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30 Day Challenge to Encourage Your Husband

Monday, February 28, 2011

Who will take this challenge with me. Let's build our husbands up in March! Let's see God do a miracle in all our marriages! You need to click on it and sign up to get the daily e-mails.

To refresh your memory, here's the challenge for the next 30 days:

* You can't say anything negative about your husband . . . to your husband, or to anyone else.

* Say something that you admire or appreciate about your husband . . . to your husband . . . and to someone else.

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SPARKMYWAY47 3/5/2011 7:24PM

    What a great idea, I am in. Practicing anything in love whatever it be will come back to you. Accept my wish for you to do well in all your endeavors. Keep inspiring, the ripple you begin goes farther than you can ever imagine, sincerely, Laura. emoticon

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JO*ANNE*IE 3/3/2011 2:36PM

    This is such a great statement in honoring one another!! Great blog -- thanks for sharing!

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CXNLITTLE 3/3/2011 12:02AM

    That is very sweet! I am so blessed to have an amazing husband! I can't say anything bad about him.

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CAROLINAGIRL45 3/2/2011 10:29PM

    I love it and I'm in. I'll start tomorrow and I guess go through April 2nd to make it an official 30 day challenge. ;-)

I favorited the link so I can delve more into it in the morning. Thank you.

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    Oh, you are such a blessing to your husband! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 2/28/2011 6:44PM

    sounds great......
thanks for sharing....
blessings and hugs.............lita

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SMALLONEDAY 2/28/2011 2:04PM

    i'm in

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/28/2011 11:22AM

    This was an exceptional early morning time when John and I enjoyed our first coffee together on he lanai. I'm in and have already received my first email from the site. Thanks!

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Are You a List Maker?

Monday, February 21, 2011

This is so what I do, and I need to change it!

~~As I sat there, I realized God wanted me to learn a life-changing truth. I had kept a mental running list of all the reasons God couldnít love me. I wasnít a good enough wife, a good enough Christian, and certainly not a good enough mother. When I was struggling with postpartum depression, I didnít feel like a good anything. So I sure didnít believe God loved me unconditionally. I believed God loved me Ė but I believed Heíd love me more if I could get my act together.

When I gave God my list of reasons why He couldnít love me, I finally heard Godís gentle answer in reply. Well, itís a good thing My love doesnít depend on you, My child. Itís a good thing My love doesnít depend on you.

Do I believe I can help God love me by being good?

Is Godís unconditional love settled deep in my heart?

What keeps me from believing God loves me unconditionally?

Has listening to the enemyís lies about myself, such as Youíre not a good enough mom or God could never forgive me for that, kept me from believing God loves me?~~~~~

Please take the time to read this devotional. I have just copied part of it. It so spoke to me when I read it this morning that I knew I had to share it with my best friends.

Are you making the right kind of list today?

*Bible Time
*Time with the Lord
*Eat Right
*Time to Laugh

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CARLAPER 2/25/2011 10:55AM

    Loving Father, We acknowledge that You are good and that everything You do is good. Thank You we know that You don't make mistakes, and that You can be trusted with every detail of this world, and our lives. By faith, we accept that You have our best interests at heart, and that You are always going to fulfill Your perfect plan in our lives, and in the lives of those we love. Please forgive us for the times we have doubted your wisdom, Your goodness, and Your love. We confess that we know so little of You and Your ways, and that our view of You is often flawed and not according to Your truth. Please teach us to know and love and trust You as you really are. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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QUILTINGBEAJ 2/24/2011 2:10PM

    I always felt if only I was this or that I would be closer to God, more pleasing to Him.
We can't do anything to change how very much God loves us! He loves us just as we are-
Give God the Glory! Let your light shine!
Thanks for the blog!

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WLLMS62 2/22/2011 6:23PM

    Thank you for sharing. I'm so glad God's love is not dependent on what we do. Its unconditional. Thank you for sharing.

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MRSWHITEWOLF 2/22/2011 1:03AM

    Thank you, I loved the blog and so so true. I often have had to remind myself of God loves me.

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L*I*T*A* 2/21/2011 9:20PM

    great share.......
loved the little prayer too...
blessings and hugs........lita

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SLUDERCATS 2/21/2011 8:15PM

    Thanks for this blog! It encouraged me to remember that i cannot do anything good enough to make God love me more and i cannot do anything bad enough to make God love me less.

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 2/21/2011 5:20PM

    Thank you for the link. Yes, I AM ready for a change today. I AM ready to stop beating myself up for my flaws, shortcomings, and sins. God is NOT keeping a list of my mistakes, and I DON'T need to either. I WILL tear up my list, and I WON'T start a new one. I choose to believe today that God loves me. Yes, there is nothing I can do or not do to change His love for me!

"Well, itís a good thing My love doesnít depend on you, My child. Itís a good thing My love doesnít depend on you." THANK YOU for that reminder! It's late in the day, but I am inspired to make my own list.

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DSJB9999 2/21/2011 4:19PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I really liked this blog. I am a list maker but I think I will try to keep this thought about God forgiving my bad choices and sure he helps me to try to make better ones. Donna x

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JILL313 2/21/2011 2:59PM

    Thank you for sharing this as sometimes I think just like that as I have things in my past that I'm ashamed of and I ask how God could possibly love me with all my flaws. . .I really got alot out of this blog . . .

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/21/2011 2:50PM

    Thanks for sharing. In my quiet time this morning (I'm doing a study on I Peter) it talked about who we are in Christ: a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people. And the list goes on and on when you look at all the Scriptures. Thank you God!

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Do you take time for the cream of life?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Anyone who knows me, knows I do not like coffee in any way, shape or form. However, I have found some really great analogies from time to time using coffee. Here's another one. After reading this I realize that I do not take enough time for the cream of life, nor the light or rich. Please read this link and see if you are. I fill my life up to the brim and don't leave the time for enjoyment.

What does an abundant life look like? What would fall in my sweet, white and rich categories?

So dear Spark Friends how do you add cream to your life?

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JILL313 2/20/2011 12:08PM

    Wonderful blog & prayer . . .I don't usually leave enough room for the cream--I've got to . . .and I do really like a good cup of coffee with cream! emoticon emoticon

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 2/19/2011 1:00PM

    Thank you for the link. I feel better having read it.

I really like the prayer

Dear Lord, I want to live the life of abundance You called me toóa life that is sweet and light and rich. Help me remember that I have to leave room in my life for abundance or it will always elude me. Help me to seek You first and let You show me how to leave room for cream. In Jesusí Name, Amen.

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READYBETTY 2/18/2011 11:41PM

    Awesome devotion! When I reflected on it I realized how God's been answering my prayer for an abundant life. I'm learning daily to follow His leading and make room for the things which really matter and I'm discovering true joy!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/18/2011 3:06PM

    Thanks for sharing, I don't like coffee either. But I DO like "cream" - and I have always felt it important to include it in my life.

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CXNLITTLE 2/18/2011 12:00AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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L*I*T*A* 2/17/2011 8:52PM

    great blog..........
blessings and hugs............lita

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PAWKETS 2/17/2011 6:07PM

    Hi Leona
I bookmarked that site I will try to leave more room for cream in my life

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LADYRINO 2/17/2011 4:58PM

    Thanks for sharing the concept. I have been taking more and more time for teh cream of life - but like most of us it took a serious shaking of my world to make it happen.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 2/17/2011 4:50PM

    I'm sorry to say that I don't leave enough room for the cream in my life? I'm trying to change that now; I hope that I'm doing better. At least the past few days have been more peaceful & filled with love & laughter.

Thank you for a wonderful timely blog. I loved it.


Your Sister in Christ,

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Truly Humbled Being Pick MOD

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I am feeling all the love and blessings from so many wonderful people that have stopped by my page with inspiration and sharing the love that makes Spark so special. People say that I have way too many friends and spread myself so thin, but when so many stopped by and leave a comment I just want to stop by their page and encourage them back. When they take the time to give me a goodie, I must go thank them.

Because you are my friend

Because you are my friend,
my life is enriched in a myriad of ways.
Like a cool breeze on a sweltering day,
like a ray of sunshine parting glowering clouds,
you lift me up.
In good times, we soar,
like weightless balloons
over neon rainbows.
In bad times, you are soothing balm
for my pummeled soul.
I learn so much from you;
you help me see old things in new ways.
I wonder if you are aware
of the bright seeds you are sowing in me.
I'm a better person for knowing you,
so that everyone I interact with
is touched by your good effect on me.
You relax me, refresh me, renew me.
Your bounteous heart envelops me
in joy and love and peace.
May your life be filled
with dazzling blessings,
just as I am blessed
by being your friend.

By Joanna Fuchs

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JILL313 2/14/2011 3:48PM

    What a well deserved honor. . .You always take the time to read my blogs and that of so many others--I honestly don't know how you find the time, but you do!! Thank you so much for being so Special to so many of us! God Bless.

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CXNLITTLE 2/12/2011 11:46PM

    You are truly an inspiration!

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HALLALUYAH 2/12/2011 11:03AM

    I am glad to be your friend Momfan. God bless you and you can never have to many friends.
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PRESHA811 2/10/2011 6:30PM

    Congratulations again!

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CATLADY_56 2/10/2011 4:28PM

    What a dear heart and encourager you are. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 2/10/2011 1:21PM

    thank you for being as special as you are to us all......

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 2/10/2011 12:25PM

    Hoping to be in this good friend category in the future.

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    YOU are SPECIAL! emoticonfor being you!
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    emoticon emoticon This is the best place in the world to meet special people and you are one of them! emoticon

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Saturday, February 05, 2011

"I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it -- I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself. I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes. Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know -- but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me. However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me. I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me. I am me, and I am Okay."

--Virginia Satir

This quote so spoke to me. I thought "wow" I need to embrace me for exactly who I am. I have gone through many experiences that have made me into the person that I am today, had I not gone through those things I would have a totally different outlook on life. They make me unique and special.

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PRESHA811 2/10/2011 6:31PM

    I loved this blog! Thanks for sharing.

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    Thank you for sharing. This makes you sit back and think about your life and who you are. emoticon

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TRINIGAL22 2/9/2011 5:13AM

    What you have written is so true. Keep them coming and thanks for sharing.

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NPA4LOSS 2/8/2011 12:45PM

    emoticon I think I need to do a little self searching myself and say thank you to me.

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JILL313 2/7/2011 2:51PM

    I loved this and it makes me look within myself and find out what I need to re-invent in me! Thanks for sharing it. emoticon

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    emoticon - God is a wonderful creator!

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ANNABELLE1957 2/7/2011 1:46AM

    wonderful tyty emoticon emoticon

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2BTHINMAMMA 2/6/2011 10:26PM

    And I'm so glad you are you and that you are my friend! =) Thanks for sharing! Made me think.

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CXNLITTLE 2/6/2011 3:46PM

    thank you for sharing!

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/5/2011 12:00PM

    I love the choices God gives us to to become the unique beings we are. You are a wonderful inspiration to us all.

I give the praise and glory to God for his wonderful creation in all his people and pray for God's help in being the best person I can be. All that I have and all that I am is a reflection of who I am in Christ. Thank goodness we have a very merciful and forgiving God!

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LISARUSS66 2/5/2011 9:38AM

    emoticon Everyone should adopt this philosophy and how much happier the world would be!!!!

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SMALLONEDAY 2/5/2011 9:19AM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing this

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LADYRINO 2/5/2011 2:47AM

    And we love that special unique amazing woman that you are!

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