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Breathe of Life

BrotherWord - Feel Good Fridays

Miracles happen around us everyday, but oftentimes we are blinded to them because our idea of what a miracle looks like is based on something only derived of on a hollywood movie set using a green screen and plenty of CGI.  But prayer is powerful and miracles still exist!

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Tony Yally is living proof that miracles still happen and how a little faith can turn even apparent death around.  Pronounced dead after 50 minutes of no recordable vital signs, Yally’s son refused to accept his passing and began praying over his father’s body.  What resulted could only be deemed a miracle as doctors have no explanation.  Check out the video below about this astonishing story.

It’s #FGF and we are feeling good for the Yally family and also for knowing that no matter the situation or circumstances, it is only dead when we give up.  No, every story will not be as triumphant like the Yally’s, but what is universal is that life only ends when we stop living it!  #FeelGood knowing you too are a walking miracle!

Motivational Monday

Fotor_145252153992384There is no greater motivation than LIFE itself!  Tomorrow is not promised to anyone and at any giving moment, it can come to an end.  Today’s Motivational Monday is as personal as it gets as five years later I reflect on my sister who unknowingly helped to birth BrotherWord and all that has come to fruition.

The people around us affect us in so many ways without them even knowing and through those interactions, we discover who we are, what we are about, and in that rare occasion, they help us to unearth our God-given purpose.  Through my sister I learned that life is what we make of it, the lives we touch, and that fulfilling God’s purpose is the truest route to not only happiness on earth, but everlasting joy and peace.

Find what and whom motivates you to be your best and then latch on to them, learn from them, ask them questions, and most importantly, take the time to let them know that their life has and is making a difference on your life in return.  This thing we call life is shorter than we think and fleeing, so give those you love and cherish their flowers while they are breathing.

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5 years and running and still wondering why. Still questioning God, “Why she’s not still alive?  Why she had to die?  Yet no more tears left to cry.

How do you mourn when there’s so much pain?  When the grief hits so hard from just mentioning her name?

Where do you find comfort when you cannot find peace?  The memories begin to fade, the voice becomes a whisper, when the agony never seems to cease.  

How do you begin to move forward when the past keeps dragging you back? How do you let go of the hurt when every waking moment seems like an anxiety attack?

Look to the heavens from which your blessings flow, remember what you reap is also what you sow.  But when I look upward all I want is to see her face, but instead the clouds hide her and and I find myself in an empty space.

I’m thankful to God for the time spent, the laughter, the conversations, the hugs and the kisses, but what do you do when all you can think about is how much you miss her?

Counseling, communication, and church, nothing fills the void; and here we are 5 years later and it still feels like yesterday, one continuing, horrible nightmare, that has come forth to steal, kill, and destroy.

But the devil is a liar and my Christ is the forever joy that can make us whole, because even in death, Melissa transformed lives and saved countless souls.

5 years later and yes it still hurts, but as God as my witness and my sister as my motivation, I must continue their great works!

We each have a purpose and my angel’s work was done, so now it is up to us all to pick up the mantle and make sure that we complete our task before the setting of the sun.

Can never repay her for all that she gave nor all that she means, so I will live my life in her honor, never forgetting the love we share or the unbreakable bond, knowing she watches over me and I can see her my dreams.

Rest in paradise baby, you fought and won the battle, and Heaven is your reward.  Know that you taught your big brother more than you could ever know and now I live for us both as I edify our Lord.

Rest in paradise on your birthday as we blow out the candles wishing you nothing but peace; and know how much we love you and your memory and legacy shall live on and never cease.  © ~BrotherWord

Thankful Thursdays!

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* Dedicated to the many who have passed and those of us who will forever miss them. *

Today I am THANKFUL for memories that never fade no matter how much time lapses in between.  I am THANKFUL for the time spent together even though I long for one more hour.  I am THANKFUL that even though I can no longer feel your touch, I will never forget what that touch feels like.  I am THANKFUL for the many treasures.

All of us at some point or another have experienced the passing of a loved one and if you have not, count yourself lucky and also know that each of us at some point will transcend from this plain.  From ashes to ashes, dust to dust, and sunrise to sunset, no matter how prepared one thinks they are, there is no way to fully grasp that moment when life… simply stops.

When the tears begin to dry, the pain lessens, and the world gets quiet is when the reflection starts to happen.  That is what I am THANKFUL most for; those quiet moments, alone with thoughts and memories.  The same memories that can make you cry can also make you smile.  Missing that physical presence often leads to remembering those cerebral moments of laughter, happiness, and those unique encounters that only you shared.  I am THANKFUL that I was blessed with the time I was given.  Time is one of those things that waits for no one and you cannot retrieve after it is gone, so use it wisely and cherish each second for no man knows the day or the hour.

I am THANKFUL for my many angels and although that thought is sometimes debilitating, I rest assured that they are no linger suffering, in pain, or being affected by the ills of this world.  I am THANKFUL knowing they are at peace.  I am THANKFUL knowing they now watch over me daily and will and can move mountains on my behalf. I am THANKFUL that because of them, because of who they were, because of how they lived their lives, and because of how they loved me, I am the better for it.  I am THANKFUL that a legacy and tradition was established and now I have a blueprint to follow. I am THANKFUL most of all because God’s promise reigns supreme and I know when that day comes, we will be reunited once again.

So today I am THANKFUL for my predecessors, those that have gone on ahead of me and paved the way for me.  I am THANKFUL because of you and all that you were and are, I can still hold my head, look toward Heaven, and even when a tear falls, still smile.  Thank you for loving me and literally giving your lives for us all.  

“Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew: 25:23 KJV)

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” ~ Author Unknown

Death is not the end.  Death can never be the end.  Death is the road.  Life is the traveler.  The soul is the guide.”

~ Sri Chinmoy

Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursdays!

I am so THANKFUL that in 3 days many of us will be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! As a Christian, Resurrection Sunday symbolizes not only hope, but that there is life even in death.  When Christ rose from the grave, He dispelled every notion that mankind was doomed and paid the ultimate sacrifice to restore humanity. (more…)

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