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Sunday, March 11, 2012

My day has been some day. This morning I woke up at 5:00 as I had gone to bed earlier than usual and was leaving the house at 8:00 for my Sunday School class. One thing I forgot to tell is I had no hot water this morning either and finally went to the box and found out that the water heater had been closed off. So no big expense Praise the Lord.
Well, no one came to Sunday School. I was not very happy so decided to not stay for the service but to go home.
Seeing the pastor's helper in the foyer I told him I was leaving and he asked why. I told him and he said do you want to talk to pastor. I said No.
He said you need to talk to the pastor come on so he led me down the hall to "the principals Office" Unlocked the door and ushered me down another hall. When he came to the pastor's door he told him I wanted to talk to him.
So I did and told him several other things he should know. I told him I had spoken to my Sunday School class about how we needed revival (and not just our church but the whole Church of God). He spoke of some of his frustrations also and I told him when I was young I couldn't do enough for God. I wanted to be busy right away. He said I am going to use that in my sermon. I said you go right ahead.
We prayed then he ushered me into the auditorium as I sit right behind him beside the pastor's helper and his family.
HEAVEN BROKE LOSE. He preached like he hadn't preached in a long time. We had fewer people as I guess some were sleeping in and others were out of town because of spring break but that did not hinder the spirit of the Lord. In our church we have the gifts of the spirit in operation as we find in the New Testament church but not as much. This morning the Spirit began to speak to His people and the gifts began to flow. Many times they leave it up to one man and me but today I didn't feel like doing it. I was praying God would use new people. Then they started, A man then a woman with powerful messages from God to His church. Then the pastor prophesied and later collapsed in the altar. Men of the church gathered around him and prayed for him then people started coming to the altar. I was planted. I did not want to leave although it was late. Lunch could wait.
A lady came to me and said would you pray for a woman who is in the altar so I went to pray for her. When I finished I found others waiting for me and I prayed for them. Oh the beauty of the First Love when we first accepted our Lord.
Going back to my seat I was afraid to leave before the pastor dismissed us.
When I got to the parking lot I found a lady who comes to my Sunday school class who has let her family take over her life and she is the mother and grandmother to them. She had called saying she could not come to Sunday school and was crying and I prayed for her on the phone. When I saw her she thanked me for praying and said she had gone to the altar to repent for putting her family before God.
THEN ANOTHER BLESSING My girl friend had called saying she was going to a certain place to eat where they have lots of fruit and fresh veggies on the salad bar and then hot food as well. So I tried to call her back but didn't get her but went on toward the destination.
Almost there. She calls and says she is through eating and I said I am almost there. She said there are 1,000 kids here. I don't know what is going on.
Well, I got there and saw a huge line of young people. What is going on? Taking my seat the general managers wife offered to serve me but I said I would just order from the menu.
The line of young people just kept coming and coming. We found out they were here on spring break but not to go to the island. Instead they were here to build houses or whatever for poor people. There were 600 of them and they were to stay all week. They were from 3 colleges in Waco, Texas. So that also made my day.
So my day had its ups and down.
UP; I got up at 5:00 fully rested.
DOWN; No one in my Sunday school class.
UP; Prayer with the pastor and stayed for the most marvelous service I have been in in a very long time.
UP: The lady from my Sunday School class had repented (and I gave her some clothes I had brought her that I could no longer wear)
UP: Seeing 600 college students helping the poor instead of going to the Island to get drunk.
So It was a wonderful day with a healthy meal both for the spiritual and the physical body.

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JUNEBUG150 3/27/2012 9:19AM

    This blog really lifted my spirits!!! Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you my friend. Hugs, Melody

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CAROLYN0107 3/15/2012 8:13PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful service and time of ministry on Sunday.

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MAWDOT35 3/12/2012 10:10PM

    Glad you had a wonderful worship service! I think a lot of churches are going through some sort of change. I know ours is leaning more to contemporary worship and music. Maybe that's good for the younger generation, but the older ones want to stay with the old hymns and ways of worship. Maybe we could have a blend. Anyway, we had the new music last Sunday and then we had one of the best old timey sermons we have had in a while! God is alive and well and His Holy Spirit is still moving among His people!

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/12/2012 4:48PM

    Praise be to God when we are moved so wonderfully! You have the added blessing of sharing your love of the Lord with us, and for that I say THANK YOU, Irene!

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DIDMIS 3/12/2012 12:29PM

    Again I say thank you all for your lovely words. God bless one and all.

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MNNSAIDE 3/12/2012 10:58AM

    And here you continue to spread the Good News

God was working thru you yesterday for his disciple that may
have needed a renewed Spark of the Holy Spirit to share
with his flock.

And God wanted you to see and observe his wonderful power
and revival personally.

You were an instrument of His peace and received His peace!

You are blessed my friend!!!

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SUNRISE14 3/12/2012 10:09AM

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GANGANDI 3/12/2012 8:44AM

    What a great day you had Irene...I saw this over on the Joyce Meyer's Team and thought it was so wonderful! I would have been brought to tears seeing all those students coming to help the poor!


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PATTYKLAVER 3/12/2012 8:43AM

    I'm glad you had more ups than downs. It certainly was an eventful day for you! Hoping you have a great week.

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JUSTLYLE 3/12/2012 8:25AM

    Sure enjoyed reading your blog Irene, thanks so much for posting it.
Last Jan, we closed our small church with 12 members, had been as high in 20 years as 25. Never had $ problems because we didn't have a full time pastor or church building to maintain, just rented in a Community building. We had broke away from the main BIG church because we felt they were moving to a MORE LIBERAL doctrine. Started going to a larger[220-300] av. attendance with two services. They too feel they should have many more and just recently started a Sunday School after closing it for poor attendance. Have no Sr. choir for lack of women if you can believe that. Have a k-8 Parochial school and their classes sing once a month. They just did vote to call a young lady for part time teacher and other time youth leader.
Religion is under an assault from all angles, we must be diligent in our prayers.
Thanks so much for posting.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 3/12/2012 3:28AM

    Oh, what a great day you had, Irene. And I am feeling convicted, as our church attendance has not been as regular as it's always been lately, today included! And I know I have been feeling like I am allowing things to come ahead of my relationship with God. So your blog was a wonderul reminder of many things, but mostly just that I need to be in fellowship with the Body of Christ to help me on my walk and to take time to praise Him, no matter what else is going on!
All the ways that I have to be closer to Him, from reading my bible to daily prayer and quiet time, have been given short attention lately. Today I was thinking I'd need to journal about this, and then I read your blog! See God working through you to bless even one more, so far away in Hawaii!!
God Bless you, Irene!

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DIDMIS 3/11/2012 11:44PM

    Thank you everyone for posting on the blog. It was so long I didn't know if anyone would read it but I just had to tell it.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 3/11/2012 10:07PM

    Praise God, we always have to try to look up, when we look down to much, that is when we fall!!
Awesome to hear God is moving in Texas!!!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/11/2012 10:04PM

    Praise the Lord,there is always something positive to replace the negative.Thank you for sharing this awesome day with us! God Bless You and all! emoticonHugs,Diana emoticon

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GGMFAY 3/11/2012 8:59PM

    Praise the Lord!!

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NDTEACHER1 3/11/2012 8:56PM

    God, is good!

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    Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow!

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SUNSHINEGB 3/11/2012 8:25PM

    The UP's far outweighed the DOWN's Irene, what a day you've had . . . so much to be thankful for!

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Many people have reported the same problem I have. I never did have this problem before. emoticon
Maybe someone is trying to tell me something emoticon
Maybe I spend too much time on SPARK emoticon
This is my problem and I guess all know by now as I have posted it everywhere but seems no one can help me.
I have not been receiving emails from SPARK. I have to go to the teams and find them and I can't do that more than once a day. emoticon
I thought it had fixed itself as I got a couple of things but they were things that had been posted to my page.
Nothing else.
So maybe I am supposed to do my income tax emoticonand some other things.
What did others do who had this problem emoticon
Did it just go away, like bye bye
So that is my sad story for tonight.
Last night I had another sad story but we won't go into that.
Irene. emoticonto all

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DIDMIS 3/13/2012 10:08PM

    Bobbie that is what happened to me if you read my update and I finally found it.
Not feeling too well tonight and am going to bed early. Have had two naps today.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 3/13/2012 5:38PM

  Irene, I have had that problem all the time.

When I contacted sparkpeople they said it was because my email was sending back the email.

But, I had taken all the filters off of my email and nothing was being sent back.

I go into my email preferances every time I sign into sparkpeople which is usually everyday and I make sure everthing is still clicked and then I save my email preferances.

If if don't check and save my email preferances all the time then somehow the don't email me anymore gets checked and it is not by me.

It is just part of my sparkpeople routine now.

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SUNNYWBL 3/11/2012 4:53PM

    The problem restarted again today for me, here is the fix!

1.Go to sparkpoints page

2.Scroll down to theRead SparkPeople Emails.

3.click sign up for emails. There are a lot of things that MUST be done here.

4.Click on manage Daily Spark email options.

5.Read down to something that says something about report of invalid email
address. click to reactive your email address.

6. Click on the features you want.

7.Scroll to near the bottom of same page. You will see a box with a check mark in it and also saying 'never email me again, remove that check mark.

8. You should start getting your emails, etc the next day.

Feel free to pass on this info!


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RELISA4HEALTH 3/10/2012 6:36PM

    I am glad to read that you solved whatever the issue was with your settings. Computers can be trying at times.
Frustration is a feeling I know alot of us have experienced from time to time. I know that God is faithful and He gives to us the peace we need at times like this.
May God's strength be with you daily. May you be inspired by the encouragement God brings your way. May your testimony touch and inspire others that they too can succeed.

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NELLIEC 3/10/2012 2:26PM

    Periodically some setting gets messed up for me also. It must be gremlins in the computer!

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THINLIN07 3/10/2012 1:28PM

    I don't blame you for being frustrated I would have too. I am glad it all worked out. I spend a lot of time on spark as well emoticon

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 3/10/2012 12:52PM

    Glad it worked out in the end!!!

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MONTY68 3/10/2012 10:10AM

I am so glad that you found the problem. I have had that happen several times. It has to be a Spark problem but at least now you will know what to do.
Enjoy your weekend

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DIDMIS 3/10/2012 9:46AM

    UPDATE EVERYONE Thanks for all of your replies and your concerns. I emoticonto all. I love you all.
What happened to me I finally found out was that where it said "don't send me anymore e-mails" had been clicked somehow, not by me. I unclicked it and here I am. Took me until 4:00 in the morning as I couldn't sleep thinking about it.

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PATTYKLAVER 3/10/2012 8:26AM

    I've had my spark mail mysteriously unclicked at times, too. Double check your settings page every now and then. And, like someone else said, don't forget to click save. I've made changes and have forgotten to save and feel silly for doing it.

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ANYVAR54 3/10/2012 7:55AM

    You not only have to check the settings, but also at the bottom of the page check the save changes button. That should help.

Hope this brings back a smile to your face and sunshine into your heart.
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SUNSHINEGB 3/10/2012 6:42AM

    This has happened to me a couple of times Irene, though not recently.
I went to my Start page, clicked on emails and found they had all been "unclicked"! Don't know how that happened but I clicked the ones I wanted and they began to come in my in box again.
Have you tried this?

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 3/10/2012 4:44AM

    Hi Irene,

It's Margaret the ever so absent member of the Ladies Missionary team. I too have not been receiving Spark mail notifications at all for about a year. I even wrote an e-mail to the help address here on Spark that they provide for us to use if we have any problems. Basically the reply I got was I must be doing something wrong and just check my settings and make sure they are checked correctly that I want notifications of Sparkmail. Well I have checked those settings over and over and as recently yet again as yesterday, all the right things are checked and I still do not get notifications that I have Spark mail and sometimes there are times I get notifications of posts on my teams and sometimes I don't. I wish I could help you. Definitely check you settings on Spark on your Spark teams page to make sure you have everything checked off right and maybe try writing an e-mail to Spark directly asking for help. Maybe they can help you. If you get it resolved I'd love it if you let me know.

I'm sorry for your sad story. I know the Lord is there to hold you and comfort you and I am praying for your sad heart today. Just remember you are still here because the Lord has a purpose for you everyday, and maybe one of the purposes is to the example you are to us younger missionaires. You are such an example of faithfulness to the Lord and his call, among other things.

Have a blessed day!!!

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RUNNINGOMA 3/10/2012 4:43AM

    This happened to me recently and I found spark in my spam box! I think what happened was that I was trying to deleat a message or something and accidentally hit spam instead of deleat. When I went back and said it wasn't spam, I started getting my notifications again.

Only you know if you spend too much time on Spark. It can happen quickly that we sit down "quick" and end up spending hours on here. God convicted me that I spent too much time here and I have to set a timer for myself. I also have to remember why I came on Spark. If I am not logging my food and not exercising, all the messages and chats in the world aren't going to help me achive my goals. So, main thing is, ask the Lord and adjust to what He says about your time on Spark.

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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.

Comment edited on: 2/4/2012 4:23:18 PM

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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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