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CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY

I don't know what the future holds, but I know the One who knows! My resolution is to establish & maintain healthy habits (physical, spiritual & relational) REGARDLESS of the circumstances.

My plan is called PRAY-EAT-MOVE

PRAY encompasses all things spiritual & relational and is my first prioritiy.

EAT means eating mindfully, logging food, staying within SP parameters, cooking more at home, etc.

MOVE means intentional exercise, monitoring ...
I don't know what the future holds, but I know the One who knows! My resolution is to establish & maintain healthy habits (physical, spiritual & relational) REGARDLESS of the circumstances.

My plan is called PRAY-EAT-MOVE

PRAY encompasses all things spiritual & relational and is my first prioritiy.

EAT means eating mindfully, logging food, staying within SP parameters, cooking more at home, etc.

MOVE means intentional exercise, monitoring steps with my pedometer & setting reasonable goals This category also includes establishing household routines to contain the clutter!

EVERY DAY, I will start fresh, every 10 days I will analyze, reset my goals and MOVE ON!

I will be patient with myself, not expecting 100%, but will be satisfied if I can meet 80% of my plan - life does intervene and I know there will be many days when I will have little or no control over my circumstances.

I will REBOOT immediately when I realize I am faltering, which will be often!

I will keep my sense of humor!

I will encourage & support my Spark Friends - and ask for their help as well!

What I have learned from my Spark People journey:

- Lifestyle changes are essential to overall fitness & good health.
- Set realistic goals to avoid discouragement.
- Focus on behavioral changes & not weight loss.
- Recognize that change is not easy.
- Make moment by moment choices.
- Be flexible & allow exceptions.
- Be patient and allow myself to adjust & adapt.

My goal is to be as fit and healthy as I can be. I want to get out of the "obese" range; out of the "overweight" range and into "normal". I hope to improve health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol & triglycerides as well as GERD. I want to have more stamina, be more flexible and feel better in my clothes.

I want to be a good role model for my family and friends.
I want to simplify and routinize my llife, I want to be grateful for, and ive each day to the fullest.

I want to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and bring glory to God according to His purpose for my life. I am not perfect, but I am forgiven!

I want to be a good wife, daughter, sister aunt and friend. I want to make a difference in this world.

After all, It's Not About Me...It's Not About Here...and, It's Not About Now!
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I Cannot Tell (tune is Danny Boy)

I cannot tell why He whom angels worship,
Should set His love upon the sons of men,
Or why, as Shepherd, He should seek the wanderers,
To bring them back, they know not how or when.
But this I know, that He was born of Mary
When Bethlehemís manger was His only home,
And that He lived at Nazareth and labored,
And so the Savior, Savior of the world is come.

I cannot tell how silently He suffered,
As with His peace He graced this place of tears,
Or how His heart upon the cross was broken,
The crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, He heals the brokenhearted,
And stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear,
And lifts the burden from the heavy laden,
For yet the Savior, Savior of the world is here.

I cannot tell how He will win the nations,
How He will claim His earthly heritage,
How satisfy the needs and aspirations
Of East and West, of sinner and of sage.
But this I know, all flesh shall see His glory,
And He shall reap the harvest He has sown,
And some glad day His sun shall shine in splendor
When He the Savior, Savior of the world is known.

I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship,
When, at His bidding, every storm is stilled,
Or who can say how great the jubilation
When all the hearts of men with love are filled.
But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture,
And myriad, myriad human voices sing,
And earth to Heaven, and Heaven to earth, will answer:
At last the Savior, Savior of the world is King!

Lyrics: William Fullerton, 1929


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In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied -
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.
(Lyrics by Natalie Grant)

Before the Throne of God Above

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Savior and my God!
(lyrics by Charitie Bancroft, 1841 - 1923)


HOW DEEP THE FATHER'S LOVE FOR US
Stuart Townend - 1995 Thankyou Music (PRS) - [Admin. worldwide by woshiptogether.com songs)

How deep the Father's love for us ~ How vast beyond all measure; ~ That He should give His only Son ~ To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss, ~ The Father turns His face away ~ As wounds which mar the Chosen One, ~ Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross, ~ My sin upon His shoulders; ~ Ashamed I hear my mocking voice ~ Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there ~ Until it was accomplished; ~ His dying breath has bro't me life ~ I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything ~ No gifts, no pow'r, no wisdom; ~ But I will boast in Jesus Christ, ~ His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward? ~ I can≠not give an answer ~ But this I know with all my heart; ~ His wounds have paid my ransom

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Find Us Faithful

We're pilgrims on the journey
Of the narrow road
And those who've gone before us line the way
Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary
Their lives a stirring testament to God's sustaining grace

Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses
Let us run the race not only for the prize
But as those who've gone before us
Let us leave to those behind us
The heritage of faithfulness
Passed on through godly lives

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
And our children sift through all we've left behind
May the clues that they discover
And the memories they uncover
Become the light that leads them
To the road we each must find

Words and Music by Jon Mohr

Then Shall Live by Gloria Gaither

I then shall live as one who's been forgiven.
I'll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
I know my name is clear before my Father;
I am His child and I am not afraid.
So, greatly pardoned, I'll forgive my brother;
The law of love I gladly will obey.

I then shall live as one who's learned compassion.
I've been so loved, that I'll risk loving too.
I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges;
I'll dare to see another's point of view.
And when relationships demand commitment,
Then I'll be there to care and follow through.

Your Kingdom come around and through and in me;
Your power and glory, let them shine through me.
Your Hallowed Name, O may I bear with honor,
And may Your living Kingdom come in me.
The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor,
And may You feed a hungry world through me.




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CINDYSLIMS
12/18/2014 10:43:26 PM

Thank you for the goodie and making me feel so welcome!



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PATRICIA-CR
12/18/2014 9:02:45 AM

Sharon, thank you for your goodie and the warm welcome to the BLC. I highly appreciate it.

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12/17/2014 9:45:02 PM

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RUNNINGOMA
12/13/2014 1:56:56 PM

Yeah, same here. No company - not even my DD coming home. emoticon And since each child got a new decoration for the tree each year, as the kids left, the tree doesn't have many more decorations anyway. I think we had 3 left. That is okay with me anyway.
And yes, we are planning on coming to the States. We even got an e-mail from Macomb Baptist wanting us to come. I am guessing in the fall, but we might be coming twice, once in the spring to bring DS back, and once in the fall to do meetings.
I really do hope it works out this time. All I can say is, Lord willing.



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DECLARE74
12/8/2014 4:48:27 PM

Hi Sharon, thanks fro dropping in and checking on me - and your Green Tea was just what I needed as I have been fighting a nasty bug - but I am back on my feet and other than dialing back a little the next few days am confident I will be in good form soon :-)



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