AVANELL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AVANELL AVANELL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Sad, Sad Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835839 Rest in peace, sweet Abby girl! Your mommy and daddy love you and will miss you! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1927419657.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank You, Lord, for giving us such a sweet pet to enjoy. She was the best little doggie friend we could have had. I give you praise, Lord, regardless of the sadness of my heart because You deserve it and are worthy of thanksgiving, praise, and honor! Thank You, for the gifts that You so freely bestow upon us to give us... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:47:29 EST Always Believe..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817647 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1150927790.jpg"> <BR> <BR> II 7:1, 2 NLT Elisha replied, “Hear this message from the LORD! This is what the LORD says: By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, five quarts of fine flour will cost only half an ounce of silver, and ten quarts of barley grain will cost only half an ounce of silver.” The officer assisting the king said to the man of God, “That couldn't happen even if the LORD opened the windows of heaven!” But Elis... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:09:25 EST It's A Journey of Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797263 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l692100291.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mark 4:35-40 NKJV On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Hi... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:01:58 EST Finally.....It's Official http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796024 Psalm 71:17 NKJV O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1386383907.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1286379303.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To God be the glory, GREAT things He has done! <BR> <BR> When I started my journey I was just a few days shy of 61 years old. At that time I was really apprehensive of my ability to do college level coursework and reta... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:29:57 EST The Face http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770333 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1044843059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let not the face of terror be that which you behold; <BR> But instead turn your gaze into the face of the Lord. <BR> <BR> The God of Creation is greater by far <BR> Than he who was formed and whose nature was marred, <BR> By the sin and disease of the the one who is known <BR> As the father of lies and the murderer of those <BR> Who stand for what's right, for freedom and love, <BR> Who stare in the face of the t... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:11:07 EST Success Is..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765736 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l297235158.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I read a book by Joyce Meyer several years ago entitled “Enjoying Where You Are On The Way To Where You Are Going”. It really made an impression on me! How many times do we think that we will be happy as soon as......? And then we wait for that “perfect” time to arrive, or that “perfect” person, or that “perfect” life. As we wait the life that we have to live ticks away, moment by moment, without us enjoying th... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:44:17 EST Jesus My Healer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734537 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1955513224.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Psalm 107:1, 2 NKJV OH, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy. <BR> <BR> We have a little poodle named Abby and Gerald has her very well trained so that she will not step over the threshold of the door to go outside. Sunday afternoon I was taking her out for a potty break and she waited ver... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:05:50 EST Look And Live http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722217 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1331274021.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Numbers 21:8, 9 NKJV Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. <BR> <BR> Jesus, through His crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection, has provided all... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:19:29 EST Hard Cases http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710501 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1755619601.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As I was out walking this morning I came upon a little ant carrying a twig much larger than the ant. I stopped in amazement as I watched the little ant carry a load that seemed to be an impossibility. <BR> <BR> Sometimes in life we come upon obstacles in our path that need moving, but seem to be impossibilities! We become discouraged at what we see before us as we view it through our limited human perspective... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 11:52:53 EST A Helping Hand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693408 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1090769713.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Life is a journey that often leads to forks in the road and we have to make choices about which way to go and what route would be the best for each one of us. Many times we find that we need to seek others to advise us about what has worked for them, how they have reached their destinations with the greatest success. It is at those times that we need a mentor, a discipler; a person who has already walked the ro... Mon, 12 May 2014 12:37:45 EST Free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691873 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1909745802.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Free.....there's not a person that I know that doesn't like to receive something for free. I looked up the definition of the word “free” on dictionary.com and found 49 definitions for this one little four letter word! I think the one that we identify with the most is “without cost, payment, or charge”. But is it really free? To the recipient yes, but to the giver there is a cost. <BR> <BR> The Scriptures re... Sat, 10 May 2014 10:58:43 EST Then Came The Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676182 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1412827682.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Christianity is unique to all religions in the world in that the Savior, Jesus Christ, who was crucified, buried for three days as He conquered death, hell and the grave, and is risen to new life. Our Savior is the only God that lives today, who walks and talks with those that have been born again and promises eternal life to those who will place their trust in Him. <BR> <BR> Luke 24:1-8 NKJV Now on the first d... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:06:14 EST Darkness or Light? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675009 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l911733433.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mark 15:33, 34 NKJV Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” <BR> <BR> This week in my own personal devotional time I have been reflecting on the question, “What if Jesus had not died for us?”. I be... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:01:10 EST Encounters With God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662629 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l754853184.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Exodus 13:21, 22 NKJV And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people. <BR> <BR> I love to read the stories of God's presence, protection and provision for His people that are recorded in the Old Testam... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:26:28 EST Will You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657853 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1455024544.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Judges 6:11-16 NLT Then the angel of the LORD came and sat beneath the oak tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash had been threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!” “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:18:27 EST Throwing In The Towel....? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656974 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l227681625.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you thought about throwing in the towel, giving up out of frustration, recently? These thoughts often come to us in times of challenge and we think we can't go on, we can't persevere to the end, and we'll never make it to our goal. <BR> <BR> I've had these thoughts myself as I reflect on the distance ahead of me to my goal in achieving my bachelor's degree. I have a bit of a respite between courses and look... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:44:33 EST I Believe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640372 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1298830759.jpg"> <BR> <BR> John 6:28, 29 NKJV Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” <BR> <BR> There are times in our lives when circumstances seem to cry out for us to DO something. Jesus told His disciples that their doing was not the important part, but that what they believed was the work they were... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 11:44:48 EST Smokescreens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615910 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1221465515.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Smokescreens have long been used as weapons of warfare, to hide the enemy's movements, tactical maneuvers and equipment that are being used to attack and defeat their enemies. Today, every believer has an enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy the life that God has planned for them. That enemy is Satan, the devil, our adversary, and the one Jesus refers to in John 10:10 as “the thief”, who comes only “to ste... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 12:34:01 EST Reflections Of The Past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575677 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l579547081.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Genesis 19:26 NKJV But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. <BR> <BR> As we come to the close of 2013 many are looking back and wondering what lies ahead. What does God have for our future? Could it be more of the same? Or is it possible that what lies ahead of us is better than what we ever could have imagined? We are at the crossroads between yesterday and tomorrow! <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:24:23 EST There Is Hope! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567101 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1540003228.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jeremiah 17:14 NKJV Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise. <BR> <BR> Jeremiah called out to God for healing and then declared that as he was touched he would be healed. When God speaks of healing and declares that He will heal He doesn't limit it to a certain area or aspect of your life; He speaks of healing as to whatever needs healing in your spirit, soul... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:40:58 EST Learn To Live Care-Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564045 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1675629973.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Luke 10:41, 42 NKJV And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” <BR> <BR> As I was praying and meditating on this scripture this morning, I heard the voice of the Lord speaking gently to my heart: <BR> <BR> “I want you to be without care, My Child. I d... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 07:58:50 EST Feelings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550606 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l446589391.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning I just have a “feeling” that someone needs some encouragement regarding their emotions and what they have going on inside of them. David, the Psalmist, said it this way in Psalm 55:4-8: <BR> <BR> My heart is severely pained within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me. And horror has overwhemed me. So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:48:21 EST Teach Me To Number My Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548390 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l956703031.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 90:12 NKJV So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning with this verse of scripture running through my mind. So, I knew the Lord wanted to say something to me about “numbering my days”. As I researched this verse the Lord lead me to some other scriptures that pertain to this same thought. Let's look at a few and some key words in the scriptu... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 11:59:16 EST Have You Fanned Your Flame? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542540 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1517098397.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2 Timothy 1:6 NKJV Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. <BR> <BR> Have you ever felt as if you had lost the flame of God within you? That you were going down for the last time? It's easy to get discouraged if we look around us at the world happenings or if our own personal lives are filled with challenges that seem to never end. But God has given... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 09:25:04 EST Your Hope Chest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518329 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1163198125.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. <BR> <BR> Hope, that one little word on which we rest our faith, is often misunderstood to be a type of wishful thinking. Many times we hear people say, “I hope this happens”, or “I hope to be able to do such and such”. And yet Biblical hope is much more than wishful thinking. It is defined from the Greek word ... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 08:40:51 EST Today Is The Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509673 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l839581373.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Psalm 139:13-16 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 09:13:30 EST Get Your Fight On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502172 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l760062272.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2 Kings 7:3-8 NKJV Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? “If we say, 'We will enter the city,' the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only di... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 07:36:06 EST It's Time For Your Breakthrough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500552 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1936845193.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1 Chronicles 14:8-11 NKJV Now when the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went out against them. Then the Philistines went and made a raid on the Valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” The LORD said to him, “G... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:12:22 EST Life After Death http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492917 As many of you know my brother went home to be with the Lord last night. It was a bittersweet home-going for me as I was so glad he was finally free of the pain that he has suffered from diabetes for so long, but realizing that I didn't get to see him for one last time before he left this earth left me with a sadness of my own. I had purchased airline tickets to fly out to see him on October 2 but he chose to move to heaven before I made it there. I am, however, much more thankful that he ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 15:49:16 EST Facing Your Giants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470897 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1210786091.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Judges 3:1-4 NLT The LORD left certain nations in the land to test those Israelites who had not participated in the wars of Canaan. He did this to teach warfare to generations of Israelites who had no experience in battle. These were the nations: the Philistines (those living under the five Philistine rulers), all the Canaanites, the Sideonians, and the Hivites living in the hill country of Lebanon from ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:22:18 EST Turning Your Mourning Into Dancing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459254 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l93514208.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ephesians 2:11-13 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands—that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:39:23 EST The Words Of Kings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451171 We've been looking at the importance of our words and the effects they can have for life or death in the lives of those to which we speak them and the situations that we encounter in our own lives. Today we will look at what God intends for us to do with our words; the warfare that He intends for us to carry out with the word of God as it is spoken out our mouths. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1643594775.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Revelation 19:11-16; NLT Then I saw ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 20:47:46 EST Harness Your Tongue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447280 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l537862475.jpg"> <BR> <BR> James 3:1-3 NKJV My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. <BR> <BR> James is talking about the ability to walk in victory where our w... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 07:33:14 EST Words Can Hurt Or Heal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446734 Disclaimer: Before you read this blog, please know that it was not written because of anything anyone has said to me or asked me about, but it was born out of a personal experience in my own life. God often teaches through me as He teaches me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l795076159.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know that you have probably never been caught up in the moment of a heated discussion with someone that you love where your whole witness of Christianity was w... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 17:22:53 EST My Heartfelt Thanks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444255 It is with a heart full of gratitude to my spark friends, Spark People, and to my God that I want to say a sincere "Thank You" for the Spark People Motivator award that I received today! <BR> <BR> I was surprised when I opened my email this morning on my way to church to see that I had an email from Spark People notifying me that I had been voted a Spark People Motivator. It never entered my mind that what I do in seeking the lost for Jesus and encouraging those who are struggling and hurti... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 15:04:09 EST Friend Of God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443089 I worked for several years in mortgage institutions. At my last position I was an escrow processor. My job was to audit loan papers for accuracy as they came back in from the closers after all mortgage papers had been signed. There was one document in particular that I had to look at that verified that all other documents were correct. It was the signature affidavit, the one that showed the legal name and signature of the individual for which the loan papers were written. All other docume... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 09:43:26 EST Is God Shaking Your Nest? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429479 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2020385029.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 16:9 For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. <BR> <BR> Paul said that with new opportunities comes new challenges. What thoughts run through your mind when you think about something new that God may be wanting to do in your life? Does the prospect of a new thing over ride the thoughts of new challenges arising with it? How do you deal with the risks assoc... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:19:07 EST Babies, At Times, Have Dirty Diapers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425804 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l380736978.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Romans 14:1-5 NKJV Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has receive him. Who are you to judge another's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:58:52 EST Your Focus Either Feeds Your Faith Or Fuels Your Fears! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424127 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1820819086.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ephesians 2:11-13 NLT Don't forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders by birth. You were called “the uncircumcised ones” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from God's people. Israel, and you did not know the promises God had made to them. You lived in this wor... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:30:20 EST What Is In Your Heart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421197 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l517579084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Proverbs 4:23 NKJV Keep your heart with all diligence, For out if it spring the issues of life. <BR> <BR> Have you ever heard someone say, “oh, she's just got issues”? One of the writers of Proverbs, the book in the Bible that we consider as “the book of wisdom”, states in this verse that it is out of the heart, man's inner being, that “issues” arise. And that all of us have them! <BR> <BR> Issues – Hebrew wo... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 22:44:52 EST Hope Whispers.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413571 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190944731.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Psalm 42:5-8 NIV Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon--from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the LORD directs his love... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:25:45 EST Proclaiming The Light http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408278 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1426521761.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Genesis 1:2, 3 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. <BR> <BR> The phrase “let there be” comes from the Hebrew word “hayah” that means “to exist, be, become, come to pass, be done, happen.” God literally proclaimed light in the midst of the darknes... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:22:52 EST Living In The Light http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405267 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1942409993.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Luke 1:78, 79 “Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring form on high has visited us; To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.” <BR> <BR> Light verses darkness; we see it throughout the Bible when talking about the purpose of Jesus Christ coming into our world to deliver us from the sin that separates us from God. In these t... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 08:15:07 EST Walking In The Light http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402150 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l100344159.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” John 12:46 <BR> <BR> Jesus spoke these words just before He was crucified. John records them as well as giving his description of Jesus coming as a man to dwell among us as the true Light that gives light to every man in John 1:9-12 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was gong to come into ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 08:40:31 EST Live Out Loud! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401049 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l13014499.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2 Peter 1:3-8 NLT As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in his divine nature. So make every effort to... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 08:16:37 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399921 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2004328710.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; "that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abra... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 08:27:35 EST Trip To Stone Mountain, Georgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399455 We took a short overnight trip to Atlanta this week and while we were there we visited Stone Mountain, Georgia. Stone Mountain is made of primarily granite composed of quartz, plagioclase feldspar, microcline and muscovite, with smaller amounts of biotite and tourmaline, according to Wikipedia. The mountain is about 1,686 feet high and has three historic Southern icons, Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and Jefferson Davis carved into the front of the mountain. <BR> <BR> Here are ... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 19:52:50 EST Porcupine People! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367532 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1492099358.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We've all been around them – porcupine people; in fact, we've all been one to someone else at some point in our lives. We are imperfect people living in a world filled with imperfect people! <BR> <BR> The quills of a porcupine are used as a defense mechanism to detour predators from getting too close to them. They are laid flat on the body until something comes near and they feel threatened and then the quills... Sat, 25 May 2013 11:57:41 EST WHY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363470 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1490300830.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Habakkuk 1:2 NKJV O LORD, how long shall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You, “Violence!” And You will not save. <BR> <BR> Habakkuk was distressed over the condition of his country. He had questions that seemed to go unanswered; prayers that seemed to be ignored by God and he was perplexed by what he saw going on around him. <BR> <BR> How many of us have experienced similar feelings? We look a... Tue, 21 May 2013 12:51:02 EST Believe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360848 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l851711420.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Isaiah 43:10-13 NLT “But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the LORD, “And you are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God; there never has been and never will be. I am the LORD, and there is no other Savior. First I predicted your deliverance; I declared what I would do, and then I did it—I saved you. No foreign god has ever done... Sun, 19 May 2013 08:31:32 EST