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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Oh that you would altogether hold your peace! Then you would evidence your wisdom and you might pass for wise men. That was Job speaking that. The Bible has a lot to say about a fool and his mouth. I can't find it, but have read the one that pretty much says it is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Perhaps it was the reference to Job above. A fool's mouth it says is his ruin. If we can tame our tongue we control the whole body. And what a mighty fire is set by our words. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Ecclesiastes says Do not allow your mouth to cause your body to sin. Do we think before we speak?Probably not as much as we should. Those who rarely speak and utter wisdom when they do, will catch the attention of all. When we speak, do we criticize and condemn or do our words carry grace? To catch the words as they fly from your mouth consider this. For the next thirty days go on a fast of your words. Commit to not saying words that criticize or tear down another, especially those in leadership. I think you will find you will be amazed at how many times a day you are tempted to tear down your world with your words.

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GABY1948 1/14/2010 7:54PM

    Another wonderful blog from you. I love your blogs. You are so right, instead of tearing down we should be praying for those in authority whether we like them or dislike them. Let God handle it for you. Thank you for sharing.

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IUHRYTR 1/14/2010 11:24AM

    It's sure easier for many people to criticize than to praise, isn't it? Interesting challenge. -- Lou

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    Ohhhhh, Cindy, your blog convicted me. Not because I say unkind, false or careless things; but I talk ALL the time! emoticon I'm not sure if there is a cure for that, but I intend to ask the Lord each day to help me to use my personality to make a positive difference!!!

Have a great day, and thanks for your blogs! emoticon

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Gospel of Peace??

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The gospel of Jesus has often times been called the gospel of peace. It does offer peace to those who accept it, but does it bring peace everywhere it goes? My sister once told me that real christians are not offensive to others. Is that a true statement? My response to her was to look at why Jesus was crucified to begin with. Who was it that wanted Him crucified? How many times throughout the gospels do we see that He was threatened with His life for the words that he preached? Now fast forward just a very short period of time to Paul. Everywhere he went he incited riots. I believe one of the reasons for all of this is that the gospel confronts us deep down within to the way we think and our motives and it is uncomfortable to us to have this pointed out. We so want to believe that we are good people. Jesus said that we should beware if people speak nothing but good of us, is that not what we seek? He said if they hated Him how should we expect to be treated any different. Take a look at the gospel you preach and examine it in light of the scriptures. Confront yourself with the truth of the gospel and prepare to change. Move out of your comfort zone today and allow the gospel to change you, and in that you will find true peace.

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NJMATTICE 1/13/2010 9:30PM

    The truth sometimes "hurts" but it also sets you free. Gotta love the truth.

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/13/2010 12:46PM

    Jesus told us he did not come to make us all comfortable. He would foresee son vs. the dad etc.

"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword."
-Matthew 10:34

"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. "
-Matthew 5:11-12

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IUHRYTR 1/13/2010 11:57AM

    So true. -- Lou

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LISANANCY 1/13/2010 10:19AM

    I find joy in your understanding. Good for you. and God Bless YOU. emoticon

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GABY1948 1/13/2010 10:04AM

    AMEN, Sister! I loved this! So very true!

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YOYONOMORE1 1/13/2010 9:49AM

    Good blog. Our pastor tells us frequently to get out of our holy huddles and go beyond our comfort zone and reach out to non-believers and take our faith beyond the walls of the sancuatary. Jesus loves everybody and died for everybody, but they don't always realize that. If we hide our light under a bushel, what good is that going to do, we need to put it out there and let it shine. Have a blessed day.


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Amazing or what????

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I am doing well with my new, meaningful goals. I think the thing that got to me in The Spark was looking at what really matters to me and setting goals along those lines. I had always set goals before and they were attainable, but now that I have goals that really do matter something has changed in me. I have more determination to see them come to pass. Now the prize is like going from eating a meal out to a vacation on the Riviera! I have lived my life so far below where I could have been walking. I just needed someone to open my eyes. That's what Spark has done all along opened my eyes to MY realities. I didn't know how unbalanced I was eating until I could see it on my tracker. I couldn't even see my problem zones. Now instead of treating my symptoms I am getting at my root causes all because of setting goals. Wow is this site amazing or what???

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GABY1948 1/13/2010 10:06AM

    You speak such truth! How I wish Spark had been here many years ago. It's all about God's timing though, I wasn't ready yet! Thank you for sharing.

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IUHRYTR 1/12/2010 1:58PM

    How can we get to where we want to go if we don't know know where we're starting from and how we're going to get there? -- Lou

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JIMDAB 1/12/2010 10:42AM

    Spark is soooo cool--life changing

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MRSNANABOAT 1/12/2010 10:35AM

    It IS amazing! Way to go on your goals and I wish you the best for continuing to meet them!

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The Spark Spreads

Monday, January 11, 2010

I am getting more and more compliments. People have noticed my weight loss and boy does that make me feel GOOD!!! One of the higher ups at work said something. I told her about Spark and sent her the first chapter of The Spark. This has been such an enjoyable journey. I had always heard how hard weight loss was and was beat before I started. All it took was a small success for me and then finding Spark to get me going. I have not had a hard time at this at all. It is not the big decisions in life that matter, it is what we do in the little things that add up. If I can't enjoy the ride I'm not getting in. In the process I have learned SO much about me and what made me eat to begin with. Every day is a new adventure with something more to learn. I can't help but tell others about it if they just open the door. I have lost thirty pounds so far, and I am living a far healthier life and am so happy without those thirty pounds. I can't stick with a diet any better than most, but I can drink more water, walk a little further, eat a little less, make one better choice. There are still changes to be made, and I am making little ones all the time. I just hope to bring as many along with me as I can. I will pass on my victories to anyone willing to listen.

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MSMEADOWANN 1/11/2010 6:34PM

    Great blog!!!!I know exactly how you feel. Love sharing info about Spark People. This site has changed my life. Keep on Spreading the Spark!

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CINDYHOUGHTON 1/11/2010 5:23PM

    Ok Lou I have edited it out :) I didn't like the way it sounded anyway!

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IUHRYTR 1/11/2010 3:35PM

    You didn't read the blog on Self-Doubt. We don't use words like "just" and "only." You have lost 30 pounds! That's terrific. Be proud. That's quite an accomplishment. Keep up the good work. -- Lou

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    OK, Cindy, now you've outdone yourself! I think this is THE BEST blog I've read on Spark People, INCLUDING the ones that are sent to everyone (isn't it "The Best of Spark"?)!!!!

You are simply amazing, and I am one of your biggest FANS! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The Spark of Goals

Sunday, January 10, 2010

After reading just the first two chapters of The Spark I am beginning to get my goals in focus in a way I never have before. I don't want it to be an 18 day wonder like so many New Year's resolutions either. I want to commit to really seeing this through. Reading The Spark has really opened my eyes in ways I never expected. I wrote my son a letter and cried all the way through it. I want that relationship healed more than I want my weight loss yet they are very much tied together. Being a wife and mother are my dreams from when I was just four years old. Nothing has been more fulfilling, rewarding or frustrating in my life. Though some would look at my children and say I have failed, I know that I have not. My children know they are loved because that was a promise I made to myself back in high school so many long years ago. My love has kept my family alive, quite literally. I will also commit to doing at least one form of exercise a day that is not just worked into my daily routine. By that I mean a deliberate choice to exercise. I will pray every day, no matter what my schedule is because I know that that relationship there will get me where I really want to go in every aspect of my life. It is prayer that has brought me safe thus far, yet it has become so easy to let my consistency slip. I already feel better about who I am just making these goals for myself. A new spark has been ignited in me from old flames that were once diminished.

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IUHRYTR 1/10/2010 11:32AM

    "Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."

Proverbs 3:6, NLT


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LISANANCY 1/10/2010 9:15AM

    You are like a beautiful flower. Watching you come into full bloom is wonderful. You will certainly bring joy into the lives of people who know you. emoticon

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    Amen, sister! I really liked your blog. Here you are, an example and a witness to ME of faith and you are humble enough to say you need to do things better!

My goals are on the same page as yours, and I'm so glad we're friends! Lori

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GRAMMYTINK 1/10/2010 7:08AM

    It sounds like you are on the right path. Good luck and keep the spirit going. emoticon emoticon

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WEMINICH 1/10/2010 7:07AM

  I love this post! It's exactly what we all must come to.

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