"The One" - Love, Faith, Peace...

Thursday, August 15, 2013


When I found copies of two emails I received from a dear friend back in 2008, it really hit me how much my life has changed because of a simple decision, to let my God back in my life and return to Church. I'll touch on just how important this person is at the end of this blog. Here's what he had to say to me after I told him I had returned to my Church and my faith.

"Please follow through with this. You are liked by so many people, you have amazing talents and most of all you are loved by GOD. We care so much about you, please make wise decisions even when they are hard, tough or just downright don't make sense at the time.


You and I both know it's all about the journey. The journey is the destination.

Pray like you've never prayed before. For the first time in your life give everything to Him, don't hold on to any worldly thing (food, drink, house, car, attitudes, language, thoughts)."

Those of you familiar with my "story" know that I have used nearly these exact words in one fashion or another to describe my journey since life saving Weight Loss Surgery. Coincidence? I don't think so. It took me some time to lose everything, the car in 2009, the house in 2010 and my mind since 2007. All so I could arrive at this day - to realize just how genuine his love was for me and how accurate his prediction of my future. This is no ordinary friend, he was then and is now "The One." He went on in a later email that afternoon to send me this prayer. I was in tears when I read this:

"How many times have I turned away?
The number is the same as the sand on the shore
But every time You've taken me back
And now I pray You do it once more

Please take from me my life
When I don't have the strength
to give it away to you You Jesus

How many times have a turned away
The number is the same as the stars in the sky
But every time You've taken me back
And I pray You do it tonight"

Although not as often as I would like, we do have long conversations like the old days. Our connection is so natural, so intimate, so honest, that I don't think either one of us knew just how important we would become in each other's lives. I don't have to tell him how important he is to me, it's implicitly understood. While our lives have taken different paths and we are now separated by distance, work and family our love and friendship will endure.

I know that with the same undeniable confidence that I write these words to you today, that the rest of my "journey" will be be as important as the beginning. I don't expect everyone to share this same level of peace through faith as I am right now, or even believe it is possible. I do however pray that some day you will.

I hope you have that special someone in your life that you are inexplicably and universally connected to by a bond that is so strong you will always know that you are loved...that you make a difference...and that we all touch more people's lives than any of us will ever know. Just keep your heart and minds open my friends. Anything is possible - enjoy the journey!

Your friend - "Sprink"
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    I have missed our talks on Skype. I was in the hospital most of the summer. Not fun. I am just now getting back to SP and it is difficult. I was so cut off from it for 3 months and all my great friends on SP. I pray you are doing well. I miss and love you. Get in touch with me. We need to talk.
    2694 days ago
    what a great blog . glad you came back didn't know you before but i did benefit from your blog. thanks and keep up the good work.
    2749 days ago
    emoticon emoticon MY emoticon

    2750 days ago
    Well thought out and said. Thank you for sharing.
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  • LARISSA238
    Sprink, great to hear from you! I'm glad you have found peace. *hugs* it's a hard thing to find.
    2750 days ago
    I'm glad you have a good friend like that. May your journey be long and prosperous (because the final weight will not be the end of your journey).
    2750 days ago
  • PATTYR81
    The most significant times in my life have been when something I truly loved/valued/thought I couldn't make it without was 'taken away'.

    While they (thankfully) have only been a handful of times, each was a COLOSSAL turning point in my life. Each time, circumstances were such that I got to the lowest low low low point that I could be. I had NOWHERE to turn but to God. It's hard to put into words the desperation, hopelessness, helplessness that there was NOTHING I could do. My ONLY choice was to give it to GOD and rely on His answer. He NEVER failed me.

    Your thoughts and words always resonate and touch my heart.
    2750 days ago
    Bless you, New Friend!!

    2751 days ago
    Hello, Sprink! Life's a roller-coaster even without BP, etc, and sometimes it's all we can do to hang on - it's such a big help, though, when there's someone you can really connect with. Sounds as though your friend is just that kind of person in your life.
    2751 days ago
    each day is a blessing and as long as we love and are loved-- we will survive it all! emoticon
    2751 days ago
    Very beautiful sentiment!
    2751 days ago
    Thank you for your comments on my blog and congratulations on the 5 lb loss. I can see how your daughter's words work to rejuvenate you regularly. Whatever it takes, keep your eye on the prize and your heart in His hands.

    God bless- "Sprink"
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