SparkPeople Christian Women with Depression Team Messageboard Christian women often suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar, hypomania, or just plain loneliness. Come join us as we work together to become the women God designed us to be. SparkPeople Christian Women with Depression Team Messageboard Prevent weight gain by... eating..?... The BMJ, Jan. 28, 2016 <link> </link> <BR> What Should You Eat? <BR> <BR> What that means in plain English is that the folks who included more blueberries and strawberries, apples, bell peppers, celery, onions and tomatoes in their daily diets enjoyed more stable weights over the years. These people were also drinking more tea (and a little red wine). As the authors note, “preventing even small amounts of weight gain could have an important public health i... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:26:01 EST Jello This is National Jello Week <BR> What do you like about Jello? How often do you indulge? <BR> <BR> I have a wonderful cook book with all Jello Complaint "The pictures are wonderful, when I make that is just doesn't look as good" Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:08:37 EST Love the Bus....February There is a 'Love the Bus' campaign during February to thank your school bus driver. <BR> <BR> Stories and thoughts...did you ride a bus? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 12:03:53 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Jude 1:24-25 To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy — to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. — Jude 1:24-25 <BR> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 08:17:08 EST Weekly Bible Verse: James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. — James 1:12 <BR> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 08:02:35 EST Shopping Spree A-Z ( can be anything ) Feeling a bit down, depressed,cooped up, cold??? Welll <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> What does a woman love more than SHOPPING? <BR> <BR> Virtual shopping which requires no actual money...lets do it A-Z <BR> Joyce Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:48:00 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Colossians 1:13-14 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. — Colossians 1:13-14 <BR> Sun, 17 Jan 2016 07:27:41 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Revelation 1:8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." — Revelation 1:8 <BR> Sun, 10 Jan 2016 08:15:48 EST January 15, Friday is National Hat Day... I have made and shared 14 green hats...we will be raising awareness of Mental Illness <BR> Specifically Green ribbon is the color for child/adolescent Mental Illness <BR> <BR> What gets kids 5-17 admitted to a psych hospital unit? <BR> 1) younger ones are SO hyperactive, aggressive that they are dangerous <BR> 2) self harming such as cutting themselves <BR> 3) Suicidal actions/statements/texting <BR> 4)Drug abuse often leading to #2 #3 Thu, 7 Jan 2016 12:24:07 EST 3 Goals for 2016 Let's make some goals for 2016! Sun, 3 Jan 2016 08:35:21 EST 3 things I want to do in January... * start a cleaning schedule <BR> * make a budget <BR> * read 2 books Sun, 3 Jan 2016 08:34:04 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. — Hebrews 1:3 <BR> Sun, 3 Jan 2016 08:25:26 EST Prayer for Love and Peace My daughter Tiffany and 3 and 4 year old granddaughters are chronically sick; Tiffany already has asthma, the girls need inhalers each time they're sick. Tiffany and her husband Mark and his parents continue to load them up with sugar (which further compromises their immune systems). Now the girls are sick again and being allowed free access to their newborn baby brother. This is distressing me. My daughter knows how sugar affects her (it's been that way since she was born), but I think she d... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:55:02 EST Weekly Bible Verse: John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. — John 1:14 <BR> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 07:56:44 EST Fun Intro Game - Please Join In! Hello Sweet Ladies! Here's a fun little game to get to know each other a better. This is from my challenge team and I though it would be a good way to connect and learn something new about your fellow teammates. I can't wait to see who responds! <BR> <BR> <BR> Just copy this and fill in to learn more about each other <BR> <BR> Three names I go by <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> <BR> Three places I lived <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> <BR> Three places I have worked <BR> 1. <BR> ... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 10:07:32 EST December 25...Jesus is... Jesus <BR> <BR> Matthew 1:21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Fri, 25 Dec 2015 12:30:20 EST December 24...Jesus is... King of the Jews <BR> <BR> Matthew 2:2 Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 14:01:23 EST December 23...Jesus is... Savior <BR> <BR> Luke 2:11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 09:43:13 EST December 22...Jesus is... Prince of Peace <BR> <BR> Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:19:40 EST December 21...Jesus is... Son of God <BR> <BR> Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God." Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:41:45 EST December 20...Jesus is... Immanuel <BR> <BR> Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:55:36 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Luke 2: 1-7 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the ti... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 08:59:05 EST December 19...Jesus is... Bread of Life <BR> <BR> John 6:48 I am the bread of life. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 22:37:17 EST December 18...Jesus is... Living Water <BR> <BR> John 7:38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:48:39 EST December 17...Jesus is... Light of the World <BR> <BR> John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." Thu, 17 Dec 2015 20:08:51 EST December 15 & 16...Jesus is... Sorry guys. I missed yesterday because of work and a Christmas party at my house for my grade level teachers. So today when I looked at yesterday's and today's I thought it was really "cool" how they are both meek, mild, and meant for sacrifices...the other strong and powerful. Thank you Jesus for being the Lamb who was sacrificed so that we can be saved! Thank you for coming back as the powerful Lion to take us home! <BR> <BR> Lamb of God <BR> <BR> John 1:29 The next day John... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:50:33 EST December 14...Jesus is... King of Kings, Lord of Lords <BR> <BR> Revelation 19:16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 20:21:53 EST December 13...Jesus is... The Way, The Truth &amp; The Life <BR> <BR> John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." Sun, 13 Dec 2015 16:43:32 EST Weekly Bible Verse: John 1:4-5 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it. — John 1:4-5 <BR> Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:41:33 EST December 12...Jesus is... High Priest <BR> <BR> Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 17:20:19 EST December 11...Jesus is... Head of the Church <BR> <BR> Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as also Christ is the head of the church; and He is the savior of the body. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 18:42:08 EST December 10...Jesus is... the Great Physician <BR> <BR> Matthew 9:35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 12:19:54 EST December 9...Jesus is... Good Shepherd <BR> <BR> John 10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. Wed, 9 Dec 2015 19:31:35 EST December 8...Jesus is... Mediator <BR> <BR> 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Tue, 8 Dec 2015 19:42:00 EST December 7...Jesus is... Chief Cornerstone <BR> <BR> Mark 12:10 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. Mon, 7 Dec 2015 18:41:36 EST December 6...Jesus is... Bright and Morning Star <BR> <BR> Revelation 22:16 I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star. Sun, 6 Dec 2015 21:31:38 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Micah 5:4-5 He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace. — Micah 5:4-5 <BR> Sun, 6 Dec 2015 08:17:32 EST December 5...Jesus is... The Word <BR> <BR> Luke 1:14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Sat, 5 Dec 2015 11:12:01 EST December 4...Jesus is... Horn of Salvation <BR> <BR> Luke 1:69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David. Fri, 4 Dec 2015 23:44:45 EST December 3...Jesus is... The Door <BR> <BR> John 10:7 Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep." Thu, 3 Dec 2015 19:52:35 EST December 2...Jesus is... the Alpha and the Omega <BR> <BR> Revelation 1:8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." Wed, 2 Dec 2015 19:27:49 EST December 1...Jesus is... I AM <BR> <BR> John 8:58---Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." <BR> <BR> It can be overwhelming to think about the scope and magnitude of this truth. <BR> <BR> Let's thank Him today for being the great I AM, for being the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Tue, 1 Dec 2015 20:09:51 EST 3 things I want to do in December <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <BR> <BR> Wow! Seems like we just did this for November! <BR> <BR> So...what 3 things do you most want to do this month? Tue, 1 Dec 2015 19:52:35 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 90:14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. — Psalm 90:14 <BR> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 08:12:00 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, <BR> and his courts with praise! <BR> Give thanks to him; bless his name! Sun, 22 Nov 2015 07:53:01 EST How do you pray and fellowship with God? This quote is from our new member Larasgirl " I need friends that can guide me on how they pray and fellowship with God. I need friends period, as sometimes I feel so alone." <BR> <BR> I believe this is a well worded expression of common feelings.... <BR> I have 2 ideas from this. Since we are short on time during this Holiday Period I will save one for January. <BR> <BR> For now.....please share for several days so that we get a multitude of good ideas <BR> Thanks <BR> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:17:41 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Job 37:5 God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. — Job 37:5 <BR> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 08:18:22 EST Happy Birthday ..Sesame Street First episode November 10, 1969 <BR> <BR> Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?... Theme Song <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite character? Theme? Episode? <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 11:16:02 EST Weekly Bible Verse: James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. — James 1:12 Sun, 8 Nov 2015 06:37:00 EST November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month <em>476</em> I think that emoticon is supposed to be jelly, but it was the closest thing I could find to peanut butter. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> celebrate Peanut Butter Lovers Month...share how you like your peanut butter... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 18:58:36 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Thessalonians 3:3 The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. — 2 Thessalonians 3:3 <BR> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 07:24:01 EST 3 things I want to do in November <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <BR> Wow! Can you believe November is here? <BR> <BR> What are the top 3 things you hope to do in November? Sat, 31 Oct 2015 21:26:28 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. — Romans 5:1-2 <BR> Sun, 25 Oct 2015 08:04:52 EST October is Apple month <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Give us a fact about apples Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:05:35 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. — Matthew 11:28 <BR> Sun, 18 Oct 2015 08:34:06 EST Weekly Bible Verse:Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge ... — Psalm 91:4 <BR> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 08:10:33 EST October is Breast Cancer Awareness month October is well known to be Breast Cancer Awareness month and associated with pink... <BR> <BR> Throw out some thoughts on this topic... <BR> <BR> I do get a mammogram every year...but sometimes wonder if I really need to?... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 11:35:14 EST 3 things I like on my pizza Okay...I know this one is a little different. Apparently October is National Pizza Month. <em>480</em> So I thought it would be fun to share the 3 things you like the best on your pizza. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 20:38:39 EST 3 things I want to do in October <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <BR> October doesn't have to be scary! <em>419</em> <BR> <BR> What do you want to get done this month? Tue, 6 Oct 2015 20:34:24 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Colossians 1:13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. — Colossians 1:13 <BR> Sun, 4 Oct 2015 08:27:11 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 1 Chronicles 16:11 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. — 1 Chronicles 16:11 <BR> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 08:54:22 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Acts 17:27 [The apostle Paul said] "God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us." — Acts 17:27 Sun, 20 Sep 2015 08:14:20 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. — Hebrews 12:2 <BR> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 07:52:47 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 25:4-5 Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. — Psalm 25:4-5 <BR> Sun, 6 Sep 2015 07:19:31 EST 3 things to have a better breakfast So it turns out September is National Better Breakfast Month! Who knew? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite food you eat to have a better breakfast? <BR> <BR> I know some experts suggest eating within 30-60 minutes after getting up. Do you eat at a certain time each day to make it healthier? <BR> <BR> Share any thing you eat or do that makes breakfast better. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 20:06:57 EST 3 things I want to do in September Wow! Seems like we just made our goals for August. Looking back I see some success and some goals that I need to move to September. Anyone with me? What do you hope to accomplish this month? Wed, 2 Sep 2015 19:58:59 EST 3 things I love about fall... Can you believe it's September already? Fall is just 3 weeks away. I've already seen some spark pages changing to get ready. So...what are 3 things you like about fall? Wed, 2 Sep 2015 19:55:24 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Matthew 6:25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? — Matthew 6:25 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:11:19 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Jeremiah 31:25 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. — Jeremiah 31:25 <BR> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:57:36 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Mark 6:31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." — Mark 6:31 <BR> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 07:39:01 EST Weekly Bible Verse: John 6:27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval. — John 6:27 <BR> Sun, 9 Aug 2015 07:20:00 EST 3 things I want to do in August What would you like to accomplish this month? Your 3 things might be goals or something just for fun. What are you going to do with this fairly new month? Wed, 5 Aug 2015 20:57:24 EST National 'Simplify Your Life' Week Have you recently simplified in some way that you can share? Do you have an area of your life that needs to be simplified but you need advice?? <BR> <BR> Or do you want A-Z things that can be simplified? Tue, 4 Aug 2015 10:51:14 EST Weekly Bible Verse: John 1:12-13 To all who received him, to those who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. — John 1:12-13 <BR> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 07:57:02 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. — Isaiah 40:29 <BR> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:23:31 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Ephesians 3:12 In him [Jesus our Lord] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. — Ephesians 3:12 <BR> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 08:06:09 EST MY STORY....I AM NEW. Do Not Turn Away <BR> <BR> Hello, you first read my story I was Singinglady47. I want to revise that story to show where I am now. <BR> <BR> About four year ago, I weighed 357 pounds. I tried to walk from the couch to the kitchen which was about 10 feet. I was leaning on the counter not able to breathe and back hurting. Then I heard someone say out loud "Judy, if you don't stop this you are going to die." I realized that it was me talking and then I called upon my Savior saying, "Jesus, pl... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:51:35 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 126:2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." — Psalm 126:2 <BR> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 08:53:29 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. — Galatians 5:1 <BR> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 08:29:26 EST WHEAT is July Healthy Whole Grain...A-Z game We all use wheat and know a lot about it....those with gluten allergies probably know more than the rest of us. <BR> <BR> How about a light hearted summer game? Things made out of wheat A-Z <BR> <BR> -A- baked brie with Apricot Jam <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>d-brie-with-apricot-jam-recipe </link> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:32:50 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 105:4 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. — Psalm 105:4 <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:15:45 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. — 2 Peter 3:9 <BR> Sun, 14 Jun 2015 09:19:43 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 25:1 O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago. — Isaiah 25:1 <BR> Sun, 7 Jun 2015 08:12:14 EST Hi, I'm Melody I am new this team but not to Sparkpeople. I started in Oct. 2014. I have social anxiety an depression so I need as many friends as I can . Sometimes it is difficult for me to open up to people but I am getting better at it everyday. I still don't like crowds and would rather shop at a garage sale than have one. <em>335</em> Fri, 5 Jun 2015 19:33:33 EST Birthday of Oscar the Grouch.. Today is the birthday of Oscar the Grouch....please share thoughts and memories.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 12:06:01 EST June Healthy Whole Grain...Sorghum June's Grain of the Month is Sorghum. <BR> Increased prevalence and diagnosis of celiac disease have led to strong growth in the gluten-free market, of which sorghum is a key component. While 40,000 to 60,000 Americans have been diagnosed as celiac, the federal government estimates there could be as many as 3 million undiagnosed. A gluten-free diet incorporating sorghum also has been adopted by many with autism, ADHD and irritable bowel syndrome, although research in this area is limited. <BR... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 11:35:55 EST Replace Shame "Every woman deserves to feel EMPOWERED <BR> by her period rather than ashamed!" <BR> <BR> The first step is to talk about it...bring menstruation out into public discussion. <BR> I am 64 years old and had never told this story .... until this month of "Global Menstrual Hygiene" awareness <BR> <BR> In Nigeria, when SIMair (our mission airplane service) would fly low over the school where Dad taught before landing at the airport (grassy field)...we children would frantically ride our bik... Fri, 29 May 2015 13:18:18 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Colossians 1:22 He has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation. — Colossians 1:22 <BR> Sun, 24 May 2015 07:50:40 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 103:2-3 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases... — Psalm 103:2-3 <BR> Sun, 17 May 2015 07:11:43 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Proverbs 31:28-30 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty if fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Sun, 10 May 2015 07:40:32 EST Hello [A little testimony] (kinda graphic) Hi everyone, it's good to be here. I have already gotten such a warm welcome i just had to come on over here and say hi. My name is Anna, which means grace/favor, so that's part of where the name comes from. I am so excited to find a place to go where there are other Christian women who share more than one of my struggles, thank the Lord for the internet lol. <BR> <BR> A little about me. I was diagnosed with dysthymia as an adolescent as well as a host of other various mental illness diagnos... Sat, 9 May 2015 16:48:18 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:19 <BR> Sun, 3 May 2015 07:07:35 EST Hidden Emoticon...Game We play this on another team that I'm on and it is interesting to see what emoticon shows up. After you click on the "Reply" button, just click on the "Add an Emoticon" button and select any emoticon. Take note of the last number played and substitute the next number in the brackets. Click on "Post Message" and see what emoticon shows up. I'll start the first two! <BR> <BR> NOTE: Sometimes it won't be anything. Sometimes, it will be a surprise! Several of them won't be in Sparks emoticons. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:38:43 EST May Bible Reading challenge The Team has an easy to reach goal concerning Bible reading.... <BR> <BR> You add this goal and then track from the "Track Other Goals" on the yellow bar <BR> or from the bottom of the team page <BR> <BR> How many can participate in this Team Goal for the month of MAY 2015 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:08:49 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. — Psalm 46:1-2 <BR> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:02:47 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Philippians 4:4-5 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. — Philippians 4:4-5 <BR> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:28:59 EST Weekly Bible Verse: John 12:46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. — John 12:46 <BR> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 07:12:19 EST Hello from Tennessee Oh. I live Mount Juliet, TN and my nickname is Mama Judy. <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 01:26:07 EST Hello from Tennessee Hello. I am Judy and I am from Nashville. I have pscytso affective bipolar disorder. (excuse spelling please) But I don't let it define me. I am a leader on two other teams. Keep Walking With Jesus and the team for SparkPeople Motivators called Motivational Members. I am here to learn and help others who rely on our Lord. Feel free to visit my page to learn more about me. I have lost 201 pounds and want to lose 16 more but my emotional triggers are becoming a hindrance. I am glad to be ... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 01:25:20 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Matthew 28:1-10 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was cruci... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 06:54:08 EST Weekly Bible Verse: John 12:13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:39:29 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Colossians 1:19-20 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace with his blood, shed on the cross. — Colossians 1:19-20 <BR> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:49:22 EST A - Z uses for WATER March 20 is Water for a Sustainable World, 2015...the UN World Water Day <BR> This link takes you to information on assessment of how the World is doing with its Water. <BR> <BR> Of particular interest this year the UN is asking countries to break down provided information into gender specific content. This would include 'access to sanitation'and 'access to clean water'. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es/environment/water/wwap/wwdr/2015-wa<BR>ter-for-a-sustainabl... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:37:22 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 121:7-8 The LORD will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. — Psalm 121:7-8 <BR> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 07:23:00 EST Week of Fable/Folkta es.Important to you? How? Folk Tales and Fables <BR> <link><BR>ales-and-fables-from-around-the-world/ </link> <BR> <BR> Myths, legends, fables and folktales are types of stories originally passed by word-of-mouth, but are now found in writing. They vary in their subject matter, from explaining the natural world and delivering life lessons, to exaggerated events and people grounded in history. What they have in common, though, is their durability as both forms of entertainment a... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:18:32 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. — Psalm 103:12 Sun, 8 Mar 2015 08:40:15 EST A-Z words related to telecomm nication Alexander Graham Bell's birthday falls this week...So National Telecommunication Appreciation week. <em>17</em> <BR> SO.. Words having to do with the modern methods of communication.... <BR> <BR> - A - Antenna Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:51:55 EST Quinoa--Heart healthy grain for March HEALTH BENEFITS OF QUINOA <BR> Quinoa is known as an "ancient grain," but to most scientific researchers, it's a new kid on the block. While the existing research on quinoa pales next to well-studied grains like oats or barley, the pace of quinoa research is picking up, and presenting some intriguing preliminary data. <BR> <BR> Quinoa is a more nutritious option for gluten free diets. <BR> <BR> Quinoa may be useful in reducing the risk for diabetes. <BR> <BR> Quinoa helps you feel fuller l... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:40:27 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. — Joshua 1:9 <BR> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:36:28 EST new and looking for a buddy Hello everyone! I'm new to this group and looking for a buddy to help me stay motivated and accountable. So a little about me: I'm 30 years old, married (second marriage), currently in nursing school, and hoping to get pregnant in the fall. I have a history of sexual assault, depression, anxiety with panic attacks, and high blood pressure; I currently deal with migraines and (obviously!) being over weight. I work part-time as an LPN in a nursing home. I want to lose weight and get healthier t... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:59:51 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. — 1 Peter 5:6-7 <BR> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:21:56 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 46:4 [The Lord says,] "Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. — Isaiah 46:4 <BR> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:10:57 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Ephesians 3:16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. — Ephesians 3:16 <BR> Sun, 8 Feb 2015 07:36:11 EST A-Z..February is Heart Health month. What are you? February is Heart Health month...wear RED, eat healthy, exercise and spread the word! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>h/31049020 </link> <BR> <BR> A - Z... What are you doing for YOUR heart this month? Mon, 2 Feb 2015 12:26:28 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 103:1-3 Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. — Psalm 103:1-3 <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:02:20 EST Weekly Bible Verse: John 16:33 [Jesus said,] "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. — John 16:33 <BR> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:08:13 EST Which Bible verse describes you? If you are on fb, have you been taking some of the little quizzes? today I did one "Which Bible verse describes you?" <BR> <link> </link> No idea how the questions I answered led to this verse....BUT it is a verse I love! <BR> <BR> Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the lo... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:01:09 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. — Philippians 4:13 <BR> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:28:03 EST Who is showing you 'the Light of Christ?' You have joined this team as part of your Journey to Good Health...We want to focus specifically on spiritual and mental Health. <BR> <BR> Who are the mentors (parents, teachers, pastors, coaches, extended family) in your life <BR> who help you to see God <em>38</em> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:41:25 EST Goals and Plans for 2015 What are your goals for the new year? Do you have a plan to follow? Share here. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 07:15:15 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. — 2 Corinthians 4:18 <BR> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 07:11:20 EST struggling I am really struggling right now. I've tried distracting myself to keep my thoughts at bay, but it's not working. I goofed up this week and missed several morning doses of my meds due to sleeping in and being out of routine. Then, I ran out of my OCD med and have been trying all day to get it refilled but am not having any luck. Considering it is now 5:00, I assume I won't be able to get it filled. I'm having thoughts of cutting, but I really don't want to act on my thoughts. I haven't done i... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:02:12 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! — 2 Corinthians 5:17 <BR> <BR> <BR> As we begin a New Year, let's take comfort in the promise that we are a new creation in Christ. May 2015 be filled with God's blessings. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 08:19:57 EST *BONUS* Bible Verse: Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 This is what the Lord says, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." — Isaiah 43:16,18-19 <BR> <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a Happy New Year - one filled with God's love and blessings, success on your journey, and strength to face your trials. May God hold you in His mighty hand. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:06:24 EST January is 'Get a Balanced Life' month. So A-Z January is 'Get a Balanced Life' month. So A-Z.... What do do you want in your 'Balanced Life'? <BR> ' <BR> - A - Active activity each day...walk, shovel snow, clean house...etc Mon, 29 Dec 2014 13:44:45 EST Look on the Bright Side..fights depression.. Check out this link <link><BR>ok-on-the-brightside/ </link> <BR> Then share with us how one of these ideas has been used in your life....come back and comment after putting one in use next week.... <em>189</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 13:39:35 EST Goals for 2015 For this team...Christian women with depression on Spark about a list of possible goals for individuals to take as they wish? <BR> <BR> Read one Bible chapter a day 5 per week. <BR> Contribute to the "Things to be happy about" thread 3 times per week <BR> Walk or strength train 20 minutes a day 5 times a week <BR> Read an old hymn or listen to Christian music ... 4 times a week <BR> Join a Bible study (best in person, but on line is OK) <BR> Prayer....? how to word that? <BR> <... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:29:48 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Galatians 4:4-5 When the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. — Galatians 4:4-5 <BR> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 08:41:37 EST BONUS Bible Verse: Luke 2:8-11 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." — Luke 2:8-11 <BR> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 07:31:24 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Luke 1:26-28, 30-33 God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." — Luke 1:26-28 <BR> <BR> The angel said to [Mary], "Do not be afraid, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son o... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:07:03 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 7:14 The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. — Isaiah 7:14 <BR> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:55:52 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Philippians 1:9-10 This is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ. — Philippians 1:9-10 <BR> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 08:37:35 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Colossians 3:17 Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. — Colossians 3:17 <BR> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:23:47 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Job 37:5-6 God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,' and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.' — Job 37:5-6 <BR> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:15:17 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Ephesians 1:18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. — Ephesians 1:18 <BR> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:36:06 EST Hi - New Member Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined this team today. <BR> <BR> A little history about myself: <BR> <BR> I basically grew up in a cult that made God out to be this stern Being that was constantly watching for us to mess up and would send demons to torment us when we sinned. I don't know if any of you have heard of Bill Gothard, but be wary of any of his teachings. It has harmed me tremendously. <BR> <BR> I am looking for support as I try to lose weight and try to fashion a new image of G... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 14:01:26 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. — 1 Peter 1:3 <BR> Sun, 9 Nov 2014 07:20:37 EST Saying hello Hi all! <BR> <BR> I wanted to say hello to the team and introduce myself. I'm a Christian working mom, and I've had a lot of life changes in the past few months. I think these changes have opened the door for my seasonal depression to start a little early this year :-( <BR> <BR> I moved over the summer, had to leave my job, community, and church, found a new job, am looking for a new church, and I also empty-nested at the same time. I think that would be enough to stress most people :-) ... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 09:41:33 EST iNTRODUCING MY SELF I am retired I have two cats I love to sew and make quilts I am not a professional at it but they are made with love and my family likes them I am struggling with losing weight and depression especially in the winter time I think this will be the best team for me to join Thanks for having this group My name is Lou I live in Indiania I have 2 children 4 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren I have a bible study at my home every week I am always busy but I hate exercise so my wei... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 10:25:10 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:8-9 It is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. — Ephesians 2:8-9 <BR> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:40:32 EST New Here Hello I am new here, I am a mother of 3 children and 1 step child. I have always suffered from anxiety, and recently in the last year or so been suffering with on going non medicated depression because of all the stress in my life. My stepdaughter suffers from severe bipolar, paranoid schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder and almost all of her outbursts are directed at me or her little brother, it's been causing quite the rift in the house, since the younger children don't unders... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:17:03 EST "Son" shine award... Each week (goal of noon Monday) a random active member will be awarded the "Son" shine award. <BR> The "Son"shine Award winner will receive a 50 point Sparkgoodie from the team! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Be helpful, encouraging, motivational or inspirational to our team! <BR> <BR> " In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." <BR> Matthew 5:16 <BR> <BR> <BR> Let your Light shine brightly today! <em>6... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:19:43 EST Books of the Bible in order....with a highlight if New game....Lets list the Books of the Bible in 'Biblical' order. If you can, add a highlight or thought from the book <BR> <BR> Genesis God created man, male and female, in his image. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:10:28 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Ephesians 5:19-20 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. — Ephesians 5:19-20 <BR> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:19:32 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. — Psalm 27:14 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:17:17 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. — Psalm 62:8 <BR> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:13:45 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 95:6-7 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. — Psalm 95:6-7 <BR> Sun, 5 Oct 2014 07:58:37 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. — Psalm 143:10 <BR> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:57:16 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 1 John 4:16 We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. — 1 John 4:16 <BR> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:47:32 EST Why do we complain? Discussion questions: When do you complain the most? Why do we complain? <BR> <BR> How do you feel when you complain? How do you feel when others around you C. <BR> <BR> What is accomplished when you complain? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:18:57 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 121:1-2 I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. — Psalm 121:1-2 <BR> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:21:25 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 48:17 This is what the Lord says — your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go." — Isaiah 48:17 <BR> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:09:29 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 116:1-2 I love the Lord. He heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. — Psalm 116:1-2 <BR> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:58:03 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 94:18-19 When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. — Psalm 94:18-19 Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:00:20 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:10 We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. — Ephesians 2:10 Sun, 17 Aug 2014 08:23:51 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Thessalonians 3:3 The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. — 2 Thessalonians 3:3 Sun, 10 Aug 2014 08:39:39 EST Middle Child Day....August 12 It was started as a joke <link> </link> But we all know there are serious aspects to being a middle child..... <BR> Share any thoughts or realizations on this topic...even funny stuff <em>211</em> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:34:09 EST A - Z ....Safe driving tips August 3-9 is <em>227</em> on Red awareness..... So, how about A - Z safe driving tips? <BR> <BR> - A - Always wear your seat belt Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:14:52 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Matthew 5:14-16 [Jesus said] "You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." — Matthew 5:14-16 <BR> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 07:45:47 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" — Matthew 4:4 <BR> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:53:17 EST So glad to find this SP Team... Hi Springfield Sparkers <em>252</em> My name is Sandra, I'm 52 years old, recently divorced after 30 yrs of marriage and I was born and raised in the Springfield (north side of town) and graduated from Hillcrest High School and Drury College. My two grown children are my inspiration, my daughter is 23 and an artist and my son is 21 and going to be a senior in college working toward a Music Education Degree program. My professional career was as a Human Resources Manager and business owner... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:48:41 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 41:10 [The Lord says] "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." — Isaiah 41:10 <BR> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:04:28 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Philippians 1:6 He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. — Philippians 1:6 <BR> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:34:48 EST What are you hearing right now? Just a fun little thought to increase awareness .... now called 'Mindfulness' <BR> <BR> I am hearing the mail truck stopping at every mail box as it drives down the street <BR> Inside the house is totally quiet Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:46:02 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 138:8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever — do not abandon the works of your hands. — Psalm 138:8 <BR> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:24:41 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. <BR> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:30:28 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Romans 8:1-2 There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life in Christ has set me free from the law of sin and death. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:53:08 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Ephesians 3:17-19 I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. <BR> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:28:59 EST A - Z ..."I remember my father..." Father's Day June 15th so.... <BR> <BR> I remember, my Father ......A...Always responded in Anger to poor grammer. <BR> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 22:55:40 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. <BR> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 09:30:11 EST Country Cooking Month is JUNE Country cooking means something different to everyone. To some it simply means good recipes and homemade meals. Some associate it with cooking with what you have on hand and being frugal. Others feel country cooking relates to the foods and traditions of their homeland. Still others associate country cooking with memories of sitting round the family table. <BR> <BR> Check out the ideas: Country Cooking Month Family Participation Ideas <link><BR>month/... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 14:11:10 EST June 2014..."I Will...." Plans for the month of June??? <BR> perhaps the gardem? a vacation? a race? fitness change? Diet change? <BR> <BR> Write it down, commit to it and let's go! <em>381</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:48:43 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 The Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. — 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 <BR> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 07:11:58 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 1 Peter 3:15 In your hearts, set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. <BR> Sun, 25 May 2014 07:31:53 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. <BR> Sun, 18 May 2014 07:46:08 EST Time to REVISE the 2014 goals Has it really been 6 months?? Time to check on your goals and revise them! Tue, 13 May 2014 10:50:39 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Proverbs 31:10, 27-18 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies... She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. — Proverbs 31:10 27-28 <BR> <BR> <BR> Wishing ALL of you Ladies a very special day! Sun, 11 May 2014 08:05:48 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 <BR> <BR> Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all of our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. <BR> Sun, 4 May 2014 07:51:29 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Romans 10:9-10 If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. <BR> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 08:19:41 EST We care...even if we don't suffer with.... Please check out this link and become aware of the terrible toll MALARIA takes in much of our world <BR> <link><BR>day/ </link> <BR> <BR> World Malaria Day is a chance to shine a spotlight on the global effort to control malaria. <BR> April 25, 2014 On Friday, talk about Malaria to at least two people. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:17:34 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 Christ has indeed been raised, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. <BR> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:03:50 EST New here and need to make friends I have suffered from depression off and on just about my entire life. From a not so great childhood to mistakes I made in my adult life til I'm now in my early 40's. I know that Jesus heals the broken hearted and He has helped me so many times in the past and is still with me I know. I feel as if there is a barrier between Him and me as I am having a hard time right now with forgiving some people (especially one) who has hurt and wronged me terribly and I'm having to deal with the fallout ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:04:28 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Matthew 20:17-19 <BR> <BR> Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!" <BR> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:12:46 EST I am new here but... ... I am a new creature in Christ! I have been with SP for a few years..on and off but now here to stay. I was born in USA and lived mostly in Colorado. However, I now live in England. What a culture shock! It took me 5 yrs to settle but well worth it. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> in this group. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 06:40:57 EST A-Z What would you ERASE? April 15th (tax day in USA) is also Eraser day..... so for the fun of it... <BR> <BR> A - Z What would you erase? <BR> <BR> - A - addictions Sun, 6 Apr 2014 15:30:51 EST Review Safety information with those you LOVE <link><BR>riving/Pages/Hands-free-is-not-risk-fr<BR>ee.aspx </link> <BR> Recognize April 2014 as Distracted Driving Awareness Month <BR> <BR> Thousands die needlessly each year because people continue to use their cell phones while driving, handheld or hands-free. <BR> Join the National Safety Council this April in urging those you care about to: <BR> <BR> Stop using cell phones while driving <BR> Recognize that hands-free devices offer no safety bene... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:22:03 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 53:3-6 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and he carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, e... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:10:19 EST Power walk power walk Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:18:33 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Peter 1:5-8 Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to gooodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. <BR> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 07:57:09 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Peter 1:4 He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 08:29:11 EST Be thankful for your Water... A to Z March 22 is World Water Day....Appreciate your water. <BR> <BR> And make a game of it! I use water for: - A - Afternoon lemonade <em>274</em> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:44:52 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. <BR> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 09:12:58 EST Ash Wednesday 'blessing' There before you lies all the world, <BR> Given as a gift. <BR> <BR> Go into the world as a work in progress, <BR> Someone who is not yet who you will be, <BR> But someone who is on the way. <BR> <BR> The world will be better and blessed <BR> Because you are in it, <BR> Growing, becoming, gleaming with <BR> The light reflected from above. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-devotion-for-march-05-2014/ </link> Source of this little 'blessing' Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:40:30 EST New to this team but not to SP Hi, my name is Sindia and I just recently joined this team although I have been on SparkPeople since Oct 2013. Looking for support to deal with my depression while trying this life style change. <BR> Have a blessed day and I hope to meet alot of you Mon, 3 Mar 2014 16:05:05 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:4-5 Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved. <BR> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:08:07 EST National Celebrate your NAME week Do you know the source of your name? Meaning? <BR> <BR> How have you claimed your name? Shortened to a nick name? prevented others from clipping your name into a nick name? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 10:18:25 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 09:21:34 EST 2-22 A day to say 'tongue twisters' Who would have imagined there is an International Tongue Twister Day??? <BR> <link><BR>html </link> <BR> Check out my link and make yourself (and your family) laugh. <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:36:00 EST A-Z "I need a battery for.... In honor of the birthday of Alessandro Volta who invented the battery....Feb 18, 1745. <BR> <BR> I need a battery for ..... -A- action figure belonging to my Grandson <BR> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:36:07 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 08:21:05 EST Who Really Struggles the Most? I read a status message online the other day that said "“God only puts us through as much as we can handle, so the people who struggle the most have been chosen to be the strongest ones.” Do you ever wonder who struggles the most? Did you get chosen to be one of the strong ones? Here's my thoughts about this. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/who-really-suffers-most.html </link> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:24:37 EST Breaking the Window on Abuse & Mental Illness I've just launched a new website called 'Breaking the Window' - It's about helping to break stigma against mental illness and abuse; one window at a time. Stigma hurts! Every Time! <BR> <BR> The mission statement is: <BR> <BR> It is the mission of Breaking the Window to reach out to people in all areas of life to help, empower, inspire, and educate them in an effort to help break the stigma in the world surrounding Domestic Violence and Mental Health issues; and to help those suffering to b... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 18:15:41 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Matthew 5:43-45 <BR> [Jesus said,] "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven." <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 08:21:20 EST How Do You Pay Other's Back? Remember those times when someone embarrassed you, made you angry, frustrated you, or caused road rage in you? Ever stop to wonder if this is how God wants you to react? Here's my latest blog post, and something you really need to consider when dealing with other people. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/how-do-you-pay-others-back.html </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:26:19 EST Winter Olympics ... what are you enjoying? Grand opening of Winter Olympics is Feb 7th.... what are you looking forward to? enjoying? finding difficult to watch? concerned about? <BR> Just share.... <em>196</em> <em>310</em> <em>329</em> <em>548</em> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 15:25:17 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 2:9 As it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 14:25:09 EST Huddle 20 days in February.... Have you visited a team who really use their HUDDLE? <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=36986 </link> <BR> <BR> How did you feel after checking in on this? <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> We could certainly do this! <em>381</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:51:11 EST Who Can Have Mental Illness? My latest blog post for the International Bipolar Foundation - all about stigma. Check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lness </link> <BR> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 14:55:10 EST Do You Use Holy Emotions? NEW BLOG POST: Recently in an online forum that I take part in, a lady asked “What are holy emotions?”. It got me thinking. After some research this is what I came up with... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/do-you-use-holy-emotions.html </link> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:15:31 EST Weekly Bible Verse: James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:07:20 EST Did You Hear the Latest News?! Gossip! It’s wrong. It hurts people. God said not to do it. But, it’s SO much fun to do! Resisting it, for a lot of people, means a big spiritual struggle inside. Some, even manage to justify it. Here's a struggle that I had recently. I wanted to respond to a situation I observed. What to do? What do you do in situations like these? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/did-you-hear-latest-news.html </link> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:32:56 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Romans 8:35-39 Who shall seperate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: <BR> <BR> "For your sake we face death all day long; <BR> we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." <BR> <BR> No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loves us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor dept... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 08:11:20 EST Mixed episodes I have had trouble with mixed episodes sometimes 2 or 3 times a day. This has been going on for 4 weeks now. I see the Dr. again the end of this month. It is becoming very difficult to bare. Any suggestions? Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:24:44 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Matthew 6:19-20 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not corrupt and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. <BR> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 08:21:47 EST Vent here...reduce the stress "NOBODY take anything said here seriously....this is VENTING space" <BR> <BR> WHY?? Because we do not want to internalize our feelings... <BR> If we keep our anger or frustration in then it becomes negative self talk. <BR> If we express it within the situation it could create friction and negative atmosphere in the home or workplace. <BR> <BR> Verbalizing a feeling helps you to think it through and see the valid points and the 'wrong' thinking <BR> Verbalizing can lead to the next positi... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 12:09:22 EST 2nd Monday 13th) Clean off your desk Day Who will accept my challenge? By nightfall of the 2nd Monday in January....clean off your desk <BR> <BR> (I don't actually have a desk) but I have a section of the kitchen table which gets the 'desk' clutter. <em>381</em> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:49:40 EST Jan 10 is Houseplant Appreciation Day The holidays are over. The decorations have been put away for another year. The house looks a little plain, a little drab. In the greyishness of January, your eye catches something in the corner of the room. Why, it's a houseplant! Funny, but with all of the holiday hubabuloo, you've all but forgotten your houseplants. <BR> <BR> Today is THE day to get back to tending to, and loving your houseplants. And, it's also a day to appreciate just how special and important they are. They are therape... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:36:37 EST Anyone Interested? I'm going to be doing the Made to Crave Bible study with the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies group. Here's a link if you'd like to join... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2014/01/07/happy-new-year-from-made-to<BR>-crave-obs/ </link> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 21:26:39 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 25:6-7 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, <BR> for they are from of old. <BR> Do not remember the sins of my youth <BR> and my rebellious ways; <BR> according to your love remember me, <BR> for you, Lord, are good. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 07:46:01 EST Weekly Bible Verse: John 14:1-3 Jesus Comforts His Disciples <BR> "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." Sun, 29 Dec 2013 08:34:32 EST 3 Resolutions for 2014 It's time to reflect on 2013. What worked for you? What didn't? Did you reach any of your goals? <BR> <BR> Now let's think about 2014. What new (or old) goals to you have for the New Year? What things would you like to accomplish? Where do you see yourself 12 months from now? <BR> <BR> Please list 3 of your New Year's resolutions. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:09:52 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Luke 2:4-20 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. <BR> <BR> And there were she... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 08:02:45 EST Christamas Plays anyone having plays at church this weekend? Are your kids in it? Make sure to share some photo's and link to your page so we can see what you are proud of...What about a tree picture post or something? <em>224</em> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 00:47:56 EST Christmas Birthday Celebration Yes a Christmas birthday celebration - JESUS.... <BR> These things are so tempting and I think they are calling my name. cookies, weinies in blankets, cake rounds(dipped in everything), cupcakes and most snakes you can think about. <BR> YES snakes, not snacks. Little devils, the temptation is so strong and I fell on the cupcake... <BR> Anybody else hearing food talk? Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:07:32 EST What gift are you most excited about giving 2013? Some gifts take longer to find <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> Some gifts take longer to make... <em>541</em> <em>471</em> <BR> <BR> Some gifts take longer to wrap... <em>389</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> So What has got your time and talents this year??? Share, share <em>224</em> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:08:39 EST Hello Everyone! I'm new here. I am a true believer, a Catholic Christian, and I love our Lord deeply. I have many blessings, a fantastic husband, two beautiful adult children, a granddaughter and a grandson on the way! Due in January. Oh, and an insane kitten. <BR> <BR> There are a few crosses, too. I am bi-polar, I get migraine headaches, I have fibromyalgia, and other things I won't mention. I was molested by my Grandfather from 3-5 yo. I have had a huge amount of therapy, both drug and counseling. Someti... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:25:01 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Luke 1:28-38 The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." <BR> Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob'... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 09:06:38 EST Christmas Wishes... Do you want to share some Christmas Wishes?? <BR> <BR> From the simple and silly (I hope for a fitbit ) <BR> to the profound or Biblical...."Christ is born" "God lives among us" <em>345</em> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 17:37:21 EST Cookie Cutter appreciation week...Dec 1-7 Before my house fire, I had an impressive Cookie Cutter collection...and enjoyed making cookies with my children, Sunday School, etc etc. <BR> Do you have Cookie Cutters you really like, think are original, and here is information on the Cookie cutter Museuem <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 17:15:22 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Sun, 1 Dec 2013 08:11:33 EST Hi, I'm new to the team. <em>2</em> I am new here and have chronic depression with anxieties and personality disorder. A bit scary but there you go. I have been a Christian since I was 7yrs old. I am American but live in England. I have been here for just under 17yrs and boy do I miss Colorado! <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 14:13:29 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 118:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 08:17:41 EST A - Z What I am thankful for Beginning letter from A - Z What am I thankful for?? <BR> <BR> - A - Almonds Sun, 17 Nov 2013 13:18:17 EST Share your Thanksgiving Day plans Within the USA Thanksgiving Day is celebrated 2013 on November 28....what plans are you making?? <BR> Outside the USA....Share about your Harvest Festival.... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 13:16:28 EST American Made Matters...Nov 19 Buy Made in USA AMM Day represents a great opportunity for the country to work together to send the message to producers, manufacturers, corporations and government that we, the people, are fed up with having to buy goods imported from foreign countries. There are plenty of women and men in this country ready, willing and able to work for a fair wage! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> challenge "On Nov 19 buy something Made in the USA" <BR> and then talk about it! <em>... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 13:05:10 EST Weekly BibleVerse: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. <BR> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:25:24 EST Many of us are Caregivers Here is a link with resources for family Caregivers <link> </link> <BR> <BR> What obstacles have you overcome? What are your biggest stressors? <BR> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:44:38 EST Veterans Day... Here is a link to the history of Veterans Day <link><BR>l </link> <BR> <BR> Interesting stuff I had never heard...and reminders of some I did know. <BR> <BR> How many Veterans did you acknowledge today? <BR> Me? <em>2</em> None yet as I am still at home! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:35:50 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. <BR> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 07:54:00 EST Make your own 'end of life' decisions I guess early fall, All Saints Day, Halloween...yeah, good time to talk about the serious topic of Wills, Funeral Plans and such. <BR> <BR> We did have a Will but recently our lawyer had us make a 'Trust' of our house so that if Hubby needs a nursing home the house is not owned by him and cannot be eaten up in the expenses. <BR> <BR> We also bought funeral plans and they are paid off. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> does your family know of your preferences or plans? Mon, 4 Nov 2013 12:50:29 EST Diabetes is a Family Affair <link><BR>nization/national-diabetes-month/2013.<BR>aspx </link> <BR> <BR> Diabetes is, indeed, a family impact disease...Share hints on how you manage the diabetic in your family. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 12:36:19 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. <BR> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 07:21:25 EST NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 on November 30. <BR> <BR> Anyone have a story waiting inside them ... ready for release?? <em>203</em> <link> </link> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 11:38:22 EST New Here Hello, I'm new to this group! I'm a bipolar Christian who would love to get to know others similar to me. If you'd like to know more, please check out my page. I can't wait to get acquainted with the regular posters! Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:42:23 EST Hand Shadow <link><BR>h/12962-h.htm </link> <BR> Anyone have a story about making hand shadows??? perhaps at a sleep over? or birthday partY? <BR> <BR> With practice some are just amazing <em>345</em> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 19:04:35 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. <BR> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 08:21:01 EST Check out this blog! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This was in my inbox this morning. Check it out - very powerful! Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:23:13 EST HELP! Tricks to avoid the CANDY ? The Candy is everywhere <em>421</em> <em>431</em> How are you avoiding it?? <BR> <BR> Putting limits on or just any hint for us all to learn from! <BR> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:03:44 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 34:1-3 I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. <BR> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 08:02:47 EST hi, im new im a mom of three. I have depression. It crept up on me when i wasn't looking. I did not even realise i was depressed, just that something was seriously wrong with me. I was tired all the time. I dont want to do anything. and i mean anything. The only thing that motivated me to get out of bed is the kids. Otherwise i would stay in bed the whole day. I'm sad and negative and angry all the time. How could i not see what was happening to me? I'm getting help now and I hope that groups ... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:56:35 EST 3 Things I Love 1. my Savior <BR> 2. my husband <BR> 3. my kids Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:16:25 EST 3 Things On Your To-Do List 1. Bible study <BR> 2. clean out freezer <BR> 3. lunch with MIL and mom today Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:14:41 EST 3 Things To Be Happy About I'm starting a new thread. List your top 3 things to be happy about today! <BR> <BR> 1. coffee <BR> 2. Bible study <BR> 3. kids that listen and obey Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:13:09 EST Weekly Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:22:09 EST Fall season changes.... What are you doing for the fall season change?? <BR> 1) clothes <BR> 2) house <BR> 3) yard <BR> 4) spiritual life Tue, 8 Oct 2013 12:55:54 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 94:18-19 When I said, "My foot is slipping," <BR> your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. <BR> When anxiety was great within me, <BR> your consolation brought me joy. Sun, 6 Oct 2013 07:52:56 EST Favorite Teddy Bear?...please share.. Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day is October 11..... <em>174</em> <BR> If several in your work place will do this, it could be a lot of fun. <BR> For this site, share a comment or story about a favorite Teddy Bear... <BR> <BR> So many choices from my life!! One year our family was in Omaha, NE near Christmas. The local newspaper was giving a large (32inch) stuffed dog "Cuddly Duddly" with the purchase of 6 months of the paper. We all watched for the TV ads "Oh Look" and on Christmas mo... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 11:57:57 EST Prayers Hi, <BR> I have taken some time to go to my daughters. Some of you might know I lost my job in early September and a week later I injured my knee. Unfortunately I don't have insurance right now and I can't appropriately address the issues with my knee. I have a history of major depression and I could tell I was heading for trouble if I didn't get out of my bedroom. I called my daughter and she suggested I come here for a hiatus and to allow her to help me until my knee heals. I am grate... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 09:38:24 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 08:05:22 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 08:21:58 EST Share a story about your foremothers... *Ancestor Appreciation Day is September 27th. Have you searched your ancestry? So you have any fun stories to share? <BR> <BR> Joyce: During the civil war my Gr Gr Grandmother Suzannah was running a farm in the Ozarks with a retarded teen-age girl, several other daughters and a 5 year old man around. <BR> late one winter evening, she was bringing the cows in for milking and swatted the last one in the line, "Get along missy. We are late....oh my...." The 'cow' turned and growl... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 13:25:34 EST Tolkien Week: 22-28 Many of us have enjoyed the books and then the movies & cartoons based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. <BR> <link> </link> This is a fun link (many of the others were too scholarly for me <em>334</em> <BR> Please make any comment related...... <BR> <BR> Joyce: the Hobbit and then The Lord of the Rings, trilogy are probably the best known of these books. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 13:10:29 EST Emoticon please when you have joined the HUDDLE <em>248</em> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 09:34:07 EST Time to introduce myself Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been on SparkPeople for a few months now but still feel very new to the process. I had no clue there were so many groups and when I saw this one on the tag of another blog, I really wanted to tap into this support. <BR> <BR> I am 55 and have been single since 1990. I raised my three children-a daughter now 34 and two sons, ages 31 and 26 as a single mother. I also have 4 little joys-my grandchildren, ages 11, 6, 4 and 2. <BR> <BR> I worked over 20 years in non-profi... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:14:30 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 08:57:37 EST Sept 19 is "Talk Like a Pirate" day...prepare now! We aren't for one minute suggesting that real, honest-to-God pirates were in any way, shape or form worth emulating. <BR> So what is it exactly that we're celebrating here, if not pirates? What, you're wondering, is the point? <BR> <BR> simply because it's fun. <em>221</em> <BR> Kids of all ages enjoy this so start preparing now and have a great TLP Day <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 11:20:17 EST Blame Someone Else Day Blame Someone Else Day: (Always First Friday The 13th of The Year) <BR> 2013 has a Friday the 13th in September and in December <BR> <BR> Blame someone else day....Does this mean we have permission to blame someone else ONE day each year....and the rest of the time must be adult and own up? <em>24</em> Mon, 9 Sep 2013 00:40:08 EST Be awed by the ODD Day...9-11-13 <link> </link> Odd Day has brought many smiles since our first celebration on 01/03/05. But we unfortunately cannot change our dates, and the next is 9/11/13. Hence, the very respectful silence for the day. <BR> We will emerge in 2 years for 11/13/15, the final Odd Day of the century. (because we have no months with higher odd numbers) <BR> <BR> Things to do on Odd Day: It's a great day to do your odds 'n ends, give a friend a high-five, root for the odds-on-favorite, rea... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 00:30:27 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 08:06:44 EST Share a tip about 'organizing my house' I never know who is going to say something which will organize, streamline, make my life easier. <BR> Post some stray organizing tip! <em>198</em> Sometimes, when depressed...just taking control of a couple of areas gives a big boost. <BR> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 10:00:19 EST VJ Day from WWII....anyone remember this?? I am of the 'baby boom' era so do not have memories of this. Anyone able to tell us about VJ Day? Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:28:07 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. <BR> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 07:54:08 EST My friend, FLORIDASUN, lost her cat today. I am writing this here because I know there are a lot of cat lovers in this team and I want my friend to know people love her. Her cat was 18 years old and she wrote a blog about him today that's beautiful. If you can reach out to her, thank you and God bless you. <BR> <BR> Love, Chelsea <em>304</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:31:48 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:3-4 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 08:56:06 EST A Song to Lift You up!! Hi Ladies. Having a rough morning and I need a reminder of God's great love. I know we all struggle with depression or some form of it or anxiety. This particular song resonated with me the first time I heard it and I hope it blesses you! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Cynthia Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:01:14 EST Poet's Day on August 21 No idea what you DO on 'Poet's Day'.....any input? Are there poets on our team? Sun, 18 Aug 2013 08:28:54 EST Seasonal changes...what goal? School is starting here; soon the weather will be cooler as we head into autumn. <BR> <BR> Do you have something you want to accomplish now that the kids are in school? Sun, 18 Aug 2013 08:13:08 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." Sun, 18 Aug 2013 07:45:34 EST Hi, I'm new My name is Ronda and I live in Louisiana. I am a 55 year old retired/disabled middle school computer teacher. I have multiple sclerosis, so I can't get around as much as I would like. I have used that as an excuse, but now I've decided to do something about it. Five years ago, I fell and broke my ankle. I had major MS episodes along with the severe break, so I ended up in a wheelchair for a couple of years. Then, I graduated to a walker. Now, with God's grace, I'm only using a walker w... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:15:23 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Deuteronomy 31:6 So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 09:21:19 EST When did you last fly in an airplane? *National Aviation Week: 15-21 (Always week of Orville Wright's Birthday on 19th) <BR> <BR> So...share some airplane stories (whether the last or not) <em>334</em> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 00:11:23 EST World Elephant Day...8/11. Why do you like them? Not sure what we are supposed to DO for World Elephant Day. Here is a link: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature. <BR> <BR> I like elephants because: ? please share some thoughts here. <BR> <BR> Joyce: Remind me of the times I saw them wild in Nigeria as a child Sun, 11 Aug 2013 00:05:10 EST Matthew 22:36-40 At church tonight the pastor was talking about Jesus' 2 greatest commandments. The second one is to love your neighbor as yourself. It occurred to me just then that loving myself is something I have a lot of trouble with and yet it seems to be an assumption in this commandment that we love ourselves. Encouraging and mercy-extending are gifts of mine, but how can I be loving others if I don't love myself? <BR> <BR> Any thoughts?? Mon, 5 Aug 2013 01:13:23 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. Sun, 4 Aug 2013 08:16:03 EST International Tree Climbing Days International Tree Climbing Days--- Well, at my age, I don't want to climb a tree. Although my childhood was full of Tree Climbing hours. Sometimes with friends, sometimes alone with a book. <BR> <BR> I do continue to appreciate the Trees....How many ways do you love trees?? Sat, 3 Aug 2013 13:01:26 EST Working Like Dogs...yes, Assistance Dogs International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) was created to recognize of all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> and <link> </link> Sat, 3 Aug 2013 12:54:00 EST Hello Sisters! Hello all! My name is Heather. I am so excited to see that this is a group. It makes me happy to know there are other Christian women going through what I am struggling with. <BR> <BR> I decided to start SparkPeople and lose weight for good. I have always been overweight, but I have recently gained close to 50lbs due to depression associated with my newly diagnosed bipolar. I want more than anything to feel healthy again: mind, body, and soul. I want to be able to walk around the store agai... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:53:14 EST National Simplify your Life Week First Week in August is "National Simplify your Life Week" <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Share several things YOU are thinking of doing that would simplify your life..... <BR> I will have to think before I can add mine! <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:13:45 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, <BR> for it determines the course of your life. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 07:58:25 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 06:53:59 EST My Summer Travel Plans I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. <BR> <BR> I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there. <BR> <BR> I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, friends, family and work. <BR> <BR> I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:13:01 EST Independent Retailers ... Week of July 21 Between now and July 27th--- How many Independent Retailers can you visit and support?? <BR> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 11:55:46 EST 7-18 is "Appreciate the cow" day Any ideas on ways to "appreciate the cow"?? Sun, 14 Jul 2013 11:52:21 EST Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 10:45:17 EST How Do You Know if Inspiration is from God? My latest blog post: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>do-you-know-if-inspiration-is-from.html </link> <BR> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:09:59 EST