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.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Family forever is a thought that's been running through my mind for some
days. It especially got there with the holidays. Looking at parts of the family
that are still fractured can be painful. One thing I thought as I visited my
brother Dale and his wife Jayne is how much I treasure my brothers and sisters.
We definitely don't qualify as a close family. We all pretty much scattered away
as teenagers, me marrying young, (the first time) Charles, Dale and Jeannine all working very
young and doing their own thing. Charles was very young to be a husband and
father at age 18 but he's done it well, all and all. My thought is, that there
could never be anything that my family does or doesn't do that I wouldn't at
least say, "Hi, how are you doing? I love you."
That may not mean that we'll hang together or do much else, but at least
they know that they are loved.
Family forever is really something you can't get away from because it's in
the blood and DNA. Of course, we know since I had my DNA test that not everyone
got everything that everybody else got. LOL! I am truly EVERYWOMAN! And that
being said, one of my main prayers for myself is that I can live well, and be
the very best me, that the Lord created me to be. And I have to come back to
what Peggy always said, "You can pick your friends but not your family," and
that's cool too. Because the Lord God Almighty gave us the family He intended
for some strange reason, I guess. And for our destiny, I believe.
I've picked some pretty awesome friends along the way and a few have even
told me they chose me upon seeing me for the very first time. How cool is that?
Truly I don't understand why but I have always felt very honored by that
statement and you know who you are girlfriend.
I have all the hope in the world for all of my family. I may not live to
see some of my prayers for them answered but every day, I pray, "Thy will be
done, Thy kingdom come for the destiny of the ones I love." Bill and I were
talking to Pastor John recently and he said, basically that in some cases,
family comes together finally but it may be at someone's funeral, and why wait
until then to make it right? He's a very wise man, I must say.
But it's out of my hands and into the Lord's. I'm praying very hard for a
new start for many of us.
So to complete this blog and I hope the pictures post at some point, I took
the night off last night as Ryan did such a great job taking Aryel and Isaiah
for the day I gave him the night shift, too. Actually I was exhausted from the
holidays and just needed to chill. At some point I heard hilarious laughter
drifting up the stairs. Bill and I came down to find Ryan looking like a sick
calf at the table, and everyone laughing their heads off. They were playing Bean
Boozled with jelly beans that tasted like, among other things: stinky socks,
barf, lawn clippings, dead fish, rotten eggs... and well you get the picture.
They had jelly beans the same color and it would either be the good flavor,
chocolate pudding or the bad like canned dog food and you pick one and eat it.
Well Ryan always picked the bad ones and Aryel always picked the good ones. It
Christmas is officially over and we can get back to "normal" life. Oh yes,
normal is just a setting on the dryer in our family. So, heading to a new year
fills with the Love, and never-ending kindness of the Lord.