FROSTY99's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FROSTY99 FROSTY99'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/ Purposeful Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736095 <BR> Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer. Mark 1:35 (The Daily Life Bible) <BR> <BR> Jesus had only three years to accomplish His life’s purpose. His days were filled with activities such as healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind, and preaching in the synagogue. He taught to the masses, fed thousands, dined with society’s outcasts, ministered to individuals, comforted the grieving, and raised their dead... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:48:20 EST MY TRAVEL PLANS FOR 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734557 <BR> I have been in many places, but I've never been in Kahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Kahoots with someone. I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there. I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, friends, family and work. <BR> <BR> I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore. ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:34:04 EST You know you have reached that age! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732560 I hate to say it, but I have reached that age where it seems like every time the phone rings it is not to bring good news but to tell us of another friend who is having a health crisis or has passed away. <BR> How do we handle these situations? Are we relieved when one of our dear friends has passed that they are no longer suffering or are we sad that they have left us? When it is someone who has led a long and meaningful life does that made it easier than a young person who still has their... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 13:44:24 EST Lifting Each Other Up in Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726532 <BR> The apostles often met together and prayed with a single purpose in mind… Acts 1:14 (CEV) <BR> <BR> Depression is a fierce enemy, making it a struggle just to stand up, get dressed and walk around. In living with it, the name of the game is to look and act ordinary. So while I was waiting for my treatment, I decided to go to church. <BR> <BR> St. Bartholomew’s Church on New York City’s Park Avenue is a beautiful building, always full of life, children, music and people from every corn... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:20:03 EST Stumpknockers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719936 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1272161576.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Recently we went out to a restaurant by the name of Stumpknockers and down by the river bank was this concrete gator so this is a picture of Bill, Sonny & Vicky with that gator. We had gone to celebrate Vicky & Sonny's 44th wedding anniversary. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1844621197.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Of course, Bill & I had to get a photo with the gator too! <BR> <BR> <img src=... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:18:21 EST Our doves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718692 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l457083471.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our momma dove <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2019536773.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These are the two baby doves (I found out doves usually only lay 2-3 eggs) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1991714054.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is one of the babies after it's first flight. It flew from the nest over to the <BR> railing on our back landing and lit right besi... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:22:55 EST More of our Panhandle Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717945 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2126154240.jpg"> <BR> Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin in Fort Walton Beach, FL <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1977558279.jpg"> <BR> No matter how old we get, the kid comes out and we just have to pretend we are something else-I got to play pilot for a few minutes! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l277762903.jpg"> <BR> After we left the museum, we headed over to Pensacola and ate a very late... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:10:25 EST Destin Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717466 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l617095495.jpg"> <BR> Next up the house <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1338477093.jpg"> <BR> For years we passed this home which is actually the Visitor Center/Chamber of <BR> Commerce in Marianna, Fl but being in an rv didn't see where we could park so finally <BR> on our trip to the Panhandle in May I finally got to visit it. It happened to be on <BR> the weekend SO we didn't get to go inside, but we were able t... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:33:11 EST Prayer That Comforts a Parent's Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716807 <BR> We are labourers together with God. 1 Corinthians 3:9 <BR> <BR> William got up before dawn to catch his flight. I heard our son hoist his bags, the front door opened and closed, and then I heard him drop the keys through the mail slot, following instructions his mother had left on a note. I hated to hear him go. He's twenty-three years old, I told myself. We'd had a great visit with him. Why feel so sad? <BR> <BR> But the ache was still there at breakfast before I did the chores. I wi... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:12:06 EST The Magic Bank Account http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716021 THIS WAS FOUND IN THE BILLFOLD OF COACH PAUL BEAR BRYANT OF THE UNIVERSITY of ALABAMA AFTER HE DIED IN <BR> 1982.) <BR> <BR> The Magic Bank Account <BR> <BR> Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest: <BR> <BR> Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. <BR> However, this prize has rules: <BR> <BR> The set of rules: <BR> <BR> 1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you. <BR> <BR> 2. ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:24:30 EST Florida Caverns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715154 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2077696258.jpg"> <BR> Who knew that Florida has caverns??? This is the entrance to the Florida Cavern State Park in Marianna, Fl. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1842547213.jpg"> <BR> One of the formations inside the cave. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l722248002.jpg"> <BR> Bill, Vicky & Sonny inside the cave <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1224929962.jpg"> <BR> An... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:55:17 EST A little this and that in pics-trips and plants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714451 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1171334445.jpg"> <BR> Bill & I on St. Thomas <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l563186250.jpg"> <BR> Relaxing on the beach (when we were on the cruise) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l4441060.jpg"> <BR> Vicky when we were on our day trip to Tampa Bay (that is the day a tornado <BR> was sighted in the area) We weren't even sure we would get to go on the <BR> luncheon cruise <BR> <img src="http:... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 19:37:02 EST Some of my recent projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713512 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l337289556.jpg"> <BR> These are 4 of the birdbaths I made as gifts for friends. They are made with plates and vases. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1657848726.jpg"> <BR> This is the special birdbath I made for Abbie's Aunt Barb who always is willing to "babysit" her so we can take off for a day or a week. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1386522659.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 15:08:15 EST Makayla's Wedding (granddaughter) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712890 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1106011696.jpg"> <BR> This is a picture of our granddaughter's wedding which we went to back in March. This was both sets of grandparents with my son, his wife and Makayla. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l437190351.jpg"> <BR> This is Chris, Jen, Makayla, Christian, myself and Bill <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1700563476.jpg"> <BR> Makayla and Christian cutting the wedding cake. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 15:31:55 EST First Day of Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709196 After being out of the workforce for almost 15 years, I agreed to take over the office for the manager in our community while she went on vacation for the month of June. I am not working full time but even a few hours several days a week is a big change in my routine. <BR> I get up early to walk, but now I have to be up no later than 6 am so I will have time to shower and eat breakfast before getting to the office by 8 am. <BR> My first day was very busy. Even though I had a few hours of ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:59:50 EST Another Sad Loss Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708295 A few of you will remember when just over 2 years ago I wrote of losing one of my dear friends, Karen. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early February and didn't live even the 6 weeks the dr's predicted. It was very hard to say goodbye to someone who had been so vital and so suddenly wasn't but it was a relief to see an end to her suffering. <BR> Now, her husband who just turned 70 has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer and given just a few months. In December he was doing gr... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 18:55:26 EST The Prayer That Changes Everything. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701057 <BR> Rely on this helpful tip when you feel discouraged God isn't answering your prayer in this excerpt from <BR> <BR> By Stormie Omartian <BR> <BR> Have you ever prayed and prayed and prayed about a situation, a person, a need, or a dream and still have not seen an answer to your prayers? Perhaps you have been hurt again and again by someone who never changes no matter how hard you pray. <BR> <BR> Or maybe you’ve prayed over and over for financial breakthrough, yet you still live with t... Thu, 22 May 2014 21:36:09 EST All I Need to Know, I Learned from the Easter Bunny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675837 <BR> Don't put all your eggs in one basket. <BR> <BR> Everyone needs a friend who is all ears. <BR> <BR> There's no such thing as too much candy. <BR> <BR> All work and no play can make you a basket case. <BR> <BR> A cute tail attracts a lot of attention. <BR> <BR> Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day. <BR> <BR> Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits. <BR> <BR> Some body parts should be floppy. <BR> <BR> Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans. <BR> <BR> Good th... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:51:20 EST On Growing Older...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672865 <BR> First ~ Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it. <BR> <BR> Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for. <BR> <BR> Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren't paved. <BR> <BR> Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra. <BR> <BR> Fifth ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:45:41 EST Wonderfully described definitions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661119 <BR> CIGARETTE: <BR> A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool at the other! <BR> <BR> MARRIAGE: <BR> It's an agreement wherein a man loses his bachelors degree and a woman gains her masters <BR> <BR> LECTURE: <BR> An art of transmitting information from the notes of the lecturer to the notes of students without passing through the minds of either <BR> <BR> CONFERENCE: <BR> The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:33:58 EST The Wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658826 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l981247286.jpg"> <BR> We arrived about 10 am Fri morning and that meant we were in time to help the kids decorate the hall where the reception would be held. It is normally a bingo hall so had to take down some of the tables and remove lots of chairs! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l517239500.jpg"> <BR> Tables being decorated <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l712745282.jpg"> <BR> Cake table <BR... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:58:37 EST WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN'T LOOKING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657251 <BR> A message every adult should read because children <BR> Are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say. <BR> <BR> When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you hang my <BR> First painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately <BR> Wanted to paint another one. <BR> <BR> When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed the <BR> Birds in winter, and I learned that it was good to be kind <BR> To animals. <BR> <BR> When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make my <... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:40:27 EST Lexophile Competition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632712 <BR> "Lexophile" is a word used to describe those that have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish", or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless." <BR> <BR> A competition to see who can come up with the best lexphillies is held every year in an undisclosed location. This year's winning submission is posted at the very end. <BR> <BR> .. When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate. <BR> <BR> .. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months. ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:48:08 EST Cyber Crime Warning-Please take seriously http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623540 We had a bit of excitement today. DH got a call this morning from a lady who said she was from social security. He figured it was some scam but gave the phone to me. She went thru her spiel again and I said I wouldn't give her any info over the phone. Well, she said let's set up an appointment and I asked how soon. She said can you be in the local office by 10. I agreed and expected when we arrived there would not be anyone there by the name she gave us and this was just a way to get ri... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:01:29 EST Thanks for the Prayers for DH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607416 As most of you know DH was diagnosed with prostrate cancer in Oct 2011 and underwent radiation treatments that ended in Feb 2012. Since then he has had various issues with the urinary tract-several infections, etc. <BR> In Oct 2013, he went to another urologist for a 2nd opinion since the one who had treated him for the cancer told him that he was just going to have to learn to live with some pain and discomfort. That just did not sit well so.....needless to say he is no longer his doctor!!... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:28:25 EST Psalm for a Winter's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603763 Here’s a verse to meditate on that reminds us: God’s in charge. Let our perfect plans go. <BR> <BR> I love running in the cold. I love the feel of a bracing wind on my face and a leafless landscape where vistas lie far and wide. <BR> <BR> I love looking at the wildlife in the park, the birds that haven’t migrated, the skunk that survives on what mankind puts in trash bins. (One winter day I saw a skunk feasting on half a pizza.) The only thing I don’t like are patches of ice on the trail. I... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:52:54 EST TIME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596258 Over the phone, his mother told him, "Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday." Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days. <BR> <BR> "Jack, did you hear me?" <BR> <BR> "Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago," Jack said. <BR> <BR> "Well, he didn't forget you. Every time I saw him he'd ask how you were doing. He'd remin... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:11:07 EST Pray About Your Goals for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588253 <BR> It can be hard to stay focused on your dreams; that’s where prayer comes in. <BR> <BR> I am a goal-oriented person. At the beginning of each year I think about what I want to accomplish. Once I have established an objective, I try to visualize what it would look like. This is the best way to keep myself motivated and striving to reach a desired end. If I cannot see it, I might allow the difficulties of day-to-day tasks to overshadow my dreams. <BR> <BR> Vision is so very important bec... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 15:20:26 EST A Prayer Resolution for the New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579718 <BR> In this excerpt from 10 Prayers You Can't Live Without, Rick Hamlin shares tips on how you can keep your daily prayer time. <BR> <BR> By Rick Hamlin, New York, New York <BR> <BR> If I could only pass on one piece of advice about prayer, this would be it: Pick a time and place for prayer and try to do it every day. Don’t be too ambitious about how much time you devote to it. Better to take on a challenge that’s manageable than one that’s going to overwhelm you and frustrate you until y... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:36:14 EST Not so good news-prayers please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575936 Today my DH saw the surgeon (urologist) and he had a 2nd scope done of his bladder to check on the 2 prostrate stones that the other urologist had seen. Today the urologist said there is only 1 stone but there is a growth on the bladder and he is 99% sure it is cancerous. DH is scheduled for outpatient surgery on January 14 to remove the growth and it will be sent off to be evaluated. At this point, we do not know if any other treatment will be needed. The dr. told him (and DH could see ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:13:31 EST The Gift That Lasts Year Round http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572477 <BR> Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14 <BR> <BR> It was two days after Christmas, and I was frustrated about how busy I’d allowed myself to become during the hectic holiday season. I’m glad Christmas is over, I thought as I wandered down a side street in the town we were visiting. <BR> <BR> Something about the propped-open front door of a small church prompted me to step inside. In the dim interior, a waist-high manger scene was arranged under... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 18:35:24 EST The Carpenter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569964 <BR> Once upon a time, two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side-by-side, sharing machinery and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch. <BR> <BR> Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference and finally, it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence. <BR> <BR> One morning there was a knock on John's door.... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:41:19 EST The Perfect Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568929 <BR> You must love the Most High God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind. Luke 10:27 (TIB) <BR> <BR> Many years ago, my prayers to God tended to resemble letters to Santa Claus–long lists of things I wanted God to do for me. <BR> <BR> Nowadays, however, I seldom close my eyes to pray that a simple little anecdote doesn’t flash across my mind. It was one that actor Robert Young told. <BR> <BR> He was listening to the bedtime prayers of one... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:57:47 EST Christmas Song http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562507 <BR> Listen to the newest Christmas Song <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but to me this is not celebrating but Christmas-the birth of Christ. <BR> I am tired of all those who can't stand Christmas-forget all the politically correct stuff-remember the reason for the season. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is written by Don Murdock from Colbourne, Ontario., and it is not a Holiday song, it's a CHRISTMAS song. He was tired of Politically Correct Holiday Songs. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <lin... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:18:56 EST One Flaw In Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561520 <BR> Women have strengths that amaze men... <BR> <BR> They bare hardships and they carry burdens, <BR> <BR> but they hold happiness, love and joy. <BR> <BR> They smile when they want to scream. <BR> <BR> They sing when they want to cry. <BR> <BR> They cry when they are happy <BR> <BR> and laugh when they are nervous. <BR> <BR> They fight for what they believe in.. <BR> <BR> They stand up to injustice. <BR> <BR> They don't take "no" for an answer <BR> <BR> when ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:24:31 EST Prayer and Procrastination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557923 <BR> For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:24-25(NIV) <BR> <BR> I know I’m in trouble when I start changing the font on my computer. Usually I resort to this tactic when I am procrastinating on a project or having trouble getting started. I’ll decide that the real problem is I’m bored with the typeface I’ve been using, and it’s well nigh tim... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 21:20:44 EST Do you need a tree? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553036 <BR> I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had <BR> just finished a rough first day on the job: a flat tire made him lose an <BR> hour of work, his electric drill quit and his ancient one-tontruck <BR> refused to start . <BR> <BR> While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited <BR> me in to meet his family . As we walked toward the front door, he paused <BR> briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both <BR... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 21:26:10 EST The Glorious Grace That God Knows Our Needs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547255 <BR> Our Father is intimately acquainted with what is weighing most heavily on our minds at this very moment. <BR> <BR> By Karen Barber, Alpharetta, Georgia <BR> <BR> “Your Father knows what you need before you ask.” Matthew 6:8 <BR> <BR> God knows that we need all of the basics—food, shelter, clothing, family, love, healthy bodies and meaningful work. God is able to differentiate between what we truly need and the unnecessary, things that we want because we think they’ll make us happy. <... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:52:11 EST What Prayer Can Do: Up on the Roof http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535179 <BR> She was afraid of heights and didn't know how she'd be able to help her husband reshingle the roof. But God gave her a new point of view. <BR> <BR> By Dianne Neal Matthews, West Jordan, Utah <BR> <BR> <BR> Roofing was not my thing. Not with my fear of heights. But my husband, Richard, needed help reshingling and, thanks to delays in getting the materials, our son had gone back to college by the time we started. <BR> <BR> That bright, sunny morning I stood at the kitchen sink praying... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 19:52:49 EST Praying "Thy Will Be Done" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528493 <BR> So when do we pray for God's will? When to relinquish? <BR> <BR> By Rick Hamlin, New York, New York <BR> <BR> Each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer is worthy of a book, but the one that catches me, the hardest to live by and accept is “Thy will be done.” For me, it only comes after a battle of wills, that point of surrender. You can’t really be helped by anyone unless you acknowledge your need. I can get so defensive when I hear criticism that I’m unable to listen to the good in the criti... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:10:15 EST Ride along on our bus trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524222 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l40855778.jpg"> <BR> This is just one of the many overlooks we stopped at to marvel at the beautiful colors on the trees while we traveled on the Blue Ridge Parkway <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1139286318.jpg">Another view on the parkway <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1208592427.jpg"> <BR> One of the lovely views we saw <BR> <BR> The escort told us that on this same trip last week, the le... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 22:00:55 EST Abbie's New Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514691 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1782114704.jpg"> <BR> This is Abbie after we got back from the groomer on Monday. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l597616840.jpg"> <BR> She got tired of me trying to catch her for her picture so she laid down! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1282154792.jpg"> <BR> Just another view <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1068081458.jpg"> <BR> She was looking for a gecko <BR> <... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:38:47 EST Fort Meyers Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514678 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l9004644.jpg"> <BR> This is the bridge we crossed to get to our hotel in Fort Meyers Beach. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1032400819.jpg"> <BR> A view of the beach from our balcony-most of the time we were there it was overcast or raining-one day they got 2 inches and the next 4! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l386936786.jpg"> <BR> View of the beach <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:24:08 EST A Prayer to Help You Through Life's Storms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510113 <BR> In the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge.... Psalm 57:1 <BR> <BR> I was on a crowded plane about to take off in a raging thunderstorm. As we cruised down the runway, a bolt of lightning lit up the darkness, shining on the plane’s silver wing and on a memory from another trip. <BR> <BR> Whitney and I were on a second honeymoon to Bermuda. On Sunday, we went to a small church near our motel. During the service,the minister introduced his mother who’d recently moved from the Un... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:17:06 EST Start Your Day with Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503359 <BR> Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 <BR> <BR> This morning when I woke up, my fingers itched to click open my e-mail. Had that work problem been resolved? Had a friend posted an update on her job search that we were praying about? Was there a new breakthrough in some medical research I was following? <BR> <BR> My Bible called to me from the coffee table. <BR> <BR> Just one quick ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 10:23:49 EST Need Help-Kindle users http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490378 I am thinking about purchasing a Kindle and need a little input. <BR> I know it will be great for reading books but does it get really expensive or are you able to get any from your public library and if so, how do you like that? <BR> Do you use yours to get on the internet to get e-mail or go on facebook or spark people??? <BR> I would like something smaller to take with me when we travel and I am thinking a Kindle might answer that need. That would mean I would not need to drag along my la... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:31:27 EST The Healing Benefits of Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490376 <BR> “I will heal them." Jeremiah 33:6 <BR> <BR> I live on a remote cattle ranch in Oregon. I don’t own a television, so when I climb in the pickup after irrigating or chasing cattle or feeding them hay, the radio is always on, to keep me company if nothing else. Today I caught Dr. Dean Edell’s “Medical Minutes.” <BR> <BR> Instead of hopping out right away to close the gate I’d just driven through,I sat still with the door half opened, riveted to the broadcast. His topic was the healing ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:28:17 EST Nothing ever goes as planned anymore!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472881 We have been planning to head up north to visit the kids, grandkids and great grandkids for the past month and we were going to leave this Tues-we have about 12 days with no doctor appointments-or so we thought!! <BR> I have been trying to get it all together the past few days BUT now everything is on hold. <em>39</em> <BR> I decided this morning that I needed to get a little extra rest if I was going to be driving for 8 or 9 hours for 2 days to get to my sons so I didn't get up till 7:3... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 19:42:40 EST My Birthday Mystery Trip Surprise-Really a Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465284 My DH told me about 2 weeks ago he was planning a surprise trip for my birthday-the surprise part was he was not telling me where we were going, he wanted to make sure I didn't schedule anything for those dates or he would not even have mentioned it. We also decided we had about 10 days where there was nothing scheduled so we would go back to visit the kids right after Labor Day. Next up was calling them to be sure that would work with their schedule which we finally did late last week. <BR... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 22:52:27 EST Everyday Touches of the Divine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456109 I came across this article and just had to share it. How often do we pray for something and then not pay attention to the answer to our prayers. Take a moment as you pray, be aware of everything around you. Even in our journey to lose weight, we pray that God will help us and then we sabatoge ourselves. Take the time to be aware as you go forward. <BR> <BR> <BR> Glimpses of heaven happen to us all the time, if only we have eyes to see. <BR> <BR> <BR> People often write to me about exp... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:57:11 EST