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Remedies for Stress

Sunday, January 05, 2014

"Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light."
(Matthew 11:28-30)

So many of us (probably most of us!) deal with stress every day, and it can wreck havoc on our lives.

I have just been reading and reflecting on a very good article on stress by Mary Fairchild:

"There are many practical disciplines that a Christian can and should exercise to avoid stress. Getting enough rest, a proper diet, regular exercise, and keeping a balance between work, ministry and family time - these are all practical ways the Bible teaches us to regulate stress in our lives. However, from a spiritual standpoint, stress relief for a Christian begins and ends with these three basic disciplines: Prayer, Meditation on the Word of God, Praise."

If you would like to read more, here's the link:

And I share this prayer she offers;

"Dear Lord,
I need you now because I am full of stress and anxiety. Reading your Word brings comfort, as I ask you to come and take my heavy burdens. I take each burden, one by one, and lay them at your feet. Please carry them for me so that I don't have to. Replace them with your humble and gentle yoke so that I will find rest for my soul today. I receive your gift of peace of mind and heart. Thank you that I can lie down tonight in peace and sleep. I know that you, Lord, will keep me safe. I am not afraid because you are always with me. Please keep me daily, Lord, in your perfect peace. Amen."

May we all find the peace of the Newborn Child today and every day!


Hi, my faithful friends!

How are all of you doing this New Year?

I am trying hard to stick to my plan for this New Year (resolutions??) : Prayer, Exercise, and watching my food intake, as well as getting enough sleep!

Prayer time, Exercise and 7-8 hours of sleep are my priorities... then the work I need to do, and hopefully there will be time to be a little more active on SP. For the past few weeks, I have only logged in, and spun the wheels!! And once in a while read an article. I hope that this week, although busy, I will be able to begin dropping in on some of you to say hello. (I have accumulated loads of points, so I need to start giving out goodies!! :) ) But no promises just yet.

This new project with the school has taken time and will continue to do so. The plan of the diocese is to start the Pre-School, bilingual, here on our grounds this new school year which begins on Feb. 1st. That means putting up a temporary building with two rooms and bathrooms for the children, plus a play area. The diocese is in charge, but they are counting on me to help them where I can. This has meant many meetings - and there are already 2 more planned for this week.

The plan is, if they can get international donations, to build completely new buildings (ours are obsolete and in bad condition) for Feb. 2015, at least the first wing. It will be wonderful if they can do it!! I'm pretty sure they will, eventually, I just don't know if it will be by 2015!!

But now that the holidays are over, and visitors have gone home, things are calmer and quieter. So I hope to catch up a bit.

Have a blessed and happy Sunday! emoticon

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4EVERNESS 1/12/2014 10:44PM

    It sounds wonderful. Some of us can't quite afford to help at the moment, but an address for those that can and when we can might be quite welcome.

Thank you for sharing the lovely prayer, and reminding me of a grandfather's sermon...when you mentioned yoke...he reminded us of what a yoke was, and what type of burden that is, usually the type we know of being used for oxen in mills. He reminded us of 'keeping our shoulders to the wheel' and thus, perhaps that would ease the burden of the yoke..yet reassurance of God there for us, but our responsibility in lessening the load...And the reference to the mill and a mill stone, reminders of Peter the rock, and the penalties of harming children....

Thank you.

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LESLIEJEAN43 1/6/2014 10:19AM

    Stress is certainly a big deal. I have trouble getting enough sleep. I go to bed early and have no problem falling asleep, but staying asleep is another matter!
I wish you all the best for 2014!

Hugs, Leslie emoticon

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DEE107 1/6/2014 12:13AM

    thank you so much for sharing this

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WINFIELD28 1/5/2014 1:51PM

    Hello Marge. Thank you for your beautiful blog today. I am copying the prayer & link.
God Bless You! Happy New Year!

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SMIDGON 1/5/2014 12:35PM

    Sister---I hope your Sunday is good! I am sure you have heard about our terrible weather! And, what is coming!

I have been 'down' with the flu! It is going on 2 weeks! The weather hasn't been fit to get out to go to the dr.. I am concerned about falling. But, Spring is just around the corner!

May God keep You in his peace and safety!

God Bless You, Sister


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Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

May we all welcome 2014 with a grateful heart, and remember throughout the year to thank our God daily for His many blessings!

"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes. " (Jeremiah 29:11-14 )


Hi, friends!

Well, our New Year has begun, and I hope all of you are having a wonderful day, hopefully with friends and family nearby, and if not, in the presence of our Best Friend, our Lord Jesus.

We had a wonderful New Year's Eve at Yolanda's (my closest friend - really more like a sister, her whole family considers me one of the family) house. We were 24 family members (there are lots more, but they weren't able to be there this year).

Our celebration began at 6:30 pm with games and a talent show. Then at 7:30, our New Year's Eve dinner (a real feast with turkey, ham and roast pig), preceded by family prayer.

At 9:00 we went to Mass. Then back home for gift-opening at 10:30. (Lots of gifts for kids; adults, one each from a "Secret Family Member")

Then at 12:00, outside to see the fireworks, and exchange New Year's greeting with the family and the neighbors. It's a block celebration!

Around 1:00 am, I came home, but 19 of the family are staying at Yolanda's house for the holidays.... Some came last week and leave for home today or tomorrow. Others arrived on Monday, and will stay a few more days. Hospitality is a Honduran tradition - even it it means wall-to-wall bodies at night!! LOL!!

I'm hoping for some relaxation these next few weeks, although at the same time, there are things I want to do around the house. And the bishop has confirmed that the Bilingual Pre-School will begin with Pre-School here on our grounds in Feb. - so a lot to do.

And today, Jan. 1st, I am committing - once again - to seriously working toward my weight loss goal. I do hope 2014 will be the year I succeed in reaching my goal. So, since I haven't exercised this past week, I'm off to exercise right now.

Blessings and emoticon to each of you! Marge

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DEE107 1/2/2014 8:57PM

    Happy New Year 2014

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LITTLEONEJLC 1/2/2014 9:52AM

    Good luck with your goals, and many blessings to you in 2014!

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    Sounds like a busy, but nice New Year's Eve!

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NELLIEC 1/1/2014 7:06PM

    God bless you also!!!

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SMIDGON 1/1/2014 6:58PM

    God Bless, Sister!


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CARRENK 1/1/2014 6:57PM

    Happy New Year! It sounds like you brought in the new year the right way - with family and fun.
Best wishes for the new year!

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NATNOEL 1/1/2014 4:56PM

    Wow what a great New Years you have, it sounds so much fun. You are blessed.
I am with you..... clean slate starting today. It is going to be a great year !

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LESLIEJEAN43 1/1/2014 3:07PM

    That sounds like an amazing New Year's Eve! I can't imagine hosting that many sleepover guests...
I hope you will have time for some relaxation this month. You work hard.
I wish you a joyous and blessed New Year!

Hugs, Leslie emoticon

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A very blessed Christmas to each of you!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My dear Spark friends,

You are each in my thoughts and prayers in a very special way today. I will remember you in our Christmas Day Mass this evening, asking the Child Jesus to grant you those blessings you most need and desire! And may our holy Mother Mary keep you wrapped in her arms every day of the New Year, protecting you from all harm.

These past weeks have not been easy, what with problems with the Department of Education, and since they made us move closing exercises to the end of Nov., we were registering students up until the 18th of Dec.. Also, this process of transferring the school over to the diocese has meant meetings and phone calls, etc, trying to make decisions as to the opening of the bilingual school. They are considering opening preschool here on our grounds this February - the decision has to be make by the end of the year. Also, decisions on how to fuse the existing parochial grade school with our high school. We have an all-day meeting on Friday with a consultant from Tegucigalpa. So I've been very tired, low energy, and little desire to be on the computer!

So please, keep us in your prayers also - asking the Holy Spirit to guide us to make the right decisions, and then to help us put them into practice! If they go ahead with their plan, Yolanda and I will be traveling in January to visit other catholic bilingual schools, to get ideas on how best to proceed. We do want to have a school that will offer high-quality education. We also need to find qualified persons to work in the school. Also the diocese is trying to obtain international help from various foundations in order to build the new classroom buildings that we need - for the beginning of the 2015 school year. Please keep that intention in your prayers also. Thank you so much!

So this is why I've been missing in action, and I really can't be sure when I'll feel up to being active on this site again. I just log in, spin the wheels, and once in a while read an article. I don't want to drop out completely, so I keep on logging in, hoping that soon I'll be back for real! I haven't forgotten any of you - and I do feel guilty about falling off the radar, but I just haven't been able to do more. Maybe after New Year, things will be calmer, and I'll feel better, with more energy!!!

Many blessings on each of you! Love, and a big Christmas hug!

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NATNOEL 12/26/2013 5:24PM

    Merry Christmas Marge nice to hear from you, I had been thinking about you the other day.
I will keep you in my prayers,
Take care,
Natalie :)

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IMREITE 12/26/2013 1:38AM

    you have been really busy. i sometimes font want to be on a computer either after long days.

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LESLIEJEAN43 12/25/2013 7:26PM

    Merry Christmas - it's good to hear from you!
I will pray for your intentions.
May 2014 be a bit calmer for you.

Hugs, Leslie emoticon

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STUDLEEJOE 12/25/2013 7:25PM

    Merry Christmas and may our Lord bless you in the new year. Will keep you in my prayers

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NELLIEC 12/25/2013 6:29PM

    I have your requests on my prayer list.

May God bless you!

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SMIDGON 12/25/2013 5:49PM

    I was beginning to worry about you! In fact, I just finished checking to see when your last post was!

You take care; and check in when you can!

I'll remember you in my prayers, Sister!

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WINFIELD28 12/25/2013 5:48PM

    Merry Christmas, Marge! Hugs!

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WALLINMW 12/25/2013 5:47PM

  Stay motivated!

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Sticking to the plan

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near." (Philippians 4:4-5)

"A personal, prayerful relationship with the Lord will put you in touch with the mother lode of joy. God wants to share himself with you." --John T. Catoir

As I reflect on this verse and quote, I found myself thinking of the song "Our God is an awesome God".... He really is! He loves us so much, is so patient and merciful with us, and wants more than anything else to have a relationship with us and share His joy and love with us! Praise and Glory be to You, my God!


Yesterday, wandering around the site, trying out the links on the new start page, and trying to understand the new Team Bonus Points (I get the 5 spins every day, and give them to my teams,, but I still don't understand what the Team Leaderboards are or where I can see them) came across a list of religious teams (there are a lot of them!). But in the list was a team for atheists... It shook me, and I went to the team page to see what they said. As I read post after post of people who have no faith at all, who make fun of Christians, who are so sure that there is no God, I was filled with sadness for them... I guess we need not to judge them, but to pray for all those who do not know our God.

Well, I'm 4 days into my "new start"... it hasn't been perfect ( a few slip-ups), but I have been trying hard to stick to the plan. Wednesdays are my weigh-in day, and I was very happy when the scale was very agreeable this morning - a 1.4 lb. weight loss.... more than satisfactory for 4 days!

Now I just need to stick to the plan! I've made and frozen several healthy slow cooker meals for when I'm too rushed to prepare a meal, and I've looked up and printed out several recipes for healthy low calorie snacks (all from SP).. I plan to make one today for those times when I "just have to have" something sweet!!

So my friends, with your help and support, I start another week.

Have a wonderful day! Blessings and emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 10/29/2013 6:15PM

    Marge...I've spent time looking at teams here on SP...and came to the conclusion that there seems to be teams for everyone...and not only contrary to believers.
As they takes all sorts to make a world!!

Well done for your first weigh in and may tomorrows be just as great!!

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BLEGNER11 10/25/2013 9:22PM

    We all need pryer but special intercessory prayer for those who are lost because as they are lost in this world, they will be lost for all eternity

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IMREITE 10/25/2013 1:17AM

    I make lots of plans i just struggle to follow them all the time. I have been trying to be more mindful of if i get angry or frustrated wit hsomeone to try to show sympathy and pray for them even if i thing they are doing wrong.

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DEE107 10/24/2013 12:13AM

    hello and a great new start praying for you and your extented family

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WINFIELD28 10/23/2013 8:48PM

    Good for you Marge, with following your plan & the weightloss. Will visit more with you soon. Thanks for the reflection too.

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WAY2GOCAT 10/23/2013 5:57PM

    emoticon I've missed you!

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SMIDGON 10/23/2013 5:28PM

    You can do it; we can do it!


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    Glad you are having success getting back on track. Reading those posts would have made me sad as well.

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NELLIEC 10/23/2013 3:51PM

    I'm glad the scale had good news for you!

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The Only True Failure Is To Stop Trying!

Sunday, October 20, 2013


This is going to be my mantra for the next few months!

After losing 33 pounds, dropping from 197 to 164, I have let myself gain most of it back, yo-yo-ing, with each UP a little more than each DOWN, until I am back at 189.4. Needless to say, I feel frustrated with myself, my lack of discipline Ė especially with the night-time snacking.
But among the many things Iíve learned at SparkPeople, maybe the most important is to NEVER GIVE UP!

So today Iím starting over! I'm resetting my tracker and I commit to:
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week
- Track my food and exercise
- Stay within my calorie count
- Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night
- Spark for at least 15-20 minutes a day, keeping in touch with my Spark Friends, who are my biggest support and motivation, and posting on the message boards.

I know that there will be days when I fail to do what I should, weeks when the scale goes up instead of down Ė and thatís when my mantra will keep me goingÖ Iíll just try again the next day to stick to my plan! And I will keep on trying until I reach my goal!
And I will keep on believing that with SP emoticon

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LAINYC 10/26/2013 12:45PM

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NELLIEC 10/21/2013 3:52PM

    I am so glad that you WILL keep trying!

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JANETELIZABETH1 10/21/2013 11:03AM

    emoticonOn day at a time sweet Jesus, that's all I'm asking of you... emoticon
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LITTLEONEJLC 10/21/2013 8:00AM

    You've got the plan! You can do it!

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DEE107 10/21/2013 12:19AM

    I know what you mean with night snacking and know you will get it off hugs

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WINFIELD28 10/20/2013 10:08PM

    You can do it Marge. Small steps strung together over time. Be gentle with yourself, but firm in the direction you are heading.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 10/20/2013 9:35PM

    Welcome back!! You can do it!!

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NATNOEL 10/20/2013 8:02PM

It is true....I will never stop trying
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SMIDGON 10/20/2013 6:14PM

    Good idea, Marge!


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BLUEJEANS27 10/20/2013 6:01PM

    Yes, you can do it. Make 1 small change at a time and each change should be something you can do for the rest of your life (most days.) Track every change and every food you eat in a notebook or online. emoticon


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