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Attitude and Exercise

Thursday, April 08, 2010

I was reading a spark article and in it they said that "meeting your goals is 90% attitude." I am finding out how true that is. Last week I was tired and kept telling myself how tired I was. Everything was a struggle.

This week I said enough is enough. No more telling myself how tired I am. Exercise is invigorating and give you the energy and desire to do more things. It is working. Had a very good workout yesterday. Did the Wii Fit for 15 minutes and walked for 25. Also started back on my spring cleaning.

I also read recently that we should make a list of what brings us joy. The second thing on my list was an organized house. I am not an organized person, but if having an organized home is that important to me I will start working on that in earnest. I have already made plans for the next two projects. Looking forward to the end result.

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CAROLYNVIL 4/9/2010 3:59PM

    having a great attitude is wonderful, it makes all the difference.

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HVMBRU 4/9/2010 3:41PM

    Ah, inspiration! Just what I needed. Sounds like you are on a roll . . .


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LENARTZ1 4/9/2010 3:15AM

    Thats what I like to hear, get up and go Sparkies. I used to be the same, now I changed my attitude. Feeling a lot better ...... Hugs Len

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GRAMMAP1 4/8/2010 10:24PM

    I experienced the same thing Yvonne and came to the same conclusion that I couldn't give in to negative thoughts.
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SUNSHINEGB 4/8/2010 3:29PM

    Your energy and bubbly personality comes right through in your blog Yvonne ~ a really good blog.

I started my Spring cleaning and am still at it, it seems to be a never ending job. I think mine will be finished when I get all the clutter gone!!

Attitude is the most important thing ~ in Everything!!

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TODAYSAGIFT 4/8/2010 1:50PM

    I've been working on organizing my house. Sadly, it will take years emoticon

I tried to get a Wii machine for $99 yesterday, but they sold out in two seconds. I keep reading about it, so I must give it a shot.

Have a great Thursday!

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DEE_LITED 4/8/2010 12:50PM

    Thank you for this helpful post! I am going to think about attitude and what brings me joy and follow through. Also, the spring cleaning that I started awhile back? I need to get back to it, also! Dee emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOOBIE893 4/8/2010 12:06PM

    I really enjoyed your blog. You gave me some food for thought!


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TLROYER 4/8/2010 11:27AM

    I agree that attitude is everything. It's been proven that having a good attitude during illness can speed recovery. Good for you for getting back to exercising! Keep it up. I also like the idea of a list for what gives you joy. I think I'll write 1 thing each day on my calendar that gave me joy that day. How uplifting that will be. Have a great day! Terry

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HIKESHAPPY 4/8/2010 11:05AM

    Yes - my husband tells me that all the time - you can do it - you just have to believe it - ha ha! The battle is in our mind a lot of the time - at least, it is for me:-)

You mention wanting to be more organized - have you heard of flylady? She has a website - You may want to check her out:-) I'm just barely taking baby steps there, too, but I love her attitude - she's very inspiring and loving:-)

I LOVE your page! I came here 'cause I saw Monty's posting on your blog on my friend feed - was curious about the title of your blog and had to come check it out:-) I'm going to add you as a friend, if that's okay. You are one AWESOME lady! I love your pictures!

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MONTY68 4/8/2010 10:43AM

    Great blog, I feel an energy and a different excitement in your words,I think you have taken charge, you are reading, thinking and from that you are planning. That is so important. This is where the 90% attitude comes in and as you are seeing things differently life changes. Great job.

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For This I Have Jesus

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

In an evangelistic meeting in Ireland, the speaker was explaining what it means to abide in Christ and to trust Him completely in every trial. Concluding his message, he repeated several times, “It means that in every circumstance you can keep on saying, ‘For this I have Jesus.’ ”

The meeting was then opened for testimonies. One young woman said, “Just a few minutes ago I was handed this telegram. It reads, ‘Mother is very ill; take train home immediately.’ When I saw those words, I knew that tonight’s message was meant just for me. My heart looked up and said, ‘For this I have Jesus.’ Instantly a peace and strength flooded my soul.”

Three or four weeks later the evangelist received a letter from this woman. It read, “Thank you again for the message you gave that day. Life has become an uninterrupted psalm of victory, for I have come to realize that no matter what life brings, for this I have Jesus.”

That believer in Christ had found in her Savior the One who would be with her “through fire and through water,” and who would bring her “out to rich fulfillment” (Ps. 66:12).

If you are enduring a great trial of affliction, remember—for this you have Jesus! — Henry G. Bosch

I’ve found a refuge from life’s care in Jesus,
I am hiding in His love divine;
He fully understands my soul’s deep longing,
And He whispers softly, “Thou art Mine.” —Christiansen

If every circumstance finds us abiding in Christ, we will find Christ abiding with us in every circumstance.

Our Daily Bread

I need to remember that in every circumstance that I can say “For this I have Jesus.” How powerful is that! Christ abides in me every moment of every day. He fills my life with joy.

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NELLIEBLUE 4/7/2010 12:48AM

    As with the others, thanks for sharing, sometimes we forget that he is always right there with us always.

Jesus loves me all the time.

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GRAMMAP1 4/6/2010 10:40PM

    We need to always keep this in mind. It doesn't matter the circumstance we need to remember "for this I have Jesus" I have had a pretty difficult day, but God kept me on track and I knew Jesus was there! Thanks for posting this. Day of Discovery is a good, reliable reference spot.

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SWIM_2_SLIM 4/6/2010 7:37PM

    Thank you so much for posting this blog. Sometimes when we are in the middle of a trial, we do forget this valuable insight. I will definitely remember to remind myself of this. What strength we can gain from this simple truth!!!

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VALI_T 4/6/2010 5:35PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It's something that I always know....but sometimes you might look at me and wonder if I remember it emoticon This was a nice reminder for me.

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MRSJERRYBUSH 4/6/2010 2:06PM

    What a beautiful piece and beautiful message. Thank you so much!

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TLROYER 4/6/2010 1:49PM

    Thanks for sharing. It's good to be reminded of this. Terry

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JENGRAMMER 4/6/2010 1:39PM

    So true and such an inspirational piece.

Thanks for posting it.


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RITAROSE 4/6/2010 10:56AM

  Beautiful! Thank you for that inspiration today! I agree, no matter what we go through, "for this I have Jesus!" Have a super day knowing that He is with us and will take care of all of our needs. No reason to stress about anything. emoticon

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The Blessing of Thorns

Saturday, April 03, 2010

The Blessing Of Thorns

Sandra felt as low as the heels of her shoes as she pushed
against a November gust and the florist shop door. Her life had
been easy, like a spring breeze. Then in the fourth month of
her second pregnancy, a minor automobile accident stole her

During this Thanksgiving week she would have delivered a son.
She grieved over her loss. As if that weren't enough, her
husband's company threatened a transfer. Then her sister, whose
annual holiday visit she coveted, called saying she could not

What's worse, Sandra's friend infuriated her by suggesting her
grief was a God-given path to maturity that would allow her to
empathize with others who suffer. "She has no idea what I'm
feeling," thought Sandra with a shudder.

"Thanksgiving? Thankful for what?" she wondered aloud. For a
careless driver whose truck was hardly scratched when he rear-
ended her? For an airbag that saved her life but took that of
her child?

"Good afternoon, can I help you?"

The shop clerk's approach startled her.

"I....I need an arrangement, "stammered Sandra. "For

Do you want beautiful but ordinary, or would you like to
challenge the day with a customer favorite I call the
Thanksgiving Special?" asked the shop clerk.

"I'm convinced that flowers tell stories," she continued.

"Are you looking for something that conveys 'gratitude' this

"Not exactly!" Sandra blurted out. "In the last five months,
everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. " Sandra
regretted her outburst, and was surprised when the shop clerk
said, "I have the perfect arrangement for you."

Then the door's small bell rang, and the shop clerk said, "Hi
Barbara...let me get your order." She politely excused herself
and walked toward a small workroom, then quickly reappeared,
carrying an arrangement of greenery, bows, and long-stemmed
thorny roses.

Except the ends of the rose stems were neatly snipped...there
were no flowers.

"Want this in a box?" asked the clerk.

Sandra watched for the customer's response. Was this a joke?
Who would want rose stems with no flowers!?! She waited for
laughter, but neither woman laughed. "Yes, please," Barbara
replied with an appreciative smile.

"You'd think after three years of getting the special, I
wouldn't be so moved by its significance, but I can feel it right here,
all over again," she said as she gently tapped her chest.

"Uhh," stammered Sandra, "that lady just left with, uhh... she
just left with no flowers!"

"Right...I cut off the flowers. That's the Special... I call
it the Thanksgiving Thorns Bouquet.

"Oh, come on, you can't tell me someone is willing to pay for
that?" exclaimed Sandra.

"Barbara came into the shop three years ago feeling very much
like you feel today," explained the clerk. "She thought she had
very little to be thankful for. She had lost her father to
cancer, the family business was failing, her son was into drugs,
and she was facing major surgery."

"That same year I had lost my husband, "continued the clerk,"
and for the first time in my life, I had to spend the holidays
alone. I had no children, no husband, no family nearby, and too
great a debt to allow any travel.

"So what did you do?" asked Sandra. "I learned to be thankful
for thorns," answered the clerk quietly. "I've always thanked
God for good things in life and never thought to ask Him why
those good things happened to me, but when bad stuff hit, did I
ever ask! It took time for me to learn that dark times are

I always enjoyed the 'flowers' of life, but it took
thorns to show me the beauty of God's comfort. You know, the
Bible says that God comforts us when we're afflicted, and from
His consolation we learn to comfort others.

"Sandra sucked in her breath as she thought about the very thing
her friend had tried to tell her. "I guess the truth is I don't
want comfort.

I've lost a baby and I'm angry with God."

Just then someone else walked in the shop.

"Hey, Phil!" shouted the clerk to the balding, rotund man.

"My wife sent me in to get our usual Thanksgiving arrangement
....twelve thorny, long-stemmed stems!" laughed Phil as the
clerk handed him a tissue-wrapped arrangement from the

"Those are for your wife?" asked Sandra incredulously. "Do you
mind me asking why she wants something that looks like that?

"No...I'm glad you asked," Phil replied. "Four years ago my
wife and I nearly divorced. After forty years, we were in a
real mess, but with the Lord's grace and guidance, we slogged
through problem after problem.

He rescued our marriage. Jenny here (the clerk) told me she
kept a vase of rose stems to remind her of what she learned from
"thorny" times, and that was good enough for me. I took home
some of those stems. My wife and I decided to label each one
for a specific "problem" and give thanks to Him for what that
problem taught us."

As Phil paid the clerk, he said to Sandra, "I highly recommend
the Special!"

"I don't know if I can be thankful for the thorns in my life."
Sandra said to the clerk. "It's all too... fresh."

"Well," the clerk replied carefully, "my experience has shown me
that thorns make roses more precious. We treasure God's
providential care more during trouble than at any other time.

Remember, it was a crown of thorns that Jesus wore so we might
know His love. Don't resent the thorns."

Tears rolled down Sandra's cheeks. For the first time since the
accident, she loosened her grip on resentment. "I'll take those
twelve long-stemmed thorns, please," she managed to choke out.

"I hoped you would," said the clerk gently. "I'll have them
ready in a minute."

"Thank you. What do I owe you?" asked Sandra.

"Nothing." said the clerk.

"Nothing but a promise to allow God to heal your heart. The
first year's arrangement is always on me. "The clerk smiled and
handed a card to Sandra.

"I'll attach this card to your arrangement, but maybe you'd like
to read it first."

It read:

"Dear God, I have never thanked you for my thorns. I have
thanked you a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my
thorns. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the
value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed closer to you
along the path of pain.

Show me that, through my tears, the colors of your rainbow look
much more brilliant."

~Author Unknown~

Have a blessed Easter.

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GRAMMAP1 4/4/2010 5:48PM

    We have seen God healing broken emoticon over and over in our Grief Share Class. Many come in thinking they can't be helped, but little by little we observe great healing by God. Some don't stay the 13 weeks and we often wonder if they ever heal. But truly our trials (thorns) can be stepping stones to spiritual growth if people allow God to do His work. Jesus experienced the thorns to give us joy and salvation.

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TLROYER 4/4/2010 9:37AM

    What a great reminder that God is with us at all times. Thanks for sharing. Terry

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What Jesus did for me.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Love sent the Savior to die in my stead.
Why should He love me so?
Meekly to Calvary's cross He was led.
Why should He love me so?

Jesus died such a horrible, painful death on the cross and yet the physical death was nothing compared to His separation from God. When He cried out “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” that must have been much worse. Jesus, who had never been apart from God, was separated from God because of all the sins that I have committed and will commit. When I think of the pain He experienced, it is overwhelming.

I have so much to be grateful for. He chose me for His own. He loves me so much that He died for me. He rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. He is coming back for me. Hallelujah, He is risen!

Wishing everyone a blessed Easter.

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TLROYER 4/3/2010 10:53AM

    I thank God everyday for sending His son to day for me. He has truely blessed my life. Have a great Easter! Terry

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JEANSHEP2 4/2/2010 3:10PM

    Thanks, Yvonne. Another special reminder of how much we need a Savior and how God loved us so He was willing to separate Himself from His Beloved Son.

Blessings to all.

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TODAYSAGIFT 4/2/2010 12:08PM

    Faith makes ALL things possible.

Have a blessed Easter!

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GRAMMAP1 4/2/2010 12:21AM

    The Resurrection theme is so horrible, and yet beauty came in Jesus raising from the dead and providing eternal life to those that accept Him. And a lovely Easter to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon Hugs, Jane

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CPTANNE 4/1/2010 11:46PM

    When we stop to think about what Jesus did for us, how can we not want to stay healthy so we can serve Him? Thanks for the timely verse and blessings upon you.


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Feeling Better

Monday, March 29, 2010

I new week and a new start. After last week, I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I have been doing. I will be re-doing my goals for April and make them more realistic for me. I am changing the way I'm exercising starting today. I have found that I really enjoy exercising and it gives me more energy and I feel sooo much better, but it can be overdone.

I will continue to exercise for 65-85 percent of max heeart rate for 10-20 minutes a day. I still want to get in more walking, but at an easier pace. I want to continue to enjoy what I am doing.

I also want to get some things done around the house that I have been procrastinating about. I am going to have to cut back some on my Spark time to get them done. I still want to encourage others. That is very important for me to do. I may not post on the message boards as much but I will still be around. I need to join a challenge or two to keep me motivated to keep improving. I want to be the best and healthiest that I can be. Sparks is helping me change my life and I love the changes.
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GRAMMAP1 3/29/2010 10:42PM

    Good for you Yvonne. We can push ourselves some, out of our comfort level, but when we try too much, we fizzle. Or at least I do. I have that procrastination tendency too. I wish you well!

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TLROYER 3/29/2010 7:16PM

    I recently re-evaluated my exercising goals too. I was doing 60-90 minutes a day of a combination of weight training and cardio. I have decided that I am going to do a total of 'something' two times a day. I'm going to keep doing my weights 2 days a week but the rest can be walking, hiking, biking, gardening. Whatever I feel like doing at the time. And, I agree with you, I am not going to push myself so hard that I don't enjoy it. I have a lot of gardening to do this week and if I don't get in some other aerobic exercise, that's fine. I think you are right, you can do too much. Good luck! Terry

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