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Friday, January 06, 2012

Yesterday I went to the bridge (on our side) and met the pastors son to do my mission business. Also prayed with him and for Mexico of course.
During our talk I asked him how things were going in Mexico. He said it is bad. He let me know some had been killed in Reynosa and other areas of Mexico. Also whereas they had 7,000 national guards protecting Reynosa, now they have 10,000. That seems like an enormous amount but still the killings continue.
The church is doing great and he said they have a lot of brand new people. People who did not attended other churches but people God sent in to hear the gospel for the first time.
My friend Sandy went with me to the border for the first time. She has been in Mexico a few times with me but never to the border. Then we did some other business which needed to be done and had lunch.
It is good that we live only a mile apart as we have known each other for many years and we both lost our husbands. Of course both of us have a lot of friends, attend different churches and have different activities.
Again I say Thank you and God bless you. Please continue to pray for Mexico and for our area as some of the violence is leaking over on this side. The main problem is drugs.

Your missionary,
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BOBBIENORTHERN1 1/16/2012 5:56PM

  Irene, you were specificlly chosen to minister to Mexico and at this certain due set time you were also picked out by our Father God, so, you have a special anointing on and in you for dealing with Mexico.

Mexico is so beautiful with peace flowing with the breezes as a sweet smelling aroma to our Father God as people are walking in love and kindness and mercy and caring one for another all the time in the name of Jesus is my prayer for Mexico.

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CVRONEK 1/8/2012 11:42AM

    Yes, I am praying for Mexico and all that are affected by the goings on. emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 1/7/2012 9:57PM

    Thanks for the update. I'm glad your friend could go with you to the border. So sad that there is so much violence. I pray that more and more will turn to the Lord during this difficult time.

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MOM4407 1/7/2012 7:15PM

    I am glad to hear that the church is growing during this troubled time. Only God can stop this terrible addiction.

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ANYVAR54 1/7/2012 6:58PM

    Isn't it wonderful that many unbelievers are coming to the Church and hearing the Gospel. It could be the LORD using the circumstances to bring many to Him.
Thank you for your service to Him.

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NEW-CAZ 1/7/2012 4:30AM

    I pray for a solution and peace, so sad

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RAINBOWMF 1/7/2012 12:47AM

    emoticon of course, so sad.

Thank you, Irene.

Hugs Mary

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/7/2012 12:26AM

    Definately will pray that God will open their hearts and eyes and to have the insational thirst for peace.

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NDTEACHER1 1/7/2012 12:21AM

    Such a mess something has to be done to impress upon their hearts that this is not the say to live. We need a revival!!

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NELLIEC 1/6/2012 11:33PM

    Yes, I will pray for peace in Mexico and for the salvation of the Mexicans!

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Everyone is talking about Goals instead of resolutions which is good. We are going to have a revolution not a resolution which will be broken before January is up.

My goal is to stay at my goal weight or a little below for the year.

I always drink my 8 glasses of water.

I always eat my 5 fruit and veggies. Always keep some low sodium v-8 for in case I am lacking.

I will take some time off to shred some papers thus emptying out a lot of paper work which is crowding file cabinet, strong box and other areas of my house.
Get rid of some magazines.

Get rid of some clothes which I don't wear but someone else could use.

Keep doing mission work as God leads me.

Try to get my Estimated Tax done before April so I don't have 2 or 3 months to be dreading it.

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RGEETING 1/9/2012 3:29PM

I'm RE-subscribing to your blog... again... I seem to keep getting discontinued from your blog and your devotional thread... (unless you haven't posted there lately).

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CVRONEK 1/6/2012 6:31PM

    Wonderful goals, Irene! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 1/6/2012 5:52PM

    Irene, those sound like some mighty fine goals to accomplish and I've no doubt that you will achieve them with flyin' colors. Good for you and God bless~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GGMFAY 1/6/2012 4:03PM


And maybe add to get a good night's sleep, daily.

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MNNICE 1/6/2012 12:35PM

    In maintenance, it is more difficult to find goals, but goals (a/k/a To-Do Lists) are definitely important in all areas of our lives. May you reach them all in 2012!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/6/2012 11:22AM

    It's great to see who you give the ultimate glory to in maintaining a healthy-habits lifestyle. WooHoo! May you continue your journey with great joy!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/6/2012 9:07AM

    Great goals!

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PENNI68 1/6/2012 9:03AM

    Great goals!! I think 2012 is going to be a great year!!

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CAROLYN0107 1/6/2012 8:41AM

    Your goals are good ones. I'm doing a lot of sorting these days. I'll need to do my taxes early this year. I usually don't need to get them in til later because of living overseas and having an extension. Have a good day!

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SUNSHINEGB 1/6/2012 7:07AM

    I love your goals Irene, they are so practical and doable and useful and EVERYTHING!
I just know you're going to reach them all and you're going to have a wonderful year!
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MAMASUDS 1/6/2012 3:40AM

    Thanks for sharing your goals with us. I need to do some decluttering myself. Thanks for the reminder.
Will be praying for your missionary endeavors in 2012.


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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/6/2012 2:51AM

    Great goals. Simple and straight-forward and clear and attainable!
I've got piles and boxes of stuff as I started to clean out and got on a roll! Hoping I stay on this roll until my home is looking and feeling more serene and peaceful! That's MY goal (other than fitness, eating well and more weight loss, of course!)
Happy New Year, dear friend! May God bless you, and especially your missions work. And here's to success in all you have set your mind and heart to do!

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NEW-CAZ 1/6/2012 2:49AM

    Awesome realistic goals Irene, keep healthy in 2012 my friend emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 1/6/2012 12:20AM

    Good goals all. I have been lightening the load of 'stuff' around my house also. I am always several steps behind, but I'm never giving up the battle.

I have a box in my bedroom where the things that need to go spend a short time of consideration before finding a home somewhere else. I also have a shredder and it's product lends it's bulk to the compost pile................

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HAPPYMOM8 1/5/2012 11:49PM

    Very well stated, Irene.
I say, me too!
Your goal is very similar to mine.
Drink my water, eat my fruit and veggies and get caught up on house chores. We clean all the time but never seem to get at digging out the accumulation of clutter in bathroom and even some bedroom drawers. And I too should part with some of the clothes I never wear since I seem to live mostly in my workout outfits.
Just want you to know I appreciate the time you spend with us, in spite of your busy life, and know you have priorities beyond Spark too.
Thank you for your help in keeping our little team alive.
Hugs, Pat

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/5/2012 11:19PM

    Awesome goals realistical, I chose aspirations this year, just different!!

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MONTY68 1/5/2012 10:11PM

    Hi Irene
Great blog. I gave up resolutions years ago, never made it pass Jan . I feel your goals are very realistic and I Believe that you WILL accomplish them.
I have a shredder that takes care of some paper work, but for large shredding jobs I bag it and several times a year, Our sheriffs office has a shredding weekend, Just take it in and throw the bag in and it is done. Lots of people take advantage of it.
I also have some things to give away. When I lost all the weight, I bought all new clothes and they are now to big. So I got them packed up and wilt take a trip to GoodWill or someplace this weekend.
I like how you made both items as goals, it is something we usually don't think as a goal. You will accomplish it as it is a goal.
Good luck with your taxes, April will be here before we know it.

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DADDYS_GIRL6 1/5/2012 9:44PM

    What great goals! You are so on top of things! Hugs to you my Friend!!

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Let me tell you what happened to me in the snow one night many years ago.
Two friends and I were at a conference in Oklahoma City. They lived close to Joplin Missouri so I was going to drive them home and return to Tulsa, Oklahoma for another conference.
We were dressed in kind of button down house coats with our coats over them when we started out. Never leave home like that!
Anyway we couldn't sleep that night so decided to get up and start home. We didn't know it was snowing until we were all packed and ready to go. Well, we got outside and the snow was really coming down and real deep. Young and foolish me (I was driving) started out anyway.
The snow began to come down so hard we could not see. The windshield wiper could not keep up. I had to get out ever once in a while and clean off the windshield. The only way we could make it was because it was on a straight turnpike with no curves and we could see only the tail lights in front of us of the few cars foolish enough to get out. Finally I prayed and said God Make this snow not touch my car as it had got so I couldn't clean the windshield at all.
I got in and started going again. The snow kept coming toward me but it did not hit the windshield. It looked like it raised over the car and just went over us. I asked the ladies to look to see where the snow was landing on the car. They said it is not landing and the windows are clearing.
I made it to Tulsa and we had to go on to Joplin. It had quit snowing but I could not pull up close to the toll booth to pay the toll as my tires were iced in. I had to get out and knock the snow off from around the tires. We stopped and got some coffee and took off for Joplin. The highway was now dry. When I got there I took a nap and drove back to Tulsa for the conference.
Now That is a miracle from God for sure just as I know He does miracles for each of us when we don't even know it.
As for me "I will serve the Lord"

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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/6/2012 2:56AM

    What a wonderful story!!
I think of the miracles I have been aware of and probably the countless ones God has worked for me that I don't even know about. He is good - all the time!
And you are such a wise woman of prayer - asking for exactly what you needed and then being able to rejoice in the mirace of God's love and provision for you all to make it safely to your destinaiton!
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GRACEISENUF 12/31/2011 2:08PM

    Thanks for sharing...I BELIEVE! God is good ALL the time. Reminds me of the verse.."Call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved".

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MRSJERRYBUSH 12/31/2011 2:05PM

    Miracles happen every day! Thanks for sharing. It is so inspiring. We should start a thread where everyone could post how their prayers were answered and tell of their "special" miracles.

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MJ7DM33 12/31/2011 10:09AM

  You are proof that He is still working miracles! Thanks for sharing!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/31/2011 8:28AM

  I love this story Irene, it shows how faithful our Father is.

All we have to do is ask and immediately we are answered with a situation like that.

I know that snow did not touch your car and you know what? It was the wisdom of God that told you what to ask for. I don't think I would have thought of asking the snow not to hit my car. I just would have asked to just get me home through this snow storm safely, but, you asked the snow not to touch your car, now, that is the wisdom of God.

I just love to hear stories like this because they help to keep my faith hot and alive. Thanks Irene

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MOM4407 12/31/2011 5:10AM

    I get goosebumps reading your story. People say miracles do not happen. I say miracles happen everyday we just need to see them. Praise God you had your eyes and heart hope so you could receive the many miracles God has for you.

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ANYVAR54 12/30/2011 11:49PM

    God is good isn't He???

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KAYDE53 12/30/2011 9:04PM

    The power of prayer at work!! Great testimony!! Praise the Lord, He's always there to get us out of our predicaments!! emoticon

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PANSYLADY2 12/30/2011 8:09PM

    What a wonderful story of God's love and care for us! Thanks for sharing this story.

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NEW-CAZ 12/30/2011 5:25PM

    Happy New Year Irene, thank heavens you're safe emoticon

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DADDYS_GIRL6 12/30/2011 4:20PM

    Thanks for sharing this! God does so many miracles for us. It is always amazing to me, He loves me so much to do it. Surprising some Christians think He doesn't do miracles any more. He surely does!

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CAROLYN0107 12/30/2011 3:47PM

    Once I was driving on a dirt highway in Africa and a logging truck came around the corner, in the middle of the road. I quickly pulled into the mountain and stopped, my car touching the the mountain side. The logging truck stopped too, about a foot from me. He was afraid he had hit my car. Not a scratch. I'm sure my guardian angel was with me!

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COMEONMA 12/30/2011 3:33PM

    My miracle was Christmas Day when I asked God to give my 88 year old Mother a peaceful day to enjoy her family and not have the same pain and issues she has every day.
She spent the day sitting and smiling and never once did I see the pain she always tries to hide that as I daughter I can easily see.
Thank you again Lord for giving us all such a beautiful Christmas gift.
Happy New Year Irene, God Bless and continue to keep you safe!
Mary Ann

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 12/30/2011 3:23PM

    Wow praise God for keeping you safe, God is so good.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

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Taken from an insert in our church bulletin “Take Back Christmas”
“Instead of wracking out brains to think of something that we don’t need, let’s find out what others really do need. Resist the tide of commercialism and take back Christmas.”
Hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas and may this New Year be the year of new beginnings. May your churches prosper, your congregations prosper and your families prosper and be in health.

Thank you so much for all you have done for the work in Mexico this year and to those who sent gifts for me personally I accepted them with Thanksgiving and considered them handfuls on purpose. I know as you give God gives back to you as sometimes I gave when I really needed or wanted something and God gave it back to me sometimes before the day was over.

Since the two story church and parsonage as well as bathrooms filled up the lot we had bought we had no parking except for a rutted narrow street which was sometimes muddy. I told them they needed to see if there was a lot in front of the church and they found one. I thought the price of $10,000 was too much but the pastor’s wife told me they were going for much more as they were developed. I asked if they would lower the price and she told me she didn’t think so.

Time went on and we didn’t do anything. Finally one day the lady went to my pastor’s house and asked if they still wanted the lot as she needed the money. I told them they would lower the price and she said I don’t think so but I will go to her house and ask her. She lowered it to $9,000 and wanted 3 payments of 3,000 each with 3 months in between each. I thought OK God you will have to do this. Well, the first payment was made on time now to pray in the next payment. It came on time. Then the 3rd payment but it was coming in slow. Then I began to get surprises. God was on the Move. Now I have for the 3rd payment. Praise the Lord.

Those who helped know who you are and I say Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for listening to God.

God opens a door or doors to me every day to talk to someone about the Lord either in person or online. Today it was a young waiter from Guatemala. He said I know you, you work in our church but since he has to work Sunday a.m. it is impossible for him to go much then. I gave him some alternatives.

This has been a difficult month for me. Many people I knew and loved passed away including my sister in law. Then yesterday I went to a little Mexican restaurant in my little town and the owners daughter always like to talk to me about her problems. She came and sat down at my table and my phone wrung. I said it is bad news so she waited with me. A couple who lives in front of me and I have ministered to and prayed for and with (especially her) suffered so many tragedies. They are in their 20’s but he had a brain tumor and they were doing everything they could to find a cure as it was in-operable. He was taking chemo. They called to let me know he was driving his car and ran into a sign and was killed. I said to the lady sitting with me, “He was in his 20’s and look at me. I live on” She said “God has a purpose for your life. He has you here to help people just like me” Since he was a veteran he will be buried in the VA cemetery where my husband is buried.

God has given me a family from our church that has been a pillar for me while I go through all of this and much more that I won’t talk about. She is from Columbia, he was born in this area and his mother just passed away recently also.

Oh by the way, through all of this stress I am still below goal! YIPEE


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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/6/2012 3:03AM

    You always bless me, Irene! And of course so many others, as well!
Yes, God does have a mighty purpose for you and I think it is because you are special and OBEDIENT. You inspire me to be more so, and to look for the ways that God is speaking to me about work He wants done.
Thank you for sharing and for being just who you are!!
May God show you His favor in ways too numerous to count in this coming year.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/28/2011 8:36PM

    What a blessing you are and continue to be. Thank God for bringing you to Spark People so that you can be a testimony for Him!!
I know you had a blessed Christmas and praying that you have a blessed, happy and healthy New Year!!

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MARLIZG 12/24/2011 1:06PM

    The old man sat in his gas station on a cold Christmas Eve. He hadn't been anywhere in years since his wife had passed away. It was just another day to him. He didn't hate Christmas, just couldn't find a reason to celebrate. He was sitting there looking at the snow that had been falling for the last hour and wondering what it was all about when the door opened and a homeless man stepped through.

Instead of throwing the man out, Old George as he was known by his customers, told the man to come and sit by the heater and warm up. "Thank you, but I don't mean to intrude," said the stranger. "I see you're busy, I'll just go."

"Not without something hot in your belly." George said.

He turned and opened a wide mouth Thermos and handed it to the stranger. "It ain't much, but it's hot and tasty. Stew ... Made it myself. When you're done, there's coffee and it's fresh."

Just at that moment he heard the "ding" of the driveway bell. "Excuse me, be right back," George said. There in the driveway was an old '53 Chevy. Steam was rolling out of the front.. The driver was panicked. "Mister can you help me!" said the driver, with a deep Spanish accent. "My wife is with child and my car is broken." George opened the hood. It was bad. The block looked cracked from the cold, the car was dead.

"You ain't going in this thing," George said as he turned away.

"But Mister, please help ..." The door of the office closed behind George as he went inside. He went to the office wall and got the keys to his old truck, and went back outside. He walked around the building, opened the garage, started the truck and drove it around to where the couple was waiting. "Here, take my truck," he said. "She ain't the best thing you ever looked at, but she runs real good."

George helped put the woman in the truck and watched as it sped off into the night. He turned and walked back inside the office. "Glad I gave 'em the truck, their tires were shot too. That 'ol truck has brand new ." George thought he was talking to the stranger, but the man had gone. The Thermos was on the desk, empty, with a used coffee cup beside it. "Well, at least he got something in his belly," George thought.

George went back outside to see if the old Chevy would start. It cranked slowly, but it started. He pulled it into the garage where the truck had been. He thought he would tinker with it for something to do. Christmas Eve meant no customers. He discovered the the block hadn't cracked, it was just the bottom hose on the radiator. "Well, shoot, I can fix this," he said to himself. So he put a new one on.

"Those tires ain't gonna get 'em through the winter either." He took the snow treads off of his wife's old Lincoln. They were like new and he wasn't going to drive the car anyway.

As he was working, he heard shots being fired. He ran outside and beside a police car an officer lay on the cold ground. Bleeding from the left shoulder, the officer moaned, "Please help me."

George helped the officer inside as he remembered the training he had received in the Army as a medic. He knew the wound needed attention. "Pressure to stop the bleeding," he thought. The uniform company had been there that morning and had left clean shop towels. He used those and duct tape to bind the wound. "Hey, they say duct tape can fix anythin'," he said, trying to make the policeman feel at ease.

"Something for pain," George thought. All he had was the pills he used for his back. "These ought to work." He put some water in a cup and gave the policeman the pills. "You hang in there, I'm going to get you an ambulance."

The phone was dead. "Maybe I can get one of your buddies on that there talk box out in your car." He went out only to find that a bullet had gone into the dashboard destroying the two way radio.

He went back in to find the policeman sitting up. "Thanks," said the officer. "You could have left me there. The guy that shot me is still in the area."

George sat down beside him, "I would never leave an injured man in the Army and I ain't gonna leave you." George pulled back the bandage to check for bleeding. "Looks worse than what it is. Bullet passed right through 'ya. Good thing it missed the important stuff though. I think with time your gonna be right as rain."

George got up and poured a cup of coffee. "How do you take it?" he asked.

"None for me," said the officer..

"Oh, yer gonna drink this. Best in the city. Too bad I ain't got no donuts." The officer laughed and winced at the same time.

The front door of the office flew open. In burst a young man with a gun. "Give me all your cash! Do it now!" the young man yelled. His hand was shaking and George could tell that he had never done anything like this before.

"That's the guy that shot me!" exclaimed the officer.

"Son, why are you doing this?" asked George, "You need to put the cannon away. Somebody else might get hurt."

The young man was confused. "Shut up old man, or I'll shoot you, too. Now give me the cash!"

The cop was reaching for his gun. "Put that thing away," George said to the cop, "we got one too many in here now."

He turned his attention to the young man. "Son, it's Christmas Eve. If you need money, well then, here. It ain't much but it's all I got. Now put that pea shooter away."

George pulled $150 out of his pocket and handed it to the young man, reaching for the barrel of the gun at the same time. The young man released his grip on the gun, fell to his knees and began to cry. "I'm not very good at this am I? All I wanted was to buy something for my wife and son," he went on. "I've lost my job, my rent is due, my car got repossessed last week."

George handed the gun to the cop. "Son, we all get in a bit of squeeze now and then. The road gets hard sometimes, but we make it through the best we can."

He got the young man to his feet, and sat him down on a chair across from the cop. "Sometimes we do stupid things." George handed the young man a cup of coffee. "Bein' stupid is one of the things that makes us human. Comin' in here with a gun ain't the answer. Now sit there and get warm and we'll sort this thing out."

The young man had stopped crying. He looked over to the cop. "Sorry I shot you. It just went off. I'm sorry officer."

"Shut up and drink your coffee " the cop said.

George could hear the sounds of sirens outside. A police car and an ambulance skidded to a halt. Two cops came through the door, guns drawn. "Chuck! You ok?" one of the cops asked the wounded officer.

"Not bad for a guy who took a bullet. How did you find me?"

"GPS locator in the car. Best thing since sliced bread. Who did this?" the other cop asked as he approached the young man.

Chuck answered him, "I don't know. The guy ran off into the dark. Just dropped his gun and ran."

George and the young man both looked puzzled at each other.

"That guy work here?" the wounded cop continued.

"Yep," George said, "just hired him this morning. Boy lost his job."

The paramedics came in and loaded Chuck onto the stretcher. The young man leaned over the wounded cop and whispered, "Why?"

Chuck just said, "Merry Christmas boy ... and you too, George, and thanks for everything."

"Well, looks like you got one doozy of a break there. That ought to solve some of your problems."

George went into the back room and came out with a box. He pulled out a ring box. "Here you go, something for the little woman. I don't think Martha would mind. She said it would come in handy some day."

The young man looked inside to see the biggest diamond ring he ever saw. "I can't take this," said the young man. "It means something to you."

"And now it means something to you," replied George. "I got my memories. That's all I need."

George reached into the box again. An airplane, a car and a truck appeared next. They were toys that the oil company had left for him to sell. "Here's something for that little man of yours."

The young man began to cry again as he handed back the $150 that the old man had handed him earlier.

"And what are you supposed to buy Christmas dinner with? You keep that too," George said. "Now git home to your family."

The young man turned with tears streaming down his face. "I'll be here in the morning for work, if that job offer is still good."

"Nope. I'm closed Christmas day," George said. "See ya the day after."

George turned around to find that the stranger had returned. "Where'd you come from? I thought you left?"

"I have been here. I have always been here," said the stranger. "You say you don't celebrate Christmas. Why?"

"Well, after my wife passed away, I just couldn't see what all the bother was. Puttin' up a tree and all seemed a waste of a good pine tree. Bakin' cookies like I used to with Martha just wasn't the same by myself and besides I was gettin' a little chubby."

The stranger put his hand on George's shoulder. "But you do celebrate the holiday, George. You gave me food and drink and warmed me when I was cold and hungry. The woman with child will bear a son and he will become a great doctor.

The policeman you helped will go on to save 19 people from being killed by terrorists. The young man who tried to rob you will make you a rich man and not take any for himself. "That is the spirit of the season and you keep it as good as any man."

George was taken aback by all this stranger had said. "And how do you know all this?" asked the old man.

"Trust me, George. I have the inside track on this sort of thing. And when your days are done you will be with Martha again."

The stranger moved toward the door. "If you will excuse me, George, I have to go now. I have to go home where there is a big celebration planned."

George watched as the old leather jacket and the torn pants that the stranger was wearing turned into a white robe. A golden light began to fill the room.

"You see, George ... it's My birthday. Merry Christmas."

George fell to his knees and replied, "Happy Birthday, Lord Jesus"
This story is better than any greeting card.

Now clear the lump from your throat, blow your nose, and send this along to a friend of yours or someone who may need a reminder as to why we celebrate Christmas

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RGEETING 12/22/2011 4:47PM

    Thank you for sharing your life... and your valleys...
God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.

God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain, rocky and steep,
Never a river, turbid and deep.

Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/nt/7

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/20/2011 5:46PM

  Irene, you are so beautiful.
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WENDYSPARKS 12/20/2011 8:25AM

    Blessings to you and wishing you a Merry Christmas!!

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TEXASFILLY 12/18/2011 6:12PM

    God IS great, Irene! He shows His greatness and power through you, His precious child as an instrument of His immense love. I'm so thankful to know you. May the Good Lord continue to bless and keep you ever in His loving care. *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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GEEKSMEGGLY 12/18/2011 9:58AM

    Thank you for sharing and God Bless You. emoticon

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BACKMOON 12/18/2011 1:09AM

    You are an amazing woman Irene! And God has Blessed you mightily to go out and spread His Word. Thank you for your friendship, you have been a Blessing in my life!


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HAPPYMOM8 12/17/2011 10:23PM

    The Bible says. 1. Peter 3:12

The Lord sees the good people and listens to their prayers. You are demonstrating that, Irene.
2012 will be a great year indeed!

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LKWQUILTER 12/17/2011 9:19PM

    Irene, you inspire me and give me hope. Thank you friend. ((HUGS))

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THEWINNER33 12/17/2011 6:40PM

    What a wonderful testimpny frpm one of God;s own. You are truly one of His angels. Y pray for you and your mission. A Blessed Christmas to you. Hugs, Marcia

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SWEETLIPS 12/17/2011 5:47PM

    Thank you. I too have had revelation that 2012 will be a year of triumph, new beginnings and major changes - God will get the glory out of every situation, circumstances and I am so hopeful.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 12/17/2011 1:27PM

    Irene,I can see why God is so active in your life it is because you are so active in his life. What a beautiful newsletter, and like you I believe that 2012 is going to an amazing year for God with so many victories!!
Have a very Merry Christmas and God's Blessings to you
Thankyou for inspiring me, and encouraging me to move forward,

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CAROLYNVIL 12/17/2011 12:35PM

    I too believe year 2012 will be a year of triumph. wonderful blog.

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LIS193 12/17/2011 11:37AM

    Bless you for everything you do

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SUNSHINE1954 12/17/2011 11:30AM

    Your faith in God is so evident in blog, thank you for sharing it. Your real life testimony has truly encouraged and inspired me since I have come to know you online. I stand with you that 2012 will be a year of triumph. emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 12/17/2011 11:03AM

    Absolutely beautiful Miss Irene, thank you for sharing and testifying to God's faithfulness and goodness here on Spark People.

2012 will be a year of triumph! I am standing in faith with you!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

This is my story, this is my song about chocolate and the hold it had on me. emoticon
I love Chocolate, emoticon
I like Chocolate, anything with chocolate in it.

I had reached my emoticon. It was soon Christmas and I received a huge box of those delicious chocolates wrapped in gold foil.
I said " Are you guys trying to make me fat?
I thought I cant eat those emoticon
I told them. Ok I will take them to Sunday School class and share with the class.
Well a couple of days passed, I didn't eat a one.
Then I thought only one won't hurt so each night for a few nights I ate one.
Then Saturday night came.
What did I do? I ate all of those that were left and the next day went to Sunday School.
I taught the class, no chocolates; finally a friend where we had the party said "and what about the chocolates so shamefacedly I had to confess I ate every one of them.

This I write because a new sweet friend who has trouble with chocolate. I managed to curb overcome my obsession and stay in goal weight any way.

No matter your favorite food or your favorite HOLIDAY you can do good. You do not have to gain weight so let's go. Let's keep off pounds sensibly and even take some more pounds off sensibly.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LADY131 1/5/2012 12:25AM

emoticon I LAUGHED WHEN I READ ABOUT THE CHOCOLATE !! I LOVE CHOCOLATE !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 12/19/2011 10:58PM

    There were so many comments on this blog I had to come back to read them. LOL
Everyone loves chocolate

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CAROLYNVIL 12/19/2011 3:40PM

    I just love chocolate any thing. lately to satisfy my chocolate urge I have been having a cup of hot coco.

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MOM4407 12/18/2011 7:01PM

    Thanks Irene for you blog about chocolate.
Last week I ate sweets at school. Like you I though just one will not hurt. By the end of the week well needless to say I was craving sweets. Today I said no more. The chocolate and sweets are just addictive. With help of friends like you I know I can over come.

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TEXASFILLY 12/18/2011 6:05PM

    O! Thank you, Irene! You do know that chocolate IS one of the food groups, right? emoticon I have to learn portion control and where I am at emotionally if I'm to successfully enjoy chocolate without the guilt. Thanks again, love. emoticonBB~ emoticon emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/14/2011 4:31PM

  I love you Irene, this blog is so good and made me laugh. LOL

My weakness is Reeces LOL it has to be peanut butter and chocolate LOL

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GODZDESIGN95 12/14/2011 8:59AM

    Funny you mentioned chocolate I've never cared for it much. LOL but since I've tried dark chocolate I Love it. The dark kind is great in moderation.

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DIDMIS 12/13/2011 11:31PM

    I am jealous of you who can eat a little chocolate and quit.
I can't. emoticon

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LMMIMI 12/13/2011 11:26PM

    emoticonAny day without chocolate is not a good day!! I have learn to love dark chocolate and allow myself a few chocolate chips with dried cherries as my treat for the day.

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GEEKSMEGGLY 12/13/2011 10:54PM

I always save room for chocolate. emoticon

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NDTEACHER1 12/13/2011 5:05PM

    I have Lindor dark chocolate truffles in my cupboard all the time. It is the first time I have been able to eat just one of anything and it feels pretty good to have control. I am not saying I will ever lose control because I have the capacity to do that, BUT for now I am not denying myself and still maintaining control. I hope Christmas vacation won't be my undoing. I'll just pray about it too.

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NELLJONES 12/13/2011 10:10AM

    For you it's chocolate and for me it's cookies. And Reeses. And Cheetos. I have no willpower, whatever that is, so I simply keep it out of the house. Some people can eat just one, I can't. But every once in awhile, like you, I have to learn that lesson all over again.

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ELAINEROSE5 12/13/2011 7:25AM

    Just yesterday in the mail I got two boxes of stuff. A box of fudge, diviniy and peanut brittle from my mother in law. And I don't mean a few of each. She sent a ton of each for me, my husband and daughter. I have been trying to figure out what to do with it since I saw it. I did have some of the fudge and know that I need to get rid of it or I'll eat the rest. My husband and I are both trying to maintain and I am frustrated that she did this. I know she means well, (I think...) Any ideas?

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NEW-CAZ 12/13/2011 3:04AM

    Moderation in all things Irene. Keep active and be "sensible" and there's no problem

I had a mince pie and some chocolates last night and feel no guilt at all, I put the cardio time in and know I'm healthy so why not emoticon

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HEALTHYSLIM2 12/13/2011 2:35AM

    Great blog!
Oh boy - is this ever the season of temptation! I LOVE chocolate, too!
And I am off sugar right now! Not too bad, but...
...there is a can of Almond Roca (YUMMMMMM!!!)
and a package of godiva truffles (also yum!)
not to mention assorted other goodies that keep showing up in my house. The key for me will be not OPENING them until we can immediately share with many friends. That way, if I have a moment of weakness and eat one, it WILL end there!
Now let's just hope no one decides to gift us with any See's candy!!!

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RAINBOWMF 12/13/2011 12:28AM

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no chocolate in this house, I just can't say a bit--- I go back and back until it is gone and I am emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thanks for the cute blog.

Hugs Mary

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MNNICE 12/12/2011 10:35PM

    Oh, yes, I am definitely a chocoholic! Sometimes I can use self-control/moderation, other times I eat the WHOLE thing! But I know it's one thing in life that I'll never give up completely ... so I just keep trying to teach myself moderation.....

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ANYVAR54 12/12/2011 10:29PM

    I love chocolate too. If I were to buy a bag I could eat it all. However my husband brought home a box of Swiss chocolates when he was in Switzerland on business in August, and we still have some left in the box. It is in the fridge. Our dear missionary friends from the Ukraine also brought us some Ukrainian chocolate in Sept. We still have some of that in the fridge too. So I guess I do not have as big of a problem as I used to.

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RGEETING 12/12/2011 10:00PM

    Yes... chocolate is a favorite of mine, too.... sigh...

However, if I was given a mixed box of chocolates, I KNOW I wouldn't eat them all... there are some I do not like... :-D Thankfully!

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HAPPYMOM8 12/12/2011 9:35PM

    Very cute and very true for us chocoholics!

I am currently satisfying my need for chocolate by substituting my morning regular coffee with homemade hot dark cocoa instead. I make it from scratch. I started this last week when I read folks with Hypothyroidism should not be drinking coffee, or sodas .

But--If I should happen to get a box of chocolates for Christmas I will probably do what Irene did. !

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MONTY68 12/12/2011 9:30PM

Hi Irene
Very interesting blog. I love chocolate and do buy dark chocolate. I am able to eat a very small amount or portion if it is marked as such, I track it and the chocolate will last a couple of weeks. Dark chocolate is healthy( unless one eats it all in one sitting).

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 12/12/2011 8:55PM

    Dark chocolate was what I enjoyed, but now only occassionally, way to go Irene I am so proud of you, hope you are feeling better!!

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HAGIN2010 12/12/2011 8:48PM

    Nice blog Irene. I had a problem with dark chocolate until I ate way too much and got sick. Now I just have a reasonable amount for me.

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DIDMIS 12/12/2011 8:27PM

    I couldn't find the new friend who commented on my oatmeal with peanut butter and chocolate which was the cause of me writing this blog. Hope I find her or she finds me. I would like to add her as a Spark Friend.

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CAROLYN0107 12/12/2011 8:07PM

    I am the same way with certain things. Right now I'm trying to make some ice cream sandwiches (the Skinny kind) last. I can't buy them often, that's for sure, even the skinny kind!

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SUNSHINEGB 12/12/2011 7:51PM

    OK Irene! I thought I could keep in some individually wrapped chocolates and only eat one a day, to keep the chocolate craving at bay. Wrong! I found that if I really love a certain food and try to eat a bit so I won't feel deprived . . . I can't stop eating them till they're all gone!!

You are so right about this, keep the tempting foods out of the house! Out of sight, out of mind!
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