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I Believe

by Barbara MacDonald (writer), CANADA , December 01, 2012

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I Believe
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“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Mahatma Gandhi

I am in a place of such gratitude that I thought I wanted to share this . I know life can be difficult and there are times where we may want to just give up or give in...but please remember you have so much more strength than you may know...

The last couple of weeks I have had surgery on my eyes...my vision over the years has gotten worse and worse and I was told years ago that I may not be able to read at some point in time. I have never spoken about this as I prefer always to focus on the positive and seldom will mention any problems I have had in life. The reason my vision was effected is because many years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Over 30 years later, you would not know this if we met, as I have been very blessed and I know my faith has kept me strong. I was just ending my marriage when I found this out. I had gone to the MS Clinic for two years while they studied me...First it was possible MS...then probable MS...then definite MS...and yes, I was very scared what life would be like. I had three children to raise, and it looked like I would be doing this now on my own. I cried and ranted and then said it was time to pick myself up and get on with life and take care of my children. I am sure most Mother know exactly what I meant. We are gifted by God as Mothers...to do whatever it takes to protect our children.

If you know me at all, you would understand my natural reaction to any problem is to turn it over to God. Although I have not gone to any church in years, my faith is what keeps me grounded in life. Basically I said to God..." you need to fix this and keep me strong, I have three children who need me now more than ever ...I place this in your hands " I am not sure we always know how very strong mentally and spiritually we are when we do surrender to something beyond our human limitations. I am not saying everyone thinks this or believes this, but I do know in my life this has been my strength and salvation. Believing this makes me know that whatever may come I will be protected and given the ability to handle it with grace.

Now I have new lens in my eyes and can see again so clearly. I will only need reading glasses and just a light prescription. The thing is I am so use to wearing glasses I have to get use to seeing this new person...lol...I don't know myself without my glasses. I am so grateful that I will not have to worry about not being able to read ...I am sure most of you can relate when you love the written word and writing holds such a special part in my heart and soul.

I do believe that whatever difficulty we are given, we also will be shown the way to overcome it and hopefully learn something that we can use to help others. I am not special, but I do have great faith in knowing we all have angels watching over us.

The one thing I would like you to take away from this is that we all have so much more strength than we may realize...Trust in grace, truly believe and bask in the beauty of surrender.



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Barbara MacDonald is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Randy Mitchell on December 01, 2012 at 09:14 pm

Barbara, this is one of the best articles I've read in a while. I'm glad you've been able to overcome your physical ailment using your faith, and the strength from God.

All Best!

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 02, 2012 at 09:09 am

Thank you very much Randy...:-)

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By melanie jean juneau on December 02, 2012 at 10:45 am

WOW- Words Of Wisdom, the key is to focus on the Strength within and not the burden of our circumstances

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 02, 2012 at 11:13 am

Yes, thank you Melanie..well said ...:-)

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By HomeRearedChef on December 02, 2012 at 02:31 pm

Barbara, my friend, thank you for sharing your testimony today. I have benefitted from hearing these words. You have reinforced in me today that God IS good. God IS merciful. God's love and grace is abundant! AMEN!!

Our family has been through so much in the past fourteen years or so, that often it has been very hard to give our problems over to God and hold on to faith. But God ALWAYS but always comes through for us.

Today I thank God for His ever-lasting mercy, for you and for me. Today I pray that God will continue to lift you and keep you. And today I am thankful to have met someone like you.

Mucho love and virtual hugs, Amiga.... :)

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By souschef on December 02, 2012 at 02:35 pm

Really nice post that says a lot of important things!

Turning over our problems to God is always THE best answer and it has great significance in what you are saying about your relationship with God. At the very least it is afirming within yourself that your Faith in Him is strong. Faith that He does care about us still and that He will handle the problem in the best possible way.

May He continue to bless you and keep you writing!

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 02, 2012 at 03:33 pm

Thank you so much Virginia, I knew we had this in common, and I also am so grateful to have met you in this huge cyber world.

I have been so blessed to have known so many inspiring survivors in my life...thanks for your beautiful gift of prayer...let me join mine with yours...Amen Sister...

hugs and love back at ya...:-)

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 02, 2012 at 03:35 pm

Thank you for leaving your uplifting comment Souschef, very kind of you...I totally agree with what you said...:-)

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By Katrina Lowrey on December 02, 2012 at 06:51 pm

I find it interesting that people seem to get more out of the painful parts of life than the comfortable ones. Very nice post. I look forward to reading more from you.

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 02, 2012 at 07:05 pm

Thank you Katrina...welcome to Broo.

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By Uttam Gill on December 03, 2012 at 02:45 am
Great Post...Woman of substance... Barb you ...know you for last more than 9 years is a blessings to me. You are really a lady with indomitable spirit. And I know with your wide experience you hold such a great wisdom in you...You have very rightly said that one needs to have mental endurance to go through moments of physical pain...mental agony...Moments at times makes us to give up but one who endures the tough time with Hope and faith of God would surely pass through tough times... You as a mother single took the command of a situation with trust in God you steered through rough time with your head high... Keep it up Barb...You are an inspiring role model for many...I am just wondering and imagining how you look like without Glasses...lol
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By Uttam Gill on December 03, 2012 at 02:46 am
Great Post...Woman of substance... Barb you ...know you for last more than 9 years is a blessings to me. You are really a lady with indomitable spirit. And I know with your wide experience you hold such a great wisdom in you...You have very rightly said that one needs to have mental endurance to go through moments of physical pain...mental agony...Moments at times makes us to give up but one who endures the tough time with Hope and faith of God would surely pass through tough times... You as a mother single took the command of a situation with trust in God you steered through rough time with your head high... Keep it up Barb...You are an inspiring role model for many...I am just wondering and imagining how you look like without Glasses...lol
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By amity_007 on December 03, 2012 at 08:54 am

barb... beautiful...you are simply great... thanks for sharing your experience. you know what, you are one of the few people who can make us see optimism everywhere, in every single thing, event... your attitude towards life is surely remarkable..loved it! and love you too.. (with or without glasses..!!!!)

please keep on writing... best wishes ..! And waiting for you to write more...

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 03, 2012 at 10:27 am

Thank you Uttam, you humble me always with your kindness...and yes , we have known each other many years, almost 9 now...so hard to believe...you also are a blessing to me in so many ways. I always can know you will lift my spirits and support me, thank you. I came to write here because you asked me to, and I am grateful for that also. :-) As a Mother , we always will do whatever needs doing to keep our children safe...

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 03, 2012 at 10:44 am

Patrica, wonderful to see you and thank you for your comment...don't worry about the mistake, I will ask Tony or Angie if they can change it...I am just glad to have you comment...thank you also for updating me on how you are doing...blessings always my friend. :-)

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 03, 2012 at 10:47 am

Amity, you made me blush...I appreciate your support and kindness...how are you doing? Hope all is well with you...Yes, I will keep writing, I always have now for years and this will not change...Thank you again...:-)

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By Angie Alaniz on December 05, 2012 at 10:38 am

Wonderful article Barb.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

I also had surgery on my eyes as I once couldn't see either. Its a wonderful experience waking up in the morning and being able to see.

Faith is a wonderful thing and it works :)

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 05, 2012 at 11:46 am

Thank you Angie, I hope it encouraged others to have more hope and faith...So how are your eyes now? Hope all went well...lol I keep getting up and automatically reaching for my glasses...going to take some getting use to, but it is amazing how well I can see now. Very grateful they are able to do this. I can't imagine living in a world without the written word.

Yes faith always has been what keep me grounded and always will be. :-)

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By Barbara MacDonald on February 26, 2013 at 06:42 am

Thank you haroldrtaddy for your kind comment. :-)

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By riginal on February 26, 2013 at 06:58 pm

Barb i have three sisters one half sister. All tarred with the same wonderful outlook on life as your good self, i think of them every time i read your poems.One sister had a rampant mouse in her roof. It was a bog standard mouse.

Trapped it. I knew what was going to happen so i took it outside and said,"guess i gotta kill it..." My sister grabs my arm,tears in her eyes and says, "please don't kill it it is one of those 'special' field mouses." Drove down to the creek at the back of her place, let it go. Should have seen the relieved look on her face. If YOU had of been there you would have packed it a cheese lunch...found it a job!...i just bet you would have...

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By Barbara MacDonald on February 27, 2013 at 06:25 pm

lol... thank you Riginal....maybe I would of, and yes, I would get along with your sisters too..You made me think of finding a mouse one time when I opened the lid to my BBQ...had never seen a mouse like this one... had a head like a deer, they call them deer mouse...I jumped and the poor little guy took off , I think I scared him more than he scared me. So what is a bog standard mouse? Think I need to Google this...:-)

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By riginal on February 27, 2013 at 09:34 pm

Barb 'bog standard' means 'nothing out of the ordinary.' You are a fair dinkum 'ridgy didge' poetess and person and you don't have to look it up. Just look at your reflection in your mirror. If you see the semblance or shape of wings sprouting from just behind your shoulders it's not an illusion. Ask Uttam to explain he's more eloquent than i. cheers A...

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