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/ 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 Christian One Liners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564085 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l706073411.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> •Don't let your worries get the best of you; remember, Moses started out as a basket case. <BR> <BR> <BR> •Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited until you try to sit in their pews. <BR> <BR> <BR> •Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisors. <BR> <BR> <BR> •It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l5... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 09:09:04 EST My Holiday Teas: A Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563542 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1794861456.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In my last tea blog I reviewed my favorite Winter teas. This blog is a review of my favorite Holiday teas. Most Holiday teas are seasonal and only available around Thanksgiving and Christmas. I`ll start with my favorite and end with my least favorite. (Keep in mind these are my personal opinions, you may enjoy some teas that I don`t and my favorites may be your least favorites; its subjective) <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:35:27 EST Twas the Night Before Jesus Came http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562828 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... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:54:41 EST Where Do You Graze? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562040 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1571432474.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Sheep and the Goats <BR> Matthew 25:31-34 <BR> <BR> 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. <BR> <BR> 34 “Then the King will... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:29:11 EST Jesus Is The Reason For The Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561205 <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... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:42:18 EST Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560369 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l184363099.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Merriam-Webster`s dictionary defines HOLY as "exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness". <BR> <BR> My Prayer: <BR> God I thank You for Your perfect goodness and righteousness. You alone are worthy to be exalted. Lord give me a heart of complete devotion to You so that one day I may see You face to face... <BR> <BR> <BR> "In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lor... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 09:41:23 EST Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of Christ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559256 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1124061999.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So many times in life we feel alone, unloved, betrayed or even neglected. What a comfort to know that our Heavenly Father loves us so much. Unlike people, God will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). Our God is a mother to the motherless & a father to the fatherless. God loved you so much He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). He loved u... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 17:55:17 EST Christian Humor: "Confession" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557633 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1399664546.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ducking into confession with a turkey in his arms, Brian said, "Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. I stole this turkey to feed my family. Would you take it and settle my guilt?" <BR> <BR> "Certainly not," said the Priest. <BR> <BR> "As penance, you must return it to the one from whom you stole it." <BR> <BR> "I tried," Brian sobbed, "but he refused. Oh, Father, what should I do?" <BR> <BR> "If what ... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 13:10:36 EST Important Recall Notice! - Details Inside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555867 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1385607075.jpg"> <BR> <BR> RECALL NOTICE: <BR> <BR> The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. <BR> <BR> This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. <BR> <BR> This defect has been termed ('Sub... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 10:57:44 EST Seek God`s Face http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554894 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1899778827.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was an exceptionally beautiful day, the sun was shining brightly, there was a slight breeze in the air so I decided to take a few minutes & sit outside and enjoy this beautiful day that God had blessed us with. I found a soft , comfortable chair & was immediately greeted with meows & purrs of delight from my three wonderful cats <em>240</em> <em>239</em> <em>240</em> . Excited that I was finally... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 09:21:00 EST My Favorite Wintertime Teas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554658 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2001982214.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am an avid tea drinker. In the winter nothing comforts me more than an aromatic cup of hot tea. I just wanted to share a few winter teas that I`m really enjoying right now. (And less than 40 calories per cup with a few teaspoons of sugar or honey) <BR> <BR> <em>443</em> <em>443</em> <em>443</em> <em>443</em> <em>443</em> <em>443</em> <em>443</em> <em>443</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 23:18:52 EST Ode To My Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553219 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l890524474.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before beginning my weight loss journey, the one thing I looked forward to this time of year was my double layer pumpkin cheesecake. So of course this year I made one like I always do. On Thanksgiving day I only had a tiny slice (I was full from the turkey and trimmings). So Friday I ended up eating 4 small slices ( all of which really added up to 2 large slices). That`s over 900 calories in one day from pump... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 07:27:24 EST You ask why I follow this Jesus? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552862 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l993421749.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> You ask why I follow this Jesus? <BR> <BR> Why I love Him the way I do? <BR> <BR> When the world's turned away from His teachings <BR> <BR> And the people who serve Him are few. <BR> <BR> It's not the rewards I'm after <BR> <BR> Or gifts that I hope to receive <BR> <BR> It's the Presence that calls for commitment <BR> <BR> It's the Spirit I trust and believe. <BR> <BR> The Lord doesn't shel... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:36:28 EST Happy Thanksgiving!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551362 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2049814404.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day <BR> <BR> We bow our hearts to You and pray. <BR> <BR> We give You thanks for all You've done <BR> <BR> Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son. <BR> <BR> For beauty in nature, Your glory we see <BR> <BR> For joy and health, friends and family, <BR> <BR> For daily provision, Your mercy and care <BR> <BR> These are the blessings You graciously share. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:22:40 EST A Thanksgiving Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550564 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1525764892.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank you Father for the blessings you've given this day <BR> <BR> Help us to remember, Thou has shown us the way <BR> <BR> And give us strength to help those in need <BR> <BR> Never letting us forget, Thy merciful deeds <BR> <BR> Keep us in Thy tender loving care <BR> <BR> Save us, O Lord, when we are in despair! <BR> <BR> Give us grace as we walk through life. <BR> <BR> Inspire us to seek our brothers ami... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:02:40 EST T’was the night of Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549537 T’was the night of Thanksgiving, <BR> But I just couldn’t sleep. <BR> I tried counting backwards, <BR> I tried counting sheep. <BR> <BR> The leftovers beckoned, <BR> The dark meat and white. <BR> But I fought the temptation, <BR> With all of my might. <BR> <BR> Tossing and turning, <BR> with anticipation. <BR> The thought of a snack <BR> Became infatuation. <BR> <BR> So I raced to the kitchen, <BR> Flung open the door, <BR> And gazed at the fridge, <BR> Full of goodies galore. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:37:05 EST Life Is Too Short... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547303 A dear friend died this morning. She was just a few years older than I am. We grew up next door neighbors & growing up she and my older sister were best friends. It`s always hard losing a loved one but for some reason it`s so much harder when someone dies young. We somehow feel cheated. I`m sure she thought she`d live at least another 40 years, yet she has been taken away in the prime of her life. It just really made me think of how short life really is... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:07:50 EST Christian Words Of Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545013 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1244457129.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the dark? Follow the Son. <BR> <BR> If you can't sleep, don't count sheep. Talk to the Shepherd. <BR> <BR> If you don't like the way you were born, try being born again. <BR> <BR> How will you spend eternity -- smoking or non-smoking? <BR> <BR> If you're headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1883859083.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Feed y... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:17:48 EST The Twenty Commandments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541772 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l722561474.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. If you feel far away from God, guess who moved? <BR> <BR> 2. Fear knocked. Faith answered. No one was there. <BR> <BR> 3. What you are is God's Gift to you. What you become is your gift to God. <BR> <BR> 4. I am God's Melody of Life and He Sings His Song through me. <BR> <BR> 5. We can never really go where God is not, and where He is, all is well. <BR> <BR> 6. No matter what is... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:24:35 EST Christian Humor: Christian Songs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538252 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l702763843.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A minister decided to do something a little different one Sunday morning. He said, "Today, in church, I'm going to say a single word and you are going to help me preach. Whatever word I say, I want you to sing whatever hymn comes to your mind." <BR> <BR> The pastor shouted out "Cross." Immediately the congregation started singing in unison The Old Rugged Cross. <BR> <BR> The pastor h... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:20:09 EST Christian Humor: The Sunday School Lesson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534750 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1208657963.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Sunday school teacher was carefully explaining the story of Elijah the Prophet and the false prophets of Baal. She explained how Elijah built the altar, put wood upon it, cut the cattle in pieces and laid it upon the altar. And then Elijah commanded the people of God to fill four barrels of water and pour it over the altar. He had them do this three times. (1 Kings 18:17- 40) <BR> <BR> "Now, said the teacher,... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 10:09:47 EST