NELLIEH1's SparkPeople Blog NELLIEH1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Temple teachings... <img src=""> <BR> While He was teaching in the Temple courts, Jesus was questioned <BR> "Who gave You this authority?" Our Lord answered, as he often did with another questions: <BR> <BR> "John's baptism - where did it come from...heaven or from men?" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> More questions by the Pharisees and teachers of the Law and by Jesus: <BR> paying taxes to Caesar... <img src... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:06:44 EST passion parables... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> From Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem, He shared stories with lessons each day until the eve of passover (Preparation Day)... <BR> <BR> Here are some to ponder: <BR> Parable of the Tenants: <img src=""> <BR> "The kingdom of GOD will be...given to a people who will produce its fruit" (Matthew 21) <BR> <BR> Parable of the wedding banquet <img src="http://photos-ak... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:33:21 EST fig tree <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jesus restates some fig tree lessons between His triumphal entry into Jerusalem and His arrest. <BR> <BR> Just as a fig tree leafs out and bears fruit <img src=""> <img src=" Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:24:25 EST Hoshanna <img src=""> <BR> <BR> From the palm trees.. <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> into celebrating hands <img src=""> <BR> <BR> on our Lord's final trip into Jerusalem. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Along with the crowds ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:19:34 EST gaining sight... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On the way from Jericho to Bethphage, approaching Jerusalem for the final time, Jesus heals blind men who cry out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!" <BR> <BR> Being physically unable to see or to see very little is what we think about when blindness is mentioned. <img src="h... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:13:39 EST implicated... "Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, He took the Twelve aside and said to them, ‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law/scribes. They will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day He will be raised to life!’" - Matthew 20:17-19 <BR> <BR> Before the final week of His life here on earth begins, Jesus the Messiah prophecies ve... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:03:22 EST a without week Found this little sign and thought it good for pondering as we prepare for Passion Week and Resurrection time. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SINday... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> MOURNday... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:40:07 EST woes and woe-rry Sadness... <img src=""> <BR> and...sorrow... <img src=""> <BR> and...weeping... <img src=""> <BR> and...worry... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What is at the top of your list today <img src=""> be constantly cogitating <img ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:06:36 EST natural distractions On this misty, moisty morning in our shire, I think about my English heritage and sigh. Facebook friends keep sending lovely spring photos of first flowers in bloom. Our back yard looks like this... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then I remember that this is Squirrel Week... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ah there's one now... <img src="">...Let... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:58:50 EST Hmmm...what's going on...? After I'd finished with my morning exercise routine <em>417</em> <em>320</em> <em>322</em> <em>401</em> <em>319</em> ...of Spark People videos <em>307</em> <BR> <BR> the telephone rang... <img src=""> <BR> ...the nurse <img src=""> was changing my afternoon appointment up to 9 AM! <BR> <BR> So we rushed down the mountain to the next town to meet with the doctor <im... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:06:41 EST inch by inch... <img src="">... forest trees behind our home crystalized yesterday morning giving us light decorations even in the grey mist. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> icicles hung from our dormant lilac bush...Will there really be leaves and then blooms Memorial Day weekend?...Of course..there always are! <BR> <BR> <img src="">...a brave ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 07:49:36 EST hands... Today I was going to share about the weather, but then in checking out the proof copy of my husband's new book, I saw these words: <BR> <BR> "The name is yes, but the hand can't be mine. <BR> It's covered up with signs of nursing homes, <BR> deeply etched lines of dimming life ahead; <BR> intensive care... <BR> prescriptions for surrender. See? <BR> This hand has metamorphed..." <BR> <BR> -from "Early Warnings" <BR> by James Hofford <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 5 Apr 2014 18:30:15 EST total supply We seek significance and power <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We want security and love <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> However, we often forget to look to the only One <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:52:00 EST seventh and total There is such a big, lifelong series of challenges in 2 Peter 1:5-10. Today, the seventh one to add to our faith <img src=""> <BR> <BR> is <img src=""> LOVE! <BR> <BR> The reason it does not fail is that <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In fact GOD is Goodness... <img src=""> <BR> <... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:28:24 EST April 2...really? On our morning constitutional we collected photos of emergence from Winter... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Millen Brook once frozen now empties into Onella Pond. <BR> <BR> <img src="">A cemetery blueberry bush with a nest has red buds. <BR> <BR> <img src="">Some patio furniture appears... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 15:14:20 EST Four one, one four Symmetry today...Have you been watching the ways in which animals... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> plants... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and other objects of nature... <img src="http://photos... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 20:30:42 EST sisterly...brotherly...2 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> brotherly love grows into... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and then... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <i... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:52:42 EST sisterly...brotherly... Some of us have siblings, <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> others don't... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> but each of us is invited to add philadelphia, a combination of the Greek phileo (love) and adelphos (brother)...meaning brotherly kindness, to our character traits as h... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:11:19 EST our upward trek... For awhile we've been adding traits that focus a lot on our personal change, once we have trusted Jesus: adding goodness, knowledge/wisdom, perseverance/persistence, and godliness to faith <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Each piece is like climbing a big mountain in winter <img src=""> <BR> alone... <img src=""> <BR> or with others... <img s... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:31:58 EST on my knees with raised hands... GOD, You say... <img src=""> <BR> rejoice in You always... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> pray without ceasing... <BR> <BR> and in...IN...everything...All things <img src=""> <BR> be being thanks. <BR> <BR> It is hard to stay on my knees today <img src=""> <BR>... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:19:02 EST a wait struggle Today when waiting...just waiting <img src=""> <BR> and waiting some more... <img src=""> <BR> is becoming a struggle... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I must sit and listen... <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and remember... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:13:39 EST good to godly... <img src=""> <BR> the gift of FAITH leads to <BR> <BR> VIRTUE and WISDOM. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> SELF CONTROL and PERSEVERANCE follow. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> GODLINESS is next: <BR> <img src="">... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:44:44 EST walking and pondering.3 We must listen....and read...and meditate upon the Word <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The words of scripture reveal what we need to know... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Word of GOD came in the flesh <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He died for the sin of the whole world and rose to give us resurrection life! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:01:21 EST walking and pondering.2 Who else is the I AM? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:53:12 EST walking and pondering <img src=""> carved in stone..the stone the builders had rejected <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> the Bread of Life <BR> <BR> <img src="">the Light of the world <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:41:15 EST two pers and a tenac Perseverance <img src=""> ...steadfastness in doing something despite difficulties and delays <BR> <BR> Persistence <img src="">...sure or obstinate continuance in a course of action regardless of difficulty or opposition <BR> <BR> Tenacity <img src="">...firmness of purpose <BR> <BR> (per - thoroughly, completel... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:21:34 EST Sprin... Winter continues to hold on tightly to the rocks and rills <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> of our mountain shire <BR> as Spring waltzes in <img src="">to have her fling for another year. <BR> <BR> After a sugar snow <img src="">sap buckets <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:35:46 EST perseverance After self control <img src=""> <BR> <BR> comes perseverance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> with its nudge to never, never <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So now we have <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and goodness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> knowled... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:43:26 EST tax day... After prayer <em>458</em> early this Am, a good friend came to help us <BR> 1. set aside our pencil <img src=""> <BR> 2. open the computer and boot up <img src=""> <BR> 3. begin the tax process <img src=""> <BR> 4. find deductions <img src=""> <BR> 5. done! <img src="http://p... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:57:19 EST oh oh...control Oh oh.. the next add-on is control <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> I admit it..I'm often such a control freak <img src=""> <BR> micromanaging all the little stuff of our messes <img src=""> <BR> and extra work <img src=" Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:59:03 EST Day...coming to a close <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday is always my busiest day. Not only must I get in the SP videos <em>348</em> for the day, but also the ones for Sunday <em>67</em> , which is my rest day from cardio <em>311</em> <em>331</em> <em>354</em> . <BR> <BR> Monday means packing my lunch-supper, with plenty of water and making dinner for DH before I leave at noon, not... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:21:40 EST Patrick's..... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:23:28 EST Saint... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My study for today is Matthew 6:5-15 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lots of <em>459</em> <em>58</em> and <em>458</em> <em>43</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:21:05 EST Happy... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My breakfast today <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Fresh veggies salad with tzatziki sauce (cucumber and yogurt) and a glass of water <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <img src=""> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:09:27 EST fortress This Sunday morning I awoke singing Fortress by Robin Mark <BR> <BR> I have found a fortress <img src=""> in the Living GOD <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have made the Sovereign LORD <img src=""> <BR> <BR> my refuge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And my lips will tell of all His saving ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 08:25:29 EST next... Yesterday we thought about adding goodness... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Putting on/in knowledge is today's thought from the next part of 2 Peter 1:5... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But it is much more than data or information from books and the computer... <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:23:38 EST Happy Pi.e day.... We decided to have a Pi.e day with all the fixings to go with 3.14 ! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> First we assembled dessert for mid-morning snack. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then we finished the day with a cheesy pizza piece, butternut squash soup with bacon and tea. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Of course we had to eat up the remainder ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:38:29 EST good added In her blog for today, JESS0107 chose 2 Peter 1: 5-8. That passage of scripture had me thinking about what we add to our <img src=""> day by day. The verse says," <BR> <BR> Make every effort to add to your faith goodness. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How do we start? By what we think about... <img src=""> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:51:30 EST another sort-of storm and no furnace... This morning brought us some interesting challenges. Turning up the thermostat from 55 to 65 for a quick "heat up" of our home gave us the sound of start up, but no vapor seen from the exhaust pipe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That means that either the high winds have blown out the pilot light (not likely as we have a special "storm window" over the "leaky" door to the furnace "room")...or the condenser is frozen (probably, because the cent... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:24:50 EST I am grateful... Giving thanks is for more than Thanksgiving Day or week. <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you have a giving thanks board or book? <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What are you thinking when things are difficult? <img src=" Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:42:42 EST Unceasing... In our lives there are many times when the ill we are are experiencing just does not stop. Pressure builds...tempers flare...we cry out,"Why?"...and then we finally remember to ask...GOD in prayer <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:58:14 EST Joy.... <img src=""> Rejoice!! <img src=""> <img src=""> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:47:35 EST Sonshine... Today, each day... there is the Son <img src=""> Who comes to shine His Light <img src=""> from the heavens and from His words of truth <img src=""> into our hearts <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 16:45:10 EST shining... Candlelight piercing the night <img src=""> <BR> reminds us of the Lord of life <img src=""> <BR> Who came just at the right time <img src=""> <BR> as the Son...Light <img src=""> <BR> that all mankind might be forgiven, healed and made right with GOD Sat, 8 Mar 2014 20:46:27 EST Happy b-day... Happy b-day, son! <img src=""> Forty-six years have flown by! Fri, 7 Mar 2014 23:31:51 EST apology... I need to ask your forgiveness. I received a story picture today in an email from a veteran and passed it along in my blog for today. In doing research...afterwards, however, I discovered that the photo is not what it purports to be. So sorry, should have done that work beforehand, not afterwards! Thu, 6 Mar 2014 14:42:17 EST what's in a name? Have you thought about the meaning of your given name lately? <BR> <BR> Bright sunshine on the snow reminded me of my own... <img src=""> by mid afternoon on a clear day, it will look like <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Light is so ever present by day, even on the dingiest ones <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 16:44:32 EST March forth... March forth into JOY, o my soul <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:18:35 EST Give...shhh "But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand <img src=""> know what your right hand <img src="">is that your giving may be in secret."(Matthew 6:3,4) <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 10:18:58 EST Giving is... Giving is walking in love, not legalism. <BR> "If one of your countrymen <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">or women <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:53:19 EST