CAROLFAITHWALKR's SparkPeople Blog CAROLFAITHWALKR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Birds in Winter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:14:23 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Corinthians 12:9-10 Amplified Bible (AMP) <BR> <BR> 9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmit... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:30:00 EST What R Benefits of N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)? MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH NAC: <BR> I first read about this supplement in various articles and studies, but never ordered any or took it. It is, however, one of the ingredients in SinuFix, my all-natural wondercure for lifelong chronic sinus infections. And yes, it made a marked difference in mucous production associated with my sinus infections. <BR> <BR> WOW after learning what I have from this research, I will definitely be ordring some NAC. Before this blog I had no clue about glu... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:36:24 EST 2 TexMex Skillet Recipes These look delicious! This mom was a missionary in Dominican Republic for 5 or 6 years. She has lots of good ethnic recipes, and lots of very good vids like how to cut up a butternut squash, how to cut a mango, how to debone split chicken breasts to make boneless chicken breasts, how to make homemade "free" chicken broth with the bones, etc. She is also frugal. Yes, they really ARE "5-dollar dinners", and she lets you know when they're not. As food costs have escalated during the last few... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:51:50 EST What CAN You Do? Great question to myself. Great question for all of us. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:57:17 EST Malanga - What Is It? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was checking out at a grocery store earlier this week, and the cashier was having trouble finding the code for collards. I was going to buy frozen (so much easier), but there was a manager's sale on fresh, only 79 cents. I knew a frozen bag would be much more. So I checked out with fresh collards, which is where the fun began. <BR> <BR> I was watching carefully to make sure the advertised sale price is what... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:21:15 EST Good Resolutions? I am thoroughly against - for me, only for myself - New Year's Resolutions. I don't do resolutions; instead I do SMART Goals. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Usually. <BR> <BR> I haven't set my goals yet. But this year, I have two goals in mind that are intentionally NOT Smart. They are daily activities. <BR> <BR> But back to resolutions. This year I was surprised to run into a couple I actually like alot. Have you heard a... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:27:00 EST Today is Epiphany <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of my favorite holidays is today! Do you celebrate Epiphany? <BR> <BR> Epiphany is another one of those nebulous, not-sure-what-this-means Christian holidays that I grew up knowing absolutely nothing about. The other dictionary meanings for the word, was what I was familiar with. So as an adult, one of the first Christian holidays I reclaimed, was Epiphany. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 18:36:15 EST 12th Day of Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes it's sad: today is the 12th and final day of Christmas. <BR> <BR> I was one day off on Epiphany; it's tomorrow the 6th. The official End of Christmastide. <BR> <BR> I am still enjoying the fresh promise of NEW beginnings of the New Year. And reluctantly ready to let go of Christmas. (After I celebrate Epiphany tomorrow, LOL.) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 5 Jan 2015 20:50:14 EST 10th Day of Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My guiding scripture for 2015 comes from Isaiah 43:18-19: <BR> Do not earnestly remember the former things; forget them. Neither consider the things of old. Do not dwell on the past--it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I am making a way in the wilderness, streams in the desert, creat... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 21:05:15 EST He Makes ALL Things NEW!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! I was offline yesterday so this is my first blog of the New Year, and I have a gift for you. Especially if you're a Believer. Also, if you are a Believer who is struggling, this is also for you. If you are jaded and have taken a fall, this is for you. <BR> <BR> I found alot of personal inspiration, as well as my cornerstone verse for 2015, from the video photography (background) that runs in t... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 17:23:35 EST 7th Day of Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's also New Year's Eve and I am finally feeling better today. Though from peoples' comments, I sound very bad. Still, I am thankful for feeling better. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm going to be sure to remember to weigh at Planet Fitness before work, so I can reset my ticker. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I heard Mandisa's song, "Stronger", on the radio... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:01:08 EST 6th Day of Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While job hunting I am also thinking about New Year's Goals; I don't do resolutions. <BR> <BR> No matter how shattered my life is, I enjoy New Year Goals. I can always find something, even if it's only one small thing, to be excited about. <BR> <BR> Every time I turn on my computer for months now, I get a message about removing Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) as XP is no longer supported, everywhere on ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:15:13 EST 2nd Day of Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Like many believers, I was raised without knowledge of the Christian Calendar. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Advent is the season leading up to Christmas; Christmas is a twelve-day period bookended by Christmas Day and Epiphany. So it's Advent, then the 12 Days of Christmas, and then Epiphany. Who knew??! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 22:15:21 EST The 1st Day of Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had a productive day today tending to personal business that usually never gets done. Feels good. <BR> <BR> I have thought alot this year about Jesus celebrating Hanukah, and about wishing Him Happy Birthday while we are here, since the Word says when we're with Him and this earth has passed away, we won't remember it. Kind of sad to think of not remembering His birthday . . . so celebrating it now while we c... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 01:02:29 EST Christmas Eve <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had planned a first-time visit to a church I might in the future attend. But the service I'd planned to attend, was held earlier in the day today for some weird reason. I was annoyed. Who does that?? And that left me scrambling to find somewhere else to go, tonight for Christmas Eve Service. <BR> <BR> All of this made me want to weasel out and not go; plus I didn't sleep well last night so I am dragging to... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:23:47 EST Plan Ahead More: Make-Ahead Meals On my Start page's electronic Goal Board, I have this picture: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have to be continually reminded, and continually practice, this until it becomes a habit. And then, continually repeat and strive to get better and better, more refined, at it. More streamlined. More efficient. <BR> <BR> Like making each calorie consumed matter for maximum nutritional benefit, we need to keep practicing planning ahe... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:29:09 EST ALDI's Specials <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been able to find less and less meat on sale at ALDI. Like all supermarkets, they mark down meat (and occasionally a few other things), that are close to their expiry dates. <BR> <BR> However, unlike other grocers, ALDI's prices are lower to begin with - making markdowns a a much sought-after frugal find. <BR> <BR> I thought ALDI must be doing a better job of timing the consumer market and sensing sales... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:59:12 EST Christmas in Your Heart <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This year I decided to divide the month of December up into 10-day segments, and focus on different parts of the Christmas Story in each 10 days. <BR> <BR> It's a personal tradition of mine, when I have an apt, to keep the tree up until the weekend following Epiphany, and to celebrate Epiphany separately after Christmas (Epiphany is on January 5th, and is the reason many orthodox Christians who live outside of ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:49:09 EST The Christmas Story P1: The Travelers <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been concentrating on The Travelers for the first ten days of December. <BR> <BR> I tried to put myself in their shoes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At the time of the Christmas story, all of Israel was traveling, not just Mary & Joseph. Mass confusion on every road, every where. Talk about traffic congestion! Good luck finding lodging or... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:36:08 EST Church Tomorrow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Go and be blessed. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 23:58:03 EST Silent Night Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire Sing 'Silent Night' <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Four minutes and twenty seconds. <BR> <BR> <link>,-Tris<BR>ha-Yearwood-and-Reba-McEntire-Sing-Sil<BR>ent-Night--6430.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> THE STORY OF SILENT NIGHT <BR> Created for the guitar, the carol was first sung in St. Nicholas Church at midnight mass, with choir backup. <BR> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 14:41:02 EST Hebrews 12:1, 2 <img src=""> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 17:50:47 EST Psalm 19:1 <img src=""> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 20:40:19 EST Thankful, Thankful, Thankful My car passed inspection today, no problem, no extra fees or repairs. <BR> <BR> I got my tag & registration renewed today, no problem, no extra fees, no tickets for expired tag. <BR> <BR> I got a replacement drivers license today, no charge. <BR> <BR> The enormity of relief in getting my car legal today, is huge. I was VASTLY RELIEVED. <BR> <BR> I am soooooooooooooo thankful, thankful, thankful. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 18:21:12 EST REAL Savings on Black Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:18:47 EST Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart Beautiful, awesome, inspiring, gorgeous video photography. Made me get teary-eyed. 4 minutes. I'm going to watch it again, it was so good. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RxBGFY#t=36 </link> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:19:52 EST Hebrews 13:15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving to My SparkFriends <BR> <BR> "Let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name." Hebrews 13:15 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:59:30 EST The Youth of Your Future "In terms of days and moments lived, you'll never again be as young as you are right now, so spend this day, the youth of your future, in a way that deflects regret. Invest in yourself. Have some fun. Do something important. Love somebody extra. In one sense, you're just a kid, but a kid with enough years on her to know that every day is priceless." - Victoria Mora <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:36:49 EST Boy Scouts Canned Food Drive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On Friday at lunch at the Soup Kitchen, I saw extra scurrying around, unusual staging, & many distracted side conversations. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Also overheard through snatches of conversation that there was a volunteer crisis. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since the Soup Kitchen is ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:45:57 EST Unexpected Mini Vacation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had an unexpected 2-day "vacation". Tuesday was my 3-week anniversary of a really bad head cold. It was also 15 degrees here for the overnight low, which is extremely cold (at least for here - I grew up in the North). Definitely cold sleeping in the car, that's for sure. <BR> <BR> Because of the temperature, the Soup Kitchen put me up in hotel room for 2 nights. The Soup Kitchen has a fund from anonymous do... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:06:24 EST Doubt Your Doubts, Not Your Self <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:59:26 EST Christmas Cards to Soldiers @Walter Reed <img src=""> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:47:29 EST Don't Look Back <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:41:18 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> Thanks for everyone's well wishes on yesterday's blog. <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> Today is my one week anniversary of getting sick. I still have a loooong way to go, unfortunately. & I sometimes don't have a voice. <BR> <BR> My use of kleenex is slowing down a little, though I bought another box today & have used too many to count today; and my face is starting to heal up. I use vaseline on the raw and cracked ski... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:42:11 EST Monday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am enjoying the bright sunlight shining on the gorgeous fall foliage trees - makes them glow with color. Saturday's leaf-gazing was breathtaking, made me long for a camera; and so was today's. The last week has been more beautiful than all the previous weeks, I think. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am almost fully recovered from the leg injury, pr... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:37:45 EST Weed Whacking & Serenity Today I am off from Subway. However, when you are guarding your serenity, there will always be border incursions that push your limits & test your borders. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Serenity. Serene in 2014. <BR> <BR> So today I had to go in and do some weed whacking. This was because last week, I was accused of not showing up for work when I believed I was scheduled off. This was highly stressful when I fielded these phone calls. ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:09:15 EST November <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Still struggling with time mgmt, priorities, and remembering to remind myself of eternal truths and what is REALLY important. No time for a blog. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Still enjoying the beauty of Autumn & God's creation. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 16:28:43 EST Rev 22:17 -- Remember Who You Are, Bride <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:07:49 EST TGIF <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm struggling in recovery mode from a leg injury and from working double shifts Fri, Sat, & Sun. McD's mornings, Subway nights. And 4 hours of sleep 3 nights in a row due to shift work. Time to re-frame my reality with eternal truth: today God is first. <BR> <BR> Lots of griping between shifts at Subway - from now on I'm doing a walkthrough with other team members at night before we clock out to stop the bxt... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:24:11 EST Psalm 145:10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am enjoying the beauty of Autumn. <BR> <BR> Marigold is October's flower; but I associate sunflowers with Fall. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are lots of red maple leaves littering the green grass here in NC. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:01:27 EST Viruses, Flu, & Vit D Some don't have the time or resources to click on links. So the following is an excerpt from my previous blog: <BR> Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency Most People Miss <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799319 </link> <BR> <BR> -------------- <BR> <BR> Excerpt, not written by me: <BR> With flu season upon us and serious new viruses like Enterovirus D68 making the rounds, keeping blood levels of vitamin D at optimal levels can be truly lifesaving... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:44:33 EST One Habit At A Time!! Thank you A_NEW_JAN. What a terrific article, just when I needed it most. <BR> <BR> Another case against multitasking (FlyLady and the host of others are soooooooo right!). <BR> <BR> Note the statistics . . . <BR> <BR> <link><BR>u-one-habit-time?utm_source=facebook&u<BR>tm_medium=opengraph&utm_campaign=build<BR>-better-you-one-habit-time </link> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:45:26 EST Psalms 48:14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:08:46 EST Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency Most People Miss The article links located at the bottom of the article, are excellent too. <BR> <BR> Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency Most People Miss <link><BR>min-d-deficiency-signs-people-miss/ </link> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:00:58 EST Simple Elderberry Syrup to Boost Immunity Simple Elderberry Syrup to Boost Immunity <BR> <link><BR>le-elderberry-syrup-to-boost-immunity/ </link> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:54:36 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay, it's October 10th. 1/3 of the month is gone already. Ever since Pumpkin Palooza, and also especially since this Monday, I've been ready (finally) for Fall, and in an Autumn frame of mind. (I wasn't ready for Autumn back in Sept when it was the First Day of Fall.) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wednesday I finally got on the Subway schedule, and wo... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:27:48 EST Thrifty Thanksgiving Tablescape <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada. <BR> <BR> Wow when she says 'thrifty', she means it: <BR> <link><BR>sgiving-tablescape/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Interesting ideas. Not all of them I'd do, like the dill she calls a 'simple flower arrangement'. NOT. <BR> <BR> But interesting nonetheless, it has 'a look' all of it's own that comes together. <BR> <BR> And some ideas... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:35:21 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I was hired at McDonald's, which I had tried several times before, both recently and in past years. They can offer me 25 hours a week at $7.50. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I got a schedule from Subway for... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 18:45:41 EST Dangers of Antibacterial Soap This will be old news to many of us. But in case you didn't know, there is nothing good about triclosan. For years now I don't buy, and will not use, any antibacterial product, or any soap that contains triclosan; and I don't use hand sanitizer. I carry small bars of soap with me; have for years and years. <BR> <BR> FREQUENT HANDWASHING WITH PLAIN SOAP AND WATER IS BEST. <BR> <BR> Emphasis on FREQUENT. <BR> <BR> Sing the birthday song silently inside of your head as you wash. Kee... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:40:38 EST