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Prayer for my Son
October 16, 2008
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(((((((((Longshot & Son)))))))))))))) Prayers still coming your way !!!!!!! I hope all is well with you.

October 16, 2008
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(((((((((Giggles)))))))))))

This will be a long journey so I truly thank you for the continued prayers!!

And, by the way, your song "I'm Not Who I Was" is fantastic!!! Have you heard Chris Tomlin's Jesus Messiah? It just so comforts me as does Mercy Me's I Can Only Imagine!!!

:):):)

October 18, 2008
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(((((Longshot))))~ I have not heard Chris Tomlin's song, BUT love Mercy Me!!!!! My other favorite one right now is "Give me your Eyes" by Brandon Heath !! And "In My Arms" by Plumb~reminds me of my little girl.

How are you and your son doing? Yes it will be a long journey but you are already on your way. :o)

October 18, 2008
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((((Long & Son))))

I hope all is well. I think of you often.

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October 19, 2008
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((((Giggles, Precious))))

It is a daily journey, so I'm so very very grateful for your prayers. I'm praying and really looking to use what I believe Proverbs teaches regarding what we think in our hearts so are we. (Paraphrased) I'm holding on to belief and moving forward choosing to NOT BE A VICTIM in this.

Y'all are just absolutely fabulous and thank you ever so much:):):)

October 20, 2008
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Don't want to intrude, but have you shared the specifics on what snared your son? If it is too personal, I understand.

- Ma Strong

October 20, 2008
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Hi Ma:)

No, I haven't...it's still too fresh, and I'm too raw emotionally. For now, suffice to say he made several bad decisions...and now the consequences are on top of him. He is seeking to make good decisions regarding the situation now, the best a 17 year old can. It just hurts...hurts beyond belief...I had no idea this kind of pain existed. Even when I lost my dad, and it sent me into confusion, despair, and utter chaos because as I see now he was my anchor in life. I don't remember the pain being this deep like it cuts to the depth of my soul.

So for now, I am walking through it a day at a time, and so is he. And praying and believing that what is written in Proverbs regarding what we think and hold in our hearts is what we are. That...if we do not grow weary of doing good that at the proper time we WILL reap a harvest if we do not give up. Holding fast to the belief in my mind and heart...not letting my emotions run me-that in itself is a daily, sometimes hourly challenge. I must continually remind myself of who I am... a daughter of the King then a smile of peace and calm settles in, and I go on one more day.

Thanks for your concern...and thanks for letting me ramble today.

(((Ma, Precious, Giggles, Peace)))

October 20, 2008
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(((((Long)))))

Bless your heart. I am thinking of you.

Precious

October 21, 2008
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You're a true jewel Precious:)

(((Precious)))

October 21, 2008
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Dear Long -

I am the widowed mother of two (now adult) sons. It was rough going. The older one made quite a few seriously bad choices during his late teens: vandalism, multiple speeding tickets, STD's, pregnancy scares...the works.

Today, he is 24 and graduates from the Police Academy in three months. He made it. A model citizen who pays his taxes, has a higher beacon score than his mother (!) and (fortunately for him) recovered from both STD's. He was fortunate. Both were curable. And he did not succeed in getting anyone pregnant, although it could have happened.

I also spent two years, serving as a chaplain to juvenile offenders. These were young guys, ages 14-17. Many had pregnant girlfriends (or were already biological fathers), in addition to the crimes they had committed.

It is always heartbreaking to see our sons make stupid choices with TOUGH consequences. Although I do not know what your son has done, I can assure you that God WILL work it to great good down the road. Yes...it may change the course of his life right now. But I also believe (and have seen firsthand) that great character is formed by the MISTAKES WE MAKE, not by our successes.

Remember, "All things work together for good for those who love God and are the called, according to His purposes." ALL THINGS. This too shall pass and you will both survive it.

- Ma Strong

October 22, 2008
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((((Long & Family))))

Just wanted to say I wpould be thinking of you today. I wish there was more that I could say just know I am thinking of you and your family and praying that Gods hands comfort you and that everyone walks away stronger and wiser.

Precious

October 23, 2008
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Longshot,

I know your pain, and I'm praying for you and your son. Thinking of you and the others on here.

I'm like you, taking one day at a time, praying when I feel down.

You know the depth of the pain, I know the depth of your pain, you can't put it into words. It just hurts deeper then ever thought possible when it comes to our children. No matter how old or young they are, it hurts all the same.

Peace

October 23, 2008
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((((Healing.. and peace))))

I appreciate you and am very grateful to have you praying for me.

Truly remembering my identity is so very helpful...it's just holding on to it. Maybe that's why Paul encourages us to remain in prayer:):):) It's for our benefit...not His.

Many, many thanks!!

((Ma)) ((Precious))

October 24, 2008
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(((Longshot)))

Hello, how are you doing today, I hope better 🙂 I am thinking of you and keeping you and your son in my prayers each day....We are all different but so alike in that we all feel these things, but each thing that happens to us and our loved ones serve as a lesson, an opportunity to grow and become stronger in our faith and in our courage. I know it is hard right now but ...this too shall pass..
and when it does you will know the lesson that was intented.
Love in recovery, keep praying and know that our prayers are heard...
Peace

October 24, 2008
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Peace, thank you. The gratitude I feel for you and the people on this site is overwhelming right now. The tears are flowing....

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers...this journey with him will take some time. We meet with an attorney Monday.

I did something today that I read many ancient believers did and that's light a prayer candle. I lit one for both of my sons. I know people who don't necessarily believe in God also light candles as a means to keep the thought/prayer focused constant. My sister has lit prayer candles for years, and as she has helped me remember the absolutely amazing power of prayer. I know it's right, I feel it, and I know it's how I can even get out of bed and get through my work day, and still be a mom to my 13 year old. It is amazing to me the moments of peace I feel like right now even though the tears are pouring out again.

I think some of the lesson is beginning to be revealed today. I was also discussing this with my sister as well. She's been such a help to me, sharp, clear thinker, and a love that's been astouding. She's walking this with her nephew and me too. And if what we feel has been revealed thus far is part of the lesson, then God does indeed have some incredible plans for me. Plus He must be just absolutely bathing me in Grace and Mercy right now.

In any case, thank you, thank you for prayers, and I'm so grateful to be able to have a place to share. This will indeed be an incredible story to share when the time is right.

((((Peace)))) ((((Everyone on this thread)))) ((((Everyone reading posting or not!!))))

October 24, 2008
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Me and my PS...

let me re-write this sentence.

then God does indeed have some incredible plans for me.

The God does indeed have some incredible plans for my sister and me (has to do with our childhood). And the plans he has for my son... wow...I can't even find the words...

Truly Ma, you're right, all things work together for good for those that love the Lord.

October 24, 2008
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Longshot,

Come over to the Lib side of this link so that we can talk over there... there are some things on this side of it that we can't say.. I still come over here to see how your doing and all.. but we can say more over there that sometimes may help you get through this...

Peace

October 24, 2008
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Opps.. you are on this side...lol

October 24, 2008
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Well I don't beleive in "God"..and good things have happened for/to me.

I think if you treat others well, and set good bounderies, then good things happen, irrespective of any so-called entity pulling the strings.

Anyway.Longshot..whatever trouble your son has gotten into, I hope for a good outcome.
I know how tough it is with teens ( I have a 17 year old son)So many negative influences out there, and kids are exposed to so much more today than when I grew up. There's lots of unfairness too, so it can make them forget their centre, and opt for things they may not otherwise do, or just want to give up.

All we can do is keep the lines of communication open with them,Tell them we love them every day ( it's amazing how saying that, showing them that, makes them want to step up and respond in a good way, even after hounding them about their marks, or dragging their feet with chores,hehe) and be there if they fall.

Peace!

October 24, 2008
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Many thanks MsGuided. I am grateful for the positive thoughts sent in his and my direction:)

October 24, 2008
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Longshot,

How are you doing today? Have been thinking of you and your son.

Will be back in a while, need to run and take care of things for work this weekend.

Peace

October 24, 2008
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((((Long)))

I was not a believer in prayer candles until an amazing maricle happen for my Mother. Her friends are devout Cathoilics and pray and light caddles for all who are ill or in need. I was not raised Catholic but was raised in the Church and believe in God and his miracles.

She had congestive heart failure for many years and was very ill. She was scheduled for some tests to see how heart was functioning and what else could be done. I was with her as she completed the tests. Well, she had a dr.'s appointment that day. We were waitng in trhe room when the Dr. walked in and anounced, wait for it, you are cured! I have goose bumps as I write this. I said Dr., please do not through that word around lightly as you know what she struggles with and this would help her so much. I said you do realize that you used the word cured? He said "yes, look here at these results". Well, to our amazment her heart had return to is normal size and was finctioning near perfect. Before only one side was functioning at 35%! Now it was CURED! The docotor's word. My Mom and I were blown away. We immidately look upward and raised our hands and said, thank you God. That is when my Mother explained to me that her friends told her that they wer going to Church and would light prayer candels for her. I was spooked silly. My Mother, bless her heart, she always said that she believed in miracles.

Well, following that appointment we went to her favorite coffee shop where she and all of her friends met daily. We explained what the doctor said and thanked them for all of their prayers and for lighting those prayer candles. They were like, eh your welcome. Seems thay were used to this sort of thing.

I really do miss my Mother. She was truly an amazing women.

Anyway, I just thought that Iwiuld share my Mother's experince with pray candles.

I am so touched by how your sister has been supporting yo anda son through this. I have sister that supports the same and one that doens't. So when I read or hear that others have a support sibiling I am so relieved for them as I know how tough it would be to have that support at a time such as this.

I think of you often and pray for you and your family daily.

Precious

October 25, 2008
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((((Precious))))

Have I mentioned you are an absolute jewel!!??!!

I appreciate you sharing your experience with me so very much! It's affirming to me the power of prayer and the absolute truth in the scripture in Proverbs that as we think in our hearts so are we.

I'm so humbled and feel such gratitude like never before in my life as I read your post, because just tonight a prayer regarding my son was answered. As you know he plays football for his high school team, a tight end. In his school, they don't run plays where the tight end gets the ball. At the beginning of the season, I prayed for him that he would make a touchdown. This week has been rough, and with the upcoming meeting with the attorney, it's extremely stressful. Today, I specifically prayed that he would make a touchdown tonight, thinking of how good it would be for him right now-his heart, mentally, emotionally... They actually ran a (one) play where the tight end got the ball and HE SCORED A TOUCHDOWN!!!!!! I was so excited that everyone around me was asking was that your son??!!! I literally was awestruck at the goodness of God, and the graciousness with which He is holding me and my son in His hand.

I truly believe there are truths that transcend whether someone does or does not believe in God. I realize there are many people who don't believe in God, and I have no criticism for them and sincerely hope there's none for me because I ABSOLUTELY do believe in God, His goodness, and in the miraculous power of prayer with belief. I think the greatest gift we can all give each other is the gift of coexisting with our individual spiritual beliefs and learning and sharing with each other. My prayer today, and the calmness with belief and expectation with which I prayed it is was definitely made real tonight.

I so hope anyone who reads this hears my heart, I'm so grateful for prayers, and positive energy coming to my son, and me right now. The gratitude is truly like nothing I've ever felt before. It's simply amazing and from the bottom of my heart I say thank you.

(((Healing.. and peace)))

(((All walking with me on this thread)))

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((((Long)))

First I just wnat to jump up and down and scream ! and then it just brings tears to my eyes!

GOD IS GREAT!!! Everytime that I hear a story such as yours I am truly utterly amazed!!! That is so awesome!! I can't imagine what your son was feeling when he scored that touch down!! That will be a moment that he nor you will ever ever foreget. Bless his Heart! YES!!!!

I hope that the rest of your weekend goes as well as lastnight!

Thinking of you!

((((Long & Son))))

Precious

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Longshot,

So cool about your son's football game... Bet you and him felt really good when it happened, and after the game too! Want to share something with you about faith, beleif, and mircles but it's too much to retype but if you would like to read it you can go to "Let's Talk... Healing and Peace" on this side of the board... about the ninth post from the bottom.

Mircles happen everyday... your belief and faith will get you through anything and everything, along with support, friends, and everyone here that cares about you and your son.

Peace

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