Prayers do work


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Prayers do work…

 

So much has happened in my life, when I think of it I sometimes don’t know how I got through it all, all I know is I believe in the power of prayer.

 

Prayer gets me through, faith keeps me going, my belief that it will get better, that great things are coming that makes me get up each and morning. Knowing where I came from, how far down I’ve been, gives me a heart of gratitude.

 

Last week while talking to a few friends, about how hurt I’ve been these last weeks. They all mention how blessed I was, how when I ask for something God listens, even when I don’t ask I receive his goodness, like my house, getting it and how I was able to gut and remodeled the whole thing in 30 days. They named a bunch of other blessings I have received these last 3 years.

 

So my girlfriend says maybe this is your calling, maybe you can pray for others, give God’s favor over their lives. She said pray every day for 5 people, a specific prayer and in thirty days see what happens and so I decided to try it.

 

I prayer for 5 people, of course I prayed for my girls, that they would find their self confidence their dad keeps ripping from them, I asked God to open their hearts, and fill them with his presence, to let them come to him, to church…to feel the peace I have.

 

Yesterday my youngest called she was at her dad’s and she was crying, she’s been lost and hurting lately, I told her I was on my way to church, did she want me to come get her. I never thought she would say yes, she never says yes…but as I keep saying never give up hope…she said yes, I turned the car around so fast it almost snapped my neck, I was not letting her change her mind..

 

We talked all the way to church, I told her how proud I was of her, that yes we all make mistakes but we are not our mistakes, we learn from them, grow and change.

That I wished she could see what I saw when I looked at her, a smart, beautiful, funny, sensitive, caring old soul. I wish she could see how she would one day change the world with her big heart.

 

When we got to church something happened, the Holy Spirit was all through the house of God, she started to cry, she felt it as well.

 

I held her and we cried together as I kept praying and thanking God for doing this. I know this is olny the first step but I know he is working on her and maybe just maybe she will want to come back…while he does things on the outside of church to her heart, to her self confidence, to let her know she is loved and she is somebody, not just the horrible things her father says about her. No, that she is the child of the most high God, made in his perfect image.

 

So today my friends, I am here to tell you the power of prayer works, you just have to believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, let go, give it to God and just believe….

 

Be the change you want to see”

 

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Do you remember when the world changed?

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Do you remember when the world changed?

 

Today is the anniversary of 9/11, it’s been 14 years since all of our lives changed.

I know we all remember exactly where we were on this tragic moment.

 

I of course was on the treadmill at the gym, this was before I started writing this blog and back then I use to watch TV to keep myself entertained.

 

As I was running and watching the today show I saw the footage, at first we thought it was a preview of a upcoming movie, I made the TV louder and saw a look of panic on Matt Lader face, he was almost speechless… we all stopped to listen as he said the words that would change our lives forever.

 

“The World Trade Center has been hit by a plane”

 

The gym was silent…everyone ran to see the Tv’s, we couldn’t believe what we were hearing, you heard whispers, what happened? Does anyone know?

As we were glued to the television trying to figure out what happened in front of our eyes we watched as the other plane hit the other tower.

 

We all screamed, we started to cry, we all knew this was no accident, this was a act of terrorism.

 

As I am writing this 14 years later, I am crying remembering how I felt at that exact moment.

The world, my world, our world had changed forever in that second.

 

We all stood there, we couldn’t move, men, women and children all with tears running down their faces, scared, heartbroken, unsure of our safety of our country.

 

We watched the images of people jumping out of the towers, we watched people running out of the buildings bleeding, hurt, with looks of terror on their faces but what we saw that we will never be forgotten is the brave men and women of the New York police and fire department running inside the building as it was a blazed.

 

As everyone was running out these incredible brave people were running in to save, serve and protect us.

 

We sat there as we watched tower1 go down, a audible gasp was heard throughout the gym.

Yet we still couldn’t leave…time stood still for all of us.

We watched people running, clouds of smoke so thick that you couldn’t see, for blocks these clouds went on, debris and bodies falling out, paper, lots and lots of paper drifting down from the sky…

 

And yet there was silence because we were to stunned to believe what we were seeing…

Moments later we watched tower 2 go down…it had to be one of the saddest days we had ever known.

Being a New Yorker I have been in those buildings many times, I knew how big they were, how many people worked in them, how many lives were lost that day…our hearts were breaking…

Would America ever be the same?

 

As we continued to stand there, we learned of the other losses in the pentagon, the plane that went down, the lives of so many innocent victims across the country.

 

Our world changed forever that day, it would never be the same…

 

So today my friends, we remember all the people that were taken far too soon, we remember the brave NYPD and NYFD that never stopped serving and protecting us even till the end.

 

I am a new yorker, I will always be a New Yorker!

I am proud of everyone who stood up, who helped, who showed the world what New Yorkers are truly made of!

 

And who today we give a moment of silence and prayer…a moment of thanks and a moment of remembrance to all of thoese people who’s lives were lost……..

 

Be the change you want to see”

 

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Even though the storm I still have peace

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Even Through The Storm I Still Have peace

 

I was talking to someone the other day about losing my best friend and how I feel like God isn’t listening or I can’t hear him, I was going on about my pity party when he cut me off in mid sentence and said

“Your the most blessed person I know, you ask for something and God hands it to you, you had God’s favor over your life since I’ve met you, do not say God is not listening!”

 

I was taken back, my girlfriend recently told me the same thing about my getting my new home and having it totally remodeled in 30 days, she said it was unheard of and didn’t I know how blessed I was?

Yes, I realized how blessed I am and I realized that I have to forgive and let go in order to continue getting my blessings. I must practice what I preach.

 

Just because I am christian doesn’t mean all my problems magical go away.

My roof is leaking again, even though my business is slow, even though my ex is taking me to court again, even though I needed all new tires on my car, even though I can’t buy the new air-conditioning unit and have no air because I put a friend’s needs over my own…even through all of the turmoil in my life I stand here with a peace so deep, I have no words to explain it.

 

I stand here with a word of praise, I stand here knowing I will be okay.

I have survived so many things, I know this will just make me stronger, this will not break me, I may stumble but I will not fall…

I will not worry, I am not stressing, this is olny getting me ready for the great things my God has coming for me.

 

I can’t stop believing that all the things I am asking for will come to pass, no dream is too big, so I will praise my way through the storms.

 

So today my friends, my message to you is to forgive, to let it go, to love again even though you’ve been hurt, be grateful for what you have and to praise and pray through the storm…. Remember after all storms, here comes the sun….

 

Be the change you want to see”

 

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I still believe even after all the heartbreak

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I still believe even after all the heartbreak

 

These last two years have taught me alot of lessons, especially in friendship, lessons I didn’t want to learn but I guess I needed to before I move into the next phase of my life.

 

It has been a hard 2 years,

I had to pull away from a dear friend because all I heard from her was negativity, she was a happy, positive person once but life threw her some crap and she went down with the ship. I can’t be around people who will bring me down all the time and so I backed off.

Another friend made me feel so inferior to her and all “her knowledge” she would constantly put people down, she make sure everyone around knew what she knew and how smart she was.

 

My idea in life to never to look down on anyone unless your giving them a hand up, I lift people up, not kick them down…again I am going a different path so I backed off.

Don’t get me wrong I love these friends, they have some wonderful qualities but I am trying to stay in this space of peace and joy and being around them all the time effects that feeling.

 

I then had another “best” friend tell me I wasn’t on the same spiritual level as she was, that I wasn’t “Christian ” enough…

(my Christian belief is to love one another, must have been a different bible we both were reading )

So just like that, she cut me out of her life, I was devastated, she was my rock, we went through so much together, strengthened each other, cried and laughed together and poof “Be gone!” Because I wasn’t Christian enough in her mind?

 

And just when I thought I was hurt enough, the universe says nah..not yet let’s have your “best” friend stab you in the back, just when your down, when everything is coming at you, when you feel like you are friendless, let’s throw in one more so called friend to hurt you.

 

So you asked why do you still love God even after all you’ve been through…after all the hurt you’ve had in your life? how do you still have faith?

 

Why? Because I am rooted in love, I love my God, I forgive because he forgives me, he shows me grace, so I can in return, show grace to others.

 

I can stand on his word to take care of me, I am so not perfect read my blogs I tell you that all the time, I screw up, I am not the perfect “Christian” whatever that may mean…..I  am human, I fall, I hurt, I cry, I make mistakes I am just trying to be the best person I can be…that’s all.

 

Everything happenes for a reason and this happened so that I know who my real friends are when I arrive at the next phase, when everyone will be saying I knew her before she was a bestselling author…

Not everyone is here for the entire ride….

 

So today my “friends” know that not everyone is there for you, know you will be hurt, know that sometimes you have to let go of certain people along the way…just know you can still love, never give up hope, never stop believing in the good.

 

Be the change you want to see”

 

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I was hurt but I am healed by my God.

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I was hurt but I have been healed by my God

 

Last week I wrote about my heart breaking because one of my best friends did me wrong. I always write that I am human, I wear my emotions on my sleeve, sometimes my tongue overrides my brain and I say things before I have time to process it.

 

But I always own my wrong doing, I am a Christian but I am a work in progress, I am far from perfect, I keep learning lessons every day.

I was hurt, I was angry and so I write, that’s what I do, it’s who I am.

 

But after having some time to cry, to digest all of this, I realized somethings.

I am always telling you about the signs all around us, that we should watch for them, that it is God or whatever you might call your higher being, talking to you.

 

My church friends invited me to the movies, I didn’t want to go, I had just barely gotten through my day without bursting out in tears every few hours, my head hurt, my body hurt and my heart was beyond hurt, all I wanted to do is jump into my bed and have a pity party for one.

But they insisted and it was the movie The War Room, about the power of prayer, maybe I needed this and so I went.

 

Well, first of all you have to laugh when you go anywhere with them, they will make you laugh, they are loud, fun and crazy for the word and I love spending time with them, so right away I was in a better place with them.

 

Well as soon as the movie started there was my message, the older women was telling the younger women that she had to forgive her husband, the younger women says

“I can’t, why should I forgive him, he has done such horrible things to me, I can never forgive him”

The older women says “Does God forgive you for your mistakes? Does he give you grace when you have done wrong even when you don’t deserve it?”

Okay, here I go into the ugly cry, yes, this was my message, no matter what I had to forgive my friend for hurting me, just like I am always forgiven.

 

I need to let it go for me as much as her and I needed to pray for her so that she may change as well.

 

Don’t get this twisted, you will never get a chance to stab me in my back again, but I will forgive you….

for me, so that I can move on without hatred in my heart, but I am not an idiot and will never allow you to do me wrong again, no I will forgive you, I will pray for you and I will move on.

 

So today, my “friends” I am here to tell you that you too can forgive, you can show grace to another, you can make mistakes and you can own them and move on. Don’t hold on to hurt, to pain, to hatred, this is about letting yourself go, not them, your forgiveness will set YOU free. Be healed by your own grace and mercy.

 

Be the change you want to see”

 

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The death of a friendship is more painful than the death of a relationship

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The death of a friendship is more painful than the death of a relationship

 

I have had many relationships in my lifetime, I have been hurt over and over, I have been lied to, cheated on, left hanging, been abused, had many men not willing to step up, yet I have survived.

 

When so many of you who read my book, asked how did I go through all I’ve been through, I think I often wonder that myself but the one constant was I had my friends to lean on, I always knew I could count on them to be there for me and I knew I’d be okay.

 

I am an olny child, my friends were my family and anyone who knows me, knows that. I would do anything for my friends, they are the family I choose for myself.

 

I love big, I love deep and I love with my whole heart I don’t hold back. I will defend you, stand up for you, be there in the middle of the night, give you all of  my money I had for a new air-conditioning unit…..

I would do anything for a friend in need.

All I ask….is loyalty, trust and your heart in return.

 

So when yet again another friend has ripped my heart out, I am more devastated than if I lost a man in my life.

 

See with men, well they come and go, you can have 10 relationships but one best friend through them all. I would never again pick a man over a friend, because that friend will always be my friend, that man may turn out to be an ex husband and did in my case.

 

But when your friend, one of your best friends, do it to you, there is a hurt that is so deep, that cuts you like no other hurt. It is literally like they have cut a piece of your heart out. You can’t breathe, you can’t think, you are so hurt that your head is spinning.

 

And your mind can’t wrap around what’s going on and all you can do is cry…

I want to close off my heart, I want to scream why? Haven’t I been hurt enough? Hell, I’ve been hurt enough for two lifetimes, isn’t this enough?

 

I continue to believe in my God even though I can’t hear him, even though I can’t possibly imagine what lessons this is supposed to teach me, even while I feel lost and alone, I will hold strong in my faith because without it is don’t think I could survive.

 

I will go on because that is who I am….a surviver, maybe a little less open, maybe with a little less of my heart, maybe with a little less trust..but I will go on hopefully to teach my girls a valuable lesson.

 

So today…I am sorry I can’t say my friends because I no longer know who you are..

 

Today…I hope you know that no matter how many times life beats you up, I am here to let you know,

I will survive this as well.

Hell if I survived all I did in my life and what life keeps throwing at me, you should know you can do it too.

 

Be the change you want to see”

 

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Live your life like your living

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Live your life like your living

 

You don’t have to live your life like your dying, oh poor me, that can’t happen to me, I have been cursed all my life.

 

Maybe your not taking the steps, maybe because your procrastinating, maybe it’s your actions or what you speak into the atmosphere that is effecting you.

 

If you tell a child every day from the time they were born that they are stupid that child will grow up believing that they are stupid. Same thing is happening in your mind, you might have been brought up with someone saying that and you believe it, you think your doomed.

 

You think you will never amount to anything because someone once said that and now that has become your mantra. You blame everything on your childhood, you are constantly putting it out there…. if it wasn’t because my parents were drunks, my dad abandoned us, we were poor, you were molested, ……insert your sob story here.

 

You are your own worst enemy, you are blocking your own blessings, you have told yourself this so many times you actually believe it and guess what you are fulfilling your own prosperity.

 

But here’s the thing, your mind is an incredible tool, it can make you do things you never thought you could. It has let people survive unimaginable acts, the worst of times, things that might have otherwise killed them, but their minds made them believe they could survive and they did.

 

You can change, you have the control over your own mind, you can believe your a loser or you can tell yourself each and every day your a winner, you are someone, you will show them.

It is up to you, what you are putting out there and what you believe.

 

So today my friends, remember it’s your life, live it like your on the way out or choice to live it like your living it to the fullest.

 

Be the change you want to see”

 

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This getting older crap sucks!

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This getting older crap sucks

 

I am proud of my age, I have learned many lessons. I was clueless in my 20’s, thought I knew it all in my 30’s, lost myself in my 40’s and have finally settled in a place in which I like myself and am comfortable in my own skin.

 

I have learned so many valuable lessons, I don’t care what people say, I know my purpose, I listen to my inner voice, I realized money is the end all, be all. I live and I am present in every moment, I know true value, the love and support of family and friends and I have finally arrived at a place of peace and joy

 

But now that my brain is here, my body is crapping out? Wth? I wake up with aches and pains, I can no longer eat all the junk and not have to worry about gaining weight, I woke up one morning and was blind to small lettering and I am constantly forgetting what I went into the next room for….don’t laugh, if your my age you know this is all true.

 

I eat right for the most part, okay I love pizza and I cheat, I am Italian, life is food and food is life.

I exercise every day, I keep my mind calm with meditation and yoga, I have an incredible life filled with friends and family to keep me busy and happy.

I have an amazing church and church family so that fills me spirituality, I have a business I love and a purpose in my writing, I got it going on!

 

I feel like I am 25 years younger, I even did that Facebook test and it told me I was! Hello! Stop it, you took it too that’s why your laughing again!

 

So why hasn’t my body realized what my head already knows? I can’t imagine?  I want to be Benjamin Button becoming  younger with all you know at this age, that way your smart enough to skip all the stupid mistakes you made the first time around and get to enjoy with a young body!

 

Either way you end up back in diapers so why can’t we do it that way?

 

Since that isnt happening any time soon, I realize that I am a fighter and I don’t give up, so even though I can’t stop this time thing I will do it on my terms.

 

I will keep exercising every day, I will keep eating right, I will keep hanging out with like minded people who like me will never be too old to learn something new, I will keep an open mind and a opened heart no matter how many times it may get broken because life without love is not worth living.

I am not going down without a fight!

 

So today my friends, know your never to old to change, to be the best you, you can be. Be that 90 year old running that race, or dancing, that old couple holding hands after being reunited 60 years later.

Never stop believing what your head is telling you, age doesn’t matter, it’s olny a number in your head!

 

Be the change you want to see”

 

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The cone of death has past us by…

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The cone of death has past us by.

 

Living in sunny Florida is great, the sunshine, the beaches, so many things to do and see. My favorite… no cold or snow, that is why I moved here 26 years  ago. But we do have the dreaded hurricanes to deal with…well it can’t be all perfect can it?

 

Every hurricane season the reporters come out with the cone of death and over and over, tell us how we are going to get slammed.

 

I would like to have a job that I am wrong 98% of the time and still get paid the big bucks. How do they do it?

 

So everyone runs out like chickens without their heads and buys supplies, food, new generators and then we all sit in front of our Tv’s like zombies for the next week waiting and waiting and waiting….

As the cone of death wobbles to the right, then wobbles to the left and we all hold our breathe.

 

We have to put up shutters, take everything we own outside and bring it in our houses, make sure we have all the supplies and…yup you guessed it wait!

 

I love to cook and so I cook a bunch of meals, snacks and crap we generally don’t eat (ie: cookies, cakes and junk food) then get a bunch a of movies together, blankets and pillows and hunker down on the couch with my girls.

 

So I did that this weekend and we waited and waited while watching it sprinkle…

Then nothing… I didn’t even book clients today thinking it would be a hurricane!

Now don’t get me wrong I didn’t want a hurricane but a long weekend knowing I couldn’t do anything but lay on the couch and eating all I wanted would have been nice after all this preparing, at least some rain and wind…

 

But thank God, yet again we beat the cone of death…we will put the food away, pay off our credit card bills for the water and generators,drag all of our stuff back outside and put the shutters back in the garage.

 

And we will wait till the next time so we can do it all over again.

 

Gotta love living in sunny South Florida.

 

Be the change you want to see”

 

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