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Sunday, November 01, 2009

well it has been a bit since i bloged last. life has been so busy it seems. maybe busy isn't the word just full. my loss this week was a half pound. i thought it would be more but alas i was wrong again.

church is going. i went to my bible study and actually had a good time. i have to work today so i will miss church. but there is next time.

i'm leaving for vacation in a couple of days, i can't wait. going to florida to see me parents for a few days.

halloween came and went with not much damage to the waist or psyche. went to a haunted firehouse and we had a blast, screamed, got scared, you know the drill.

i guess that is it for now. have a great day. keep sparking guys.

  
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YATMAMA 11/2/2009 11:12PM

    Have a wonderful visit with your folks. Come home to us safely. I will miss you!!

*hugs*

Missy

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PVILLELADY 11/1/2009 9:28AM

    Michelle, you need to REJOICE in your half-pound loss! My friend, you lost weight, you didn't gain it!! Maybe it wasn't what you were hoping for, but it is a victory nevertheless...

I hope you have a wonderful visit with your family in Florida--wishing you a good trip and even better weather!

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BEAMISH7 11/1/2009 7:49AM

    Have a wonderful visit with your parents! Go with God.

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church question

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

emoticonsunday was a day i'm still praying on. i need some input. ok here i go.....my pastor pulled me and another lady in her office and told us (now i'm the secretary and treasurer) that we would have help counting the monies from the church service. now alone i would n't of thought nothing of this, but she then adds in that we have been talking to each other and she feels we should only come to her if we have problems. she doesn't want us to talk to anyone else, only her. so the gentlman she sent to watch over us in reality is babysitting us. i stood up and stepped down from my posts. my belief as i told her is i'm not gossiping, talking about other members or such, if someone is my friend i feel i should be able to talk with them if they would like. i didn't approach her, my friend, and we have a bit in common so i can see where she is coming from. now mind you this isn't church business. now if it was i could understand but this is personal. and when i suggested that maybe she didn't feel comfortable going to the pastor the pastor this said i wasn't submitting to the lord. now last i knew the lord gave me free will, a heart, sould and a mind. i don't feel that my pastor has a right to tell me whom i can associtate with and whom i can't. she is always saying how she is how i'm going to get to heaven, not just me but you see what i'm saying. i say i'm my way to heaven through jesus. yes she can lead in my teachings but how i get to heaven is up to me. i feel like this and i may be wrong here, but the lord knows my heart, even jesus has the apostles to help him along the way. if i can't reach out a hand to a friend then why am i here. i want to go to heaven when i leave this place but in the meantime the lord has given me a wonderful life to enjoy while i wait. i don't think he intented for us to just sit and wait on him. i was born agian in the water, washed in the blood of jesus christ. i didn't know i was heading into a communist church and i need some input. i'm i being disobediant to the lord. she is always on us about tythes also. if we don't give 10% every week, she checks and brings it up in church. is this right? i give what i can and i hope the lord is happy with that. i do give 10%, but it includes my time, my prayers, not to meantion church supplies, and donations of which we always do someting. please help me with this. my husband says he is behind me but i don't want to make a mistake and leave my chuch for the wrong reasons if i'm just being disobediant. she says if i can't submit then how can i call myself a christian. help please. mcihelle.

  
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AHEALTHIERJAN 10/27/2009 5:55PM

    Without knowing the background, I can't entirely comment. But scripture is clear that Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, not your pastor. If she thinks differently, then she is wrong. Yes, even pastors can be wrong.

There is much debate in pastoral circles over whether or not the pastor should know what folks are giving. But a pastor who says you cannot be saved because you don't tithe is focused on works righteousness and not saving grace.

While I don't know what is going on inside your pastor's heart and mind, it seems clear that you are not getting what you need at this church. If you try to work it out and find that your pastor isn't willing to listen to you, don't feel that you have failed if you find another, more accepting church.

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AHEALTHIERJAN 10/27/2009 5:55PM

    Without knowing the background, I can't entirely comment. But scripture is clear that Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, not your pastor. If she thinks differently, then she is wrong. Yes, even pastors can be wrong.

There is much debate in pastoral circles over whether or not the pastor should know what folks are giving. But a pastor who says you cannot be saved because you don't tithe is focused on works righteousness and not saving grace.

While I don't know what is going on inside your pastor's heart and mind, it seems clear that you are not getting what you need at this church. If you try to work it out and find that your pastor isn't willing to listen to you, don't feel that you have failed if you find another, more accepting church.

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AHEALTHIERJAN 10/27/2009 5:55PM

    Without knowing the background, I can't entirely comment. But scripture is clear that Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, not your pastor. If she thinks differently, then she is wrong. Yes, even pastors can be wrong.

There is much debate in pastoral circles over whether or not the pastor should know what folks are giving. But a pastor who says you cannot be saved because you don't tithe is focused on works righteousness and not saving grace.

While I don't know what is going on inside your pastor's heart and mind, it seems clear that you are not getting what you need at this church. If you try to work it out and find that your pastor isn't willing to listen to you, don't feel that you have failed if you find another, more accepting church.

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YATMAMA 10/27/2009 5:22PM

    Without knowing the background involved here, it's hard to comment, but I believe you must follow the leading of your heart. I would have red flags about any pastor who limited who the congregation spoke to, particularly if they were limiting church staff. I believe I'd be praying for the Lord to lead me to a new church home. I pray He does just that for you.

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BEAMISH7 10/27/2009 11:58AM

    It sounds to me like she is Biblical when it suits her purpose. The Bible tells us that when there is a problem that two have talked about face to face that then two people should then go talk to the person. You might want to connsider taking an elder with you to share your concerns. That said, however, churches are full of sinners - we are human after all. God puts sandpaper people (stole that from the rick warren) in our lives for a reason. Ask Him what it is He wants you to learn from this.

If this is not a true Bible believing church - where the pastor preaches and teaches scripture as the message and has small groups for both Bible study and fellowship, you might want to pray on finding one that is. It has made such a huge difference in my life. I don't want to overgeneralize, but often they are not affiliated with a mainstream denomination (my apologies to those of yours who are) and everything is Biblically supported. He is so awesome.

Pray and you will know what God wants for you and your family.

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HISGIRL5 10/27/2009 11:36AM

    Wow, I found your post very interesting to read and am praying for you to know God's path for you in this situation. My husband is a pastor and I can honestly tell you that he has NO IDEA who gives what to the church and he strongly feels that is the way it should be. This way, no one can think that he may or may not be preaching at them from the pulpit. I'm praying for you and that the Truth will help you make the right decision for you!

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GABBIE00 10/27/2009 8:42AM

    no your not wrong.you answer to god and god wants you to be there for friends.yes your suppose to give 10% but if you don't have it in money and your giving it in other ways.god isn't gonna condemn you for it.he love you for you not what the pastor says.Don't listen to the pastor,maybe she needs to listen to god and not herself.

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DEBBIELDS 10/27/2009 8:12AM

  The treasure and secretary should be counting the money and only them. It is not up to your pastor or leadership (elders, deacons) to know who gives what. Yes, you are suppose to tithe but what you give is between you and God, not you and your pastor. I assume your pastor is an elder since she is calling herself a pastor,that is what the word pastor means. If not, she shouldn't be calling herself that. I would have issues with that. Read the qualifications for an elder, and you will understand. 1 Timothy 3: 2-7. It sounds to me like you have heard the Word, believed, repented, was baptized by immersion and received the Holy Spirit; now you are living your life for God. You are God's child. That is what God has called us to do. He has called us to share the Word with others and help them to see what they must do to become a Christian. Read your Bible and let His Word speak to you. Check and see that the Word is matching to what your minister is telling you and others if not, talk to her and if things don't change then you need to find a church that does teach by the Bible and not man's creed. Hope this helps. Have a good day.

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weekly weigh in

Friday, October 23, 2009

emoticondrum roll please.......i stayed the same. sorry guys. i'm actually happy with this. this was my dreaded time of the month. i usually gain so i'll take this. it gives my a place to go down from next week. i had two good weeks of loss and i needed to have this i guess. my body knows best. i do believe it will take me longer to get where i really want to be but that is ok also. slow and steady wins the race. i want to wish all luck with thier weigh ins this week. we can do anything we put our minds to.

  
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TERESA6262 10/24/2009 9:21AM

    Funny, Michelle, the slower weight loss has been OK with me... I think it'll KEEP off. My lifestyle changge has been pretty complete... and though it's a slower pace... I believe there will longer lasting results!

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YATMAMA 10/23/2009 11:33PM

    Hallelujah for no gains!!!!

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BIGDAD1211 10/23/2009 11:22AM

    Great job! I say as long as you didn't go up, then you did good! Can't wait for the next weigh in!
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BEAMISH7 10/23/2009 11:13AM

    That IS a drum-rollable outcome. Staying the same means you didn't gain and you kept up your healthy choices. Good job.

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MISSYCRS 10/23/2009 9:39AM

    I just lost two pounds on my weigh ins

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morning walk!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

emoticonas i was coming back from my long morning walk. (i alternate days..long one, short the next) i was looking at the beautiful scenery. one of these mornings i'm going to remember the camera so all can see what i'm talking about when i say i live in god's country. the sun was up, the trees are changing and the breeze was awesome. the fall flowers are in bloom and the colors are something to behold. but i had a moment of wonder. why would anyone doubt the lord. when you see a flower more beautiful growing on the side of the road then any in your tended bed, when the leaves turn at just the right time of year. smells, the sights. we have magnolia trees growning wild and they are a sight to behold in the spring. i have to stop and ask the age old question why is the sky blue and the grass green? we don't know, we may never know. but that is the glory of faith. i have faith. i often wonder why i don't just take the easy way out of any situration. i pray, i growl, i worry. and in the end it seems to work itself out. i have figured this out this morning while i was confercing with the lord, i walk on faith. i know that deep down all will be as it should and i have no way of changing any outcome.

i give this piece of insight because here on sp we walk on faith with ourselves daily. without it we wouldn't be where we are. we don't really know where we are going or how we are going to really get there. we have the general tools we need, but we really walk on faith. our own and the lords. i hope that i haven't offended any with my thoughts on the lord. he is my savior and my best friend. i can call on him when i'm up, down, or just somewhere in between. and may i say i do that sometimes more than i would like. i know he doesn't mind and when times are too much i ask for his help to carry me along. he is guiding my steps this day and i hope for many more. after all he saw fit to wake me up this morning.

so to all i say god bless. maybe what this world needs is a bit more prayer, faith, and love. with all that we have the recipe for a wonder life. so again i say walk on faith and you will see where it gets you in the end......i say very far. michelle.

  
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YATMAMA 10/21/2009 6:28PM

    That was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your insights with us!!

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GOSPELCLOWN 10/21/2009 12:58PM

    Thank you Michelle-

We are too often distracted by things and miss all the beautiful blessings given by our Lord. Do we forget to say thank you to Him? Are we lazy? What ever the case, a continual attitude of gratitude goes a long way toward walking in appreciation for His gifts & works.

I am amazed at the difference I experience in a scenic walk (sights, smells, sounds) and then when I watch what is on the evening news. (gunshots, vandalism, lying and war).

Glad you are able be in touch with God's masterpieces are you exercise. Please remember the camera sooon!

All the best,
Karen in BC

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PVILLELADY 10/21/2009 11:28AM

    What a BEAUTIFUL description of your walk! It's a shame more of us (myself included) are too busy sometimes to appreciate what God has blessed us with. Thanks for opening my eyes!!

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spark points!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

emoticoni reached a milestone this morning. 20000 spark points. now that is working at a goal and not giving up. i'm proud of this. i have dedicated myself to getting healthy and even though i haven't met my final goal as of yet. i'm well on my way. spark points to me are like pounds, inches, and such loss. when you gain spark points you are working towards a goal. your own health.....what could be better than that.

the next time you feel like you haven't done much, not getting anywhere, just look at your spark points. if they are adding up......your going down, in weight and unhealthy habits.

enjoy each part of this journey. there will be many, some not so grand and some just wonderful. but learn from each, move on from those that aren't right, live and learn as they say. you will find your groove and when you do.............watch out world here we come.

  
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PEPPERLEAH 10/20/2009 9:20PM

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NO_SNOW_BODY 10/20/2009 8:58AM

    good way of looking at things

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YATMAMA 10/20/2009 8:55AM

    HURRAY FOR YOU!!!!!! That is GREAT. You are such an inspiration. I am so proud of you!!!

*hugggggggggs*

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GABBIE00 10/20/2009 8:33AM

    I started on aug.31 and I have a little over 4ooo.as I learn about SP I get more points. emoticonthats great

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LOVESLIFE48 10/20/2009 7:39AM

    Wow, that's awesome!! 20,000 Spark points!! Congrats

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ACATCH 10/20/2009 7:20AM

  Thank you for that because I have been feeling like I am at a stand still and you are right not only have my points added up but I have over a 1000 in just one month alone so I have made progress emoticon

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GRAMSIECAKES2 10/20/2009 7:18AM

    Congratulations on earning 20,000 Sparks points!!! Good job. Merri

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PVILLELADY 10/20/2009 7:18AM

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Cha-ching, cha-ching!!! Keep those Spark points coming, Michelle! Congratulations, you're doing a FABULOUS job...

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Diane

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