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My Best Friend, Robert

Friday, February 19, 2016

Hi SPARK Friends, if u are wondering where I've been the last couple of weeks, I was busy attending to my husband and best friend.

My Best friend emoticon , My husband, of 34 years, Robert, went on to be with Lord due to heart complications last Saturday. We served the Lord together. There are so many things I'm going to miss about him. He was such a proponent of living a healthy life, he was my gym partner, going to gym 4-5 times a week. He always shared and even pushed healthy eating on me. Sent me and my grown kids emails containing many health tips and encouraged us daily.

Robert Alvarado's story:
35 years ago Robert had been delivered from serious drug use that had previously had him in bondage for many years. Aside from his drug addiction, it was because of a major crisis that he surrendered his life to Christ. At that time, he had committed a crime which was punishable by law but the judge pardoned him with 5 years probation and a court commitment to a recovery program. It was there that he had experienced a miraculous transformation and never once went back to heroin. He stayed and graduated from the program 9 months later and went onto a 9 month reentry program which he also graduated from.

It was in 1981 when I met my husband where I was an employee at a large county rehabilitation hospital. He was going to Bible college at the time and was on Spring break and had to take his mother there because of blood poisoning to her leg. I was introduced to him by another Christian coworker. My main impression of him was that he was seriously sold out to Christ as was I. If it wasn't because the hospital having to admit his mother we would never had gotten to know one another.

I too was wonderfully converted to Christ. I served the Lord as a single Christian and had prayed for a godly Christian man before meeting him. My life was a joyous one and I had a group of Christian friends where we devoted time to Bible studies, prayer, fellowships and evangelizing. I was made complete when I married my soul mate Robert. Although he and I came from completely different backgrounds we complimented one another. God had given me the scripture Ruth 1:6 and had given me a Missionary heart.

The highlight of Robert and my life is when God called us to serve him in Downtown L.A. It was in 1983 and we went to live in the Pico Union area of L.A., one of the poorest of areas where the median income was $6,000 a year. It was because of the love of God that compelled him to make a difference in the lives of people. God used him in a miraculous way where we saw many lives transformed. One of Robert's favorite sayings was "Mending Broken Lives" and we lived with and loved many people. It's where we brought up our three children for over 12 years.

Because of Robert's obedience to answer the call, many people have also experienced their lives being transformed. There are many who years later are pastoring in different cities ministering hope to the hopeless.

Robert had a Masters in Theology also and had also started the School of Ministry for developing Christian leaders.

Those years were very fruitful. Later we moved out of the Inner City and back to the area where I had been raised. Robert's concentrated on his family and concentrated in his last few years I life in helping our oldest daughter and her husband in their church that they are New pastors at.

Like I mentioned Robert was very much into health even more so than me. He completed my weight loss efforts even though I struggle with eating the wrong foods he would always share healthy alternatives with me.

He had several health set backs in the past 8 years where he was at death's door but always bounced back. My family and I and close friends thought he once again would cheat death so it was a great surprise when he passed away. As a Christian hospital employee put it, he received a blood transfusion from Calvary.

I know I will be facing many challenges with my day to day life without my soul mate. My children as well are grieving their father but we are confident he is in heaven with our Lord.

If any of you are up to it, send me some encouragement. Also I will be praying for the widows too.

Thank you!
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  • LINDAF49
    I m touched nd thrilled t the testimony of God's love , purpose and ministry through the obedience of His children, you and your Robert. I weep with you as you weep but more I rejoice with you s I read the rejoicing in Christ that you re able to do. I pause to pray for strength to face each tomorrow in confidence of the abundant life He has for you as you walk on. Gentle hugs and praying courage into your life.
    1689 days ago
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    I just read your blog today. I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. What a beautiful life of Christian faith. God was certainly working through you and Robert. I lost my dad last year, and while that is not the same as losing a husband, I still feel his absence and pray for him every day.
    1698 days ago
    Dear Antonette,

    I just read your blog about 150 days late. What a beautiful eulogy about your dearest love.

    I am sorry for your loss. I pray that God will walk close with you as you remember him daily.

    The life you lived together was amazing. How wonderful that the Lord brought you together to serve Him during the best years of your marriage.

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    1758 days ago
    Dear Antonette,

    I just read your blog about 150 days late. What a beautiful eulogy about your dearest love.

    I am sorry for your loss. I pray that God will walk close with you as you remember him daily.

    The life you lived together was amazing. How wonderful that the Lord brought you together to serve Him during the best years of your marriage.

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    1758 days ago
    Antonette, I just read your blog and notice about Robert's passing. I am so sorry you have to go through the grieving process. But you should also have peace that this wonderful man is in a place of peace and not pain.

    My heart goes out to you, with prayers and healing light. Please stay on your path of health, your family needs you hon.
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    1889 days ago
    There are no words right now that can make your world feel normal, but please know so many people care. If you are anything like me, once the 'busyness' stops and the people go back to their own lives, that will be when you feel your loss. The silence is deafening. The loneliness will be over whelming. I still have things happen to me and I will think "Can't wait to tell Jack about this, he is going to laugh."
    and then I remember he is not here to tell.
    It sounds like you have a great support system, I am glad about that for you.
    May God send you a strong Angel to carry you through this most difficult time, and may He always hear you when you need to cry out.
    Your husband's story was an amazing one, I am sure his legacy will go on for years to come and you will be blessed to watch it happen.
    1906 days ago
    emoticon Will be Praying for You and Your Family as you make this transition. It breaks my heart that you have to go through this without Robert, but what a Blessing to KNOW that he is waiting for you!!
    1908 days ago
    So sorry for your loss.

    But what a wonderful eulogy to a man who had meant the world not only to you but to the multitudes he ministered!
    1908 days ago
    Antonette, I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family, and sending emoticon .
    1908 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15597073
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you, my sister in Christ.

    Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
    1909 days ago
    So sorry for your loss. What a beautiful testimony and inspiring story. Thank you for sharing these beautiful memories. You have been and are blessed. May God continue to pour out his blessings on your life.
    1909 days ago
    I am so very sorry for your loss! No words can explain the void when your partner of so many years leaves you. Please accept my condolences.
    BUT...Praise our Father in Heaven...WHAT an amazing testimony you have written and no doubt are living it as well. In spite of your grieving over the loss of Robert, no doubt, as you know, he is already in Heaven with the Father.
    I will be keeping you in prayer for Him to keep you uplifted with His Strong Right Arm and to cover you and your children with comfort and blessings. I see He is already doing that, but I will pray for this to be ongoing.
    Blessings to you -
    A sister in Christ -
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    1909 days ago
  • DBARNARD1962
    I am so sorry for your loss but what a testimony of a life well spent. I will say a prayer for you and your family.
    1909 days ago
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