SUNSET09's SparkPeople Blog SUNSET09's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community God Makes All Things New <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. <BR> Romans 15:13 <BR> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 08:17:59 EST 2014 New Year's Resolutions <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 25 New Year’s Resolutions Every Person Should Actually Make For 2014 <BR> <BR> New Year’s Eve is often seen as a time of rebirth, the chance to start anew. We all come up with the regular resolutions for the upcoming year (losing weight, seeing family more often and/or falling in love ), but often our ideas of what should change are too broad. This New Year’s Eve, we should all vow to take a closer look into... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:27:42 EST Make the World A Better Place I will not be afraid to follow my own path. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In God's own time, you will too! Sun, 29 Sep 2013 06:20:53 EST Today Is A New Day! Today is a new day, and how we choose to approach it is certainly our choice! We all have choices to make and it's about priority in our lives. It may not be the choice you want however, this ,too will pass. I always say we have two choices when we wake up. We can choose to make every min count or willow away. Well folks today I choose to smile, hold my head high, and make every min count. This quote tells it like it is. " Experience is not what happens to a man/woman: it is what a man/woman... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 02:33:45 EST Revelation <BR> An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned <BR> to her and said, "Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike <BR> up a conversation with your fellow passenger." <BR> <BR> The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total <BR> stranger, "What would you want to talk about?" <BR> <BR> "Oh, I don't know," said the atheist. "How about why there is no God, <BR> or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?" as he smil... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 00:33:39 EST Breaking Down the Faith Barrier <BR> Exodus 4:1-13 <BR> <BR> A faith barrier is made up of attitudes that short-circuit our trust and prevent us from obeying the Lord's will. A negative self-image can hinder us in this way, as can ignorance of God's character and promises. Three other attitudes can also trip us up: doubt, feelings of inadequacy, and fear of failure. <BR> <BR> Moses doubted that the Israelites would believe he had been chosen by the Lord to lead them. But God graciously provided reassurance--in the form... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 04:53:53 EST I Speak Life I'm sitting here at work and this song came on and it really lifted my spirit and warmed my heart. Just wanted to share and pray that it may do the same for you! <BR> <BR> We're living in a time where everybody is struggling for their lives. They're stressed, they're depressed but with the power invested in me I came to speak life over you <BR> I speak blessings of health, blessings of peace to my brothers and sisters all around the world especially those in South Africa struggling with ai... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 06:32:57 EST Mother's Day Blessings <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A day of sweet blessings sent from above, <BR> A day rich with honor that brings you love, <BR> A day full of joy from the very start <BR> A day of sweet memories to hold in your heart. <BR> <BR> A gracious woman attains honor. <BR> Proverbs 11:16 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You touch my heart with your caring... <BR> You touch my life with your frien... Sun, 12 May 2013 08:11:34 EST Speak Life, Shed Light, Spread Love! <img src=""> Being single does not mean your social-life is filled with FWBs, nor does it mean you're "missing something" by not being a spouse o...See More <BR> <BR> Single. (adj.) (1) Choosing to wait until God gives me the discernment to love and accept the one He has placed in my life to love and accept me. (2) Choosing to wait until I have reached a state where my career and my love-life do not fight for my time or attention, where ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 07:49:38 EST Drowning Victim's Visit to Heaven <BR> <BR> The below was sent to me by a Friend. For a Christian it oh so touches the Heart. <BR> <BR> <BR> Drowning Victim's Visit to Heaven <BR> <BR><BR>px?s=/mp4/RH64v3_WS <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> <em>88</em> <em>459</em> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 02:12:05 EST Your 7 assignments while you are here in Earth. <BR> 1. Take care of yourself-physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. <BR> <BR> 2. Care for others. Make the world a better place. Practice good karma. When in doubt, apply the Golden Rule. <BR> <BR> 3. Be mindful. This is the most difficult task of all. Try to be conscious of being conscious. <BR> <BR> 4. Love someone. Put someone else’s needs before yours. “The Love you take is equal to the Love you make.” The Rutles (aka the Fab Four before they were Fab) <BR> <BR> 5. Be ha... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:47:13 EST God Sees The Little Things You Do <BR> God Sees The Little Things You Do <BR> None of us can help everyone. <BR> But all of us can help someone. <BR> And when we help them, we serve Jesus. <BR> -Max Lucado <BR> <BR> The little things you do... <BR> the sacrifices you make... <BR> may not always be noticed by others- <BR> but God sees every one of them and smiles. <BR> <BR> Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lo... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 08:03:26 EST Colossians 3:12 (12) Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; <BR> New King James Version <BR> <BR> Unlike pride, humility does not come naturally; it must, in the Bible's terminology, be "put on." It must be added to our character by means of God's Spirit and consistent, conscious decisions to submit to God because we love Him, because we are sincerely seeking to be like Him, and because we greatly desire to glorify Him. In thi... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 05:05:35 EST 10 Reasons to Be Happy You Are Single on Valentine’s Day Single on Valentine’s Day as I am? Count your blessings and don't fret about it. There are plenty of reasons why it’s great to be unattached on February 14th. <BR> <BR> Here are just 10 of them: <BR> <BR> 1. There no Valentine’s Day awkwardness or pressure. You don’t have to worry about whether or not you should buy him a gift, bring her white roses or red, or what the other person’s expectations for the day are. There’s no pressure to take a young relationship to the next level too soon, ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 06:09:40 EST 26 Ways to Know You're Living in Paradise... 26 Ways to Know You're Living in Paradise... <BR> <BR> During the recent Powerball hype, a friend asked me if I won the lottery, would I move somewhere else? Sure I would! I would move anywhere...but only if you can find me a place that has... <BR> <BR> 1. Good weather, the kind that doesn’t require a furnace or A/C to cope—just casual clothesa and a sweatshirt. or light jacket <BR> 2. Beautiful scenery...because life’s too short to live someplace ugly. <BR> 3. Access to plenty of clean wat... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 20:44:09 EST One Word Survey About Yourself! Where is your cell phone? <BR> table <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> None <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> shoulder <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> deceased <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> deceased <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> travel <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> school <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> diet <BR> <BR> What room are you in? <BR> work <BR> <BR> Your hobby? <BR> movies <BR> <BR> Your fear? <BR> burning <BR> <BR> Where do you want to be in 6 years? <BR> retired <BR... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 06:18:46 EST You Have The Keys! <BR> And God said, "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” -Matthew 16:19 <BR> <BR> Today’s Word: <BR> <BR> If you have a key, what does it mean? That you’re the boss of something? It means you have the ability to secure, to shut, and to gain access. These keys are also the things that you use in prayer. Jesus gave you authority in prayer to shut out the enemy, darkn... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 05:59:25 EST Why Singles Have it Better The Sweet, Single Life <BR> <BR> Most people will find themselves in many different relationships throughout their lives with periods of singlehood in between. If you are experiencing one of these phases, read on to explore some major bonuses to being single. <BR> <BR> Sweet, Sweet Freedom <BR> <BR> Perhaps the biggest benefit to being single is the freedom to do what you want, when you want, with whom you want without explanations or repercussions. Sharing your life with someone requires ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 07:43:32 EST Happiness Improves Health and Lengthens Life Happiness Improves Health and Lengthens Life <BR> <BR> According to a study in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, a review of more than 160 studies of human and animal subjects has found “clear and compelling evidence” that – all things being equal – happy people tend to live longer and experience better health than their unhappy peers. <BR> <BR> “Your subjective well-being – that is, feeling positive about your life, not stressed out, not depressed – contributes to bo... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 02:34:38 EST Your Words Can Change your Life "Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul, and health to the bones? Proverbs 16:24 <BR> <BR> Today, I am led to share some thoughts on the power of the words you use on a daily basis. As you seek to live your best possible life, it is important to be aware of the power of words in your life - including those you speak, write and consume. Words can enhance your attitude, strengthen your mind, heal relationships, give wisdom in the midst of chaos, communicate ideas and s... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 08:46:41 EST Happy Couples and Their Secrets <BR> 1.Develop a realistic view of committed relationships. Recognize that the crazy infatuation you experienced when your romance was new won't last. A deeper, richer relationship, and one that should still include romance, will replace it. A long-term relationship has ups and downs, and expecting it will be all sunny and roses all the time is unrealistic. <BR> <BR> 2.Work on the relationship. An untended garden develops weeds that can ultimately kill even the heartiest plants. And so it i... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 02:24:22 EST Love is not selfish <BR> <BR> Be devoted to one another in brotherly love, give preference to one another in honor. -Romans 12:10 <BR> <BR> We live in a world that is enamored with "self." The culture around us teaches us to focus on our appearance, feelings, and personal desires as the top priority. The goal, it seems, is to chase the highest level of happiness possible. The danger from this kind of thinking, however, becomes painfully apparent once inside a marriage relationship. <BR> <BR> If there were ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:47:50 EST Love is kind Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. -Ephesians 4:32 <BR> <BR> Kindness is love in action. If patience is how love reacts in order to minimize a negative circumstance, kindness is how love acts to maximize a positive circumstance. Patience avoids a problem; kindness creates a blessing. One is preventive, the other proactive. These two sides of love are the cornerstones on which many of the other attributes we will discuss... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 01:07:13 EST Love is patient Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love. -Ephesians 4:2 NIV <BR> <BR> Love works. It is life's most powerful motivator and has far greater depth and meaning than most people realize. It always does what is best for others and can empower us to face the greatest of problems. We are born with a lifelong thirst for love. Our hearts desperately need it like our lungs need oxygen. Love changes our motivation for living. Relationships become meaningful with i... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:16:19 EST The Call to Serve The Call to Serve <BR> <BR> Galatians 5:13 <BR> <BR> Jesus commanded that we serve one another, but obeying this mandate in humility is not natural for us. Sure, there are times we like to help others. But service that involves self-sacrifice--especially for someone we deem undeserving--much more difficult to do. <BR> <BR> What does it mean to serve? Consider Christ's example. He gave up everything in heaven to live among us, subjecting Himself to dishonor and human frailty. And He loved ... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:27:14 EST 10 Foods You Should Spend More On 10 Foods You Should Spend More On <BR> Steer clear of pesticides and hormones by paying more for organic <BR> <BR> Eating organic can help you avoid harmful pesticides and hormones. — Daniel Stein/Getty Images <BR> <BR> 1. Apples: They're currently the top offender on the non-profit Environmental Working Group's "Dirty Dozen" list of most-polluted produce (celery and strawberries are the next biggest offenders). <BR> <BR> 98 percent of conventional apples contain pesticide residues. You c... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 12:06:28 EST Keep Watch! As believers in Jesus Christ, we must guard our hearts and watch over our homes. The Bible warns Christians to keep watch. Beyond things seen, there are spiritual battles taking place around us continually. If you are a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, then you have an enemy and his name is Satan. If you live to listen to the voice of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, then strap on your battle gear, Sparksfriend, because your enemy has a mission to destroy you. Beware! <BR> <BR> In ... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 23:59:04 EST Discovering the Beauty in Life….each day <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 17:38:49 EST 2011- What do you need to leave behind? <BR> In preparation for a New Year, I invite you to start 2012 by leaving some things behind. I challenge and encourage you each week to take steps toward your vision, to dream a bigger dream, listen to your life, and focus on what's truly important to you. To do that, you must first ensure that you have a strong foundation on which to build your best life. That means making a fresh start, if necessary. <BR> <BR> There is no point in building a vision on a foundation muddied with unfinishe... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 17:35:14 EST A Rich Life Begins With Thanks! <BR> As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I hope you will take time to identify the many reasons you have to be thankful. No matter your circumstances, there is always something for which to give thanks. This week, I invite you to look at the most difficult or challenging areas of your life and find a reason to be thankful. What causes you the most stress, sadness or frustration in your life right now? Perhaps it is a relationship, a job, or lack thereof, a health problem, financial stres... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 07:19:28 EST Top 5 Ways to Have More Money <BR> If you want to have more money, don't be like everyone else and just wish for it to happen. Do something about it. Here are five steps to get you started: <BR> <BR> 1. Write down your life aspirations. <BR> Have you always wanted to start your own business? Retire in Belize? Detail your ideal life on paper without worrying about how you'll get there. <BR> <BR> 2. Approximate your net worth. <BR> Add up bank accounts, retirement savings, cars, jewelry and so on. Now subtract everythin... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 09:26:31 EST 7 Day Of Inspiration - Take one a day and feel great all week! Day 1 - Give something everything you've got. It'll pay off! <BR> <BR> Day 2 - You deserve to be loved. <BR> <BR> Day 3 - Let someone feel needed. <BR> <BR> Day 4 - Something that's troubling you will have a happy ending! <BR> <BR> Day 5 - Watch for signs. They're pointing you in the right direction! <BR> <BR> Day 6 - Bring home a smile. <BR> <BR> Day 7 - Easier days are ahead! <BR> <BR> Start all over in whatever order that tickles your fancy! <BR> <BR> <em>146</em> Wed, 10 Mar 2010 09:43:29 EST Motivating A Friend I found out this week that one of my long time girlfriends lost her job. I'm off today and had planned on spending the day with her, breakfast, movies, manicure, pedicure, girl time and just listening to her about what happened as I thought she may need to vent. I've called however, she was still asleep and I didn't want to disturb her. It's like, almost lunch with no return call. I don't want to be a pest but a tad concerned about her. She lives with her sister so, at least I'm not concerned... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 11:41:50 EST Why is Valentine's Day so Special to You?! I'm a daddy's girl and my dad's birthday is on Valentine's Day however, he died in 1981 and I reflect on the times we've shared and although I miss him, he's in my thoughts. He left such an impact on my life and I'm thankful to have had an interactive father who loved me, cared for me and provided useful morals and values to live by. I'm grateful and look forward to sharing my life with a man who will walk in his footsteps and by my side as they are out there! <em>26</em> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 15:45:44 EST SparksPoints! What do you do you when you've maxed out on your points; reached the top trophy?! No, I'm not there yet but I read a blog today and it had me wondering!It is all about the points, learning from the trivia and the articles or just reaching out to others?! Your thoughts?! <em>209</em> Sat, 23 Jan 2010 09:53:56 EST New Years Resolutions: Are You On Track?! I decided to work on my "Life List" not Bucket List this year: to do things I enjoy and make myself happy. There are a few restaurants that I've put off going to because I'd prefer not to go it alone, as I do not have a boyfriend and will go at least, once a month. Traveling is something I enjoy doing and because I have a time share that works for me (and paid off), I told my girlfriend, the world is my playground! Just wanting to make some things happen. How are you all coming along with you... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:12:50 EST What Will You Be Doing This Holiday Weekend?! My plans is to get away and check out another city; just me to get my bearings in tact for this New Year and chart out a road less traveled, which is one of my New Year's resolutions! I'm off Friday so I have a long weekend to reflect! <em>204</em> Wed, 13 Jan 2010 16:11:29 EST Is Anyone Looking Forward to Friday?! I live for the weekends, to clear my mind, check in with friends and make my meals and get my clothes together for the new week. Tue, 5 Jan 2010 17:56:46 EST What is Your New Year Resolution?! I normally make resolutions on my birthday as that starts my New Year. I'm working on my life list, not the bucket list as it is so fondly called. I enjoy traveling and decided to take the road least traveled this year. Contemplating retirement and have the opportunity to do so in April, however my grandson and daughter birthdays are both in May and we usually take family trips so I may stay through then. Looking forward to good things, great things, sign, wonders and miracles to happen thro... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 10:28:31 EST Single (with no boyfriend) and loving it! All the singles poeple give me a high 5! Anyone out there feel like I do?! I really enjoy traveling and it works for me. Tue, 29 Dec 2009 18:51:46 EST What Are You Doing For New Year's Eve?! Being single, I have two options; Night Watch Service with my church family and/or having a meal with other singles with a group I'm involved in. Will probably do the Singles Night as I've decided to go into the New Year doing something different and meeting new people. <em>408</em> Sun, 27 Dec 2009 14:48:10 EST Retiring Soon! I'm planning to retire within a year's time and wanted to know if anyone could suggest items are getting prepared, how they felt, what was the best thing they did and what things were they not prepared for?! I'm open to relocate; even get a new job. I have nothing keeping me here so I do have more options than some. I'm checking web sites, reading books, looking at job sites, etc but I want to hear from my Sparks family. Thanx <em>224</em> Thu, 10 Dec 2009 12:16:23 EST Home Is Where The Heart Is! I've been living away from my hometown of St. Louis, MO for longer than the time I've spent being born and raised here! I have missed my family and friends, the holidays, unexpected get togethers, birthdays and celebrations. I'm here now for the holidays and getting a nostalgic whim to relocate back here, get a job and make up for lost times. Finding a job may be the challenge as I have family and friends who will allow me to cohabitate with them for a minute, or a long as it takes. I current... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 18:05:46 EST Living On A ShoeString I live in Ellenwood, Clayton County side and had one close by however, it was burned down a few years ago. Now, I'll go wherever the deal is, as you never know what you may find. When I'm traveling to other cities, I check out the area Goodwill on line and Mapquest it. A good way to purchase off season items, exercise equipment and Sunday, bought a real nice lamp for $6.00! I'm a lover of books and bought a purse for$2.50, a stylish one at that! It's therapy for my friends and you won't find... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 10:41:20 EST Living On A Shoestring I am a coupon clipper and shop at grocery stores who offer 10 for $10, double and triple coupon days. After a house fire took a lot of my household and clothes, I became a Goodwill shopper as one person's trash is another one's treasure. I have been able to buy complete outfits for under $20, books as cheap as $.50 and they offer half price days and specials. It take some time to sipper through some of the merchandise but well worth the time and money. Even able to buy designer and special i... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 14:13:43 EST