I'm not alone

Monday, September 05, 2011

"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." - Deuteronomy 31:8

I use this verse often but sometimes it is difficult to live it.

When I emoticonto south Texas to work in Mexico in 1962 I left all behind. Family, friends, church, possessions, etc.

I know the Lord says if we do leave these things He will give us much more and I have all I need.


Being alone on holidays. Everyone else has someone. I do have friends but today I am alone.

Thanksgiving and Christmas have always been difficult for me.

I guess I just had to cry on someones shoulder and that happens to be you as I am spending my day with you.

God bless you all and have a good one and I will try to remember that precious Bible verse and live by it.

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    Big hug from me a few days late. ((((HUG)))) I remember those lonely time all the years I was single. You help me remember not to take for granted the gift God has given me now. Thank you for not wearing a mask but being an authentic child of God who shares joys and griefs like David did.
    3462 days ago
    Since I live in a mostly hispanic area families stick together. I do have friends among the hispanics but some special days are just for them. You go to a restaurant and see long tables of hispanic families and some of them come over from Mexico to be with their family.

    All of you have been so kind. Today is a new day and I am going to let the sunshine of my page shine through. I love the yellow background but don't look good in yellow clothes.

    God bless all of you my dear friends. A SPARK friend called yesterday and he had not even read my blog and sweet Carolyn a missionary from the states who has been in Africa for years called. Our connection was bad but it showed she cared.

    Oh by the way, I am keeping on pedaling.
    Love you all.
    Irene emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3464 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/6/2011 10:29:09 AM
    There is a saying in AA "You are only as lonely as you choose to be". Someone always has festivities for those without family nearby (or in the case of AA, family that is still talking to you). It starts with one person, and grows into a tradition. Isolation is deadly for those of us with addictions of any kind. Please reach out this year. I'll bet there are others in your church or other group who are just as lonely as you, and will be thrilled that someone reached out to them. The hardest part is the first reach. After that you'll be amazed at how many people reach back.
    3464 days ago
    I just read your blog today but I saw all the beautiful responses your received. God sure wants to show you that you are loved by others even if it is just a tiny portion of what He loves you and of the great rewards you will receive when we reach eternity. emoticon
    3464 days ago
  • MOM4407BECKY
    I wished I lived closer to you so we could spend more time together. Love you my friend.
    3464 days ago
    Never alone, my friend. We are all right here for you. Even as I type this comment, I feel all this love from everyone and am blessed by these feelings. I hear you and know what you're saying. I am there too with the "alone" feelings every now and then. As another of your commenters said, it is a good time to have a celebration of one. Do the things you like and really enjoy the "ME" time.

    God's Grace
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    3465 days ago
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    While I do live in the same house with my second daughter and her baby and boyfriend, most of the time I am alone. My daughter is an RN and has a demanding job and her boyfriend fixes cars and also works with his dad at times for building projects. Today they went elsewhere. Actually since I kept busy with SP, I didn't really mind.
    3465 days ago
    Irene, I reach out to you and understand. Even though my family is close as well as very dear friends, holidays are a sometimes very lonely.
    3465 days ago
  • MONTY68
    Hi Irene
    What a beautiful blog, I can understand your feelings of being alone, My family is 1250 miles away and I remember especially on holidays of how it felt together as a family. Here, I am alone, but I have learned to remember that we are really never alone. Your responses from your friends that say that you are in their thoughts as they are in your thoughts gives a feeling of being with someone. You have touched so many on this website and they would share the thoughts that you are in theirs hearts.
    I am glad that you shared your feelings.
    Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3465 days ago
    Celebrating You for I am my sister's keeper. That scripture has provided solace to me even living in my home with family. I can image what you are feeling - particularly doing those times. We open our home for guest when we are here. Well, Sparkfriend, I am here for you as all these wonderful Sparkfriends - thank you so much for your transparency. Much Love Jacki emoticon
    3465 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    Can you not feel these arms that came through the computer and wrapped themselves around you my dear friend?
    Can you not feel the wetness on your cheek where my lips smooched you?
    Can you not feel the sparkle in my eyes as I look at you, you who are such a wonderful friend?
    You are never alone . . . He is always by your side and I and many others are always thinking of you and loving you!
    You are a dear friend Irene and oh so loved!!
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    3465 days ago
    you are well thought of and loved,we may not be there physically but our thoughts are with you today. emoticon emoticon
    3465 days ago
    My goodness you care. Even a SPARK friend who is a missionary in Africa called me but our phones kept cutting out. She is also single.
    Thanks again everyone. I went out to eat and brought enough home for later.
    Irene emoticon emoticon 's
    3465 days ago
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    I'm so sorry you are all alone.
    Yes you have us here at Spark but I know its not the same as having someone in real life to share the day with.
    I am going to pray that God will send you a friend for you to share the hoildays with. emoticon
    3465 days ago
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    Ohh My dear friend! I so wish I could be with you ...
    Unfortunately we are so far apart
    But my Thoughts Love and Prayers will be with you always
    Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3465 days ago
    Irene I wish there was a way I could join you for the holiday but distance doesn't allow it. I'm fortunate that my daughter always makes sure I have company on the holidays and I feel so blessed that she shares these days with me. I can't imagine how the day must drag when you are alone. Have a special treat today and have a celebration of one.

    God Bless
    3465 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your heart! And I know that even being on SP isn't the same as sharing a meal, playing a game together, etc... but you are loved.

    Being a widow is a hard, lonely journey with some days easier than others... it was difficult for my mom at times, too. May God give you the comfort and peace that you need today with His amazing enabling grace.
    Roxie emoticon
    3465 days ago
    Ditto - my friend - but then I'm not alone (ZOO) and
    plus I love being alone - well sorda!

    From mid-valley to upper valley!!! lol

    3465 days ago
    I am sorry you are alone too Irene. Please stop on by or spark mail ANYTIME.

    Today I am alone too. My hubby works almost all holidays. My DD moved away to college and my son is working too. So let's keep sparking and enjoying one anothers company.

    3465 days ago
    Thank you everyone. Marcia I wish I had my d/h. I think that is what makes it more difficult. Enjoy one another.
    3465 days ago
    Irene hun you are loved, bit difficult for me to come over from the UK and give you a hug hope the one I send helps.
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    3465 days ago
  • CAROLYN0107
    emoticon I would love to come over for a chat! You are loved!
    3465 days ago
    Dear friend, DH and I are also alone today. Our big family celebrations are all in the past. But we do have the Lord with us. We can celebrate together. Happy Holiday my friend. Hugs, Marcia
    3465 days ago
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    Irene so sorry that you are alone on Holidays. We are blessed, and if you were closer you will be invited to spend the Holidays with us. We had 2 widow ladies that we always included on Holidays with our family. One has passed over, the other isn't able to get out now. God loves you, and so do we.
    Marsha emoticon
    3465 days ago
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