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/ I Believe..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410122 <BR> I BELIEVE..... <BR> <BR> “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 this before. You are witnesses that I am the only God,” says t... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:35:16 EST My Times.....Are In Your Hand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204966 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b2207a1-04da-477e-bf02-8387a87a5a7e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Psalm 31:14, 15 NKJV But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me. <BR> <BR> Regardless of what happens in this world, I trust in the Lord! My times are in His hand. What comfort that scripture gives me in the tumultuous times in which we live. Along with that scripture is a... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:06:08 EST Set Your Eyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203688 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ff3e3b0-6a0f-46dc-9b7f-fa18eff50cc0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Image courtesy of: FreeChristian mages.se <BR> <BR> What you set your eyes upon is what you will walk towards! What are you fixing your eyes on today…..success like the eagle soaring above the earth or as the chicken with eyes fixed on the ground where limited opportunities for success exist? <BR> <BR> The Greek word for “eyes” is atenizo and it means look steadfastly, behold steadfastly,... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:18:03 EST You Are A Joint! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191159 To read this blog please copy and paste this address into your browser: aviesplace.wordpress.com <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> God's blessings to each of you today! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:33:06 EST "See Me, Says The Lord" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113483 To view this blog please copy and paste this address into your browser: <BR> https://aviesplace.wordpress.com/ <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Mar 2016 13:08:43 EST Hope Stealers or Hope Instillers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063281 To save having to post this blog in several different places I would like to ask you to access it at my wordpress blog-site. <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> <BR> You will need to copy and paste this address in your browser: <BR> <BR> https://aviesplace.wordpress.com Thu, 7 Jan 2016 16:17:02 EST Hopeless or Hopeful? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061182 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/429cab79-ae08-40e9-9b9d-fd5e6513fbf3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Proverbs 13:12 NKJV Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But whe the desire comes, it is a tree of life. <BR> <BR> Have you ever felt like the thing that you had been praying about and believing that God would provide had been withheld from you and was never going to become a reality? If so, my friend, you have lost your hope and hopelessness has taken its place. When that happens, God's ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 14:30:12 EST Is Jesus Sleeping Through Your Storm? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012223 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/08774256-0bfd-4cfd-851b-4ef595426164.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Matthew 8:23-27 NKJV Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!" But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 14:47:23 EST The End Of The Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974902 Well, it's come time to end the great adventure that we have been on since we sold our home in April of this year. We have arrived at our future home location so this will be my last travel blog. I hope you have enjoyed our photos and descriptions of where we were traveling. <BR> <BR> I have had a few people that have requested photos of this area of the country, Arkansas, where we will be making our residency in just a couple of weeks. Arkansas is a pretty State, with the eastern side b... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 20:50:36 EST Michigan - The Upper Peninsula http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967079 We left Holland, Michigan and journeyed north to the Upper Peninsula. We planned to visit the U.P. and Mackinac Island while we were this far north. We hoped to meet with a friend either on the way up through Central Michigan or if we came back through that area, maybe on the way back south. <BR> <BR> The Mackinac Bridge is five miles long and connects Lower Michigan with the Upper Peninsula. It crosses the Great Lakes of Michigan and Huron at their meeting called the Straits of Mackinac.... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:50:15 EST The West Side Of Michigan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955080 We traveled from the St. Clair River on the East side Michigan over to Holland, Michigan which is on the western side of Michigan on Lake Michigan. We have friends here that we wanted to visit while we were in this area. One day Jeff and Kathy took us out to the beach here in Holland. Lake Michigan is very large so when you are on the beach looking out across the water it actually looks like the ocean. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of a lighthouse at the State Park. <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 20:28:56 EST Catching Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950370 Wow! I have really gotten behind in my travel blogs! So, here's a quick journey for you from the Erie Canal to the present! <BR> <BR> We took a day to go into Buffalo New York to visit some of the folks that I work with through Communion With God Ministries and Christian Leadership University. Knowing that the ministry office was so close to where we were staying, I just couldn't pass up an opportunity to schedule a visit with them while we were in the area. <BR> <BR> Here I am with my f... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:42:58 EST The Erie Canal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942534 Today we went to Lockport, New York, to cruise the Erie Canal. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e3f2b13-e9e3-45ae-998c-45ec9d7ed45a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Erie Canal traverses 363 miles from The Hudson River at Albany, New York, to the Niagara River at Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York. This cruise out of Lockport, New York, is at locks 34 and 35, the last two locks before reaching Lake Erie. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68effba6-be12-404... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 19:55:43 EST Niagara Falls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941275 Yesterday we got up early to spend the day exploring the Niagara Falls, New York area. Rain is in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow morning so we wanted to make sure we had a sunny, clear day for this event. <BR> <BR> This is the Rainbow Bridge that crosses over from the United States into Canada. The Falls are in the background. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf3e9837-68f7-4d59-a127-4d346e56af26.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here you can see the Falls as you look over ... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 16:41:24 EST Pennsylvania http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941263 On May 31st we packed up the RV and headed for Pennsylvania. We had plans to visit friends in the Tunkhannock area. <BR> <BR> Our first stop in Southern Pennsylvania was at the Flight 93 Memorial. This was the place where Flight 93 went down under the hijacking of the 911 terrorists. It was a somber reminder to us of those who died at that place in Pennsylvania while doing what they could to stop the hijackers from killing more people had that flight went on to the destination that the hi... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 16:10:57 EST New River Gorge, West Virginia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931873 Yesterday we went sightseeing with some new friends we met while staying here at the RV Park. We went to the New River Gorge in the middle part of West Virginia. It is 876 feet high above the river and is a steel-arched bridge spanning 3,030 feet. It was quite impressive. For years it was the world's longest steel single-span arched bridge but is now 4th in the world. When it was opened in 1977 it was the highest vehicular bridge in the world and is now 3rd highest in the United States. ... Thu, 21 May 2015 08:52:52 EST West Virginia Capital http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931629 This week we visited the West Virginia Capital in Charleston. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ccd49081-e84a-4d08-8e5e-6f4027d68353.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78ebbf51-a7aa-4fbe-b7ae-da224e9ea62f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Capital Plaza is all on one block with bricked walkways between the buildings. It was very well manicured and had easy access from one building to the next. <BR> <BR> We went inside the Capital building and saw w... Wed, 20 May 2015 21:27:30 EST West Virginia - Rippling Waters Campground http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927147 We moved this morning from Lewisburg, West Virginia to about 15 miles north of Charleston. West Virginia is known as the mountain state and I can understand why. It is a beautiful state with mountains for every photo backdrop! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ed0f587-2fee-41dc-b676-9f46e6487020.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f121e6a6-061a-4052-aad5-70d033f4df52.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The dome on top of the capitol building in Charlest... Tue, 12 May 2015 20:28:02 EST West Virginia - The Greenbrier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925031 We left John H Kerr Reservoir yesterday morning and drove through the Allegheny mountains to West Virginia. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1681014165.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1733837714.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We arrived at the State Fair Campground in Lewisburg, West Virginia just before dark. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l474660302.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These creeping phlox were so pretty, I cou... Fri, 8 May 2015 21:44:13 EST Back In The Woods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919914 We arrived at John F Kerr Reservoir in southern Virginia last night. It is a Corp of Engineers Lake and Park. This lake is a clear, deep lake surrounded by hills and woods, a very pretty setting. <BR> <BR> The campsites are clean, neat and well maintained. They have restrooms with showers in each camping area. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l251567320.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l61567713.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We took a wal... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 22:21:31 EST The View From The Top http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918681 Yesterday was a cool, rainy day so after church we spent a quiet afternoon and evening in the RV. <BR> <BR> This morning dawned with the sun shining and the temps rising so after doing some housekeeping and laundry we hit the road to spend our last day enjoying the Outer Banks of North Carolina. <BR> <BR> We had visited the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse late one afternoon last week but got there too late to have time to climb the 257 steps from the ground to the balcony of the lighthouse. Since... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:53:43 EST The Northern Half Of The Island http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917610 Yesterday we took a trip up Hatteras Island to the North. Some stretches of the highway had sand edging the ocean side. You can’t see the ocean for the sand dunes separating the highway and the ocean. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2079558146.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This 2.5 mile bridge is over the Oregon Inlet which connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pamlico Sound. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1774659857.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In total... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:32:46 EST The Outer Banks Of North Carolina http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916785 This week Monday and Tuesday were traveling days from Asheville, North Carolina to our next stop, Buxton, North Carolina on the Outer Banks. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1502251549.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We arrived at Cape Woods Campground on Tuesday evening. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1266369448.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wednesday we explored Hatteras Island, including the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:49:24 EST Almost A Full Week.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913525 It's been almost a week since we pulled into the RV Park that has been our home base here in Asheville, North Carolina. Today we have been cleaning and rearranging things in the RV to make it more comfortable as a full time “home on wheels”. This is a new experience for us and I feel a little like Abram must have felt when the Lord spoke to him to move from his home in Haran to wherever He was taking him. <BR> <BR> Genesis 12:1 AMP NOW [in Haran] the Lord said to Abram, Go for yourself [f... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:03:38 EST Grandfather Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913148 Today we made a trip up past the Blue Ridge Parkway to Grandfather Mountain. Wow, what a view! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l373233490.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Grandfather Mountain, although not the tallest peak in the area, has simply some of the most beautiful views that I've ever seen. After traveling the last couple of miles of hairpin curves you reach the top where there is a souvenir shop and a mile high swinging foot bridge leading from one side of the mounta... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:44:22 EST Mount Mitchell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912553 Today was the first full day of no rain since we arrived in North Carolina on Sunday! So we made a trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mount Mitchell, which is the highest peak East of the Mississippi River. <BR> <BR> Before we had driven very far up the Parkway an animal jumped out on the highway in front of us that we first thought was a coyote, but as we got closer and was able to get a good view of it we saw that it was a Bobcat-Lynx. It ran up the highway for a short distance in front o... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:13:03 EST Our Great Adventure Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912007 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1240213802.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We recently sold our home in Tennessee and started on a great adventure. We will be living and traveling in our RV, fifth wheel, until we determine where we want to re-locate. So, here's a few pictures of our first week on the road. <BR> <BR> Our first stop was not far from home. We spent a few nights at Tim's Ford Marina RV Park while taking care of last minute business and saying our goodbyes to some special f... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:35:12 EST Out With The Old And In With The New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842358 2014 is just about over and we will soon be embracing the New Year of 2015! I've been reflecting on the highlights of this year today and even though there were disappointments the victories far outweigh the disappointments! God has been so good to me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1260661033.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The best is yet to come as we leave the old behind and step over into what God has for us in 2015! <BR> <BR> Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV For I know t... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:45:25 EST 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