt judged on Facebook as being judgmental and hateful.  It is a lonely and fearful place to stand when you stand on the word of God.  I never said anything mean or hateful, but that is how things are interpreted.
From all that happened between my nephew and this, I came up with this little poem.
 My tears stream down from all the pain.
I feel alone in my disdain.
I do not hate nor do I judge,
But from my convictions,
I will not budge.
So let me live as I will,
Till tears stop falling
and my heart is still.
 I am in a Bible journaling group that mixes art and the Word.  They post pictures of their work.  I posted my poem and said I planned on putting it in my Journal Bible by a verse about homosexuality.  Well, my  post was censored and it was deleted.
I ended up entering it by I Corinthians 16:13 --- Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
I then posted an apology as I don't wish to offend anyone, but will continue to stand by my convictions.  I also stated that I thought the group was more about art and less about the word of God.  Many people came to my support.  That post was also deleted.
A third post was started by those who believed as I did that it wasn't really representing the word of God, but was about the art.  DELETE!
The long and short of it is that I made many new Christian friends who started a new Bible journaling group, where we are free to post our beliefs and agree to disagree without censorship!
Made this little "purse" filled with cards!



White Lace and Promises said...

I had the same situation. I spoke the truth in love and also my struggle to share but not judge. My cousin send me a message saying she was hurt by what I had on FB (she's a Lesbian and knows how I feel and that I continue to love her and have a relationship with her.) I sent her a message back about loving her, blah, blah, blah. She sent me a message back saying that she didn't want to be like that and to pray that she would be delivered. I have taken her and laid her at the cross continually since then. I have a burden for her and my friend's son who has left their home. She is hurting too. Pray for them and love them and let God do the rest. That's what's I'm trying to do.

Linda said...

All we can do is to love others and pray for them, Deb. We cannot change others, but God can! However, God can only do what we try to do for ourselves, in other words, He doesn't force us and He wants to see our efforts towards change as well. I will keep you in my prayers as well as others who need them.

Gert said...

I am praying for your godson's family. Sorry to hear this. Glad you created a group that you can be open with. Agree or disagree, that is what freedom of speech is all about.

Love all your work...card and bag are beautiful!


Linda said...

I think your Bible journaling will be a wonderful experience for you!!! Your poem is beautiful and it's art whether a person uses words, paint, clay, or tin cans. Free speech!!! is a right!

Gill - That British Woman said...

love the card you made. Not getting into the religious stuff............