CANICE's SparkPeople Blog CANICE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Remember to SPRING AHEAD!!! Remember to SPRING AHEAD!!! <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> Now, watch me forget... <em>211</em> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 09:04:08 EST Stir Each Other Up! "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds" (Hebrews 10:24 NIV) <BR> <BR> Today's Devotion from Joyce Meyers: "Stir Each Other Up" (aka SPARK) <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> "I have three friends with whom I sometimes go to lunch or have coffee. We often talk about things God has put on our hearts to do for others or creative ideas for fresh ways to be a blessing. I believe conversations like this are very pleasing to God. <BR> <BR> The idea of encouragin... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 07:27:58 EST SELAH = "Pause and Reflect" I'm at a turning point in my life. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the end of the Biggest Loser Winter Challenge <BR> <em>321</em> "Go Turquoise Titans!" <em>252</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I was HOPING that I would have shed more than ~ 3 pounds that I had GAINED during last year's {{{ROLLER COASTER RIDE}}} of emotions that lead to me gaining ~ 25 pounds BACK of the 67 pounds that I lost.... <BR> <BR> I was doing SO WELL while doing juice fasts = having eliminated all th... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 07:38:05 EST The Next Right Thing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm working on the Amends lesson for Celebrate Recovery <BR> <em>24</em> 3 years in a row now I've gone to my husband and told him how the things he has said and done, or his refusal to say or do, has hurt me, has harmed our relationship, has damaged my relationships with my children, has isolated me from family and friends... <BR> <BR> Not that I blame him for everything, but for his part in this situa... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:13:31 EST You ASKED FOR it! I am overwhelmed right now - dealing with health issues, "HORMONES" in both my own body and my family members - and a long list of things that have me feeling like I'm under an AVELANCHE! <BR> <BR> I've been staying in the Guest House on my property since last Monday - since Sean ONCE AGAIN said hurtful things that "rip my heart out", and I "drew a line in the sand" and said I won't allow him to "go there" again.... <BR> <BR> I understand that "God hates divorce" - and that is not my desir... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:32:05 EST "How to Raise a Pagan Kid in a Christian Home" "How to Raise a Pagan Kid in a Christian Home" <BR> <BR> January 22, 2014 By Restore Ministries Leave a Comment <BR> pagankidsBy: Barrett Johnson <BR> <BR> We end up teaching the wrong thing because we have the wrong objectives. <BR> <BR> This sentiment was stirred in me afresh when I read an interview with Veggie Tales creator Phil Vischer. He was reflecting on how the “Christian message” he was trying to teach wasn’t Christianity at all… <BR> <BR> “I looked back at the previous 10 year... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:09:35 EST Bentonite Clay info A dear friend sent this information to me, upon my request. <BR> I'm thinking others who are interested in doing a "cleanse" to rid our bodies of toxins might also be interested in this info! <BR> <BR> "Do you remember as a kid playing with and even eating mud. <BR> Little did I know then that eating mud, could be so good for my physical health. <BR> <BR> Okay, not just any mud but Bentonite clay in particular. This light gray powder is nothing more than an alkaline mixture of volcanic as... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:40:55 EST "God wants to set you FREE" Encouragement for Today <BR> January 30, 2014 <BR> <BR> God Wants to Set You Free <BR> Suzie Eller <BR> <BR> "Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?" Isaiah 43:19a (ESV) <BR> <BR> Last January I prayed about my one word for the year. I hoped for words like "discovery" or "new" or "intimacy." Something beautiful and fresh in my relationship with God. <BR> <BR> As I knelt I sensed the word "forgive." <BR> <BR> This wasn't logical. I teach on forgiven... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:28:53 EST Forgiveness! Please take the time to watch this amazing video that explains what helped Matthew West write the powerful song, "Forgivenes"s <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Matthew West shares how "the reason it was difficult for him to write the song "Forgiveness is because he realized it's hard to live that out. <BR> <BR> "That's why the words of the chorus are sung in the form of a prayer: <BR> "God, show me how! <BR> HELP ME to do the impossible!" <BR> <BR> "This... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 04:43:43 EST The Beet Sandwhich with Almondaise From Kelly: "The Beet Sandwich – An un-Beet-able Discovery! <BR> <BR> The Beet sandwich – An un-Beet-able discovery by my husband Bob while studying in Australia! <BR> <BR> Beet Sandwich <BR> <BR> The beet sandwich started out as just a bowl of steamed beets Bob saw as he made his way through the school cafeteria line. But being vegetarian sometimes your options are very limited – especially in a school cafeteria! But out of desperation and a great imagination, Bob came up with an idea t... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:38:42 EST "Back on Track with Green Smoothies!" From the other blog entry, "Gaining Ground", a link shared brings you to this: <BR> "Back on Track with Green Smoothies! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Getting Back on track! <BR> <BR> Have you ever gotten out of the swing of things and needed to get back on track? Whether it be exercising, juicing, having your prayer time or catching up on blogging (ha.. don’t look at my last blog date!) you just can’t seem to get back on track. <BR> <BR> The last few months I have felt just like that. Just ... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 08:18:22 EST Gaining Ground! Day 8 of a 21 Day Detox by Kelly Par: <BR> <BR> "What can we expect? <BR> <BR> Expect the enemy of your soul to try to hinder what God wants to do in and through you during this 21 Day Detox. He will try to get your attention from what God is doing. He will try to distract you even with good things. He will try to get you to refocus on other issues of life - anything to keep you from focusing in on your own heart. <BR> <BR> Shake him off! <BR> <BR> You are gaining ground and moving forw... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 08:14:28 EST Week 5 WINTER Challenge! I have a plan... WEEK 5 - WINTER Biggest Loser Challenge <BR> <BR> "Do ONE letter each day and sneak an extra rest day in there some No set limits for each activity ....just push yourself a little...Leaders set up a thread with the word Winter (copy the little template) so they can post done by a letter when they have finished it. <BR> <BR> Earn 1 ITC point for completing any 3 letters (only 1 letter per day) <BR> (ITC = Inter Team Challenge) <BR> <BR> W - Work out with Weights <BR> I - ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 09:25:13 EST Facing a hard season? From my Facebook Feed today: <BR> <BR> "Lysa TerKeurst <BR> <BR> "When you're facing a hard season, every day can seem like a challenge. But I want to encourage you to not let Satan use this frustration to darken your outlook. <BR> <BR> Instead, ask Jesus to shed His light on your situation today. Look at it from Jesus’ perspective. Use truth to do something positive in that area today. Invest the time to make a little imperfect progress right where you are." Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:32:23 EST Whatever it takes! For the past two years my motto was, "Nothing TASTES as good as healthy FEELS" <BR> <BR> The thing is, I don't know what healthy feels like! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I've battled health issues my whole life.... and pain is as common as breathing... <BR> <BR> My NEW motto is "Whatever it takes!" <BR> <BR> I've spent over 150 days in the last 2 years juice fasting, swallowed some NASTY concoctions, thousands of dollars worth of supplements and juices, and things that I take in a DESPERATE a... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 07:10:58 EST New Every Morning! New Every Morning <BR> <BR> "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him." - Lamentations 3: 22-24 <BR> (New Revised Standard) <BR> <BR> I've never been a fan of new year's resolutions. In concept, it's certainly wise to set goals and work toward achieving them. Without a vision of a different future, it's awfully hard to live ou... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:39:47 EST I can choose! <BR> Lysa TerKeurst shared this on facebook today: <BR> <BR> "There are many ways I can choose to react when things happen each day. <BR> I can choose the way of “it’s my right to be frustrated.” <BR> I can choose the way of “does no one listen to me around here?” <BR> I can choose the way of “do you know how this makes me feel?” <BR> <BR> Or, I can choose to let God teach me His way. <BR> <BR> My way leads to all kinds of runaway feelings that take me away from the truth and into a a... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 21:44:02 EST Let God whisper the truth of who you are and WHOSE you are! <BR> I found this on my Facebook Newsfeed this morning and feel it's too good not to share! <BR> <BR> Author: Lysa TerKeurst <BR> <BR> "Each day, let God whisper the truth of who you are and whose you are in your heart and mind. Filter the opinions of others through the reality that just because they think it doesn't make it true. Be brave enough to see negative feedback as a possible call to action but not a definition of your identity. And while you enjoy the positive feedback refuse to ... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 09:01:01 EST God is opening doors in my life.... I am excited how God opens doors in my life! <BR> <BR> I moved to AlaBAMA 3+ years ago with some pretty intense healthy issues. <BR> <BR> Within the first month of living here, I got hooked into a Buying Club, where I am able to order at wholesale cost from over 75 vendors. THAT in and of itself is a HUGE "God thing!" <BR> <BR> I have met people from all walks of life, who are walking, talking info centers! <BR> <BR> 2+ years ago I joined the Raw Vegan Meetup in Huntsville, AL, where I a... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:17:33 EST DECEMBER accrostic I saw this posted in the comment section on a Spark Friend's page. <BR> <BR> I thank whoever wrote this, and hope it inspires others! <BR> Anyone who has a similar acrostic for the other moths of the year, please share in the comment section for me! <BR> <BR> D = Daily Reflection: Visualize your hopes and dreams until each are met! <BR> E = Embrace your journey with optimism, commitment and follow-through! <BR> C = Choose effective goals for each day that fits best for your lifestyle! <B... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 11:15:21 EST Domino Effect - and they all fall DOWN! Ever play dominos? <BR> I haven't played in YEARS! <BR> <BR> But, I have heard the term, "Domino Effect" several times in the past few weeks. <BR> <BR> Maybe God is trying to tell me something? <BR> Maybe I should spend more time doing enjoyable things... <BR> Maybe I should spend less time focusing on people... <BR> <BR> "All work and no play makes life....." <BR> What does life become when we don't "play" or "laugh" <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> "A merry heart is good like a medicine. <B... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:12:02 EST Happy Birthday to ME! Fifty-two years ago today my mom fell down a flight of stairs, which caused her to go into labor for me. She had a VERY difficult labor and delivery - as I CAN imagine... <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if that was the reason she was so resentful of me, or if it was due to the way my father and Grandfather, who I was the namesake of loved me so dearly. <BR> <BR> Could be a combination of things that caused my mom to not love and nurture me, like a mother should love and nurture her daughter. <BR> ... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:07:45 EST Codependency Hello Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> Tonight at Celebrate Recovery Big Night my husband and I shared a lesson on Codependency - which was eye opening to many people hearing it! <BR> I had several people tell me that they had always thought the only people who were Codependent were those who were involved with an alcoholic. <BR> <BR> WRONG! <BR> <BR> Codependency is more of an umbrella struggle. <BR> <BR> The Ten Traits of a Codependent <BR> (from the book Love is a Choice) <BR> <BR> 1. The cod... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 00:59:15 EST Hope is the thing.... Last night's Celebrate Recovery 12 Step Lesson at CFBC was "HOPE" <BR> <BR> "Lesson 3 – HOPE <BR> <BR> Principle 2 – Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover. <BR> “Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 <BR> <BR> Step 2 – We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. <BR> “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” Philippia... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:47:36 EST Why do I keep on doing the very things that I don't WANT to do? A Facebook friend posted about a situation that lead to him losing his job - and the embarrassment that followed - to his family, to his coworkers, to whosoever was involved in a "round about way." <BR> <BR> He truly is sorry for his actions and repented - asking forgiveness and for prayer to stop doing the same things that he has repented of, time and time again! <BR> <BR> He asked how he could continue on this path after asking Jesus to rule and reign in his life. <BR> <BR> A dear man re... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:58:44 EST Onions - why we should include them in our diet! I have followed Dr. Mercola for several years. <BR> <BR> I love all the great info he posts on Facebook every day! <BR> <BR> "Dr. Joseph Mercola <BR> <BR> #Food Fact: Onions are loaded with numerous #health benefits, and scientists are still discovering how beneficial this vegetable really is. They’re a very good source of vitamin C and B6, iron, folate, and potassium. The manganese content in onions provides cold and flu relief with its anti-inflammatory abilities. <BR> <BR> Two phytoch... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 12:40:19 EST God's answer to the Struggle I found this site today in my "google search" for the word, "Struggle" <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Bible Verses about Struggle <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV / 226 helpful votes <BR> <BR> But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content ... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 10:44:51 EST Please pray for those left behind.... My heart is heavy over the loss people are facing.... <BR> <BR> Battles fought with cancer.... <BR> The death of a newborn.... <BR> Loss of lives <BR> Loss of marriages <BR> Loss of relationships <BR> Loss of jobs <BR> Loss of homes <BR> Loss of interest in doing the right thing..... <BR> <BR> The "sting of death" is so very difficult to face.... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 10:14:27 EST September 1 - the first day of the rest of my life! There is so much on my mind right now... <BR> <BR> I struggle with so many health issues... <BR> <BR> I am not sure which is worse, the physical pain that I face - day in and day out - or the emotional pain - which is like a roller coaster ride.... <BR> <BR> I don't like roller coasters... <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of the rest of my life. <BR> I need prayer to overcome the many struggles in life.... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 06:11:26 EST Codependent No More! <BR> "Children learn what they live" <BR> <BR> Children will benefit from hearing their parents say they have forgiven their "neighbor" who offended them. <BR> <BR> Our children will learn to either "hold grudges" or "let go and let God" deal with the hurts, hang-ups and habits in our lives. <BR> <BR> What kind of a role model do we want to be for our children and grandchildren? <BR> <BR> It's not about what others have said or done, it's about how we "REACT" or "respond" to things in ou... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:30:53 EST Set your expectations at "0" - so you won't be disapointed! =) A new friend responded to an email with this thought: <BR> <BR> "it is far better to accept that someone is going to break the rules of the road than to expect that someone is going to abide to the rules of the road---acceptance comes from the heart and expectation comes from the mind." <BR> <BR> The pastor that performed my marriage ceremony told me that my husband and I needed to set our expectations at "0" - so we would NEVER be disappointed in each other. <BR> <BR> ~ 18 years later I g... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 07:18:47 EST I'm on the Road to Recovery! ONE of my many favorite passages of Scripture is Proverbs 3 <BR> <BR> zeroing in on vs. 5-8 <BR> <BR> 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, <BR> and do not lean on your own understanding. <BR> 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, <BR> and he will make straight your paths. <BR> 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; <BR> fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. <BR> 8 It will be healing to your flesh <BR> and refreshment to your bones. <BR> <BR> Celebrate Recovery has us "come out of denial", adm... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 06:49:50 EST "There will be an end to these troubles!" <BR> "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death <BR> Your perfect love is casting out fear <BR> And even when I'm caught in the middle of the storms of this life <BR> I won't turn back <BR> I know you are near <BR> <BR> And I will fear no evil <BR> For my God is with me <BR> And if my God is with me <BR> Whom then shall I fear? <BR> Whom then shall I fear? <BR> <BR> (Chorus:) <BR> Oh no, You never let go <BR> Through the calm and through the storm <BR> Oh no... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:32:50 EST Fresh Jam made with Chia Seeds Fresh Jam <BR> <BR> 4 cups blueberries (or other "fresh" fruit) <BR> <BR> 2 Tablespoons raw honey (or sweetener of choice) <BR> <BR> 2 Tablespoons chia seeds <BR> <BR> <BR> Soak chia seeds in 4 Tablespoons water for 10 minutes <BR> <BR> Blend all ingredients Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:15:14 EST Our God Chris Tomlin — Our God (Is Greater) lyrics <BR> <BR> "Water You turned into wine <BR> Open the eyes of the blind <BR> There's no one like You <BR> None like You <BR> Into the darkness You shining <BR> Out of the ashes we rise <BR> There's no one like You <BR> None like You <BR> <BR> CHORUS <BR> Our God is greater, our God is stronger <BR> God You are higher than any other <BR> Our God is Healer, awesome and power <BR> Our God, Our God... <BR> <BR> Into the darkness you shini... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 09:05:36 EST Bulk Herb Store = Good Source for herbs, water filters, books, videos... Hello Spark People <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I want to share with all y'all an amazing source - where I buy "bulk herbs", Berkey Water Filters, Videos, Books, and other items at a decent price. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> If you are new to the world of herbs, you might want to buy one of the books offered, and do some reading online... <BR> <BR> I spent 43 years following doctors orders... <BR> I spent the past 9 years researching "alternate" wa... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 09:04:37 EST What does the Lord Require of You? What does the LORD require of you? <BR> <BR> Miach 6:8 <BR> "He hath shown thee, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" <BR> <BR> "For He has shown thee, oh man, what is good and His right plan. <BR> What the Lord does require, let THIS be our desire! <BR> To do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God <BR> To do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God <BR> <BR> For He has show... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:43:43 EST THAT makes me HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY! January 1990 I witnessed 2 miracles in my life. <BR> <BR> The first was when my infant daughter, Sonja was miraculously healed from a nasty reaction to her immunizations. She was covered from head to toe with a nasty case of eczema - people would stare her and whisper, looking at her skin... {sigh} That was MINOR in comparison to the way she had stopped breathing 7 times in two weeks... <BR> <BR> IF Sonja had died, they would have classified it as SIDS = Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. <BR... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 08:03:16 EST The BREAD of LIFE! from a Gluten-Free perspective Netflix - TED Chew on this, #12 Peter Reinhart's Bread Making <BR> <BR> "All things can be understood on 4 levels: <BR> - The Literal Level <BR> - The Metaphoric or Poetic Level <BR> - The Political or Ethical Level <BR> - The Mystical or Anagogical Level <BR> <BR> It's hard to get to the deeper levels unless you go through the Literal Level. <BR> <BR> Dante says you can't understand the three deeper levels unless you first understand the Literal Level. <BR> <BR> Bread begins as Wheat <BR... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 11:54:24 EST I Believe in Miracles! 12 years ago April 4, my only man child was born via my 5th C-Section. <BR> I developed a life-threatening infection that left me with an open incision for weeks to follow. I was on strong antibiotics for months to follow. That had complications in and of itself.. <BR> <BR> June 10 that year the Army packers came and packed out my family's household goods for PCS (Permanent Change of Station) to Germany. Between cleaning my Army quarters, taking care of 5 children and the MOVE, unpacking a... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 08:17:28 EST "The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken." "The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken." Samuel Johnson <BR> <BR> I habit is something you do, over and over, without thinking about it. <BR> <BR> This morning I am pulling myself out of the Procrastination RUT, and working on the presentation I have to share tomorrow night for Celebrate Recovery Big Night, Opening Night . <BR> <BR> ONE of the many struggles I face is PROCRASTINATION! <BR> Why do today what you can put off till tomo... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 08:21:37 EST Dr. Oz - solution to Ingrown Toe Nails I posted a prayer request on my Facebook Page, because my pain level has been OVER THE TOP! <BR> <BR> My Aunt asked what I was needing prayer for - which I gave a partial list <BR> <BR> I have 5 abdominal hernias, 5 bulging discs, 2 herniated discs and a ruptured discs, Fibromyalgia, "Chronic" ingrown toe nails. and .... a long list of 'What ails me." <BR> <BR> A friend that I met when I lived in Atlanta shared with me that she used to suffer from ingrown toenails, but ever since she watc... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 07:40:39 EST Pride leads to every other vise.... "Pride leads to every other vise": <BR> <BR> "According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind." ~ C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> I could literally write a book on this thought... <BR> <BR> So many verses in the Bible that speak against PRIDE, making it "pa... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 08:16:39 EST Menu plan There are several tasks that I have handed off to my children over the years... <BR> And I have at least one, if not all of them be my helper with meal preparation. <BR> A homeschool mentor of mine had an amazing organized home. <BR> She had her recipe box divided into meals based on variety of meat or meatless <BR> Chicken Recipes, Beef Recipes, Seafood Recipes, Meatless Recipes <BR> Salads, Side Dishes, Appetizers, Desserts, Beverages... <BR> <BR> Margie had the week's schedule that neve... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:10:06 EST We leave an imprint in our children's lives The Preacher shared a wonderful message yesterday on Fathers, and the "imprint" fathers make on the lives of their children. <BR> <BR> He shared the passage where Abraham was told to sacrifice his son. Preacher pointed out that God didn't require the life of the boy, but rather the heart of the father! <BR> <BR> God provided the sacrifice, and the boy's life was spared. The thing is, Abraham trusted God! He didn't discuss the situation with his wife first. He didn't seek counsel from hi... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:31:54 EST "Why I Don't Trust Nutrition Scientists" I found this article in my inbox today: <BR> <link><BR>nt-trust-nutrition-scientists/ </link> <BR> <BR> I suggest that anyone who is interested in "Healthy" eating that they sign up for the Food Renegade's newsletter, and follow her on Facebook <BR> <BR> "Why I Don’t Trust Nutrition Scientists <BR> Written by Kristen <BR> <BR> "Nutrition science is a young science. Over the course of the last hundred years, every major nutrient has been vilified both... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 11:35:08 EST What is the source of a thought in your head? What is the source of a thought in your head? <BR> Possible source: <BR> 1 - Your own thought - be it good or bad. <BR> 2 - The Holy Spirit of God planted that thought in your head <BR> 3 - Satan, the enemy of your soul planted that thought in your head <BR> 4 - Someone else planted that thought - be it good or bad <BR> <BR> Now, what are you to do with that thought? <BR> God says. "Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ." <BR> Just because a thought comes to mind, doe... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:14:16 EST "Don't cry because it's OVER. Smile because it HAPPENED!" "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." <BR> <BR> I heard that the first time on the Christian radio. There I was, driving home from the airport... My Dad had died after a LONG battle with Cancer. My husband flew home from one of his many deployments to attend the funeral. While at the airport I had received a phone call from my sister, letting me know that she had asked my daughter to move out of her home. Between my Dad's death, my husband having to go back to WAR, and my... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 07:56:49 EST Jesus, Send the RAIN! There are circumstances in life that are beyond our control or understanding. <BR> <BR> The Serenity Prayer <BR> <BR> God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, <BR> The courage to change the things I can, <BR> And the wisdom to know the difference. <BR> Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; <BR> Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; <BR> Taking as Jesus did, <BR> This sinful world as it is, <BR> Not as I would have it. <BR> Trusting that You ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 11:18:19 EST The Bitter Truth About Splenda <BR> My husband sent me this article, because he knows that I used to use Splenda, and will use it when I'm out and need a sweetener. <BR> <BR> "The Bitter Truth About Splenda <BR> <BR> If you were told to ingest a biologically alien synthetic chemical whose presence on this planet did not predate 1976,and whose structure is only a few atoms away from the deadly pesticide DDT, and you knew that not only were there no long term human safety studies performed on it, but that it had been alre... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 17:57:10 EST