PURPLEPEONY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PURPLEPEONY PURPLEPEONY'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/ What Are Your New Year`s Resolutions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844070 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1857054221.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Bible does not speak for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions. Every day is the day the Lord has made, as Psalm 118:24 states, and “we will rejoice and be glad in it.” One can make a resolution or promise to oneself any day of the year, and keeping it or breaking it is in their hands. One thing the Bible does say in Ecclesiastes 5:2,4 and 5 is that if one makes promises or vows to God, it sho... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 16:47:28 EST A New Year's Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842478 May God make your year a happy one! <BR> <BR> Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain, <BR> <BR> But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes; <BR> <BR> Not by making your path easy, <BR> <BR> But by making you sturdy to travel any path; <BR> <BR> Not by taking hardships from you, <BR> <BR> But by taking fear from your heart; <BR> <BR> Not by granting you unbroken sunshine, <BR> <BR> But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows; <BR> <BR> Not by making you... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 05:05:50 EST The ABC's of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838218 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1460761247.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A - is for Angels <BR> With halos so bright <BR> Whose carols were heard <BR> On that first Christmas Night <BR> <BR> B - is for Bells <BR> So merrily ringing <BR> Joy to the world <BR> Is the message they're bringing <BR> <BR> C - is for Candles <BR> That so brightly shine <BR> To give a warm welcome <BR> To your friends and mine <BR> <BR> D - is for Doorway <BR> With garlands of green <BR> To make Chri... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 05:51:18 EST `Twas the Night Before Jesus Came http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837785 Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house <BR> <BR> Not a creature was praying, not one in the house. <BR> <BR> Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care <BR> <BR> In hopes that Jesus would not come there. <BR> <BR> The children were dressing to crawl into bed, <BR> <BR> Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head. <BR> <BR> And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap <BR> <BR> Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap. <BR> <BR> When out of the east there arose... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:06:40 EST Redeemed Meaning of The Christmas Tree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837094 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1652222358.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Christmas Tree <BR> Evergreen coniferous trees stand for the ever-burning fire of life. The evergreen attribute signifies man's everlasting hope in Christ, which has been given to mankind by Christ's sacrifice, death and resurrection, to those who believe in Him. The triangular shape is believed to symbolize the holy trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8<... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:30:30 EST Jesus Is The Reason For The Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836658 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l786704447.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> Jesus Is The Reason <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> In Bethlehem, God gave to us <BR> The source of Christmas joy; <BR> A star shown on a miracle: <BR> The virgin birth of a boy. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> He was born both God and man, <BR> A Savior for us all, <BR> The way to get to... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:16:20 EST Jesus or Santa : Who Would You Choose? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836145 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l356434899.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l324541653.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Santa lives at the North Pole. <BR> JESUS is everywhere. <BR> <BR> Santa rides in a sleigh <BR> JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water. <BR> <BR> Santa comes but once a year <BR> JESUS is an ever present help. <BR> <BR> Santa fills your stockings with goodies ... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:50:09 EST CAUTION!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835807 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1002768949.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. <BR> Galatians 2:20 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:58:54 EST Thank You Lord! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823740 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2055640835.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l393704145.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> THANK YOU LORD FOR ALL OF YOUR BLESSINGS! Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:08:37 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823551 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l592540360.jpg"> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:05:14 EST Food Review: Fiber One Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816642 ***Let me preface this review with a disclaimer. I am not compensated for this review & all items were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own. Things that I think are delicious you may dislike. I started these food reviews because so many people asked me for new snack ideas while they are losing weight. <BR> If you are diabetic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc. please don`t leave any disparaging remarks because not everyone follows your diet. I am not claiming all these food... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:31:55 EST Food Review: Meta Health Bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803028 ***Let me preface this review with a disclaimer. I am not compensated for this review & all items were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own. Things that I think are delicious you may dislike. I started these food reviews because so many people asked me for new snack ideas while they are losing weight. <BR> If you are diabetic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc. please don`t leave any disparaging remarks because not everyone follows your diet. I am not claiming all these food... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:10:55 EST Food Review: thinkThin Crunch Bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801844 ***Let me preface this review with a disclaimer. I am not compensated for this review & all items were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own. Things that I think are delicious you may dislike. I started these food reviews because so many people asked me for new snack ideas while they are losing weight. <BR> If you are diabetic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc. please don`t leave any disparaging remarks because not everyone follows your diet. I am not claiming all these food... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:02:14 EST Jesus Died For Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792160 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1225856810.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~Jesus Died For Me~ <BR> <BR> My God when I approach Your throne <BR> And all Your glory see <BR> This is my stay and this alone <BR> That Jesus died for me <BR> <BR> How can a soul condemned to die <BR> Escape the just decree <BR> A vile, unworthy wretch am I <BR> But Jesus died for me <BR> <BR> What glorious love, redeeming love <BR> That bore my shame on Calvary <BR> I will forever sing His praise... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 09:49:49 EST God Is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790930 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l691460105.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~He Is God~ <BR> <BR> He is the First and Last, <BR> The Beginning and the End! <BR> <BR> He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all! <BR> He is the Architect of the universe and the Manager of all times. <BR> He always was, He always is, and He always will be ... <BR> unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone! <BR> <BR> He was bruised and brought healing! <BR> He was pierced and eased pain! <BR>... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 07:52:12 EST A Servant`s Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790584 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l285541189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jesus, My Jesus....How marvelous are your ways.... <BR> Far more splendid than my mind can envision. <BR> What an honor to be chosen by you. <BR> A lowly child I am, but empowered by the Holy Spirit <BR> to fulfill the great hope to which you have called me. <BR> I give myself totally to you, Lord. <BR> Take my imperfect heart and make it perfect. <BR> Peel away the hardness. <BR> Close the doors I have opened to ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:27:18 EST One Year, 100 Pounds Later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736051 Today is the anniversary of my healthy lifestyle. I can`t believe how much my body has changed in one year! One hundred pounds released forever! I`m only 12 lbs from my goal! <BR> If I can do it ANYONE can! Just NEVER give up! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1952150152.jpg"> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:28:45 EST In Remembrance of Maya Angelou http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706014 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l468185806.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1808126735.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1995139462.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l478816333.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1924559497.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l207653466.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l351283283.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 29 May 2014 12:04:48 EST "Greater love has no one than this..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703789 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l127559902.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In Honor of our servicemen & veterans, remember their sacrifice. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1245082281.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> Have a Happy Memorial Day! <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 May 2014 19:50:09 EST Be Careful What You Ask For... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692362 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l132195678.jpg"> Sun, 11 May 2014 02:31:06 EST Christian Humor: Hymns for Christians over 75 years old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684759 * Give Me the Old Timers Religion <BR> <BR> * Precious Lord, Take My Hand, And Help Me Up <BR> <BR> * Just a Slower Walk with Thee <BR> <BR> * Go Tell It on the Mountain, But Speak Up <BR> <BR> * Nobody Knows the Trouble I Have Seeing <BR> <BR> * Guide Me, O Thou, Great Lord God, I’ve Forgotten Where I’ve Parked The Car <BR> <BR> * Count Your Many Birthdays, Count Them One By One <BR> <BR> * Blessed Insurance <BR> <BR> * It Is Well With My Soul, But My Knees Hurt <BR> <BR> <img sr... Thu, 1 May 2014 09:58:48 EST Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652370 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l606661063.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is International Day of Happiness! <BR> <BR> The International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on 20 March. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 June 2012. Assembly Resolution A/RES/66/281 states in pertinent part: <BR> <BR> The General Assembly,[…] Conscious that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal,[…] Recognizing also the need for a more incl... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:41:57 EST Christian Humor: Do You Know What`s In The Bible? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644057 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1411672482.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Minister: Do you know what's in the Bible? <BR> <BR> Little Girl: Yes. I think I know everything that's in it. <BR> <BR> Minister: You do? Tell me. <BR> <BR> Little Girl: OK... <BR> There's a picture of me in kindergarten, a ticket from the dry cleaners, one of my curls, and a Pizza Hut coupon. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 23:53:40 EST Bad Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628494 Man: God, can I ask You a question? <BR> God: Sure <BR> Man: Promise You won`t get mad? <BR> God: I promise <BR> Man: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today? <BR> God: What do you mean? <BR> Man: Well, I woke up late <BR> God: Yes <BR> Man: My car took forever to start <BR> God: Okay <BR> Man: At lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait <BR> God: Hmm <BR> Man: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call <BR> God: All right <BR> Man: And on ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:11:14 EST Jesus Is My Valentine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623894 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1396682658.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Jesus is my Valentine; <BR> I talk to Him each day. <BR> He never, never leaves me; <BR> and always listens when I pray. <BR> Yes He is my Valentine; <BR> there is no love like His. <BR> He is the heart of all that is; <BR> for Him I breathe and live. <BR> He's a Valentine that never lies; <BR> never hurts or breaks. <BR> He always has forgiven me; <BR> for all my past mistakes. <BR> If you only ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:17:13 EST The Father`s Love Letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623128 My Child, <BR> <BR> You may not know me, but I know everything about you (Psalm 139:1) <BR> I know when you sit down and when you rise up (Psalm 139:2) <BR> I am familiar with all your ways (Psalm 139:3) <BR> Even the very hairs on your head are numbered (Matthew 10:29-31) <BR> For you were made in my image (Genesis 1:27) <BR> <BR> In me you live and move and have your being (Acts 17:28) <BR> For you are my offspring (Acts 17:28) <BR> I knew you even before you were conceived (Jeremi... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:46:35 EST The Greatest Love of all ~ A Valentine from Jesus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621441 <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> I love you. <BR> <BR> You are mine. <BR> <BR> Your name is written upon My heart. <BR> <BR> Your prayers are precious to Me. <BR> <BR> Your life is in My hands. <BR> <BR> I am always with you. <BR> <BR> I am nearer to you than your own heart. <BR> <BR> I gave My life so that you <BR> might live forever with Me. <BR> <BR> All I ask in return is your love. <BR> <BR> Be My... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:11:45 EST NEVER AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615109 NEVER AGAIN will I confess, "I can't" for "I can do all things through Christ Jesus which strengtheneth me" Philippians 4:13 <BR> <BR> <BR> NEVER AGAIN will I confess lack, for " My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:19. <BR> <BR> <BR> NEVER AGAIN will I confess fear, for "God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind" II Timothy 1:7 <BR> <BR> <BR> NEVER AGAIN will I confess doubt and lack of fait... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:08:51 EST Just For Fun... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612650 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1314744486.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine were: <BR> Lazy, Happy, Impatient, Genuine <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WHAT ARE YOURS? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 00:18:29 EST Free Tuition! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610266 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l50325730.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1127803055.jpg"> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:34:16 EST My Favorite Teas For Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605060 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l293628118.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share a few teas I`ve used to aid my weight loss journey. All the teas I`ve used are all natural. I never, ever add anything to any of my weight loss teas. I drink them plain with hot water. Before I get started I want to add a disclaimer: hot tea naturally curbs the appetite and gives a full feeling. These are my personal thoughts on these teas and my experience with them may not be the same... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:48:11 EST Word for the Day - Get up, get over it and move on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602107 ''........You will forget the shame of your Youth..........'' Isaiah 54:4 NKJV <BR> <BR> You can't go back and make things different. You're not the same person and you are never going to be. You cannot relive the past or your early years. <BR> <BR> But there are three scriptural steps you can take to get up, get over it and move on. <BR> <BR> <BR> (a). Forgive what others have done you (Ephesians 4:32) <BR> (b). Forgive yourself for what you have done (Philippians 3:13) <BR> (c). Believe... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:23:38 EST What I Confess, I Possess! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594789 "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them." <BR> Mark 11:23.24 <BR> <BR> <BR> • What are we confessing as Christians? What is coming out of our mouths…blessings or cursing? <BR> <BR> • Your life is a su... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:23:33 EST Christian Humor: No Use Knocking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588981 A drunken man staggers in to a Catholic church and sits down in a confession box and says nothing. <BR> <BR> The bewildered priest coughs to attract his attention, but still the man says nothing. <BR> <BR> The priest then knocks on the wall three times in a final attempt to get the man to speak. <BR> <BR> Finally, the drunk replies: "No use knockin' mate, there's no toilet paper in this one either." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:21:31 EST Lord Bless My Online Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579150 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l473762382.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Every single evening <BR> <BR> As I'm lying here in bed, <BR> <BR> This tiny little Prayer <BR> <BR> Keeps running through my head: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> God bless all my family <BR> <BR> Wherever they may be, <BR> <BR> Keep them warm <BR> <BR> And safe from harm <BR> <BR> For they're so close to me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> And God, there is one more thing <BR> <BR> I wish that you could do; <BR> <BR> H... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 09:39:49 EST A New Year's Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577365 <BR> May God make your year a happy one! <BR> <BR> Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain, <BR> <BR> But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes; <BR> <BR> Not by making your path easy, <BR> <BR> But by making you sturdy to travel any path; <BR> <BR> Not by taking hardships from you, <BR> <BR> But by taking fear from your heart; <BR> <BR> Not by granting you unbroken sunshine, <BR> <BR> But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows; <BR> <BR> Not by mak... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 02:43:11 EST Christian Humor: Forgive Your Enemies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576438 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2115806464.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The preacher's Sunday sermon was Forgive Your Enemies. Toward the end of the service, He asked his congregation, "how many of you have forgiven your enemies"? <BR> <BR> About half held up their hands. He then repeated his question. <BR> As it was past lunchtime, this time about 80 percent held up their hands. He then repeated his question again. <BR> All responded, except one small elderly l... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:13:46 EST Don`t Quit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574644 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l272001239.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down, <BR> <BR> And you feel like the biggest failure in town. <BR> <BR> When you want to give up just because you gave in, <BR> <BR> and forget all about being healthy and thin. <BR> <BR> So What! You went over your calories a bit, <BR> <BR> It's your next move that counts . . . So don't you quit! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>38... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:11:28 EST What Are Your New Year`s Resolutions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572903 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1857054221.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Bible does not speak for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions. Every day is the day the Lord has made, as Psalm 118:24 states, and “we will rejoice and be glad in it.” One can make a resolution or promise to oneself any day of the year, and keeping it or breaking it is in their hands. One thing the Bible does say in Ecclesiastes 5:2,4 and 5 is that if one makes promises or vows to God, it sho... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:17:30 EST 'Twas the Day After Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571993 'Twas the day after Christmas and all through the town <BR> The ones who weren't Christians were feeling let down <BR> The stockings weren't hung by the chimney anymore, <BR> And boxes and wrapping covered the floor. <BR> <BR> The kitchen was covered from floor to ceiling <BR> With enough dirty dishes to set Mother reeling <BR> The children were whining over what they didn't get <BR> And rather than sharing, they were throwing a fit! <BR> <BR> The malls were bustling with post Chris... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 05:55:16 EST The Greatest Gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571489 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1418637217.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him." <BR> 1 John 4:9 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1126984111.jpg"> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 08:02:05 EST Redeemed Meaning of The Christmas Tree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571367 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1652222358.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Christmas Tree <BR> Evergreen coniferous trees stand for the ever-burning fire of life. The evergreen attribute signifies man's everlasting hope in Christ, which has been given to mankind by Christ's sacrifice, death and resurrection, to those who believe in Him. The triangular shape is believed to symbolize the holy trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8<... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 23:33:46 EST Lessons I Learned From The Wise Men http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571031 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1841246093.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Three Kings, or Magi (Wise men), are mentioned only in the Gospel of Matthew. Few details are given about these men in the Bible, and most of our ideas about them actually come from tradition or speculation. Scripture does not say how many wise men there were, but it is generally assumed three, since they brought three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. <BR> <BR> The Three Kings recognized Jesus Christ as ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:13:21 EST Christian Humor: Where Is Jesus Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569842 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l252751832.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A Sunday School teacher of preschoolers was concerned that his students might be a little confused about Jesus Christ because of the Christmas season emphasis on His birth. He wanted to make sure they understood that the birth of Jesus occurred a long time ago, that He grew up, etc. So he asked his class, "Where is Jesus today ?" <BR> <BR> Johnny raised his hand and said, "He's in heaven." <BR> <BR> Mary was ... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 12:19:44 EST O Come, Let Us Adore Him! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569253 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1973348487.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Into this world of sin and darkness, <BR> The Messiah came— <BR> Glory to God in the Highest... <BR> JESUS is His Name! <BR> O Come, Let Us Adore Him! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> He’s more than a babe in a manger, <BR> More than mere flesh and blood— <BR> He’s the virgin born Son ... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 10:51:31 EST Jesus or Santa : Who Would You Choose? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568581 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l588998856.jpg"> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l446277711.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Santa lives at the North Pole. <BR> JESUS is everywhere. <BR> <BR> Santa rides in a sleigh <BR> JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water. <BR> <BR> Santa comes but once a year <BR> JESUS is an ever present help. <BR> <BR> San... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:27:09 EST Remember Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568029 Red reminds of the blood He spilt <BR> <BR> To wash away and cleanse all of our guilt. <BR> <BR> <em>389</em> <em>389</em> <em>389</em> <em>389</em> <em>389</em> <em>389</em> <em>389</em> <em>389</em> <em>389</em> <BR> <BR> White is for His actions, most pure. <BR> <BR> Through sinless perfection, He did endure. <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> <em>444</em> <em>444</em> <em>444</em> <em>444</em> <em>444</em> <em>444</em> <em>444</em> <em>444</em... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:21:25 EST Christian Humor: The 10th Commandment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567273 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l704425923.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. <BR> They were ready to discuss the last one. <BR> The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was. <BR> Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, "Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor's wife." Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:51:51 EST The ABC's of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566838 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1460761247.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A - is for Angels <BR> With halos so bright <BR> Whose carols were heard <BR> On that first Christmas Night <BR> <BR> B - is for Bells <BR> So merrily ringing <BR> Joy to the world <BR> Is the message they're bringing <BR> <BR> C - is for Candles <BR> That so brightly shine <BR> To give a warm welcome <BR> To your friends and mine <BR> <BR> D - is for Doorway <BR> With garlands of green <BR> To make Chri... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:41:31 EST What If There Were No Jesus? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565357 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l234956121.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If there were no Jesus we would have: <BR> NO Advocate, NO Salvation, NO Deliverer, NO Great High Priest, NO Mediator, NO Messiah, NO Redeemer, NO Shepherd, NO Light, NO Truth, NO Grace ... what a sad, lonely, hopeless life we would have. <BR> <BR> The Old Testament foretells the coming of Jesus and the New Testament portrays Jesus` birth, life, death, resurrection and return. Without Jesus there would be NO Bible... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:00:13 EST