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   Calvinesq  Some random thoughts for this Thanksgiving:

We hear a lot of noise these days regarding "privilege" or "white privilege." It is used to keep a lot of people silent about their beliefs and values.

The concept, in my view, is misguided and wrong. I don't know about this so-called "privilege" with which "they" want to keep me silent.

I do know that what I have, even what I may have earned, is nothing without God. God has blessed me with a wonderful family, a means to make a living and a multitude of friends, both believers and non-believers. God's grace has indeed been shed on me. My response is not to denigrate my privilege, but to thank God profusely for all his blessings, with humility, praise and utmost respect. Without God's grace, I would have nothing.
November 23 at 09:42 EST .

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   MeiDei  You speak for me too.
November 23 at 18:47 EST .




   MeiDei  It's been 2 years since my son had an old wound reopen requiring daily visits from Visiting Nurses Association (VNA )to treat it. 4 months ago we were down to thrice weekly w/the VNA & now back to daily due to a "tunneling" issue. Today is the 24 month anniversary --- prayers for his full recovery are appreciated, it's hard to see him removed from enjoying life outside of his room & brief excursions to doctors & hospitals - a sense of humor (even irreverent at times ) and faith has got us this far.
November 18 at 13:17 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Sending up prayers.....the visiting Nurse Service here in NY was a real blessing for my mom....the prayers will be ongoing.
November 19 at 18:38 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  It may seem silly, but I need prayers to help me deal with this insomnia. Thank you all.
November 4 at 03:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  Done - try not to think of any unpleasantness; cast your woes upon God - visualize the opposite; relax each bone and muscle starting with your feet, work your way up slowly. Better days are ahead.
November 5 at 22:52 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Mom passed away on 11/7....she's far beyond the pain now, and I am thankful for that blessing for her...PTL
November 15 at 18:51 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'm so sorry for your loss, prayers continue.
November 15 at 20:19 EST .

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   BirdsNest  About once a week I get really sad, missing Hagar and not wanting to come home . My house is not empty, there are parrots and Melvin(Hagars bird ), but Hagar is not here. I should be getting used to this. Still there are people that ask after him. I am happy to know so many people cared about him, but they get embarrassed when they are told he has passed. That doedn' t upset me at the time. I don't want to make them cringe. Yesterday my friend who is an EMT called me on her way home from a 24 hr shift. She mentioned her partner had a call, the person had died
Later she called to tell me the person that had passed was 33 yrs old and his 4 yr old called 911. The wife was at work. I feel very badly for this young woman. She is so devastated. I have been praying for her and her son.
October 14 at 23:28 EST .

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   Gerty  Hello, Miss Birdie. Sometimes I wish I were better at using words to accurately express my feelings....like now. If I were there with you, I would just hug you and share the loss you are feeling.

I will have to settle for a cyber hug. But my thoughts and prayers are not confined by the mundane...may you know and feel the comfort of the love of Hagar and the Lord.
October 15 at 03:33 EST .

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   MeiDei  It's good to talk about him, part of the healing process. He was, and is, an important part of your life - share the memories; ask others to do the same.
When Gerty lets go, you have a cyber hug from me too ; )
October 15 at 11:32 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Healing and comfort will come slowly Birdie....but they will come...I'll lift you up in prayer
October 18 at 15:45 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thank you all. Today was one of those days. Hagar's birthday is next Tuesday and I have plans to sprinkle some ashes in his favorite places. After being at the flea market with so many wonderful people I hated to come home.
October 22 at 20:37 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  My 4 month contract position ended yesterday. Please pray I find something else quickly. Thanks, Dom.
October 2 at 12:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  Consider it done - may a door open quickly.
October 2 at 13:05 EST .

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   StarFire  I’ve been quiet on The Connection lately due to the usual ups and downs of everyday life: minor knee surgery, a series of health issues (all under control now ), doing some minor décor projects & major repair projects on the house, settling into retirement, Grandkid #2 graduating & finding a good job, Grandkid #1 moving in, moving out, moving in again and then moving back to Texas for a good job.

Recently my son-in-law, Jay, left his nine-year career in the Army for a great civilian job and a slot in the Army Reserves. After about four months at his new civilian job, he has been diagnosed with stage IIB stomach cancer. The good news is he is young (42yo ) and otherwise healthy. Best case scenario, he will undergo nine - ten weeks of chemo, surgery, and another nine-ten weeks of chemo. He will be treated at the VA/Vanderbilt Cancer center 60 miles south in Nashville.

We have no idea how long he will be able to work or if his employer will allow him a medical LOA. Tori will apply with the VA to be his personal caretaker. She works at home and can adjust her hours to care for him and go with him to treatments.

Please add Jay, Tori and the kids to your thoughts and prayers. They will need strength for healing and for the emotional rollercoaster they are on now.
September 24 at 22:50 EST .

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   MeiDei  Yes, of course - I pray that they also be shielded against all forms of negativity - real or unintentional, or through doubtful thinking. How many days a week will he get chemo?
September 26 at 17:41 EST .

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   StarFire  The chemo will be once a week for nine weeks before the surgery. Then he will recover before undergoing surgery. Finally, he will have another nine weeks of chemo.
We expect the surgeon to put in the chemo port next week.
September 26 at 21:34 EST .

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   MeiDei  I still have my port in "just in case" which thankfully hasn't been necessary [soon to be 7 years cancer free]. He must stay hydrated and eat. Once a week is tough, especially before surgery, but doable ... will concentrate my prayers in that area also. His doctors, nurses & technicians will be covered in prayer as well.
Be of good cheer & think positively ... avoid the doubts and doubters.
September 26 at 22:10 EST .

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   StarFire  Thank you, MeiDei. Survival stories like yours and information about treatment help lift our hopes and faith.
September 27 at 15:46 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Wishing and praying for the very best for your family.
October 9 at 17:54 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  9-11, can't cry hard enough:
http://heavens-gates.com/cryhardenough/
September 10 at 15:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  Iacta it might help to take your mind off unpleasantries by rejoining us on the movie wall - you're missed : )
August 10 at 08:47 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  just did.....you're the best Mei
September 1 at 21:14 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thank you Iacta - we're there daily, check in more often - your expertise is noticeably absent.
September 28 at 10:05 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  I must confess this openly. I am thoroughly ashamed of the anger that has built up in me, and moreso my subsequent behavior. Please remember me in your prayers.
July 24 at 19:20 EST .

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   Gram77  Be patient with yourself and pleased don't have shame. Anger comes into all our lives at some point in time and facing things only one day at a time helps. Please accept my prayers and trust in a Higher Power.
July 25 at 13:18 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Gram, thank you for the advice and the wisdom. Your kindness and prayers are both welcome and comforting. I do trust fully that God is who he says He is and will be my "shield and buckler" and I will rest in "the secret place of the Most High".....I love Psalm 91. My prayers for blessings for you and all the other dearhearts of The Connection. Thank you.
July 25 at 18:27 EST .

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   MeiDei  Have wondered about you Iacta. Prayers continue. We're in trying times. Armor up! https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?se
arch=Ephesians%206:10-18
July 27 at 08:04 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  A request for L-Dot 3XALADY, her husband of 42 years passed last month (end of May )
June 22 at 18:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  Late April-May was a terrible time for many of us, I lost my brother, uncle & cousin within days & weeks of each other. I share her grief & ask God to bless her in special ways.
June 23 at 07:11 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  You are all in my prayers. I lift you up before Him and pray He makes His loving, strengthening hand felt on your shoulders. May his peace ease your griefs and comfort your hearts......I send much love to you all.
June 24 at 17:19 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  God be with you and yours 3XALADY . . . also sending prayers for Mei and Iacta, may He bring you peace.
June 24 at 22:25 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My deepest condolences. It's a rough thing to lose
the person closest to you. It is not easy to go on.
But you must. Time. It takes lots of time.
June 27 at 19:55 EST .

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