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A Time to Weep and a Time to Laugh

Monday, April 09, 2012

Ecclesiastes 3:1 - 4
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance...

In the space of 4 days, two loved ones in our church entered into the joy of their Lord! What a time to weep and yet, a time to rejoice. Both were elderly people and both had served the Lord faithfully for more than 40 years. They were dear friends, who had served together in the same ministry, and both had a deep burden for souls, especially the souls of children. Both were also founding members of our church. ...And both loved to laugh, by the way. :-)

This has been a very hard week for our church family, to say the least. While, in many ways we were not surprised to lose Velma, who was 94, I can truly say that none of us expected to lose George just 4 days later, even though he was nearly 91.

But what a blessed hope to know that they are now whole again and enjoying their rest in the presence of our Lord and Savior. I find comfort in knowing that they are both also reunited with their spouses, George's son who died in childhood, and many others who have died in the Lord. Maybe they will get to know my father, who passed away last May. Dad and Velma would hit it off, having had many of the same interests. :-)

If you think of us in the days to come, please pray for their families, our church, and the ministry they leave behind...maybe the ministry especially, that God will continue to bless and use it. This ministry was started by George and his wife, Laura in the 1960s, right here in South Georgia. Maybe some of my friends have heard of it. It is called The Mailbox Club. It is a ministry of Bible correspondence lessons, started on George and Laura's kitchen table. It has now grown into a world-wide ministry. God had used it in such a mighty way, that it boggles my mind! These lessons have been used here at home, and around the world. The lessons have been used by other ministries such as Child Evangelism Fellowship International, Source of Light Ministries International, and by Samaritan's Purse / Operation Christmas Child's shoebox distributions. They have been used as tools in evangelism, as well as discipleship for new believers.

I want to assure you that, amid the tears, we celebrated both their lives, with some of their favorite hymns, stories from their lives, etc. We heard friends and family relate how they loved the work the Lord had given them to do, how they didn't care who got then credit, how they did everything by hand back when they first got started and for many years. I have known for years that George wrote the lessons. But I just learned that George used to type the lessons on adding machine tape because the tape was the same width that the columns would be in the final product. I also just learned that Velma would count out every letter, character and space, so that she could manually justify those columns. What a labor of love!

And we gave glory to God for what He had done in them and through them! They loved family, friends, fellow believers, the lost...They loved Him. They wanted Him to be glorified. I believe He WAS glorified through their lives and their work. And I believe they each heard Him say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant...enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."

I count it a joy and privilege, not only to have known, fellowshipped, laughed, and worshiped with these loving, godly people, but also to have had a tiny part in their ministry and their lives. They will be missed!

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SNARDEESNIFF 4/10/2012 1:27AM

    Hello, my friend! I have missed you, too.

Yes, it is truly a comfort to know that they are at home with the Lord. Done with pain, discomfort, and the sorrows of this life. And yes, both funerals were great celebrations, indeed. (I added two paragraphs above on that topic.)

Thank you for reading and for your comments. And thank you for sending that hug my way. Hugs back to you!

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HEALTHY4HIM 4/9/2012 9:17PM

    Hello sweet friend! You have been on my heart the last while and I've been missing you. It is always so hard to say goodbye to the dear ones in our lives. And yet, knowing that they are at home in Glory is such a comfort, isn't it? Sounds like both Velma and George lived lives worth celebrating!

I will be praying for comfort for you and your church family... And send a warm hug from me to you, my friend. emoticon

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Gathering & Selling Pecans, Earrings On Consignment, and My New Online Store!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

I have REALLY been a no-show on SparkPeople for so long that I hardly know how to log on! ;-) I have really missed all of you--my SparkFriends!

My family has been busy gathering and selling pecans lately. It has been worth it, too. My husband has a customer who is a pecan grower and buyer. Because my husband has been very fair with this man, he gave us $2.00 a pound while he was giving others $1.50. And he weighed our pecans in our buckets, rather than putting then in the cloth bags that he usually uses. Wasn't that sweet of him? And a such blessing to us!

At the same time, I have been working on 2 other ventures.

I am making earrings to sell at one of our local high schools. The school has a store that is starting to branch out and I have been informed that some of my earrings in school colors will probably sell like hotcakes! It all started with the festival where I had a booth in the fall. A teacher from this school was there with some of her students. She showed her students a pair of my earrings that were close to the school's colors. One of the girls bought a pair, wore them to school the following Monday, and is getting LOTS of compliments and inquiries about them. SO I am getting earrings made, finding a way to display them, and making new cards just for the school. I hope to have my first batch ready by Tuesday. Any prayers on my behalf will be appreciated! The school's mascot is a viking, so I plan to call these earrings "Viking Girl". Instead of giving each a female name as I have done in the past, I will call them "Viking Girl 1", Viking Girl 2" etc. I hope this will appeal to high school girls! (It's been a while since I have been high school!)

And I have also been working on my online store, which is finally up and running! Right now I just have earrings on it, but eventually, I plan to post my small silk flower arrangements, my hand-made decorated grapevine wreaths, and my silk corsages and boutonnieres.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog, my friends. I appreciate you!

I am looking forward to Christmas, and now I can start enjoying this very special and blessed season. Blessings to each of you, my sisters, my dear ones on SP!


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ALLGRACEY 12/13/2011 7:16AM

    You are an amazing sister! How do you do everything you do? I'm proud of all you have accomplished. emoticon

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WINFIELD28 12/5/2011 5:57PM

    It was so nice to read your blog!
How nice and exciting that your website is up and running. I am going to go and check it out - we just got a our computer problem fixed!
I can imagine that your earrings will sell well at the school.

Do you grow pecans to sell? That sounds so interesting. I hear Georgia pecans are wonderful.

You will be in my prayers...that all goes well with your new store and site!

Christmas Blessings to you and your family!

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HEALTHY4HIM 12/5/2011 6:13AM

    Congratulations Lois! All of this sounds so exciting for you! I hope that your business venture will be blessed, my friend!
So happy for you ... And happy to hear from you!

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Underneath Are the Everlasting Arms

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Deuteronomy 33:27
"The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms..."

As many of you know, my father and ALLGRACEY's, went home to Glory a week ago Sunday. And God is indeed the Everlasting Arms that we need right now! He is so good to have given my siblings and me such a godly dad...and mom, too! I am also blessed in that all 4 of my siblings know Jesus Christ as their Savior, too. And then to have the support of my extended family--the Body of Christ, including my local church and many on SparkPeople--I am blessed beyond measure!

God blesses and sustains me--and you, if you are one of His--in times of sorrow and other troubles. He is loving, kind and compassionate! He understands what we are going through. After all, the Father gave His Son for our sins. Talk about separation! They had been together for all eternity past, and yet He had to turn away from Jesus when the sins of the whole world were upon Him on the cross. And the Son's temptations touched on all areas of life that we endure, so He understands us, too.

And beyond all of that, we have the blessed hope that we will be with Him--and those loved ones who are believers, who have gone before us--in Heaven one day.

Titus 2:13
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ"

Do you know Jesus Christ as YOUR Savior? He died for YOU!

If you don't--please choose Christ before it is too late!

2 Corinthians 6:2
"For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold, NOW is the day of salvation."

If you have questions, please email me, and I will do my best to answer them.

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If you DO know Him as your Savior, you are ALREADY one of my sisters (or brothers) in Christ! We are part of the Family of God!

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SHINE_IN_09 5/29/2011 2:09PM

    God is so good ... all of the time. His mercies are new every morning. We serve an awesome God - in the true sense of the word awesome, (as opposed to the modern sense).

Thanks for being a light!

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WINFIELD28 5/24/2011 2:02PM

    Thank you Lois for this beautiful blog!
How blessed you have the wonderful parents God gave you.
May others who read your words here be drawn closer to our Lord and Savior. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY4HIM 5/24/2011 12:56PM

    Amen, dear one! Thank you, as always, for your bold witness.
You are such a blessing - to many of us here!
Love in Him,

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Precious in the Sight of the Lord is the Death of His Saints

Sunday, May 22, 2011

To all my SparkFriends, as well as those of ALLGRACEY and LAFFYTAFFY:

Our dad (and LAFFYTAFFY's grandpa) went home to be with the Lord last Sunday evening, just 15 days before his 80th birthday. He lost his battle with Alzheimer's, but gained a new body and a home with our Savior!

Dad had had Alzheimer's for about 9 years. We watched him go downhill for the last several years. For about the last 2 years, he recognized people less and less, until he didn't even know Mom anymore. Over the last 8 weeks, he had been having more and more trouble swallowing even soft food and liquids. On Saturday, he had what would be his final meal: a scoop of ice cream. Dad truly enjoyed ice cream all his life, so we all rejoiced in the fact that he got to have some before he left us.

All of Dad's children, most of his grandchildren, and a lot of other relatives and friends joined Mom on Friday for a JOYFUL and SAD celebration his lifetime of faithfulness, integrity, humor, love of music, his love & commitment to the Lord, his wife, & family, and so much more.

I had the privilege of singing "Because He Lives" at the memorial service. Our brother sang "Only One Life to Offer" and our youngest sister sang "You Can Have A Song In Your Heart". Both are songs our dad sang in church many times, sometimes in duets with our mom.

Deborah, Mom and our brother shared many wonderful memories of Dad, and we watched a DVD pictorial of his life with "How Great Thou Art" playing in the background.

We will miss him so much, but we know he is with his Savior, all his suffering is over, and one day we will see him again!


Dad & Mom at Toccoa Falls, GA, May 2006 (on the campus of
Toccoa Falls Bible College, where he went to school)

Dad & Mom at home in Toccoa, September 2007

"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." --1 Corinthians 15:54-58

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ALLGRACEY 6/16/2011 10:00AM

I finally got up the courage to read your well written blog about Daddy. I knew it would bring me to tears again and it took all these weeks to gain the strength to "visit" your post. You did a wonderful job and I thank you.
I appreciate all the gracious comments from our Spark Friends, too.
Thank you dear friends.

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TESSIELU 5/27/2011 3:42AM

    I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing this.


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KRISTA-GIRL 5/27/2011 1:39AM

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute. You were truly blessed to have him for so long :-)
- Krista

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 5/27/2011 12:58AM

    Thank you for such a WONDERFUL tribute to your father! My dad is getting ready to celebrate his 80th on July 3rd. They were born the same year--1931. I'm so thankful for the hope you all have knowing that one day there will be a GRAND reunion at the pearly gates! No more suffering or sorrow, but only rejoicing evermore.

Blessings to you! Susan

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SHINE_IN_09 5/24/2011 1:01AM

    From our house to yours ............ our love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May His abiding presence be such a comfort to you all.........

Jane & Shan

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GRACEISENUF 5/23/2011 11:12AM

    What a beautiful tribute to the life your Father has lived and the love he has shared.

What a wonderful reunion is in store for you and your family in God's perfect timing.

Your Sister in Christ Jesus
(thank you for stopping by my page)


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SUZANNE0606 5/22/2011 11:49PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss, but it's so great to know that he's in a great place and you will see him again one day!!! Cute pictures!!! Your parents are ADORABLE!!

Praying for your comfort.


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_RACHEL 5/22/2011 10:20PM

    My sweet Lois,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss but rejoice with you that you will see your daddy once again. What a glorious day that will be to see all of our loved ones!!! My prayers are with you and your family. emoticonRachel

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WINFIELD28 5/22/2011 8:40PM

    I want to express my sympathy to you, Lois and your entire family.
Your father sounded like a wonderful husband, father, grandfather & friend.

May your faith in Jesus as our Lord & Saviour give you all comfort & peace.

How wonderful that you and your sister & brother could sing such beautiful songs at your father's memorial service. They must have given your mother great comfort.

You WILL one day see him again.
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IMSMILEY88 5/22/2011 8:31PM

    "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"

How wonderful to be able to speak these words about your father's death. How blessed to be able to say with such certainty that your father is in heaven with a new body in the presence of his Lord & Savior.

May God comfort you & your family during this time! And, may He bless you, my dear friend!

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HEALTHY4HIM 5/22/2011 8:18PM

    My Dear Lois,
My love, thoughts and prayers are with you, Deborah and your whole family. I understand the mixed emotions that come at such a time as this. I am praising with you that your dad is alive and free in Glory... but grieve with you such a profound loss.
With love and hugs,

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1THING 5/22/2011 6:07PM

    My condolescenes for the passing of His physical presence in your lives but I praise that he is at peace and that you guys have wonderful memories.

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Winter Update

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I am SOOOO Not a winter person! I have trouble getting up in the mornings when the days are shorter and the mornings darker. I am thankful that we are past the really short days of winter.

I have been walking indoors pretty regularly, with some other exercise added in. I walk, step, jog, kick, march (and dance a little, if no one is around), and so I get a little more out of a "walk". I keep it low impact though, because I often have pain in my back and hips. Last week I didn't do much, and I am not sure why. I have been trying to get my days started a little earlier each morning, and I am still trying to adjust. I am SOOOO NOT a morning person! :-)

Yesterday I turned 52, and my birthday dinner is tonight. So after celebrating tonight, I am getting back on the ball tomorrow! I MUST remember that I only have one body, so I cannot let up on taking care of myself for very long at a time. Those pounds I lost want me to find them again!

I haven't really gotten back to old habits, but I could very easily do just that IF I don't watch out. I weigh myself nearly every morning, so that "out of sight" doesn't turn into "out of mind." I am staying really close to my lowest SP weigh-in, not losing right now, but thankfully, not gaining either! I usually write down my food and water intake and my step and exercise, then try to track it all on SP if I have a chance later. Even if I don't actually get to track it, that helps for the most part. But I really feel the need to get back to Sparking regularly, to stay accountable, as well as encouraged and motivated. I also want to be a blessing to YOU, my friends!

School is going well for my sons that are in school. That is a blessing! My homeschooled youngest son is doing a fine job, and finishing his work fairly quickly most days. My middle son, who is in college, finished his first quarter with all A's! My oldest is researching, studying, and writing. He is currently trying to get some of his work published in a Christian magazine. That is exciting!

We have had VERY LITTLE sickness so far this winter, which is also a blessing! This was the first in at least 3 years that I did NOT miss anything during the Christmas season due to illness! God has been very merciful to me.

Now enough about me. What do you do for exercise in the winter months? And how are YOU doing? Are you staying on track? How do you fight off the "blahs" when they come?

Blessings and hugs to each of you, my friends,


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COOKWITHME65 2/11/2011 12:49PM

    Glad to see you and your family are doing well. Happy belated birthday. emoticon

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HEALTHY4HIM 2/2/2011 12:46PM

I've been barely poking my nose in around here most days lately... just keeping up with the basics at this point and concentrating on not re-gaining!

Winter is a really tough time for losing... I think many of us tend to be more sedentary and lean toward more comfort foods. It really is easier in the warm weather!

Last year was different for me because I was training for my Disney race... it worked out really well for that season - but I"m not feeling it the same way this year, that's for sure!

Your walks sound great! I would encourage you to add in a little strength training/toning. It's good for our female bodies!

I hope you had a great birthday, miss Lois and that your family did something wonderful to celebrate wonderful you!
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JOYFULMOMTO5 2/1/2011 9:38PM

    SO glad to hear from you! I fight off the blahs with Vitamin D chewables!:o) They are necessary for my well-being! I've been doing the SP online videos. My internet has been crazy, so I bought the dvd last week so that I'd have no excuses. God is revealing so much to me the last few months about my emotional health and healing. Glad your school year is going well. Ours is, too. Busy, but great! Hope you had a wonderful birthday and enjoy your birthday dinner! emoticonJamey

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SMALLONEDAY 2/1/2011 8:12PM

    Happy late birthday and i so hate the winter I love the spring and fall. I have had a great 33 days on track with one day ate to much but other then this things are going great

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WINFIELD28 2/1/2011 5:13PM

    Happy Birthday, Lois!
I hope you have a nice birthday dinner this evening!
I am not a winter person either! And we have had the longest winter in years...and it's only Feb. 1st! Lots of snow. Schools were closed yesterday and today because of the snow. There's no place to pile it anymore! LOL!
I really struggle with staying focused on exercise in the winter. I too, have to push myself to get up and get going in the morning. The longer days (daylight) are helped some.
I have added a couple more Leslie Sansone DVD's to my routine. I really like her 5 Mile Fat Burning Walk and I just added one called "Burn Body Fat & Sculpt Your Arms." That one uses 2lb. arm weights. I have done the 1 Mile and the 2 Mile. Haven't tackled the 3 Mile yet.
For me, recording my food and exercise has been major in keeping me on track.
Also, the support of you and all my Spark Friends has been a true blessing.
I just take it one day at a time.
Nice to hear that your boys are doing so well with their studies!
My daughter did enjoy her trip to Georgia - before your weather turned more to winter.
I think I fight the blahs, by knowing that spring has to come, eventually! LOL!
Again, enjoy your birthday dinner! emoticon

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