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Transformed and Transcended

“Having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed, therefore I spoke,’ we also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.

“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner ...
“Having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed, therefore I spoke,’ we also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.

“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:13-18, NASB.

The “transcendent” glory of God (the Presence of Excellence) comes into the life of the person who is “transformed” by Him. Transform-Abby is my prayer for that reality to be mine as I seek to change habits that bring destruction to those that bring life: life more abundant and full.

This is the Easter season: the time when we celebrate the transcendent glory of God displayed in the transformation of Christ who lived in the flesh as an example for us, died on the cross as the price for our sin, and was raised up in His transformed body to live eternally again. I believe, therefore I live.

God called me to return to Spark with my only goal being that of possessing true change, to be transformed in this life to live a transcendent lifestyle that brings health and healing. What better training ground than to gain control of fleshly impulses so as to transform and achieve transcendence (excellence) as I work to live healthy to the glory of God. When God calls us, He is faithful to equip us.

April 3, 2014

Joyful in This Journey
March 10, 2014

Mindset is vital to success. In January I realized that, though I was back with determination, my thinking and attitude in this journey was stinking. So in February God called me to change the way I think and He began inspiring good thought to replace the bad. Now in March He is instructing me to count the journey a joy and He is helping me to find joy even in the things I find difficult to do and keep up with, like the food tracker.

I am a Christian and follower of Jehovah-Abba. As such I believe that joy has little to do with circumstance and everything to do with trust in God in the midst of them. As I look to find joy in this SP journey I am on, this fact is just a true here as anywhere.

God brought me here for a purpose, to change bad habits to good ones. That is my focus. As I trust Him to lead step by step in doing so, I can rejoice in His faithfulness to equip me to succeed. The practice of this joy which is strength to me uplifts my spirit in the journey and helps my thoughts to a more positive attitude.

February 9, 2014

“The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive” ~ Proverbs 16:21, NLT.

As I prepare to bless my beloved for Valentine’s Day, I know that love is a daily joy for us and toward many others in our lives. But today God is speaking to me about making sure that I do not forget to give love to myself as well. He is instructing me to love myself through proper care toward myself, yes, but even more, through right thoughts that encourage and bless my life with strength.

Scripture instructs us to love God first, then love others as we love ourselves; so how can I properly love others if I fail to know how to truly love myself? I am finding that my Spark Journey is one of learning better ways to give love to me. I love myself in action by doing the things I need to do to take proper care of me so that I can feel good and live in strength. But I am also seeing more clearly the need to love myself with my words and thoughts.

Words truly are like the rudder of a ship, steering our lives. The things we meditate on the most will take hold, saturate us, and seep out to reveal themselves. The greatest thing we can do for self is to get God's heart for us and let our words and thoughts stand in agreement with His. In this way we bless ourselves in His name and we empower our lives to move forward with strength. Thus a big part of my goal for February is to meditate on thoughts that empower me for victory; words that reveal a true and healthy love for self that will empower me to not only walk in victory, but to better love and encourage those around me.

Thus I proclaim that I have power for this day because the Holy Spirit is upon me and in me to deliver me. If God is for me, who is against me? Thus, may the God of truth and fidelity, the Amen (the make it so), so bless me. (Acts 1:8; Romans 8:31; Isaiah 65:16a)

January 1, 2014

I'm Darlene and I'm Ready for Change!

Hello. I am Darlene and this is my third time here. I love SparkPeople, love the accountability and companionship, but am finding weight loss illusive. So I am setting my goals to changing me rather than to losing weight, hoping that if I put my focus on what I can do to make some changes, the things that elude me will be found along the way. So, allow me to introduce myself anew.

I am wife to my best friend living in the top of Texas. We have three wonderful children and we love their mates as our own. Between them, we have 11 grandchildren and one on the way. I enjoy the study of God's word, writing, crochet, and reading. It is joy to be back and I look forward to getting acquainted.

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TRANSFORM-ABBY He is risen! Praise The Lord and have a BLESSed Easter.
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Member Since: 12/31/2013

SparkPoints: 10,122

Fitness Minutes: 1,902

My Goals:
Change 12 habits this year:

Dress to shoes - January.

Move that Bod - February.

Make a plan and live life - March.

My Program:
1: Make myself accountable to you.

2. Work to increase activity.

3. Ease into greater dietary alertness and changes.

Personal Information:
I am a home maker, nearing 60, married to my best friend, and I struggle to take care of myself properly, like many I know. We have 3 children and their mates, soon to be 12 grandbabies, 2 great grands, and 2 dogs who think they are our children. I love the study of God's word, writing, reading, and crochet.

Other Information:
Yesterday is gone
Tomorrow may never be
Now is all the time
God has gifted me
Will I use it well
Or waste it on the way
Time will surely tell
The choice I make today

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Member Comments:
4/19/2014 12:24:08 PM

Thank you for the goodie and message.
Happy Easter!

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4/18/2014 2:45:10 PM

Darlene, thank you for the goodie and inspirational message. HE is risen indeed!
Happy Easter!

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4/18/2014 2:44:15 PM

Hi Darleme!

Thanks so much for the Easter message! Preach it Girl! God's transforming power is ALL because He is in all and through Him all things are made.

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4/18/2014 3:20:03 AM

Easter Means Eternal Life

A perfect God demands a perfect justice;
He cannot let us get away with sin.
We used God’s gift of our free will to trespass,
So heaven’s gates were closed; we couldn’t get in.

Our sin required our blood, a sacrifice,
To atone for all the wrongs that we had done.
"But I love them!" cried our Father, filled with sorrow;
"I’ll send my only Son to be the one."

Good Friday marks the slaying of our Jesus,
The unblemished lamb, the perfect sacrifice.
He took our guilt and blame upon Himself,
So we could be with Him in paradise.

On Easter morning, he came back from death;
He vanished from the tomb, the empty grave.
His resurrection means eternal life
For us, the ones he came to earth to save.

This summarizes all the Easter story
And because of it, we’ll be with Him in glory.

By Joanna Fuchs

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4/18/2014 12:19:01 AM

emoticon Great to hear from you.
Though I'm still flittering in & out of Sparks, I am focused on succeeding. I spend less time on the computer and more time on life. Feeling the best I have in years.
Glad you're back. Now don't go putting so much pressure on yourself. Enjoy the journey this time around.
emoticon love you.

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