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The Missing Column of Your Food Diary

Friday, April 06, 2012

This is a great article. If you're an emotional eater, this article might help you get control of it.

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SPARKYCARLEY 4/7/2012 8:44PM

    I get regular emails from Calorie Count. They have tons of great articles. I also use their activity database now and then when I need to know how many calories I've burned doing something and it's not listed in the SP fitness database. The CC database is wayyyy longer. It even lists housework! :-) I also see CC stuff on my Facebook news feed too.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 4/7/2012 8:39PM

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SPARKYCARLEY 4/6/2012 10:57PM

    You are so very welcome. I hope it helps. I'm not an emotional eater, but I can still see how these methods can get someone in touch with their emotions.

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/6/2012 10:29PM

    Great stuff! Thanks!!!

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Oh, Happy Day!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's almost Christmas. Is it just me or did this year whiz by when I wasn't looking?! Wow, it feels like last Christmas was just over. It's nuts. December is always a super busy month. Christmas is a very emotional time of year for me. Being so busy helps and other times it adds to the overwhelmed feeling.

Today, though I'm feeling wonderful. I think I'm about to hit a mania period. I love those, except for when they have to end. The higher I've been the harder the crash it seems. I always bounce back though; and in the last couple years I bounce back much faster and better than I ever have in my life. I credit this to many factors; but, really, the credit goes to Jesus. The freedom I have found in the last couple years since I became a Christian is overwhelming. But, that's a story for another day. Today, I want to share with you something I wrote for someone super special to me.

A couple weeks ago, I decided on a Christmas gift for the lead pastor at my church. It was a collection of 4 small glass angel ornaments with touches of gold trim. Beautiful set, but I wanted to make it more personal. I decided that I would write a poem for him to tell him how much he helps me and how much I appreciate it.

I've written a lot since I discovered my talent and love of the craft. However, I have never in my life attempted poetry. I had no idea if I could do it at all. I sat down one evening after dinner to write a poem for Pastor Henry. I dribbled many words and phrases onto my keyboard; but nothing that made sense. After a couple hours, a lot of frustration; and even more laughter at what I was writing; I decided that poetry wasn't my gift. But it was still bothering me. I needed to see this through to the end. I prayed about it as always, and suddenly the words started to come together and they made sense.

At about midnight I finished this poem. Let me know what you think.

Angels from Heaven
by Carley Cooper

A stranger willing to say a prayer,
or a puppy with lots of kisses to share.
A friend who loves enough to sit in silence,
and a pastor with an endless patience.
All are angels sent from Heaven,
to help those like me thatís for certain.

This fancy package that comes from my heart,
is especially for you with my thanks to impart.
Four little angels are contained within,
each a characteristic of our friendship akin.
Lectures, advice, and guidance you extend;
my angel, my pastor, my counsellor, my friend.

I delivered it this morning with the gift to Pastor Henry at the church office; when I took in the huge gift basket filled with lots of home made Christmas treats (which is my own little tradition; because I love all those in the church office so much for all the work that they do for the church, for Jesus and for me). He read it, and said something like "Wow, that's nice. Thanks". It wasn't the response that I had hoped for. I was waiting for him to look at me and he said "I'm not going to look at you because if I do, I'll cry". HA!!! That's the response I expected from him. He was very touched by it; which makes me very happy.

I also gave him a batch of deviled eggs... one of his favorite treats! lol

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SPARKYCARLEY 12/21/2011 9:26AM

    :-) Thank you TRACYZABELLE. You're not the first one to tell me I have a big heart. It's great when it works out; but sometimes it can get me in trouble too.

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TRACYZABELLE 12/21/2011 3:04AM

    How very sweet! You have a heart as big as your talent!

Merry Christmas!

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SPARKYCARLEY 12/20/2011 4:22PM

    Thanks Carol. I hope you have a super blessed Christmas, and a very blessed new year in 2012. HuGzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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CAROLJ35 12/20/2011 2:29PM

    I think you have a new found talent!!! The poem is very nicely worded and appropriate and I am sure the pastor really felt the sincerity of the giver.

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Footprints in the Snow

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Praise report Day 12...

I got a Christmas parcel in the mail today. It was from my Godmother, Sheila, who lives in Brighton, Ontario (several hours from where I live). I got it right before lunch time. I sent her a message on Facebook telling her that I got it; she sent me a message back saying that she only mailed it yesterday at 1:00 pm! Wow... who knew that the post office could be so on the ball. LOL

In the parcel there was one item that she didn't have wrapped. She told me later that she got it in Myrtle Beach and she didn't wrap it 'cause the box was damaged a little bit. I put the other gifts she had in it under my Christmas tree, but the unwrapped one was a nice Christmas tree ornament. The ornament itself is a small tree with snow on it's branches, and a big red bow at the top with ribbons flowing down the side; and foot prints in the snow on the ground. On the back is this poem....

Footprints in the Snow
by Jerald L. & Sandra O. Knode

I had a dream on wintry night
As the moon was full and bright
The snow fell softly on a tree
That stood alone just like me
Then I saw Jesus walking by
His caring look caught my eye
He put a bow upon that tree
A symbol of His love for me
I woke up thinking of what I'd dreamed
Amazed at just how real it seemed
Then through my window I saw the bow
Crimson red on the pure white snow
with the ribbons flowing down the tree
Just like His blood He shed for me
I was in awe of the beautiful bow
Then I saw His
Footprints in the Snow.

It made me a little teary eyed when I read it, and it came when I was feeling very lost and alone; I needed to hear that message.

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SPARKYCARLEY 2/2/2012 8:51PM

    Thank you PATTYCAKE17. Snow is kinda funny like that, isn't it?! It catches up later. lol

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PATTYCAKE17 2/2/2012 6:21PM

    Thanks for sharing your lovely story and the poem. I'd rather read and reflect on the beautiful poem and the spiritual footprints in the snow than open my front door and wonder who will come to shovel me out! But that's just at my house. I used to love snow, and I'm happy for all who still do. Don't worry girls, if it doesn't snow this year it will surely be double next time around.!!! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKYCARLEY 2/2/2012 5:00PM

    I'm in Ontario; and ya.... winter this year. It's the winter that wasn't! lol Our city Winterfest is this weekend; and there's almost no snow; and the lake is not safe enough to walk on. It's going to be more like a Springfest. I can't imagine how they're gonna handle the ice sculptures this year. lol

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_RAMONA 2/2/2012 4:27PM

    So lovely... especially since I'm really missing snow this year, LOL... I don't know what it's like in your part of Canada, but here in Saskatchewan it's more like BC but without the rain, and Christmas was brown, brown, BROWN!

Our Advent devotion reflects on from 'cradle to cross' this poem is beautiful reminder. THANK YOU!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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MISSILENE 12/16/2011 9:04AM

    my wedding ring has Footprints in the snow or the sand,.

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SPARKYCARLEY 12/9/2011 6:31PM

    You are all so very welcome Friends. I am happy that this poem blessed you as much as it did for me. Thanks for the awesome feedback.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 12/9/2011 12:43PM

    Thankyou so much, and thank your aunt I have had had a very difficult wek (see blog) and this poem was what I needed to hear. I thank God everyday for the special people like yourself that are on Sparks people.
Thank you and may God bless you this Christmas season.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 12/9/2011 12:35PM

    Thank you so very much for sharing. It is a beautiful poem. As one who does not believe in coincidence, I am certain you were being watched by your spiritual caretakers and the timing was as it was meant to be. emoticon emoticon

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 12/9/2011 10:31AM

    This brought tears to my eyes also. such a beautiful poem.

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    emoticon thank you for sharing!! emoticon

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SUNNYARIZONA 12/8/2011 7:38PM

    Before you call, He will answer....AMEN! emoticon

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SPARKYCARLEY 12/8/2011 7:14PM

    Thank you so much friends. You are all so awesome. I'm blessed to have you as part of my SparkFamily. :-) HUGS

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EDWARDS1411 12/8/2011 1:57PM

    Beautiful timely gift!!!

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AUNTB63 12/8/2011 8:31AM

    Thanks for sharing this message. Puts all the "hustle and bustle" of the season into perspective. We have a tree on our deck with a red bow with long streamers on it....I will try to remember the poem every time I look at it. emoticon Have a blessed Christmas.

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GARDENCHRIS 12/8/2011 8:26AM

    Very nice

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RINGING1 12/8/2011 12:16AM

  Thank you so much for Footprints in the Snow. This time of year makes me think so much about what Jesus did for us.

Thank you for expressing your experience when you read the poem. It is quite beautiful and God loves you so much. It is a pleasure to read your blog.

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SPARKYCARLEY 12/7/2011 11:22PM

    Thank you LADYROSE49. Your comments are as beautiful as your User Name! It's a very cheery name. I think that's important here on SP, to have a good name. It usually shows the state of mind of the person, i think. Some user names are depressing and I wonder how people stay positive with that outlook. Anyway, thanks for the wonderful comments about my blog. I'm happy that you liked it.
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JUST_BREATHE08 12/7/2011 11:15PM

    Beautiful, Absolutely emoticon!!! Thank you for sharing. I love it.

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SPARKYCARLEY 12/7/2011 11:05PM

    Ravyna, if only I could possibly record all the moments that God makes Himself known to me, I could have another whole book about my life other than the one I'm writing. It makes me wonder though sometimes with all these times that God is blessing me; why is it that I'm still bipolar? Why do I still experience the depression side of it so often? Why do I still forget to focus on Him sometimes? Am I missing something? Am I doing something wrong?

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ANYVAR54 12/7/2011 10:45PM

    Praise God, Carley, He is providing you with what you need when you need it, just as you put into your other blog recently about what you learned at church on Sunday. God does not leave us out on a limb, He cares for us.

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Another Winner!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Praise Report - Day 9 & 10

I'm cheating again, and doing 2 praise reports in one day; because I missed yesterday.

Yesterday's praise was an incredible experience with God. I spent the whole day writing chapters in my book. I spent the day reliving my divorce years ago and writing about it. When I was done with that part of my life I talked about how much I hated myself. So much so that I would make myself angry because I couldn't come up with words bad enough to describe how I felt about myself. Of course, this was before I was a practicing Christian. As a result of what I was writing and feeling, I started to doubt myself again.

Well, fast forward a few hours. I went to a Women's Ministry gathering at my church. It was filled with wonderful praise and worship, and an awesome testimony. The topic was "Who God says We Are". There was an exercise where we were given a handful of pre-printed labels. All the labels had terms that are what God says we are. We got to walk around and put all these labels on our sisters. Then we got to read out loud our favorite one. My fave was the label that said "Accepted by God". Then, we heard a wonderful testimony where the woman talked about her past (BC). She talked about the labels that she would call herself. Then she talked about how God changed her so drastically, and what He calls her now.

Well, the whole evening left me in tears because I could feel the Holy Spirit so strong telling me who I am; and reminding me that what I had spent the day writing about is worldly things, and not reality. I left there reminded that the bad labels of the past are gone, and that writing my story down into a book is what He wants me to do.

OK... so that's a bit of a long story for my first praise report. The second report is that I am officially a NaNoWriMo winner (National Novel Writing Month). It is my first time doing the challenge. I met the goal of 50,000 words, with a week to spare. Granted I'm not done with my book yet. I'm only about half done; but I did take the challenge to meet 50K and I did it. I'm currently at 58K.

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SPARKYCARLEY 11/26/2011 9:43PM

    KASEYCOFF - I know what you mean. Sometimes I wish I could just reach through the computer screen and give someone a hug and tell them how beautiful they are.

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KASEYCOFF 11/26/2011 4:00AM

    There's certainly a connection here on SP, Carley. The speaker's 'BC' labels for herself and those some Sparkers assign to themselves are probably not so very different. From time to time I see one that makes me wish I could see this person face-to-face, reach out and touch them and tell them they ARE worthwhile, they ARE good, they ARE so much more than whatever weight or ill-health they might be. Ah well. We do what we can, ain't?

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SPARKYCARLEY 11/25/2011 10:00PM

    Indeed I did have a wonderful day. Thanks. HUGS

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J0ETTE 11/25/2011 9:46PM

    It definitely sounds like God wanted your attention yesterday. Sounds like you had an awesome day. :)

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Praise Report - Day's 6 and 7 of 30

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

OK... so I'm cheating on a praise report. I'm doing two days in one, but I figure that it's worth a double shot of praise this time. The reason I didn't write one yesterday is because I was busy writing more of the book I'm writing. I got a lot done. That would be the reason for praise #1. Today's praise is... because I did so much writing yesterday and today; I crossed the goal line! Woo Hoo! I've reached and passed the 50,000 words mark... and I still have a week to spare in the month. How cool is that?! I took the NaNoWriMo challenge and I completed it!

However, I'm not finished my story. I'm only half done with the story. I will complete it though. That'll be more praises for another day. God is good. He is helping me to get closer with each day that this will be a reality.

Not only that... but I talked to our ex-pastor... ehhhh... is that a proper term? I mean, he's still a pastor, he's just not ours any more. He moved. But it's not far away so we still talk to him and see him now & then. Anyway, he called the other day and we had a long chat. Later he stopped by the office too, so we had another chat. Well, long story short... he's got a friend with a publishing company that may be able to help me when I'm done. I have faith that God will make it happen for me if it's meant to be. In the mean time, I'm loving the writing process, and learning along with other things like learning how to properly format a manuscript. It's fun. It's also emotional. Some of the things that I write about in my story still hits at home with me. But I plow my way through it. It makes for a better story later if I do.

OK. I'll stop babbling now. Please keep my book in your prayers. I want to help people, I want to tell my story, but I don't want to hurt anyone. God bless.

Hugs, to you all,


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