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For the Love of God, Part 2 -- I never found the right guy, and you never found the wrong donut!

 Today as I was type, type, typing away, I heard an episode of Rosanne on the TV in the background.  I do not watch television often but as the station was about to change I caught the end of an episode that made me think. 

 She and her sister (I forget her name right now) were talking about their dysfunctional life.  Rosanne said, "that's probably why you were never married and why I'm so fat!"  Her sister in reply said, "No, it's because I never found the right guy and you never found the wrong donut!"

 I can relate to that - not to the donut part but certainly to the relationship one.  I grew up in a dysfunctional family myself and made crazy and hasty decisions based solely on my view of love.  Having been in and out of abusive relationships, I equated love with pain.  To me, love meant "that which was something to cause pain" -- to hurt; either physically, mentally or emotionally.  I know sad, but very true. 

 How many of us grew up in families that weren't exactly embraced by a white picket fence or with mom baking chocolate chip cookies early on a Saturday morning?  Lassie wasn't there, a hug and an "I love you" weren't the last words we heard at night and tough love meant dad's leather belt when we thought we were just being kids.

 I remember the tender song we sang as children; "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so..."  I heard God was love, I sang that God was love; I even read in my Bible that He was love.  My conflict was that if this were true then why couldn't I really believe it?  The reason was that my mind and my soul [emotions, feelings] taught me differently.

 Thinking that love was supposed to hurt, I believed that people who love you DO hit you, they DO yell and scream at you and they always belittle you.  Something was very, very wrong here.  At the age of 44 I decided to get the answers.  (My Testimony)  When I finally did, I learned that the pain of my past had to go and the light of God's love had to become the replacement part in my life.

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I sought intense treatment - 2 years to be exact, for the purpose of getting emotionally well.  The lessons I learned saved my life but most importantly it was because God intervened.  He did so with His divine medicine to treat my wounded soul and battered and bruised life.  The name of the medicine was LOVE; His Love --  and I'm happy to report it's still on the market today.

 I learned that God is love, that He cares for me and considers me to be special and unique.  "He loves me!!" I said -- "He loves me!!"  I believed this with my entire being and that is when things changed in my life.  I went from a voiceless victim to victorious living with the help of His Holy Spirit; I was free - free at last!

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 Too often people never grasp the fullness of the Father's love for us.  They breeze through life making the same bad decisions, choosing the same wrong relationships and getting into the same trouble.  But it can stop and you can take the steps to make it happen today.

 God gave His only Son, Jesus Christ to pay the price for our sins when He died on the Cross.  His atonement for our sins now enables us to have relationship with God and gives us the promise of eternal life with Him.  If you close your eyes tonight and die in your sleep are you sure you are going to heaven?  And if so, please tell me what makes you think He's going to let you in?

 

 Unless you can say from your heart, "because Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior", then please don't let one more precious moment of your life pass by without knowing this for sure.   For the love of God, find Him and let Him in to change you and to make you uniquely His.  You can find the "steps to peace with God here" and when you do, please write or call me so we can rejoice together!  God bless you.

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GBY!  Barbara :) 


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Comment balloon 12 commentsBARBARA RIES • July 04 2008 04:26PM

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Barbara

Love feels good and gives you a life of sharing

It's not alway easy, but the effort is worth it

There is not time frame for it happen, but it does

Keep the faith and be strong

Lou

 

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 10 years ago

Barbara - Great testimony, it is hard to trust cause you can get hurt, but it can so be worth it. Have a great fourth of July.

Posted by Pam Joffe (Solaris Realty) about 10 years ago

Hey Barbara, thank you for sharing your testimony. Life can be really tough at times, but sometines it is the bad things that help mold us into who we are later on in life. Look at all of the charity you do and the understanding you have. People respond to the affection, empathy, sympathy and care you show for others. When you tell people you understand how they feel, they believe you because they can hear it in your voice, see it in your face and read it in your writings.  

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Thanks for sharing again.  Your messages is from the heart and its wonderful.

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) about 10 years ago

Hi Lou: Thanks for your post -- it's all about love.  When you grasp the deepth, the width, the length and the height of God's love it revolutionizes one's life. God bless!  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi Pam:  Thanks for your post and thoughts.  Please visit the group again. God bless!

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi Carol:  It's through victory from the trials and tests of life that God can then use people to sow love into someone else's life who may be experiencing similar experiences.  It is both an honor and a priviledge.  I hope your 4th of July was enjoyable with your family.  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi Chuck: Thanks for your thoughts -- it's about being real and sharing the events of life with people in order that they will learn they can survive the same.  I appreciate your loyalty to TSP and I hope you had a fun filled holiday!  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Thanks for sharing your story. I know that I am going to heaven, because Jesus is my Lord and Savior!  Thanks for sharing this with others.  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) about 10 years ago

Amen Deb!  You have to come to Lancaster, PA. and minister with me -- there's nothing like being sold out to Jesus Christ! Thanks for your post.  Barbara :)

 

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Aloha Barbara....Wow....thanks for sharing your heartfelt and truthful testimony. I really appreciate the honesty and openeness of your posts....I wish more of the 'public" could read your testimony and of course could KNOW JESUS CHRIST as their Savior!!!!! Take care!!

Posted by Lisa Edwards (Aloha Coast Realty, LLC) about 10 years ago

Wow Lisa! That graphic is outrageously beautiful!! Thanks so much for your encouragement too. It was timely and quite frankly made me day, truly!  Even those of us in ministry deal with life.  We're not immune to the ups and downs so here's a BIG blasted kiss being sent your way for the love! Thanks for stopping by and please pass the link to your friends as the public views my blogs too. GBU! Barbara :)

 

 

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

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