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10/18/19 5:04 P

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Roses: I have had a good day , my daughters temp is going back down. I walked on the treadmill.

Thorns: My daughter is non responsive for a second day. My legs are still a little sore , but much better.

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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10/17/19 10:53 P

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Roses: A number of family has expressed their concern for my daughter Amy. I am thankful for their prayers.

Thorns: My projects were put on hold today for a crises. It seems like every time I start to make progress a crises ac-cures then it followed with hard to get back on track .

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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10/17/19 1:08 P

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Roses- I took the day off due to illness. But I mentally needed the day off anyway so it is helping my mood more than anything.

Thorns- I am realizing how much subdued anger I have which is leading to selfishness internally in my thoughts and wants

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10/16/19 7:49 P

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Roses: I had a productive day.

Thorns: I could not walk on the treadmill as my legs are very sore.

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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10/15/19 5:10 P

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Roses: It got up to the 60's , perfect weather for me to walk to the store.

Thorns: Walking that far hurts my legs and feet. You do what you have to do.

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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10/14/19 6:15 P

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Roses: Woke up with a more positive attitude after praying last night for God, to increase my faith.

Thorns: Still cant find my measuring tape.

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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10/13/19 4:45 P

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Roses- there are sermons online to listen to when I am in the blues

Thorns- low mood today so I took a nap but woke up worse. Thank God for sermons to get my head off me and on something else.

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10/12/19 11:16 P

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Roses: A fairly good day , didn't get much done physically around here. My mind was over busy working on solutions and trying to think out side the box. LOL

Thorns: My peace of mind was shaken when I got a call from my daughter who does not like a lot of the decisions I have made for myself in my own best interested. I didn't even tell her about my plans to more because she is highly critical and will try to get me to change my mind like she is doing on my other decisions I have made in my best interest.

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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10/12/19 6:07 P

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Roses-- my pj's are very warm

Thorns- I have to fight against not having motivation

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10/11/19 1:11 A

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Roses: Feeling peaceful about some hard decisions.

Thorns: Not going to the sock hop tomorrow. It is in the evening and Bus don't run after a certain time and I can't find no one to go with.


Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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10/9/19 6:43 P

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Roses: Moving toward a sock hop. I got my hair color refreshed today and worked on my 50's outfit. Ordered me a Neil Diamond CD.

Thorns : I have a friend with a Neil Diamond CD that would not let me listen to it , he makes all kinds of excuses not to do anything that I want to do where I am mostly complying. I am use to his odd personality , but it still irritates me. Instead of letting it get the best of me I went on Amazon and ordered a cd of his songs for myself then he will not irritate me again on at least that request. LOL I wish I could met better friends. Someone who would be enjoyable to hang out with.

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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10/9/19 9:48 A

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we eat separately. He can go a long time without eating then he grazes.

Roses- Had a good time with ladies from church last night for a ceremony to release our sins and accept healing and forgiveness.

Thorns- I am sitting a the work desk with my jeans unzipped because I am miserable in them. I need to dig out my other jeans which are a tiny bit bigger

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10/8/19 11:10 A

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Kathleen, Do you eat the same meals at the same time or separately? Hope you find a good solution to your unique situation.

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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Roses- felt good today

Thorns- its minor...but my son is once again eating a lot of my food. well more than I planned for when buying our food. He has sandwiches mostly because 1) he missed having fried bologna "mixture" sandwiches. We put Ranch and Hot Sauce on them...that is the mixture. we were out of mustard and mayo without money for more but we had those 2 things. I told him how we used to put that on Fritos for a buffalo wing type flavor dipped in the ranch. He loves them. So he missed them because the last 4 weeks he has been eating other food including 4 days of mash potatoes only (when he said he wwas going to water fast) The other reason is
2) he had something that he wanted that cost $50 so he volunteered to eat bologna sandwhich which are cheap $2 for 10 sandwiches. But alas he has fallen in love with fish fillets. WHO KNEW? I dont mind that he eats good. I mind that he underestimates ALWAYS whet it will take to cover him for 2 weeks. Then he ends up in my stash and I dont over estimate. I count on 28 meals with protein and veggies and breakfast it oatmeal or grits. Maybe and egg.

I am just not sure how to buy for someone who can never estimate what they wil actually eat or even what they would like to eat. I dont have money in the bank like my mom did to just go buy a little extra to get by.

OK ranting done

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10/6/19 10:52 P

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Roses: Had a good day all around.
Thorns: Feet hurt after shopping

Hope you have a speedy recover Kathleen. Prayers

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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10/6/19 3:53 P

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I'm with you on the hair washing. I haven't done it in 5days and I was sweating the first 2 of those on walks.

Roses- I stopped being sick from this weekend. Can hold liquids and food now and after it settles withint an hour I feel stronger.

Thorns-being sick

Oh 3 more roses...Thrusday I broke down and bought a new stock pot, cookie sheet and coffee maker. They all had rust. I didnt know how cheap they were at walmart. Ifeel so much better and can cook again.

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10/5/19 4:41 P

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Roses: Slept extra good. My cat is letting me pet her more being less afraid.

Thorns : Need to wash my hair , but putting it off all day because it is chilly and I can't stand getting my head wet in colder weather so I procrastinate too long .

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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10/4/19 4:01 P

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Roses: My day started off good . I been getting somethings I have been putting off done.

Thorns: None

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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10/3/19 9:38 P

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Roses: My Social Security check came today . I spend most the day on paper work like writing bills out.

Thorns: Amazon charged me more than they said they would for prime membership, when I called them they claimed the extra amount was for taxes. They said some areas charge tax and they would not reimburse me of the amount above what they lead me to believe was going to be my membership charge. I think it is dishonest. My opinion of them is going down.

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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10/2/19 7:53 P

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Roses: Had a good lunch at Senior Center today as they celebrated Oct. birthdays with music ,cake and ice cream

Thorns: Not understood well , by " some" of the older than me crowd that attend the Center.

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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10/1/19 7:42 P

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Roses: I got some things done today around the house. Weather 89, but tomorrow we start dropping and tonight storms on the way.

Thorns: none

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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9/30/19 7:28 P

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Roses: Beautiful weather. I got some grocery shopping done. I also got my 10 min. in on treadmill , I got up to 1.1. Wish I could walk faster or farther , but I have too many health issues and I can only do what I can. Well it is better than nothing!

Thorns: Did not have much money to spend at grocery store because it is the end of the month and I don't get my Social Security till the 3rd.

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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9/28/19 7:04 P

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Roses: I went for a get together with 2 of my Mom's half sisters. Enjoyable day .

Thorns: I looked fat in my clothes. The weight I put on that past two months went right to my waist!

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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9/27/19 8:37 P

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Roses: Day started off good. Weather was good till this evening, now it is raining hard.

Thorns: I take 30/70 insulin so it is two shots in one. I take the shot with breakfast around 8am then 4 hours later I must eat because I have the time release dose going into my system. I had my hopes set on going to the Senior Center for end of the month homemade soup and sandwich on Monday. Most the time I ride the Bus , there are just a few other people and Mondays, is never a busy day. I told her I wanted to be picked up at 10:45 she claimed she could not get a Bus to my house before 12:45 so I told her to forget it then. Something is not right with that picture! After that my mood went way down.

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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9/26/19 11:21 P

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Roses: Beautiful Weather again today. Good day all around

Thorns: None

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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9/25/19 10:34 P

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Roses: Beautiful weather. Went out to lunch then to the store for bread. While at Walmart a stranger , male and younger than me , paid me a complement. That put a smile on my face.

Thorns : Most the people in my life either have dementia, brain damage or is by-polar so when I have conversations with most of them I end up feeling depressed for awhile till I can shake off our conversation. Well, a former neighbor of mine who is in her late 50's called and I decided to take the call and as usual I regretted it. She has brain damage from a fight with her boyfriend years ago where he pushed her head into the wall and it caused a brain bleed. She was much younger at the time , but she has lasting damage. The accident caused something like a stroke . She repeatedly tells me the same stuff over and over and gets very mixed up on what people are telling her. Maybe because I am so engulfed with people who have problems that I think my nerves are running thin. Maybe I could handle one or two such persons but a large volume I don't do good with.

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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9/24/19 11:52 P

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Roses: Another peaceful day with no Drama from anyone. Thank you Lord. I managed to mop the Kitchen floor , but it did take me all day because I need so many breaks . A little at a time is how I get things done. The weather was more like Summer and beautiful!

Thorns: Never seem to have enough time to do everything on my to do list.

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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roses- got all my homework done for the week until the new lesson opens on Wednesday.

thorns-- laid down but couldnt nap. Could not quiet my mind







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9/23/19 6:22 P

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Roses: The Weather was great for the first day of fall ,but it is getting cooler at night . A Quite peaceful day. Enjoy the companionship of my Cat.

Thorns: 187 on my Scale . Panic Time!

Your Spark friend Polly.

Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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I would love to hear about the fellowship that swallowed you up when you visited a church recently.

Roses: friend from church took me to Walmart and saved me $8 on a taxi home. This enabled me to finish getting enough food for my son to eat until the 3rd when I get another check.

Thorns- my son did something irresponsible and lost his job. He promised to go right out and get a new one but hasn't left the house all week.He has already blown through his last pay check. So it back on me. I was just getting used to having extra between paychecks.




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8/22/19 4:45 P

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Thorns - still allowing my old nature to get a grip on my mind too readily and easily. I know this struggle will happen until I exchange this old tent for the new one God has waiting for me. I stopped doing the ABCs of faith and life, so it cannot surprise me that when I feed the bad flesh the bad flesh gets stronger.
Thorns - getting angry, almost embittered, about what is going on around me and in my name (as a Veteran and voting citizen of these united states of America) towards the stranger in the land, the widows and orphans, the sick and the poor, the laborers who are cheated of their wages. But wait! There's more...
So I mean to say I'm getting angry in the sense that is not righteous anger and mentally this prompts me to begin wanting to carry a short section of steel rebar and tune-up my vocabulary so I can dish it out without having to resort to profanity to rip someone a new one (as they say) and defend myself and others from being taken advantage of. This is not good. Pray for me, a miserable offender, standing in the need. Lord in your mercy hear our prayers.

Roses - knowing God loves me, my wife does too (and even sometimes goes so far as to like me on occasion). I was swallowed up into fellowship and membership at the local church I went to on Sunday. I can explain more about that another time or in sparkmail if asked. We know we can find peace guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus when we worry about not one thing but instead pray about anything, everything, in every way, all the time. God doesn't promise we'll get what we want necessarily, but God does promise to give us the peace of God for being obedient in this way.

I know you know how much we value and need God's peace guarding our heart and mind.

Prayers for all God's children, and even also for all the pagans who live with us in this world. May we live such good lives in their midst that on the day of visitation these folks will give glory to God for the things they saw God doing in our lives on this planet. Amen.

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Roses- Received my review notes from last weeks employment review. It looks good.

Thorns- dealing with my son who lost his job due to bad personal decision. He got paid Tuesday $200 and spent a shiny penny already. Not sure if it is all gone, but he hasn't bought himself food and is eating what I bought specifically for me (he chose not to contribute money for food when he had it and asked to be left alone about it) so I told him not to eat mine because I budget just enough. Its a fine line. I want to feed him but he has a mentality to eat all you want at the start and deal with not having anything left later. I don't do that. WIth my diabetes I can no longr do that which would end up me eating pasta to get by which is terrible for me.

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Thorns - I'm needing to start walking in the swimming pool, as well as climbing the stairs near our front door. My hips, lower back, left leg are in rebellion against me. Cramps are also getting worse. My wife suffers so much, and I get frustrated easily sometimes. We are both disabled, and hungry for Christian living with others. We do not need a weekly spiritual booster-shot. Our relationship with in-town relatives might improve if we didn't live here. As it is, we feel abandoned and ignored by them. We reach out, but it didn't work twenty years ago, nor 11 years ago when we moved back to town. They're too busy being successful and closed-minded towards those not in their social status and sectarian church.

Roses - My wife is starting to show signs of waxing poetic again, so that is easing a burden on my shoulders. We're trying on a new congregation for size, hahaha. We'll see about it and if it works out we'll move closer into that neighborhood community.
I'm communicating with a pastor about starting a Lectionary reading group (the Revised Common Lectionary per the 3-year calendar, not the daily readings). The Old Testament readings are starting in Isaiah, one of my favorite books of the OT. These are like little "power-ups" one finds in some electronic games -- little boosts of positive influence. hahaha

Prayers for Kate & son especially. It is hard to keep those weeds of dissociation and depression from growing after they sprout. Take a little private 5 minute "You time", like the goal I seek to follow through with for the team.

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Thorns - I'm getting on edge lately, easily irritated and finding loud noises most disturbing. My wife's caregiver slams the broom on cabinet toe-kicks, and makes more noise than necessary doing anything. I've been a caregiver, and a house-keeping Supervisor, so I have a good idea. I washed all the dishes last night, and she's currently in the kitchen doing dishes. She has gone through six bottles of dish soap in a month. She has two volumes for conversation, loud and off.

Roses - I can leave the apartment and get away from the noises and irritations. I praise God she helps out with my wife, since I'm disabled and easily weary and such. I will keep pushing forward to seeking first the Kingdom of God, being God's will on Earth, on loving God with all my person.


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Roses- church was good! We did God sightings "where have you seen God at work lately?" one lady told me how God saved her life years ago. It made me so grateful for the life I have and the life I have been spared. SHe had been left for dead after a violent crime and God told her to get up. She did and she is alive today.

Thorns- a bit f dissociation and depression today. Looking forward to a new day later (its already past midnight.

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Roses - I'm enjoying drinking chamomille tea; when the day starts I drink it hot 50-50 with black tea. I put the tea bags to soak in water at room temp. The chamomille stays strong through 3-4 cups that way, and it has no caffeine. I think of it as herbal flavored water.
Roses - I'm cutting down on my smoking, look forward to quitting soon.

Thorns - I have not found an MP3 player yet in my price range so that we can play the audio bible we got from "Faith Comes by Hearing". Perhaps I need to order online, but the time I did recently the product was defunct, dysfunctional, non-working. Amazon gave me a refund, but still. When I wrote a review of the product, they rejected the review. Strange.

I'm still alarmed by the Human rights violations by my Government, by the divisiveness between Christians who seek the Kingdom versus those who have swallowed the koolaid of the world, and am trying to walk the line between seeing how to love others and point them to Christ without being offensive for my own reasons. If folks in my family choose to be offended, let it be because they reject the truth spoken and lived in love.

Pray for me, for the Kingdom, for The Church and The Bride, for all those in authority, for all who suffer, are ill, disabled, homeless, nationless, orphans, widowed, seeking help, comfort, God, water, food... and more of course.



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Medicated to a stable level but still depressed? that doesnt sound right!

Roses- I am feeling better today...had some stomach trouble that has gotten better

Thorns- I'm exhausted. Didnt sleep well

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Esther is an interesting person. Have you done any historical search about her and Mordicai? Their tomb is in Hamadan, Iran; quite a religious pilgrimage for Jews for a long, long time.

Thorns -- I'm coming to grips with being stuck in Depression, apparently I'm medicated to my stable level. It doesn't get any better than this according to the Doctors.

Roses -- a cousin of mine is now in Paradise with Jesus our Lord. She is now part of that great crowd of witnesses.

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roses- Read a book about Esther

thorns- I have so much SP to catch up with it is a bit overwhelming

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Roses - Walked yesternight while my wife rode her power wheelchair over to Denny's. I had a 55+ Dinner, garden salad, squish (I've called it that since I can't tell when not), and mashed red tators. Then walked back another way with her after midnight to return home. It isn't every day we turn 243 years old, eh?

Thorns - Reading a book on how Democracies die, and I'm learned things from history and today that increased my depression and I felt my old nature stir angrily. So I nipped that in the bud, reminded myself that Jesus did not worry at all about Herod (that old Fox) let alone about the Roman Government. There are no innocents in this world regarding the ways and means. So...

Roses budded anew since God knows those of us who belong to Him, and the angels proclaimed at Jesus' Incarnation that "Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards those with whom God is well pleased." Thankfully, by faith, I am hid in Christ. And am in the process of being conformed into the image of The Son. I'm trying as well to learn from my wife, my mother, and two sisters what it means to be The Bride in ways I alone find hard to grasp.

So I close the night in a garden of roses because God loved me first, and I am in awe.



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Roses-- opened SP and found this prayer when it is much needed in our lives. Thank you.

Thorns- gotta catch up on several things for personal time and work time.

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Roses - having parents who care and are genuine disciples of Christ, a loving wife, son, and Christian neighbors (refugees from Eritrea, US citizens just recently).

Thorns - Christine is having her TMJ again, painful and interrupting sleep. I found out yesterday she has not talked to her doctor about it here in San Antonio.

Father, we come thanking you because it is our pleasure to do so. Coming by faith, we know you hear us, you love us, and you are not finished working in us. We thank you for the communities of faith around the globe and appreciate how great it is to be helpful to others and allow them to be helpful to us. You do keep us from the evil one, and we are secure in your capable hands just as Jesus said. We ask for wisdom in dealing with folks around us, and know your written word to us is a precious treasure we can turn to. I lift up Kate and her son, and if you need my permission I do ask for your healing in their relationship trusting you know the work you have begun in all the various aspects of their lives. Thank you for your peace, thank you for your love. We are glad to come before you as your holy nation. All glory and honor and praise is yours, and we readily bow to you. May this always be true.

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Dear Lord God-- I ask humbly that you not only be with Gregory and give him the continued peace that is yours alone and beyond all understanding... but today I also ask that you make a way where it might be unseen as of yet to financially prosper his family and keep them in your graces of provision. You know his needs and his situation with his family. Father, I life up your child and stand in agreement that you alone are KING and sovereign. You know everything before we ask, and you know the end results. I am only asking for you blessings of this heir with Christ. The Bible says YOU will supply all our needs. As Gregory seeks the kindom first...do not delay in assisting him where there is burden. By Your grace and in Your son's Holy Name - Jesus- Amen

Roses- a friend from church had extra time and money and she treated me to a day out yesterday.

Thorns-- argument with my son last night. He gets so panicked and makes agressive decisions in his conversation style. It is upsetting and we are constantly calling off all socializing between each other...only it never holds because we live in the same house and we both let it go by the next day. But it exhausts us both. (please keep up in your prayers)


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I'm glad you got a check finally. Yay!

Roses - I was awarded for being a motivator here at SparkPeople. I am glad that God promises to guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

Thorns - We are now in dire straits financially. God knows. I trust Him, even with helping me to not be anxious about anything but in everything with thanksgiving and prayer I make my requests known to him.

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WHat a NEAT thing Gralan!!

Roses- rain held off during my 5 mile walk this morning

Thorns (if this is even a thorn) I haven't done anything today....but there was nothing but going to walmart and cashing my check on my agenda.

It was my first paycheck in 11 years. I got a part time (9 hours a week) job at my church as Community Liaison.

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Roses - I'm able to be reading material that boosts my brain and informs my faith. I'm about ready to tackle finishing my degree. It will put me in a place where I can assist foreign students learning to stand in the orthodoxy of Classic Christianity in the communities and missions around the world. By that I mean, true to the faith once for all delivered unto the saints.

Thorns - I'm going to have to retackle all my previous work on my degree, and finish coursework for three classes.

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hahaha (it wouldnt go bad with me-- I'ma carnivore)

Roses- got to the library and picked up teh Black Panther Marvel movie that I pt on hold waiting for over a month for. There were 5 copies-- four turned up stolen in that time, so it was a long wait. but its here today YAY

Thorns-- its very very warm in my rooom and I'm very sleepy from it

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Roses - got 12 free cooked steaks from a local restaurant worker.

Thorns - we've got a lot of beef to eat before it goes bad.

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Roses- got a 3 mile walk in

Thorns-- feeling restless and not sure what to focus on first.

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Roses - my wife still loves me.

Thorns - I feel completely useless in terms of my expectations. I thought I was keeping them low, but then I find I have elevated them to the place where I wish to feel useful. That is in my case an ego booster. I'm not required to feel useful, I am required to be useful. Lord, have mercy on me, a miserable offender.

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Roses- great life hacks-- I will look into them THANKS

THorns-- well its a rose bush with buds and thorns LOL...Buds- I woke u with desire to do things again (I have been BLEH for some time now) Thorns-- there is SOOO much I want to do. I will go in fast circles chasing my tail if I don't get centered with God and seek His best direction for this short day.

I could easily justify hours on each thing I want to do...but since I never know how long this is going to last I better seek guidance.

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Roses - I've done several things for tooth/oral pain relief that have borne great results for temporary and natural solution:
1. Pack the infected area with minced garlic (small jars of which are sold at Dollar stores everywhere) and maybe pack some cotton balls around it to help stabilize it. I have used the cottonball-like packing strip from medication bottles. I learned this from someone from Germany, and desperately tried it. It worked, but maybe it was mostly a placebo effect. However Scientists lately have proven not only that placebos do work but do so even if you know they are placebos. How about that one, eh?

2. Utilize clove oil dabbed around the gums. It numbs the area touched, so be careful placing it or your lips/tongue/cheek will go numb. Really.

Clove oil is nice in that it doesn't necessarily chase people away, and you can smell like the cool kids in High School and College back in the day who smoked clove cigarettes.

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Thorns - currently clove oil is much more expensive than minced garlic in a jar, and so is 1800mg of Ibuprofen a day to help take a bite out of the crime of painful mouths.

BTW, I am glad to hear about your student loan payment relief.

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Roses- got my student loan payments dropped

Thorns-- abscess in my mouth

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Roses - I have two turtles, 4 cats, a wife, and son who put with me. God the Father loves me, as do Jesus and Holy Spirit. I've been entrusted with being part of the forward action on the field of battle of God's Mission to love Humanity. I have the privilege of talking with God about all of my thoughts, hopes, dreams, situations, and responses.

Thorns - I am particularly dark in mind considering the conditions in the world, my country, the community of folks calling themselves Christians, and the lost. I am not saying I regret being wounded by evil on this planet, but it doesn't make me want to sing a version of the "happy-happy Walmart" song.

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Roses- made a connection with a couple from church out in the "regular" world. She smiled and we talked more than ever have previusly.

Thorns- dreaded the walk t the food bank all day til I got there at 620 p m then I was fine about it

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Roses - Elsa, our littlest turtle, is allowing us to pet her now, and our two kittens Motley & Moustachae are now cuddling at my feet when I awake. Oh, our 8 yr old female Lindy Hopp is getting over her jealousy about the two younger females. Life is but a dream, sometimes.

Thorns - I need to set up electronic payment for the rent, per Landlord.

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Roses- Got in a two mile walk before 9 am this morning

Thorns- ugh-- my 21 year old argued about MY internal reasons for not wanting to do something and insited I am just prideful.

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Thanks for the prayers.

Roses - getting lots of sleep last 2 days. We also have been getting plenty of gifts of food items. I'm going to be serving lots of food. My neighbors so far have not wished to take any off our hands, so I'm going to need to break out our dehydrator.

Thorns - I'm worried why I'm getting excessive sleep the past 2 days. I normally get 3-5 hours, broken up, starting about 5-7am and ending around noon. Ugh.

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Gralan- I'm going to pray for you at our church prayer group tonight -- for your pain.

Roses- The church not only received enugh pledges to employ me 9 hours/week...they have asked to increase that to 15 hours to cover a job someone just quit.

Thorns- none

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Roses - I'm grateful that my wife loves me, and likes me too.

Thorns - I'm tired of my pain levels.

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Roses- paid up everything and have a little bit left over this month

Thorns- My son's job isn;t going to work out.

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Roses: helped my wife's temporary caregiver set up her assurance wireless account and activate her phone.

Thorns: I am needing to submit yet again to learn humility and keeping my vocals to a minimum.

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Gralan-- I get it. I get $15 of food stamps and they want me to work 20 hours a week to get that. But when I start to work 15 hours or so my mental disability comes off the rails. Besides if I worked 20 hours a week I wouldnt need the small $15 amount.

Roses- Got a 5 mile walk in
Thorns- had an argument with my son

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roses - had lunch & good conversation with my wife, and enjoyed playing with our kitten Mustache. She rises up on her hind legs in an arch when she knows she's going to get petted; like she is the Lone Ranger's rising up arched on its hind legs. Got another 2 loads of laundry out of the way. Walked over 2 miles but recorded less.

thorns - tired of conversations of brain-dead, centrifically-self-absorbed up folks who yet call themselves Christians; had to deal with one today who will be around at least 16 hours a week. Am reading Current Economy book that makes me angry. Most of it is not new to me, but is more in-depth, descriptive, and exposing the lies told by my Government. My wife has surgery this morning (2nd this month). Looking forward to her 3rd and final one this time coming up hopefully in a couple of weeks.
Oh, and for $79 worth of Food Stamps a month, the Federal Government wants me to get a job. I guess they think despite my own disabilities that I can pay $240 a week to pay someone to do what I do around the house and for my wife while I bank the rest of my money to buy food, a car, medicine, pay taxes, etc.
Yeah, I get it. But if I could work a job that paid like that I would be employed full-time.

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Roses- got a blog post up

Thorns- I need to give up my free time today ( i know its what God would like of me) I just love free time

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Roses - a temp caregiver came by to help for one and a half hours today. It helps.

Thorns - we need a caregiver to come at least for the 16 hours a week the agency gets paid for.

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Roses- Got to watch a movie with my son last night.

Thorns- Haven't heard fro Polly on here in about a month. Very worried. She even hasn't responded to snail mail.

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4/14/19 2:06 P

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Roses - God is great, my wife loves me, my son tolerates me, some neighbors like me, animals gather to me, and I'm ready to go home anytime.

Thorns - I'm tired of the horrid mess this world is in, and the inability to make a difference in the lives of believers who are being martyred around the world while folks in the pews whine about having their feelings hurt. I'm tired of happy-go-lucky folks who think Christianity is a self-actualization process. I'm angry at the lies folks tell in the Name of our Lord.

I didn't fall into the Rose bushes, I've never been able to climb out of them. I look forward to God's will being done here, and whenever God wants the farce and violence to stop God will. Then the leaves of the trees shall be for the healing of the peoples. I wish the peace of Christ to all who call upon His Name in truth.

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4/11/19 9:49 A

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Roses- had a wonderful night at church last night

Thorns- I'm gonna skip this part today. I'm trying to avoid thinking in a negative way this morning as my son already sent me down that rabbit trail.

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4/10/19 10:45 P

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Roses - making headway on getting control of our master suite.

Thorns - can't seem to make enough progress every day. Also, we got our 5th subpoena postponed in two years. My wife and I were first responders at the flip-over single-car accident on a deary, wet zero-dark-thirty 6 years ago. The passenger died at scene, and prosecutor wants us to testify. But we saw no bottles or cans, and smelled no alcohol whatsoever, heard no slurring of words, etc. We stayed with the driver who was trapped upside down. The prosecutor knows we have nothing to add that will help the case against the woman who lost her boyfriend. Oh well. Our Tax dollars at work, eh?

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Roses- It is Sunday and I have a GREAT Sunday school class to attend this morning. I love our small group walking this path together. Also I get to hear our senior Pastor who always gives me something to ponder on and do personal reflection for transforming to the image of Christ.

Thorns- none yet-- well blood sugar is double acceptable level -- that was due to poor choices last night

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4/6/19 6:44 P

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Roses - I have a loving wife, delightful son, an outrageous God and some disciple-minded folks who let me know it's okay to be broken.

Thorns - I do not praise God enough, and find it difficult to do so without feeling inauthentic. I must direct my eyes to reality and not merely my perception of it.

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Roses-- it is a beautiful day

Thorns- high anxiety and unclear focus are creating problems and stress today

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4/5/19 5:52 P

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Roses - I am my beloved's, and He is mine. His banner over me is love.

Thorns - still wearied and sore from cleaning up the other day. I am also tired of doing battle with worldly mindsets that scream at me how vital they are. Have you ever noticed how people confuse Economic and Political mindsets with the Kingdom of God? Jesus was not confused about that. Neither were the Apostles nor the other writers of the NT books. It is so subtle. Lord have mercy.

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Roses - got a blog post out on wordpress and a dialogue question out as well....all while at church to be volunteering (no phones ringing today)

Thorns- Wanted to check out Doc Martin season 6 fro the library but copy is missing.

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Roses - worked on cleaning up my wife's closet as well as sorting clothes (keep - sew - giveaway - trash).

Thorns - worked on cleaning up my wife's closet as well as sorting clothes (keep - sew - giveaway - trash).

I kept pushing through, pulling, lifting, boxing, bagging, sweeping, sorting, prep for laundry; even hand washing some items to see if I could salvage them. Whew. When I got dizzy I had to take a break. Started at 1230, finished around 1630 so that ended up being about an hour and a half of solid labor. I am getting an increase of ringing in my ears currently @ 1800.

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Roses- spent time with a friend who let me into her inner world

Thorns- argument with my son

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