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Hug of the Day...to Sparklea on HubPages

Updated on April 8, 2015
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Theresa loves to write under the topic of Spreading HubLove because she believes in showcasing the talent of other writers here on HP.

Hug of the Day
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Introduction to the Birth of the "Hug of the Day"


This "Hug" is written in partnership with fellow hubber and sweet friend, Jackie Lynnley. Our plan is to send out a “Hug of the Day” each, on alternating weeks, to a fellow hubber of our choosing, who we feel to be an exceptional writer and who may just need a bit more "HubLove" coming his or her way. This idea was born when I sent Jackie an email and inadvertently put as the subject of the email, “Hug of the Day” in lieu of “Hub of the Day”, and so Jackie came up with this wonderful way in which to spread a little more “HubLove” or should I say “HugLove” all over HP Town!


Just Look at That Beautiful Smile!

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Hug of the Day ... Sent Around HP Town and Beyond


Personally, I love giving hugs. I am a hugger. On this day, I am sending out a big hug of the day to fellow hubber and friend ... Sparklea!


All of you out there in HP Town, who have the great pleasure of knowing Sparklea and her wonderful writings, as well as her most enthusiastic commenting, know why I would choose to send out this hug of the day to her this day.


My hope is that all will join in here this day to give Sparklea a loving HP hug, for no other reason than for Sparklea being Sparklea!


Sparklea and her daughter on a recent trip together to Paris!!!
Sparklea and her daughter on a recent trip together to Paris!!! | Source

Sparklea Sparkles


One would be hard-pressed to find another as full of enthusiasm as Sparklea. When Sparklea’s profile photo pops into your hub to leave a comment, one knows immediately, a smile will adorn one’s face after reading her heartfelt and enthusiastic comments.


To be honest, when I see her lovely face pop in with that big smile, I immediately receive a blessing. Let me tell you why this is:


Sparklea is genuine and forthright. She is the real deal here dear friends. If you do not know Sparklea and have not had the pleasure of reading Sparklea’s writing, you are truly missing out. As you may have noticed, I have Sparklea’s link to her hubs placed right under her beautiful profile photo. I highly recommend you visit her profile page and read her most endearing hubs.


It is always amazing to me, the friendships that develop here on HubPages, when we may never get to meet such a friend in this life. Sparklea lives all the way in Upstate New York (with her husband and four cats) and I live in southern USA. This is one of the very aspects of HubPages that make it such a wonderful community in which to belong. Not only friendships develop from across the United States but span the world. Sparklea can attest to such world-wide friendships and close bonds.


Sparklea is blessed with a grown son and daughter. Can you believe she is a grandmother of six (to include her husband's)! Yes, indeed, four boys and two girls.


Sparklea's Beautiful Character


Sparklea and her sister were adopted by her grandparents. Sparklea's true life accounts of being abandoned by her mother are truly gripping and heartrending. This is a powerful true testimony as to grace and forgiveness.


As I have gotten to know Sparklea through her profound writings and commenting, I am reminded of Sparklea's character when I read God's Word at Proverbs 31:20 & 25-27.


She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy ...She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”


Although I have not included it all here, I believe all of Proverbs 31:10-31 truly applies to Sparklea, and ...“She is worth far more than rubies.”


You will see just why I am reminded of such scripture while continuing to read all about this beautiful person, with such lovely, yet strong, character, as it unfolds before your eyes.


Sparklea is a no-pretense kind of person one feels comfortable with immediately, especially being greeted with her warm smile and friendly personality.


The Greatest Lesson Learned


Sparklea is no stranger to despair or suffering great loss, which she shares in her hub, “Loss Of A Loved One.” In this wonderful hub of Sparklea’s where she reveals her hope that all who read will be blessed and at peace. She also tells of the greatest lesson she has learned.


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Powerful Prayer Warrior


"The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." (James 5:16 NIV)


One of His Little Creatures Sparklea Helped

Sparklea holding a little chipmunk she helped.
Sparklea holding a little chipmunk she helped. | Source

Sparklea's Heart Condition


No, I am not speaking of a health issue here, but of Sparklea’s heart, which is so full of love for others as well as love for all of God’s little creatures.


You see, Sparklea has a heart of love for the downtrodden or homeless. She ministers to the homeless and even asks their name, so that she can add them to her list for those whom she is praying, and believe me, when she says she will pray for you, she does! She has prayed diligently for me when I had serious health issues.


Sparklea’s heart is so very sensitive to God’s little creatures, for when she sees one of His little creatures on the side of a road harmed, she will stop and tend to the little creature. Allow me to share just part of Sparklea’s answer to a recent question I posed about what would one do if one had the money (that of a certain celebrity's family) to help others . . . and Sparklea’s answer shows just how full of love for others is her heart.


I am sharing Sparklea's answer to that question, as it reflects just a mere glimpse into Sparklea’s heart for the downtrodden and God’s little creatures:


I also have deep compassion for homeless people I see on the street. When on vacation recently, I saw a homeless man on the street, asleep, leaning against a lamppost…in his arms was a little dog. A second little dog lay on its side below the man’s feet. My daughter and I were racing by, as we had a tour, so I could not stop.

I have not been able to get that image out of my mind. I added that man and his pets to my prayer list.

That being said, I would use the money to build a shelter for homeless people AND also build an animal shelter. I would hire people for pay to work at both places…to cook food, provide bedding for both homeless people and animals.

They would have to be compassionate loving people.

The other day, I was on my walk and decided to take a different route, which I NEVER do.

I spotted an injured chipmunk in the middle of the road. It was curled up like in a ball…blinking its eyes. I gently picked it up and I carried it to the woods. The animal rested its left paw on my thumb and laid its head on my hands, shutting its eyes to rest. I placed it gently by a big tree under a bush. It then started to walk a little. It broke my heart…but I KNOW God had me take that different route…

I said to my friend, Jackie, WHY does God do this to me? I get SO heartbroken with animals! She said, “God did it because He knows you would not walk by that injured animal, that you would save it from being run over by a car.

(We already have rescued 2 cats in the past… we have an orphan and a stray living with us).

Anyway, that is what I would do if I had that kind of money. I have no interest in diamonds, yachts, or partying.

Every homeless person I have helped along the way, I always ask them their name, and I place them on my prayer list.

I do everything I can do, then I pray for them, and I put them in God’s hands.

Thank you for a very thought provoking question.

Blessings, Sparklea : )


Sparklea’s comment brought tears to my eyes, tears of joy, as I praise Him for Sparklea and her heart of pure love for others and those of His little creatures on this earth.

Who are these three furry friends ... I do not know, but if they need a helping hand, Sparklea is right there no doubt!

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Kindred Spirit


I feel a kindred spirit here in knowing Sparklea, for her life has had many trials too, and she continues to have that joy and peace in her heart no matter what is going on in her life. She writes about such in her very profound write, "The Greatest Pain and The Greatest Peace." You will not be disappointed in this amazing write by Sparklea.


When a door is open, Sparklea will share her story. She writes all about such in her hub, “What Does It Mean For A Christian To Bear Fruit?” Yes, Sparklea is a born-again Christian and tells us that she is not a "Bible-thumping" Christian. Allow her to share in her own words from her heart in this revealing hub she has written.


Please read, as you will receive a blessing and know a little more about Sparklea’s true character. I have linked both profound writes by Sparklea here for your enjoyment.


Sparklea knows this without a shadow of a doubt ~ please enjoy this beautiful video

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Friendship - public-domain-clipart-image | Source

In Conclusion . . .


Sparklea, is not only a gifted writer . . . she is also an effective public speaker. For sixteen years she was a member of Toastmasters International.


She has set many goals for herself, including publishing an inspirational book. Who better than Sparklea to write such inspirational book! I have no doubt Sparklea will accomplish all of her goals. To read more of the goals she has set for herself and many more inspirational works by Sparklea, be sure to visit her profile page.


Sparklea you are truly an inspiration to me and I thank you for sharing your powerful true life experiences with us here on HubPages.


What a joy it is to know you, dearest Sparklea, and read your writings. My prayer is that you receive all of the desires of your heart.


Again, my lovely friend, Sparklea, thank you for being you! Hugs to you and your entire family including Frodo, Galadriel, Sylvester and Martha.


© Copyright Faith Reaper 2013

This beautiful flower reminds me of Sparklea's sunny disposition in life!

One of Jackie's beautiful gifts to me, and now I am sharing it here, as it reminds me of Sparklea's sunny disposition in life!
One of Jackie's beautiful gifts to me, and now I am sharing it here, as it reminds me of Sparklea's sunny disposition in life! | Source

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    • wetnosedogs profile image

      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      You have to be the greatest hugger of all time. Thanks for introducing me to Sparklea

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      No time no time I have to run over and follow Jackie and Sparklea.

      I don't need no more news!! I need coolio hubs hugs like this. I do not want no more crime reports, I want hug reports. We are made better by people and better yet by people who bring them to us!!

      Hoorah for Sparklea

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea is one of my favorites here at HP. She has a wonderful heart and is filled with positive energy and love. I can't think of another Hubber who deserves this hug more.

      Blessings always my friend

      bill

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      The power of a hug is indescribable and we all need it daily, like bread. Thanks for introducing Sparklea to me, Faith. I am on my way to her corner.

      Here's to you - a heated hug all the way from a wintery South Africa :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi wetnosedogs,

      LOL, thank you so very much! You're the best! Oh, you will love Sparklea, as she loves all little creatures!

      Hugs and love to you and all of the wetnoses, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Eric,

      So glad to see you here this beautiful Saturday here LOL, you are such a joy! Yes, forget those crime reports and enjoy the hugs, for there are hugs enough to go around all of HP Town no doubt!

      Aw, thank you so much for the lovely comments towards us here in our efforts to share some "HugLove" . . . yes, indeed, Hoorah for Sparklea.

      Hugs and much love to you dearest Eric,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Bill,

      I knew you already love Sparklea, as what is there not to love about her!!! Thanks so much for sharing such lovely comments to our beautiful friend and wonderful writer Sparklea.

      She is the best and so are you dear heart!!!

      Well, for leaving such a heartfelt comment, I am sending you a sweet and gentle hug all the way from southern USA,

      Blessings always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Martie,

      Oh, what insightful comments as to the power of a hug! You are awesome, Martie, but all of us already know that no doubt.

      Thank you so much for visit here this day, and being that it is wintry there where you are, I am returning an extra warm and loving hug right back at you dearest lovely one! : )

      I appreciate you taking the time to visit Sparklea's work, as she is truly a wonderful writer and person all around. No matter what is going on in her life, she still knows and has peace and joy.

      (((HUGS))),

      Faith Reaper

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      Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you so much for writing a hub hug.

      You already know how I feel.

      Thank you for letting me give her a hug too.

      God bless you so much

      Michele

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi precious heart, Michele,

      It is always a joy when you visit and now a joy to send out hugs all over HP Town, and yes, I know how you feel, as Sparklea is a treasure of a friend no doubt.

      I know Sparklea will be blessed that you have joined in here in giving our sweet friend a Hug of the Day!

      God bless you too. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Faith ... wonderful informative hub .. another great hubber who deserves special recognition .. because she is Special ..! Will soon visit her hubs to see those beautiful writes she has done especially about the Lord.

      Thanks Faith .. you are still the best ..!

      Michael

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Michael,

      Always a blessing when you arrive on a hub to leave your wonderful comments. Yes, Sparklea is awesome and I have no doubt you will love to read her writings, as you say, especially about the Lord. She has love in her heart for all as well as all of His little creatures, as is obvious here.

      You are so sweet and have a heart of love for others too, and so I am sending out a sweet and gentle hug to you this day from southern USA, and pray you are doing well. I am blessed by your comment that you think that I am still the best, and so I thank you and am very humbled by such comment.

      (((HUGS))) to you precious heart, Faith Reaper

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Thank you Faith .. you know you are very special to me ..

      I felt a hug from one so dear

      wishing she was only near ...

      Faith .. the very special one

      a golden ray of warmth ..

      a smile like the sun

      bringing smiles

      with Gods Word for all

      picking them up

      when they are about to fall

      Blessed one ..with a heart of gold

      A hug from you

      forever.. I will hold.

      Michael

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, my goodness, Dearest Michael,

      I just love it when you comment with a poem, as I know the poet in you comes out of you whether you are writing a hub or commenting on a hub.

      Wow, this is beautiful beyond measure precious heart! I am so blessed this day for receiving such a special heartfelt poem from you!

      Please know how special you are to, not only me, but to all who read your amazing poetry!!! I am blessed that you share your gift of writing with us here on HP!

      I am blessed twice this day by your visits.

      I am sending another sweet and gentle hug to you from southern USA,

      Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Love the video and that cat picture! Well like them all but that is my fav! Cat lover that I am. Have read some of Lea but will click on some you have here that sound so interesting!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Yes, I just stumbled upon the video trying to choose the best one fitted for Sparklea. I am glad you like it and the pics too. Yes, please check out more of Sparklea's writings, as they are wonderful as she!

      Have a lovely rest of the weekend. Yes, we better get thinking on our next two choices for hugs! We have always had some type of pets, cats, dogs, etc. We are now thinking of getting a cat since our dog, well, you know.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh, between you and Jackie...the hugs are abounding in HubVille and it is a beautiful feeling in the air...!!

      Sparklea sounds like a true angel...but no surprise as you are friends with her, dear Faith.

      I will greatly enjoy checking out her writing...you did a fabulous and thoughtful job in introducing her. Voted UP and UABI.

      And as you would guess...HUGS for the HOUSE...! Love, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Maria,

      Yes, the hugs are abounding and that is a good thing : )

      You would love Sparklea. Her gripping true life story of forgiveness and peace is just a spectacular read.

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comments here. You're the best!

      And I do so appreciate the vote up.

      Have a lovely rest of the weekend dear friend.

      (((HUGS))),

      Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Another wonderful Hub to a great lady.. Sparklea deserves it... she is awesome and so full of love.. I am so proud of you and Jackie for doing this.. Love you girlfriend

      Sharing

      debbie

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my sweet friend, Debbie,

      Thank you so much. Yes, Sparklea is so genuine and true and just has a heart of love for those downtrodden and His little creatures. She is certainly an endearing person. Her comments light up the page when she comments. You will love her hubs written to glorify our sweet Lord, and especially her powerful testimony of forgiveness and peace.

      Yes, Jackie took my flub of an email and turned it into a hub of a beautiful hug that hopefully will be felt all around HP Town and beyond!

      We are trying to focus on those precious and sweet hubbers who may not get the attention they deserve when they are such amazing writers and the sweetest of persons.

      Thank you for sharing precious friend.

      Love you too,

      Faith Reaper

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Faith ..after reading her wonderful write of "the greatest pain and the greatest peace" I have been refreshed ..Thank You for this ..

      Michael

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Michael, you are such a dear here,

      Thank you for sharing that, and Sparklea will be so pleased to know such. I knew you would receive a blessing from reading her hubs, especially that particular write. It is very powerful indeed.

      I appreciate you letting me know dear heart and commenting here about it! You're the best of the best, in writing poetry and otherwise!

      We all must go through those trials in this life no doubt, as He tells us all of such, but if we are still here, we know He has gotten us through for a reason, and to me, that is to glorify Him through such trials.

      Sparklea does not know of this hug of a hub, as we are making these hubs surprises, and so I pray she is pleasantly surprised to read it when she comes across it.

      Hugs and love always, Faith Reaper

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      What a sweet idea, Faith. Thanks to you and Jackie for the intro.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi drbj,

      So nice for your visit as always. You will also love hubber Clara, to whom Jackie sent a hug this day as well!

      Yes, Sparklea is a wonderful person and writer. We will each choose one hubber who is special to us then post a hub to each of our choices to receive a hug. I am kind of glad I made a flub in that email and Jackie turned such into a hub of a lovely hug to go around HP Town or Hubville, as some like to call it.

      Hugs to you this day, Faith Reaper

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      What a great story about a great person!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      what a faithfully and wonderous thing to do.. Faith always stay amazing bless you :)

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      What an impressive woman you have written about Faith Reaper!

      It was like reading a 21st Century bible, containing the life of a blessed Saint, and your photographs were really cute too; such a fine , commendable lady, and your portrayal of such a rare gem, in an erudite article, glistens with the sparkling presence of its author, as well.

      This was why the share button was invented.Thank you.

      Warmest Regards,

      Romeo's Quill

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Faith, I can't stop weeping! I sent you a separate email, please confirm you received it.

      I will be back, I am so overwhelmed with ENORMOUS gratitude for the time you took to write this hub!

      I mentioned in my email that I often ask God to send glad surprises to people. This has to be an off the charts "GLAD SURPRISE" to me, from God, using you.

      I am so honored and humbled...I am just shaking.

      I am wiped out from the song by one of my favorite groups, Casting Crowns.

      One million thank you's cannot begin to express the gratitude I feel for your taking time from your busy life to 'surprise' me with this hub.

      I just love you and I am so glad to have met you on hub pages.

      I will be back, right now I am just so overwhelmed.

      GOD BLESS, WONDERFUL FRIEND...Sparklea :)

      I HOPE YOU GOT MY EMAIL TOO!

      PS: I am also so extremely overwhelmed by the comments. I probably won't sleep all night.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello aviannovice,

      So nice of you to visit here this day! Thank you so much for the awesome comment, and yes, Sparklea is truly a wonderful person.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      My Dearest and most "Faithful" Commenter, Frank! : )

      Always so sweet when you stop by dear heart! Well, as long as I continue to depend on the sweet Lord to guide me in all of my actions, then I know He will not steer me in the wrong direction. Especially here, as relates to my choice of Sparklea who deserves the biggest hug ever!

      I hope you do visit her work. You will find it most gripping as to her true life experiences, which will leave you astounded, especially the one of she and her sister being abandoned by her mother and raised by her grandparents, but the forgiveness and peace told of there in that story will blow you away, as you say!

      Bless you too. Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Romeos,

      So glad to see you here, especially this day, as you are one whose commenting and writing goes above and beyond too dear heart!

      Aw, see there, yes Sparklea is truly a rare gem on this planet . . . well she is more valuable than any of the rarest gems on this planet!!!

      Oh, thank you for blessing me and I am sure Sparklea this day with such endearing comments here!

      I am sending out a gentle hug to you this day too, all the way from southern USA,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, my precious friend, Sparklea, I am so glad you loved this surprise hug, which you deserve so much, and that is was a "GLAD SURPRISE."

      I did receive your email. God bless you. You are truly a treasure like no other, and more valuable than the rarest of gems on this plant, of course!!!

      It was my pleasure, believe me. I prayed before I chose to whom I would give my first hug, and the Lord placed you in my mind and on my heart immediately! And your email confirms why He did so.

      I am so thrilled you love that song by Casting Crowns, as I had initially placed another song on this hug of a hub, before it was published, and it just did not feel like you. So, I prayed again, and out of the blue this song just popped into my mind and heart again. So thank you for letting me know it was the right choice.

      My heart is filled with joy at your joy and surprise here, and I praise Him and give Him all the glory to use me to bless you and glorify Him.

      I love you too, and I do hope that all who read will head over to your most excellent work and read the great gift of writing you share here on HP, which is also your passion in this life! I have no doubt that all who read will come away blessed, just as Michael (cleaner3) has expressed here after reading one of your most powerful writes.

      Thank you for just being YOU, a beautiful daughter of the King and a most good and faithful servant of the Lord!

      (((HUGS))) and love to you. God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Lovely idea. Sparklea is always good for a kind word or blessing. She is so full of love and prayers for those who need it ~ an asset to the hubpages' community.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello truthfornow,

      Thank you for your visit here this day. Yes, Sparklea is truly good for that and you're so right as to the great love she possesses in her whole being. Yes, she is one mighty prayer warrior without a doubt, and I can personally attest to that fact. She is indeed a great asset to HubPages.

      God bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      What a great idea! I have not met Sparklea. Thanks for introducing her. As much as you have written about her, you have shown a good bit of yourself-loving, caring, kind. Voted Up!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi MsDora,

      It is always such a joy when you stop by to read! Thank you so much, yes, Jackie turned my faux pas in an email into a wonderful hub of a hug and this idea was born to share love via a hug throughout HP Town.

      Oh, you will truly love Sparklea, as she is such a warm and beautiful person to know, as well as an excellent writer.

      Thank you so much for your kind words here.

      I appreciate the vote up.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      The Hug of the Day is such a wonderful idea! I do not know this writer, but your praises I am sure are accurate--going over to check her out now!!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey,

      So nice for your visit here this evening! Thank you for the kind words. Yes, Sparklea's writing is amazing. Her true story "The Most Beautiful Woman I Hardly Knew . . ." is an outstanding read.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      We can't live without hugs! They warm us, they strengthen us, and they comfort us. I think a virtual hug is the real thing sending feelings over miles.

      Faith you are a joy and a privilege to know. This beautiful hub about a beautiful lady is further proof of your faith and love.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Mary (Till),

      So true, I know I could not live without hugs, as I am one who loves to give hugs in person and now. virtual hugs too! Although, in person, my intuition kicks in as to whether or not a person desires to be hugged, as some really do not, and that is okay too. But you're right, they certainly do warm us, strengthen us, and comfort us!

      Thank you so much for your kind words here. Yes, Sparklea is truly a beautiful lady and gifted writer too.

      Jackie and I want to give such hugs to those exceptional writers who we feel need a little more recognition as the wonderful writers they are, as well as those with beautiful hearts of love for others.

      I appreciate the votes up.

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Faith .. I was gone for a while and came back to the hubs to see all these wonderful comments for this wonderful Lady.. I must once again give you praise Dear Faith .. there has been no other like Faith Reaper and Jackie Lynnley... that have brought together so many poets and writers with one purpose ..to heap praise and and love on others... whose hubs usually go unoticed.. although they are great writers and deserve just as much love and admiration as the best writers on the hubs.. Faith that is why you two deserve as much credit as the powers that be in gathering together the whole community .. it shows how much respect you and Jackie have among all the hubbers.. if I may I will speak for all hubbers when I say

      Thank You Faith and Jackie..

      Michael

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      What a great idea. you're off to a hot start. But you have the blessing of success. Look forward to tomorrow.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Good Morning Dearest Michael,

      What a lovely comment once again to wake up to this morning and read such lovely words. So, I thank you.

      I give all praise and honor to my sweet Lord, for I prayed before writing this "Hug" here so that it will give glory to Him in seeing that one as special and gifted such as Sparklea, who dearly knows and loves Him as well, is recognized for her wonderful writings and just for being her. God bless you dearest Michael. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mh,

      Thank you so much for such kind words here. Well, we are doing the "Hug" once a week, not each day. Thank you for looking forward to our next "Hug" and I know that you will enjoy Jackie's choice for her "Hug" too.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. A very deserving lady with a heart of gold and a most winning smile. Nice to get to know her better. Great pics and video. Looking forward to more hugs. God bless. Passing this on.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Faith, what a wonderful idea!... a beautiful thing to do....I just loved the three pussy cats hug, :). I hope Sparklea will keep spreading that sparkling smile all over HP for a very long time. Best wishes and hugs to you both from Bedfordshire England.

      Love Jo.

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      This was such a wonderful and heartfelt tribute to a fellow Hubber and one who has become your friend. Just lovely! Thank you for sharing.

      (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Gypsy,

      Always so nice when you stop in for a visit! Thank you so much for the vote up and awesome. I appreciate you! Yes, Sparkle is a most deserving lady with a heart of gold and a smile that warms the hearts of all no doubt!

      Yes, please get to know Sparklea a little better through her amazing and profound work where she writes of her true life experiences.

      I am glad you like the pics and video. I love Casting Crowns too. Their music is so awesome to always glorify the Lord God.

      I am glad you are looking forward to more hugs, as I am looking forward to giving many more hugs of the day! I will make a point of praying prior to picking my choice, just as I did here.

      My prayer is that all who receive a hug of the day, do receive a surprise blessing and joy by receiving such, just as Sparklea has here, as well as Clara did through Jackie's hug of the day.

      God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jo (tobusiness),

      Always great to see you popping in to read! Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I like that photo too : )

      My prayer is just that Sparklea does continue to spread her warm smile all around HP Town for a very long time too! As for me, as I stated in this "Hug", I really receive a blessing each time that beautiful smile pops into one of my hubs to comment.

      Please get to know Sparklea a little more by reading her profound writes.

      Hugs and love to you from southern USA,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Rose-the-planner,

      So glad for your visit here this lovely Sunday afternoon!

      I appreciate all of your kind words here. Please get to know Sparklea a little better by reading some of her amazing work.

      Yes, she is a dear friend indeed!

      Thank you so much for the vote up.

      Hugs and love to you from southern USA,

      Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      How sweet and loving to do this, Faith. A hug is always welcome and always a good thing...

      Angels are on the way to you and your family ps

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Ps,

      Thank you for stopping by this "Hug" here this day! Yes, indeed, a hug is always welcome and always a good thing!

      God bless you and your family, and thank you for always sending the Angels my way, and once they are I will ask them to circle right back to you dearest friend!

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      You are so welcome...I stop by often to see what is new with you and look what I found today...Thanks for returning the Angels sweet Friend...love and hugs back to you. :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, thank you so much sweetie. You're the best! I have been so busy this weekend and will be next week, as our grands are up for a week during Vacation Bible School week. So, it will be a very busy week continuing into next week for me. So, I will most likely be commenting late after they go to bed at night. LOL

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      pant, pant, pant! OMG...getting down here is not a job for the faint of heart..lol..

      i WAAAY prefer a HUG of the day to a HUB of the day - as you prolly know!

      Great choice - i adore Jackie!

      Sharing, altho - i don't know if you need me to...lol

      xx

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Leslie,

      LOL, always such a joy when you visit with your lovely wit. Yes, I understand too about the "Hug" and the "Hub" of the day!

      If you have not read Sparklea's writing, you will really be in for a treat, especially her wonderful true account of her life experience in her work, "The Most Beautiful Woman I Hardly Knew . . ."

      I adore Jackie too, she is a true friend, and I am glad we partnered up here in giving out the "Hug of the day" to hopefully bring joy and spread a little "HugLove" around HP Town!

      Thank you so much for sharing, and yes, the more sharing of hugs going around the better!!!

      Sending out to you a gentle hug from southern USA,

      Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Hugs to Lea! She has a heart of gold and deserves the recognition. God bless her richly.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi teaches,

      So nice to see you here this night! Been missing you. Hope you are well.

      Yes, Sparklea truly does have a heart of gold and deserves the recognition.

      God bless you too dearest teaches.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Faith, you are such a kind soul my dear. You are always thoughtful and considerate, an example for us all to follow. Another awesome hub. It was great learning about Sparklea as you have did a wonderful job with this. God Bless you always Faith Reaper. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting, and shared!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Ricky (lyric),

      So great to see you stopping by to read here this day!

      Thank you so much for the lovely and kind comments here. Yes, Sparklea is a beautiful person inside and out, as well as an amazing writer.

      I do appreciate the votes up and sharing!

      God bless you too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is such a kind hub, Faith! Thank you for introducing me to Sparklea. She sounds like a very lovely person. I'm looking forward to reading her hubs.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Alicia,

      Always a pleasure when you stop by to read! Yes, Sparklea is an amazing writer, as you will find out when reading her wonderful writes! Her powerful true story of being adopted by her grandparents is one of grace and forgiveness.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much Sparklea for sharing your photo of one of His little creatures you helped that day! So cute.

      As you tell me all of the time, "God bless you real good",

      Faith Reaper

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Faith,

      You along with Jackie are wonderful ladies on HP Town. I just read how this hug idea was born in Jackie's hub. You both are awesome.

      I don't remember reading Sparklea. You have done wonderful reviews of the her hubs.I will surely check some of her hubs.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Vinaya,

      Always lovely when you stop by to read and leave such encouraging and wonderful comments! Thank you so much. Yes, I adore Jackie too.

      Please do check some of Sparklea's hubs, you will not be disappointed, especially her powerful true life story of being abandoned by her mother and adopted by her grandparents, "The Most Beautiful Woman I Hardley Knew . . .", as it will astound you as to the power of grace and forgiveness.

      Hugs to you, Faith Reaper

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much for this gem faith and I shall be sure to check out Sparklea's hubs. I already know you and Jackie to be great writers and friends.

      Lots of love and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Eddy,

      So great to see you here stopping by to read! Thank you for such kind words. Yes, please do check out some of Sparklea's hubs, as she is really a wonderful writer of her true life experiences.

      Hugs and love your way,

      Faith Reaper

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Hi Faith, this is a beautiful tribute to Sparklea. I will check her some of her hubs. I think hug of the day is a great idea. It's a great way to get to learn more about our hubbers in this wonderful community. Blessings and HubLove, I mean Hug Love. Doc.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet Marlene (lovedoctor),

      I am so happy to see you here this day!

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, Sparklea is really a phenomenal writer. Please do check out her work. She has a powerful and grippring write of being adopted by her grandparents after her mother abandoned both Sparklea and her sister. It is such a wonderful true account of grace and forgiveness!

      Yes, Jackie and I hope and pray to send out a little love to those amazing writers who may not get the love and attention they should as writers here for whatever reasons. We will showcase those who are truly amazinig writers, and whose hearts are truly beautiful.

      I hope all is well down in sunny Florida for you and your family!

      Hugs and much love to you always,

      Faith Reaper

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      skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Faith. Sparklea is a gem in the chest of Gods treasures! Truly a gifted lady with a heart after God. I am honored to know her. Jackie is a love of loves. I landed on her hubs not to long ago and it was no accident. Her writing is a gift from above. She touch's many hearts in hope and love.

      How special that you two sisters came up with hugs for hubbers. It does not surprise me because you love the Lord and His light shines in you, Jackie and Sparklea.

      We are Blessed to have you at the hubs dear faith. You are priceless. I know the favor of the Lord shines on you girl. Keep going child of God. All Glory to God. My Love In His name. Skye

      Beautiful and shared. Sending Hugs galore your way.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Skye,

      Always a blessing when you visit!

      Oh, what a beautiful way to describe the lovely Sparklea . . . "a gem in the chest of God's treasure!" Amen on that one precious heart. And, yes, so very gifted indeed.

      Yes, Jackie is a dear daughter of the King and she loves Him like nothing else no doubt about it! Both of their light shines so brilliantly here on HP! It just would not be the same without either of them, at least in my eyes!

      Thank you so much for the blessing here this day with your visit and kindness. We are truly blessed to know and love you too dearest Skye. You are one "Good and faithful servant."

      You're the best! I appreciate the vote up and share.

      Yes, let us praise Him and give all of the glory to the One who created us!

      God bless you. In His Love Always, and Hugs, Hugs and more Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Dearest Sweet-hearted Faith Reaper,

      Just when I think you couldn't possibly be any more beautiful than you already are, you go and prove me wrong! I just love your love of all people. We live in such times that it seems there is so much negativity and it sometimes becomes a battle to not be sucked into it all. You are the epitome of Positivity! What a wonderful concept you and Jackie have created and Sparklea is more than deserving of this tribute and hug. I'm going straight over to her pages to give her a hug myself!

      Thank you for being you... you are such a blessing to so many!

      Hugs and love to you!

      Cat

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Cat,

      I am so glad I saw you pop in, as I was just ready to call it a night, when your lovely face popped in here! Thank you so much for such generous comments. You are right about all of the negativity going around, and it is very easy to get sucked down right into the thick of it no doubt.

      Oh, please do go and give Sparklea and warm Cat hug . . . she adores Cats : )!!!

      Thank you for blessing me this evening with your presence here. Have a lovely rest of the night . . . about to be morning here.

      Hugs and much love to you too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Oh, sweet Faith Reaper, I didn't mean to keep you from bed... but now that I'm here, I have to tell you... I'm hundreds of emails behind and didn't know this one existed until I somehow stumbled upon it and I'm so glad I did. I've since visited the lovely Sparklea and am now following her too! You're right... she is very deserving of this hug!

      I hope you sleep well and have pleasant dreams and thank you for being so special yourself!

      Hugs and love ~ Cat

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, your visit was worth the staying up dear heart! In fact, I just read another amazing write and was glad I was still up!!! I understand completely about these emails, as they are just increasing. I know I need to set mine to something other than what it is set on, but I don't want to miss anything, but then I do sometimes too! A lot of times, I will resort to going to my accounts page and looking under my hubbers I follow to see who had written anything, and then I know for sure, I have not missed anyone. Sometimes I still do .

      Oh, I am so thrilled you are now following Sparklea. If she ever comments on one of your hubs, be prepared to have your socks blessed right off of you! : )

      Thank you sweet girl, and you take care of yourself and be sure to get enough rest, so we can be awesome for another day of writing here on HP!

      You're the best!

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      W1totalk 3 years ago

      This is a great look at Sparklea. I love animals also. Thank you.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello W1totalk,

      Nice to see you here this day reading!

      Sparklea is truly a wonderful writer and beautiful person inside and out!

      She certainly loves animals without a doubt, as do I.

      Have a lovely day,

      Faith Reaper

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Hi Faith, I'm doing well. Thank you for asking. It has been raining non-stop down here in Miami for the past several days. We haven't had too many good beach days with the exception of the Fourth of July. I will definitely check out this writer's work as soon as I get the chance. Have a lovely day. Blessings. Doc

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweetest Marlene (lovedoctor),

      I am so glad to know you are well!

      Yes, please check out Sparklea's amazing true life accounts in her writings. You will not regret taking the time to read her work.

      Hugs and love to you from southern USA,

      Faith Reaper

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Sweetest Faith Reaper,

      I didn't even realize how tired I was... but I passed right out in the computer chair, ha ha!

      I don't know how these hubbers do it! Sometimes I open my email in two pages and type in 'Has published a new hub' just so I can see what new hubs I've got waiting for me to read, then I use the other email to try keeping up on comments... but they seem to come in quicker than I can get through them.

      I'm so happy to be following Sparklea; I've seen her around for a while now and her smile is intoxicating! Now I know about the beauty behind the smile. You picked a wonderful recipient for the Hug of the Day!

      Thank you... you are the best!

      Love and hugs to you!

      Cat

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Cat,

      Please don't burn the candle at both ends. One needs plenty of rest for our minds to function properly, but I am so guilty of doing such too. : )

      Don't fall asleep and hit that pretty head of yours on the desk or wherever!

      I hear you, as I am lost in a sea of emails too.

      Oh, I am so thrilled you are following Sparklea. Thank you for your kind words as to my choice. She is wonderful indeed!

      Hugs and take time to smell the roses in this life sweetie,

      Faith Reaper

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Sweetest Faith Reaper,

      I can't help but giggle reading your comment... I know, it's hard and you're guilty of it too. There is just so much to do and it doesn't seem like there's enough time to do it.

      Oh, the awkward positions I've found myself waking in... ha ha. It's very hard to walk away when we know there are unread hubs though, isn't it?

      Thanks again for pointing the way to Sparklea, she is following me! I'm so grateful and her fan mail alone gave me a glimpse of how positive and wonderful she is! Thank you again! ... and you make sure to get enough sleep yourself. We can't have an angel flying around with tired wings now can we?

      Oh... I will most definitely try to take time to smell the roses. Thank you dear heart!

      Hugs ~ Cat

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Cat, hehe, yes, not enough hours in the day to read all of the wonderful work of the amazing writers here on HP!

      Oh, it is my pleasure to introduce Sparklea to those who may have not read her work and when she does comment, you will receive a blessing like no other! Thank you for sharing that with me here about her positive fan mail and I am so glad you and she are following each other!

      I am about to call it a night just after I few more reads here.

      Yes, please take some time out of each day just to do something special for yourself.

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      What a great hub hug to Sparklea, she sounds like an awesome lady, caring for the homeless and all her prayers, wonderful faith, have an awesome Sunday, nell

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Nell,

      Always so nice when you stop by to read!

      She certainly is a wonderful lady not doubt!

      You too dearest Nell . . . enjoy your Sunday.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      epigramman 3 years ago

      I love it when you're up late Faith.

      Of course you are the ultimate 'hugger' here at the Hub and the line up around the world will always start with 'you' when we attempt a human chain of love and respect.

      love and hugs from Colin , Tiffy and Gabriel who are all up late themselves burning the lake erie midnight oil at 3:45am

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      LOL, yes, Colin, I am up way too late attempting to catch up a bit here, but seem to be failing at that at this point! My precious granddaughters have been up for almost two weeks and they are joyful distractions, well, not really distractions but blessings.

      I do love giving hugs!!! You are always so generous in your comments to me and kind. Thank you!

      Well, I realized I needed to rewrite some poetry on one of my other hubs, as I must have been sleep deprived when I initially had written it : ( but I believe I have made amends, hopefully. And even there, you were so very generous.

      Hugs, hugs and more hugs from southern USA to you, Miss Tiffy and Mr. Gabriel (you keep good company in the wee hours of the morning!)

      Faith Reaper

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Faith: beautiful article and you are amazing. What a terrific idea you and jackie came up with and I support you wholeheartedly! I will check out sparklea's writings. She sounds like a wonderful woman and has her priorities in the right order. She loves human beings more than material objects - that is a rare person in this world. And that she helps and ministers to the homeless is wonderful and a credit to her. Thanks for showcasing her here and hugs to you too Faith.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      How can I forget Sparklea...one of the few who first came to welcome me in this community since I joined and in her message I felt at home and motivated to write more. Sparklea is a beacon of honesty and spirituality.

      Beautiful and thoughtful write Faith and like you, I am hugger myself and love to be hugged. So, here's a bear hug (and kisses) to you both.

      Up++ and sharing.

      Love from the sky~

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi suzette,

      So great to see you here this day!

      Thank you so much and, yes, Jackie, is so clever at these things, with turning my flub on an email into a hub of a Hug.

      Please do check out Sparklea's writings, as you will not be disappointed!

      Yes, she is truly a wonderful woman who does have her priorities in order no doubt. The love in her heart overflows right out of her to love on others less fortunate and all of His little creatures. You are so right, no materialism with Sparklea.

      I appreciate your lovely comments here and I know they will thrill Sparklea's heart. She is so very humble in spirit.

      Hugs to you too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, our sweetest love from the sky, CrisSp,

      It is always so lovely when you stop by for a visit! I know exactly what you mean about Sparklea, for when she pops into one's hub to leave a comment, it is always such a blessing. Yes, she is a most welcoming person and such a great encourager too!

      What beautiful words to describe Sparklea ... perfect choice of words...beacon of honesty and spirituality, how very lovely indeed.

      Thank you for the big bear hug and kisses to us both!

      I appreciate the vote up and share. You're the best.

      (((hugs))) and more (((hugs))) and kisses from southern USA and I am sure Upstate NY too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      It is simply amazing how deep the friendships develop here on HubPages. You are the best hugger.

      I enjoyed reading about Sparklea. Her hubs sound amazing and I am excited to start reading them. In the meantime (((((HUGS)))) to you, Faith. This is so worth sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene,

      So lovely to see you here! Have missed you, and glad you are back.

      Yes, I am amazed at the many friendships that developed here through HP.

      LOL, thank you, as I really do love giving hugs in real life and virtual ones too!

      Please do read Sparklea's work. You will really love her writing. She is such a beautiful person inside and out, who leaves a blessing every time she stops in to bless one with her enthusiastic comments.

      (((HUGS))) to you from southern USA,

      Faith Reaper

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Wetnosedogs Thank you for commenting on this beautiful hub that Faith Reaper wrote about me...her name is so appropriate...as she spreads her faith, she REAPS glorious blessings, which she SO deserves!

      Blessings, Sparklea

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Ericdierker: I want to personally thank you for commenting on this beautiful write from Faith Reaper. Also for following me! I thank God every day for the wonderful people I have met on my Hub Page journey...Thank you from my heart. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billy buc: I am finally getting my bearings from my being overwhelmed by the phenomenal kindness of Faith Reaper to post this very unexpected, but much appreciated hub...and also for your contributing to the comments.

      I want to thank people individually who were nice enough to visit and comment on this page, but it is going to take awhile. I will have to do it in increments.

      I just wept when this hub by Faith Reaper popped up, I called my husband in and I was crying so hard, I just pointed to the screen, I could not talk! And there you were, with the other kind hubbers, commenting on this which just overwhelms me.

      Your loyalty to the hub people, your kind words, your great hubs, you have no idea what it means to me and, I am sure, hundreds of other hubbers.

      THANK YOU for your kind words about this exceptional write from Faith Reaper. I don't think Faith is human, I think she is really an angel here on our planet.

      I will be back this week to comment on more of your hubs. Your encouragement to hub writers is off the charts. Blessings Always Sparklea Keep the inspiration coming!

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      MartieCoetser: Thank you for visiting this lovely hub from Faith Reaper all the way from Africa. I have friends who have gone to Africa three years in a row, and LOVE it there. In fact, anyone who has been to Africa that I've spoken to has said it is beautiful there.

      Thank you for your kind comments, and I love the hugs Faith and Jackie are spreading on Hub Pages. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Michelle Travis: THANK YOU for the "hug too" and for taking time to comment on Faith's off the charts words which still have me reeling...and very humbled.

      God bless you, and I just praise God for how He is working in your life.

      Lots of love, Sparklea :)

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Cleaner 3: It is on my heart to respond to each comment on this 'surprise hub' that Faith wrote...and I want to thank you for reading it, commenting on it, following me, and the beautiful comments you wrote on my hub(s) that you took the time to read.

      Your love for life shines, not only in your hubs, but your genuine, sincere comments. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sparklea,

      God bless you! You, re the best! You lovely comments here show your true heart and all will be blessed with such genuine and heartfelt comments. Glad I saw this and wanted to comment while on lunch break. Have a lovely day. Hugs, Faith Reaped

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I am getting used to my phone so please excuse until I get used to it. God bless you for all the lovely comments. Love, Faith Reaper

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Faith, I am STILL learning my phone, it's a wonder I haven't blown it up yet. I've sent texts to the wrong people...deleted stuff by mistake, it goes on and on, lol. :)I hope to answer every comment eventually in this awesome hub...they have taken the time to read it, and I believe everyone deserves a thank you. God bless, and take all the time you need to get used to your phone! Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Jackie Lynnley: I so appreciate your visiting this hub that Faith was so kind to write about me. I love hearing about hubbers who love cats! I am glad we do not live in the country, or we would probably have cats at our door all the time. They are high maintenance, but SO easy to love. I confess I can fall in love with a cat within one second.

      It is a hectic week, but I can't wait to read your second hug...hub. God bless, and thank you for following me also. Sparklea :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sparklea, Jackie has written her second Hug hub on lambservant already. We are alternating weekends and so she went ahead with her Hug this past weekend. Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks Faith, I WILL check it out...You and Jackie are the hug champs of hub pages! Blessings, Sparklea ;)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Sparklea,

      You are so kind. LOL, "Hug champs," that is so sweet!

      Back on the real deal computer now, so hopefully able to type correctly! : ) Yes, on that new phone, I could not for the life of me get the comments to edit or go back and add a word or anything. LOL

      You are such a delight and joy in leaving all of these wonderful comments here this day to all.

      I am sorry I am so late in commenting here. We had bad storms this night and our power was out for a bit, but three power trucks came pretty fast and we are up and running once again!

      Hugs and love to you sweet friend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Sueswan 3 years ago

      God Bless and hugs Faith.

      I am off to visit Sparklea.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sue,

      So glad for your visit here! You will love Sparklea.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Clara Kish 3 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Hello Sparklea, I owe you an apology for not getting on here before. To show you how dumb I can be at times ,I have gone back to see if your hug was on and I didn't see it , I thought it would be next week . Today I went back and looked then it finally sunk in how I could get your Hug . Is old age a good enough excuse to be forgiven ? I hope so because I make a lot of blunders. After reading your Hug I see why you really deserve it , can I give you 2 hugs to say I'm sorry . I will be back to read your Hubs , it sounds like they are very interesting . HP is so large that I guess you could be on here all of your life and never meet with others except by accident or by 2 sweet ladies who always have something good to say about others . I am glad that I have met you now, may we always be friends. Love ,Clara

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Clara,

      Oh, sweetie, you are so precious. I am so thrilled by your visit here, and I know Sparklea will be as well! There is no reason to be sorry whatsoever. Yes, things happen so fast here on HP, it makes my head spin at times trying to keep up with everything. I know what you mean, as there are so many gifted and talented writers here that we have yet to discover, but we are so blessed to have discovered you, dearest Clara.

      I am just now able to get on HP this night. I was so busy with the family.

      Thank you so much for your kind words this day.

      God bless you. Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Clara Kish 3 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Thank you , Faith , it is so nice of you to take the time to write back to me, It is almost midnight so I am going to bed . Sending you love and a HUG. Clara

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, it is my pleasure dearest Clara.

      Yes, it is so very late. Thank you so much for sending your love and a HUG!

      Hugs and love to you too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Dear Clara, I SO understand! My life is quite hectic, and I am ALWAYS behind, especially with Hub Pages...impossible for me to be on the computer full time, with my being a female--laundry, cooking, cleaning, errands, and four cats to accommodate for it is all about THEM - in THEIR opinion!

      SO hard for me to keep up with the comments, as I want to respond and comment to everyone! I'm going to put my blame on the clock! Too bad we all need sleep, that would give us an extra 8 hours!

      Thank you for your very kind words, so much appreciated! Just visited your hug hub and commented on it. God bless you - you are a jewel on this planet. Sparklea :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sparklea,

      Hugs to both you and our first "Hug" recipient, Clara!

      I pray you both have a peaceful Sunday.

      God bless you both.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Clara Kish 3 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Hello Sparklea. I know the feeling, I used to do all of the things that was waiting to be done, but not any more.I am always behind ,not sure if it is old age or The Hub Pages, probably a combination of everything. I didn't use to have a computer and that really takes up time every day,but I am not complaining.It has given me a lot of friends. I wonder what ever gave us the idea in old age you could just sit down ,relax and do whatever you wanted to do. Wrong idea! love and a hug, Clara

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Morning Precious Heart Clara,

      I am so glad that you use your computer to glorify our Lord God in such a tremendous way to go all over the world-wide web! If we are unable to go on a mission trip or serve others in an effort to spread the "Good News", what a better way to reach millions than by just sitting down at one's computer and telling of the "Good News" which could potential reach millions, for the Word of God never comes back void.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment back to our lovely Sparklea!

      God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, your comment here this day, dearest Clara, reminded me I needed to link my second "Hug" here! So thank you very much.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Faith,

      There is so much excitement with these Hub Hugs. I can certainly see why because two special people like you and Jackie have tapped into something that is a testament to who you are and allowing folks like myself to meet such cool hubbers is just magical. I leave you now to go and read hubs by Sparklea.

      Best to you and all who bring forth light,

      Kim

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sweet Kim,

      Aw, thank you so much sweetie. You are such a joy here on HubPages and I am so glad I found you here as a wonderful writer and new friend.

      I appreciate such kind and loving words from you here. Yes, please read Sparklea, she is a beautiful person and amazing writer too.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Sparklea I just love that photo of you and your daughter on your special trip together to Paris! Thank you for allowing me to add it to this hub. Your trip to Paris would make a wonderful hub, if you were to ever desire to write about it.

      What a lovely thing to be able to do that with your daughter, and I know you will have the memories of such a special trip together for a lifetime!

      Hugs and love,

      Faith Reaper

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hi Faith, it is late, have been on errands all day with my husband who FINALLY has a day off from work! Just getting online for a few minutes, and I want to THANK YOU so much for adding that picture, THRILLED you did that. Very much appreciated!!

      Yes I DO want to write a hub about our Paris trip, and I hope to do it soon. Still struggling with adding pictures on HP, as I want to be able to accompany the hub with a couple pictures.

      GOD BLESS YOU real good, and THANK YOU again. I am still overwhelmed with this hub and the comments. I will always remain grateful and humbled. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sparklea,

      Thank you for allowing me to share your lovely photo, and I know it was a special blessing for you and your daughter to have that time together on a most memorable trip ... Paris!

      Yes, that would make an awesome hub no doubt.

      Enjoy the rest of the day with your sweet husband.

      I changed the photo to full-width if that is okay, as all can see your beautiful smiling face better.

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh, Faith, you are a doll! Thank you for doing that! Can't wait to show my daughter that she is on the web! One of the most memorable trips EVER, had dinner in the Eiffel Tower on our last night there. I WILL write a hub to share about this trip. I will stay in touch, you did a great job posting the picture, and Thank you from my heart! Love and God bless, Sparklea :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sparklea,

      Thank you so much for allowing me to share that lovely photo of an unforgettable trip with your daughter.

      Sounds like a dream come true no doubt! I look forward to that hub when you have the chance to get to it.

      Have a lovely Sunday. We just got in from church, and went early to Bible study before church, so just now seeing this.

      God bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Both you and Jackie are doing a great job of bringing HubLove to others and sending this hug of the day to Sparklea; who truly deserved it. I will now go and read Sparklea's hubs

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi greatstuff, thank you and that is truly "great stuff" you have left here in your commenting! I appreciate you going to read Sparklea, as she is such a beautiful person who has a heart of love for all.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Wonderful tribute!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey,

      Thank you so much for reading and leaving a lovely comment.

      Hope you are enjoying this beautiful day.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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