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Thanksgiving...Come Apart With Me...and Rest Awhile

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


This photo is my dd Debra and Thanksgiving at her house last year.

This came from Annie Johnson Flint, thanks to Sally, LEADER OF the
NEW SONG OF PRAISE POETS SPARK TEAM :

"Come apart with me,and rest awhile" Mark 6:31
If our Lord bids you to be silent, it is but to tune your tongue to His praise. Remember that the pause is part of the music..

The great COMPOSER writes the theme
And gives us each a part to play;
To some a sweet and flowing air,
Smooth and unbroken all the way;

They pour their full heart's gladness out
In the notes of joy and service blent;
But some He gives long bars of "rests,"
With idle voice and instrument.

He Who directs the singing spheres,
The music of the morning stars,
Needs, for His full creation's humn,
The quiet of the soundless bars.

Be silent unto God, my soul,
If this the score He writes for thee,
And "hold the rest," play no false note
To mar His perfect harmony.


Yet be thou watchful for thy turn,
Strike on the instant, true and clear,
Lest from the grand, melodious whole
Thy note be missing to His ear. (our King)

And in my Bible,"In the calmness of spirit it will give,your soul will reflect,as in a mirror,the beauty of the Lord;and the tumult of women's(or men) lives will be calmed in your presence, as your tumults have been calmed in His Presence.

Psalm 46:1
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.Therefore,we will not fear."

God be with you Thanksgiving Day..here,if you have time,put what you are most Thankful for..I am thankful for my relationship with our Lord right now and a wonderful,peace He gives. emoticon

  
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EBLOOMING 11/27/2009 11:56PM

    Thank you all for your comments...encouraging to me as you do so. emoticon

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FIDDLER4JESUS 11/27/2009 10:44AM

    I am thankful even though we could not be with family,that the day was spent honoring the Lord in Thanksgiving for His awesome provisions.
Isaiah 26:4"Trust ye in the Lord forever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength." is on my Scripture card..and the reverse side...
"Let the road be rough and dreary,
And it's end far out of sight,
Foot it bravely, strong or weary,
Trust in God, and do the right!"

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HOLLY_ROSE3 11/26/2009 1:01PM

    How beautiful is that! Praise God!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/26/2009 10:14AM

    I have so many things I am thankful for that the list wouldn't fit here, but most of all I am so very thankful for God's love and his blessings...He loved us enough to give His Son's life for us!!!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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JUSTPEACHY1 11/26/2009 9:17AM

    Elaine, Thank you for sharing those beautiful words. I'm thankful for many blessings, but above all I'm thankful for Jesus who gave His life for mine!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day! Ena emoticon emoticon

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LINDA25427 11/26/2009 4:42AM

    I'm thankful for God's grace on all humanity so thanksful that he loves me even with all my faults and short comings .He is so awesome and loving . I loved your poem thank you for sharing it with us . Hope you have a great Thanksgiving filled with love and laughter. God bless. emoticon emoticon

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FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

Wednesday, November 11, 2009













A special person on another team posted this today and I wish to share it:


I heard this song this morning and tried to write down most of the words. It was sung by Matthew Hagee and Randy Travis.

Freedom is Not Free

So many lives have paid the price.
Silence we cannot afford.
From sea to shining sea.
Show up and speak up for what is right.
Pray for peace and liberty.
One nation under God,,
Who will heal our land--
Let it reign with your voice to sing.
It is more then a dream.
Show up and speak up for what is right!
Peace and liberty.
Freedom is not free.
From sea to shining sea.

He asked when was the last time you prayed for peace and liberty? We need to use our freedom to defend our freedom..Persevere is the answer in prayer.This very moment in Afghanistan and Iraq,,don't give hope for our country.Many have given their lives for our freedom..freedom is not free.Pursue it.

Thanks to Sally.

  
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POOH_BEAR_69 11/14/2009 2:08AM

    Many thanks for sharing this... The cost has been great to our armed forces and their families... I will continue to pray to God for our great nation!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/13/2009 10:53AM

    Freedom is not free. God bless all our veterans and those on active duty where ever they may be. Without them and the Lord we would not have our freedom...what a price we have paid for it.
Thank you!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen
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FIDDLER4JESUS 11/12/2009 10:48AM

    We need tears for our country...freedom is not free! Pray on, America..II Chron. 7:14..opened up right to it. emoticon

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LINDA6105 11/11/2009 9:54PM

    TY

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VISUALLYRICS 11/11/2009 6:20PM

    I am so thankful for the USA! ....So Thankful for our Veterans!

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NELLIEC 11/11/2009 4:50PM

    Yes, it seems that many take our freedom for granted, but if we are not vigilant, it can slip away from us!

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ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Power of Encouragement
Renee Swope

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 (NIV)



Devotion:
I hate open heights. I can't stand balconies, and when driving across a bridge, you'll find me hugging the rail along the inside lane.



Some friends tried to help me conquer my fear of heights by inviting our family to an indoor rock-climbing center. My heart stopped as we entered the doors and I scanned the highest peak at 25 feet! The instructors assured me that a web of ropes and harnesses would hold me tight. Before I could say "no thank you," I was strapped in and signing an injury waiver.



Towards the end of the day, our friends John and Laura encouraged their eight-year-old son Steven to climb to the highest peak - promising tokens and ice cream if he did it. Steven was afraid of heights, too, but he loved a dare. The promise of reward, mixed with the challenge and faith of his father evoked courage in him.



I watched with admiration as Steven started the climb with confidence. He made it to 10 feet, then 15, then 20. But as he inched past the next face of the wall, he saw how far he still had to go. In fear, he looked down with tears and claimed he couldn't do it. Then he cried out for his daddy's help.



By this time, Steven's dad was holding their very tired 3-year-old and his mom was feeding their hungry baby girl. I don't know where my brave husband was, but I quickly realized I was the only one standing there who could do something.



Suddenly courage and strength surged through my body and I called out, "Don't give up buddy. You can do it. I'll help you!"



In record time, I reached the 20-foot marker, crossed over the peak and came up beside Steven to encourage him, reminding him of how far he'd come. I told him he could do it with God's strength and that it would be worth it if he'd persevere. With my words and my confidence in him, I helped Steven turn his thoughts towards a higher goal, an inner peak, a reward much greater than ice cream and game tokens - the reward of getting to a place he had stopped believing he could reach.



Funny how I stopped thinking about my fears when I was focused on encouraging someone else to overcome theirs. I realized that the same promises I had claimed for Steven were true for me, too. I could do it with God's strength, and I did!



Each day we have the same opportunity. Like God did with Joshua in today's key verse and like He does with us, we can come alongside each other in some of life's hardest challenges and highest peaks and say, "Don't give up, you can do it. I'll be with you and help you."



When we take our eyes off our fears, our doubts, our struggles and focus on someone else's needs, we somehow forget our own, for a little while. In believing the power of God's promises for others, our confidence in His promises for us seems to grow as well.



Lord, Thank you for the power of Your Words that give me courage to become who You've created me to be - to go to places You're calling me to go and climb spiritual heights that are out of my reach without Your help. Give me Your encouragement today, and help me encourage someone, too. In Jesus Name, Amen.

  
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LIFE-FAITH 11/14/2009 8:41AM

    Thank you so much for this blog today. It truly is encouraging.
God Bless you!
jeanla

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LINDA25427 11/14/2009 8:36AM

    Thank you I needed to read your blog .It really helped . Thank you for stopping by my blog , and for you encouragement . Hope you have a great day God bless. emoticon

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FIDDLER4JESUS 11/12/2009 10:44AM

    Fears come in many faces and phases. God helps us to overcome with His strength and power. Rejoice, He says,speak His Word with authority and you will have peace. I thank God for His ability to rise above my fears...amen!Through the power of HIS emoticon

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EBLOOMING 11/11/2009 5:00PM

    AMEN to that ENERGIZED4LIFE...and thanks for your post.

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NELLIEC 11/11/2009 4:56PM

    Amen! I have had a fear of heights also due to almost falling off of a cliff. However, God has helped me with that fear, so I could paint on a ladder 30 feet off the ground. emoticon

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ENERGIZED4LIFE 11/11/2009 4:37PM

    emoticon God is so Faithful!!!
I pray that I will stop going through the same test over and over so I can move on to new heights, in Jesus Name, Amen
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PUSH BEYOND YOUR LIMITS

Monday, November 09, 2009

WORD of the week: CHALLENGE
(Push yourself beyond your limits, even if by only a few inches. Accepting and conquering challenges is such an important part of being human. It's in our DNA to surge ahead, leap beyond and break through our limitations. There are very few things more satisfying than knowing you've accomplished something you set your mind to-- you did it and no one can ever take the accomplishment away from you. It's a sweet feeling, indeed!)

“Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”

I am so thankful for our Spark Team of Champions and give the credit to our capable and faithful Sgts Nancy & Sgt JanetE emoticon emoticon

Famous last words: "Here we go again" ... another week of staying in line with 5-7 fruits & veggies, 6-8 glasses water, eating fish & chicken vs beef & pork, excercise 'DO SOMETHING', sleep 7-8 hours before midnight. emoticon

  
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JANETELIZABETH1 11/10/2009 3:42AM

    Good for you Elayne putting the SWAT team to the fore in your life!!
We're all in this together and the Lord is at our Helm!!
And we thank you too...you're such a faithful CHAMPION!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDA25427 11/10/2009 12:34AM

    I love this team and am thankful for Nancy and Janet and all the members . God Bless. emoticon

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CONQUER EMOTIONAL EATING NOW AND FOREVER!

Friday, October 30, 2009


"Fill me with joy in your presence, O Lord." Psalm 16:11

Simple Steps
Conquer Emotional Eating Now and Forever!
Are you an emotional eater? Almost all of us are, at least sometimes (including me!). Emotional eating means turning to food to resolve emotional issues. It means we eat when we feel a certain way — happy, sad, anxious, excited — rather than just when we're hungry. And the foods we turn to are usually comfort foods, foods typically high in calories and fat that don't provide too many nutrients, like ice cream, cookies, and chips.
Emotional eating is nothing to be embarrassed about, but if you allow yourself to eat emotionally on a regular basis, it can be harder to follow a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight. And I know that's not what you want. So I'm here to help!

The solution to your emotional eating troubles is also your challenge for the coming week! You can control emotional eating. You just need another outlet for your emotions so you don't continue to use food to calm down or help yourself feel better. And one of the best ways to do this is by keeping a journal! Writing down what's going on in your life and the challenges you are struggling with provides that emotional release you're seeking, so you don't need food for comfort. Take some time to think about exactly you're feeling, and choose the right words, so they truly represent your emotions. You can put them down on paper or on your computer — your choice. Members can also log onto the site and use their online journals for this.

Write at least one journal entry in the next seven days, and then every week from now on — but more is always better! You'll come to love writing in your journal and see it as a secret friend. I know I do! -Denise Austin

At least I am going to give it a try. I have the journal and who knows what good this will do unless one tries. Elaine


Turn idle time into exercise time! You can tone your muscles whether you're in the kitchen or in front of the TV — no sweat required!
— Denise


  


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