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WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR COL. 1:12-14

Monday, November 21, 2011

THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR: (Taken from our church bulletin)

TAXES because they mean I am employed.

CLOTHES THAT ARE TOO TIGHT mean I have plenty to eat (may I say too much?)

A PARKING SPACE WAY OUT because I can walk.

MY ELECTRIC BILL because I have lights and heat, etc.

TALL GRASS AND LEAKY FAUCETS because I have a home.

POLITICAL BICKERING because I have freedom of speech.

TOO MANY E-MAILS because my friends are thinking of me.

NOISY GRAND KIDS because I can hear.

HIGH GAS PRICES because I have a car to drive.

GROWING OLDER because heaven is in the near future.

TRIALS AND TROUBLES because God isn't through with me yet.

What are you thankful for?

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SHERR513 11/30/2011 3:15PM

    Like your blog! I'm thankful for trails and tribulations, they come to make you strong!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 11/25/2011 3:03PM

    Ahem! I am thankful I can still be thankful!
Hugs, Pay

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DEBBIEDAY 11/24/2011 10:32AM

    LOVE this new look at 'blessings in disguise to be thankful for'....!!!!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 11/23/2011 4:07PM

    I love this blog and also the many challenges that so many here are thankful for! YES! - for with God on our side, each event, either 'good' or 'bad', can be something to rejoice in!
Thanks to everyone here for setting a good example and reminding me to thank God for even the things that seem like problems in my life!
Here's one - I am losing my weight so slowly that it keeps me really engaged with SP every day!! Because I needed to lose weight and get fit again, I found this site and all my new SP friends in the first place!!!
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HAGIN2010 11/23/2011 9:09AM

    I am thankful for family and friends but most of all God.

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RGEETING 11/23/2011 12:47AM

    Excellent reminders!

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DADDYS_GIRL6 11/22/2011 6:54PM

    So thankful for all the daily blessings we don't even consider!! Air to breathe, water to drink, rain last night, even though it wasn't quite a full inch!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/22/2011 3:37PM

    Being thankful I think should come second after God,

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DIDMIS 11/22/2011 2:46PM

    I love all of the things you are grateful for. Might be something to read at your Thanksgiving table.

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CVRONEK 11/22/2011 2:42PM

    I am thankful that my hubby has lost several jobs, since his accident, because that means that he had them in the first place, which means that the Doctor was wrong that he would never work again! Even brain surgeons make mistakes.

I am thankful that I am working my tail off...I need to do that anyway...because I can still do it!

I am thankful for financial difficulties because I become my most creative! emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 11/22/2011 10:01AM

    Thanks for getting me thinking about all the things that I am grateful for! Have a great Thanksgiving.

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HOLLY_ROSE333 11/22/2011 9:13AM

  I love it Irene! Great Blog!!

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JUDITHWITHROW 11/21/2011 11:25PM

    I am thankful for my husband's long commute...because he has a job and is willing to work hard for his family.

I am happy for my son's college bill...because few people believed he would ever make it to college.

I am happy for my medical expenses...because there is a treatment for RA.



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PRAYINGSUZIE 11/21/2011 11:20PM

    Thank you so much for making me realize how blessed I am.

Suzie

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INFLATED 11/21/2011 5:53PM

    I heard a sermon about Job over the weekend and he blessed the Lord in the midst of all that he lost and we get upset if we get cut off in traffic.

I liked your blog.

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SA9CHI 11/21/2011 3:42PM

    I am not rich but am thankful to that whatever wants I have, I can afford them!

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ANYVAR54 11/21/2011 2:52PM

    I am thankful for the 31 years my husband and I have been married tomorrow, because it shows his faithfulness to me.
I am thankful that my children are not coming on Thanksgiving day, because it means that they have other family that loves them.
I am thankful that they will all be coming on Saturday.
I am also thankful that my husband has a good job and I have not had to work outside the home, so I now have time to take care of myself and improving my lifestyle.
I could go on and on. God is so good.

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MONTY68 11/21/2011 1:34PM

    Irene
Thank you,
You have listed a great number of ideas that for a number of people including my self would consider a negative in our lives and have shown in a new way, how much we have to be grateful for. There are always 2 sides to a coin, a glass half full or empty and our ability to choose.
At this very moment, I am grateful that I have a roof over my head, a computer and electric to run it and that I can see what you wrote.
I hope a lot of responses come, as this was a wonderful blog to show how fortunate we are to have met you.
Thank you for sharing

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LMMIMI 11/21/2011 1:27PM

    As always, Irene, you are right on. Along with everything above and then some, I am thankful for you.

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DIDMIS 11/21/2011 10:52AM

    Thank you everyone for being blessed by this. I was. All I had to do all the years I was in Mexico and t hen on the border was to compare what they have with what we have.

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NELLJONES 11/21/2011 9:06AM

    Silver lining to every cloud! Thanks for reminding us to just be grateful for what we have!

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DEERLADY45 11/21/2011 7:49AM

    Great Blog! It does make you think for sure! I am thankful i have heat, lights a car its just hard to keep it all up but im doing it ok! I deffinately dont go shopping like i used to! i enjoy what i have here,and i dont need all the STUFF I used to have. I enjoy my friends, Nature and my animals wild and other wise! im thankful i have the creater in my life!! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Bonnie emoticon emoticon

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SUNSET09 11/21/2011 7:03AM

  That the Lord gave His Son Jesus for for sins that I can live more abundantly. Worldy things, family, friends and a job!! emoticon

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NELLIEC 11/21/2011 1:00AM

    My oldest son detected that you may have a Spanish Bible by the word Colosenses. emoticon

Nice list!

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RGEETING 11/21/2011 12:57AM

    Excellent reminders!!! Thanks, Irene!

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PATTIE441 11/21/2011 12:32AM

    Wonderful Irene! Thank you! Very awesome!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 11/21/2011 12:21AM

    That is so true Irene Happy Thanks Giving!!
Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 11/21/2011 12:21AM

    Very good.

Hugs Mary

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FLEMIDG 11/21/2011 12:19AM

    Thanks for reminding us to be thankful for what we have. Have a wonderful week.



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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/21/2011 12:19AM

    So very true Irene!! But sadly we sometimes forget it!!

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A GOODIE FOR YOU IF..........

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Daily or almost daily, I post "Devotions for Dieters" from Crosswalk.com/devotionals/for dieters
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Some of you emoticon's answer daily.

Others are silent. I realize some are not interested but this is for those who are and can't find it. Some have written and said they did not know about this before.

Some teams are so kind as to make it a sticky but others get lost way down in the games or something.

Although I would do it for just one and it helps just one I would do it but it would be nice to know if you do read them.

Please just say in the comments to this blog, I read it but don't comment
Or I read it and do comment,
I didn't know about it but hunted it up and read my first one
Or I will look it up
Or I do not read it and am not interested.

Everyone who answers this will receive a goodie from me.
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SUNNYWBL 12/11/2011 6:18PM

    Bribery? emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 11/19/2011 9:51AM

    emoticon Hi friend!

I read your devotional blogs (when I can lately!) and sometimes I comment
and sometimes I just let it sink in and heal.

Thank you!

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DIDMIS 11/18/2011 11:17PM

    I'm still waiting for all of the answers to come in before sending the goodies to everyone as promised.
Probably will be next week but it is coming.
Irene

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CHATTIEGIRL 11/18/2011 10:00PM

    Hi Irene;

I did not know about this one but I read other post you make in teams and love all of them and they make me think deeply. God bless you always. learn something new every day.

Smile Joyce

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CVRONEK 11/18/2011 8:03PM

    Hi Irene, I thought that I answered this, but I don't see my comment!

Yes, I read them everyday and sometimes I comment!

I truly appreciate them and you!

Keep up the great work!

Thank you!

Chris
in Virginia

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SWEETLIPS 11/18/2011 1:35PM

    A goodie is not necessary. I read but don't comment. It is part of my daily devotion and as such, that is a privste time for me. Thank you

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SEWINGMAMACDS 11/18/2011 11:13AM

    Thank you for posting this. I don't read every day. I do catch up when I can - "I read it but don't comment" . emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 11/18/2011 10:12AM

  Irene, I just look forward and really need these devotions, but I quit getting them, and now reading this blog, I realize I can go to the team page and look it up, I hope????!!!!

Thank you so much Irene for letting me know about this.

I have had so many different things come up in my life lately and have really changed the way I am living and doing things.

But, I am still eating healthy and living healthy and I need sparkpeople to round out my life because of the beautiful people I have met here.

You are one of the beautiful and must have people in my life that I will go out of my way to talk to.

By the way, no one has ever called me a "darling" LOL I love it.

I am a darling LOL

You made my week with that , thanks

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LKWQUILTER 11/18/2011 6:58AM

    I don't read everyday but catch up with several at one time. Thanks for posting them as they sure help me. ((HUGS))

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RAINBOWMF 11/17/2011 11:58PM

    Irene, I read them but do not comment
I had a feeling, it was your thread for us to enjoy
so I never left comments.
I do enjoy them.
Hugs Mary

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LMMIMI 11/17/2011 11:11PM

    Irene, I am so thankful for your daily devotions and you encourage me in so many ways. Because of the site I am encouraged to search to find devotions that speak to me and hopeful to others.

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TRAVLNWOMAN 11/17/2011 11:06PM

    I read them and I love them!

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HAGIN2010 11/17/2011 11:01PM

    I haven't been reading for a while, perhaps I will start again soon.

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ANYVAR54 11/17/2011 10:53PM

    I have missed your blogs for some time. I don't know why, but I really enjoyed them. Ravyna

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ANHELIC 11/17/2011 9:57PM

    Hi Irene,
I look forward to your blogs. I have also subscribed to them and receive them. They are awesome and a help. Sometimes it's just when I need a little support, you come in at just the right moment.
Blessings to you.
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CVRONEK 11/17/2011 8:54PM

    Hi Irene! Yes I do read them and comment on occasion!
I appreciate them and you for posting!

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Chris

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THISISIT-PA 11/17/2011 6:51PM

    I've seen it but I'm not interested and don't read it.

I'm sure others benefit from it though. :)

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JUDITHWITHROW 11/17/2011 6:38PM

    Yes Irene I read them but don't comment. I appreciate your dedication. Keep it up!
Judith

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/17/2011 6:29PM

    Thanks for writing the Dieter's Devotional . . . I hadn't seen it in some time. In looking back over your thread with the Inspired by Joyce Meyer Team, the stories that go with the verses are quite relevant and enlightening.

I have my hands pretty full with my own studies and faith-based activities. Biblegateway.com gets me a daily verse that often triggers further study for me or helps me design a future Spark Huddle. I signed up for the Charles Spurgeon devotion, but because he uses the old "ye" "hath" and "doth" language, I have difficulty getting past the language barriers and will likely unsubscribe to his devotional.

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TIABITS 11/17/2011 6:25PM

    I didn't know about it but hunted it up and read my first one

Thanks for letting me kow Irene....sometimes I am one of those who read things & remain silent...but I always enjoy your blogs & comments.

Take care Irene & have a great Thanksgivings! Liz emoticon emoticon

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/17/2011 5:15PM

    I have read it, but have yet to comment, soon I will
Anjay

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1COUNTRY_GAL 11/17/2011 4:11PM

    I would like to look it up and read what I have been missing. emoticon emoticon

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NELLIEC 11/17/2011 3:22PM

    I read it but don't comment.

Incidentally, you don't have to give me a goodie! emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 11/17/2011 2:14PM

    Hi,
I always read the Scripture quotation but
I don't always read the "story"
I always comment with my own interpretational scripture quote.
I appreciate your giving another important perspective to our weight loss journey what ever our faith!
I would like to see others respond more often.
Pat
PS. I will be looking forward to my GOODIE :)


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SUSIEPH1 11/17/2011 1:47PM

    Hi Irene .
I must admit that although I appriciate you having the rights to do your daily devotionals
Actually voicing my religious beliefs are not a major part of my life.
I do respect other's rights to voice theirs ..in the appropiate place
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PATTIE441 11/17/2011 1:32PM

    Hi Irene! I do read them everyday. In fact, I also get them in my e-mails. I'm not always around to answer yours, but it is very much appreciated, like you are. I stopped in quickly, cause I had a short break, and I'm sorry I'm not able to be around as much, but I am very interested in them, and appreciate you from the bottom of my heart. You are a very awesome and amazing woman! Thank you my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RGEETING 11/17/2011 1:30PM

    For awhile, I was getting to it daily. I appreciate them and the effort you put into posting them. As our busy fall ministry season arrived, I haven't been able to spend as much time on SP as I did in the summer, and so I haven't looked it up. However, I just went to find it again and subscribed to it so I don't lose it anymore! :-)

And by the way - it's okay, you don't have to send me a goodie... :-)
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MONTY68 11/17/2011 1:09PM

    Hi Irene

I read your devotions everyday, I don't always make a comment. However, each day's devotion is great and I feel we never know how important r=they are until the day we read one and recognize our self . I am glad that you do it each day and know that you have helped different people.
Continue to share and thanks for sharing this.

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PANSYLADY2 11/17/2011 1:08PM

    Don't remember if I've seen this somewhere along the line or not, but I will look it up. Thanks for posting this devotional!

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MORE ABOUT MARRIAGE AND VETERANS DAY

Friday, November 11, 2011

emoticonHAPPY VETERANS DAY TO ALL OF OUR VETERANS.
Please Thank a veteran today and if you are married to one do something very special for him today and that doesn't mean dragging him to the mall while you shop for yourself. That does not count. Do something he likes to do and maybe you don't.

I sent a poem about a husband complaining about his wife not cooking like his mother and was going to comment on it but it was so long it was a blog. So here it is.

When I married my wonderful Charles who passed away January 9, 2006 he pulled something like that on me also.
He had been married for many years before and she was a stay at home mom.
He soon began to tell me his first wife didn't make this or that the way I did and I told him I was not his first wife and didn't want to be.
He also told me he was happier with me than he had ever been in his life. I told him not to say that as he had the best of two worlds. He had three children by her but he also wanted to be in full time ministry and his wife did not want to be.
When he married me he became a full time missionary.
He did let me know from time to time how happy he was though and he was such a thoughtful man, taking care of me when I had hip replacement.
What goes around comes around so when he got Alzheimer's I had the privilege to take care of him for years and forgot to take care of myself. I would do it again though but would try to take care of myself also.
He deserved it.
Today is veteran's day and I always remember him as he was a veteran and I have a signed certificate by President George Bush thanking him for his service to our country. It is too bad they wait for them to die to give them the recognition.

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Love them while you have them as you never know what tomorrow will bring.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 11/15/2011 2:30PM

  Irene, this is such a beautiful blog, thank you for sharing this. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI love my country and am so thankful for all the service men and women who gave up so much for our country and comfort and freedom.

Yes, I did get alot of messages from you and you really made me laugh, thanks, because I love to laugh because it makes me feel so much better when I laugh.

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HAPPYMOM8 11/12/2011 1:08PM

    Irene, you were blessed to have had such a wonderful husband but he was blessed also for having you and I am sure he knew it too.
Hugs, Pat

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MOM4407 11/12/2011 12:24PM

    Life is short we need to love while we can.

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GAILRUU 11/12/2011 10:32AM

    God bless you Irene!

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MNNSAIDE 11/12/2011 9:03AM

    I bet you made your Veteran very happy till the end! He was looking down at you yesterday as your memories were strong.

I am a Military Brat - my dad (who could be eating supper with your husband and Jesus) was in the USAF.

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DIDMIS 11/12/2011 12:18AM

    Go to your team and look up Make someone feel good. I just posted on it for the veterans and family.

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RAINBOWMF 11/12/2011 12:09AM

    Irene what a heart warming story thanks you for sharing.

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YJNANA 11/11/2011 11:08PM

    Beautiful Story Irene :)
Those Vets love hearing it, so we must do it when ever possible.

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MONTY68 11/11/2011 10:32PM

    Irene
Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. It sounds like you had a great marriage. He was fortunate to have someone to take care of him and I am sure that you gave him the best of care. Sometimes our focus is on that one thing like you taking care of him and it is easy to neglect our own needs.
You are a very special lady and have been a blessing to so many people, here on Spark and those that come to you. I love your last statement, each day needs to be one shared with love, for as you said, we never know what tomorrow will bring.

Thank you again for sharing

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CVRONEK 11/11/2011 8:19PM

    Very nice, Irene. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 11/11/2011 8:18PM

    Thank you for Sharing Irene !!
Love you !!
hugs Susie

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PATTIE441 11/11/2011 6:20PM

    Very beautiful Irene! Thank you! emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/11/2011 5:56PM

    Thanks! I did some lovin' on my Marine Corp Dad who turns 88 this month. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story.

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LMMIMI 11/11/2011 4:23PM

    Irene, a beautiful tribute to your husband and how fortunate he was to have had you in his life.

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ANYVAR54 11/11/2011 4:20PM

    I love your tribute to your husband, and I want to give tribute to my husband. He is not a veteran, but his father and step-father both were.
Thank you also for leaving an update on your other blog.

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JUNEBUG150 11/11/2011 3:08PM

    Irene, what a wonderful tribute to your husband. Hugs, Melody

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JUNEBUG150 11/11/2011 3:08PM

    Irene, what a wonderful tribute to your husband. Hugs, Melody

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DIDMIS 11/11/2011 3:00PM

    emoticoneveryone. I said thank you to a world war 2 veteran who ate at the same place I did. I say thanks every time I see one and know he or she is a vet.
Irene

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JUDITHWITHROW 11/11/2011 2:58PM

    I appreciate the stories about your husband. They are a good reminder to me.

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NELLJONES 11/11/2011 1:39PM

    I am thrilled to live to see men AND WOMEN able to proudly wear their uniforms or fatigues in public. When my first husband served in Vietnam, when he was in public in military clothing people spit on him. Thank God today we recognize all those serving and all those who have served, with the gratitude they deserve.

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JUDITHANNIE 11/11/2011 1:13PM

    Irene, loved your blog. I was married to a Viet Nam Vet whom I lost at age 40 and am now married to another Viet Nam Vet and it's a really tough day for him He doesn't feel worthy to eat free at the resturant that offer this. It's just a really rought day for him. I try to be there for him and we basically do what he wants to do which is mostly stay home...but I am with him and that's what counts for him. emoticon

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/11/2011 12:42PM

    Irene that was very touching, yes we must remember and not forget, as a child we learned by heart in "Flander's Field", We then taught it to our children.
Take care my dear friend.
Hugs
Anjay

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CAROLYN0107 11/11/2011 11:26AM

    Thank you for remembering US! Yes, I am a Veteran too, an Army Nurse! emoticon
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SWEETLIPS 11/11/2011 11:25AM

    Yes, I am in so much agreement with us taking care of each other. Today, my husband is playing golf with other veterans and I am glad that he is doing that. He does enjoy it and why not. I am here doing some much needed resting and cleaning for we both benefit when the closet ( filled with my stuff) is decluttered and I do mind. Thanks for sharing and blessings to you.

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DUTCHDAVE 11/11/2011 11:06AM

    Thank you for remembering us. Sounds like you had a great man, your a wonderful person

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A Good Poem (borrowed from New Caz Spark friend)

Thursday, November 10, 2011



He didn't like the casserole

And he didn't like my cake,

He said my biscuits were too hard

Not like his mother used to make.

I didn't perk the coffee right

He didn't like the stew,

I didn't mend his socks

The way his mother used to do.

I pondered for an answer

I was looking for a clue.

Then I turned around and

Smacked him one

Like his mother used to do.
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SUNNYWBL 11/13/2011 12:29AM

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TIABITS 11/12/2011 3:15AM

    emoticon Thanks for that ...I needed a good chuckle.

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NDTEACHER1 11/11/2011 10:00AM

    Funny!

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HOLLY_ROSE333 11/11/2011 7:02AM

  Thats funny!

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JUNEBUG150 11/10/2011 10:00PM

    The poem made me chuckle and I read it to my DD and she laughed, but then I went down and read your last post. That is so sad, I saw my dad raise his fist to my mom one time in my life and she said to him, "go ahead and make it good because it'll be the last time." He never did do it, I think it was just stress but it was scary at the time as I was a teenager.

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DIDMIS 11/10/2011 8:40PM

    My mother received abuse from my father after working like a horse all day. I would see him slap my mother in front of me and sometimes the others. Then the worse would be when he gave her the silent treatment.

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ANYVAR54 11/10/2011 8:35PM

    NELLIEC, I am sorry that your husband experienced abuse at the hands of his mother. It takes away the joke, and it is so sad that we have to remember ill times. Ravyna

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NELLIEC 11/10/2011 5:23PM

    In a way it is funny, and in a way it is sad. That was my ex. And his mother beat him until he started supporting her!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/10/2011 3:26PM

    Oh that is too funny! I love it!

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SA9CHI 11/10/2011 12:29PM

    thanks for the laugh! Terrific sense of humor!!! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/10/2011 11:36AM

    emoticon I would have given him more than 1 smack!

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GAILRUU 11/10/2011 11:07AM

    This is funny, but it could have been written about my husband!

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HAPPYMOM8 11/10/2011 9:49AM

    Cute-I just read that one to my DH and he got a chuckle.
He is fairly warned!
Pat

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NELLJONES 11/10/2011 9:41AM

    Fabulous!!

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PATTIE441 11/10/2011 9:28AM

    emoticonWay to go Irene! Woo Hoo!

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    LOL!
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KATHRYNLP 11/10/2011 7:48AM

    I loved this one too, and Blogged it Nov.3rd. I see this chap is really getting his dues! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUDITHWITHROW 11/10/2011 6:23AM

    Thanks for making me laugh this morning.

For the last 3 Thanksgivings my brother-in-law has commented that my rolls are not like his mother's. She always served those tiny Pepperidge Farm rolls. Mine are freshly melt in your mouth just risen.

My brother-in-laws response to my husband telling him I could not cook this year was..."But what about her rolls!?!" Guess under all those complaints he really liked them...men...smile.

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NEW-CAZ 11/10/2011 6:04AM

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LATTELEE 11/10/2011 5:50AM

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SUSIEPH1 11/10/2011 5:19AM

    Ha Ha Thats really good Irene !! very funny!!
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WENDYSPARKS 11/10/2011 5:15AM

    Love this!!!

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MANY OF YOU HAVE ASKED

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Many of you have asked for my news letters so thought I would write it in a blog and hope you find it. This is a news-letter I just sent out to my supporters.

Hello everyone: Thank you for your continued support for the work in Mexico. God is good and we know He is more powerful than any enemy.

You wonder where the peaceful Mexico went where I used to live and drive all over without fear. We know they need the gospel of Jesus Christ more than they ever had.

The latest news I have read is they are also recruiting children as young as 11 years old on the US side of the border where I live to work for them. Children and young people are arrested expecting a better life but often finding themselves entrapped in something they can't get out of.

Sundays paper had an article about a teacher from the mid west who came to our area as her relatives were here. She tried to teach in Texas but to teach here needed more training so she substituted for awhile. Then she learned of a job of teaching English in Mexico so moved over there to pursue this. In the beginning it wasn't too bad but each year it became worse.

Finally she went to Soriana one night to shop and when she returned to her truck found it was torn apart (no doubt the steering as this happened to a truck I had years ago in a parking lot also). She called friends who came to her aid but when they got there they hear shooting in the parking lot so hid down in the floor of their vehicles for an hour afraid of what was going to happen.

She is now in the US again substitute teaching.

We still hear of shootings, of people being kidnapped, of mass graves. They have not found the brother of the lady from my Spanish Sunday School class who was kidnapped from his own home and many others have never been found.

So sad but God loves Mexico. We need to pray for our country also. I will be going to the bridge (on our side) to meet the pastors Thursday morning to do my mission work.

Irene Davis "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13

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IAM_HIS2 10/25/2011 3:22PM

    Oh, I am very grateful that young girl was not hurt.

There is so much evil in our world--I am glad we have our faith and Jesus to get us through these times. I will start praying more.

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MOM2GEO_JR 10/20/2011 7:27PM

    Thank you Irene for sharing your knowledge and experience with Mexico. I feel honored that you have came into my life on Spark. Without Spark I wouldn't have had the privledge to know you. God Bless you on your Missionary work.
Hugs and prayers to you.
Marsha
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RAINBOWMF 10/20/2011 3:29PM

    I am glad I came to read this Irene.
Thank you for your works of kindness.
I now you a little better now.

Hugs Mary

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RGEETING 10/20/2011 2:58AM

    Our mission agency has several missionary families in Mexico... some as church planters and some as missionary pilots. We had to pull 3 families out of Durango area due to the terrible violence and threats. One of our other pilots stationed in Chihuahua was arrested and his plane confiscated when he flew into a remote area. It took quite awhile for the powers to be to allow him to be released and even longer to get the plane back.

On the positive note, we have Mexican nationals who are returning to their own home areas to lead their people to Christ...

Thanks for sharing!
:Roxie

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THISISIT-PA 10/19/2011 9:30PM

    I used to vacation in Mexico quite a bit but now I'd be too afraid. It's sad what is happening to their country.

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SWEETLIPS 10/19/2011 6:41PM

    Thank you for sharing this information. I am saddend by the mean soirited and mean acting people, who act out what they feel is what they are supposed to do. When one knows better, often times they do better. I will continue to pray for your safety, and a much needed revival like I pictured the Azua(mispelled) Revival was. I know that God is making changes, and instead of questioning, I do keep reminding myself to accept what God allows. I am comforted that you are in God's arms. Blessings to you.

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CAROLYNVIL 10/19/2011 2:45PM

    my prayers are for you and Mexico and here in the usa.

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MIKEYD6694 10/19/2011 9:38AM

    Irene, you are truly brave & special! The world is lucky to have you! Your Bud, Mike emoticon

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DIDMIS 10/19/2011 3:13AM

    Thank you everyone for your comments and for your information. I have sent out other news letters telling of terrible things that are happening and our pastors in Mexico tell me we don't know 1/2 of what is happening.
I know it is dangerous. I was going to write something here now but felt to not write it as it could be dangerous.
Irene

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SUNNYWBL 10/19/2011 12:36AM

    May God keep you safe as you continue your work.


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ANYVAR54 10/18/2011 11:08PM

    Our church supports a missionary who works in the El Paso / Juarez border where it is also very dangerous. This man and his wife are Mexicans, live in TX and travel back and forth across the border at least 3 times a week. He is a pastor and has started a seminary in Juarez to train Mexican men to be pastors. Very dangerous.
But God is the one who brings Peace to His people.

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NDTEACHER1 10/18/2011 10:24PM

    Hi Irene. I heard a missionary from Mexico speak at a conference a year ago. She was of Hispanic descent. She lived in one of the largest cities where beheadings were common and other horrendous things I don't want to mention. She said what was happening was pure evil. I understand that it is not only the poor from Mexico sneaking into the U.S., but terrorists and that was certainly confirmed when an undercover agent was approached by one of the people who thought he contacted a drug cartel operator to help him blow up U.S. and Saudi embassies along with assassination of the Saudi ambassador. Now we hear Mexico is considering offering a 2 year marriage license. Things are moving fast, we must reach people with the truth.

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GAILRUU 10/18/2011 10:18PM

    How sad that drugs have become so powerful and cost the lives of so many. You have my prayers!

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VERITY50 10/18/2011 7:48PM

    May God Bless and protect you and all his missionaries around the world!

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SUSIEPH1 10/18/2011 4:59PM

    Thank you Irene !!
I didn't realise it was so bad in Mexico ..
We don't hear much about it here in Australia.
I always knew you were a wonderful strong woman but I didn't realise what it was that you do ..
God Bless you my friend. and keep you safe ...
Love and Hugs Susie
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BOBBIENORTHERN1 10/18/2011 2:53PM

  Irene, you are doing some awesome work with what you are doing.

If I had the money you would get it.

Maybe I will be able to, just have to wait and see what comes up with money.

Prayer is the only thing that I can do, but, prayer works miracles.

You are so valuable for the kingdom of God.

Thank you so much for having such a warm and passionate heart for Mexico you are a special person.

I pray for the strength and wisdom of our Lord to guide you as His love showers down onto you and all those around you so that there will be many coming to the cross of Jesus because of the love of God just shining through you and your faithfulness. In the name of Jesus

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 10/18/2011 1:57PM

    will remember you in prayer on Thursday

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CAROLYN0107 10/18/2011 12:37PM

    Thanks for your prayer letter Irene. It's so sad what is happening in Mexico. Many years ago I lived in El Paso (for five months) and my friends and I frequently drove over to Mexico to go shopping. We felt quite safe then. Not now. Mexicans as do all men and women need the Lord.
God Bless you in your ministry this Thursday and every day.
From your sister in Africa


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NEW-CAZ 10/18/2011 12:09PM

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DADDYS_GIRL6 10/18/2011 11:52AM

    Will you get to attend this banquet again when there are other new TOP achievers or is it an annual event? Sounds like you had a lot of fun! I am so PROUD of you!

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LMMIMI 10/18/2011 11:38AM

    Irene, you are a blessing and a marvel. I pray for your safety.

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JILL313 10/18/2011 11:24AM

    Thanks for sharing this information--we need God more than ever now--and Mexico too. I'm so proud of all the good work on behalf of the almighty you do. Be Blessed and safe.

Hugs,

Jill

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NELLJONES 10/18/2011 11:06AM

    My husband and I used to travel in Mexico often, even rode our motorcycles through for a couple of weeks one time. No more. It's sad, but can't take the chance. The ONLY thing most of us can do is pray.

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PANSYLADY2 10/18/2011 10:28AM

    Thanks for sharing. This world is not a safe place in the best of times, but thank GOD, we are citizens of HIS KINGDOM and ambassasors to this world. If we are where God wants us to be, we are safe, no matter what. I pray for you today that God would send His warrior angels to surround and protect you as you go about His business. Amen.

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LKWQUILTER 10/18/2011 10:24AM

    Thanks for sharing Irene and prayers for you and your work for Jesus.

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FIREBALL_V 10/18/2011 10:10AM

    I will keep you in my prayers!

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LRK4CHRIST 10/18/2011 9:56AM

    Thx for sharing! Be blessed!

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