BIGDAD1211's SparkPeople Blog BIGDAD1211's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Making the right choice Hello my Friends. I just want to share a little something with you all <BR> <BR> I am in a position where I have two decisions to make. And right from the start, the enemy is saying "Do it! Nobody will know." But the Holy Spirit is saying "Trust your Father. No matter how hard it will get, You know He will never leave you nor forsake you". So I prayed and asked God to help me and lead me to the decision that leads to His Will. And I tell you people, He answered me in such a why that I had no... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 11:56:10 EST Is your faith driven and tossed? James 1:6 <BR> But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. <BR> <BR> I had to ask myself this as an episode in my life today caused me to be fearful and doubtful and to tell the truth, down right scared! I mean, I was all anxious and butterflies in the tummy type worried. But God sent a friend to deliver a message to me and that message basically God's Plan's for my life are according to His Will and that no matter wh... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 22:30:06 EST Weeping bitterly Matt 26:75 <BR> And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly. <BR> <BR> I always read this verse and I think, wow, how Peter must have felt to hear those words from Jesus and to look in His face as He said them. And then to realize that after all the big talk about never denying Christ and even saying he would die with Christ, he denied Him the first time someone accused him of knowing Christ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 21:25:21 EST Bible Quizzes Hello SP Family! <BR> Just thought I would share these two site for Bibles quizzes. They showed me I still need to do some more Bible studying but I had fun too! Try them out! <BR> In Jesus Name <BR> Greg <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>php Sun, 25 Mar 2012 19:50:31 EST Please keep a Brother in Christ in your Prayers Joshua 1:9-11 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”And Joshua commanded the officers of the people, “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.’” <BR> <BR> These verses will be my battle cry for th... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:17:17 EST Letters to the Pastor from kids. I hope that you will enjoy these as much as I. They were so cute <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Pastor, I know God loves everybody but He never <BR> met my sister. <BR> <BR> Dear Pastor, Please say in your sermon that Peter <BR> Peterson has been a good boy all week. I am Peter <BR> Peterson. <BR> <BR> Dear Pastor, My father should be a minister. Every day he <BR> gives us a sermon about something. <BR> <BR> Dear Pastor, I'm sorry I can't leave more money in the <BR> plate, but my father d... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 19:32:43 EST Thank You! Thank You Father for allowing me to see another year. I thank You for every moment, both good and bad, because You were with me through them all! And I thank You for each and everyone of my friends and family and I pray that You bless them even more than You have blessed me! <BR> In Jesus Name I pray <BR> Amen <BR> <BR> Thank you everyone for the BDay wishes! They really made my day!! Sun, 11 Dec 2011 07:43:28 EST The New Job Hello and praise the Lord everyone! <BR> <BR> It has been a minute since I have posted anything and I am glad to be able to post some great news! After a loooong time not working, God has blessed me and I am back in the work force! Thank You Lord Jesus! And thank everyone of my wonderful SP Family who kept me in their prayers and thoughts. You guys are the best!! <BR> Thanks again and I will be continuing to keep you all in prayer! <BR> In Jesus Name <BR> Greg <BR> <BR> Oh I forgot to say ... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 19:54:14 EST Yes I am Christian and yes I cry sometimes Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. Psalms 107:19 <BR> <BR> Today was a really stressful day for me today and it showed in my face and in my demeanor. The problems and issues of life were weighing on me pretty heavily and in trying to do things in my own strength, I found that I was totally weak. Now one thing I am sure we all have had happen us, when we are down or seem like we are not happy, the folks who are unsaved love to point out ... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 22:28:11 EST Faithful and True Lord And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. Rev 19:11 <BR> <BR> You know when I read this passage, it lifts up my spirit in a mighty way. I know this is talking about when our Lord comes down when Heaven to do battle with His enemies at His second coming, but I also see this as Jesus coming down for me to help me when I am going through my trials and tribulations. And it also reen... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 11:22:45 EST The Right To Holy Things I read a daily devotional called Faith's Checkbook by C H Spurgeon. It is online if you would like to check it out, (<BR>m.) Today's devotional really jumped out it me as I was reading it and my spirit is telling me that someone needs to read this today. God has so many promises for His children and we need to read them so that we know them and can live our daily lives in faith, trusting in Him who cannot lie! I pray that this promise blesses you as i... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 10:42:57 EST A short prayer I was blessed my a dear friend this morning and I want to share with my SP Family! <BR> <BR> GRACIOUS LORD, you are the beginning and ending of all things, my center and my circumference: root and fix me in you in such a way that my soul finds rest in its true home and never stops growing in grace, safe and secure in your loving embrace. Amen. <BR> <BR> Be blessed! Tue, 26 Jul 2011 10:38:35 EST God uses the weak to show His strength 1 Kings 19 <BR> <BR> 1 Now Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” 3 And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came ... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 20:05:42 EST God listens to prayer! 2 Kings 20:1-6 <BR> <BR> 1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. 2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying, 3 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. F113 4 And it came to pas... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 11:02:52 EST We have an Advocate with the Father A little something I received today that I thought I would share with my friends. I pray that it blesses you as it did me. <BR> In Jesus Name <BR> Greg <BR> <BR> <BR> My little children, these things I write to <BR> you, so that you may not sin. And if <BR> anyone sins, we have an Advocate with <BR> the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. <BR> ( 1 John 2:1 *NKJV ) <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Friends , <BR> Now if you are feeling low because of something that <BR> you have done wrong, or a... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:41:52 EST Confessing our sins Just a little something I received in my email but it says a lot! I pray that you are blessed by it. <BR> <BR> Dear Gregory , <BR> When we confess our sins and ask for God's forgiveness, <BR> they are cleaned from the Book Of Life by the Most Precious <BR> Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is then that those sins <BR> are not only forgiven, but they are also forgotten by our <BR> Heavenly Father as well. For it is written; "For I will be <BR> merciful to their unrighteousness, and t... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 10:33:15 EST Being thankful Just thought I would share this word I got in my email today. It really helped me to get through a rough time and I pray that it is a blessing to you too! <BR> In Jesus Name <BR> Greg <BR> <BR> Thankfulness depends on what is in your heart, not what is in your hand. <BR> <BR> Most people have no trouble finding things to complain about: traffic is slow, gas is too expensive, the weather is bad, prices are too high. Yet in every single situation, that same person also has a lot to be thankfu... Sun, 22 May 2011 22:16:31 EST Just a little something to make you smile! I got this in my email this morning and thought I would share it with my SP Family. Too funny! <BR> <BR> Proof That Scripture Can Protect You <BR> <BR> Now an elderly woman had just returned to her home from an <BR> evening of Church services when an intruder startled her. She <BR> caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables <BR> and yelled, Stop! ACTS 2:38!**" The burglar stopped in his <BR> tracks. The woman calmly called the police and explained what <BR> she had ... Sat, 7 May 2011 12:34:25 EST One who will never leave me Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5 <BR> <BR> So many people say that they love us and would never leave us, but most of the time they end up lying to us and walking away. But there is One who has made that promise to us and will never break His Word! Jesus tells us that we should not talk about what we have or could have and to be content with what we have. I know... Wed, 4 May 2011 10:10:45 EST Wait on the Lord! A little something form a friend. It encouraged me and I hope that it does the same for you! <BR> God Bless <BR> <BR> Wait on the Lord ; Be of good courage, <BR> And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, <BR> I say, on the Lord! <BR> ( Psalms 27:14 *NKJV ) <BR> <BR> Dear Gregory , <BR> As we all know, there are times in this life when we <BR> become discouraged, and feel like giving up on a person, <BR> place or thing. Then that causes us to lose confidence <BR> in ourselves.... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:07:51 EST A quick favor. Hello SP Family. <BR> I am writing this quick blog to ask a favor. My daughter My'Eisha <img src=""> <BR> (who is in college) is doing a project on child labor and she has entered a contest where the students make mocks ads decrying Hersey Chocolate Co for their use of child labor. Please check out the link and if you would be so kind, to vote for Tainted Smiles by My'Eisha Wicks in the "Pick your favorite mock ad" category. Thank you ver... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 11:29:19 EST A little bit of encouragement I get a daily email of encouragement and today I thought I would share this one with my Spark family. I was feeling a little discouraged this morning and this email came right when I needed it, right when God know I needed a reminder of who His is in my life. I pray that it is a blessing to someone else too. <BR> In Jesus Name <BR> Greg <BR> <BR> For it is written; 'He shall give His angels <BR> charge over you, To keep you,' and, 'In <BR> their hands they shall bear you up, Lest <BR> you da... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:40:02 EST Come now, and let us reason together Isaiah 1:18 <BR> Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. <BR> <BR> You know when I read this verse, I am so amazed at what an awesome God we serve and I am in awe with how much He loves us! Imagine this, you have blessed someone with a wonderful gift and then that person takes your gift and throws it back in your face! Now speaking for myself, I would be read... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 17:49:08 EST God's Word will never lie! Numbers 23:19 <BR> God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? <BR> <BR> God is such an awesome God and when I need him, He is always there! You know, it may be hard to believe, (yea right!) but sometimes I despair of things that are going on in my life. Life seems to start to overshadow me and the road begins to get dark and bumpy for me. But then, God will allow me to read something... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:35:16 EST Lamentations 3: Great is thy faithfulness 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. <BR> <BR> I was listening to the song "Great is thy f... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:07:54 EST Another Comforter John 14:15-17 <BR> 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. <BR> <BR> When Jesus was teaching His disciples, He explained to them that He was soon to go away, but that another Comforter was to come in His Name and th... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:09:23 EST Will you be ashamed Romans 10 <BR> 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. <BR> <BR> With the beginning of the new year, we tend to make all kinds of resolutions and set goals for the year but for some of us, the m... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 15:47:24 EST Do you diligently seek him? Hebrews 11:6 <BR> But without FAITH it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. <BR> <BR> You know sometimes it is very difficult to have faith when we are going through rough times. Sometimes the cares and worries of the old world can beat us down a bit and cause us to lose hope in the fact that everything will be ok. <BR> <BR> But as children of God, we have a Father who looks after His ch... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 19:43:35 EST Weekly Wisdom for the week of September 20, 2010 Just a little wisdom I got in my email every week. Thought I would share since it hits home to me. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> Weekly Wisdom for the week of September 20, 2010 <BR> <BR> Anything you have to hide to do is probably something you shouldn't be doing at all. <BR> <BR> It can be difficult to find people of integrity, because so many people make mediocre compromises. At work, such people take every shortcut possible in order to finish the task as quickly as possible, even though they do a t... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 18:47:51 EST James 1:13-15 13Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. <BR> <BR> For those of us who know God as our Father and Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we know we are protected, covered and saved by the Blood of the Lamb. All of our s... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 12:46:28 EST Memory verse for the week of July 4 Hello and praise the Lord my brothers and sisters in Christ. Happy 4th of July! I pray that God has blessed each and everyone of you with a wonderful holiday! <BR> <BR> Father God <BR> We come together once again to thank You for all the blessings you have bestowed on us as a people and a nation. Please continue to watch over America and it's people and to lead the people in prayer and worship of You through Your Son, Jesus Name. <BR> In His Name <BR> Amen <BR> <BR> This week's verve comes... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 22:53:07 EST Memory verse for the week of June 13 Hello and praise the Lord friends and welcome to the memory verse for the week. Thank you all for stopping by. <BR> <BR> Father God <BR> Thank You for allowing us to go through the past week to meet here once again to share Your Word. Bless him that shares this lesson and bless those who read this. We thank You and Praise You <BR> In Jesus Name <BR> Amen <BR> <BR> This week's word come to us for John 16:33: <BR> <BR> "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In ... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 22:37:46 EST Memory verse for the week of May 30 Hello and Praise the Lord my friends. I would like to welcome you back to the Memory verse of the week. I know it has been a while since we last got together here to share God's Word and for that I apologize. But now we are here again and I Pray that all are blessed by the word that God has given me to share. <BR> <BR> Father God <BR> I thank You for being back here with Your children and my friends. I thank You for all that You have done for me and I thank You for what you are going to do f... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 14:02:37 EST Thanks, Sparks Family I want to thank everyone for all of your prayers and support! They have really helped me through a rough patch and I am thankful for friends like you in my life! Things are still a little bumpy here, but I am dealing with them better, Thank God. I know that I am not alone in this struggle and that God is with me all the way! And my Spark Family are with me also! <BR> Once again, Thank you so much and may God continue to bless each and everyone of you! <BR> In Jesus Name <BR> Greg Tue, 25 May 2010 11:21:12 EST Late Night Thoughts Hello SP Family <BR> I am just sitting here at 2:30am in the morning and I am thanking God for all that is going on in my life and in the life of my family. I am not totally happy with the state of my family right now. Things are going wrong in many areas right now. But I have come to the point where I have to let go and let God do His perfect will in my family's life. I have to let Him work in my oldest daughter's life and stop worrying about how she is living her life. I have to believe tha... Fri, 21 May 2010 02:47:50 EST Won't be on much for the next few days Hello my SP Family. <BR> You may have noticed that I haven't been on a lot this week. I have some life issues going on at home and they are taking a lot of my time to deal with. I hope to get them in order soon. But until then, please forgive me if I take a while to get back to you. <BR> Please keep me in your prayers. <BR> Thank you <BR> In Jesus Name <BR> Greg Thu, 13 May 2010 21:54:44 EST Memory verse for the week of April 25 Hello and Praise the Lord! <BR> Welcome my friends to another Memory Verse for the Week. Glad you could join us! <BR> <BR> Father God <BR> We come before You giving You all Glory, Honor and Praise. We thank You for another opportunity to share in Your Word. Please bless me with Your wisdom as I share Your word with my brothers and sisters in Christ. <BR> I thank You in Jesus Name <BR> Amen <BR> <BR> This week's verse comes to us from Romans 5:6 <BR> "For when we were yet without strength, ... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 22:04:54 EST Memory verse for the week of April 18 Good day and praise the Lord. <BR> Welcome to the Memory Verse for the Week. Thank you for coming by. <BR> <BR> Father God I pray that Your Word a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path today. May we all be blessed by the reading and the studying of it. <BR> In Jesus Name <BR> Amen <BR> <BR> This week's message comes from Isaiah 50:4: <BR> "The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning ... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:33:34 EST Memory verse for the week of April 11 Hello and Praise the Lord everyone! Welcome again to the memory verse for the week. I am so sorry I am late this week, (again) but I promise to do better. And thank you my friend for the reminder. You know who you are! <BR> <BR> Father God, thank You once again for blessing us with another week in which to give You praise and glory. Thank You for giving us Your Word and helping us to understand it and to share it with each other. Please open our hearts and minds to Your Wisdom <BR> In Jesus ... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:52:20 EST Good morning my Family! Good morning my friends <BR> Thank you all so much for your prays and concerns for me. Yesterday was a dozzy of a day for me and I was in a really dark mood. But then you all reminded me that darkness cannot live where there is light! And I have the Light of Jesus Christ beaming in my soul! And even though the darkness may try to creep up on me, when I turn to Christ as my Light, the darkness must go! And besides, there is no way I am going to let the enemy destroy Resurrection Day for me! ... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 11:21:23 EST Memory verse for the week of Mar 21 Hello and praise the Lord. Welcome to the Memory verse of the week. Glad to have you here <BR> <BR> Lord God, thank You once again for allowing us to see another week. I pray that You grant me wisdom to share Your Word with my brothers and sister in Christ. <BR> Thank You <BR> In Jesus Name <BR> Amen <BR> <BR> This week's verse is from Matt 7:3 "And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? <BR> <BR> You know, the other day, someone ... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 21:54:42 EST Memory verse for the week of Mar 14 Hello and praise the Lord, <BR> Welcome to another Memory verse for the week. Thank you so much for stopping by. <BR> <BR> Father God, I thank You once again for blessing us all to be here today and I pray that You continue to bless us with wisdom and knowledge of your Word. <BR> In Jesus Name <BR> Amen <BR> <BR> This week's verse comes from Psalms 40:1. I just love the Psalms as you can see. LOL <BR> <BR> 40:1 "I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. ... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:49:52 EST Memory verse for the week of Mar 7 Hello and praise the Lord everyone. <BR> I pray that you had a blessed and productive week in the Lord last week. I know I did and I thank God for it! <BR> Father God <BR> I thank you in the Name of your Son, Jesus Christ for all who read this lesson this week. I thank You that we are all here once again to eat of Your Word. As always, please guide me and use me to touch someone this day. Soften a heart, or give comfort to someone who needs You right now. <BR> I ask You and I thank You in ... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 00:18:47 EST Prayer Request Hello my brothers and sisters in Christ! <BR> Please join me in prayer for a good friend of mine mother who just found out she has breast cancer. Her Mom's name is Joyce and I bind the spirits of sickness and cancer and I decree healing in her life. Please stand with me and ask God to show His mercy and His grace. Thank You <BR> <BR> Father God <BR> I come before You in the Name of Your Son, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ <BR> I come come asking that You show mercy and grace to Joyce. Lor... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 20:32:00 EST Memory verse for the week of Feb 28 Hello and praise the Lord my brothers and sisters in Christ. Welcome once again to the Memory verse of the week. I know it has been a while since I have posted this lesson, but I pray that that does not happen again. <BR> <BR> Father God, I thank You that I am able once again to give this lesson by Your Grace. Guide my words and my thoughts so that I am speaking through You Lord and may all that read this lesson be blessed as You have blessed me to give it <BR> In Jesus Name I pray <BR> Ame... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 23:00:36 EST Praying for Chile I would like to ask everyone to pray for the people for Chlie. They have ahd a massive earthquake and many people are reported killed. Let us go to the Father and ask His mercy and comfort the Chile and all is people. Also let us also lift up all the coastal city who are under tsunami alert from the earthquakes, including Hawaii and coastal California. Keep them in your prayers also. <BR> <BR> Father God, please look after the people of Chile who are suffering after the earthquake. Please b... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 10:37:44 EST Please keep me in your prayers Hello my SP Family <BR> I am asking everyone to please keep me in your prayers. I have been under spiritual attack for the last week or so and I need you to stand with me in prayer so that I can continue to do the work that God has ordained me to do. The enemy has been attacking by body with sickness for the last couple of weeks and it seems that all kinds of problems are coming at me from outside and inside. I rejoice in these trials because it means that God has something big on the horizon... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 23:48:41 EST Team notices Hello SP Family and team members. <BR> I am writing this blog to let everyone know that for the past couple of weeks, I have not been getting my team emails. I have tried to reset all my emails, so I hope that works. I am going to have to check each team every day to see the updates to posts on the teams. So if I don't response in a timely matter, please forgive me and I will try to get to you post as soon as I can. And please feel free to let me know if you don't see me on the posts. <BR> T... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:58:30 EST Memory verse for the week of 01/31/10 Hello and praise the Lord my friends. <BR> Welcome to the Memory Verse for the Week of 1/30/10. <BR> <BR> Father God , thank You for another week in which to give You glory, honor and praise. Please lead us in the study of Your Word and enrich us with Your Wisdom. <BR> In Jesus Name <BR> Amen <BR> <BR> This weeks verse is from Philippians 1:6 <BR> <BR> "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" <BR> <B... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 16:05:24 EST Memory verse for the week of 01/17/10 Hello and Praise the Lord everyone. Welcome to the Memory verse for the week of 1/17/10. I know it is a little late, but better late than never, right? LOL <BR> <BR> Father God, Thank You once again for bringing us all together to share Your Word. I pray that You bless everyone who reads this word and that those who read this and don't know you as Savior will be lead to know more about You and Your Son, Jesus Christ. <BR> In Jesus Name I pray <BR> Amen <BR> <BR> This week's verse is from J... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 15:57:24 EST