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My life is...a flower of God's design

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The following was a meditation that was sent to me. Thought you might enjoy it.



"It is only a tiny rosebud...a flower of God's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals with these clumsy hands of mine.

The secret of unfolding flowers is not known to such as I.
God opens this flower so sweetly, then in my hands they die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud, the flower of God's design,
Then how can I have the wisdom to unfold this life of mine?

So, I'll trust in Him for leading each moment of my day.
I will look to Him for guidance each step of the Pilgrim's way.

The pathway that lies before me only my Heavenly Father knows.
I'll trust Him to unfold the moments just as He unfolds the rose."

No matter what age you are, it can be frustrating to determine God's will for your life. But God has your days numbered and knows how many hairs are on your head. His plan for your life is perfect. Instead of worrying about what tomorrow or the next week holds, take one day at a time and trust in the Savior for guidance.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Pray that God would give you wisdom for each day and reveal His plan for you one day at a time.

  
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MCSNYDER1 8/19/2010 12:00AM

    How absolutely true! I bet you have done this---really, really looked at a flower petal. It might appear to be red, or yellow, or some other color. But when you really study it, there are a myriad of colors blending together to make it look the way it does. Only God's paintbrush can do that!

I pray for wisdom every morning. Wisdom for my son--so that he'll continue to make choices that are good for him.

Wisdom for me--so that things I say will positively effect the children I teach.

** I think Todd is right! We WILL be great friends!


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HEATHERSCOTTTN 8/12/2010 10:31AM

    This is beautiful! I write to a few female prisoners and I am sending this to one of them today. She thinks she will be getting out of prison in a year or so and is worried about life and how her children will respond to her. This is great...reminding us that God is in Control and has a plan. I know it will be of great encouragement to her and many others that I may send it to in the future. Thanks for posting!

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BURKEBRIZ 8/11/2010 9:37PM

    Focus on being present....one day at a time. That is a struggle I surely have! Thanks, Nancy!

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/6/2010 4:39PM

    Loved it.

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GETFITTER7 7/30/2010 8:34PM

    Nancy, this is just what my sister and I have been talking about before my surgery. It sure did make it easier knowing. Thank for reminding

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YATMAMA 7/29/2010 8:28PM

    I just love that. I am so thankful for the beauty and sweet fragrance of your life!!

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SWEETLIPS 7/29/2010 10:41AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I will trust in the Lord.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/29/2010 10:04AM

    When you have a teen-aged daughter, that's an easy challenge.

Thanks for sharing.


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JMERLAU 7/29/2010 7:11AM

    Beautiful - THANKS for sharing Nancy!

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TODDJAMES 7/28/2010 2:10PM

    Thanks for sharing! Hope all is well!

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We are spiritual beings having a human experience

Tuesday, July 27, 2010



I am a physical, emotional, and spiritual being. I need to take care of all aspects of my being, not just the physical. The physical changes won't last if I haven't attended to the emotional and spiritual.

Sometimes, I think weight is my problem. But, when I take the time to journal or check in with my emotional and spiritual sides, I often find that it's not what I'm eating that contributes to weight gain - rather it's "what's eating me?" If I don't check in with my emotional/spiritual self to find out what's eating me, attempts at healing my physical self (weight loss) may be futile.

I don't know if this is true for you, but it is for me. If I tend to my soul (spiritual/emotional self), the physical healing will follow.

Be well,
Nancy
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MCSNYDER1 8/19/2010 12:08AM

    Somewhere on SparkPeople...I cannot remember where!! I read this on someone's page:

I am a soul with a body, not a body with a soul.

I thought this was so profound! Obvious, simple, true...but I had always thought of it the other way around!! It goes right along with what you are saying!

After I read that, I printed it out and I have put in a lot of places where I can see it every day. My mirror, by my desk at school, my wallet. It reminds me that my body must be cared for because it is the earthly home for my soul and I have a spiritual duty to see to it that I take the very best care of it until those days are up!

Mary

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BURKEBRIZ 8/11/2010 9:34PM

    SO TRUE!!

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HEATHERSCOTTTN 8/11/2010 10:43AM

    This is excellent and so true! thank you for sharing.... Blessings!

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HEALTHDUDE 7/28/2010 10:40AM

    So true. The four pillars of healthy living. Good timing on this blog.

Well put kiddo.

Tony

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ROBINSNEWNEST 7/27/2010 7:45PM

    I'm going to post your graphic where I'll see it daily for a while...it may help me check in on all fronts instead of having a myopic focus on any one.

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/27/2010 7:18PM

    That was a short but powerful blog. This is absolutely about the whole package - not just weight. There are simply a multitude of things that will be addressed that have nothing to do with a scale or tracker.

Good for you for being so self-aware.

You rock!!!

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YATMAMA 7/27/2010 5:34PM

    This is true for SO many of us, and God is molding us and shaping us into healthy vessels of honor unto His service and glory. How exciting is THAT?!!

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GOSPELCLOWN 7/27/2010 12:43PM

    Here's to everyone understanding about being a BALANCED being.
Thanks for sharing!

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PELESJEWEL 7/27/2010 10:25AM

    Love this blog!! Hi! I'm new to this team, but not new to these concepts. The Hawaiians practice LOKAHI ~ the balance of body, mind, & spirit. Love your graphic! Have a great day!

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CNLTILLMAN 7/27/2010 10:08AM

    I completely understand what you're saying. If you have an emotional crisis going on, you're not going to realize that you're snacking all the time or just laying on the couch eating unhealthy food and not moving around like you should, which can cause a weight problem. Especially being a woman, with our emotions constantly fluttering all the time, it is extremely difficult to keep motivated with a diet/exercise plan when we're stressed or depressed or whatever. Keep thinking positive and make sure you talk with your friends who will keep you sane emoticon

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TRAVELISMYGAME 7/27/2010 10:08AM

    This is so true! Thanks for sharing.

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Cling to Hope Always

Saturday, July 17, 2010



This morning, I read the following in my daily meditation booklet "The Word Among Us" --

"We need to cling to hope at all times, and especially when things seem darkest. We need to learn how to stand firmly on the truth of our faith. God is on our side. He will never abandon us. He is always with us!

If you find yourself lacking in hope, ask God to give you more. You may as well get as much as you can now, when you need it. It won't be of much use to you in heaven. After all, that's where all of our hopes and dreams will be fulfilled. So ask now, and your generous Father will pour it out!"
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I have read so many stories of hope on Spark People. This community is such a blessing to me. Together we CAN do what we cannot do alone. And God will truly do for us what we cannot do for ourselves - when we ask Him.

Keep on Sparking and spreading hope to the world!
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Be well,
Nancy
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GOSPELCLOWN 7/27/2010 12:45PM

    Dear God,
Please help us to understand that we need HOPE down here on earth. I ask for encouragement for all my team members to keep hope alive.

AMEN

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MGRIFFITH32 7/19/2010 8:13PM

    Amen! Beautiful verse, beautiful you. thanks for sharing. :)

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/19/2010 5:24PM

    Love it. Love you. Amen.

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FRENCHTOSD 7/18/2010 3:23AM

    I really appreciate the chance to have read this Blog today, Nancy. Hope is more than just looking on the bright side, and it's good to be reminded of that.

Sharon

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ALLBW2U 7/18/2010 1:07AM

    Thank you, Nancy, for the encouraging words....in your blog and in your earlier email. I really needed the encouragment.

Best wishes always....Bill

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 7/17/2010 6:40PM

    Thanks for that blog! I loved it! I plan to save it and reread it a lot! emoticon

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URSULA125 7/17/2010 6:02PM

    That is a great word. Many of us are blessed by it I'm sure. Thank you.

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YATMAMA 7/17/2010 5:02PM

    You are SO right. What a blessed and timely word for this day, my lovely friend. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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PRINCESSNURSE 7/17/2010 4:31PM

    That verse was exactly what I needed today. Thank you!

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IUHRYTR 7/17/2010 3:49PM

    "If you find yourself lacking in hope, ask God to give you more. You may as well get as much as you can now, when you need it. It won't be of much use to you in heaven. After all, that's where all of our hopes and dreams will be fulfilled." So true. Thank you. -- Lou

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WUAKOS 7/17/2010 3:49PM

  I now exactly what you mean... If it wasn't for his response to my prayers I won't have found this site.
Thanks for your words.


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Quote about Perseverance

Sunday, June 13, 2010



By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
C. H. Spurgeon

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Sometimes, what we do on a daily basis seems insignificant. But, if we remember the little snail who also reached the ark, our seemingly insignificant daily healthier lifestyle choices will make a big impact when we look back at the last week, month, year of our life. Today, be the snail and persevere!

Blessings on your day, my fellow Sparkers!

Nancy
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GOSPELCLOWN 7/27/2010 12:46PM

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PELESJEWEL 7/27/2010 10:26AM

    Love this! Thanks for sharing!

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ALLBW2U 6/14/2010 1:22AM

    Sometimes I think that a snail is way faster than me....

Thanks for sharing with all of us. I hope that you have a great week, Nancy. Best wishes....Bill

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PRINCESSNURSE 6/13/2010 8:57PM

    Great message! I am a snail, so I appreciated it :-)

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GETFITTER7 6/13/2010 6:41PM

    I always thought that I was a emoticonbut, I think I have that little "snail" in me too! Thanks...those little steps DO make a difference and they are NOT unnoticed. emoticonThe power of the snail! emoticon

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FISHKNEES 6/13/2010 6:15PM

    words so wise..Thanks for sharing emoticon

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SARABETH_60 6/13/2010 5:52PM

    Little steps - loved this!! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 6/13/2010 4:58PM

    emoticonI think I'm a snail! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/13/2010 12:53PM

    Rock on fellow snailers! -- Lou

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URSULA125 6/13/2010 12:37PM

    I feel like a snail! Thank you for the encouragement.

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SCORPION1352 6/13/2010 12:14PM

    I LOVE IT So true Thank you

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Positive Thought for the Day from Earl Nightingale

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

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Donít let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.

EARL NIGHTINGALE
American motivational speaker, 20th century

  
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BBGOOGIN 6/12/2010 11:43AM

    I like this--thanks for sharing!!
~Susan

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SARABETH_60 6/10/2010 6:35PM

    Wow! Reading this on Thursday and does it fit with what I'm facing. Thank you for posting!

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GETFITTER7 6/10/2010 3:13PM

    A great quote for us to remember. Especially us Sparkers. We know that this journey will take some time and sometimes the time can be overwhelming. Taking it day by day helps greatly to our goal. We can do this! We have already did the first step...being on SP, so nothing is standing in our way!
Actually time IS on our side. We can take it slowly...no race to get there. emoticon
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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/10/2010 11:17AM

    Wonderful quote. Wonderful man! I admired him so much!

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/10/2010 11:09AM

    Amen, gorgeous. AMEN!!!!

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SCORPION1352 6/9/2010 1:03PM

    I like this i really try to stay positive and on top of things thank you for sharing

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MARK1963113 6/9/2010 11:41AM

    Great quote! Thanks for sharing.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 6/9/2010 11:30AM

    What a GREAT QUOTE!!!! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/9/2010 11:29AM

    Yes! -- Lou

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SWEETLIPS 6/9/2010 11:27AM

    I like this - isn't fear something - it just comes along in anything it can get it. But we do have a way to get past it by taking action. Thanks for the quote.

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