Thursday, October 27, 2011

I love Luci -- Luci Swindoll that is. Here is what Luci said, 

"When you were a child holding a mirror in your hand, if you caught a glint of the sun, that mirror reflected a beam that could actually illumine a dark place. That was pretty exciting! You had the power to shine in the darkness. It was better than holding a flashlight because the reflection source was from above you, not from batteries in your hand. It was supernatural phenomena to every child.

Each of God’s children has the power to illumine the darkness. This light shows up in different forms: humor, kindness, peace, hope, grace—all characteristics that can come out of us when the light Source shines through us."

What Luci is talking about is what Andy Andrews (one of my favorite authors!) refers to as The Butterfly Effect. The power of just one person making a difference in others lives. When the little light of one is combined with others I refer to that as The Firefly Effect.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Birthday Wishes

Today is my birthday. Today I praise GOD for each year that I have been given even the horrific time of my childhood, because everything that has happened to me, the good, the bad, the ugly, and the horrible has made the person I am today. I am a person that lives to testify that no wound is too deep that GOD can not reach, no pain is too great that GOD can not heal, and no dream is too lost that GOD can not redeem.

When we are asked, What would you like for your birthday? many things of this world can cross our mind from expensive things to less expensive things. What in this world would I like for my birthday? The things of this world as fun as they are, they are temporary. The greatest gifts I have received come from Heaven, not earth. I always dreamt of an Amazing Man of honor & valor, who would be my best friend, and love me for who I am. I got that over 20 years ago when Christopher became by boyfriend and promised to marry me, and 17 years ago we were married and I had the wedding of my dreams in Hawaii. Twelve years later, Carissa was born and GOD gave us the best gift ever.

All I ever wanted when I was a little girl was to be safe and loved for who I am. I did not have that when I was a child, but I got that now in abundance. I am blessed to know GOD as my Holy Parent, so what more could a gal ask for? My loved ones are asking me what they can do to celebrate my birthday, and truly there is nothing in this world that I want or need. I do understand that they want to do something to show me that they love me, and want to honor my birthday, and they have asked me to think about it. I have prayed about it.

One of my childhood memories is when I was a young child around 8 years old, my biological parents had just moved us to California, and we were visiting my paternal grandparents. My grandmother had made me a two-layer chocolate birthday cake with pink flower icing & swirls and letters that said Happy 8th Birthday Anissa surrounded by 8 pink candles. Someone turned off the lights, and I was in the darkness with only the glow of the 8 candles. My grandparents said to make a wish, and the only wish I could think of at the time is I wish they knew about the real darkness in my life. I wish they knew how much horrible things were being done to me by my biological parents, I wish I knew I would be safe tonight, I wish my younger sister and I would not have to experience anymore abuse, I wish they would love me & my sister. These were the lost wishes of a 8 year old little child. Somewhere in this world I know there are other children who are wishing that they too did not have to endure abuse at the hands of evildoers. Somewhere in this world there are children whose only dream is to be safe and loved for who they are.

My life today is a world of difference from when it was decades ago. GOD has blessed me with wonderful people in my life, and He has completely healed all the deep soul wounds of my past. He has truly given me New Life in more ways than one. Jesus has paid my ransom, redeemed, and rescued me. Out of the pain of my past Christ has given me purpose. I want to rescue as many lives as I can from abuse. The little firefly in the darkness of the night does not seem like much, but when combined with other little fireflies we can light up the darkness with the light of Christ, this is what I refer to as The Firefly Effect.

At they have a mission outreach program called Rescue Life where they rescue little children from evildoers who are selling the children's precious little lives off to the highest bidders. Today I am giving my birthday money to rescue one life. No more will a child be abused, no more will a child be in the hands of evil people, no more will a child wonder when the next attack is going to happen, or how much it is going to hurt, and if she is going to survive it. No more will she wonder if she is worth saving from harm.  And no more will she have to wonder if she will ever be safe and loved for who she is and not what she can do for someone. 

How much would you think it costs to rescue a life that is trapped in the slavery of sex trafficking? What is each innocent life worth to these horrible people who sell children's little bodies and dreams away? What if someone had my child slaved in sex trafficking? What would I do to rescue her? How much would I give to get her back? I would do it all, I would give it all, there is nothing I wouldn't do to get my child back. No matter the cost I would freely give it. I would lay down my life to save my child. That is exactly what Jesus did for us when He was tortured and sacrificed on the cross. Christ sacrificed it all, so that we could come back home.

What GOD has done for each of us, we can do for at least one other child. How much does it cost to rescue a child? Will you have to empty it all out? Will you have to sacrifice it all and have nothing left? No. It only cost $128.00 to Rescue a Life. That is my birthday wish. To Rescue a precious child one life at a time. I am asking my Family and Friends in honor of my birthday will you PLEASE help me Rescue a Life? Each life we rescue will represent a candle on my cake -- better yet, a candle on Christ's birthday cake! Christmas is not a time to celebrate a second birthday for ourselves, but to celebrate Jesus's Birthday, our Savior's Birthday who came to earth to rescue our life. What do you get the King of Kings for His birthday? How about a Rescued Life?

Last night Christopher asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday? What would be my birthday wish? My Birthday Wish is to end the evil of sex trafficking. He has learned that what I set my mind and heart on I will do. He said there are soooo many you can not end sex trafficking. I can end it for one. Will ending it for only one make a difference? It will make a world of difference for that one. It is worth it for that one. When I go to bed tonight I will know that one more child's life will be rescued. That this one will no longer have to suffer abuse, and this one will be safe, and this one will be loved, and this one will be healed by Christ's Amazing Holy Love, and this one will be saved in more ways than one.

You too can rescue a child's life, no matter how much you have to donate. No amount is too small, because it will be combined with others to rescue a life. Remember, The Firefly Effect, one little light combined with others to bring light into the darkness. These are GOD's precious little children, and what we do for them we do for Him -- what an Amazing Birthday Gift to give to Christ for Christmas!

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Thank You for making my Birthday Wish come True.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Giving Dreams Wings Sponsors

Thank you so very much for listening to your heart and becoming a Giving Dreams Wings Sponsor. Our outreach organization is called Giving Dreams Wings. Have you heard of  The Butterfly Effect or Firefly Effect? I have been talking about the Butterfly Effect and the Firefly Effect, being the little light in the darkness that when combined with other little lights changes lives for generations. Carissa asked her friends to help her with her Dolly Drive, the need is great and we need great help in raising donations. Please help us by becoming one of our Giving Dreams Wings Sponsors . 

We are currently doing a Dolly Drive, it is called Carissa's Dolly Drive, and if you click on this link you will discover how it began which I know will bless your heart. Please take a minute to do read this small, yet powerful paragraph titled, The WOW Factor

As you have read, Carissa's Dolly Drive was all her idea that we plan to continue to develop and promote all year long, and each subsequent year for as long as there remains little girls who need a dolly & Mommy. It is our Dream that you will become a Life-Long Giving Dreams Wings Sponsor to support Carissa's Annual Dolly Drive as well as other Giving Dreams Wings events, such as our Christmas Bows and Balls event where little girls will receive Beautiful Bows to put in their hair and in their Dolly's hair, and little boys will get a ball of their choice.

Carissa's first Dolly Drive this year will be to provide Christmas Hair Bows for little girls in local group homes. We will also kick off our next years Dolly Drive at Carissa's Valentine Tea Party. 

One of our future events for 2012 includes a Valentine Tea Party for Carissa's Dolly Drive where we would love to have a Dolly Drawling where our Good Wings Ambassadors have a chance to win your dolls, clothes, and accessories. At our Valentine Tea Party event we will have a Grand Prize for the Good Wings Ambassador who provided the most dollies through her personal fundraising, as well as a random drawling for all those who participated in Carissa's 2011 Christmas Dolly Drive.

Our Giving Dreams Wings Dream List includes items such as
New Dollies for little girls who don't have a dolly & Mommy to support Carissa's Dolly Drive. 

New doll for my Daughter Carissa, because she is our spokes person, visionary, and founder of Carissa's Dolly Drive, and for all the photos, videos, and promotional items where Carissa has her Dolly, outfits, and accessories your companies name and website will be listed. 

a new doll for our Good Wings Ambassador Grand Award Winner & other winner/s from our random Dolly Drawling, Matching doll & Girl clothes as well as accessories.

Beautiful Hair Bows & Headbands

Goodies and Treats to give to the little girls in group homes and the Good Wings Ambassadors.

Supplies & Decorations for the Valentine Dolly Drive Tea Party.

Monetary Donations to pay for our new websites Carissa's Dolly Drive & Giving Dreams Wings and promotional & marketing items to bring awareness to Carissa's Dolly Drive & Giving Dreams.

As you know time is of the essence, and we are eagerly awaiting your reply & confirmation, so that we can announce to the public that you will be among our Good Wings Sponsors supporting Carissa's Dolly Drive for Operation Christmas Dolly 2011, as well as Carissa's Valentine Tea Party 2012.

Thank you so very much for listening to your heart and becoming a Giving Dreams Wings Sponsor.

We are planning a Thanksgiving Event for all our Giving Dreams Sponsors who help us make our vision and mission a reality. May the Lord shine His light upon you and bless you, your family and your business. 

And if you were wondering what to give Jesus for His birthday present this year, I think helping Giving Dreams Wings is a great choice!

Looking forward to hearing from you VERY soon!
Carissa's Mommy,
Anissa Stark
founder of Women of Worth, The WOW Connection, and Giving Dreams Wings.
thewowevents (at) gmail (dot) com

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Firefly Effect

The Firefly Effect by Anissa Stark
all copyrights reserved

Have you heard of The Butterfly Effect? 
The Butterfly Effect was scientifically established in 1963 by Edward Lorenz theorized that the single flap of the wings of a butterfly in one part of the world can create a hurricane in another part of the world.

Author Andy Andrew wrote a wonderful book based on this principle titled, The Butterfly Effect. Andy explains that the Butterfly Effect is one of GOD's Laws, like The Law of Gravity.
The Scientific name for the Butterfly Effect is The Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions. It is the power of one living matter or individual to set a change of reaction, so powerful that it changes the world and can save lives.

The Firefly Effect is the Butterfly multiplied to or cubed exponentially, like in algebra when a number is multiplied by the sum of itself. Recall in algebra if we start with a single number, so matter how many times you multiply it by the sum of itself, it remain the same. 
For example; 1 to the millionth degree still totals one.

It is only when two or more are multiplied more than one the total changes. 
For example; 2 squared or 2 to the second power, 2 over 2, is 2 x 2 = 4, 
2 cubed or 2 to the third power, 3 over 2  is  (3) 2s multiplied in row 

2  x  2  x 2 = 8
"For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."
Matthew 18:20

The Firefly Effect is the combined, multiplied effect of The Butterfly Effect.

The little light in the darkness that when combined with other little lights changes lives for generations.

How does the Firefly Effect work?

Read on to find out!

Good Wings Ambassadors

Good Wings Ambassadors are courageous girls & boys of all ages who Dare to Share the vision & mission to support Giving Dreams Wings benefit events such as Carissa's Christmas Dreams and Skate-athon coming in 2012.

Sign up today to be a Good Wings Ambassador and help us with our Operation Restore Hope through Carissa's Christmas Dreams Drive. You can email us at Giving Dreams Wings (at) gmail (dot) com 

We will provide support info. for your personal fundraiser & Toy Drive, such as the vision and mission for Carissa's Christmas Dreams where each Good Wings Ambassador's own Toy Drive will be joined with all the other Good Wings Ambassador Toy Drive, like the light of one firefly joining with a bunch of others to light up the darkness.

Good Wings Ambassadors along with their Mommy/Guardian will be entered into a Drawling for chances to win various prizes now and throughout the upcoming year as long as they participate in the upcoming Giving Dreams Wings outreach events. All sorts of prizes for children of all ages.

To start your Dolly Teddy Bear Drive:
We are asking that each Good Wings Ambassador & their Mommy, Auntie, Grandma or Guardian, will go to their favorite toy store to select a special toy, and to take pictures and/or video this blessed event to share on our upcoming Giving Dreams Wings website. 

To read about how Carissa came up with this great idea, and the progression of 
Carissa's Dolly Teddy Bear DriveClick Here  It will bless your heart.

By donating "a new dolly to little girls who don't have a dolly or Mommy" while these little girls are waiting for someone to love them they will have someone to love. Carissa says, "Every little girl needs a dolly to love." 

What once started off as a Daughter's Dream to get Dollies for little girls who don't have Mommies has developed into a Wonderful Outreach Program called 
Giving Dreams Wings Around the World  

The Lord placed it in my heart to ask friends, family, churches, schools, organizations, and businesses to help & get involved in Giving Dreams Wings Around the World, so I am asking you. . .

Will you please ask the people in your life to support Carissa's Dreams to bless other Children? Together we can make a difference in the lives of children around the world.

This year with the support of our home church Sanctuary, and Carissa's School Calvary Christian, as well as her dance group from Spectrum Dance, and our Giving Dreams Wings Sponsors, we are hosting a Christmas Cupcake Party for the children locally at ChildHelp USA where the little girls will receive Beautiful Bows & a Dolly, and the little boys will receive a Toy Car & a Teddy Bear. The older children will receive a special toy that they wish for, and each child will get a new outfit. Each child will also receive a Compassion Card made by another child (one of Carissa's Friends & Classmates). We are asking everyone we know to help us bless these children who don't have a Mommy & Daddy, and share the love of Jesus with them. We want them to know that GOD loves them and that they are apart of GOD's Family, and we love them. We are also asking Family & Friends Nationwide to do the same in their schools, churches, and organizations.

We also have Missionaries who are going to Thailand in January 2012, Africa, Mexico & India in the upcoming months to bring Blessings of Love to Children in need around the world. If you have Missionaries that are planning a Missions Trip, when possible we would love to help supply them with Blessings to give to the Children in the country GOD is sending them.

What once began as a  Daughter's Dreams has turned into Great Outreach Events blessing children locally and around the world. We are so thrilled to announce that: On Thanksgiving Day Carissa's Dreams to share love around the world will become Carissa's Foundation called
Giving Dreams Wings

We are currently collecting donations for our Giving Dreams Wings Around the World  Outreach Programs which include:

 * Art Supplies -- these support our Compassion Cards Program as well as donated items to Children around the world, so that they can create cards and send them back to our children.
(colored pencils, crayons, markers, card stock, stickers, fancy decorative scissors, paper punches, etc)

* Hair Bows/Headbands/Hair Accessories -- to support Carissa's Bow Drive Program.

* Matchbox Cars -- to support Carissa's Toy Car Drive Program.

* Dolls -- to support Carissa's Dolly Drive Program.

Teddy Bears -- to support Carissa's Teddy Bear Program.

* We also need Christmas Angels or Secret Santas who will sponsor a Child's Christmas Wish and/or Christmas Outfit this year.

Please contact Anissa at GivingDreamsWings (at) gmail (dot) com on where to send your donations, or for those who live locally when you would like us to pick up the items you would like to bless the children with this Christmas.

Information on how to implement Carissa's  Giving Dreams Wings Around the World  Outreach Programs in your school, church, business, organization, or corporation is coming soon. Contact us for details.

Carissa's Mommy
Anissa Stark
Founder of Giving Dreams Wings
Giving Dreams Wings (at) gmail (dot) com

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The WOW Factor

Good Morning Women of Worth. I would like to introduce to you our newest and youngest Women of Worth who definitely has the WOW factor. Her name is Carissa Stark and she is 4 yrs old, and I am blessed and honored to call her Daughter. Here is how our morning went . . . 

(last night Carissa asked her Mommy, What birthday present do you want? Her Mommy said what she always says each year, "You and Daddy are the greatest birthday present God has given me"). 

This morning while Carissa's Mommy was preparing breakfast, and packing her lunch for school  Carissa said, Mommy I want to give one of my dollies to a Friend that doesn't have any. Carissa's Mommy asked her, Which Friend doesn't have a dolly? Carissa started naming Friends and her Mommy said those Friends have lots of dollies. Then Carissa paused for a second and said pointing a finger down at the table, "Mommy there is a girl in this land that needs a dolly. Mommy I want to give one of my dollys to a little girl that doesn't have a dolly or Mommy. She went to go pick out one of her dollies and said, "I want to give this one to her" Then she thought a moment and said, "I think she would want a brand new dolly. Can we go and buy a new dolly for a little girl who doesn't have a dolly or Mommy?Carissa's Mommy's heart overflowed with so much Joy that she could no longer contain the happy tears. Carissa concerned and a bit confused asked, Mommy why are you crying? Her Mommy said,  Watching you Love Others like Jesus, giving from your beautiful heart and putting love in someone else's heart has made Mommy's heart overflow with Joy that the happiness is coming out of my eyes. Carissa asked, So Mommy those are Happy Tears? Her Mommy said, Yes my Love those are VERY Happy Tears. My Beautiful Daughter you have given Me the Best Birthday Present EVERRRRR!

And this is the beginning of Carissa's Dolly Drive which is the first official Giving Dreams Wings event! Please pray for Carissa's Dolly Drive & Giving Dreams Wings

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Faith & Trust -- and no pixie dust!

The following series of posts were inspired by Beth Moore's series, An Invitation to Disbelief. and A Story fit for a Song.

Our faith grows by completely trusting God. There is a direct correlation or cause and effect between truly trusting God and our faith. The Greater the Trust, the Greater the Faith, and consequently the Greater the Faith, the Greater the Trust. Faith and Trust are not solely independent of one another, and instead interact to strengthen each other as iron sharpens iron. They are so intertwined it is hard to see where one ends, and the other begins. Faith and Trust are a Divine Marriage of Supernatural Attributes, where you see one you see the other. Is it possible to even have one without the other?

In regards to my own marriage, I'm just going to be real honest, I don't always have complete trust that my husband will make the correct decision (don't worry, he would say that the feeling is very mutual & reciprocated, because we have both let each other down at one time or another during our 23 yrs of knowing one another), but I have faith in God that the Holy Spirit will lead my husband to make the righteous choice for his family, because he is not only accountable to me, but more importantly he is accountable first and foremost to our Holy Parent. 

Placing my trust & faith in God has blessed my marriage. While there will come from time to time disagreements between my husband and I where we don't always agree, due to our different perspective, we have faith that God will work it out. God has worked it out, so we have learned that we do not have to shout it out. While there will be disagreements from time to time there are no more fights or heated, loud arguments. Our daughter is blessed to watch people lovingly disagree with one another and resolve their disagreement with God's intervention, counsel, and wisdom that far exceeds our combined efforts alone. We encourage one another to talk it over with God. We have a strong marriage, because each of us independently has a strong relationship with God's Holy Spirit as well as both of us together as a couple enjoy having God's presence keep us company. We talk to God as a couple, and most importantly we are listening to God as a couple. It is God who brought us together, and it is God who will keep us together. I love that my husband loves the Lord, and that Jesus is his primary relationship.

Hebrews 11:6

New King James Version (NKJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

I must confess I did not fully understand this powerful Scripture, up and until I became a parent of a child who is about to turn 5 early in the New Year. I grew up in a house of deception and lies, so I vowed if I do anything right as a parent it will be to never lie to my child, so that she could have peace & security from fully trusting me. To this day I have kept my promise, not through my own strength, no the temptation to break my promise has arose on more than one occasion, and in varies different ways, such as not wanting to admit to my child that I was wrong and messed up and humble myself to ask her for forgiveness. As parents our pride can deceive us that if we admit we were wrong, humble ourselves before our children, and ask them to forgive us that our children will not respect us, and that it will weaken our relationship. My husband and I have found the very opposite to be true. Our child is not afraid to be honest with us, because we have not been afraid to be honest with her. Our child is also not afraid to ask for forgiveness, because we have not been afraid to ask for forgiveness from her. She has witnessed our remorse and our repentant heart due to our changed behavior, because we first allow the Holy Spirit to convict us, then transform us through heightened awareness that we stay vigilant as to not reoffend. Our child keeps her promise to change her behavior, because she has seen us keep our promise.

Through God's strength with the Supernatural intervening help of the Holy Spirit both my husband & I have been able to keep our promise to not lie to our child. My Daughter has complete trust, and faith in us that we have her very best interest at heart. Still there are times of uncertainty due to others deception, repeated lies, lack of empathy, & hurtful behavior that she doubts and questions if I will also do the same. When she doubts me, although I have not given her a single reason to do so it does pain me and hurt me, and it is not at all pleasing and the doubt does drive a wedge between us creating a temporary separation if even for a very short moment of time. Doubt is a powerful deceptive tool to create separation, that is why the enemy used it to come in between Adam & Eve and God. Unrighteous and unholy doubt can forever change and ruin a blessed relationship -- just ask Adam & Eve! I understand now how our own doubt and unbelief is displeasing to God, because it hurts God. It is an insult and slap in the face to Someone who offers us His Amazing Love and Grace.

Numbers 23:19
New King James Version (NKJV)
19 “God is not a man, that He should lie,
      Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
      Has He said, and will He not do?
      Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

1 Samuel 15:29
New King James Version (NKJV)
29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor relent. For He is not a man, that He should relent.”

When my child doubts me although I have given her no reason to and puts me in the same category of those who have let her down, it makes we want to shout out STOP COMPARING ME TO THEM, I AM YOUR PARENT AND I AM NOT LIKE THEM. I wonder if our Holy Parent ever feels the same way?

There are times when my child and I have had misunderstandings, and she has been adamant in her belief that because a certain outcome did not happen as she wanted she blamed me, and accused me of breaking my promise. She is upset, angry and confused about why things didn't transpire the way she wanted them to. When she is ready to listen, be still, and hear me out she discovers that I did not promise her a certain outcome, but rather wishful thinking led her to believe a certain favorable outcome would be the result of a given situation or choice she made. Sometimes a given outcome is not at all what she expected, longed for, planned for, earned, wanted, or needed at the time, because it did not necessarily benefit her in the current situation, but rather over the duration of her Life. For example, when her great grandmother went to Heaven, later followed by her other great grandfather, the recent death  of her grandparents dog which is the brother of our old dog who will eventually go to Heaven, because after all -- All Dogs Go To Heaven (movie from my childhood). One temporary loss of a physical relationship as painful as it is will prepare her for next, which will be more painful due to the closeness of that particular relationship. We can not control certain outcomes, but we can rejoice that our Faith and Trust in God to keep His promise that we will see our loved ones again some day.

The Parent-Child relationship is analogous to our relationship with God. We struggle, much like I child does, to completely understand our Holy Parent's ways and decisions, but His ways are not our ways. Our relationship with God, like our child's relationship with us, can not be dependent upon fully understanding every situation, but rather having Trust & Faith that in every situation God is going to miraculously use it to our benefit to bless our life, especially when we see no way. God is faithful to keep His promise, and redeem our pain and transform it into purpose. 

Jeremiah 29:11

New King James Version (NKJV)
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

When my child has doubt & unbelief I need to remind her of who I am. When doubt & unbelief challenge us we need to calm down, be still, and know that He is God, and remind ourselves of Who He is. . . The Great I AM. . . our Holy Parent who does not & can not lie, who keeps His Promise, and will do what He says He will do. God will move Heaven and Earth to bless our Life. The blessing may not arrive or result in the form we want it to be, but it will be just as we need it to be to equip us to fulfill our long-term Divine Destiny. What the enemy created to destroy us, God will transform our pain into purpose.

One day my daughter had a bad day, and I asked her, Do you love me? She was confused and said, of course Momma I love you. I replied, Even when you had a bad day? Again she did not understand, and said Momma it is NOT your fault I had a bad day. I could see her struggle with trying to figure out how in the world would her having a real bad day have anything to do with her parent loving her. My precious daughter is not even 5 yrs old yet, and she understands that her having a bad day has nothing to do with how much I love her. She is not my puppet and I am not her puppet master. I can not control what she does, nor what others do by their free will.

In fact my Beautiful Daughter knows that when she does have a bad day, when a friend has been mean to her, when things did not turn out fair, or when a punk kid came along out of nowhere and punched her right in the stomach, she can run into my arms and I will comfort her. She feels just how much I love her, that each tear is precious to me, and to see her in pain elicits pain in me, I feel what she feels, and when she cries, I cry too. As for the punk kid who punched her in the stomach, he will not go unpunished. Even if others do not do right by my child and fail to deliver justice, my faith and trust is not in People, but in God. I will intervene on my child's behalf. I will seek higher authority, until the bully is reprimanded, rebuked, or has a repentant heart as evident by his helpful rather than hurtful behavior. Even if the system totally fails, God's system does not. We have Faith & Trust in God that people will reap what they sow. We may not be around to see it happen, or it may appear that those who hurt us are harvesting great rewards in the physical world -- I say don't get discouraged, frustrated, or angry but rather rejoice and tell them to reap away for what they harvest is temporary and will not stay and they will be held accountable on their judgement day. And when they call our to the Lord the Lord will rebuke them and say part from me for I knew you not. For if they knew the Lord they would have a repentant heart.

My desire is to bless my precious daughter by sharing my wisdom with her, so that she can apply it to her life where applicable, make better choices where need be, and in the times where it was not a matter of choice, she was just a victim of circumstance, than my loving comfort is all she needs from me. She has taught me that my love is enough for her. And in turn I know that God's Love is more than enough for me.

Lord I know you love me no matter what kind of day I am having.