MI-ELLKAYBEE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MI%2DELLKAYBEE MI-ELLKAYBEE'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/ Act (your favorite) Age! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878160 You know what they say: "Dress for the job you want to have - not for the one you have." Well, I took this a step further - I decided to act the age I wish I still was (about 25) - and guess what: MY BODY IS GOING ALONG WITH THAT! <BR> <BR> I am following all the health and fitness tips for women in their twenties, exercising like I did then etc. I have simply refused to acknowledge that I'm older. My friends, some younger than I, complain about what they can't do anymore, aches, pains, ass... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:46:00 EST God’s Servant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867233 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” <BR> (Galatians 1:10, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Paul was obviously not worried about trying to please the people around him. It’s not that he didn’t care about others. It’s just that he was focused on serving the Lord. Many times you maybe too worried about what people think of you... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:02:06 EST Choose Life — One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855540 <BR> TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever.” <BR> (Psalm 145:2, NASB) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Christians experience daily obstacles and struggles. But even though you aren’t immune to life’s day-to-day challenges, you have the power of Jesus Christ to overcome them! His power is available every day to help you win not only the big battles, but the little daily battles as well. God has an abundant life in s... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:13:28 EST Enjoy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853564 <BR> TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” <BR> (Psalm 23:6, KJV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Many people never really manage to enjoy their lives. They spend day after day just going through the motions, hoping things will get better. Maybe you’re one of them. If so, listen to this: Your life can be better. You can be the happy, healthy, victorious, and overcomin... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:54:28 EST Recovering What Has Been Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849488 Recovering What Has Been Lost <BR> TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten.” <BR> (Joel 2:25, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> You can break free of the hurt, the pain, and the mistakes of the past, and recover the years, the joy and the blessings that have been stolen from you. God wants to restore these things to you — not just the way they were before — but twice as much so that you are far better off than when you began. No mat... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:15:20 EST Ignore the Critics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820495 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “When Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him.” <BR> (Acts 11:2, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> One time, Jesus was in the temple. It was on the Sabbath, their day of rest. He saw a man with a withered hand. Jesus simply said, “Stretch forth your hand,” and immediately, the man was healed. The religious leaders, the Pharisees, were there and didn’t like Jesus. Even though He did something great, they ridiculed Him f... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:55:22 EST Be Still and Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819707 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God...’ ” <BR> (Psalm 46:10, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> In our world today, most people are used to having constant activity: computers, cell phones, television, email, video games. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, but the Bible tells us that we need to stop and be still so we can focus on knowing God. This is especially true during the difficult times. When you are facing a challenge, it’s eas... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:01:26 EST Flourish Like a Palm Tree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816147 <BR> TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree...” <BR> (Psalm 92:12, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Have you ever seen a palm tree in the midst of a great storm? That tree may be bent so far over that it’s almost touching the ground, but when the wind finally stops, that palm tree bounces right back up. What’s interesting is that while that palm tree is hunched over under the pressure of the storm, it is actually becoming stronger. <BR> ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:49:18 EST Build on the Rock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815515 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge...” <BR> (Psalm 18:2, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> When you go through difficulty in life, one of the ways to keep the right perspective is to take a moment to look back over your life and remember what God has done for you. Remember how He made a way when you didn’t see a way. Remember how He opened doors that should have never opened. Remember how H... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:10:07 EST Still Standing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814917 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” <BR> (Psalm 40:2, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> All of us can look back at things that should have defeated us. Maybe a divorce or bad break should have taken you down, but look — you’re still standing! That addiction, that partying lifestyle should have killed you, but because of a praying loved one, you’re still standing ... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:59:51 EST Yoke Destroyer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762630 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” <BR> (Isaiah 10:27, KJV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> A yoke is something that is put around the neck of an ox to help control the animal. It limits its movement. If the ox starts to get off course, the yoke is used to pull it back. Even though an ox is very po... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:50:41 EST Believe God over the “Experts” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758007 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” <BR> (1 Corinthians 1:27, KJV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Did you know that according to all the laws of aerodynamics, a bumblebee should not be able to fly? Its wingspan is too small for the size of its body. It can’t get enough lift. But here’s the key: Nobody told the bumblebee. ... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:16:55 EST Living Limitless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716743 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “He raised us up together with Him...that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor)...” <BR> (Ephesians 2:6–7, AMP) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> When God sees you, He sees unlimited possibility. He sees unlimited potential. He sees unlimited resources. God’s grace and favor in your life enables you to become what He sees. But first, you have to open... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:31:18 EST Press Past the Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699240 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain.’ ” <BR> (Deuteronomy 1:6, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Have you been facing a mountain for so long that you feel like you are just sort of stuck there? Maybe at one time you knew you would break that addiction. You knew you would beat that sickness. You knew you would get married. But, you’ve gone through disappointments. It didn’t happen the way you thought... Tue, 20 May 2014 13:04:36 EST Let Peace Be Your Umpire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690604 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].” <BR> (Colossians 3:15, AMP) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> An umpire calls the players safe or out. As beli... Thu, 8 May 2014 13:50:25 EST Ask to Hear Him Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688816 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “I will listen to what God the Lord says...” <BR> (Psalm 85:8, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Oftentimes, people think they can’t hear from God. They think He doesn’t talk to them. But really, it isn’t that God isn’t speaking; it’s not that He isn’t giving us direction. The problem is that we’re not always paying attention. <BR> <BR> Learning to hear the voice of God is the most important skill you could ever develop. The more you pay attentio... Tue, 6 May 2014 10:03:00 EST Are You Listening? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684106 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts...” <BR> (Hebrews 3:15, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> In 1999, I was eating dinner at my house one evening. My father called and asked me if I would speak for him that Sunday at Lakewood. In my 36 years, I had never ministered one time before. I didn’t have any desire to be in front of people. I liked being behind the scenes. I said, “I’m sorry, Daddy. That’s just not who I am. I’m not a... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:14:29 EST The Highest Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683536 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.” <BR> (Nehemiah 9:6, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> So many people today are looking for answers. They are looking for direction and tuning in to different voices around them. They think the universe is going t... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:43:31 EST Sunday is Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674343 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” <BR> (1 Corinthians 15:3–4, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ this Easter season, I think about when they crucified Jesus. On that Friday, it was the darkest, most painful, discouraging day of His li... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:01:33 EST Today is Your Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666552 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” <BR> (Psalm 118:24, NKJV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> A lot of times, it can be easier to have faith for the future. We believe “one day” we’ll get a good break. “One day” we’ll feel better. “One day” the problem will turn around. If we’re not careful, we’re always putting our faith off, believing that in the future something good is going to happen. But, true faith is always... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:21:16 EST Just Passing Through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655463 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “...He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” <BR> (Psalm 23:3, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Are you in the land of “Just Enough?” Your needs are supplied. You’re grateful, but there’s nothing extra, nothing to accomplish your dreams. God is saying, “I did not breathe My life into you to live in the land of Barely Enough. I didn’t create you to live in the land of Just Enough.” Those are seasons. Those are tests. They are not p... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:39:41 EST Moving to a New Land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653227 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham...” <BR> (Exodus 6:8, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> In Scripture, the Israelites had been in slavery for many years. That was the land of “Barely Enough.” They were just enduring, surviving, barely making it through. One day God brought them out of slavery and took them into the desert. That was the land of “Just Enough.” Their needs were supplied but nothing extra... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:46:36 EST He Delights in Your Prosperity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652377 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “...let them say continually, ‘Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.’ ” <BR> (Psalm 35:27, NKJV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> God desires that you be blessed and prosperous. He desires that you be so blessed that you can turn around and be a blessing everywhere you go! He wants you to have so much peace, so much joy, so much victory that when other people get around you, it spills over onto them! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:49:13 EST Make the First Move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644376 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” <BR> (Colossians 3:12, NLT) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Too often, when something doesn’t go the way we expect, we make the mistake of telling ourselves, “It’s not fair. It’s not right. When that changes, when it improves, then I’ll have a better attitude.” No, you’ve got to make the first move. ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:20:57 EST You Were Not an Accident http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641310 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you...” <BR> (Jeremiah 1:5, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> God knew you before you were even born. What an amazing thought! He saw your unformed substance and said, “I have a purpose for this life. I have good plans for them!” Then He breathed His life into you and sent you through your mother and father. They may have had issues, but that doesn’t have to stop you from becoming all that God intended for y... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:24:26 EST Your Spiritual DNA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637374 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” <BR> (Romans 8:14, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Have you ever really considered your spiritual DNA? Your Heavenly Father spoke worlds into existence. He flung stars into space. He painted every sunrise. He designed every flower. He made man out of dust and breathed life into him. Now here’s the key: He is not just the Creator of the universe. He is not just the all-powerful... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 02:55:10 EST Your Heavenly Heritage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635219 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” <BR> (Ezekiel 36:26, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> In life, we all have negative things that happen to us. We go through situations that are unfair. I know people who were raised in an unhealthy environment. Their parents had issues, and now it’s making life much more difficult on them. <BR> <BR> But here is the... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:46:50 EST Your Story Ends in Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633400 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” <BR> (Psalm 139:16, NLT) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> In difficult times, you have to remind yourself that nothing is a surprise to Almighty God. He’s not up in the heavens scratching His head, saying, “Oh, man, he got laid off. That messed up everything.” “Oh, she was diagnosed with cancer.” “Joseph was thrown ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:40:05 EST You Can Handle It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630001 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me...” <BR> (Isaiah 27:5, NKJV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Isaiah said, “Take hold of His strength.” When you make this declaration, “I can handle it,” that’s not just being positive. You’re taking hold of strength. When you say it, you’re getting stronger. That’s why the scripture says, “Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ ” If you’re always talking about the problem saying, “I can’t s... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:37:15 EST Treasures Deep Within http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603348 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels...” <BR> (2 Corinthians 4:7 NKJV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> You have many treasures buried deep inside of you. Gifts, talents, abilities that you don’t even know about yet. But as a believer in Jesus, the greatest treasure within you is the Spirit of God. You carry the treasure of God in an earthen vessel! <BR> <BR> He’s also deposited treasures on the inside of you that are tied to your purpose. B... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:07:06 EST The promise will Come through You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602270 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” <BR> (Genesis 18:14, NKJV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> In scripture, God gave Sarah a promise that she would have a baby, but she was well beyond the childbearing years. She thought the promise would come through somebody else. That made more sense. She was too old. So she got her husband, Abraham, together w... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:44:11 EST You Have What You Need http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600001 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life...” <BR> (2 Peter 1:3, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> It’s easy to get stuck in life thinking you’ve reached your limits. But, God wouldn’t have given you a dream without giving you the ability to accomplish it. You have everything you need. The problem many times is that it’s buried inside. It’s hidden treasure. You have gifts and talents that you’ve not yet tapped. There is po... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:34:20 EST Calls It Like He Sees It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596923 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “...the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” <BR> (Romans 4:17, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Just as God calls things that are not as though they were, we should also declare what we want to see in our lives. In other words, you may have days when you don’t feel well, but don’t go around saying, “Ah, my back has been hurting me. I’m getting so old. I don’t think I’m ever going to get better.” When you spe... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:28:18 EST Eat Your Fruit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595873 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” <BR> (Proverbs 18:21, NASB) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Did you know that your words produce fruit in your life that you will partake of in the future? If you aren’t where you want to be in life today, could it be because of the words you’ve spoken in the past? Have you said things like, “I’ll never rise any higher; I’ve gone as far as I can go?” Or maybe y... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:55:36 EST Stir Up Your Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592787 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you...” <BR> (2 Timothy 1:6, NKJV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Do you need some freshness in your life today? It’s probably time to stir up what God has placed on the inside of you. It’s time to stir up those gifts, stir up those dreams, stir up those talents inside. Start stretching yourself. This doesn’t just mean making New Year’s resolutions; this means tapping into the destiny Go... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:57:50 EST Say of the Lord http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590840 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!” <BR> (Psalm 91:2, AMP) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> What are you saying of the Lord today? In other words, what are you declaring that God will do in your life? The next verse in this passage says, “And He will cover me, deliver me and protect me.” Notice the connection: “I will say” and “He will do.” What a wonderful promis... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 01:24:34 EST Blessing Will Come on You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586775 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.” <BR> (Deuteronomy 28:2, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> All the time, I hear testimonies of what God is doing in the lives of His people. Even recently, a man told me how he received a check in the mail unexpectedly, an inheritance from a loved one he had never met. With that one check, he was able to pay off his house which was a desire of his heart. He thou... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 11:07:23 EST The Way to Enter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582456 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” <BR> (Psalm 100:4, NKJV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> What a wonderful privilege we have to enter boldly to His throne of grace. We serve a personal God who desires a relationship with us. We have access to Him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! But notice that today’s verse tells us that we shouldn’t just come any old wa... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 23:06:17 EST Consider Your God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568687 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body...he did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform...” <BR> (Romans 4:19–21, NKJV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Abraham, who is known as our father in the faith, had many obstacles coming against the promise of God in his life. God told him that he... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:25:13 EST The Great Exchange http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568007 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” <BR> (2 Corinthians 5:21, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> If you’ve accepted Jesus today, then you are the righteousness of God. That means you are one with Him and an extension of His virtue. You are approved by Him. You are in right standing with Him. You belong to Him. <BR> <BR> Not only did Jesus pay for the punishment for your sins, the... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:32:45 EST Joy to the World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565556 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” <BR> (Psalm 16:11, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> God promises that joy is found in His presence. If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then His presence lives inside of you. That means you can have joy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! <BR> <BR> Joy manifests when you focus your heart on the Father and prais... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:34:10 EST Love Much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560175 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Therefore I tell you, her sins, many [as they are], are forgiven her — because she has loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little.” <BR> (Luke 7:47, AMP) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Did you know that forgiveness opens the door for love to operate in your life? This scripture passage is talking about the story of the woman with the alabaster box of costly perfume. She was a notorious sinner in her day, and when she saw Jesus, she fell... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 01:00:56 EST Value Every Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554930 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” <BR> (Psalm 90:12, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Have you stopped to consider that today is a special gift from God? Sometimes, our days can be so full and busy that we forget how fragile life really is. It can be easy to allow little things to creep in and steal our peace and joy. Maybe something doesn’t go our way, or someone says something upsetting. Even traffic can cause u... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 09:51:32 EST Faith Says Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546866 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!” <BR> (1 Chronicles 16:34, AMP) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> One thing I’ve noticed is that when you live with an attitude of constant gratitude, not only will you thank God for what He’s done in your life, you start thanking Him for what He will do in the future. You thank Him for opening doors for you. You thank Him for increasing you. You thank Him for... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:13:23 EST Be Devoted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546419 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” <BR> (Romans 12:10, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Being devoted to something means you are loyal to it by giving of your time, affection and resources. What are you devoted to? Many people today are devoted to certain restaurants, television programs and even their cell phones. And there’s nothing wrong with any of that, but we have to examine our own hearts and see if we... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:27:58 EST Prewired to Be Imitators http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545116 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” <BR> (Ephesians 5:1–2, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Have you ever spent time with a small child or baby and had them mimic your every sound or action? To them it’s a fun game, but internally, they are learning by watching and copying everything you do. They just wat... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:52:56 EST Refuse to Worry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540930 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” <BR> (Matthew 6:27, NLT) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> God doesn’t want you to live worried and anxious about anything. He knows that worry is counterproductive. It steals your peace and joy and affects every area of your life — your sleep, your health, your peace. Worry steals precious moments of time that you can never get back. <BR> <BR> Decide today to put an end to worry in your life. D... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:42:55 EST Believe and Enter Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539162 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Now we who have believed enter that rest...” <BR> (Hebrews 4:3, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> God desires for you to live in peace and rest no matter what is happening around you. When you believe God, you enter into His perfect rest. But if you are controlled by your circumstances, if you’re up when things are up and down when things don’t go your way, then life is going to be a roller coaster. God’s plan is for you to be stable, consistent,... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:37:14 EST Don’t Let the Storm In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538111 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” <BR> (Mark 4:39, NKJV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Have you ever thought about the fact that a boat can be surrounded by water, sailing through a vast ocean with water for miles in every direction, but it’s not any problem unless the boat starts taking on the water? If the boat starts allowing the ocean to come inside, bef... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:12:19 EST Overcome with Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534835 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” <BR> (Romans 12:21, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> The scripture says, “We overcome evil with good.” In other words, when somebody’s rude or inconsiderate, don’t sink down to their level. Don’t be rude and inconsiderate back to them. No, if you going to rise higher, if you are going to overcome, you have to do just the opposite. You have to show kindness, grace and mercy. It isn’t alway... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 11:37:25 EST