JOHNTJ1   61,372
SparkPoints
60,000-79,999 SparkPoints
 
 
JOHNTJ1's Recent Blog Entries

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

It's Easy To Do But We Often Forget Our Spritual Health

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jesus called them “walking graves.” They say all the “right things.” Reverent platitudes roll off their tongues but when it comes time to put their faith to a test, to do what they tell you and I WE need to do, they scurry into the woodwork like roaches exposed to the light. Maybe you know someone like them.

I walked into the grocery store last. There’s a foyer of sorts where they store the grocery carts. Standing off to the side, struggling with a three wheeled bike, was a young lady. She was trying to get on her bike, turn it around and head for home. You could tell she’d been struggling for a while because sweat was pouring down her face. As people walked out of the store she’d ask them for help. I recognized a couple of those people. They sit in church with me every Sunday. They sing loud, they shout “amen,” and are quick to point out everyone else’s sins and shortcomings and why I’m going to rot in hell for what I believe. As the young lady asked for assistance they sped up, moving quickly towards the parking lot. One little boy asked his mom if they should help. She told him they were in a hurry and yanked him away. As I watched this unfold I walked over and asked if she needed some help. She smiled, brushed her hair out of her eyes and asked me to hold the bike steady so she could climb on the seat. She had a difficult time talking and her gait was stiff but between the two of us we figured out a way to get her on her bike. She couldn’t get her legs over the bar in the middle of the bike. As she struggled, I made a couple of suggestions and in a few minutes she was ready to roll. While I was assisting her two employees asked me to hurry up so they could move the carts out of the way. No one, I mean no one, made a move to help.

Jesus called them “walking graves.” They say all the “right things.” Reverent platitudes roll off their tongues but when it comes time to put their faith to a test, to do what they tell you and I WE need to do, they scurry into the woodwork like roaches exposed to the light. Maybe you know someone like them.

When I was a freshman in high school there was a young man in my home room everyone made fun of. While the rest of us had started to mature physically, he hadn’t. His voice was high pitched and he had a youthful chubbiness about him. He was teased mercilessly. The day after school finished for summer he walked into his basement and hung himself.

I never teased him. Quite the contrary, I stayed as far away from him as I could. When he was tripped in the hall I laughed. When people squashed his lunch I giggled. I’d walk real slow as we approached the bus stop. I didn’t want to be put in the same group as him. When I found out he had killed himself I didn’t really react one way or the other. It wasn’t until I was in college that I started thinking about him or rather my behavior towards him. In a nutshell, I wasn’t proud. I found his grave and every time I am in Milwaukee, I stop by for a visit. It’s a painful reminder to me that my inaction was a harmful as all the teasing. Understand me; I am not one of those folks who believe he can save the world. I don’t know if my actions would have made a difference or not, but ya know what? We’ll never know.

God puts angels in our paths each day and those angels, whether they appeal to our private notion of what’s right or wrong give us an opportunity to share some of our joy, our peace and our love. They are not always size zeros or 28 inch waists with rippling muscles. They have trouble getting on their bikes or can’t quite seem to get the hang of making friends, but they are angels. They are our gifts from God Many of us utilize personal trainers to help us reach our fitness goals. Yesterday, I believe I was given the opportunity to “train” and practice what I really believe.

“Love one another as I have loved you.” Unfortunately, I often reconstruct that line to read “Love one another as long as you live where I do, believe what I believe and think what I think. If you do, then I love you.”

In our desire and zeal to become fit and nutritious we leave out the most important part. It’s the part where we nourish our spirits and souls.

Namaste

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PROVERBS31JULIA 8/27/2012 9:04AM

    A wonderful sermon to start the day! Thanks!! It's sooo true!

Julia

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPSPSP1 8/26/2012 3:49AM

    Thank you for the reminder to be caring and compassionate.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZMONEY 8/10/2012 2:04PM

    Thank you. Needed to read it today.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMOFFOUR68 8/3/2012 6:22PM

    Great reminder! We may be the only Jesus someone sees!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PARKERCM 8/3/2012 3:33PM

  We all have those same moments John. There are times I have looked back and lamented over things I have said and done as well as things I have FAILED to say of do. Praise God for He is gracious. He gives me soooo many chances in hoped I will learn--I figure. It sounds like you have!!

Bless your day.

Chris

Report Inappropriate Comment
PRESBESS 8/3/2012 2:26PM

    I loved this blog. Excellent!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOLFLADY11 8/3/2012 8:08AM

   
Thanks for the great blog! I also have had the thought that a certain situation was a tes for me. Turn the other way or lend a helping hand. Unfortunately in our society today there is an element of evil lurking and sometimes we are afraid to respond. I have often thought ' there but for the grace of God go I" and I do try to lend a hand when I can. Blessings! I love the thought of God putting angels in our path!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARCYNA 8/2/2012 2:24PM

    We should never never forget those who suffer and let's help them, whenever we cross them!
Thanks for reminding me, and for the beautiful example you're giving us!!!
hugs,
marcyna

Comment edited on: 8/2/2012 2:27:46 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
NELLBELLA26 7/31/2012 12:37AM

    This was a truly beautiful blog. We do forget that god puts people in our paths for many reasons and we keep rolling on by sometimes without thinking to stop and help others.
Had to share this blog with others. Wonderful words of wisdom. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WONDERFUL2BME 7/29/2012 2:15PM

    That was a wonderful act of kindness on your part. This is the main reason I quit attending organized religion. I spend a lot of time nurturing my soul, but I found myself coming away from "services" feeling judgemental of some of the souls around me which was not nurturing in the least. I also found many people 'attending' just to push forward their buisness/work.

I think disney had it right in the Goofy cartoon from years ago about how wonderful Goofy was until he got behind the wheel of his car. So many people become such hellions behind the wheel.

What the world needs now is love sweet love!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARCYNA 7/29/2012 1:05PM

    Hey, John, this blog's great, love, hugs
Marcyna

Report Inappropriate Comment
CADILLACSMITH 7/27/2012 10:33PM

  Beautiful blog! We so often tend to forget that we are ALL Gods children, and that our actions or the lack of them can make such a difference in someone's life. This is a great reminder and I appreciate your willingness to share and bring this to our attention.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DR8561 7/24/2012 12:29PM

    An excellent reminder. Thank you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARINSKY1 7/24/2012 1:19AM

    Amen and amen. When I was young, I was someone who almost did what that young man did. I was made fun of, bullied and taunted. I thought about suicide daily, told my friends and planned how I would do it. However, God intervened, found me and gave me a reason for living and hope. I have to confess, that I struggle with being one of the people that are often in too much of hurry, but I am trying to be more mindful about reaching out when I see the need. I don't ever want to forget, that I could be that person needing some kindness. Thanks for the reminder. We get it backwards and put the physical before the spiritual. We can't have lasting success with the physical, until we deal with the spiritual.


Report Inappropriate Comment
DEBK0923 7/23/2012 11:10AM

    great blog

Report Inappropriate Comment
HERBIEDS 7/22/2012 5:46PM

    Wow!! What an amazing post I agree its is so easy for all of us to put blinders on, thank you for the reminder and the boost i needed towards spiritual health as well as physical health

Report Inappropriate Comment
IAMLOVEDBYYOU 7/21/2012 11:29PM

    Absolutely. I think about this a lot as it is easy for me to get caught up in physical health and get distracted from my spiritual health. We should be good stewards of the bodies that God has given us, but it is meaningless without love.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BRENDABEEMAN 7/21/2012 9:57PM

  great article there John JT. Most people don''t understand that no matter WHAT they look like people will SEE you as you act/react around them. thank you for the reminder. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLOWERDIE345 7/21/2012 9:02PM

    Thank you for this. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WELSTEACH 7/21/2012 1:05AM

    Acting love is different than talking love. I am glad you helped her out.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAVERICK59 7/21/2012 1:01AM

    Namaste to you my friend.
I think you are one of those Angels put here for the rest of us.

God Bless you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LILLI56 7/20/2012 11:53PM

    Thank you for this. I, too have a friend who committed suicide in between Jr and Sr high. His mother kept looking for a reason he killed himself. She still talks about it (and I am sure she will always) although it has been over 30 years.

Jesus is a reason to love the lovable and not so lovable.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KTISFOCUSED 7/20/2012 10:55PM

    What an awesome blog! It reminds me of the point that it is so easy to love the loveable but we are called to love everyone. Thanks for this blog; it could remind many to do the right thing. I can tell that you truly learned something from the tragedy of that young man taking his life. I had a similar thing happen where someone took her life and I wished I had taken a little more time to try to help her. She had many problems and it would have taken time and patience--just like the time you took to help yesterday. Beautiful!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SASKANNE 7/20/2012 10:34PM

    What a remarkable post! Thanks for your clarity - it is always right in front of our faces but often we overlook humanity and kindness.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRAPHICS2 7/20/2012 9:29PM

  Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We are spirit having a human experience

Report Inappropriate Comment
KALLIE1958AR 7/20/2012 7:19PM

    Awesome I know how you feel and yes I know plenty ..

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIANNEMT 7/20/2012 6:59PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I try to live as Jesus dictates--sometimes I do it right and other times, I am too human. This was a great reminder.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JRFINLEY14 7/20/2012 2:17PM

    Very well said. When I was overseas in the Navy, I tried to do just one nice thing every day for someone else. I did not do it for praise or any type of gain other than it just made me feel good inside. I noticed that after a few week, it got to be contagious with my ship mates. Maybe we could try that here!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DOTTY7267 7/20/2012 1:22PM

    Thank you so much for being there for her. If we can all do what we expect of others, this world would be great! Keep your faith and hope in your fellow man, we are not all "walking graves", but are encouraged by living examples of what is right.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANNADIAZ01 7/20/2012 12:03PM

  Great post! Oh so true. Sometimes we mean well, but when we are presented with opportunities to reach out to others, we miss it. thanks for the reminder. :-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
KATIEKAT475 7/20/2012 11:48AM

    Amen. Definitely makes me think about how I will react to others today. Thank you!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GODSGALS 7/20/2012 11:08AM

    One more thing. Have you noticed that there are a ton of videos cropping up exposing bullying at school? It seems to be the "in thing" right now, but it's soul-destroying and I'd rather build up than tear down. We all have issues, and we're a work in progress. Who are we to think we're better than anyone else? Who has the right to determine our self-worth other than the One who made us? How can we show the world that it shows more character to encourage than destroy? Any suggestions?
Kari

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANGELBABIES2 7/20/2012 10:46AM

    emoticon and God Bless emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAURIE5658 7/20/2012 9:47AM

    John, I read this blog yesterday and I just had to come and read it again. Thank you so much!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BEACHBUM4LIFE 7/20/2012 9:16AM

    Such an awesome blog!! I pray God will open my eyes to the angels around me and give me the courage to do what is right to help those in need.


Report Inappropriate Comment
COOKINGSTARS 7/20/2012 8:44AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LISALGB 7/20/2012 8:41AM

    John, this blog touched my heart deeply. I work for the school system and I see bullying so often. It just breaks my heart to see people treated this way - child or adult - it is cruel.
Thank you for reminding us that we need to live as Jesus lives and to walk as He walks - and most importantly, love and He loves.
Many blessings to you, John!

Report Inappropriate Comment
EFFRAYECHILDE 7/20/2012 8:37AM

    Very well said.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNMEINDERS 7/20/2012 4:15AM

    such a true blog John...thanks so much for the reminder of how we should act....not how we often do

Report Inappropriate Comment
LEANIE64 7/20/2012 1:49AM

    Your post was so touching and very true..Thanks so much !! I will be more aware of others needs..and try to be Christ's hands..!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLUEJEAN99 7/20/2012 1:23AM

    Amen! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRAMMAP1 7/19/2012 11:45PM

    I have a grandson that has always been there for the excluded. I am so proud that his faith show in this way! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TORAMPAUL 7/19/2012 9:14PM

    Great post. We need to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Could you please add some scripture references to your posts? Thanks :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPARKENISTA 7/19/2012 9:04PM

    John--Thank you for this. I cannot believe how cruel those people in were in passing by this young lady. I am not at all surprised that you helped her. As far as those employees who asked you to rush, you can bet I would have a few choice words for them!

As far as that boy in school--I don't know whether you saw the recent movie, "Bullies" or something like that. It is a limited-release documentary. The story of that boy, unfortunately, is not an isolated incident. My heart breaks for the kids who are "different" and who cannot see beyond this phase of their lives to a brighter future.

At that time, you could not have predicted the depth of his despair or that he would take desperate actions so you cannot hold yourself responsible. You also learned a valuable lesson and are hyper-sensitive to the needs of others now.

Perhaps he was put here to teach those in his sphere the degree of cruelty that can be caused by their words and actions. Maybe all of those who hurt him are better people for it now. We can only hope.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLUDERCATS 7/19/2012 8:40PM

    Really enjoyed this blog. A very enlightening piece that outlines the way the world is going. I pray that i do not follow in there footsteps.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHEPIL 7/19/2012 6:43PM

    You have a heart for people. That's very special. It does take conscious effort to be kind and helpful.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEMPERANCE88 7/19/2012 6:22PM

    Wow! Great reminder. Thank you for reminding us to live as Christ lives.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KIN59VARA 7/19/2012 5:26PM

    Very well said.

Report Inappropriate Comment
2BOYSMEMA 7/19/2012 5:22PM

    WOW!!!! So many times I could have been the good samaritan, but instead I was to busy or maybe even thought "I was better" than the person needing help, maybe I thought the person with me would think I was "not cool" if I took the time to help someone else. Yes, I have been the good samaritan before and it felt so good. Thank you for the reminder.......next time I have the opportunity to be the good samaritan, I willmake the choice to not be a walking grave.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARGARITTM 7/19/2012 3:19PM

    Beautiful post Thanks

Report Inappropriate Comment


Who's Your Spark?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


2

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SLIMMERJESSE 7/19/2012 1:10PM

    On my list of upcoming blog topics is a thank you to my sparkfriends. Such an invaluable gift.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GARDENQE2 7/19/2012 1:08PM

    John, what considerate and thoughtful blog.
I feel impelled to make more effort at saying thank you to my sparkfriends and motivators!
Here is a little story from "real life" that I'd like to share with you.
After my kids were grown, I started on a difficult career path. One of the things my mentor told me was "never smile, it's a sign of weakness." So I cultivated a stern look and worked like a slave and finally reached retirement age with a good pension. Success!
One day I met a former coworker. We smiled and hugged and he exclaimed, "What a beautiful smile you have! I've never seen it before! It's like sunshine!"
That gave me to think, and since, I smile at everyone I see, and say hello as you do. I feel it's my duty as a happy successful person to share my sunshine!
Brighten the pathway where you are! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWMOM20121 7/16/2012 12:26AM

    Another great blog. You are one of my favorite for inspiration. However, there are also several others that touch me each day.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDA7668 7/15/2012 3:25PM

    Thank you for this vlog! You always have thought provoking things to say. I had made the comment to a friend that I really needed to know that there were others that were struggling just as I am. Sometimes I am actually discouraged by the ones that have had amazing success.

Again, thank you for sparking my journey.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SILLYHP1953 7/14/2012 3:41PM

    You are one of the main sparks on here for me. I do try to let the people know when they've written something that moved me. Thanks for letting us know how much a smile and hello can mean to someone.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHANGING-VICKI 7/13/2012 5:26PM

  John, I've left and come back to spark people 4 times over the last year and I ALWAYS hunt you up and friend you and get your blogs because YOU make an otherwise dreary day just a little bit better. You make me think, and I feel like you're there cheering me on even though you know nothing about me. I feel truly blessed to hear from you whenever you're up to posting a message or reading a new blog or listening to one.
Thank you and hope your trip goes well. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HDHAWK 7/13/2012 9:28AM

    You, of course, are one of those inspiring people John!
I had a spark friend who recently came back. Same story, no internet. She now has it on her phone and can check in from there. I was very thankful to see her back here.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CALLIKIA 7/11/2012 4:54PM

    You are one of the most thoughtful and considerate people on Spark. Thank you for always thinking of others and know that we are always thinking of you as well. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NASFKAB 7/11/2012 12:17AM

  you are such an inspiration

Report Inappropriate Comment
THEFLORIDAFAIRY 7/10/2012 12:59PM

    John - as always your blog is inspirational. Thank you for pointing this valuable lesson to me. Have a great trip and "see" you when you get back!

Report Inappropriate Comment
STEADFASTNSEE 7/10/2012 12:11PM

  John, as always, Thanks. And truly YOU are counted as one who inspires me and lifts me up. Thank you for that! Enjoy your week in Milwaukee. I wish I could get there to meet you. I'm in Fort Atkinson (a tad far off as the scooter flies!) HUGS Laurie

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAUITN 7/10/2012 10:34AM

    John, thanks for reminding me how important it is to share a kind word, a thank you, or even just a smile. It not only encourages the other person, opens my eyes to the world and others and lifts my mood.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEARTOMYHEART 7/10/2012 10:14AM

  Great blog John. Thanks for your inspiration. You inspire me! I can't wait to read your next blog. I always come away with such a great feeling and a sense of hope. Also a lot of information to think about. This blog made me think about the times when someone took the time to talk to me or say hi or wish me a great day. I feel a lift of spirit each and every time. I hope I to can give a lift to someone I see or meet or talk to or write to. It's the little things that seem to make a difference. John, you have a great trip and enjoy all you meet. God Bless You John emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MISSROCKABILLY 7/10/2012 9:41AM

    Great blog today, John, very thought provoking. Have a wonderful time in Milwaukee, and if you ever manage to get up to Madison instead, drop me a line, perhaps we can do lunch or something.


Report Inappropriate Comment
NOCALORIES 7/10/2012 8:58AM

    Wow! I am glad I have joined Journey to Success for I get to know you John. Have a good week and enjoy your trip. You speak with words of kindness and I appreciate your sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATTILYNN224 7/10/2012 8:19AM

  Hmmm. Yesterday I went through my sparkpage and deleted all of my blogs and information about myself and all but one picture as I'm thinking about leaving the site.

Thanks for your blog today. I will take the time to thank those that have gotten me through.

Thanks John for blogs and your insight. You have made a difference. You speak and write with kindness and your gentle spirit is one to aspire to.

God Bless.



Report Inappropriate Comment


Making A Commitment To Life

Friday, July 06, 2012

Years ago, the motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar defined commitment this way "When you want to understand committing yourself to something look at a plate of bacon and eggs. The chicken made a contribution, the pig made a commitment."

I met Kait Seyal in November of 2011. She waited tables at a restaurant I frequent and not only did she provide excellent service emoticon we soon became friends. Kait told me of her love for animals, especially dogs, and her commitment to animal rescue and pet therapy for the sick, disabled and elderly.



She and her husband John were looking for a way to bring attention to abused and abandoned animals and the real value of using pets to aid people in their recovery. So they decided to do something small and insignificant (LOL) They quit their jobs, packed up their belongings and decided they and their two dogs would hike from Delaware to San Francisco. They began their journey in late March and as of yesterday had reached Iowa.

I could go on and on but I'd rather give you the link to their blog. It speaks to their journey and commitment to their cause more eloquently than I ever could. As I follow them on their journey I examine my own commitments. If you get a chance stop by and follow their journey.

Here is the Link

http://www.dogblogusa.com

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GIRANIMAL 7/17/2012 5:13PM

    Ohh, John, this is so amazing. I fell in love with these two from their first, oh, I dunno -- three words on their blog? emoticon Thanks so much for sharing, and for this shining example of commitment. I find myself inspired but sad -- likely because I lack this kind of fire these days. Apparently I need a new cause! (And should be darn happy and grateful that this healthy-living thing feels more like an old friend these days.) emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GEEMAWEST 7/10/2012 10:12PM

    I just recently heard about these folks. How inspiring!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CRYSTALJEM 7/9/2012 10:55AM

    Looking forward to checking the link. Just reading your synopsis of it makes me remember how much I respect people who do more than think about things, but that make things happen.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MORTICIAADDAMS 7/7/2012 1:23PM

    I love pets too and think this is a great cause. Love it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HDHAWK 7/7/2012 10:26AM

    I just heard about this yesterday. What a wonderful thing they are doing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NASFKAB 7/7/2012 3:08AM

  awesome work

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNMEINDERS 7/7/2012 1:50AM

    Awesome...a great cause...we need more people like them....
Will look at the dogs blog....thankyou

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARTOONB 7/6/2012 8:59PM

    Wow! Good for them. That is quite the feat. I hope they accomplish their goal.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPARKENISTA 7/6/2012 6:03PM

    This is an amazing story. I will definitely check out their blog. Thanks for this.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUPERACHIEVER 7/6/2012 2:32PM

    John, this is awesome. I am definitely going to look the blog you mentioned over. I can't wait to read more about their journey.



Report Inappropriate Comment
SILLYHP1953 7/6/2012 1:43PM

    Well, when you look at it that way, there is a BIG difference between contribution and commitment. I think that is a lot of my problem. I've been making contributions toward my weight loss...it's time to make a commitment.

I will check out their blog. Thank you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARCYNA 7/6/2012 1:29PM

    Hey, what a committment, thanks!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HLOCHRIDGE 7/6/2012 12:08PM

    Getting ready to check out their blog! How wonderful!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MISSROCKABILLY 7/6/2012 10:16AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this, John. Their story, dedication, and courage are amazing! I'll definitely be following their blog.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
EGALITAIRE 7/6/2012 10:07AM

    That's great

Report Inappropriate Comment
VONBLACKBIRD 7/6/2012 10:03AM

    emoticon for sharing this and also to Kait and her husband for doing this. We live in a rural area where many dogs are just dumped..We have rescued 3..so sad to see the shape these dogs were in when we got them..Glad someone is making a difference.

Report Inappropriate Comment
THEFLORIDAFAIRY 7/6/2012 9:46AM

    Thanks John. I visited their website and it is a very cool project and cause.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LDRICHEL 7/6/2012 9:22AM

    Seriously cool. Oddly enough, I've been pondering part of my Bible reading this morning (Acts 16) and was really confused about vs. 3. That quote from Zig Ziglar shed some light on it and gave me a bit of understanding on the matter. I also think it's hilarious that it's talking about a pig (considering the whole issue in Acts 16 is the Jewish culture). Made me giggle. :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRISTAROSE 7/6/2012 9:20AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing .... such a great thing they are doing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLY-VICKI 7/6/2012 9:07AM

  emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TERRIPAL1 7/6/2012 8:48AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDRALEET 7/6/2012 8:43AM

    So with her .I to look after strays emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


The Independence To.....

Wednesday, July 04, 2012



She looked up at the sky, eyes wide with amazement and awe. I saw the joy only a young child has for the simple and truly awesome things of life. As I watched her it struck me that she is the embodiment of this holiday we celebrate in the USA. She is independent to make any choice she wants for her life. She is free to walk any path she chooses and there is no retreating from the magical and mystical life she lives.

She is free and while she gazes skyward beside her stand thousands, nay millions of people, each who made a sacrifice, large or small, so she had the right to choose her own path; her own destiny.

Over two hundred years ago a group of men gathered to put their names to a document that read in part "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal." There we no exceptions. Those independent men had the courage to separate themselves and define a new existence.

As she stood in the field commemorating that event, all those who came before her stood there also.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NOCALORIES 7/5/2012 10:22PM

    Thank you! We are blessed to live free. I went to church last night and thought of our Freedom of Religion and how grateful to have the privilege to Praise God through my own understanding.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SILLYHP1953 7/5/2012 10:59AM

    I do celebrate our freedoms, and I also pray for peace.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BAMAJAM 7/5/2012 10:31AM

  Indeed this 4th of July was a day to celebrate our freedoms---I have profound gratitude for the men and women who fought for our liberty. Bless all our brave heroes--- However, there are now exceptions to freedom for all. The lives of the unborn babies are not protected in the great land of America---

Report Inappropriate Comment
NASFKAB 7/5/2012 6:55AM

  Loved it

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNMEINDERS 7/5/2012 6:43AM

    Awesome...enjoy the celebrations

Report Inappropriate Comment
LKEITHO 7/4/2012 6:53PM

    Great blog! Thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEARTOMYHEART 7/4/2012 5:43PM

  God bless the USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I to pray this young person will forever know freedom.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MORTICIAADDAMS 7/4/2012 4:31PM

    If only everyone could see the light like we can. Too many can't see beyond their own noses. Have a good one.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LDRICHEL 7/4/2012 4:27PM

    Beautiful!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRISTAROSE 7/4/2012 2:58PM

    Happy 4th of July!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLY-VICKI 7/4/2012 2:52PM

  HAPPY 4th, my friend! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARTOONB 7/4/2012 1:46PM

    Happy Fourth!

Report Inappropriate Comment
VONBLACKBIRD 7/4/2012 1:21PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IAMAGEMLOVER 7/4/2012 12:55PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDRALEET 7/4/2012 12:54PM

    Freedom is a right some want to replace with there form of dictatorship.Believe only like I do.

Report Inappropriate Comment
THEFLORIDAFAIRY 7/4/2012 12:39PM

    Let's just pray that her independence remains when she grows up.
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NWFL59 7/4/2012 12:11PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NUMD97 7/4/2012 12:07PM

    Nicely written. Thanks for posting.

Report Inappropriate Comment


Never Quit Pledge, Read, Agree, and Share With Those You Love

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Never Quit Pledge

Friday, June 29, 2012

Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)
04/26/12

Signed: Chris (chriskenandkids)
04/26/12

Signed: Linda (scoutmom715)
04/27/12

Signed: Nancy (tedybear2838)

(from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

Signed: Vicki aka VICKI-B--56


Signed; Pixie (Pixie-Licious)

Signed: Gloria (GloriaB73)

signed Fran

Signed Sarah (Millie 5522)

Signed Shelby (theshelbster)

Signed Beckie (BIRKIE528)

Signed Debaune (Doobie893)

Signed by Wallahalla on Friday, June 29, 2012

Signed by Karen (MAMAWALMART) on June 29,2012

Signed by Sibille (musolf6) Friday June 29,2012

Signed Shirley (Lookingup2012) Friday, June 29, 2012 who needs to do this because she quit SP three times in 3 years.

Signed Susan (catladyx8) Friday June 29, 2012

Signed John (Johntj1) Saturday June 30, 2012

Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?
Let's spread it through Sparks, so all can have the choice to commit!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WALKNLOVE 7/6/2012 8:52AM

    Never ,ever, ever giving up! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BABY77A 7/4/2012 4:47AM

    Wow! This is great. I have printed it out and signed it. Thanks you very much for this blog.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SILLYHP1953 7/3/2012 9:43AM

    I printed and signed this pledge today.
Thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NUNZIATA43 7/3/2012 9:21AM

    I will NOT quit! Thank you for the comments and reminders! I need to TAKE IT EASY, and for me this is not simple. Your words hit my very core! THANK YOU!!!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWMOM20121 7/2/2012 10:20AM

    consider it signed from me.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOBBIENORTHERN1 7/2/2012 9:11AM

  I have already signed this in my spirit a very long time ago and will never give up or quit and am loving myself and all others as I am keeping on in this journey and life long quest and adventure of living a large life of faith and over coming any and all obstacles that come my way because I have the love, grace and truth of Jesus making me a winner all the time in the name of Jesus

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNMEINDERS 7/2/2012 5:38AM

    Am blogging this now....

Report Inappropriate Comment
HDHAWK 7/1/2012 6:04PM

    After nearly 5 yrs. on Spark and gaining the weight back I'd say I'm in it for the long haul. I'd be happy to sign!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLIMLEAF 7/1/2012 11:17AM

    If I'm really honest (and it's foolish to be otherwise), I'm not ready to sign this pledge just yet. Particularly not the bit about being my own best friend and not critical of myself. It's something I need to work towards and indeed I am trying to already, but I'm not up to pledging yet because once I promise something I HAVE to stick to it.

It's really good to see that lots of people are signing up to it, though. I wish you all well in keeping your pledge each day. The world will surely be a better place for it.

Maybe one day I'll be able to join you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DANCING4UJESUS 6/30/2012 8:47PM

    This has come at a good time. I just recommitted myself last night and today has been my first day back at it.
emoticon God is so Good!

Report Inappropriate Comment
STEADFASTNSEE 6/30/2012 7:13PM

  Consider me pledged. Laurie aka STEADFASTnSEE June 30,2012

Report Inappropriate Comment
IAMAGEMLOVER 6/30/2012 3:08PM

    I signed this back in 2011

Report Inappropriate Comment
WORLDSERIES11 6/30/2012 3:05PM

    I'm in! Will spread the word:)

Report Inappropriate Comment
MORTICIAADDAMS 6/30/2012 12:49PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NASFKAB 6/30/2012 11:54AM

  want to sign it also its great

Report Inappropriate Comment
JEWELLE217 6/30/2012 11:51AM

    Thanks! I signed and shared on my blog!
Spread the Spark!

Deb

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 Last Page