Donna Collins Tinsley is a sister among you, a sojourner, who writes a word of hope for mothers who have been affected by the pain of addiction in their loved ones lives. She prays for them also through Somebody's Mother Online Prayer Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/119408188089314/.
She lives in Port Orange, FL and has been included in 17 book compilations, several magazines and online. She is a lover of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sometimes when I think about my life and how good God is to me, I really
wonder, why me? At times I am amazed at the awesome people the Lord has
surrounded me with. I am amazed at the greatness that I am allowed to
participate among when I meet people of wonderful character starting back many
years ago with the prophet, the late C. L. Moore, Steve Scheffler, authors
Calvin Miller, Cec Murphey, all of our Word Weaver authors and more people than
I can name. I realize that as a daughter of the King, the One High God, Jesus,
who is my Hope and Deliverer, it is pure grace to me. I am a child of the One
Lately I have been involved with some really cool things, many having a
common thread. Actually I must back up over six years when I joined a support
group. I fell in love with the people and have been faithful to that family
meeting that helps me get through the day. Then two years ago I was blessed when
I participated in a small degree with the Let's Go Ministry's Motel
My main ministry involvement is Word Weavers Volusia County and I am
constantly amazed at the talent among our group and I do admit they are well
loved by me. They truly enhance my life and give me something to look forward to
each month. When I am able to attend the Florida Christian Writer's Conference
at Lake Yale, FL I am even more joyful. Eva Marie Everson and Mark Hancock as
well as many other workers put on a great conference. Link: http://www.floridacwc.net/
The blessing of the Lord came to me in September when I was privileged to
join with many others at the Daytona Beach Bandshell and give a voice of
Recovery hope at Recovery Month Events. All those who participated in booths and
onstage were a blessing to our area.
I especially thank Pastor Monzell Ford who looked at my heart instead of my life
and allowed me to read a poem dedicated to my daughter, Regina, who is over six
years in recovery now. At a time that I felt very low, this Godly man encouraged
me and gave me a strong hope to press on. Then the next thing that I was so
privileged to participate in was the God Belongs in My City walk. What a joyful,
powerful event that ended on the steps of City Hall in Daytona with many
prayers, proclamations, songs and testimonies to the glory of Jesus. His name
was proclaimed and He was honored that day by the vision Pastor Monzell had
and the organization that he and many other godly people including his first
lady, instituted. A walk by people of all walks of life came forth in our city
and it was a powerful event.
I also have been participating in some awesome workshops at Family Worship
Center with the series by Pastor Ray called Transform U. Body, soul and spirit
help at the best and the workshop by Russell Holloway and then the one by Pastor
John and Pastor Cathy bringing Marc Mero here was of the utmost in help for
families. Transforming for sure! Bill was so impressed with Marc that he is taking Isaiah to meet him soon.
The next event that I am doing some behind the scenes work for is the Freedom
Experience sponsored by the Lets Go Ministry on November 14th and 15th at 5:00
at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuJWQzjfU3o
My goal in life is to live well, speaking well of others, learning to walk
in the Holy Spirit always and learning to have the wisdom of God. I want to pay
forward help and healing even if my own family isn't completely healed yet, I
believe. I keep on believing it is coming, I believe we will be a modern day
Joseph story, that where things were meant for evil, the Lord will bring it full
circle to good. Hello, my name is Child of the One True King and your name can
be that also. You can also find me at Somebody's Mother online Prayer Support Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/119408188089314/ and The Substance Abuse Task Force
I learned a lesson on this
acronym from my al-anon sponsor who is also a good friend and a writing mentor.
When faced with people who are acting or talking in an unreasonable way to us we
think JADE: We don't justify, argue, defend or explain we just exit.
That may mean hanging up the phone if we are being vented upon, it may
mean taking some time for yourself and our program, it may mean praying and
seeking a blessing for that person who is going through their own pain and hurt.
JADE is a new concept to me, but a good one.
I got some magnets with slogans or sayings on them at the gratitude dinner
"I'm never going to have it all figured out---and that is just fine."
"I am not afraid of storms, for I am leaning how to sail my ship."
"Perfection is a long way off, but improvement can be made to happen
"It takes what it takes."
And the cutest one yet, "Don't mess with chicks in
adding a devo that I wrote but hasn't been published yet:
Ways of the Lord Towards Us
the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting;
his truth endureth to all generations.
as I think about those who are grieving, those who are sick and in need of a
Healer, those who want to give up, those who are afraid their children will die
of an overdose on the streets, and those who are afraid their loved one will
just decide to end it all, I pray.
pray because that is really all I can do. I yield to Him, although sometimes I
want to try to fix someone; sometimes I may even want to shake someone. But I yield to the Lord, because letting go and
letting God is the only reasonable thing that I can do. It keeps me sane in an
ways are good even when we can't see for the darkness. His ways are good even
when they aren’t our ways. His ways are good through the valley of the shadow of
death. His ways are good when we are lonely because He will come to us. His ways
are good when we are struggling because He can calm the struggle. His ways are
good when our children have abandoned or forsaken us (and Him) and gone astray
because He is the mighty shepherd who searches for the lost one. His ways are
good in pain as He is the healer. His ways are good when the road is long and
the journey seems too hard to travel for He travels with
ways are good we will believe for this year. We can’t create, change or cure but
His ways are good and He can. Think on your blessings, as that is the only way
to overcome the darkness of this world. He is the light and His ways are good!
The goodness of the Lord lives forever.
The Serenity Prayer.
grant me the serenity
accept the things I cannot change;
to change the things I can;
wisdom to know the difference.
one day at a time;
one moment at a time;
hardships as the pathway to peace;
as He did, this sinful world
it is, not as I would have it;
that He will make all things right
I surrender to His Will;
I may be reasonably happy in this life
supremely happy with Him
in the next.
What to do for
yourself: Focus on your
blessings as you take long, deep, cleansing breaths. When stressed throughout
the day remember to breathe deeply.
Sometimes we just need to say a prayer to get our minds in a better place. Focus
on the Lord’s goodness in your life even as addiction has flavored it. The Lord
is good even when _____________ because_________.
I wasn't sure about posting this but it was a wonderful opportunity to
share in the community. My husband, Bill videotaped with the phone me reading
some of my poems at Florida Recovery Saturday night.
dedicated the poems to my daughter, Regina Hix, who is over six years clean,
sober and helping others now:) She takes meetings into jails, institutions and
recovery rehabs whenever possible besides working full time and helping her
husband run a new business. The Lord was so faithful to answer my prayers that
she would not die on the streets of Daytona. I am very proud of her. Praise the
good Lord, Hope is always in front of us.
I want to thank all of those wonderful people who worked so hard to make this
event possible, they are too many to name personally but Vicki Kress and Pastor
Monzell D. Ford especially.
They did a great and awesome job. The talent show was incredible and the
poem by the winner of last year's show was amazing. Recovery is alive and well
in the State of Florida!