Who Inspires Me


First and foremost, I want to give thanks to GOD – he is pushing me forward – I do not know what his plan is or where it is going to take me, but over the last several months he has been talking to me and I am finally listening!  Thank you for always being with me – even when I did not see you, you were always there for me.

The 2 people who have inspired me the most are my kids!  Matt and Melissa – when I am down they ALWAYS know what to say to me, even if it is something I really don’t want to hear, they say it in a way that is loving.  They are my rocks, they make me be a better mom, person, friend, daughter, sister, and co-worker.

I also need to thank my ex-husband Barry – while we are now divorced – our relationship challenges prompted me to start blogging. I needed a place where I could heal, change and grow.  Through this process, I have been blessed to be a source of encouragement for others.  I have learned that when I help others, they in turn help you.

There are so many people who have played a significant part in my life. My ex in-laws (from my first marriage) always know how to encourage me, teaching me that God is always faithful and that he knows the bigger plan for my life!  I am so grateful for their wisdom, while I am no longer their “daughter-in-law,” I know that I will always be their “daughter.”

Then there are my friends – people who have come and gone and come back again – they know where I have been yet they still love and encourage me – you know who you are!!!  I love you all very, very much!!!

Over the past year, I have created a FACEBOOK page with the same title as my blog, and my life will never be the same. as of today I have over 17,000 followers – it is truly AWESOME!  I have met people from ALL OVER the world who have inspired and encouraged me.  I do not know what I would have done, had I not taken a risk and started my FB page.  Thank you Wendy from Wings of Encouragement – your raw honesty has been so inspiring to me and I am so glad I found your amazing page!  To Coach Bobbie and the 12 Steps to Self Improvement – you have inspired me to take my JSNTTR platform to the next level!  Hidden Feelings – Ravish Jindal – your page is AMAZING – your posts always bring me to tears, they seem to always hit a nerve – I thank you for that. I know there are more out there – so many that have touched my life in such a short span – I thank you and I look forward sharing more.

If I missed anyone – I am truly sorry – there are so many more people over the course of my life that have inspired me, mentored me, and loved me for WHO I AM!!!  Thank you!

I am looking forward to where my journey will take me – with that, I close this page with my favorite poem:

Footprints in the Sand – by Margaret Fishback Powers

One night I dreamed a dream.

I was walking along the beach with my Lord.

Across the dark sky flashed scenes of my life.

For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me and one to my Lord.

When the last scene of my life shot before me

I looked back at the footprints in the sand an to my surprise,

I noticed that many times along the path of my life there was only one set of footprints.

I realized that this was at the lowest and saddest times of my life.

This always bothered me and I questioned the Lord about my dilemma.

“Lord, you told me when I decided to follow You, You would walk and talk with me all the way.

But I’m aware that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints.

I just don’t understand why, when I needed You most, You leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you never, ever during your trials and testings.

When you saw only one set of footprints it was then that I carried you.”

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3 Responses to “Who Inspires Me”

  1. Mary Bradford June 21, 2011 at 5:56 am #

    I love this also… it reminds me that He carries me… and is always by my side.

    Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

    “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

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