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.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Many of you have had back 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.
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. and I love you and send a million
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.
SO I FOUND OUT I WAS NOT ALONE
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.
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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