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For the last 1 12 years, I have gone through a lot of peaks and valleys, or as they say, been on a roller coaster ride. In May of 2010, my beautiful daughter was shot in front of my eyes, then I was shot, and it was all done by my own Stepfather,... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
What do people hate more than change...or love more than change? It39;s usually one or the other. Either we love change or we hate it. There can be dangers associated with either. I guess the key lies in why the change is being initiated. I am at a... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
Well, it has been a stressful time for me. I realize that I haven39;t been writing much for the last couple of months. The reason is that I am too involved with my job. How can you be too involved with your job, you might ask. After all, in this... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
I think one of the hardest things for us to do is conquer fear. Fear comes on you like a cloud, covering your face and nose, until it feels like you can hardly breathe. Fear wells up inside of you, like a fountain, threatening to spill out of your... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
I have really been having to concentrate on casting my cares upon the Lord, lately. It seems that every part of my life is getting to the point where I can nothing on my own. There are so many situations that I can39;t control. So many situations I... read more
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I was watching some of the news and weather station coverage of the recent tornado outbreak in Missouri, Oklahoma and Maryland. After the storm, it seemed that people were shocked and stunned. It reminded me that after a disaster, the victims are... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
I know I haven39;t been writing lately. I haven39;t been painting or taking walks, and I haven39;t been really interested in those things either. I have been a little down, physically, and I guess mentally...or spiritually. I have been reading... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
I am just about to go to bed, after a long day at work, 10 hrs, answering the main phone line for the college I work for, all by myself... due to a young lady not being able to get to work today. So, it has been a trying day. I am pushing down the... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
Most of the time when I am sick, I don39;t write very well, or I write things that even I can39;t understand after I feel better. I have been a captive on the couch all weekend, and so I wrote a poem. I hope you like it. I Want To I want to do... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
I39;m laying here on the couch writing a blog. It is late, but I have been asleep all day. It was 6 pm before I actually got out of bed. Friday, I had a really terrible headache and Saturday morning, it was just too much for me to stand up. The week... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
Sometimes, I feel like I pray and pray...even declare something, and nothing happens. When you feel like you are at the bottom of a pit crying out to God for help, and no one is coming to your aid, what is really happening? Recently, I find myself in... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
I was supposed to go to court yesterday with my youngest daughter and get something resolved that has been going on for over 8 months, and the date was reset without anyone telling us or the assistant DA...so we went through all that emotion for... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
I started to write a blog about Thanksgiving...or giving thanks...just about Thanksgiving time in the US. I couldn39;t do it because I was just so overcome by everything happening in my life at that point. I had a good thanksgiving, in that I spent... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
Well, 2010 is in the rearview mirror and today is a new year! I don39;t know how I feel about this. Maybe it is because so many horrible things happened in 2010, and on Jan.5th, I have some really hard things to do, but I am not sure exactly why I... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
So now I start a count down to Christmas Day. Not really, but I have so many things that are happening, beginning Monday. My sisterinlaw is coming to visit from California, and we have all kinds of activities and road trips planned for her stay, in... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
I have been reading over some of my notes and posts of the last year. Some of them seem so naive, frivolous or just plain foolish and some are pretty reasonable. I was reading, in particular, some things that I had written about my dear sisterinlaw... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
I was listening to the new song by Steven Curtis Chapman, quot;Beauty Will Rise,quot; quot;Out of these ashes... beauty will rise and we will dance among the ruins We will see Him with our own eyes... Out of these ashes... beauty will rise For... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
I have written here, in quot;This is My Testimony,quot; about the harrowing experience that my beautiful daughter and I went through earlier this year, being shot by a family member, and my daughter being partially paralyzed in her right leg and... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
I am just sitting here in my cozy little den, getting ready to clean up and go to bed. Since my wonderful, sweet husband is away on business for this whole week, I have been here by myself this week, and last week, too. He comes home on the weekend read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
Before I leave, and go to bed like I should, I just want to sum up the day. I like to walk in the cool of the evening, usually listening to a podcast, some great music or a baseball game on my portable radio. Earlier, I walked around the 3 mile block... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
In light of our recent traumatic experience, which you can read about in my previous blogs, I have been meditating on the meaning of faith, lately. To some people, faith may mean their denomination or religion. You hear people say, quot;My faith is... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
I wrote recently wrote that I have been praising God because he has led me beside the still waters, these last five years. After living a life surrounded by chaos and craziness, mental and physical abuse, marked with unwise choices, which only led to... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
The days were long, filled with ever changing data, vital signs, medications, test results, and very little time to process everything. There was talk of her being discharged directly to a rehabilitation facility from the hospital. The Houston Medical... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
I remember back 10 years or more, when talking about sharing our testimony, I said that the best way to share our love of God, was to show love to our fellow man. I felt that the best way to share my testimony was to show the world by my actions and... read more
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Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer (United States)
My mother, who had been sexually abused by her father, got pregnant at the age of 15. Thankfully, it was not by her own father, but by a young Choctaw who was traveling through the area, stopped at the bar, got drunk, and happened to be seduced into... read more
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