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JESUS FIRST - Seek him while he may be found

My name is Carol Im 51yrs old before coming to sparkpeople I had lost 100lbs on my own no surgery no pills just alot of hard work and putting Jesus First in my life. Since I have been here I have lost an additional 110lbs all to the Glory of the Lord!!

I could have not done this without my Jesus I cried out to him and he answered me.

2 Samuel 22:7
In my distress I called to the LORD;
I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came ...
My name is Carol Im 51yrs old before coming to sparkpeople I had lost 100lbs on my own no surgery no pills just alot of hard work and putting Jesus First in my life. Since I have been here I have lost an additional 110lbs all to the Glory of the Lord!!

I could have not done this without my Jesus I cried out to him and he answered me.

2 Samuel 22:7
In my distress I called to the LORD;
I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears."

Psalm 34:17
"The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

The Lord has truly blessed me during this journey. He has helped me to grow and mature in him. He has taught me what it means to be disciplined, determined and dedicated in his word, in my prayer life and in my walk with him. I found out that when you DO his word you will be blessed.

James 1:22-25
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law,the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts,he will be blessed in his doing.

I tried so many times to lose weight to no avail. But when I put Jesus first and I asked him to help me, to give me the wisdom I needed to fight this fight of weight loss in his strength and not my own he gave me the VICTORY!!

I had many crying sessions with him and he taught me to set my eyes on him and stay in prayer, not how much weight I have to lose or how long it would take me. .

Luke 11:1
The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Notice they didnt ask him to teach them to preach, walk on water, raise the dead or cast out demons.
When Jesus prayed people saw the difference. Prayer is where the war is fought and victory is won.

Many people ask me what is my secret to weight loss and I simply say prayer. If prayer was important to Jesus shouldn't it be important to us?

Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

The only place you will find rest is in Jesus. Seek him in prayer and slip away to your secret place and spend time with him. He longs to hear from you, to talk with you, to spend time with you.

John 5:30
By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

How much do we do on our own initiative? Is it not the great sin to take matters into our own hands and we find ourselves in bondage to it. Ask him to show you, guide you, lead you total surrender to him.

I love Jesus, not for what he does for me but simply for who he is.

Luke 18:8
when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

Will he find anyone who will take him at his word? Trust him, get to know him, All that you are going through, all the ups and downs of your life, the obstacles, the chaos he knows about them he sees you and hears you. Spend time with him in prayer believe me once you do your whole life will be changed. Jesus is your answer to everything in your life. He loves you more than you know.

Please dont die without knowing Him, give your life to him and seek him while he may be found.

Jesus first
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To do the will of my Heavenly Father for my life. That he may be glorified in everything I do.

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Spending time with Jesus everyday talking with him, praying with him, worshipping him.

Its all about him.

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3/20/2015 10:38:31 AM

Have not heard from any spark friends in a while, How are you?
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3/17/2015 4:15:43 PM

Carol it was good to hear from you and to see and hear you are doing so good as a trainer and just a good all around person...I had my chance to get my wife on board and missed it---just let it slip through my do I feel stupid now..we were in DG and my wife picked up a greatest looser book and said we might learn something from this book...and I let her put the book back at the checkout..cause I wanted it for 3.50 instead of 5.00...that was so stupid...I never get her thinking healthy much anymore...what should I do..go back and get it and say were worth it and we need to work on this together..and yes I believe we can learn from this book like you said...I don't know...just like I went to my new preacher...which is so goood...he was the preacher at our church 30 yrs. ago..and he knows what to say..and says it so well...I am teaching Matthew in Wed night class now...and I know that eventually were going to have to talk about divorce and some have been divorced in that class and what should I do..I told him I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings or drive someone away...but I want to teach it the way Christ would want it taught..and in his words it's pretty black and white...and it's also pretty tough...if you've been divorced...but there are all kinds of topics that can be hard to teach but with love and kindness I want to teach His's your Rev. teaching going in our church that has been one book that is overlooked the most...not by the preacher's but the teachers...I don't think they feel adequate enough..or something...don't know what books or commentators do you use in your study...I always like a good commentary to help me along..I'm not a man of many words and it's good to have someone else s words to make the hr. class not seem forever or run out of things to say..well thanks for writting me and I know you are super pumped for your fighter...I am still punchin when I can...getting better at staying more active longer...I went on a hike up and down some hills yest and when I got back carring about 40 lbs. of fossils they wanted to know where I got them...and they couldn't believe how far I had walked and didn't seem like nothing just because i was finding awesome fossils because of the rains lately....had a great have a super St. Patty's day...Rico emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon ps: I'll be praying for you that you stay cancer are a remarkable and wonderful person...and a great friend..thank you..rico emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2/25/2015 10:25:08 AM

Carol-Hope all is well...I am doing great staying quite busy though...sorry I didn't get back to you I go to my daughter's Regional tournament game they won district and conference and are haveing a pretty good season so far..and can keep it going by winning this game tonight...I will say I will miss the games next yr. but will still attend some home games even though my daughter is not playing just to stay involved in the student's lives in my classroom...they grow up so fast...soon my daughter will be going to college..and she might move out to go and our home will be lonely without kids at home but we will survive...I'm trying hard to get my daughter involved in eating healthier and she is going to do a 5k with me in the that she can stay active...of course I will be walking it...and she will be running it..but it is still a good bonding time for us...I hate that they have the ballgames on Wed..because I hate missing church..but they all know we have to support our little girl and understand...We're starting to study in Matthew this Wk. I think that it will be a good's where I started teaching on Wed. some 17 yrs. ago to the teens..I enjoyed it then and will this time too I'm sure..Have you ever seen Heaven is real...I did about 5 times...I just can't get the vision of the little boys eyes out of my mind..and his little voice telling about how heaven was....I'ts got to be the most awesome place..better than anything we can even imagine..and that the story is real too just seems to make it so wife wouldn't watch it with me...she doesn't like shows that make you cry....I don't mind feeling and showing my feelings..must be something about being an artist...always have been in touch with my feelings and I show that through my artwork...if I feel shows..if I feel wonderful it's my therapy too...I don't know what I would do if I wasn't an artist....I don't know what I would do if I wasn't a Christian...I never could understand what ppl. did that didn't have Christ in their lives when the ceiling falls down..where do they turn??..I am so glad that I can listen to Christian music in my classroom each day with spotify...I started just putting it on in the mornings then some of my students started asking for it so I typed in klove radio..and there before me is 30hrs. of Christian that I'm not hearing the same songs over and over which didn't bother me but did some of my they don't have to worry about that is so calming to me and my classes...I can't explain the effects it has on my's funny before I would get students that complained about this and that and now I don't hear it as much...God is wonderful in all His glory....Hope your staying warm and not too's been pretty cold here in the teens and twenties , but spring will be here soon and we will go back to enjoying the outside rather than huddling inside and not being very active I try to still do exercises daily..but I don't go out and exercise because I don't want to get sick...we can't have our grandson if either me or my wife are we are trying to stay as well as far we've done pretty...good...that's one area where we work together on...thanks for being my friend...I can always count on you to be here..your friend and brother in Christ...Rico emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1/23/2015 3:26:22 PM

Hey Carol...I'm back below my preholiday wt...yes wouldn't think it could take so long to get ballenced out and body burning fat's crazy...I was worrying when I kept going up on the scale....then it stayed there..then slowly started back down to my pre-holliday wt...I don't know how the maintainers do it...I hope to have learned enough about myself and understanding my body by then that I won't just let the wt. keep escalating like I have in the past...I would say not past 5lbs...then no more than 10...before you know it...more than before...that's the part I hate the worst...the more than before....I'm feeling stronger..walking better..I had a small hickup...tried bad knee hurt for a full wk...and that was sad to my wt. loss...but what I know now Is I pushed too hard too fast..write more after class starts... emoticon

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1/12/2015 10:30:12 AM

Carol--thank you for the tough love...I really needed it..I have been working but not hard enough...I have been slowed by the weather here some but this wkend I went dn.3pds...back to pre holiday and some...back on are a great friend and a very good motivator...see you have had a lot of experience wife gasps..still when I say..yes..I'm still trying to loose wt...I understand her feelings..and know that by me trying to eat better she will too...but that will only go so far..she has to want to be down some..when she sees me at 50 pds. dn..I think then it will hit's time to make the move...she already is eating better...sometimes..came home from mc.dees...with two side sallads to go with our meal sun...good move I praised her on the choice and the salad was actually really good..all for just a buck....too...I keep telling her I'm never really that hungry...but I have the want to let myself feel some hunger..from time to that natural..part of the process or am I going wrong..I just don't want to be scared of being a little empty stomached from time to time...even the pple in the bible did without....grasshoppers and honey...don't know if I could do that...might try this summer...I'm like said chocolate covered insects just tasted like candy...he ate in the Philippines....any..goto go next class...just telling you ..your great..and I love you in a Christ you are..and you have motivated me....I'm back on track..and full of steam...moving harder than before...ran my first 5 yrs..sat...slow time..but I'll take it..rico emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon sorry had to change campuses...My 5k was a virtual one from here on sp...have you ever tried a virtual's a blast...I run/walk against ppl. from all over the it's free...that's what I don't get from other ppl. if something this wonderful is offered to you free why not take it...I tried to get ppl. interested last go around this time I'm focusing on me and the ppl. I surround myself with here at SP..if I reach someone off line..then that is great but I'm not focusing on self being is too important..Yes I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.....I'm working with a couple on Wed. church classes...both are new Christians and new to's amazing....they are just like babes in Christ...and the book were studing on is on becomming a stronger it's good for all....but were almost to choose a new one...hope God leads me to the right one..I know He have a wonderful day Carol...hope you don't mind I chatted so much..just had a lot to say.....I'm your biggest fan...go team Griff...rico emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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