SUNSET09's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUNSET09 SUNSET09'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/ Our Work Is Never Done, Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225225 HADES <BR> Why do we build the wall? <BR> My children, my children <BR> Why do we build the wall? <BR> <BR> CERBERUS <BR> Why do we build the wall? <BR> We build the wall to keep us free <BR> That’s why we build the wall <BR> We build the wall to keep us free <BR> <BR> HADES <BR> How does the wall keep us free? <BR> My children, my children <BR> How does the wall keep us free? <BR> <BR> CERBERUS <BR> How does the wall keep us free? <BR> The wall keeps out the enemy <BR> And we build the... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 06:50:05 EST I Still Need Some Answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204108 <em>38</em> <BR> I'm old enough and I have realized I still have so many unanswered questions! I never found out who let the dogs out...... the way to get to Sesame Street... ...why Dora doesn't just use Google Maps... why we don't ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery".......... why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed........ why "abbreviated" is such a long word........ why lemon juice is made with artificial flavor yet dish-washing liquid is made with real lemons..... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 01:55:35 EST It's Good For Us! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202863 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/96980b97-6b91-425d-b00f-b904d8bff736.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "We can train our minds to refuse to keep score of the wrongs others have committed against us through the power of God's word," writes Giesbrecht. "Remember that 1 Corinthians 13:5 says, "Love keeps no record of wrongs." We must not keep lists of anything that has hurt, angered, offended, or wronged us. It's only through God's power this is possible. Evagrius Ponticus said, "Resentment cast... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 22:26:44 EST The Light of Worship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199607 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/716a7795-f826-4219-9051-f2d0d3dff1e5.png"> <BR> <BR> In His Presence: "If we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship" (1 John 1:7). <BR> <BR> In his classic book, The Pursuit of God, pastor and author A. W. Tozer writes: <BR> <BR> When we sing, "Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord," we are not thinking of the nearness of place, but of the nearness of relationship. It is for increasing degrees of awareness that we... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 05:42:18 EST We Are Worthy, Spark Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198088 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de72a263-df44-4b31-b8ad-f897fd76dabf.jpg"> Sun, 10 Jul 2016 12:49:07 EST Happy 4th of July to the United States of America http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194388 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3bf358ae-4b04-4f8c-879f-faf579250ed7.png"> <BR> The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave! <BR> May She forever wave! <BR> <em>232</em> Mon, 4 Jul 2016 00:15:49 EST The ABCs of Being http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193838 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/128ecaa7-69b3-4b08-b81d-6917738909a5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 31 Challenge: Pick two being words for each month and write them on your calendar. Make it a point to be aware of how you are or are not being ___________. And choose to be ___________ and ____________. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am not being overwhelmed and choosing to be encouraging and inspiring. <BR> <em>381</em> <em>223</em> Sat, 2 Jul 2016 22:35:47 EST A Happy Father's Day Prayer to My Spark Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185567 Dear God, <BR> <BR> Thank you for all the fathers and father-figures in this world and for the many ways you use them to lovingly guide others to Your heart. I ask that you would bless them and give them great joy and peace. May they see You and know You in new ways. Show them how much you love them and care about them. Guide their steps, use their hands, and make them a blessing to others as you continue to fulfill your special purpose for their lives. <BR> <BR> Amen. <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:30:05 EST The Guest House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185412 This being human is a guest house. <BR> <BR> Every morning a new arrival. <BR> <BR> A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. <BR> <BR> Welcome and entertain them all! <BR> <BR> Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, <BR> still treat each guest honorably. <BR> <BR> He may be clearing you out for some new delight. <BR> <BR> The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door la... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 22:28:56 EST A Vision Must be Shared - Spark Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183819 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c6672f4-1691-4654-ae72-e33be303da1e.png"> <BR> <BR> "Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him. -Matthew 4:19, 20 <BR> <BR> Our Lord Jesus shared His vision. If Nehemiah had not shared his vision he would have been on the wall by himself and the wall would not have been finished. Since serving Christ is a team sport we must share our vision. <BR> <BR> I was gr... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 06:00:06 EST Dying to Be a Servant A Parable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181809 In Touch with Charles Stanley - June 13 <BR> <BR> Dying to Be a Servant A Parable <BR> John 12:23-26 <BR> <BR> Once upon a time there were two grains of wheat lying on the floor of a warm and cozy barn. But one day, the farmer came in and told them, "I want to take you out of this comfortable barn and plant you in the earth. I'm going to place you in the cold ground and cover you with soil. It will be dark, and you will die. But I promise that you will multiply and become very fruitfu... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 04:38:14 EST The Only Time for Success is Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167839 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34a0f267-0dcc-4eef-8b1d-92e1655f388a.jpg"> <BR> 'Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. <BR> Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. <BR> It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. <BR> <BR> We ask ourselves, <BR> Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? <BR> Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. <BR> <BR> Your playing small does not serve the world. <BR> <BR> There i... Sat, 21 May 2016 23:16:51 EST Happy Mother's Day, Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158520 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/afa93ff4-5d35-4560-aac2-4757df3ce476.png"> <BR> <BR> A heart that can hear every unspoken need. <BR> <BR> Wisdom to know when to quietly lead. <BR> <BR> Hands that reach out, always helping and sharing---A Mother is caring! <BR> <BR> Eyes that reflect every joy that you find. <BR> <BR> Arms to encircle, but never to bind. <BR> <BR> A talent for making the most out of living---A Mother is giving! <BR> <BR> A voice that can soothe or ... Sun, 8 May 2016 00:16:39 EST We should always listen as you never know what God is trying to tell you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157212 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41351487-7abd-4cc2-aab9-0d220429e347.png"> <BR> <BR> Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the old fellow who always prayed, 'Lord, prop us up on our leanin' side.' <BR> <BR> After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently. <BR> <BR> He answered, 'Well sir, you see, it's like this... I got an old barnout back. It's been there a long time; it's withstood a lot of weather; it's gone ... Thu, 5 May 2016 22:17:39 EST Happy Valentine's Day Spark Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095856 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fa825c16-b624-498a-b61a-80b03d475f38.png"> <BR> It's about Love, everyday <em>223</em> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 17:28:18 EST 20 Stunning Facts About Cats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092883 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25d12184-8b68-450c-b98d-ee4ec0558112.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Many people believe there are two types of people in the world, dog lovers and cat lovers. I am a lover of both, but enjoy the company of a cat a little bit more. <BR> <BR> Cats are amazing creatures. They are small and cute, but, on the inside, they are wild beasts made to hunt, kill, and eat. Cats are also compassionate, kind, and very caring. The majority of animals found at shelt... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:05:14 EST Keep Your Eyes On God, Spark Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087938 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9948540a-99ae-4a56-86b3-3f8652616c2c.png"> <BR> <BR> When you're walking with your eyes on your feet, you have no idea where you're going. The experience is entirely self-centered. There's no perspective, because you can't see how you fit into the larger landscape. The only way to make a straight line of footprints in the snow is to ignore your feet. Instead, look directly ahead and find a fence post, street sign, or tree in the di... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 19:17:30 EST Sign The "Never Quit" Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057368 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b3f9ba0-e295-4af8-a43d-c3f8e134e519.png"> <BR> Saturday, June 30, 2012 <BR> Taken from BBonet's blog <BR> <BR> NEVER QUIT PLEDGE <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take contro... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 20:43:06 EST Reaching Back to Look Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055559 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2a28e5c-226e-4dda-90d7-c9042a1a57e2.jpg"> <BR> I know that the changeover at midnight tomorrow night into January 1st is technically arbitrary. You might not be a New Year's Resolution type person, and I totally get that. I definitely feel like it's always more likely for you to truly achieve a goal when you're intrinsically motivated to change instead of creating a goal just because you had to get a new wall calendar. <BR> <BR> I stil... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 18:52:56 EST Why I Hate Christmas So Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050343 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aec501f3-6db6-445f-be08-e6ce73787d88.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Before you start with hateful comments, hear me out. I love to celebrate that Christ was born, and came into the world to save mankind. We are a materialistic society, which has made it into a time of pressure, stress, and chaos. I have gotten caught into this web myself, I mean I love to buy nice stuff, and give others gifts to make them smile. <BR> <BR> But Jesus is lost in all this mad... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 18:11:33 EST Be healthy at any size http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002927 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0096ec1c-2aff-4d12-921f-3256de9651fb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I always thought that fit = happy, and happy = skinny, and skinny = pretty. I never really thought of being fit as being in a good state of health… I’m slowly starting to realize that being fit should equal happiness and no health issues relating to your weight. This is a good thing for us all! <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 20:07:28 EST 9-11 We Wil Never Forget! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995569 Fourteen years have come and gone since the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93. Our nation lost so many precious souls. Let us never forget the events of that day and how we united as a nation in the days, weeks, and months following. Let us always remember the families of the victims, the first responders, and the military men and women sent into battle to protect us all. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/83225053-416e-49f0-... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 17:44:45 EST Am I Waiting For My Life to Begin? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979410 Happy Monday <em>223</em> , <BR> <BR> I used to tell myself, “When I graduate high school, when I get a job, when I save a little bit, when I get married, when, when when! My life will begin." “When I graduated high school, it was on to college and I got my first job, then life really happened and got in the was of my life starting.” <BR> <BR> When I imagined a real life, it was the American dream with the house, the car, the perfect job and the husband to make it al better. The m... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:46:05 EST Rain On My Parade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961218 How I feel when people try to rain on my parade! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3fcd508f-b495-4187-9fb0-027aaaa53c6a.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4a5881d3-00dd-439b-af7d-a504a0ad3926.jpg"> <BR> <em>381</em> Spark on! Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:18:44 EST You Were Created http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946762 "For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith." 1 John 5:4 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b7b7306-4ee6-4ea3-9cbf-42f0bdde85ff.jpg"> <BR> — Joel Osteen <BR> <BR> <BR> Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to s... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:26:22 EST God Makes All Things New http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579054 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1485826462.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575372 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l960653495.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499047 I will not be afraid to follow my own path. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1228382506.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In God's own time, you will too! Sun, 29 Sep 2013 06:20:53 EST Today Is A New Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483301 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434830 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416284 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379929 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353777 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1909718666.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1869042444.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327273 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l274890455.jpg"> 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317883 <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> http://www.cbn.com/media/player/index.as<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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307624 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297972 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269312 (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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245942 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173937 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107955 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064382 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034242 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028767 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011801 "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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002861 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994083 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990023 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988651 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935029 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