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Blessed are those who take the time
To listen to difficult speech,
For you help me to know that
if I persevere, I can be understood.

Blessed are you who never bid me to hurry up
or take may tasks from me
For my failures will be outweighed
By the times I surprise you and myself

Blessed are you who ask for my help
For my greatest need is to be needed.

Blessed are you who understand that it is
difficult for me to put thoughts into words.

Blessed are you who with a smile encourage
me to try once more.

Blessed are you who never remind me that today
I ask the same questions twice

Blessed are you who respect me and love me
just as I am.

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2013: No weapon formed against thee shall prosper!

2013!

No matter how dark it may appear, God is in the midst. God has gotten me through 2012; when I didn’t know if I would make it—God saw my future!

I have hope–no matter what it looks like, with God, nothing is impossible. When things arise, (unplanned plumbing expense, the heating expenses, etc) know that God is in control.

I continue to look forward to what God will do for me and you in 2013. When things arise, be encouraged because it is the beginning of God’s plans to unfold the blessings from heaven above! Stay strong and continue to keep me in prayer and I will do the same.

Believe and Receive that No weapon formed against thee shall prosper!

Isaiah 54:17

New International Version (NIV)

17     no weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord.

October Notes: Donations Received

Breaking News: Donations received as of October 22, 2012: $3046. The Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF)recently approved my application. The funds previously raised are being transferred; GTF will match contributions made on my behalf—dollar for dollar!

Please see my new page at Georgia Transplant Foundation where contributions can be processed directly using check or credit card. If you would like to contribute, then please click on contribute.

Thank you so much for your support, and continue to keep me in prayer, and I will do the same!Deborah

With every season, their is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Health Progress Notes: September 2012

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My birthday was September 26 (53 years old) and my son, Justin helped me to celebrate with two special friends—a trip to the north Georgia mountains to Amicalola Falls. It was nice getting out the house and traveling outside the city–the air was clean, the mountains were glorious, and the waterfall was heavenly.

I am in pulmonary rehab and trying to re-build my muscle strength, walking to build endurance, and attempting to stay as healthy as possible.

Please continue to keep me in prayer and I will do the same for you.

With every season, their is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Streams build Rivers…Prayers bring Blessings!

Need an image to tell a story? My header is from Stockfreeimages.com. These images can be used without breaking copyright laws. However, you must give a credit line for use of their image.

I chose this image because it signifies a stream of blessings that continually flow from above! This stream reminds me of the overall theme: Life Giver. With that thought in my mind, I remind myself there is another source that has all that I need and is willing to share it with me.

Thank you all for being Life Givers through your phone calls, messages, donations, thoughts and prayers. Have a wonderful day!
Deborah

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Do not worry!

Life Giver: A Story of Faith, Hope, and Love

Matthew 6:34

New International Version (NIV)
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Today is a good day! I awaken strong in mind, and at peace with myself. With a good night’s sleep, I have found that I breathe better—my face looks better! (LOL) I have no plans for today, other than to enjoy the moment, and honor God. Although I may reflect on my past, I stay present in the moment. To enjoy this moment,  I believe I must appreciate all the things that have made today possible—the successes and the failures.

Several years ago, I wrote an article for an online news outlet, World African Network, “When Things Fall Apart: Reclaim the Soul with Healing Alternatives.” Research indicated that we can practice loving acts that promote healthier alternatives for the spirit that offer peace…

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Life Giver: A Story of Faith, Hope, and Love

To handle the donation requests at this time, a PayPal account, Life Giver: Deborah Simmons has been created for this use.

To donate: Click on the donate button (will open in new window). Enter the donation amount.

Donors do not need a PayPal account to make their donations.

Questions or Concerns: E-mail me at deborahgsimmons@attnet

Also, you may mail donations to my home address:

  • Deborah Gail Simmons, 420 N Fayette Drive, Fayetteville, GA 30214
  • Any funds submitted through Paypal or mailed will be transferred to the Georgia Transplant Foundation upon account activation.
  • Please feel free to share with your Church, FaceBook members, Organizations, Colleagues, family and others.

Thank you, Deborah!

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Gratefulness!

Life Giver: A Story of Faith, Hope, and Love

The song, Be Grateful, by Walter Hawkins,expresses the eloquence of being grateful, being appreciative, and knowing that when all is said and done, “God is in charge!”

For that, I am grateful for this brand new day—brand new hour that allows me to feel the sunshine beam deeply across the landscape. As I look out my kitchen bay window, I contemplate the forested scenery—it is oh surreal. Only God could imagine and create this awesome beauty. All around are hints of his wonders, a simple stroke for God, but for man—he exhaust his energy in his attempts to design a world that is control by technology, power, and greed. However, God’s technology never fails—his power outages are by his design. When he declared: “Let there be light!” And, there was light!

What an awesome God. Today, I choose to be grateful to God for my children, my…

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Do not miss out on the journey!

Life Giver: A Story of Faith, Hope, and Love

The Journey begins!
It sounds like a cliché but one that serves the purpose of this blog. For some, this may come as a surprise—this journey—one that will allow you to take a snapshot view of my last 16 years. A few have been aware for some time that I have been experiencing health issues that were compounded last June when I was admitted to the hospital. It happened—just as I was about to celebrate the close of a school year—Summer on my mind—my life changed. After a long school year, I was looking forward to sleeping in late, a new summer gig at a neighboring public library as a librarian, and traveling around with a new best bud!  However, God had other plans.

Around 1:30 in the morning, I awoke to shortness of breath. I woke my son and requested he stay with me in my…

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Some Days I look Back…

Some days I look back and wonder, just how I made it this far? Last year, I appeared healthy and strong. I was oxygen free, breathing, but at times struggling for breath. Sometimes, walking in from the school’s parking lot to my beloved library was a chore! I had no idea how things would spiral downward. I was determine to complete the school year–I really thought all I needed was some Summer rest and pleasure. As you all know, that was not simply the case. And, so the question is: How did I ever make it this far?

I know—it was through support from colleagues, friends, family and the students I served. I am grateful to those students at Liberty Point Elementary in Union City, Georgia who offered to carry my bookbag or open the door for me. And today, I am making it because of a beautiful and spiritual woman, although unemployed, yet, she saw a need to give a donation; the students of Brown University and students around the world who have given their support, college classmates, (Dillard) graduate (UNT)school classmates, high school mates (N.E.), and the friends of friends who shared my story.

Now, I am wonderfully blessed because of you. However, more importantly, you are blessed because of your faithfulness, your compassion, and your understanding of what it truly means to be your brothers keeper! These remarkable acts of kindness, and the support that is being demonstrated today, will contribute to a healthy outcome for me. Consequently, no matter the size of your donation—it is having a major impact because together, your donations offer consolation, provide hope, and ultimately sustain life!

To Make a Donation Now

  • Click on the Donate button
  • You may mail donations to: Deborah Gail Simmons, 420 N. Fayette Drive, Fayetteville, GA 30214
  • Any funds received will be transferred into an account established at the Georgia Transplant Foundation once the account has been assigned.

Thank you for your support and prayers!
Deborah