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God fixed my flat…

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Wow! I can now smile and be happy about where life is taking me. I tell ya…there is some serious stuff that I have learned about this life we live. I have learned that our lives are a direct correlation to our responses to what is happening to us in our lives. If I have learned anything, I have learned that when I love, smile, hug and help others and respond to life in a positive manner I move closer to my destiny and God blesses me..but when I get mad, curse God, poison my body, be selfish and respond negatively…my life is in turmoil. There are so many things that has happened in my life and I ask God why…why me? I had to open my mind, heart, ears and eyes enough to understand that the answers for my questions in life came in various ways and through various people. For example, I can remember driving back to Ohio from college in West Virginia one weekend in the winter and my car caught a flat. (Take mental notes and think about this very carefully) I didn’t freak out right away because thanks to Frank Banks…this girl knows how to change a tire! So, I pulled over and opened the trunk…then it hit me…damn girl, you can change a tire…but you don’t know how to get this tire from under the car! So I freaked out! I hopped back in the car freezing and I just started to cry so hard asking God why this had to happen right at this moment…God answered me and said “Ask and you shall receive!” Then I got really quiet which gave my brain a chance to help me figure out a solution, so I prayed that I could get my tire changed and be safe enough to make it to Cleveland (I was just outside of Akron), so I took a deep breath and with all I had in me I got out of the car and just started to jump around waving my arms (helped me warm up) while screaming…HELP ME, SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME! Within minutes…there was a van and a pick up truck that pulled over. A woman got out of the van and a man got out of the truck…I was nervous…it was dark, but boy did I have faith…cuz that was all I had left! So the man walks up and calmed me down…he stated that the woman was his wife and their children were in the van…they were traveling and saw that I needed help. I was sooo thankful and he hadn’t even done anything yet! I explained that the back tire was flat and I didn’t know how to get the spare. (Brace yourself) He told me not to worry, he has been a mechanic for 25 years and will get me rolling in no time! My God! I couldn’t believe it! Not only did he get the spare, but he told me that he was going to put the spare on the front and bring one of my front tires to the back to make my trip more safe. He did all of this in the freezing cold with a smile on his face…I haven’t told many people this story until now because people are so biased and this war on religion has us all so twisted that we will fight over which beliefs and Gods to follow when God is Love and Love is universal…therefore, this experience to me was more than just a flat tire, it was like a pivotal moment in my life. Some people would be like girl please, you could have called AAA and got the same help, but what that person wouldn’t understand is this…I wasn’t on the road headed back to see my family, I was going to see my boyfriend. During the same time my family was threatening to repossess my car because I couldn’t keep up with my payments (I had too many college obligations) and my insurance had just lapsed and all my schedule would allow for was a work study job on campus which wasn’t nearly the amount I needed for my bills. I was upset at my family for not offering help and for expecting so much out of me while I was trying to better myself with a higher education. I had so many friends that had their parents taking care of all their bills during college that I couldn’t understand what the hell was wrong with my family. So on this trip I wasn’t just kicking it, I was trying to drive safe because I now couldn’t afford insurance and I needed this car as a means to earn an income and I needed to figure out how to manage my education and my new responsibilities. I needed that 3 hour road trip in order to think, be alone and receive any messages from God that I prayed for. I didn’t know where my life was headed and was just lost, trying to find my way. This entire situation had me confused as a Christian. You see, I knew I was going to have me some premarital sex once I got to Cleveland..but even with God knowing that..he still sent a significant amount of help my way, does this mean that God helps sinners or does this mean sin is just a scare tactic and it doesn’t exist?! This event started my spiritual journey because for once I was able to recognize that God has been there in my life helping me this whole time and I realized that coincidences don’t exist in my world and that there is a divine destiny for my life that wasn’t concerned with how I lived my life, but instead was concerned with how I treated myself and others! Now today during these trying times we all need some encouragement because it seems that life is living us instead of us living life…but I am here to tell you…if you change your reaction to your situations…you can change the outcome as well. This was the first time that I noticed this was a gift and as long as I am positive…good things happen! Stay encouraged my friends

Love and Peace

Author: Ono Marchell

I am a 37 year old Mother of 4, friend, relative, entrepreneur and consultant. I have a vibrant spirit and an increasing quest for knowledge, truth and overstanding. I love being social, creative and helpful. I enjoy meaningful conversations and family outings. Positive people make me happy, people who are curious about the world around them, make me happy. People who are ignorant to the understanding of themselves and refuse to think independently pose a challenge, however my life purpose is to deliver these messages without prejudice and that is what I am here to do. I love working with teens and young mothers and enjoy teaching goal setting and self-confidence classes in my community. I feel my best when I am helping others, what makes you feel your best?!

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