I am who I am because of my DAD!  The picture above was taken November 2, 2014 at my daughter’s wedding reception.  My Dad taught me many things, but the most important thing he taught me was to work hard,  be independent, be respectful to my husband, treat people how I want to be treated, be honest and fair.  I also learned from him to never start a fight, but also never run from one.  I will never forget the trouble my brother was in when my father found out he was running home from a bully.  Needless to say my brother never ran from that bully again because he did not want the wrath of my Dad coming down on him.

My Dad is a God fearing man who was the son of a sharecropper, but he overcame many adversities to give me and my siblings a fulfilling life and the confidence to believe we can do and be whatever we wanted to be in life.  He expressed education because he was not offered a complete education, but he is the smartest man I know.

Some people only know who I am by what others have told them, but if hey took the time to get to know me they will realize they had been misinformed about my character.  My love, passion and purpose in life is to fulfill the purpose God  planned for my life and the morals and values  my Dad engrained in me as I was growing up.  Truthfulness, fairness,  and helping others is a curse and a blessing.  However,  I am proud of whom I am,  for the barriers I know I broken down and the countless people I helped when they did not know how to help themselves.

I do not know when I will be back to blogging because my Dad is dying and I am leaving Millington for awhile  to spend as much time with my Dad who is the first man I ever loved as long as I can before God calls him home.  I am definitely the ultimate Daddy’s girl.  Before I leave I want to talk about something  because I should have never allowed myself to be used by this person not once but twice.   I will not open myself up to allow it to happen  a third time  because I thought by now this person would have changed their manipulating ways. 

 The February 17, 2014 Daily Prayer is the appropriate message not only for the person I am directly speaking to, but for myself and other to take heed if they truly believe in God.

I am the first to admit I need to heed the following message when I am blogging because in the beginning there have been times my words were rash, however,  for that I did personally apologized to certain people some time ago.  Nevertheless, I stand by every word I said on this blog and I never discussed or shared an opinion I could not back up.  Most importantly no one can accuse me of hiding behind an alias.

I should not have allowed aliases when this blog first started.   I should have never allowed Tigerblood/Sick and Tired who is one in the same person use me and this blog to be vicious and mean spirited, then allow that person also used their real name to  appear as the caring professional voice of reason.  I use to tell that person when they were being that way that “God Does Not Like Ugly”.  Because of that person true mean and ugly spirit after time God had me remove myself from that person life. For that I am thankful!   I never revealed to those who ask why I did not associate with that person anymore .  They discovered it all on their own regardless of what that person think or believe or the lies that person is trying to do to destroy my character in the community.  I stand with my head held high and my character speak for itself.    God is always in control and He see all things, He has always been my shield and my protector!

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Our Daily Bread February 17, 2014

“On Listening”

Exodus 16:1-8

Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God.

“God gave you two ears, and one mouth for a reason,” the saying goes.  The ability to listen is an essential life skill.  Counselors tell us to listen to each other.  Spiritual leaders tell us to listen to God.  But hardly anyone says, “Listen to yourself.”  I’m not suggesting that we have an inner voice that always knows the right thing to say.  Nor am I saying we should listen to ourselves instead of to God and others. 

I’m suggesting that we need to listen to ourselves in order to learn how others might be receiving our words.

The Israelites could have used this advice when Moses was leading them out of Egypt.  Within days of their miraculous deliverance, they were complaining (Ex. 16:2).  Although their need for food was legitimate, their way of expressing the need was not (v.3). 

Whenever we speak out of fear, anger, ignorance, or pride-even if what we say is true-those who listen will hear more than our words.  They hear emotion.  But they don’t know whether the emotion comes from love and concern or disdain and disrespect, so we risk misunderstanding.  If we listen to ourselves before speaking out loud, we can judge our hearts before our carless words harm others or sadden our God. – Julie Ackerman Link

Lord, help me to think before I speak, to check my heart.  Help me to control my tongue and to express myself clearly so that I won’t cause dissension.  Seat a Guard on my lips.  Words spoken rashly do more harm than good.

 

6 Responses to Saying Good Bye Is Not Easy…

  1. Doug says:

    We will pray for you, your dad and your family. Take care of YOU.

  2. DLS says:

    Thank you Doug…I am thankful I can spend sometime with him before he is called home.

  3. May your wonderful father rest in peace. I am sure he was proud of his daughter. Take all the time you need, my warrior friend. Have no regrets, you are a GOOD person and you do the best you can with what you have.
    Much love and take care of yourself.
    -Diane

  4. Elizabeth Gallup says:

    I am so very sorry to hear that your father is ill. His passing will be a heavy load on the hearts of those who love him. For him, he will lay down the burdens we bear on Earth, and he will enter the eternal peace of Heaven. God bless you and your family.

  5. Ann Dorsey says:

    May God give you the peace that is needed. And I know your father will be in the hands of a loving father who will see him through.

    • DLS says:

      Thank you Ann, Had it not been for God’s love no telling where I would be. I suffered the loss of my Dad, Granddaughter and Grandmother along with a host of 1st cousins this year. I am thankful to God that I did not have a breakdown, however, he knew I needed rest and peace to cope with why he wanted my loved ones with him. I am doing much better and God has renewed me in so many ways, I am thankful to have such a loving God and thank you for your kind words.

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