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I can’t believe we are at the doors of a new year. 2012 seemed to have lasted forever. This year has been one of a lot of growth for me, and of course with growth comes a lot of growing pains.

This past year brought me a new opportunity to start over again. I have taken my writing to a new level. Last year when I published Growth Lessons , in my head I knew that this was something that I wanted to do. 2012 taught me that this is what I was called to do and every day I’m more motivated to do even more.

CIMG5895I was given a new start in my health, when I went from being a pre-diabetic morbidly obese woman , to losing 40 pounds and gaining my health back. With my new body still in progress I’ve learned to eat differently, live differently, respect…

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Fleeing The Youthful Lust

When I was a child I thought 30 was old. As I aged that quickly changed. I’m now 31 soon to be 32 now I call people in their 70’s young man/woman! They looked surprised at first, then I remind then there is ALWAYS someone older than you! They laugh and say, “you’re right young lady!”

What is age today? Are all older people more mature? Do all older people have wisdom to share with younger generations? Does the world have many Titus 2 men and women?  In Titus God instructs older men and women to teach the younger. Please in your spare time read it for yourself!

This morning I thought about the older women I see on a regular. Then I had to think how many of them share GODLY wisdom. It was sad when I thought the two who share GODLY wisdom might be 4 years older than I am. Not saying they are NOT qualified. Just wondering where are the “Mothers?”

When I was younger the women with the grey hair would share wisdom with us. They would tell us our dress was NOT appropriate, they would share home remedies when the kids got sick and could tell you how to make most things from scratch. Where did they go? Have we abandoned them? Or have they grown old and bitter? Maybe its a combination of the two.

Some would say the nursing homes are filled with these women. Yes,  some live in nursing homes. According to God we are to visit them and spend times with them.Most definitely those who are widows. Please read James 1:27 in your spare time. Have we neglected the wisdom that sits before us? I’m guilty of this charge right here.

When my Grandmother was living I would frequent the nursing home. I would ask the older ladies many questions and watching them knit was amazing to me. Especially the women on my grandmothers unit. She had Alzheimers Disease. To listen to these women was amazing. No matter what stage they had some knowledge left inside of them. I really miss those days. Only I have the power to change that! Brings honest and transparent is needed for growth.  Now lets explore the Bitter Mothers.

Is bitterness new to the church? Not at all. Just the number of women holding things they can’t change. I’m NOT old but I grew very bitter at a young age. I was well on my way to growing old and bitter. You have to find ways to “gut punch the enemy!” When I would think of my son, who was murdered by my daughters father I would grow angry with ALL men. I didn’t care who you were.

Then one day the light bulb came on. These people were innocent and had NO idea why at times I hated men. Then I had to recite the Serenity Prayer. I had to ask God to help me accept the things I can NOT change. Slowly but surely He did. God is slowly surrounding me with women who have experienced tragic death with their children. Had I held the hatred in my heart what good would I be? As I age I would be yet another bitter seasoned woman in the church.

Ladies, we must learn to let go of ALL that hinders us from moving forward in God. I was determined to let things go in 2012. I’m not saying it’s easy at all. Let me tell you the things I had to let go; I was molested at ages 6 & 10, abused for years by two different men, the murder of my son and the death of my mother. The last of the list all happened in the last 8 years. However GOD is faithful and just.

What did shedding the bitterness get me? Well God told me to start this blog, I will start volunteer work with teen girls and will began collecting submissions for an Anthology about overcoming Domestic Violence. Not because I got it right the first few times, because God does NOT lie!

Ladies which woman will you grow to be? Will you be the one the younger Saints run to or from? The.choice is yours!  Hold the baggage or let Waste Management pick it up!

As always I want to leave a verse with you;
2 Timothy 2:22 AMP

Shun youthful lusts  and  flee from
them, and aim at  and  pursue righteousness (all that is virtuous and good, right living, conformity to the will of God in thought, word, and deed); [and aim at and pursue] faith, love, [and] peace (harmony and concord with others) in fellowship with all [Christians], who call upon the Lord out of a pure
heart.

Be Healed,

Special K Xxxxxxx “hugs”

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When “Why” NO Longer Matters.

Life is full of trials, some we are able to prepare for others catch us on our “blind sides.” Last Friday people all around the world stood in shock as the news about Sandy Hook Elementary hit America on the “blind side.”

Hearts dropped as tears rolled down as we began to mourn as a country. My supervisor watched hour by hour.  While I wanted to put something in my ear. Not that I didn’t care BUT I felt the pain of the parents. My son died a tragic death.

I thought if I hear, “why” one more time I might scream. The stories changed then I would hear this, ” why why why” all over again. I ask my co-workers would ‘why” change the fact innocent people lay dead inside of a school?  Most of them not old enough to drive. Twenty babies lay dead and “why” is all everyone wants to know.

Speaking from experience “why” does NOT matter when your child lays feeling like ice cubes. His upbringing and hobbies don’t take away the pain a parent  feels when they are told, “I’m sorry your child didn’t make it.”

The heart drops in complete shock at the news just received. Often denial kicks in confident you will hear your childs feet on the floor again. Just the thought of his or her voice would make you melt.

Tired of the media coverage as they are determined to find out “why.” The answer will ALWAYS remain a mystery when the killer is dead. Along with the only person who knew his issues.

Today let’s NOT focus on the “why,” let’s focus on the prevention of another person having access to semi-automatic weapons. Praying for this small town of close knit people.

Today let the “why” leave your mind. Focus on praying for comfort, peace and healing for a mourning USA. God heals ALL wounds in time.  I’m a witness! If I could speak to the people in this small town I would leave this word with them;

Matthew 5:2-11 AMP

Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:  Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous–with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!  Blessed  and  enviably happy [with a happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace] are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!   Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous–with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth!   Blessed  and  fortunate  and  happy  and  spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied!   Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous–with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!  Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous–possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and
especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!   Blessed (enjoying enviable happiness, spiritually prosperous–with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the makers  and  maintainers of peace, for they shall be called the sons of God!  Blessed  and  happy  and  enviably fortunate  and  spiritually prosperous (in the state in which the born-again child of God enjoys and finds satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of his outward conditions) are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake (for being and doing right), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!  Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous–with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward conditions) are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely on My account.

That’s what I would hang on a banner inside of the school. We must remember even in this time of sorrow God is still sovereign. Tonight I send cyber XXXXXXXX “HUGS” to all of the families mourning tonight. May God Bless Sandy Hook Elementary. Shine down on them.

Respectfully yours,

Special K

Xxxxxxx “hugs”

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A Cry For Help…

The last few weeks the NFL has been under fire for the way the handle men who beat on women. Is it fair to place ALL of the blame on the NFL when they don’t hold men ACCOUNTABLE?

Lets explore a few things here. Since we don’t have a ton of facts in the death of Kassandra Perkins, lets talk about what we do know. In this case the Chiefs staff was fully aware of what was going on. In a statement released by them they said, “we did all we could to help them.”

Not sure about most companies but to me sounds like this man should have been on leave to me. Name on company who allows you to stay employed knowing you have this kind of issue? Did they reach out to the proper authority in this matter?

Not sure if you’ve seen any pictures of her small frame, I doubt she ever made him feel threatened enough he needed to keep a gun on the property. Maybe that makes perfectly good scene to some. Not to me. Chad Johnson was FIRED four abusing his wife.

So my question is, how did the staff feel they helped? Did they help by keeping this matter on the hush? Allowing this man to still bring in money, knowing he was unstable at this point in his life?

Where was the love to ask him to step down and handle this matter privately? Where was the respect for yet another victim of Domestic Violence? I feel they are just as guilty as Javon. The proper steps to save this young ladies life avoided. All for the love of money.

I have a few questions:

1.Did they EVER think who would raise this child left without parents?
2.Does the NFL value women and their rights?
3. Do you feel since they knew about the situation they should be held ACCOUNTABLE?
4. Do you think the NFL will take domestic violence more serious?
5. Do you think they should bring any charges on staff members aware of this situation?

I pray they step up and support Domestic Violence Projects. Its been a long time coming. We are always taught we should learn from our mistakes. Do you think the NFL has learned from this?

Not to let her friends off so easily. When you know someone is being abused in ANY way you should encourage her to leave. I don’t care what he does for her financially. As a friend you have a right to protect at all cost. There comes a point you must be willing to stand for something.

I’m sure her friends feel plenty of guilt. The reality is the damage is done. Learn from it. When my situation became life or death my friend got a speeding ticket , she was going 60 in a 35 to get to me. She thought I was good as dead. She was relieved to find both me and my daughter safe and unharmed.

Ms. Perkins friends didn’t get that same relief. The baby was unharmed but their friend was shot 8 times. Only someone with NO send control would allow words to get him that upset. Lesson from this, help your friend as much as possible.

Yes, I know the victim will NOT always listen to you. Thats when you find someone who GOD has delivered from this lifestyle. When it comes from someone who has NOT lived it often its hard to receive it.

God has women all around willing to share their story. I blog for that very reason. Domestic violence is often only discussed when tragedy strikes. Thats sad when more women visit the hospital for abuse than car wrecks. Lets keep the fire burning.

If you have a friend who is being abused speak up now before it’s to late. Please call the National Domestic Violence hotline 1800 799 7233. If its life or death call 911 immediately and be very detailed. Give details of everything you have witnessed. I pray we all realize how serious Domestic Violence is.

Lets continue to keep both families in prayer as they have NO choice but to raise the baby together. Lets pray for Domestic Violence victims both women and men.

Most of all lets pray the NFL will take a stand and say NOMOREBLOWS!!!

Sincerely yours,

Special K
XXXXXXX “hugs”

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Gods Word Still Heals

Isaiah 60:1-22 AMP

ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!   For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you [O Jerusalem], and His glory shall be seen on you.   And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.   Lift up your eyes round about you and see! They all gather themselves together, they come to you. Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried  and  nursed in the arms.  Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and  tremble with joy [at the glorious deliverance] and be enlarged; because the abundant wealth of the [Dead] Sea shall be turned to you, unto you shall the nations come with their treasures.   A multitude of camels [from the eastern trading tribes] shal cover you [Jerusalem], the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all the men from Sheba [who once came to trade] shall come, bringing gold and frankincense and proclaiming
the praises of the Lord. All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you [as the eastern pastoral tribes join the trading tribes], the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you; they shall come up with acceptance on My altar, and My glorious house I will glorify.  Who are these who fly like a cloud, and like doves to their
windows?  Surely the isles  and  distant coastlands shall wait for  and  expect Me; and the ships of Tarshish [shall come] first, to bring your sons from afar, their silver and gold with them, for the name of the Lord your God, for the Holy One of Israel, because He has
beautified  and  glorified you.  Foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in My wrath I smote you, but in My favor, pleasure,  and  goodwill I have had mercy, love,  and  pity for you.  And your gates shall be open continually, they shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the nations–and their kings led in procession [your voluntary captives].   For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you in that day [Jerusalem] shall perish; yes, those nations shall be utterly laid waste.  The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the cypress, the
plane, and the pine [trees] together, to beautify the place of My sanctuary; and I will make the place of My feet glorious.  The sons of those who afflicted you shall come bending low to you, and all those who despised you shall bow down at your feet, and they shall call
you the City of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.   Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, so that no man passed through you, I will make you [Jerusalem] an eternal glory, a joy from age to
age. You shall suck the milk of the [Gentile] nations and shall suck the breast of kings; and you shall recognize and know that I, the Lord, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.  Instead of bronze I will bring gold, and instead of iron I will bring silver; and instead of wood, bronze, and instead of stones, iron. [Instead of the tyranny of the present] I will appoint peace as your officers and
righteousness as your taskmasters.  Violence shall no more be heard in your land, nor devastation or destruction within your borders, but you shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.  The sun shall no more be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you, but the Lord shall be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory  and  your beauty.  Your sun shall no more go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself, for the Lord shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. Your people also shall all be [uncompromisingly andconsistently] righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.  The least one shall become a thousand [a clan], and the small
one a strong nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its [appointed] time.

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