MAESTRAPLANK1's SparkPeople Blog MAESTRAPLANK1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community BECAUSE HE LIVES <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My precious Christian mother-in-law recently journeyed to her mansion in heaven. She told me her favorite all time hymn is "Because He Lives". Mamacita, this if for you! <BR> <BR> <BR> BECAUSE HE LIVES <BR> <BR> <BR> Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Because He lives, all fear is gone. <BR>... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 10:00:41 EST JUST BELIEVE: THE REAL TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I find it fascinating that the teachings of Christianity have survived in many ingenious ways. Major concepts of Christ's AMAZING LOVE was passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth in the song to Christian believers. " The Twelve Days of Christmas" is a song that was used to communicate Christian beliefs during a period in history when the written word about Christianity was prohibited... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 10:20:57 EST YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When you walk through a storm <BR> Keep your head up high <BR> And don't be afraid of the dark. <BR> At the end of the storm <BR> Is a golden sky <BR> And the sweet silver song of a lark. <BR> <BR> <BR> Walk on through the wind. <BR> Walk on through the rain, <BR> Tho' your dreams be tossed and blown, <BR> Walk on , walk on with hope in your heart <BR> And you'll never walk a... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:20:07 EST THIS FOOTBALL SEASON WILL BE DIFFERENT <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can't believe the difference between the football season of 2011 (and previous seasons) and this season, 2012. I attended a high school football scrimmage yesterday afternoon to watch my gtrandson, Jacob, participate as a running back. Number 24 is looking good this year! He goes to state competition in track as well. Jacob is so humble and talented. I love this combination. We have a very close relationsh... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 09:58:33 EST MOUNTAIN MANIA <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The picture you see is actually a water feature in front of our house which has recently become a koi pond. I was gifted several koi and have added several new ones as I celebrate recovery from alcohol: Serenity Bling, Sobriety Rocks, Amazing, Courage, Wisdom, and most recently, Mountain Mania, named after the title of my last 5K To accompany Amazing, I am still looking for two more koi....Grace and Lov... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 08:25:45 EST PUEDO VER CLARAMENTE AHORA <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Para mí uno de los aspectos mayores de experimentar la recuperación de la adicción al alcohol o adicción de cualquiera cosa, es el poder de la potencia considerablemente mayor para ver las cosas claramente, para enforcar toda su energía en la dirección correcta. Como estaba yo enviando un correo electrónico a una amiguita querida de SparkPeople, es decir mi SparkFriend, una canción de mi pasado me recordó có... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 08:59:32 EST I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> For me one of the greatest aspects of experiencing recovery from alcohol addiction or addiction from anything, is the sheer power of the dramatically increased power to see things clearly, to focus all your energy in the right direction. As I was emailing a dear SparkFriend this morning, a song from my past reminded me how sweet and wonderful this feeling is. Recovery is fantastic! Sobriety rocks!!!!! <B... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 14:52:51 EST LA SERENITE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Récupération n'est pas merveilleux?Je me réveille ne plus vouloir prendre un verre avant de tout que faire dans la matinée. Maintenant je me réveille heureuse avec numereux projets, activités, et trés content dans mon coeur que j'ai le cadeau de Dieu de un plus jour sur cette terre pour aider les autres y faire sa volonté. Je loue Dieu de me permettre de survivre le retrait de l'alcool et je le remercie pour... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 05:20:12 EST LA SERENIDAD <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Para quién será el ay? <BR> Para quién el ay? <BR> Para quién las rencillas? <BR> Para quién las quejas? <BR> Para quién las heridas en balde? <BR> Para quién lo amoratado de los ojos? <BR> Para los que se detiene mucho en el vino, <BR> Para los que van buscando la mistura. <BR> No mires al vino cuando rojea, <BR> Cuando resplandece su color en el vaso, <BR> Entrase suavemente. <BR> Mas al fin como serpiente... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 02:22:35 EST THE CULPRIT <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Who has worries? <BR> Who has misery? <BR> Who has quarrels? <BR> Who has a complaint? <BR> Who has wounds for no reason? <BR> Who has bloodshot eyes? <BR> Those who drink glass after glass of wine and mix it with everything. <BR> Do not look at wine because it is red, <BR> because it sparkles in the cup, <BR> because it goes down smoothly. <BR> Later it bites like a snake. <BR> Your eyes will see s... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 01:37:18 EST AMERICA LA HERMOSA <img src=""> <BR> <BR> O, hermosa para los cielos espaciosos <BR> Para las ondas ambarinas del grano <BR> Para majestuosas montañas de color púrpua por encima de tu fruto claro! <BR> América, América, Dios derramó su gracia sobre ti <BR> Y buena corona con tu hermandad de mar a mar brillante. <BR> <BR> <BR> O, hermosa para el sueño de los patriotas que ve más allá de los años <BR> Tu brillo de alabastro ciudades no empañada de las lá... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 15:40:29 EST AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> O beautiful for spacious skies, <BR> For amber waves of grain, <BR> For purple mountains majesties, <BR> Above the fruited plain! <BR> America! America! God shed His grace on thee, <BR> And crown thy good with brotherhood <BR> From sea to shining sea! <BR> <BR> O beautiful for pilgrim feet <BR> Whose stern impassion'd stress <BR> A thoroughfare for freedom beat <BR> Across the wilderness! <BR> A... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 08:22:18 EST BELIEVE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The thought is so simple but so very true. How easy to enrich your life by simply believing. "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Acts 16:31 <BR> <BR> The faith shared by SparkMembers inspires me to be a better person. The belief in our Lord Jesus Christ cannot adequately be described because it is a personal spiritual experience that incredibly fills ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:51:31 EST HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> " Jesus is my portion, my comfort, friend is He <BR> <BR> His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me." <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you God for your goodness and thank you for watching over me and your creation. <BR> Sun, 17 Jun 2012 13:27:37 EST REAL LOVE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." <BR> <BR> <BR> John 15: 12-13 Sat, 16 Jun 2012 05:13:44 EST EL AMOR VERDADERO <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> " Este es mi mandamiento: Que os ameis unos a otros, como yo os he amado. Nadie tiene mayor amor que este, que uno ponga su vida por sus amigos." <BR> <BR> <BR> San Juan 15:12-13 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 10:27:32 EST NADA ES IMPOSIBLE PARA DIOS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> " He aqui que soy Jehova, Dios de toda carne; habra algo que sea dificil para mi? " <BR> <BR> Jeremias 32:27 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:49:55 EST HAVE FAITH <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have FAITH. <BR> <BR> Always LOVE. <BR> <BR> HOPE more. <BR> <BR> <BR> CHERISH after. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 10:27:54 EST SWEET IS THE NECTAR THAT GOD PROVIDES <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> God's creatures great and small are so special to me. Underneath the hummingbird feeder in the front yard there is a concrete stone that says it all...".SWEET IS THE NECTAR THAT GOD PROVIDES". There is so much truth to this. God does provide all his creatures with a nectar that is so sweet, life giving, and fills us completely with His love! Thank you God for your love, nurturing, and power of ... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:44:01 EST GOD'S LOVE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Nails didn't hold God to a cross. Love did. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Jun 2012 09:26:29 EST PRIORITIES <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> " A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove ... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." <BR> <BR> __ Anonymous Sat, 9 Jun 2012 10:09:35 EST THIS TIME IN AKUMAL <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1. I will not be sweating out the fear that I may have to ask for a seatbelt extender. <BR> <BR> 2. I will be sober and suspect that I will enjoy the trip even more! <BR> <BR> 3. I will be able to walk up and down stairs without a handrail or using the handicapped ramp. <BR> <BR> 4. I am hoping for a third floor room so that we can exercise even more. <BR> <BR> 5 I am taking only one medication for high b... Thu, 10 May 2012 11:25:32 EST BULLIES IN RECOVERY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A young neighbor of mine was recently bullied at a middle school. The principal dealt with the verbal abuse and hopefully this will settle the matter. I was bullied verbally at school but I approached it head on without trauma. However, as a recovering alcoholic, I went to lunch with my husband and friends that we hadn't seen for well over a year. <BR> <BR> We went to El Tapatio which is my favorite res... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 02:16:40 EST PEACE WITHIN <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A friend just sent a most delightful quote to me. The author is anonymous, but the content is great. Hope you enjoy this. <BR> <BR> "Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts you have received and pass on the love that has been given to ... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 13:09:12 EST Fashionistas Como No! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mis perros, Quigley y Amelia, son fashionistas ! LOL! Pienso que necesitamos respetarnos y tener mucho orgullo en lo que nos vestimos. Aunque no tengamos el cuerpo perfecto en este momento, todavia necesitamos llevar la ropa nuestra con estilo y gracia. Despues de perder 50 libras estoy pensando mas en la ropa y el estilo. Porque pensamos que debemos hacer el progreso antes de sentirnos dignos de ll... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 10:32:29 EST Pablo Neruda Imprimir:Cantico de las criaturas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Esta semana me llena de mucha emocion como es la Semana de Pascua y me estoy recordando todo lo que ha hecho el Senor para mi y para nosotros. Me gusta leer la poesia y estaba pensando en uno de mi poetas favoritos, Pablo Neruda. Este poema se trata de dar gracias al Senor por su creacion del mundo y por todas sus creaciones aun que sean personificadas como miembros de nuestra familia en este poema. Ojala mis am... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 12:44:24 EST AMAZING LOVE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Jesus was born crucified in that he knew what he had to do for his Father and us. John said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world." John 1:29. As a practicing Catholic, I am well aware of this phrase that is used in every mass. However, the amazing love that Christ showed in his sacrifice is forever in my heart and soul. He said it so simply " The reason my Father loves me is that ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 12:03:57 EST FIFTY POUNDS AGO COUNTDOWN!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fifty Pounds Ago.... <BR> <BR> 10 Pounds: Removed one of two blood pressure medications! Hallelujah! <BR> <BR> 20 Pounds: Crossed legs comfortably without being in severe pain! <BR> <BR> 30 Pounds: Finally tied my shoes again without calling 911 (just kidding)! <BR> <BR> 40 Pounds: My thighs no longer rubbed together! Amen! <BR> <BR> 50 P... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 18:57:26 EST THE TWELVE STEPS OF RECOVERY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> On the first step of recovery my Jesus gave to me AMAZING LOVE in John 3:16. <BR> <BR> On the second step of recovery my Jesus gave to me two BIBLE TESTAMENTS. <BR> <BR> On the third step of recovery my Jesus gave to me FAITH, HOPE, AND CHARITY. <BR> <BR> On the fourth step of recovery my Jesus gave to me four SPARKS OF GOSPEL. <BR> <BR> On the fifth step of recovery my Jesus gave to me five BOOKS OF WISD... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 10:02:35 EST Aunque La Mona Se Vista de Seda... <img src=""> Segun un dicho favorito "Aunque la mona se vista de seda, mona se queda. Quiere decir que somos quienes somos. Somos iguales como seres humanos. Cada persona es preciosa en si mismo. y en los ojos de Dios. Recordar esto es muy importante en tener una vida alegre llena de amor por todos. Ojala que todos nosotros tengamos exito en nuestras metas pero la cosa mas importante es compartir nuestra fe y amor por todo el mundo.... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 01:17:07 EST Don't Forget the Inches <img src=""> Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out. I have been so intent on moving the turtle on my weight tracker that I forgot to track other weight measurements. Fortunately I did measure inches last week and this week. I have lost inches in spite of not losing one pound! I am elated because I know I am making progress! I think it is so easy to concentrate on only one aspect of creating a healthy ... 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