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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 :)
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prayer for the loss of a child

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I needed to pour my heart out in prayer for Justin...and his family.
Justin (age 3) ...died after the nuclear scan taken
yesterday revealed absolutely no remaining blood flow to his brain.

"Oh God, my heart is breaking for your family....for the loss of dear Justin, for his brother, Matthew and his mother and father....I am grieved for them, Lord. HOLD them Abba....for I can not imagine the pain of losing a child.....please comfort them with Your Voice, Your Touch, Your Presence, Jesus.
Give the family courage and help them in their pain and grief.
To You, Jesus, I entrust this child, so precious in Your sight. Take him into Your arms and welcome him into Heaven, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping nor pain, but the fullness of peace and joy with Your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen"

dear SP friend....if you have a prayer to offer...please offer it here.. emoticon

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TURTLEKIDS 1/29/2011 6:41AM

    Hugs and prayers for Justin's family. Losing an adult son was very nearly unbearable, I can't imagine losing a baby boy. Just know that others have been in your shoes and know your heartbreak. One day at a time and keep faith with each other. If you can't talk to family, look for a friend or professional or support group, any one to talk to when you're ready. You will be remembered in my prayers. My heart goes out to you.

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LUNADRAGON 1/29/2011 1:04AM

    Hugs, and lots of prayers for this family. God has His loving arms around them in the form of friends, and prayer. My condolences.

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CATHYUNEW 1/29/2011 12:20AM

    Oh Laura, I am so sorry for your friend and their entire family. The loss of a child is one of the biggest mysteries of our Faith. I know God will explain this to us when we finally meet him in heaven. Meanwhile prayers of comfort I lift to you and all who know Justin! emoticon

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BELLACUDDLES 1/27/2011 8:57AM

    Father, I pray for the family and the loss of their child. Please give them strength to get through these dark days and to see You in it. Help them too, to remember all the special times with this sweet little child.

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THEADMIRAL 1/26/2011 5:48PM

    Dear Father, we praise You for healing this little one and bringing him home to You, although it's hard for us to understand Your will. Please comfort and grant Your peace that is beyond our understanding for his family, who are mourning their separation from him until You bring them to Yourself and to their son. In Jesus' Name we ask, AMEN.

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 1/26/2011 4:07PM

    I'm agreeing with you...
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HANKENSTEIN 1/26/2011 3:32PM

    Prayers going up. How devastating.

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THINIWILLBE21 1/26/2011 1:42PM

    I truly apologize for the triple post - I was having problems getting the post to show.

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CYCLINGSANDY 1/26/2011 1:28PM

    Lord, I pray for this family at the loss of their precious and most loved son, Justin. Please give them an extra measure of your peace tonight Father and in the difficult weeks ahead. With a grandmother's heart I pray for Justin's grandparents. I know their hearts are breaking today too. Help them minister to Justin's parents, their own children. They have double sorrow Lord as their own children are hurting so much with the loss of their son. It hurts so much to lose a grandchild and child. How much it must have pained You, God, to give up Your son for us as sinners. Thanks You for your perfect plan for this family's life. Show them what it is, Lord. May even through the death of Justin, people will be drawn to You. Help them to seek Your face and Your saving grace.
In your Holy Name, AMEN and AMEN

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    Praying with you.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/26/2011 1:06PM

    Father God help this family as only you can during this devastating time. Wrap your wings around them and help them with their loss. Father send people to help them in the next few days with the things that will ease their burden and help them to grieve their precious son. In Jesus' most precious all powerful name. amen

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JOYFULMOMTO5 1/26/2011 11:28AM

    Lord, give this family your strength to even face this day and the next few days ahead. You are faithful, God.

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MINDY502 1/26/2011 9:49AM

    Dear Lord,

We just pray for this family and the loss of their son. I pray that you wrap your arms around them and comfort them and give them peace that only you can give. Give them strength for the days ahead. I pray that people will minister to them at this time and lift them up in prayer and meet their needs. Lord we may not understand and question why but we know you have a reason for everything. I pray that they will find comfort in knowing one day they will meet again in heaven and there will be rejoicing in your name.

In your most holy name we pray


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NEENSTER1 1/26/2011 9:48AM

    emoticon for comfort for this Dear family.

... he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him. Psalm 32:10

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/26/2011 9:12AM

    Father, thank you that you're trustworthy. "What time I am afraid, I will trust in You…" Lord, this family is grieving the loss of their precious son and words can't begin to convey the sadness of our hearts for them. Your Spirit was sent as the GREAT Comforter--please, Father, comfort their aching hearts. Give them an eternal perspective in this time of tragedy. Even as your heart wept over Lazareth, our hearts weep over little Justin. Thank you that you hear our prayers and comfort. Wrap this family in your arms today, Jesus.

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DRMOM7 1/25/2011 10:15PM

    I can never understand why God chooses to let a child -- an innocent child -- die. But it is only God who can know why. Father, I pray for your peace and comfort for this family and for the friends of little Justin. Our only hope is that he is with You.

Father I thank you for life. That you have given us life is a miracle. But that you would send your son to die for our sins so that we can be reconciled to you -- that is incomprehensible. I love my children so dearly! You chose to give your only son for me! Yes, our only hope is in you! Amen.

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BIGDAD1211 1/25/2011 10:07PM

    Dear Father God
I offer up my prayer for this family Lord. I pray peace and comfort to all who knew little Justin. Father Your will is not always understood by us but we know that it is true and perfect. Dear Lord, let even this sad time be use for Your Glory. Open hearts of those who knew Justin but don't know You. Let Your Word be of comfort to the family. And I pray Lord that You Give strength and faith to those who need You in this sad time.
I give You all the Glory and all the Honor and all the Praise
In Jesus Name

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JOYFULMOMTO5 1/25/2011 9:41PM

    Oh, Jesus, we cry out to you on behalf of this family. We do not understand, but we trust in you. I pray PEACE and COMFORT for this family who is having to go through this pain and grieving. I pray for your people to be your hands, your feet, your arms, your heart to them, Lord. I cannot even begin to fathom what this would feel like, but, God, you know....
Jesus, we do know heaven is for real. May the family find peace in the fact that he is not gone, but merely 'moved in' with you and is waiting there until they can be together again for an eternity. Thank you, God, for making that possible through your Son. It's in His name we pray.....

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"Let The Waters Rise"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Thank you for the prayer cover, dear friends!! I have said it's worth mentioning again...and again!! There are Prayer Warriors here, and I am SO Grateful! "Thank You Jesus!"

My Faith in the Son of God keeps me...where would I be without You, Lord!

I want to share with you....I have been in the firing lane for many saints last week & this week, and keeping myself in prayer on my knees lingering before the, 2 divine appointments were dropped on my doorstep early 2 mornings in a row....BEFORE my time with the Lord. I was ready though...the Lord knew that, or He wouldn't have sent these people to me. They stayed a long time throughout the day...I managed to school my children through it, and meet their needs. The enemy has attacked ...of course, but I stood my ground. He hates prayer & praise.....and he hates to see families mended and transformed...

I remembered my Lord going through a season in the wilderness.....He learned obedience there....and I am learning obedience.....Following Him on impulse as He directs me to often....being obedient to His Spirit's leading certainly changes routines, mealtimes, even early morning devotions...LOL!
But He is in Control through it all!! LOL! I would rather have Jesus than anything this world could offer me...including a fit body and ideal meals..... emoticon

When His Spirit speaks, I want to be the one He choses...I want Him to say, "Laura is ready for anything...I can mess up their family schedule, SP schedule, fitness schedule, and she will go right along with it......Willingly."
{{{ He is my 1# Priority. }}}

I am rejoicing that people do come to me for prayer, to pray & to pour out their hearts.....they leave changed, encouraged & surrounded by fellowship
( connected to the Body of Christ).....armed with a Plan and Scripture! I am Rejoicing at the differences I already see in them ...and it's only been 2 days!!! They have Hope! -- "J-E-S-U-S" is written all over their faces.

Today...I just needed some protein & exercise...which I did (exercise)this evening...I probably will in the evening from now on....due to our odd schedule right now.
It is easy to get discouraged when I know that if I could give my FULL attention to this emoticon SP lifestyle, I would be making more progress in the scales, lost inches department.... However, I will not place anything over my 1# Priority. I'd be miserable. My Joy is in Him....and I feel great an have tons of energy....those last inches and pounds will come off when the right season comes around. I am counting on the Lord to let me know.... emoticon

I appreciate your continued prayer cover as the enemy is mad, and is set to steal Joy from the saints, But when God's people PRAY......Watch Out! LOL!!

Check Out: "I Will Follow You" by Chris Tomlin

...and "Let The Waters Rise"

Be Encouraged.....His Strength is made Perfect in our weakness!

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JOYATLAST 1/22/2011 1:55PM

    You are a wonderful example of following Christ. When nothing else matters, we can rejoice through the trial. What a LIFE!!!!

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BELLACUDDLES 1/20/2011 10:57PM

    You have your guard up, Laura and you will NOT fail!!! The devil just loves when we mess up and he is ready to help us mess up too!! Brava to you for being a warrior!!


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CELEBRATELIFE1 1/19/2011 6:22PM

    Bless you, Laura. I've said it before and I say it again, thank you for your obedience. You will always be rewarded. The Spirit wants to direct us in our daily lives. Continue to let Him have His way. There is no only way. It's different, yes, it's different, but it's right.

You are our Father's special child.
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    You are right...the enemy is mad! He is so clever and is doing everything he can to derail us.

Thank you for a wonderful blog today!

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GIVINGINOW 1/19/2011 1:40PM

    Great blog, so THANKful for you emoticon Praying for you too!

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BBGOOGIN 1/19/2011 1:15PM

    Good stuff, Laura!

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MINDY502 1/19/2011 12:55PM

    I just love your enthusiasm! I know God is going to richly bless you and what you do for others! You are right he is control!


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CYCLINGSANDY 1/19/2011 12:37PM

    Laura: I just pedaled my bike to those two songs and more last night. I bought the whole Chris Tomlin on Itune. It's great to know that people see Jesus in you so they seek our your prayer and guidance. Satan will attack and try to derail us most when we walk in obedience. Our job as Christians is to share Christ and the hope He gives to those that believe. What joy to be a vessel for Christ! Your priorites are right since we are called to be a servant just as Chirst modeled for us in living His life. He always put others first. God will supply and we can trust Him in that! I am praising and praying with you!


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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/19/2011 10:33AM

    I once heard this and I KNOW it's true of you, my precious Laura: The demons talking, "OH NO! Laura is up…" PRAISES to His Name for the abundance of His grace in YOU! I see it all over the place and rejoice that He receives all the glory for abounding in every good work. Hallelujah! {{{praying for you}}} through the night and this morning. Are you physically feeling better? Or do you still feel sick? emoticon

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ABETTERSOUL 1/19/2011 10:22AM

    Thanks Laura, you are such an encouragement! emoticon emoticon Karen

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BABY_GIRL69 1/18/2011 10:12PM

    Hallelujah!! Amen. God bless you Girl!! This is a word for everyday! Dee

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BIGDAD1211 1/18/2011 10:12PM

    I feel your love in this blog and I know that that love is from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Thank you so much for standing in the gap for me and others who need it. I love this blog and I will heed the words of the Lord that are in this blog.I really needed to hear it!
Father God
Thank You for your saints like Laura who stand in prayer when children like me need it.
In Jesus Name
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earned respect...

Friday, January 14, 2011

I really thrive daily....every day is Fresh ..New...Unwritten!

I look forward to each day...I'm digging deeper into the Word of God, Craving Jesus, lingering in prayer, increasing fitness routine goals, and pushing myself more & more....mixing things's never dull. emoticon....I am eating mindfully, and just plain Enjoying Life! ...I have no idea why or when the scale will drop, but somehow I am content.
"Wow...did I say, content?" ....I've come a long way to be able to say that!
I am content, though...I really am. I am strong, toned and building my endurance level weekly.

So, out of curiosity, I took some of SP's measure my fitness, stress, health, wellness, weight levels etc...I found out the following:
Fitness: I can do 100 crunches in a minute, & 40 traditional push-ups in a minute.
Energy Levels are High, Stress levels are low...I have perfect blood preasure, excellent heart rate when aerobic, and great resting heart rate...BMI is ideal.
I was astounded!!! a good friend of mine, LIVE2RUN4LIFE would say...there are more ways to measure Success than the scale....muscle is being built!

Today, I found it difficult to make time, and find a space not occupied by children/youth. emoticon...I needed to Exercise!!! I had Quick Fired through the morning, but I needed to lift weights. The day of schooling was finished, and every child in our neighborhood was in my home!...not really....BUT it felt like it.

Well, I was determined to get in my strength training...So, I found a small space to lift my free weights....and then I had an audience....they cheered and were generally out of the way....then they wanted to try it! They couldn't even lift the free weights over their heads...LOL!! These are 4th, 5th and 6th graders....
I earned their respect today.....and SPACE!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

No matter where or when, I will get in my fitness minutes... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI Enjoy it too much not too!! ..that's pretty cool.

I feel like this small flower..determined to blossom even through a WALL!!!
...and Spring is just around the corner.

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PAMAPPLE 1/17/2011 9:17AM

    Wow, 40 pushups is amazing!! You are reaping the benefits of a strong and healthy lifestyle and God is blessing you with great results!! emoticon emoticon

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BELLACUDDLES 1/16/2011 4:47PM

    I love it, but I need some of your energy!! I finally am taking down our beautiful 10' Christmas tree, and I feel sad that it is coming down, cuz I love Christmas best of all the holidays; I feel l ike I'm getting SAD.......with the gloomy weather here in MI! I am trying to make it sunny inside and getting my exercise in and praising God, but I feel a little low and can't let the devil get me down; I have to look forward to spring, which right now when the temp. is around 21, hard to see, but I will be patient and try to be optimistic.

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ABETTERSOUL 1/16/2011 2:50PM

    Laura, you are so full of life! I need to come to your house for a few days, so some of your energy and enthusiasm rubs off onto me. LOL! Praise the Lord--He is the one who gives us a new outlook and a new life! emoticon Karen

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BBGOOGIN 1/15/2011 4:33PM

    That's awesome, Laura! I love how you are able to find even the smallest windows of opportunity to be active. emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/15/2011 3:35PM

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THEADMIRAL 1/15/2011 2:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You were a role model for those kids to follow! Hurray! emoticon

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LECATES 1/15/2011 1:25PM

    Maybe it will encourage some of them to work out, too.

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CELEBRATELIFE1 1/15/2011 12:01PM

    Spring is in your heart already, Laura emoticon. The blossoms have bloomed and the scent is a sweet fragrance. Our Father's graciousness is pouring out from you. You are a shining star emoticon an example.

God bless you.

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 1/15/2011 11:15AM

    I am in AWE! WOw! When I grow up, I want to be like..Jesus in YOU! haha! I love your strength and determination and SPARKLE, Laura. I agree with Susan ~ you're my SPARKFITNESS HERO!

I can just picture your house full of kids, and you lifting weights with them cheering ~ what a great example you are ~ wonder how God is going to use THAT? BLOOM where you're planted ~ I LOVELOVELOVE that you ARE!!! What GREAT contentment is birthed in that.

I'm SPARKED! Thanks, sis!


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BIGDAD1211 1/15/2011 10:53AM

    You always give me a lift when I read about how you are doing. You are awesome and a great encouragement to me in this journey we are on. Thank you so much!
In Jesus Name
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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/15/2011 8:49AM

    I'm APPLAUDING my dearest SPARKFITNESS hero!!!!! You absolutely amaze me, inspire me, bless me, and challenge me to PUSH for more! More Jesus, more fitness, more strength, more LIFE!!!!!!! I love you to the moon and back, my precious friend!!!!!! P.S. I would have loved to have seen those children's faces when they couldn't lift those weights! emoticon emoticon

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ZELLAZM 1/15/2011 5:18AM

    I admire you finding the time in the midst of all the kids' energy and activity - even bringing them into the action!

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JOYFULMOMTO5 1/14/2011 9:35PM

    SO happy for you! emoticon emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 1/14/2011 8:59PM

    Hooray for you! Glad you showed those kids what a busy mom can do!

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