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  1. This was extremely timely. Thank you for reminding me of the new song of truth I can sing over my life because I have a Father who truly cares and sees me. Thank you!!

  2. So helpful for me. I have shared some of the very same feelings growing up and even now as a 69 year old. I often felt like I was a mistake. Too long to share the circumstances of why. I love the idea of making the list and remembering who was there.
    Thank you.

  3. YOU are valued – YOU are loved. As I read your post, I heard a lot of myself; your musing about your grandmothers showed so much love. Thank you for sharing your story, that others may live through the grief you knew. In sharing, you have lifted so many others and I hope found healing.

  4. Thank you for today reading Lucretia. It hurts when parents break up for no matter what reason. No matter who is to blame for the brake up. When I was growing up as Child. I always thought my Mum and Dad Marriage was for life. But when Married 25 years. It broke up because my Dad done wrong. He had an affair. I always thought when you married someone you made your vows to stay. My late Mum not hear today. I had to help her through all the hurt. It hurt me and my Sister’s to see my Dad hurt my Mum. My hurt us to by what he done. But in it all I had to forgive my Dad for all his wrong. Even though he has still not said sorry to us. As I am only one saved in my family. I told my Dad I have forgiven him. As of I not I not be doing his home help today for him. It the right thing to do as it says in Ephesians 4 v 32 Be Kind hearted and Loving forgiving one another as God in Christ forgive you. How true that is. As God forgives is for all the wrong we do. Plus is still Kind and Loving. We that are saved have to follow in God’s footsteps. Do the same as that verse. I might not have it written down right. But that is the basic of it. God tell us in the “Father’s Love Letter” you get on YouTube how special we are to him and that he knows all about us. It is worth listening to. It tell us what God our Heavenly Father thinks of us. How much he loves us. I say Amen to that. Thank you for today’s reading. Love it. In my prayers incourage. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little Enniskillen Co.Fermanagh. N.Ireland xx

  5. Thank you for sharing your experiences and feelings. It’s amazing that I am 76 and still deal with hurtful things of the past. I love the Lord and know that He is with me and will never leave me nor forsake me, but sometimes I get so very lonely. I have no children of my own, but helped take care of my husband’s children for 20 years. They don’t seem to care very much for me, only their Dad, so I guess I failed them. I pray they will forgive me as I forgive them. God bless you all with the Lord’s healing virtue!

  6. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Knowing that the Father sees and hears us at all times and in all situations, in whatever we’re going through and however we are feeling. That He is our Hope and our Help. Even when we seek and may not receive comfort and support from others- His love and grace is beyond compare. We are to trust Him and know that He comforts and keeps us, even when others don’t see and understand how and what we are experiencing. When I have felt or is feeling lonely and insignificant; because of others actions- I look to my Creator as my source of strength, joy, and comfort. And, I truly thank Him for His faithfulness to me- HIs child.

  7. Lucretia,

    I could have written this myself. Lately I’ve been feeling that way at work. Dec. 2021 my company offered a full-time clerical position, was part-time. I was elated & praised God for answered prayers. Then last fall the other clerical suddenly quit without notice. My job changed drastically along with management. Managers changed positions & most RNs knew about it. No one bothered to tell me a thing. It was as if I didn’t matter. The feelings of insignificance came over me. “You don’t matter, no one cares about you” were rolling in my head constantly. Over time I prayed diligently & reminded myself that God loves me so much e sent His son to die for me. That & listening to Christian music has helped calm my anxious soul.

    Blessings 🙂

  8. i wasn’t able to read this yesterday and that was probably for the best because i needed it today! i literally just texted a friend and shared that i was feeling vulnerable and doubting myself. the truth popped into my and i had to fight. i read john 8:44 to remind myself that the devil is a liar, the father of lies, and there is no truth in him. so per your advice lucretia, i am turning the volume up on the truth and not believing everything i think. thank you for sharing!