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Shane Whalen
This Prayer Circle is Dedicated to my son Shane Whalen Who Passed Away On March 15, 1999 at the Age of 24, & All Other Children


Start a prayer circle for bereaved parents who have lost a child.


There are many of us out there who have lost a child, and it is devastating. It changes the outlook on life, plunges you into a depression, and you think that the feelings and thoughts you have nobody else could possibly relate to. I think a prayer circle for bereaved parents would only benefit us and help us on our journey of grief. This Circle is one of Love, where a Grieving Parent can safely come to for Prayers, and to talk about their feelings.

 
Shaner -10/14/2000
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Shaner
10/1/2007 11:32

Yes, my dearest Miss V, I did receive your Card on time, ha, ha! I don't think you were late last year....but then, my memory aint the greatest these days, :). Oh, you just cracked me up! I remember that joke, ha, ha...you thought they were little fishy's and then YOU asked me to explain it to you!! We've had some good laughs over the years, :).
Yes, I had a wonderful Birthday and hubby took me out for supper at my favorite Chinese Restaurant. Of course I ate too much so I'll have to extend my walk today!
Love ya Miss V, & {{Hugs}}
Sandy


LOVE2U
10/1/2007 16:42

Hey B-day lady! :) You are so right; we've had some good one's and that one was a whopper! A good laugh on me! As that age old saying goes ... "Even after all I/we've been through, still I/we find joy!" Presently, I'm going through some powerful struggles in my on personal life, but I have determined that with God's help all will turn out as it should according to God's divine will in my life. It's funny how on some days I feel as though I can't move another step into the future. Then, the next day, I can't wait to get my day started. There is no doubt in my mind that prayer changes things and people. It's the results of our prayers that gives us the strength and determination to just keep on keeping on! And for that, I am mighty grateful!

For the past few days, I have been engrossed in the reading of a very inspirational book entitled One Day My Soul Just Opened Up, by best selling author, Iyanla Vanzant. Angel Moms, if you wanna have some good old belly laughs while increasing your own spiritual growth, I encourage you to read this book! Iíll be back a little later to share a poem written by her very talented daughter Gemmia Vanzant, who gave her the title for her book.

Love, hugs, and heartfelt prayers,
Verna/aka/miss v.


LOVE2U
10/1/2007 18:11

As promised, the poem:

One day my soul just opened up
and things started happenin'
things I can't quite explain
I mean
I cried and cried like never before
I cried tears of ten thousand mothers
I couldn't even feel anything because
I cried 'til I was numb.

One day my soul just opened up
I felt this overwhelming pride
what I was proud of
only God knows!
Like the pride of a hundred thousand fathers
basking in the glory of their newborn sons
I was grinnin' from ear to ear!

One day my soul just opened up
I started laughing
and I laughed for what seemed like forever
wasn't nothin' particularly funny goin' on
but I laughed anyhow
I laughed the joy of a million children playin'
in the mud
I laughed 'til my sides ached
Oh God! It felt so good!

One day my soul just opened up
There were revelations, annihilations, and resolutions
feelings of doubt and betrayal, vengeance and forgive-
ness
memories of things Iíd seen and gone before
of places I'd been, although I didnít know when
there were lives I'd lived
people I'd loved
battles I'd fought
victories I'd won
and wars I'd lost

One day, my soul just opened up
and out poured all the things
I'd been hiding
and denying
and living through
that had just happened moments before.

One day, my soul just opened up
and I decided
I was good and ready!
I was good and ready
to surrender
my life
to God.

So, with my soul wide open,
I sat down
wrote Her a note
and told her so.

Gemmia L. Vanzant


KPETERSEN
10/1/2007 18:19

Charlene,
Am I glad to see a post from you! My prayers have been with you dear sister, please stay in touch. I know that it is difficult sometimes. Just very happy to see you are well.

Sandy,

Happy Birthday to you! I was 29 again this year too! Glad you had a nice day.

Jane, thank you for your updates, it was very nice to see 1st thing this morning :)

God bless you all!


LOVE2U
10/1/2007 19:43

A few words of wisdom:

Changing from turmoil to peace, from anxiety to trust, from worry to assurance, from striving to rest comes by changing kingdoms. God moves you from a kingdom of darkness to a kingdom of light ... from a kingdom of selfishness to a kingdom of love ... from a kingdom of deception to a kingdom of truth. it is a kingdom where the soul finds mercy and the heart finds grace. In His kingdom you are led, not driven ... guided, not pushed ... healed, not tormented ... fulfilled, not frustrated ... freed, not bound ... edified, not degraded ... encouraged, not provoked ... released, not hindered.
[Calendar date: Dec. 15]
From: Never Forgotten ~ Always Loved!
By: Roy Lessin

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.
~ Psalm 103:2


Shaner
10/2/2007 11:58

Hey my dear Miss V!
I'm sorry to read you're going through your own personal struggles, I just went through one myself and I agree wholeheartedly, with prayer and trust in God, things and situations can and are turned around! Along with plenty of gratitude.
Oh, I love Iyanla Vanzant, she has a one hour tv program on the Women's Network that I always watch, she's helped many a woman with her spiritual approach to healing the wounded through God. And yes, she can be so funny at times!
Gee, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as they say, that's a beautiful affirming poem from her daughter!
And of course the Inspirational from Roy Lessin, your favourite, :)
Please don't forget to keep your Dr.s Appointment's!
Lots of love, prayers & Hugs,
Sandy


Shaner
10/2/2007 12:06

Hi dear Kathy,
Thanks! And you too, its fun to be 29 again and again and again, :). I pray that you're feeling a wee bit better, as well as your little boy, that his anxiety has been soothed over.
If you're not feeling a wee bit better, that's OK too, I/we all understand,
Much love, prayers & Hugs,
Sandy


KPETERSEN
10/2/2007 17:36

Sandy,
I am feeling a wee bit better. My little one is too. We are handling things as they come up. He has many questions and I think it is therapy for us both. He has just started a karate class. My oldest son, (he's 26 now) started a few months ago and suggested that I get David started as it has helped him a great deal. He says it is a great outlet and he has something to focus on other than his grief. Also, it builds confidence and a lot of other good things. We will see. He really enjoyed the 1st class. Anyway, it is a work in progress....always. :)
Kathy


Shaner
10/4/2007 10:57

Hi Kathy,
That's good to hear, about both of you!
I agree wholeheartedly about putting David into Karate......Chris and Shane took Karate lessons for a few years and it did help them to become more confident and more disciplined, besides enjoying it immensley :) I know it will do the same for your David!
Yes, and still we press on........
Love & Hugs,
Sandy


Shaner
10/4/2007 11:09

This is from Beliefnet's Prayer of the Day

Guide Me Through These Dark Days


O Lord, I am torn up with grief.
I know you are there, but I cannot see past
my sorrow and tears.
Be with me, Lord, and do not take
my unhappiness to heart.
Rather, work within me to guide me through
these dark days
and bring your light to my life,
so that I may see your goodness, even in my mourning.


- Maureen Pratt


jessy630
10/4/2007 14:43

Hi Solange, Just wanted to stop by to let you know how much I miss you still. Since you are close to God now, can you please ask him to help my brother? You and He must know what is happening to him and please tell Him that my brother is just trying to find Him. Not to leave him alone and to help him find his way back. I love you old friend.

Jessy


Lchunkylady
10/5/2007 11:55

I'm sorry that your son had to leave you so young. But, "JESUS " must have need him in heaven. I pray that you find peace in your heart and comfort in knowing that your son is with "JESUS CHRIST" and you will be with him one day. "GOD LOVES YOU ", HE DIED FOR US ALL " !! HAVE A NICE DAY !!
LOVE AND PEACE BE WITH YOU.
MARIE K. LALLY
34172 CANAL DRIVE
PINELLAS PARK,FLORIDA
33781-2611


smile713
10/5/2007 12:47

I went back to page 357 and compiled a list of special dates. I have it saved on a document now.



SPECIAL DATES LIST FOR JANUARY:
Susan (stwiny): Alex Jan. 2, 1983(BD)
Charlene (havelost4): (granddaughter) Casey Marie Jan. 7, 1992(BD)
Connie (connienevada): Derrick Jan. 18, 2006(HD)
Barbara (babbs): Jason Jan. 28, 2001(HD)

SPECIAL DATES LIST FOR FEBRUARY:
Anita (astarte1225): Kimberly Feb. 9, 1980(BD)
Donna (arqt): Marcus Feb.20, 2002(HD)
Barbie (momcandoit): Garry Feb. 22, 2005(HD)
Anita (astarte1225): Joshua Feb. 24, 2006(HD)
Charlene (havelost4): (grandson) Baby boy Feb. 25, 1989(BD)

SPECIAL DATES LIST FOR MARCH:
Lisa (LisaLou862): Aaron Mar. 2, 1983(BD)
Yvonne (dovesfromheaven): Joseph(Joe) Mar. 7, 1975(BD)
Cindy (cindys1021): Kristina Mar. 15, 2001(HD)
Sandy (shaner): Shane Mar.15, 1999(HD)
Charlene: (granddaughter) Carey Grace Mar. 18, 1994(BD)
Kathy (KPETERSEN): Wes Mar. 25, 1982(BD)
Alexandra (mis4mary): Kristian Mar. 26, 1980(BD)
Charlene: (havelost4): (grandson) Michael Mar. 27, 1989(BD & HD)

SPECIAL DATES LIST FOR APRIL:
Cindy (cindys1021): Kristina (Krissy) April 6, 1980(BD)

SPECIAL DATES LIST FOR MAY:
Jennifer: (jhdanner): Aimee Nicole May 1, 1993(HD)
Susan (stwiny;cagermane): Alex May 8, 2003(HD)
Jane (jpot): Elizabeth May 18, 1979(BD)--July 14, 1979(HD)
Sandy (shaner): Shane May 28, 1974(BD)

SPECIAL DATES LIST FOR JUNE:
Kay: Joshua June 12, 1982(BD)
Kay: Joshua June 15, 2005(HD)

SPECIAL DATES LIST FOR JULY:
Jane (jpot): Elizabeth July 14, 1979(HD)
Marci: Sean-Michael July 15, 1985(BD)
Joyce(sja): Daryl July 23, 1985(BD)
Anita (astarte1225): Joshua July 28, 1983(BD)

SPECIAL DATES LIST FOR AUGUST:
Marci: Sean-Michael Aug. 9, 2003(HD)
Kathy (KPETERSEN): Wes Aug 11, 2005(HD)
Selva (selvam): Solange Aug. 15, 2002(HD)
Verna (love2u): Diane Aug. 16, 1960(BD)
Yvonne: Joseph (Joe) Aug. 19, 1975(BD)
Verna (love2u): Diane Aug. 31, 1996(HD)

SPECIAL DATES LIST FOR SEPTEMBER:
Lisa: Aaron Sept. 26, 2002(HD)
Chris(smile713): Stephanie-Sept 24, 1982 (BD)
Chris(smile713): Stephanie-Sept 25, 2003 (HD)



SPECIAL DATES LIST FOR OCTOBER:
Joyce(sja): Daryl -Oct. 16, 2006(HD)
Lee Ann (lask): Ryan Oct. 19, 1982(BD)

SPECIAL DATES LIST FOR NOVEMBER:
Lee Ann (lask): Ryan Nov. 5, 2005(HD)
Sue: Gary Nov. 11, 1985(BD)
Imelda: Shane Nov. 17, 2004(HD)
Yvonne: Joseph (Joe) Nov. 20, 1999(HD)

SPECIAL DATES LIST FOR DECEMBER:
Charlene (havelost4): (granddaughters) Casey Marie & Carey Grace Dec. 1, 2004(HD)
Selva (selvam): Solange Dec. 7, 1981(BD)
Anita (astarte1225): Kimberly Dec. 7, 1998(HD)
Donna (arqt): Marcus Dec. 12, 2001(BD)
Jennifer (jhdanner): Aimee Nichole Dec. 20, 1992(BD)
Barbie (momcandoit): Garry Dec. 29, 1974(BD)

If anything is wrong or missing , please let me know. Either here or e-mail: smile713@msn.com


KPETERSEN
10/5/2007 17:27

Chris,
That is so nice of you and very helpful, thank you so much!

Charlene,
Wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY and send wishes for a great day your way. Hope all is well and you are in my prayers.

Well, another week gone by. Sometimes I just don't know where the time goes and then again it seems like yesterday that I began posting here. I pray everyone has a very blessed and restful weekend and that you all do something that makes you smile! God bless and take good care. Love to all,
Kathy


havelost4
10/5/2007 21:40

Thank you KATHY for your birthday wishes. I'm sorry that I'm not able to get on here very often now, but you all are still in my prayers as I think of you. Things are progressing for me; I have much more peace now than I've had in quite a while. Reading the Scriptures has really helped me, especially as I now have more time to read them. Two verses that have helped me tremendously (because I KNOW they have been in the Scriptures since they were written, but I feel like God sent them to me recently JUST FOR ME!) are both in the Psalms:
"Thank you God that you have delivered me from the violent man."
"My soul has dwelt too long with one who hates peace. I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war."
How is that for deep confirmation that what I am doing is right? Just knowing that God is with me has helped tremendously! Thank you all for your prayers!
Love and (((HUGS))),
Charlene


havelost4
10/5/2007 21:56

Also, Thank you CHRIS, for the new Special Dates List! I just copied it out so I can remember each of you on your special days too.
Love and (((HUGS))),
Charlene


sja
10/6/2007 10:20

Thank you Chris for the list--a labor of love!


Shaner
10/6/2007 11:07

Hello Marie,
Thank you so much for your post, it mean's a great deal to us when someone who hasn't experienced the ultimate of losses come's here and offer's support and comfort. You're a very compassionate person and I pray that God bless's you in whatever way He knows you need,
Peace & Love to you,
Sandy


Shaner
10/6/2007 11:10

Hi Jessy,
I know that your dear friend Solange will do whatever she can to help your brother and you too,
Love & Hugs,
Sandy
(I'm a friend of Solange's Mom, Selva)


Shaner
10/6/2007 11:13

YES, Chris, thank you so much for going to that time and trouble to create a Master List for us all, very much appreciated!!
Love & Hugs,
Sandy


Shaner
10/6/2007 11:22

Hello dear Charlene, good to hear from you!
Blessed Birthday wishes sent to you, with love & {{Hugs)).
You really do sound much more at peace now, VERY happy for you!
~Sandy~


jpot
10/6/2007 23:03

Dear Charlene,

I'm sorry I'm so late in wishing you a Happy Birthday. Had computer problems yesterday. Today I worked, caught up on e-mails, ate and went to prayer meeting. This is the first chance I had all day. I'm so glad you are finding confirmation from Scripture. I pray you will be able to get a job soon. In the meantime you're doing what you can to build yourself back up, by reading the Bible and going to church. You're are never far from my thoughts and prayers. Love, Jane


LOVE2U
10/6/2007 23:23

Hi All, - May God continue to bless you in every way. I join all in wishing Charlene a very peaceful and blessed birthday as well as thanking Chris for posting the special dates list!
Love & Hugs,
Verna


jpot
10/6/2007 23:31

To All,

I'm sorry if I seem to be MIA lately. I'm still dealing with my stomach episodes. Saw the Dr on Thurs and I'm undergoing another round of tests. Since this has only happened after my surgery some of the same tests are being done to see if something happened during surgery. I'm going from the least evasive to the most evasive. I pray they find the problem before they get to the most evasive which would require general anesthesia, cuz I don't respond to twilight. These days I'm mostly exhausted. I think I'm trying to do more than I should. In my "spare" time I helping my landlord and friend with her finances for 06. Putting everything into Excell. After that I can use a Quicken program for 2007 and get her caught up.

Jesse, I'm so sorry you're missing your best friend. I lost mine in 1994 and I still miss her terribly. Sometimes I think "If only Rosemarie could see me now." No one will take the place of Solange, but I do pray that God will send someone extra special to you.

Miss V, thank you for the poem and words of wisdom. It's always so uplifting to read one of your posts. I agree with Sandy, keep those appointments! Health issues can really take a toll on us physically. I pray God will help the Dr can find out what's going on with you and help you back to full recovery.

Kathy, I'm so glad both you and David are doing a wee bit better. Sounds like a great idea putting him in Karate. He can learn how to release his anger in a controlled way.

Chris, thank you for the updated list. It was kind of you to retrieve it and place it into a document. I wonder how long it took you to find the right page! I know one time I was looking for something particular and it took hours to find it! Thank you for taking that time to help us.

Sandy, I know you were going through some personal issues for awhile. I'm so glad to see you posting more often. You are also in my prayers. It's so much fun celebrating the 29's over and over. Actually, I wouldn't trade my age now for 29! The 50's have been very good to me. Yes, I have to deal with the health issues, but I've dealt with much worse in my younger years. I feel like I really came alive after I reached 50. Only my children and grandchild thinks that I'm old. I guess I am compared to them! Since all my friends are my age or older, I don't feel old, however that is suppose to feel!

I pray everyone has a blessed and restful Sunday. Love and gratitude to all, Jane

 
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