Have you ever been homeless during the Holiday Season? I have. It sucked. Yet here is a woman who is making a difference. Now that is an outreach, God bless her Lord!
This is for my friend t. Remember 911? I do. I was getting ready for work. I turned on the tv and saw the Towers go down. Speechless. But yet nothing compared to what my friend t went through that day. She was there that day – working. She survived. But her sister did not. T told me she is going to the dedication for the new museum honoring the victims of 911. I have looked at the pictures and it still breaks my heart.
We met on a Christian Songwriting website. Her courage is amazing. She is one of the women who I trust and I have shared so much life with over the past year – the good, the bad, and the ugly. And yet I know she loves me, as I love her. We laugh and joke about getting older, life over 50, and well lots more stuff I can’t say, but she never ceases to amaze me. God has woken her up at night to pray for me and my family, and He has woken me up to pray for her and her family. T and her husband have since adopted two children.
I don’t know if I would have made it this last year without her. She loves me and doesn’t judge me. She listens, she shares the Word, and what God has told her. I can share my hurts, my shortcomings, and never once has she pointed a finger at me in judgement. We all have stuff. We all need love and grace. We all need mercy, and hope. And I don’t even know what she looks like! (Come on t…a pic?).
T has helped to restore, helped to renew and rebuild a new life – In me and others. She truly has been a “Repairer of the Breach” in my life and in her friends and families lives. She shows me Jesus lives and she gives me hope to keep trying when I would rather just quit. She magnifies the good, and helps me look at Jesus instead of my storms. She is a living testimony – of the goodness of God and the miraculous strength the Jesus Christ provides.
And, she is an amazing Christian Songwriter and Vocalist! I know – right!
We haven’t met – yet…
But I look forward to the day we can see each other face to face!
Here is t’s bio from CCMNI:
(If other, please explain)
What style of music do you sing or write?
AC (Adult Contemporary), INSPO (Inspirational), ROCK
Feel free to tell us more about yourself. We want to know!
I am a 09/11 survivor who watched as the second plane hit WTC-2. My family is saved and Spirit-filled. My sister and I had never been separated before (38 years together). We lived in the same apt. building, worked in the same industry, even wore the same colors or clothes when we went to work, unbeknownst to both of us. She loved my husband and my brother and mother. Our dad had died of cancer when we were in college (yes the same school). Our family became very tight knit after Dad died. And we all enjoyed one another. A day never went by when Mary Ellen (my sister) and I didn’t laugh or sing together.
Anyway, she was instantaneously cremated We’ve never found any part of her. I witnessed way more than anyone would be prepared for, when just being at work on a gorgeous Tuesday morning in September. I worked next to WTC-1. Suffice it to say, I ended up with many health issues (considered a first responder because I inhaled the noxious toxic gas) and PTSD. BUT I’M HERE TO TELL YOU GOD NEVER LET GO OF ME!!! He healed me from many illnesses. While my heart is forever broken, it’s OK. Jesus is with me and mine. And Mary Ellen is with Jesus!
Part of the healing story took me back to one of my loves, writing music. I am currently unemployed and living in State College, PA ( Penn State), thus the need to sell my music. My husband has a job here, I watch over my mother here, and we are raising two beautiful children the Lord has allowed us to adopt as our own. I still have my fantastic brother, Joe, who works part-time in Manhattan (will always love that town) and here. He is a gifted writer and is healed to the point that he can begin his writing again. GOD IS GOOD. It is the fallen world, in which we live, that is bad. Bad things happen every moment of every day. We, as the church, must use what satan uses to destroy our souls, as the crutch to take to the Throne Room. Because without HIS grace we cannot stand. But with HIS grace we dance; because we are more than conquerors through Christ our Lord. The beauty of all of the past is that it emptied me of everything, so that all I had was HIM, and THAT IS EVERYTHING.
God Bless you and thank you for taking the time to read this narrative.
Bob, my husband, and I have worked for EarthCam, the Company that made this awesome video-the construction of the 911 museum…enjoy!
T has not only overcome, but she sings and gives all of us strength. She recently gathered many musicians and engineers from around the country to give God praise. Listen to her sing-she has the voice of an Angel! Love u t, d.
“Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
“If you take away the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
Those from among you
Shall build the old waste places;
You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”
(Isaiah 58:6-12 NKJV)
Hey family, meet my friend Nate. He shared an amazing testimony this past Sunday with us at Janesville Apostolic Ministries and I asked him to share it with all of you.
Good Afternoon Diana sorry it took so long for me to get back to you. Here is what happened. My mom was picking Emily and I up from school and I set my backpack in the car and went to get in but was not in and mom began to pull away and the back tire rolled toward my foot. I knew I was going to get run over so I just said “Lord I trust You.” I am happy to report that even though I was taken by ambulance to the ER I did not have any broken bones or scrapes only a small tear in one of the ligaments in my foot. There were no bruises on my foot either. Furthermore, I did not require any pain medications either. The doctors said that I would be worse the next day but I was doing better the next day God is awesome!
Like Nate told me later, there is absolutely no scientific explanation of why his foot is not smashed. It got run over by a car! Isn’t that like 3000 lbs or something? No broken bones, no bruises…wow, God is soooooo cool! What a testimony!
Can I get a testimony? Does God really still deliver people? I mean I remember Noah and Abraham, and even Daniel and those lions. But does He really still do that kind of thing? My testimony is yes and amen!
So, how did I get here you ask?
Diana’s testimony of the goodness of God and his people:
I have lived in abuse, years upon years, relationship upon relationship. I have been married – (more than once), and I have been divorced – (more than once) to abusive men. I have been to the shelters, time and again. I have had restraining orders, had them broken, and called the police again. I have been to court more times that I can count. I have fought for my children and their rights for child support. I have had suicide attempts and thank you Lord, I did not succeed. I have been to the Mental Health Ward – more than once. I have gone to the counselors, taken the “happy pills” and lived in ‘la-la land” for months at a time. I have been treated for depression and at one time in my life , I did not get out of bed for 6 months. I have lived through 10 years of “meetings” and I’m still here!
I didn’t grow up in church. I knew there was a God, but I really didn’t think he wanted anything to do with me – not after what I had done. I viewed God like any other man I had met – a control freak who was out to hurt me. Until that last time at the shelter. My kids had drawn some pictures with the children’s counselor that rocked my world. They made me cry, and finally see the truth of abuse that we had been living in.
It was there in the Domestic Violence shelter that I said, “OK maybe I don’t know you God – can you just show me who you really are?” And things started changing. Our 30 day stay at the YWCA was lengthened to 40 days. And I was accepted to a new program at our local Salvation Army called Project Breakthru. It was a year and a half program and if I completed the classes they would help me with rent. I only paid 30% of my income. At the time I was waitressing – part time. I was afraid I wouldn’t make it. But God made a way – we had our own 3 bedroom apartment within a week.
Over the course of the next 18 months I had taken classes on budgeting, nutrition, Life Changing Courses, and more. Also went through another divorce another restraining order, and umpteen times to court to fight for child support. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.
I have laughed, I have cried, I have believed, and I have doubted. But through it all, God has been faithful. He has made a way for me and my children where there was no way. He has protected me and my children supernaturally, more than once. He has provided for us faithfully – oh the stories I could tell. He has restored my peace of mind. I am no longer taking any ‘happy pills’. I do not hear “the voices” in my head that used to scream things at me, or whisper and laugh at me. I do not live in the land of shame and guilt anymore. And most importantly, my children and I are safe. No more fear, no more hurt, no more abuse. We have changed addresses!
I am not that same person I used to be. But I had to learn what healthy relationships were. And I had to learn to establish boundaries in my life. Today, I do not live in fear. Today I am not a victim of abuse, I am a beloved daughter of the King. I am life that God has touched, rescued, and changed. I know that God exists, He saved my soul from the pit. He protected me and my children, He rescued and delivered us, and I know He will do it for you too!
Blessings and peace to you,
Here is my new Gravatar, just so you know it’s me. It’s from Genesis. Remember when Noah sent the dove and it brought back an olive branch? Proof that the new land was ready for habitation and that the flood was over!
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Thank you to Marlene at http://www.greatjourneyofjoy.com for allowing me to post my testimony today!