SINGINGLADY3's SparkPeople Blog SINGINGLADY3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Goodbye To all my Sparkfriends, sisters and brothers, I have been doing massive soul searching for the last few days. I am leaving Sparkpeople. I love you all and hope only the best for you all. <BR> <BR> I have to do what is best for my health and I have to concentrate mostly on my relationship with my Lord and what I believe the bible is teaching. There are too many conflicting issues with the things believed and brought forward on this sight and the things I believe and the way I have been ta... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 13:30:07 EST Grateful When are we grateful? Always? Really? Think about that and read the following MP3 from Max Lucado today. I am going to be honest. I wish it were not true, but I know that I am not always grateful. Lord, today, let us all think about the blessings we have, no matter how small or large, and give us a grateful heart. Most of all for your sacrificial love that took Jesus to Calvary and brought him from the tomb. In Jesus precious name, Amen <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day. Judi <em>247</e... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:55:38 EST Praise Report Not much today. Went to my kidney specialists yesterday and my chronic kidney disease is better and I don't have to go back for a year. Keep the Lord in your heart today. If you're not in Tennessee, I am sorry your're not, because it we have a beautiful blue sky with a temp of 66 degrees. Beautiful fall day. Have a blessed day, where ever you are today. Judi <em>247</em> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 13:15:25 EST Prayer (Mark 11:24-26) "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that you receive them, and ye shall have them. 25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if ye do not forgive neither will your Father which is in heaven for your trespasses." <BR> <BR> I am quoting here from a commentary in my "Womans Study Bible" (Thomas Nelson copyright 1995) " Though prayer is the most... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 11:41:31 EST Apology I don't know where to begin today. Maybe just to say, I have not been myself for a few days. I have let things shake me, that if I had placed my faith and trust in Jesus instead of allowing doubts creep, no slam, into my mind and control the life I have been trying to live. I went so far as to delete some of my blogs about the goodness of our God. I am telling y'all that Satan is throwing darts at me and I have not been claiming the name of Jesus to protect me from it. That stops now!!If ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 09:06:27 EST Mornin' Good mornin', all. It is a beautiful day. I just love fall weather. My favorite time of the year. Hope all of you have a wonderful, healthy and prosperous day. God bless you. Judi <em>247</em> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 09:52:32 EST He is Here This blog is a copy of a private message to one of the leaders of our team but I wanted to share it with my team friends as well. I would appreciate your input. "Avanell, Its Judi. I need to share something with you and God has placed this on my heart. This is long. But it must be said. I am 65 years old and I have a 45 year old son. When he was a little over two, we were deserted by his father. In all those years the only support he received (in fact the only contact he had) from his so ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 04:44:29 EST Curriculum Lessons to be learned are sometimes very difficult. But God has a reason and he will teach us what it is we need to learn from each lesson, even though, they seem so difficult sometimes. Have a blessed day. Judi <BR> <BR> <BR> by Max Lucado • September 24 <BR> <BR> God can make something good out of your mess! The test you’re experiencing will become your testimony. 2nd Corinthians 1:4-5 says, “God comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us a... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 10:29:49 EST My Best Today When I was a child I went to church every time the doors were open. We had a song leader and his name was David. David and his wife Mary had no children of their own at that time so I guess you can say they were like my second parents. I loved them dearly. David had the most beautiful voice and I know I have heard no song leader better. He would always kid me about my blonde ringlets of hair. Wow. I wish my hair had some of those curls today. Oh well. One of the things he taught me was,... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:09:25 EST Message from the Mess Good Morning, hee is todays MP3 from Max Lucado. I enjoyed it. Hope you will too and hope y'all have a blessed day. Judi <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Weekday Email <BR> Your Mess Can Be Your Message <BR> Today's MP3 <BR> <BR> I like the conversation Bob Benson recounts in his book, See You at the House, about his friend who’d had a heart attack. For a while it seemed his friend wouldn’t make it. But he recovered. <BR> <BR> Months later Bob asked him, “How did you like y... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:31:59 EST Mind Reading Well, good morning, everyone. I hope you have a happy day. Sometimes, I wonder how people you have spoken with in your life, know what you are going through. I believe God sends those folks. I have some friends like that. BUT how does Max Lucado know??? It is amazing to me sometimes how his MP3 hits my life right where it is. Here is today's devotional from Max Lucado. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tests are Temporary <BR> <BR> Today's MP3 <BR> <BR> All tests are temporary, limited in duration... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:20:22 EST A Night in Hell For those of you who were privy to the night I had last night, you will truly understand how God works through others and how much this MP3 Max Lucado Devotional means and how appropriate it is for me today. Live your day with the Father. Spend time in his Word and Praise him. Make the enemy run away by your love and commitment to God. Have a spirit filled and a spirit led day. I love you all. Judi <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> God is at Work in Us <BR> Today's MP3 <BR> ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:14:03 EST Atonement Daily Devotional Reading: Have a blessed day. Remember HE is the atonement for our sins. <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Bible Reading from <BR> September 24, 2013 - New International Version <BR> 1 John 2:1-29 <BR> 1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:06:34 EST Training Camp Yesterday was one of my poor pitiful me days. I reached my goal. You would think I would be ecstatic and I was but I was just "DOWN" for some reason. I know we all have days like that. Then this morning, I get a very special "Good Morning" from a friend and the sun is out and things seem better. And then I read my daily MP3 from Max Lucado and as usual, he seems to put it all in the proper perspective. Read and enjoy. And have a HAPPY day. <em>248</em> <em>247</em> Judi <BR> <B... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 09:35:36 EST Lead Me to Calvary (Jennie Evelyn Hussey/ Wm. K Kirkpatrick "King of my life, I crown Thee now, Thine shall the glory be; <BR> Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow, Lead mt to Calvary. <BR> " Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid, Tenderly mourned and wept; <BR> Angels in robes of light arrayed, Guarded The whilst Thou slept. <BR> "Let me like Mary, thru the gloom, Come with a gift to Thee <BR> Show to me now the empty tomb, Lead be to Calvary. <BR> "May I be willing, Lord, to bear Daily my cross for Thee <BR> Even Thy cup of grief to share, Thou h... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 11:09:35 EST In Their Very Midst <BR> John 20:19-31 <BR> 19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said , he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad , when they saw the Lord. 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he ha... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 08:49:39 EST Prison Bars Good morning, friends. I hope all of you have a happy day. I am healing. My face is still quite to black & blue. Still kind of scary to look at but all that will go away eventually. I love the MP3 from Max Lucado and once again, I would like to share it with you. Have a blessed day. <em>220</em> Judi <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Behind Bars <BR> Today's MP3 <BR> <BR> In 1965 Howard Rutledge parachuted into North Vietnam and spent the next several years in a prison in Hanoi, locked in... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:56:07 EST Song Day. "Once I stood in the night with my head bowed low, In the darkness as black as could be; And my heart felt along and I cried "O Lord, Don't hide Your face from me." <BR> "Hold my hand all the way, Every hour Every day, From here to the great unknown. Take my hand; Let me stand, Where no one stands alone." <BR> <BR> Like a king I may live in a palace so tall, with great riches to call my own; But I don't know a thing in this whole wide world that's worse than being alone. <BR> <BR> "Hold my ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:39:28 EST You Can't Fix Stupid with Stupid Devotional from Max Lucado's MP3 for today. <BR> <BR> Don’t Fix Stupid with Stupid <BR> Today's MP3 <BR> <BR> You may think to yourself, “No one will know. I won’t get caught. I’m only human. . .” But don’t make matters worse by doing something you’ll regret. Years ago, a friend gave me this counsel. “Make a list of all the lives you would impact through your sexual immorality.” I did. Every so often I re-read it. Denalyn. My three daughters. My son-in-law. My yet-to-be-born grandc... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:56:11 EST Depression-Face IT. Lets face it. Depression hits us all. And most of us try to hide it. Listen to todays MP3 from Max Lucado. I am. and I admit it, facing depression about knowing I may never walk without a walker again. But I know what I have to do and I think Max spells it out very well. Have a blessed day. Judi <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> God’s Presence <BR> Today's MP3 <BR> <BR> Depression can buckle the knees of the best of us, and a pastor’s wife is no exception. Years ago my wife, Den... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:30:46 EST Denial When I read this scripture, I have to ask myself, "Lord, do I do that?" Do I deny that I know you? How many times a day do I have a chance to tell someone about you? How many times a day do my actions or my words deny that I know you? My prayer, this morning is that I keep you name in the forefront of my mind and that you become so much more a part of my life each moment that it may never be said that I denied knowing you. You promised never to leave me or forsake me. Lord help me to mak... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 07:34:12 EST Mornin' Good morning y'all. Just want to wish you a happy day. Still in quite a bit of pain so I am resting today. Just wanted to wish y'all a blessed day. <em>213</em> Judi Sun, 15 Sep 2013 09:09:44 EST Ouch! <BR> Good morning friends. As you know, I have been having a problem with Miniere's Disease and Dizziness and balance/falling. Yesterday afternoon, I fell and had to go the Summit by ambulance . I am OK. I have a laceration on my forehead, am dehydrated, a busted lip and a very sore hip. They did cat-scans and an EKG and have determined that it is the Minieres Disease and there was no internal bleeding in my head. I look a lot worse than it is. But thanks goodness for Life Alert. Help arrive... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 09:36:25 EST Write On My Heart Every Word I know most people blog about their weight and their workouts and nutrition and all that. That is good. Shoot, I even do that sometimes. But because of my commitment with my Lord, Jesus, I am able to say I have lost 225 pounds. And yes, I am happy about that. However, today there is only one thing I want to write about and it is all said in this hymn. I guess that's why I call myself Singinglady3. Sorry if anyone is offended. <BR> <BR> Tell me the story of Jesus, Write on my heart every... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:22:22 EST He is always near. Weekday Email <BR> He is Not Far From Us <BR> Today's MP3 <BR> <BR> You will never go where God is not! Envision the next few hours—where will you be? In a school? God indwells the classroom. On the highway? His presence lingers among the traffic. In the hospital operating room, the executive board-room, the in-laws’ living room? God will be there. <BR> <BR> Acts 17:27 says, “He is not far from each of us.” Each of us. God doesn’t play favorites. From the masses on cit... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:45:13 EST JUSTICE! I'm going to let Max Lucado say it today. Here is today's devotional. <BR> <BR> <BR> Vengeance is God’s <BR> Today's MP3 <BR> <BR> The Bible says vengeance is God’s. He will repay. (Romans 12:19) What a great reminder! Forgiveness doesn’t diminish justice, it just entrusts it to God. We tend to give too much or too little. But the God of justice has the precise prescription. <BR> <BR> God can discipline your abusive boss. He can soften your angry parent. He can bring your ex to his ... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:34:18 EST Always There <BR> His Unchanging Character <BR> Today's MP3 <BR> <BR> We pass much of life at mid-altitude. Most of life is Monday-ish obligations of carpools, expense reports and recipes. Occasionally we summit a peak: our wedding, a promotion, the birth of a child. But when the housing market crashes, or test reports come back negative, before we know it, we discover what the bottom looks like! <BR> <BR> In Psalm 139:7 David asks, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presen... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 09:47:28 EST What God Sees Devotional from Max Lucado Devotionals <BR> <BR> <BR> &#8592; Is My Heart God’s Resting Place? <BR> All Things for Our Good &#8594; <BR> God Looks at the Heart <BR> Posted on 2013/9/5/ by June <BR> <BR> by Max Lucado <BR> <BR> 1 Samuel 16:7 says: “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” <BR> <BR> Those words were written for misfits and outcasts. God uses them all. Moses ran from justice, but God used him. Jonah ran from God, but God used him. Rahab r... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:58:35 EST Vicki Report For those of you who are praying for Vicki, I received a call about 11 PM last night that her Grandmother has received a frantic text from Vicki desperately begging for help. Her "Nannie" told her to call the police and she replied that she couldn't because he said he would kill her. The caller said that Vicki was scared to death. I promised to keep you informed and for now that is all I have and as soon as I hear anything this morning, I will let you know. The one good thing is that her... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 08:59:35 EST Why Did you ever ask yourself that question. "Why?" Don't we all do that. It begins at about the age of 2. Ask any mother. She'll tell you all about the question "Why?" As adults, we have other "Why's". Why did I not get that loan? Why didn't I get the red car instead of the black one? Why did I let myself get this fat? Why, why why. Well as I am not able to go to church this AM. I am asking Why. But there are other "Why's" I should be asking. Why was Jesus ridiculed? Why was he not believe... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 10:44:25 EST God is So Good I am just looking at my morning. God woke me up, He provided the sunshine. He made the birds sing. He made my coffee good. He blessed me with the reading of his word and provided a wonderful story about a little boy named Shay who just wanted to play baseball as a facebook share. You know, I've got it good in my life. I complain sometimes but isn't God good to us. And of all the things we can look around us and see. (And we really do have a lot to be thankful for!) He, the God of everything... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 11:16:50 EST Old Friends...well not old but ole friends Yesterday, I felt so much better and I met an "ole" friend for lunch along with her husband Mike. Diane and I have been friends for more years than I can count. We started working together at Travelers Insurance Company when my son was just about 3 maybe 4, not sure. Then I left Travelers and we didn't see too much of each other for about 3 years. But then, I went to work for CNA Insurance and I was determined to get her to work there. I think I pestered her until she applied and they hired ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:04:20 EST Each Step I Take A hymn by W. Elmo Mercer: <BR> <BR> " Each step I take my Savior goes before me, And with His loving hand <BR> He leads the way. And with each breath I whisper " I adore Thee" Oh what joy to walk with Him each day. <BR> <BR> "At times I feel my faith begin to waver, When up ahead I see a chasm wide. it's then I turn and look up to my Savior. I am strong when He is by my side. <BR> <BR> "I trust in God, no matter come what may. For life eternal is in His hand. He holds the key that opens u... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 09:32:45 EST God's Timetable. Don't we get tired of waiting sometimes. One of my mama's favorite sayings was "I've spent 90% of my life waiting." Don't we all feel that way sometimes. Here is Max Lucado's MP3 for today. I love it. <BR> <BR> <BR> God Takes His Time <BR> Today's MP3 <BR> <BR> Sometimes God takes His time. One-hundred and twenty years to prepare Noah for the flood. Eighty years to prepare Moses for his work. God called young David to be king, but returned him to the sheep pasture. He called Paul to be a... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 09:21:02 EST Report on Vicki I have been advised that the police in South Carolina (sorry I thought it was North Carolina) are going to the school today to talk Vicki and to see some pictures she has. They are still watching him very closely trying to catch him with his drugs. They will be asking her about the way she is being locked in closets and out of the house and about the threats. Lets all keep praying that this child will be back in Tennessee with her grandmother before too long. Thank you for your concern for ... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 12:49:35 EST What a Mess!! For those of you who have read my blogs for the past few days and a very dear friend, you know that I was going thru something that had me in "a tizzy" as the older folks used to say. It almost got me. But praise God I was reminded who I am and I have a renewed joy in my heart. But, once again, Max Lucado says it so well. Here is his MP3 for the day. Thank you Jesus. <BR> <BR> <BR> A Mess for Good <BR> Today's MP3 <BR> <BR> Twenty years of marriage, three kids, and now he’s gone. Trade... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 07:40:27 EST Be nice, Judi. I am expecting company today from Salt Lake City. Looking forward to that. They are taking me out to lunch. There is a part of the family that does not want them to spend time with me. They have made that abundantly clear. It is an area of contention with which I must search my soul and look for the forgiveness of the Father. This is the story I referred to in another blog. Please pray for me that with the hand of my Lord on my heart, I can rid any resentment and bitterness. Lord, help m... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:58:43 EST In The Garden Remember this one: <BR> <BR> I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses <BR> And the voice I hear falling on my ear. The Son of God discloses. <BR> And He walks with me and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own; <BR> And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has ever known. <BR> <BR> Thank you Karen. We never have to be alone. I will praise Him forever. Judi <BR> <BR> Song written by C. Austin Miles <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:00:53 EST Report on Vicki I don't have much to report, except that Vicki is being watched very closely to be sure she is not hurt or neglected in any way. They are trying to catch this man in his illegal activities but must have "as they say" proof. He is under constant surveillance. When I know anything else, I will let you know. Keep her in your prayers. Thanks. Judi Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:40:29 EST Deaf Ear Not much to say today. At least not yet. Sometimes, we let what people say to us totally dictate what we do, don't we? Like "You're not eating enough. You're losing too much weight or you really are way to overweight, you better get busy and stop all that stuff you eat. Who do we listen to? Listen to Max Lucado this morning and see what he has to say. <BR> <BR> <BR> Turn a Deaf Ear <BR> Today's MP3 <BR> <BR> Two kinds of voices vie for our attention. One says, “God will help you.” Th... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 09:16:00 EST Thank you all There have been so many responses to the call for urgent prayer, I can't thank you all individually. But I must say thank you to the wonderful people who reached out to help this little girl. There may have been some developments but I am not at liberty yet to disclose what those may be. As soon as I can I will update you all as to progress which may have been made. There is a glimmer of hope. Keep praying for Vicki. As soon as I can, I will give you the outcome. Again,God bless you all. G... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:43:59 EST Grateful I am so touched by the way you have come to Vicki's side in prayer. Thank you for reading my blog during the night and thank you for your loving response. One again Max Lucado's MP3 is so appropriate to the very thing we have been discussing. Please read and keep this sweet little girl lifted to the gates of heaven. <BR> <BR> <BR> A Stronghold <BR> Today's MP3 <BR> <BR> What is that one weakness you have, that bad habit, or rotten attitude? Where does Satan have a stronghold within you? ... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:52:10 EST URGENT PRAYER NEEDED I know it is late at night and you usually don't hear from me at this hour, but I have received a call about the need for fervent, urgent prayer for a 12 year old girl who is in peril at this time. Her mother is deceased and her drug addict father has custody of her. He is having drug parties in their home and is locking "Vicki" out of the house during these times. He locks her in the closet. If she has to ask for anything for school, he threatens her with beating her with a belt and has th... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:26:37 EST What we Need Don't we really have what we need? Max says it best again. I hope y'all don't get tired of these MP3's from Max Lucado. He has such a way of saying the obvious sometimes, I just can't resist. So bare with me one more time. OK? <BR> <BR> <BR> All You Need <BR> Today's MP3 <BR> <BR> There was a point in our life when we were just a signature away from moving from one house to another. The price was fair, it seemed a wise move. But I didn’t feel peaceful about it. To this day I can’t pin... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:50:32 EST Sunny Morning-Good Day The sun is out but they say it will be hot today. That's OK. It's summer. I am planning on talking to some people I haven't talked to in a while today. Sometimes, we need to reconnect. I am also going to try to do some chair exercises today. The key word is try. Depends on the dizziness. I got to go to church yesterday and I made three new fb friends afterwards. I plan on having a good day. I hope your day is blessed. Judi <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:48:09 EST Hello Sunday I actually got out to go to church today. It was nice to be there. But now I am so dizzy. I think I'll take a nap. So this is short today. Y'all have a good day and I am gonna have a good nap. Maybe. I may be back later. Judi <em>213</em> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 13:21:16 EST Do Not Be Afraid I am copying a scripture for you to read. It's not long, so bear with me, please. <BR> <BR> Jesus Walks on the Water John 6:15-21) <BR> 15 So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone. 16 Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, 17 and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The s... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:22:23 EST It is still gonna be a good day today. This morning around 3:30 AM I had a pretty bad fall. Fell on my back and am sore all over. But it is still gonna be a good day. Let me, once again, give you an MP3 from Max Lucado. Smetimes we just get lost and need direction. <BR> <BR> <BR> God is Our Guide <BR> Today's MP3 <BR> <BR> I can get lost anywhere. Seriously. Anywhere. I once got lost in my hotel. I told the receptionist my key wasn’t working. I’d been on the wrong floor trying to open the wrong door. If geese had my sen... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:28:45 EST Let me tell you a story. Some time ago. About four years, a friend of mine from high school got my number from my cousin and called me wanting me to come to a reunion. To which I replied "Nope. Not happening." Of course, he asked why not and I told him I looked nothing like I did then and had gained a lot of weight and would not come. To that he said "Well let me bring my camera and take a head shot so we can at least have your picture." To which I said: "Don, if you show up at my apartment with a camera, I wil... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:55:38 EST It is a good day, today. the sun is shinning. For now. They say it may rain after a while but that is ok. I have been talking with some of my Spark friends and they are such wonderful people. Always there when you need them to pray to talk, to laugh or just need some wisdom. We are so lucky to have Sparkpeople. So much to learn. So many ways to track our goals and nutrition and so many opportunities to meet new friends. I am feeling very good about the possibilities this day will bring. I hope you have a good an... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:46:44 EST