D710DANCE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=D710DANCE D710DANCE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ "What a Waste-My Fast for Lent" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253997 Today's sermon from Dr. Cosby was entitled, "What a Waste: Mark 14:1-10 KJV; John 12:1-11 NLT; John 17:12 KJV; Deuteronomy 15:1-11 NLT; John 19:38-40 NLT and Matthew 26:12 TEV. <BR> <BR> Pastor preached about how Mary taking the time to anoint Jesus' days prior to His crucifixion was not a waste, although Judas strongly disagreed. Judas was annoyed by this act because the value of the perfume Mary used could have been sold and the money could have been used to help the poor. In all actu... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 19:54:02 EST Back in the Boat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226020 This morning Pastor preached a very familiar text. Although I've heard it preached several times before and have even taught it myself, today he unlocked a powerful point that spoke directly to me. <BR> <BR> The sermon title, was "Peter's Big Mistake" and the message text was Matthew 14:22-32 CEV. This is the story about Jesus' disciples out on a boat during a terrible storm and Peter's request for Jesus to call him to come to him, which would allow Peter to walk on water. Well, the part... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:04:23 EST Reaping in the Field of "ON TO THE NEXT ONE" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4479206 During worship our beloved Temple Choir ministered a song by Richard Smallwood entitled, "Those Who Sow in Tears SHALL Reap in Joy!" It is based on one of the Psalms which reads: "They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest." ~Psalms 126:6 NLT <BR> <BR> Hearing this song particularly blessed me today, because for the past year or so I have been sowing in my tears. As a matter of fact, thanks to the "events of life", I have probably cried more ... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 18:01:54 EST LOVELY & UNLIMITED: A Tribute to Ms. Brenda Palmer (7/27/48-7/27/11) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4392963 This blog is a tribute to the memory and legacy of my LOVELY and UNLIMITED Friend, "Mom" and Jewelry Designer Extraordinaire Ms. Brenda Palmer....mere words are unable to describe this remarkable Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt & Friend. <BR> <BR> I am so thankful that God allowed our paths to cross last Spring at a jewelry party showcasing the handmade one-of-a-kind pieces that she and Jen, her daughter/my new baby sister had designed. In my opinion, jewelry made us friends, but... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:07:08 EST I Wish...(A Mini-Mini-Mini Blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4182063 ...I had enough time to visit every single friend's SP Page and leave them a comment and a goodie explaining how much their friendship, support and their own testimony means to me. <BR> <BR> This journey to the "Making of DIVA D" has had some highs and lows, but through it all one thing is certain, my SPARK Family has always been there. I wish I had the time to express how much this site means to me, but there are not enough hours in the day. Just know that I love and appreciate every sin... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 16:05:48 EST 2011~My Year of Dependence! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3881846 Earlier today, I posted the following update as my status on Facebook, "Deondra OntothenextOne Wardelle is soooo thankful for the Rev. Dr. Kevin Wayne Cosby...he ALWAYS has a tailor-made Word for me in due season! WHEN A DEFEAT IS A VICTORY! (Genesis 32:9-11, 20-32 NLT)" <BR> <BR> Rev' talked about the importance of change and for change to be effective, it must not start externally but we should focus on our *interior renovations* (i.e. our mental agenda/mind, heart, habits, worries & etc.)... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 20:43:32 EST Spending 2010 in Life's Classroom...now it's time for Finals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3863355 What a year 2010 has been to date! <BR> <BR> I have had some super high big ol' cheesy grin moments (i.e. my trip to New York, Going Natural/My Summer as a Blonde, and my Godson's recent baptism) and I've had some low kick in the teeth times (i.e. weight fluctuations, the Drunk & Parking incident w/ my Un-neighborly Neighbor, as well as 'The Serpent & The Rainbow Experience'). Any-who, I now clearly see that in every situation there was a lesson to be learned that will ultimately make me ... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 18:09:37 EST I want it *BACK*!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3622722 Today, while at work there was a need for me to locate some photos that were taken a few years ago when I coordinated the company Holiday Party (March 2008). <BR> <BR> Below is one of the photos and there's a complete difference in how I felt about the photo then compared to how I feel about it now... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l325323709.jpg"> <BR> <BR> MY THOUGHTS THEN (3/5/08): "OMGoodness...I can't believe how big my BACKside is and, look at those kil... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 17:06:38 EST D710DANCE-isms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3521756 Lately, I've been receiving questions from my SPARK Family and FB Friends as to what I mean when I refer to getting *BACK TO BASICS* or that I'm avoiding *KRYPTONITE*. The blog at the attached link defines both: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1821153 </link> <BR> <BR> And of course when I say *ON TO THE NEXT ONE*, I'm not just talking about how Jay-Z's song gets me pumped to get my CARDIO ON or to not stop working out when I'm in the middle of... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 12:04:08 EST My Results from The INDEPENDENCE Challenge in 1,000 Words... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3521485 I'm very pleased with my final results of the challenge. I lost a little over 7 lbs., but I did not do a final weigh-in or take my measurements, because TOM arrived on results day. So, I decided that instead of running the risk of losing momentum or getting discouraged it would be better to actually LOOK at my results. <BR> <BR> I'm sure you've heard the saying that a picture is worth 1,000 words. <BR> <BR> Well, here I am at the beginning of the challenge: <BR> <img src="http://photos... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 11:00:48 EST Back to "COOL" Challenge ~ 8/9/10-10/29/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3509490 Today is the last day for the INDEPENDENCE CHALLENGE, it has been soooo much fun but now I'm ready to move ON TO THE NEXT ONE! <BR> <BR> The next Self-Challenge that I would like to do was motivated by conversations that I had with my Zumba Buddy and Jewelry DIVA, JENGER2DAY. She is an educator and once school begins her life will become super hectic. So there will be a need to do advanced planning to hit both her nutrition and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> Although I'm not going back to sch... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 11:51:20 EST The INDEPENDENCE Mid-Challenge Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3448845 I am soooo loving this challenge!!! We have two weeks in and two weeks to go and I'm loving the progress that I've already witnessed ON and OFF the scale. <BR> <BR> First of all, I feel a gazillion times better. My energy levels are increasing, I'm in less pain and overall, I just feel good. <BR> <BR> My CARDIO and WATER intake has been on point thanks to the PUSHES and PULLS from my accountability partners. My NUTRITION and STRENGTH-TRAINING is "better", but they are still not at they're... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 21:35:43 EST The INDEPENDENCE Challenge: Starting Info-It is what it is...FOR NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3403766 I cannot believe that I'm blogging my starting information, but I feel that by being completely open with how much weight I've gained it will help me and others in the long run. <BR> <BR> So here it goes: <BR> <BR> **Starting Weight-292.5** <BR> This is heartbreaking considering that my smallest adult weight has been as low as 223 lbs. and I was so close to my final goal. But as one of my accountability partners LAURENCHELLE always reminds me...THIS TOO SHALL PASS! <BR> <BR> **Starting D... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 11:18:08 EST My INDEPENDENCE Challenge Goals - Getting Ready for a Hot Date! ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3401708 In my previous blog about the INDEPENDENCE Challenge that will begin tomorrow and conclude on 8/6/10, I asked that before you go to sleep on Monday 7/5/10, determine at LEAST one goal that you would like to accomplish by the end of the challenge. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3393354 </link> <BR> <BR> My goals are to regain consistency in the following areas: <BR> <BR> 1. Doing my quick A.M. workouts, even if it's just 5 minutes ... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 19:47:30 EST The INDEPENDENCE Challenge 7/6/10 - 8/6/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3393354 <em>409</em> <em>409</em> HAPPY MID-YEAR SPARK FAMILY & FB FRIENDS <em>409</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> It's hard to believe that July is already here, but it is! <BR> <BR> We're six months into 2010 with six months remaining and it's time to evaluate where we are in relation to achieving our New Year's Goals. <BR> <BR> My Goal for the New Year was/is to become a COMPLETE and PERFECT 10. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2672410 </link> <BR>... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 15:30:35 EST THE EXTREME DIVA MAKE-OVER CHALLENGE: WK 10 Move that DIVA Bus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3350122 Hey DIVAs, <BR> <BR> This has been a fun ten weeks. During the challenge I hope that you have not only had some fun, but have grown to appreciate both the DIVA on the inside and the outside. <BR> <BR> Now it's time to "MOVE THAT EXTREME DIVA MAKE-OVER BUS!" <em>433</em> <BR> <BR> 1. In a SPARK Blog, Journal, the team threads or on this blog evaluate what positive changes you've made in the past ten weeks (feel free to share before and after photos). <BR> 2. What are your plans to keep... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 12:04:10 EST The EXTREME DIVA MAKE-OVER CHALLENGE: WK9 The DIVA Wishlist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3311188 Hello DIVAs, <BR> <BR> Hopefully everyone's week is off to a awesomely productive start. This week's challenge will be simple, yet I hope "lifestyle-changing" as we take a look at the DIVA Wishlist. <BR> <BR> On the ABC Program, The Extreme Make-Over Home Edition, have you noticed that while the family's home is being overhauled they are usually sent on a dream vacation? Typically it's a place that they have always dreamed of visiting, but due to their circumstances and just dealing with ... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 20:42:47 EST The EXTREME DIVA MAKE-OVER CHALLENGE: WK8 The DIVA Inspection Pt. 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3286003 Hello DIVAs, <BR> <BR> First of all please accept my sincere apologies for being M.I.A. the past few weeks, but between all of my Birthday Celebrations, my Sorority Sister's Wedding and the general events of life, I have not been able to SPARK as much as I liked or needed. <BR> <BR> Secondly, I have decided to extend the challenge for another two weeks (I hope that's okay) and at the end of the challenge I will be awarding the DIVA with the most points from the tracking thread a REAL Spark ... Mon, 31 May 2010 19:15:51 EST The EXTREME DIVA MAKE-OVER CHALLENGE: WK7 The DIVA Inspection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3236477 Hey DIVAs, <BR> It's hard to believe it, but yes we are going into Week 7 of the EXTREME DIVA MAKE-OVER Challenge!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> We've been working hard on these beautiful bodies to get them in shape physically, emotionally and spiritually. So this week we'll take the time to perform a DIVA inspection before we MOVE THAT DIVA BUS during Week 8. <BR> <BR> If you're new to the challenge, *REMEMBER* It's never too late to join a CARDIO CONNOISSEUR challenge. Just start with The D... Sun, 16 May 2010 21:23:52 EST The EXTREME DIVA MAKE-OVER CHALLENGE: WK6 The DIVA Frame http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3212343 DIVAs! DIVAs! DIVAs! <BR> <BR> If you're new to the challenge, *REMEMBER* It's never too late to join a CARDIO CONNOISSEUR challenge. Just start with The DIVA BLUEPRINT, then join in on what 'we're gonna do next.' Here's the link to the blog with The DIVA BLUEPRINT details: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3075633 </link> <BR> <BR> Now, if you've ever read any of my previous SPARK blogs, you know that it is my practice to use my testimon... Sun, 9 May 2010 23:03:35 EST The EXTREME DIVA MAKE-OVER CHALLENGE: WK5 The DIVA Utilities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3186589 Hey DIVAs!!! <BR> <BR> What a week this has been. Between a loved one passing, celebrating my "Sands' " (a Sorority sister that I pledged with) Bridal shower, enjoying some of the Derby festivities and of course all of the food that came along with each activity this DIVA is in desperate need to TURN UP THE HEAT during this week's challenge. <BR> <BR> So for week five, WE (yes, you and me) will be working on slightly increasing our cardio minutes and turning up the intensity on our workout... Sun, 2 May 2010 20:17:01 EST The EXTREME DIVA MAKE-OVER CHALLENGE: WK4 The DIVA Pipeline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3155187 Hey DIVAs, it's time for us to move ON TO THE NEXT ONE as we work towards making over these beautiful temples that we have been blessed with called bodies. <BR> <BR> If you're new to the challenge, *REMEMBER* It's never too late to join a CARDIO CONNOISSEUR challenge. Just start with The DIVA BLUEPRINT, then join in on what 'we're gonna do next.' Here's the link to the blog with The DIVA BLUEPRINT details: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=30... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 09:38:48 EST The EXTREME DIVA MAKE-OVER Challenge: WK3 The DIVA Core http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3128389 <em>244</em> it's hard to believe it but we're coming up on Week 3 of The EXTREME DIVA MAKE-OVER Challenge...and I have been enjoying every single nanosecond of it! How about you? <BR> <BR> "Any-who" if you have not yet joined the challenge it's not too late. Just start out with The DIVA BLUEPRINT, then join in on what we're going to do next. Here's the link to the blog with The DIVA BLUEPRINT details: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3075633... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 23:26:18 EST The EXTREME DIVA MAKE-OVER Challenge: WK2 The DIVA Foundation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3100296 We just about have WK1 of The EXTREME DIVA MAKE-OVER Challenge under our Rhinestone-Studded Belts and there's only one word to describe this first week "AWESOME!". Between the blogs, before pictures, the SPARK Page updates, the supportive comments and just the overall enthusiasm of the DIVAs... it has been <em>345</em> <em>345</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> If you have not yet joined the Challenge...remember IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO JOIN. Here's the link to the original blog with all of T... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 15:52:12 EST The EXTREME DIVA MAKE-OVER Challenge: WK1 The DIVA Blueprint http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3075633 I have a good friend who is in management at a Home Improvement store. This is their peak time of year because Spring motivates people to renovate, remodel and make everything old new again. <BR> <BR> During the past few weeks as I have been surfing through my friends' SP pages, looking at old pictures of myself and talking to loved ones that are with me on this lifestyle journey I have noticed a recurring theme. We are all in need of an EXTREME make-over. Not so much from the physical ... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 10:10:47 EST CC MARCH MADNESS CHALLENGE - My "NON-SCALE" Final Score http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3070957 Yesterday concluded the 31-Day Challenge with my Spark Family and FB Friends and although I did not LOSE a single pound, I GAINED some things that were unable to be registered on my digital scale. <BR> <BR> Listed below is what constitutes my "Non-Scale" Final Score. <BR> <BR> 1. Lost a total of 5 inches, in my most challenging areas (waist, hips and thighs)...I'LL TAKE IT! <BR> <BR> 2. Completed a grand total of 1,672 fitness minutes (averaging 334 minutes a week)....YEAH BAY-BEE!!! ... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 21:40:01 EST MARCH MADNESS Challenge Update: There's No "I" in T-E-A-M! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2966358 Two of my favorite SPARK "Things" are the enthusiasm of the Team Challenges as well as the accountability/support that fellow SPARKers provide. <BR> <BR> During the first week of the CC MARCH MADNESS Challenge, the enthusiasm accountability and support have been INCREDIBLE!!! <BR> <BR> <em>299</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>299</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> The excitement has been contagious...and every time I see that one of my friends has changed their profile pic... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 16:44:46 EST The MARCH MADNESS Challenge...Nothing but N-E-T!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2935051 First of all, <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> and am super-hyped about the challenge that's starting this coming MONDAY MONDAY MONDAY (in my sports announcer voice)! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Here are the details (it's never too late to join): <BR> <em>101</em> <em>299</em> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2931098 </link> <em>299</em> <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> The responses that have been received since posting the information about th... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 13:58:24 EST The MARCH MADNESS Challenge 3/1-3/31...WHO'S IN?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2931098 Anyone who knows me fairly well, knows that I'm SUPER GREEN when it comes to basketball, but being a resident of the Bluegrass State one cannot help but to catch the excitement that is stirring as March Madness draws near. So I would like to build on that excitement and encourage the Cardio Connoisseurs ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=13104 </link> ), my SPARK Family and FB Friends to join me as we work to move ON TO THE NEXT ONE!!! <BR> <BR> The Challeng... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 12:26:22 EST The Danger of Putting Your Life on Hold! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2909970 Pastor Cosby is currently doing a series entitled, "Why? (When God Doesn't Make Sense)". The title of this blog was today's Sermon and the focal scripture was Psalms 137: 1-4 NIV, which is listed below (Yours Truly added the words in parenthesis for a SPARK-specific emphasis). <BR> <BR> "By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion (being smaller, leaner, faster and stronger). There on the poplars we hung our harps (Spark Tools, confidence, and workout clothes), for ... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 18:04:29 EST I'm ON TO THE NEXT ONE...I mean THREE ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2789650 Today begins week THREE of the Cardio Connoisseurs "I'm a COMPLETE 10 Challenge" <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=852x13104x3<BR>0897301x1xfirst </link> <BR> <BR> Then in less than THREE weeks, it's my Sorority's Founders' Day Luncheon where we are required to wear white. I intentionally bought a white dress smaller than my current dress size to motivate me to stay focused. <BR> <BR> A few close friends know that I've been "under the weather" si... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 13:52:29 EST A Complete and PERFECT "10" ~ NOTHING IS WANTING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2672410 According to www.biblestudy.com, the number ten symbolizes "the perfection of Divine order, commencing, as it does, an altogether new series of numbers. The first decade is the representative of the whole numeral system, and originates the system of calculation called "decimals," because the whole system of numeration consists of so many tens, of which the first is a type of the whole. <BR> <BR> Completeness of order, marking the entire round of anything, is, therefore, the ever-present sig... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 14:11:12 EST From the WALL to the ROCK: A Blog within a Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2631278 I am so thankful for the fact that I know GOD's Word is powerful and timely, otherwise I would believe that my Pastor has me under surveillance (LOL!). <BR> <BR> Anyway, Rev. Cosby is currently doing a series entitled, "The Grinches that Almost Steal Christmas" and one of the two sermons that he preached today was about being "Overwhelmed". <BR> <BR> The scripture for this sermon was Psalm 61: 1-8 KJV and he defined overwhelmed as "to feel bewildered and belittled by the complexities ... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 20:05:44 EST This is the DAY that the Lord has made...I don't care if it's Friday the 13th!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2558591 Today, Friday the13th and not at all by coincidence, is the opening of the new apocalyptic movie “2012”. December 21, 2012 (12-21-12), is predicted to be Earth’s expiration date. Obsessive fear has overtaken thousands of people around the world who believe that the end of the world, is a little more than three years away. <BR> <BR> Dr. Mark Hitchcock says in an article for CBN, “2012 Predictions Provoke Media Storm”, “Books on 2012 are flying off the shelves. Network news, cable channels, ... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 12:16:29 EST I BELIEVE (Day 9) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2519991 Reason # 9 “I believe in God because of personal evidence.” <BR> <BR> “This is what the Bible calls a ‘still small voice.’ If we listen with an open heart and mind we will find God. There is something in us that leads us to face the inevitability of a creator; that there is something unique and valuable within us. Pascal once said, ‘Within every man there is a God-shaped void.’ Also, Augustine’s prayer reminds us that, ‘Thou has created us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 10:17:04 EST I BELIEVE (Day 8) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2518047 Reason # 8 “I believe in God because without God it is impossible to establish that anything is right or wrong.” <BR> <BR> “Without God, there is no objective standard of truth. If there is no God, we are left adrift on a sea of moral relativism without any way of agreeing on what is absolutely right and wrong. C. S. Lewis identified what he called ‘The Law of Human Nature.’ ‘First, human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and c... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 14:16:54 EST I BELIEVE (Day 7) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2514600 Reason # 7 “I believe in God because it is the logical thing to do.” <BR> <BR> “The French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal suggested that the wise person would, based on logic, math and probability, ‘bet on God.’ If Christians are wrong and there is no God, we have lost nothing. If, however; we bet that He is not (or we don’t bet at all), and He is, we have lost everything. Pascal said, ‘Wager then unhesitatingly that God is.’ ” <BR> <BR> Don Waddell – “Why I believe in God ... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:19:38 EST I BELIEVE (Day 6) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2511643 Reason # 6 “I believe in God because life is incredibly short, and I do not believe that our lives are meaningless.” <BR> <BR> “If we are to live without God we must accept that life is meaningless-that we live for a short time and then we die and return to nothingness. Even the existential philosophers admit this. The prominent atheist Bertrand Russell said, ‘Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless.’ He elaborated eloquently and honestly admitting that his a... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 09:20:18 EST At my Limit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2510609 ...of photos in my gallery that is <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> So for my dear SPARK friends who are not on Facebook, as promised here are a few random pictures from the Jay-Z Concert (10/10), Meeting BLESSED3061 (10/17), The Pastor's Black and White Ball (10/23), me experimenting with a natural hairstyle for Girls' Night Out (10/24) and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk (10/25)...ENJOY! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/8/b782491051.jpg"> <BR> Me and Jay-Z....... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 21:23:17 EST I BELIEVE (Day 5) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2507832 Reason # 5 “I believe in God because we live in a complex, intricate, interdependent world of design.” <BR> <BR> “As one of the world’s foremost space scientists, Dr. Werner von Braun said, ‘Anything as well ordered and perfectly created as is our earth and universe must have a Maker, a Master Designer. Anything so orderly, so perfect, so precisely balanced, so majestic as this creation can only be the product of a Divine idea…there must be a Maker; there can be no other way.’ If you have... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 22:59:04 EST I BELIEVE (Day 4) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2501647 Reason # 4 “I believe in God because of the magnitude of space.” <BR> <BR> “The nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is about four light-years from Earth. The Milky Way is about 100,000 light-years across, and the sun is roughly 25,000 light-years from its center. The nearest large galaxy is the Andromeda Galaxy, which is about 2 million light-years away. Some galaxies are more than 10 billion light-years distant. There are too many stars for scientists to actually count, but it is estimated t... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 08:52:57 EST I BELIEVE (Day 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2499032 Reason # 3 “I believe in God because I cannot comprehend infinity. How do we contend with the eternal, something without beginning and without end?” <BR> <BR> “When I stare off into the heavens on a clear summer night, I know that space continues forever and ever and ever. If we could get in a space shuttle and travel at the speed of light for an entire lifetime we would be no nearer the end than we were at the beginning. This is beyond comprehension and forms my concept of what God is –... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 09:24:52 EST I BELIEVE (Day 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2495803 I have a good friend at church who publishes something that she calls the "Thought for the Day." This is a follow-up from yesterday's thought...it looks like she's doing a series. Enjoy!!! <BR> <BR> Reason # 2 “I believe in God because without God we have to believe that something, specifically this universe and everything in it, came from nothing.” <BR> <BR> “This is illogical and incompatible with all other observed phenomena in the universe. Even if Darwinian evolution were true, wh... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 05:03:36 EST I have TOO MANY Unanswered Questions and I BELIEVE... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2493308 I have a good friend at church who publishes something that she calls the "Thought for the Day." Today's thought really blessed me so I thought I would share. <BR> <BR> Reason # 1 “I believe in God because there are too many unanswered questions without God.” <BR> <BR> “Every philosophic or religious belief system must answer four questions: <BR> <BR> Where did we come from? (Origin) <BR> <BR> Why are we here? (Purpose) <BR> <BR> How should we behave? (Morality) <BR> <BR> What is o... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 09:56:05 EST Revelations from the Reunion: SIZE-ing things up!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2461695 Last Saturday was my 20 year High School Reunion and it's all I've been talking about for the past few months. <BR> <BR> Well the big night came and after I got dressed and took a good look in the mirror, a wave of panic flooded me. First of all, as most people know I DO NOT wear form fitting clothes. As a matter of fact NEWBEIN always teases me about my layers and cloaks that I wear to the gym. I kept looking in the mirror, "SIZE-ing things up" and criticizing every square inch of my b... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 23:07:53 EST I Got Re-SPARKED at the SPARK Convention...can I get a WOO-HOO??? Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2432694 Okay, so here are the rest of the pictures that I wanted to share from the convention, there are seven more instead of five :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/9/b691611918.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/4/b541740106.jpg"> <BR> Me Huddling! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/3/b433873532.jpg"> <BR> Me and STEPHAM1 (I think I gave her about 1,000 SPARK Hugs), I LOVE the BAHAMA MAMAS!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 13:59:09 EST I Got Re-SPARKED at the SPARK Convention...can I get a WOO-HOO??? Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2432671 I have been a member of SPARK for over two years now and I am unashamedly a huge SPARK Fan. Sparkpeople is way more than a weight loss informational website, it is truly a community, and to me the friends that I have met on SPARK are just like family. So it goes without saying that I was soooooooo looking forward to attending the SPARK Convention in Cincinnati. <BR> <BR> Being the avid SPARKer and Event Planner that I am, my expectations for the convention were really high and I am proud... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 13:44:03 EST Fast Four-WORD~A 100 Day Corporate Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2362969 There are four areas in my life where I need a supernatural breakthrough, not just for me but for my loved ones as well (this includes my family, friends, co-workers, neighbors/the Louisville community, Dr. Cosby and the St. Stephen Church Family--all campuses, workout partners, SPARK Friends and Facebook Friends). When I say supernatural breakthrough, I'm not talking about magic, chance or hocus pocus, I'm talking about I need God to move and for His will to be done. <BR> <BR> So with that... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 22:23:06 EST Working on my ABSolute Best...SHAKE IT BABY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2336257 Last week while doing a CR workout, I was admiring the abs of Jaana (one of the CR instructors). Although I don't believe my waistline has the capacity to be as tight as hers, I do want to achieve my ABSolute Best...it can happen! (Big Smile) <BR> <BR> Well this week the Bahama Mamas will be helping me to get a little closer to my goal as we enter the challenge for week ten...it's all about the Core...woo hoo! Listed below are the directions and tracker for this week's challenge. It is m... Sat, 22 Aug 2009 08:47:09 EST Sending Huge Cyber Hugs to My Spark Friends, the CC's & the DONE Girls!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2297949 Hi All, <BR> I have been so behind on responding to and checking on all of my SPARK Family until I have grown ashamed of myself. <BR> <BR> I know it may appear to be lazy by sending out a mass email and posting this blog, but I didn't want another moment to pass without my closest SPARK Friends knowing that just because I may not have *talked* to you in a while or been as active on the boards does not mean that you're not in my constant thoughts. It is partly because of your postings on ... Sat, 8 Aug 2009 11:40:02 EST