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Sunday, February 12, 2012

I decided about two weeks ago enough is enough.

I would come home. Throw my mail on the table where maybe two or three days of accumulated junk mail already was piling up. I did have sense enough to put my keys in the pocket of my purse so I wouldn't lock myself out of the house.

Then off to the bedroom where I took most of my clothes off and put on a patio dress leaving my clothes on the bed knowing full well I would have to hang them up before bedtime when I was sleepy.

Sometimes my dirty clothes were in the floor along with towels. Now I pick them up when I have them all accumulated. After all I would have to pick them up sooner or later anyway.

I would fix my small supper and leave my dishes in water in my sink.

Any junk mail I read went on the floor beside my chair and instead of picking it up right away I left it there.

Can you imagine how stressful that can be and stress is not good for us at all.

So I decided I would go through my mail when I brought it in. Some went to the trash, some to the office, some catalogs I kept as I might find something to order as that is the way I shop anymore.

I would go to my bedroom, take off my clothes and hang them up or put them in the hamper.

After supper I would wash my dishes

And in the morning upon rising I wouldn't just throw the bedspread up but would make the bed.

Now my house looked nice and I felt so good and stress free.

When I went through the junk mail in the evening, I still put it on the floor but picked it up when I got out of my chair and put it in the trash.

I knew all of these things had to be done and it was better to do it sooner than later.

That was good as the people who invited me to lunch today and came over afterwards found a tidy house.

It makes me feel good.

I have to run now as I am drinking tea then have to go and wash my supper dishes.

P.S. I got my dishes done. Now my house looks neat for tomorrow.


Good night all. Sleep tight.


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HEALTHYSLIM2 3/15/2012 2:45AM

    Irene, you inspired me again! emoticon
I used to keep such a clean and tidy house... before I became a mom and a working mom at that! I was just praying about this earlier this week, and asking God to do a healing work in me to get me back to my old neat ways. It is like you said here in your blog... a little mail here and clothing there and dishes rinsed but not washed... soon the place is messy and you're feeling stressed!
I have been on a mission to change my ways, and trying to "fix" my bad habits on my own and failing. So I asked God to change my heart, and this week I began to see it changing, and as I write this I put my faith in God, as I need His help and I know He will provide it to give me and my family a better sense of peace in our home! I believe He spoke to me through you tonight.
Thank you Irene, for being the voice that spoke God's encouraging and convicting words to me!

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SUNRISE14 3/9/2012 7:42AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I always felt like next to our soul and our body God is really pleased with us when we keep our home nice and orderly and clean because he gave it to us and exspects us to take care of it . My issue is keeping my car clean ! DH is in the barn feeding animals ect and when it's cold out i hate to clean the car out but i will figure it out in the summer i like to take one day a week and clean the car and truck inside ! Also i have found when i am organized it makes me feel good inside and not so stressed ! THANK YOU FOR YOU BLOG IT OPENED MY EYES ABOUT MY CAR ! emoticon emoticon

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  Irene, being organized is such a blessing and a relaxed and calm way to live life, and good for you.

Learning new ways to live life is so much fun isn't it?

Life is one big adventure finding out new ways of living.

Have a great weekend Irene

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CVRONEK 2/24/2012 8:53PM

    Perfect timing, for me to read this blog, Irene. I am under a bit of stess and cleaning up my piles will make me feel better, too! I am off to it, now!Thank you.

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CUSH1932 2/20/2012 6:20PM

    emoticon this blog was right on time. I too am trying to pick up as I go and it does make a big difference. Especially in the morning when I am getting ready to go to work. It feels good to have a clean kitchen. Sometimes it is hard to make myself do it at night but once I get started it doesn't take long.

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AUDREYFAE 2/15/2012 1:57PM

    Hey Irene-I just saw your new blog and I'm with you, a messy house makes for a messy mind. All that stuff lying around seeps into my psyche. I've been doing just what you have, lately, picking up after myself a bit better. I'm still not up to making my bed, but there's always hope :o) It seems that when I am having a rough time, I get messy and that is just he opposite of what is needed.

Thanks for the good blog. It's an excellent reminder for me.

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CACOLE58 2/14/2012 10:54PM

    Subscribing to your blog for support! And I thank you for posting this blog. I get VERY stressed when my home is untidy and unclean. I've been this way all my life and I've found that simply cleaning as I go about my day makes the best sense for me. No one has been able to change my obsessive cleaning habits so this works for me. I'm stress-free in my own home if it's clean. It's the one thing I CAN control in an otherwise stressful life in which we all live.

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RAINBOWMF 2/14/2012 12:10AM

    Good for you Irene, it makes you feel so good when things are tidy.
I was sooooooooooo bad when I was young but now I know that if I use something put it back, there is a place for everything and everything in its place. Makes life so much better.

Hugs Mary

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WENDYSPARKS 2/13/2012 11:48AM

    Wishing you a good day!!

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FLYER99 2/13/2012 8:42AM

    Hi Irene. It's great to find ways to minimize our stress. Stress plays such a role in our lives today - not like it did years and years ago. I find peace in a good book calming music, meditation and the like. I am still learning to manage my stress, but it sure can be difficult. Good job! Bob.

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PATTYKLAVER 2/13/2012 7:12AM

    Sounds like you've made some good changes for yourself. Good for you! Now if I could get into those habits....

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KANOE10 2/13/2012 7:08AM

    You had a good productive day. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 2/13/2012 2:56AM

    I'm glad you've found a way to lessen your stress Irene

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NELLIEC 2/13/2012 12:34AM

    I tend to do bits of cleaning throughout the day, so I don't get stressed by too much mess. I wouldn't say I am OCD, though occasionally I go on a cleaning jag. It is nice that I get a chore worker to do regular cleaning once a week, which since I am classified as handicapped, the state pays most of the salary.

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LILLI56 2/13/2012 12:33AM

    My mother had a saying that I keep hearing all the time. I have shared it with both of my sons and daughter-in-laws.

"Be like Polly Tibbons have a place for all your ribbons."

When I was growing up, I didn't have such a clean bedroom. Sometimes when I would get home from school, mom had cleaned up my room and it stayed that way for such a short time. I didn't have a plan, but once you get a plan organization is so much easier. But it is something that you have to take control of.

Glad you had a clean house for your company today.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 2/13/2012 12:09AM

    Awesome Irene, its so easy for us to let bad habits take over, but you seem to be in control, way to go!!!

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RGEETING 2/13/2012 12:06AM

    Good for you! I need more of that! I find it especially difficult when we get too busy or out too much...

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ANYVAR54 2/13/2012 12:00AM

    great blog, Irene. Being tidy does create less stress. I tidied up my bedroom today, by putting my church clothes away when I changed. I have been trying to do this more often so that I don't have a pile on the floor. Thanks for reminding me.

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MONTY68 2/12/2012 11:44PM

    Hi Irene
Great blog, I thought you were talking about me. I was doing the same thing for a while, then rushing around cleaning up if someone was coming over. As you said, enough is enough.
I love how you took the positive approach and yes it is nice to wake up to a clean home. Thank you for sharing this.

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HAPPYMOM8 2/12/2012 11:32PM

    How wonderful that you have found a way to reduce stress. There is definately a calming effect to a tidy house and existence. I know it works that way for me too.
There is great satisfaction in a tidy house for me too!

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NDTEACHER1 2/12/2012 10:28PM

    Good for you. I too have some bad habits that need breaking and I got a good start on them this weekend, still have a ways to go but I did it through prayer about it and God motivated me like nobody's business!

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CAROLYN0107 2/12/2012 10:21PM

    It looks like you're making some changes in your ways. Change is always good.

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Friday, February 03, 2012


I lived in Monterrey for years. I am also proud of my pastors who are moving forward. I supply funds but they are doing a terrific job of reaching the people.

"Violence has escalated in Mexico, forcing many missionaries to rethink their deployment. John Herrin served with The Mission Society in Monterrey until recently. "When we first moved to Monterrey over three years ago, it was one of the safest cities in Latin America, not just Mexico," he explains. "And in a very brief time, the city just changed ... There's a sense of tension in the air, a sense of fear in the city."

Herrin says the increased violence forced them to make some decisions about staying in Mexico: (TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THIS) "When driver's training began to include how to respond to a shoot out and how to drop to the floor-board of the car, we realized we weren't sure our kids should be involved in this." This stark reality helped them make their decision to leave Monterrey.

Many American missionaries are leaving Mexico, Herrin says, and the church has experienced a great deal of uncertainty. He explains, "A lot of funding began to drop off, and the church began saying, 'What are we going to do?' Then, the violence began to hit, again the church said, 'What are we going to do?'"

Herrin says the Holy Spirit is empowering people. "The church there is stepping up. They are developing their own plan," he says. "They're going out, and they're reaching out. And they're doing things that they haven't done before because they haven't had to."

Herrin says there may be the silver lining in all of this: "We're now [being reminded] that God is doing it. It's not me doing it. It's not those missionaries over there. This really is the continuation of God's church."

Herrin says he still goes back to Monterrey once a month for ministry. "The easy thing [to do] is to give up and walk away," he says. "The thing that God calls us to is to be faithful. If God calls us to it, we need to be about it, and God will be with us. He'll carry us through it and over it."

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NDTEACHER1 2/13/2012 10:00PM

    With Christ we can do anything and the missionaries are proof positive!

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REDBUD1 2/12/2012 8:02PM

    This is so sad. Appreciate you sharing it us.

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ANYVAR54 2/5/2012 8:39PM

    God's people need to be more faithful in praying.

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CAROLYNVIL 2/5/2012 11:56AM

    so sad!

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  When our Father God calls us to do certain things His anointing is on us and in us to enable us to da what we would not be able to do in our own efforts only by and through His grace and strength and anointing, but, if we decide to do something dangerous that is not from the calling and directing of Holy Spirit we will not be anointed and protected, so, we have to be sure we are doing exactly what our Lord wants us to do instead of our flesh and our soul. We have to stay led of Holy Spirit not our flesh.

I for one could not be a missionary because my gifting and calling is not that because I am too much of a chicken but, that;s ok my calling and gifting lies else where.

I pray and declare for the strengthening of the grace of our Lord over all the missonaries who are facing these dangerous situations to keep them safe from all harm to finish there work that they have been called to do in the name of Jesus.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/4/2012 5:08PM

    It is so good to remember this tuth:
...'the silver lining in all of this: "We're now [being reminded] that God is doing it. It's not me doing it. It's not those missionaries over there. This really is the continuation of God's church." '
God bless those who follow the call God places on their lives to go and spread the Gospel. Those who live in places of such peril may arguably be more in need of the good news of Christ than those who live in "safer" locales!
And MAMISHELI53 has a good point!:
"It is safer to be in a dangerous place if it is God's will, than to be in a safe place out of His will."
Thanks Irene, for making us aware of this - I really was not at all aware before reading your blogs!

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MAMISHELI53 2/4/2012 12:40PM

    I have said, It is safer to be in a dangerous place if it is God's will, than to be in a safe place out of His will. I work in a high school where there has been gang violence, yet never felt in any personal danger because I know God has me there. My house was shot at in a random pass-by shooting, yet I do not feel in danger because I know I am where God wants me to be. I have spent weeks in Lima, Peru, and you guessed it - felt safe in the will the God. God bless His sent-out ones, for even if they are martyred for the cause of Christ, their reward will be great. THIS LIFE IS NOT ALL THERE IS!

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FLYER99 2/4/2012 10:17AM

    This is sad. I live in Canada and this country has a traveler warning for Mexico, however I am told that the Caribbean side is better than the pacific side re violence. So many Canadians have been seriously injured and even murdered down there. I would have second thoughts myself about traveling there. God Bless all the missionaries that do such God-filled work there and in dangerous locations in other parts of the world. God Bless you, Irene, for your daily devotionals. They are an inspiration! Bob.

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NEW-CAZ 2/4/2012 3:35AM

    how sad. I wish the missionaries all the luck in helping those they serve emoticon

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 2/3/2012 8:50PM

    Sad but God has a plan!!

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GORIANA 2/3/2012 5:38PM

    My brother used to work near this city and I can't believe that the narco cancer has spread here. Good luck to the missionaries and the people they serve.

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NELLIEC 2/3/2012 5:18PM

    How sad! Yet depending on the Holy Spirit is wonderful!

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

2 Texas missionaries found slain in north Mexico

Description: Image removed by sender.By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN and KATHERINE CORCORAN | Associated Press 4 hrs ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) A missionary couple from Texas were slain in their home outside the violence-plagued northern industrial city of Monterrey, the U.S. Embassy and their family said Wednesday

The embassy identified the couple as John and Wanda Casias.

Valerie Alirez, the eldest child of John Casias, told The Associated Press from her home in Greeley, Colorado, that one of her brothers found her father and stepmother Tuesday dead in their home in Santiago, Nuevo Leon.

The family was originally from Amarillo, Texas, but relatives said John and Wanda Casias moved to Mexico in the late 1970s or early 1980s and made it their home.

John Casias was a Baptist preacher and the couple ran the First Fundamentalist Independent Baptist Church in Santiago, Alirez said.

Her brother, Shawn Casias, who lives in Monterrey, said he went to his parents' home around 4 p.m. Tuesday to pick up a trailer. After he had hooked up the trailer outside he went into the home to say goodbye. He said he found Wanda Casias lying on the floor with an electrical cord around her neck and a gash from a blunt object on her head.

Missing from the house were a couple of computers, a plasma television and a safe that had been chiseled out of the wall.

The couple's Chevrolet Suburban was also missing, and Casias said he initially thought his father had been kidnapped.

But about four or five hours later, he said, a forensic investigator informed him that his father's body had been found in a storage room of a small building on the property. His father also had an electrical cord around his neck.

Fighting between the Zetas and Gulf drug cartels has inflicted a surge of violence and other crimes on Monterrey and the surrounding area since 2010. In poorer suburbs, entire blocks have been held up by gunmen and young people snatched off the streets.

Casias said a sister-in-law in Dallas had spoken to their mother around 11 a.m. Tuesday and everything was fine. So he believes there was about a five-hour window when the killings could have occurred before he showed up.

He said the killers did not take everything they could have, leaving two of the three TV sets. He said perhaps they were warned that he was coming, because anyone watching the winding road approaching the home could have alerted them.

"They're scum. They're not sophisticated," he said.

Speaking from his parents' home, Casias said the house was burglarized two years ago when the couple were on one of their periodic visits to the United States to talk at churches about their work in Mexico.

"We're convinced that it's somebody he knew," Casias said of the killers. He said authorities had some leads based on people seen around the home.

John Casias was 76. He had recently priced a knee replacement because he couldn't walk more than 100 yards (100 meters) without having to sit down, Shawn Casias said. Wanda Casias was 67.

Casias said his parents held services and prayer meetings at a church about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from their home.

The couple maintained a website, www.casias.org, with details of their lives and their missionary work

"The only hope for the Mexican people today is Jesus in them, the HOPE of glory," they wrote in one dispatch from last summer. "I confess that it's getting easier to witness to the wealthy, at least they are listening. The wealthy are fleeing to Canada and the USA for protection. The only problem is that when they return to re-new their visas the cartel is waiting, and either kill them of (sic) kidnap them for thousands of dollars, in some cases millions. The cartel has NO mercy or value for life. They are ruthless murderers!"

It was the second slaying involving American missionaries in a year in the Mexican region bordering Texas.

In January 2011, a Texas couple who had been doing missionary work in Mexico for three decades were attacked at an illegal roadblock in one of the country's most violent areas.

Nancy Davis, 59, was fatally shot in the head while her husband, Sam, sped away from suspected drug cartel gunmen who may have wanted to steal their pickup truck, authorities said.

The Davises were driving along the two-lane road that connects the city of San Fernando with the border city of Reynosa in the state of Tamaulipas, which borders Nuevo Leon.


Associated Press writer Katherine Corcoran reported this story in Mexico City and Christopher Sherman reported from McAllen, Texas.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 2/6/2012 10:12AM

  The only good thing is that they are with Jesus and our Father God and they are now made whole and healed and at peace with pure love of Love Himself.

Sin and the dark side of life cause so much grief and sadness and sorrow for the people who were close to them and who cared and loved them.

All for a TV and a few items these people were taken off the earth.

That devil who works in people to cause them to do this is really evil, but, of course we all have free will and can decide not to do evil and to do good and to love instead.

I hear stories like this and this is when I realize just how valuable life on this earth really is.

It is vital that we speak of Jesus and the power of the cross at all times to all people.

Jesus is the only way to life and living.

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CAROLYNVIL 2/4/2012 2:16PM

    It is so sad to hear of this.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/4/2012 1:57PM

    SO sad! Were these your friends as well, Irene?
I will add their family and those left behind in my prayers. And yes, prayers for peace in Mexico. emoticon

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DIDMIS 2/4/2012 1:53PM

    I posted an update blog taken from the Charisma magazine later.

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DINGALLSTOO 2/4/2012 11:28AM

    So sad...thanks for sharing

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HAPPYMOM8 2/3/2012 7:58PM

    Just read this sad news today in the San Antonio news paper and I also thought of you. So sorry for the family left behind!
Love, Pat

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CAROLYN0107 2/3/2012 6:25AM

    So sad. Thanks for posting this. I had not read it before.

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CVRONEK 2/3/2012 5:30AM

    Yes, I saw the news and thought of you , immediately.
My prayers are with all. emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 2/3/2012 3:14AM

    Such sad news Irene, sending up prayers

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JENNY712 2/2/2012 10:46PM

    Thank you for posting. . emoticon emoticon Praying for the families and the Church. They have lost their pastor and it must be very hard for them. This type of thing is so terrible but it appears that it is even coming to America thru our borders, that is why the border states are upset. this should not happen anywhere but the whole world is having trouble right now. Love of Money, Drugs, and power are three of our enemies biggest weapons to destroy and kill. Mexico, and America's border states and those to which Drug are a big issue as well need prayer. May God give wisdom and direction to those servants of the people in Mexico an America for the protection of the people. May the Lord protect and help them. Psalms 91 Love and prayers Jenny emoticon emoticon

Psalms 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. K.J.V. in public domain

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 2/2/2012 10:23PM

    Irene I am so sorry, did you know these people, I pray God will bring peace to Mexico, it was and could be again a beautiful country.

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MONTY68 2/2/2012 9:56PM

It is so sad to see these kind of reports. Here in Florida or at least myself hears about problems all over the world, yet we so little about our neighbor Mexico. I admire the people who try to minister to those who want it, and have to live in fear of what goes on.
My heart goes out to all of those that live in fear and pray for the day when peace is finally part of life.

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YJNANA 2/2/2012 9:38PM

    How Aweful................ I can't believe its gotten so bad

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ANYVAR54 2/2/2012 9:28PM

    I am so sorry to hear this. We know missionaries who work from El Paso and across the border into Juarez. May God bless this couples family.

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DIDMIS 2/2/2012 8:46PM

    Thank you Daddy's Girl, Mary and Carolyn. I think the others thought it was the old News Letter I had posted. Things are getting worse and worse.

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CAROLYNVIL 2/2/2012 8:30PM

    such very sad news.

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DADDYS_GIRL6 2/2/2012 5:54PM

    Dear Irene,
I am so sorry. Were these friends of yours? It is horrible what is going on in the world today. There really isn't peace anywhere. Will be praying for their family and for the country of Mexico too. Amazing how anyone can say their use of illegal drugs isn't "hurting" anyone! This is proof that it is hurting others!

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A stressful week

Thursday, January 26, 2012

As most of you know I didn't feel well Monday.
I emoticonmost of the day Monday and Monday night.
Sunday had been a very stressful day although God moved mightily in the service and used me to minister to some people. I returned home after hours of being in
emoticonand having lunch and listening to the problems of a friend who needed to talk. Sunday morning at church a lady friend came up to me and said "You are always praying for someone else, I'm going to pray for you".
Then she came and sat with me. It is difficult at times being alone.
Tuesday I woke up feeling good and went to the dentist but that night only slept 4 hours.
Wednesday had several errands to catch up on so emoticonran around doing them.
Wednesday went to bed at 11:00 and slept until 3:00 and couldn't go back to sleep so got back up got my emoticonserviced and tires rotated, then to Walgreen's, filled up with gas and to lunch. After lunch went by and picked up some filters which must be cut to size. Then on the my doctor's appointment which was at 2:15.
Got home around 4:00, took a nap, washed a load of clothes and am on Spark.
Had company also after my nap.
Tomorrow I get my hair done and hope It will perk me up when I look emoticon
I missed my TOPS meeting Monday as I slept through the afternoon and didn't feel well. A lot of stress this week.
I should have written on the huddle "I need support" I guess.

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MOM4407 1/31/2012 11:16PM

    Your friend is a wonderful woman to see that you need prayer tooo.

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ANYVAR54 1/29/2012 11:19PM

    I hope that the end of the week went better for you. And that that lady at church was back again to pray with you today. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHATTIEGIRL 1/29/2012 8:37PM

    Hi Irene;

You had a lot to do and not feeling well. I am glad you can do all you do and are always there for everyone else. You are an Angel of the Lord and are doing his work. Have a wonderful 2012 and may all your goals be fulfilled. God bless you always. Learn some new every day.

Smile Joyce

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 1/28/2012 5:48PM

  Irene, you are a fighter and an over comer and a believer and so pretty and so smart so of course that enemy of old is going to do his best to get you down and out.

So, sweet Irene fight on and keep on walking in faith and love and caring for all other people as you have been anointed to do.

You have such an awesome gift of ministering to people with love and compassion and are so very valuable to us all.

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MNNSAIDE 1/27/2012 8:19PM

    My friend - I agree with Gloria - you are always taking up everyone's burden as it has been your love as a Minister - now I'm glad you are leaning
your tired body and mind here with us.

Let me pray for you sister,

Lord, your servant is tired and feeling woe - I lift her up today
that she may again fell the spirit and energy you always bestow
on her. Heal her tired mind and body and nourish her with
strength to once again walk your way and serve you.

We ask this in God's name.

Love - your friend!

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AUDREYFAE 1/27/2012 7:53PM

    You'll feel well soon Irene, I just know it! I know what it is like being on our own. I've only been at it for several years, but it is very different than I expected. It isn't the doing of things alone so much that is odd, it's the part where I feel like the end of my own road, if that makes sense - no one, for sure, backing me up.

But you do know that the team backs you up in spirit, every day, whether or not we talk about it, it's in our hearts. I know I can feel it there :o)

Be well Irene & see you soon,

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PATTYKLAVER 1/27/2012 6:19PM

    I'm sorry you had such a stressful week. I hope next week is better for you.

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NPA4LOSS 1/27/2012 12:25PM

    I am glad that you are feeling better. You had a very busy week. I hope that you are able to rest again this weekend. emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 1/27/2012 12:14PM

    Checking in on you. I am glad you are feeling better and I pray for God's peace to surround you and infuse you.

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NELLJONES 1/27/2012 12:02PM

    I'm sorry you had such a stressful week and little sleep. It will pass, hang in.

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KANOE10 1/27/2012 9:31AM

    Irene..Hope you are feeling better after a stressful week. Having my hair done is always a relaxing happy experience. Enjoy yourself. Have a good day today.

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SUNSHINEGB 1/27/2012 7:20AM

    Oh Irene, you've had a very busy, stressful week, between doc appt, car fixed, errands, ministering, etc., and remember you didn't feel well all Monday either!

I wish I could give you a real hug but a virtual one is on it's way to you dear. Since you've caught up on your sleep, maybe you just need to stay put for a couple of days and get your body in a relaxed mode. Your mind could probably use a break too! You are so good to everyone and take their burdens upon your tiny shoulders.

I had my hair cut yesterday and I closed my eyes while she washed my hair cause she gives my head a long massage - how relaxing! And I felt good when finished and looked in the mirror. Be like that with your hair cut today too, enjoy it thoroughly!
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MOIRA48 1/27/2012 6:56AM

    I am sorry that life has been so stressful for you lately. I sent a prayer that you will find a more peaceful weekend. emoticon

I send emoticon emoticonto you and good wishes all around.

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JSALERNO 1/27/2012 6:14AM

    May you find some peace.

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NEW-CAZ 1/27/2012 3:42AM

    Sorry you've had such a stressful week Irene, certainly lack of sleep makes it harder.
I hope you feel brighter soon, and remember we're all here for you whenever you need support emoticon

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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/27/2012 2:39AM

    emoticon Irene!
May the stress you are feeling be lifted from you. I pray that you will feel peace and rest in Him.

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DIDMIS 1/27/2012 12:51AM

    Some didn't understand that I slept almost all day Monday and all Monday night. I think I got my sleep out. Thank you all for caring.

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RAINBOWMF 1/27/2012 12:25AM

    Irene, you are always worry about someone.
Maybe you just can't shut that brain off to have a good sleep.

I have bad sleep habits but it is because it is peaceful and quiet at night, no one wants me for anything, so I love to stay awake, nasty habit, I am working on changing it.

Sorry you have not been feeling well, are you just run down and need a few days for your self?

If I lived near you I would come give you a big gentle hug.

Prayers for you Dear Irene.

Mary emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 1/27/2012 12:14AM

    Oh Irene, I am sorry about your sleep problems.
I hope I have help for you.
I believe you once that you drink cherry juice for your painful arthritis.
Well Dr. Oz said on his program the other day that drinking your cherry juice just before going to bed helps you sleep through the night.
I have regularly woken up at about 3:00 in the morning for my potty run.
So I gave it a try for three nights now
and it worked.! I was amazed.
I hope this works for you too!
Hugs, Pat

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FLEMIDG 1/27/2012 12:13AM

    Wow, you have had a busy week. I can understand why it was so stressful. You do need to take care of yourself and make sure you get enough rest. I am praying that you will have good rest and that you feel better soon.

God bless you.


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RGEETING 1/27/2012 12:08AM

    Rest in the LORD... May He grant you not only the strength for ministry, but also rest and body and spirit!

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SUE_2U 1/26/2012 11:49PM

    emoticon You've got hugs coming your way! emoticon
I do hope that next week is better and that you are feeling well, soon. emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 1/26/2012 11:39PM

    Sorry you've had a stressful week. Some weeks are like that. I'm glad you're feeling better. Hopefully getting your hair done helped too.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/26/2012 11:23PM

    Irene sorry to hear about your stressful week, praying for you, take care my friend!!

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NELLIEC 1/26/2012 10:56PM

    Oh, dear, being sleep deprived is a definite stressor!

I am praying that the rest of your week goes much better.

God bless you!!!

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CVRONEK 1/26/2012 10:35PM

    Oh, Irene!! I am so sorry that you have had a stressful week!
Lack of sleep goes hand in hand, with it and it sure doesn't help!
I hope that you can catch up on your sleep and that you have some restful moments, during your coming days, as well.
I know that you are the best, at taking care of others, but please take care of yourself, as well. Perhaps someone can help take care of you, too!
I will be praying for you to enjoy some peaceful moments and relaxation.
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DADDYS_GIRL6 1/26/2012 10:31PM

    Sorry you haven't been your perky self, Dear Irene! Am praying!

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

The days have been hectic but wonderful. emoticon emoticon

I have doctors, appointments, have ministered to people in person and on the phone, don't take so many naps and am not sitting on my ........... at the computer all of the time.

Too much time was taken up with the computer and I am still on it a lot but I am going to have to begin working on some of those goals I spoke of or I won't be able to say. emoticon

So many times I have thought of cutting out some of the teams but then I can't find one I want to do that to. I have a few good friends on some and on others a lot of good friends.


So if I don't write so often please don't take it personally.


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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/17/2012 2:45AM

    I always love hearing from you and reading your posts and feel blessed whenever that happens. But boy... it can be hard to keep up, huh? So you go and do what you need to do and Spark when you can!
Wishing you all the best, Irene!!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 1/16/2012 5:49PM

  Irene, I understand all the way.

There is a life outside of sparkpeople also LOL

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CVRONEK 1/16/2012 9:07AM

    Irene, we ALL have things going on, at times, that prevent us from getting to the posts as often as we like.
Thank you for taking the time, to let us know what's what, so we don't worry!

Hop in, when you can. You are a very important part of all your teams and a special friend, to me.

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LMMIMI 1/15/2012 12:10AM

    Irene, we do what we have to do. I certainly understand the issue of computer time and I have cut back quite a bit myself. But, please don't forget me. emoticon emoticon

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HAGIN2010 1/14/2012 8:19PM

    Irene Take time out for yourself and what you need to do. We will always be here for you.

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ANYVAR54 1/14/2012 4:11PM

    Have a great day, and take care of yourself, and do what you must for you. I know that ministry takes a lot of time. Blessings.

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HAPPYMOM8 1/14/2012 3:44PM

    Dear Irene--I am so happy for you! You are finding balance in your busy life. Stress can tear you down and you don't have time for that. Taking care of number one gives you the strength to accomplish your mission in life- helping others.
So I too, say thank you! And appreciate what you do for me and our team!
Hugs, Pat

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SWEETLIPS 1/14/2012 2:50PM

    Blessings to you and as time permnits, we will see you. I find that some things are best done is seasons and I love that you are ministering, which I know is a blessing to and for you as well as those who receive.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/14/2012 12:31PM

    Hugs Irene, and when you post, I will enjoy reading and cherish your words, you are a lady of great insight and wisdom, and it is evident with your work how much you truly love God, you are an inspiration to others

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DADDYS_GIRL6 1/14/2012 10:38AM

    Point well taken! Take care of yourself and I will cherish each post from you!
My Spark problem has been solved and once again I am getting notices!! Woo Hoo!!
Blessings to you my Dear Friend!!

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MOM4407 1/14/2012 8:57AM

    I am glad you are healthy enough to still be so busy during your retirement. I would just hate to think what it would be like if you were working.

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RAINBOWMF 1/14/2012 8:36AM

    Irene, you do so much. It is nice to see you pop in or write a blog, you need to make time for you and the things that need doing, there is not one of your friends that doesn't understand that. We all understand.

Hugs Mary

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CAROLYN0107 1/14/2012 7:38AM

    emoticon Nice to get caught up on your activities.

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SUNSHINEGB 1/14/2012 6:21AM

    You do have a busy life Irene and we all understand that. You're a wonderful friend to me and many and your friendship is treasured.
Come in when you can, we enjoy hearing from you and reading your posts.

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NEW-CAZ 1/14/2012 3:26AM

    Sounds like you have a busy and productive life Irene, keep in touch when you can.
Be well emoticon

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MONTY68 1/14/2012 1:07AM


Great blog. I can understand what you are saying, there is not enough hours in a day to do all we want or need to do. I think that you do spend time here and I also know that you have your ministry that you give so much time to. I think you probably get calls for help through a day.
So, you do the best you can and if we don't see you m, we know why.
Personally,, you have a very good friend to me and always supporting what I do. I thank you for that.
Enjoy your weekend and stay warm and safe.

Monty emoticon emoticon

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FLEMIDG 1/14/2012 12:53AM

    Sounds like you have a busy life. You need to do what is good for you. Keep in touch when you can. We're here for you.


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