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Why Linda6105 started this journey!

Friday, April 02, 2010

Okay so the assignment for this challenge was, 'Write a blog sometime this week and remind yourself why you started this journey."

Wow! There are a number of things that I could say here, however I'm a believer that the hardest is the one that causes the most growth. So, I'll blog on that.
Last year about this time (3-18-09) you remember this kind of date as it affects your life so profoundly. My family was told that our Father had 3 months to live. He was dying of a rare form of cancer, mesothelioma. There was nothing that could be done for him. Nothing, that was hard to except but except it we must and try to enjoy the little time we had left with Dad. We had 2 different family reunions as not everyone could make it at the same time. We were also able to celebrate Dad’s 77th birthday on June 1st and then his home going on the 18th day of June. We have a very large family there are 13 children & spouses, 46 grandchildren & spouses, 56 great-Grandchildren & spouses, 4 great-great-grandchildren, that’s a total of 119 decedents from Mom & Dad. I along side of my Mother cared for my Dad for the next 3 months. We had days of joy and days of tears and the fear of loss. My Dad was concerned to have to leave us all behind, especially Mom one day he talked with me about taking care of her when he was gone (I’m the oldest of his 7 children). During that talk he said “You have to take care of yourself to be able to take care of Mom.” I knew what he was talking about as I was experiencing a lot of medical; problems most of the common ones associated to being over weight. My Father died exactly 3 months to the day, on June 18th.
For the next 2 months, I found that one learns to live with the loss, the tragedy, the waste, and the gaping hole in the fabric of one's life. There is no closure, nor would I want one. I want to remember him all my life, vividly: his laughter, the smell of his Aspen cologne just after he had shaved, his moments of joy, his humility, and his integrity. So on Aug. 13th,2009 I found SparkPeople and joined. That’s why I started this journey, because the end of Dad's earthly journey.

Daddy you are greatly missed.


  
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DSG1955 1/13/2011 10:29PM

    I'm sorry for your loss of your dad. Thank you for sharing with us, about your family. emoticon

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EWEINHISPASTURE 4/12/2010 8:11PM

    emoticonLinda for sharing your very moving story. Your dad sounds like an amazing dad. It's great that you were able to help care for him and spend such precious times with him. I know too that with God's help you will be a great caregiver for your mom. I sure that our Father in heaven is pleased with how you are caring for His temple, your body, and for your very precious mom.
It is so important for us to take care of our bodies, since they are the temple of the living God.
If we keep His temple clean and in good working order physically and spiritually, we will be fit for our Master's use.
I am praying that I will be able to do as good a job as you are doing caring for your aging parents. Mine are 87, and 88 years old, and are still taking care of each other. We only have to go over about once a week to do things around the house that they can no longer do.
You are a great inspiration sister!
emoticonto you from Ruthie emoticon

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MAUR28 4/7/2010 12:58PM

    WOW! what a touching story...and so very meanignful as well. He is right- you must take care of yourself first in order to take care of others! You are doing a great job of it too! And you are helping so many of us along to the way! Thanks!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 4/4/2010 9:20AM

    Wow I can really tell a difference in your face!

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SHERRYCG 4/4/2010 1:05AM

    Linda, I am sorry to read of your loss. It is so interesting how much you and I have in common. I lost my Dad April 9th of last year. I never want to forget 1 thing about him. My Dad had a laugh that if you were in the other room and you heard it you would smile. It was that joyful. God is so lucky to have him. Happy Easter. Sherry

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MARY1313 4/4/2010 12:08AM

    Oh Linda! I'm so sorry for the loss of your Dad. What a sweet face he had.

I am here too because of what I saw my Mom suffer through, all because of her weight. I don't want to be confined to my bed for the last 15 years of my life.

Today would have been my Mom's 78th birthday. I lost her three years ago and then last year, my brother who I know grieved himself to death over the loss of my Mother. He lived with her and took care of her and they were best friends.

It is the profound things in our lives that we learn the most from. I am so glad you are here and that you are my friend. I have really enjoyed all of the scripture that you have shared here and it never fails to lift me up!

God Bless,

Mary

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NONNATAMMY 4/3/2010 10:34PM

    I'm so sorry about your dad. You were very brave to write about it. I hope that it helped you in some way. Since my dad has had heart disease for the last 6 years, I decide it was time to get healthy myself so I wouldn't put my family through what we've when through with my dad. He had open heart surgery and since then he's had several stents put in. Last time he went into Afib. It's been so hard on us. I don't want my family to have to go through it with me. Sparkpeople is a great site. It helps keep me on track. God bless you.

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JUDYPETE1 4/3/2010 10:10PM

    Great blog. Great reason to start this journey.


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PURPLELVR7 4/3/2010 2:08PM

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I agree it is a wonderful story. I am glad you have such found memories of your Dad

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LAURAKOHORST 4/3/2010 1:09PM

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EMMAJEAN50 4/3/2010 1:08AM

    What a beautiful and touching story! Thanks for sharing it.
emoticon family!

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Lettuce (Let us) the Biblical way

Monday, March 22, 2010

Romans Let us

The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Rom. 13:12
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rom. 13:13
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. Rom. 14:13
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Rom 14:19

Corinithians Let us

Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Cor. 5:8
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Cor. 7:1

Galatians Let us

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Gal. 5:25
Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Gal. 5:26
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Gal. 6:9
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Gal. 6:10

Philippians let us

Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Phil. 3:16

Thessalonians Let us

So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.
1 Thes. 5:6
But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 1 Thes. 5:8

Hebrews Let us

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. Heb. 4:1
Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.Heb.4:11
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Heb.4:14
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Heb. 4:16
Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, Heb. 6:1
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Heb. 10:22
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Heb. 10:23
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Heb. 10:24
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Heb. 10:25
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Heb. 12:1
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb. 12:2
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, Heb. 12:28
Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.. Heb. 13:13
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. Heb. 13:15

John Let us

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7

Revelation Let us

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Rev. 19:7

  
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SUECIR 3/30/2010 2:42PM

  Great blog! emoticon

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1GROVES2 3/25/2010 9:45PM

    Thank You! I loved this! How beautiful. How inspiring. Yes...Thank you for putting it all down in simple words. And Thank You, God for loving me forever and ever, no matter what. emoticon
Margaret

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JUDYPETE1 3/23/2010 8:34AM

    WOW, that's great let-us!!!

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SHERRYCG 3/23/2010 4:49AM

    Beatiful photo's too Linda. Very inspiring as usual. Thanks, Sherry

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/23/2010 2:51AM

    Great blog!!!

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SWIM_2_SLIM 3/22/2010 7:10PM

    I love that kind of "lettuce". The very best kind!!!

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NELLIEC 3/22/2010 6:08PM

    The best kind of Lettuce (let us)!!!

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RURAL3 3/22/2010 5:51PM

    And the perfect reason why lettuce (let us) is good for the soul and spirit. emoticon

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Psalm 95:1-7 Today, if only you would hear his voice

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Psalm 95

1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.

3 For the LORD is the great God,
the great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,

and the mountain peaks belong to him.

5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.

6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;

7 for he is our God

and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.

Today, if only you would hear his voice,

  
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SHERRYCG 3/14/2010 8:22PM

    Hi! I hope you are well. Very interesting and beautiful pictures. Thanks, Sherry

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MARY1313 3/6/2010 9:28PM

    Amen! Praise His Name!!!

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WCATAP 3/6/2010 2:32PM

    Very beautiful and uplifting

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NELLIEC 3/6/2010 2:27PM

    I really like the pictures!!!

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BOB6234 3/6/2010 1:47PM

    Nice,thank you

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LICI79 3/6/2010 1:20PM

    Thank you! I needed to see this today! Blessings!

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CMYEREZ 3/6/2010 1:19PM

    Beautiful imagines.

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Spur one another on toward love and good deeds

Friday, March 05, 2010

Hebrews 10:23-39
23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people." 31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. 33Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.
35So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37For in just a very little while,
"He who is coming will come and will not delay.
38But my righteous one will live by faith.
And if he shrinks back,
I will not be pleased with him." 39But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.

  
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BOB6234 3/6/2010 1:47PM

    Honey you spur me on to love all the time.Your DH

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MAUR28 3/6/2010 11:05AM

    I especially like the title message, "Let us encourage one another towards love and good deed" and I also like ,"Let us not give up meeting together." We need others - in all walks of life- it is what makes life wonderful! emoticon

thanks Linda for the motivation!!

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SHERRYCG 3/5/2010 6:34PM

    This bolg reminds me of all the things I need to work on. Sherry

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NELLIEC 3/5/2010 3:55PM

    The part about confiscation of property strikes at our materialistic world that puts possessions at the top!

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BOBBIENORTHERN 3/5/2010 1:23PM

    Amen keep looking for the rapture of the church. We are to reassure one another with these words of looking for the rapture.

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You're Always There for Me

Friday, February 26, 2010


When the world comes crashing in
And chaos rules my mind,

I turn my heart to you, Lord,
And pure, sweet peace I find.


You lift me out of trouble
You comfort me in pain;

You nourish, heal and cleanse me,
Like cool, refreshing rain.


In times of joy and bliss,
When things are going right,


You lift me even higher,
And fill me with delight.


You listen to my prayers;
You hear my every plea;


I'm safe because I know
You're always there for me.


  
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EWEINHISPASTURE 3/1/2010 7:39PM

    beautiful! emoticonfor sharing the pics and poem. emoticon

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/1/2010 5:42AM

    I love your blogs, thank you.

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BO42SOX 2/27/2010 4:09AM

    So simple,yet powerful-Thank you for this Prayer-Amen-Kathleen

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PEPPERLEAH 2/26/2010 11:00PM

    Amen! How beautiful!

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NELLIEC 2/26/2010 10:11PM

    Amen!!!

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MARY1313 2/26/2010 7:59PM

    Amen. Now I just have to remember to pray for help when I'm foundering.

Mary

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BOB6234 2/26/2010 5:15PM

    Amen

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