PASTORJIM50's SparkPeople Blog PASTORJIM50's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community "But I Give Myself to Prayer Taken from Psalm 109:4, this verse has simply overwhelmed me today! During my quiet time this morning, I sensed God directing me to this and this alone for the day! I have been in much prayer and searching the Word in preparation for a key meeting in my church on Thursday, and God answered these prayers this morning......give yourself to prayer. <BR> So often, we see prayer as a shopping list we are giving to God.....bless me in this; O Lord, give me this....heal me.....stop the wrong per... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:36:52 EST Walls, Walls........WALLS! Ok, so I probably should not be so down about this, but I have now GAINED 3lbs in the past week. This in spite of doing 415 fitness min. this week and almost 900 for the month of July AND sticking to my eating guidelines! I have.....[HAD] lost 65lbs since 2/20/12 and I thought I was on a roll, but somehow I've hit a wall. My weight training is going great and I've actually INCREASED my cardio over the past week. I did 23 min. on the Elipticycle today and then 13 on stationary bike and myf... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 19:05:26 EST Behold I am with you Always! Jesus Promises: "....Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." <BR> Matt. 28:20 (b) <BR> I could never exhort better than the great Charles H. Spurgeon on this promise: <BR> <BR> It is well there is One who is ever the same, and who is ever with us. It is well there is one stable rock amidst the billows of the sea of life. O my soul, set not thine affections upon rusting, moth-eaten, decaying treasures, but set thine heart upon him who abides for ever faithful to thee. B... Fri, 11 May 2012 11:51:56 EST Freaky Friday: Trans-formative Living Ok, before I even begin I have an issue with the spell check! I am not believing that transformative requires a hyphen.....but we'll let that one pass. <BR> As a pastor and a follower of Christ, I BELIEVE in transformation! I see it every day; I see most clearly in my own life. No one knows me better than me, and I know what lurks in the recesses of my the narrow hallways of my soul and the blue light closets in the corners of my mind. No one else knows this.....but I do...... Fri, 4 May 2012 10:31:49 EST Weird Feeling$#%@? Ok, so I was so pumped to get in my weight training and stationary bike time today and felt good going into the gym. It's almost 90 deg. here today, but the gym is inside, so I wore my usual attire.....sweat pants, T shirt and sweatshirt. Well, I circuit train with weights and as I came to the 2/3 complete level, I began to feel light headed. I had hydrated well this morning and eaten a light breakfast. Again, I felt fine. <BR> When I finished my triceps, I REALLY started feeling light he... Tue, 1 May 2012 17:27:42 EST Fighting Away the Stress It seems that every time I read a Sparks article on dealing (a.k.a. managing) stress, mine gets a rocket boost upwards! Perhaps I am backwards motivated! <BR> In tone of the Ecclesiastical Preacher - I have searched and found that there is nothing new under the sun......and so I firmly believe that the only real way to fight stress is to trust in the Sovereign God who controls all things.....the One who's counsel will come to pass - - NO MATTER matter what the bank account says..... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:31:12 EST 30 Gone Forever! Yes, I will never be 30 again.....but by God's grace and with the help of Sparks (and all the awesome people who motivate each other!0.....I will never see this 30lbs again! :) <BR> <BR> Just one week back, I hit 25lbs lost and on my Thurs. weigh-in I was down 30.5lbs (YES I did weigh BEFORE I worked out). My first "official" goal is to get to 285 by 6/31/12 but my first real "heart" goal was to get back below 300 for the first time in over 3 years. <BR> <BR> I give us all this: ... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 09:38:28 EST 25 Gone Away Yesterday I visited one of my favorite places to hang ....StarBucks. I know all the associates there and have used it as my "third" office for about two years. About the time I started Sparks, I stopped going for several reasons: my kids schedules, my fitness schedule, work requirements, and money. <BR> Well, this week I hit the 25lb loss mark on my journey towards a healthy lifestyle and they made me feel like I have accomplished something! They went on and on about "how great I looked"... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 09:31:20 EST