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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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GLORYB2014 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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POSEY440 12/25/2009 4:44PM

    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.

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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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GLORYB2014 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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SUNNYWBL 12/14/2009 5:49PM


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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We want change

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Yes, we want change. Do we get it? Sometimes. We would like to change wrinkled skin for smooth skin, flab for muscle, so many things we would like to change. We would love to change our weight to the ideal weight for us.
Now today I got a change I didn't expect. I received notice my social security check which each year went up just a little was going to be less this year because Medicare went up.
No COLA for the older people. Many rely completely on their social security. It is already very difficult for them. Some people get raises, some have no jobs at all and no social security. The stores are suffering, the restaurants are suffering, the economy is suffering. Yes, we got change.
Some things we can't help, some things we can. We can help how we eat and sometimes how we exercise so we can be in better health and even look better. Just have to cover the flab with long sleeves emoticon I don't usually do that though especially in our hot summers down where I live.
So be careful what you ask for. It can be good or it can be bad.
I am so thankful for all my Spark friends on my Spark teams. You are the bestest.

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BLOSSOMKITTY 12/13/2009 5:01PM

    Hi irene! We havent chatted in a while, but I think of you often....I do feel so badly for our seniors!!!! This is my work...I do medical care in their homes....so, medi-care and s.s. is a huge part of our concerns for them! I just dont know what my generation can do aobut it for all of you who have gone before us and paved the way....sometimes I feel so helpless!

I love you!

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SUNNYWBL 12/11/2009 12:30AM

    I didn't open my letter from SS 'cause I didn't want to know, but needed to know, anyway.

Good Night, Irene, Good night......

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GRAMMAP1 12/10/2009 6:48PM

    I am glad you expressed yourself about this because you are speaking for many of us. I am having a major battle with plan d.
I dropped out (or tried) and went as an uninsured for perscritions. Part D refused to disenroll me and have sent me charges of $800+ for their insurance that I never used. I was better off with out it, but they are refusing to forgive. It is putting me into depression.!
I am sure others are facing this sort of problem! And I didn't ask for change!!! emoticon emoticon

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CHARHUNT1 12/10/2009 11:12AM

Again you are right on!
CHANGE is a scary thing and we're getting a big dose of it right now.
You talk about your SS and the changes. That is happening to all of us.
No raises, but more for Medicare. I can't even imagine what will happen to the price of our Medicare if Obama's plan goes through. Putting 55-65 year olds on it too???
Please! They don't have the money to take care of us now. It's broke!

I don't know what a lot of us will do who depend on Medicare and SS.... SCARY!

Thanks for giving us these wonderful blogs that cause us all to ponder our own dilemmas. boy that word sure doesn't look right.

Thank Irene!

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JENGRAMMER 12/10/2009 7:24AM

Great thoughts
God bless your day

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JEANSHEP2 12/10/2009 5:48AM

    You ar right on, Irene.


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CAROLYNVIL 12/9/2009 11:04PM

    very good and timely blog. carolyn

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 12/9/2009 9:31PM

    This is timely advice .... thanks!

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FREEDOMSTAR 12/9/2009 9:18PM

    Irene- you are the best


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GLORYB2014 12/9/2009 8:58PM

    And I think you are the bestest Irene! Yes, I've always believed in 'be careful what you wish for because you may get it!'

Goodnight Irene [oh, do you remember that beautiful song?]
Have a restful night, see you tomorrow.
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The Benefits of Exercise

Monday, December 07, 2009

My church has long worship services, usually about 45 minutes. Then we stand at other times also. I usually sit most of the time. Today I thought, "why sit?, I am going to the gym to strengthen my legs and I will stand as long as I can. Well, I stood the 45 minutes of worship and then the other times we were asked to stand I was one of the first up. I would say it is good to be fanatic about the gym. Even though I look like I am standing still sometimes in comparison to some of the young ones and people who have exercised longer I am building up my strength.
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DIDMIS 12/28/2009 3:06PM

    RIVERMAC if you come back to my page I will give you a few ideas. First you have not created a Spark page so I could not contact you. You need to create a spark page and read everything Spark sends you. Also join some teams that have much in common with you.
You said you have so much to lose. Don't think of the big sum you need to lose but know you lose it one pound at a time just like you put it on. Watch out for your portions, fried foods, sugary drinks and other sugary desserts, white carbs and if you can exercise. Find something you can do. If you can walk it is a wonderful way to start, if not try the standing or sitting exercises or the rubber band exercises. I know there are more on here that know a lot more than I do but since you wrote on my blog post and you have no page I thought I would try contacting you this way. Go for it. You can lose. Just make up your mind to do so and realize you will gain so much healthwise when you do.

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RIVERMAC 12/28/2009 11:50AM

  Hi Everyone,
thanks for the motivation. How can I start? it's so discouraging because I have so much to lose.

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LOSINGITALL4ME 12/24/2009 10:05AM

    You are definitely an inspiration to manys. Keep it up!

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YJNANA 12/10/2009 5:08PM

    Irene, isn't it amazing what we think of when we want to be fit :) Your setting a great example to all the Sparkies out there. emoticon

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SALSMITH 12/10/2009 1:02PM

    Irene, so true, if we are going to exercise to be better fit and watch what we eat, we should take all opportunities we can Stand we should! Walk whenever and where ever possible. Have a great day. Always enjoy your thoughts and comments. Got to go we dh and I are watching Music Director from church 4 yr old daughter... she is so funny. Take care have a great day. Not on as much this week dh is home on vacation and we are having some together time... and that is a good thing... shopping etc... but fun.

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CHARHUNT1 12/10/2009 10:40AM

    You are so right, Irene:
We are working so hard to be "stronger" and more "Fit".... so proud of your attitude and that you can stand that long.
I'm going to do the 4 mile Leslie this morning. Need to push myself.... off of here and into the exercise mode.

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BESTSUSIEYET 12/8/2009 8:10PM

    Good for you - standing when you could have been sitting is another little step you can take toward health & strength! I'm very proud of you, my friend!

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DIDMIS 12/8/2009 3:30PM

    A lot of things we can do to increase activity. Like John said take the stairs. I always look for the parking place nearest the door and even have handicap plates. Today when I went to a meeting I parked just about as far as I could get from the door.
I'm not saying it is easy but I am building up my strength little by little.

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FREEDOMSTAR 12/8/2009 3:17PM

    Irene- you are setting a good example for all of us good for you !

Im taking the stairs all the time now




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SUNNYWBL 12/8/2009 2:15AM

    Good job!

We 'old dogs' gotta teach these young dogs new tricks!

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JEANSHEP2 12/8/2009 12:22AM

    You are amazing! What a wonderful attitude! Keep sharing your good habits with us so we can do better!


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LADYBUGRUNNER 12/7/2009 7:57PM

    That's awesome Irene!!!

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HAPPYMOM8 12/7/2009 11:56AM

    Wow! You are doing great and inspiring others to boot! Look at all the responses you got to that one. Have fun at the gym today and later in the week-at church as well!!!!

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GLORYB2014 12/7/2009 7:13AM

    Wow Irene, you are fantastic!! I do not stand very long and should ~ what an inspiration you are!

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    I have a habit of exercising when it's time to exercise and being lazy when it's not. Thank you for reminding me to take every opportunity to use my new strength/endurance in all aspects of my life. Have a great week!

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9167111 12/7/2009 3:55AM

    Great attitude! Have a great week...

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DAVEOZ 12/7/2009 3:10AM

    I must admit, I am not so quick to stand up in church. You're a great example of somebody who is changing for the better. Keep up the great work and have a great day!


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