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....All is Forgiven!

Monday, February 14, 2011

.....Our men are so hungry for Affirmation. They need to know they are of Value...that they are worth it All! God is WILD about His sons!!!!

This quote held my attention, and drew my heart in prayer for our brothers in Christ.

"Madrid is full of boys named, Paco. ...A father came to Madrid and inserted an advertisement in the newspaper which said: 'Paco, Meet me at the Hotel Montana Noon Tuesday... ALL is Forgiven. Papa.' ....A squadron had to be called out to disperse the 800 young men who answered this advertisement."
~ Ernest Hemingway, "The Capital of the World"

Forgiveness is God's business. You are loved and accepted in the Beloved...if you have accepted God's Gift of Jesus... Believe it. It's the Truth. You are covered by His Love.

Just get plugged in, and watch what happens. God is SO emoticon!!!!
I am praying for you daily. This world Needs Men of God so much! My spirit Champions You!! May His Grace and Mercy follow you, and guide you.

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J2740LOU 2/20/2011 10:22PM

    emoticon! What a perfect addition to a wonderful Sunday! It excites me to find such inspiration in your blogs. Thank you.

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CATHYUNEW 2/17/2011 9:11PM

    You are always so positive and so on fire for the Lord! Thank you for being YOU Laura!

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CYCLINGSANDY 2/15/2011 1:05PM

    God always needs men who will follow Him with all of their hearts. Plus they need Godly women who will lift up these men in prayer and respond with a loving heart.

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ABALIGAD 2/15/2011 12:03PM

    Thank you so very much for this blog!! emoticon

It's just what my husband needs to hear now, and you are God's angel for delivering it...I copied it and sent it in an email to him to lift him up.

Thank you sister-friend!!

In Him,

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BIGDAD1211 2/15/2011 10:24AM

    Thank you so much for this blog. A man needs to hear things like this form time to time. God's men need to feel valued and respected and at home is a good place to start.
Thank you my friend
In Jesus Name
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BBGOOGIN 2/15/2011 8:57AM

    I needed that one today, too. Thanks, Laura!

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 2/15/2011 5:42AM


Thank you for that blog. I needed that remnider about my husband today as though it were just for me. That's the Holy Spirit speaking and moving.


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...early spring cleaning

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I am thriving with the Balance I have learned to cultivate in my life. Wow! I have really found my niche!
...I don't sweat food choices, time cut out for fitness, or tracking anything. I have prayed and searched my heart for this kind of Balance for what seems like forever!! I am Thrilled to have found it.... My secret: I found it as I drew nearer to the Father's heart.

The Word says, "Ye have not because ye ask not." Well, I asked! ...and He GAVE! Malachi 3:10 says, "...I will open the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." cup is OVERFLOWING!

My eating is mindful without an argument with myself emoticonLOL!! emoticon. I work out daily ....looking forward to it, and it always happens.
I'm not competing with anyone...or any high standard...just getting the job done. I Crave Fitness! emoticon
I am aware of what I eat, and how much fitness I need for the day...I am not obsessed with any of I have been in the know.....the stress you feel when you cannot remember how many calories you ate for spend 17 minutes trying to figure it out... emoticonOh, I gave myself a break from that game.....(not healthy for me. LOL!) ...or how about the stress you feel when you MUST get this certain amount of cardio finished by a certain time, or you FAILED in your, where is the Craving of Fitness in that mindset?

emoticon emoticonI Found Balance!!!! emoticon emoticon

I also found balance here with SP! ...I Praise the Lord for this answer....this place He has given me. I don't crave computer time....Ha! emoticon ...sounds funny, but it was an important lesson for me. I can simply step away from my computer anytime....not feeling as if I might miss something. It took a lot of prayer, and heart searching...

Spring is on the way, and with it comes "spring cleaning". I began early with personal own soul searching. I found that SP is an excellent vehicle to use only as a "Tool" in my lifestyle. is NOT my life. I am thriving now with this mindset.

emoticon emoticonI am ready for Spring! emoticon emoticon
I can see the future looking far as the road disappears in to the horizon....I am so thankful for YOU...travelling with you is fellowship...just like living next door to you! YOU are so special to me. ..and like a next door neighbor, I might see you 3-4 x/week.....not every hour....LOL!!( My neighbor would kill me if I were at her house on the hour every hour....Have you ever thought about it in that way? )
That's the way online fellowship is for me too. God helped me make sense out of offline/online relationships... I PRAISE Him for this Beautiful Balance!

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BELLACUDDLES 2/14/2011 9:58PM

    What a great share, Laura!!! You really do inspire me, and I thank God for you and I tell you I wished you lived near me!!! What fun we would have!!

Hugs always,

nks for you comments on my blog and the new Spark goodie!!! You really are a treasure!!

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DESERT_BIRD 2/14/2011 4:24PM

    Laura, I am so happy for you! It is a very beautiful thing that you have found the Balance that we all seek. You have worked so hard and I am so grateful that you have shared your thoughts with us along your journey.

I love your picture of the cherry blossom trees.

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BABY_GIRL69 2/13/2011 5:05PM

    I actually cleaned a few drawers in the kitchen. I don't know why with chinese foods they give you a bag filled with soy & sweet sauce. So I threw out a bundle of that & other goodies I found. I am glad you shared this blog with us!! God bless & enjoy your day! Dee

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BIGDAD1211 2/13/2011 11:22AM

    Great blog! My Spring cleaning is going along one day at a time. I know God is with me and I am praying for Him to keep me on the right road! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CYCLINGSANDY 2/13/2011 6:09AM

    Yes, Laura-
God does give us the desires of our heart when we actively seek Him and His desires for us. He wants us to put Him first and balance all areas of our lives with him as the center of our lives. I am still working on finding that proper balance in some areas. I have harder weeks when I am working 12 hour days at school. Then I feel the crunch time to get in my fitness time etc.. I look at SP as my accountability partners both physically and spiritually too.
May we always praise God for giving us successes on our life's journey. May all that we do point others to Christ!

Thanks for the Heart of love!

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CELEBRATELIFE1 2/12/2011 10:31PM

    Your spring cleaning reminds me of the Father's pruning of His children. As He removes people, places and things from our lives, we begin to blossom and bear more plentiful, beautiful and longer lasting fruit. How awesome!

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FREELADY 2/12/2011 10:01PM

    I enjoy your thoughtful observations!

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JOYATLAST 2/12/2011 9:23PM

    I've started spring cleaning too.

As for everything else . . . I'm asking!!!!

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"We read to know we're not alone..."

Saturday, February 05, 2011

It feels wonderful after a successfully fighting a sinus infection to be back in the Powerful Quick Firin' Lifestyle!!!
{{{ I've Got The Power!! LOL!!! }}} emoticon emoticonWoo-woo!!
....LOL! not many pics this time as I blogged all of my favorite fitness pics with my last blog.

Just as a suggestion from one Sparker to another:
Those of you that are just beginning your journey, and are contemplating fitness, I encourage you to place strength training as a Priority .....perhaps as a 10 minute strength routine along with your walking (or what ever cardio you have chosen) just 3 days/week, eliminates the FLAB leftover when you reach your goal!! well as helping you reach your goal faster!!
Strength Training builds small & large muscles as you lose the weight, and as you "shrink" you stand a better chance of having your skin 'shrink' along with YOU! LOL!!! It Works!! I am living Proof!... ( there are tons of strength training moves that Don't require push-ups, crunches,planks) ...your belly esp. if you have given birth truly NEEDS abs strength training....Check Out SP's links on Circuit Training, Interval Training and the Like.

I LOVE Fitness....cannot say it enough...I miss it when I am fighting any sickness.
Please don't be afraid of weights.....they don't cause you to 'bulk up'; rather they tone your body...even a small amount of time, and small weights(lifting even small 3# weights) work miracles.

Check Out this article from SP , "Lift your way to Stronger Bones".

...and this about circuit training!

..and this one too on a lean and toned body!

SP is chalk full of GEMS meant to help you!! We read to know we're not alone....
Take advantage of these Gems and see how they change your life. flab! resorting back to sedentary ways, loose skin! emoticon

I am so Grateful that others have blazed a Wise trail of emoticonchoices before me...I am just following behind them! SP's suggestions really DO work!
I am So Glad I began with strength and cardio together....I have ENERGY! ...and am toned!!
...still working on that ...but that's okay, my personal standard just took a step up! Lol! I am really toning up Big Time!!...I want the lean cuts... emoticon

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BELLACUDDLES 2/7/2011 8:24AM

    I agree.......I love the weight lifting........up to 15# each weight, which I do not do too many of as it is still pretty heavy for me, but I use my 10# weights a lot and many repititions!! Also I love my toning cords and they are so easy to pack when you travel!! Keep it movin!!

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ABETTERSOUL 2/6/2011 3:54PM

    Yeah, having babies definitely changes the middle region of your body. I think it's the hardest part to tone after having children. I enjoy strength training though....Did I actually say enjoy?...LOL

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CYCLINGSANDY 2/6/2011 3:35PM

    I totally agree with your recommendations for strength training. I make a committment to some almost everyday. This practice has allowed me to stay strong and be able to do all sorts of things, like moving abd carting boxes up and down stairs with any backaches. I turned to Shape magazine for some effective ab exercises and now they are a part of my routine too. Lately I have added water exercises.

Yeah to be fit and healthy! emoticon

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CELEBRATELIFE1 2/6/2011 10:49AM

    Strength training is a must, especially as you get older. I make it a priority in my fitness.

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 2/6/2011 7:50AM

    VERY inspired by you, Laura!!!! I'm JOINING the ranks of strength training, ESPECIALLY after seeing my flabby arms in a picture! ha! And, of course, having 10 pregnancies [2 miscarriages and delivering 8 healthy babies], my stomach needs LOTS of attention! emoticon

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Craving Fitness!

Monday, January 31, 2011

emoticon {{{{ My Illustrated Fitness Lifestyle }}}} emoticon

How do you spell E-N-E-R-G-Y!!!

Totally Committed!...and Lovin' It!

Free Weights are my choice...

There are so many effective moves using free weights.

and in my own home too!

High impact cardio is my choice with strength training...

Aerobics is effective and Fun...I do it to Praise Music!

One of my Fav moves...the bent-over-row....using at least 10# in each hand

The chest press takes on new meaning as you increase the weights.

Truly this Fit Lifestyle is addictive - I am hooked! LOL!

I began living by this message! It worked! the way, I belong to SP's Quick Fire Team....QFs have truly rocked my world!
if you're interested, check them out! It is not a social team....but a team meant to change the way you view fitness as a daily lifestyle. I love the fact that it is not time consuming, but simply a tool to give me daily energy throughout the day almost without me even thinking about it. emoticon

see ya later, emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 2/6/2011 7:46AM

    I bet your arms are AMAZING!!!! Wow! You truly inspire me with these workouts! I'm JUST starting to get envisioned for strength training! All I can say after reading your blog and seeing all these pictures is, 'BRING IT ON'! emoticon

As for my 3 blogs in one day yesterday, I wasn't feeling well, so I had extra time on the computer while everyone else was outside enjoying the 30+ temps. I didn't exercise AT ALL yesterday but I feel like a new woman today! YEAH!

Hugs, Susan

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DRMOM7 2/5/2011 2:37PM

    I saw this blog post several days ago, and came back to it today because I needed extra motivation! I really just want to relax today, but I know that I will feel much better once I get to it and start exerising! :)


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BELLACUDDLES 2/4/2011 2:44PM

    It's like brushing your teeth just gotta do it!! Brava!!

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JODIRICHARDS 2/3/2011 4:42PM

    Great photos, they are all you, right? emoticon
I've enjoyed doing bootcamp recently and find the strength training really helps get my metabolism going.

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DESERT_BIRD 2/3/2011 12:56PM


Energetic and fun blog!

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/2/2011 11:52PM

    Dropped the Quick Fired Team but kept the idea. It is amazing how much you can do to strengthen yourself in little bits of time!today I did counter-top push-ups, elbow to knee standing crunches, and no impact jumping jacks.

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CELEBRATELIFE1 2/1/2011 5:25PM

    Exercise is addictive! Now that I am practicing balance, it is even fun.
I love your images and how you put everything in perspective. You are one talented lady. emoticon

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BBGOOGIN 2/1/2011 2:25PM

    I know you're putting all the energy and spunk to good use in the Kingdom. Good job, friend, and thanks for your encouragement!

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BIGDAD1211 2/1/2011 11:02AM

    You rock my friend! Great workout ideas and I love the bent over row too! Keep up the energy!
God Bless!
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TURTLEKIDS 2/1/2011 3:17AM

    Wow! Your pictures make me tired just looking at them. Good for you! I have a long way to go. Finish PT, start a little exercise each day and get back on my bike as soon as the snow will let me.

Thanks for being an inspiration, Turtlekids emoticon

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CATHYUNEW 1/31/2011 11:25PM

    We are on a similiar page today girl friend! emoticon

Now if I could just get past the whining part and get right into the work out, I would be in really great shape. I always love working out after I have been doing it for about 5 min or so!

Love your pics...motivating. emoticon

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How do you spell b-a-l-a-n-c-e?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

....Have you ever thought to yourself...."What can I trim back in my life in order to regain balance?"
Balance is important to me....very important. It is important to God that my priorities are rightly lined up. I ask myself I need to trim anything?

Balance is not always Equal.

It can look different to others....

I have trimmed back so many times here at SP....I only belong to the teams that I KNOW I can be active in....committed to.....otherwise it's unfair to the team.
I know how to Zoom around the FEED, my Team's Huddles, a few threads, and generally keep up with my e-mail. I only blog every 5 days for the most part....because it is healthy for me. This is my emoticon
I have seen others try to juggle too much only to burn out, quit and drift away....
My B-A-L-A-N-C-E looks something like this:

Spending time with family is SO Important to me.....

Actually sitting down at the table is also another Important priority.

Spending time LIVING this SP Lifestyle is a must.

...and what about just being still before God DAILY and beginning each day Fresh with His thoughts - FIRST!
Well....I started beginning each day being still before God instead of Sparking. {{Big Change!}} LOL!...I've always had time with Him, but not Always First! It has made a HUGE difference in my entire daily perspective. I learned a valuable lesson from this, and have applied it to my life.
Also, time at the computer can really add up....but what about when a child wants to be with you? Do you see the question emoticonof Balance here....?
I don't want to be sitting in front of any technology if a child needs me....esp when they ask why I "need" to be on the computer for "so" long! LOL!! - 30 min can seem an eternity to a child..... LOL!

Friends....I am trimming back. I don't like how it feels deep inside.
I am certainly "Sparked" life is forever changed by SP!! I am truly thankful for my adopted lifestyle. However, my children come before SP, and my DH, my friends, Church family, and {good grief!} ...I home school 4 children... emoticon...LOL!
I have many priorities right here.... ALL of it - can be overwhelming sometimes...I want to do it ALL well! I'd rather do a few things well rather than many things half-way. Sometimes I don't emoticonand admit what HUGE job teaching children in the home really is...OK, I admit it!
The Lord has been opening doors of leadership at my Church. I want time freed up to DO whatever He asks me to do.
I may not read every blog, but You can Count on me for prayer, SP Friend. I promise to ALWAYS Pray for you.
I don't want to take a vacation from SP, just need to manage my time in the BEST way for me. My heart says, "I Will Follow You, Lord...wherever You lead."

Thank you for letting me sort my thoughts out here....and if you have a story about your own balance...please share it. emoticonPlease feel free to share any thoughts.

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/2/2011 11:49PM

    I'm finding this several days after you posted ... I just can't spend the time to check out every friend's blogs ... Know I miss good stuff. Reading this tells me you understand, and won't be upset if I only get here now & then. Know you are special to me, and I am so blessed to know you! God will honor your desires to be balanced with the important things taking first place! Love ya!

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BABY_GIRL69 1/30/2011 6:56PM

    I love this blog!! Its something I believe we need to think about & try to deal with on a regular basis. This will keep us focused & keep our lives balanced.

God bless & thank you for sharing this with blog with us!


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ZELLAZM 1/30/2011 12:56PM

    Good thoughts on balance - I started just the past week asking God to give me a word for the day in my morning time with him. He has really been giving me some great, practical, encouraging things to guide me through the day. Asking and receiving!

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 1/29/2011 8:18PM

    Excellent, Laura. I LOVE that you are tuning in...into the "present " that God has for you each day. I think you are doing excellently. WONDERFUL blog!! Life has its ebbs and flows ~ go with it! I know the Spirit is guiding you to His best for you.
This just reaffirms in my heart ALL of my suspicions about you....You're ABSOLUTELY PURE GOLD!

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CATHYUNEW 1/29/2011 12:44AM

    Laura, I am so proud of you for looking at what is important and evaluating your ability to be the best Christian, mother, wife etc...first. Spark is such a great tool to teach us how to get and stay healthy so we can be the wives, mothers, friends we want to be.

I love the motivation I get from my spark friends. However, I don't want to get to the point where I depend on Spark more than what is beneficial for me and my family. Thanks for this reminder.

You are a special sister in Christ to many people and if you need to spend less time sparking, that will not deminish the special friend and leader you are!

You do what you need to do for you and your family. We are still here for you and happy to know you will be here for us when you are able. It will be enough, because you are enough and you are listening to God.

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JOYFULMOMTO5 1/28/2011 1:29PM

    Laura, MY kindred spirit, you are. God has been showing me the same thing. Spoke it loudly one morning when I rolled over from waking to check my email to see what was from SparkPeople instead of hitting my Bible app to see what the Lord wanted to say to me FIRST! I am here, still living the SP lifestyle, still tracking, still checking in, but only twice a day for a few minutes. I've cancelled my facebook account and I too have had to admit to myself that my responsibilities as a wife, a homeschool mom to five, a friend to those God puts in my path, fellowship with my local body of Christ and whatever He calls me to do to serve Him is a FULL-time job. I pray for you daily and I am still cheering you on!!! Lots of 'things' are good for us, but Christ calls us to the BEST emoticon! Applauding you for choosing the greater! emoticon emoticon
Love YOU! emoticon emoticonJamey

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BBGOOGIN 1/28/2011 12:14PM

    I'm with you on this, Laura. This has been huge for me and what all my recent blogs have been about. Keep following His leading...
~Susan emoticon

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ABETTERSOUL 1/28/2011 10:42AM

    Thank you Laura--good blog, makes you realign your thinking. I haven't been working since June, so it's been a big adjustment to finding out God's will for my life and how to fill my days in a purposeful and meaningful way that is pleasing to Him. I want Him to use me to reach others and make a difference in their lives. emoticon

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LOZINJST4ME 1/28/2011 7:22AM

    This is an awesome blog and very timely to a lot of us. Thank You!!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/28/2011 6:47AM

    I also needed to read this. I spend time with Jesus too, but after I Spark. Partly I do this to wake up some, but HE can wake me up! And I HATE it that my heart gravitates first to the computer, instead of to Him. I've prayed about it and asking Him to reveal just the right answer for me. I want to be FIRST and foremost a lover of God!

And I *hate* the thought of my kids remembering me as being on the computer! My mother ALWAYS had a book in hand and we didn't like it one bit. We would say, Mom, Mom, Mom…and she would be in her other world of 'romance' books and completely ignore us. emoticon Of course, we weren't permanently 'damaged' because of it emoticon and we have a wonderful relationship; however, I don't want my face in the computer to be what my children remember!

I'm making this a serious matter of prayer! THANK YOU for posting, Laura!

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GIVINGINOW 1/28/2011 6:30AM

    The Lord has been dealing with me on this very issue for the past two weeks. I have cut back quite a bit, and even have cut back on my exercise from 60 minutes a day to 30 minutes a day. I have stopped tracking and am focusing on being supportive to my SP friends!

Praying for you to find the BALANCE that is right for YOU!!

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DAYHIKER 1/28/2011 6:29AM

    I run into this from time to time, too. My sons are grown and married but my husband is retired and, well, a retired husband is not unlike a toddler in that they are mostly around and need a lot of attention. emoticon

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DRMOM7 1/28/2011 5:30AM

    I really struggle with balance in my life. Right now I am working full time and spending way too much time away from home. My work has become very demanding. I'm praying about making a change. I want to spend more time with my kids -- and they need that! My husband is incredibly supportive, and my kids are wonderful about pitching in and helping out when I don't make it home for dinner. They don't complain if I miss their events at school. But I know that this is NOT the life that GOD wants for me! I too need to get my life back in balance!

This blog was very inspirational for me. Thanks!

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CELEBRATELIFE1 1/27/2011 11:43PM

    Laura, our spirits are united. Last year I decided I was spending too much time on SP and I removed myself from some teams. I was already spending time with our Father first thing everyday, but I wanted to spend more time with Him.

I have also cut down on my exercise. "Who was I competing against?" I had to ask myself. I was losing my joy of exercise and that wasn't good.

I have also been praying about releasing the leadership of my sp team. My desire is to excel at whatever I do and leadership causes a large commitment. I have since turned down leadership positions in the church and community because I knew that is not where God wanted me at this time.

I commend you mothers who are homeschooling. I did it for 13 years for each of my sons and it is a huge commitment. My sons are 26 and 22 yrs. old now and I know how important and valuable that time is that you are giving them. Homeschooling to me was not just about the education, but moreso teaching Gody character to them.

May we all check ourselves and see if we are in balance. Thanks, Laura.

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PEPPERLEAH 1/27/2011 10:41PM

    Balance is so essential, and sometimes difficult to fine. I hae had to cut back so many times, and still it seems at times I can not keep up.

Thank you for this blog; I know the thoughts you shared here are the thoughts of many of us.

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LOSEIT4GOOD52 1/27/2011 10:25PM

    Your blog spoke to me so much!! emoticon I too have been trying to get balance, and the keyword here is TRYING! I homeschool my 11 year old son , and that is a challenge enough, I cannot imagine homeschooling 4!! emoticon lol. But God never gives us more than we can handle. My son, bless his heart is always complaining that I am on the computer too much also and wants me to spend more time with him. Sure, I spend time with him during homeschool,but thats not the kind of time he is talking about. emoticon for sharing your thoughts, because this is just what I needed to hear...God really spoke to me through you :)
Have a blessed day....... emoticon

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