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A DAILY SPIRITUAL OASIS 10/27/2011 By God's Family Team

Thursday, October 27, 2011



A. In John 9:5, Jesus is a shining light.
1. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world”.
2. Jesus was and is in the business of delivering men from darkness.
B. In Vs 35, Jesus is a seeking light.
1. After the man had been cast out by the Jews, Jesus went looking for him.
2. This is why he came; “to seek and save that which was lost”. (Luke 19:10)
C. In Vs 38, Jesus is a saving light.
1. The man received more than physical sight.
2. Jesus gave him eternal life.
2. PICTURE THIS: God is able to complete the good work of eternal life (Phil 1:6). The man never expected that he would be healed and saved when he got up that morning. To him, it was just another day of living in darkness. He did not realize that there was a man named Jesus. Until the man came face to face with Jesus, not by sight but by faith, he had to live in darkness; but now the man was healed, even though all he knew was the name of Jesus. He soon learned more than just the name of Jesus and received the gift of God: ETERNAL LIFE! Which would you prefer: DARKNESS or LIGHT? 1 John 1:7 teaches us, “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son purifies us from all sin”.

TODAY’S HYMN: By Jessie B. Pounds and Charles H. Gabriel (1906)
“The Way Of The Cross”

1. I must need go home by the way of the cross; There’s no other way but this;
I shall ne’er get sight of the Gates of Light if the way of the cross I miss. REFRAIN
2. I must needs go on in the blood sprinkled way, The path that the Savior trod;
If I ever climb to the heights sublime, Where the soul is at home with God. REFRAIN
3. Then I bid farewell to the way of the world, To walk in it never more;
For my Lord says “Come”, and I seek my home, Where He waits at the open door. REFRAIN
REFRAIN: The way of the cross leads home,
The way of the cross leads home;
It is good to know, as I onward go,
The way of the cross leads home.

For Thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: Thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head. Psalm 21:3

Attention is a tangible measure of love. Whatever receives our time and attention becomes the center of gravity, the focus of our life. This is what we do with what we love: We allow it to become our center. What is at the center of your life? Carefully examine where you spend your attention, your time. Look at your appointment book, your daily schedule...this is what receives your care and attention--and by definition, your love.

- Wayne Muller

1 Peter 4:1-2
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

Barney knew he could lose weight. He'd given up cigarettes, and that was the hardest thing he'd ever had to do. If he could do away with cigarettes, he was positive he could lose weight. A friend had once told him that if he was suffering, he knew he was on the right track. Nothing worth doing came easy. Barney asked God for strength as he set about losing weight. When he felt he was suffering the most, that's when he relied most heavily on God. A little suffering never hurt anyone, especially when it was done in order to attain good health.

Today's thought: I suffer now so that I can enjoy the rest of my life!

James 4:3, "Ye ask and receive not, because ye asked amiss, that ye may consume it upon your pleasure".


Most Holy Father, God of heaven and earth. Teach us to rest assured by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Let not our hearts be troubled. The disciples were troubled when You told them You were going away. The thought of Your departure disturbed them and frighten them. So it is with us when a love one or a dear friend goes away. We fail to see the good that may come from it, not realizing that when You take something away, it is because You will replace it with something better. You have gone ahead to prepare a room for us. Help us to believe in your promises. Help us to believe in You! Enable our trust in You to sustain us through whatever comes until someday, we too, will know and experience what we believe. These things we pray in the name of "THE COMING ONE" Jesus, Amen!

May God bless us and help us to remember the greatness and beauty of God’s gift of Eternal Life.

IN HIS WORD, Members of God’s Family Team

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A DAILY SPIRITUAL OASIS 10/26/2011 By God's Family Team

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Matthew 11:29-30
'Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.'

The most impressive thing about Laura was that no one realized she was on her diet. She never complained. She never made a big deal about what she could and couldn't eat. She never whined around or moped, hoping someone would ask her what was the matter. She just quietly, patiently lost weight. The rest of the women in the office were astonished. Laura made it seem so easy. Laura just smiled at all their comments, content to know that God had rallied her spirits and helped her get by.

Today's thought: During my diet, I'll smile even when I feel like crying!

Some trust chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7 {KJVB}


My right hand man:
Usually refers to a person who is there
to support serve and help.
The one you rely on.
Recently my 500ml bottle of water has become just that:
always there being refilled with tap water,
not too chilled, uk; it's a bit cold here;
endless supply clean and refreshing.
It's becoming a habit;
take a few swigs.
I just can't believe it,
that blech, freezing unfriendly sloshy water has at last become my friend.
Enjoyable just sip it without thinking right hand man.
Make it your friend; it's a great healthy habit.
It's taken me 4 months to find the right formula for me.
and suddenly it just happened.

Hi Team,
Between jet lag and a conference this past weekend, I am still dragging my heals.
Went to doctor on Friday for my flu shot and I had gained while on vacation. I don't know how that happened since I was eating light and walking plenty. I keep hoping it is muscle weight verses fat weight.
Must get back to the gym.
I was really blessed at our women's conference. The leadership does so much to spoil all of us. They had a lot of draws for cute prizes. I seldom win anything. However my number was called to play the game, "Deal or No Deal". A representative from the travel agent was there due to the theme being "Life's a Trip." All the suitcases were small cardboard ones with the exception of one which was a large pink one.
The 1st 3 ladies chose the small ones and had a chance to change what was in the suitcase for $20.00 cash but they all chose the suitcase. When my turn came, I chose the pink suitcase, only because it is my grand-daughter's favorite color. Well I made the right choice. I got to keep the LARGE pull suitcase, plus inside was a neck warmer with a hood and pockets at the ends to keep the hands warm.
Then they pulled out a pink umbrella. I thought that was all. They the gal said, "Of course you get to keep the suitcase. And Oh! there is something else inside. Would you believe it was a $100.00 travel certificate.
Needless to say, I felt really blessed this weekend.
On top of all that blessing, the airlines gave us a $200.00 cred for misplacing our suitcase (which showed up the next day). We had to cross the board to retrieve it.
Also when I opened the missing bag, I found a note from my best friend which said, she didn't know when she would get out our way to visit so she gave us a cheque for $200.00 to help with the expense of our trip home.
When we decided to go home this time, we really couldn't afford to go but we knew we needed to go. I truly believe God was meeting our needs and I continually thank Him for His goodness to me and to the rest of my family.
God bless each of you.


1. Let’s listen in as the religious leaders questioned the “once blind” man. (John 9:13-38)
A. In Vs 17, they asked the man, “What sayest thou of him……?”
1. The man said Jesus was a prophet.
2. In other words, “He was a man to be listened to”.
3. The man listened to Jesus and that obedience resulted in his healing.
B. In Vs 18-34, they asked the man, “How open he thine eyes?” (Vs 26)
1. The man replied, “I have told you already, but ye did not hear….”. (Vs 27).
2. They reviled the man and accused him of being a disciple. (Vs 28).
3. The said Jesus was a sinner, but a sinner cannot do the miracles that Jesus did. (Vs 31).
4. The man concluded that Jesus was a ”Man of God”. (Vs 33).
5. They cast the man out of the synagogue. (Vs 34).
C. In Vs 35-38, Jesus finds the man and comes to him.
1. Jesus reveals His true identity.
2. Jesus asked the man, “Does thou believe on the Son of Man (The Son of God)?” (Vs 35).
3. The man asked Jesus, “Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on him?” (Vs 36)
4. Jesus replied in Vs 37, “ Thou has both seen Him, and it is He that talked with thee.”
5. The man answered, “Lord, I believed”, and the man worshipped Him (Vs 38).
2. PICTURE THIS: This is the same conclusion each one of us has to make before we can be saved. Either we believe, obey and do what He says, or we will not hear what He says to us. If we do not believe, obey and do what He says, we are most miserable and on our way to hell already (1 Cor 15:17-19). Have you reached that place of conclusion today? Are you hearing Him?

TODAY’S HYMN: By Mylon R. Lefevre (1963)
1. Without Him I could do nothing; Without Him I’d surely fail.
Without Him I would be drifting, Like a ship without a sail. REFRAIN
2. Without Him I would be dying; Without Him I’d be enslaved.
Without Him Life would be hopeless, But with Jesus, thank God, I’m saved. REFRAIN
Jesus, Oh Jesus, Do you know Him today? You can’t turn Him away.
Oh, Jesus! Oh Jesus! Without Him, how lost I would be!

May God Bless us so we can know the yearnings of our heats, and express them clearly to His glory.

IN HIS TRUTH, Members of God's Family Team

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MSKITYOCAT 10/26/2011 8:51AM

  Well you covered every single base there is to cover. Blessings on your week

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A DAILY SPIRITUAL OASIS (10/25/2011) By God's Family Team

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Wow! I have been on Sparkpeople for 55 days. It has been a learning experience for me. I have found some useful articles.

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. Psalm 19:9 [KJVB]

Steen went back into hospital a week ago today after being out for 2 weeks and 2 days. Its his gall bladder this time. there are other problems but I won't go into it. I am going to be getting some help for when he comes home as he needs help around the clock.

"God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye..may abound to every good work"
-2 Corinthians 9:8

I place this day in your care, O God, thanking you for the blessed assurance that Jesus is mine.

“Jesus , The Light of The World”

1. John, who has shown us the MISERY of A SIGHTLESS MAN, is now ready to show us THE MINISTRY OF A SOVEREIGN MASTER:
A. When Jesus passed by, the sightless man was forever changed (John 9:11-38).
1. Jesus healed him physically, by making clay of the spittle, anointing the man’s eyes with the clay, and telling him to go wash in the pool of Siloam (John 9:6-7).
2. When asked in Vs 10, “How were your eyes opened?” He answered in Vs 11, “A man called Jesus made clay, anointed my eyes, told me to go wash; I went and washed and received sight”.
B. When Jesus comes to a sinner in convicting power, He cause irritation of the heart and soul.
1. After the man was exposed to physical light, he was lead through a series of events that brought him face to face with who Jesus really was.
2. When people asked the man who healed him, all the man knew was that it was a man named Jesus.
3. There are some people today in the same situation .
4. Just knowing a little about Jesus or being able to speak His name is not enough to save them.
2. PICTURE THIS: Jesus healed the sightless man on the Sabbath. Some said, “This man is not God because he does not keep the Sabbath day” (Vs 16). Had they forgotten that He was the Creator and Lord of the Sabbath? Other said, “How can this man who is a sinner do such miracles, (Vs 16)“? They knew the answer: “ONLY GOD CAN DO SUCH MIRACLES! There was division among them. Are you divided as to the truth of God, that Jesus is God (John 1:1)? Do you try to live your life under Old Testament Law or under New Testament Law?

TODAY’S HYMN: By Charles H. Gabriel (1890)

1. There’s a call comes ringing o’er the restless wave: Send the light! Send the light!
There are souls to rescue, there are souls to save: Send the light! Send The Light! REFRAIN
2. We have heard the Macedonian call today: Send the light! Send the light!
And a golden offering at the cross we lay: Send the light! Send the light! REFRAIN
3. Let us pray that grace may everywhere abound: Send the light! Send the light!
And a Christ-like spirit everywhere be found: Send the light! Send the light! REFRAIN
4. Let us not grow weary in the work of love: Send the light! Send the light!
Let us gather jewels for a crown above: Send the light! Send the light! REFRAIN
Send the light! The blessed gospel light; Let it shine from shore to shore!
Send the light! The blessed gospel light; Let it shine, forevermore.

Most Holy Father, Almighty God! We are Your gift to this sightless world, bringing the good news of Jesus, poking holes of light in the darkness of this sinful world. But how can we be helpful to them if we ourselves are sightless and living in darkness? We need Jesus! We need first His light in us that we may shine as His light for we have no light outside of Jesus. You have given us Your Son, Jesus Christ, whom we have received with joy, We have received His Word and have believed it. Now send us into the sightless world, a world which You created and loved, so that others may also receive and believe that Jesus is the Christ, and they may also live forever. It's in His name that we pray, Amen!

May God bless us and help us to remember that when our problems get to be too much for us, He is always waiting on the other end of the line to pull us though.

IN HIS LIGHT, Members of God’s Family Team.

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PURRRPY 10/26/2011 11:14PM

    God is good all the time - all the time God is good. I am thankful everyday to know whatever the darkness with God there is always light.


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    I like the song "Send the Light"

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A DAILY SPIRITUAL OASIS 10/24/2011 By God's Family Team

Monday, October 24, 2011


Isaiah 41:10
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

The evening was the worst. About an hour before bedtime, Eleanor would begin to get cravings. The worst possible thing to do would be to eat right before bed. Sometimes her stomach would growl so much that she thought she would wake up the neighborhood. On those occasions, Eleanor asked God for a little quick relief and went straight to bed. Better that than to pig out and feel lousy the rest of the night and guilty all the following day! God can grant us blessed relief from the whinings of the stomach. He can take our mind off our stomachs and give us the strength to say no!

Today's thought: The waistline won't grow if I learn to say no!

This just in from sparkerfriend i am looking back on how i have achieved my goal to lose weight. I started to lose my weight in 2006.

Just reviewed 9 simple tricks to eat less on nutrition articles.
has some great easy ideas.
Going to have a go
as well as tracking as I go which today led to better portion %.
Step by step.... new habits....EAT LESS!

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. Psalm19:8 {KJVB}


1. In this portrait, John shows us the MISERY OF A SIGHTLESS MAN! (John 9:1-11)
A. In Vs 1, John shows us HIS BLINDNESS.
B. In Vs 2-3, John shows us HIS BIRTH.
C. Now, in Vs 8, John is going to show HIS BEGGING.
2. The man was unable to work which resulted in HIS BEGGING.
A. Blindness is bad enough!
B. “Begging” is a pitiful state for anyone to be.
C. Both lead to poverty.
D. This is the same situation that every lost sinner finds themselves in.
E. Spiritually, apart from Jesus, we are hopelessly bankrupt with no means to providing the things we need spiritually.
F. Jesus endured great spiritual and physical poverty so that we might enjoy the riches of God’s blessings.
3. PICTURE THIS: In Matthew 20:29-34, Jesus heals two blind beggars. These two blind beggars were able to see that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, while the religious leaders who saw the miracles that Jesus performed were blinded to His true identity. Seeing with our eyes does not guarantee seeing with the heart and mind. To be saved, we need Jesus to “open our eyes”. How is your “seeing”?

TODAY’S HYMN: By John Newton (1779)

1. Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound! That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost, but now I’m found; Was blind but now I see.
2. Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved,
How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed!
3. Thru many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come,
Tis grace hath bro’t me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.
4. When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise, Than when we first begun.


Holy Father, Gracious Lord. Open our eyes, our hearts and minds so we may see the image of the invisible God through Jesus our Lord. When a baby is born we wonder who the baby looks like. Whose nose, whose eyes will he have?
As the child grows the features become clear. We were all created in the image of our God. Jesus came to show us the Father in Himself. Help us then to show the world Christ living in us; that they may come to know Him and love Him as we do; that they may bow down and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. Enable us to make the transformation, to wear and show the likeness of Jesus in our daily life. Help us to grow more and more like Jesus everyday. Let us seek You everyday and in so doing change into the likeness of Jesus that we may bring praises, glory and honor to You our God. It is in Jesus' name that we pray and ask these things, Amen!

May the God of heaven and earth bless us as we place our trust and our love in Him who has shown us our TRUE GOD!

IN HIS LIKENESS, Members of God's Family Team.


A WEEKEND SPIRITUAL OASIS !0/23/2011 By God's Family Team

Sunday, October 23, 2011


2 Corinthians 11:29-30
Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.

If there was one thing to respect Cynthia for, it was her humility. She was very talented, but she knew well what she could do and what she couldn't. She was never shy about asking for help when she needed it, and she never tried to make people think she could do things she could not. It was nice to see someone who could admit her weaknesses without being defensive or insecure. When Cynthia had dieted, she openly admitted that she relied heavily on God for strength and encouragement. It was a real inspiration to others to find someone who gained strength from being honest about weakness.

Today's thought: It is more important to be strong of heart than strong of body!

Therefore will I give thanks unto Thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto Thy name. Psalm 18:49 {KJVB}

Dear LORD,

Help us not to be prideful of the fact that we are not a morally very bad (evil) person. Even on our best days, You could show us our heart and we would have cause to be ashamed of something. In spite of our tendencies to struggle with attitudes and certain behaviors, You do know our heart’s desire is to please You and live a life that is righteous. LORD, We have made a commitment to trust You, to reply upon You, to put my confidence in You, and to lean upon You. Even though You have the right and the power to punish us for our sinful ways and thoughts, You take compassion on us and show me mercdy. You have hemmed us in with your mercy. we are inside of Your circle—protected and loved by You. We don’t deserve Your mercies, but You have surrounded us and we cannot escape Your embrace. Your love is unlike any other love known by mankind. Fill us to overflowing with Your joy because we are Your child. You are worthy of all my praises. We thank You for Jesus! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

A prayer for my fellow Sparkers
May our Lord bless you in your quest to attain the weight and health you desire. May you feel His Loving Presence throughout your day and His Loving Peace when you put your head down for the night. May His Spirit lift you up when you are down and enlighten you along your way. May you always know He is near! God bless you all!

As I sit here beginning to work on the paper that I have to write for school and finishing my "sparking" for the day, I am mindful of just what an amazing place this is. The last few weeks have been difficult and surely more difficulty lies ahead but the input, support, feedback, and encouraging words that perfect strangers on this site have offered is truly a Godsend. As I reflect on the past few days, I realize just how much of a bond we all seem to have here at Sparkpeople because of our desire to be fit and healthy. That's it...that's our commonality. The irony is that society and the view on obesity, vanity, and looks has, in many cases, driven us to this place. Here, to me, it seems that we have all learned something far more important than how to lose weight or become fit. We have learned how to love. What else could it be when perfect strangers, bonded by a desire for good health, can support and encourage one another in our lives and all aspects of it? I think the founder of Sparkpeople had a vision for how he wanted to help people but I have to think that what has happened here surpasses even his greatest vision.

Thank you to Sparkpeople.com but more, thank you to all of you out there that not only support and encourage me but anyone else who lives among us.

TODAY’S WORSHIP HYMN By Jack Hayford (1981)


Majesty, worship His majesty, Unto Jesus be all glory and praise.

Majesty, kingdom authority, flow from His throne unto His own.

His anthem raise.

So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus,

Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus the King.

Majesty, worship His majesty, Jesus, who died,

now glorified, King of all kings.

May the Lord bless us today and help us never to take His gift of our loved ones for granted, but rather always to trust in Him to keep our relationship strong, even in the midst of change.

IN HIS WORSHIP, Members of the God Family Team.

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BONBON561 10/23/2011 3:25PM

    For an anthem today the choir sang "Jesus Loves Me" it was interesting looking out at the people while I was singing to see them adults sitting with eyes closed and the children singing along with us. A simple song with a big message.

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  Thank you all for the inspiration. I will be going to church today to give the

Lord God Praise and Worship for all of His Goodness and Mercy that He has given

me today and always .

Peace and Blessing to you all.

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