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Friday, July 19, 2013

A year and a half ago my cat, Merlin, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. The doctor put him on lassix and benazapril and said he could have a couple months or a couple years. Last night after supper he had a heart attack and died. Very hard to watch, though it only took about a minute. I got him as a tiny kitten 13 years ago. I will miss him very much.

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DJ4HEALTH 7/19/2013 11:49PM

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 7/19/2013 4:13PM

    So sorry to hear this. It's so hard to lose a much loved pet, like a member of the family. Hope only the sweet memories will remain.

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    So sorry to hear of your loss. My Tinkerbell( dog) also has heart problems and is on Lasix and 2 other meds. I know she doesn't have much longer either. But knowing it is coming doesn't make it any easier. I'll be praying for you. Pam

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NELLIEC 7/19/2013 3:39PM

    At least it didn't last long. I do believe our beloved pets will be with us in Heaven.

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KPETSCHE 7/19/2013 3:37PM

    So sad. He was a very beautiful cat. Luckily you had another 18 months to enjoy him.

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LADYGSC 7/19/2013 3:20PM

    emoticon for your loss. Let the Lord of comfort, comfort you!! Be blessed.

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Learning to Live

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Well, I'm back. I stopped coming to the site about three months ago. My intentions were good but the result was a complete disaster! I was becoming obsessed with logging everything in and whether or not I was getting all nutrients (vitamins, minerals protein etc.). Also I was stressing over where my food came from and how it was raised (had to be organic, grass fed and pastured, non-GMO, wild caught alaskan and so forth). I was so consumed with all of this that I felt it was (no, I know it was) interfering with my relationship with God. It was becoming an idol in my life. So, I decided to "break" my obsession. The results...? I gained back 20 of the 25 pounds I lost, my acid reflux is back and I have developed an irregular heartbeat.
So, I'm back. Gonna try to do this without being so rigid. And most of all, learn to trust God to help me with this; I obviously cannot do it alone. I am the oldest of four children, have always been a loner and a perfectionist. My father was an alcoholic who always told me I was worthless and would never amount to anything (I have forgiven him, unfortunately it wasn't until he passed away nearly 20 years ago). As you can see, I am my own worst enemy!
My goals now? 1) Learn to see myself through God's eyes...I am not worthless.
2) Don't be so rigid with myself...I am NOT perfect, I will slip now and then.
3) Don't be such a loner, join the all are trying to live a
better, healthier life, just like I am.
I'm beginning to see my problem isn't so much food as it is how I view myself. That's where it begins. Thanks for listening, :)

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WIDARLING 12/8/2013 9:52AM

    Thank you for sharing. Great blog. God bless.

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    I understand how you feel. I am a bit compulsive about tracking my food and exercise here too. I feel like if I get away from it, I'll go overboard the other way and eat too much unhealthy food. I don't count all the nutrients like you did, but have kept track of calories and protein since Jan( never missed a day). It is hard to strike the right balance and keep healthy in body as well as emotionally and spiritually. Anything that comes between us and the Lord is sin, so we need to be careful how much we put into the whole health issue. I'll be praying that you can get a healthy balance in your life. Pam

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  I went through the same thing for the very same reasons and had to come back and this is my third time back because I got so much fatter and lazier wouthout sparkpeople but now Jesus is my focus and following the leading of Holy Spirit who does lead me into all truth and I am finally losing weight and am so happy and satisfied with myself because of my close relationship of love with Jesus and I take morning communion with Him every morning remembering all He did for me and bore for me in His body and spirit and soul and the shedding of His blood so that now I am bought back and free from the curse of the law so why would I want to go back and put myself back under other laws of eating only certain things and tracking them and all of that which led to me becoming an obsessive compulsive about eating.

Now I am free and led of Love Himself and am getting to know who I am in Jesus and who He is in me and how I have been created to over come every obstacle in this life which includes obesity.

Obesity is a spirit that comes from the pits of hell and it is led by the spirit of gluttony which is called the spirit of heaviness and we have the power to bind that spirit off of us and cast it into the sea and to lose the spirit of Love Himself because He has freed us from the curse of the law in the name of Jesus.

Jesus says the keys to the kingdom of heaven are binding and losing in the name of Jesus and what we bind and lose on this earth is bound and loosed in heaven also it is all up to us what we choose to bind and lose over us.

try it. Bind the spirit of heaviness and obesity off of you and cast it into the sea in the name of Jesus because He has given to us the power and the authority to do this.

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AVANELL 6/30/2013 6:01PM

    The key to seeing yourself in a proper perspective is to see yourself as God sees you. He loves you! It was when we were at our worst that Jesus died for us. He doesn't wait until we are good enough to receive His love. He gives it freely because He is love. There is no way that He can't love us because it is His inherent nature to love. The Bible says that He loved us before we loved Him. Our love for Him is a response to His love for us. He loved you so much that He gave His very own Son to die for you. How much more now will He not freely give you all things? (See Romans 8:31, 32) God is for you! He will enable you to win this battle. Don't give up or cave in or quit. Many years ago I struggled with a very low self-esteem. The way I broke it's hold over me was to get into God's word and high light every scripture that spoke to me about how He loves me and what He thinks about me. I then would read those high lighted scriptures out loud to myself until I came to believe it in my heart. The more I would speak the word over myself the less depressed I felt. Now I know that the devil has a plan for your life; it is to steal, kill and destroy but God has a plan as well and it is to give you abundant life. That comes through a living and vital relationship with Jesus Christ. When you invite Him into your heart to be your Savior and Lord He drives out the darkness and fills your heart with His light. Light dispels the darkness and Satan's lies are shown for what they really are. Don't let the devil tell you that you can't win. With God all things are possible!

God bless you!

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NELLIEC 6/30/2013 5:39PM

    Definitely good goals. You are definitely a worthwhile person! As much as we would LIKE to be perfect, we aren't, so we need to have mercy on ourselves. As for the not being a loner, I had to think that was definitely a problem for me for a while, since I tend to be shy. Yet now I lead several SparkTeams, so no more loner for me! emoticon

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

I find it encouraging that God has preserved physical evidence of the truth of His word. In recent years, so much has been discovered archaeologically to support the validity of God's Word for those who might not otherwise believe. He has chosen this generation to reveal these things; we are indeed living in the last days and as 1Pet.3:15 says, we should always be ready to give an answer when asked where our hope comes from and why we believe. Now, finally, science is beginning to back us up.

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NELLIEC 10/22/2012 6:28PM

    I keep encouraging my family and friends to be ready for Him!

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AVANELL 10/21/2012 9:02PM

    Amen! Nice blog! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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I Don't Want To Be Left Behind

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Okay, so I am a Christian and I see what's going on in the world and how much prophecy has been fulfilled. I really believe we are in the beginning of the last days and that the rapture can happen at any time. I'm finding it increasingly hard to focus on my job, exercising, sparking and most everything else. The bible says when you see these things begin to come to pass to "look up, for your redemption draws near." But All I can think about is if He comes for His church today, will I be included or will He say "I never knew you". I've been too wrapped up in my own life and have not been devoting the time and effort needed to reach others for Christ. I spend so much time tracking food and logging it in and reading all the articles plus working 55 hours a week that my time with the Lord, bible study and prayer time have seriously suffered. I may have to step back from all this for a while and make sure my relationship with Jesus is as it should be. I have been struggling with this for the last month or so and it's affecting all areas of my life. I know there are some who are non-believers who will think I'm foolish but I hope those of you who believe as I do will understand. I'm not leaving, I will be back, but this is something I need to do. Thanks for your understanding and prayers.

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JENNY712 9/4/2012 4:09PM

    emoticonAll we need to do is sit at His feet and learn from Him, and His word.

The Bible passages below have been a great help for me. HUGS!
Love and prayers Jenny

Proverbs 3:Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. K.J.V. in Public Domain

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. K.J.V. in Public Domain

Isaiah 40:Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. K.J.V. in Public domain

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. K.J.V. in Public Domain

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RSSSLHB 3/23/2012 8:33AM

    Aman to that Maddy emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 3/21/2012 11:49AM

  good for you

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MADDY93 3/20/2012 10:41PM

    It's great that you realize that you need to take time to be with God. He's been waiting for you and wanting you to come back to Him. A lot of times our lives are busy and we don't have time to pray, but God is looking at how we live through our actions too. "Go forth and preach the Gospel and if necessary - use words." Since we are made in His image and likeness we have the ability to love how he loved. By showing your love for others and treating people with dignity is following His will.

Before you go to bed at night just open the Bible and read a passage, it's actually really relaxing. Also when something good happens to you, make sure you take time to thank God. Praying while driving is also excellent - just have a conversation with God. i hope this helped a little.


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Going to regret this.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I know I shouldn't have but I have not exercised at all this week. The doctor has me on Prednisone which makes me run around like a speed-demon all day at work (I clean apartments at an assisted living facility). By the time I get home I start crashing and feel totally wiped out. Plus this medicine makes it hard for me to sleep at night on top of my sleep apnea. I only have 9 days of the Prednisone left to do then hopefully I won't have to go back on it. Going to try to get back on track over the weekend; I know for me, exercise is where most of my weight loss comes in, not from counting calories. Prayers would be appreciated. Thanks for all of your support.

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JUDYPOPPINS 1/20/2012 9:03PM

    Prayers forthcoming. I totally understand..I too am on a course of prednisone and had forgotten the side effects of hyperness, insomnia, & headache. Do the best you can and don't beat yourself up over it. Eating better and fitting in a little exercise does help...but it's hard to do when you hit that wall. emoticon

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BROCCOLIROSE 1/20/2012 2:59PM

    You wouldn't feel as guilty if you were injured and couldn't exercise would you? Your going through some medical issues at the moment and that certainly can be understood. Get back on track when you feel you can....this isn't a race...and 1 week is not going to make that much difference. Eat the best you can, drink your water and feel better...THAT is what is important at the moment...have a good weekend.

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    One is just that. ONE week. You'll get back to it and your body will thank you for the rest you offered.

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