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CELEBRATING 3RD & 4TH SPARK ANNIVERSARIES!!!!!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

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How could I have neglected such an important event??? Twice???

I just have been so busy logging nutrition, water drank, steps, activities, than keeping my posting current with teams that have been so much a part of my life change and such an important key to my growth in healthy living...encouraging others and being encouraged by YOU!!!

Postings to:

Christian Women Over fifty, out of that ... The best team of champs...Swat Team II CW050...the Official Healthy Heart Challenge...Living Healthy For Jesus...Can't Do It On My Own...A New Song of Praises Poets...

Praises to God!!

What a picture my new life style has become... SHUTTERBUGS...

Even my financial picture has changed.....THE DAVE RAMSEY TEAM

New challenges are in my future...with the ORGANIZED LIFE TEAM!!!

So, I just wanted to take out time here to express my gratitude to all of my SPARK FRIENDS...and many kuddos to you. emoticon

Lest I forget the main character here.....SPARK GUY....who has started this whole idea of challenging you and me.

A big THANK YOU to you SPARK GUY!!!

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BITTYGIRL51 3/12/2012 4:28PM

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 2/24/2012 1:05PM

    Congratulations, we're glad you're sparking with us!

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ZELLAZM 2/10/2012 2:03PM

    Chiming in with my Congratulations a little late!

Happy Sparkiversaries, Elaine!

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DWERTZY1 2/10/2012 10:29AM

    emoticon and Happy Sparkversaries!


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GOURMETLOSER 2/10/2012 5:55AM

    You've done amazingly. Congratulations on the victories of the last to years.

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/9/2012 3:47PM

    HAPPY emoticon& emoticonELAINE....YOU ARE A GREAT CHAMP AND WE ALL LOVE YOU AND ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU!!!
Here's to your 5th year!!!

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GRANDMANANCY 2/9/2012 7:27AM

    HOORAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JUSTPEACHY1 2/8/2012 10:09PM

    Elaine, Celebrating with you! emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Sparkversaries! emoticon (((hugs))) Ena

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EBLOOMING 2/8/2012 9:16PM

    Thanks All!! I am so happy to have others join me in celebration.
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/8/2012 7:07PM

    Happy Sparkversaries!!!

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    Happy Sparkversaries

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    Happy emoticon emoticon Sparkversary!!!

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~ THE DIAMOND ROMANS 8 ~

Monday, January 02, 2012

God began speaking to me in my pain, tears, anger, and the

betrayal; all that I felt was the opposite of love. He also told

me to study out scriptures on LOVE. For my feeling was to

retaliate. He directed me to a blog from January 2, 2012 by

liveandlaughwithjesus "When you have Truth without Love". Also,

he told me that he would never leave me in Matthew 28:20

"Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have

commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the

end of the age. Amen."

He showed me this through the blog, about the life of David Livingston.

First it was Romans 7 & 8 ...
Romans 7 is full of Paul talking himself.

(1) "the law and how it has dominion over man as

long as he lives" " ..but I had not known sin but by the law" (7)

What shall we do than? Is the law sin? God forbid..for I had

not known sin but by the law. (12) wherefore, the law is holy

and the commandment holy and just and good(13) was that which

is good made death; unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might

appear sin, working death in me by that which is good (14)for we

know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin."

This describes as Paul said the strife of two natures:

(15) For that which I do I understand not; for what I would, that do I

not; but what I hate that I do. (16) If than, I do that which I

would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now, then it is

no more I that do it but sin that dwelleth in me. (18) For I know

that in me (that is in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to will

is present with me, but how to perform that which is good I find

not. (19) For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I

would not, that I do." The confusion of Paul is what I felt too.

The number of times "I" is present in this chapter amazes me still.

...32 times in Romans 7!! Not until Paul shifted from I to God

( the Spirit, is mentioned 18 times in Romans 8) did there seem to

be an answer.

(24) Oh, wretched man that I am! Who shall

deliver me from the body of this death? (25) I thank God

through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So, then, with the mind I

myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh, the law of sin."

NOW, the Victory in Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no

condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not

after the flesh but after the Spirit.(2) For the law of the

Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of

sin and death. (3) For what the law could not do, in that it was

weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son, in the likeness

of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. (4) That

the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk

not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." This is the fruit of

salvation. So, from than on in chapter of Romans 8 Paul's switch

from "I" to the "Spirit" gave VICTORY.

I was in the flesh after and during my feelings but as I focused

on the Spirit in Romans 8 I began to win the fight that was

going on in my flesh. Romans 8 is the diamond and the

doorway, the gateway to walking in the Spirit. There is no

condemnation, no separation because Jesus died and was buried (outside

the camp in a dung heap) but Victory came when Jesus arose again to

give new life.

The glorious deliverance:

(18) "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are

not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be

revealed in us." WOW!! I felt the power of the Spirit who

helped my weakness for I knew not what to pray for as I ought;

but the Spirit himself makes the intercession for me with

groanings which cannot be uttered. (from Romans 8:26) and

Romans 8:28

"We know that all things work together for good to them that

love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."


As I understand the Holy Spirit talking to me I realize that

Satan attacks are at the root where things like condemnation, fear,

and stress live. Fine, I have given things like broken marriage,

sickness, poverty, adultery over to God . Those root issues are

buried and sometimes never revealed but I thank my God that

he does work on behalf of those hidden issues of the soul so

that the walk of the believer can be lived with joy in Jesus; no

condemnation, sin covered with the blood of Jesus ...forgiven!!


Revelation 12:10-11 "..they overcame with the blood of the

Lamb!!"

All verses from KJV of the Bible.

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 2/6/2012 2:52PM

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FIDDLER4JESUS 1/16/2012 6:02PM

    Thank you Elaine for your openness. God knows and cares about each and every one of us..and has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. Romans 8 is a precious Chapter in the Bible with man promises God gives for us to claim.Thank God for His unconditional love. All these responses you have are great! We learn from God's Word as He speaks to us. Thank Him, Praise Him, Worship God for Who He is and the Mind Of the Spirit is with us, in verse 27. When we honor Him, He honors us.
Keep looking up!
And, we won't be perfect till we meet in heaven where there is no pain or tears,etc. It will be worth it all...When we see Jesus, remember this song?

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EBLOOMING 1/7/2012 2:32PM

    I come to the conclusion that if the Apostle Paul struggled, well am I any different? I like what you said ZELLZAM, I am living in Romans 7-8 ... thank you so much all of you commenting on this. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 1/7/2012 8:02AM

    Romans 8 especially has blessed me during difficult times over the years, too. I like to say that I'm LIVING in that passage! There have been times when I've read and re-read that chapter on a daily basis.

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JUSTPEACHY1 1/4/2012 6:52PM

    Elaine, Thank you for sharing your insights from God's Word with us! I know that I can relate to the confusion and dilemma that Paul faced, and that you faced. I've faced this struggle in the past, and still do at times. It's hard to turn it all over to the Lord when you hurt. At least we know Who to go to when we feel the hurt, right? God will never leave you! And He will guide you in your relationship with your daughter.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/3/2012 12:54PM

    Great blog, Elaine. 2011 was a very difficult year for many people in many different ways. We have a God who hears us, the power of love behind us, the Holy Spirit within us, and all of Heaven ahead of us!
Thank you, Lord, for this new year and for always being there for us...allowing us to continue to move forward with you beside us. Amen.

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RITAROSE 1/3/2012 8:26AM

  Thank you for your blog! I've just closed the book on the hardest year of my life and look forward to what the Lord has in store for 2012. Walking with him is the way to deal with everything--the good, the bad and the difficult!
Praise Him for never leaving or forsaking us, he is with us every step of the way!

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GRANDMANANCY 1/3/2012 5:59AM

    Amen and amen. Thank you Elaine.

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JANETELIZABETH1 1/3/2012 3:11AM

    Dear Elaine, these times come hard, especially when satan is able to use somebody to attack us! But I do believe these things are permitted of the Lord for our spiritual growth.
When I've have found myself in similar situations, I have cried unto the Lord for the injustice and asked Him to place conviction upon the heart of the person in question and reveal the truth.
Praise God, He has never failed to do what is right for me. The saying...The truth will out! Yes He can make it so and so wounds are healed and not just patched over. Our families need us, especially as seasoned Christians with God's wisdom and yes...His LOVE.
I'm praying for you Elaine and look forward to hearing a big Praise offering unto the Lord!!

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DETERMINEDJANET 1/2/2012 9:15PM

    Hugs & Prayers as you walk through this with God. I walked through those deep roots the past year and a half and it's a tough journey, but one that can have joy if you truly give it to God.

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MAMA_CD 1/2/2012 6:34PM

    He is faithful, loves you so much that he cares for you and has great plans for your life. Writing this blog is just the start of the life giving ministry that the Lord is releasing through you. Have a powerful new year for He will always be there for you


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SAY NO TO SLEEP

Saturday, November 05, 2011

MEDICATIONS, THAT IS.

I just ran across my SPARKPEOPLE daily challenge and it caught my eye.

Say no to sleep medications. Use exercise instead! People who exercise for 50 minutes 4-5 times a week fall asleep 54% faster and stay asleep longer than those who work out less, according to new research.

Now, that is an individual thing. When exercise is not possible, injuries, well you know what I mean. It is not for everyone.
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Keep SPARKLING!!!


This is my Josie, no trouble sleeping for her...this is at the beach and what a wonderful place to snooze...Odie, black lab, tried to wake her with zero luck.

  
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ZELLAZM 11/12/2011 3:14PM

    I seldom have trouble going to sleep unless I'm REALLY worried about something or have had too much caffeine. The solutions to both of those are easy - don't worry (hahaha!) and don't drink too much caffeine. I'm glad I've never needed medication. Good advice for those who have!

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FIDDLER4JESUS 11/12/2011 1:13PM

    This is very true about exercising and it is beneficial for us in many ways. Thanks for this Spark advice. ! We can endure...reading short stories helps also before snoozing., or saying our prayers.
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PARAEAST 11/10/2011 12:58PM

    What a great blog, it's a good way to encourage if you can to exercise. Thank you!!

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/10/2011 11:38AM

    Good subject Elaine. I think it's a problem when we can't shut the mind down enough to relax and fall asleep. I sometimes have a habit of getting up for the bathroom during the early hours and then lay there wide awake trying to get back to sleep again...!! Another big no no is...don't ever look at the clock to see what time it is! That is certainly to compound the problem of not sleeping. If all else fails, start praying...the devil will soon send us off to sleep!! LOL!!

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CYCLINGSANDY 11/6/2011 7:32AM

    I know I can sleep when I am on vacation, but when I am working during the school year that is not the case. I do exercise at least 4-5 times per week, but that tends to rev me up more. I take a Melatonion and one med. shut to shut my brain down. I usually sleep then 6-8 hrs. a night.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/6/2011 7:24AM

    I am one of those people who can fall asleep where ever I am as long as I am not busy or when I get tired. If I am busy and I stop to lay my head down, I am out. My husband says I am asleep before the light goes out. LOL Maybe because I am active during the day or just my habits. I hope you are not having to medicate to sleep...I know my DD does due to cluster migraine headaches.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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BITTYGIRL51 11/5/2011 3:58PM

    Ah ...the elusive "sleep"...unfortunately, exercise isn't enough for me...Menopause and my bladder create problems for me, even after taking Melatonin and Tryptophan each night an hour before bedtime. 2-3 hours of sleep is my max. I don't usually have problems getting "back" to sleep, but it's not EVER a full nights rest! Wish it weren't so, but it is.

Lastnight I took a bath in lavendar before retiring and I think I slept for 4 hours non-stop. emoticon

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LHLADY517 11/5/2011 2:35PM

    Unfortunately, I need the pain med for a bit longer.

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MY BREAK UP LETTER

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Dear Procrastination,

Oh I have looked hard at you & your personality. You have habitually put off doing important things like walking, leaving junk food & ice cream alone, cleaning that garage, yard work, helping out another person. Why have I hung around you so long, too long? I have become good at imitating you and your tricks; putting things off until later with the excuse, it takes too much time, I will do it later, my hip (finger, big toe, neck, back, arm, leg, stomach) hurts. Or I am tired, my email needs reading. I need to eat. That show on TV. My body has become soft from lying around on the couch. We have hung around together too long. I have tried to get along with you, listening to your ideas, chiding, taunting, seemingly intelligence. I have had it!!! Now, this is it! You have only brought me guilt, remorse that I missed important events. I thought you would bring me some happiness and joy with your ideas but, no...only sorrow, disgust and self hatred.
So, get out of my life. You are not welcome here anymore so leave and don't try calling, sending ideas through tv, books, letters, or so-called friends. No More! I am through!
I am looking to my new day and future...without you.

Accountability

  
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ZELLAZM 11/12/2011 3:13PM

    What an inspiring post! I think I might just print it out for myself. Thanks, Elaine!

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AEO_SUNSHINE 11/6/2011 11:05PM

    Ms. Procrastination - I have one of those in my life too. Thanks for your humourous approach to this problem - I will remember your blog and next time I find myself 'postponing' I will give myself a shake, kick Proscrastination to the curb with the garbage and get on with my day.
-audrey


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/3/2011 1:34AM

    Great blog and attitude!!! Beautiful pictures too. Thank you for sharing with us.
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CYCLINGSANDY 11/2/2011 2:52PM

    Don't put it off any longer! Just move it!

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PARAEAST 11/2/2011 7:05AM

    Oh such a great insight. Amen.
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BITTYGIRL51 11/1/2011 7:46PM

    emoticon You go, girl! "If it's to be, it's up to me"....nothing worth having comes easy ...but I believe you will do it! A mind made up is the key to your long term success! emoticon

Post your letter on the frig and re-read it when you are weak. Write it on the mirror in lipstick if you have to! Do what it takes - you have everything that it takes within you! emoticon So go for it!

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/1/2011 6:01PM

    emoticonElaine...that is a heartfelt blog and I wish you every success!! What a CHAMP you are and you will show Ms Procrastinator who is BOSS!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TATTED4X4 11/1/2011 5:46PM

    I'm right there behind u. I'm leaving mine far far away abandoned in some dark deep hole. Wonderful blog.

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RED CARPET EVENT!!!!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

It is my time to report on the Red Carpet Event...hahahahahahaha! It was certainly different than what was in my head. I guess I expected to have some type of pampering. emoticon We signed up for it, received our recognition by checking in, I brought 8 cans of food for the Aware Foodbank and received raffle tickets, there was a 30% discount at the source (jewelry, clothes, health foods, cards etc) moving around the circle I come to a camera set up for photograph, totally surprising to me and I couldn't continue my tour without subjecting myself to a photo, the photographer shoved a fake gold oscar in my hand and said put your hand on your hip, SNAP! He photographed me. Okay, next we were headed toward a fashion show, which you must pass a bar with alcohol, and food tables, with chocolate eclairs, appetizers cooked in oil with asparagus, fried, white bread with salmon cream cheese, pineapple tidbits soaked in something like sugary maple syrup, last more alcohol, whine beer etc. Now we can enter the show area and waited there about 20 minutes hearing blasting music!!! emoticon This over a PA system. Than the Fashion Show #1 which was young women, skinny, and strutting with clothes of skinny jeans and sweaters. This lasted 15 minutes. Now we leave and entered the Source. I did find a card and matching cute purse pen and notebook twosome. This I got for 30% off for my sister Myrna. We had to wait about 45 minutes and back to the Fashion Show 2, more loud music, more strutting skinny girls, than the DJ Titus strutting, just to hear if we were the winners of a string of raffle ticket giveaways. (of course we had to stay for that) There were about 25 winners of which neither my friend Kay now I were one. In this room we also were to observe many vendors. That was it!!

So, let's say I was tempted to eat things that were bad for my healthy eating, of which I was not really prepare. I was expecting something very different.

It reminded me of how Jesus was tempted by Satan and He used the Word of God, Scripture, and virtually kicked him away. "Get thee behind me!!" There was a learning curve here for me, not really anything new but a reminder:
#1 Know what it is you are in for
#2 Decide ahead of time what your PLAN is...whether or not to go at all.
#3 Prayer

**Ephesians 1:17-19 " I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe."

Now, I realize it is hard to take a passage like this, hold it up to a decadent piece of chocolate cake or chocolate filled eclair, and instantly feel the power to walk away. But, if we unpack this passage, understand its richness, and than practice its truth, it's amazing how "Empowered" we'll be. So, let's take a closer look at some key words and phroses.

BE PERSISTENT "I keep Asking"

EMBRACE A TRUE IDENTITY "Glorious Father" "God's Girl" "Child of the King"

FIND A DEEPER REASON: "So That You May Know Him Better" Did you catch the real reason we ask for wisdom and revelation ~ not just to make healthier choices, not even to help us operate as victorious children of God, certainly not just so we can slip into smaller jeans and lose the muffin top, although these are all beneficial. The real reason is so we can know Him better. This alone is worth all the effort, struggle, sacrifice to a healthy eating journey or lifestyle.

HOPE & POWER LIKE NO OTHER: "That the Eyes of Your Heart May Be Enlightened"

emoticon (Enlightened literally means 'to shed light upon'). The apostle Paul asks that light be shed upon our hearts so we can more clearly recognize the hope and power available to us.

**paraphrased from the class I am taking "Made to Crave" by Lysa Terkeurst

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/12/2011 7:42PM

    What a blessing you are to us, Elaine. All that temptation and you were great. Thank you for sharing your evening with us.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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JUSTPEACHY1 10/12/2011 12:14PM

    Elaine, That definitely was a surprise evening! Oh boy, I would have a hard time, too, if I was unprepared to be tempted by all that food. And then to be submitted to the loud music, etc. I do appreciate so much your insight from God's Word. Who would have thought that you could learn such lessons from the Red Carpet Event??!! Thanks for sharing with us and reminding your sisters of what God's Word says to us - so relevant for today!
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GATOR12 10/11/2011 11:13AM

    What a ahem..... surprise evening. Sorry it can't be different, & I know if you are like me you were so looking forward to it. But you picked out the high lights and made it work. It clarified what you liked and didn't like anymore. Sales, sales, sales!!! But as Janet says, you triumped and put the rest behind you!! Glad you reported your evening although wish it had been more special! Hugs, Elaine; Brenda

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ZELLAZM 10/10/2011 3:08PM

    Enjoyed your report of your evening...and your insights. You must be glad to have survived what was supposed to be a "fun" event!

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JANETELIZABETH1 10/9/2011 5:27PM

    Amen Elaine...and it gives us His peace! And that is worth so much in this life.

Indeed what a trial that evening was for you...but how you triumphed!!
I think that is one of the issues with us humans...we are so impulsive where food is concerned...if we can just stop to think, we can often avoid those traps that satan sets for us!!

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