"Horses Dream Of Being Trained The Way A Donkey Demands To Be Trained" Melody Johnson

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It’s Raining! Where Are My Long Johns?


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Well I’m back to lower back pain, hip pain and feet going numb as the barometric pressure has changed drastically in the last twenty-four hours. The semi-truck accident left me with three large screws in my pelvis, arthritis, nerve damage and joint pain. The stainless steel screws in my pelvis do not mix with rain and cold weather it’s like nothing I can describe an aching that will not stop until summer comes again in my hips.  Soon it will be time to find my snow pants as I wear them outside on the farm from October to the end of April here in the Pacific Northwest, Washington.

We placed the mattress warmer on tonight oh how I miss summer!

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I’m missing the 80 and 90 degree sunny summer we had as I felt the pain was manageable.  Pain is a horrible thing it never stops, twenty four-seven it just keeps on and on.  I say never give up!  I pray GOD helps me find a way to cope as this is going to be another long, wet, damp winter in the Pacific Northwest.

This is our last fall and winter in our home as we are moving to Sequim next spring. The rain fall is dramatically lower in the blue hole of Sequim 12″ of rain compared to Kingston where we have 41″  of rain or more a year. Less rain will be better for my body, our donkey boys, and our horses along with my old dog Jewel she turns ten this year, that’s seventy in people years.  Jewel goes outside to do her business and then it’s right next to the fireplace on her bed again.

Please if you have animals that are aging do your best to get them to the vet and get them on an anti-arthritis medicine as this pain is horrific.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

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Jesus, Life, Animals, marriage and Unconditional Love


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Friends Of The Donkey Whisperer Farm,

Life Is Precious and Fragile

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Perhaps this is your first time reading my blog, I want to say thank you for reading my blog as I pray that my pain and suffering will in some way help you find peace, joy and come to your knees for Jesus Christ as us humans can do nothing without Jesus.  Select GOD created a miracle for me to read more.

Before the accident I was healthy, happy, riding my horse three times a week for three and four-hour trail rides with other ladies I met that liked to ride horses with me I felt like we were friends as we had much in common (it is safer to trail ride with a buddy).  All of these friends never ever checked in on me or called me again after the accident.  Our church and close friends brought food, cards and more in to help but after six months the phone stopped ringing and then they went away too.  Still GOD provided blessings with my husband standing by me and all of my angel animals.

Trauma will either break a marriage or make it stronger

Thank you Jesus trauma made our marriage of almost twenty-one years living together and fourteen years being married stronger.

Why Do People Go Away During Trauma?

We had one set of friends who did not go away and they are still our close friends but that’s it. Trauma seems to burn all the non-essential things away from our life and I experienced a period of time of spending many, many hours and years alone while my husband went to work, in my most deepest times of pain and suffering I used my Ipod with Max McLean reading the bible to me Psalms was very helpful. As I was not able to lift my bible up the pain was to great with all the broken ribs and collapsed lung.  Job was the most helpful for at the end of Job GOD gives JOB double for his trouble!  If you read JOB you will see Job did nothing wrong to get the pain and suffering he endured as I did nothing wrong to deserve the pain and suffering I endured and still endure each and every day from the rods in my pelvis. This is what GOD is doing for me and my husband he is giving us double for our trouble and it feels like he is rewarding us for staying in faith with Jesus as I am slowly getting stronger and stronger and the new medicine helps tremendously with the pain.

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My life was it seemed to me to be perfect as I would wake up each morning like a child at christmas I could not wait to get down to the barn to see my horse and donkeys a dream come true.  I had waited thirty-four years to get a horse again and I was so happy to finally have my children full-grown and get this last chance before I was too old.  In a matter of seconds everything changed forever as I got into a car with a person who made a mistake ran a stop sign and a semi-truck full of cow manure smashed into the passenger door where I was sitting.  I am forever disabled but I am not dead in fact in many ways I am a better person for what I have survived as I now have the ability to read an authentic human from the rest in a matter of seconds.  Many long-term friends of over thirty years went away.  Why?  Well I guess they were weak and could not stay with me while I suffered year after year with pain and agony so they just stopped being my friend and even betrayed me at my most darkest hour.  Looking back these people were not bad people they were simply weak people who could not do the right thing under trauma. “GOD burnt away all non-essential relationships with the trauma and he is bringing some amazing new people to be my friends into my life, people who are stronger than me and people who truly have depth perception of this little thing called life.”

After I almost died nothing else really mattered to me except keeping my marriage and my farm.  The little distractions in life that used to bother me no longer bother me as they are non-essential.

I truly believe that my animals helped me get well as they gave me the inspiration to push hard to continue with physical therapy for three years.  They pushed me to never give up and get my life back and I am forever grateful to my husband for letting me keep my farm in the midst of trauma.

What Did Grandpa Say About Friends?

My grandfather is long gone to heaven now and I miss him every single day as I do my father, I lost my father at the age of nine years old. “Grandpa would say to me, Melody if you walk with ducks you will become a duck. Be careful who you choose to be your friend.”  

Earlier today I was discussing this issue with a fellow blogger and well it gave me the desire to write a post about how animals can heal our human broken heart. Animals will love us humans unconditionally 100% and never ever hurt us or let us down unlike most humans.

A nest of baby wild rabbits in my flower garden – truly a gift from GOD!

I can’t wait to see them hopping around the farm

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One of the reasons I have been drawn to animals since I was a young child was I picked up on this at a very young age.  “Animals can determine in a matter of seconds the character of a human being as they have a natural sixth sense that helps them determine who is a great and safe human and who is angry and dangerous.”

The bible is clear that we must put all of our trust in Jesus and not in mankind as humans will betray or disappoint us.  Why is this?  I think very weak humans cannot help themselves they only do what they have grown up doing or they were betrayed and hurt so deeply that they cannot love themselves.

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Back to animals

Animals love unconditionally, they truly do!  Animals do not ask much from us humans, shelter, food, water, love, petting and they know when we are sad, afraid, mad or tired.  They know when we are happy, excited and they pick up on our energy.

Animals live in the moment they truly do.  Animals enjoy each day as it comes and do not worry about what tomorrow will bring.

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GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

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Iron Sharpens Iron


Wow I have heard this statement over and over again; I guess this is what helps people feel better saying such a thing when trauma hits our sweet loved ones.  Another one I hear over and over is “GOD only gives you as much as you can take, you must be really strong.”

GOD loves his children and he authorizes pain and suffering to his children for a short time and then GOD in Jesus Christ name brings justice for his children.  When GOD steps in everything changes and people will have no doubt it was GOD as no man can do what GOD can do.

No human can really understands life as GOD is in control not us. 

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Prayer:

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but I remember the name of the Lord my GOD. Pslam 20:7 (NKJV)

I trust in, rely on, and am confident in You, O Lord, I say, You are my GOD.  My times are in your hands.  Psalm 31:14-15

The fear (False Evidence Appearing Real) of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.  Proverbs 29:25

The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my GOD, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I trust and take refuge, my Shield and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower.  I call upon the Lord, Who is to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.  Psalm 18:2-3

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

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Back To Physical Therapy – a gait physical therapist


Howdy,

Update on my  health:

The bible says “The Lord Gives Us Strength For Today”, I try to remember I just need to enjoy the day as best as I can as things could have been way worse than they are, heck I could have died very easily.   I will forever be grateful to Jesus for letting me live and keep my most precious legs and brain, GOD is indeed amazing as my body survived what can only be called a miracle.  I am indeed grateful for the medical team of doctors that worked on my body and continues to support me as I learn to live with the physical disabilities and life long pain the motor vehicle accident created.

The weather is a huge factor for me as the screws in my pelvis do not like cold and damp weather, perhaps one day GOD will provide a place for us to live with less rain and not so darn cold.  The last two months have been record breakers for lack of rain in Western Washington, fall is here as the mornings and nights are getting colder again causing the deep hip pain to return oh how I did not miss this pain.

I continue to endure rib pain, hip pain, neuropathy in my feet, back pain, middle, lower and upper as well my pelvis does not move with the screws in it as it should.   I wear shoes called Joya to help walk on cement but still stairs and cement are my biggest challenge. Walking is indeed one of my most difficult challenges along with sitting I really need the pelvis elevated for the best relief.

Remember to stay grateful for everything in your life as someone in the world has it worse off than us.  Our life is fragile and precious and we should never ever take any of it for granted as we never know when our time is up, our health is the most important thing we can own. If you have your health you are indeed blessed.

I thank you for continuing to pray for me and my family,  I pray my story has helped you stay motivated and inspired to trust GOD in Jesus Christ precious name for all things.  GOD is amazing!

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

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Nothing Is Impossible With GOD – It’s A Matter Of Prayer


Howdy,

After receiving a message from a reader of  the Donkey Whisperer Farm I realized I need to update my health and talk a little more about my relationship with Jesus Christ but most importantly the gift and power of prayer in Jesus Christ name.  After reading his testimony for Jesus Christ I asked for permission to share with all of you. – Enjoy!

I do not talk much about my pain and suffering as well I try not to dwell on the negative and stay focused on the positive in my life, I wish I could say GOD healed me 100% but this has not been the case.   I suffer from chronic pain every minute, hour and day and I have been told when I am older it will be more difficult I will  need to live in a dryer place in my late years.  Dampness and cold is horrific for me and I do not look forward to the fall and winter of the Pacific Northwest, Washington.

Please remember nothing is impossible with GOD, prayer is very important as the bible states the angels wait for us to pray they cannot go to work until we pray in Jesus Christ name.

Update on my health:

Washington State has had no rain for over 40 days now and I  have learned the warm weather with no rain helps me walk better and less deep hip pain.  I was in a wheel chair for one week short of 90 days praise GOD after the three screws were surgically inserted in my broken pelvis from the semi truck accident.   From the wheel chair I went to Physical Therapy for almost two years, sadly I live with chronic pain every minute, hour and day since April 13, 2010.    I suffer from chronic pain every day, neuropathy in my feet ankles and a deep ache in my right hip where the three screws (large) were surgically inserted into my pelvis.  I suffer from insane amounts of knee pain, back pain all connected to the nerves from the pelvis along with the right ribs needing to be popped back in by the chiropractor on a regular basis a horrific amount of pain seems to be one of the side effects.  I cannot stand for long periods of time or walk for long periods of time without serious back pain and neuropathy in my feet and ankles.

I continue to pray GOD will remove all this pain from my body one day and I will be able to walk again without insane amounts of pain in my feet and back.  I am forever grateful to GOD for his miracle of life and healing as I should have died in the car accident, guess what GOD has the last word and GOD said it is not my time to go to heaven.  I am needed here on earth to share the miracle of mercy, life and health GOD can give each one of us if we believe as much as a mustard seed.  Jesus is alive and he loves all his children.

Pain is horrific as it keeps on minute, hour and day after day relentless to not give the body, mind and soul a break. It has been my full-time job to heal and get well since April 13, 2010 after surviving a semi-truck smashing into the passenger door of my GOD mothers little truck after she ran a stop sign. I recently read 90 minutes in heaven a book about a man who survived a semi truck accident and suffers from chronic pain he went to heaven for 90 minutes.  I did not die or experience any form of heaven when I almost died.  What I do remember is feeling like GOD was holding my right hand and GOD was giving me the strength to trust him to take care of me. 

Enclosed E-mail:

Melody, I’m curious.  In one picture you’re seated in a wheel chair.  Are you still?

I’m old enough to have experienced and seen how the Holy Spirit uses the things in our lives to help us grow spiritually.  There are always times of disappointment and wondering but that makes it challenging and interesting.

I would like to share one thing in our lives.  My wife was still working as a public health nurse when she discovered that she had a brain tumor. She had an MRI three years prior but the radiologists failed to mark it down.  With in a week she had an MRI and we sat before a surgeon at the UW medical center.  He said he had surgeries scheduled for the follow 3 weeks.  The day was Friday afternoon.  He called his wife and found out that she and her daughter would be visiting colleges so he said he would come in special the next (Saturday) morning.

My wife was still on the phone working.  I checked her in to the hospital that night and then went home.  She called me about 11:30 and asked if I would cancel our airline tickets to San Diego.  She had made the arrangements so I looked through her notes and discovered she had taken out cancellation insurance.  I called the 800 number for Travelocity.  I talked briefly with the man who told me that I needed to call the insurance company to get a reference number.  Before I hung up he asked why I was canceling.  I told him about my wife.  He told me he would pray for her.  About twenty minutes later I called the 800 number back.  The exact same man at Travelocity answered.  I asked if he was a Christian.  He said yes.  He was located in Bombay, India.  She was in the hospital 22 days.  When we left, we sat before about 8 staff.  The painted a grim picture.  They told me I had a Pollyanna  outlook on life because of Christian faith.  I told them they had no idea who my God is.  Today she is 99% back to normal.  The pieces fit together like a giant puzzle.

I know there may be times of frustration.  Be patient and let your life unfold as he takes charge of the details.

Ken & Maggie – “It’s a Matter of Prayer”

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

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Massage Therapy Helps Chronic Pain


Howdy,

Have you ever wondered if massage therapy can help you or your loved one suffering with pain? 

Sadly I have been suffering from chronic pain and neuropathy of my feet, ankles and knees since 2010 after surviving a semi truck accident select GOD created a miracle for me to read more.  Massage therapy is one of the natural remedies I use to help with pain, the key is to find the right massage therapist.  You need to feel comfortable and massage therapy should not hurt to the point you are crying tears.

I have had way too many massages with tears as my poor body was destroyed by the semi truck and the pain was intense to say the least.  Select Explore Healing Practices for more detailed information. Here is one more link for massage therapy as massage therapy has a role in healing .  Select Partners against pain as this link will provide you with a database of knowledge in combatting pain, pain sucks it changes the smile we once had to a serious face, pain has no place in my life I give pain the cowboot every day.  I choose to focus on the great stuff in my life not the bad stuff.

What do you think about massage therapy?

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

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One Lovely Blogger Award


Howdy,

What more can I say except “Thank You, Thank You Very Much!!!! Thank you for the nomination, thank you for reading my blog.  Again, thank you!

Yesterday, I received a wonderful surprised by http://empoweredresults.org/, who notified me that she had nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.

Thank you  for the nomination! 

In order to accept, there are a few rules:

Link back to the blogger who nominated you.  Post the blog award image on your page. Tell 7 facts about yourself. Nominate 15 other blogs. Let the nominees know they been chosen.

Hmmm!   Seven things about myself:

1. I have been with my husband almost twenty years, we are happily married.

2. I love the smell of the rain but miss the sun

3. One of my favorite flowers is the Lily

4. The smell of the ocean relaxes my soul, I love the smell of the ocean

5. I love all animals

6. Prayer is the most important part of my life

7.  Learning to let go and trust GOD for all things

Recently bought a coffee cup that says:

When Plan A begins to falter & life turns upside down, do you sink or swim? In the end the true test of character is how you handle plan B

MY NOMINEES

This was really hard to do because I follow a lot of blogs which should be nominated for this award. Please visit their blogs and share whatever moves you as you read!

http://www.elephantadvocacy.blogspot.com/

http://www.critterfarmgirl.blogspot.com/

http://cissyblue.wordpress.com/

http://blog.everycowgirlsdream.com/

http://bentehaarstad.wordpress.com/

http://www.tracielouisephotography.com/

http://www.the7msnranch.com/

http://donkeyparadise.wordpress.com/

http://teamdonk.wordpress.com

http://morningbrayfarm.com/2012/01/07/ellsworth-loves-his-daddy/

http://remissionary.wordpress.com/

http://www.stonewritten.com/?p=4339

Please remember to look for a human or animal you can be a human angel for today as each of us has the opportunity to help one another each and every day.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

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You Did It!!!!


COPIED FROM THE LOVE OF DONKEY FB – YOU DID IT!****

“From “for the love of donkeys FB” page:

****YOU DID IT!****

The donkey roping competition on June 23 has been cancelled because of public input and the number of complaints received.

Congratulations, everyone!

For the love of donkeys, thank you all for being a part of stopping this.
I have personally spoken to the sheriff’s office in Culbertson County, Texas, at 12:50 p.m. Mountain time today. According to the dispatcher I spoke to (Badge #361), Sheriff Carrillo says the donkey roping event on June 23 has been cancelled because of public input and the number of complaints received. We did it!”Let’s keep pushing for these donkeys to get away from their owner.

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From the Petition Update link

 

CANCELLED?! Continued from below update

from continued………….I also pointed out that there are photos and video (now password blocked) on http://www.justhorsinaroundphotography.com/p676930534/e17b0fa5e#h17b0fa5e clearing showing
donkeys being roped in Van Horn last July 2011.

I view this as a victory, partially. We need to get these donkeys to Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, we need a confirmation and promise from Jason Owen that he will not participate in any other donkey roping event EVER, meaning by purchasing donkeys for or promoting donkeys in a roping event.

Next we need this to stop all over Texas, and any other states that allows it. We need to pressure the law enforcement of Texas to actually enforce statue 42.09 http://donkeyrescue.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1122

ALL OF YOU ARE TO BE THANKED AND HUGGED, AND NUZZLED BY A DONKEY, FOR HELPING THESE DONKEYS. My most sincerest thanks and regards, Diana Reese

Posted By Diana reesePetition Organizer

June 19, 2012

World Championship Team Donkey Roping – Made CNN News


Here is the link World championship Team Donkey Roping, Texas June 23rd and June 24, 2012.

Copied and pasted from the link above!

The Van Horn Texas Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event that features donkey roping.Donkey roping is an extremely cruel ‘sport’ where the donkey is shocked with a cattle prod until he tries to run away, once he is running people on horseback run the donkey down, throwing a rope around it’s neck, and another one around its rear legs. Once roped the donkey is then stretched between two horses. Broken bones and death are all too common during these events. And that is the physical harm done, most donkeys take years to recover, if still alive, from the emotional trauma of abuse.
 
My own grandson has autism and the first time he saw a “roping” donkey said he knew how the donkey felt…..alone, hurt, sad. Luckily that donkey was rescued from a hellious life as a roping donkey and came to live at Morning Bray Farm not far from us where my grandson is now able to help make that donkey feel whole, loved and happy.This announcement as well as the poster of the upcoming event in Van Horn Texas have been posted round the internet.A Petition has been started and now has 5200 signatures. A retired Marine Colonel who brought Smoke the donkey back to the US from Iraq is in process of getting an injunction against the event.
 
Thousands of Donkey lovers have contacted the Chamber of Commerce
patriciagolden@vanhorntexas.org, the organizer Jason Owens (stock contractor)
Dos Gringos Productions
432-940-9051
thedollarj@hotmail.com and the editor of the Van Horn newspaper Larry Simpson, editor at The Van Horn Advocate: lsimpson@vanhornadvocate.com.Cruelty to animals is cruelty not entertainment.
 
A signer said this on the petition:.At our rescue, we have donkeys who have been used for roping. The sadness that we see in their eyes is heartbreaking. Not only do they stretch them and drop them to the ground, frequently they strap a horn hat on their heads which is even more abusive. They are used over and over again, and the damage is irreversible. Ours suffer from bent legs, broken ear cartilage and distrusting personalities. There is absolutely no redeeming aspect of this horror show. Worse, this brutal behavior will be on display for children to see. They will hear adults cheer as animals are tormented and abused. How is this a good thing? I would much rather see Van Horn TX indulge the audience with its rich history.
 
This was part of a great mail run during the 1800’s which ran from San Antonio TX to San Diego CA. How about celebrating the long ears who developed the west? Take a look at Bishop Mule Days. This event brings in millions of dollars of revenue, and celebrates long ears without harming them. An event like this would be far more admirable, and seen in a much better light by the public.Another signer of the petition said:I have never heard of this till now and I am losing faith in the USA . How can you let this happen ?
 
To put these animals through this is so evil, how about instead of Donkeys have them ( humans) get shocked with the cattle prod then chased down and roped bones broken maybe even death ! They wouldn’t like it and neither does the donkeys. Stop this !!!!Please help stop this abuse.
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