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/ 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 Be strong and courageous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748349 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> “Be strong and courageous. Do not be discouraged, for I will be with you wherever you go. You can choose to be strong and courageous even when you are feeling very weak. However, the weaker you feel, the more effort it takes to choose to be strong. It all depends on where you look.... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:27:29 EST Come Away With Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739195 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> “Come away with Me for a while. The world, with its nonstop demands, can be put on hold. Most people put Me on hold, rationalizing that someday they will find time to focus on Me. But the longer people push Me into the background of their lives, the harder it is for them to find Me. <BR> <BR> You live among people who glorify busyn... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:55:10 EST Walking In The Midst Of Trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737297 This devotional is taken from “Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young. It is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. Scripture from NIV except where noted. <BR> <BR> “Though you walk in the midst of trouble, I will revive you. So don’t let problems intimidate you. Remember that I, the Mighty One, am in your midst, and I am greater than all the trouble in the world. My right hand will save you! Hold tightly to My hand and you can walk confidently through ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:15:32 EST More baseball tournaments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729080 We spent another weekend watching a baseball tournament. This time Josh (14 yr old) played even less than before. It had something to do with the fact that the coach’s son plays (nearly every inning) and that there are 14 players on this team. I understand that with that many players, no one player (should) play all innings, but come-on! Their first game was last Friday, and Josh warmed up one of the outfielders each inning, then warmed the bench until after two outs in the last inning wh... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:48:49 EST What is your world-view? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705056 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> “The world is too much with you, My child. Your mind leaps from problem to problem to problem, tangling your thoughts in anxious knots. When you think like that, you leave Me out of your world-view and your mind becomes darkened. Though I yearn to help, I will not violate your freedom. I stand silently in the background of your min... Wed, 28 May 2014 09:33:33 EST Be Persistent in Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691850 This devotional is taken from “Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young. It is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. Scripture from NIV except where noted. <BR> <BR> "I will restore you to health and heal your wounds. I am with you, within you, all around you – continually at work in your life. When your awareness of Me grows dim, My Presence continues to shine brightly upon you. This Light has immense healing Power. So dare to ask great things of Me, re... Sat, 10 May 2014 10:36:12 EST My baseball “Grandma” weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687493 Because my SIL was working all weekend, and my DD first went to a Beth Moore Conference Friday eve and Saturday, then off to see a childhood chum on Sunday…..DH and I were designated drivers to get our grandsons to their respective ball games. <em>211</em> Ah, what a burden…..NOT! LOL <BR> <BR> Friday eve Tyler’s team lost 7-6 (I was mistaken when I first reported it on Sparks); but Saturday morning they won their game (I forget the score…..come on, I’m old). Friday eve DH and I got... Sun, 4 May 2014 21:11:51 EST Thankfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683263 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> “Let Me teach you thankfulness. Begin by acknowledging that everything – all your possessions and all that you are – belongs to Me. The dawning of each new day is a gift from Me, not to be taken for granted. The earth is vibrantly alive with My blessings, giving vivid testimony to My Presence. If you slow down your pace of life, yo... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:47:36 EST Problems As Perspective-lifters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680996 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> “Welcome problems as perspective-lifters. My children tend to sleepwalk through their days until they bump into an obstacle that stymies them. If you encounter a problem with no immediate solution, your response to that situation will take you either up or down. You can lash out at the difficulty, resenting it and feeling sorry for ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:07:48 EST "Make Me Your Focal Point" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680448 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> “Make Me your focal point as you move through this day. Just as a spinning ballerina must keep returning her eyes to a given point to maintain her balance, so you must keep returning your focus to Me. Circumstances are in flux, and the world seems to be whirling around you. The only way to keep your balance is to fix your eyes on Me... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:43:39 EST A few days in the life of Nancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654798 I've had some weekend - nothing earth-shaking, but a bit different than usual. <BR> <BR> Friday morning I had to re-take a medical test I'd had earlier in the week because it looked like I might have a pre-cancerous spot. When I'd gotten the call from the dr's office, I prayed and was able to turn the whole thing over to the Lord - and I LEFT it there. He gave me great peace. Some of you know what I'm talking about - we often take things to God, turn them over to Him, but then we take it ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:09:25 EST Our Glorious Gift in the Lord http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653880 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> “Thank Me for the Glorious gift of My Spirit. This is like priming the pump of a well. As you bring Me the sacrifice of thanksgiving, regardless of your feelings, My Spirit is able to work more freely within you. This produces more thankfulness and more freedom, until you are overflowing with gratitude. <BR> <BR> I shower blessi... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:47:53 EST Cleaning the kitten room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647871 I've been asked why it takes so long to clean the kitten room at the no-kill animal shelter. It IS a small-ish room, but yes, it does take almost two hours. I start out by doing whatever laundry that needs to be done, then move on to the kitten room. <BR> <BR> I shake out the towels covering the perches on the cat trees (there are three tall trees); wash all dishes; empty the cages and clean them - sometimes there are more than just the two big ones; sift five (or more) litter boxes and s... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:06:30 EST Perseverance's work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645423 In the Bible, James says to consider it all joy when you encounter trials/troubles, not that you are afflicted, but that God can use the affliction to grow perseverance in you, and that perseverance's work is to make us mature, complete, and lacking in nothing (spiritual). <BR> <BR> James 1:2-4 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:03:19 EST Trials/troubles = Joy??? Yes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642336 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> “Let Me help you through this day. The challenges you face are far too great for you to handle alone. You are keenly aware of your helplessness in the scheme of events you face. This awareness opens up a choice: to doggedly go it alone or to walk with Me in humble steps of dependence. Actually, this choice is continually before y... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 17:02:54 EST Waves of adversity - keep your eyes on Jesus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635238 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> <BR> "Keep your eyes on Me! Waves of adversity are washing over you, and you feel tempted to give up. As your circumstances consume more and more of your attention, you are losing sight of Me. Yet I am with you always, holding you by your right hand. I am fully aware of your situation, and I will not allow you to be tempted beyon... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:01:15 EST I AM Resting in the Lord http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632628 Last Monday I blogged "Rest In The Lord's Strength". So He made sure I would.....I'm sick again after having barely gotten well. But THIS time, I found myself telling God that I really didn't want to be sick again, then acknowledging that His timing is perfect and that what He sends or allows is designed to mold us to the image of Christ Jesus. So now I'm reminding myself to REST in the Lord, and to be open to whatever He wants to teach me. This attitude of tuning into God instead of whi... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:46:31 EST Rest In The Lord's Strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626531 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> "Thank Me for the conditions that are requiring you to be still. Do not spoil these quiet hours by wishing them away, waiting impatiently to be active again. Some of the greatest works in My kingdom have been done from sick beds and prison cells. Instead of resenting the limitations of a weakened body, search for My way in the mids... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:32:21 EST Focus on God -- "Jesus Calling" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625078 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> "Come to Me with all your weaknesses: physical, emotional, and spiritual. Rest in the comfort of My Presence, remembering that nothing is impossible with Me. <BR> <BR> Pry your mind away from your problems so you can focus your attention on Me. Recall that I am able to do immeasurably more than all you ask or imagine. Instead of t... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:57:23 EST Nor'easter of 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623099 The storm we’re getting right now has come up the coast, where I can only imagine the damage done. Folks down South aren’t equipped to handle snow (no plows, no idea how to drive in it). I feel badly for them. Selfishly, I’m hoping our power doesn’t go out again this week – it went out for 12 hrs last week during the awful ice storm. Some people in our county just got their power restored a couple of days ago. <BR> <BR> Thursday mornings are when DH and I go (over 20 miles) to a no-kill... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:17:14 EST Come to the Lord - from "Jesus Calling" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617881 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> "Come to Me for rest and refreshment. The journey has been too much for you, and you are bone-weary. Do not be ashamed of your exhaustion. Instead, see it as an opportunity for Me to take charge of your life. <BR> <BR> Remember that I can fit everything into a pattern for good, including the things you wish were different. Start... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:29:10 EST Seen and Unseen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613916 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 with you and for you. You face nothing alone -- nothing! When you feel anxious, know that you are focusing on the visible world and leaving Me out of the picture. The remedy is simple: Fix your eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. Verbalize your trust in Me, the Living One who sees you always. I will get you safe... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:08:45 EST Jan 13-31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612425 We made a trek (drove) to Utah from PA so we could see my DH's alma mater (Weber State University) play basketball. They won all 4 games we watched. <em>334</em> We stayed a few days with his sister, who took us to an exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was a pretty good exhibit, and it was exciting to be able to see bits of the real, actual Dead Sea Scrolls. <BR> <BR> It's a 5 day drive out there and 5 days back....lots of miles. Weather? On the way out, we had a bit of rain two... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 20:11:14 EST "Jesus Calling" devotional Jan. 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585979 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> It is impossible to praise or thank Me too much. As it is written, I inhabit the praises of My people. Sometimes your adoration is a spontaneous overflow of Joy, in response to radiant beauty or rich blessings. At other times your praise is more disciplined and measured --- an act of your will. I dwell equally in both types of pr... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 18:16:17 EST Praying God’s Will in Difficult Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576986 December 31, 2013 <BR> <BR> By: Julie Clinton <BR> "Lord, teach us to pray." <BR> <BR> "When my life feels out of control, I want peace! A place to get away from everything and just be alone. I will often pray, “Lord, get me out of this mess… NOW!" <BR> <BR> When life circumstances seem chaotic and hopeless, it’s easy to pray according to our will, not God’s. We want relief. Escape. Freedom. Less pain. When life is difficult it is confusing and hard to navigate. Have you ever thought, “... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:05:42 EST A flight (almost) nightmare that turned out well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574974 Our Southern daughter brought her kids up here to PA for the week, and we even were able to give them a few inches of snow to play in. It was great to see them all. They were to fly home yesterday, with a short layover in Detroit. <BR> <BR> We fly into and out of Baltimore, MD, so DH and I drove them down there yesterday. A few hours after we arrived back home, DD called to say that they had boarded a plane and it taxied away from the terminal just to be turned back due to 'an emergency'.... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:17:54 EST God gives us all we need http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570376 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 King of kings and Lord of lords, dwelling in dazzlingly bright Light! I am also your Shepherd, Companion, and Friend – the One who never lets go of your hand. Worship Me in My holy Majesty; come close to Me, and rest in My Presence. You need Me both as God and as Man. Only My Incarnation on the first, long-ago Christmas coul... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:35:20 EST A persistent problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567114 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> When you are plagued by a persistent problem - one that goes on and on - view it as a rich opportunity. An ongoing problem is like a tutor who is always by your side. The learning possibilities are limited only by your willingness to be teachable. In faith, thank Me for your problem. Ask Me to open your eyes and your heart to all... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:04:56 EST A persistent problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567113 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> When you are plagued by a persistent problem - one that goes on and on - view it as a rich opportunity. An ongoing problem is like a tutor who is always by your side. The learning possibilities are limited only by your willingness to be teachable. In faith, thank Me for your problem. Ask Me to open your eyes and your heart to all... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:03:24 EST Lone Survivor movie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565095 Ladies and Gentlemen, I recently read a book ("Lone Survivor") about a US Navy Seal team. A team of four went on a mission, but all but one of them were slaughtered, along with a helicopter full of would-be rescuers. I won't go into further detail, but even knowing the over-all story line, I cried as I read it....it was just that moving. <BR> <BR> I have always had a special place in my heart for our military. I urge others to also consider and be thankful for the sacrifices they make so ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:28:56 EST CANCELED CHRISTMAS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564781 This if from Our Daily Bread (published by The Radio Bible Class) <BR> <BR> “We felt as if our Christmas was being canceled last year. Actually, our flight to see family in Missouri was canceled due to snow. It’s been our tradition for quite a few years to celebrate Christmas with them, so we were greatly disappointed when we only got as far as Minnesota and had to return home to Michigan. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, in a message we would have missed, our pastor spoke about expectations for Chri... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:29:40 EST Some Miscellaneous thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564212 I finished the mittens I was making for my grandson's school to give away. I already had a few things in my stash, so that helped. Last night I wanted to wind a hank of yarn so I put it on the swift and tightened the slide-y thing that keeps it open. For some strange reason, I tightened it too hard and broke it!! (It's wood) I went online to eBay today and found another - metal this time. It's not expensive (as opposed to those lovely wooden ones) but is coming from China. Hate to do t... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:37:15 EST Some Christmas Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560446 Such commercialization of Christmas! No wonder so many people don't realize the real reason for Christmas - the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Gift giving commemorates the gifts the Wise Men gave to Jesus. Christmas morning, before the first present is opened, DH reads the Christmas story from the book of Luke, then asks a question or two of the grandchildren to be sure they understand. <BR> <BR> DH and I wanted to get a replacement nativity scene for our yard, so we shopped i... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 11:06:54 EST Christmas lights in our yard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555316 Hi all, DH and I have completed day 1 of 2 days of putting out/up our outdoor Christmas decorations. Someone asked me to put some pics out there for y'all, so I will. They are of last year's decorations. I confess, we do the same thing each year so there's nothing new execpt this year there will be no nativity scene. The nativity scene we've used for several years was torn apart last year by the fierce winds we get every winter, and we looked for a replacement last week. Would you belie... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 18:39:03 EST November 11, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538561 So today is an important day to me. I am thankful to our military members (current and retired) for their service and sacrifices to give us freedoms. I am also thankful for the sacrifices their families make. I was born into the military, and married a man who spent some time in the military, so I know both as a child and as a wife what it's like to 'serve' along with my military member. <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> Beyond that importance of the day, it's my birthday. Yes, thank you. I ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:48:50 EST "Anxiety is a result of envisioning the future without (God)" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523948 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> “Anxiety is a result of envisioning the future without Me. So the best defense against worry is staying in communication with Me. When you turn your thoughts toward Me, you can think much more positively. Remember to listen, as well as to speak, making your thoughts a dialogue with Me. <BR> <BR> If you must consider upcoming even... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 14:03:06 EST Another God-Incident http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523366 Praise the Lord for His Mercies. DH (Dear Husband to you non-Spark people) and I were on our way to the service station to pick up our truck. (It got inspected today). I had been reading my Kindle; but when DH braked and pulled to the right, I looked up in time to see a small car coming from the opposite direction, and way into our lane. <BR> <BR> DH saw the young woman leave the road and hit a vehicle parked in someone’s yard, so we turned around and I’m so glad we did. The people liv... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:51:42 EST