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Life... or Something Like It

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

So much wisdom, in one apparently so young. You’ve just gotta watch this. Fascinating. Here’s just a little of what he has to say:
…“they” say there’s not a shred of evidence that God exists – I don’t know, dude… I think sometimes it might just come down to where you point your attention…
Observation, interpretation, that’s big. But be mindful of where you’re pointing your attention because, the way I see things, if there isn’t a God then we’re just on this rock, hurtling thru space at a few thousand miles an hour, and nobody’s driving. But if there is a God, then… it’s probably a good idea to find out who He is… and what He wants… A S A P. I’m just sayin’.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzITGB7NH
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I don't know if you've been following current events but it sure looks like it's getting to the place where we won't be able to exercise freedom of speech very much longer. I've always had a problem with that. How can someone demand something for themselves that they refuse to give others? Am I the only person on the planet that finds this a problem? I honestly don't give a flying fart in space about being "politically correct". I'd rather be BIBLICALLY correct. He's the only One whose opinion I honestly care about. I respect others to the nth degree, but He will always have the last word in my life. Like the old country song says, if you don’t stand for SOMEthing you’ll FALL for ANYthing. And I know in whom I have believe. So if that offends, so be it. It’s not intentional. I still love you.
On a lighter note, I’ve been going thru a ton of transitions recently – physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally… oh yeah, I’ve had several dozen workouts! – and I’m interested in your stories. Is it just me? Or are you going thru some interesting times too? Any insights you’d like to share with a sometimes ditzy redhead? Seriously. I’m interested. Post me. K

  
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KHDOESMK 9/28/2012 10:10AM

    Again, thanks for sharing! Bless you! emoticon

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LINTPICKER 9/27/2012 6:33PM

    The world IS a crazy place! We have to pray for our freedom and also get out an vote. As you said, you have to stand for something!

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Pardon My Dust

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Precious friends and fellow SparkBuds, God is at work in my life, and it's quite obvious that I'm under construction. Couldn't hide it if I tried. Patsy Clairmont says that God shines best through cracked pots. Well, I often suspect I'm the crackedest one He has!
I was re-reading a friend's SP blog tonight and it struck a chord deep within me. He was talking of an incident that happened in a gym he was at, and how the client had pretty viciously attacked the trainer, whose only concern was quite obviously for the client's welfare. Healthwise.
As a certified trainer I can tell you from experience this happens. A lot. More than you'd expect, in fact. But life has also taught me one other thing. Well, many things, but one in particular. When I see one homo sapien humiliate another fellow of the species, especially in public, it tells me WAY more about the insulting than the insulted. Just sayin'.
A pastor friend by the name of Jeff Robertson told me recently that the word "fellowship" simply meant two fellas in the same ship. He was joking. I think. But I got the point. If we as Christians don't know how to get along with each other, how in the world can we teach those who don’t believe in the same Saviour as we do anything? We aren't even true to what we claim as our core beliefs. How can we relate, if we have no empathy for a stranger?
Apart from the One who gave His life for me, I also have a passion for what I affectionately like to call “one-liners”. They speak volumes to me. Here are a couple I felt compelled to share with my fellas in the same ship – life – that I truly hope you enjoy.
What satan can’t prevent, he’ll pervert ~ Lisa Bevere.
[Now that’ll make you think.]
You can be negotiated out of your preferences, but your convictions are non-negotiable; preference will weaken under pressure; convictions will grow stronger under pressure; people who live by preference will always dislike those who live by conviction ~ Edwin Luis Cole
[I heard that many years ago but t was the last part that stuck with me. How often I have been disliked. But right or wrong, I stood for something.]
Another pastor friend, Bryan Carle, was sharing a story and he used the illustration of biscuits. He doesn’t bake, so I suspect he knows what he's talking about. His point was that if you leave out the change agent (the baking powder) you’ve got a hockey puck! So if we leave Jesus out of our every day life… I think you can guess the rest.
Here are a few more thoughts I found profound, and I hope you enjoy them:
My day is determined by the seed I sow, not the harvest I reap ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
Never underestimate the power of the now ~ Bryan Carle
Mercy sees the why behind the what ~ Joyce Meyer
Mundane life gut-kicks character ~ Patricia Raybon
[How very true.]
Direction, not intention, determines destination ~ Andy Stanley
… Success requires the emotional balance of a committed heart. When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape ~The Traveler’s Gift, by Andy Andrews
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give ~ Winston Churchill
You can’t do anything to change your past, my friend, but you can start from now and make a brand new end ~ John Maxwell
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves ~ James Barrie
Be who you are and say what you want, because the people who mind don’t matter, and the people who matter don’t mind ~ Theodor Seuss Geisel , aka Dr. Seuss
More amazing to me than justice is mercy ~ Ted Dekker and Erin Healy
God’s grace is never out of reach ~ Ted Dekker and Erin Healy
The heart has two chambers; one for Judas, and one for John ~ Ted Dekker and Erin Healy
[That last one I found incredibly deep. We all make choices, every day, for good and for bad. In action, or in word. We get to make the choice.]
Now on to humour. I love to laugh, and Proverbs says it's like medicine, so feel free to help yourself to as large a dose as you need:
There are 10 kinds of people in the world... those who understand binary numbers, and those who don't ~ Anonymous
It was not a laugh but merely a loud smile ~Author Unknown
So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter ~Gordon W. Allport
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less clean up afterward ~Kurt Vonnegut
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book ~Irish Proverb
A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet wash ~Puzant Kevork Thomajan
I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, "Ain't that the truth" ~Quincy Jones
A man is not poor if he can still laugh ~Raymond Hitchcock
Remember, men need laughter sometimes more than food ~Anna Fellows Johnston
No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad ~Thomas Carlyle
You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it want ~Stephen King
A good time to laugh is any time you can ~Linda Ellerbee
With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die ~Abraham Lincoln
A good, real, unrestrained, hearty laugh is a sort of glorified internal massage, performed rapidly and automatically. It manipulates and revitalizes corners and unexplored crannies of the system that are unresponsive to most other exercise methods ~Author unknown
Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing ~Ken Kesey
It is bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down to your hips ~Author Unknown
Seven days without laughter makes one weak ~Mort Walker
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face ~Victor Hugo
Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place ~Josh Billings
Carry laughter with you wherever you go ~Hugh Sidey
Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects ~Arnold Glasow
A day without laughter is wasted ~ Charlie Chaplin
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand ~ Mark Twain
Adam went to sleep and woke up married… it’s enough to make you an insomniac! John Hagee
[And my personal favourite...]
We do have a zeal for laughter in most situations, give or take a dentist ~Joseph Heller
Happy laughter!
Kari

  
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ZACEVETOB 8/20/2012 6:14PM

    Wonderful blog, i have been through similar things this past week, not with trainers but in other ways i thought were support people. There is always a limit of how much one can take and its good that you are able to stay true to yourself. keep it up.

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KHDOESMK 8/17/2012 5:05PM

    Sometimes it only takes one line to get us to look to the ONE who loves us most.

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MARYJOANNA 8/17/2012 5:50AM

  One liners can be very effective.

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PRINMAOTONYANE 8/17/2012 4:48AM

  Oh thank you for sharing. emoticon

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EDITOR 8/17/2012 4:16AM

    What a great application to one line quotes and a big part of your personal life. Very helpful indeed.

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LILAC_LANE 8/16/2012 10:33PM

    That blessed me
Thanks!

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Women's Health Magazine's Smoothie Recipes

Monday, August 06, 2012

You probably already know this, SparkBuds, but research shows that if you don't eat something within 30 minutes of getting up in the morning you lose brain cells. I don't know about you, but I can't afford to lose any more! I'm a firm believer in breakfast, but I alwasy seem to run out of time in the mornings! So I appreciate something I can just whip up really fast. These would fit the bill. Plus they're healthy. Which is a big thing for me. If you'd liket the original URL they're posted at feel free to ask and I'll forward it. Happy sipping!

Carrot-Peach Smoothie
Directions
In a blender, combine 1 pound frozen peach slices, 1 1/2 cups tangerine or orange sections (peeled and pitted), 2 cups carrot juice like Bolthouse Farms, 2 cups orange-tangerine juice and 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger. Blend until smooth.

Green Machine Smoothie
Directions
1. Remove 1 1/4 pounds green grapes from their stems. Freeze at least 3 hours.
2. In a blender, combine half of the frozen grapes; 3 cups packed baby spinach; 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped; and 3 cups pear nectar or apple juice. Blend until smooth, adding remaining grapes while blender is running.

Coconut-Pineapple Smoothie
Directions
1. Place 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks (12 ounces) in a resealable plastic bag and freeze at least 3 hours.
2. In a blender, combine frozen pineapple, 17 ounces chilled Vita Coco coconut water, 2 pots of 6oz pineapple yogurt like Chobani, 1 cup sweetened flake coconut and 6oz can pineapple juice. Blend until creamy and smooth.

Raspberry Smoothie
Directions
Combine 2 cups cranberry-raspberry or pomegranate juice, 2 cups 2% low-fat milk, 12 ounces frozen raspberries and 6 ounces raspberry/cherry yogurt in a blender. Cover and blend until smooth but still thick.

Banana-Nut Smoothie
Directions
1. Pour 2 cups almond milk into ice cube trays. Peel 2 bananas and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze at least 3 hours.
2. In blender, combine almond milk ice cubes, frozen bananas, 2 more cups almond milk, 1/3 cup almond butter, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Blend until ice is crushed and mixture is smooth.

Melon-Cucumber Smoothie
Directions
1. Combine 1 1/2 cups water and 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and add 1 cup loosely packed mint leaves. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Strain into ice cube trays. Freeze 3 hours.
2. In a blender, combine 4 cups watermelon cubes, 1 cucumber (peeled, seeded and chopped), 1/2 cup pomegranate or cranberry juice, and the mint-flavored ice cubes. Blend until smooth.

Papaya-Mango Smoothie
Directions
1. Combine 3 cups mango nectar or juice; 1 apricot-mango yogurt like Voskos; 1 mango, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks; 1/2 small papaya, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks; 2 tablespoons lime juice; and 1/4 cup ground flaxseed in a blender. Cover and blend until smooth.
2. Add 2 cups ice and 2 tablespoons honey and blend until smooth and a little frothy. Pour into glasses and serve.

Kiwi-Honeydew Smoothie
Directions
Combine 4 cups honeydew melon chunks (1/2 medium melon), 3 cups white cranberry juice, 2 cups ice and 4 peeled and coarsely chopped kiwifruit (2 cups) in a blender. Pulse until smooth and ice is crushed.

Berry Blast Smoothie
Directions
Combine 1 package (10 ounces) frozen blackberries, 1 cup fresh blueberries, 3 cups blueberry-pomegranate juice, 2 cups ice, 6 ounces blueberry yogurt, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons agave syrup and 2 tablespoons wheat germ in a blender. Cover and blend until smooth.


  
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SAQUOIA1 11/16/2012 11:00AM

    Thank you so much I was looking for something like this!

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KHDOESMK 8/9/2012 6:09PM

    Thanks for the recipes.

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TIKATAKAWITHA 8/8/2012 10:45PM

    Thank you for these!

I have one of those mini-blenders that can be used to drink out of. It is like a Magic Bullet, only mine is a GE brand. (cost a lot less) I will try to redo some of these recipes for that. I have a full size blender, but they look like they make more than one serving.

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EDITOR 8/7/2012 3:41AM

    I don't have a blender but these sound really good. Some items I am unfamilar with.

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KMSIMMONS1 8/6/2012 6:25PM

  Thanks you soooomuch for these recipies! Can't wait to try them.. I didn't have a blender before the family reunion on Sat. where I won one!! You rock!

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Inspiring others

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

omg you guys, you HAVE to watch this vid! So worth the time investment, I promise. If you've ever had a really bad day this will totally put it in perspective for you. Wow. What a story. If she can find her voice and speak to her world, how can we do less?
http://www.godvine.com/Mute-Girl-Thought
-to-Be-Mentally-Retarded-Finds-her-Voi
ce-1815.html

  
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LINTPICKER 7/27/2012 2:56PM

    WOW! thank you for sharing this! It is hard to imagine how we ignore those with disabilities. We need to remember their humanity as well as our own.

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JOHNTJ1 7/25/2012 11:07AM

    Uplifting and inspirational and just what I needed to see/hear today

Thank you for sharing

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You're only given one chance to enjoy life, so take it!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Proverbs 17.22 says that a merry heart does a body good, like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. I often tell my dear sweet Saviour, "No dry bones here!" Like I've always said, five foot three is way to short to be boring! Yep, I'm feisty, fit, and forty-something. But don't hate; imitate!
Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, "Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them." Do you wanna die with your music still in you? I sure don't! So today I wanted to encourage all my fellow Sparkgals and guys to laugh. If not at life, maybe at one of these:
Country music is three chords and the truth ~Harlan Howard
Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try a revolver first ~ Josh Billings
~ the original quote was from William Congreve, who said BREAST, not BEAST, but still cute...
"A musicologist is a man who can read music but cannot hear it" ~ Sir Thomas Beecham
Military justice is to justice what military music is to music ~ Groucho Marx
No offense to our great men and women in uniform. I didn't say it. But I did find it funny. Did you know that there are 206 bones in your body, and 33 of them are in your foot? To me that's a pretty good argument for not jogging, but still... I'm a great believer in pushing your muscles to the extreme, but jogging and I don't get along at ALL. Aren't you glad we're all different, and there are so many choices when it comes to exercise?
Joyce Meyer calls laughter "internal jogging", and I happen to agree. I've learned in life that five foot three is also way to short to carry a grudge, it's too heavy a burden, and anyway, the people who hurt you usually don't know or care. I refuse to life life in prison because of somebody else's choices. Laughter is good for you, science has proved it, so laugh a little today! At me, if you have to, but laugh!
Kari

  


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