MRSPINCKNEY's SparkPeople Blog MRSPINCKNEY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Even When Others Give up on you... <img src=""> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:44:20 EST I Pray You Enough… <BR> Grace to help you in your times of weakness and to cover your faults, <BR> <BR> Strength to endure to hardships and difficult circumstances you face today, <BR> <BR> Wisdom to know how to respond, <BR> <BR> Peace to guard your heart, your mind, and emotions through Christ Jesus, <BR> <BR> Love to comfort you in the times of loneliness, heartache and pain, <BR> <BR> And Faith to believe that with God all things are possible. <BR> <BR> May God himself, the God who makes everything h... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:03:25 EST Love, Love, Love this one... <img src=""> <BR> Happy Friday! Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:51:48 EST Win the Battle... <BR> Obeying the Holy Spirit's instructions helps us to win the battle that wages in our members daily. In order to see the victory we must make a decision to let go of our will. <BR> <BR> I advise you to obey only the Holy Spirit’s instructions. He will tell you where to go and what to do, and then you won’t always be doing the wrong things your evil nature wants you to. 17 For we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us t... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:02:44 EST Give yourself a break. <BR> I wanted to share this excerpt from Valorie Burton's newsletter this week. I pray it blesses you as it did me! <BR> <BR> <BR> We are all imperfect. Even if you are excellent, thoughtful, careful and intelligent, you will do things wrong at times, make mistakes and get yourself into situations you wish you could reverse. Learn from them and move forward. <BR> <BR> As you let go of your need for perfection, you embrace the perfect ways in which life often lines up just the way you nee... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:01:40 EST Your will determines your outcome.. <img src=""> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 08:52:01 EST True transformation begins here.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:58:35 EST Remember where your strenght lies... <img src=""> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:51:21 EST Try something new...something different today <img src=""> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:21:58 EST There is Hope... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around. Proverbs 13:12The Message (MSG) <BR> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:30:49 EST Friendly Reminder... <img src=""> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 08:47:53 EST Friday Motivation... <img src=""> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:01:04 EST Consistency Matters... <img src=""> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:06:42 EST You Are Not Forgotten.. <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:15:12 EST WOW!!! Really nothing else to say... <img src=""> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:35:38 EST Don't Be Your Own Enemy... <img src=""> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 08:24:57 EST The Need for Diligence The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor. Proverbs 12:24 (AMP) <BR> <BR> Diligence has not always been one of my strong suits. It is not that I don’t want the outcome; it just seems so hard to get there at times. I often wish things could just be better at the snap of a finger, but I know it is the Lord’s desire to get us to the point that we appreciate where we are going. He desires that we appreciate the work that He is doing on ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 08:36:50 EST Perservere... <img src=""> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:02:24 EST Challenges.. <img src=""> Thu, 29 May 2014 09:11:34 EST Believe in Yourself... <img src=""> Wed, 28 May 2014 08:58:32 EST Stay Focus... <img src=""> Wed, 21 May 2014 08:45:45 EST One Step At A Time.. <img src=""> Mon, 19 May 2014 08:49:36 EST Remember this... <img src=""> Thu, 15 May 2014 09:40:50 EST The Choice Is Yours... <img src=""> Tue, 13 May 2014 08:46:48 EST Keep Fighting! <img src=""> Tue, 6 May 2014 08:43:53 EST Do It Now! Don't wait for ideal circumstances! Do It Now! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 3 May 2014 15:14:58 EST Keep It Moving! <img src=""> Thu, 1 May 2014 08:48:16 EST Don't Wait For Tomorrow! <img src=""> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:18:28 EST Keep pushing!!! <img src=""> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:46:16 EST Don't give up! <img src=""> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:44:59 EST Be an Overcomer Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT) <BR> <BR> “Once upon a time there was a hare who, boasting how he could run faster than anyone else, was forever teasing tortoise for its slowness. Then one day, the irate tortoise answered back: “Who do you think you ar... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:39:59 EST Proper Planning Proverbs 16:9 (AMP) A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. <BR> <BR> Our brains are bombarded this time of the year with goals, plans, and resolutions as to how to make our lives better in the upcoming year. Many are working on completing the plans that lingered from the previous year. Many are setting new goals and needless to say, some are doing a lot of wishful thinking. I have always been in the same boat, until last year. <BR> In January of ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:31:39 EST The Battle of Self-Control <BR> Like a city broken into and left without a wall, so is a person who lacks self-control. Proverbs 25:28 (GW) <BR> <BR> Self- control is hard to regain when you let your guard down. It is so important for us to set up boundaries to help keep us focused. I have come to find that boundaries are for our own good. Boundaries are for our protection. A boundary can be, not buying junk food for the person that is working to lose weight. Someone that is single may have to set boundaries wit... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 08:34:38 EST Uninvited Guests <BR> He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls. Proverbs 25:28 (AMP) <BR> <BR> I struggled as I sat down to pen my thoughts. It was not because I had nothing to share but instead it was what I did not want to share. I knew the Lord was dealing with me about where I am currently and I was not ready to deal with. However, I chose obedience. <BR> I have been at a place of burn out lately. It is not because I want to be there, but because... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:50:21 EST Seek First <BR> Matthew 6:33 AMP But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. <BR> <BR> While reading Beauty for Ashes by Joyce Meyer, the above scripture stood out to me in a new light. Immediately, I felt like crying on the inside. The Lord began to deal with me about letting go of unhealthy attachments. One of my greatest challenges was eating for comfort. The... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:01:38 EST How Bad Do You Want It? Jesus was going through the city of Jericho. 2 In Jericho there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a wealthy, very important tax collector. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was. There were many others who wanted to see Jesus too. Zacchaeus was too short to see above the people. 4 So he ran to a place where he knew Jesus would come. Then he climbed a sycamore tree so he could see him. 5 When Jesus came to where Zacchaeus was, he looked up and saw him in the tree. Jesus said, “Zacchaeus hurry! Come ... Wed, 29 May 2013 11:37:21 EST What If I Am the Real Enemy? <BR> The sick man answered Jesus, “Sir, I don’t have anyone to put me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I’m trying to get there, someone else steps into the pool ahead of me.” 8 Jesus told the man, “Get up, pick up your cot, and walk.” 9 The man immediately became well, picked up his cot, and walked. John 5:7-9 (GW) <BR> The truth is sometimes I like where I am. I want the finished work without putting forth the necessary effort. I want it handed to me on a silver pla... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:04:06 EST Are You a Finisher? Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross… <BR> <BR> As I studied the word of God, I found that there were a few men that failed to finish the work the Lord had assigned to their hands. Here are a couple of examples. Joshua completed Moses’ task of taking the children of Israel into the promise land. Moses allowed his anger against the children of Israel to move him from his place of destiny. He w... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 09:04:01 EST Break Free Deuteronomy 2:3 (NLT ) 3 ‘You have been wandering around in this hill country long enough; turn to the north. <BR> It is time to break free! It is time to move forward. In order to be free you must let go of what you no longer need. Stop waiting to exhale. Exhale and forgiveness come from the same Greek word, meaning to get it out of you. Many of us nurse our past instead of embracing the place that the Lord has brought us to; this keeps us in that place of bondage. We have to break the t... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:50:03 EST Deviating From the Path I was doing some writing on this week and this is a lesson I thought would benefit us in our weight loss process as well. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Deviating From the Path <BR> <BR> It amazes me how the Lord will use simple situations in the natural to speak to our heart. I was riding from Sumter to Florence on yesterday. This is not something I do often, so I made sure I paid attention to each sign. I got to Timmonsville and panicked. Instead of seeing a sign that said Florence, I saw the sign f... Thu, 31 May 2012 12:12:53 EST Hear My Cry Oh Lord I wanted to share what the Lord placed on my heart today. I am not sure who may be in need of it, but here goes. <BR> Hear My Cry Oh Lord <BR> Psalm 40:1 (NLT) I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. <BR> What do you do when things you have been waiting on to transpire, seems to be at a standstill? What do you do when it seems your prayers are not being answered? Feelings of rejection begin to fill your soul and your heart becomes weighted under t... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:41:00 EST Changing Perspective. Saw a Special K commercial today that caught my attention- the underlying message was to focus on what you desire to gain this year rather than the weight you desire to lose. It really helped to change my perspective. This year I would like to gain a greater level of confidence in myself, a disciplined life, and a healthier and fit body and mindset. I resolve this year to concentrate on what I do best. Focus on my good qualities and my strengths and allow the motivation I receive to push me t... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 13:07:59 EST Here is to a BETTER ME.... Well I am back and ready to start strong this year. I did not meet my 5lb goal, for December, but I felt good about how I ended the year. In spite of all the food that surrounded me, I only had about a 4lb gain. Last year it was much worse. This year I was determined to keep exercising this time. Unlike the year before, I gave myself a 2 week break and it turned into months!! So I can count that as a victory. I can tell a huge difference in my energy level and my endurance at this point. I am... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 14:25:34 EST I Am Not Strong Enough... Matthew West- Strong Enough <BR> <BR> You must You must think I'm strong To give me what I'm going through <BR> Well, forgive me Forgive me if I'm wrong But this looks like more than I can do On my own <BR> I know I'm not strong enough to be everything that I'm supposed to be I give up I'm not stong enough Hands of mercy won't you cover me Lord right now I'm asking you to be Strong enough Strong enough For the both of us <BR> Well, maybe Maybe that's the point To reach the point of giving... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 08:55:38 EST My Commitment to Myself Today I decided to make some commitments to myself. <BR> Here goes, this list is subject to change daily I know, but it is a good start! <BR> <BR> I commit to changing my mind and my view about food. <BR> I commit to stop doing enough to get by and change holistically <BR> I commit to stop seeking satisfaction from food and trying to fill a longing and desire that should only be filled by God and Him alone. <BR> I commit to keeping a healthy balance in all things. Food is made to enjoy an... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 12:42:49 EST Scriptures on My Journey to 100 by Mandisa- Helped me so I wanted to share Scriptures on My Journey to 100 <BR> • Blog <BR> by Mandisa <BR> I believe that one of the best weapons we, as believers in Christ have in any battle, are God’s words. Like Hebrews 4:12 says, “the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword…” (NIV). I have found that to be absolutely true! In times of my deepest temptations I have learned to wield the sword of the Spirit like a skilled soldier. I memorize scripture so I always have it readily available in my heart. ... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 09:10:27 EST 5 Steps to Freedom from Food Addiction I read this article and it hit me where I was this week. After battling an emotional weekend, one of excitement and stress, but emotionally charged! This morning, It finally hit me as to why I was feeling the way I was feeling and also why I ate so out of balance this weekend. Realizing more and more I need to manage my emotions! I pray this helps you as much as it is helping me. Most of all let us all turn to the greatest source of our Strenght during times of need- Jesus, our Lord and Sav... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 08:23:18 EST I'm Still here! Well, time has passed and still have not seen the progress on the scale I would like to see, but I can say I am still here. I have made up my mind that I am going to win nonetheless. I will see the victory I have planned for. I feel good about myself and I have a better attitude about my successes and my failures. I can say for a fact that I have seen some small changes that will help me in the long run. It is again all about my choices and if I make bad decisions I am going to have to suffer... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 09:30:46 EST Riding the momentum! Well its been awhile since I have done a blog, but here goes. In June, some of us in church decided to do a Lord Make Me Over Challenge, in which at the end of 3 months we would do an actual make over and a fashion show. The first 21 days was the Daniel Fast, Our instructions of course was to focus more on the Word of God and our relationship with Him to help us become whole and take our eyes off our eatting. Upon reaching day 21, I felt such a renewed burst of energy! That was July 11th-... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:56:20 EST The Big Picture Hello again, <BR> It has been awhile since, I have done this, but I found out it is really helping me. <BR> I weighed in this morning and noticed I went up a couple pounds! Normally it gets me down and discouraged, but I know that I have been working out alot lately, even some I have not recorded. I also have been doing a better job of staying on track, with exception of some days, not as many as it used to be though. So, today, I wanted to make sure I paid attention to the bigger picture.... Tue, 24 May 2011 10:16:51 EST