IAMWINNING's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IAMWINNING IAMWINNING'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/ Don't Drive In/Near New York City http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168634 DH is often requested to take someone from church to/from airports - often BWI (Baltimore/Washington) which is about 2 hr drive, but sometimes into Washington, D.C. Generally, he can use a car, but occasionally he needs the church's 15 passenger van. <BR> <BR> In several weeks DH will have to drive the van, towing a LARGE trailer because of the number of people (going on a missions trip) and their stuff. Ok, on the face of it. But they need to go to JFK. Since we'd never been to JFK (exc... Mon, 23 May 2016 08:56:43 EST Mostly baseball http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165574 School's almost out, so Josh will be playing his last hi school JV game tonight (I think). DH will go there, while I get to attend another of Tyler's games. <BR> <BR> Josh is in a travel tournament league for the summer, but I don't off hand remember the date of their first tournament. The team is composed of young men from up and down the Eastern Seaboard. That's where the bulk of their games will be played, too, so DH and I won't make all of them. <em>39</em> Most of the tournamen... Wed, 18 May 2016 12:24:53 EST A brief note about today, 4/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151084 Up at 5:00 a.m. to be at the polling place before 6:00 (DH and I work the polls, and today was Pennsylvania's primary). Had a huge turnout for a primary, so we were very busy all day. Closed polls at 8:00 p.m. but last voter voted about 8:15 (if they are inside at 8, they get to vote). Then able to start close out work, and left polling place at 9:30. On my feet almost all that time. Can you hear my "dogs barking" <em>40</em> I'm sleeping in tomorrow!!! <BR> <BR> I'll try to catc... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 22:53:17 EST April 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148685 Busy, busy, busy. That's my life right now. We went to Josh's (grandson) baseball game late yesterday afternoon. It was a very good game - there were zero runs scored for the first four innings, then Josh's team scored two in the top of the 5th. The other team scored a single run in the bottom of the 7th inning (all they normally play), then got their third out, so Josh's team won another game. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I want to again thank all of you who prayed about the possibility ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:22:58 EST Odds and Ends in my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137786 If it isn't one thing, it's six others. Ok, not really six, and nothing that can't be dealt with. I've had a Kindle Paperwhite for 3 years and love it. I went to charge it again last eve and found that no matter what I did, the only way I can charge it is to hold the plug part in the Kindle - can't you just see me having to sit and HOLD it there?! I called Amazon and after much discussion, it was decided that the problem is with the Kindle itself. :( Then I got an email offering to sel... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 10:31:38 EST "Last" cataract blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137155 If you read my other cataract blogs, you'll know the dr told me the day after each surgery that I had 20/20 distance vision. I was tickled pink. <BR> <BR> Well, once my pupils returned to their normal size and function, that changed. <em>39</em> <em>24</em> Distances became blurry again. <BR> <BR> I'll be back in wear-all-the-time glasses in a few days. The upsides are: 1. I'll see distances clearly again (a biggie), and 2. I won't have to carry 'readers' everywhere I go. I'm... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 13:16:28 EST Second Cataract Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120764 Soooo, you might have read my blog about my cataract surgery on the 2nd, and that it went well. That eye is doing well and I'm down to one drop per day in that eye. <BR> <BR> On the 14th, I had the other eye done, and am still dropping many, many drops into that eye. <em>20</em> The dr. is well-pleased with the way things are, and said I have 20/20 distance vision in both eyes. Praise the Lord!! I've been wearing glasses since I was 9 yr old (I'm 68, so do the math). I now have rea... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:59:05 EST Cataract Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109717 Yea! Surgery on first cataract completed today. Just a few, normal, will-soon-go-away side effects: scratchy feeling, tearing (liquid tears), and a foggy film on that eye. After surgery, Dr said it went well, and I did a good job. I thought I was going to be put under twilight sleep – meaning I’d be ‘out’ but not quite, and I wouldn’t remember anything. Wellll, not exactly. They gave me something “to help me relax”. <BR> <BR> But the good news is that I couldn’t see the little prob... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 18:55:04 EST Just an FYI about me being on Spark in March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105447 Just an FYI (and request for prayers). Next month I'll go under the knife and hopefully come out with better vision. I have cataracts and am tired of the blurry, cloudy stuff. It really affects everything I do. My surgery dates are the 2nd, and the 14th. <BR> <BR> I know this is routine, but am SLIGHTLY apprehensive - after all, someone is going to cut into my eyes! <em>40</em> The dr. who will perform the surgery is the one who did my husband's eyes a few years ago, so that makes ... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:11:19 EST Blizzard of 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078864 God has blessed us; many of us have not suffered too badly because of this past weekend's horrible storm. Too many people south of here, though, have been flooded and displaced, and my heart goes out to them. <BR> <BR> The storm came up the coast from the south, so the farther north you go, the less snow - but that doesn't mean there wasn't a lot. While the airport counts the "official" snowfall (30.2 inches), we live a bit south of the airport, and figure we got more. It was impossible t... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:50:01 EST Trip to Utah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072949 For several years, DH and I have driven over 2,000 miles (one way from PA to UT) to watch 2 - 3 men's basketball games at DH's alma mater. We love it! Even driving in the winter isn't necessarily bad. <BR> <BR> Because we support the team like that, the alumni magazine is going to do an article on us in their next issue. We took pics on our way out there this year, and their photographer took pics of us before one game.....lots and lots of pictures! It was a bit embarrassing as other peo... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:33:59 EST Trick or Treating 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023392 Our township always has trick or treating on a Thursday night; tonight was it. My youngest came to our house to pass candy out, as she lives upstairs in an apartment and doesn't get kids coming by. She came dressed as a zombie bride, complete with lots of fake blood. Ick! <BR> <BR> I've posted a couple of pics of her in my gallery. Couldn't turn on around, but you get the idea. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:57:49 EST Can you stand another Josh baseball blog? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021140 Just like we do all summer, we've been 'living' baseball this fall. I think this weekend was the last one for Fall Ball. Josh (15 yr) is a SUPER ball player - a catcher almost all the time, although he's been known to play 3rd base and left field. Now, I don't fully understand the convoluted way they figure the seeding, but it goes something like this: How many games did you win? How many runs were scored against you, then how many runs did you score, then (something I don't understand).... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 21:33:35 EST This weekend - Sept 26 & 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005123 My 15 yr old grandson plays baseball almost all year 'round. <em>211</em> It's "Fall Ball" right now, and Josh's playing is tournaments most weekends. Josh is the best catcher I've seen. <em>41</em> Yesterday a pitched ball missed his glove, hit the home plate and hit his bare hand (on the webbing portion). He was out the rest of that game and got it x-rayed. Fortunately, there are no breaks, "just" bruised. He was cleared to play in today's games. <BR> <BR> Yesterday they w... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 20:23:51 EST Prayer Request for the Middle Eastern Christians http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002828 This came through my church. <BR> <BR> "This came this morning...Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts. "We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food to. ISIS has pushe... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:54:07 EST Warning: baseball talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987013 These past few days my DH and I have glued ourselves to the TV, watching the Little League World Series. These 12 year olds are all really good just to make it to the Series, which makes for great games. <BR> <BR> Our local team is the Red Land, PA team, and their home field isn't far from our home. The Series is held in Williamsport, PA – barely a 100 miles up the road. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that our oldest grandson is heavily into playing baseball, but that’s a whole other st... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:18:33 EST Why I've been "missing" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985110 I've missed you, my friends - not because of anything YOU have done. My computer went on the fritz the last week of July and sat in the computer hospital for weeks. Because they told me I needed a new mother board, I decided to get a new computer. I bought one yesterday, and am now trying to familiarize myself with Windows 8.1. I do hope to get Windows 10 one of these days. In the meantime, I have over 130 emails to go through. <em>20</em> So please bear with me if I don't respond ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:20:49 EST Multiple Problems and God's Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951350 God has been speaking to me, or rather, I'm finally being still enough to hear Him. <BR> <BR> The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. <BR> <BR> “You can find Joy in the midst of brokenness. One of the hardest times to be joyful is when you’re... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:03:07 EST Grandma's Bragging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949482 I won't detail everything, but I've been busy these past several days, then when I wanted to make a dent in things (online) I lost the internet. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Here's some of what I've been doing. Thanks for patiently reading it and allowing this Grandma to brag on two of my grandsons. <BR> <BR> Last night (Sunday) we didn’t get home until near 11:30 p.m. and I’m still excited about watching Josh play in a tournament. I think I’ve mentioned before, but he plays on four b... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:39:13 EST God is Sovereign http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946375 If you’ve read my last blog, you’ll have some idea of why this devotional has spoken to me – or rather, how God has spoken to me through the devotional. Have I ‘arrived’ at perfection? NO! Perfection comes only in Heaven. But I am comforted and encouraged by the Lord. Will I slip from my current thinking ? Maybe. When things get even tougher than they are now, but God will continue working in me – He never gives up on us, no matter how many times He has to remind us of Hi... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 23:15:22 EST Confession and some happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941849 Hi Y'all, <BR> My last blog was a devotional about God's 'school of pain'. I've been trying to put that into practice in my life, but for one reason and another, I haven't succeeded. <BR> <BR> I have a "funny" that God put in my path to help me remember to chill. Last Thursday I was out and tried to leave a new Rx to be filled, only to have roadblocks thrown in my path. One roadblock was that they'd have to order the med. and it would be ready Friday evening. Well, Friday evening we wer... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 15:23:59 EST The School of Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938500 I had saved this almost a month ago, then 'forgot' it. God has been reminding me over and over these past few weeks of the truth of this devotional written by Dennis Fisher in Our Daily Bread dated May 6, 2015 <BR> <BR> “In his book ‘The Problem of Pain’, C.S. Lewis observes that ‘God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.’ Suffering often helps us to redirect our focus. It shifts our thinkin... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:23:25 EST What Christ's Presence Brings Us http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912896 The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. <BR> <BR> “Christian hope is strongly linked to My Presence – which is with you now and through-out eternity. So the more aware you are of My Presence, the more hopeful you will feel. Even though you be... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:12:51 EST Eyes on Jesus = Our Hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912895 The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. <BR> <BR> “Keep your eyes on Me! I am with you, taking care of you in the best possible way. When you are suffering, My care may seem imperfect and inadequate. You seek relief, and I make you wait. Just... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:10:44 EST Going forward is the only way to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910562 The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. <BR> <BR> “I always lead you forward. When you are going through hard times, you tend to look back longingly at seasons when your life seemed easier, less complicated. You daydream about those simpler tim... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:35:35 EST End of road trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892821 We arrived safely at home yesterday afternoon, and I was so glad to no longer be traveling. Our Utah visit was fun, and we enjoyed visiting with family and friends, as well as watching WSU win two of their three games. <BR> <BR> But the day we started our drive home, I knew I was getting sick. {cough, cough, sniff, cough} <em>527</em> When I got to where I could hear and feel the infection rattling in my chest, I made my way to a dr. I'm dedicating myself to resting, drinking lot... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:58:14 EST Our Utah trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886366 We left the bitter cold temps of PA and started to Utah. My DH graduated from Weber State University, and we enjoy attending their basketball games. <em>299</em> We almost didn’t make the trip this time because Weber is NOT playing well. Usually they do VERY well. But we decided to bite the bullet, and I’m glad we did. <BR> <BR> The trip weather wasn’t too bad – we did get a good bit of snow in part of Wyoming, but it was doable. The first few days in Utah, the highs were in the... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:17:07 EST Recurring Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862406 The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. <BR> <BR> “If you have a problem that comes and goes over a long period of time, you may start dreading its recurrence. This reaction only makes matters worse. When the painful situation returns, you tend to feel ten... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:38:05 EST Deep Dependence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847934 The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, and is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. The scripture is from the NIV. <BR> <BR> “You can achieve the victorious life through living in deep dependence on Me. People usually associate victory with success: not falling or stumbling, not making mistakes. But those who are successful in their own strength tend to go their own way, forgetting about Me. It is through problems and failure, weakness and neediness that ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 19:03:03 EST One step at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840012 The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Today" by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. <BR> <BR> “Sometimes your journey through this world is wearisome. You feel as if you’ve been plodding uphill wearing leaden clothing, and you don’t want to take another step. At such times you need to stop and re-center your thoughts on Me. R... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:04:50 EST Setting Priorities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831887 The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. <BR> <BR> “Set priorities in your life according to My will. You will not be able to do all the things you want to do -- or all the things other people would like you to do. Setting priorities helps you make good dec... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:49:45 EST God uses our suffering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830259 The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. <BR> <BR> “Your light and momentary troubles are achieving for you an eternal Glory that far outweighs them all. The Greek word the apostle Paul used for light means ‘a weightless trifle.’ Yet he had endured tremendo... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:10:31 EST Don't miss the beauty and brightness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823429 The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, and is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. The scripture is from the NIV. <BR> <BR> “This is the day that I have made! As you rejoice in this day of life, it will yield up to you precious gifts and beneficial training. Walk with Me along the high road of thanksgiving, and you will find all the delights I have made ready for you. <BR> <BR> To protect your thankfulness, you must remember that you reside in a fallen w... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:21:35 EST Peter, Paul, Silas and Jody http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821669 Early this month our church emailed a request for prayer for missionaries Jody and Ruth Miller. They have served the Lord for 16 years in the country of Jordan. They could only minister to people who came to them, but surprisingly, a large number of Muslims attend their church each Sunday. <BR> <BR> There are too many details to list here, but Jody was aware it was a trap one day when he was visited by the Intelligence Service. The I.S. man asked for a Bible which was sitting on a table... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:24:53 EST How Close Are You To God? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812727 The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, and is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. The scripture is from the NIV. <BR> <BR> “You can live as close to Me as you choose. I set up no barriers between us; neither do I tear down barriers that you erect. <BR> <BR> People tend to think their circumstances determine the quality of their lives. So they pour their energy into trying to control those situations. They feel happy when things are going well, and sad ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 17:36:40 EST From Suffering to Hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808214 The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. <BR> <BR> “You can rejoice in your sufferings, because you know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Problems that cause you pain can ultimately increase your hope. Howe... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:33:13 EST God Working In Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788064 The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. <BR> <BR> “You are being transformed into My image from Glory to Glory. Trust My Spirit to do this massive work in you. Yield to My ways, wisdom, and will. When life gets tough, don’t waste those hard circumstances.... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 20:46:41 EST God's Mercies Are New Every Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783143 The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. <BR> <BR> “My steadfast love never ceases, My mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. I know how desperately you want to believe this – and how much you are struggling to do so. Today, the only thin... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:50:55 EST Accept your circumstances AND the condition of your body. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775983 The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, and is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. The scripture is from the NIV. <BR> <BR> “Accept each day exactly as it comes to you. By that I mean not only the circumstances of your day but also the condition of your body. Your assignment is to trust Me absolutely, resting in My sovereignty and <BR> faithfulness. <BR> <BR> On some days, your circumstances and your physical condition feel out of balance: The demands o... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:12:13 EST Cat Gift for the cat who has 'everything' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774845 One of my kids sent this link to me......I had to cut and paste. <BR> <BR> http://www.dudeiwantthat.com/gear/pets/c<BR>at-battle-armor.asp <BR> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 22:43:00 EST Transformation -- a process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770987 The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. <BR> <BR> “You are being renewed day by day. So do not be weighed down by yesterday’s failures and disappointments. Begin this day anew, seeking to please Me and walk in My ways – focusing on today! As you do, I am ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:19:04 EST Perseverance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764487 The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. <BR> <BR> “I am training you in the discipline of perseverance. You are on a long uphill journey, and sometimes it seems endless to you. Looking back, you can see some times of ease and refreshment. Looking ahead, h... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:21:01 EST Anticipate impossibilities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762334 I’ve been wrestling with something I cannot change, and God isn’t, so it’s a real struggle to live with. This devotional hit me between the eyes this morning. (And I’m glad). Perhaps it will be encouraging to you, too. <BR> <BR> The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, and is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. The scripture is from the NIV. <BR> <BR> “Expect to encounter adversity in your life, remembering that you live in a deeply fallen world. Stop t... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:46:24 EST Benefits of a heart made cheerful in the Lord http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760427 The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. <BR> <BR> “A cheerful heart is good medicine. You have every reason to be cheerful, because I have overcome the world. I have conquered it and deprived it of power to harm you through My victory on the cross. Moreov... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:35:05 EST "When things go 'wrong' " http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760426 The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, and is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. The scripture is from the NIV. <BR> <BR> “I am the God of all time and all that is. Seek Me not only in the morning quietness but consistently throughout the day. Do not let unexpected problems distract you from My Presence. Instead, talk with Me about everything, and watch confidently to see what I will do. <BR> <BR> Adversity need not interrupt your communion with Me. ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:23:55 EST Healing Freedom in Jesus Christ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757512 The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. <BR> <BR> “I came into your life to make you free. The closer you live to Me, the freer you can be. By spending time alone with Me, your awareness of My abiding Presence grows deeper and stronger. There is healing i... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:21:36 EST Feeling Overwhelmed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752939 The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. <BR> <BR> “When you are feeling overwhelmed by your circumstances, take time to listen to Me. Hear Me saying, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’ <BR> <BR> Listening to Me when you’re feeling stressed requires discipline and trust. Your racing thoughts make it hard to hear My gentle whi... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:14:16 EST Saddened and a little angry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751904 I've seen some of the movies Hollywood has made, supposedly based on the Bible; and the ones I've seen have at least been recognizable as Bible stories. Not so with the current movie "Noah". Living rock creatures that were angels come to earth as "watchers"? Noah convinced that all humans were to die off, including his family? Give me a break. <BR> <BR> My advice is to avoid this movie. It's blasphemous and a gross distortion of the truth. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 21:41:56 EST Friday 8/1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750983 Our blood bank often gives something when we try to donate. Today's gift was this t-shirt. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l707496515.jpg"> I also got a coupon for Isaacs which we may or may not get to. <BR> <BR> Why do I donate? <BR> Because I can. <BR> Because almost 36 years ago I needed two units of blood (my pressure was down to 48 over zero - I saw the chart). <BR> Because I can. <BR> Because it doesn't take much of my time and someone's life may dep... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:32:10 EST Change Your Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749883 This devotional hit me square between the eyes. And then blessed me. <BR> <BR> The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus was speaking directly to you. <BR> <BR> “Humble yourself under My mighty hand. You are well aware of My powerful hand working in your life experiences. Sometimes you feel weighed down by My Sovereign will – trapped by circumstances you cannot c... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:40:03 EST