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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The best way for a man rightly to enjoy himself, is to maintain a
universal, ready, and cheerful compliance with the divine and uncreated
Will in all things; as knowing that nothing can issue and flow forth from
the fountain of goodness but that which is good; and therefore a good man
is never offended with any piece of divine dispensation, nor hath he any
reluctancy against that Will that dictates and determines all things by
an eternal rule of goodness; as knowing that there is an unbounded and
almighty Love that, without any disdain or envy, freely communicates itself
to everything He made; that always enfolds those in His everlasting arms
who are made partakers of His own image, perpetually nourishing and
cherishing them with the fresh and vital influences of His grace.


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VRCATON 8/6/2008 9:37PM

    I have been trying to read this blog all day! Everytime I got through about 1/2 either the phone would ring, on of my girls would 'Mom' me or I would get an IM... finally I got through it .. and realized that I needed to read it first! So that I could realize the blessings such interruptions truly are! lol ... woulnd't ya know it??

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Giving God the Highest Praise.
Physical for back to school.
Cholesterol - 149 before Sparkpeople (340)
Blood Pressure - 110/80 before Sparkpeople (183/98 0r higher.)
First visit to Docto,r weight a year ago was 198, then 186 when joined SP.
Drum roll, please.......131 Today. I believe, "I'm doing it."

Thanks to all my friends that kept encouraging and inspiring me.
Sparkpeople and Staff, thank you for being here for us.

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CUSTOMBUILT55 8/6/2008 5:59PM go MS Lady! That is sooooooo GREAT!!!!!! I will get there one day...but believe me it want be soon!

I admire your energy for running around doing "STUFF!" GREAT JOB! My doctor would have a heart attack if my vitals go down that low, because she has been fussing at me for about 15 years about my vitals! LOL

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TLAIR0468 8/6/2008 3:39PM

    Wow...that is quite an improvement! Not only are you reaching your weight loss goals, but you are making yourself so much healthier in the process. I am thrilled that you got such good news.

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    That is such the Praise report!!!! Great job!!! We can and will do it! we ARE doing it. That is fantastic!!
congrats on all your hard work ((((happy dance))) and (((hugs))) to you!

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QUEEND1969 8/4/2008 6:24PM

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Keep up the good work JC. God is good keep moving and doing your thing.

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VRCATON 8/4/2008 12:39PM

    Praise God! and thanks to Spark!! wooohooo!!! I do believe you are doing it too!

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Monday, August 04, 2008

O God, the Life of the Faithful, the Bliss of the righteous, mercifully
receive the prayers of Thy suppliants, that the souls which thirst for Thy
promises may evermore be filled from Thy abundance. Amen.


Sunday, August 03, 2008

"May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ." II Thessalonians 3:5 (NLT)

THOUGHT: Because of our need to be loved and the shortage of the kind of love we so desperately need, we often lead our hearts in places that will never bring real satisfaction. We try to find what our heart needs but we are like the song that says we are "looking for love in all the wrong places." Instead, Paul suggests that we let the Lord lead our heart. When we trust God with our heart, He will lead us where we will find everything we need for lasting joy and peace. That is why Paul is praying that God will lead our heart into a full understanding of the love of God. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine how our life would change if we really understood how much God loved us? Paul did. He is praying that God would lead our hearts into a full understanding of the love of God that results in a full "expression" of His love and the patient endurance that comes from trusting in that love. Do we want to live a life of love? Do we want to have the peace that comes from patient endurance? If so, we need to pray with Paul that God will lead our heart into a full understanding of His love for us.

PRAYER : Father, lead my heart today to a better understanding of how much You love me. I pray that my life will exemplify Your love and the patient endurance that comes from being secure in You. AMEN

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VRCATON 8/3/2008 8:21PM

    Our pastor this morning preached on the feeding of the 5,000. He pointed out that we go into things with a 'poor me' attitude and a skewed point of view that we 'need' more. His point was that with God's love what we have is MORE than enough. What you have said solidifies that .. thanks. Varina

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Something I read today.

Friday, August 01, 2008

When Death Becomes Birth
by Max Lucado

You live one final breath from your own funeral.

Which, from God's perspective, is nothing to grieve. He responds to these grave facts with this great news: "The day you die is better than the day you are born" (Eccles. 7:1). Now there is a twist. Heaven enjoys a maternity-ward reaction to funerals. Angels watch body burials the same way grandparents monitor delivery-room doors. "He'll be coming through any minute!" They can't wait to see the new arrival. While we're driving hearses and wearing black, they're hanging pink and blue streamers and passing out cigars. We don't grieve when babies enter the world. The hosts of heaven don't weep when we leave it.

Oh, but many of us weep at the thought of death. Do you? Do you dread your death? And is your dread of death robbing your joy of life?

Jesus came to "deliver those who have lived all their lives as slaves to the fear of dying" (Heb. 2:15).

Your death may surprise you and sadden others, but heaven knows no untimely death: "You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed" (Ps. 139:16).

Dread of death ends when you know heaven is your true home. In all my air travels I've never seen one passenger weep when the plane landed. Never. No one clings to the armrests and begs, "Don't make me leave. Don't make me leave. Let me stay and eat more peanuts." We're willing to exit because the plane has no permanent mailing address. Nor does this world. "But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior" (Phil. 3:20).

Why don't you do this: give God your death. Imagine your last breath, envision your final minutes, and offer them to him. Deliberately. Regularly. "Lord, I receive your work on the cross and in your resurrection. I entrust you with my departure from earth." With Christ as your friend and heaven as your home, the day of death becomes sweeter than the day of birth.

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VRCATON 8/1/2008 11:33PM

    So true, and with the passing of ourdear friend so apropos! Thank you and God Bless you! V

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