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I'M GONE

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Well, I am packed and ready to go. I will be where they have my favorite food. SEA FOOD. I do love it grilled though instead of all the breading i used to eat.
Since I don't exercise on Saturday or Sunday I won't miss out on that and may even get some walking in.
I hope to be able to log in Sunday as not to break my streak but won't be on the computer much. I wish you all a good week end.
Monday I should be back to my same o same o.
Just hope I don't gain any of those pounds back I lost. I know it is me and only me that puts the food in my mouth. No one force feeds me.
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DIDMIS 3/15/2010 10:37PM

    Everyone is so nice. Thanks. Wish I could answer everyone but it is impossible.
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Just a day or two away from doing much on the computer sure makes a difference.
Irene

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HAPPYMOM8 3/15/2010 12:15PM

    Hope you had a great time! Welcome back Irene!

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NELLIEBLUE 3/15/2010 1:36AM

    Wish I was with you, you lucky thing.


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AZIMAT 3/14/2010 11:05PM

    Hope you have a wonderful time!

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RAWLUS 3/14/2010 12:47PM

    Have fun! Enjoy life! Take care too!

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DIDMIS 3/14/2010 8:31AM

    I AM IN CORPUS CHRISTI WHICH IS NOT FAR FROM MY HOME AND IT IS ALSO ON THE GULF THANK YOU DEAR FRIENDS.

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CAROLYN0107 3/14/2010 12:21AM

    Have a great trip! Post when you're able.

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JEANSHEP2 3/13/2010 11:52PM

    Enjoy! Be safe!

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SWIM_2_SLIM 3/13/2010 11:07PM

    I hope you have a safe and happy time away from the everyday things of life!!!

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CAROLYNVIL 3/13/2010 11:06PM

    Have a great trip.

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GRAMMAP1 3/13/2010 11:00PM

    Enjoy yourself and enjoy that seafood. We will talk when you come back. God is traveling with you. Isn't that comforting? emoticon Jane

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MIKESCHICKY 3/13/2010 10:09PM

    have a blast !

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SUNNYWBL 3/13/2010 7:02PM

    So, you say you are going on a trip to somewhere with seafood, but you don't say where! Is it a secret? I love secrets!

Tell us! I bet it is somewhere near the Gulf of Mexico! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Sunny

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JODIRICHARDS 3/13/2010 5:31PM

    Where are you going? Have a great time and enjoy the seafood, you can usually pop the breading off fried shrimp pretty easily. emoticon

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GLORYB2014 3/13/2010 3:27PM

    Irene, bless your heart ~ you are a true sparker, wanting to log in on Sunday so as not to break your streak!!
I hope you are enjoying yourself and I know you're eating right, you are very health conscious now!
Come in and let us know about your trip!!
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NELLIEC 3/13/2010 2:26PM

    May God be with you on your trip!

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DDCLEADER 3/13/2010 1:47PM

    Have a great trip and be safe look forward to you being back
May God bless your travel

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MNNSAIDE 3/13/2010 12:50PM

    God Speed Irene - sure hope your not going to Mexico thou

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Don't Break the Elastic

Thursday, February 25, 2010


You will find I did not write this but copied and pasted it. I know all you ladies will get a laugh and the men also. PLEASE, PLEASE read to the end if you send it on or not.
Irene

Read to the end, you will laugh just picturing it happening.
I love the thoughts she lives by!!!
I didn't break the elastic...


Don't break the elastic!
In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was 'exciting...'

Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day......like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.

The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this:
'I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.'

'I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.'

'I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.'

'I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life.'

'I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.'

'I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back....'

'I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.'

'I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.'

'I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.'

'I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.'

'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'

Please send this to five phenomenal women today... If you do, something good will happen: You will boost another woman's self-esteem..

If you don't...the elastic will break and your underpants will fall down around your ankles!

Believe me, I didn't take any chances on MY elastic breaking....I sent it to a lot of special women I care for. (and men also)







  
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MELISSALOVESGOD 3/25/2010 4:19PM

    cute :)

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BORN2BE 3/13/2010 7:00AM

    Loved it!!!

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AZIMAT 3/11/2010 2:37PM

    Thanks for posting Maya Angelou's words, she is a woman of great wisdom, as are you, my friend.

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HAPPYMOM8 2/26/2010 9:21PM

    Yes I love that one! and her too!

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GRAMMAJUDY1 2/26/2010 1:36AM

    During WWII when we had buttons instead of elastic, the button on my mother's panties gave out. There she was with me in the middle of the main corner in town Her panties slid off and she kept right on walking straight and tall. The only reaction on her part was to squeeze my hand so hard that I could only think about the pain and not why she left her panties in the street.

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MYSTIC_WOLFE 2/25/2010 11:32PM

    I really enjoyed it and I will try not to break the elastic. emoticon I am a fan of Maya Angelou so thank you very much. I hope you don't mind that I copy and paste.

Many Blessings,
Mystic

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GRAMMAP1 2/25/2010 9:41PM

    Pretty cute, Irene. Yes, we really are still learning.

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B-N-ME 2/25/2010 7:43PM

    words of wisdom!!
Thanks for sharing

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LAVENDERLILY 2/25/2010 7:43PM

    Thanks for giving me something to smile about. This was truly fun
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BLOSSOMKITTY 2/25/2010 5:20PM

    LOVE this! Thnaks for sharing! and thanks for the hugs you gave me and the kind email yo sent me last week! I love you!

Stephanie

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JODIRICHARDS 2/25/2010 4:57PM

    Great insights!

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GLORYB2014 2/25/2010 3:30PM

    Love this blog Irene and emoticonI'm not going to let the elastic break and have my panties fall down!
I'm going to Copy and Paste and send on!

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NELLIEC 2/25/2010 2:46PM

    I especially like the one about having pains, but not being one!

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SUNNYWBL 2/25/2010 1:36PM

    I admire her also! Thank you for passing it on!

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MUJU71 2/25/2010 12:59PM

    A lot of good advice in this one. Thanks for sharing, Irene!

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THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE

Thursday, February 18, 2010


On February 12 of 2007 I joined TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly) weighing 204and on November the 15th of 2007 I arrived to my KOPS status weighing 152. My lowest weight was 148.
Becoming the queen of our chapter and with a lot of trophies, ribbons, etc I said I will never put the weight back on again. Famous last words.
We had a couple of wonderful leaders then all of a sudden we had no leader at all. People began fighting among themselves. It was not the same. I was the weight recorder. Winter Texans would come in which were visitors and not members of our chapter and began shouting at me and my assistant telling us they didn't do it that way at their chapter. Can you imagine going to someone elses house and doing that. Hey I don't do it that way at my house. Then summer came and we had few members and they couldn't even agree on anything. They decided to have only one meeting a month. I told them that wouldn't work for me but I was outnumbered. Now with no leader, one meeting a month and much of the work falling on me and my assistant as the others were sick or had sick relatives the stress started to build up.
I kept telling them I was resigning and leaving TOPS. They kept talking me into staying. The stress was terrible. Finally they said wait until the winter Texans get back so I waited. When they got back I weighed the people in then said I'm leaving. They said oh wait. I said no I keep waiting and waiting and have told you for months I'm leaving and I walked out.
I had already exceeded my goal weight and put on a few more pounds. I kept thinking I would go to a town 20 miles away to see how their chapter was as I heard they had several upbeat members but it is always difficult to follow through that first month.
In the Meantime I continued to work with Spark, began to exercise, drank my water, ate my veggies and fruit but still did not lose and gained a couple more pounds.
On Spark I have met such wonderful nice supportive people and feel I will never want to leave Spark. You Rock Spark Guy and all who work with you as well as all of my friends. You are doing a great work helping us to take care of this Temple of the Lord so we can live longer more productive lives. In fact I have been asked to teach in a Bible School again. I have known this pastor since he was a young lad. I wrote a blog about the weird phone call explaining more about this.
Each month a group of Christian women meet and the leader I found out is an officer in the Donna TOPS CAN YOU IMAGINE???? I just love her. She is upbeat and so cool. Her grand daughter and I have become great friends and she has asked me to pray for her several times.
So tonight things are going to change. I am going to Donna TOPS and start over. Don't have as much to lose this time but know I need to lose it before I balloon again. You know how people are though. They keep telling me I look so good and am just at the right weight. I know I need to lose those few pounds to feel better.
So everyone let's say THIS IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE AND THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE.



  
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MARLIZG 3/10/2010 12:40PM

    whatever you are going through you are in my prayers

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B-N-ME 2/25/2010 7:46PM

    Love your attitude! You can do this, you KNOW you can!

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HAPPYMOM8 2/22/2010 11:15PM

    This IS the first day of the rest of our lives and YES things are going to change! Good luck Irene! emoticon
Pat

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/21/2010 9:46PM

    Irene, I always love your positive attitude! I'm sure you will bless the new TOPS group, and you have our (SP friends') permission to say NO to any new responsibilities! I think many of us identify with the continual struggle with those old habits of eating ... that may always be the case. But our God is bigger than our struggle! Praise Him for each victory!

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DIDMIS 2/21/2010 7:14PM

    Lavenderlily I tried to read your blog but can't get to your page. Do you have it set on private by accident?

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LAVENDERLILY 2/21/2010 5:43PM

    Thanks for the encouragement.

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JEANSHEP2 2/19/2010 9:36AM

    God bless you my friend. There are so many bumps along this road called Life and it seems we manage somehow to get over them. You are doing great and you will continue to do so!

No one ever told us it would be easy, only that we could do it!
I will be keeping up with your progress as I am one who is trying to get back to goal weight also. We can do it and we are worth it!

I am counting on you, girl!

Love,
jean

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JODIRICHARDS 2/19/2010 12:01AM

    Praying you find victory and make the most of the new situation!

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SUNNYWBL 2/18/2010 6:48PM

    I am so glad you finally got out of that TOXIC TOPS group and found another another where you feel comfortable.

Just remember to say "NO", if they want you to help with running the club; what they usually mean is= do all the work for me/us.

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ANNIELAV 2/18/2010 1:52PM

    You go Irene!

I think our TOPS is failing. It is usually me and maybe one other person. So I will be on the search for a new team! :(

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CAROLYN0107 2/18/2010 1:31PM

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During the first week of July, 2001 I walked into the basement of a church looking for theTOPS club that I had found on the internet. It was a Thursday morning. There was a lady in the hallway who asked if she could help me. I told her that I was looking for the TOPS club. She told me that I had indeed found the TOPS club! She introduced me around and explained a bit about what was going on. She told me that this was a "free" day and that I didn't have to weigh in until I decided to join. I told her that I had come to TOPS to join!

I attended that TOPS club during 2001-02 for 12 months, 2004 for 6 months, 2007 for six months and 2009 for another 6 months. Because it is a morning TOPS and has been around for MANY years, it has mostly retired folks in it. At age 60, I am one of the youngest. I love TOPS! Each time I return from Africa I rejoin TOPS again, the same club. These people ( I can't say ladies because we have one man in the club) are very special to me. They come from many different backgrounds. I have been their speaker quite a number of times. Each time I return to Africa they take up a collection for me to use here at the Hospital. Thursday morning is one of the highlights of my week!

Now you say, does going to TOPS help me from gaining weight in the States. No, I'm afraid it doesn't. BUT I don't even want to imagine how much I would gain by NOT going to TOPS during my six months home. I need that accountability.

HUGS to you Irene. Welcome back!

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FREEDOMSTAR 2/18/2010 11:27AM

    Irene- emoticon wishing you all the support you need

cheers
John

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LADYBUGRUNNER 2/18/2010 11:09AM

    You will do GREAT, there is no doubt in my mind!!!

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XAVTAY 2/18/2010 10:58AM

    This is the first day of the rest of my life! I am glad that you were able to connect back with TOPS. God works in mysterious ways and he is just an awesome GOD.
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SGRENNEK 2/18/2010 10:49AM

    Wow! It's neat how the Lord worked it out for you to go to the Donna meeting!

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WE NEVER KNOW WHAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS ON THEIR PLATE AND I DON'T MEAN FOOD

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


My girl friend and I ate out at Furr's recently and the service was not good. I needed water but although I asked for it I did not get any. I noticed our waitress was covering a huge area and she was running as fast as she could. She was very frustrated. Finally my girl friend went to get the water.
Well, I thought I always leave a tip but this time I won't and I will even write a note letting them know what bad service we got. Actually it was the restaurants fault.
THEN I FELT I NEEDED TO TALK TO THE WAITRESS. I do this often and have never had anyone offended. She was taking a break and eating her lunch as they had put several waitresses on the floor. I went over and talked to her. I said I didn't mean to be mean about the water but I really needed it. Then her story came out. She is the single parent of a 14 year old girl. The girl has cancer, has had chemo and her immune system was low. She got an infection and was in the hospital. The waitress had been with her until 10:00 a.m. and had to be at work at 11:00 a.m. She was very tired, hungry, and frustrated. My heart went out to her and I hugged her. I asked if she believed in prayer. Yes she said, that is what I have been doing all night. Do you mind if I pray for you I asked. No, not all she answered. Do you mind if I pray for you right here? No, please do. So I prayed. I prayed for her daughter and I prayed for her. I prayed for her finances as I knew if she didn't need to work she would be with her daughter. God led me as I prayed for her.
I left her with my telephone numbers and hope with a little hope in her heart.
Of course my girl friend and I tipped her well.
So you see you never know what someone is going through.
Let's keep our hearts open, be kind in all circumstances and we will find our own frustrations diminishing. We smile at someone, they usually smile back. We are happy, we usually eat less, We eat less we usually see our weight go down so let's love our neighbor as ourselves and think about it you have to love yourself first or you can't love your neighbor as yourself.
Irene

  
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SEAWAVE 9/24/2010 5:50AM

    "Let's keep our hearts open, be kind in all circumstances and we will find our own frustrations diminishing." Wise, wise words. Sometimes the smallest kindness can help someone through their day, and is as uplifting for us as it is for them!

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BORN2BE 3/13/2010 7:03AM

    Irene as usual you remind us of what is important. Thanks for sharing this.

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BLOSSOMKITTY 3/2/2010 3:00PM

    God is so Wonderful!

HUGS!

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MIKESCHICKY 2/18/2010 1:06AM

    You Rock !!
Thanks for sharing and encouraging me to slow down and consider !

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NELLIEBLUE 2/17/2010 8:31PM

    God Bless You, I'm sure you lighten this girls load for a little while.


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JODIRICHARDS 2/17/2010 7:13PM

    I shared the verse about loving your neighbor the other day and hopefully gave some hope too, you are so right, we never know and need to be walking in the spirit to bless those around us. Thanks for a great reminder and example!

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CARDIFF1066 2/17/2010 7:12PM

    God works in mysterious ways! "He is the Potter, we are the clay."

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CAROLYNVIL 2/17/2010 7:03PM

    yes your so right , everyone has there own ups and downs. the answer is always treat everyone as you want to be treated. carolyn

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/17/2010 5:15PM

    Absolutely right! Sometimes we have no idea what burdens others are carrying.

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JENGRAMMER 2/17/2010 4:22PM

    It's all been said very well by those below.
God bless

Jen

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LYN-EDWY 2/17/2010 2:25PM

    Thank you for sharing this Irene.

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YJNANA 2/17/2010 1:41PM

    Your our little Angel and you reach out and give hope to those in need. The world needs more angels out there to share a helping hand or prayer.


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DOINFINE 2/17/2010 10:52AM

    Irene, Like you said, you never know...I would venture to say that your Christ-like actions have changed that woman's life. She will remember your kindness forever. Your prayer touched her heart and God's heart as well. He is love and we are to imitate Him in all aspects of our life. You showed God's great love to her at a time when she probably felt like no one in the world understood her and her trials. I bet your treasure chest in heaven is overflowing! You are so special and such a good example to me. Thanks ever so much! Blessings to you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JEANSHEP2 2/17/2010 9:59AM

    Everyone is fighting a battle, and it behooves us as Christians to be kind, whether we know the problem or not - kindness is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit!

Thank you Irene for such a lovely behavior! You are an inspiration to us all. That young woman will never forget how you treated her!

Love you,
Jean

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GLORYB2014 2/17/2010 6:46AM

    Thank you for sharing, Irene. You always write such heart felt blogs.

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CAROLYN0107 2/17/2010 1:20AM

    Thanks for sharing Irene.

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LADYBUGRUNNER 2/17/2010 12:39AM

    You are such a sweetheart Irene.

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DAVEOZ 2/17/2010 12:30AM

    Thank you for your heart.

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GRAMMAP1 2/17/2010 12:13AM

    DH and I have always said we want to give Restaurants and waitresses a second chance for that very reason. You handled that beautifully, Irene but that doesn't surprise me at all. God rejoices in His people being loving and tactful. Good job, Friend. Hugs, Jane

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SUNNYWBL 2/17/2010 12:04AM

    Amen, Sister

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HAPPYMOM8 2/16/2010 11:54PM

    Irene= You were in the right place at the right time. How wonderful that you were able to seek out the waitress and find out her problem. You were definitely guided to her and you were able to help her in her moment of need. emoticon to you Irene, Pat

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AJBEAM 2/16/2010 11:49PM

    "You can always give without loving, but you can never love without giving." (Amy Carmichael) Taking the time to try to understand a person's troubles in life is usually pretty eye-opening. Then we must choose what we will do with that information. Thanks for being such a great reflection of Jesus' love to others.


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NELLIEC 2/16/2010 11:29PM

    Amen!

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EAT_MOVE_LIVE 2/16/2010 11:20PM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing, that is exactly what I needed to read tonight! Thank you!
Candace

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BORROWEDANGEL1 2/16/2010 11:20PM

    You are such a lovely kind soul..I'm sure that waitress will never forget your kindness to her.. and I, too, pray that she and her daughter have a great outcome. It's true what you said in your blog.. We just never know what others are going through..We would all do well to learn from YOUR example!!

God Bless You Ms Irene!!

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GRACEISENUF 2/16/2010 11:18PM

    Beautiful example of God's love in action.
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FREEDOMSTAR 2/16/2010 11:10PM

    Irene- you always bring a smile to people

cheers

John

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GRAMMAP1 2/16/2010 11:01PM

    Irene, how about an explanation. I like the picture but don't know if you have been crowned or what! Is the ribbon a delegate identifier? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A WEIRD PHONE CALL THAT TURNED OUT NOT TO BE SO WEIRD

Sunday, February 14, 2010



Tonight an angel visited this home. As I cooked supper I received a phone call but there was a lot of noise on the phone. I could not understand them and they could not understand me. It seemed they were saying "Irene, Irene". Nothing came through. I thought it was my pastor's wife since she calls me when she is feeling sick and weak and sometimes I can not understand her.
Upon finishing eating I checked my phone and sure enough it was our area code but it was not my pastor's wife. I called and a pastor I have known since he was a kid answered the phone. I asked if he called. He said no and said maybe I wanted to talk to Vonnie. She is the one who helps me in Mexico sometimes.
I said, "Vonnie did you call me"? She said no that wasn't her phone number, it was John's. I said well I need to talk to John then. He had not called me and he had no idea what had happened but said, "Well I have been wanting to talk to you. I want you to come and preach at my church and also in August I want to start a Bible School. These are to train Mexican Nationals to reach their own people. In 1984 he and I both taught in a town in Mexico which he still works in. My heart is in this work but when the last Bible School I taught in closed as the missionary who had it was unable physically to carry on that seemed to end. I said, "I will not knock on doors and ask to teach. If God wants me to teach he will open the door."
So tonight I received a call from an angel. Who knows. I might be teaching again. I am glad my body is in better shape and I plan to keep working on it so I can be strong for The Lord till my last day on this earth and do His will. Thank you Lord and thank you Sparks. Thank you all of you who have and are still praying for me.
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CHARHUNT1 2/17/2010 12:10PM

    Wonderful, Irene.... thanks for sharing. God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform.
God bless!
Charlotte

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DAVEOZ 2/17/2010 1:38AM

    Irene,

Thank you for your blog comment. I hope something turns up soon. $ is running out.

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SUNNYWBL 2/17/2010 12:12AM

    It was good that you took the time to track the caller down!

I put some emoticons on here, but when I tried to post my comment, I got this message from SP!
'Please remove any profanity or HTML from your comment."

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NELLIEBLUE 2/16/2010 12:48AM

    Thanks for sharing, I truely believe that God uses anything or anyone to do his work. God bless and lead you.

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CAROLYNVIL 2/15/2010 11:39PM

    I truly believe in angels! when God closes one door another opens.

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AZIMAT 2/15/2010 10:21PM

    I am praying that the Lord's will be done. Thank you for sharing this story about being open to possibility and perseverance. emoticon

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LAVENDERLILY 2/15/2010 10:01PM

    What an inspiration. Thanks for being part of the Spark Family.

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LIVBYGRACE 2/15/2010 7:09PM

    What an encouragement, Irene! I am so thankful that you are going strong and are helping to train the next generation of Mexican pastors!

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HISOWN1 2/15/2010 2:26PM

    God does work in mysterious ways and He knows the plans He has for you!
Laura

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WALNUT5612 2/15/2010 9:16AM

    That is truly wonderful!!

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GLORYB2014 2/15/2010 7:17AM

    God always finds ways to speak to us Irene and he chose that 'weird' phone call for you my dear!
I'm in awe of you, you always are so busy yet you are thinking of teaching again!
Irene, in my eyes you are one remarkable lady and I'm always so proud to call you friend!!
Keep writing your blogs, they are so interesting to read!

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DDCLEADER 2/15/2010 6:52AM

    Irene it is very refreshing to hear you talk about following up on your heart felt feelings. You are such a blessing to all of us that know you and many more who do not.
Thank yuo for sharing my friend.
God bless you are you move forward on this new venture.
Dan

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JODIRICHARDS 2/15/2010 3:54AM

    Lady you are young, I plan on seeing you in eternity! How fun that God would put that all together, we'll keep praying and watching to see how it plays out!

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TIABITS 2/15/2010 2:19AM

    Love these types of stories! Thanks for sharing Irene!

I too believe in angels & in wonderful miracles that sometimes seem like coincidences but are too incredible to write off as simply that. I have had those experiences myself & am happy for you Irene. What a wonderful opportunity!



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BORROWEDANGEL1 2/15/2010 1:56AM

    When we listen to God's voice, we often find Him calling us to new pathways!! May your teaching bring you much happiness, and blessings to others! God Bless You for being so willing to do the Lords work!! emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 2/15/2010 12:15AM

    You remind me of my Brother, Irene. He retired from Missionary Service in Brazil. Here, boredom set in, so since my Hubby's health was failing, they shared being ministers of Seniors. He took it full time when my Hubby retired. A few years later, he retired again, but he loves to teach. If he doesn't have a couple assignments a week, he is miserable.

Good for you in going back to teach. Our Pastor said he wanted to die serving the Lord...and he did just that. No one can show me where retirement is mentioned in the Word. emoticon

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TERJEGOLD 2/14/2010 11:42PM

    That is wonderful!

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YJNANA 2/14/2010 11:22PM

    Wow Irene, thats a nice story. That was strange and look how it worked its way out. Thanks to Your persistence in finding out WHO was calling :)
You will be doing what you Love :)

Yvonne

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GRACEISENUF 2/14/2010 11:01PM

    Doors open when we least expect it! :) Your words about wanting to serve the Lord as long as you can touch me very deeply. I am so glad to call you friend!

Love and hugs

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JEANSHEP2 2/14/2010 10:52PM

    Isn't it wonderful that the Lord can reach us anytime He wishes? What a glorious experience. I have only had one like that in my life, but I'm sure that God knows I can only handle one!

Bless you dear teacher of the Word! God will use us to "death" if we are willing, and I know, dear Irene, you are willing.

Blessings in all He has planned for you.

Happy thoughts,
Jean

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GAILROONY 2/14/2010 10:36PM

    Lovely!!!

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HAPPYMOM8 2/14/2010 10:03PM

    I believe in angels too. You never know when the angel just over your shoulder will give you a ring to carry out your mission on this earth! Pat emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 2/14/2010 9:20PM

    I too believe in angels. That would be really neat if you could teach again.
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TATTER3 2/14/2010 9:16PM

    Praise the Lord!!!! What a testimony! My mother, a preacher from long ago days and we could swap stories about how God does things.
It's a blessing to stop by and see what God's doing in your life!!! Keep praying, keep praising, keep serving and keep Sparkin'!!! I appreciate you!!!

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FREEDOMSTAR 2/14/2010 9:04PM

    I agree God works in mysterious ways !

John

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SGRENNEK 2/14/2010 8:59PM

    Wow, that's so cool. God is very active in our daily lives!

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KITKATSGRACE 2/14/2010 8:56PM

    This is beautiful! God works in mysterious ways!

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