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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Understanding football is not one of my strong points but I decided I would watch it this evening. I was rooting for the Saints but it looked like they were the under dog. Indianapolis was going to win, so they said.
I understand the Saints had tried and tried and failed and failed. Now you Saints fans if I am wrong let me know. At the beginning it looked like they were right. Indianapolis scored, the Saints did not but then they began to give them a run for their money. They put all their effort into it and they began to pull ahead, sometimes little by little and other times a lot. They were not going to give in. They were not going to say I can't do it. They were not going to say I have tried before and failed. They made up their mind. This time it is going to work. And work it did and they won WOW did they win.
You and I are working toward a goal, a healthier us. Sometimes we think it is no use, we just can't do it. We have tried and tried and failed and failed. The scale didn't move, the tape measure must have shrunk as it just wasn't coming off. We watched what we ate, watched what we drank, did our exercise but all in vain. Then all of a sudden things started happening. The scale started moving, the inches came down, strength was building up, health was improving and we had a whole different us. Why? Because we didn't give up.
So don't give up. Keep on keeping on. emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 2/13/2010 6:02AM

    I loved this blog! What great insite you have Irene! We are proud of you. Pat

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AZIMAT 2/10/2010 1:36PM

    I just voted for your blog. Great analogy.

And oh by the way yes, the saints DID come marching in!

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CAROLYN0107 2/10/2010 2:48AM

    Great blog and I let SP know it too! Thanks!

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CAROLYNVIL 2/8/2010 10:08PM

    thanks ! I really needed that. carolyn

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CARDIFF1066 2/8/2010 6:31PM

    Thanks for sharing! I really needed to hear those words today. God Bless.

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JEANSHEP2 2/8/2010 11:23AM

    What a great analogy, Irene. And what a victory for the long-term fans of the Saints! That victory can be ours as well if we keep working at it and never give up!

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BORROWEDANGEL1 2/8/2010 10:06AM

    Great blog Ms Irene.. emoticon emoticon That is always the encouraging words we need to keep our focus on every day!!

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NELLIEC 2/8/2010 9:43AM

    Amen! My surgery recovery is coming along nicely. I just keep doing a little more each day.

Thank you for a great blog!!!

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    I just love you Irene! You always have this amazing way of putting things into perspective. And you know, you are so right! We may have setbacks, (I've had my share), but we can't let it get us down. We just have to keep pushing through it and eventually it will all fall into place.
Bless you! emoticon

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WALNUT5612 2/8/2010 9:11AM

    Great blog!!! No we should never give up!!!

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SUNSHINEGB 2/8/2010 7:40AM

    How very nicely put Irene and your wrote it at a good time for me!
It is so easy to say it isn't going to happen, I'm fat and always going to be fat so why keep trying?
Thanks for the powerful talk on how we CAN do it!
Bless you my dear friend!

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JODIRICHARDS 2/8/2010 6:18AM

    Thanks, I needed that!

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TEDDYTEDDY 2/8/2010 3:20AM

    great blog !!!!!

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SGRENNEK 2/8/2010 12:48AM

    Thanks for this post, Irene! That's an encouraging thought!

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LIS193 2/8/2010 12:03AM

    With perseverance we can do anything!

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GRAMMAP1 2/7/2010 11:25PM

    Hey Irene, it must be the preacher in you that came up with that powerful illustration. Good for you and a good blog. It would be a shame (defeat) to give up! emoticon emoticon

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SOPHIKKO 2/7/2010 11:14PM

    I like this! You have a way with words.

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MNNSAIDE 2/7/2010 10:55PM

    I'll try not to give up Irene!!!

Cool post!

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FREEDOMSTAR 2/7/2010 10:42PM

    Yep we can do it Dont give up on the battle to weight loss and better lifestyle, health


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LAURA915 2/7/2010 10:41PM

    Well said!! emoticon

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Friday, January 29, 2010

One of our teams was discussing an issue we found quite embarrassing at the time but now we could look back and laugh at it. How many of you have had the same experience.
Since I don't like to use naughty words I will let you break down the word embarrassing, then read the following.
As all of you know when we lose weight our clothes begin to fit looser. emoticon
We don't want to buy new clothes every time we go down a size as we know it would be very expensive so we wear what we have for so long we look like a dish rag walking down the street when we know there is a emoticon inside.
The emoticon have it made as their clothes are attached and doesn't show their real shape.
One day I went to the store in a very loose fitting pair of pants. Upon arriving home I found no parking place in front of my place so had to park across the street and since I wasn't into emoticon and didn't want to make more than one trip I grabbed all of my bags and started across the street? Well, right in the middle of the street and in broad daylight my pants fell down. I said OOPS and am sure I turned emoticon. I set my bags down pulled up my pants and somehow managed to get all the bags on my arms and holding my pants crossed over to my house and went in. I saw no one but I wasn't looking and who knows who might have been sitting at their window looking out.
Sorry Pants but you went to the used clothes pile to be donated never to be worn by me again and I decided it was time to buy some clothes.
Have you had a similar experience or can you top this one. It would be interesting to read.
Who says weight loss has to be boring.

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CAMEY13 7/6/2010 9:13PM

    That will teach ya to buy new clothes. LOL

Sometimes, they might not fall off but you keep pulling them up hoping they don't fall. Well, guess I won't wear those lose shorts outside. LOL

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LMSTRAW 2/12/2010 6:39PM

    How neat that you can share that! My embarassing moment came when I was about 10, in a school play. I wanted my chest to stick out like the other girls, I didn't ask Mom how to accomplish this, so to the tissue box I go.. I had to skip out on stage with a boy, and, wa-la, my chest hit the stage floor. I think he ws more embarassed than I was. I never missed a beat, just kept right on, his eyes never lefr the floor. As we left the stage, he snarled at me "you and your tissues"!
I got more careful with age.!

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TEDDYTEDDY 2/8/2010 3:27AM

    When I lost a lot of weight I didn't lose my pants, but my feet shrank a whole size (from 11 wide to 10 medium). I was with my daughter and we went shopping and I almost fell down cause I walked right out of my shoes....Had to start buying the smaller size so I wouldn't fall and hurt myself. For quite awhile my daughter would have me check my shoes before leaving the house so that wouldn't happen again. emoticon

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ANASNEWBODY 2/7/2010 10:42PM

    Bless you heart. And, you have the courage to share the story. You are an inspiration. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AZIMAT 2/3/2010 10:42AM

    Thanks for a good warning.

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KNH771 2/2/2010 1:32PM

    I have a friend who had thought to buy a smaller skirt, but didn't get smaller undies. Dropped her panties in the mall!

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REJOYCE51 2/1/2010 1:22AM

    Thanks for your good sense of humor. Reminds of my mom telling me about her childhood and people's underwear would fall off like that. They had buttons not elastic I guess. One of the ladies in the band had her marching band pants fall off at a Christmas concert last year...she was very embarrassed but what can you do?

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QUILTINGB52 1/31/2010 11:02AM

    Yes....I too have had pants problems! Mine was last summer as I got dressed for a wedding. Pants are the only thing that will hide all the lumps & bumps of my engorged legs. I pulled on my pants, placing a small coin purse in one pocket & my car keys in the other....my pants hit the floor!

I calmly pulled them back up & handed my keys to my boyfriend, tell him he would have to carry them for the evening! All night long he kept asking how my pants were hanging? hahahaha

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/31/2010 9:35AM

    I haven't had that experience but I am definitely guilty of wearing pants that are too large. I may have to rethink that now!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/31/2010 8:54AM

    What a great weight loss!! So glad you can look back and laugh at your embarrassing moment. It sure made my day.
Blessings and hugs,

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LINDA25427 1/31/2010 8:27AM

    Too have lost that mush weight must have been a fantastic feeling.Sorry you dropped your pants in public LOL.Hope you have a great week . God bless. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JEANSHEP2 1/31/2010 2:15AM

    Enjoyed a chuckle at your expense, but loved it. What a great loss it was...

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 1/30/2010 10:02PM

    Thank you for the laugh. I have had some slips with some of my clothes, like falling off my shoulder but not quite as drastic as you.
Isn't it great to have to get some new clothes?
Jane on Guam
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2009GETINLINE 1/30/2010 6:43PM

    I am not an out going person: so for me to stand in front of a group of 50 people in a LARGE room is unspeakable...so as I was going down the aisle to make my presentation, with both hands full...my skirt decided to fall down around my ankles!!!

I know I was red; thank goodness I'm dark black person, for I would be red. All I could say was "SlimFast works" emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/30/2010 4:33PM

    I certainly can't top it, but it did make me laugh out loud! Thank you!

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CINDYLOU58 1/30/2010 12:37PM

  Yes I am laughing!!!!!! And at myself too!!! Sounds just like me!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/30/2010 11:06AM

    Nope, can't top that one! But it makes me want to clean out my closets today!

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SWEETZMIX 1/30/2010 9:44AM

    emoticon Glad you can make a joke of it now!!

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COOLMAMA11 1/30/2010 9:31AM

    What a great blog..made me chuckle, I can just imagine how you felt! Your pants were telling you to buy some new ones lol!


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GRAYGRANNY 1/30/2010 9:26AM

    As Ray Steven's sang in his song "Don't look Margaret!"
LOL funny story

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KELLI9001 1/30/2010 9:04AM

    What an awesome problem to have. Way to go! AND I think it was time for some new ones by this point!!


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WALNUT5612 1/30/2010 8:55AM

    That is sOOO funny!! You could have been on 'America's Funniest Video' LoL


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TIABITS 1/30/2010 3:24AM

    LOL!!! What a great story Irene! You made me laugh! Thanks for sharing that one.

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GRAMMAP1 1/29/2010 9:36PM

    I am hoping for an experience like that some day..well maybe not "dropping my drawers", but losing so much that I could do that. DH lost that much and wouldn't use suspenders or a belt. Twice he did that routine at church. Once, only the greeter saw it, the other time was in the parking lot. lol emoticon

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JODIRICHARDS 1/29/2010 9:24PM

    I almost lost my pants during aerobics in my weight loss journey. The gals at aerobcic gave me hard time and my dad offered to give me a thumb tack when I told him about it.

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SUNSHINEGB 1/29/2010 9:00PM

    I can just picture that Irene emoticon
Not funny at the time but good to look back on and have a giggle!
No clothes of mine are loose on me but I'm looking forward to that day and would even welcome my trousers falling right off! emoticon

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FREEDOMSTAR 1/29/2010 6:54PM

    what a laugh
Irene clink ion my link to hear chipmonks sing pants on the ground


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MRS.DOYLE 1/29/2010 4:54PM

    I'm old enough to remember knicker elastic. When I was about 7 mine broke and down slid my knickers. I was so skinny then that there were no curves to keep them up. emoticon

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NELLIEC 1/29/2010 3:12PM

    I can't say that it has happened to me, but it did to my mother one time. She was not trying to lose weight however, since she unfortunately was always underweight.

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LYN-EDWY 1/29/2010 12:39PM

    Irene...you are so brave to share this with us.
I can just imagine your embarrassment....but this is a kudo for you babe!
On Dr. Oz's program yesterday, he had 2 people, DH and wife who have lost 251 pounds between them.
One of the things they told us was to get rid of all your clothes that are too big for you. That way you most likely will work hard to keep the weight off.
I have been putting off altering so many that I have...and the rest I have also still been wearing.
For me, I quess it makes me feel good to see how thin I am in comparison to when these same clothes were busting at the buttons.
So.....I think I am going to do what they said. Is going to be hard...but this whole journey has....so why become a chicken now.
Thank you for sharing your experience Irene....and well done on your weight loss.
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GIRLINBRAZIL 1/29/2010 12:12PM

    Woo hoo! What a laugh!


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DOITALLMOM 1/29/2010 12:07PM

    I know the feeling, isn't it great?? So nice to be able to shrink out of your clothes... emoticon

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STL_BECKY 1/29/2010 11:41AM

    You're right, that did make me smile!
I haven't had that happen yet, but I was in the exercise room at a hotel last weekend (alone) and some guy walks in while I'm dancing along with a music video on TV. And I was REALLY getting into it. I scurried out of there as quickly as possible probably red as a beet!
Thanks for sharing and brightening my morning!

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DADDYS_GIRL6 1/29/2010 11:34AM

    Dear Irene,
Thanks for sharing your most embarrassing moment!! Mine happened yesterday in my own bathroom! Had gotten dressed for the day and and was brushing my teeth. My slip fell right to my feet!! I was so surprised and started, I yelped! DD came running from the other room and asked what was the matter!! I pointed to my feet and we both had a good laugh!!

Thankfully I can sew and will tighten the elastic on that slip before I wear it again! :) Am well warned and will not allow skirts and slips to get that loose again before 'updating' the waist size!! :)

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EYEONGOAL 1/29/2010 11:27AM

    Love your story. It hasn't happened to me yet, but if it does, I'll think of you and I'll share so that we can laugh together.

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HAPPYMOM8 1/29/2010 10:27AM

    emoticon OH My . that didn't happen to me but it did to DH. At the time we decided he needed suspenders badly! Pat

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 1/29/2010 10:19AM

    emoticon Love yah, Irene

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BESTSUSIEYET 1/29/2010 10:13AM

    Too funny, Irene! I started in size 16 (tight) and then finally bought size 12 -- woo hoo! A few weeks later, needed 10s and had some of the 12s altered by a friend's daughter. Now I'm in 8s and have several things that are baggy, so need to call the friend's daughter again! Spent more $$ than you, but kept my pants on! LOL

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Pain, Pain, Pain please go away

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.

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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.
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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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