WIXNWAX's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WIXNWAX WIXNWAX'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/ There is a Difference! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283923 There is a difference in being optimistic and knowing who you are in Christ Jesus! I have been optimistic nearly all of my life, but there was a time when I was also a worrier! Yes, I have always looked at the glass 1/2 full rather than 1/2 empty and never have liked pessimistic behavior around me. You can be optimistic and have faith, but still not believe that your every need is met and that no matter what goes on in the world around you, you can have a peace that truly passes all understan... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:23:18 EST Trials, Tribulations and Temptations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211881 Are you one of those people that have trials, tribulations and temptations coming at you what seems like a lot? Or are you one of those that everything in your life goes without any challenges? Well, let me tell you something…If you never are faced with any challenges then there is something not right in your life because satan is not bothering with you because he doesn’t have too! He is already in control of your life! <BR> <BR> When you love God, have faith in Him and are sharing your love... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:31:58 EST Granddarlings aka Grandchildren http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208219 There is nothing more precious on this earth than Granddarlings aka Grandchildren! Oh, our children are one of God’s greatest gifts, but we get so busy providing for, raising, disciplining and teaching them that we sometimes forget to fully enjoy them! Then God presents us with one of His Supreme gifts…GRANDCHILDREN! <BR> <BR> Grandchildren are an extension of our children! Have you heard the expression payback? Well, in a lot of ways that is true ~ you can see a lot of your child in your ch... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:10:56 EST Know Who You Are! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206573 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l282997975.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1370076324.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There is so much negativeness in the world! satan is really running scared because he is trying to throw fear into everyone at every turn! I am so thankful that I KNOW, HAVE A CLOSE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH and TRUST God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and The Holy Spirit!!! *satan is nothing but a little wimp! The only power he has ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:39:47 EST It's Never Too Late to Learn Something http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063644 No matter how much we may think we know, it is never too late to learn something new! I love continually learning something new and different. Oh, sometimes it can be frustrating, but it is also extremely satisfying when you have been through the frustration and actually learned something! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l804310938.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you think you know beyond a shadow of doubt the true meaning of a certain, maybe your favorite scripture? Some ti... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:42:53 EST Where the Buffalo Roam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033682 My husband I have been watching a herd of buffalo grazing in a pasture on our way to your son’s home for over a year now. Well, yesterday we decided to pay them a visit with our cameras! These are such majestic animals and came so close to becoming extinct! The last of the remaining “southern herd” in Texas were saved before extinction in 1876. Charles Goodnight’s wife, “Molly” encouraged him to save some of the last bison that had taken refuge in the Texas Panhandle. I sure am glad she did! ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:05:34 EST Something to Refresh Your Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018140 Just thought I would share some more late Spring/early Summer photos of Clark Gardens to help cool us off during these hot, humid days! I hope you enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l778149449.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l32966412.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l650733685.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l812797268.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:24:25 EST Interesting Days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001734 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l909141252.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l377431098.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Oh, how interesting these days are! Well, that may be putting it mildly and I have been known to be optimistic! Hehehe! satan ( if you know anything about me, you know that I never, ever, never capitalize that little wimp’s name!) is really working overtime! He is running scared because he knows his time is almost over, kaput, finished, ... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 10:14:52 EST A Letter From God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948753 I came across this letter this morning and it got me to thinking! How many of us get so busy with our daily lives that this becomes us? We can all at least start each day with a 'hello'! :) Oh, and this is not copyrighted, but meant to be shared! <BR> <BR> A Letter From God <BR> As you got up I watched and hoped you would talk <BR> to me. Just a few words, such as thanking me for <BR> something good in your life yesterday or last <BR> week, would do. <BR> <BR> But I noticed you were busy se... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:12:29 EST What Impresses You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919964 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l382676664.jpg"> <BR> Are you impressed by wealth? By expensive things? By looks? What really impresses you? My mother had 2 ‘sayings’ that I will never forget…’Pretty is as Pretty does’ and ‘Beauty is only skin deep’. These both are so true! <BR> <BR> Wealth, things, outward appearances are all superficial! When we think of wealth we think of monetary value, but there are other true forms of wealth in this world! There is wealth of knowled... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 10:21:45 EST The Museum ~ Home Sweet Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4894422 We built our house a little over 40 years ago and with 40 years of living, there are a lot of things, like everywhere! It can’t be called junk because a lot of it are things that came from our mothers and grandmothers! Really considered antique, but not your ‘worth a fortune‘, fancy, ‘do not touch‘ antiques! Actually they are ‘well used, mean something to family‘ antiques! My husband is also very into trains and always has been, so he turned our daughter’s room into a fabulous HO gauge train ... Wed, 23 May 2012 11:07:47 EST What is a Christian? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4834838 What is a Christian? Well, you can find all different definitions for what a Christian is, but what truly is a Christian? <BR> <BR> First, if you have to go around telling people that you are a Christian, then you are not living like a Christian! A Christian is someone who loves Jesus with all their heart, soul, spirit and mind! Someone who wants to live their life being as much like Jesus as is humanly possible! Someone who can love people in spite of themselves; pray for them; forgive them... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:24:30 EST Why is It So Hard? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827218 Why is it so easy to say what we think and feel to people about our government, world situations, life in general, but when it comes to telling those close to us how we feel about them it’s practically impossible? Maybe we came from a family who didn’t know how to show their feelings or express how they felt. Maybe we are afraid of looking foolish or being hurt or humiliated! <BR> <BR> We need to take some lessons from children! They will look at you and unexpectedly say, “I love you”, “You ... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 14:29:32 EST The Legend of the Pink Bluebonnet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4821853 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l7539133.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Legend of the Pink Bluebonnet <BR> Greg Grant <BR> <BR> A number of years ago while roaming the quaint inner city gardens of San Antonio with noted Navasota garden historian and good friend, Pamela Puryear, we came across an elderly hispanic woman with a charming tale..."The Legend of the Pink Bluebonnet". <BR> As Pam scribbled with the skill of a court stenographer, I listened to the old tale... <BR> The two ch... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 12:36:46 EST Prayers Are Answered! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4820458 Yesterday was a very busy day! Spring time in Texas brings beautiful new growth with lush, vibrant colors and new beginnings with new life! It also brings thunder storms and tornadoes! <BR> <BR> My daughter called me and asked if I had seen the weather report (she knows I don’t have the TV on during the day)! There were some nasty cells approaching us. I turned on the TV and as we watched we started praying! My husband, her dad, was at Clark Gardens, west of Ft. Worth. To make a long story s... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 14:47:47 EST New Season ~ New Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812515 After last summer’s worse drought in Texas history and a ‘second quick’ winter we have been so blessed! We have had wonderful soaking rains that have filled our dry lakes, renewed our lands and refreshed everything in sight! Last Saturday we (my DH and I) went driving down to Ennis, Texas to the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails (roads that twist and turn for about 25 miles just east of Ennis)! It was the most beautiful sight and just the beginning! Not even ‘full bloom’ season yet! So…I thought I woul... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:08:47 EST I Am Thankful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4798496 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l351917094.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am thankful that each day is a new day! Yesterday and it’s challenges and temptations is gone! Tomorrow you can’t do anything about so don’t worry and fret about it! Today is here, so make the most out of it and count each blessing! Don’t look back and don’t look ahead! Today is the day for accomplishments, successes and triumphs! <BR> <BR> Remember, yesterday is gone! Tomorrow never comes! There is only Today! ... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:51:22 EST A Little Green http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792380 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l651157176.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l224490959.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l33936836.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l239078360.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all! <BR> <BR> Love and Blessings, <BR> ~ Judy &#9825; ~ Sat, 17 Mar 2012 18:17:18 EST ~ A Mother's Love ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4780952 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l417428433.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l130561618.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l638980664.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A mother carries, nourishes, cradles and protects her child inside of her until he/she is ready to come into this world. A mother’s love is the next thing to God’s love ~ unconditional love! She is your mother, your best friend, your teacher, your protector, t... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 17:17:19 EST A Very Close Personal Friendship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771749 As God Sees, So Are We To See <BR> <BR> “…If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Matthew 17:20 <BR> <BR> “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37 <BR> Notice that God speaks of us the same way that He speaks about Himself: nothing shall be impossible. The “faith potential” for us is the same as it is for God. Meditate on these Scriptures and see ... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 11:37:22 EST What is Beauty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768744 Today there is so much emphasis on how we ‘look’! Are we thin enough? Are we a size 0? Do we look young enough? And the ridiculous, stupid, unrealistic list goes on and on! <BR> <BR> Now if God wanted all of us to be the same size, same weight, same height, etc, He would have created us that way! I am tired of girls/women so thin that they look like a skeleton and as for plastic surgery…well there is a reason it is called plastic surgery! Yes, we have become a Nation of obesity and that need... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 14:59:17 EST In My Home Everyday is Valentine's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4738427 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l578034384.jpg"> <BR> Fifty-one years ago today I was blessed to become a Valentine! Yes, a real, true, ‘honest to goodness’ Valentine! Paul Valentine chose me to be his Valentine on Valentine’s Day 1961 ~ for real! <BR> <BR> Now in our family, everyday is Valentine’s Day, but it’s nice to have people around the world celebrate it with us every February 14th! :) We are now a family of 11 in our Valentine family ~ 2 grown children; 2 ‘childre... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:53:32 EST Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732445 This is a blog written by my daughter, NOMOREW8NG! <BR> <BR> I have absolutely no idea why I'm writing this. Nothing has happened or been said to trigger this post. I was just making my morning concoction of yogurt, fresh fruit and All Bran cereal when this thought popped in my head about today's post. <BR> <BR> Talk about RANDOM! <BR> <BR> And that random thought was this...I like Me. <BR> <BR> Funny, I know. Sounds vain, but it really isn't. <BR> <BR> I was just thinking about the fac... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:30:51 EST Want to Have Fun While Running Errands? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727395 Running errands is not my favorite thing to do! I want to get in and get out and get back home! Well, the other day when DH and I were on our weekly trip to Son's home to spend another delightful day with our youngest Granddarling while his mommy worked, I was praying! (I seem to do this a lot while DH is driving in heavy traffic! Hehehe! He is not a very patient man when in traffic!) Well, when I pray it is basically talking to my Daddy and listening to Him! Suddenly I heard, 'Judy, start pr... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 15:20:55 EST God is So Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4691160 At this particular day and hour, my Pastor's Daily Word is perfect for today! Have you ever noticed that when you are dealing with something in your life, that suddenly God puts the perfect Word right in front of you? <BR> <BR> I don't know what your political affiliation is and I don't care, but I personally am tired, disgusted and praying against all the immorality, ignorance, sinfulness, ungodliness, Un-Constitutional, demonic (and yes, I said demonic) ways our great Nation, the United St... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:50:18 EST ~Merry Christmas~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4624009 I am thankful that God loves me enough to send His only begotten Son to take on my sins, my sickness, my diseases, my lack upon His body; die for me on the cross* and then ascended into Heaven to sit at The Father's right hand...for you and for me! Do you realize that if you or I had been the only one ever born, He still would have done it? That is how much our Daddy loves us! We all need to think about this all the time and spend our time loving on Him rather than complaining!&#9825; If you ... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:16:50 EST Living a Thankful Life Daily! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4600998 <BR> This time of year we hear so much about being thankful, love, giving, but how many of us truly are all those things and not just at this time of year but all year long? Have you noticed that people are more rude, inconsiderate and have no respect or appreciation for others? There is more selfishness and greed! Now it seems it is all about materialistic things and ‘what can I get‘ and ‘what I want’! <BR> <BR> I was taught to respect others, especially my ‘elders’, be grateful for what w... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 09:58:13 EST One of Many Blessings I Am Thankful For! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4595569 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l953250652.jpg"> <BR> This is Emerald Lake at beautiful, peaceful Clark Gardens in Cool Texas, taken this month! It is one of multiple gorgeous scenes in it's Fall splendor! Clark Gardens is truly "God's Little Bit of Heaven in Texas"! I hope you enjoy! <BR> <BR> Love and Blessings, <BR> ~Judy&#9825;~ Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:29:28 EST No Regrets! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4569822 Are you a “I should have”, “I wish I had” or “I could have” type of person? I had a very dear uncle whose conversations were always, “Well, I should have” or “Well, I could have” or “I sure wish I had”! Instead of seeing what he had done it was always what he should, could or wish he had done! And he actually had accomplished a lot in his life, but he didn’t see it! :( <BR> <BR> With the days, weeks, months and years seeming to be quickly flying by it made me think! (There I go again…thinkin... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 15:00:32 EST Which Would You Rather Have? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4554834 During this time of high costs, people out of work and a government continually talking about raising taxes, it got me to thinking! (Novel idea, isn’t it???) If you were given a choice by God of having the most money of anyone in the earth or simply having a life filled with love, which would you choose? Well, you might say the ‘most money‘ because of all the good you could do with it. You could bless others by providing them homes, cars, educations, etc. You could give to organizations to fi... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:19:45 EST It's Time for the Pumpkin Story Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4525399 Every year I enjoy this story explaining the pumpkins carved with a smile! I am definitely not a 'fan' of Halloween or witches or such! So please enjoy this story! <BR> <BR> "A woman was asked by a coworker, <BR> 'What is it like to be a Christian?' <BR> <BR> The coworker replied, 'It is like being a pumpkin.' <BR> God picks you from the patch, brings you in, <BR> and washes all the dirt off of you. <BR> Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. <BR> He removes the seed... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 11:38:38 EST Fall Is In The Air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4512159 I am so happy…Fall is in the Air! There are more and more signs every day! Hallelujah! I am going to share some of those signs with you that I captured at Clark Gardens last Tuesday! Now these ‘children’ are called Scarecrows, but these guys are definitely not scare anything! They are cute, friendly and happy go lucky! Enjoy… I did! :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l194904170.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l352353221.jpg"> ... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 13:25:09 EST Do You See the Beauty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4502776 Do you see the beauty around you or do you only see the ugly? When my Daddy blessed me with His gift of photographing Nature, I prayed, “Father, please let me see the beauty around me through Your eyes.” He always answers our prayers! When people started noticing my photographs, I would have a smile in my heart whenever anyone would say, “You have such a good eye”! You see it’s not my eyes seeing the beauty around me…it’s my eyes seeing it through His eyes! <BR> <BR> In the beginning I was ... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 09:40:55 EST God Does Answer Prayers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4482947 God is SO GOOD! Last week, my son sent a prayer request. He and two of his kiddos had witnessed a wreck. School bus had stopped and the mother driving the car behind didn't notice, swerved to go around but ended up underneath it-on the passenger side where her 14 y/o son sat. It basically scalped him. She was heard screaming "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, please don't die." His prognosis wasn't good. But we prayed. <BR> <BR> THIS IS THE REQUEST HE SENT: <BR> <BR> "This morning on the way to take my... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 15:19:08 EST Campaign Time~Oh, Glory~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4482711 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l111127168.jpg">It is that wonderful time again ~ Campaign Time! What are you looking for in a candidate? If you are looking for perfect you are not thinking straight! First of all there was only one perfect one and His name is Jesus!:) <BR> <BR> I am looking for honesty, strength, experience, sense of humor, ability to admit mistakes, love for our country and above all some one who loves Jesus and is not inhibited or ashamed! Now that is wh... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 13:00:35 EST Refreshing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4467586 Oh, there is nothing like a ‘refreshing day! After 67 days of temperatures in the 100 + range, and usually 105 and above, it was so refreshing to wake up to temperatures in the mid 60&#8242;s; doors and windows open and the wonderful fragrance of ‘fresh air‘ welcoming me! <BR> <BR> Even my 3 little ‘princesses’, Dolly, Rosie and Sissi, who are always playful and energetic, are full of the wonderful Fall Weather! During the unusually high, hot temperatures, they were still playful; full of e... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 14:09:09 EST Joy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4464450 What is joy? Well, the dictionary’s translation of joy is:“joy |joi| noun, a feeling of great pleasure and happiness : tears of joy | the joy of being alive. • a thing that causes joy : the joys of Manhattan.” Now what is your definition of joy? <BR> <BR> Remember when you were a child and you got your first puppy or kitten? Your first bicycle? Something that you were really wanting and how happy it made you feel? This was a ‘material’ joy and the memory still gives you a happy feeling! What... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 15:56:36 EST Wow! Another Month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461401 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l790668271.jpg">Today is the first day of September! It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and next we will be getting ready for the Holidays! On one hand it has seemed like a long summer but that has been because of the extremely hot, dry summer we have had! Sixty something days of 100+ temperatures and most of those were well over 100&#8457;! We have had the worst drought in history. People have had to sell off cattle and horses ... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 20:55:34 EST Are You Satisfied With You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4456138 There is so much today about how we should look, what size we should be, etc. Now granted the world has become obese! Too many 'fast food' places; too many 'super sized' portions; too many electronic gadgets, etc. <BR> <BR> It's funny, but it's not...we don't get the exercise that we should with all the electronic devices that we 'just have to have' and we have become obsessed with food...unhealthy, unnutritious, plaque building, artery blocking foods! Then we are told we all need to look l... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 09:32:58 EST Integrity or Pride? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4443793 Which do you operate in…Integrity or Pride? <BR> <BR> Definition of integrity: “Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. The state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire. A sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition.” <BR> <BR> Now definition of pride: “A high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.“... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 11:41:05 EST What Is True Love? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4392931 What is true love? Here is a description of love from Wikipedia : “Love is an emotion of strong affection and personal attachment. In philosophical context, love is a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection. Love is central to many religions, as in the Christian phrase, “God is love” or Agape in the Canonical gospels. Love may also be described as actions towards others (or oneself) based on compassion, or as actions towards others based on affection.” Everywhere ... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 21:48:42 EST A Heavy Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4380036 Have you ever known and/or loved a friend who is having such a struggle with life that there, in the natural, doesn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel? I have such a friend! This friend and their family are one of the sweetest families you could ever want to meet. <BR> <BR> I lost contact with this friend for quite a few years and recently re-established our friendship! Now, we all go through things in our lives that are hard and sometimes seemingly impossible, but when you find ... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 21:07:04 EST What Do You Treasure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4247346 Have you ever really stopped to think what you treasure in your life? I remember as a child thinking of what I would grab if our home ever caught on fire! What would it be? Of course it was always my pet! :) <BR> <BR> Now, what if God said to you, "I am taking everything away from you, but you can keep only one thing in your life!" What would it be? Would it be your favorite jewelry, the old family bible, a favorite possession passed down through your family, your home, your car??? What ... Sat, 21 May 2011 15:03:17 EST God is So Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4130298 God is so good and so faithful! He is always there, always listening, always loving! I have been a member of SparkPeople for 5 years now! I love Spark People, the people I have met on here, the friends I have made...everything about it! <BR> <BR> Thanks to SP I have learned how to eat healthy and live a health lifestyle. We have a wonderful Spark Team with wonderful family members, but for some reason no one is participating on the team. Maybe it's because I don't spend most of my time on... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 21:51:10 EST Watching God Work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3989893 Have you ever just observed and watched God work? I have and it is fun to watch how He works in our life and/or lives of others! Take this morning for example…I was reading some of friends’ posts on facebook. Now the entire country is having a blast from the Arctic! Even normally warm places are having temps in the teens and below! Now is this is extremely unusual and may never occur again, but you should hear some of the comments! I bet God is laughing! :) <BR> <BR> It got me to thinking... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 11:33:20 EST What is This World Coming To??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3971573 Have you ever heard this before? With what is going on these days we are hearing it more and more! Just look around you! Immorality, greed, lack of respect and compassion for others, using God's name in vain and thinking it's funny, selfish, violent, hypocritical, self lovers (snobs), backbiters, slanders, no self control, liars and the list goes on and on! Now let me show you something out of the Word of God: <BR> <BR> (1) "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: <B... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 12:26:00 EST It's Never Too Late to Learn Something New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3966702 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l712159127.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No matter how much we may think we know, it is never too late to learn something new! I love continually learning something new and different. Oh, sometimes it can be frustrating, but it is also extremely satisfying when you have been through the frustration and actually learned something! <BR> <BR> Do you think you know beyond a shadow of doubt the true meaning of a certain, maybe your favorite scripture? Some ti... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 17:02:19 EST The Difference a Translation Makes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3938123 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l784000181.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1&2 NKJ <BR> <BR> So here's what I want you to do, God helping you. Ta... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 17:35:25 EST TRUST AND OBEY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3888391 This was my Pastor's Blog for today! It was confirmation to my decision for 2010 so I thought I would share it with you all! <BR> <BR> "Trust and Obey <BR> “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” <BR> Proverbs 3:5, 6 <BR> <BR> Trust? Obey? Two concepts that we, from a natural standpoint, rebel against. These principles require us to submit ourselves and our will to someone else, and... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 12:21:37 EST Happy 2011...A New Year, A New Beginning for New Accomplishments! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3874816 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l312412093.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This scripture says it all! When we follow these words and make them an every day action in our lives we not only will succeed, but also live with peace, love, joy, all of our needs met and a life fulfilled beyond measure! <BR> <BR> Happy New Year to all of my SP family and friends! My hope (earnest expectation) for each of you is a year that is daily filled with love, laughter, Sonshine, peace, health and God's b... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 17:16:47 EST