By pixsidust Latest Reply 2013-01-29 15:42:55 -0600
Started 2013-01-24 00:41:59 -0600

There are so many things that we deal with being Diabetic. In all of it come emotions to deal with, our ups and downs…good days and bad. I find that reaching outside myself helps me the most of all. I can feel down in the dumps but helping someone else will lift my spirits. Its healing medicine to be sure. Perhaps its the forgetting of myself or Diabetes for a while. So with that in mind I would like to share a story with you and ask you to perhaps share a story of your own. How have you touched the life of someone else? Obviously my faith is important to me but for you it may be something else that gets you through. What lifts your spirit? What's your story?

Here is my true yarn of a story…
Yesterday as I pulled into a Walgreen's parking lot on the curb sat a young girl. Her face was awash with tears. I pulled in, parked and marched right over to her. I asked her if she was alright and she said yes amongst her sobs. I stooped put an arm around her shoulders and said "No you aren't, now what happened. She told me her boyfriend got mad and abandoned her there. I asked her where she lived and she said really really far away. She was right it would be a long drive. I asked if she had a family member who could get her and she said No one could afford a car. I told her "Well that does it, I am taking you home. By this time a man circled his car around and asked if he could take her. She looked at this stranger and said she had a ride. I told her she was much safer with me. I was able to tell her about the love of Jesus and that God wanted her to hear what I was to tell her. I let her know that the right man would never treat her as such and that God would lead her if she would give him her heart. I told her she was loved and valuable. She brightened, all the glue to her false eyelashes coming off. I could see she was still a teenager. As I drove up to her apartment complex, her brother and cousin were looking out the window holding her 10 month baby. I waved wildly at them and again she laughed. As she stepped out I saw within her purse, she had a bible. I knew this young girl was placed in my path by the almighty and someday we would be meeting again on the other side.

To all of you at Diabetic connect, God bless, How do to those I do not know and please share your story of hope, coping and love…

30 replies

kittenpurr1 2013-01-29 15:19:45 -0600 Report

You all have touched my heart with your stories, Angels and good people are all around us. I try to help donate to some stores that help people recovering from different things. I also at times donate to the store that help the Childrens Hospital. Over the past couple months, due to different types of arthrits from my neck to my toes, some kinds I can't even pronounce- then I had hurt ribs during December one side the 7th, the other side the 27th, then I got the Flu. So…I haven't done very much for people, I know a lady that is very sick, she gets a little check every month, her daughter is getting out of Prison on Feb. 1st- so since …right after Thanksgiving, I have been getting things together for her. Because when she gets out they have nothing, her mother is a diabetic too- so, I got the daughter shower shoes (flip flops) blankets, throws, robes, purses, make up, anything I can think of- that someone that has nothing may need. It's like having a house fire, and coming home to nothing- been there, done that. I have gave her coats- perfume- just some things. If I felt better, I may could come up with more things- I gave her sweat pants, and different things- maybe that counts for something. As, the months go on- maybe I can find more things for them. After reading the stories y'all have composed, mine seems so small. Bless all of you. I also donate to the Animal shelters- those dogs need something warm to sleep on, or a kitty may need a toss pillow to lay on, old towels are good for the staff and others to clean with.

pixsidust 2013-01-29 15:31:59 -0600 Report

Yours has been the warm heart who loves animals, makes a home for her babies and is always kind. Your story is always being there even in pain, thinking of others even when it puts you at risk. Its not all in the physical doing but in the friendship and love you exude. You have a story and this is only part of it.

kittenpurr1 2013-01-29 15:42:55 -0600 Report

Thank you so very much. You are too kind. I at times..will give a stranger a ride, not too often, b/c this city has such a high crime rate- and I sure couldn't run from anyone. But if it's an older lady, and she is waiting on the bus, and the heat is way too much, or it's raining, I try to help. The bus sytem here is changed a lot, making stops further away, and it runs every hous, instead of every 30 minutes, I just hate to see someone waiting out there for a bus, knowing they may have to change buses, it can tsk me 15 minutes to drive somewhere, that it takes the bus 2 hours to get to.

MewElla 2013-01-27 15:40:40 -0600 Report

How beautiful and what a real blessing you are, my friend…

pixsidust 2013-01-27 17:31:00 -0600 Report

Mary Ann what is your story. I know being who you are there are some to tell… :-)

MewElla 2013-01-28 07:48:10 -0600 Report

Have done a lot of volunteer work at food pantries and caring/sharing centers. Met so many people who were a real joy to work with. One couple that I saw every month, came for new supplies, medical, food, clothes after I had been out several weeks after I lost my husband. I did not mention this to them but once they left with their goodies, they learned of my husband's death. They went out to collect on the highway, recycle cans for cash, and then to buy me some beautiful flowers. About 2 hrs after they had originally left they appeared with the flowers and said I had helped them and now they wanted to be there for me…That was the day I realized this was truly a caring and sharing center and we are all here to help one another. Their kindness touched my heart deeply.

pixsidust 2013-01-28 15:10:42 -0600 Report

Mary Ann, You are such a lovely person. You have touched my heart with your story. Thank you for being willing to share!

Set apart
Set apart 2013-01-25 06:19:41 -0600 Report

I love this story Pixie, one of my favorite verses is, "For I know the plans I have for you, …plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jer. 29:11).
My work involves working with families and their young children with disabilities. Right before the holidays one of my single young mothers and her 9 month old baby had very little heat in their home. Their landlord wasn't fixing the heaters and the home is so old that it has very little insulation. I also knew they had no food, although the mom was working and walking to work every day, the system said she made too much money for food assistance. she worked hard and brought home left over veggies and fruits from her workplace to puree her baby's food. I took her an old electric heater and some food, everything from a holiday turkey meal, to the basics of milk. She cried and said no one had ever done anything like this for her. In her frig we found 1/2 gallon of sour milk when we put her food away. She continues to work hard and has enrolled in the local community college. Helping her before the holidays was the greatest gift I could have experienced. "It is more blessed to give than to receive" Acts 20:35

CJ55 2013-01-26 04:30:39 -0600 Report

Hello Pixie & set apart.. Very very touching. It warms my heart & soul when anyone can help someone in need. Thank you for sharing your stories. My husband & I give food every month to our community for the needy. I also give to the battered womens & childrens shelter only a few miles from where I live. Years ago, I needed help and I was denied any assistance. It was different 30 years ago. I always made sure my son had food, but I would go days without anything to eat. I remember one afternoon I was in church praying and a women sat down beside of me and took my hand in hers. She started praying out loud and her words touched me to my soul. After a few minutes went by she stood up, still holding my hand and said to me.. Come with me my sweet child of god and you will never want for anything. As we were leaving the church, on the front steps were numerous bags of food, clothing & a huge container of money. It was all for my son & myself. I was so overwhelmed. I turned to ask the women where it all came from & she was gone. Nowhere to be found. I looked up to the sky, and thanked god for the beautiful angel he sent to me. I vowed one day I would have the means to help others in their time of need, just like I was given. To this very day, that vow has not been broken.

pixsidust 2013-01-26 08:45:58 -0600 Report

This story brings tears to my eyes…How beautiful! Too beautiful not to be shared over and over…Wow

Set apart
Set apart 2013-01-26 06:36:13 -0600 Report

This is so beautiful CJ, I am a believer in angels and their visits to earth. Your faith in the Lord made this happen, He answered your prayers! What a wonderful testimony, it brought me chills as I read it! My work although difficult is very fulfilling. It brings me joy to work with families in need! When I was first seeking employment, I wanted to back to the schools, after all I thought thats where I belonged I was now a certified teacher!!! I prayed after I had applied in every school district, and asked God to place me where He needed me to be! About a week later I was tossing the local paper out and a small ad jumped out at me for this joB! That's where He wanted me to be, completing his works! Thanks again for sharing this!

CJ55 2013-01-26 06:58:54 -0600 Report

Set apart… I am glad you liked my testimony. In my mind daily, I still hear those precious words from my angel above and thank god for allowing me onto his footprints. I have only told my story to a few people but I feel it in my heart every minute of my life. I am truly blessed.

pixsidust 2013-01-25 10:27:12 -0600 Report

That is absolutely wonderful. You gave that girl hope in your act of love. That step up for her will last her a life time because she will never forget.
Do see if there are any food pantries in her area. I volunteer at one and we give out fresh foods as well as canned. Usually you can only come once a month. Some you must make an appointment to come. However they give a weeks worth of food which could help as well. Your story is fabulous! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

GabbyPA 2013-01-24 09:21:00 -0600 Report

This is an inspiration to us all. It so true that you never know how you will touch someone's heart and life with just a simple act of kindness. Too often we let suspicion and selfishness take away our opportunity to share and be fulfilled ourselves.

My story of late is of a confrontation that I was trying to help a friend of mine overcome with a long time friend of his. We sat for hours with both parties to try to work things out. It was emotional and it was sometimes even heated. My friend can be quite obstinate at times and it can be grating. But at the end of it I saw the other person to his car. When I came back in my home and couldn't find my friend. Eventually, I found him in the kitchen, crying. I thought it was because of the evening, but it turned out to be because of a personal family matter that no one had considered might be part of his "touchiness". We shared just a few words and then I gave him a motherly hug. Amazing how much the human touch can heal.

We have the ability to do that here everyday. We can touch someones heart with words of uplifting grace. So many of you have touched me with your comments here, your friendships and even your selfless gifts. I hope I make it clear to you how much you all mean to me.

But sometimes, the best rewards are the ones given freely, without even a mention.

pixsidust 2013-01-24 19:59:35 -0600 Report

It is said that babies in orphanages who live without touch have a failure to thrive. With the warmth of human touch, they grow to be healthy and strong. Your Hug, acted as a healing balm not just for your friend but for both of you. In the end of the day that hug was all that mattered.
Thanks for sharing

GabbyPA 2013-01-25 09:38:23 -0600 Report

Hugs are magic that is for sure. They are very special ways of communicating when words just don't really need to be said. I love giving hugs. I enjoy getting them. It is no wonder that children without them don't do well. They are needed so much.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-01-24 08:32:47 -0600 Report

Pixsidust, this is a great story. Thanks for brightening my day. I hope 2013 is off to a good start for you! Gary

Lady.Grantham 2013-01-24 06:35:46 -0600 Report

Pixi, I loved your story thank you so much !!!!

pixsidust 2013-01-24 20:01:59 -0600 Report

Thank you. We al have them and we are all better for them. I am sure being with the man you love for so many years, you are full of these acts of love and charity. (I read your profile) Thanks for the encouragement

Young1s 2013-01-24 02:19:07 -0600 Report

My cousin posted this bible quote recently on her facebook page. It's the quote that I have had on my bedroom mirror for years now. It says "For by faith ye are saved; and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not of works; lest any man should boast."

I have pondered this one for some time now. My interpretation of this particular scripture is, my life is not a right. My very existence is a gift. And I should treat it as such.

With that said, God bless you for being there for her. It sounds to me that this was you being the right person, at the right time in this young lady's life. You could have decided to stay home that day, but you didn't. You could have made the choice to not speak to her, but you did. You were certainly her guardian angel that day.

pixsidust 2013-01-24 20:05:48 -0600 Report

This is good for me too. I see that scripture as saying that we can never do enough to save ourselves. We need God. And yes Gods mercy and grace is a gift. I need to learn to treat my existence as a gift. You are certainly also a gift to me. Much Love Pat

jayabee52 2013-01-24 01:20:54 -0600 Report

That is a wonderful story Pixi! Thanks for telling us.

My incident is about a gal with abandonment issues herself. "Jem" said she felt abandoned by her dad because of her blindness.

She also felt abandoned because when she was younger she had been become engaged to a young man, but eventually he backed away from her and broke it off.

A second young man also became engaged to her and eventually he just disappeared from her life, never to be heard from again.

And then later on in life she became enmeshed with a friend's brother and they were an item for a while, but the brother did not want to commit to her. He wanted the "benefits" without a commitment to her on his part (she claimed to be "an old fashioned girl" and I believed her).

When one of her friends saw my profile on Dating4Disabled there was something that "L" saw in my profile which said I'd be a good match for Jem, and so with some coaxing, she wrote me an email.

After Jem and I were communicating well with one another, I think she got the feeling that "this is too good to be true" and she started making noises that she might want to break it off with her before I did. I really loved this lady and it was freaking me out. So after checking with her that she loved me, I told Jem "you don't get away from it THAT easily!" I told her that the only way I would leave her was involuntarily (death or incapacity), or IF she could convince me that she DIDN'T love me. THEN I would go away. She was so happy to hear me say that. And then again those old tapes of rejection played in her head and all I usually needed to say was "you don't get out that easily!" She was confirming my commitment to her. We went through some tough times in her life, like losing her mom just after we were married.

Of course, we had a very symbiotic relationship and she helped me overcome my own feelings of rejection given me by my 1st wife when she divorced me. "Jem" had a large part in making me who I am today!

I wish that Jem could be healthier and still alive. ( I wouldn't want her to be subject to the pain she felt the last few days of her life here on earth.)

Lentyl 2013-01-25 11:05:48 -0600 Report

There is so much pain and darkness in the world but let's remember "Jesus Bids Me Shine" a hymn from Sunday School. Each of us carries a piece of the Light which is evident here. The more light that we spread the less darkness and pain. God bless you all.

pixsidust 2013-01-24 20:06:51 -0600 Report

Love that persists in the midst of challenges rings strong and true. You had that Jay. What a life lesson for each of us

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