LHLADY517's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LHLADY517 LHLADY517'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/ Daily Inspiration and Birth verse for May 23: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169080 Daily Inspiration: Speak to God openly and honestly from your heart and then do not allow yourself to worry. Lord, You are my protection and my provider when I put my trust in you. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Prayer is putting oneself under God's influence. –Harry Emerson Fosdick, pastor <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Pray for your faith to grow deeper and your hope... Mon, 23 May 2016 20:49:03 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse for May 22: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168344 Daily Inspiration: Set your priorities daily because some things in our path are just not important enough to use up our time and energy. Lord, with Your help I can have a full and enjoyable day. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: You can give without loving, but you can't love without giving. –Amy Carmichael, a... Sun, 22 May 2016 20:28:30 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for May 21: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167710 Daily Inspiration: Time passes too quickly so waste none of it on anger, self-pity or the irritations of life. Lord, may my choices remove stress and free me to enjoy the goodness of today. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Sometimes God redeems your story by surrounding you with people who need to hear your past so it doesn't become... Sat, 21 May 2016 18:39:18 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for May 20: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167165 Daily Inspiration: Lift yourself above the seriousness of life by keeping a gentle sense of humor. Lord, You have made me one of a kind. Help me to enjoy who I am. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: I remember you in my prayers night and day. 2 Timothy 1:3 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Prayer is the pulse of life. –Andrew Murray, writer and pastor <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Ask God to stay with you in difficult situations and affirm that He is helping you now. <BR> <BR> A Time to Pray... Fri, 20 May 2016 20:35:23 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for May 19: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166375 Daily Inspiration: To receive the wonderful healing power of love, wish others well even when things aren't going so well for you. Lord, I rejoice in You always because You are blessing me daily no matter what my circumstances may be. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Keep praying, but be thankful that God's answers are wiser than your prayers.--William Culbertso... Thu, 19 May 2016 14:38:27 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for May 18: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165911 Daily Inspiration: When you follow God's way, your life will flourish according to His great plan for you. Lord, guide me and make me aware of the ways You are working in my life. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. John 12:26 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: God is looking for people to use, and if you can get usable, he will wear you out. The most danger... Wed, 18 May 2016 22:47:18 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for May 17: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164945 Daily Inspiration: There is no better time than right now to do what we have been putting off. Lord, grant me motivation and focus that I may live so as to have no regrets about what I should have done. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Matthew 6:8 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Faith will lead you where you cannot walk. Reason has never been a mountain climber. –E. W. Kenyon, pastor <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Face eve... Tue, 17 May 2016 14:57:20 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for May 16: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164336 Daily Inspiration: When you need to feel better about yourself, do something nice for someone else. Lord, help that I may make someone's day a little happier. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. Psalm 34:17 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: The opposite of joy is not sorrow. It is unbelief. –Leslie Weatherhead, Christian theologian <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Relax and accept God's grace in times of st... Mon, 16 May 2016 19:10:22 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for May 15: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163737 Daily Inspiration: All the good things in life don't mean much if we fail to enjoy them. Lord, may I pause to notice my blessings and be joyful. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV) <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: We can't always withdra... Sun, 15 May 2016 23:06:58 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for May 14: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162963 Daily Inspiration: Prayer helps us see that God is not the cause of unpleasant happenings, but the healing of them. Lord, I trust in You for the right outcomes in all situations. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Sometimes the Lord rides out the storm with us and other times He calms the restless sea around us. Most of all, He calms the storm inside ... Sat, 14 May 2016 18:26:08 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for May 13: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162317 Daily Inspiration: Joy is left if you rid your heart of all that pulls you down. Lord, help me to heal my spirit and grow from today's experiences. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. Psalm 30:2 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Faith is the most powerful of all forces operating in humanity and when you have it in depth nothing can get you down. –Norman Vincent Peale, best-selling author and minister <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Remember t... Fri, 13 May 2016 17:58:18 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for May 12: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161739 Daily Inspiration: Never be too busy to pray. Lord, without Your presence in my life, today would be barren. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life.--Joel Osteen, pastor and author <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Approach the day with ... Thu, 12 May 2016 20:50:25 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for May 11: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160917 Daily Inspiration: There is a purpose for our trials and burdens just as there is a purpose for the joys and wonders in our lives. Lord, grant me Your peace as Your plan for me unfolds. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, o... Wed, 11 May 2016 15:41:15 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for May 10: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160295 Daily Inspiration: No troubles that we face are new to this world. Guide and protect me, Lord, and strengthen my faith and trust in You so that I will not falter. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the rock except our God? Psalm 18:31 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Do not make prayer a monologue; make it a conversation. --Author unknown <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Balance your daily duties with the beauty and joy of every moment. <BR> <BR> A T... Tue, 10 May 2016 18:46:46 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for May 9: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159622 Daily Inspiration: Don't ever grow too old for your birthdays or give up on your dreams. Lord, help me to know where You are leading me today and face this adventure with excitement. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Psalm 36:5 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Pray, hope, don’t worry. –Saint Padre Pio <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Hold onto God's promises–they will protect you from fear and lead you to joy. <BR>... Mon, 9 May 2016 19:29:12 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for May 8: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158982 Daily Inspiration: Don't ever grow too old for your birthdays or give up on your dreams. Lord, help me to know where You are leading me today and face this adventure with excitement. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me. Psalm 22:19 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony. –Joyce Meyer, author <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Place your hope and purpose completely in G... Sun, 8 May 2016 21:04:23 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse for May 7: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158388 Daily Inspiration: Leave behind your faults and know that your past is forgiven. Lord, You have freed me to live today and allowed me to know that my future is secure in You. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven… Ecclesiastes 3:1 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: God never disappoints anyone who places his trust in Him. –Basilea Schlink <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Do not let fear stop you from reaching your goals. <... Sat, 7 May 2016 19:54:03 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse for May 5 & 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157797 Daily Inspiration: Closeness with family makes us one in heart and mind. Lord, help me to fill our home with love and make it our safe haven from the troubles of the world. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Let all you do be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Often a healing takes place in ourselves as we pray for the healing of others.--Michael E. DeBakey, surgeon <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Concentrate on helping others and grasp every opportunity to o... Fri, 6 May 2016 19:46:31 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for May 4: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156335 Daily inspiration: God will answer our prayers if we believe, but first we must ask. Lord, I need the strength that only You can give. **Well, I think this needs a disclaimer. We need to be sure that our prayers are in His will.** <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Prayer is a means of bringing you to a point where you will accept w... Wed, 4 May 2016 15:10:06 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for May 3: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155654 Daily inspiration: Each morning gives us one more chance to pray, one more chance to help another and one more chance to make this a better world. Lord, thank you for working in and through everything. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him. Romans 15:13 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. –C.S. Lewis, author <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Focus on your goals and ch... Tue, 3 May 2016 15:00:32 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for May 2: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155015 Daily inspiration: When you feel down, look up. Lord, at all times and in the midst of all that is happening, You are there comforting, healing, and bringing peace to my life. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do. Colossians 3:13 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.–Albe... Mon, 2 May 2016 18:53:25 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for May 1: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154195 Daily inspiration: Through the power of God within me, I am stronger than any of my circumstances. Lord, I seek, I knock and I ask and You are always there and ready to give me the miracles that I need. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: In the day of my trouble I call upon You, for You answer me. Psalm 86:7 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Faith is the root of all blessings. Believe, and you shall be saved. --Jeremy Taylor, 17th century author <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Become more awa... Sun, 1 May 2016 18:30:25 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for April 30: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153722 Daily inspiration: There is no moment like right now. Lord, help me start one thing today that I have been putting off. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: The Lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow. Psalm 110:1 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Our prayers lay the track down on which God’s power can come.–Watchman Nee, church leader and Christian teacher <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Remember that prayer can work miracles. <BR> <BR> A Time to Pray: Creator God, thank You for the ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:42:54 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for April 29: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153121 Daily inspiration: It is better to try and fail than to fail because you are afraid to try. Lord, grant me the courage to live my life to the fullest. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: The sower sows the word. Mark 4: 14 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: I choose love. No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness, I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves. –Max Lucado, best-selling author and preacher at Oak Hills Church <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Use to... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:37:17 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for April 28: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152417 Daily inspiration: Today do what you can and expect no more of yourself. Lord, I will feel joy in my accomplishments today and gratitude for the things I have to do tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV) <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patienc... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:59:02 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for April 27: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151814 Daily inspiration: One of life's greatest rewards is not what we get, but what we become. Lord, teach me as I am able to learn and give me the courage to be all that I can. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. –Saint Francis de Sales <BR> <BR> A Time ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:34:51 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for April 25: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151067 Daily Inspiration: As God's children we have inherited all of His promises. Faith in You, Lord, refreshes my soul as nothing else can. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Heaven is full of answers to prayer for which no one ever bothered to ask.–Reverend Billy Graham, author and evangelist <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Have great hopes and dare to go all out for... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 22:33:50 EST Learning my "new" normal April 25: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150015 *I'm using this today as a place to vent, rant, cry...Please bear with me. <BR> <BR> I'm really struggling. I don't like this. I don't want to do anything. After work on Friday, i mowed part of the yard and then finished it early Saturday. I had lunch with my niece and her husband. In my mind, I had things I planned to do, but in actual fact. I did nothing. <BR> I realized that I needed to sometime go through his emails because there might be some bill information there for his amateur rad... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:10:31 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for April 25: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150004 Daily Inspiration: Enjoy God. Lord, I hand over all of my cares to You so that for this moment I am peacefully free. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. Luke 21:14 NIV <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Worrying is like praying for what you don't want. –Author Unknown <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Free your mind from self-centered worry. <BR> <BR> A Time to Pray: Teach me, Lord, that my biggest worry should be not... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:59:42 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for April 24: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149454 Daily Inspiration: We have every reason to be at peace because God will either protect us from suffering or give us immense strength to see us through it. Lord, I set aside my anxieties because You care for me every day in every way. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Until God opens the next door for you, ... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 19:24:38 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for April 23: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148891 Daily Inspiration: Today can be your best day. This power is yours alone. Thank you, Lord, for this glorious day. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues from generation to generation. Psalm 100:5 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: The greatest test of faith is when you don't get what you want but still, you are able to say "Thank you Lord." – Author Unknown <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Trust that there is a divine plan... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:07:04 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for April 22: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148283 Daily Inspiration: Slow down and see the gracious blessings that God has for you. In my quiet moments, Lord, I know that You are there. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: I am with you always. Matthew 28:20 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame. –Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Give everything to God and He will give you everything, too! <BR> <BR> A Time to Pray: God in heaven, hear my prayers and lead me on a never-end... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 22:06:50 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for April 20: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147592 Daily Inspiration: Call on God when you need a friend to make it through the day. Lord, may we share Your love and beauty so that our lives may not be lonely. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15:4 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 23:08:36 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for April 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146808 Daily Inspiration: How precious are the little joys throughout the day. Lord, You have such love for me. I find You everywhere I look. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: If you can't be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escape. –Anonymous <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Become more aware of ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 21:34:52 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for April 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146045 Daily Inspiration: There is no hurt that God cannot heal. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble and don't know where to go. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: When God is involved, anything can happen. Be open. Stay that way. God has a beautiful way of bringing good vibrations out of broken chords. –Charles Swindoll, Christian pastor, author and educator <BR> <BR> A Time to... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 21:53:44 EST Learning my "new" normal 2 months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145252 Two months ago, today (2/18), I entered a new phase of life--a "new" normal. Today is two months of what the rest of my life will be. It's been two months of sleeping so very much when there isn't anything scheduled. Two months of going to work and coming home to a silent house. Two months of learning, of grieving, of resting, of depending on God, of crying myself to sleep and crying while I sleep. Two months of trying to learn to do things by myself, Two months of missing his touch, his voic... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:11:07 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse April 18: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145231 Daily Inspiration: We can show God that we truly love Him by the way we speak and live. May I be inspiring, Lord, and may everyone that I meet find You. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: I stretch out my hands to thee; my soul thirsts for thee like a parched land. Psalm 143:6 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: We're concerned with how things turn out; God seems more concerned with how we turn out. –Philip Yancey, author <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Trust that there is a divine plan. <BR> <... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:46:22 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse April 17: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144306 Daily Inspiration: Avoid saying "No one knows." because God knows and understands more perfectly than we ourselves do. Calm my fears, Lord, and lift the burdens that I cannot carry alone. "Only God knows" works better. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: God has not changed; and His ear is just as quick to hear the voice of real prayer, and His hand is just as long and strong to save;... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 15:49:05 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse April 16: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143829 Daily Inspiration: If you can't see more blessings than you can count, you aren't looking hard enough. Thank you, Lord, for all of my blessings and especially those that I don't recognize or take for granted. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. Genesis 1:31 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 21:30:02 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse April 15: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143158 Daily Inspiration: Shine a little brighter today because someone needs your light. Lord, may I reflect You like sun hitting a mirror. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy. Titus 3:4-5 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life's problems fall ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:21:14 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse April 14: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142398 Daily Inspiration: When your burdens seem heavier than usual, know that your blessings are more than usual. Lord, I call on You for the strength, the wisdom and the confidence that I will need today. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: Here am I. Isaiah 58:9 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: With a twinkle in his eyes, my friend says that his favorite prayer is 'Lord, give me patience; give it to me righ... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:38:16 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse April 13: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141808 Daily Inspiration: Each of us can change the world one person at a time. Lord, grant that I may be a positive influence on just one person today. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Don't pray to escape trouble. Don't pray to be comfortable in your emotions. Pray to do the will of God in every situation. Nothing else is worth praying for. –Reverend Sam Shoe... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:20:45 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse April 12: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140942 Daily Inspiration: People should be able to look at us and see that we are different. Lord, may I be an example of Your love and learn to rely on You at all times. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: The best result of prayer is awareness of the presence of God, which allows us to face life with fortitude and dignity. –Sheba Ross Delaney, author <BR> <BR> A Time... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 19:21:31 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse April 11: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140101 Daily Inspiration: God will put things in order if we are patient and prayerful. Lord, You know all of my needs and wants. I trust that You will provide. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence. Jeremiah 17:7 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Faith draws the poison from every grief, takes the sting from every loss, and quenches the fire of every pain; and only faith can do it. –J. G. Holland, writer <BR> ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:32:52 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse April 10: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139231 Daily Inspiration: When we hand over what we can't handle to the One who can, miracles happen. Keep me free of stress, Lord, and in the best possible place to receive Your help. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: If you have been grasping onto something, try to let it go. Your empty hands ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 16:02:03 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse April 9: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138583 Daily Inspiration: Prayer is a great source of joy and the best protection from depression. When we talk, Lord, You help me see solutions for a better day. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Worry often gives a small thing a great shadow. –Swedish proverb <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Focus not on your fears but your strengths. <BR> <BR> A Time to Pray: Lord, I am... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 15:01:39 EST Learning my "new" normal Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138191 Today, I accomplished a lot. It was mostly legal and financial things. But I got through it without totally breaking down. Today was the first day I could say with conviction. "I'm going to be okay." The reason that phrase is so important to me is that was the last words my husband said to me. On the Sunday night before he died, I was talking to one of my daughters and when she asked how I was, I replied, "I'm doing okay." Gary made some noise and I turned to him. He stuck his tongue out ... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 23:21:44 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse April 8: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138178 Daily Inspiration: Home should be the happiest place to be. Fill it with love, laughter and good conversation. Lord, give us Your peace and teach us to share it. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Happiness is a product of attitude and thought. It comes from you, not to you. –Richard Daly, author <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Take notice of the changes that are blooming around... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 22:58:46 EST Learning my "new" normal Day 3, 4, 5 and 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137419 Day 3: Supper: I planned on fixing a potato, asparagus, onion, mushroom fritatta. Instead, I had 2 more bowls of cereal I know I'm not getting the right types of nutrients. <BR> <BR> WRITE DOWN any and all “thoughts” that are present and could be motivating you to eat. -- I know I need to eat. <BR> WRITE DOWN any emotions or feelings that are present. -- Depression, anxiety, <BR> WRITE DOWN what would happen if you DID eat – I would get some nutrients, <BR> and what would h... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 21:41:01 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse April 7: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137382 Daily Inspiration: Don't worry about tomorrow because God is already taking care of it. Lord, help me set aside needless worry and anxiety so that I have time to do all that I need to do today. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Seek the Lord when he can still be found; call him while he is yet near. Isaiah 55:6 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Prayer is a choice. For us to pray to give thanks, or to voice our questions and doubts shows that we are choosing to leave an opening in our s... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 20:35:33 EST