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Monday, January 23, 2012

The Word of God


"The Bible contains the mind of God, the State of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.
Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian charter.
Here paradise is restored, heaven opened, and hell disclosed. The Lord Jesus Christ is its grand Object, our good its design, and the glory of God its end, Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. Let it fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened in the judgement and remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the highest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents."
Author Unknown.

I used to collect Bibles (fine, I still do). My first one I received from my mother after Father and her 'officially' separated and our lives were being reinvented to exclude him. I was 8. It was a comfort during those times. My next Bible was in my Science Class in my public school, I was 10. It was a little red Gideon one that my Science teacher handed out to us and instructed us to read the back and "Make the most important decision you will ever make." I did and I did. It continued to comfort, guide and strengthen me.

Every year from there on I would get 4 Bibles at least a year and read through them. I love my Bible. I get something from it EVERY TIME. It's always fresh and it never bores me. It will tick me off and make me wanna climb up to Heaven and slap a few people, but, put it down...rarely.

When I put my Bible down it's for one of three reasons:
1. I'm choosing to walk on the darkside and I know that the light of the contents of the Word of the Lord will sear my conscience so I will avoid it at all costs.
2. My husband has ticked me off; he is a Bible thumper. So, if he thinks it's a good idea, I will OF COURSE choose the polar opposite. Duh, I am mature like that.
3. Stupid Devil has picked a fight with me and instead of seeking comfort and trusting God I believe the lies of the creep and run away. Cuz, I'm cool like that. Hello, I am a daughter of Eve...

So, last November I had the joy of the Devil picking on me when I was coming into my femininity with this new body image. My marriage was attacked and I chose to believe I was indeed being deceived by the Creator of the Universe; that I was not worth the air that I breathed. Finally, I chose to walk on the darkside. So, the Bible (the collection that I have) began to find crevices to fill and dust to collect, but, on rare occasions were my eyes gracing its pages except to help with the home school work and if I could delegate the duty, I did.

Sunday I got to go to church and it's filled with imperfect people (like me). However, ours is like a Spiritual Hospital and when I come back from a visit there it's like I've been given a dose of antibiotics, bandaged and sent on my way with my prescription. The prescription that I never fill {The prescription being the Word of God}. So, I feel awesome for a while then the illness (sin) starts to win again.


I've been trying everything (again), except the thing that He says to.
"It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'
Matt.4:4


...time to pay attention to my meds...I hate taking meds. Hopefully, He flavours it with some sugar to make it go down a little smoother?

(calorie free of course, I'm trying to avoid binging here)

  
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BELLALUCIA 1/27/2012 1:59PM

    Great blog! The world is under the sway of the evil one, but we must rise above.

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MIBELLALUNA 1/24/2012 12:54PM

    If it makes you happy and gives you peace, it's ok with me! :) I dropped you an email, dont' want to lose touch with ya.

Personally, I only heed what Jesus actually said , in red. haha The rest of the men clearly had...umm...ISSUES! haha

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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 1/24/2012 7:02AM

    Pretty Pictures.... Lots of words...... Love you :D

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SHASSYSUE2 1/24/2012 3:51AM

    Awesome my sweet friend!! Boy George I think you got it!!! I am so happy for you!!! HUGS!! Shannon

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ABRANNEWME2014 1/24/2012 12:04AM

    Awesome blog boy I needed to read this thank you for sharing it with us

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NANHBH 1/23/2012 11:46PM

    Love this blog. Thank you for speaking the truth always.

How sweet to see your Spock on here!
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MAMACAT2_3 1/23/2012 8:31PM

    This is why I love you Liz, you are so in touch with what is going on in your life, and you're HUMAN!! I'm so proud of you for working so hard to be a great person inside and out, wife, and busy mom. You remind me of myself in so many ways, and I think you can be your own worst critic. But you are always working hard on yourself which is the best we can do in life!!

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KATHYD82 1/23/2012 8:12PM

    Liz, you are an amazing person, with extraordinary insights and a gift for sharing them. I am thankful that you are finding your way and not letting evil win out over the love in you. Love for your family, yourself, your husband and your faith in God. You have made my day with sharing all of this! emoticon Kathy

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SUNCO27 1/23/2012 6:56PM

    Hang in there, you're definitely not alone! We've all been down that road. Most importantly, you're coming back and I hope God shows you with a renewed freshness his delight in you.

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SNOWANGELSSPOCK 1/23/2012 6:51PM

    I love you Lizzie. emoticon

We might sometimes think as polar opposites, but you are my magnetic pole. emoticon

I thank God everyday for you. emoticon

Because you are
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ANEWBETHSTL 1/23/2012 6:47PM

    Beautiful blog Liz!

SO glad you find such comfort in your Bibles! Everyone needs a comfort zone and you are amazing!

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MNOT2THICK 1/23/2012 6:44PM

    Ohhh, I got heavenly chills from this one. I could so mirror you at this time. Wonderful blog. The devil will tempt but we will not let him win. emoticon

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IMNOTSTOPPIN 1/23/2012 6:12PM

    You're whole blog was so insightful! I've not collected Bibles per se, but that must be a wonderful thing to do, especially the ones that have commentaries and those from long ago. The Bible truly is our guide!

Thanks for sharing your heart.

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NLH4444 1/23/2012 6:00PM

    This blog was wonderful, I am right there with you on this one. I am reading my latest in my collection that is a Bible in a year one.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/23/2012 5:52PM

    How beautiful and empowering Liz. Loved the first part you put up there. I also collect bibles. I love to touch the pages. I also now have electronic audio bibles and they are neat in their own right.

Remember to taste and see that the Lord is good. He'll help you with the "medicine" part of his word so that you can get to the part that is manna and honey to your soul. Let his peace wash over you and his joy fill you as his comforter holds you close.

Love you sweet lady. Isn't it so cool he never gives up on us even when we give up on ourselves?

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MOSTMOM1 1/23/2012 5:36PM

    Start with some passages you love and then work your way around to the rest. You'll see everything with another fresh set of eyes this time. Take care, dear friend.
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TARAFROMTX1 1/23/2012 5:18PM

    Loved the blog! know the feeling... Thank God for always showing us the way!!!! emoticon

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JULIAMOONCHILD 1/23/2012 5:14PM

    What a beautiful blog. Surely a reflection that is shared by a whole lot of folks. You are one deep thinking gal with a heart of gold. I salute you, as you continue to amaze me with your writing and your insights. Keep on sharing. Keep on being real. Keep on being YOU!

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Fragrant Roof Sledding

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Random disclaimer.
So for people waiting to see if there's any "Drama". Nope.
No whining about hubby.
No confessions.
Nothing spectacular.
No impromptu Dance Party.
Zip zilch zooey.
No way to de-stress...only a matter of time before I implode...

Oh, while it's uploading...I forgot to tell you about Sarah confiscating my favourite perfume (Exclamation) and drowning her 3ft3" body in it. Jojo before getting dressed for the day will even put on his Dollarstore cologne. Have I told you how fragrance lifts my spirit?

It's a big deal to me. I febreeze my bed after I get out of it. Let it air, then make it everyday.

I LOVE Avon's "Pearl" and ...I just lost concentration cuz hubs is up and told me he wants to take me to go get me flowers...


UPDATE:
Sarah picked out the flowers...


and I picked out the wine, BUT, I won't be drinking alone...


  
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WINNIE1978 2/11/2012 10:03AM

    Love the water bottle insta-tan! emoticon



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SUECHRIS50 1/23/2012 3:40PM

    I have used EXCLAMATION since it came out..mmmmmm!

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BELLALUCIA 1/22/2012 6:28PM

    Purple is clearly your fave color! You look awesome!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/21/2012 7:55PM

    Beautiful flowers. emoticon

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MNOT2THICK 1/21/2012 6:53PM

    only 5 inches here. Love the nails. My back started itching just looking at them emoticon Woo Hoo, 155lbs. Awesome!!

I am scent oriented also. Love beautiful smells everywhere, especially on me. emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 1/21/2012 6:45PM

    Let it out, sister~ 'cuz there's more room out. *hugs* Sarah's got good taste~ like her Momma~ gorgeous flowers! And your colors are definitely purple, pink, and blue. Enjoy the vino with your man. Love ya, sweets~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANHBH 1/21/2012 5:04PM

    I've got the 6" of snow on the roof, but not the 4' on the ground -- and I do live in a 2-story home, so yeah, it would be a rough landing! We got the most beautful, fluffy snow last night, but from 25 feet up, it won't be that fluffy to land in! Love the gel nails.

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ASHIKIME 1/21/2012 4:16PM

    ooooo fancy =)

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SHASSYSUE2 1/21/2012 4:06PM

    Those flowers are beautiful!!! I love your honesty!!!!! Ramble on my dear!! HUGS!! Shannon

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MAMACAT2_3 1/21/2012 3:58PM

    Oooohhh exclamation was my favorite perfume for years!! You have good taste my dear!! Yep. Love the nails!!

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MOSTMOM1 1/21/2012 3:49PM

    We WANT snow but we never get enough. Boohoo. Is snow a dealbreaker?? Doesn't the fact that we love snow help balance out the fact that we never get much? Isn't it the thought that counts?
You could've had all our cooking sherry...
You in male form, what would that look like? Robin Williams meets Brad Pitt? I dunno. He'd be funny and hot. But if you married someone just like yourself, you'd never get anything done. Well, that's how it works in my house anyway.
Okay, we're gonna figure out the Skype vlog DPF. I gotta finish a couple of big projects first and then I'm gonna think it out. You can just use your webcam and maybe sis's phone. Lemme think. It will be EPIC.
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WILDFIREKRISTIN 1/21/2012 2:57PM

    I am so glad that I came to this blog today. I could have sat down and done something similar because of how I am feeling. Sorry my song took you down the blues path, I use it for crying LOL! I am so grateful for your honesty because it always inspires me to be true to my feelings. Alcohol has always been a way to "deal" with things in my family..history too. So let me say emoticon because we know nothing can change the past and how we deal with issues. Simply, hugs!

Um, you can always come here to sled. I think we got about 8 inches or so I am told, I haven't braved it thus far, but on my way out soon. My house has a great place to sled off of and I've got a couple of kids who would pile snow high enough so you could do that too! emoticon I uh will set that one out, but totally would make snow angels with you! Provided I can get my behind off the ground afterwards..OMG the thought that is running around in my head emoticon

All the stuff with hubby..not sure what is going on, but I am sticking with you girl! Frankly, I've had it with men for awhile emoticon

I hope that the crud with FB doesn't keep you from blogging or vlogging. I would miss this greatly and in many times of need that you don't even know I come to your page to share your energy, your efforts and well I feel a synergy of sorts when I come here!

I know you need a hug girl..so HUGGLES! Keep doing what you do because you are doing fabulous!

K

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MKPRINCESS007 1/21/2012 2:35PM

    Very interesting.........water bottle in front of the camera makes the color different..........who knew? Good to see you.......look beautiful as always!

Don't be tobaggoning off of any roofs please! Are you trying to wind up like me?

LOL

Have a great day!
Karen

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'G6' DaNcE PaRtY FrIdAy

Friday, January 20, 2012

The "DARE" that I set out yesterday at like (Yes, I sooo like used like the word like, like okay...) noon, and still didn't upload after 'like' 7 hours was scrapped.


The 'Coles Notes' of the 'Dare Vlog',
The SP/FB drama left many feeling vulnerable, some annoyed. Even though this site is free (as is air) I expect it to be free of things that will harm me. Taking away more of my control and privacy is harmful.
So, SparkFriends...please do NOT take the liberty of spreading my Spark all over the place. I equate it to gossip which gets distorted and ugly - fast.
Thank you. To spell it out... please FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY do not link me to forums outside of Spark. I Spark at Spark.


DaNcE PaRtY FrIdAy
With SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker, and D.P.F.'s I dropped 60+lbs.
I DARE you to too.
That's it....Simple enuff, eh?

Rogue_Runner our Vlogger Leader started it...it looked like fun and most every Friday even though life sucked (sicks lots and other stuff, now that hubby is a Sparker as of yesterday, I'm not my normal "T.M.I." yet), I got up and boogied.

We pick a song (unless something special comes up...I'm thinking we need themes...), we dance, lipsync, or wiggle to tunes and vlog to share our bit o' joy with our SparkFriends. It helps to make the weekends brighter and gets ya started moving that little bit and it's fun!!!

I SOOOO DARE you to try it out. Who knows maybe you'll knock off 'like' 60+lbs in 'like' 8 months too....

Added Bonus to today's vlog a "Retro Word of the Day": Like, I bet you'll never guess it!


VLOGGER TEAM should you feel like playing with us.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A VLOGGER TEAM MEMBER TO PLAY. No, you do not.
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=37215

  
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ANNECEK 1/24/2012 12:14PM

    emoticonRihanna. I don't need a goodie though, I'm late watching this one. Fun vlog! emoticon

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DIVASPARK 1/23/2012 9:49PM

    no goddy need you are great !

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OPTIMIST1948 1/22/2012 8:59PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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BELLALUCIA 1/22/2012 6:34PM

    Awesome blog!

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MKPRINCESS007 1/21/2012 2:41PM

    OH, hey.......I am late too........You don't "hafta" give me a goodie.......no, you don't.............it would be cool, but you don't hafta............

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Nice moves, sista! Nice effects too! Whoooooooooooohooooooooooo!
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ALWAYSOWNIT 1/21/2012 2:08PM

    I wish I could dance like you..You are such an awesomee dancer ..seriously..I cannot take my eyes off!!

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I*AM*BLESSED 1/21/2012 12:55PM

    imma late too! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 1/21/2012 8:57AM

    All this video is missing is an LED hula hoop. just sayin'
rhianna, of course (sorry I'm late)
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JTAMSYN 1/21/2012 1:40AM

    very cool effect! love the splash of color at the end! yours is much cooler than rihanna's!
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MNOT2THICK 1/20/2012 10:47PM

    emoticon emoticonHey, Hey, Hey! You can move. emoticon

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WINNIE1978 1/20/2012 8:32PM

    Love the video effects... and I watched the whole thing, but you don't have to send a goody. Have a great weekend! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/20/2012 8:22PM

    Fun effect with the video. emoticon emoticon For you sweet lady.

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 1/20/2012 2:13PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon that would be Rhi Rhi of course girlie!

Love these blogs!

Hugs,

K

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NANHBH 1/20/2012 1:39PM

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You didn't say it had to be "the" umbrella, just an umbrella, right? I prefer the beach kind!

Love the black light affect. Your shirt is "like" glowing!

So, should we all welcome hubs to Spark?

Have a fabulous weekend!
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ROBERTLC 1/20/2012 1:22PM

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Good effect on the video!

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ALLISON145 1/20/2012 11:55AM

    My ummmbrella - ella - ella! Love Rihanna. Poor baby doll. I love that she did the collaboration with Eminem after it happened though. Good for her not hiding from her pain.

Nice moves, lady! I am so not that graceful. Have you always been or does practice actually help?? :)

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_JODI404 1/20/2012 10:37AM

    Awesome dance moves, as always!! emoticon emoticon

Looking all skinny & fab! Hope you have a great weekend, and girly fun times with your Sis today!!


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TARAFROMTX1 1/20/2012 10:31AM

    Love the Vlog!! Dance on girl!!! Will be dancing but so can't do it on camera yet lol

Have a Great weekend!!!

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DRKEYEZ820 1/20/2012 10:21AM

    Awesome vlog girly, i wish i felt confident to post of me dancing, sometimes i do, but im scared crapless still lol.
U look amazing!
I love Rihanna - not to thrilled with her choice in men though im afraid lol. Ohhhhhhh well. emoticon

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KIMMIF 1/20/2012 10:14AM

    So love your vlogs, so love that you hold SP accountable. I don't know about vlogging myself, camera shy. Thank you for getting the weekend going! emoticon

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QUEENMOXIE 1/20/2012 8:10AM

    First thing this morning when I clicked on SP, they sent me a pop up asking me to link SP with my FB account for 25 pts. I ask you, are they trying to drive me nuts with this? They can stop trying at any time...I have my papers...signed..! I clicked on the link that said, not to send me another pop up! emoticon emoticon

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KITKAT717 1/20/2012 7:09AM

    I love this song!! Great Vlog with the effects!

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LAURI39 1/20/2012 6:29AM

    It's not fair to the others that I get up so darn early in the morning and do all my Sparking...I feel like one of those kids in the class that keeps sticking their hand in the air going "I know I know I know"...I like wonder if Rhianna was one of those kids? I sooo wasn't....Hey, do you have emoticon in the forecast too?

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ALLPROTAMMY 1/20/2012 3:22AM

    Where do I join the dance?
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Weird Al Hair awkwardly Dancing with Tall Guy

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Random..Oh MY GOSH. I wonder if I will ever not put that word in this box?!
Mildly random...not my normal 'Hyper' random...We'll get back there....

  
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NANHBH 1/19/2012 12:34AM

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I love your random vlogs! Your life is so interesting. Yes, hubs does clean up good! You guys are a cute couple. I hope things continue to get better and better for you.
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MIBELLALUNA 1/18/2012 6:37PM

    Dang, I'm a day late and dollar short. I moped around in a funk all day yesterday, pissed at dh, and missed your vlog. SO glad you are vloggin. I um, well....I....dont' think I would vlog if my dh read my vlogs. I'm a firm believer in the right to privacy, we all need a place to vent!

CHEESUS...I have looked through all the icons 3x and can't FIND the Hawaiian girly!! rofl Oh well, I DID watch it all, I always do! :) Oh, and the jeans, huh, well, now that you mention it.....I guess you are right about the zipper. I'm going to put on Hubby's right now and check that! haha

Hey, if you ever want to do the hair layers, I have an easy way (if your daughter can hold still enough! haha) GREAT trim job!! The precision cuts on straight hair are the hardest. I twist my dh arm to cut mine now and then and he gets panicked.....I tell him DONT worry about it, it woudl have to be a HUGE mistake to even show up on my mop! haha

Hugs to you!!

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NAVYMOM133 1/18/2012 6:20PM

    emoticon emoticon Well done, Madame Stylist!! LAYERS!
"Sheer Bravery" yukyukyuk
She looks beautiful!

Loved the dressed-up dancing. This is becoming a habit! emoticon

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SNOWANGELDIVA 1/18/2012 12:34PM

    Crystle ~ I love this photo of you and your Robert.

Connie ~ Thanks.

Jodi ~ Hee hee, Thank you for watching all the way through. I have the worst A.D.D. and unless the screen changes or someone starts faking cardiac arrest I get distracted...I wonder why people watch my vlogs...I know I feel so good making them though. It's like taking the 'stuff' packaging it up and sending it off to Never-never Land and being free of the baggage. It's soooo therapeutic.

one moment...my sons are stranglig each other and I need to referee....

Where was I?

Ah yes...this was authorized Dance footage...the boy cleans up real nice. When I first laid eyes on him he was dating the girl with the locker next to me and he wore suits. I thought he was a substitute teacher. When I found out he wasn't, poor girl didn't know that it was "Game On" for her man. Unfortunately, he was a bad boy and skipped school a lot and I was a good girl and aced the school thing and we didn't meet again until he D.J'd my 16th birthday party...the began coming to the church I was attending...

Tea ~ That was the first time in the 9 years I've homeschooled that hubs has helped in the classroom..wait, second. He used to volunteer teaching literacy to adults. Brat is gifted.

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Winnie ~ You like her hair? I woke yesterday thinking I had totally destroyed it and was so nervous that it was indeed worse than I remembered it. Layers make me soooo nervoud, especially since she wanted to keep the length. Hello! That's really hard to do!
Thank you!

Lenka ~ Thank you! emoticon

Shannon ~ Visit! You are more than welcome! Anyone that likes my chaos is a friend of mine!That d@ng dog, Oh my GOSH! He loves dancing! When we play on the XBOX his goal is to TAKE OVER! ACK!

Lynn ~ Thank you. I love that you like my virtual visits.

Queen ~ That dog...OH! NExt time...I step on him. Ya...I had fun dancin' with the man...GiGgLe!

Shel ~ Your hoop instructer 'killing you in 5 creative ways', I wanna see footage of a class...that sounds like fun. Alas, I am aslightly (only a mere, tad, smidgen) left of crazy.
emoticonThis has GOT to be a chick, no? Look at those hips! I swear that's a pink coconut bra..., no? D@ng...this chick and my backwards zipper are messing me up!!! About the 'Pro Schoolroom', we had an unused piana it's out in the xbox room now....I got more to respond to but, hubs just came home and he's not happy....

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DRKEYEZ820 1/18/2012 10:39AM

    Your so cute!

wow my hair used to be as long as your daughters when i was her age, what a pain in the rear lol, knots, the pain! ahhhhH!
Looks good, im glad she was able to get a trim!

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LAURI39 1/18/2012 10:20AM

    Her hair looks great!
Sweet dance... emoticon!
Spark broke yet?
O.T. I really love your nails...

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PRINCESSNURSE 1/18/2012 10:08AM

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SAHARASUE 1/18/2012 9:29AM

    Awww, so cute! The pup sure wanted to join in the fun. emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 1/18/2012 9:21AM

    PS: I like your schoolroom! It looks very pro. Ours has exercise equipment, a piano nobody uses and hula hoops all over the wall. Sigh. I gotta catch up.

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MOSTMOM1 1/18/2012 9:18AM

    Her hair looks great! I'm so glad it didn't turn into Weird Al hair. Whew!
Tell Bobby I know my tens tables.
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Go Bobby in a suit! Sha-zam, y'all look great!! Sad of you to ignore poor, neglected pooch though. Couldn't you tell he felt left out?
Seize the day, SparkGoddess!
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WILDFIREKRISTIN 1/18/2012 1:00AM

    Her haircut is so adorable, you and hubby all dressed up and dancing again..freaking awesome! I feel some love in the air! emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/17/2012 11:54PM

    You and your hubby are so cute!

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MOSTMOM1 1/17/2012 11:43PM

    Okay, I gotta come back in the morning and watch this vlog, since I can't watch on my iPad. I'd drag myself downstairs, but our hoop instructor tried to kill us in at least five creative new ways tonight, so I'm not moving. See ya in the morning.
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QUEENMOXIE 1/17/2012 10:39PM

    I am glad that you two are working things out...you look so good together! Love the dog at the end circling around you two. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LYNNGINN1 1/17/2012 10:03PM

    Always look forward to your videos emoticon
Great job on the haircut by the way

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SHASSYSUE2 1/17/2012 9:58PM

    OOO GROSS KISSING!!! LOL!!! I love that you are trying to dance with the dog in the way!!! You look so good together!!! Your house is a good chaotic house!!!! I want to come and visit so bad!!!! HUGS!! Shannon

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LENKA763 1/17/2012 8:18PM

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WINNIE1978 1/17/2012 8:00PM

    You two are so cute! emoticon

Love your daughter's new haircut!

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TEXASFILLY 1/17/2012 7:50PM

    YEEE~HAAAW! Love it! Y'all are meant to be together, girlfriend! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MNOT2THICK 1/17/2012 7:45PM

    Love the hair cut. Look at the hubs in the classroom, emoticon. Bobby does clean up well emoticon.

Stop stressing, take some deep breaths. emoticon

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_JODI404 1/17/2012 7:40PM

    emoticon I always watch all the way through!

You did a great job on the haircut!

Nice dance footage~ Authorized even! emoticon

Hope things continue to look up for you! emoticon

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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 1/17/2012 7:35PM

    emoticon Well Done emoticon

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Spark put Baby in a Corner...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

"Itís easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission."~Rear Admiral Grace Hopper.
...Kinda like a rapist.

Day one the anonymity of Spark was the safety I needed to battle the demons that choked my confidence that stole my spirit that suffocated my voice. The voice that told me I was worth it. The voice that tells me I am worth hanging on one more day and not quitting on myself. The voice that helps me not abuse myself with food.

You know...hope.

If youíve never been pressed in a corner and violated you canít appreciate the feeling of being absolutely powerless, fragile, obsolete, worthless, terrified, and devastated.

You know...hopeless.

Yesterday, in one ambitious marketing action, my place of refuge disappeared. Marketing took precedence over me.

I have thrived, found victory and excellent friends here. I will not be able to maintain as well without. However, no one forces me in a corner and tells me to figure out the escape. Thatís what it felt like when my anonymity was compromised. It was compromised when SparkPeople took the marketing strategy of throwing Facebook links on my information. Shoving the invitation at my visitors and guests to take me over. I am NOT for Ďsaleí. My Spark is mine to spread in this Spark forum. Not Facebook and not Plenty of Fish or any other forums that someone deems marketable. I do not appreciate being treated like a cheap novelty.

I feel violated. I feel cheap. I feel used.

I feel I need to leave. Although, I have not made my decision. I have a severe flight response when I feel vulnerable.

My trust has been severely compromised. I needed the anonymity to work through serious issues and collect support from my peers without the risk of my children or relatives learning of them. Yes, I have the feature disabled. However, the principle remains the same; who does first and asks permission later? Bullies...

Do not back Baby in a corner. Know what else is free? Air. I expect it to be free of things that could interfere with me operating smoothly as well.




To Disable Facebook embedding:
On your SparkPage, click "Edit Your Spark Page".
Uncheck the box beside, "Show share bar on my blog posts"
and it will disable this feature.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NANHBH 1/19/2012 12:14AM

    I think Spark heard you!

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MIBELLALUNA 1/16/2012 2:53PM

    WHAT THE HECK!!?? FB?????

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MNOT2THICK 1/16/2012 12:29PM

    Yay!!!

So very happy. We have already lost too many blessings. emoticon emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 1/15/2012 9:40PM

    emoticonYou're an answered prayer! I'm so glad you are staying in spite of "Big Brother" and all his BS! Love ya, gal~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRISTA-GIRL 1/15/2012 7:37PM

    I'm struggling with the same dilemma. I love love love SP, but I feel thoroughly violated. Your opening quote is EXACTLY what I have been stomping around the house saying :-( SHAME on SP, shame shame shame. As I keep repeating, I expect this kind of garbage from Facebook, but not SP. At least I got one email one time from Facebook warning me of changes being made! Better than we got from Spark Guy, whom I've come to expect WAY more out of :-(

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JENNFIELDS4 1/15/2012 4:14PM

    Oh I pray that you stay. I to do not like the whole facebook idea.

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KLPEFFERS 1/15/2012 9:04AM

    Thanks for your post, I agree, my journey is my private journey.... not to be shared unless I so choose. I appreicate your candor and your putting this out there!

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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 1/15/2012 8:09AM

    WTF? Can they share our videos as well???

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GOURMETLOSER 1/15/2012 6:35AM

    I do hope you stay. Thanks for telling us how to un engage facebook. I confess I too like my anonymity here.

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LENKA763 1/14/2012 11:37PM

    Thank you for your tip.
I 'll check it out, but It shouldn't be an issue(for me) since I don't have FB account.

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QUEENMOXIE 1/14/2012 10:19PM

    I understand how you feel. Its the trust. Once someone has broken my trust, they don't get a second chance. I no longer feel free to be the person I am without my borders...my protection. I felt comfortable and free to be me, with my friends. I felt I was with people who understood me. Now I feel as if Spark has sold me for show. They not only exposed me, they exposed me naked. The dilemma? Even if I find a way to stay. I can never trust again. And thus, I can no longer show my true self. emoticon

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WISHICOULDFLY 1/14/2012 10:05PM

    I am with you. I am SERIOUSLY DISAPPOINTED that SP would do this. WHo knows how many people "shared" our blogs on FB before we realized what was going on? I DO NOT want my blogs on FB for the whole world to see. Spark people are different. They all understand. The general public may not.

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ASHIKIME 1/14/2012 8:31PM

    Ok, I've got mine disabled as well... I too am quite paranoid of all sorts of things and I absolutely hate that my information could get shared like that... BUT! I don't think it is a reason to leave spark... here is the thing, I do not think they were doing it to be deceitful or anything. I think that SP is doing it for marketing yes, but also because they figure some people will want to "share the spark" as they say. Some if it is that they want to try and help others and help others help... So I don't think it was purely malicious. The fact that they did give us a way to turn it off is good to take into consideration. I hope that you will not leave us for good because you have come a long way and what happens if you need us again in the future? You could lessen your presence perhaps for a while until you feel better?? I don't know, but we all respect whatever decision you make =)

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CHUBRUB3 1/14/2012 7:10PM

    Hugs LIZ. I also hope you will stay. This all needs to be brough to the attention of Spark Guy.
Hugs,
Angela


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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/14/2012 6:24PM

    Hey ladybug. emoticon I hope you decide to stay. Trust me my feathers were in a ruffle also until I disabled the feature. You have something to give and share and I hope that you gain as much as you give. As much as I share I'm extremely private about the deep things of my heart so I really do understand. emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/14/2012 6:05PM

    Agree with you. Hope you don't go. Love your positive energy and support and I love to see your updates and blogs!

Hopefully SP gets the message and realizes we need to be informed of changes like that...fb does the same and it's up to us to make sure that our information isn't shared if we don't want it to be.

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TEXASFILLY 1/14/2012 5:58PM

    Welcome to the freakin' Internet, sweet Liz. It is ALL about marketing, privacy be damned. I found Facebook an utter wasteland of both time and energy, so I disabled it entirely. As for SparkPeople, I definitely think they need to go back to the drawingboard and consider that this forum is NOT a social network like FB, and reconsider their stance from a humanitarian viewpoint versus one to make the almighty dollar.

I hope and pray you will stay. Please stay. *hugs* With love, BB~

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HDHAWK 1/14/2012 5:25PM

    I have a FB account and fortunately haven't blogged in a couple weeks. I was glad someone pointed out how to disable the feature and I did it right away. I don't want my blogs on FB!

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 1/14/2012 4:36PM

    We just can't have you leave dear friend. I need you, you need us and we all need your love, laughter, friendship and compassion. I know how you feel. Before this happened another person informed me that they pasted my blog to their FB and advertised it. They were so proud of themselves. It irked me terribly, but I kept my temper. I have to remember nothing we do on here is ours, that someone can always get it. Crazy!

I do hope you stay!

Much love,

K emoticon

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TRULYVISIBLE 1/14/2012 4:03PM

  Unfortunately this is what happens when you belong to a "Free" site. I would rather pay a little something per month and then be a customer where your opinion matters. Also was surprised when I read this morning a blog advertisement that said this blog was written by the sparkteam and it was endorsing weight watchers packaged sweets all made with tons of chemicals. I won't touch weight watchers packaged stuff. I hope you stay.

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SHASSYSUE2 1/14/2012 3:57PM

    I just found out about this SNEAKY and DECEITFUL change by another friend, and immediately fixed the problem... However I am going to throw a little different spin on things... You know me!! LOL!! I do understand how you feel, because I felt that same way immediately after hearing this info, but have you considered that it is just another way of Satan, trying to rob you of your success?? You have come through so much and defeated Satan time and time again because God gave you the tool of Spark. I think if you give up this source of love and encouragement, Satan will be having a Happy Dance. Satan also wins, but taking you away from those of us who desperately need a hero. You have made it!! You are our example that we can do it too!!! Please consider this before you make a decision okay.... I love you to pieces, and I have already lost 2 other friends from here one being Hank and I could not bear to lose you too!!! DON'T LET SATAN WIN!!!! Love always!! Shannon

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_JODI404 1/14/2012 3:51PM

    I totally agree with you, it was a serious violation!

My page is set to private, and it still had the FB Like on it!! I wrote to IT and they stated it was an oversight that it was included on a Private page. Like you, I have disabled it myself.

You have to do what is best for you...but I seriously hope you won't leave or stop sparking as you do now. I'm sure they have heard loads of feedback and hopefully won't cross that line again. You would be greatly missed if you go!!! :(

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EMMANYC 1/14/2012 1:56PM

    Maybe others have already posted this, but it seems that it is possible to disable this new "share" feature (the Facebook "like" function) while still keeping your page public/open to people in addition to your Sparkfriends. It's explained here by YDAVIS23, who is quoting MICHIGAN LORI:

http://www.sparkpeople
.com/mypage_public_journal_indi
vidual.asp?blog_id=4678704



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MNOT2THICK 1/14/2012 1:39PM

    Oh sweetie, I totally understand how you feel. I do not want you to go but I can relate and appreciate how you feel. Whatever your choice, know you are very loved!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MAMACAT2_3 1/14/2012 1:14PM

    Where did my comment go?????

Oops, nevermind, I didn't realize there was already two pages of comments!! Derr... :/

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DRAWNTHISWAY 1/14/2012 1:04PM

    I have changed my page to "friends only" but I feel it interrupts my ability to share any spark I have with others... I am currently a "team leader"... how can I lead if I can't share myself with the group openly? I am not the best sparker out there, but I have been here a long time and knew that there was a potential to have my blog shared should someone copy and paste the links.. that is imo different than the site giving anyone access directly to post my blogs on a forum in which I had not connected my accounts.

Do what you need to do to feel safe again. I am at the point of considering a paper journal and an app on my ipod

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ANNECEK 1/14/2012 12:35PM

    I'm saddened by this move to "publish" our blogs unknowingly. It is different if you share verses the net taking your comments and changing them.

I'm glad you disabled the share as well. We will be saddened to loose you. Your blogs are something I just enjoy as well as your spunky spirit. I hope you reconsider.

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DRKEYEZ820 1/14/2012 12:23PM

    I am so sorry your feeling like this- im with u though, the saying that comes to mind is "if its not broke dont try to fix it " , ya know. By doing so, u could lose the value of the object.
In doing so, they could lose amazing spark people. I dont wanna lose u as a spark friend, i think ur great person who's learned to be strong , so i admire the person u are and have become to be. It would be awful to lose you.
*HUGS* ur in my thought s girly.

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SAHARASUE 1/14/2012 12:20PM

    I totally understand and will respect your decision either way, but I would be terribly sad to see you go. You inspire me to throw caution to the wind and dance, dance, dance! I would miss you.

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I*AM*BLESSED 1/14/2012 12:13PM

    What WERE they thinkIng emoticon

Oh, and BTW...ditto what Karen said!

Love u


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TEENY_BIKINI 1/14/2012 12:11PM

    Don't leave :(

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MKPRINCESS007 1/14/2012 12:07PM

    I too, understand. I feel torn, though. I felt very unhappy that such a decision was made without even informing us. However, I guess the message is that the internet isn't REALLY a safe place. We are at the whim of people we don't know making decisions and not consulting us. So, I guess it reinforces for me that the web is a public place,and we can't really lose sight of that. I am not here to make you feel more anxious about the situation, you know that isn't me. But, my computer technie geek son will tell you that cyberspace is a place where you have to be mindful. One of the reasons for him getting an Apple was because malware programs and viruses haven't been "designed" by hacker for that system YET.

I don't want you to leave. Make your page private, and have friends here that you trust to access your page. Another layer of security. But don't leave. I would miss you terribly and feel like you have helped me, and many of us, in ways that you will never know.

Love ya,
Karen

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TARAFROMTX1 1/14/2012 11:47AM

    I agree and understand why your upset! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 1/14/2012 11:37AM

    I understand why you're upset, totally legit. They certainly could've handled this better and I'm sure they're hearing about it. I do think, however, it would be a mistake for you to leave this support network you've so carefully built.
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WINNIE1978 1/14/2012 11:13AM

    It makes me sad that you are feeling violated and vulnerable again because of the FB/SP thing. I'd like to think that they didn't realize people would feel so strongly against the option and that's why they chose to roll it out "enabled" instead of letting us make that decision for ourselves, but who knows what was going through their minds at the time or what their motive (if there was one) might have been.

I would hate to see you leave, but I understand how you feel.

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MAMACAT2_3 1/14/2012 11:06AM

    I understand, but I do hope you stick around. Did they screw up by not, at the very least communicating with us about the changes?? Yup. But you did change the settings and your blog is secure. We all have so much support here that it in itself would be hard to replace or find anywhere else. Something to consider. PLUS we would miss you too much!!
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