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Ma Strong's Corner
April 8, 2008
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Welcome to anyone who has a situation/need for which he/she would like a "religious" slant or response. Post away. We will respond from a spiritual viewpoint, as well as secular.

- Ma

April 8, 2008
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Alright !!!! Thanks Ma ! Your constant and loyal admirer, horsefly

April 8, 2008
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this is off....be on this forum for years....not just since last year..we can email each other Now? that Nappy is long gone....
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Ma Strong, I can not help but wonder how you are? I know you are doing well and are really doing alot ...But I care and I always give you and God alot of credit for the miracles I have seen in my life. Your prayers and thoughts have helped me through my darkest hours.......Love and Prayers to You, horsefly

April 8, 2008
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Hi Ma Strong...glad we have this corner...Kind of hard to go through hard times without God in our lives. I dont think I could have made it this far without him. I switched over to this site and was just journaling my spiritual walk with the Lord.

 

 

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April 8, 2008
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Horsefly -

I am doing well. Each month, the bills have gotten covered miraculously and I have not had to file for bankruptcy. Everything still being paid on time. TRULY a miracle. I will be glad when your ordeal is over and you receive the compensation to which you are justly entitled. Horrible, the way they drag these things out. I suspect they hope we will die, before they have to pay. Stand strong. It will come.

2B -

I was not sure if this was a workable idea, but hoped to give others a safe place to share encouragement from both a secular AND spiritual stance. Having been through both secular and Christian therapy, I found the combined natural/spiritual approach the most effective in bringing about genuine relief and comfort in my life, as well as needed changes.

Thanks for posting. I will look for you here.

- Ma

April 8, 2008
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((((MA Strong))))

Really glad to see you here ;0)

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April 8, 2008
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Thanks for doing this Ma. You have always somehow had the words I needed to hear even if I didn't want to hear them. I am glad that we have this side.
Have you looked into something called Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

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April 8, 2008
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(((((Ma Srong)))))

I am so happy that you are here!

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April 8, 2008
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(((Mastrong)))
I don't follow your belief system but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate your good guidance and the support you offer from a purely moral and therapeutic sense.

I'm glad you are being positive about the rules and chose to continue posting, healing and helping others here in AAC.
Be Well!

April 9, 2008
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My family needs prayer. for courage, for strength, for the vision to see the small miracles in our daily lives.

We are all so exhausted from the depths of grief that sometimes one of us cries and there's little or no tears. It physically hurts to cry.

I know that we never have to carry a cross heavier than that which we are able. I know that and believe that.

But the weight of this one is so great it's difficult to move forward even a little bit.

We need the courage to face the world even though reminders of our grief abound.

We need the strength to take those small steps, whatever they may be.

We need the vision to see all those daily miracles that now elude us.

thanks ma, this is a great thread

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April 9, 2008
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Ma

You have no idea how proud I am of you for working towards and becoming an ordained minister! You ROCK!

We need more of us (females) in these positions.. Only wish the Catholic Church would change...fat chance of that!

I come from large highly Roman Catholic families on both sides...that my mother managed to turn against me...even though she had changed her religion. Just my cousins now..the aunt and uncles are all gone now and parents too...but I am still looked down upon and given lectures to by my priest cousins. But since I have gotten my 'anullment' back a couple of years ago...from my divorce in '75..that might change..but it doesn't really matter to me.

I may need your views on a spiritual note from time to time...Will you mind me asking questions?
STAY STRONG!

(((((((Ma Strong)))))))

April 9, 2008
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Dear Bitsy -

Yes...I met with an attorney in January who has advised me of my options. Very few people in my State qualify for a Chapter 7 these days. Most are ordered into Chapter 11 (reorganization and repayment of debt). It looks like I would be surrendering my house and my car, either way. So far, I am still "on time" with all payments and continue to hope for the best. However, I am realistically prepared "for the worst." My younger son has offered to get an apartment with me, if we lose this house. Very kind of him, since living with one's mother would definitely put a crimp in his style. However, he understands that I cannot afford to rent something on my disability income and wants to help me have a roof over my head. Thank God for kind-hearted kids. And for concerned friends, such as yourself!

- Ma

April 9, 2008
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Celtic1, MsGuided and Red Blonde -

My thanks for your kind responses. And Red Blonde, I would ALWAYS be available to talk with you about any of your struggles. You have been through a great deal, yet you have come SO FAR since I met you on these threads. I see a woman on the path to inner healing and recovery. That makes me VERY happy.

- Ma Strong

April 9, 2008
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Dear Free,

I read your entire thread, so that I could better understand your pain and your struggles. Not only have you been facing difficult issues in your marriage, but now your anguish is compounded by the tragic death of your stepson and the impact of his death on you...your husband...and your entire family.

There is certainly NEVER a "good time" for such a tragic loss. Even when our marriages are strong and our relationships peaceful, nothing prepares us for the crushing impact of such a blow...nor for its aftermath in our personal lives. And you have been hit with some very difficult issues in your marriage, as well.

I, too, have sons with ADHD, so I am well acquainted with the difficulties of getting them through school (including homework distractions, testing accommodations...the list is endless). Successfully raising and launching an ADHD child requires a highly structured, strong, dedicated parent. And throughout my twenty year marriage (until widowed), I realize (looking back) that many of my decisions and actions which focused on my sons' problems overflowed into my marriage and negatively impacted my husband.

Because I was so overwhelmed with the sheer magnitude of helping my sons succeed in their schoolwork (a nearly impossible task, particularly without supportive medication), my household decisions and policies were frequently abrupt, absolute and (I am sure) infuriating at times to my husband. He clearly took a "back seat" in my book of priorities when the boys' education was at stake. So, I could totally relate to the TV/homework in the living room scenario which you shared.

This might be the time to sit down with your husband, offer him all the comfort regarding the loss of his son which you can and focus on him, as much as possible. When occasion permits, you could try sharing with him your struggles and conflicts in adjusting from being the single parent of a special needs child (who is free to do whatever she wants, WHENEVER she needs to, with no one else's wants/needs conflicting) to being a wife, attempting to meet the needs of her son AND her spouse. That puts you in a hard place. But communication with him -- literally, enlisting his support and understanding on your behalf by appealing to him for help -- may help your situation dramatically.

In the meantime I wanted to express my sincere sorrow to learn of your stepson's terrible death. I will, indeed, pray that God gives you the grace and the strength to weather this terrible storm and emerge strengthened and closer to your husband.

- Ma Strong

April 9, 2008
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Free -

As a separate issue (which cannot be addressed yet, while all of you are still in the season of grieving), the behaviors which your husband was manifesting towards you and your children in January/February constitute clear, verbal abuse. His enraged (and vulgar) outbursts and totally are completely unacceptable and need to be addressed with the help of an outside party whom he will respect (i.e., a counselor or therapist).

When the worst of this time of heartache and loss has passed, this abuse needs to be dealt with...swiftly and firmly. Both of you have issues (don't we all?) which would benefit tremendously from qualified, professional counseling. And certainly, abuse should never be tolerated or condoned. Let us sincerely hope that the underlying trigger for his abusive conduct towards you (and around your children) can be pinpointed and treated successfully. A great deal is at stake, for no one can survive emotionally in such an atmosphere for an indefinite period.

- Ma

April 9, 2008
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Thank you, Ma Strong!

Just got the word...My car is TOTALLED! Would cost too much to repair....Oh well...it WAS 13 years old...time for a new one anyway!

Namaste, Ma Strong!

April 9, 2008
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(((Ma Strong)))

Thank you for being you...

(((HUGS)))

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April 9, 2008
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red blonde -

Ouch. That's bad news. Will you get anything at all from your insurance company that could help you with a downpayment on a replacement car?

- Ma

April 9, 2008
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atalose -

Hugs right back at ya!!

- Ma

April 9, 2008
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Ma Strong -

Yes, thank goodness for that! It won't be much but enough for a newer previously owned car...And since the car had all the premium options at that time...an the appraisor did not list them...I asked the adjuster if I could get more if I faxed the 'sticker' that was affixed to the window to him...he said definitely..and then he laughed because he never had anyone ever keep the 'sticker'...Well, I think my mother was OCD or something...Kept everything like that! But in this case, I was glad that she did and had kept it in the owner's manual!

Namaste!

Red

April 9, 2008
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It is a shame that everyone is trying so hard to take God out of everything and people is trying to figure out why this world is going to hell.
Isn't it funny how when everything is going alright in a person life, they don't think of god but as soon as something bad happen to them, he is the first one that they call on.

People are funny to me because they think that they are the directors of there life. Not knowing that God is the beginning and the end.

Sometimes I guess people haven't figure it out on why they are put here on earth. To figure out that we do only have a short time here on earth and I just don't think that God want us to live our lives in misery and being sad all the time.

I have many who have gotten mad at me for probably speaking my mind but this is for the womens.
If you have had childrens, you know about the pain. When it was time to have the baby, the doctor told you to push, you push and push until that baby came out. Then the pain was over.
Well that is god for you. When the pain get so great, then it is time to pray. Many is trying to fix the problems there selves and by reading some of the threads, they still haven't figure it out that it is not working.
But if they pray then:

P- Pray
U- until
S-something
H- happen

Maybe if some would call on God sometimes, there life would change. He is the only counselor that people need.
Thank you Ma Strong for having this on the liberation thread, it still allow me to voice my opinion without anyone getting mad.

Nappy

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Dear Nappy -

There have been many times over the past two years that you have prayed for me when I was "down & out." And I so deeply appreciated and FELT those prayers. God, does, make the difference. He is the Only One with the power to (literally) change us...change our circumstances.

I am grateful for our friendship and grateful for your understanding and wisdom.

- Ma

April 9, 2008
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red blonde -

Dang, I feel ignorant, but what does "namaste" mean?

- Ma

April 9, 2008
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Thank you Ma Strong,
Because you were one of the first to catch my attention when I was going through my problems. You were always there and I hope that what little wisdom that I may have shared with you has helped you.

I will continue to pray for my friends here, because I am truly thankful and bless that God directed me to some more of his ANGELS.

I hope that everything is going well for you. With God in our corner, I don't see where we will go wrong. May you have peace and happiness and I will continue to come here to praise God for his wonderful works that he has done for ALL OF US.

Nappy

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Glad to know you are here Ma Strong.
I don't talk that much about God and I don't think I have ever talked to you before but just knowing you are here makes me feel better.

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