On a sunny day just a few months after she was released from federal prison, Barbra Scrivner drove three blocks from her ranch-style home on a quiet street in Fresno, Calif., to the Walgreens on the corner, tottering on her wedge heels as she got out of the car. After sending out her résumé to dozens of nearby businesses, she had finally landed a job interview, to be a sales associate at the store.
Scrivner clutched her résumé, but she also brought what she considered a secret weapon of sorts: a letter sent by President Barack Obama after he set her free last December. The single sheet was hand-signed — Scrivner moved her fingertips over the signature to check that it wasn’t a copy —and was full of encouragement from the president. She planned to show her interviewer at Walgreens the letter, so he would know she wasn’t just like any other ex-felon fresh out of prison.
Happy Birthday Sofia. 1 year ago I had a kidney transplant at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. The staff was excellent.
I had been on dialysis for 12 years before the surgery. Although they called my disease of the kidney End Stage Renal Disease it was not the end stage for me. I continued to live and experience life without really missing a beat. I traveled to Bahamas, Mexico and across the US. I continued as the founder and exec director of Woman2Woman Empowerment . My husband and I have moved to 3 states. I continued to do dialysis in those states. Some good places ,some not so good.
I am so thankful for the person who donated their kidney by filling out the form on the license and informing their family. I am so thankful for the Dr.who performed my surgery at UAB. I am grateful and thankful to God for blessing me with Grace to make it through the 12 years of dialysis. dialysis is not an easy experience. It is painful if you do hemo dialysis. You are subjected to being stuck with large needles every other day. It is no cake walk. Along with the failure of your kidney can come other issues. These other issues can cause you not to be a good recipient for a transplant. I thank God that through the 12 years I was able to stay reasonably healthy and a viable candidate.
I never allowed the fact that I was on dialysis to rule my life. I was aware that God was not surprised my diagnosis of kidney failure. If God was not surprised then I needed to keep moving forward. I was not one to continually say ‘I don’t receive this”. I did not deny the fact that I was on dialysis. I did not miss treatment. I went to treatment as directed. I believed that God was aware of my situation and would heal, recreate or replace at his discretion. So I continued for the 12 years until I was called by UAB.
I would like to say thank you to the family of the person who ‘s kidney I received. Sofia(my new kidney’s name) is functioning great. Today is Sofia’s 1st birthday in my body. I celebrate the great job that she does and pray that she continues to do so.
If you are experiencing kidney failure or any other health issue, don’t lose faith or heart. Continue to live and learn and love. Life is an adventure and try to find something to smile about every day.
“When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman. They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.
Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.” – Janelle Monáe
LG Logan and Roxanne Harris at B-ham airport Olivia ,LG Roxanne
I want to share with you how God is always working on our behalf and for our good. Jeremiah 29:11″-For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Earlier this year my hubby and I went to wedding in Chicago. Normally when we fly we get a non stop flight so we don’t take a chance of missing a flight. This time my hubby mistakenly book a connecting flight. We had to change planes in St Louis. We only had time for a potty break and then get new flight. We got on our flight and took a seat in the front row. The plane was full. So while we were waiting for the other passengers to board an older gentleman went past us to go to the restroom in the front.
When he returned back I looked up at him. He looked just like my father who passed in 1975. A little history. My father was married previously before he married my mom. He had the first set of kids which were almost 20+ years older than we were. You see my mom and dad were 20 years apart in age. What can I say Mr. Lester Logan had it going on. Any way. So we had never been really close to our older sisters and brothers. (I never call them step because I don’t like that terminology). We had lost touch over the years. We spoke occasionally on the phone but had not seen each other in some time.
When this gentleman walked past I asked what his name was. He looked so much like my dad-Lester Logan. The man answered that his name was Logan. I said immediately I am your sister. We have the same dad. He looked confused and surprised. He was all the way in the back of the plane and we were in the front. We waited for Him by the baggage claim. we began to talk and YES it was my brother. Can you believe that. so many things had to line up for us to be together in that baggage claim. You can call it luck or coincidence if you like. But I call it the hand of God moving in my life to help complete me.
We had recently moved to Tuscaloosa Alabama following the instructions of the Lord. I found out that he was moving back from years of living in California. We now live less than 2 hours away. 2 Hours.
My sister(she lives outside of Atlanta) and I traveled to MS this past weekend for a family picnic that my big brother and relatives were having. We got to meet family and reconnect to people we met when we were kids. We also had a chance to meet new cuzins and relatives and their families. All I can say is WOW. I am so thankful for this chance to reconnect. 2 hours away. They just might get tired of me. I plan on going again in September. I just returned from a family reunion with my moms kids in July and now one in August. God is so good . ♥ He knows how to do and what to do. Follow his lead thru storm and dark into the light.
I had an opportunity to take Sophia(my new kidney) to meet her Texas family. I was able to stay and visit with friends and family for a whole week. Every one at Chosen Generation Fellowship was excited to meet and greet her. They were so thankful for the blessing from God and my health. I had a fantastic time visiting with Mother Nell Hines and Jessica Moore. We laughed until my sides were hurting. It was so good to just relax with family and remember about old times, good and not so good. . I needed that. Sometimes we can get so caught up in life’s busy work that we don’t take the time to relax and enjoy the day that God has given. laughter is good for the soul. Try it.
The photo is when I was feeling and looking fabulously 52. No shoes, just feeling free and grateful to God. If you are happy and you know twirl around. I am having a great time being 52.
I thought I was going to relax and not to work. I found out that God had other plans. I was reacquainted with a student of mine from our Empowering Choicesclass in Texas. She looked so good I almost did not recognize her. She is in Culinary school and making a good life for her and her children. God is the God of as many chances that you need. Seeing her gave me motivation to know that what God has started in Woman2Woman Empowerment,He will finish and perfect it until the day of His return. I was able to minister to others and to be blessed as well. Must remember that you are never “Off the Clock” when you work for God. He uses every thing and situation in our lives for His glory.
I missed my hubby. I was so glad to get home to him. I miss my Texas family also. Always good to visit but even better to come home to hubby.
To all God’s people who are stepping out the boat in 2013,keep looking at Jesus. Don’t let the waves distract you nor the noisy winds. If Jesus is telling you to come, then go. Be encouraged and energized. The best is yet to come.
Happy Anniversary Ms Sophia
Happy Anniversary to you!!!
Today is the one month anniversary of my new kidney. As many of you know I have named her Sophia. Sophia means wisdom. I thank God for the wisdom that I have been blessed to obtain these 12 years on dialysis. Sophia is functioning excellent. She has really changed my life. The gift of the kidney transplant is an amazing experience.
I thank God or the person who checked YES I want to be a donor on their driver’s license. If you have never thought about it ,please do. It is a gift you can give some one even when your life has come to and end. A small part of you lives on. it really takes a forward thinking individual to check YES.
So today for our one month anniversary, I think we are going to drink us the biggest sonic drink they make. Then I am going to allow her to drink as many Calypso’s as she wants. Yes as Snoop Dog says, Today is a good day!!
Each and every one of us has a particular journey, an individual path to walk out in this life. As we walk out our purpose the road converges and we see ourselves walking together. That is the beauty of fellowship. Even though our differences could isolate us and keep us apart, we do not allow them to. We walk together. Even though sometimes it hurts to be together. We realize and know that our strength is not always in our individuality, but in our coming together,in our fellowship with one another. Join arms and hands with someone. Do not take enjoyment in being aLone Ranger. Remember even though his name was Lone Ranger, he still had Tonto. So he was’t as alone as his name implied. Realize we need each other. Search out some one you can connect to and with. Life will be sweeter and more complete.