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Thankfulness Mondays – “In Their Thoughts!”

Week 48 (of 52)…… I’ve been posting along with Bernadette of Haddon Musings and others, of the many things in our lives we have to be thankful for, sometimes they are small and may go unnoticed, and other times they can be very obvious. We hope that by doing so, it may offset for us and others, the negative areas in our lives.

Today I’m thankful for those in my life, who I know are available when I need advice, prayer or when I just need to realize that I am in their thoughts.

It is important not only for me but I believe many, when there is an area of concern in our lives; that someone makes us aware that they care and are willing to listen. Sometimes that’s all that is necessary. Actually since I first mentioned that my husband and I were moving, and the various issues and concerns I had, people were so kind to offer their support. There were friends, family and those in the blogging community who all made the move easier, by their help and their encouragement.

Since the move I have been very tired and not feeling as well, as I’d like,  but I know ‘this too shall pass’. When we get overwhelmed it is so easy to let the issue ‘mushroom’ in our minds, but when there are those who we can ‘vent’ to, and just express our frustrations and feelings, the problem is then put back into perspective.

We  can then re-focus and realize we just need to take one day at a time.

So today, I am very thankful for those who keep me in their thoughts, and who have offered to listen, to encourage and to let me know they care! That is most definitely many of ‘you’. !!!

Encouraging Words – Short

Most of you that follow know about the posts I have done for this young man who is extremely ill …this is another update. I hope you don’t mind me doing this but as so many of you have been praying I feel the need to share in his progress. If anyone doesn’t know about him I will link to the different posts which explain if you wish to know... from the first one to the one previous to this one.       https://hometogo232.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/we-sometimes-ask-why-poem/    https://hometogo232.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/update-on-why-short/        https://hometogo232.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/prayer-please/          https://hometogo232.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/short-update/

So this morning I got this email about ‘Pete’s condition and while encouraging it also intimated a whole lot more……

Good morning everyone and Happy Tuesday!!!   Some great news for you……

Peter looks good today.  He is trying to talk but is finding it extremely difficult.  Peter is aware that he is in hospital in Oakville.  He did recognize Kim but doesn’t remember her name. There is still no kidney function and he is having dialysis again today.   Kim fed him ice chips today which is such a good sign.   He is sleeping at the moment but whenever Kim tries to leave the room, he wakes up because he doesn’t want her out of his sight.   The physiotherapist was with him this morning working with him and she showed Kim a few things that she can do to help Peter as well.   Peter’s white blood cell count is down a bit today which means the infection is slowly going away……..yayyyyyy!!!!!!     The doctor told Kim this morning that Peter will needs months and months of physio but she is just thankful that he is alive.

Kim wants to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.   She loves you all and is very thankful for her friends and their support.

And then this afternoon I get this email ….The first paragraph is explaining the text that came from Pete’s wife Kim. The last sentence is the text from Kim

I just needed to share Kim’s latest text with you all.  I know it will warm your heart and bring a tear to your eyes like it has mine. Kim said it was awesome and both Pete’s Mom and her burst into tears with happiness!!!  It truly is a miracle.

Kim’s words:

“So after Pete’s Mom and I trying to figure out what he was saying, we finally got out of him “Winning the fight”!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From Me… Thank you Lord…

Catching Up on Acknowledgements

Over the past month several awards have been given to me by some fellow bloggers. I need to catch up on acknowledging those who have thought of me in this very kind way. Because I have previously accepted some of these I will not go through the process again. Some I realize may choose only to accept the award and not necessarily participate fully, but I feel it is up to the individual.

I also believe l that I should participate when I can in order to highlight some perhaps newer bloggers and give them some recognition and encouragement in their blogging. I remember how it did so to me when I first received some awards.

One of the ones I have already been awarded is the Super Sweet Blogging Award, this time given to me by Terry. There’s so much I could say about Terry. A brief synopsis would be that she has been a caregiver to her brother with Parkinson’s Disease, but who recently needed more help than she could manage so is in a Nursing Home, where she visits him regularly. She is also a wonderful writer of regular blogs, poetry and fiction. You can find out more by visiting her site.

Terry also nominated me for the Reality Blog Award. Since I haven’t received this one before I will

Reality Blog

Reality Blog

list the suggested rules and list them. Answer the following questions and nominate other bloggers. I will nominate 2 for this award. See end of post.

Just answer the following questions and nominate other bloggers.

1. If you could change one thing, what would you change?

I would trust my own instincts more in the past and not worry about what others think.
2. If you could repeat an age, what would it be?

I think I would choose 16 when my dreams of the future were so exciting.
3. What is one thing that really scares you?

I will go with something tangible and say snakes. (sorry Buckwheatsrisk)
4. What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it?

It’s something that I’m working on and that is helping others cope with depression, possibly through my new church or elsewhere
5. If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?

I would be the Prime Minister of Canada, in order to deal more harshly with those who commit abusive and violent crimes.

Very Inspiring Blog

Very Inspiring Blog

ApplePieAndNapalm nominated me for the Very Inspiring Award. I have only known this blogger for a short time, but have really enjoyed our interactions. She is a very searching and questioning person and will post on many topics. Please visit her site. As I have not received this award before I will give the rules should you want to participate.

There are a few rules to adhere to, I have to include 7 things about myself, Nominate (although 15 is suggested I will nominate two as I have several to nominate end of post;) and the nominees should be advised on their site. I have already said a lot about myself but will say something at the risk of maybe repeating myself.

1. I just moved with my husband to a mobile home (instead of an apartment), to be closer to children and grandchildren.

2. After spending a major part of my adult life with depression, I have been free of it for approximately 3 years.

3. I love old movies like the comedy/musicals with Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly etc.

4. I don’t really like or do much of the cooking as my husband does enjoy doing so. (He really does!)

5. I was married when I was 18 and we will celebrate our 50th Anniversary this July.

6. We are going on a wonderful trip to Aruba for our 50th.

7. I have such a time handling the fact that there is so much animal abuse and neglect. I want to help them all!

Wayne of Waynemali has chosen to honor me with several awards. Wayne is also a recent connection through blogging, He very admittedly is a recovered alcoholic, but it has been almost a year since he stopped drinking and became a Christian. He writes about his issue, but also shares photos and poetry. You should take a look at his site.  I share these awards with several other bloggers. Three of  these awards I have been nominated previously so I will not do the process again.  The Illuminating Award  The Liebster Blog Award and The Blog of the Year Award.

Shine On

Shine On

Wayne has also given to several of us the Shine On Award. The suggested rules for this are below. As these rules are similar to The Very Inspiring Blog....I will only do one set of sharing things about myself and nominate 2 bloggers for this award as I did above.

1. Show appreciation of the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
2. Add the award logo to your blog.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 5 – 10 or so bloggers you admire.
5. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

Nominations for Reality Blog Award

Lost Companion

Jensinewall

Nominations for Very Inspiring Blog Award

Zippy Thinks

jmgoyder

Nominations for Shine On Blog Award

Zebra Crossing

Your Mess His Message

“To Heal the Broken-Hearted”

I’ve decided to write this post because of a young woman whose blog I have been following for some time, and who needs a touch from our loving God.

She is at the point of the kind of despair where the only way out she perceives might be to take her own life. I know there are many in blogoshphere that can identify with that thought at some point in their lives, myself included.

She is not a Christian but from my understanding has a Jewish heritage while not following any beliefs at this point in her life.  I do not know her name but only her first initial ‘A’. In the times I pray for her I prefer to use a name but it is only one that I chose and that is Abigail. While she does not talk about her beliefs, whatever they may be I do tell her that I am a Christian and that I pray for her, and she does call on God in some of her deepest moments. Lately she has done so only because she hopes that He will take her out of her anguish.

This young woman has some support but because of distance and other factors not a lot is available to her!

‘A’ has several diagnosed mental disorders including Bipolar Disorder and Depression.  She is in a hospital for others with similar or very much worse conditions. This in itself is a barrier to her being able to see any normalcy possible in her future.  Her hospitalization has gone on for three years and she is growing so weary of thinking she will ever be well.

What I am doing with this post is asking those of you who are believers to pray for ‘A’. My faith is premised on the fact that ‘the prayers of righteous availeth much’.praying_hands

In this season of sharing gifts with one another, I would like to share the gift of hope, encouragement, love and most importantly for this young woman….healing!

God’s heart I know is broken because He loves us all so much and he sees the pain in ‘A’s heart, soul and mind.

Normally I would never ask for you to ‘comment’ on a post, but in this case I am going to ask you to do so....keeping in mind that she is not a Christian but that there are those in this huge world of ours that simply care about her and are praying …if you feel led to say that.  I am going to copy and paste these comments to her site, for her to see.

My hope is that she will just feel loved beyond what she could believe…..Thanks ….Diane

Additional Note Dec. 30th..I am going to hold all of the comments made until tomorrow…New Year’s Eve….the day before the beginning of a New Year and ‘new hope’….Diane

It’s been a Year!

Well, it’s now been one year since I began blogging and I thought I’d share a bit of what this has brought into my life.

When I began, I did so with trepidation as I really didn’t know what all was involved. I followed the instructions to set up the account but didn’t know what all the links on the ‘dashboard’ meant. And to be honest I thought that since I just wanted to write and see what I had hidden inside of me waiting to come out, I didn’t bother learning about them. I didn’t know how important ‘tags’ were at the time with others finding your blog and so I didn’t even use them.

I really thought that maybe at some point I might meet somebody through blogging that I had something in common with, but I wasn’t sure how that would happen. Then several months after writing I actually got a comment on one of my blogs. How excited I was.  I think at some point I used ‘tags’ occasionally after reading about them, but I wasn’t consistent. I decided to search and started to read other people’s blogs and got into a couple of interesting online conversation. Before too long I started to get more …what is called ‘traffic’ on Word Press. This is what is the result.

I have learned about crafts, birds, recipe’s, poetry, fiction writing, eating disorders, mental illnesses, abuse,  narcissism and so much more. I have met people from all parts of the world …United States, Australia, Africa, Cayman Islands, Great Britain, Israel …of course Canada also where I am from..and others as well.

There has been a growth in my knowledge of things and people. My Christian faith has increased because of my contacts.  I’ve learned that people are struggling with so many issues and I have grown to care so much for so many.

So for those of you reading this blog, know that I am an enriched and blessed person because of you. For those of you that I regularly blog with and are hurting because of past or present issues, know that my hope and prayer for you is that soon you find the answers and the peace that you so need.

Thank you so much for the encouragement always given when I have needed it. You have been like an extended family to me and I treasure the warmth and love sent my way.

So, I will see what this next year holds in store for me and for you, and look forward to a continued ‘blogging relationship’ with you all.