Artist Greggy...Musings and Yik-Yak

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09/01/2005
Entry: "Thankful for the little things..."

Hello everyone...
Slowly but surely and by the grace of God I am continuing on my long road to recovery. I am ecstatic to finally notice that I am slowly gaining back the weight that I lost while I was hospitalized. You see, I was always a brother of slim build and construction. Before my accident I averaged around 155 to 160 lbs on any given day depending on how much I had been eating during the week. Although I had a voracious appetite and could throw down some serious grub when I was hungry , the doctors always attributed my low weight to a very active blood metabolism that "burned" up any intake before it had a chance to settle on my body. I guess in that respect I should have considered my self lucky, eh? In any event after my accident and after they (the doctors) had cut me open and "re-organized" my insides I discovered that not only had I lost about 22 lbs while I was in the hospital, but after returning home my appetite and ability to grub like before had been seriously compromised. Thank God over the past few weeks I am happy to announce that my "weight" is finally returning and also my appetite has returned to my normal levels which of course makes me happy to no end. When I first was released from the hospital, I was despairing over my lost weight and was incorrectly assuming that I was going to be doomed to a life of being even thinner than I was before. Thank God I was wrong in those assumptions and now I am focusing on gaining back not only the weight that I lost but also will try to gain an additional 20 lbs to help fill out my 6 ft frame a little better. I am so thankful to just be able to sit here and write this and will never ever forget how blessed I was to be able to survive what I went through, especially after viewing for the first time yesterday the photos of my car after the accident and the horrendous damage that I escaped from, critically injured, but alive...Yes God is good indeed!
In closing please allow me to once again thank all my brothers and sisters out there who prayed for me and my daughters recovery, I in return have asked God to abundantly bless everyone of you in return.

Also, please do not forget the horible tragedy still unfolding in the Gulf states after Hurricane Katrina reminded us of the power and awesomeness of "Mother Nature". Please pray for those who lost everything and those who still have no idea how much they have suffered. We all have to realize how blessed we are to have what we have, to have houses to go to, to be able to sleep in a dry bed at night, to be able to have jobs to go to, to know where your family is when you lay your head down at night....the list is literally endless. Please pray for those who are truly suffering as a result of this tragedy of biblical proportions....

Until the next time, much love and peace to all of you...

Replies:
16 brothers and sisters helped me to understand.


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on Saturday, October 1st, 2005 @ 10:29 PM EST
Adrienne said

What can I say about my family other than I love you and Rena so much. Just know that the love that we have for each other will always continue to encourage us as a family to move forward. All though we all go through our moments of utter grief and despair, Christ is waiting there to take us to the next level. Just now my uncle that you inspire me to become a better woman of God and give me strength when I feel my world is falling apart. The tears I shed at night are for us as a family that we will begin to heal and breath new life into our bones. You will always have the love and support of your niece which transcend all levels of knowledge and understanding. Only the breath of your soul will be able to grasp that meaning. I love you so much! Continue to grow in Christ.
Jeremiah 29:11-14

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on Saturday, September 10th, 2005 @ 11:24 AM EST
chele said

i came by the other day and started to read your post..
I was unable to finish..
I have never known any one in my life as strong as you..
I am so great I am able to see such faith as you have.. since sometimes my own faith is not what it should be.. You have always given me strength.. In so many ways...
You know it you are special to me..
I too am so happy to see your groove is going again...
and so nicely..
m

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on Thursday, September 8th, 2005 @ 03:19 PM EST
SimplyMe said

Wow (((G)))) that's great news!! I just stopped by too see how you and your daughter were doing. I see the new layout is up and I love it wink. I am continuously keeping you and yours in my prayers as well as the hurricane victims. Take care and get plenty of rest you hear? Oh yeah, before I forget, I have a new domain but as usual there's nothing up just yet *insert shameful face here*. I am having a serious creative block sad. Ahh well, I'll get the creativity flowing soon...hopefully big grin.

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on Thursday, September 8th, 2005 @ 12:40 AM EST
ceecee said

wow Greggy. this is some kinda beautiful! I'm glad my prayers for you all were answered, because it's being reflected on here. That the Lord give you all peace that passes all understanding. Keep in touch with us. I love you my big brother!
smile

*blushing* awww...
Thanks my dear for the positivity! Yes indeed God continues to bless me and keep me, but again that is the power of prayer at work no doubt! I myself still pray daily for the wisdom and strength necessary to understand this complicated world we live in. At peace I am, and in peace I go now. Love you too...my little sister! :o)

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on Wednesday, September 7th, 2005 @ 01:39 PM EST
thegig said

big grin It is truly so good to be able to come into your blog spot and read your post. God is definitely good. I am uplifted by your spirituality and the strength God has given you. You are truly blessed, and I commend you for being able to express your concern over the people who have suffered in the tragedy of the devastating hurricane after suffering such a tragedy yourself just recently. May God continue to bless you and your daughter and family and I will continue to read your posts and pray for you. Love and Prayers, Mz. Gig

Hello Mz. Gig...its always a pleasure to correspond with you since you always shine a positive light into my world when you do :o) Amen to the fact that God is good, and often times it does take a dose of tragedy for us to realize just how good He is and always has been. Your messages of prayers, love, and support surely will keep my spirit uplifted for all the days ahead of me and will never be forgotten! I do pray that God continually pours out His blessings upon not just you, but everyone who interceded on my behalf and prayed for me when I needed it most. Likewise we must also do the same for those who suffered dreadfully at the hands of Katrina for they are in far greater need now than I am. Take great care of you and your loved ones and prosper!

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on Tuesday, September 6th, 2005 @ 02:31 PM EST
Yolanda said

Man, it's like a breath of fresh air to see yet another post from you. The winds will start getting stronger soon, so I'm glad you've managed to put on a few pounds. We don't need you holding on to the nearest pole for dear life. LOL

hehehe...I must tell you that you almost made me bust a stitch laughing at your comment about the winds picking up soon and me holding onto the nearest pole for dear life...(grinzzzz) It's so nice to be able to laugh like that again though, thanks for the grinzzz!

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on Monday, September 5th, 2005 @ 03:59 PM EST
Carla said

I see your creativity is starting to flow quite nicely again. I love the layout. You will be in my prayers.

Hello Carla...I see that YOUR creativity is blossoming quite nicely also by looking at your blog layouts! :o) Your prayers are always appreciated and have been answered too I must add, as both me and my daughter have been coming along very well, thank you.

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on Monday, September 5th, 2005 @ 03:26 PM EST
Cheryl said

I'm so happy you're recovering Greggy. You're in prayers as well as so many other victims of tragedy and loss during these very tragic days.

Ahhh, my most creative blog sister...I'm so happy that finally the victims of not only Katrina but also the victims of the ineptness of our very guvmint are finally getting the relief that they so rightly deserved in the first place. As their road ahead will be far more somber than even mines in comparison, I pray for all of them on the daily. I do hope that people will realize that even if they can't pitch in directly to offer help to those who lost everything in the hurricane, they can offer prayer also, for I am a living testimony to the power of prayer.

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on Monday, September 5th, 2005 @ 01:54 PM EST
**RPM** said

Welcome back. I wish you a continued healthy recovery. I honestly wish I could have made your acquaintance under better circumstances. I'm glad to see your back, I look forward to getting to know you through your blog. Be well, and God bless.

**RPM**

I greatly thank you for your continuing wishes for my recovery. The circumstances of our making acquaintance matters naught to me, for the mere fact that we know each other now does indeed brighten my days. I delight in reading your blog when I make my blog-hopping travels for your blog is a place of insight and wisdom. I pray that your days are abundantly filled with laughter and smiles.Always with love and respect...

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on Monday, September 5th, 2005 @ 12:57 AM EST
Meadow said

I'm so sorry.

My dear Meadow...your feelings of condolences for me and my family are greatly appreciated, but I must tell you...please don't be sad for me for too long but rejoice as I am now that another soul has joined God in Paradise. Although the tragedy that befell my family was indeed a true tragedy in the greater sense of the word, I have learned over the pasts months that by looking at the bigger picture and by looking to what He has in store for me, I must realize that all things that happen, happen for a reason and that reason is often times beyond our comprehension. I'm alive, I'm doing well, I'm able to smile and laugh, I'm still walking and talking and my darling wife is in Paradise, so indeed I count myself among the blessed. I appreciate your visiting, especially after so many months had gone by without a word from you, but I am grateful that you took the time today....always with love and respect to you, and take care of yourself and your loved ones.

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on Saturday, September 3rd, 2005 @ 05:43 PM EST
Tina said

Hi precious brother! Your site is so beautiful and reflective of the peace I know you have within you. I am so proud of you and your great journey to complete recovery. I love the dove as it symbolizes the Holy Spirit and and God's ever present love for us. It comforts me to know how you are entrusting your life into the Father's hand. Continued peace and blessing to you and my sweet Rena. MUCH love to you continually! KEEP EATING- I'm going to weigh you when I see you again!! LOL

To the sister I wouldn't trade in for a million dollars!! Well...I'd have to think of it first OK? *sike!!* Girl you know you be loved tremendously and unconditionally!!! Thanks for noticing the new flavor on my page I had to redecorate as it was that time for me to symbolize a new beginning and rebirth. The dove does indeed symbolize the Holy Spirit and the peace and love that fills my heart now because of Gods mercy and grace for me. I am eating more and more every day, I think when you weigh me the next time I'm down there in Richmond, you will be impressed and may very well suspect that your scale is broken! *wink* Love you always!

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on Friday, September 2nd, 2005 @ 01:59 PM EST
Aziza said

Hi Greggy. Thanks for the update. I'll continue to pray for you and your daughter.

Hi Aziza! Thank you for your continuing prayers for me and my daughter. We are both healing nicely and do appreciate the love you send all the time. I do hope that your days are filled with good things and your nights are full of restful moments, take care my dear!

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on Friday, September 2nd, 2005 @ 11:16 AM EST
Berry said

smile

Berry, my friend, you know you are loved and appreciated so very much, need I say anything more???? :o)

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on Friday, September 2nd, 2005 @ 10:27 AM EST
Brotha Buck said

Greggy,

I am glad to read that you are on your way to recovery. Don't worry about weight. I used to be consumed with gaining weight, and believe me, the weight will come and then you'll wishing for those skinnny days.
I hope all is well, as well can be with you. And I hope that those that caused you this harm will get their due.

Have a great weekend.

Oh, yea. I am the blogger formerly known as Devas T. I had to make some changes, so now, I'm Brotha Buck.

Brother Buck...what a joy it is to be able to continue keeping up with your amazing talent and words. You know I'll be visiting your sites wherever they are and whatever you call them...I hope that the day that comes where I'll be wishing for those skinny days never arrives though...hehehe. And I do not even worry about the folks who did this great harm to me and mines for I know that their day has already been marked off in Gods book. Even if they escape their due here on Earth, their punishment is already pre-ordained by the Father and will indeed come to pass, Amen. You and yours have a great week ahead!

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on Thursday, September 1st, 2005 @ 11:22 PM EST
Frank said

It's hard to believe, that what I'm seeing on the tv in regards to New Orleans, the devastation, the anarchy, the criminal element let loose amongst these struggling innocent people, is happening in an American city. What a tremendous tragedy.

As for you my brother, I'm so happy that you continue to heal and gain strength daily, as your body resorts to it's pre-accident form. Glad to see you back in the blogworld my friend. Welcome back.

Brother Frank...As I mentioned in reply to Tams comment, it is disgusting to see this "tragedy after the tragedy" unfolding here in America. I can only suspect that if the hurricane had hit Ft Lauderdale, Boston or some other city that wasn't primarily inhabited by poor folk and minorities that the response would have been much more immediate and bigger in scope. Thanks for the welcome back partner, I do realize however that I am only back because of the intervention of prayers and support from everyone of you good folks out there and the grace of God.

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on Thursday, September 1st, 2005 @ 12:23 PM EST
Tam said

Hi Greg, glad to hear you're still making progress. Although I don't anyone personally who was affected by Hurricane Katrina, my heart goes out to them. I'm trying to find out what I can do in Big 'D' this weekend to help out those who have sought refuge here. Take care of yourself.

Hi Tam. Yes God has been good to me indeed. I am being patient for I know that my healing will take some time, so I've learned to count every day as a milestone and a true blessing. I do hope that America will stand up and do something for America this time. Its downright sad how we can manage to send billions in relief to other countries the day after the tsunami and other disasters all over the world and here it is a week after the hurricane and people are still trapped in their houses, sleeping on the streets with no food or water, and we can't even find a way to drop a case of Pampers into the Superdome....sad indeed.

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