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HAPPY EASTER

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Just wanted to wish all my wonderful Spark friends a Very Happy Easter.
He is risen!! He is risen indeed!!

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God bless you all.

Darlene

  
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JUDITH316 4/23/2014 4:00AM

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Hope your Easter was Blessed....

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IAMDARLENE 4/20/2014 8:23PM

   


Thank you Darlene!!!


Yesterday I heard this day we call Easter referred to as Resurrection Sunday! I like that.

Hugs, Darlene

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MINIMOE1 4/20/2014 5:11PM

    Easter blessings to you too Darlene. Have a wonderful day!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 4/20/2014 4:50PM

    God Bless you Darlene! He is risen indeed!

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NELLIEC 4/20/2014 4:07PM

    Most certainly He has risen indeed. God bless you!

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OPALMOON 4/20/2014 10:05AM

    Happy Easter greetings and blessings to you too, Darlene!

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Hugs, Nattacia

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MSLZZY 4/20/2014 7:53AM

    Happy Easter to you! HUGS!

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GABIBEAR 4/20/2014 3:41AM

    AMEN that He has Risen!!!! God bless you too and have the happiest Easter Darlene!!!

Gabi
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NADINEL 4/20/2014 1:25AM

    He is Risen Indeed! Happy Easter to you also!

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ARTJAC 4/20/2014 12:59AM

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WHERE IS SPRING?

Monday, April 14, 2014

We had a couple of beautiful days last week, but yesterday we had snow again. It is still quite cool here and it doesn't look like it's going to warm up for the rest of the week. The geese are back, but some of them didn't stay they went back south for a while. There is still lots of ice on the rivers and it is not melting too quickly. There are ice jams everywhere. It has been so cold here during the last little while that there were thousands of people with frozen water pipes. Some of them were without water for days. A couple of the recreation centres around the city offered free access to showers and pools. Some people were hooking up hoses to their neighbors' water supplies so they could have access to water. The city is taking forever to have the frozen pipes thawed. Some home owners called plumbers on their own to have their pipes thawed, but they will be out of pocket for some of the costs. This has been the longest, coldest winter we have had in years.

I haven't been able to get outside to do much walking, as the sidewalks have been too slippery. It shouldn't be too much longer before they are thawed. Maybe after next week.
I am hoping it warms up soon, as I am going to our church's Women's Retreat on April 25, 26 and 27 and I'm hoping we have nice weather for that. We go to a youth camp and rent the whole place. There are about 110 - 120 women there. The meals are wonderful and the area is beautiful. It is by a lake. I love walking around there. It is so peaceful and quiet and you can actually hear the birds singing and the water running. There are a couple of hot tubs available as well. It is a fun, uplifting weekend. I enjoy the teachings and just being able to spend time communing with God and nature.

A team from our church is off to Swaziland on the 25th as well. We have two care points there and we sponsor over 200 children. Those of us who sponsor children put together a package of school supplies, socks, small toys for the younger children and some hard candies. We donated some money so that they could purchase a soccer uniform for the boys and some clothing for the girls as well. They are going to have a giant birthday party for all the children there. Most of these children have lost their parents and are being looked after by women who take them in. The women are called go gos. This area has a high AIDS epidemic there. The children are looked after at care points and are given food and an education. They have a church and a play area and our church supplied money so wells could be dug so they would have clean drinking water.

Our church team should be bringing home a bunch of purses, coin purses, necklaces, etc. The ladies there make them and then we sell them at church to raise money so they can make more. They only receive pennies on the dollar if the goods are sold in Swaziland, but our church sells them for a good price and all the money is sent back to the women in Swaziland.

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 4/15/2014 1:33AM

    Wow, too cold for even the geese! That is so terrible about all the frozen pipes. When I lived in South Dakota, 1 State away from the Canadian border, we had problems with such things as pipes. Had to leave the cabinet doors open, sometimes with a heater in front, and leave the water on at an extremely slow drip, to keep it moving thru the pipes. It worked but it wasn't easy living there. I said I'd never go back and I didn't. Because of the cold. I know the cold and winter must be alot worse where you are.

Now I'm living in the South, in North Carolina, and Spring is finally here after prolonged delay. The blooming cherry trees and and pear trees are done and are bright green with new growth. We have white and pink flowering Dogwood trees, purple Redbuds, and deep pink Crepe Myrtles. Normally they all bloom at different times, but due to the cold weather, they are all blooming at the same time. They sure are beautiful. We have a ton of pollen in the air. I washed my car, and the nightfall it was covered in yellow dust again.

I am so glad we are having Spring; for awhile there I thought we'd plunge right into Summer because of the prolonged cold and winter storms in March even.

Spring will come! Until then, do Leslie Sansone inside for free, online. I prefer walking outside in nature and fresh air, MUCH prefer it!, but am thankful for alternatives during bad weather. Here's a link in case you'd like it:

Leslie Sansone 2 Mile Walking Workout, low impact
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NADINEL 4/15/2014 1:19AM

    I tried to answer you yesterday and inadvertently hit the screen (its a touch screen) on the new laptop and made the font go really, really small. Had to wait until my son could show me what to do today. LOL
Spring will be here. I know. My spring allergies are raging.
Your church sounds like it is very involved. I am so glad when I hear of other churches helping around the globe.
Hang in there! It will be warmer again!

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OPALMOON 4/15/2014 12:59AM

    HI Darlene,
It sure has been a long winter for you! We are very glad to have out hottest summer on record behind us, and had a 'blip' of hotter temperatures close to the 90F range at the beginning of April, so the weather is topsy-turvy all around the globe.
What wonderful charitable works your church does, and it's great to see it all benefiting the children in Swaziland. Bless you all for your contributions.
The retreat sounds wonderful - hope you have a wonderful time, and a happy Easter.
Love and hugs, Nattacia

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WILL WINTER NEVER END?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I am getting tired of all the snow. We have more snow coming tomorrow. It is supposed to be the first day of Spring, but I think someone forgot to tell Spring that. It is so slippery out that I don't dare go for a walk for fear of falling. The weather was beautiful today, but it is going to be colder tomorrow.

On Friday while going to my friend's for supper, I slipped on the ice on the sidewalk and almost went head first into a snowbank. I managed to stop myself from falling, but in so doing, I twisted my back. On Saturday I didn't feel like moving too much. I went to the chiropractor on Monday to help with the pain. I am going for physio twice a week because of a torn muscle in my shoulder.
I don't need to do any more damage to my body.

Today I woke up and I could hardly move. My back was very sore. A friend gave me some cream to use to help the pain, and I also took some back pain pills that contain a muscle relaxant. Thankfully, my back feels better tonight.

I will be so glad to see the last of the ice on the sidewalks so that I can get out and walk. Hopefully the Spring-like weather will arrive soon and some of the snow and ice will be gone.

Happy Spring!!

  
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JUDITH316 3/30/2014 1:08AM

    Dearest Darlene, I'm so sorry to hear about you injuring your back. My prayers are with you, please be careful, I know what you are saying about your weather, we are not getting the snow you are getting, we did get our fair share but now we have rain and plenty of it, like you we are getting such unpredictable weather, one day cold, next warm, rain, cloud and sunshine etc etc...It is hard to plan your days and what to wear with all the drastic changes to our weather days. Like you, I am looking forward to a better Spring and to a warmer and drier Summer...My prayers are with you my friend, please use due care when you are out and about especially when it is snowy and icy, my friend just got back from your area, she was there for over a month staying with her beloved Mother who is dying from cancer, she said the weather was especially cold, she posted many pictures of her car covered in snow...it is quite a contrast coming back here to rain and dampness instead of icy cold and snow.

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GABIBEAR 3/20/2014 11:37PM

    I'm so sorry to hear that you injured your back - on top of the shoulder pain! I'm glad that at least it is feeling a little better. I know what you mean about the winter ending and Spring beginning. It was an awfully hard winter and we could all use a break! Prayers for your quick healing!

Gabi
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OPALMOON 3/20/2014 9:16PM

    Hi Darlene,
So sorry to hear you fell and of your injury and pain. I understand your reluctance to go out walking with all the icy pathways around. Sending prayers that you get much better soon, and hoping you get some more spring-like weather too.
Big hugs, Nattacia

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1CRAZYDOG 3/20/2014 1:36PM

  Sorry to hear you fell. Sending healing thoughts your way. HUGS

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IOEINC 3/20/2014 8:07AM

    This has been such a crazy winter. Here we would have a few days of mild weather followed by really cold weather and a giant snowstorm!! So crazy!!

BUT....

Happy First Day of Spring!!!


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SUNRISE141 3/20/2014 6:48AM

    This has been the toughest winter i can ever remember in my 62 years but i am so thankful everyday i have had food on my table , a nice warm bed and a home that has heat in it and i know you are thankful to my friend . I am so sorry you hurt your back but GOD ANSWERS PRAYER and i am praying for you and really appreciate you being on the team and being my friend . I think of you often because of you losing your spouse but God has helped you to keep going . I look at my husband which in May we have had the pleasure of enjoying each other for 42 years and silently fear the day we to will part and know God will help me to to keep going till he calls me home or vise versa . Have a great weekend and it won't be long now till the weather will be better . Till then may God keep you safe !

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BABYSOX 3/20/2014 5:45AM

    Rest your back and definitely avoid the ice. Happy First Day of Spring.

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ARTJAC 3/20/2014 4:15AM

    take care

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DJ4HEALTH 3/20/2014 1:26AM

    Do be careful with all that stuff up there. It is not forgiving at all.

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SUSANBEAMON 3/20/2014 1:03AM

  Be careful. Spring is on its way, but we have another month of cold and snow in most places.

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DEATH IN THE FAMILY

Monday, February 17, 2014

I have been feeling very emotional over the last few days. My brother-in-law was in the hospital since December 18. My sister was told he had congestive heart failure, and that he could not go back home, as he needed round-the-clock care. My sister has COPD and has had a difficult time taking care of herself and her hubby.

A few weeks ago the doctor called the family together and told them that my brother-in-law was dying, and had only about 3 weeks to live. My sister and her family have been going to the hospital as often as they can, and it has taken a toll on my sister. Often my brother-in-law wasn't responsive to them when they visited. He slowly declined.

On Friday my brother-in-law went into a coma. My niece called me to let me know. I had not been able to visit my sister or brother-in-law, as I had been suffering with a bad cold and flu bug. I didn't want to pass on the infection to either of them. I have been feeling better so I told my sister I would find a way to the hospital. After that call another niece called me and told me she and her sister were going to the hospital and that if I wanted she would come and pick me up and give me a ride. That was such a blessing. I was able to spend some time with my family there as well. My sister and some of her family wanted to go out for supper, so I said I would stay with my brother-in-law so he wouldn't be alone. That was a very difficult time for me, as the last time I was visiting in the hospital is when my husband was dying two years ago. I spent 4 days with him when he too was unresponsive. I was happy to be able to talk to my brother-in-law about God and Jesus while I was visiting. I know he believed in God and in Jesus, but that he was afraid to die. I told him that if he had Christ in his heart he didn't have to be afraid.

My brother-in-law passed away about an hour after my sister and her family returned. I'm so happy they were all able to be there with him when he passed. It was a very emotional day for me, and I didn't get home until after 1:00 A.M.

The next day my sister called me and asked me to come over to her place as everyone was going to be there. A good friend from church offered to drive me there. We spent the afternoon just remembering some of the things we used to do through the years. My niece had a video of her dad singing and playing the guitar. He loved music. He wrote quite a few songs. It was very emotional to watch. Again I didn't get home until after 1:00 A.M. I just feel emotionally and physically exhausted.

My friend picked me up to give me a ride to church this morning. I am so happy I went. I always feel so blessed. I have a wonderful church family, and they always come around me when I am going through difficulties.

There will be a visitation on Tueday and the funeral will be on Saturday. I know this is going to be a very emotional week for all of the family.

Tomorrow I am going to a birthday party for two of my granddaughters. It is my birthday as well. One of my granddaughters was born on Feb. 8 and the other one was born on Feb. 19. My birthday is on Feb. 17. My son and daughter-in-law generally have one family party for the girls together, and then they get to each have their own parties with their own friends.

It will be nice to spend some time with family. Tomorrow evening is our Women's Bible Study. I'm looking forward to that as well.

  
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JUDITH316 3/6/2014 4:46PM

    Dearest Darlene, Just want you to know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, I know I replied before to this post but wanted to assure you I am praying and I care, I'm so sorry for your loss, may the Lord continue to fill you with His Peace and Comfort and Strength...Sending you big emoticon

Here are a couple of Scriptures I pray will comfort and bless you...I shared Psalm 23 in my last post, this one I will share Psalm 91...

Psalm 116:15

Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His saints

Psalm 91

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a]
And from the perilous pestilence.

4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,

6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.

8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,

10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.

12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

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JUDITH316 2/22/2014 2:42AM

    Dearest Darlene, I'm so sorry for your loss, to hear of your precious brother-in-law's passing, my sincere condolences and prayers for you and your family. I am praying especially for you & your sister that you both will be comforted and filled with God's Peace. One thing I am thankful for is you have such a supportive church family who are with you every step of the way. I am also so happy you had opportunity to share Jesus with your brother-in-law and that he loved God, I'm sure you sitting with him sharing God's Love gave him such peace...

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2 Scriptures come to mind that I will share here...

Psalm 116:15

Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His saints.

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.

2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.

3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
Forever

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A LOT GOING ON

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I have been sick with a cold/flu bug since just after Christmas. I saw my doctor last week and he gave me antibiotics to help with the very bad sinus infection and headaches I have been having. They are helping a little, but not a lot. I have to take the antibiotics for 4 weeks, but I have to see him next week to see how things are going. I am still having a lot of problems getting anything done, as my body is just not letting me do too much.

On top of that, I was supposed to go and visit my sister a couple of weeks ago. My BIL is in the hospital, and they do not think he will be coming home. My DS is devastated, and is having a hard time being alone. My BIL is 85, and he has dementia, and the doctors told my sister that he also has congenital heart failure. He sleeps a lot and there are times when he doesn't talk or even pay attention when his family visits. My niece told me that he has fluid retention in his body and it is now up to his hips. They have given him dieuretics, but they're not working all that well. The doctors have now put him on morphine pills. He is very restless and is having trouble breathing. I know he is afraid to die, as he told my niece that. My niece was telling me that eventually he will just stop breating and slowly pass away. My sister hates to see her DH like that. It seems they are just waiting for him to die. It's a sad situation. I am praying for him and for his family.

I have been trying to get all the new and donated books in the church library on the shelves. Yesterday I spent 2 hours in the church with a friend entering some of the books into the computer system. We accomplished quite a bit, although we froze while doing it. I found out today that the temperature had been shut off in the church, and it was only 57 degrees when we were there. We had to stop for coffee on the way home to warm up. I went back to the church today to do some more work. Thankfully the heat was turned up and it wasn't quite so cold. I managed to spend 4 hours there and I accomplished quite a bit. However, I did have a little scare. Our church building is only used for church services and for meetings, etc., mostly during the evenings, so often there is no one there. The offices have moved to another building. This morning I was in the church by myself, and I guess someone came in to get something and didn't realize I was there. Whoever it was locked the door when they went out and set the alarm. I went to the washroom, and when I came out I set off the alarm. Someone from the office came over to shut the alarm off. They had to contact the police to let them know nothing was wrong. He showed me what to do if that ever happens again. I have a fob to get into the building rather than a key and it automatically unlocks and locks the door when you scan it. Nothing like a little excitement to make sure you're awake in the morning.

I was thinking of going back to the church again tomorrow, but I think I'll stay home and get something done here. I have to go to the church for child care on Thursday morning and again on Friday evening, so I think that's enough for this week. I will try to go back next week to see how much more I can get done.

  
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JUDITH316 3/13/2014 11:53PM

    Hi Darlene, just want you to know I am keeping you in much prayer, hope you are feeling better, thanks for all your prayers and support, you are such a rich blessing. Love Hugs Prayers, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUDITH316 2/15/2014 4:29AM

    Hi Darlene,

You sure have a lot on your plate, sorry to hear about these headaches, infections, your BIL being so ill and in hospital, I understand that your sister is having trouble dealing with this, I will be joining you in prayer for your BIL and sister, for his salvation that he will make his peace with God and be at rest and be ready to go home and be with Jesus when God calls him home...

You have my support, friendship and prayers, I am concerned for you, being in the building all alone and the amount of work you are doing especially when you haven't been well, I am thinking that you should pull back some and get as much extra rest you can so your body can heal and gain new strength. I only say this as I care and want you well and feeling good my dear friend.

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