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  1. Let the person who needs help check these guys out:

    Passages Malibu

    AA makes people constantly say, "I am a recovering alcoholic or drug addict." And every week they would sound as though they were in the perpetual state of hopelessness and always on the verge of failure. Passages Malibu looks for the ROOT cause and believes in a cure so one does not struggle their whole life. They believe you can be healed.

    I also believe in complete healing and like the way they set things up. Although I have not been there, I have been to Alanon which did me no good and to Celebrate Recovery which was good only because I met real faith-filled people among the 12 step doers. I found that I cannot fix other people and had to work on me if I ever wanted to be free of the damages alcoholics/addicts have inflicted on me. I always tried to fix them. They have to fix themselves and me ~ myself. And that was the biggest thing I learned there. In TWI we were taught God first, others second and myself third and that is not true. You have to put your oxygen mask on first before you can help anyone. And helping someone and feeling responsible to FIX someone are two different things.

    I saw God work for those that pursued him.

    http://www.passagesmalibu.com/home.html?kmas=3&kmca=MedIMP+-+OL5OCPAGEC4&kmag=p455y34l1qf2&kmmt=p&kmkw=passages+malibu

    "World-Class Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center

    Perched over the Pacific Ocean, our five magnificent estates elegantly stretch across ten acres of Malibu coastline, offering you the perfect setting to heal your body, mind, and spirit. For over ten years, Passages Malibu has stood out as a shining example of non-12-Step, luxury addiction treatment.

    Inside the magnificent grounds at Passages, you’ll find the most comprehensive and sophisticated treatment programs in the world. When founders Chris and Pax Prentiss created this program in 2001, they began with one goal in mind - to create the world’s finest team of treatment professionals. Comprised of doctors, nurses, psychologists, family therapists, trainers, acupuncturists, and many others, ensuring your complete satisfaction from the day you check in until the day you graduate from our world-class drug rehab center."

  2. White dove:

    I did not agree with your doctrinal beliefs but I appreciated your kind and caring heart. I will remember your love for dogs without parents and how you visited the rescues with toys and biscuits for them. I still have the Melanie CD you sent me with her greatest hits. I had been praying for you to be delivered from Cancer and really thought you'd have a testimony. I guess you were called home. R.I.P. White Dove.

  3. From my friend Janice~

    EVERYONE TO PRAY FOR BRIAN. I AM ASKING EVERYONE TO ASK EVERYONE ELSE THEY KNOW AND EVEN DON'T KNOW TO PRAY FOR BRIAN. Here is an account of the precipitating events. While going rock climbing in the Phillipines, Brian and his group had to cross a small stream. When Brian jumped into the water a jagged rock cut his left shin. No big deal he thought. This very minor injury occurred on December 21st. The next couple of days he didn't feel quite right but he didn't feel really terrible either. On December 23/34 he began his 31 hour trip back to Mannheim, Germany, where he lives and works for BASF Corporation. While airborne, he got sicker and sicker and his left leg swelled and swelled. On Christmas Day when his flight landed in Frankfurt, Brian asked his friend who picked him up at the airport to drive him to a local hospital instead of home. On December 26th Brian called me to tell me that he had an infection in his leg and was in the hospital and that's why I had not heard from him on Christmas. On December 26/27, Teresian Catholic Hospital arranged for his transfer to the BG Klinik in Ludwigshafen which is the number one wound treatment center in Germany. The doctors at the BG Klinik operated on his leg and pretty quickly determined that the infection was necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria). Surgeons had to cut away all of the already dead tissue from his lower leg. On December 28th, the infection had spread and further surgery was done. On December 29th, more surgery occurred to that same leg and doctors were concerned that the infection might be spreading to his abdominal area--but the tests from that surgery although not quite done (cultures in progress) have been negative. Hooray. At this point, all of the outer skin on Brian's leg has been removed and I do mean all. Obviously his leg is a horror but they are hoping to be able to save it and do extensive reconstructive surgery and skin grafts. At this point, the treating physicians are cautiously optimistic that the infection has been halted but we won't know for certain for several days. If the deadly infection has been beaten back then Brian probably won't lose his leg. We will, however, have to worry about secondary infections invading the open gaping wounds in his leg (actually the whole leg is one big bloody, weeping mess.) So although I am still worried sick, as of right now, everything is stable--vital signs, white blood cell counts, etc. His physicians think it could be as long as a week before we'll know for sure that his life is out of danger.

    Late this afternoon, my other son, Greg, arrived from New Mexico. Greg is an M.D. and has treated four patients with this necrotizing fasciitis at the University of New Mexico Hospital. Needless to say, Brian wanted Greg to come and to help him and help his doctors if possible. Brian was more glad to see Greg than me or his father. However, the fact that Greg has been terrified about Brian's situation has not been at all reassuring to me. Since his arrival, Greg has been reviewing Brian's charts and joined the surgeons in surgery to be able to inspect Brian's leg firsthand. Greg is cautiously hopeful but still worried like we all are. This is all the information that I can think of. Please continue to pray for Brian. I just cannot imagine my life without Brian in it. Thanks and please keep on praying. Janice

    And, yes, this is the same bacteria infection that that wonderful young Georgia woman--Aimie Copeland contracted while ziplining. It is a horror and extremely dangerous and life-threatening

  4. Very Glad that you and yours are okay. Do you have access to food? Grocery stores, etc? With the electric out I bet the stores had to throw away lots of stuff. My parents lost their home in a hurricane and it hurt them deeply, emotionally, financially and the trauma trigger Alzheimers in my step mom.

    When I saw the path of Sandy and the homes I was VERY VERY concerned and in prayer for you and yours. Did your house survive? Minnie?

    On the news they showed lines for gasoline, people without power and people who did not have food. It was frightening. I was trying to figure out how to UPS some food if you needed it, but when I tried to help my Father like that, they said all road signs were down and nothing would get through. Many "angels" went out and bought ice and took it to the people, paying for it themselves, as it was SO HOT and sticky and there were many elderly. Of course the "devils" came out as well.

    So glad you and yours are well.

    Your poor sister. When she returned home was everything okay?

    I hope your MOM did not have to pay for those extra weeks as she was stuck there, but I am glad she was safe.

  5. On one level....

    We are not alone because God is with us.

    But on a more human level, you have been one of the most loved people I have ever met. Wherever you have ever gone, people are touched by your love and compassion and genuinely have liked/loved/adored you. You have that kind of affect on people.

    If it is panic you feel, I understand and have had panic attacks. If it is worry because someone else is hurting and you feel helpless ~ that is a hard place to find yourself in.

    You find your way into my prayers on a regular basis and I am praying for you now. I am sorry for whatever troubles your heart and ask God to help you.

  6. Roy

    Over the past few months, perhaps years, it seems you are going through something. Questions, deep thinking and searching for answers or seeking a resolve. I did listen to your video. I hope you find what you are looking for and can rest in the answers you find.

  7. IMHO (Is my hearing aid on?) When you see His face, however that is, everything does pale in comparison -- the years of troubles do not compare to eternity with Him. You'll see. He does make it all worth while.

    Well Kit, I am counting on that.

  8. Kit:

    For years, I have said that I choose life over death ~ however, I would have chosen nonexistence over existence... if given a choice right before conception... I too, had a sucky life... (It is great now with Groucho, but in its total. I would have rather to have not been born)

  9. TWI had us convinced if anything happened like that, it was evil. Maybe some things are. But I do not believe it all is ~ without exception. I think TWI had it wrong. When Isabel came to me it was so amazing. She did not speak by opening her mouth but rather it was a knowing of what she was giving me. Peace, love, healing, wholeness... She was very lit up and wearing white. She comforted me. The kindness palatable. It was a dream and yet it wasn't. Like Moses on the mountain, thing.

    I do not know if I told many or any people about this. And just about 2 weeks ago, someone close to me had the same experience with someone who had passed in his family. He felt her presence for a few days afterward and it was a comfort to him.

    Matthew 17:2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.

    3. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.

    17:4 Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah."

    I guess I can believe what I want and I prefer to think that death is an enemy but nothing happens that God does not allow. So, even though I am not sure; I choose to believe God has it in his control and the dead are taken care of. And I prefer to see them already in heaven having escaped the misery of this life. Otherwise, we just decay in a box for no good reason till JC comes back, rather than live. I do think PRECIOUS in the sight of the Lord... it costs God something. But if God said it is not time, there is nothing that could take them. So, I choose to believe he greets them and takes them home, immediately.

  10. With all my heart, I want to believe the dead are alive and in heaven. And yes I have had an experience with someone who passed.

    It was not devilish, it was not scary and it did not cause any harm. It was healing, loving, peaceful and created great resolve with me. It was my best friend in grade school who had been hit by a car and died.

    Separate from that, my friend Marcus died and it made no sense at all to me, that God would take him, or allow him to die ~~ to just sleep in a box. If he had allowed him to pass to take him to a place, which is so much better than earth, then my brain and heart could handle it. Otherwise, I was mad a God, to just allow a very young man to die, to what? Decay in a box so that in 1000 years he can get up again? That does NOT make sense to me. If the choice was live on earth or decay in a box ~ then I would have to think God allowed some creepy things for stupid reasons. To take someone from pain or heartbreak to immediately surround them with love ~ seems more of a wise or okay thing and much less creepy.

    I have looked at scripture and it seems to indicate that they are asleep. But what a waste to allow a person 32 years old to die…. I finally, had to leave it alone and just tell God, whether he sleeps in you or whether he is productive in heaven right now, I have to believe that he is safe, peaceful and trust he is well.

    Isaiah 57

    57 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

    2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

  11. What a beautiful tribute to share his story. It almost seems that he died of a broken heart...literally. Praise God for the Hope that we will be reunited with those we love and miss. xxoo

    There were other people who were so mean to him and it bothered him immensely. He was soft spoken. And he told me that some nick named him "Aids Patient". (kids can be mean) Implying he was gay. (He wasn't)

    As a young boy he was always laughing and singing. When he was young he was a little over weight. One day, walking home from school, he was jumped by a bunch of kids who beat him up and urinated on him.

    He worked at a job a few years back as a manager making very good money. One day, the white girl, he made assistant, because he liked her and they worked well together, said he hit her. All he did was reach for the phone and she ran out into the shopping center yelling how she was "hit". He was baffled. Then, he was arrested and fired. Later, she told him, "It was all about getting your job. I never liked you, I only pretended, to get myself in a position, where I could become manager."

    They hired a lawyer. He lost. No witnesses. He looked like an angry black man and she a fragile white girl. It was calculated. Privately, Marcus wept, asking why do people do this to me?

    He was "kind" and they mistook it for "weakness".

    He once loaned, a friend, his car, to pick his girlfriend up from the airport~ the guy stole his car. He was mistreated on a regular basis. That is why when he cried to God about being spit on, it was so significant, that God had a messenger deliver words of healing ~ that Jesus was also reviled in innocence. They did not understand his "love" so they made "fun" of him.

    At 32 he was very handsome. He was built like a brick. Nice skin. Dressed well. He really was a "hot" young man. But rejection plagued him.

    On Christmas and the day after, he had some very painful events happen to him, to the end that, he was never going to go home again. 5 days later, he was gone.

    Yes, I believe, he died of a broken heart, as well.

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