BETRLIFE4ME1's SparkPeople Blog BETRLIFE4ME1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Lives in love 1 John 4:13-16 This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. <BR> <BR> Have a safe and blessed Thursday everyone! Thu, 27 Jun 2013 05:35:01 EST Our deeds and wisdom James 3:13-18 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly and unspiritual. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 05:38:13 EST My heart is aching My heart is aching….A week ago I had to make a trip to be with my family, my little brother died in a car accident. Then I got a call last night that my Mom has taken a turn for the worse and most likely will not be here much longer. To say I am tired and a little worn down from it all is an understatement. I know God will get me through it all and is right beside me. <BR> Even though I know my Mom will be with the Lord and no longer in the severe pain she is in, it still hurts. I love you Mo... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:07:06 EST Natural body 1 Corinthians 15:44-49 If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image o... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 05:58:31 EST Never give up James 5:7-8 Be patient, see how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. <BR> Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. <BR> <BR> When is the last time you planted a seed? Think about it, you get the ground ready for planting, you then plant the seed, and th... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 06:08:40 EST Humility that comes from wisdom James 3:13-18 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly and unspiritual. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 07:05:37 EST Getting closer As we become closer to God our life will change. The people we hang out with and associate with will change. Whatever we were doing, things we knew were not right, things that we knew we should not do, we will stop doing them. Some may take a while to get to that point, and then some may get there quickly. But once we truly start opening our heart to the Lord, we will realize a lot of the things we do, say or think about, is not what He wants from us. Yes, some may get there slowly and some f... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 06:50:17 EST Losing We can lose many things in our life, from loved ones, jobs, possessions and other things, but there is one thing we will never lose and that is God’s love. <BR> Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed and safe weekend everyone! Fri, 21 Jun 2013 05:23:26 EST Being comforted Have you been through the heartache of losing a loved one or someone very close to you? Did you scream out to God why? Losing a loved one suddenly or slowly, it happens to so many every day. Things happen in life, accidents and serious medical problems that take our loved ones away. <BR> Some things happen in life because it's was an accident or someone made a bad decision, and a few other reasons. Some blame God or ourselves, but we shouldn't do either. If someone wanted something bad to ha... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 05:11:33 EST What we want, What He wants You want a new computer <BR> A new car <BR> A place to call home <BR> <BR> He just wants your heart <BR> <BR> You want a new phone <BR> A vacation <BR> Money in the bank <BR> <BR> He just wants your heart <BR> <BR> You ask for many things from Him <BR> But all He ask of you is one thing <BR> YOUR HEART. <BR> Matthew 22:37 love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. <BR> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 20:54:41 EST My heart is hurting! PLEASE PRAY!** I got a phone call a little while ago. My Mom has been in the hospital because of the Alzheimers and being in bad pain. A brain scan done a few days ago was really bad. When the phone rang earlier, I thought is was about her, but it was not about my mom. My youngest brother was killed in a car wreck tonight. My brother had just given an engagement ring to his girlfriend and his daughter is expecting his first grandchild. Thank you. <BR> Rest in peace Troy! I miss you already! <... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 02:56:19 EST Give you peace Numbers 6:24-26 May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. <BR> <BR> Have a safe and blessed weekend everyone! Fri, 14 Jun 2013 06:17:12 EST Resist James 3: 16-18 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. <BR> James 4: 7-8 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your han... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 05:36:48 EST The root Romans 11: 16-24 For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. Well; because of unbelief they ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 05:48:57 EST Light Revelations 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will worship Him. The... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 05:46:38 EST Not burdensome 1 John 5: 1-5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves His child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out His commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 05:32:27 EST Three are in agreement 1 John 5:6-9, 11 This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which He has given about his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. And thi... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 06:43:03 EST Given us understanding 1 John 5:18-20 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend ... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 04:19:22 EST What is good Titus 3:3-8 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been just... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 06:05:01 EST Made complete in us 1 John 4:7-12 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 05:23:47 EST Waited patiently Psalms 40:1-5 I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay; And He set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. Blessed is the person that maketh the Lord their trust and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O Lord my God, are the wonderful w... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 06:28:48 EST What was given to us 1 John 3:19-24 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything. <BR> Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases Him. And this is His command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He command... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 06:14:58 EST Our heart Having a hard heart, means one whose heart is not open to things, not willing to listen, opinionated, judges others, has hate inside it and many other things. <BR> Romans 2:5 "because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed. " <BR> Having a soft heart, means one who sees others with the heart of love. They are open to hear things, they will listen, when someone is hurting, even if it’s someone ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 07:26:25 EST Be doers James 1:22 “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” <BR> <BR> Don’t just listening to or read His word, which we need to do also, but be doers. Show others the same mercy, love and forgiveness, that He shows to us and tell others about Him every chance you get. <BR> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 04:46:20 EST Being still Psalms 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” <BR> This doesn’t mean when you are being still, you can be texting, or letting your mind wonder on other things, or talking to someone. It means to be still, get away from all the distractions, phones, computers, TV, and others things and then listen. He will speak to your heart, but you must be still, be quiet and listen. <BR> <BR> Be safe and have a blessed weekend everyone! Sat, 1 Jun 2013 06:34:16 EST 1440 minutes The Lord gives us His attention 1440 minutes a day; at the least we should give Him back a few minutes of that, if not more each day. Fri, 31 May 2013 05:13:25 EST Taste and see Psalms 34:8 "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the person who trusts in Him." <BR> <BR> Do you truly trust Him? Think about it, do you really trust the Lord. Are you willing to give everything in your life over to Him and let Him guide you? <BR> We need to learn to completely trust Him, to guide us in our life, because when we do……oh, how great it is. <BR> <BR> Have a safe and blessed weekend everyone! Fri, 31 May 2013 05:10:05 EST Teach me Psalms 25:5-9 Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord! Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. <BR> ... Thu, 30 May 2013 06:05:15 EST Our words Ephesians 4:29 'Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." <BR> <BR> The words we say or write, text and etc, have tremendous power for good or evil. Words can promote love and understanding or inflame prejudice and hatred. It is words that make or break relationships. Words can make peace or make war. Words can heal or destroy. Let your words always show a spirit of love and of ... Wed, 29 May 2013 04:25:19 EST Wholehearted devotion 1 Chronicles 28:9 acknowledge God, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. <BR> <BR> Have a safe and blessed week everyone! Tue, 28 May 2013 07:31:45 EST Life in the Spirit Wow, awesome words to read. <BR> Life in the Spirit <BR> Romans 8:1-11 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk ... Mon, 27 May 2013 06:19:35 EST Don't lose heart 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day everyone! Sun, 26 May 2013 07:09:34 EST Thank you Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. <BR> <BR> Thank you….. its two words that can bring you to your knees or to your feet, when praising our wonderful and glorious Father. <BR> Those two words seem so small, but can mean so much, especially when you’re thanking the Lord for being there for you; showing you His love, forgiveness and mercy. <BR> <BR> Thank you Lord for your blessings! Thank you for forgiving me of my ... Sat, 25 May 2013 05:46:06 EST Diligence Romans 12:9-21 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. In love of the brethren be tenderly affectioned one to another; in honor preferring one another; in diligence not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing steadfastly in prayer; communicating to the necessities of the saints; given to hospitality. Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that rejoice; we... Fri, 24 May 2013 04:53:09 EST Helps us in our weakness Romans 8: 26-30 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. And He who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew He also predestine... Thu, 23 May 2013 05:35:15 EST Wisdom 1 Corinthians 2:1-10 And I, brethren, when I came unto you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power... Wed, 22 May 2013 05:30:06 EST Receive one another Romans 15: 5-7 Now may the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of the same mind one with another according to Christ Jesus: that with one accord ye may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, even as Christ also received you, to the glory of God. <BR> <BR> Lord, please help those who lost someone yesterday in OK from the tornado and heal those who are injured. Bless them with the strength they will need to get through t... Tue, 21 May 2013 06:43:21 EST Sweeter than honey Psalms 19:7-11 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servan... Mon, 20 May 2013 07:17:58 EST Knowing Romans 13: 11-14 Knowing the time; that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts t... Sun, 19 May 2013 06:35:30 EST To keep you from doing the things you want to do Galatians 5:16-17 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. Sat, 18 May 2013 05:47:04 EST Humble ourselves James 4:6-10 God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Humble yourself in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. <BR> <BR> Have a very blessed and safe weekend everyone! Stay strong with your diet plan. Fri, 17 May 2013 07:08:08 EST In word or deed Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. <BR> <BR> I have a question for you; think about it, what you have asked God for in the last day or two, this past week or this past month. A car, a home, a job, money, fame, or the many other things people ask of Him. <BR> Now, here is another question…… do you know what it is? <BR> What have you done for Him lately? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day e... Thu, 16 May 2013 07:14:22 EST Can we say we would do the same It must have been something to see, to watch the way Jesus showed love to everyone! From the woman who was caught committing adultery, to the thief on the cross, to those who crucified Him, Jesus asking God to forgive them for they know not what they do. <BR> Luke 7:47-48 “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” <BR> (Jesus speaking to the accusers and the wom... Wed, 15 May 2013 06:25:12 EST Calling out 2 Peter 1:3 "His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness." <BR> <BR> God is calling! He is calling out to the world, but many will not hear His call. Many have turned their back to Him; many continue and want to live in the ways of this world; corruption, hate, lying, cheating, stealing, killing, destruction, and the many other ways of this world. Yes, He is calling out to the lost, but many will ... Tue, 14 May 2013 05:16:21 EST Search the heart Jeremiah 17:10 “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every one according to their ways, according to the fruit of their deeds.” <BR> <BR> What are your deeds? Do you think mainly about yourself, instead of putting other first? Do you lie, cheat, steal, hate, have unforgiveness toward others, gossip, are the deeds in your life more bad than good? Don’t be someone who says, well, I am hoping my good deeds out way the bad ones. Start today by doing your best to have nothing b... Mon, 13 May 2013 05:34:34 EST Our actions 1 John 3:18 “Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” <BR> <BR> We can say the words all day long, saying we love others, but if our actions don’t show it, then there is no truth in it. Show others love with not only your words, but with your deeds. <BR> <BR> Happy Mothers Day! Have a very safe, blessed and happy Sunday everyone! Sun, 12 May 2013 06:55:13 EST In the morning Psalms 143:8 "Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee." <BR> Psalms 144:2 The Lord is my goodness, and my fortress, my high tower, and my deliverer, my shield, and He in whom I trust. Sat, 11 May 2013 07:25:07 EST Trust Psalms 84: 11-12 For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows grace, favor and glory! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord, blessed, happy, fortunate, to be envied is the person who trusts in You, leaning and believing in You, committing all and confidently looking to You. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend every one and Happy Mothers Day! Fri, 10 May 2013 05:55:08 EST Great love 1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. <BR> <BR> Friday is all most here. Have a blessed Thursday everyone! Thu, 9 May 2013 04:12:43 EST Justifying the things we do How many justify the things they do but condemn it in others? They maybe have hate for others, they gossip, they judge, they hurt others by their words, they will not forgive, and they do some if not many of the things that they say others should not do. <BR> We can either continue to do it, continue to hurt others with our words, continue to have hate, continue to not forgive, continue to judge others, continue to gossip, which are just some of the things the Lord said we should not do or w... Wed, 8 May 2013 06:43:06 EST