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1/12/12 11:58 P

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Thank You For Our Messy Home

Dear Lord,

Thank you for this sink of dirty dishes; we have plenty of food to eat.

Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry; we have plenty of nice clothes to wear.

And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those unmade beds; they were so warm and comfortable last night. I know that many have no bed.

My thanks to you, Lord, for this bathroom, complete with all the splattered mess, soggy, grimy towels and the dirty lavatory; they are all so convenient.

Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs defrosting so badly; it has served us faithfully for many years. It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals.

Thank you, Lord, for this oven that absolutely must be cleaned today; it has baked so many things over the years.

The whole family is grateful for that tall grass that needs mowing and lawn that needs raking; we all enjoy the yard.

Thank you, Lord, even for that slamming screen door. My kids are healthy and able to run and play. Many children cannot.

Lord, the presence of all these chores awaiting me says You have richly blessed my family. I shall do them cheerfully and I shall do them gratefully.

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings... Thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible...Thank you, Lord, that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising...Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic with socks that are lost, toast that is burned, tempers that are short, and my children that are so loud...Thank you, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in magazines and the menu is at times not balanced...Thank you, Lord, for the food we have. There are many who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous...Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who are jobless.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest...Thank you, Lord, for life.



IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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I love that scripture and I am grateful for you both.



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1/9/12 9:14 P

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I have that verse on my signature. I always say I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me but without Him I can do nothing. OOPS I don't have it on my signature here anymore as I wanted to put a blessing on it. It is on my e-mail only now.


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IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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emoticon We can do all things through Christ who IS our Strength, He is the only one that can do it, I know for sure I cant do it, But with Christ strength INSIDE of me ..........I can do whatever he wants me to do ! Have a wonderful day Jackie !

ROMANS 12:1-3


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Happy, you had me get a shout on today - i had some other thoughts and then I read your encouragement and I am on the right track and I thank you so much. It is these nuggets that keep us on track!!



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Thank you Sweetie Jackie !
I loved Joyce's message today, she says " you might FEEL like doing the wrong thing, But you need to still DO the RIGHT thing ! I dont always feel like sticking to my eating plan, that's for sure ! But I still need to STAY on my eating plan ! FEELINGS are very UNreliable ! Gods word is the only truth ! the truth says to be obedient to him. Well I know Jesus wants me to be at a healthier weight because when I over eat or eat junk I am not relying on him,I am relying on food to comfort me , Jesus wants to be my only comfort. So I will do it today, and thank him this evening for another day of freedom from all my addictions. I love him so much : )

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HappySingleGMA,

I am so gald you shared your testamony, what wonderful words of encouragement!!! Thank you and God Bless You.



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Hi Everyone ! I am back after a stressful time of getting back into the groove of college ! havent been to school , well since 10th grade as I was a drop out . But called called me to go to school, I heard him loud and clear ! But he also told me it would take about three months to get my groove on. So now I work full time and go to school and I havent felt this happy in years ! but those last three months were brutal. I was so stressed I even started wetting my bed at night , just like a little girl. I was so scared that I would fail, but I kept praying and asking our Lord Jesus to take over my life for I didnt know how I could be doing what I am doing. I am 52 years old for goodness sakes, why am I going to College??? But the Lord has said go and because he loves me so much that he lifted me out of the chains of alcoholism,drug addiction,abusive relationships and I did not do a thing, He did it all . I tried to do it myself but I kept digging a whole and when I cried out to him and said " Do what you want with me, I am yours" that is when my life changed. how can I serve thee oh Lord? I dont know why I am going to school, God knows but I dont. And that's okay. Jackie, thank you for your new years post. so beautiful ! we are all conquerors ! Galatians 5 :1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. stand firm then,and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery ! Praise be to our Lord Jesus who has set us free ! I will pray for you if you like, I love to pray for others !

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Thank you Jackie! Beautiful words to live by!



A friend can tell you things you don't want to tell yourself!

Let one of those friends be - JESUS!


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1/4/12 5:44 P

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Jacki how beautiful. Thanks for posting.

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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I am grateful to enter this New Year with such a great team. I pray that all of you are safe and know that we serve a great and wonderful God. Our Bible comes with broken vessels, bruised, sometimes abused, but in all things, God provided favor for those just as He has done for us. The book of Matthew provides in the first chapter Jesus genealogy, which included some would call the least, but in all, there was God's favor upon Rahab. God gives favor to us all and if you are confused about favor, understand it this way - difference of those who have made it through and those who have not. It is God's grace and mercy.

I know we all thinking about how to do 2012 better than 2011, but please don't try to think it through all in a day. Look at it with perhaps these things in mind:

Character - having a spirit of excellence in Christ Jesus. Mean what you say and say what you mean. Pray for one another, build up one another - read each other blogs and leave a word of encouragement. In your non-spark life and I pray that you have one, my friend's mom always admonished to look at your own door and leave judgment right there. I am guilty as the next, but I have learned that I got faults and if God accept my nasty, then I ought to give to others as well and that builds my character.

Be a witness - In the story of Daniel, he became a committee of one - Daniel did not wait for anyone to do anything, he showed his faithfulness and his commitment to God. Be committed in relationship with God, and watch what God will do in your life and the life of those who are in your life. S-t-r-e-t-c-h your self in your commitment to being a witness for Christ.

Pray without ceasing. Pray Until Something Happens (PUSH). I guarantee you that if you faithfully pray with a repentant and joyful heart, things will change around and if you don't see change, pray that God will change you. Check your time of devotion, time that you develop your prayer life and your life in Jesus. No judgment, God gives us everything, we can give to God and honor God by our time of devotion, prayer and praise.

Be committed - Be bold in your walk. The enemy knows how to get in your stuff as it's job is to kill, steal and destroy, act like you know that God comes to give life and give it more abundantly. The enemy's job is to stop us from being a witness, but if we take the attitude I don't care what comes at me I am going to say my prayers, I am going to witness the Gospel, Come at me if you want to devil God made me somebody and I refuse to allow you to regulate me to a nothing status - I might have disease in my body, my soul and my mind, my weight might be too much, my marriage might be in shambles, my children might be lost, but I am going to hold on, I am going to stand for Jesus - Devil, you better shoot your best shot, cause it does not matter to me, I am still going to praise and serve my God!!.

Think about what you have resolved to do and I pray that these suggestions will be incorporated in your celebration of life - we are a powerful people created by a powerful and all knowing God and for that my friends, we are a great team of victors, with triumphed life to live. My prayer for all of us is to remember that our Lord Jesus Christ,by dying has destroyed our death,
and by rising, restored our life Please do not take that for granted..

Some of us, will say that they don't really know how to pray, but remember that the Holy Spirit, our comforter speaks for us in groans too deep for words and all we need of the Lord to come alongside us and remind us of your eternal presence, just as Daniel was thrown in the lion's den. Come along Jesus we need you and we want your presence. God Bless you and please keep up the great work that Christ Jesus has begun in you!!

Love You Much

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HEALTHYSLIM2 Thank you for your encouraging words to me. That is what it is all about; encouraging one another. emoticon

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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Thank you so much, Irene! I believe that I was one of the people whom God was addressing through you with your assurance of things being better in 2012. It has been a season of such stress and strife for me, and I often cannot sleep at night. In those moments, Satan has me just where he wants me; and yes, he has stolen so much in those moments of course. But I will continue to claim the victory that is mine through Jesus Christ, and profess that I am believing God's promises, not Satan's lies.
Thank you, dear Spark Friend, for being my encourager today!

It's your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.


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I feel to write and say these words to everyone about 2012

2012 WILL be better.

We WILL take back what the enemy has stolen.

We WILL stand fast, tall and our faces looking straight ahead and march forward into 2012.

And we WILL take back what the enemy has stolen.

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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It is all about baby Jesus



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Try something new: Love yourself and see how much you will change.



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WE ARE ALL SO WORTH IT - TO BE LOVED, TO BE CARED FOR AND TO BE CHERISHED. FIRST, SPEND SOMETIME TODAY, LOVING ON YOURSELF. STAND IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR AND LOOK YOURSELF STRAIGHT IN THE FACE AND FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF.

If that appears to be hard for you, know that Jesus has fallen in love with you and remember that there is nothing that you can do that will destroy GOD'S love for you. So today, give GOD a chance and let God love on you, as you learn to LOVE YOU and you will reap wonderful benefits. emoticon



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Hugs and prayers for you, PRAYINGSUZIE and JSPEED4!


It's your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.


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Thanks from me, too.

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Thank You!!!



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Be the gift that God made you to be. Each and every moment of your life is a blessing from God, even when something makes you unhappy, God has a lesson in it for you. God allows you to see Him through the hard times and that my sisters and brothers is the reason for celebration!!



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Thank you! Your words were exactly what I needed to read!

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Today, where ever you are and whatever you are doing, remember that You are a child of the King, an heir of God and a joint heir with christ. You are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you. You are the head and not the tail you are above and not beneath.

Be pressuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor power, nor things present, not angels, nor principlaties, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nir height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate you from the love of God.



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Please don't blame yourself any more. Accept God;s love and know that His Grace is sufficient for you. God Bless you!



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This is a good idea. I always did like the support of this sparkpeople group. I, of course, have my own pain during the holidays but I enjoyed reading the initial post because it helped me to remember that there are other people who are in pain for different reasons. It's good to know I'm not alone in things like that. I will consider giving to someone this holiday season. Thanks.

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~ One day at a time.
~ With God, all things are possible.
~ There is hope without dope.
~ Let go and let God.
~ Feel the fear and do it anyway


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Hi Sweetlips and fellow sisters in Christ whom have posted so far:
Sweetlips, you are so kind and correct to create a special place for anyone on our team who needs a special "hug" during the upcoming holidays to come!
I will stand beside you in monitoring this page and commit to praying for anyone who posts.
Thank you for taking the time to email us with an alert, so we'd know to look for this!
Yes, many are hurting this time of year, and YES as Lynn says:
"The Lord our God has plans for us, so whatever happens in our lives happens for a reason.
Staying in Godís grace will help you get over any obstacles easily. Through him there is life and all the comfort you could ever be in need of."
So we thank Jesus, and claim this now for all who need His special touch and praise God in heaven for His mercy and grace.
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Edited by: HEALTHYSLIM2 at: 11/20/2011 (23:34)
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The Lord our God has plans for us, so whatever happens in our lives happens for a reason.
Staying in Godís grace will help you get over any obstacles easily. Through him there is life and all the comfort you could ever be in need of.

Look to the God always, and plant seeds of love, life, and wellness in your life.
Don't let this journey- keep you from who you are on the inside.
Create a bound with God and yourself, and believe in the possible.

Have a bless day, and keep on blessing yourself with love, life, peace, and kindness.

~Lynn

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YES!!! Thank all of you for posting. I say yes Lord to your will and to your way.

David cries out to the Lord in Psalm 119:28: "My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word." Further he discusses what he wants in verses 29-32 "Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law! I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.I cling to your testimonies, O LORD; let me not be put to shame! I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!

God will enlarge your heart - isn't that something!! WooHoo, I get excited that anything right, and purposeful God will do - ENLARGE MY HEART!!



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Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Phillipians 3:12

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body,"
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"Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.Ē Luke 6:38



"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body,"
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Neh. 2:18 Then I told them of the hand of my God... so they strengthen their hands for this good work.


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This was a wonderful, inspiring message and prayer! Thank you!

Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8


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Team,

This begins the time of the year, where loneliness sets in for many people, even those who have family around them; It is a time for some where there is more suicides, hospital admittance, depression, missing loved ones and fears become abound. As often as you can, stop by this thread and leave a prayer or a request. If I can get a few folks to stop by here and offer comfort, it will be appreciated.

If there is any team member in my area and don't want to be alone, you can have dinner with my family.

Dear God, on these days, my heart feels the need to ask for a special anointing for those who feel alone, and will be alone during this holiday season. I ask that you purpose each of us to pray for, encourage and make each of our days, days of giving love. I ask God, that when we can, we will and when we feel we can't, that we reach for our help, as our help comes from the Lord. You are standing right there with us and for that I am grateful. God, dispatch your Angels to the families that don't know how they are going to make it through this time, for the homeless men, women and children, for the bereaved, for the lost. Prick our spirits God to want to feed the hungry, clothe, the naked and lead people to you by being a living testimonies. God of Love, God of Hope God of Faith, teach us to honor that which you have entrusted us with, one another. I ask that You stand with me for this team, that you strengthen me to continue to encourage, to pray and to love. In Jesus Name, I am grateful for life, Amen.

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