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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Many of you have had back pain,
knee pain,
neck pain
and just pain, pain, pain.
I hope this encourages you. God bless.

Years ago I had terrible back pain. I had spasms in the lower back, I couldn't sit, stand or lay down without pain and sometimes fell to the floor because of the pain. I wore a back support and took pain pills.
One day I received the Lord as my Savior. I did not know about divine healing or even how to pray but was so hungry for the Lord. I would go to the altar every service and one night the Lord said "If you ask me I will heal you" I said, "Ok Lord heal me". No big prayer. Well he did. I went home took the back support off and never wore it again and although I kept the pain pills for awhile just in case :) I never used one.
For years I did not go to a doctor or take any kind of medicine. I grew proud in my heart and wondered why other people did if they were saved. I didn't realize God uses doctors, medications and other means. I let pride grow and grow.
Then I got terrible pain in my hip. I was living in the basement of the church I was pastoring and it was not good. I had to walk clear to the back of the lot to go to the outside toilet. When it snowed it was quite a chore. I also had to climb steps to get to the church auditorium and outside. Every step was excruciating.
One day I could not climb the stairs. It was Saturday and I knew I had to preach on Sunday so I gave in, put my pride aside, and called a doctor. He made a house call and came to see me. He gave me three shots. He asked after each one if the pain was gone and I said no. After the last I was like a drunk as I guess I was full of dope. I said. I will try to get up and walk if you want me to. He said no way.
Then he said tomorrow the ambulance will come and take you to the hospital. I said I don' want to go. He said you are going anyway. Oh how my pride did hurt as he came right in the middle of service. Church came out to see the pastor taken away in the ambulance.
They took x-rays and said I had no cartilage and sent me home with crutches. You know back then they had no surgery for this. Every day I prayed and tried to walk but couldn't. The doc said if I didn't stay off that leg he would put me back in the hospital.
One day I was washing dishes leaning on the sink. I was staying with a family from the church. God said, "You can walk". So I left my crutches and walked. PTL
Then years went by and I got the pain back. This time I did not want surgery as I wanted God to do it like he did before. I wanted my will not His. I had it figured out for him. Well, I didn't get better so finally decided to have the surgery. I used a walker and cane and went to Reynosa to the Bible School. Now I have no pain in my hip. I do limp but can go to the gym and work out.
I hope this helps you to put all pre-conceived ideas to one side, pray and let God meet your needs however he sees fit.

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HAPPYBASKET 2/17/2010 10:03PM

    Irene, Your blog is right on. As the wife of a flyer in the Airforce for 23 years I had many examnples of "His Will" But the one that stays in my heart & ears is from almost 8 years ago. Our son passed away from lung Cancer. It was excruciationg to watch him gasping for every breath. He was raising 2 boys 18 & 16 & his daughter only 14. They told him that there was no treatment that wouold be of any help, but he asked for more time to prepare his children, so he took radiation which scalded him terribly but he never complained. Then when we got to his bedside, I told him, I would give anything to trade places with him. He paused only momentarily & then said "Mom, this isn't your decision". Wow. That sat me back on my heals. I had been on the grief comm. in my church & felt I had a good understanding of what God wanted from us. Needless to say, he made me realize that I had a lapse of memory. Didn't I?

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LMSTRAW 2/12/2010 6:45PM

    I have a very horrible habit of dishing out my daily orders and expecting God, my second in command to carry them out! --AT least, that's how I come across. It's when I surrender that He comes through, and he fixes things so much better than I would have even dared to ask! Now, if I'm tempted to use pride, I use it to be proud of the knowldge that through HIS grace, all things are possible. My husband loves to ask people if they can go to the ocean and command the tide to stop or go the other way. When they say no, he says "see, YOU are NOT the one with the POWER".
I pray he heals you once more!
Love you,

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TEDDYTEDDY 2/8/2010 3:38AM

    I have lots of pains and have had them off and on for 20 or more years. Lately with the stress I have had with my husband's illness I am getting the back and neck pains again and a couple of days ago I started getting ankle pain,too. I know I have to stay active and not given into the pain cause I always feel better when I stay active. (I swim in the warm pool and whirlpol a lot and always feel safe when I am in the warm water and moving my joints.)

I keep trying to pray and sometimes wonder exactly what to ask for. The best thing to ask for is to accept God's will and the healing that will be God's plan for me, not mine. I know the more I worry about what will happen the worse I feel so I am praying for peace in my life right now because I don't have that and I know God wants that for me.

Thanks for your inspiring blog. emoticon

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VERITY50 1/28/2010 8:48PM

    God is good!

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ANASNEWBODY 1/26/2010 8:51PM

    Irene, we let pride grow and then we do not see clearly and we forget what is important. We attempt to make the road we journey be what we want. Thanks for clearly reminding us that it is 'his will" not ours. God bless you. Ana emoticon emoticon

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HICALGAL 1/23/2010 11:15PM

    we must always do what we can in the natural as he does his work in the supernatural. His will and not ours...Amen! thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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ILOVETOCRUISE 1/21/2010 3:53PM

    God speaks to us in different ways.

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FREEDOMSTAR 1/19/2010 9:24PM

    Irene- great inspiring testimony. Maybe I should ask him to help my rotator cuff problem thats caused from work not running.
John emoticon

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GAILROONY 1/19/2010 9:15PM

    Wow, Irene!

I praise God for your healing...in whatever manner it came. Thanks for the reminder about pride. It sneaks in so easily! I have been reading in Micah and ran across one of my favorite verses: Do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with thy God.

Walking humbly is not always easy, but required. As I said, thanks for the reminder!

All glory to our Lord and Savior!!!

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GRAMMAP1 1/19/2010 8:57PM

    Very good Irene. God doesn't deal with our problems the same way every time. Nor does He deal with each individual the same way. I have been accused of not having enough faith, but as Joni Erickson Tada says, some times we can glorify our Lord better in suffering. So we wait upon the Lord and seek His will. In my Family the back problems seem to be genetic. Most of us are walking with the lord and have given it over to Him! It takes courage. Thanks for sharing a great testimony. Hugs, Jane

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DICHTAS 1/19/2010 6:51PM

  Irene- That was a very uplifting artical.God wants to help us but he also wants us to help ourselves too.
I know that power of Gods healing. When all else failed last year and the dr's gave up I asked God to help me because he was the only one who could.From that time I started getting better.
I too am having my troubles with pain lately. I have had oa for many years. I have one knee inplant(R) done 15 yuears ago. I thought I was going to have another on the left knee but the Dr.'s say that it is too risky because of my heart and the probability of clots. So now they are injecting it.I hope this helps.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 1/19/2010 6:45PM

    Thanks so much for sharing that with us. God Bless!

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VALI_T 1/19/2010 6:29PM

    Very good message on a very important theme. Thank you so much for sharing it. emoticon

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NELLIEBLUE 1/19/2010 5:40PM

    God bless you for sharing.

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NELLIEC 1/19/2010 5:30PM

    Irene, I am so glad you posted this. In two days, I go in for surgery to remove my colon. Some people are insisting that I shouldn't have the surgery, just to have enough faith. However, I do know that God works in HIS way. He has given me peace about this surgery -- aside from a few flutters periodically.

Thank you and God bless you!!!

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SALSMITH 1/19/2010 5:26PM

    Irene, you ARE a BLESSING... I have to agree with everything Charlotte said.. she is better at putting in words than I am... God is Good. We really need to let Him have His will in our lives. Thank you so much for being so open and for letting your love of God shine. Love you. Praying for God to continue to bless you.

Hugs Sallie

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CHARHUNT1 1/19/2010 4:57PM

    Irene: You are such a blessing to SO MANY people. And I am certainly one of those who rely on your great wisdom and sharing of God's love.
Sallie and I talk all the time about how it's all about God's timing, not ours.
But it is so hard to be patient and TRUST HIM to do what is right. We always want OUR WAY!
I cannot believe what you've been through, and yet you just keep right on. Like the timex watch... take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. You're my hero, lady!
God bless you for your openness and being willing to tell us of your struggles. I call that taking off our mask and letting people see us as we are.
God bless you!
I love you!

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JODIRICHARDS 1/19/2010 4:53PM

    Isn't is neat how God is not limited but can use different way to reach and heal us according to what He wants to teach us. PTL for your healing and growing more into His image!

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BESTSUSIEYET 1/19/2010 3:52PM

    Thanks, Irene, for reminding us that God works in MANY ways, and that our pride can get in His way oh-so-easily! I am proud to have a friend who is so wise and loving, and credits it all to Jesus! Keep encouraging us, friend! You are blessed indeed -- and we are blessed through you!

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WENDYSPARKS 1/19/2010 3:43PM

    Hi Irene, That was a really nice testimony. God Bless You, hugs wendy

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RIVERWRITER 1/19/2010 3:39PM

    Thanks, Irene, for sharing your experiences. Your openness is inspiring to all of us. It's good to know you better and hear about your faith. I'm glad we're on the same team!

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DIDMIS 1/19/2010 3:20PM

    Sparklee please get in touch with me. I could not get onto your page. I know of two orphanages in Reynosa and know one church which goes down at least once a year.

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 1/19/2010 2:45PM


You inspire me with your story. I know pain quite well and there are times it is hard to keep going. I do take care of myself with God's help.

Bless you, Debbie-lee

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SPARKEE 1/19/2010 2:39PM

    Ms Irene, you are such a beautiful open person. I find myself smiling quite frequently every time I read your blogs. You inspire us from the inside out. Two years ago, both my sons served as short-term missionaries at an orphanage in Reynosa, Mexico, so I feel yet another connection to you, dear sister. I praise God for all your many pain free moments in your life. And I stand boldly with you in prayer to our Father for many, many more pain-free moments as you obediently serve Him. emoticon

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SGRENNEK 1/19/2010 2:33PM

    Thanks for sharing that testimony sister Irene!

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FREEDOMSTAR 1/19/2010 2:14PM

    Irene- great inspiring testimony. Maybe I should ask him to help my rotator cuff problem thats caused from work not running.

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CINDYLOU58 1/19/2010 1:53PM

  Irene that was just wonderful!!!! You are so gifted! I have to remember to ask then let go and let God! Thank you so much for this. emoticon emoticon

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CAROLYNVIL 1/19/2010 1:41PM

    I have throughly believe in God and have learned his plans don't always co -inside with mine. And I have learned his way is always better than mine.

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CAROLYN0107 1/19/2010 1:38PM

    Thanks for sharing this testimony!

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SHAREDJOURNEY 1/19/2010 12:50PM

    Irene, what a wonderful testimony. Our Lord can use the most ordinary things to teach us, lead us and give us understanding of His will in our lives. You are inspiring and faithful to share this so honestly. I loved your comments about pride interfering with your understanding of His plan for your life. That is something I can really identify with and it has given me something to think about and discuss with our Lord. Blessings for your walk.

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USHAMATT 1/19/2010 12:33PM

    Thanks for your wisdom and grace. They are truly gifts from God.
God dealt with my own pride in my children in much the same way.
When we surrender and call Him Master he holds us lovingly and authoritatively not only to our word but to His.
The public feelings of humilaition cause us to guard our words and thoughts so much more carefully.


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BETTYAHE 1/19/2010 11:37AM

    Irene, thank you for your beautiful testimony and for reminding us that it is God's will and we should not put our will before his. You are a wonderful discipline of Christ! How blessed we SP friends are to have found you among us. God Bless You for all you do and those you touch!

Hugs, Betty emoticon

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MOTHER-NATURE 1/19/2010 11:35AM

    Irene you always write such inspiring blogs emoticon emoticon emoticon


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PANDAZONES 1/19/2010 11:26AM

    Amen, we must not lean on our understanding but His and know His ways and thoughts are higher than ours. There is a purpose for all that we go through. Thanks for sharing

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PRAISEHIM2DAY 1/19/2010 11:18AM

    Wonderful story. It is amazing how God heals in many different ways!

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HAPPYMOM8 1/19/2010 11:16AM

    Wow! What a testimony to faith! Let go Let God!

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DIDMIS 1/19/2010 11:06AM

    Gloria, yes this was me. I could tell you a lot of things I have been through but I am still here and feeling better than I have in years.

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STL_BECKY 1/19/2010 10:57AM

    Thank you for your inspiring story, it shames me to know I often put my own will above God's, thank you for reminding me of who should be in control!

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HISOWN1 1/19/2010 10:29AM

Great blog - I totally understand the back pain! One thing God has done is slow me down to relax on weekends and I do not spend as much time on the computer! Too much time somedays and I have learned it is OK to take the pills as well they helped the jaw pain tremendously and I now know I need a WHOLE pill not a half as I have been doing for years -
God can heal me through divine intervention or through His appointed doctors

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AZIMAT 1/19/2010 10:21AM

    Thanks for reminding us of the power of prayer and surrender to God's will. Bless you

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LIS193 1/19/2010 10:19AM

    Thank you for sharing your story. Sometimes it's hard to trust and let go of your own will.

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SUNSHINEGB 1/19/2010 9:59AM

    Irene, is this a story about you? If so, you've gone through a lot and you had great help to heal you.
You are a walking testimony to that!
Thanks so much for sharing, this is so uplifting to read!

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JESUSLOVEME27 1/19/2010 9:53AM

  try calcium and magnesuim

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Saturday, January 09, 2010

What a wonderful day! On November 21 our team, the McAllen Sparkers, met in Weslaco at the Blue Onion. We had looked forward to this for so long and were jumping up and down. One member even sent me a goodie "the Trampoline" so I could jump higher and faster.
Not many were able to attend but we had Dan our leader with his family and three of us ladies. What a great time we had visiting, trying to eat good for us, and taking pictures. By the way where are the pictures. Oh well, maybe later.
We plan to meet again soon and hope more of our team will join us.
For those who have local teams you should try this. It is so good to finally meet those who inspired us, motivated us, lifted us up, encouraged us, made us laugh and just were there for us, friends to the end of this weight loss journey and far beyond as we are enjoying Spark too much to ever let it go.
So McAllen Sparkers, no one wrote a blog about this and I just couldn't wait any longer. emoticon and I love you and send a million emoticon

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ANASNEWBODY 1/26/2010 8:46PM

    Your attitude is inspiring. Keeps me focused. keep it going. emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 1/13/2010 5:27AM

    Sounds like a fun time. I met several SparkFriends while I was in the States and that was fun too.

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MARLIZG 1/11/2010 11:20AM

    sounds like now that the holidays are over u have a happier outlook! Great!

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JODIRICHARDS 1/10/2010 9:57PM

    Sounds fun but I think our CMW group would have a hard time connecting except in glory! I hear it is cold in your part of the woods, that is something different. I'll blow some of my warm air your way.

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HOLLY_ROSE3 1/10/2010 9:46AM

    SO MUCH FUN!!! emoticon KEEP UP THE GREAT JOB DIDMIS!!! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 1/9/2010 9:39PM

    How fun that must have been to meet those who have inspired and motivated you along the way. Thanks for sharing!

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UBBRAT 1/9/2010 7:54PM

    Irene, thanks for sharing this with us. I would love to meet some of my fellow sparkers. emoticon


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CAROLYNVIL 1/9/2010 7:29PM

    What a great idea! sounds like you really enjoyed yourself.carolyn

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CHARHUNT1 1/9/2010 1:02PM

    Irene: What fun and thank you for sharing it with us. It is very uplifting... I experienced the good time you had just by reading it. Way to go McAllen Sparkers!

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MNNSAIDE 1/9/2010 12:56PM

    Thank you Irene!

I did write a long Blog the day after we met but for some reason my Blogs never advertises. Check it out on my page!


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GAILROONY 1/9/2010 12:19PM

    How Fun!!!

I love meeting my fellow Sparkies! I have met 2 so far, and this month I will meet another. So glad that you all had a wonderful time.

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JEANSHEP2 1/9/2010 11:34AM

    I love it! So wish that someone would do that here in my little town. There have been meetings in other parts of NC but too far for me to travel.

Nice blog, Irene, and so glad you had the opportunity to enjoy!


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HAPPYMOM8 1/9/2010 10:40AM

    You are spreading the SPARK! emoticon and emoticon Pat

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TIGGER622 1/9/2010 8:39AM

    oh connections here on spark are so wonderful and so strong! how wonderful that you could have that meeting!

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KYANN402 1/9/2010 8:13AM

    emoticon McAllen Sparkers! Louisville Sparkers have met several times to bowl, mall walk, walk in the different parks, volley ball. Only problem for me...I've been out of town for work each time. I'm still waiting to meet the group.

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    This is a great idea. Have fun. emoticon

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CSDAYS 1/9/2010 6:21AM

    What a great idea. Seeing each other!!

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Friday, January 01, 2010

This is in answer to my blog "How do you get through Christmas when you are alone".
God surely does supply all our needs and many times our wants as we rely on Him and serve Him at home or in strange lands.
Thinking that my Spanish Sunday School class really didn't care for me as a teacher any longer I had determined to resign and leave the class to someone younger and possibly of a Hispanic background. My heart was breaking as I had had the class for years and truly loved these people who were originally from Colombia, Chile, Mexico and the USA.
One of the ladies from the class, whose family has adopted me as one of their own family, invited the Sunday School class to her home on the 21st of December for an evening meal.. People usually don't surprise me but they sure did this time as the party was in my honor. They gave me a beautiful card each one telling me how much I meant to them and how I had helped them and they also gave me a liberal monetary gift. Then other gifts followed.
The 21st of December after the am. service at church they had a Christmas dinner for the whole church. I was invited to sit at the table of the family who had given me such a difficult time and she waited on me like I was a queen.
Christmas hasn't even arrived and God is showing I am never alone. He is always with me and is there through His people also.
On the 24th of December I was invited back to the same home for the family Christmas eve dinner and the opening of gifts. More gifts. I am beginning to feel ashamed. It isn't even my birthday, it is Jesus birthday, and I am receiving all of these blessings.
The 25th of December one of my best friends and I went to a wonderful buffet for Christmas brunch and she also had a gift for me.
Then the same family who had held all of the dinners invited me back again to their home. This time they had invited our pastor, his wife, his daughter and me. This was to honor them and it was such an honor to be part of that.
People called, people sent cards. I am feeling more ashamed all of the time for feeling I was alone.
Then my SPARK FRIENDS and others from SPARK, some of which later became my friends also voted for my blog as POPULAR BLOG and I received almost 200 comments on the blog for being an inspiration to them. I received no negative comments.
I had God
My step kids who love me even though two of the three were so against their dad remarrying
My two brothers; one I heard from, one I didn't
My Sunday School class.
The family from church who has adopted me into their family.
My church
Telephone friends
E-mail friends
And all of my SPARK FRIENDS.
Thank you one and all.
And remember you are never alone. God will supply your needs, He will touch your family, He will touch your pets, He will touch your body, He will restore what has been taken from you by the enemy.
God bless you and Thank you from Irene

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LINDYPOWER 1/30/2010 2:58PM

    Thank you.

in loving kindness,
Linda the Gardener

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NEWHDYANNEH 1/5/2010 4:24PM

    Ive been away from spark for a while ad im catching up on reading, thanks for sharing thats beautiful and inspirational as well. We are never alone...

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MOTHER-NATURE 1/5/2010 10:11AM

    Irene you are such a blessing emoticon emoticon


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SPARKEE 1/2/2010 9:53PM

    Amen! Thanks for blessing us!

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HOLLY_ROSE3 1/2/2010 7:21PM

    The Lord Bless you and keep you friend! I'm so glad that it ALL worked out!! That's the Lord we serve!!! emoticon

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MUJU71 1/2/2010 6:43AM

    So glad to hear that God blessed you socks off! He loves you immeasurably and is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think!

Happy New Year!

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    Thank you, Irene. This is all beautiful, and you are clearly both blessed and a blessing. But I thank you especially for one item: "My two brothers; one I heard from, one I didn't " I have a brother I haven't heard from in four years. Made me feel less alone. God bless you for your openness. Jan

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HAPPYMOM8 1/1/2010 11:31PM

    You had your answer all along! So happy for you. Pat

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 1/1/2010 9:43PM

    This is lovely. I really feel that you have to look for the Good everyday! Your blogs fall under the good category!
:) Jeanne

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NELLIEC 1/1/2010 8:20PM

    And may God continue to bless you!!!

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SUNSHINEGB 1/1/2010 6:50PM

    True Irene, we are never alone. With my husband in the hospital, many many spark friends kept me feeling loved, cared about, and they prayed for both my husband and me. Though I felt I wanted to be alone after visiting my husband in the hospital, my son and his wife practically made me go to their home for a Christmas meal with them and I was so glad they did! The warmth and closeness with these 'kids' really made my day.

When others reach out to you, grab their hand and go with them! We are blessed by having loving friends and family!


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MARLIZG 1/1/2010 1:27PM

    You are NEVER alone...you are such a kind person & you have many spark friends who care for you...You are the first spark stranger to reach out to me & you became a spark friend...Happy New Year, Happy New Decade spark friend... emoticon

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BLOSSOMKITTY 1/1/2010 1:07PM

    Happy New Year Iene!!!!!!!!! Im so glad God has blessed you so!

I pray for continued showers of blessings and provision for youthis year!

Many many HUGS for YOU!


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TIGGER622 1/1/2010 12:17PM

    thank you so much for your blog! you are not alone, and though i often feel alone too, your blog reminds me of all that i have to be thankful for. you are a wonderful person with such a loving heart - i am so glad that you were so blessed this christmas, you deserved it! i hope you have a wonderful 2010!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Forty Seven years ago I chose to leave my country and follow the leading of the Lord to become a missionary to Mexico. Back then it was not so easy to travel and many of the first years I had no telephone even to communicate with my family.
I saw my family once a year for about three days and when I would leave my mom and dad standing on the porch as I drove off I thought "This may be the last time I will ever see them" and drove away with tears in my eyes.
Holidays were always worse especially from before Thanksgiving and through New Years. I would find a telephone to call home on Christmas day which took a big bite out of my small income but oh so worth it. I would talk to everyone at home.
You would think you would grow out of it as you got older but you don't. Even with your folks gone and all of my brothers except two and my one sister gone on to meet the Lord I still feel alone with no children of my own and no family here.
So how do I get through it.
One thing is to keep busy. Make lots of friends. Sunday noon we had Christmas dinner at our church and a family from my Sunday School Class asked me to sit with them. Sunday pm. another member of my Sunday School class invited the class over for another Christmas dinner.
I had began to think they didn't really want me as their teacher any longer. After all I was old and some of the others could do a good job. I was thinking of giving up the class and turning it over to someone else. Yes, it broke my heart but I wanted to do what was best for the class.
Little did I realize they had planned a big surprise for me. After eating we went to the tree in the living room and first they handed me an envelope with a nice card with the nicest note from each of them telling them how much I meant to them and how much they appreciated me. I couldn't believe what I was reading.
Then they said there is more and I looked in the envelope and there was $140.00 for me. The lady of the house, who is also a good friend of mine along with her whole family, then gave out gifts. She gave each of us a gift. And another lady who is a friend but is not in my class also gave me a gift.
Today the lady who drives for me when I go to Mexico called me and we went out and had a nice lunch together.
The 24th I will be going back where I was Sunday night for the family Christmas and the 25th will be going out with another friend.
I just thank the Lord that He has allowed me to be in full time ministry for over 50 years. All other things will pass away but what we do for Him will not pass. I thank Him for coming to this earth to live and die for us so we could receive forgiveness. Just think that little Baby was God Himself.
So keep busy. Exercise. Get out among people and love them like God loves you. You know you are never alone as the Lord said He would never leave you or forsake you. Now I know it is good to have family and to have that one special person. Sometimes even then it is sad. A long time friend of mine has Alzheimer's and has been in hospice over a year now and her husband cried. I know by experience that is more difficult than being alone as you are alone but still have someone you love suffering.
You will make it through and 2010 will be a great year. I will be back on my eating healthy.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 1/14/2010 8:54PM

    This is a wonderful blog ... you are an amazing woman ... It just shows that God knows what HE is doing ... HE entrusted so many people to your care. God Bless

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HICALGAL 1/2/2010 10:02PM

    what a lovely story. instead of having a family of your own...God entrusted you with many of his children and families that love and appreciate you. how cool is that! May God continuely bless you and the work that you are doing. emoticon

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DEBRASELF111 1/1/2010 7:34PM

    Your story and dedication is inspiring. Its easy for us to forget and feel we are alone and its always an inspiration to be reminded that we are not. Thank you for sharing your story.

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 1/1/2010 12:50PM

I loved your blog.
How special those cards must have been!
:) Jeanne

You have a blessed life.

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HAPPYMOM8 12/31/2009 9:20PM

    Dear Irene, I would like to add to the many comments that we are never alone here as long as we have each other! Happy New Year dear friend! Pat

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NONNATERRY 12/29/2009 2:52PM

    I was looking around for inspiration today...and then I found Irene! You are truly amazing and I want to thank you for inspiring me to do better in my efforts this year! Blessings, Terry

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WENDYSPARKS 12/28/2009 11:19AM

    We are never alone as God is always with us! Thank you for your nice words and you are a inspiration to us all!! love and hugs wendy

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KGKELSEY 12/28/2009 9:54AM

    Love your spirit and thanks for sharing. God truely is great!
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YANSKA 12/28/2009 8:09AM

    You are a beautiful and blessed lady! I consider you a bit of an angel for me today - you helped me remember how lucky I am to have loved ones close to me, even if they do drive me batty.

Have a wonderful new year, and stay beautiful! Your blog really was a ray of sunshine for me this morning. :)

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REDBUD1 12/28/2009 7:56AM

    You are so right we are never alone as long as we have Jesus. Thank you for the reminder. May God Bless you in the New Year. emoticon

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SHTEACHER 12/28/2009 12:00AM

    I'm a school teacher. One day, DV, I'd like to be a missionary to Mexico, too. I've been thinking about going this summer, to join up some friends who have a church plant there. They've been there a long time. My spanish is muy mal. But ... I have time. Two things in getting ready to go is that I want to become as healthy as possible. The second is I need to brush up on my spanish. I've taken several classes but ... it seems like I forget it as soon as the class if over.

Your blog touched me because I'm single, 44, I've never married and I don't have kids. So, in a way, I'm alone, too.

But, as a Christian I know what it is when God said that our "Maker is my husband". Also, "more are the children of the desolate woman". ...

We're never alone as a Christian.

Some days are harder than others, though, huh?

I'm glad your church was so supportive of you.

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SPARKEE 12/27/2009 8:05PM

    Blessings to you dear sister in the Lord! Thanks for sharing! You've inspired me to reach out to a dear aunt who is still mourning the loss of her husband - they were married and serving the Lord together for over 50 years. I think you know this truth: You are not really alone - you have the Lord who loves you completely and was willing to send His only Son for you! But yes... I do understand, as little children have well stated: "Sometimes, it's just nice to have 'someone with skin on' when you're scared or lonely!" You are an inspiration for all your activities and healthy goals! Best wishes to you for a wonderful 2010!

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LDW745 12/27/2009 7:28PM

    This is the first time I have been on here for almost a year. I had been feeling sorry for myself all Christmas holiday and with New years eve just a few days away, well things have gotten worse.

My husband has Alzheimer's and this past June I had to place him in a nursing home. When I went to see him Christmas day, he didnt even know who I was. So, sitting here is self-pity I logged on (isnt God GREAT).

Irene you are an amazing woman with such a strong sprite for the Lord. Thank you so much for sharing your story and for all the sacrifices you have made doing God's work.
It was such a blessing reading how your "Christian family" included you in their holiday celebration.

Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us,
God Bless

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TURBOMEL 12/27/2009 6:52PM

    Merry Christmas to you! How blessed we are to have someone like you in the world.

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MOMMYBYCHOICE 12/26/2009 10:20PM

    Oh what a wondeful christmas message you have to offer. May you be blessed beyond your needs 2010.
I enjoyed your blog. it made me realize how much I do miss my dad and how blessed I am to be married and have 2 beautiful little girls.

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MOMFAN 12/26/2009 10:02PM

    Thanks for sharing your amazing story. I know I have been grateful to the many who have reached out to my dd over the holidays for the past few years. This is only her second Christmas home since she was 18. We did it up big with the decorations for her and then her sis broke her foot so being the servant she is she went to stay with her for ten days helping her with the grands. Then she came home and left for Texas to help a friend getting married so she has only had about a week of enjoying the decorations.

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MASTERCARE 12/26/2009 9:04PM

    You touched my heart. Thank you.

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NUSMACY 12/26/2009 8:22PM

    I thought this was going to be question from someone looking for an answer and you are the answer. When we ask HIM he is faithful to meet ALL our needs. Thank you for sharing your story.

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NJJAZZ 12/26/2009 6:53PM

    Irene you are living proof that giving is in fact receiving. The more you give in life = the more it seems comes back to you in love, respect, and friendship.
Your blog is heart warming and I am so glad you had a great holiday.

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BKNOCK 12/26/2009 4:59PM

    What a beautiful blog, thanks for sharing!

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LADY_KATHY 12/26/2009 11:49AM

    What a blessing you are!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JUNIAATROME 12/26/2009 2:32AM

    Blessings to you!

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EAT_MOVE_LIVE 12/26/2009 12:10AM

    Merry Christmas!! So glad you got to be with friends!

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CAROLYN0107 12/25/2009 10:48PM

    Thanks for sharing your Testimony Irene! It sounds like you had a great Christmas.
Carolyn (from CMW team)

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CORIANNE72 12/25/2009 10:25PM

    Irene thank you so much for sharing. It is very inspiring and uplifting to read your story. Merry Christmas to you and may you be blessed today and always.

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HERMIONE102 12/25/2009 9:54PM

  Thank you for sharing this story. Truly inspirational. Happy Holidays!

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SHAELER 12/25/2009 9:45PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. Merry Christmas!

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TRACKMOM64 12/25/2009 9:40PM

    Merry Christmas and remember we are never alone. God is always with us.

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CRITTERMAMA912 12/25/2009 9:36PM

  Thank you for such an honest and inspirational blog. I can tell through your words that the grace and anointing of the Lord is on you. Keep on keeping on. Merry Christmas!
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MOLLYJ9 12/25/2009 9:36PM

    Thank you for sharing, I too am alone, and have found that to keep busy is the Key. There are others not so fortunate as I am., and I can give to them in some way or other. I do not feel sorry for self, and Gratitude for what I do have goes a very long way. I too love the Lord and believe that this is His plan for me and I am happy with that. Others think I need to not be alone, and I hear "You can't be alone on Christmas". But they have no idea how it is. God Bless

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KENMAC116 12/25/2009 9:22PM

    Merry Christmas!!

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KENMAC116 12/25/2009 9:22PM

    Merry Christmas!!

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BABE741 12/25/2009 8:53PM

  Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. You are so encouraging to me. I have a wonderful family and as I was going to see them today, I was just wishing that everyone would have a good day. Bless you and thank you for your story.

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JUANITADWALKER 12/25/2009 8:51PM

  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DMWACHHOLZ 12/25/2009 8:32PM

    What an inspiration you are... May God bless you many times over for all that you have done and the sacrifices you have made.

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MARKTHEFNP 12/25/2009 8:08PM

    Oh happiness, there is grace!
Enough for us and the whole human race!

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KAYDE53 12/25/2009 8:01PM

    Thanks for again sharing your wonderful testimony. May God richly bless and keep you. You always inspire me to do better in my witness. Thank you, Kay emoticon

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CORRINER 12/25/2009 7:26PM

    Thanks for the wonderful blog message. Merry CHRISTmas to you. emoticon

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NANHBH 12/25/2009 6:18PM

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful reflection. May God bless you abundantly for your missionary work.

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AMAZING55 12/25/2009 5:37PM

    You are a gracious woman, inside and out, thank-you for sharing your story. I hope to share it with my aging parents.


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NANNER2121 12/25/2009 5:31PM

    God Bless you Irene. Merry Christmas.

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PRICKLY101 12/25/2009 5:14PM

    I hope that you had a blessed and merry Christmas!
God bless,

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/25/2009 4:51PM

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. It is inspiring.

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    Happy Holidays thanks for the work you did for the Lord. emoticon

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JIBBIE49 12/25/2009 4:38PM

    I hope you will have another 50 years to do your blessed work. Merry Christmas.

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AICANDYDAGURU 12/25/2009 4:25PM

    Thank you for sharing. We are never alone when we are with Christ. Be blessed and have a Merry Christmas.

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BLESSOLA 12/25/2009 3:56PM

  Thanks for sharing! I really liked it!More blessings to you, have a merry christmas and a wonderful new year.

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GLOW8211 12/25/2009 3:45PM

Thank you so much for sharing!! God Bless and Keep You Always!!

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 12/25/2009 3:40PM

    You are a blessing to many and it's obvious there are many who care greatly for you.
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AELI2468 12/25/2009 3:32PM

    thank you for sharing a beautiful story.

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Down a little today

Monday, December 14, 2009

Why do we have these days. Things are happening so fast, good things, bad things, indifferent things, whatever. I try to stay upbeat and happy but today I don't feel that way. People, including myself, say we should be positive but sometimes it just isn't that easy.
I did go to the gym today for 30 minutes only instead of my hour since I had so many things to do. Went to the grocery store and will be leaving soon to go to a TOPS Christmas party.
I know this too shall pass and when I wake up in the morning I will feel better. It always turns out that way.
I am not losing weight. I got to my goal then gained a few pounds back and my clothes don't fit right and that doesn't help either. I just feel alone and lonely.
Sorry. I know I don't write blogs like this but guess I just needed your support today. Seems I have to be strong for everyone else in my life not that I have that many people that are really a part of my life. Ok nuf said. I will get up, I will wash my face and I will get ready for the TOPS party.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

VERITY50 12/25/2009 11:41PM

    I am inspired by your longevity in the Ministry and your transperency about the realities of a life of service. I know that God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him. I know that He did not bring you this far in life's journey to leave you. In fact I know that He will never leave or forsake you. That He will stick closer than a brother, mother, spouse or friend. I don't know you, but I love you because you are a shining light. You followed God and I am so happy for you because you will have eternal joy as a result of your obedience. God Bless you my sister!

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TEDDYTEDDY 12/25/2009 9:17AM

    I have some down days and I, too, have had a lot going on lately. The thing that got me crying was my daughter moving 1300 miles away to Montana (from Minnesota) and she left during a snow storm. I worried and prayed about her for 2 days and she made it fine and she is so happy to be with her boyfriend. I worried how she was going to get a job cause unemployment is worse there than here and yesterday she said she met some people who need a house cleaner (she had a business here doing that and she is very good at it) and they have friends who are looking for housekeepers, also. This took a load off my mind and I am so happy for her.


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IZONPRIZE 12/24/2009 11:18PM

    Keep asking for encouragement from your SP friends. When we share our troubles they are cut in half :-D I am praying for 2010 to be a year of great breakthroughs for you in every area of your life. He is always faithful. You know this!

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MAURIAJT 12/23/2009 10:41PM

  know that you are an encouragement to me and others. when we are unable to walk He carries us! emoticon

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BLOSSOMKITTY 12/21/2009 2:46PM

    Hey irene!

Im sorry you had a sad day....I hope todays better....its ok to lean on your friends sometimes....Thats what we're for!

You've inspired and helped so many of us, we all are happy to come along side you and be a support for you!

You're right....we all have those days. dont be to hard on yourself.... :-)

Hope you enjoyed your party :-)


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DMOMMYOF3 12/16/2009 12:27PM

Thank your for the comment, and sending me to this blog, you are truly a special person, and it seems as if everyone already knows that, i hope your spirits are high today and keep your chin up, because although you only had 30 minutes at the gym, look at it this way... You made it, even though you had several things to do. You still took time for you, and that is one of the greatest gifts you can get. You are important and when you take time for yourself and show your self a little attention you feel better about the person you are and therefore are able to give more of your self and your heart to others. Now give your self a pat on the back and know that you did a great job today and that you are worth it.

You are truly an inspiration, not only to me but to others.
thank you.

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CAROLYNVIL 12/15/2009 11:24PM

    Yes it is a difficult time of the year. I find myself down a little bit. memories of times with people past, at least for me. carolyn

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HAPPYMOM8 12/15/2009 10:56PM

    So sorry to hear you are having a sad day but know that this too shall pass. You are such a great uplifter for all those you meet so you should never feel alone. You are greatly appreciated by all of us who have had the pleasure of meeting you. Tomorrow will be a better day, I promise. Pat

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JEANSHEP2 12/15/2009 11:44AM

    Irene, I am going through the same thing this week - I think it may be the holidays and the memories of the past for me. We can do this and once the holidays are over, we will have a new page to write on. Chin up, dear sister. Holding your hand and saying a pray that we all get through the next few days with joy and gratitude for what has been what is, and what will be.


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SWEETZMIX 12/15/2009 11:25AM

    Hey you know I know you feel. I was feeling great, close to my goal & then life got out of control and I gained a ton of weight. So now all my clothes rather don't fit or don't fit like they used to. Don't give up. It sometimes feels like we are getting no where, but I guess we are mentally!

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LUV-BEING-NANA 12/15/2009 8:57AM

    Irene, I am praying for you today!! Know that you are loved and He is holding you right now!! What a mighty God we serve You are in Perfect Hands.
Love and hugs,

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GIRLINBRAZIL 12/15/2009 7:58AM

    I only have a minute. But I had to stop and say, you are loved on Sparkpeople!


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DDCLEADER 12/15/2009 6:39AM

I just saw your blog. Know that you are not alone and that we are all here for you.

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DIDMIS 12/15/2009 12:41AM

    Again I say thanks to all. You are all so precious.

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GAILROONY 12/15/2009 12:10AM

    Wow, Dear One!

You sound overwhelmed. I'm sorry that you are having a rough day, but it sounds as though you are handling it with great courage and continuing to function normally. Not always an easy thing to do when one is feeling down.

You've definately come to the right place! We care about you and want you to feel as though you can say anything you need to say to us. We want to support you in any way we can. YOU ARE LOVED!!!

Will be praying about the news that you received today. I realize that it was not something you wanted to hear. But, know that your "teams" will be praying for you. Please, keep us updated.

I pray that you have a wonderful night's sleep, that the Lord comforts and protects you as you rest and that you wake up refreshed and ready for a new day...what ever that may bring.


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DIDMIS 12/14/2009 8:43PM

    Thank all of you so much. You are all such a kind caring bunch. God bless you all. It is not just the weight but as some have said it is a difficult time of year for us who are alone. Also I received some personal news today which did not make me feel good. That is really what set it off. I am back from the party. Actually it was just a meeting at a Chinese buffet and not too much fun.

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MNNSAIDE 12/14/2009 8:32PM

    Irene - I know exactly how you are feeling - after two days of crybies....but if you need Alma and I to go take you out for coffee or something - we will. Hang in there and together we will feel better. emoticon

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LADYBUGRUNNER 12/14/2009 8:02PM

    Oh Irene, I'm sorry you're feeling this way. Look at how far you have come and how well you are maintaing at a time when most people gain weight!

You are doing a great job!

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BETTYAHE 12/14/2009 7:11PM

    Irene, sorry to hear you were down today. This time of the year is depressing for many people, particularly if you don't have a large family or have lost dear ones. I am proud of you for going to exercise and getting 30 minutes in. I do hope you enjoy the TOPS Christmas party and your spirits will be lifted tomorrow. December is a stressful time of year; just keep on doing what you are and you will lose the pounds again! We are all here for you my friend!

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BETTYAHE 12/14/2009 7:11PM

    Irene, sorry to hear you were down today. This time of the year is depressing for many people, particularly if you don't have a large family or have lost dear ones. I am proud of you for going to exercise and getting 30 minutes in. I do hope you enjoy the TOPS Christmas party and your spirits will be lifted tomorrow. December is a stressful time of year; just keep on doing what you are and you will lose the pounds again! We are all here for you my friend!

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KYANN402 12/14/2009 6:57PM

    Must be something in the air. I've been right where you are the past few days. I'm usually MIss Glass Half Full, but not lately. Stating feelings out loud helps. Right here with people who care and love you is good place to do just that. Tomorrow is another day, another opportunity to see God at work in our lives and in the lives of others, another chance to praise God.

When I feel blue I go to the Psalms, especially 22 then 23 and finally 139. Psalm 22 takes me all the way from the lowest of low feelings -- "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" to the assurance that God is understands my dispair --"...he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him." Psalm 139 tells me God is there for me no matter where I am. "If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast."

I'll read those words over and over and over and sooner or later my heart is at ease again; my spirit begins to lift. The light shines through the darkness. Holding you in prayer, my sister.

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SUNSHINEGB 12/14/2009 6:43PM

    Oh Irene, the weather is enough to make us all feel a little down dear! I hope you are at your TOPS Christmas party right now and really enjoying it.
Sometimes that's all it takes to pull us out of the down mood ~ to be around people, especially happy people and I'm sure the paryt will be a really festive one.
Let us know how the party was and how you are feeling after, bet you feel better!

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JODIRICHARDS 12/14/2009 6:11PM

Today it is pouring rain here and I can share your feelings but God blessed me with a 1 pound lose after being stuck for a few weeks. I pray you have good rest and the sun will come out to tomorrow. I agree it is good to be upbeat but even Jesus had to getaway, he cried, he was real, so thanks for being real with us it makes us feel like we real friends!

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I hope you hit a mood updraft at your luncheon meeting.


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SALSMITH 12/14/2009 5:34PM

Irene, we all have those down times in our lives, even those of us that tell others that things will get better. Just remember 30 minutes of exercise is better than none. I to am at a stand still with my weight.... I had to be weight and measured today at Curves... well NO change, but the manager said, you are holding your own and that is a good thing and the exercise is keeping you healthy... which is true. Just want to see 145 in the worst way... But God knows best..... I'm praying for you Irene, that God will send someone or something into your life to give you sunshine and make you smile. We do have the SONshine, and that brings a smile very time. Take care.

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BESTSUSIEYET 12/14/2009 5:07PM

    Thank you, Lord, that when we are "down" we can look UP to you, and be refreshed. Fill any empty places in Irene's heart -- you are the All-Sufficient One! Bless our friend today as she blesses so many others with your love! emoticon

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DOINFINE 12/14/2009 4:34PM

    Dear sister Irene, the Lord is my Shepard.
Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for Thou art with me: thy rod and they staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:;
Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

I hope you have a restful sleep tonight. You're not alone, You're in His arms.

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YJNANA 12/14/2009 4:23PM

    Irene, sorry you have the blues. Your right, we all do go through it. I find I do best with a schedule of going to a movie with friends or shopping the Mall.
Your so outgoing. I hope you have Fun at the party.
Make Plans with someone there to do something this week.
Have you ever thought of joining a Red Hat Club? Like Char and Sallies. Those gals sure do have fun.

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CHARHUNT1 12/14/2009 4:23PM

    My dear friend...
It's a day for the gloomies isn't it? Well, shucks! Can't have that now, can we?
You are entitled to them. Please know that we care so much!
Is there sunshine where you are? Not here! Kind of the same weather as John is having.
Find some kind of sunshine or light to get next to. Soak it in.
And lastly.. go to that party and have a good time

It seems that most of us have put on a few pounds. We can't let it get us down.. we have to use this post to pull each other up.
I'm pulling you up my friend.
"Lord please bless Irene and give her something to really smile about tonight and the rest of the week. Please take away her "gloomies" and frustrations and replace them with your glory! She loves you so much and wants to be "up" to reflect your love to everyone she meets. Amen"
Love you,
We all have them and you are no different than anyone else. When we were in the preaching ministry I would get so upset when people would say, "Charlotte, you're not smiling... come on - smile". Well, you know there are days when I didn't and don't feel like smiling.

It's life! This time of the year doesn't help either.
I get to feeling sorry for myself because none of my children or grandchildren live near us.
THE PITS! But, there are so many other people and family members for us to enjoy.
So, I'm trying to put that to rest also.

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FREEDOMSTAR 12/14/2009 4:02PM

    Irene- I was having that kind of day today too. Im Mr Positive but is freeze rain out and Im feeling sore throat which doesn't help. I have day off work, did few errands including taking my mother to a Dr. appt. Im now back home and relaxing.
Go to your party and try and enjoy the holiday cheer
Youre not alone
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