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/ 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 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